Aretha Franklin's niece Sabrina Garrett shared details of the Queen of Soul's public viewing with INSIDE EDITION.

Thousands of mourners queued for blocks to view Aretha in repose in a gold-plated casket inside the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. Her body will be on view for four days leading up to Friday's funeral.

Aretha passed away on Thursday, August 16, in her luxury Detroit Riverfront apartment. She was 76.

Garrett tells INSIDE EDITION Aretha is an honorary member of the sorority Delta Sigma Theta and her crimson red dress is a nod to the sorority's official color.

She said her aunt's dress features a lace bodice and sleeves, and the skirt is netting. Her ruby red stiletto pumps are by Christian Louboutin. Her jewelry was custom made for the funeral, which will be held on Friday, Aug. 31, at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple.

Aretha's niece says the family shopped for the Queen of Soul's outfit knowing exactly what she wanted to wear for her home going service.

From a press release:

Proving to be a diva down to the very end, Aretha's coffin is solid bronze with a 24 karat gold plate exterior. She is surrounded by hundreds of roses in hues of pink, Aretha's favorite color. INSIDE EDITION has learned that whenever she'd order flowers at home, they would always be a shade of pink.

The official photo of Aretha in the coffin swept the internet on Tuesday. Her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells INSIDE EDITION in a statement: "The family of Aretha Franklin wanted to take a respectful photo to share with her millions of fans around the world who could not attend the viewing."

Her funeral will be live streamed and broadcast to the world.

For INSIDE EDITION's full report, tune in on Tuesday, August 28th. For stations and times in your area, check local listings at www.insideedition.com.

INSIDE EDITION is produced daily by Inside Edition Inc. and distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

Photos by Paul Sancya-Pool/Getty Images

  • bemetoo

    awe

  • Marlika

    I do not like going to funerals, especially seeing a person all layed out. I don’t know how people break their neck to see a dead celebrity.?????

    On a side note Retha sho is looking casket sharp.??

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I was literally thinking the same thing. If I was a celebrity, I wouldn't want to be laid out in the middle of the street for strangers to gawk.

    I know that most people are there out of respect and love, but it's a no for me.

  • davine puddin

    I feel sad i cant go to class this semester short 1000 dollars. However i am thankful i am still breathing. Her family done right by her. Rip aretha.

  • Alextra Ballard

    That was very thoughtful of the family...Greatfully appreciated.

  • Rayne

    Everybody else does a go fund me for stupid stuff. That’s important. Set it up. You’ll get it and a lil more to go to class and FINISH! Good luck ?

  • Rayne

    I like the classy way they took the pic. From behind , but just enough so you could see she is shawb! Ion need no up close pic of naan dead person.

  • SweetTEE

    agree 100%

  • Ni Ni

    Tom Joyner mentioned that he tried to go see Aretha some months ago but she didn't want anyone to see her since she had lost a significant amount of weight. He said aretha declined Clive davis too and tom stated the importance of having your affairs in order. He believed she wouldn't want to be displayed like that since she didn't want to see visitors before she passed.

  • What???

    RIP to the Queen, a REAL QUEEN who EARNED her status unlike these self-proclaimed fraudulent broads thinking their complexion and looks automatically makes them royalty with their evil hearts.

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    Casket sharp is an understatement, her toes are pointed and everything. Personally, I don't faux with funerals, that will never be a normal thing to me. Even more inappropriate is taking pictures of ppl in the casket, AND SENDING THEM TO PPL!!

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    Clive is the grim reaper, i'd decline that ninja too!

  • Alextra Ballard

    I also think the reason for that angle is because of the enormous weight lost. She was just 86 lbs. Just some dignity

  • Karen Brady

    All of this.

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    Don't give up! The Lord always finds a way to make things possible.

  • Karen Brady

    Chuckles my ass off. And I'm out. Good night all!

  • Faithz

    I hope you get your schooling, it tees me off that it's so hard to get help with schooling, and the school loans are so hard to get paid back, the System, and the scheming makes me sic.

  • Faithz

    I feel like I have lost a Family Member right
    about now.
    RIP...QUEEN ~

  • SunRiseBlossom

    86lbs?!!!! Oh my...

  • Karen Brady

    Wow. Poor thing.

  • Karen Brady

    Yes indeed

  • hottlanta

    Cant wait 2 c fantasia.

  • Karen Brady

    Yes HE does!!!!

  • the guest

    Fit for a QUEEN NAMED ARETHA.

    Eternally elegant!

    Queen Aretha's regal crossed feet and shoes.

    I am grateful for her family sharing this beautiful photo.

    RIP Queen of Soul Ms. Aretha Franklin.

  • TMW

    Absolutely! I wonder if famous people don’t believe death can reach them and therefore they don’t plan. But it’s kind of selfish. I having a living trust with instructions down to the “t” and I will update it again when my daughter turns 21. But I put everything in the trust’s name, and my child is the sole beneficiary. It will be difficult enough for her to lose me. I don’t want her to have to figure out what I wanted, or beg to bury me.

  • Peace

    She is much fuller after the embalming. My Mom passed lately of cancer and she was very thin as well. But once she was ready for veiwing she looking like herself amazing. Aretha looks Regal lying there.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    "He believed she wouldn't want to be displayed like that since she didn't want to see visitors before she passed."

    I agree. Crossing her legs like that is disrespectful. I don't care for funerals. I don't attend any. I just send flowers.

  • CopperCutie

    I'll be there tomorrow after work, too hot to go today!

  • TMW

    I was thinking about going like 8 tomorrow and see what I can see.

  • CopperCutie

    Whatever you do, don't get a private student loan. I borrowed $15,000 10 years ago and pay $300 a month....it doesn't even cover the interest, which I didn't know at the time is adjustable rate. The balance just keeps getting bigger. Just flushing money down the drain!

  • TheOwley

    RiP to Ms. Franklin. I do find it annoying that her tribute is called Clive Davis Present...... This is exactly like the Madonna tribute. It's not about Madonna and less about Davis. The family should change that. It should be "A Tribute for the Queen of Song, Aretha Franklin" or something like that. That crypt keeper can be a guess but it's not about him.

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    RIP beautiful Queen. Aretha was my auntie in my head.

  • Evillene

    Dear God, please don't let nobody who claims to love me put me on display and in the ground in fire-engine red.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The same with IRS agreement payments. The interest is compounded daily so the principal is never paid off unless you pay in one lump sum.

  • Meme

    Yes normally aren't they covered up from the waist down? Also there's an old wives tale that you never put shoes on the dearly departed otherwise they make too much noise when they're up an about (how far it's true I don't know)

  • KcoolMuziq
  • leapyearpisces

    Right! Declining that visit from Lucifer himself, probably bought her another 9-12 mos.

  • CopperCutie

    That's a good time to go. The lines were long in the morning, but thinned out in the evening. That's about the time I plan to go.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Putting all that money in the dirt, seems like a sin. Think of all the poor people who could benefit from the funds spent on just one of her shoes.

  • ZZZ

    She just didn't want to see him. She saw people who she wanted to see before her passing.

  • FukkFolks2018

    She didn't even care enough to have a will. Money obviously was not a care for a lady who started recording at 14. She worked her whole life. Said earlier here throw those prized furs in with her.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Yesss

  • FukkFolks2018

    +1 And x's 1000

  • Rahab

    Send me an obituary, please and thank you!

  • FukkFolks2018

    She ain't wanna see Mr Burns! Tuh

  • Rahab

    Are you able to consolidate or refinance?

  • FukkFolks2018

    God bless you babes for the loss

  • Mr. Poopybutthole

    RIP Aretha!!

  • Alextra Ballard

    And don't forget about her perse!

  • FukkFolks2018
  • CopperCutie

    If it was a federal student loan then I could consolidate. They don't give you any breaks with private student loans, no forebearance if you are out of work, nothing. I think I will have to just make double payments in order to bring the balance down.

  • Alextra Ballard

    *SCREAMING* WUT!!! Chiiile,fvck Clive Davis and the horse he rode in on. This is the same old S.O.B who refused to call of his "Grammy Party" Whitney Houston had just died earlier and her corpse was still upstairs.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Business Can Be taken care of Without a Will. She just Cut Out the Middle Man. Why make Them Rich when you can leave it to Your family? I Don't blame her and the other celebrities. Especially, if you are not married. They Tax Enough while you live!!! Bets believe Aretha Knew that.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Adieu Aretha ??true diva even in the end.

  • MistaO

    Rest in peace mother Franklin.

  • hottlanta

    Aretha worked hard for her money and she helped a lot of people when she was alive. She got every right 2 b buried in the most expensive shoes tbey can find. Tired of people expecting black folks 2 tone down their wealth but expect for dump n the Kardashian's to be in your face with their wealth daily

  • Judge Mental Will

    I hate open casket funerals. The thought of that image being the last memory of my love one is depressing to me.

  • Li-Wright

    Trust me, there's a safe deposit box somewhere. And if she had a savings & checking account there's a Pay on Death. All that other stuff like the house, the car, records, etc. let the courts figure it out. she probably look at James Brown and Ray Charles and BB King and saw where they had a will and it meant nothing because the family fought and still fighting.

  • Li-Wright

    I wouldn't be surprised if Clive is paying for the funeral. his record company or HE had a life insurance policy on Aretha....betcha.

  • Li-Wright

    She planned. We just don't know what her plans are. Her family knows and probably Jesse knows. We don't need to know what her plans were.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    I saw a clip from a CNN documentary she did recently and she had lost so much weight it was painful to see.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Hugs

  • Solstice

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    This is how the family gives closure to millions of fans who have supported the deceased artist's body of work in entertainment. Thank you. I'm so glad we, the public, didn't have to beg the family to share her one last time. I will always side-eye Prince's family. Dude died on one day and two days later, cremated. Um, hello. Hello????? I know many don't agree, but that's how I've always felt. Fans need closure too, for different reasons from family respectfully.

    If I were in Detroit, I'd be out there too. Good job Ms. Franklin. Your work here is done. Take your bow.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    I feel you. Close family and friends only. I don't want people to see me like that either.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Take your bow.
    ^^^^
    And your rest.

    I agree

  • FukkFolks2018

    They still using her long time lawyer. And some other folks might pop up, hand out. I don't think it's end of the world though.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Insurance part?

  • country57

    Rest easy Queen. This legend will be truly missed.

  • ALLMINE?

    Can we stop with the "QUEEN" shit.. she's been called a queen but everybody else..?

  • ALLMINE?

    A sin? ????

  • andrice

    What!? Burial isn't free. Respectfully, count your coins not hers.

  • CopperCutie

    I can relate, my mother passed away from cancer also and she lost so much weight. The disease makes them unrecognizable. She had weighed like 100lbs. My mother looked more like herself after she passed than when she was sick. In a weird sort of way, I was happy to see her look like herself again.

  • TheOwley

    What I meant was that a moniker of her tribute should not include anyone's name and most specially this man. The tribute should be from all that want to hold one and should stand in her own name alone.

  • hottlanta

    My heart is broken bcas a true black Queen haa been disrespected. When l saw cardi b doing that impression of Mrs. Coretta Scott King l was done. It was the worst thing ever. It takes a lot 2 piss me off n that did it

  • TheOwley

    Yes, Clive D presents a tribute to Aretha Franklin with all the celebs doing their thing. Why him? It's as if this thing is about Clive with Aretha on the side. I'd rather see Gladys Night doing the tribute. I could settle for Stevie, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, or some elder respected statement in the music industry, not this guy. aarrgh!

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    Why is she on viewing for 4 days? I just find that sad. Was that her wishes or??!

  • imright

    ??? her shoes look like when the house fell on the witch on The Wizard Of Oz ??

  • Li-Wright

    Yeh, I agree 4 days is a bit long. I don't think they're going to have too many people viewing the body on the 3rd and 4th day.

  • Faithz

    ?????

  • Li-Wright

    Cardi B is the new school and they have NO sense of history. She aint even Black, she's from the Dominican Rep. which is a Spanish island. Oh, it's got a lot of Black people, but they're not American and don't have a sense of history. Cardi B should write an apology through the NYT to the King family.

  • Li-Wright

    And they still haven't given Prince a proper Send off with that Delayed Memorial concert.

  • CopperCutie

    The public viewing is only for 2 days, the 28th and 29th. The funeral is on the 31st.

  • Li-Wright

    We don't know their relationship and what she wanted. That's between her and Clive. He's going to put on the memorial concert in November; and he'll probably be a producer on her movie. Remember, he produced most of her records and hits and he stayed with her for decades. You should know that the record company is fickle. They will throw you overboard in a minute if you're not selling records.

  • Li-Wright
  • TMW

    I thought she didn’t leave a will? Maybe her plan was that they duke it out in probate, like the 200 people that came forward to claim Prince’s estate? That could have been the plan.

  • It’s Real Talk! Period!!

    Same here! I said if she was Black she would had known it was very disrespectful! But since she is not and Dominican or some Hispanic Hertigage she does not understand our battle and especially Civil Rights! Which we paved the route for them!
    I have to give her a pass because she acts like she rode the short bus with an helmet! She is slow af and just blew up bcuz they needed a rapper who was an lighter Hue!

  • It’s Real Talk! Period!!

    I just said that sorry didn’t read your post first!! Same thing you said!

  • FukkFolks2018

    So she or her team knew when they put her tour together and announced it end of 2017, that by time she got to Detroit this would be going on? I hate her white ass. But this sounds crazy. "Happened to be". Okay. Ummhmm.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Wow

  • missmiami305

    Exactly!

  • missmiami305

    Idk why this hoe would think that was ok. It is BEYOND tacky! She need more people.

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Cardi is hope for these bummy girls. She aint going no where soon. Gosh I got weak just typing that. Tired of hood boogers. Lol

  • Li-Wright

    Sorry for that. Here's what Taylor said, which was way better than what Madonna said.
    https://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/music/aretha-franklin/2018/08/28/taylor-swift-aretha-franklin/1123341002/

  • interestingconcept1

    Why folks want to look at dead folks...I can't.

  • interestingconcept1

    Money. That's all she was thinking about. I didn't watch it, because I knew it was going to be so disrespectful. And I'm sick of ppl talking about Dr. King's affairs, he wasn't a monk.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    You read the description of the skit and you still clicked? I saw that video on another blog this morning. I did not click the link.

  • missmiami305

    When I heard about it days ago I knew it was gonna be a mess. Idc who wrote it. She had to know it wasn’t a good look. However, it goes along with her bird logic.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Those cia papers said he was having sex with young boys

  • Miss Thang

    Some of us need that for closure.

  • BingBangBoom

    The flower arrangements are beautiful. Changes the whole dynamic of the room. I will definitely miss you girl!

  • Miss Thang

    It’s a cultural thing.

  • GuestSTAR

    Yea, that's how these Hip Hop labels do, get life insurance policies on the artists, knowin they will beef with other artists, get shot/shot at or cause problems for the label at some point. Once they start questioning 'why they not getting paid like they should, the label figures they can recoup video, makeup, travel cost, car, home rentals via that life insurance policy payout.

  • missmiami305

    Castle Rock is scary as hell and yet addictive. Stephen King has to be from another dimension.

  • the guest

    Perfect statement.

  • the guest

    Amen.

  • the guest

    Speak.

  • GuestSTAR

    That's good to know. I've been seeing the trailer for it and it looks good. Hubby and I love scary movies/television shows.

  • pure_rachet

    Nope I'm not looking at a dead woman , legend or not,

  • dontgetblocked

    The picture is very respectful but I want to see the whole body. The casket is fire.

  • leapyearpisces

    When I transcend at the age of 128 (32 leap years), I want a memorial service-burn me-ashes to ashes-dust-to-dust, and throw my ashes in SOMEBODY'S ocean. In the last few years, the most beautiful home goings I have seen have been MEMORIAL services. I am SOLD. Burn my azz, and place 10 pictures of me, and say some kind words- THEEEEEE muthafucking end!!!, and just in case I don't exactly make it to my 128 years, I have let my wishes be known. None, the less, MY AUNTIE REE-REE looks FABULOUS in her "Glenda the Goodwitch" heels. You BETTER WERK, Auntie !!!!!!!! You were the TRUE definition of a SINGER, and now you are the TRUE DEFINITION of "CASKET SHARP". WE LOVE YOU AUNTY REE-REE . BLESSINGS for a smooth, seamless transition. Life for you wasn't a crystal stair, but guuuuuurrrlllllll you persevered, and became GREATER than any of your obstacles. Please know, sometimes shady / nasty attitude and all, you were loved and R.E.S.P.E.C.T.E.D. You WILL be miss TERRIBLY, Queen.

  • Disgustd

    Lookin' like that cartoon character in Despicable Me..evil bastid.

  • Malcom Flex

    Rest in peace Queen Of Soul.

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    or if you ask Al Sharpton R.E.S.P.I.C.T.E.D.

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    All these folks walking around you are DEAD.. walking around hateful with dead hearts and dead souls...

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    that was an old skit before money and fame...she didnt have people at the time

  • MythCalledLove

    Damn 4 days I know she was loved but I think 4 days is too long to look at her body. I stopped going to funerals after my best friend I knew I don't want my last sight of them in a casket and sadness. I just can't do it I've had 2 aunts pass and when I saw a pic of one of them at Thanksgiving you wouldn't even recognize her. That broke my heart. She was a true diva and I still listen to her gospel CD. Her voice was unique and she could bring you to tears.

  • Li-Wright
  • Li-Wright

    I have in my will that I want to be cremated and a memorial service. I don't want a funeral or casket.

  • hottlanta

    She apologized 2 dr. Bernice King. They even had someone to portray betty shabazz Malcolm X wife.

  • hottlanta

    While Hoover was wearing dresses

  • free

    i watched it too and the skit was stupid and cardi was reading from the card and looked even more stupid than the rest of the stupid broads.

  • Look@m3

    I'm so done. Leaving this post. Yawl aint finna piss me off this early in the morning talking bout some D*@# lisp smacking/invisible thumb sucking/women with 3 year old voice/ female birdman Cardi B on a Aretha Franklin post!!!

  • Tammie Reed

    May Aretha RIP. My granny was FASCINATED/OBSESSED with attending funerals. She didn't even have to know you well and she would go just because. It was their form of entertainment back in the day I guess...shrugs! I think totally different though lol. I try to avoid them as much as possible unless it's "immediate family", that's it! My kids have never been to a funeral.

  • reddfoxxy16

    Same here...

  • Kimocha

    OK... Obviously Ms. Franklin requested the dress and shoes and casket.... but she didn't have a will?? That really shocks me....smh

  • OvertheMississippi

    lies!

  • OvertheMississippi

    Huh?

  • Prettybootnikki

    My grandparents did the same thing. I think that was a generation thing. They would look in the newspapers to find one to

  • TMW

    Me too!!

  • TMW

    Not in Michigan it can’t. If there is no will, and no immediate next of kin (i.e. a spouse), OR there are multiple interests on the estate (properties, heirs, etc.) that will have to go through probate. If she has identified beneficiaries on everything, that makes it more clear cut, but it can still be contested because she had no spouse and no will. Her estate will be tied up in probate for years!! Even if she made her wishes known and didn’t put them in writing, it does not matter.

  • taneka simmons

    Good job, Mr. Jackson. Very kind, truthful words. May God bless you.

  • Guest

    I thought it was two days. Four days? smh.

  • Judge Mental Will

    Not me. I'm speaking about me personally. My grandma face in that casket hunts me

  • Brittiny Nicole

    I don't want one either. Its something weird about it. I avoid funerals as much as possible. I want to be cremated and have a dope memorial service with goodie bags

  • Missy

    I strongly dislike casket photos.

  • Mz_Opinionated

    That's a shame...If you wouldn't have said anything I would have never thought to watch it and I pay for Hulu and gloss pass almost everything except for my reality shows and movies.

  • HelloToni

    My Grandmother too..do you think it was because they were old and that's when they had a chance to see all their friends. M<maybe the only time they really got together. ....

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I dont like them either....every year on my friend's granddads birthday she posts his casket photo...smh he been gone for ten years now and she still does it...this year someone flagged it and fb deleted it from her feed smh...

  • Tlowe89

    Me too. I feel like that should be a private moment... and quite honestly it’s a bit creepy

  • Parent

    It's disgusting that taking pictures of a corpse in a casket is the new norm.

  • 88

    Dominicans are Negroes

  • 88

    I thought it was understood that women that wore red lipstick and red dresses were prostitutes.

  • Quagsire!

    Why are the Queen of Soul’s legs crossed at the ankles?!

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I was wondering the same thing. That's a little too jazzy to be lying in a coffin ijs

  • LoveYouToo??????

    What's wrong with that?

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Those red shoes!!!

  • Miss Thang

    she was very jazzy in her life, so why not? This is her personality. She was a fabulous entertainer.

  • Miss Thang

    would you prefer they be crossed at the knees?

  • Miss Thang

    there is absolutely nothing "new" about that. People have been doing that since cameras were invented in order to memorialize the deceased.

  • Miss Thang

    yep, it was a generation thing. and a good time to see a whole bunch of people you haven't seen in a long time.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    It's disrespectful to "pose her" after death. Some people have no decency or class.

  • country57

    She is the queen. Let the "QUEEN" rest easy. The legendary "QUEEN OF SOUL" ARETHA FRANKLIN. Don't know about everybody else.....

  • Miss Thang

    You were the TRUE definition of a SINGER, and now you are the TRUE DEFINITION of "CASKET SHARP".

    lmao that tickled me so

  • Miss Thang

    who made that rule? It's just a preference. Familial and cultural norms prevail in these situations. I wouldn't be surprised if Aretha herself made these specifications.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    To each their own. Personally I don't like it

  • Sid

    I am so glad they didn’t show her face. I would have broke down. I can’t take seeing someone laying in a coffin like that

  • MsChocolate

    I don’t like the feet showing. They are humped up and look weird.

  • MsChocolate

    They used to take photos of families sitting up with the deceased. James Van der Zee was a black photographer in the 1920’s that took photos. His acclaimed book is called The Harlem Book of the dead.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    They broke Aretha's bones to get her ankles to pose like that. Disrespectful. I had a friend who took mortuary science in college. He told me all the gruesome secrets about how bodies are handled after death.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    My whole family knows I am to be cremated as well. Why spend all that money on a casket and being buried? No one goes to visit the dead regularly anyway. They might go on a birthday or major holiday, most will go years before they visit their deceased loved ones. Other than that, the buried are forgotten.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8564972954985015e5b2557292d155de03b9e830ad6655fe50b6bd22a75ac9d5.gif

  • Rahab

    Wow, talk about fine print details.

  • Karen Brady

    *chuckles*

  • Karen Brady

    :-)

  • davine puddin

    I dont have any friends except my new husband. When I lived in atl i stayed sick had to drive a taxi when i couldn't take it any more i reached out to family and friends they told me to come back home. Once i got here they saw I got fat and no longer had any money. Got sick again was abandoned at hospital for 2 weeks than had to stay at shelter. Flash forward to today. I am greatful i have a job and a wonderful new husband and completed college semester at my local community college. I no longer get physically sick and on mental health meds.i am grateful but because i look ok and not on street drugs i was over looked. Still scrstching head trying to figure out what ive done wrong to people. But god has blessed me. U am just trying to forgive and deal with these and nightmares.

  • davine puddin

    Im not. You know what finally allowed me to get help. I picked this legendary singer up from that hotel at 17 w peachtree. I had not told him anything was wrong except to say he was actually someone i had "liked" on facebook. When he got out the taxi he asked me ifbi mind if he gave me a hug i said no. He then gave me 200 dollars. But what he didnt know is he was the first to hug me in like 10 years and the money was the rest i needed to pay for my weekly hotel bill. Right then God shown me he is still watching over me
    Maybe not through who i think should be there but who he decide to send.

  • ALLMINE?

    That's what I said

  • free

    why yall messing it up??? let re re be glorious. we will start to see stilettos in every black funeral from brooklyn to LA. it's not how your face look, it's what shoes you got on!

  • interestingconcept1

    WHAT?! I've read some of it, but never heard about this...Lawd!

  • Rayne

    Nothing. The answer to your question is nothing. People act a certain way when you’re trying to achieve your goals in life and they don’t want to better themselves. That’s not for you to worry about. Whether or not you have “friends “ is a very loose term. Keep striving for the best. God put you here for a reason. Go get it and be your own friend. Happened to me also while getting my masters. Chile please, you see whose standing beside you now....?nobody but God. Keep going and going until you get tired. Go get what GOD HAS FOR YOU! Good luck and keep living. Blessings sweet thing.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Sorry to hear about your mom, but they really put Aretha away nice

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    ????????

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    My comments aren't based on race. I say that about every over the top funeral that I see.

    When I die, the bulk of my estate is going to the humane society. The rest is going to a music school in Chicago. I refuse to put my money in the ground, when it can help the living.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Yes I liked the fact that you could see her and see how nice they put her away but you couldn't see her face

  • Peace

    Thank you. Yes they did.

  • Mona Stewart

    They're Louboutin's 5" heels. Today she is dressed in a light blue gown with sequins and matching shoes. Oh, and also, she has on jewelry that was made just for the casket. Lastly, just heard Lebron James will be at the funeral.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Really? A wardrobe change? LOL that's going out in style for you.

  • It’s Real Talk! Period!!

    True but Cardi B claims to be Black! Hispanics do have Black heritage just like Blacks have Native American’s hertigage! We are not going around saying we Native Americans even tho it’s in our blood! Plus Cardi was calling Blacks Roaches so she can take several seats ?!!

  • Oya Shango

    I hope they don't bury her with shoes. That's a no no.

  • Li-Wright

    Here's the lineup for Aretha's funeral https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqKS60jFjI4
    Jennifer and Stevie will end the funeral.

  • Li-Wright

    Here's the lineup. Cicely Tyson will speak, Jesse will speak. Lebron will attend. Jennifer and Stevie will close out the funeral.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqKS60jFjI4

  • Li-Wright

    I get the feeling that Aretha never took a vacation, that she was always working.

  • Li-Wright
  • Dainese

    She always got paid in cash. She probably divided that amongst her people before she died. No bank accounts, no will. She's smart. I'm pretty sure she has her groundwork laid.

  • Life passenger

    And red underwear

  • Nicol B

    the pic was R E S P E C T ..ful to me.

  • Nicol B

    that's considered lady-like. the royals always cross their legs at the ankles.

  • Tammie Reed

    Probably so, never thought about that lol.

  • DETROITTOATL

    Sandra, Aunt Re was a very classy lady and she had already told her boys how she wanted to be laid to rest. This was one of her many last wishes. So with that being said there was no disrespect at all.

  • DETROITTOATL

    There is a lot that the public doesn't know. You'd be very surprised.... Beside in Michigan, everything will be split between her 4 boys.

  • DETROITTOATL

    There is a lot that the public doesn't know. You'd be very surprised.... Beside in Michigan, everything will be split between her 4 boys.

  • DETROITTOATL

    ME TOO.

  • DETROITTOATL

    ME TOO.

  • DETROITTOATL

    I JUST SPIT OUT MY WATER LAUGHING SO DAMN HARD...RIP AUNT RE RE

  • DETROITTOATL

    EXACTLY...SHE ONLY ALLOWED VERY CLOSE FAMILY AND FRIENDS. MY AUNT BEING ONE OF THEM. THOUGH SHE WAS SICK SHE KNEW WHO EVERYONE WAS.

  • DETROITTOATL

    Jesse Jackson and her long time boyfriend Willie Wilkerson.

  • DETROITTOATL

    She didn't even care for him with his slick shady ass....

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Wow!!! I’m glad her family honored her wishes!

  • linda b.

    And that's the true I learn that from a friend who owned one and that's what they do broke bones on ppls to get their shoes hands and feet right

  • Mona Stewart

    A wardrobe change everyday. They (news) haven't reported what she has on today (funeral day), yesterday she had on gold-knit suit with gold sea pearls and of course matching shoes. True Diva! Also, 100 pink cadillacs are lining the streets.