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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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Cheadle to Produce & Star in Movie About First Black Millionaire

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After his latest stint in Avengers: Endgame, actor Don Cheadle is set to star in a movie that he will produce himself. The movie, which is entitled Prince of Darkness, will portray the inspiring story of the first Black millionaire, Jeremiah G. Hamilton.

Cheadle will be teaming up once again with Steven Baigelman, who co-wrote the Miles Ahead screenplay with him in 2015. This time, Baigelman will write the script for the movie adapted from Shane White’s book Prince of Darkness: The Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire which won the 2015 Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Best Book Prize.

Hamilton, who escaped from Haiti in 1828, became a successful Wall Street financier in less than a decade.


He worked with white people in the business world, married a white woman, bought a mansion in rural New Jersey, and owned railroad stock on trains he was not legally allowed to even ride. He reportedly accumulated about $2 million until his death in 1875. Hamilton became the richest Black man in the U.S. as he braved the norm during that time. The inspiring story that will be adapted to film is expected to bring more awareness about his life and how became known as the Prince of Darkness.

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LIVING BY DESIGN WITH JAKE AND JAZZ BRINGS A N’AWLINS TWIST

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SILVER SPRING, MDMay 17, 2019 – The hot new lifestyle series LIVING BY DESIGN WITH JAKE AND JAZZ, featuring brother/sister duo Jakeand Jazz Smollett, returns on Saturday, May 18 at 12 p.m. ET.

Jake and Jazz hit all the right notes when they redesign the bachelorette pad of Taylor, an eclectic musician from New Orleans who became a viral sensation with her popular drumming videos. Jazz channels the vibes of “The Big Easy” by adding cool colors and accent pieces to the space, while Jake builds a unique coffee table to house Taylor’s record collection. The siblings transform Taylor’s living room into an enviable speakeasy-inspired space with decorated fan art, beautiful tapestries and plush sofas. For the post-reveal meal, Jake serves up Bourbon Ginger Whiskey Sours with Oyster Po’ Boys and Jazz makes luscious Bourbon Praline Brownies.

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MORE JOIN THE DL HUGHLEY SHOW

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SPRING, MD – May 6, 2019 – Comedian, actor and REACH Media Syndicated Radio host, DL Hughley brings an original brand of comedy and commentary to nighttime television with his new talk show THE DL HUGHLEY SHOW. The series airs Monday through Thursday at 11/10C PM with an encore the following day at 11/10C AM only on TV One. Beginning Monday, May 13, THE DL HUGHLEY SHOW will air at 10 P.M. ET/9C immediately followed by an encore presentation at 11 P.M./10C

Joining DL in the studio this week is actor Michael Ealyon Monday, May 6; actress Meagan Goodon Tuesday, May 7; actress/comedian Kym Whitley on Wednesday, May 8; and “Divorce Court” Judge Lynn Toleron Thursday, May 9. The series dives head first into the hot topics of the day and dishes on the latest news, entertainment, pop culture and what’s trending in social media. Always insightful and informative, Hughley and his co-host Jasmine Sanders use humor to deliver everything from hard news to lighter fare. The nighttime show offers everything from covering the day’s major headlines and roundtable discussions to celebrity guest interviews and comedy bits.

THE DL HUGHLEY SHOW is produced for TV One by Pygmy Wolf Productions with DL Hughley and KP Anderson serving as Executive Producers. Sonya Vaughn and Charlie Gerencer serve as Co-Executive Producers and Jade Mills serves as Executive in Charge of Production. Melanie Massie serves as Talent Producer. For TV One, Susan Henry and Regina Thomas serve as Executive Producers in Charge of Production.

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