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)
On April 29, Herbie Hancock, Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper and more played at the International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert, held at the White House in Washington, D.C. After opening remarks from President Obama, the concert also featured performances from Aretha Franklin, who paid tribute to the late Prince with a rendition of “Purple Rain” (at the 1:14:00 mark below).
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- Aretha Franklin Set to Perform During International Jazz Day 2016 – March 31, 2016
Aretha Franklin was in the mood for celebrating, and not just because she had a birthday party.
“Good news, we’re ready to sign for the movie,” Franklin said Thursday night of the biopic about her life she has been trying to arrange with Straight Outta Compton producer Scott Bernstein. “We’ve agreed on all the key points. There’s very little left now (to negotiate), very little. They have given me creative control and that’s all I wanted.”
Franklin, who turned 74 on March 25, spoke to The Associated Press in the first floor lounge of the Ritz-Carlton hotel, where she has held parties before, as some 100 of her friends gathered Thursday to wish her a happy birthday.
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“President Obama and Michelle Obama to host International Jazz Day 2016 All-Star Global Concert at The White House featuring Herbie Hancock, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Trombone Shorty, Diana Krall, Al Jarreau, Hugh Masekela, Buddy Guy, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny and many others.”
Read more at Jazz Day.
What do you feel has been your greatest legacy?
I don’t know — somewhere between the musical and the humanitarian. That was one reason that I was so appreciative of the Presidential Medal of Freedom because it spoke to my service to humanity and the community.
The Queen accomplishes more than just singing, you know.
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T.J. Jackson spoke with Aretha Franklin in Detroit as part of his Grammy Legends series for “The Insider With Yahoo.”
During Super Bowl 50, Jeep premiered a 60-second commercial entitled “Portraits” that included an image of Aretha Franklin. View the commercial:
In response to the water crisis in Flint, Aretha Franklin is looking to provide nightly rooms for 25-50 people at the Holiday Inn in Southfield. Flint residents will be pre-screened at New Bethel Baptist Church, her father’s church in Detroit, at a date to be determined. “Detroiters usually come to the aid of Detroiters — and Flint is certainly regarded as Detroit,” Franklin said to Local 4. “Hang in there.”
In addition, the Queen of Soul has recorded a public service announcement in support of the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, where she has performed a number of times, and which has been in danger of closing. She says in the spot: “Hi. This is Aretha Franklin asking you to support the Music Hall in keeping great performances and music alive,” the Detroit Free Press reports.
Do you have a sense of why your Kennedy Center performance was such a sensation?
I’m not sure why, but I sure enjoyed it. I loved the response from the audience and everyone who has been calling and texting. I’m just very happy about it.
People were saying President Obama shed a tear. What did you think when you heard that?
I’ve been wondering about that. I don’t know. What do you think?