Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Bishop at Aretha Franklin's funeral apologises after Ariana Grande 'grope' accusations

Bishop at Aretha Franklin's funeral apologises after Ariana Grande 'grope' accusations

Crowds have gathered at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple for the funeral of music legend Aretha Franklin, who died August 16 in Detroit at age 76.

As for why some clients don't make out a will, Laura Zwicker, an attorney who specializes in estate planning but is not affiliated with the Franklin estate, says she sees it happen all too often.

Gladys Knight gave us a scare when she said she suffered from the "same disease" the late Aretha Franklin recently succumbed to.

Smokey Robinson, the Motown singer and a long-time friend, crooned a few lines of his song "Really Gonna Miss You". First published earlier in the year, Aretha is quoted famously in this book "Being the queen is not all about singing and being a diva is not all about singing..."

Sharpton received loud cheers when he denounced President Donald Trump for saying that the singer "worked for" him as he responded to her death. Her Father, the Reverend CL Franklin was a minister in the church where Aretha first sang her first solo as a ten-year-old in 1952. Among her top hits, "Think" is the only one that she composed.

"Everybody just point over there and tell her, "We got your back!'" said Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, pastor of Greater Grace Temple, which the audience shouted in Waters" direction.

The Queen of Soul's final outfit was a sparkling full-length gold dress with sequined heels - the fourth outfit she had been dressed in during a week of events in the run up to her funeral. Franklin sang for Nelson Mandela in Detroit after he was released from prison.

"I'm sad today, because I'm losing my friend".

Bill Clinton, who was president from 1993 until 2001, led the tributes to "the voice of a generation, maybe the voice of a century".

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The Rev. Jasper Wiliams Jr., pastor emeritus of Salem Bible Church in Atlanta, gave a fiery eulogy of almost 50 minutes that decried black-on-black violence and touched on challenges and responsibilities within the community.

Jennifer Holliday closed the service.

"There are some girls who haven't been born yet. who will be inspired by Aretha", he said.

The Wright Museum is the second-largest black museum in the US, and it hosted a viewing in 2005 for civil rights activist Rosa Parks.

JOANN WATSON: She would ride the streets of Detroit, taking note of people who have special needs, quietly dispensing donations. Even when she was quite ill and will go on and off a long medication which kept her in bed at least twice a week, Mrs. Josephine Hawawu Amodu was known to break into a dance whenever her health would permit.

Respect: The Life and Times of Aretha Franklin.

Some people pointed out that the president's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband and fellow adviser to the president Jared Kushner were in attendance. 'So I'm not overly upset about [Franklin's death], and he knows how much each one of us can bear, and he calls us home with those things in mind.

CORLEY: Aretha Franklin had a voice that stirred the soul and changed popular music forever.

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