Obamas pay tribute to ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

Fred Zilian, a university teacher from Rhode Island on a reunion with classmates from the U.S. military academy West Point, danced with his wife to an Aretha track playing at the Motown Museum.

She also recalled receiving a call from Franklin, who wanted to have her nephew or grandson send her his music.

After years of battling cancer, Aretha Franklin - the Queen of Soul - died on Thursday at the age of 76.

The news of her death Thursday morning has been so hard for his entire family, especially his mother, Carl Ellen, who he says is Aretha's half-sister, living in Memphis.

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Those around Franklin would often see stacks of cash on her dressing room vanity table, as reported by Remnick, who himself was a witness at a 2016 gig. Ariana Grande was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, and she chose to honor Franklin by joining The Roots for a cover of the latter song. Even before he met her, he knew that the Reverend C.L. Franklin had a daughter "whose voice could move mountains". "We sang at the White House and she was so sweet, she was so cute", she told Fallon. She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human.

In fact, LaBelle and Franklin were rumored to be on the outs at the time of the show (and for years) - though both women continually denied this, and LaBelle posted a heartfelt statement after Franklin's death.

Grande's album Sweetener is out today. Talk about queens-she was definitely the queen. "You don't try to denigrate her legacy by saying, 'she worked for me on numerous occasions.' This queen worked for nobody but her loving fans". "It was either going to be that, or 'This Is About Pete Davidson" ... I love this song so much because of the beginning. "You should be direct". "She sang about respect, she sang freedom, she told us to think - all these things we think of as being American, she kind of personified".

"Though she largely refrained from publicly criticizing Trump during or after the 2016 campaign, two individuals with direct knowledge of her political opinions said she was repelled by the Republican standard-bearer, his policy prescriptions, and his rhetoric", TDB reads.

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