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Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: On Grammy Night I'll Be Sending Dave Bassett "Ex's & Oh's"

Shelly Peiken | Posted 02.08.2016 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

"Algorithms can't make us feel," writes Kristi York Wooten in her recent piece about why we're all still watching that video of Aretha Franklin sin...

Aretha Franklin: 'Ms. Patti Is Gonna Have To Move That Pie To The Side!'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.29.2016 | Black Voices

It appears Aretha Franklin wants a piece of Patti LaBelle’s sweet potato pie success. Well, sort of. During an interview with Detroit’s W...

In Flint, Big Names Helping With Town's Big Water Problems

EBONY.com | Posted 01.27.2016 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

Relief from big names and big business is rolling into Flint amid the city's man-made water disaster.

Aretha Franklin To Donate Hotel Rooms, Food To Flint Residents

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.27.2016 | Entertainment

The Queen of Soul’s got a big voice -- and a big heart, too. As residents of Flint, Michigan continue to grapple with the toxic water crisis, A...

Why We're Still Watching That Video of Aretha Franklin at the Kennedy Center

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 01.04.2016 | Entertainment
Kristi York Wooten

When she dropped her fur coat to the floor to free her arms and belt the ending of the song, we reveled in her divadom. Yet, we were actually also cheering the triumph of music.

Watch Aretha Franklin's Amazing Performance Of 'A Natural Woman'

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 12.30.2015 | Entertainment

Aretha Franklin is a living legend, so naturally, when she took the stage at last night's Kennedy Center Honors presentation, the crowd went w...

Aretha Franklin Makes Surprise Appearance During Holiday Concert

AP | Brennan Williams | Posted 12.20.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Queen of Soul made a surprise appearance at the House of Swing, helping the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra usher in the holida...

The Time I Met John Lennon

Stu Kreisman | Posted 12.09.2015 | Entertainment
Stu Kreisman

John Lennon was always one of my heroes. I'm damn lucky to have met him. It's a moment I'll never forget. And on a day when everyone is talking about his death, I just figured today was the right time to tell this story to you.

Judith Hill Goes Back In Time

Mark Joseph | Posted 11.29.2015 | Entertainment
Mark Joseph

A: I went up to Paisley Park to jam with Prince. At the time, there was no real plan to make a record. But then I played him some of my songs and we began working on arrangements. Both of us were so excited about how great the arrangements sounded!

75 Facts About Dr. John for his 75th Birthday

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 11.21.2015 | Arts
Karen Dalton-Beninato

#7 Had a finger shot off protecting a bandmate whose mother told him she would "chop his cojones off if anything happened to her son." #8 So he switched from playing guitar to playing piano.

Aretha Franklin Says Pope Francis Embodies The Lyrics Of 'Respect'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 09.28.2015 | Black Voices

Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Philadelphia will be a star-studded event, as a slew of entertainers are scheduled to perform for him during the...

Aretha Franklin Lawsuit: Producer Agrees Not To Screen 'Amazing Grace'

Variety | Brennan Williams | Posted 09.16.2015 | Black Voices

Alan Elliott, producer of the documentary “Amazing Grace,” has agreed not to hold screenings of the film or show footage of a 1972 Aretha...

'Amazing Grace' Bidding War Erupts, Aretha Franklin Lawsuit Could Be Resolved

Variety | Brennan Williams | Posted 09.14.2015 | Black Voices

Buyers who attended a private screening of the Aretha Franklin documentary “Amazing Grace” on Saturday were told that the litigation betw...

Aretha Franklin Blocks Screening Of Documentary At Festival

AP | Brennan Williams | Posted 09.05.2015 | Black Voices

DENVER (AP) -- Aretha Franklin earned some R-E-S-P-E-C-T in a federal courtroom on Friday, convincing a judge to prevent the Telluride Film Festival ...

Lost in Translation: The 'Translational Fallacy' in Analyzing Lyric Writing

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.02.2015 | Arts
Michael Sigman

Translating lyrics can be a noble calling. It's simply not what Carl did. When writing a lyric -- whether or not there was an already existing foreign-language one -- he focused on one thing and one thing alone: creating the perfect "wedding" of words and music.

Do Mothers-in-Law Deserve a Punch in the Face?

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 07.09.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

After all the admonishments about how mothers-in-law should behave, it's my duty to offer some tidbits in exchange. Here are my suggestions for how to be the daughter-in-law who doesn't deserve to be punched in the face.

6-Year-Old Girl Brings Down The House With Sassy Aretha Franklin Dance

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents

Six-year-old Johanna Colón stole the show at her dance recital this weekend with her fierce and fabulous performance to Aretha Franklin's "Respect." ...

Cassandra Wilson Says 'Happy 100th, Lady Day'

Michael Sigman | Posted 06.07.2015 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

Of the many tributes to Billie Holiday's 100th birthday today (April 7), the most compelling I've heard is Cassandra Wilson's Sony Legacy album Coming Forth By Day, a strange, atmospheric brew produced by Nick Launay (whose credits include music by Nick Cave and Arcade Fire) with shimmering string arrangements by the incomparable Van Dyke Parks.

Mini-Pad Girl

Shelly Peiken | Posted 03.08.2015 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

Now I'm not recommending that you affix a feminine hygiene product to your iPad when you're on your way to meet a prospective collaborator. This was something that happened quite inadvertently.

Queen of Soul Commands in Philly

Lew Whittington | Posted 03.02.2015 | Arts
Lew Whittington

Aretha was intimate with the audience throughout the night and fondly remembered her start in Philly at the famed jazz club Pep's on South Broad St. and expressed appreciation for Philly's gospel legend Clara Ward and radio personalities Mary Mason and Georgie Woods.

Proof Taylor Swift Had The 'Best Birthday Ever'

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 12.13.2014 | Entertainment

Taylor Swift can definitely show you some incredible things. The "Blank Space" singer turned 25 years old on Saturday and celebrated by taking a pi...

Mary J. Blige and Faith Evans: The Legends Return

Stephen Grant | Posted 01.26.2015 | Entertainment
Stephen Grant

Our favorite voices of the '90s return with albums to remind us that soul still lives in R&B music.

Aretha Franklin To Sue Over Unauthorized Biography

New York Post | Posted 11.13.2014 | Black Voices

Aretha Franklin is threatening legal action over a new unauthorized biography, “Respect,” by her former ghostwriter David Ritz — which makes wil...

Aretha Franklin Gives Update On Long-Delayed Biopic

Posted 11.17.2014 | Black Voices

Following the success of Aretha Franklin's latest studio effort, which netted her highest debut charting album, "Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva ...

My Conversation with David Ritz

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.28.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Over the course of our conversation David and I talked about a range of topics, including his intellectually demanding father, how he deals with the challenge of stuttering -- something he still copes with every day -- and why he is so drawn to musicians and their craft.