Aretha Franklin’s homegoing service Friday at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit wasn’t without surprises or moments that got people talking.
Here are a few:
Cicely Tyson’s hat
While Aretha may have been famous for her hats, especially the one she wore at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, Emmy-award winning actress Cicely Tyson, 93, stole the show in her over-sized black floppy hat. Twitter lit up with praise for her chapeau.
Cicely Tyson wore a large, ruffled hat at Aretha Franklin’s funeral.
Waters gives the ‘Wakanda salute’
Bishop Charles Ellis III singled out the California congresswoman during the service acknowledging how she has come under fire, apparently referring to President Trump’s Twitter attacks on the Democrat.
Waters stood up and crossed her arms in “Wakanda Forever!” salute made famous in the Marvel film “Black Panther.” Twitter went crazy for “Auntie Maxine.”
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters stood up and gave the ‘Wakanda Forever’ salute during funeral services for the Queen of Soul. (31 Aug).
Sharpton calls out President Trump
Trump sparked backlash on Aug. 23 when he weighed in on Franklin’s death to a press pool, saying that Franklin “worked” for him.
“I want to begin today by expressing my condolences to the family of a person I knew well. She worked for me on numerous occasions. She was terrific — Aretha Franklin — on her passing. She brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come. She was given a great gift from God — her voice, and she used to well. People loved Aretha. She was a special woman. So just want to pass on my warmest best wishes and sympathies to her family,” he said.
On Friday, Sharpton was quick to give his response to Trump’s comments.
“When word went out that Ms. Franklin passed, Trump said, ‘She used to work for me.'” Sharpton said. “No, she used to perform for you. She worked for us.”
Sharpton received a standing ovation.
Who doesn’t know Ariana Grande?
When pop singer Ariane Grande finished belting out “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman” early on at Franklin’s funeral, Bishop Charles Ellis brought her to the podium.
Ellis said when he first saw her name on the program, he thought Ariane Grande was something new at Taco Bell.
Grande is currently in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Artist 100 chart.
Bishop Charles Ellis III had dad jokes for Ariana Grande after her performance at Aretha Franklin’s funeral.
Clinton’s gravelly voice
Former President Bill Clinton, a self-confessed Aretha Franklin groupie, gushed during his 12-minute speech at Friday’s homegoing service.
But Twitter noted that his voice was shaky and wondered whether it was the stress of the moment or something more.
At Aretha Franklin’s funeral, former President Bill Clinton talked about why he loved the Queen of Soul.
Aretha, King of Soul?
One of the bigger huhs? at the service came from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who praised Aretha Franklin as the King of Soul.
He praised Franklin for championing women’s rights.
“And that’s why we call her the King of Soul,” he said, in an apparent flub.
Aretha Franklin Park
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan got the ball rolling at the today’s service by announcing that city is planning to rename Chene Park for Aretha Franklin.
Aretha Franklin Park is a fitting tribute, the mayor said, because the singer loved the Detroit River.
A tribute concert to Aretha Franklin was held at Chene Park on Thursday night.
What’s my line?
R&B legend Chaka Khan, also known as the Queen of Funk, performed a stirring rendition of “Going Up Yonder.”
But apparently, she had trouble with the lyrics, which appeared to be taped to the back of a purple fan she carried throughout the number.
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