When Aretha Franklin shuffled off this mortal coil one year ago, she reportedly left behind much more than music and memories of legendary shady moments. Aretha reportedly left behind several handwritten wills and unpaid tax bills, and now we’re learning that tucked under that giant pile of financial drama was multiple uncashed checks totaling almost a million dollars.
We as a nation have seen some iconic lids. But Blossom’s flower-power bucket, LL Cool J’s Kangol, Indiana Jones’ fedora, John Wayne’s Stetson, and Brad Pitt’s unfortunate post-divorce slouchy beanie don’t hold a rhinestone to the glorious bejeweled bow Aretha Franklin wore to Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration. As you may recall, when Aretha died it was originally thought that her estate would be divided evenly among her four sons. Then Aretha hit us with a curve ball from beyond the grave with three (THREE!) handwritten wills, one of which was found tucked under the couch cushions. This complicated matters and, according to Vulture, Barack himself is now in the mix. He wants that hat and he’ll stop at nothing to get it!
When Aretha Franklin left this ridiculous planet last August, it was believed that she had left no will, and that her estate would be divided evenly between her 4 sons per Michigan law. It wasn’t a huge surprise because, as we know, Aretha didn’t really trust The Man, and she was reportedly averse to facing her mortality head on. Well, leave it to America’s greatest Diva to depart this earthy place having secretly left behind not one, not two, but THREE handwritten wills hidden around her house. One of them was tucked under a couch cushion, and the other two were found in a locked cabinet. According to the AP, a lawyer for Aretha’s estate filed the three surprise wills on Monday, and at least 2 of her sons aren’t happy about it.
Last August when legendary Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin crossed that bridge over troubled water to be with Jesus, the world became a little less shady and a whole lot sadder. Well, maybe not entirely less shady because there’s a new report that someone dipped their greedy sticky fingers into her cash right before she died.
The Queen of Soul may have also been the Queen of Debt. Aretha Franklin died in August, and she obviously left behind a legacy of music. The tax man has a different way of remembering Aretha. The IRS now claims Queen Aretha owes millions in back taxes, and let’s just hope a planned tribute concert will put a dent in that pile of debt. Continue reading
Last Friday’s homegoing celebration for Aretha Franklin’s was all over the place and lasted approximately 9 hours so I’m shocked anybody in that church was alert and listening by the time Reverend Jasper Williams Jr. got around to the eulogy that capped off the day’s events. Sadly, Aretha’s family were listening and what they heard was, in their words, “offensive and distasteful”. People reports that Jasper (I refuse to use his honorifics) used his platform to push his own bizarre agenda which included criticizing Black folks, and Black single mothers in particular, which Aretha was 4 times over. The family said he “spent more than 50 minutes speaking and at no time did he properly eulogize her”. That’s like getting a steaming turd in lieu of a cherry on top of an otherwise delicious (albeit melty) sundae.