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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.” Judy Woodruff gets remembrances from Chris Richards of the Washington Post and opera singer Grace Bumbry. Read more at PBS Newshour >

Detroit Public TV will be airing programs featuring Aretha Franklin in the coming days:

Aretha! The Queen of Soul – Aired Tuesday, 8/21
This program will include archival footage from Aretha Franklin’s storied career, and interviews that will evoke the memory of the “Queen of Soul.” 

Rhythm, Love & Soul – Saturday, 8/25, at 11, 1, & 3p and Sunday, 8/26 at 7, 9, & 11p on the WORLD channel
Join Aretha Franklin and Lou Rawls along with 20 legends of R&B, Motown and soul, including Gloria Gaynor, The Manhattans, Edwin Starr,Peaches & Herb, The Spinners, Thelma Houston and many more.

Our own Stephen Henderson from American Black Journal also paid tribute to the beloved Detroit icon:

And the MiWeek team shares their memories: