To Queen Franklin:

 

Queen Aretha Franklin passed on today so it felt necessary to say a few words:


Thank you for your voice, metaphoric and literal.

Thank you for singing over, through, and around barriers.

Thank you for opening heavily greased, wired-shut doors.

Thank you for giving us Whitney, Mariah, Beyoncé, and countless others.

Thank you for handing us the “Diva” template.

Thank you for being fearless.
 

Rest in Power.

 

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