Photo fo the cover of Never Gonna Break My Faith

New Solo Version of Aretha Song About Race, Faith Released

NEW YORK — A never-before-heard solo version of the late Aretha Franklin’s riveting and powerful collaboration with Mary J. Blige about faith and race, 2006’s “Never Gonna Break My Faith,” has arrived on Juneteenth. Sony’s RCA Records, RCA Inspiration and L...

A Journey Through 2018’s Top Pop Culture Moments

And the top pop culture moments of 2018 are ... Wait. WAS there any pop culture this year? Of course there was, but you could be forgiven for forgetting, because more than ever it was politics, politics, and mo...
Photo of the Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr. during the funeral service for Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin’s Family Says Eulogy Was Offensive

NEW YORK — The late Aretha Franklin's family said Monday that it found an Atlanta pastor's eulogy delivered at the Queen of Soul's funeral last week to be offensive and distasteful. "He spoke for 50 minutes and at no time did he properly eulogize her." — Va...
Photo of Cindy McCain and Sen. John McCain's casket

Top 10 Photos of the Week

A Nation Pays Its Respects Flags flying a half-staff in honor of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., frame the U.S. Capital at daybreak in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. McCain, 81, died at his ranch in Arizona af...
Photo combo of John McCain and Aretha Franklin

AP Essay: Aretha Franklin, John McCain and the 1960s

"Hope I die before I get old," the Who sang at Woodstock as the 1960s hurtled to their end. Indeed, the decade and its echoes made premature legends of so many — Kennedy to King, Hendrix to Joplin to Morrison. ...
Photo of mourners standing in line to pay their last respects to Aretha Franklin

Public Viewing Includes Costume Change by the Queen of Soul

DETROIT — Mourners streamed in for a second day Wednesday to pay their respects to Aretha Franklin, who was dressed in a different outfit for her final public viewing — as if making a costume change during a show. Fans waited festively outside, then walked ...
Photo of Aretha Franklin thanking the crowd

Cancer Claims Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, at 76

NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from pancreatic ...