A tribute fit for the Queen of Soul. Aretha Franklin will be laid to rest on Friday, August 31, and stars including Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Chaka Khan and Jennifer Hudson are set to perform. Franklin died on August 16 at the age of 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. According to the Detroit […]

Plans are underway to honor Aretha Franklin in Harlem and at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Aretha Franklin’s family is reportedly planning to hold a public memorial service & open casket viewing for her

While the passing of Aretha Franklin sent shockwaves throughout the world, many were able to celebrate the life of the “Queen Of Soul.” One of those was Urban One founder Ms. Cathy Hughes. Ms. Hughes called into the Donnie Simpson Show to talk about her friendship with Franklin which she explains the two bonded over […]

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Tonight on  Summer Mini Concert Series we celebrate the life of the legendary Aretha Franklin, also known as “The Queen of Soul“! Winning a total of 18 Grammy Awards during her career, she’s considered to be one of the best-selling musical artist of all time! She’s left us with such a rich legacy, her music will […]

Our own Donnie Simpson has interviewed the incomparable Aretha Franklin on many occasions. Watch this fantastic interview with Donnie and Aretha singing one of Curtis Mayfield‘s classic hits “Makings Of You.” The interview was to promote the album “A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield” featuring an all-star cast including Franklin playing tribute to Mayfield who became […]

Apparently, the Queen of Soul hand-picked the Oscar winner herself.

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  After rumors of her death began to circulate on Tuesday, Aretha Franklin felt compelled to email US Weekly Magazine to let everyone know, “I’m doing well generally, all test have come back good.” The Queen of Soul said, “I’ve lost a lot of weight due to side effects of medicine, it affects your weight…Thankxxx […]

Congrats to Tamar Braxton! She just inked a new record deal with E-One Music… I’m hearing it’s close to a million! Congrats are also in order for Nicki Minaj who has surpassed Aretha Franklin for the most Billboard Hot 100 songs of all time. She’s got 76. Aretha Franklin has 73… And of course, she celebrated the […]


Nicki Minaj is setting the record straight and not in a diss track, but on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. With the debut of her song “Make Love” with Gucci Mane at No. 78, Minaj ties with Aretha Franklin in the most appearances by a female artist on the Hot 100 charts. Franklin and Minaj […]

Thanks to Youtube user named Darcell Bios, the Queen of Soul is hilariously shether[ing] the heck out of these girls!