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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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TV ONE’S ACCLAIMED SERIES UNSUNG RETURNS

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A BRAND NEW SEASON OF TV ONE’S ACCLAIMED SERIES UNSUNG RETURNS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23 AT 10 P.M./9C  

This Season Highlights Untold Stories of Dru Hill, Roxanne Shante,Christopher Williams, Betty Wright, Goodie Mob and More

TV One’s longest-running and award-winning documentary series UNSUNG continues its stellar run with an all-new season premiering Sunday, February 23 at 10 P.M. ET/9C. The season kicks off with the popular 90s R&B group Dru Hill.    The season continues with memorable stories of influential artists including rap’s first female star MC Roxanne Shante; singer/actor Christopher Williams; funk and disco band Skyy; the “Mother of Freestyle” Shannon; Grammy Award-winning crooner behind the 1972 number one single “Me and Mrs. Jones,” Billy Paul; vocal powerhouse Betty Wright, best known for the 70s hit single “Clean Up Woman;” multi-Grammy Award-winning musician Al Jarreau; and Atlanta hip hop quartet Goodie MobUNSUNG, nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding News/Information – (Series or Special), celebrates the lives of trailblazing musicians whose full stories and journeys have yet to be explored. Through first-hand accounts, interviews with family and friends, and archival footage, each episode weaves a tale of the highs and lows of a life in the limelight.  UNSUNG is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions’ Arthur Smith and Frank Sinton with Executive Producer Mark Rowland and Co-Executive Producer Kysha Mounia. For TV One, Jason Ryan is Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Brigitte McCray is Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Production ###
For more information on UNSUNG visit TV One’s YouTube Channeland check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on www.tvone.tv. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TV One’s TwitterInstagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) and the UNSUNGFacebook (@tvoneunsung) using the hashtag #UNSUN

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The ladies of Sister Circle kick off the new year with actors Rotimi, Brian Jordan, Jr., relationship expert Tracy McMillian and more as part of 2020 Transformation Week.

New episodes of the daytime talk show “Sister Circle Live” airs at 12 p.m. ET on TV One. Upcoming guests include:

Monday, 1/6/2020 Actor and Singer Rotimi (“Power”) Movie Reviews with Xilla Valentine

2020 Transformation Week Kicks Off with vegan Chef Gueli

Tuesday, 1/7/2020 Actor Brian Jordan (“Sistas”)
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Wednesday, 1/8/2020 Relationship Expert Tracy McMillan (“Family or Fiancé”)

2020 Transformation Week with Syleena’s Yoga Lesson


Thursday, 1/9/2020 Singer and Actor Jacob Latimore
South African Chef Lorna Maseko

Tea with Miss Quad and Dani Canada, Deputy Editor, Bossip

Friday, 1/10/2020 Journalist Ed Gordon
Actor and Comedian Reginald “Bruh-Man” Ballard

2020 Transformation Week with Life Coach Valorie Burton

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95-Year Old Actress Cicely Tyson Says She Refuses to Retire

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Nationwide — Cicely Tyson, one of the most iconic actresses of our time, has just turned 95-years old. But despite her age, she says she will never ever retire from her decades-long career.

Tyson was the cover star for Time Magazine’s latest “The Art of Optimism” special issue. During her interview, she revealed that she has no plans to retire from Hollywood.

“The reason why I have been in this universe as long as I have been is because he’s not ready for me,” said Tyson. “When I’ve completed my job, he’ll take me away. I know several people who have retired and then six months later, they’re gone.”

Since the 1960’s, Tyson has been gracing both the film and television screens and making an impact as a Black woman. She paved the way for more representation of Black women in Hollywood.

Throughout her career, she has won a number of prestigious awards including Emmys and a Tony and was nominated for Academy Awards for her role in the 1972 film Sounder. Among some of her works, she has appeared in two Tyler Perry movies, was part of the Roots miniseries, and had a small role in the Oscar-nominated movie The Help.

Now, she plays a recurring character in How to Get Away With Murder as the mother of the main character Annalise Keating, portrayed by Viola Davis. And she is far from retiring.

“We have to honor this blessed gift that we have. That’s what keeps you going. Keeps your mind fluid — your heart, your whole being. You can’t just stop, because that will be the end of you.”

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