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The loss of any life is a true tragedy, and a time to reflect and honor that person’s absence. Today, we pause to do the same as we are deeply saddened to report R&B diva, Aretha Franklin, has passed at the age of 76.

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Aretha Franklin, as known as “The Queen of Soul,” due to her gospel music and blues roots, was one of the greatest singers of all time. She is greatly revered by other legendary singers like Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight; and influenced the sound of careers of singers like Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill, Mariah Carey, and still countless others.

Ms. Franklin passed earlier today at 9:50 AM from “advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit,” in a statement from her family. Her death comes just three days after it was reported to CNN anchor, Don Lemon, that Aretha was now in hospice care.

A few celebrities have also remembered her in their own way:

 

This is a great loss and a tragedy that millions of people are mourning today. This amazing woman touched so many lives, made so much amazing music, and is now immortalized through her life’s work as one of the greatest singer to have ever graced the face of this Earth. Our thoughts, prayers, well wishes, condolences, and love are with her family and friends during this dark hour.

Below we have posted a few of our favorite songs by Aretha Franklin. We definitely encourage you to share your own, or even comment your memories or experiences with Ms. Franklin. May she now fly high, God Bless.

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#FakeNews! Nene Leakes Says She & Hubby, Gregg, Are NOT Separated!

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Nene Leakes, is the latest celebrity yelling “Fake News,” when it comes to the status of her marriage to husband, Gregg Leakes. Apparently, rumors were swirling that the couple separated  thanks to the latest episode of the series, which coupled Nene’s current marital woes with the wedding of her cast mate and top model, Eva Marcell. Nene took to Instagram to set the record straight!

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Nene Leakes, is the latest celebrity yelling “Fake News,” when it comes to the status of her marriage to husband, Gregg Leakes. Apparently, rumors were swirling that the couple separated  thanks to the latest episode of the series, which coupled Nene’s current marital woes with the wedding of her cast mate and top model, Eva Marcell. Nene took to Instagram to set the record straight!

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 10: NeNe Leakes and Gregg Leakes attend NBCUniversal’s 73rd Annual Golden Globes After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)

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We are really glad Gregg and Nene have not separated. We can only imagine what they are dealing with when it comes his cancer diagnosis. Let’s keep them in our prayers!

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Tea Spilled? John Legend Says College Admissions Scandal Runs Much Deeper Than Felicity Huffman & Lori Loughlin!

The college cheating scandal that encompasses dozens of top tier institutes of higher learning and has gotten actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin has been front page news this week. Although the two actresses have become the face of the scandal (say it ain’t so Aunt Becky), according to John Legend the “rabbit hole” run much deeper. 

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The college cheating scandal that encompasses dozens of top tier institutes of higher learning and has gotten actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin has been front page news this week. Although the two actresses have become the face of the scandal (say it ain’t so Aunt Becky), according to John Legend the “rabbit hole” run much deeper.

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“I went to a good school,” Legend told ET at the iHeartRadio Music Awards Thursday. “I think it’s a longer conversation because I think a lot of people look at this rightly as fraudulent and dishonest.”

“But the bottom line is, the system has been rigged for wealthy people for a long time,” he continued. “The admissions system rewards people’s parents being wealthy and people’s parents having gone to a certain school. There’s a lot of legal ways to do that that still aren’t really that fair to a lot of other people.”

Legend’s very serious and thoughtful remarks on the admissions scam follow his wife’s reaction from a few days earlier; in contrast to her husband, Teigen poked fun at the whole thing by photoshopping their heads onto those of athletes.

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin

It is no secret or surprise to us that the wealthy and elite have been able to go off the radar, or do something illegal, to procure opportunities for their children. Honestly, I am surprised more celebrities were not caught up in this scandal. We are sure this scandal is still unfolding.  We will keep you up to date on the details as they become available!

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Paris Jackson Slams Reports She Was Hospitalized Over Suicide Attempt!

Not so fast! Paris Jackson is denying reports she would hospitalized over an alleged suicide attempt! Earlier today TMZ reported the only daughter of the late and great King of Pop, Michael Jackson, attempted to harm herself and that her reasoning was somehow connected to the Leaving Neverland documentary. As you may already know, the documentary alleges her father molested multiple young boys, and Paris recently spoke out against the backlash stating she does not have to answer for anything her father may, or may not have done.

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Not so fast! Paris Jackson is denying reports she would hospitalized over an alleged suicide attempt! Earlier today TMZ reported the only daughter of the late and great King of Pop, Michael Jackson, attempted to harm herself and that her reasoning was somehow connected to the Leaving Neverland documentary. As you may already know, the documentary alleges her father molested multiple young boys, and Paris recently spoke out against the backlash stating she does not have to answer for anything her father may, or may not have done.

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Paris responded to TMZ with the following tweet:

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She then went on to add a few emojis.

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Suicide is definitely nothing to scoff at and we are just glad to hear from Paris that she is doing well. As for these hecklers trying to get her to answer for her father’s allegations we have to say that the daughter will not suffer for the sins of the father. Whether Michael Jackson molested those young men is truly up to interpretation; and with his demise, it is now a moot point.

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