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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Jul 13, 2019.

Royalty Recognizes Royalty: Beyoncé Dedicates Detroit On The Run II Concert to Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin 

Royalty Recognizes Royalty: Beyoncé Dedicates Detroit On The Run II Concert to Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin 

You know our collective hearts stopped on Monday when reports started circulating that the iconic Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is gravely ill and apparently in hospice care.

The news quickly spread, prompting everyone to pour out their love and thoughts and prayers for the singer.

And because game recognizes game, and royalty recognizes royalty, it only made sense that Beyoncé and Jay-Z...

P.J. Rickards P.J. Rickards Jul 13, 2019.

Watch: Stars on the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards’ Red Carpet Put Some R-E-S-P-E-C-T on Aretha’s Name

Watch: Stars on the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards’ Red Carpet Put Some R-E-S-P-E-C-T on Aretha’s Name

MTV, I’mma let you finish—but Aretha Franklin was one of the greatest singers of all time, so I would expect the Video Music Awards to go above and beyond to pay her proper respect.

The Root’s weekend social media editor Corey Townsend hit the red carpet at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards to get everyone’s favorite song by the Queen of Soul. Unlike Madonna , these people actually talked about...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 11, 2019.

What You Want? Baby, You Got It: Aretha Franklin’s Biopic Lands Black Female Director

What You Want? Baby, You Got It: Aretha Franklin’s Biopic Lands Black Female Director

As long rumored, the late Queen of Soul is finally getting her just due respect via the silver screen.

The biopic on the late great Aretha Franklin is aptly titled Respect, after her most noteworthy song. According to Variety, the film is making progress as a director has been secured— Liesl Tommy will be helming the biopic.

Tommy has a stage directing background (specifically, the Danai...

Genetta M. Adams Genetta M. Adams Jul 10, 2019.

The Queen of Soul Reigns Supreme: Our Top 6 Aretha Franklin Live Performances

The Queen of
Soul Reigns Supreme: Our Top 6 Aretha Franklin Live Performances

It may seem like a fool’s errand to try and pick the top live performances of Aretha Franklin’s storied career, which spanned 60 years, because, frankly, whenever she was on stage, that performance was likely going to become a moment. (I’ve had the good fortune to see her live twice and both performances will make any list of greatest concerts I’ve ever seen).

But these six performances by...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jun 07, 2019.

It's Official: Aretha Franklin's Family Thought That Eulogy Was Just as Trash as You Did

It's Official: Aretha Franklin's Family Thought That Eulogy Was Just as Trash as You Did

In case you were wondering what Aretha Franklin’s family thought about the eulogy delivered by Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., wonder no more: they thought it was trash.

On Monday, Vaughn Franklin, Aretha’s nephew, called the eulogy “offensive” and “very, very distasteful,” in a statement made on behalf of the family.

“He spoke for 50 minutes and at no time did he properly eulogize her,” Vaughn said....

Danielle C. Belton Danielle C. Belton May 29, 2019. 1 comments

Jennifer Hudson Honors Aretha Franklin's Legacy at Pulitzer Prize Ceremony With 'Amazing Grace'

Jennifer Hudson Honors Aretha Franklin's Legacy at Pulitzer Prize Ceremony With 'Amazing Grace'

An icon. A legend. A superstar. Aretha Franklin racked up plenty of honors when she was still with us, throughout her many years in the entertainment industry. Even her homegoing—her funeral—was more a soulful, celebratory concert than a dour ceremony. And in the middle of that homegoing concert was Oscar-Award winning singer Jennifer Hudson.

Hudson, who is slated to portray Franklin in a film...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif May 22, 2019. 5 comments

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin May Have Left Behind a Will After All

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin May Have Left Behind a Will After All

It seems the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, had a will after all—maybe even three.

A personal representative for her estate found three handwritten wills inside the singer’s home earlier this month, CNN reports.

The documents are dated June 21, 2010, October 20, 2010, and March 31, 2014, according to the report. They were found throughout Franklin’s home, including under couch cushions and...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Apr 16, 2019. 3 comments

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners Are Brimming With Black Excellence—and a Posthumous Appearance by Aretha Franklin

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners Are Brimming With Black Excellence—and a Posthumous Appearance by Aretha Franklin

A Pulitzer Prize is kind of a big deal.

As the most prestigious award in American journalism, literature and music, it’s not quite a BET Hip-Hop Award (word to Iggy Azalea), but it sure as hell warrants an update to your Twitter bio—and your annual salary.

Since its auspicious arrival in 1917, this distinction—named after legendary newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer—has bestowed the...

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Felice León Felice León Apr 14, 2019. 2 comments

Amazing Grace Is a Cinematic Blessing and a Transcendental Spiritual Experience

Amazing Grace Is a Cinematic Blessing and a Transcendental Spiritual Experience

Aretha Franklin was a national treasure. A gift. An icon. When Aretha Franklin passed , the world unequivocally lost one of the best voices of all time.

With 18 Grammys, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—why wouldn’t we genuflect when one calls on the queen’s name?

But with all of her praises and accolades, Aretha Franklin, her...

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Felice León Felice León Mar 10, 2019. 19 comments

Icon, Unfiltered: Stephanie Mills Talks Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, and Why the Music Industry Doesn't Honor Black Artists

Icon, Unfiltered: Stephanie Mills Talks Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, and Why the Music Industry Doesn't Honor Black Artists

Stephanie Mills has got opinions. Lots of ‘em.

The Grammy-award winning singer and actress best known for playing Dorothy in the original Broadway production of The Wiz is not one for holding her tongue. She’s now a woman of a certain age—read: She has no time for the BS. “I’m not apologizing about anything I say,” Mills told The Root. “If I said it, I meant it.”

Mills is an entertainer who...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 13, 2019. 13 comments

Aretha Franklin's Assets Were Stolen Prior to Her Death

Aretha Franklin's Assets Were Stolen Prior to Her Death

While the world continues to mourn the loss of Aretha Franklin, details continue to emerge regarding her final days, as well as the financial status of her estate.

Though back taxes remain a point a contention , WDIV Local 4 reports that the Queen of Soul was also the victim of theft. As local authorities confirm that a criminal investigation has been opened as a result of her Bloomfield...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 31, 2018. 5 comments

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 28, 2018. 12 comments

The IRS Wants All of Its Money From Aretha Franklin, Who Reportedly Owed Millions in Back Taxes 

The IRS Wants All of Its Money From Aretha Franklin, Who Reportedly Owed Millions in Back Taxes 

The Internal Revenue Service is a goon when it comes to its money. The tax org gets its money in life...or in death.

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Has Died at 76

Aretha Franklin, the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer who inspired countless generations of…

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Aretha Franklin’s estate reportedly owes $6.3 million in unpaid taxes and $1.5 million in penalties attributed to...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 28, 2018. 5 comments

Tyler Perry Presents Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul—Starring Perry and Featuring SZA, John Legend, Common and More

Tyler Perry Presents Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul—Starring Perry and Featuring SZA, John Legend, Common and More

The Queen of Soul is getting a night of honor, thanks to the Recording Academy.

According to Deadline, Tyler Perry will be hosting Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul, a concert specially designed to honor the late Aretha Franklin.

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Has Died at 76

Aretha Franklin, the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer who inspired countless generations of…

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Nov 29, 2018. 4 comments

In a New Interview, Smokey Robinson Says He Regrets Not Recording With Friend Aretha Franklin

In a New Interview, Smokey Robinson Says He Regrets Not Recording With Friend Aretha Franklin

They knew each other almost all their lives, but in the many decades that Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin shared a friendship and mutual admiration, they never made it into the studio to record.

Anyone who heard the two briefly duet on The Miracles’ “Ooh, Baby, Baby” (penned by Smokey) on a 1979 episode of Soul Train already knows how magical a vocal pairing this could be, but alas, it...

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Karu F. Daniels Karu F. Daniels Nov 15, 2018. 6 comments

Broadway Legend Ben Vereen Is Still Steppin’ Out With New Stage Gigs and Lee Daniels’ Star

Broadway Legend Ben Vereen Is Still Steppin’ Out With New Stage Gigs and Lee Daniels’ Star

 

Legendary song and dance man Ben Vereen is blessed, booked and busy.

The award-winning showbiz vet has run the full gamut of the entertainment spectrum with a career spanning five decades. He has originated roles in the legendary Broadway musicals Jesus Christ Superstar and Pippin, recorded for Motown Records and portrayed memorable parts in popular TV series such as Webster, The Love Boat...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Nov 08, 2018. 4 comments

A Long-Awaited Aretha Doc Is Now Due for Release—But Is That What the Queen of Soul Wanted?

A Long-Awaited Aretha Doc Is Now Due for Release—But Is That What the Queen of Soul Wanted?

Try to sit through the two minutes and 38 seconds of the Amazing Grace trailer without getting the least bit emotional. We dare you. In fact, we’ll wait.

It’s been less than three months since Aretha Franklin died, but now, a Sydney Pollack-directed documentary chronicling the recording of her seminal 1972 live gospel double album Amazing Grace is finally due to make it to the...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Oct 31, 2018.

Own a Piece of Music History: Items from Aretha Franklin’s Stage Wardrobe Are Going to Auction

Own a Piece of Music History: Items from Aretha Franklin’s Stage Wardrobe Are Going to Auction

A portion of music legend Aretha Franklin’s extensive wardrobe will be up for auction on Saturday, Nov. 10, at New York City’s Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. World-breaking auction house, Julien’s Auctions, which specializes in film, music, sports, and art auctions, will be selling more than 30 stage dresses and accessories worn by the Queen of Soul as part of the Los Angeles-based auction...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Sep 27, 2018. 7 comments

Fit for a Queen: Gladys Knight, Ledisi Among Singers Tapped to Honor Aretha Franklin at the American Music Awards

Fit for a Queen: Gladys Knight, Ledisi Among Singers Tapped to Honor Aretha Franklin at the American Music Awards

The Aretha Franklin tribute at this year’s American Music Awards will pay tribute to the Queen of Soul’s gospel roots.

According to the AP, Dick clark productions will tap Gladys Knight and Ledisi to take on the iconic singer’s “Amazing Grace” album on Oct. 9, as will Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, and CeCe Winans. Rickey Minor will serve as musical director for the live tribute.

Mercifully, the...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Sep 13, 2018.

Jasper Williams and the Stupidity of Respectability

Jasper Williams and the Stupidity of Respectability

There exists a piece of video with a quote I have been trying to find for years.

I know it happened at the Reebok Grand Prix on May 31, 2008, because I was watching. I know the quote was made by sprinter Usain Bolt, who had just set a new world record. After the race, he was cornered by a reporter who asked him about his strategy. Bolt was still breathing hard when he offered the greatest...

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