Aretha Franklin

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Cynthia Erivo Set to Embody the Queen of Soul in ‘Genius: Aretha’

The “Harriet” actress will star as the late vocal powerhouse in the next installment of National Geographic’s “Genius” series.


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'Amazing Grace' and Poor People's Campaign Embark On Voter Registration Tour

The Aretha Franklin-focused documentary will screen for free in 22 states ahead of the general election.

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Aretha Franklin Posthumously Honored With 2019 Pulitzer Prize

Jennifer Hudson surprised the audience with a performance of “Amazing Grace” in tribute to the Queen of Soul.

Pulitzers Honor Work of Three Black Icons

Aretha Franklin wins a history-making honor, and works that explore the lived experiences of Frederick Douglass and Alain Locke snag the coveted prize.

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Watch Aretha Shine in Trailer for 'Amazing Grace'

Buried for decades, the documentary hinges on the singer’s live performance at New Bethel Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972.

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ICYMI: After 46 Years, Aretha Franklin Doc to See Light of Day

“Amazing Grace,” which features sessions from the 1972 live gospel album of the same name, will premiere at DOC NYC.

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Don't Miss These Powerful 'Black Girls Rock!' Highlights

From speeches by Tarana Burke and Janet Jackson to an all-star tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, here are just a few reasons why this annual award show rocks.

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Aretha Franklin's Family Denounces Reverend's 'Distasteful' Eulogy

Vaughn Franklin says Reverend Jasper Williams Jr.’s remarks at his aunt’s funeral ignored the late singer’s life and condemned activists and single Black mothers.

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LIVESTREAM: Aretha Franklin's Funeral in Detroit

Join the world in mourning and celebrating the Queen of Soul as famous fans like Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson arrive in the Motor City for her funeral. 

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How Aretha Franklin Lent Her Voice to the Civil Rights Movement

The Queen of Soul, who just passed away at age 76, captivated the world with her vocals and turned a plea for “Respect” into a rallying cry for justice. Revisit her legacy.

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Wake Up and Wind Down With President Obama's New Two-Part Spotify Playlist

The playlist, curated for day and night, features artists as varied as Jidenna, Esperanza Spalding and Billie Holiday. 

Lee Daniels is Directing a New Documentary on the Apollo Theater

And Daniels and Apollo Theater president Jonelle Procope are asking the public to submit historical materials for inclusion in the project.

Aretha Franklin Doc 'Amazing Grace' Pulled from Telluride and Chicago International Film Festivals After Emergency Injunction

The legendary singer won an injunction against Telluride to keep “Amazing Grace”—which she says used footage without her approval—from screening. 

The Queen of Soul is Openly Lobbying to Replace J-Lo on 'American Idol'

Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have left their judging gigs on “American Idol” and now the Queen of Soul says she wants to reign in.

Aretha Franklin Calls off Her Wedding

On January 2nd Aretha Franklin announced she and her long time partner William ‘Willie’ Wilkerson were engaged to be married but on Monday the Queen of Soul announced the engagement is off.

Aretha Franklin is Getting Married and She Wants You To Know She's Not Pregnant

There’s another royal wedding this year!

Aretha Franklin Opens Up About Weight Loss

It’s the Queen of Soul like you’ve never seen her before.

Aretha Franklin Breaks Her Silence After Surgery, Says "Problem Resolved"

Aretha Franklin is opening up a bit about her health after her mystery surgery last month.

The Queen of Soul's Vibrant Court

Our thoughts are with Aretha, and all of the talents she’s inspired.

Aretha Franklin's Cancer Diagnosis Prevalent Among Blacks

The Queen of Soul is battling a disease that disproportionally hits African Americans.