Cynthia Erivo: From Harriet to Aretha

Speaking at the American Black Film Festival Honors in Beverly Hills, Cynthia Erivo compares playing American abolitionist Harriet Tubman to playing Aretha Franklin. The British actress will portray the Queen of Soul in Season Three of National Geographic series “Genius,” which is due to premiere in May. (Feb. 24)

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ShowBiz Minute: MTV Awards, Megadeath, Franklin

The Rock and other stars promote positivity at MTV awards; Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine says he has throat cancer; Tension developing in Aretha Franklin will dispute. (June 18)

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Jennifer Hudson embraces Parkland students

At the Pulitzer Prize awards ceremony where she honored Aretha Franklin, recording artisr Jennifer Hudson met students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (May 29)

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ShowBiz Minute: Franklin, Tarantino, ‘GoT’

Three handwritten wills found in Aretha Franklin’s Michigan home, months after singer’s death; Quentin Tarantino to premiere “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” 25 years after “Pulp Fiction” won the Palme d’Or; “Game of Thrones” finale leaves viewers divided. (May 21)

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ShowBiz Minute: Notre Dame, ‘GoT,’ Franklin

Celebrities react to Notre Dame fire; “Game of Thrones” season debut breaks HBO rating records in U.S.; Aretha Franklin makes history with posthumous Pulitzer win. (April 16)

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ShowBiz Minute: Avenatti, Apple TV, Franklin

Attorney Michael Avenatti arrested on charges of extortion and bank fraud; Apple unveils new TV and movie streaming service at star-studded event in California; Family members celebrate Aretha Franklin on what would have been Queen of Soul’s 77th birthday. (March 26)

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Family celebrates birthday of late Queen of Soul

Family members celebrate Aretha Franklin on what would have been the Queen of Soul’s 77th birthday with a memorial service and a screening of a documentary film. (March 25)

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Today in History for March 25th

On this day in history: Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 marchers to the state capitol in Montgomery, Ala. 146 people were killed when fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in New York. Aretha Franklin, Elton John born. (March 25)

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Memories of the Queen of Soul

Tyler Perry, Patti LaBelle and Clive Davis recall the performances that defined Aretha Franklin. They’re part of a Grammys tribute to the Queen of Soul airing this weekend. (March 6)

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Dolly-loving Brit Yola fuses country, soul

British singer-songwriter Yola’s first musical loves were Dolly Parton and Aretha Franklin and her new album, “Walk Through Fire,” is an intersection of classic soul, country and pop. (March 4)

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ShowBiz Minute: Franklin, Swift, Tebow

(11 Jan 2019) Aretha Franklin biopic moves ahead with director and writer; Taylor Swift is highest earner in concert tours in 2018; Tim Tebow announces engagement to former Miss Universe. (Jan. 11)

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ShowBiz Minute: Brown, Whitaker, Franklin

(28 Dec 2018) Chris Brown charged with monkey-related misdemeanors; Forest Whitaker files for divorce; Aretha Franklin’s estate has paid $3 million in back taxes. (Dec. 28)

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Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’ film hits theaters

(16 Nov 2018) More than 40 years after it was filmed, a documentary detailing the making of Aretha Franklin’s groundbreaking and best-selling album “Amazing Grace” has been released. (Nov. 16)

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Quincy: ‘It hurt’ to watch Aretha funeral

(10 Sep 2018) Legendary record producer Quincy Jones says he knew Aretha Franklin since she was 12-years-old, but could only watch some of her televised funeral because “it hurt” and there were “weird people there.” (Sept. 10)

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ShowBiz Minute: Franklin, Bannon, Goldblum

(4 Sep 2018) The late Aretha Franklin’s family found eulogy by Atlanta pastor offensive and distasteful; The New Yorker drops plans to interview Steve Bannon during its festival next month; Jeff Goldblum surprised by giant statue in London. (Sept. 4)

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ShowBiz Minute: Franklin, U2, US Box Office

(3 Sep 2018) Aretha Franklin funeral eulogy slammed; pastor stands firm; U2 reschedules Berlin concert after Bono loses voice; “Crazy Rich Asians” banks another crazy rich weekend in North America. (Sept. 3)

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Franklin funeral bishop apologizes to Grande

(1 Sep 2018) The bishop who officiated Aretha Franklin’s funeral apologizes to Ariana Grande for how he touched her onstage and a joke he made about her name. (Sept. 1)

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Controversial eulogy at Aretha Franklin funeral

(31 Aug 2018) Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. delivers controversial eulogy at Aretha Franklin funeral, where he talks about ‘the loss of the black man’s soul.’ (Aug. 31)

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Franklin funeral a ‘celebration of black culture’

(31 Aug 2018) AP Global Entertainment Editor Nekesa Mumbi Moody, who built a relationship with Aretha Franklin over the years, called the singer’s funeral service “a celebration of black culture” — that was as long as it needed to be. (Aug. 31)

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Jennifer Hudson sings out to the Queen of Soul

(31 Aug 2018) From Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson and The Clark Sisters to Aretha Franklin’s son, Edward Franklin, musical tributes flow at the singer’s Detroit funeral. (Aug. 31)

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AP Top Stories August 31 P

(31 Aug 2018) Here’s the latest for Friday, August 31th: Aretha Franklin’s funeral held in Detroit; Washington, D.C. says goodbye to Senator John McCain; Canadian FM says no trade deal yet with U.S.; The Welsh Guard honors Franklin at Buckingham Palace.

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Clive Davis, Jesse Jackson, Tyler Perry and more speak at Aretha Franklin funeral

(31 Aug 2018) Rev. Jesse Jackson: If you ‘don’t register to vote you’ve dishonored Aretha.’ (Aug. 31)

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