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Aretha Franklin's family has made it clear they did not want a new biopic about the beloved Queen of Soul to see the light of day.

The family did not support the much-hyped Genius: Aretha series, which debuted on National Geographic on Sunday evening, March 21.

Cynthia Erivo, pictured with Aretha in 2015, earned critical praise for her role as the Queen of Soul in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks' new eight-part project, but Aretha's granddaughter said it's full of fiction.

"This movie has to go," she said in a new TikTok video. "As the immediate family, we feel that it's important to be involved with any biopic of my grandma's life, as it's hard to get any accurate depiction of anyone's life without speaking to the ones closest to them."

She said the family has "been disrespected and told we will not be worked with. As the immediate family - emphasis on immediate - we do not support this film and we ask that you also do not support this film, as we feel extremely disrespected, and we feel there will be many inaccuracies about my grandmother's life."

Her father and Aretha's son, Kecalf Franklin, supported his daughter, telling Rolling Stone, "What we've found out in the past is that usually when people don't want to work with you, that is a prelude to some type of unprofessional behavior or a prelude to some type of untruth or slander... That's usually the case when people say that they don't want to work with you."

Genius: Aretha chronicles the soul legend's rise to the top from her roots as a teenage single teenage mom in Alabama.

National Geographic bosses acknowledged they made no contact with Franklin's family while making the series, but they still insist the biopic was thoroughly researched.

The Franklin family is working with the producers of Respect, the new Aretha Franklin biopic starring Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, which is slated to hit theaters this summer.
 

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Former lesbian couple Lena waithe (right) and Alana Mayo (left) are headed to divorce court.

Earlier this week, Mayo filed a petition to dissolve their civil union after Waithe, 36, confirmed their nuptials in January.

"After careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways," read a joint statement from Waithe and Mayo's reps to E! News. "We have nothing but support for one another and ask that you respect our privacy during this time."

Mayo filed the petition in Los Angeles Superior Court, per court records obtained by The Blast.

Last November, Waithe told Ellen DeGeneres that she and Mayo had tied the knot after living together for years.

"We snuck and did it, you know," she said. "We didn't really make any announcements or a big... you know."

But 2 months after the quickie nuptials, their relationship lay in ruins, allegedly due to Waithe's rampant cheating.

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Waithe (right) is rumored to be in a relationship with bisexual actress Cynthia Erivo (left). Sources say Waithe couldn't stop cheating and buying designer handbags and shoes for side chicks.

The Chicago native was raised by her single mother and grandmother on the South Side of Chicago. Her parents divorced when she was only 3. She never knew her father.

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Rapper/actor Tip "T.I." Harris has been added to the cast of an upcoming Aretha Franklin TV project, Genius: Aretha. The "ASAP" hitmaker portrays Franklin's one-time lover, fashion designer Ken Cunningham.

Actress Cynthia Erivo will star as the late music icon in Genius: Aretha, an authorized limited TV series that chronicles the life and legacy of the late Queen of Soul.

Although production was halted earlier this month due to the global coronavirus chaos, show officials have unveiled new cast additions.

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T.I., 39, will play socially-conscious New York entrepreneur Cunningham, who approaches Aretha to invest in his fashion business, and ends up embarking on a relationship with the singer.

Cunningham eventually became the singer's road manager, and fathered her youngest son, Kecalf Cunningham, who was born in April, 1970.

Notorious star Antonique Smith and acting newcomers Tina Fears and Ethan Henry have also been added to the line-up, with Henry set to portray civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The news was released to coincide with what would have been Aretha's 78th birthday on Wednesday, March 25.

Producers at National Geographic Network marked the occasion by releasing a new image of Erivo as the "Respect" legend.

Genius: Aretha, which also stars Courtney B. Vance as the musician's father, Rev. C.L. Franklin, was due to premiere this spring, but will now launch at a later date.

The TV series isn't the only screen project about Aretha in the works - Jennifer Hudson is also playing Franklin in a new movie biopic, titled Respect, which is set to debut this Christmas.

The biopic was pushed back from its previously-announced October opening, according to Deadline.

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Lena Waithe (right) has reportedly left her life partner Alana Mayo for another woman. According to gossip blog Bossip.com, a source confirmed Waithe, 35, and Harriet actress Cynthia Erivo (left) are living together.

Waithe's publicist announced the split in a statement to People.com on Wednesday.

"After careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways," the statement read. "We have nothing but support for one another and ask that you respect our privacy during this time."

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Mayo (left) is pictured with Waithe during happier times. The two women dated for three years before tying the knot in a quickie same-sex union in a San Francisco courthouse in August.

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Erivo, 33, made no secret about her love for the "Queen & Slim" Waithe in social media posts.

In one photo, the actress wrote: "I finally found my sis. Lena you are absolutely everything. You are perfection. What a meeting of minds, glad to have you in my life! Stuck like glue !!! SHINE QUEEN SHINE!!"

The British actress, who was born under the Capricorn star sign, has earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for her portrayal of abolitionist Harriet Tubman in the biopic Harriet (2019).

Erivo was previously involved in a relationship with British actor Dean John-Wilson. After dating three years, she dumped him for actor Mario Martinez.

Like she did with Waithe, she expressed her love for Martinez in an Instagram post on Valentine's Day 2019.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Erivo gushed:

"He chased me," she said. "The last time, I was not with my ex anymore -- except this time he did not ask. He just walked up to me and gave me a kiss."

Friends say Waithe pursued Erivo because she gets a thrill from turning out heterosexual women. The male-identified lesbian reportedly told one source, "[Cynthia's] man can't do what I can do for her."

Erivo moved on quickly with Waithe when she opened Hollywood doors and helped her score coveted acting roles.

Waithe was raised by her single mother and grandmother on the South Side of Chicago. Her parents divorced when she was only 3. She never knew her father.
 

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Fox 21 Television Studios released a first-look photo of British actress Cynthia Erivo as the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.

The studio released a photo that shows Erivo, 32, seated at a piano in a scene from Genius: Aretha, the upcoming biographical series from National Geographic.

Tony Award winner Erivo is best known for her portrayal of American abolitionist Harriet Tubman. The movie Harriet is in theaters now.

Erivo will play Aretha in the third installment of the "Genius" series.

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Franklin died of natural causes at age 76 at her home in Detroit, Michigan on August 16, 2018. She is pictured above in 1968.

Erivo told Deadline.com she has been preparing herself for the role over the last few months.

"I've been preparing myself to embody the Queen of Soul, from re-listening to her music to discovering her rare interviews and reading some amazing books on her — all to really capture Aretha's attitude and spirit. I'm truly humbled to be working alongside a very talented and musical team. Together, we'll serve the Queen and create something special."

Also featured in the cast is actor Courtney B. Vance, 59, who plays Aretha's father, Rev. C. L. Franklin.

Vance is married to actress Angela Bassett, 61. He is best known for his role in The Preacher's Wife (1996), alongside the late singer Whitney Houston.