Published: Sun, August 19, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

'Why is she white?': Jim Carrey's Aretha Franklin portrait criticized

'Why is she white?': Jim Carrey's Aretha Franklin portrait criticized

As previously reported, Aretha Franklin passed away on August 16, after losing her battle to pancreatic cancer.

In 1985, Aretha had her voice declared a "natural resource" in MI and, two years later, became the first female musician inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The legendary singer's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute, said that her official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type.

In a joint statement, the Obamas said: "Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience".

"In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart". Truly, we lost a legend.

"She knew that she was blessed to get the chance to live what she loved and live her dream", Robinson said.

Sharpton, who was also on MSNBC with King, said his most endearing memory of her was from the 2016 jazz celebration at the White House. "You don't try to denigrate her legacy by saying, 'she worked for me on numerous occasions.' This queen worked for nobody but her loving fans".

On Friday, fans continued to pay their respects, leaving mementos outside her father's New Bethel Baptist Church and queuing outside the Motown Museum, which will play her music on loudspeakers through the weekend and is hosting a book of condolence.

"I remember hearing her singing at the Reverend Franklin's church when I was little - maybe I was 4 or 5 years old - because my mother would always listen to the church services on Sunday". In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2005 she was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's greatest honor.

The song features one of the most iconic choruses of all time and has since gone down in history as one of the greatest, with Rolling Stone magazine, putting it into to the number 5 spot.

She said "R.E.S.P.E.C.T." also touched her as a powerful song that she believes gave women and people of color a sense of pride and energy.

Y'ALL. She won. She wins. "It's just sad that he has to go there, and attach her to himself".

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