R-E-S-P-E-C-T for National Geographic, which set the premiere date for “Genius: Aretha” Tuesday and dropped the trailer for the pandemic-delayed season of the anthology, which stars Cynthia Erivo in the title role. In the trailer, which you can view above, Erivo’s Aretha Franklin is crowned the “Queen of Soul” and spends much of the two-minute video trying to maintain hold of that title while others set out to bring her down. Nat Geo revealed Tuesday during its day at the virtual Television Critics Association press tour that “Genius: Aretha,” which has suffered multiple production delays over the last year due to COVID-19, will air as a four-night event series beginning Sunday, March 21, at 9/8c. The eight episodes of the season will air in pairs of two, with all available to stream on Hulu by Thursday, March 25. Also Read: Nat Geo Documentary Films Acquires 'Playing With Sharks' “Genius: Aretha” will explore “Aretha Franklin’s musical genius and incomparable career, as well as the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world,” per Nat Geo. “Franklin was a gospel prodigy, an outspoken civil rights champion and widely considered the greatest singer of the past 50 years, receiving countless honors throughout her career. ‘Genius: Aretha’ will be the first-ever, definitive and only authorized scripted series on the life of the universally acclaimed Queen of Soul.” The anthology series is executive produced by showrunner Suzan-Lori Parks, Imagine’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Anna Culp, Anthony Hemingway, Clive Davis and Atlantic Records chairman and CEO Craig Kallman, Francie Calfo, Ken Biller, Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane and Sam Sokolow. “Genius: Aretha” hails from 20th Television and Imagine Entertainment, in partnership with Warner Music Entertainment. See below for the list of “Genius: Aretha” episode descriptions and air dates. Also Read: Here Are the Premiere Dates for Broadcast TV's New and Returning Midseason Shows (Updating) RESPECT Sunday, March 21 at 9/8c Desperate for a hit, Aretha travels to Muscle Shoals in 1967 to record her first album with Atlantic Records. After suffering the loss of her surrogate mother, Little Re braves her first solo in 1953, in her father’s, C.L. Franklin, church. UNTIL THE REAL THING COMES ALONG Sunday, March 21 at 10/9c Struggling to find her sound, Aretha catches the attention of Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records in 1966. Meanwhile, Little Re has her first touring experience on the Gospel Circuit in 1954 with C.L. Franklin and meets her idol, Clara Ward. DO RIGHT WOMAN Monday, March 22 at 9/8c Aretha juggles her music career and her commitment to the civil rights movement, led by Martin Luther King Jr., in 1967 and 1968. Meanwhile, Little Re leaves behind her newborn child to return to the Gospel Circuit in 1955, meeting with music legends James Cleveland and Little Sammie Bryant. UNFORGETTABLE Monday, March 22 at 10/9c Aretha is featured on the cover of Time Magazine in 1968, but she’s devastated when the article focuses on the scandalous details of her personal life. Barbara Franklin and Young C.L. Franklin struggle to establish themselves in Memphis in 1941, before Little Re is born. YOUNG, GIFTED AND BLACK Tuesday, March 23 at 9/8c Aretha, inspired by Angela Davis and the Soledad Brothers, records her protest album “Young, Gifted and Black” in 1970. Despite Jerry Wexler’s uncertainty, the album is a success. Barbara Franklin makes a decision that has a devastating effect on Little Re in 1951. Also Read: Winter TV 2021: All the Premiere Dates for New and Returning Shows - So Far (Photos) AMAZING GRACE Tuesday, March 23 at 10/9c Aretha records her best-selling live Gospel album “Amazing Grace” in 1972 at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, ignoring her sibling’s pleas to record instead at New Bethel with their father, C.L. Franklin. Little Re discovers that she’s pregnant with her second child, forcing her to leave school. While pregnant, she records her first album at New Bethel in 1956. CHAIN OF FOOLS Wednesday, March 24 at 9/8c As the Queen of Soul enters the age of disco, Aretha will do anything to remain relevant — including stealing an opportunity from her sister Carolyn. She receives a GRAMMY nomination but is ultimately snubbed from winning the award. While at the ceremony, she meets with Arista founder Clive Davis. Meanwhile, Jerry Wexler leaves Atlantic Records, and he and Aretha part ways. NO ONE SLEEPS Wednesday, March 24 at 10/9c Despite significant emotional losses, including a second divorce and the death of her father in 1984, Aretha pushes herself artistically and triumphs. She begins a successful career at Arista, with the help of Clive Davis, and in an unforgettable GRAMMY performance in 1998, she solidifies her eternal reign as the Queen of Soul. Read original story ‘Genius: Aretha’ Trailer: Watch Cynthia Erivo Fight to Keep Her ‘Queen of Soul’ Crown (Video) At TheWrap
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See Jennifer Hudson in striking vintage wardrobe, embodying the Queen of Soul in a first look at images from the upcoming biopic "Respect."
Over two years ago, Jennifer Hudson was tapped by none other than Aretha Franklin herself to star in a biopic about the Queen of Soul. Now, the much-anticipated Respect received its first teaser trailer, which dropped during the BET Awards. In it, there's footage of Hudson performing, getting advice, standing up for herself (Marc Maron…
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A new music video for a fresh remix of an Aretha Franklin track connects the civil rights movement she supported in the 1960s with the current Black Lives Matter protests that the Queen of Soul did not quite live to see. The video was released Friday night to dovetail with Juneteenth, as was the track […]
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In the first teaser for “Respect,” Jennifer Hudson belts Aretha Franklin’s signature song for the new biopic inspired by the late Queen of Soul’s life.“Respect” is directed by Tony-nominee Liesl Tommy, and the film follows Aretha’s rise as a singer, first in her father’s church choir, to how she eventually attains international superstardom.Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan and Mary J. Blige all co-star in the film.Also Read: 'Genius': Nat Geo Shares First Look at Cynthia Erivo as Aretha Franklin (Photo)Whitaker is playing Franklin’s father and McDonald her mother, while others in the cast are playing music icons, including Blige as Dinah Washington, Headley as Clara Ward, Burgess as Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, Donovan as Columbia Records producer John Hammond, and Maron as Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler.“Respect” is fully sanctioned by Franklin’s estate and will include many of her iconic songs, including “Respect,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” “Think,” “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” “Dr. Feelgood,” “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” “Spanish Harlem” and “Young, Gifted and Black.”“Respect” is a production of MGM and BRON Creative and will be released domestically via UA Releasing. The film will be distributed internationally via Universal Pictures International. It opens in theaters on Oct. 9, 2020.Watch the first teaser above.For the record, a previous version of this article said “Respect” opens in theaters in August. It opens on Oct. 9.Read original story Jennifer Hudson Belts Out ‘Respect’ in First Teaser for Aretha Franklin Biopic (Video) At TheWrap
NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin is still getting R-E-S-P-E-C-T after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, becoming the first individual woman to earn a special citation prize since the honor was first awarded in 1930.
In front of an A-list audience that included Joni Mitchell, Barbara Streisand, Beck, Alice Cooper, and Nancy Pelosi, the Queen of Soul received a tribute fit for a Grammy queen.
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Forty-six years after an Aretha Franklin gospel concert film was shot and abandoned, amazement is truly in order. The Franklin estate and producer Alan Elliott have reached an agreement to release the perpetually delayed “Amazing Grace” project, Variety can exclusively reveal. Although no distribution deal is yet in place for a planned general release in 2019, […]
The late singer's family has issued a statement criticizing the controversial statements made by the pastor who gave her eulogy on Friday.
A historic and highly emotional all-star tribute to Aretha Franklin took place Friday at the Greater Grace Temple in the Queen of Soul's home city of Detroit.