RIP Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. Aretha had a voice filled with such power and emotion it not only made her one of the world’s most beloved artists, it also served as an important voice for civil rights, echoing across the movement for decades to where Presidents would continue to call on it to inspire generations. On the eve of President Clinton’s inauguration in 1993, Aretha and Michael joined some of the world’s most renowned artists on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to sing “We Are the World” and “America the Beautiful” in sending a worldwide message of hope. While Aretha’s irreplaceable artistry, kindness and class will be missed, her spirit lives on and continues to inspire.
Rest In Peace, Aretha Franklin
August 18, 2018