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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Hudson: Aretha’s ‘presence was always there’

Recording artist Jennifer Hudson takes to the stage to perform and praise the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin as she receives a posthumous Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor in New York. (May 29)

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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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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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Motown Great Recounts Friendship with Aretha

(22 Aug 2018) Abdul “Duke” Fakir says he has stopped going to funerals in recent years due to the pain of losing so many close friends. But he says he won’t miss the chance to pay his final respects to longtime friend Aretha Franklin. (Aug. 22)

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Ken Ehrlich: Working with Aretha ‘was always worth it’

(19 Aug 2018) Veteran producer Ken Ehrlich talks about working with Aretha Franklin throughout the years and how all other performers expected her to steal the show. (Aug. 19)

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Aretha’s Epic Obama Inauguration Performance

(16 Aug 2018) Aretha Franklin brought down the house at President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009. Her performance was as memorable for her hat as it was for her rendition of “My country ’tis of thee.” (Aug. 16)

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Mich. Pastor: Aretha is Like ‘Letter From Home’

(15 Aug 2018) A Detroit pastor says he’s pulling for the ailing Aretha Franklin, calling the legendary singer a “letter from home.” (Aug. 15)

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