“The Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin Legacy 1942-2018

“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin dies from pancreatic cancer at 76. The legendary artist known as a musical icon broke barriers through race, gender, and music over the long span of her career. Sources share her health had been affected for a while now, and it was her wish not to share this aspect of her life publicly. Her family is now grieving the passing of their core is requesting privacy during the matter as they come together and nurture each other during this moment. A soul so vivacious, and effortlessly alluring with high power, her voice, her essence, her coming as a force of love and transformation for all those surrounding her. Aretha was not one to hold back, and from the start of her career knew she was in for the long haul. Rooting from Detroit, she began her journey as a singer at her father’s gospel church during her teenage years. Working her way up to stardom, her first national chart-topper is a tune all too well known up to this day, “Respect” blew up in 1967 flying her into the spotlight. Topping the list of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 greatest singers of all time in 2010, Franklin earned 18 Grammy Awards throughout her career as well as Grammy lifetime achievement and living legend awards. In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2005, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. Her legacy lives on with us, and our hearts go out to her family and friends. May we honor her gift to us by embodying the grace, courage, kindness, and vulnerability she chose to against all the odds.
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Written by Viviana Puello

Viviana is a Colombo-American Artist, Curator, Writer and Advocate for the arts. Founder of Vivid Arts Network, Create 4 Peace, Artists For A Green Planet, Author of the book “Just Be Inspired,” and an awardwinning director and producer. Viviana Puello founded ArtTour International Magazine in 2011. Since then, she has served as the CEO, Editor-in-Chief, and the face for ArtTour International Magazine.

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