Friday, August 17, 2018

Aretha Franklin (1942 - 2018) - Respect [1967] (Original Version)
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It is with sadness that I am remembering Aretha Franklin's great gifts without her in this world.

A few brief thoughts:
She maintained authority over her music and what she chose to share about her life. She did what few women and fewer Black women are allowed to do in the white and male-dominated music industry: require respect, and get it.

As she was the first woman, the first Black woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I heard someone state that while she was honored by them they were far more honored to have her in their club.

Her truth and spirit shines through and casts into shadow and background the narrative others wish to impose on her.

For more, please see this portions of the latest episode of Democracy Now! One is a tribute and one is Angela Davis's reflections on Ms. Franklin.

All Hail, the Queen has died. But it seems certain her spirit will live on and on.