Aretha Franklin ‘despised’ Trump and refused inauguration invite

Just being around her was electrifying. "She brought joy to others' lives, and she will - her voice and the essence of her will long live all of us that are here right now".

Fox News has had their share of being dragged for their outlandish "journalism", but on Thursday the network took the ultimate "L" in the wake of Aretha Franklin's tragic death. Franklin was even an idol for Murphy Brown, the ultimate career woman, appearing in a charming 1991 cameo to sing "Natural Woman" with the starstruck news anchor played by Candice Bergen. "For more than six decades since, every time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine", he concluded.

And, by the way, though her Swift comment stole the entire show, we also have to give honorable mention to what the queen said about Nicki Minaj: "Hmmm, I'm going to pass on that one". The Queen of Soul will lie in state from 9 a.m.to 9 p.m. on August 28 and 29. It was Questlove, however, who convinced Grande to do it.

The family thanked fans around the world for their "incredible outpouring of love" since it first emerged earlier this week that she was gravely ill. She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. "It was my aunt, but it was still Aretha Franklin", says Charles. "And she was a great cook".

LaBelle playfully downplayed the incident to Andy Cohen on a subsequent episode of "Watch What Happens Live", where she insisted that she "didn't see" the snub (despite there being a video of it) and joked that whomever Lady Franklin brushed by "wasn't me".

Rumours started that Franklin had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer back in 2010, but the singer never publicly confirmed that she was sick. Funeral arrangements would be announced "in the coming days", her family said. "I just know she had on a green coat".

"Do you think your songs were the anthem for the Civil Rights Movement?" he asked. "It's an honor to have met her".

Reacting to Aretha's death, Trump tweeted: 'The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. We could not forget you if we tried.

A fierce musical talent not only in sensitive and dynamic vocal interpretation but also as a skilled pianist and arranger, Franklin demanded respect from us.

  • Salvatore Jensen