Aretha Franklin's funeral to fuse spirit with star power

01 September, 2018, 09:42 | Author: Conrad Doyle
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Sharpton couldn't help but take a swipe at President Trump for referring to Franklin as someone who "used to work for me" the day she died from pancreatic cancer on August 16.

These gospel greats had a real connection to Franklin: Also hailing from Detroit, they once sang with her at the Grammys, while Franklin sang at their mother's funeral.

"She gave us pride". "She represented the best in our community".

Rev. Al Sharpton offered searing comments on President Donald Trump's response to Franklin's death.

. Not only was her performance technically assured, but through it she poured all the emotion we felt in saying goodbye to Aretha. "To say I was humbled to be in her presence would be an understatement".

Franklin's nephew Vaughn, niece Cristal, granddaughter Victorie and grandson Jordan delivered comments, musical tributes and readings for their family's beloved matriarch.

The rest of us - particularly those of us following the Twitter hashtag #ArethaHomegoing - came for church, some of us more entitled than others to make cracks about late starts and marathon overruns. "She said, 'You know how I am with my bank account!"

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The formal part of the service stretching almost eight hours, the celebration of the life and legacy of the U.S. icon was packed with gospel, eulogies, music and sermons.

"I was here for the Rosa Parks funeral", Jackson said.

"How you doing, baby?" she asked him.

She continued, "When I would go to her shows and watch her sing it would be the best feeling in the world".

This soprano, who had previously sung for both Franklin and President Barack Obama, blurred the lines between classical and gospel with a riveting, octave-leaping rendition of this hymn that raised the steeple off of the church. "She had the voice of generation", Clinton said. I wanted to see what the girl was carrying out, " to a wave of laughs and claps from the crowd. He then played "Think" on his phone and held it up to the mic. "It's the key to freedom!"

Rev. Sharpton was one of dozens of special guests invited to the star-studded celebration in remembrance of the Queen of Soul.

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Sharpton read the letter from Obama and his wife. "It was more like us supporting each other", she recalled of their rise to fame.

Franklin was dressed in a sparkling full-length gold dress with sequined heels for her final outfit, and she was dressed head-to-heel in red for her first public viewing on Tuesday, a nod to her membership in the sorority Delta Sigma Theta.

He talked about her role in civil rights movements, and shared a story about how her father led a major march in Detroit, laying the groundwork for Martin Luther King march in Washington, D.C.

The tribute is a nod to Franklin's funky '80s tune, "Freeway of Love, " which prominently featured the vehicle in the lyrics and video. The mayor announced that Detroit's Chene Park and its performance amphitheater would be renamed for Franklin.

Jackson said Franklin had perhaps the most remarkable and unique voice that the world has ever heard.

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