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Aretha Franklin, a.k.a., the “Queen of Soul” was one of the great music artists of her time. The legend was born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis and passed away at the age of 76 from pancreatic cancer on Aug. 16.

Aretha had music in her DNA. Her mother, Barbara, was a gospel singer, and her father, C.L. Franklin, was a singer too. At the age of six, her parents separated and Aretha lived with her father. At the age of 10, her mother died. Her father used to take Aretha with him on gospel programs as part of his church. Her interest in gospel music increased, and she started to perform with her father. Albertina Walker and Jackie Verdell, the gospel music giants, sensed the talent in Aretha and helped her in singing. At the age of 14, she had her first gospel album named “The Gospel Sound of Aretha Franklin.”

Aretha’s life changed when she moved to New York City. She shifted from sacred to more contemporary music. John Hammond, a music producer, gave Aretha her first break and she eventually created “Today I sing the blues” (1960). As she started her singing career, she rose to success rapidly. She tried almost every genre of the music industry. Aretha was a prominent figure in the 1960’s and gave a stirring performance at Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral.

“. . . this led the way for some of her early hits, such as “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You,” Lady Soul,” and “Amazing Grace.”

When she got her contract from Atlantic Records, this led the way for some of her early hits, such as “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You,” Lady Soul,” and “Amazing Grace.” While her gospel work remain some of the most influential albums, she also produced dance hits, such as “Jump to It” and “Freeway of Love.”

Aretha was the first lady to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and won 18 Grammy awards during her life. She performed for many presidents, including the inauguration of President Barack Obama. She had a rare range of singing talent that makes her a legend in the singing world. R-E-S-P-E-C-T #QueenofSoul

 

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Tickey Smiley finds out his ex is getting married

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SILVER SPRING, MD – November 2, 2018 – D’Essence has a heartfelt conversation with her brother Brandon, who discloses private details of his journey to recovery from alcoholism on the next episode of TV One’s RICKEY SMILEY FOR REAL, airing Tuesday, November 6 at 8 p.m./7C.

After being arrested for two DUI’s, D’Essence reaches out to Brandon for emotional support as she starts on a new path to focus on her health and safety. While appreciative of his advice, she expresses her frustration with his lack of communication during the low points in her life.

Brandon also acknowledges that his issues with alcohol contributed to his breakup with ex-girlfriend Beonka, who is a close friend of D’Essence, but is excited about his new relationship with another woman.

“I called dad one day and I broke down to him and I was like I can’t do this anymore. I have a problem,” says Brandon. “Dad stopped whatever he was doing and he got me in rehab. I was on my way to going to jail again or dying.”

Meanwhile, Rickey Smiley finds out on Facebook that his ex-girlfriend is getting married and relocating from Colombia to the United States with their daughter and her fiancé.

“I’m really happy for her. You know I’m not a hater,” Rickey says to his daughter, Aaryn. “I don’t hate but I throw shade. You got one dad.”

At the radio station, tensions between Juicy and Gary with da Tea reach a boiling point. In an attempt to clear the air, Juicy sits down with Gary to discuss his recent cancer diagnosis. Hurt to learn such personal news about her good friend along with the public through an announcement, she confronts him about her feelings. Can they resolve their differences and improve their relationship for the better after these turn of events? Tune into the episode to find out.

Season five of the popular franchise returns to TV One with more fun, family drama and life challenges. This season, the show captures Rickey navigating the ups and downs of his professional demands, while adapting to new additions in his household and juggling the growing pains of his young adult children. Along with his morning show crew Headkrack, Da BratGary with da Tea and Juicy, viewers get to ride along with one of nationally-syndicated radio’s most celebrated personalities.

After each episode, check out Rickey Smiley’s “Cooking Up Comedy” digital series at 9/8C on TVOne.tv/CookingUpComedy and TV One’s social media platforms. Rickey will keep you laughing while he shares “how-to” tips on preparing his favorite mouthwatering recipes. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tag #RICKEYSMILEYFORREAL and #REPRESENT.

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Exhibition Focuses on Inspirational Light to Others

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By Aissatou Sidime-Blanton

Alethia Jones’ new acrylics painting are populated by glowing icons that appear to create their own cosmos of meaning. No wonder –  she credits Jean-Michel Basquiat, Moyo Ogundipe, and Pablo Picasso for her inspiration.

Jones is in a two-person exhibition at Alex Rubio’s R Space gallery at 110 East LaChappelle that will open with a reception on Nov. 10 from 7 m to 10 pm. Jones will be exhibiting , alongside oil painter Paris Davis, in her first gallery exhibition. It will close the day before Thanksgiving.

“My artwork is mainly spiritually focused,” said the 32-year old who currently works a merchandiser at Sear’s and owns Uhuru Aevum Handcrafted Jewelry and Art. “I’m expressing a part of me that I don’t get to express very often. As life in the U.S. continues to darken politically, emotionally, and spiritually, I want my work to serve as an inspirational light to others.”

The Dallas native has lived in San Antonio for 8 years. She came to the Alamo City when her father retired from the U.S. Army.

As a child, she enjoyed sketching and later studied fashion design at Texas Woman’s University with the plan to launch her own fashion clothing.

“I have always wanted to achieve a career that would allow me to utilize my imagination and creativity,” Jones said. “I went to Texas Woman’s University with the hopes of becoming a fashion designer. I struggled throughout my time in college, and eventually left school, discouraged that I would never reach my dream.”

Eventually she began making jewelry and then started painting on the leather that was incorporated into her varied accessories. Earlier this year, her rekindled interest in painting led her back to stretched canvases.

“Through my paintings, I want to serve as a spiritual light and to be a voice among African-American female artists who don’t get as much attention,” Jones said.

R Space Gallery hours are by appointment only, by calling Alex Rubio at 210-793-8899. For more information on Alethia’s jewelry go to www.uhuru-aezum.com or www.saethnicartsociety.org.

Aissatou Sidime-Blanton is a San Antonio-based curator and art collector. With her husband, Stewart Blanton, she underwrites the Abaraka Award, a biennial grant for African American women who teach, curate or create visual art. Learn more at SidimeBlantonFund.org.

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Quilt Exhibit Tells Story of Past Events

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Civil Rights leader Marcus Garvey once said, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” The African American Quilt Circle of San Antonio is hoping to provide some of that history through their detailed quilt exhibit titled, “Telling Our Story: African American Influences on San Antonio’s History” at the Carver Community Cultural Center.

The exhibition, which is on display until Nov. 9, depicts significant time periods and people who have helped shape San Antonio’s history. It showcases events and people as far back as the 1800’s.

Racquel Gilford-Stepter of the African American Quilt Circle of San Antonio or AAQCSA, said a year ago, a small group of quilters formed with the intent to create narrative quilts in an effort to archive, record and tell the history of San Antonio’s black community. She added after months of research and visiting UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, UTSA archives and having stories shared with them from community elders, they were able to create 20-plus quilts on display for this exhibit.
“We still have so many more moments and stories to create and hope to share a snippet of what we have created so far,” Gilford-Stepter added.

All of the quilts are original designs based on each quilter’s research. Each quilter used a variety of mixed media techniques to create and embellish their quilts.

Bring your family and friends to experience this one-of-a-kind exhibit. The admission is free at the Carver, located at 226 N. Hackberry Street. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 8am – 4pm and two hours prior to each Carver performance.

The AAQCSA was founded in August 2017 by four quilters with a primary goal of fostering a quilting community, sharing the heritage of quilting and promoting the traditions of African-American quilting.

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