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Richard Smallwood and Brenda Franklin-Corbett Remember Aretha Franklin


On This Good Friday: Brenda Franklin-Corbett, Aretha’s cousin, affectionately known as Cousin Brenda with the one and only Richard Smallwood, who ministered today at Triumph Church in Detroit. Cousin Brenda toured with Aretha for more than 50 years. Richard is like family to The Franklins. He loves Aretha; and Aretha loved Richard. In fact, Richard saw “Amazing Grace” three times and counting. Amazing Grace is open in theaters across the country. For locations and time listings, please visit Happy Easter!

Aretha Franklin Is The First Woman To Receive A Pulitzer Prize Special Citation


Aretha Franklin was just awarded a Pulitzer Prize (Special Citation). She is the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation. Aretha is still opening doors for women in her death. Since 1944 (75 years to date), only 13 people have received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation (so this is not presented annually). Other recipients of the Special Citation includes Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, John Coltrane, Ray Bradbury, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, William Schuman, Milton Babbitt, Scott Joplin, Roger Sessions, Richard Rodgers, and Oscar Hammerstein II.

‘Amazing Grace’ Opens April 5 In NY & LA

Aretha Franklin Amazing Grace documentary plays at Angelika Film Center in New York, NY April 2019

Tomorrow, April 5th, Amazing Grace opens in New York City and Los Angeles. Check out the entrance of the Angelika Film Center in New York City. Other locations in NYC include Regal (E-Walk 13), AMC (Lincoln Square 13), and Cinemas (1, 2, and 3). In Los Angeles, the locations are AMC (Burbank 16), Pacific ArcLight Hollywood), Cinemark (Baldwin Hills 15), and The Landmark 12 (West Los Angeles). Amazing Grace opens wide on April 19th (Easter weekend).

The Gospel Film, ‘Amazing Grace’ Will Premiere March 25 in Detroit


“After decades of mystique and months of buildup, Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’ at last has a hometown premiere date. The late singer’s much-celebrated gospel film will premiere at the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Detroit Film Theatre on March 25 — the late Queen of Soul’s birthday. The black-tie event is private, though there will be limited complimentary ticket access for supporting patrons of the event’s three co-presenters: the DIA, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Freep Film Festival.Detroit Free Press

Aretha Franklin To Be Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame


On May 8th, Aretha Franklin will be posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. The City of Memphis continues to show the Queen of Soul love! Last year, the National Civil Rights Museum honored her at the 27th Annual Freedom Awards, and she was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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