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Aretha Franklin Fund for Neuroendocrine Cancer Research

As many of you know, tomorrow, August 16th is the one-year anniversary of Aretha Franklin’s passing. Here’s a story we waited a year to do to bring more attention to pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer and the Aretha Franklin Fund for Neuroendocrine Cancer Research. Thank you Jeff Karoub, Nekesa Moody, Michael Householder and Mesfin Fekadu of the Associated Press for giving this story the focus it deserves.

https://apnews.com/bbc1f38e5c024c849669f268dd32b1e0

Aretha Franklin Won 18 GRAMMY Awards

During the span of her career, the Queen of Soul received 44 GRAMMY nominations, won 18 GRAMMY awards, and has five recordings in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame: “Respect,” “Chain Of Fools,” “Amazing Grace,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You).”

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Aretha Franklin Held 13 Honorary Doctorate Degrees

As one of the most influential and important voices in the history of American music, Aretha held 13 honorary doctorate degrees from various universities including Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, and the Berklee College of Music.

Listen to the Best Of Aretha on Amazon Music here: https://lnk.to/BestOfAretha

The Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway Is Official

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This happened yesterday at the ceremonial signing of the House Bill 4060 designating a portion of M-10, the Aretha F. Franklin Memorial Highway with Sabrina Owens (l), Aretha’s niece and the personal representative of the Aretha Franklin Estate, State Representative Leslie Love (c), and Earline Franklin, Aretha’s Sister-in-Law.

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Musician’s Monday: Aretha & Her Band Visited The White House Throughout The Years

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Musician’s Monday: Aretha often took her band and singers to the White House throughout the years during the presidency of Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. In 2014, this group performed with Aretha at the “Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House.”

Left to right: Brenda White, Fonzi Thornton, Vaneesa Thomas, Brenda Corbett, President Obama, Andra McKoy, Darryl Houston, HB Barnum, Richard Gibbs