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Tue Aug 14, 2018, 12:07 AM Aug 2018

A Queen and her Crowns

Last edited Tue Aug 14, 2018, 05:32 AM - Edit history (2)

Aretha Franklin is a living icon. Her legendary voice has a special place in the hearts of many, worldwide. Just as powerful as it is elegant, Ms. Franklin's voice graces both opera and church houses alike.

(Ms. Franklin and Luciano Pavarotti)

Ms. Franklin has an especially revered place in many black churches throughout the country. Her rendition of "Mary Don't You Weep" has been danced to and dramatized for decades. "Precious Lord, Take My Hand", a church staple, when performed by Ms. Franklin becomes something that edifies all present.

A factor that endears her even more, as if we needed another reason, is her love of church hats. If you didn't know, church hats are a "thing" in some historically black churches. What some people may reserve for the Kentucky Derby, many black women sport every Sunday. The Queen is no different. Growing up as the daughter of a preacher, Ms. Franklin saw black women sporting their "Sunday best", regularly.
Not known to shrink from bold fashion choices, Ms. Franklin has been seen in some striking ensembles. Her majesty is so epically influential that even one of her hats has become almost as famous as she!

Join me, now, as we celebrate one of the greatest of all time.

Trained in the Gospel, tested by life. Her amazing voice continues to reign both the 20th and 21st Centuries! I give you the Queen of Soul in her many crowns........

https://assets.vogue.com/photos/58916cfd97a3db337a24a440/16 /pass/03-aretha-franklin-hats.jpg
(Okay, not technically a hat.....still really awesome)

And last, but not least...the hat that everyone and their mom bought......

Whether performing "Nessun Dorma" or making an appearance in "Blues Brothers", there's only one Queen.

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A Queen and her Crowns (Original Post) spicysista Aug 2018 OP
Very special perspective, spicysista. Kind of Blue Aug 2018 #1
I'm glad that you were able to smile, Kind of Blue. spicysista Aug 2018 #2
Kick, rec and Thank You for this spicysista. lamp_shade Aug 2018 #3
It was my pleasure. spicysista Aug 2018 #4

Kind of Blue

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1. Very special perspective, spicysista.
Tue Aug 14, 2018, 01:26 AM
Aug 2018

It so sad having to accept Ms. Franklin is on her way home so early. She's always reminded me of my Mom who I think was Ms. Franklin's biggest fan. I smiled so wide reading your OP while awesome memories flooded in and I thank you for that.

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