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Aretha Franklin bishop sorry after 'groping' Ariana Grande

Aretha Franklin bishop sorry after 'groping' Ariana Grande

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The bishop who led Aretha Franklin's funeral has apologised to Ariana Grande after being accused of groping her on stage. Images show Bishop Charles H Ellis III holding Ariana high above her waist, with his fingers squeezed around the side of the singer's chest. "It would never be my intention to touch any woman's breast," he told the Associated Press."Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar." He added: "But again, I apologise."The preacher said he hugged all artists, male or female, during the ceremony commemorating the Queen of Soul. But viewers began posting images from the service when Ariana got up to sing Aretha's song (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. Many people felt that Bishop E...
Aretha Franklin: Stars and fans say goodbye at emotional, seven-hour funeral

Aretha Franklin: Stars and fans say goodbye at emotional, seven-hour funeral

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Musicians, family, friends and fans have said a final goodbye to Aretha Franklin at her funeral in Detroit.Lasting over seven hours, the memorial was both mournful and celebratory, with the crowd breaking into a spontaneous dance of praise at one point.Focusing on Franklin's gospel roots, the service featured music from Ariana Grande and Chaka Khan, with Stevie Wonder delivering an emotional finale.Franklin died earlier this month of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.Her final send-off involved 100 pink Cadillacs, a gold-plated coffin, three presidential tributes and eulogies by more than a dozen preachers. They remembered her not just as the Queen of Soul, but as an aunt, grandmother, friend, civi...
Over 100 pink Cadillacs line the streets of Detroit in honor of Aretha Franklin

Over 100 pink Cadillacs line the streets of Detroit in honor of Aretha Franklin

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Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The life of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin was celebrated in her hometown of Detroit on Friday by friends, family and fans alike.Over 100 pink Cadillacs -- in reference to Franklin's hit "Freeway of Love" -- were parked on Seven Mile Road near the Greater Grace Temple where the star's funeral service was held. Cadillac, founded in Detroit, tweeted the years of Franklin's birth and death with the word "Respect" on a pink background. pic.twitter.com/9x9DrPuMOB— Cadillac (@Cadillac) August 31, 2018 Crisette Ellis, wife of Bishop Charles H. Ellis III from Greater Grace Temple, organized the tribute to Franklin. Ellis works as a sales directer for cosmetic company Mary Kay, which famously gifts top sellers with pink Cadillacs. "Her song, the pink Cadillac song, meant ...
'She never left': Detroit mourns Aretha Franklin

'She never left': Detroit mourns Aretha Franklin

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Detroit has lost a sister. Their sadness, though, somehow still feels like a celebration. Outside the church where Aretha Franklin's late father preached, there are mothers dancing with their daughters and singing "r-e-s-p-e-c-t".It is contagious.Some of the girls are too young to understand the significance of this moment, but it is clear Aretha Franklin's voice and values will live on in them. 1:35 Video: Listen to the voice of Aretha Franklin ...
Alicia, Ariana and other global stars who worshipped Aretha Franklin

Alicia, Ariana and other global stars who worshipped Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Franklin's influence on music was profound during her lifetime, and since her death, pop stars have been opening up about the way the Queen of Soul shaped them as performers.On Thursday, Alicia Keys and Ariana Grande both performed renditions of (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman during radio and TV interviews.Keys told Nicki Minaj while appearing on her radio show: "She's so special."She was able to touch so many people, divinely - she touched me." Skip Twitter post by @aliciakeys One of my GREATEST inspirations! The songs she gave us made us stronger and prouder. She empowered us!! We get to be inspired by her forever and now I’m going to write more songs...