The 2018 Black Music Honors recognized the legacy of Aretha Franklin during the award show taping on Thursday, August 16. . Hosted by 2017 Marconi Award Winner Rickey Smiley and singer/actress LeToya Luckett, the annual two-hour television special honors artists and musicians who have influenced and made significant contributions to American music. This year’s honorees were Bobby Brown, Faith Evans, Bebe & Cece Winans, Whodini, Stephanie Mills and Dallas Austin. ... read more »
Whatever others may say in clearly deserved praise and homage to Aretha Franklin, it is vitally important that we, as persons and a people, speak our own special cultural truth about her and make our own unique assessment of her music, life, service and meaning to us. Here I mean not letting others’ descriptions of her and her music serve as an orientation and framework for our own praise and proper due, but rather reaching inside ourselves and understanding and speaking of her in a multiplicity of meaningful and praise-worthy ways drawn and distilled from the depths of our own hearts and our own culture. ... read more »
Iconic Soul legend Aretha Franklin has passed away, but her talent and legacy have reached countless people throughout the world. Throughout her career, she was part of—as well as created—many iconic sports moments. ... read more »
Aretha Franklin’s music served as a 1960s call to action that inspired thousands to join civil rights movements and still maintains a social context that resonates across these movements today. Beyond her contributions to music and arts, Franklin was a philanthropic individual who supported causes related to civil rights, human health, and gender equality, in addition to causes within the creative arts.
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Sparkling dimmed stage lights and a roar of claps and screams filled the air when legendary singer Aretha Franklin entered the stage at her Aug. 2 Microsoft Theater concert. It’s easy to say that the Queen of Soul is a living legend with a timeless voice. Even at 73, her voice has remained as powerful as it was 50 years ago when she started her career. ... read more »