Ms. Aretha Franklin, who was known as the queen of soul passed away on Thursday morning.
CNN (@cnn) reported, the official cause of death was due to pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type. Aretha Franklin was surrounded by family and friends in her Detroit home at the time of her passing.
The Queen of soul was born, Aretha Louise Franklin, on March 25th, 1942. Her singing career began at the New Bethel Baptist Church as a child singing in the choir. By age 18 she was recording songs for Columbia Records. Aretha Franklin went on to sign with Atlantic Records in 1967, where she received her first taste of commercial success with songs like RESPECT and NATURAL WOMAN. By the end of the 1960’s, Aretha was crowned The Queen Of Soul. Aretha Franklin went on to record a string of chart-topping songs. Way too many to list, but here are a few you may have heard before:
- Never Loved A Man (1967)
- Respect (1967)
- Think (1968)
- Call Me (1970)
- Until You Come Back To Me (1973)
- Something He Can Feel (1976)
- Jump To It (1982)
- Freeway Of Love (1985)
Aretha Franklin also made appearances in multiple movies and documentaries throughout her career. Including:
- Black Rodeo (1972)
- The Blues Brothers (1980)
- The Zen Of Bennett (2012)
- Muscle Shoals (2013)
There will never be another Queen Of Soul. Ms Franklin will always be the sole owner of that honor and title. Rest In Peace Ms Aretha “Queen Of Soul” Franklin. You will be missed.
According to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Flint Michigan’s drinking water is safe to drink and up to par with water from anywhere else in the state. For this reason, the state of Michigan will no longer supply residents of Flint with free bottled water Michigan officials said on Friday.
Business Insider (@businessinsider) reports, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s office released a statement that read: For nearly two years, tests have shown that Flint’s water is the same or better than similar cities across the state. When the current supply of state-funded bottled water is depleted, the distribution centers will close and deliveries will end.
“The scientific data now proves the water system is stable and the need for bottled water has ended. Since Flint’s water is now well within the standards set by the federal government, we will now focus even more of our efforts on continuing with health, education, and economic development assistance needed to help move Flint forward.” Republican Governor Rick Snyder said in a statement.
Michigan State Representative Sheldon Neeley (D) whose district includes most of Flint, disagreed with the governor’s assessment of the situation in the predominantly African-American city of about 100,000 residents.
“Governor Snyder has failed to address the psychological trauma that his administration put the people of Flint through. The fact is, the people of Flint don’t trust the Snyder Administration or the science they pay for. Science that previously allowed our city to be poisoned.” Representative Neeley said in a statement.