Aretha Franklin: Dear Black Woman

Dear Black Women,

They can’t deny your beauty because it is the standard by which they mold trends.

They can’t deny your talent for it knows no limits.

They simply can’t silence you!

For the beauty of your voice breathes life into hearts, light into eyes, and love into our soul.

Today Mission:

“Go to a mirror and gaze at yourself, compliment what you see! Then gaze deeper into your soul and love who you are. Then share that love with the world!”

Born Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, civil rights activist, actress, and pianist.

Aretha a Memphis, Tennessee product was brought up singing Gospel in the church. She turned to secular music but found her roots deep in SOUL. Known as the “Queen of Soul” she went on to use her God given ability to empower women through anthems and her actions alike. She utilized her platform to make change and not simply small ones. A woman cut from an original cloth she blazed so many paths for women and her presence missed yet her work and influence can never be denied.

In an era of change and revolutionary women, Aretha shared a timeline with women such as Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Minnie Riperton, Billie Holiday, and Mahalia Jackson. These women sang with their souls, and gave everything to make a change.

Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, it’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening.-Queen of Soul

As these women took the stage to sing Gospel, Jazz, POP, Soul, and Rock. They took to the streets to stand up and speak out against atrocities amongst the communities which they had been brought up or resembled them.

The likes of their music rang as I grew up listening to these very artist and music a like. There definable voices, unique messages, and their powerful mission. These women help mold me sonically but at a very subconscious level morally. I thank my mother and grandmothers for unknowingly or knowingly attributing to my development. These very women made a mark on myself but so many others and I can hear it in some of the very artist I know and love today!

These woman gave us SOUL, The put a spirit into our flesh! They made us feel through melody and found a place in our heart through beautiful runs, unforgettable tempos and taught us through powerful words.

Although all great acts must come to an end without them we are not blessed with the likes of:

Pattie LaBelle, Anita Baker, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Sade Adu, Jill Scott, Mariah Carey, Brandy Norwood, Fantasia Barino, Jazmine Sullivan, Toni Braxton, Oleta Adams, Angie Stone, CeCe Winans, Erykah Badu, Tracy Chapman, Solange Knowles, Alicia Keys and many more…

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