Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Obamas praise Aretha Franklin as 'truly one of a kind'

Vincent Street wipes down the casket of legendary singer Aretha Franklin at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit Wednesday Aug. 29 2018. Franklin died Aug. 16 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. (AP Sing For The Queen: Chaka Khan Is Nervous About Performing For Aretha Franklin’s Funeral
Angelica Greene | 31 August, 2018, 22:46

Reverend Al Sharpton got a standing ovation when he took a jab at president Donald Trump during Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday.

Franklin's funeral is limited to invited guests - but the world will be able to watch. National broadcasters including HLN and the Word Network plan to air the lengthy funeral in its entirety, though HLN will occasionally break in for headline updates.

There will also be a number of musical tributes. The channel will take calls from listeners after the service.

He continued, " While the music she made captured some of our deepest human desires, namely affection and respect, and through her voice, her own voice, Aretha lifted those of millions, empowering and inspiring the vulnerable, the downtrodden, and everyone who may have just needed a little love".

Detroit's week of remembrances kicked off Monday with a gospel tribute that honored Franklin at New Bethel Baptist Church, the place that launched her legendary music career.

She was dressed in a sparkling full-length gold dress with sequined heels for her final outfit - the fourth outfit Franklin has worn during a week of events leading up to her funeral. The following day she entered the room in a pastel blue get-up, according to CNN.

Hundreds Queue To Pay Their Respects To Aretha Franklin
The singer stayed silent for almost a full minute in front of a star-studded backdrop, before concluding, "We love you, Aretha". Swanson-she invited us in, and we all sat together and ate fried chicken", funeral director O'Neil Swanson II said.

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The vintage two-door, three-speed LaSalle made by Cadillac is the same vehicle used to carry the Rev. C.L. Franklin, father of the Queen of Soul, in 1984; David Ruffin, baritone for the Temptations, in 1991; and Rosa Parks, civil rights icon, in 2005. She said Franklin was extremely supportive of Parks.

Aretha Franklin's body has arrived at a Detroit church where her funeral is being held Friday.

Fans, friends and family continue to pay their respects to Aretha Franklin, as she is being laid to rest in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan.

"Detroit, last week we lost an irreplaceable force", Swift told the Ford Field audience.

The private "homecoming" services, complete with a eulogy delivered by former President Barack Obama, were scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. local time. Woodlawn also is the final resting place for Parks and numerous Motor City's musical elite, including members of the Four Tops.

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