Aretha Franklin

Photo by David Boczarski/Getty Images From PraisePhilly.com: One day wasn’t enough to say goodbye to the Queen of Gospel Albertina Walker, so she was celebrated on October 14th and 15th with several events in Chicago. A public viewing and celebration of life worship service were held at West Point Baptist Church, and there was a […]

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has canceled two upcoming free concerts in Brooklyn, NY after the singer fractured her ribs and complained of abdominal pain after suffering a fall. The singer was also forced to cancel a performance at an upcoming birthday celebration for Harlem congressman Charlie Rangel.

From NBCNY.com: The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, were inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame at the Apollo Theater’s 2010 Spring Benefit, a star-studded affair dubbed “Evening of Legends.” “Michael was the King, the true King of Pop,” said actor-comedian Chris Tucker who accepted the award […]

From the New Haven Register: NEW HAVEN — Yale University afforded the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin, a lot of R-E-S-P-E-C-T and love Monday, with a short musical tribute and sustained cheering, when she was awarded an honorary doctor of music degree. Franklin was one of several luminaries at Yale’s 309th commencement ceremony, with award-winning […]

From Billboard: “Touring” carries a different meaning for singer Karen Clark-Sheard these days. The gospel legend and native Detroiter is on the road in the hit play “Church Girl” while promoting her fifth album, “All in One,” out this week. The release signals Clark-Sheard’s first solo project in four years and her first album on […]

From AOL Black Voices: The “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin is in final negotiations with gospel superstar Karen Clark Sheard to star in her production, ‘Aretha: From These Roots.’ The Grammy-winning diva held extensive auditions for ‘Aretha: From These Roots’ in Detroit back in 2007. Hundreds of people interested playing Franklin showed up. Following the […]

68 years ago today the Queen of Soul was born in Memphis, Tennessee as Aretha Louis Franklin. The soul, jazz and gospel afficionado was ranked #1 in Rolling Stone magazine’s greatest singers of all time.