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11 Songs That Prove We Can't Get Enough Of These Fabulous Divas

Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices

This week marked an annual occurrence of epic proportions. We celebrated the birth of not one but four dynamic divas that have all made a major impact...

Aretha Franklin Celebrates 72nd Birthday With Denzel Washington

AP | MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 03.24.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — The fellas love Aretha Franklin: Denzel Washington helped the Queen of Soul celebrate her 72nd birthday in style, and Andre 3000 and...

What Aretha Franklin Thinks Of President Obama

AP | Posted 03.10.2014 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin has much R-E-S-P-E-C-T for President Barack Obama — regardless of his spelling skills. At a White House concert l...

Obama Celebrates "Women Of Soul"

AP | NANCY BENAC | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — He bobbled the spelling, but President Barack Obama had nothing but R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the "women of soul" who shook and rattled th...

Some Of Your Favorite Chart-Topping Songs Are Actually Covers

The Huffington Post | April Sperry | Posted 03.06.2014 | Entertainment

When a song reaches the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it's because the tune is fresh, original and ground-breaking, right? Not always. In...

With a Little Help From an American Horror Storyteller, Mary Fahl Raises Her Voice to a Supernatural Level

Michael Bialas | Posted 04.11.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Mary Fahl didn't need to become a vampire to achieve pop culture immortality. Famed author Anne Rice gave it to the enduring singer-songwriter by sink...

Relive The 10 Most Iconic Grammys Performances

The Huffington Post | April Sperry | Posted 01.25.2014 | Celebrity

With stars like Taylor Swift, Marc Anthony, Lorde and Dave Grohl on deck to perform at the 56th Grammy Awards, this year's show is sure to be full of ...

2014 BET Honorees Announced

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices

ATLANTA (AP) — Legendary singer Aretha Franklin and Motown founder Berry Gordy will be honored at the 2014 BET Honors. The network announced Thursd...

Aretha Franklin Wants To Cover Beyonce's Song And The Beyhive Isn't Having It

HelloBeautiful | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul but apparently the Beyhive gives zero f**ks! Beyonce’s loyal — and cutthroat! — fan base recently went i...

Marvin Hamlisch Loved Sweets

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.26.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The entertaining PBS portrait of composer Marvin Hamlisch, aptly titled, "What He Did For Love," provides the music, his method for creating it, and t...

The Stories Behind The Broadway Stars Playing Pop Music Legends

Karu F. Daniels, Playbill Magazine | Posted 12.06.2013 | Black Voices

Playbill.com chats with Valisia LeKae, Jessie Mueller and NaTasha Yvette Williams about taking on the roles of iconic women on the Broadway stage....

Folk-Rock Heroes: Conversations with Steve Forbert, Livingston Taylor and Tom Chapin, Plus Terence P. Minogue & American Voices' 'Gaudete' Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Season of Joy is the latest offering of Christmas songs, old and new, from Terence P. Minogue. The album leads us through three special aspects of Christmas Part 1 -- The Season is for the weeks before Christmas, the busy time in anticipation of the upcoming festivities.

Aretha Franklin Bounces Back After Illness

AP | Posted 11.02.2013 | Entertainment

DETROIT -- DETROIT (AP) — After recovering from an undisclosed illness, Aretha Franklin is returning to the concert stage with a December performanc...

Aretha Is 'Glad To Be Back At It'

AP | Posted 10.17.2013 | Entertainment

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Aretha Franklin says "the side effects were rough" from her treatment for an undisclosed condition. T...

First Nighter: 'A Night With Janis Joplin' Gets Only a Piece of Her Heart

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Whenever performers -- such as Mary Bridget Davies in A Night With Janis Joplin, at the Lyceum -- impersonate iconic figures, they're going to be compared to the original, whether they like it or not. They certainly can't be surprised when they are.

Muscle Shoals Makes it Downtown for a New York Premiere

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.27.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The name Alabama has such beautiful assonance, its flow of "a" makes its own Southern comfort! So the sound of "Sweet Home Alabama," one song in a st...

Movie Review: Muscle Shoals

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.25.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Either the title of the documentary Muscle Shoals resonates with you -- in which case it resonates hard -- or you have no idea what it means. But you should -- or you should find out by watching the movie, one of the year's most entertaining and enriching nonfiction films.

With Hues of Blues Power, ZZ Ward Paints a Pretty Picture for Colorado

Michael Bialas | Posted 11.19.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Ward is singing in the reign right now as she wins over audiences across the country, including a Saturday night crowd that was ready to party after finally enjoying a sunny day.

The Wonderfully Checkered Past of a Soul Rock Goddess

Tom Semioli | Posted 11.16.2013 | Entertainment
Tom Semioli

My search for Ms. Lennear commenced long before Neville's long overdue film -- which depicts the dramatic plights of rock's most hallowed back-up singers -- hit a theater near you.

Aretha Franklin Opens Up About Her Health Scare

AP | NEKESA MUMBI MOODY | Posted 10.20.2013 | Celebrity

NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin won't say what caused her latest health problems, but says she's had a "miraculous" recovery and is looking forward t...

Aretha Franklin's Treatment Prevents Attendance At Major Event

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 10.20.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin will not be attending a baseball luncheon during which she was to receive a "Beacon" award for embodying the spirit o...

Another Prestigious Honor

AP | Posted 09.24.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin and Bo Jackson will be honored at the 2013 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon next month. Major League Baseball announced Th...

WATCH: Pandora Boxx Gets 'Shady' With Queens Of 'Drag Race'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices

With nods to Aretha Franklin and Grindr, "RuPaul's Drag Race" star Pandora Boxx, who regularly blogs for HuffPost Gay Voices, dropped a campy new sing...

Queen Of Soul Makes A Prediction About Detroit

AP | Posted 09.18.2013 | Detroit

DETROIT — Aretha Franklin says Detroit's future is bright. The Detroit native, known as the "Queen of Soul," is reacting to her city's bankrupt...

Aretha Cancels Hometown Show

AP | Posted 07.12.2013 | Detroit

CLARKSTON, Mich. -- Aretha Franklin has canceled a Detroit-area performance set for July 27, citing ongoing treatment. The show at DTE Energy Music T...