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Courtney B. Vance To Play Aretha Franklin’s Father in ‘Genius’

“‘It’s an honor to join the Genius: Aretha team, and to bring to life the magnificent story of the Queen of Soul, an amazing woman who my wife, Angela, and I loved dearly,’ Vance said Thursday in a statement. ‘Aretha’s father, C.L. Franklin, had a profound impact on her trajectory from a girl in a gospel choir to a global phenomenon — both in a good way and a bad way.'” – Hollywood Reporter

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Breaking News! Aretha Franklin Biopic Slated For August 2020


“MGM and Bron Creative have finalized the cast for its Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson, who was previously announced in the lead role. The biopic follows the rise of Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom.”

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Cynthia Erivo To Star As Aretha Franklin In Nat Geo’s ‘Genius: Aretha’


“Nat Geo and Imagine have found their Queen of Soul. Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy-winning artist and actress Cynthia Erivo (Harriet, The Color Purple) has been tapped to star as Aretha Franklin in the next installment of Nat Geo’s Emmy-winning global anthology series Genius: Aretha, from Imagine Television and Fox 21 TV Studios. Billed as the first-ever, definitive and only authorized scripted limited series on the life of Franklin, Genius: Aretha will begin filming in November for a spring 2020 premiere on National Geographic channels in 172 countries and 43 languages.” –

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USA Today Remembers Aretha Franklin One Year After Her Passing

“One year after Aretha Franklin’s death, her legacy is very much alive – in her hometown and beyond. Franklin’s passing on Aug. 16, 2018, cast the world’s spotlight onto Detroit, where a three-day visitation drew thousands of mourners and a nine-hour funeral welcomed a host of dignitaries and high-profile entertainers.” – USA Today

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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.