Category: Aretha Franklin

6/30/19: American Black Journal – NSO Clay Center / Estate Planning

On the next American Black Journal, Neighborhood Service Organization breaks ground on a project that will change the conversation about homelessness in Detroit. We’ll get details on the sustainable campus that will provide a variety of support services at one location for the homeless. Plus, we’ll talk about the issues surrounding the division of Aretha Franklin’s estate and why everyone should have a will.

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Remembering Nancy Wilson, singer with dazzling style

Last week, singer Nancy Wilson died at the age of 81. Wilson — who was also a civil rights activist who marched in Selma — released more than 60 albums in a career spanning five decades, winning three Grammys and scoring many hits.

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12/16/18: American Black Journal – Aretha Franklin’s Detroit Home / “Birth to 5”

On the next American Black Journal, the new owner of Aretha Franklin’s Detroit home talks with Stephen about his vision for the historic mansion, the importance of preserving Detroit homes, and African American home ownership. Plus, families in an east side Detroit neighborhood get access to early childhood education with the opening of the area’s first “Birth to 5” Head Start center. It’s all part of revitalization efforts in the once thriving community known as Regent Park.

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Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul and Detroit Icon, Dies at 76

A legend is gone. Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” died Thursday at age 76 in Detroit from pancreatic cancer. One of the best-selling musical artists of all times, she defined a generation of music with countless hits like “Think” and “Respect.”

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