Aretha Franklin

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FBI tracked Aretha Franklin’s civil rights activism, declassified file shows
The 270-page unsealed file details several death threats and her friendships with Martin Luther King Jr and Angela Davis

Adrian Horton

08, Sep, 2022 @5:19 PM

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Respect review – an overly reverential homage to Aretha
Personally approved by Franklin, Jennifer Hudson captures the queen of soul’s star power, but this biopic is too well behaved to do its extraordinary subject justice

Mark Kermode

12, Sep, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Respect review – one-note Aretha Franklin chronicle follows every biopic beat
Jennifer Hudson plays the soul legend, but this biopic reduces the complexity of her upbringing and artistry to corny life lessons

Peter Bradshaw

09, Sep, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Respect review – Aretha Franklin biopic sings the same old tune
Jennifer Hudson tries her best with a disappointingly rote retread through cliches of a well-worn genre

Charles Bramesco

09, Aug, 2021 @2:22 PM

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Genius: Aretha review – clunky Franklin biopic needs more respect
Cynthia Erivo provides the requisite vocals yet is otherwise an empty version of the legendary singer in a shallow new series

Beatrice Loayza

17, Mar, 2021 @1:30 PM

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Aretha Franklin: newly discovered will draft complicates estate dispute
Trial will be held to determine whether any of the documents discovered after Franklin’s death can stand as a will

Laura Snapes

12, Mar, 2021 @1:30 PM

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'A legend in her own right': Carolyn Franklin, Aretha's forgotten sister
She was a genius songwriter and singer but could never escape her sibling’s shadow – and died at just 43. Family and friends including Martha Reeves and Bettye Lavette celebrate the life of a cruelly overlooked artist

Fraser Morris

07, Jan, 2021 @12:37 PM

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TV tonight: the gospel according to Aretha Franklin
A remarkable film documents the singer’s recording of her 1972 album Amazing Grace. Plus: Spiral begins its final season. Here’s what to watch this evening

Ammar Kalia, Hannah Verdier, Graeme Virtue, Ali Catterall and Paul Howlett

02, Jan, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Bettye LaVette: 'James Brown would have fired Kanye West 12 times'
The forgotten woman of Detroit’s soul explosion, Bettye LaVette reveals why she was too lewd for Berry Gordy, her rivalry with Aretha Franklin and why she loves Kamala Harris

Kate Hutchinson

27, Aug, 2020 @11:06 AM

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From the Band to Beyoncé: concert films to fill the live music black hole
Ahead of what would have been Glastonbury weekend, we pick the documentaries that best recreate the magic of gigs and festivals

Dorian Lynskey

21, Jun, 2020 @7:00 AM

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I've never seen ... The Blues Brothers
This 40-year-old comedy – repackaging blues for a white audience – in many ways uncomfortably mirrors what is happening in the UK and America right now

Michael Hann

09, Jun, 2020 @2:56 PM

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Who’s Zoomin’ Who is the song for right now
Brief letters: Jordan Henderson | Marmalade | Aretha Franklin | Poo for politicians | Long reads


05, Apr, 2020 @5:11 PM

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