Star-studded memorial service awaits Aretha Franklin

Swanson Funeral’s 1940 La Salle hearse with the casket of singer Aretha Franklin leaves the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Tuesday. The ivory hearse carried Rosa Parks in 2005. Franklin died Aug. 16 and will be laid to rest on Fr

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The Queen of Soul will be entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery in her hometown of Detroit-the same place her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin; her brother, Cecil Franklin; her sisters, Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin, and her nephew, Thomas Garrett, were buried.

Though the private ceremony is expected to be a star-studded affair with who's who list of entertainers expected to send off the late diva, Twitter users were shocked to catch a glimpse of reality star turned White House official Omarosa Manigault-Newman in attendance.

Rev. Al Sharpton took on President Trump's response to the passing of Aretha Franklin at the soul legend's funeral in Detroit on Friday.


Other performers at the service include Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp and Vanessa Bell Armstrong.

You can live stream the funeral service below. The channel will take calls from listeners after the service.

Owens told CNN the funeral service will pay homage to Franklin's gospel roots and her love of the church.


Since Franklin's death, Owens said a close group she described as "Aretha's angels" have "worked tirelessly" and been guided by a single question: "What would Aretha want?" Thousands of fans paid their last respects to the "Queen of Soul" on Tuesday at Detroit's Charles H Wright Museum of African American History. The second day, she was was dressed in a sheer light-blue dress and matching shoes.

'I do not plan anything (with) someone I love like that, ' Robinson, a Motown great who grew up with Franklin, said. Her niece, Sabrina Owens, will provide the obituary and Franklin's relatives-Vaughn, Cristal, Victorie and Jordan Franklin-will offer family reflections. She stood on the front lines of the civil rights movement, where her music served as a frequent anthem.

Following a public viewing on Thursday to accommodate members of Franklin's congregation, a tribute concert was planned for Thursday night at Detroit's Chene Park Amphitheatre. In addition, Franklin's son, Edward Franklin, will perform a musical tribute.


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