Photo of Madonna at the MTV Video Music Awards, 2018

Madonna’s Rambling Aretha Franklin Tribute Earns Backlash

NEW YORK — The backlash was swift for Madonna's rambling, egocentric tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV Video Music Awards, with media and Queen-of-Soul fans wondering why she got the gig in the first place. Dressed in flowing black with grandiose flouri...
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 aro...
Teacher speaking in front of class

Teachers Deserve More Pay, Respect: Zakaria

Teachers in states across the country have walked out of classrooms in recent months to draw attention to low wages and a lack of support from lawmakers — and by extension, the voting public. In his May 18 commentary, Washington Post columnist Fareed Zakari...