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Aretha Franklin will be remembered as the “Queen of Soul,” but she also was royalty to the people and city of Detroit. Beyond her actual homegoing service on Friday, Aug. 31, which featured powerful and controversial moments, people in the city the music legend called home showed their love for her in myriad ways. Here are some…

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Aretha Franklin was the people’s queen, and as such, one day before her homegoing services were held on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, a free tribute concert was held in her honor at the beautiful Chene Park Amphitheater located alongside the Detroit River in Detroit. Among the performers were Detroiter Keith Washington, R&B songstress Angie Stone,…

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Aretha Franklin was a brilliant mind with an outspoken voice, as internationally known for her unmatched musical talents as her unapologetic Blackness and bold fashion statements. On Thursday, Aug. 16, the world lost a musical icon, but Detroit celebrated the rich legacy of one of its own. Auntie Ree-Ree, as some Detroiters affectionately called her,…

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Aretha Louise Franklin, known throughout the world as the Queen of Soul, has died at her home in Detroit surrounded by friends and family. She was 76. Franklin had been in ill health for a number of years before officially retiring from performances in 2017. Her story is an original classic of a voice and…

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The 76-year-old soul legend has been reported to be “gravely ill,” with her loved ones gathered to say their goodbyes, but her nephew Tim Franklin revealed she is in good spirits though he’s worried about her seeing reports her death is said to be imminent. Tim Franklin told People magazine: “She’s alert, laughing, teasing, able…

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Aretha Franklin is reportedly gravely ill. The 76-year-old soul legend, who last performed at the Elton John AIDS Foundation party in New York in November, is said to be at her home in Detroit, where her loved ones have gathered to say their goodbyes. According to Showbiz 411, her family has appealed for “prayers and privacy”…

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Detroit native Ronald Fleming was serving as a commander in the Detroit Police Department when he decided to take advantage of a program designed to encourage law enforcement officers to pursue higher education. “I earned my master’s degree in criminal justice from Atlanta University,” says Fleming, “And when I was called back to the force…

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