Aretha Franklin, known around the world as “The Queen of Soul” was born in Memphis Tennessee, in 1942. Atlantic Records jumped on the opportunity to sign the talented soulful Queen, in 1967 where she slayed the same year, earning her first Billboard #1 for her rendition of ‘Respect‘.
20 years later, she found herself the very first female inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Most of you may know that, but here are some things you don’t know.
Aretha Franklin also performed at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Funeral and both presidential inaugurations of President Jimmy Carter and President Barack Obama. Furthermore, 18 Grammy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award make Ms. Franklin one of history’s most honored artists. So to simply say that Aretha Franklin is “The Queen of Soul” would be a major understatement, as our current generation continues to throw around the word “Queen” or the phrase, “Yass Queen. Slay Queen!”
The accalades of Ms. Aretha Franklin is legendary and deserves every honor in her name. After officially retiring in 2017, Franklin has become ill due to battling Cancer at 76 years of age. A person close to the family confirmed with The Associated Press this Monday morning that she is, “Seriously ill.” Since news broke, Hip Hop pumped the brakes from getting the bag to send prayers and their thoughts all over social media.
Missy Elliot tweeted:
Aretha Franklin once stated:
We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right.
Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I’m using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use.
I’m happy with that.“
Her family is now asking for prayers at this time. Keep it locked with us, as we continue to update you on this story.