Stevie Wonder tearfully recalls his final words to Aretha Franklin

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Stevie Wonder cried on Friday while discussing his final conversation with his longtime friend Aretha Franklin.

After years of battling cancer, Aretha Franklin - the Queen of Soul - died on Thursday at the age of 76. Instead of a man asking for his "propers" when he got home, here a woman was asking for - no, requiring - that same respect, from her man and in a broader sense, from society. But she leaves a legacy of indelible anthems that resonated deeply with women by celebrating their strength and individuality - and demanding, well, just a little respect.

Franklin often altered the context of the existing lyric through her inflection and emphasis or by introducing call and answer interplay with her background singers. The viewing will be open to the public.

Franklin's declining health was first disclosed on the Showbiz 411 website late Sunday by Roger Friedman, a reporter and family friend. The cultural historian Charles Hughes once described the FAME sessions of the '60s as "white rhythm sections combined with integrated horn sections to play on songs by primarily white songwriters sung by black artists, for sale primarily to black audiences (by white-owned record companies)". The venue is still being decided.

But Trump's words at the cabinet meeting weren't the only thing that set off Franklin's many admirers.

The daughter of celebrity Detroit minister CL Franklin, Franklin was born in Memphis in 1942 and raised in Detroit, starting her singing career in the choir at her father's New Bethel Baptist Church.

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The Queen of Soul's spokesperson released a statement to Express.co.uk on Thursday confirming Aretha had died. The New Bethel Baptist Church, located on the corner of Linwood and Philadelphia streets, was where Franklin first sang.

Franklin took her stance on payment very seriously, even insisting that she could see her purse which contained the money while on stage, David Remnick writes for the New Yorker.

The Detroit Free Press - her hometown newspaper - bid "Farewell to our Queen".

"She's moving towards the light from what I can gather, [the] glow on her face makes her look white", Twitter user Bilal S. Heider speculated, as quoted by The Blast and The Wrap. "As people, we deserve respect from one another".

"If you're from the city of Detroit or the neighborhood or the inner communities, how could you not?" asked John Amerson.

"I met her a few times".

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