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Aretha Franklin:A Mother At 15 And A Rollercoaster Ride To Superstardom

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Aretha Franklin is known as the Queen of Soul.  Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 25, 1942.  After her mother died from a heart attack, Franklin and her four siblings moved with their father to Detroit, Michigan.  Her father, Reverend Clarence La Vaughan “C.L.” Franklin, became a nationally renowned preacher at New Bethel Baptist Church. Franklin’s musical ability was recognized at an early age, and she was widely…

Aretha Franklin Refuses To Acknowledge Pattie LaBelle At The White House

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By Barry Burch Jr. Who is the first person you think of when you hear the word “diva?”  Could it be Aretha Franklin?  Well how about unapologetic diva? Wait, answer that question after you have viewed the video of, yes, The unapologetic diva (see said video), refusing to acknowledge fellow diva, Patti LaBelle, at a Women of Soul concert held by the White House over the weekend.   The concert…

Aretha Franklin Is Tickled At Beyonce’s Lip-Synching Controversy 

Aretha Franklin Is Tickled At Beyonce’s Lip-Synching Controversy 

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Amidst all the lip-synching controversy, legendary diva Aretha Franklin rushed to Beyoncé’s defense Tuesday, saying she thought the “Single Ladies” singer did a beautiful job with the National Anthem at President Obama’s Inauguration. “When I heard the news this evening that she was pre-recorded I really laughed,” Franklin told ABC News. “I thought it was funny because the weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees and for most…

Aretha Franklin Reveals She May Be Halle Berry’s Not So Distant Relative

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It has only been a few days since it was revealed that Halle Berry is related to former Republican vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, and now it has been revealed that Halle Berry could be tied to yet another celebrity. Aretha Franklin has also come forward as a possible relative of  the Academy Award-winning actress. Franklin, an 18 time Grammy award winner, announced, in a press release, that she is…

Aretha Franklin sends flowers to Cissy Houston to apologize for missing funeral

Aretha Franklin sends flowers to Cissy Houston to apologize for missing funeral

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    Aretha Franklin sent her love to Cissy Houston with flowers on Tuesday, the same day a source close to the family said the Queen of Soul was “devastated” that she missed Whitney Houston’s funeral. On Tuesday afternoon, the Daily News’ Jennifer H. Cunningham reported that a delivery man from Floralies Inc. dropped off a very large arrangement of white roses, lilies, tulips and other flowers for the mom…

2012 Essence Music Festival Lineup Announced

2012 Essence Music Festival Lineup Announced

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    NEW ORLEANS — Newly engaged queen of soul Aretha Franklin is headlining this summer’s Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, and its other top performers include Mary J. Blige, Fantasia, Stephanie Mills, Charlie Wilson and Keyshia Cole. The event, scheduled for July 6-8, is billed as one of the largest gatherings of black artists in the country. As in years past, musical performances will be held at the…