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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

Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings Available March 22


AMAZING GRACE was Aretha Franklin’s biggest-selling album and the best-selling live gospel album of all time. AMAZING GRACE: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS will be available on March 22, just three days before Franklin’s birthday. On vinyl for the first time, the beautiful set includes four, 180-gram LPs that contain both of her transcendent performances at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, which were recorded in Los Angeles on January 13 and 14, 1972.

Also available as a 2CD set and digitally, pre-order your copy here:

Stellar Gospel Music Awards To Honor The Queen of Soul


The 34th annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards will honor the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin with the ICON Award in addition to a special tribute to be performed by Kelly Price, Regina Belle and Erica Campbell. The telecast will premiere on BET on Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.

On behalf of Aretha Franklin’s family, thank you Mr. Don Jackson and the Stellar Gospel Music Awards Committee and team!

Read more at Celebrity Myxer.

Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’ Set For Release August 2020

MGM has dated its Aretha Franklin biopic Respect for August 14, 2020. The pic, directed by Liesl Tommy and scripted by Oscar winner Callie Khouri, follows the 17-time GRAMMY winner from her childhood days singing in her father’s church’s choir to mega stardom and the performer of such hit songs as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools.” Dreamgirls Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will play Franklin.

Read more at Deadline.