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Michigan governor OKs highway honor for Aretha Franklin

Jul. 9, 2019 9:26 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's governor has signed legislation honoring the late Queen of Soul with a highway designation. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday approved the bill to designate a portion of M-10 in Detroit as the "Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway." Franklin died in Detroit last year after...

Stevie Wonder says he's getting a kidney transplant in fall

Jul. 7, 2019 7:46 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Stevie Wonder surprised concertgoers in London Saturday night by announcing that he will take a break from performing so that he can receive a kidney transplant this fall. The 69-year-old music legend made the announcement after performing "Superstition" at the end of a packed British Summer...

Stevie Wonder says he's getting a kidney transplant in fall

Jul. 6, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Stevie Wonder surprised concertgoers in London Saturday night by announcing that he will take a break from performing so that he can receive a kidney transplant this fall. The 69-year-old music legend made the announcement after performing "Superstition" at the end of a packed British Summer...

Essence Fest marks 25 years of celebrating black culture

Jul. 1, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Essence Festival, which draws thousands to New Orleans during the fourth of July week, is celebrating 25 years of bringing African American women of all ages together for thought-provoking conversation and performances from top musical acts. Launched to mark the 25th anniversary of...

Tension developing in Aretha Franklin will dispute

Jun. 17, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A fight is emerging over whether a son of Aretha Franklin could be put in charge of the late singer's estate after a 2014 handwritten will was found under cushions in her suburban Detroit home. Attorneys for the estate said in a court filing Monday that "there is no basis to support...

Feeling Aretha's spirit, J Hud honors icon at Pulitzers

May. 28, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With bad weather in Chicago on Monday and her flight canceled, Jennifer Hudson fretted at the thought of missing her performance at Tuesday's Pulitzer Prize awards ceremony to pay tribute to honoree Aretha Franklin. But then Hudson said she felt the spirit of the Queen of Soul — who...

Handwritten wills shake up Aretha Franklin's estate

May. 21, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The discovery of handwritten wills in the home of the late Aretha Franklin could ignite a dispute among family members about the estate of the "Queen of Soul." She died last August without a formal document to guide her sons about her music, property and other assets. But the newly...