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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...

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 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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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Sep 02, 2018.

Fit for a Queen: Even in Death, Aretha Franklin Makes a Fashion Statement

Fit for a Queen: Even in Death, Aretha Franklin Makes a Fashion Statement

As mourners filed past Aretha Franklin lying in repose on the first of a two-day public viewing at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, they were likely comforted to see that the Queen of Soul, avid lover of luxury, was to be buried as she lived—in high style.

As reported by USA Today, the Queen of Soul, dressed in red from head to toe, was resting in a gleaming...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Aug 23, 2018. 6 comments

Freeway of Love: Mary Kay's Top Sellers Are Planning a Pink Cadillac Tribute at Aretha's Funeral

Freeway of Love: Mary Kay's Top Sellers Are Planning a Pink Cadillac Tribute at Aretha's Funeral

When mourners arrive at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple on Friday, August 31 to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin, they will be greeted with a sea of pink—pink Cadillacs, that is.

Legions of sales directors from multi-level marketing company Mary Kay, one of the largest direct sellers of cosmetics worldwide, will be parking their famed pink Cadillacs en masse on Seven Mile Road in front of Greater...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Aug 22, 2018. 15 comments

Aretha Franklin, With a Reported Net Worth of $80 Million, Died With No Will

Aretha Franklin, With a Reported Net Worth of $80 Million, Died With No Will

In what strikes many as odd, soul singer Aretha Franklin died without a will.

The “Queen of Soul” who died at age 76 on Thursday, died “intestate,” according to court documents obtained by TMZ.

Franklin’s not having a will was surprising for two main reasons: she had reportedly been ill for quite some time (she finally succumbed to pancreatic cancer); and, according to TMZ, one of her adult...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Aug 18, 2018. 6 comments

Will Aretha's Most Iconic Hat Become a Part of Obama's Legacy?

Will Aretha's Most Iconic Hat Become a Part of Obama's Legacy?

If there’s one thing we know about the Queen of Soul, it’s that she loved a “lewk.” Aside from her often extravagant stage attire, Aretha Franklin was fond of a dramatic gesture—the tossing of a train, the shedding of a fur—because, as our loyal reader TheRealMarthaJones3.0 accurately noted, “Auntie understood DRAMA! EMOTION! and EFFECT!”

Queen of Soul and Body-Positive Icon: A Look Back at...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Aug 17, 2018. 13 comments

Queen of Soul and Body-Positive Icon: A Look Back at Aretha's Franklin's Memorable Style

Queen of Soul and Body-Positive Icon: A Look Back at Aretha's Franklin's Memorable Style

The icon we knew as Aretha Franklin was a lot of things: musical prodigy, Queen of Soul, church girl, teenage mother (and possible abuse/rape survivor), Detroit native, shade-master and legendary diva. But while all of those titles may apply, there is one we often overlook: Aretha Franklin, in her own, over-the-top way, was a body-positive icon.

Hear me out on this—because chances are, we’ve...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Aug 17, 2018. 20 comments

Fox News Is Trash: Network Celebrates Life of Aretha Franklin With Photo of Patti Labelle

Fox News Is Trash: Network Celebrates Life of Aretha Franklin With Photo of Patti Labelle

There are times when the collective digital Caucasian conscience known as Fox News is so blatantly racist-adjacent that it crosses the line of conservative commentary and becomes laughably stupid. Sometimes they are so willfully wrong that it seems as if they are trolling us.

On Thursday, upon learning of the death of perhaps the greatest American songstress of all time, Fox News decided to...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Aug 17, 2018. 15 comments

The Last National Anthem

The Last National Anthem

Aretha Franklin was not the Queen of Soul music.

Although it is named after the music genre that emerged in the ’50s, all music is soul music. Jazz is soul music. Hip-hop is soul music. I imagine that there is someone right now eating a double kale club sandwich with extra mayo, drinking an avocado-flavored almond milkshake bopping to a Taylor Swift ditty that touches their soul.

No, Aretha...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Aug 17, 2018. 6 comments

'R-E-S-P-E-C-T': Aretha Created a Women’s Anthem Out of a Song Written for a Man

'R-E-S-P-E-C-T': Aretha Created a Women’s Anthem Out of a Song Written for a Man

If you grew up a lover of soul music, you know that today, Aug. 16, 2018, is a day to honor the memory of the undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who died on Thursday at age 76 of pancreatic cancer.

For those of us who will be playing her music for the remainder of the day (or month), we know there are countless hits and lesser-known gems recorded throughout the Queen’s more...

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