The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is calling on the Motown family to help Flint, Michigan residents during the manmade water crisis.
Flint’s water supply became contaminated with lead and other pollutants when the city switched its drinking water source from Detroit’s water supply to the Flint River.
“It’s lovely that Cher and Eminem and Puffy (Sean Combs) coming into the city bringing water,” said Franklin during a phone interview with MSNBC Anchor Tamron Hall Thursday morning.
“It’s my position that… Detroiters have got to help Detroiters in Flint. It’s so close to Detroit, I think it’s just regarded as being a part of Detroit,” she said.
Ms. Franklin said she is donating hotel rooms for 25-50 families as well as free food and drinks at the nearby Coney Island restaurant.
“They really have good food… I go in there a lot,” she laughed.
The soul legend said she’s also making calls to Motown Records founder Berry Gordy and R&B icons Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson to see what they can do to help.
Franklin said she’s looking for volunteers who can “responsibly and professionally” pre-screen Flint residents at her father’s church, New Bethel Baptist Church, at a date to be determined.
In an earlier interview with Evrod Cassimy, Morning Anchor of Local 4 News, Franklin said she is launching her own line of food products to compete with Patti LaBelle’s famous sweet potato pies.
— MSNBC Live w/Tamron (@TamronMSNBC) January 28, 2016