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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.
“The first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Franklin was an artist of passion, sophistication and command, whose recordings remain anthems that defined soul music. Long live the Queen.” – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
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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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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.
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In 2019, Aretha was the first woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize’s Special Citation for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades.
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Be a witness to Aretha Franklin’s history. Bring home the documentary of the live, never-seen-before recording of her album, AMAZING GRACE. Now available on DVD and Digital: https://www.uphe.com/movies/amazing-grace
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TUNE IN TONIGHT: BET’s “Sunday Best” will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin at 8:00 p.m. ET/7: 00 p.m. CT. Also Keke Wyatt will be the featured artist on the show tonight! Thanks BET and the entire “Sunday Best” team, Torrence Glenn, Deborah Byrd, and Keke!
Photo Credit: Matthew Jordan Smith
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 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