Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76 after a battle with cancer. The "Queen of Soul" was one of the bestselling recording artists of all time. She became famous in the 1960s as a singer with a uniquely expressive voice possessing great passion and control. Her hit songs in the late 1960s tapped into the spirit of the civil rights movement while her hit cover (and gendered re-authoring) of Otis Redding's Respect was an anthem of black female empowerment, writes Leah Kardos for The Conversation.
Sublime Soul Diva Who Demanded Respect, Which Will be Forever Given
The Conversation Africa, 18 August 2018
It is no coincidence that two of Aretha Franklin’s celebrated contemporaries who travelled to Detroit to see the singer in the last stages of her illness were Stevie Wonder… Read more »
Tribute - Aretha Franklin's Feminist Anthems
This Day, 17 August 2018
In her 1998 single 'A Rose is Still a Rose' the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin belted out: 'Darlin', you hold the power (what I am is what I am)'. Read more »
'A Glimpse of the Divine' - Barack Obama on Aretha Franklin
Vanguard, 17 August 2018
US President, Donald Trump and his predecessor, Barack Obama yesterday joined the world to mourn the passing away of renowned soul singer, Aretha Franklin. Read more »
Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Is Dead
Guardian, 16 August 2018
Aretha Franklin has been confirmed dead after battling pancreatic cancer, her publicist told the Associated Press. Read more »
Aretha Franklin sings "My Country 'Tis Of Thee'" at inauguration of President Obama in Washington, D.C., in 2009.
Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin wipes a tear away after being honored with the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. Looking on are recipients Robert Conquest, left, and Alan Greenspan.
Image of Aretha Franklin in the July 1976 issue of Billboard.
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