Remembering Aretha Franklin
This month, the world lost a legendary voice known as the Queen of Soul -- Aretha Franklin.
A symbol of Black pride to many, Franklin's songs such as "RESPECT," "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman," and "Think" became anthems reflecting the growing militancy of African Americans in challenging
in the late-60s and early-70s.
Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and has the largest number of Top 40 singles of any female performer. She was the youngest recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center Honors in 1994, the first Black entertainer to grace to cover of TIME magazine in 1968 and
the recipient of 17 Grammy awards. More than just a singer, Aretha Franklin will always have a place in our hearts and souls as a prime example of an individual who was able to use her celebrity for the good of all people. She offered a realness by projecting blackness to the world in all of its nuanced beauty by being assertive, strong and never letting anyone make her feel less of herself.
Sweet Blackberry would like to extend its condolences to the family and friends of Aretha Franklin. May we all grace through life with the strength and passion she showed us all.
|Respect - Aretha Franklin