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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:43 pm    Post subject: RIP Aretha Franklin Reply with quote

Aretha Franklin Dead at 76
A Queen Who Embodied Black Music’s Spirit and Vision
The ‘Queen of Soul,’ who passed away at the age of 76 after a battle with cancer, was so much more than even that lofty moniker implied.

She was an icon. A legend. And so much more than that.

Aretha Franklin was one of our greatest treasures; a prodigious talent and studious craftswoman who reached the pinnacle of her profession and became a cultural avatar at a time when black women were fighting to be seen and heard on their own terms. Aretha’s ascent to superstardom coincided with Black America’s cultural assertion against white supremacy in the 1960s, and carried over through the disillusionment and disenfranchisement of the ’70s. In the ’80s, she embodied her generation’s shift into newer modes of communication and higher symbols of affluence, and emerged as a venerated elder for a new wave of soul queens in the ’90s. Aretha was always a voice and a mirror for where her people and her generation had been, were currently, and seemed to be going.

On Thursday morning, the news came: The Queen of Soul was dead at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer.

It’s fairly easy to rattle off the names of the legendary soul singers who have followed her path to superstardom. Gladys Knight’s commercial breakthrough with the Pips was a few months after Aretha broke big with “I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You),” and Patti LaBelle’s solo emergence was similarly post-Aretha in the 1970s, as well as the debuts of Natalie Cole and Chaka Khan with Rufus. Aretha’s shadow over the singer-songwriter movement most often associated with artists like Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon gets less acknowledgement, but Aretha penned the classic “Dr. Feelgood” in 1967 and top five hits “Think” and “Sweet Sweet Baby” in 1968. She would write a string of hit originals in the early ’70s, including “Call Me,” “Rock Steady,” “Day Dreaming,” and “Spirit in the Dark.” And her skills as a pianist placed her squarely at the cusp of that burgeoning singer-songwriter shift that would be more evident throughout that decade.

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https://www.thedailybeast.com/aretha-franklin-dead-at-76-a-queen-who-embodied-black-musics-spirit-and-vision?via=newsletter&source=DDMorning
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:23 am    Post subject: A Late Show Tribute to Aretha Franklin Reply with quote

A Late Show Tribute to Aretha Franklin
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Published on Aug 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin's powerful performance of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at the Kennedy Center Honors that Stephen hosted.

https://youtu.be/6dO1kGAXBO0


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:31 am    Post subject: Remembering Aretha Franklin Reply with quote

Remembering Aretha Franklin - Between the Scenes
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Published on Aug 16, 2018
Trevor remembers the life and music of Aretha Franklin.

https://youtu.be/O-X7OqdL2Po


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:06 am    Post subject: Remembering Aretha Franklin Reply with quote

Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson remember Aretha Franklin
CNN
Published on Aug 16, 2018
Don Lemon and stars Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson remember the late, great "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin.

https://youtu.be/7JFp-6ovHo4


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:17 am    Post subject: Remembering Aretha Franklin Reply with quote

'The Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at the age of 76
ABC News
Published on Aug 16, 2018
She was an 18-time Grammy winner and the first woman to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

https://youtu.be/KED_OUMH9Lc



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Tributes pour in for Aretha Franklin
CBS News
Published on Aug 16, 2018
Prominent figures from the Obamas to Paul McCartney are remembering Aretha Franklin. S

https://youtu.be/5UKJC_8ubm4

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:21 am    Post subject: Remembering Aretha Franklin Reply with quote

Remembering Aretha Franklin, the soulful voice of our time
PBS NewsHour
Published on Aug 16, 2018
A legend is gone. Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” died Thursday at age 76 in Detroit from pancreatic cancer. One of the best-selling musical artists of all times, she defined a generation of music with countless hits like “Think” and “Respect.” Judy Woodruff gets remembrances from Chris Richards of the Washington Post and opera singer Grace Bumbry.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:38 am    Post subject: Aretha was no friend of Trump's Reply with quote

Aretha Franklin Bashed Trump in Private, Blew Off Inauguration Invite
The president called her his ‘friend.’ The Queen of Soul wanted absolutely nothing to do with him or his inauguration, sources confirm.
Asawin Suebsaeng, Maxwell Tani

The late “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin hated the political rise of Donald Trump. But that didn’t stop him from trying, and failing, to book her to perform at his 2017 inauguration.

Shortly after his shock election victory, then President-elect Trump tasked Tom Barrack, his longtime friend and the chairman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, with reaching out to Franklin to ask if she would perform at an inaugural event and concert, according to three sources familiar with what happened. Trump had long considered the legendary singer a friend, and wanted the offer framed as an opportunity to help bring the country back together after a brutal, bruising presidential election.

However, Team Trump’s contacts in Hollywood failed to secure the Queen of Soul for the inauguration.

Though she largely refrained from publicly criticizing Trump during or after the 2016 campaign, two individuals with direct knowledge of her political opinions said she was repelled by the Republican standard-bearer, his policy prescriptions, and his rhetoric. One source close to Franklin told The Daily Beast that after the election, she confided to associates that “no amount of money” could convince her to perform at the inauguration. Another knowledgeable source described her as “despising” everything he stood for, and as an avowed Hillary Clinton supporter.

Indeed, those sources told The Daily Beast that Franklin had been in talks to join Team Hillary on the campaign trail, and even to perform a song written for Clinton at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Though she was able to perform briefly at at least one Clinton fundraiser, Franklin’s difficult logistical demands prevented her from performing at the Democratic convention, and other conflicts kept her from appearing or headlining other envisioned 2016 events.

But Franklin and her family did end up attending the 2016 Democratic National Convention, watching some of the speeches from 2016 Democratic National Convention CEO Leah Daughtry’s private box.

“We would have loved for Ms. Franklin to perform at the 2016 Convention,” Daughtry told The Daily Beast in an email. “After all, she’d performed at the 1992 Convention that nominated Bill Clinton and at both of his inaugurals. However, Ms. Franklin indicated that she simply wanted to enjoy the historic moment of Secretary Clinton’s nomination, particularly given her close and long-standing relationship with the Clintons.”
Barrack spokesman Owen Blicksilver declined comment on this story. The White House did not comment by press time.

Following news of Franklin’s death on Thursday, President Trump claimed in a statement that the diva was “a person I knew well” had “worked for me on numerous occasions.”

It is unclear what exactly the president meant by “worked for me,” but Franklin did, indeed, appear or perform at Trump events and venues.

The two were photographed together in 1997 at the grand opening of the Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York City. Franklin gave a private concert at a nearby theater to celebrate the event.

In 1998, she performed at the Trump Castle Casino, where she reportedly allowed employees to watch her rehearse for over two hours in a 450-seat showroom. Two years later, Franklin performed at the Trump Taj Mahal & Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

But by Trump’s political ascendency, their relationship had chilled considerably, at least from her end. In December 2016, Franklin—who had performed at Barack Obama's inaugural celebration in 2009—was asked by The Hill if she would perform for Trump’s inauguration, if asked.

“That’s a good question,” she said.

“That’s a very good question,” she continued, with a big smile. “We’ll see.”

In the end, Trump’s inauguration lineup largely included lesser-known musical acts like DJ Ravidrums and mainstream artists several years past their relevance like 3 Doors Down. At one point during the transition, Anthony Scaramucci, then vice chair of the inaugural committee, claimed that “Elton John is going to be doing our concert on the Mall for inauguration.”

That was quickly shot down as fiction, with John’s publicist Fran Curtis quickly emailing The Daily Beast, “Elton will not be performing a Trump inauguration.”

https://www.thedailybeast.com/aretha-franklin-frequently-bashed-trump-in-private-blew-off-inauguration-invite-5?via=newsletter&source=DDMorning
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:33 pm    Post subject: Trust Fox News for something like this!!! Reply with quote

Also posted in Politix, in the Racism thread.

Fox Uses Picture of Wrong Black Woman During Aretha Franklin Tribute
David Pakman Show
Published on Aug 20, 2018
--Fox News uses a picture of a different black woman -- Patti LaBelle -- during a tribute to Aretha Franklin, who recently passed away

https://youtu.be/RVQl0800FiM


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