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Watch Now: Special Report- Aretha Franklin “Queen of Soul” dead at 76

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has died, her publicist confirmed to CBS News. She was 76 years old.

The family said that the cause of death was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist. Funeral arrangements would be announced “in the coming days,” the family said.

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“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,” Franklin’s family said in the statement. “We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”

Franklin’s prolific career spanned six decades and included hit songs like “Respect,” “A Natural Woman” and “I Say a Little Prayer.” Even in her 70s, she was still performing. In 2015, her performance of “A Natural Woman” at the Kennedy Center Honors brought President Barack Obama to tears.

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Don Lemon #tear with Pastor who met Trump – was Pastor a prop for Trump?

Don Lemon upset with Pastor who met Trump – was Pastor a prop for Trump?

On Thursday night, the pastor appeared on CNN with Don Lemon, who asked the pastor if he was “used as a prop.”

“Do you think this president is responsible for hate in the nation’s discourse now?” Lemon asked.

“I believe that our president has fostered a culture and climate that has allowed for what was there and has been there for years to bubble up,” he said. “It has empowered people in a horrific way. Absolutely. I don’t think there’s any question about it.”

Lemon brought up the subject of black Americans being introduced to Christianity during slavery.

Lemon got a little emotional as he questioned Gray.

“Look, I’m a person of faith,” Lemon said. “He said there is a reason that people would teach you about the Bible, would let you congregate on the plantation but would not allow you to read. Do you understand the meaning of that? …It means they believe that religion keeps people in chains and that fighting back and saying I’m not going to deal with this, turning the other cheek, because they don’t want you to leave the plantation.”

World’s Oldest Living Person Thanks God


Jeralean Talley, the world’s oldest-known living person, will celebrate her 116th birthday in Detroit next month thanking God for her longevity.


Born on May 23, 1899, Talley climbed to the top of a list kept by the Gerontology Research Group, which validates the ages of the world’s longest-living people, after Gertrude Weaver died at 116 in Arkansas this month.

“Everything comes from above. Everything just comes from above,” Talley told Reuters, surrounded by her family, at her one-storey home in the Detroit suburb of Inkster.

Talley was born in Georgia and moved to Michigan in 1935 with her husband, Alfred Talley, for his job at a Ford plant. He died in 1988.

Sharing apple pies from McDonald’s with the youngest member of her five-generation family, two-year-old Armmell Holloway, Talley said: “I feel just like I feel. I feel good.”

Talley, who worked in a laundry washing and ironing, lives with her daughter, Thelma Holloway, 77.

Pictures of Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy hang on the wall in the house Talley and her husband built in 1963.

Holloway said her mother would not have predicted the election of a fellow black person as U.S. president, in the shape of Barack Obama.

“It’s amazing. I never had no thoughts about nothing like this. And then she got a chance to be here and see a black president and all that,” Holloway said. “That’s history. She had no idea about that and neither did I.”

She said her mother has maintained an active lifestyle, bowling until she was 104, and that the family plan to take her out for dinner on her 116th birthday.

Talley now mostly stays at home or visits family members’ homes and remains active in the New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Inkster, where a front row seat is kept for her.

“She enjoys fishing. She goes fishing every year, but it’s not quite time,” Holloway said. “Maybe sometime in June she’ll get around to going.”

SOURCE: Reuters