Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Taylor Swift Honors Aretha Franklin With Moment Of Silence At Detroit Gig

Aretha Franklin Wears Bright-Red Louboutin Spike Heels in Her Gold Casket — And They Have a Hidden Meaning Flamboyant send-off celebrates Aretha Franklin's glittering star style
Rosie Leonard | 31 August, 2018, 12:45

George Hamilton, interim director and board member for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, said they are used to serving the public.

The Queen of Soul's public viewing continued Wednesday, with fans queuing festively outside, then walking solemnly and single file into the museum.

"When it all comes together, it's one big masterpiece", minister of music Deerico Loyd said.

On Tuesday, the first day of body viewing, Aretha Franklin was dressed in Christian Louboutin 5-inch patent leather pumps that match a tea-length ruby red dress made of lace - with a full tulle skirt and chiffon overlay.

On Friday, Franklin's family will hold a private funeral service, which will be streamed online and on television.

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The Four Tops will be among those performing at Thursday's concert. Louis Farrakhan, the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam, is included in the line-up. Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Chaka Khan, and others will perform at the service.

Detroit is celebrating the life of the queen of soul in royal style this week before her funeral on Friday.

MCPHERSON: I've met a lot of different people because of this Aretha hat.

DENISE BARRETT-HUBBARD: I want to do something that honors the queen in me and the queen in her as well.

The gospel, soul and R&B star influenced generations of female singers from the late Whitney Houston to Beyonce with unforgettable hits including "Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968).

In her tribute, Swift simply told the crowd, "This is her home".

Mary J. Blige stated several years ago, "When it comes to expressing yourself through song, there is no one who can touch her".

"She is presented in a way that reflects her life and her legacy", Swanson said.

Aretha is closely tied to Detroit, moving there at an early age with her family before returning to Motown and The Motor City for good in the 1980s.

As they approached the casket and heaping displays of roses, many people smiled, cried, crossed themselves, bowed their heads or blew kisses. She sang at both of his inaugurations.

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