Unforgettable moments from Aretha Franklin's funeral

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"This is something that I'll be in history", she told AFP. She also reveled in the great jazz musicians of the past, Stevie Wonder and the great Louis Armstrong. When she was shouted out from the stage, California Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters - who has called frequently for Trump's impeachment and is a campaign rally punching bag for the president - acknowledged the crowd with the "Wakanda salute", from the movie "Black Panther", closing her fists and crossing her arms over her chest to applause. My mother's musical interest was eclectic.

The formal part of the service stretching almost eight hours, the celebration of the life and legacy of the United States icon was packed with gospel, eulogies, music and sermons.

SMOKEY ROBINSON: (Singing) I'll miss you, my buddy. "And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance".

Aretha Franklin's friend Ron Moten, a MI businessman, gave the four sons some guidance in his speech at Friday's funeral. "This is as close you get to royalty here in America and Aretha earned every bit of it", said Missy Settlers, 53, an automotive parts assembler. A ballad of earth moving proportions.

The music legend's granddaughter and other loved ones shared personal memories of her, most of which centered around her generosity and ability to make everyone feel like they were her "favorite".

"Aretha will be influencing others literally for centuries to come", said record label boss Clive Davis, who praised her "once-in-a-lifetime voice".

"The secret of her greatness was she took this massive talent and this flawless culture that raised her and chose to be the composer of her own life song".

"I would imagine she probably felt she was entitled to more, but probably received more than a lot of artists from the time, especially African-American artists", Wilson says. May your gentle soul rest in peace Amen.

Ellis III has apologized for his actions towards Ariana Grande at Aretha Franklin's funeral. She was remembered as the pride of Detroit and as a citizen of the world.

Franklin's contribution to the civil rights movement - both spiritual and financial - was honoured by Rev. Al Sharpton, who said: "She represented the best in our community and she fought for our community until the end".

Clinton said Franklin "lived with power". A truly historic book with handsome drawings.

Program covers showed a young Franklin, with a slight smile and sunglasses perched on her nose, and the caption "A Celebration Fit For The Queen".

Yes. She commenced her music career at 12, as a gospel singer and in 1968, her single "Respect" won her the first Grammy. Aretha was a very private woman who did not discuss her family.

"She performed for you", Sharpton said of Franklin, who had sung at Trump-owned venues. In this book, here recommended, King talks about growing up in Brooklyn, her three marriages and how she could not believe that her third marriage had been abused and her disbelief in remaining in the marriage for so long.

Pink Cadillacs - some having been driven across the country - parked en masse outside the church, expected to follow her cortege to the cemetery where she is to be buried alongside her father and siblings.

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