Jennifer Hudson is starring in the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic due out later this year. Let me tell you, Aretha went out in a blaze of glory–and also questionable tax situation–and all that gloriousness will be included in her biopic, Respect. …Potentially. I’m not sure what the storyline will be in the movie from the teaser they released, and it seems the Franklin family do not either. Aretha’s youngest son, Kecalf Franklin, is slamming the movie on Facebook for going on without any input from the family. R-E-S-P-E-C-T? It seems that there is none! Continue reading
Dear sweet Shania Twain not only let somebody style her hair into a poop emoji at the American Music Awards, she also got caught trying to outshine the queen of shade, Miss Aretha Franklin, when it came time for her to say something nice about Taylor Swift. Taylor won a Satan’s Glass Dildo award for Artist of The Decade, so naturally people were curious about how that happened. Entertainment Tonight went to Shania for her reaction, and in a video clip of that interview, Shania doesn’t mention Taylor’s beautiful gowns, but she does say “you don’t have to be beautiful to be a star.” That’s so damn shady that Aretha felt the chill and had to reach for a fur shrug all the way up in heaven.
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.