Aug. 18, 2018
Too many emotions. After a long battle with pancreatic cancer, Aretha Louise Franklin — the Queen of Soul, with a voice that could shake the earth — died this week at age 76. Throughout her storied career, she won 18 Grammys, became one of the best-selling musical artists of all time and in 1987 was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. She gave us something to feel and taught us all how to spell “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” — which sounds so much better with a couple of “sock it to mes.” She showed us how to wig-snatch properly, and wasn’t afraid to put her pocketbook on the floor so she could hit them angles. Franklin has left the building, but to a standing ovation. She changed all of our lives — and especially meant the world to The Undefeated’s Kelley L. Carter, whose tribute to the Queen is simply beautiful.