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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan Unveils Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre

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The historic Chene Park Amphitheatre in Detroit was renamed to The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre following Aretha’s passing last year. Yesterday, the unveiling of the sign and the dedication happened with The Franklin Family and Mayor Mike Duggan. Click here to read more.

Richard Smallwood and Brenda Franklin-Corbett Remember Aretha Franklin

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On This Good Friday: Brenda Franklin-Corbett, Aretha’s cousin, affectionately known as Cousin Brenda with the one and only Richard Smallwood, who ministered today at Triumph Church in Detroit. Cousin Brenda toured with Aretha for more than 50 years. Richard is like family to The Franklins. He loves Aretha; and Aretha loved Richard. In fact, Richard saw “Amazing Grace” three times and counting. Amazing Grace is open in theaters across the country. For locations and time listings, please visit http://amazing-grace-movie.com. Happy Easter!

Aretha Franklin Is The First Woman To Receive A Pulitzer Prize Special Citation

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Aretha Franklin was just awarded a Pulitzer Prize (Special Citation). She is the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation. Aretha is still opening doors for women in her death. Since 1944 (75 years to date), only 13 people have received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation (so this is not presented annually). Other recipients of the Special Citation includes Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, John Coltrane, Ray Bradbury, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, William Schuman, Milton Babbitt, Scott Joplin, Roger Sessions, Richard Rodgers, and Oscar Hammerstein II.