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Aretha Franklin Plans Holiday Feast For Detroit Community

Aretha Christmas Dinner

Aretha Franklin hosted a glittering holiday soiree Tuesday night at the International Banquet Center in Greektown, Detroit, with surprise guests the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his son, Jesse Jackson Jr., circulating and posing for selfies amidst an array of Detroit TV, radio and music personalities. … Amidst holiday decorations and flowers, the Queen of Soul presented a lively slate of entertainment after dinner, including singer Jody Watley.

…The Queen of Soul will be giving back to the Detroit community with a free holiday feast from 3-7 p.m. Christmas Eve at her father’s former church, New Bethel Baptist Church, 8430 C.L. Franklin Blvd.

Read more at The Detroit News.

Photo by Charlotte Massey

Aretha Franklin Featured Again In White House Summer Playlist

The President’s 2016 Summer Playlist: Day

Last year, the White House jumped on Spotify to post President Obama’s summer playlists. This year, President Obama is once again sharing his summer picks. Aretha Franklin’s “Rock Steady” is included on the President’s “Day” playlist, shown below, for the second year in a row.

The President’s 2016 Summer Playlist: Day

  1. LoveHate Thing – Wale
  2. Smooth Sailin’ – Leon Bridges
  3. Elevator Operator – Courtney Barnett
  4. Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  5. Many the Miles – Sara Bareilles
  6. Tightrope – Janelle Monáe
  7. Classic Man – Jidenna
  8. So Ambitious – Jay Z feat. Pharrell
  9. Me Gustas Tu – Manu Chao
  10. Forever Begins – Common
  11. The Man – Aloe Blacc
  12. As We Enter – Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
  13. Sinnerman – Nina Simone
  14. U Got the Look – Prince
  15. Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin
  16. Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
  17. Don’t Owe You A Thang – Gary Clark Jr.
  18. Man Like That – Gin Wigmore
  19. II B.S. (edit) – Charles Mingus



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Aretha Franklin Among Nominees To Buffalo Music Hall of Fame 2016

Aretha Franklin during a show at Artpark

The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame will be inducting the “Queen of Soul” into its Class of 2016 this fall. The winners were announced Wednesday at a news conference at the Buffalo History Museum and Grammy winner Aretha Franklin has been named as one of this year’s inductees.

“I am honored to be inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame,” WBBZ-TV personality Kim Piazza read to a crowd at the Buffalo History Museum. “I grew up and have performed in your city over the years, and it is one of my favorite stops. Thank you to all the great music lovers in Buffalo. Sincerely, Aretha Franklin.”

The Queen of Soul, who briefly lived in Buffalo when she was a very young child, will receive the President’s Award and be one of 11 musicians formally honored at the 34th annual Buffalo Hall Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Gala on Oct. 6 in the Cardinal O’Hara Performing Arts Center, 39 Ohara Road, Tonawanda.

Read more at The Buffalo News and

Top Photo: Aretha Franklin during a show at Artpark. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Detroit Street Renamed For Rev. C.L. Franklin – Detroit Free Press

The Rev. C.L. Franklin gets a kiss on the cheeks from his daughters Aretha, left and Carolyn, right in 1965. (Photo: Ed Haun, Detroit Free Press)

Singing in a Baptist church Friday afternoon, Aretha Franklin brought a crowd of hundreds to its feet at a dedication ceremony to rename a street outside after her father, the late Rev. C.L. Franklin.

After performing on stage at New Bethel Baptist Church, she strode up the aisle, continuing to wail as a couple of worshippers shook a tambourine.

… The renaming of the street is “an acknowledgement of his contributions to the city and the country,” Franklin said. “I’m thrilled. It couldn’t come fast enough. I’m just delighted to see so many people come out.”

Read more at the Detroit Free Press.

The Rev. C.L. Franklin gets a kiss on the cheeks from his daughters Aretha, left and Carolyn, right in 1965. (Photo: Ed Haun, Detroit Free Press)