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Rest in peace, you mighty queen. 👸🏾🎶aretha franklin was my first cassette tape (yes, i am of the generation where cassette tapes still existed) and she was the soundtrack to my childhood. i remember rewinding her scene in ‘the blues brothers’ over and over again to watch in awe as she belted out lyrics of a strong, self-advocating woman in her powerful voice. aretha franklin was raised in detroit, where she lived in a neighborhood ripe with future motown stars like diana ross, the four tops and smokey robinson. she recorded her first gospel album at the age of 14, then crossed into secular music when she turned 18 - becoming the queen of soul. she recorded a total of 112 charted singles on billboard, won 18 grammys, and is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time. she was the first woman inducted to the rock-and-roll fall of fame. her musical career is admirable, but so is her civil rights work. her family was close friends with martin luther king, jr. who often stayed at her house. through her record sales and touring, she was a large contributor to the movement. additionally, she overcame so many things to find this success - her mother died before aretha was 10 years old. her father was shot in an attempted robbery and lingered in a coma for five years before he died in 1984. she had two children before she was 17, and two more later during two marriages that both ended in divorce. she was so strong and will always continue to be an inspiration in life and in death.