Soul singer Aretha Franklin looks great for 75! The “Natural Woman” and music executive Clive Davis pose for pictures backstage at the ‘Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives’ Premiere during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday in New York City.

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The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin celebrated her 74th birthday at an intimate party at the Ritz Carlton in NYC last night. Franklin turned 74 on March 25th. Special invited guests included openly gay recording mogul Clive Davis, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, CNN’s openly gay anchor Don Lemon, and MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall, among others. ReRe announced her long-delayed biopic is back in the works. “Good news, we’re ready to sign for the movie,” she told her guests. She told the well-heeled crowd that she is in negotiations with Straight Outta Compton producer Scott Bernstein. “We’ve agreed on all the key points. There’s very little left now (to negotiate), very little. They have given me creative control and that’s all I wanted.” Franklin added she wanted biracial actress Halle Berry to play her, but Jennifer Hudson will likely get the nod, according to Page Six. Read more details about the party here.

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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.

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The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is following closely on the heels of Patti LaBelle‘s sweet potato pies success.

In addition to donating food and overnight hotel stays for 25-50 people in Flint, Michigan, Franklin is launching her own line of food that will soon be available in grocery stores near you.

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When word spread that Karaoke singer Beyonce wasn’t singing live during President Obama’s 2nd Inauguration, the blogosphere erupted in laughter and ridicule.

But surprisingly, one of the first people to jump to her defense was Soul legend Aretha Franklin, who said:

“I thought it was funny because the weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees and for most singers that is just not good singing weather…” she told ABC News. “When I heard that I just really cracked up. I thought it was really funny, but she did a beautiful job with the pre-record.”

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It was bound to happen: Aretha Franklin slammed Beyoncé for not showing her a little respect, and PETA has returned the favor by slamming Aretha for wearing a fur coat to the Grammys. PETA decided to take advantage of the storm of controversy surrounding Aretha by sending copies of a letter to the press and referring to the queen as ‘a clown.’ In the letter to Franklin, PETA spokesperson Dan Matthews wrote:

“Music lovers may think of you as a ‘queen,’ but to animal lovers, you are a court jester. I’m sorry, Aretha, but your furs make you look like a clown. Why not shed the old-fashioned look that adds pounds to your frame and detracts from your beautiful voice? Please consider donating your furs to the homeless as ‘queen of compassion,’ Mariah Carey, did. You’ll get a tax credit for the donation, and we at PETA will all sing your praises.”

Dan Mathews
Vice President
PETA (Source)

NY magazine is speculating on whether Sony-BMG’s Arista Records head honcho Clive Davis had a hand in the Beyonce-Aretha Grammy snub. As you know, Beyonce made Aretha’s blood boil when she introduced Tina Turner as “the queen” during their Grammy duet.

But NY magazine thinks Davis may have written Beyonce’s introduction – since we know it was clearly scripted by someone other than Bee. In a post on, the writer theorizes that Davis wrote the intro to get back at Aretha for not renewing her recording contract:

Aretha told Variety that she’d split with Sony-BMG’s Arista Records after Clive Davis failed to make her an acceptable offer for her forthcoming album and would instead be releasing it through the AARP (yes, really). All of this must have happened pretty recently, because, in his profile in this week’s Rolling Stone (sadly not online) Davis talks excitedly about putting out said record. And doesn’t everybody at the Grammys just do what he tells them to do? Isn’t that how Alicia Keys got two performances? Could he also have had a hand in Beyoncé’s intro? Or was it just crappy writing, like every other part of Sunday’s ceremony? We have no idea, but we’re certainly not above baseless speculation! (Source)

Here’s Matthew Knowles‘ response to Aretha Franklin who felt slighted (or unloved) because Beyonce introduced Tina Turner as “the queen” during their Grammy duet:

“I’m not even going to take this to [Beyonce]. Something this ridiculous, it’s childish, it’s unprofessional. And it’s a sad day when egos get bruised because somebody used the word king, queen, prince or princess.”

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Aretha Franklin expressed her outrage at being snubbed by Beyoncé during the 50th Annual Grammy Awards telecast last Sunday. Ms. Franklin took offense to Beyoncé introducing Tina Turner as “the queen” during their duet together.

Here’s what the legendary queen of soul had to say about Beyoncé’s royal snub:

“I am not sure of whose toes I may have stepped on or whose ego I may have bruised between the Grammy writers and Beyoncé, however I dismissed it as a cheap shot for controversy. In addition to that, I thank the Grammy’s and the voting academy for my 20th Grammy and love to Beyoncé anyway.” (Source)