RESPECT: Hamba Kahle Aretha Franklin


I was away last week, and so didn’t post immediately on the much-mourned death of musician and social activist Aretha Franklin. Here, you can find a full and detailed biography.

Here is something rather more pointed and personal: novelist Candace Allen’s memory of the impact of Aretha on her life.

Allen, incidentally , is the author of one of the best fictional portraits of a female jazz artist: Valaida. ( )

And here the Washington Post interrogates Trump’s claim in his “tribute” that the artist “worked for me”.

Even without the fact-checks, it’s clear that without any reflection at all, Trump reverted to a classic racist trope without a moment’s pause. Unsurprising. But Aretha did not need his words anyway. She had – and has – our hearts.

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