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Nikon Ambassador Matthew Jordan Smith Celebrates 37 Years in Photography with a Free Online Tribute Webinar to Gordon Parks and Aretha Franklin | PHOTOs

Matthew Jordan Smith with Aretha Franklin (Photo Courtesy of Matthew Jordan Smith Photography)

*World-renowned photographer Matthew Jordan Smith is celebrating 37 years of an illustrious photography career with a special online webinar dedicated to the legacy of the incomparable Gordon Parks and Aretha Franklin. The international, free online tribute is scheduled on Wednesday, April 17, at 10:00 a.m. ET will also give insights into the shoots that defined […]

Celebrity Photographer Matthew Jordan Smith Honors the Late Aretha Franklin with a New Coffee Table Book on What Would Have Been Her 82nd Birthday | VIDEO

Singer Aretha Franklin attends the "Selma" New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 14, 2014 in New York City

*As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, celebrity, fashion, and beauty photographer Matthew Jordan Smith honors the late Aretha Franklin today with a new coffee table book titled, “Aretha Cool: The Intimate Portraits,” on what would have been her 82nd birthday.  The beautifully crafted 256-page book takes the reader through a journey from 2005 […]

Aretha Franklin’s Sons to Divide Singer’s Real Estate Properties

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*Aretha Franklin’s sons will divide the late singer’s real estate properties after a judge cited a handwritten will from 2014 found between couch cushions. We reported previously via CNN that jurors found that the handwritten will, discovered by Franklin’s niece after the singer’s death, was signed by Franklin in 2014 and shows her intent. Franklin owned […]

Aretha Franklin’s Childhood Home in Detroit Sells for $355k

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*Aretha Franklin’s childhood home in Detroit hit the market in May for $379,900 and sold recently for $355k.  As TMZ reports, the 6000-square-foot property located in Detroit’s La Salle Gardens neighborhood boasts 6-bed, 5-bath, fireplaces and an extra 1-bedroom unit upstairs. “The crib could use a little bit of work, no doubt — you’ll recall, […]

All the incredible highs and lows of her amazing life and career.: You Gon’ LEARN Today – Aretha Louise Franklin Fast Facts for Ya | VIDEOs

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(CNN) — Here’s a look at the life of the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin. Personal Birth date: March 25, 1942 Death date: August 16, 2018 Birth place: Memphis, Tennessee Birth name: Aretha Louise Franklin Father: Rev. C. L. (Clarence LaVaughn) Franklin, minister and gospel singer Mother: Barbara (Siggers) Franklin, gospel singer Marriages: Glynn Turman […]

That was Quick! Jury Reaches Verdict in Battle Over Aretha Franklin’s Estate

*(CNN) — The jury hearing arguments surrounding the disposition of Aretha Franklin’s estate on Tuesday determined a 2014 version of her will should stand as the document of record. After deliberating for almost one hour, jurors found that a handwritten will, discovered under a sofa cushion by Franklin’s niece after the singer’s death, was signed […]

Aretha Franklin’s Family Heads to Court in Estate Battle | WATCH

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*(CNN) — Five years after the death of Aretha Franklin, a battle over her estate is ongoing. A probate court trial involving three of her four sons began Monday in Michigan after Franklin failed to leave behind a typed estate plan. The Queen of Soul died in 2018 at age 76 from a rare form […]

FBI Surveilled Aretha Franklin’s Civil Rights Activism in the 60s and ’70s

*According to recently declassified FBI files on Aretha Fraklin, the government spent years surveilling the late singer’s civil rights activism in the 1960s and ’70s. The 270-page document shows that the agency monitored Franklin’s involvement with the civil rights movement, communism and the Black Power movement, NPR reports. According to PEOPLE, journalist Jen Dize obtained […]

Whoo Lawd! Mavis Staples Goes in on the Late Aretha Franklin: ‘She was VERY INSECURE’

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*Singer/Civil Rights Activist Mavis Staples, 82, is opening up about her complicated friendship with the late Aretha Franklin! The beloved singer who has an impressive catalog of solo work– in addition to what she recorded alongside her siblings in the group The Staple Singers–is getting candid about the relationship she had with Franklin. During a […]

Granddaughter of Aretha Franklin Performs Singer’s ‘Ain’t No Way’ for ‘American Idol’ Audition [VIDEO]

Aretha Franklin's Granddaughter Grace Franklin's Audition - American Idol 2022

*Aretha Franklin’s granddaughter served up her musical talents when she auditioned for “American Idol” during Sunday’s episode. Grace Franklin, 15, also paid tribute to her late grandmother by performing Aretha’s classic “Ain’t No Way” and the Lauryn Hill version of “Killing Me Softly,” to judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. “Stop right there. […]