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U.S. networks to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin

African-American network and distributor Urban One and the Harpo Studios- and Discovery-owned Oprah Winfrey Network are preparing to pay tribute to the late musician and soul legend Aretha Franklin (pictured left, ...
August 17, 2018

African-American network and distributor Urban One and the Harpo Studios- and Discovery-owned Oprah Winfrey Network are preparing to pay tribute to the late musician and soul legend Aretha Franklin (pictured left, with Oprah Winfrey).

Urban One has announced special encore presentations of interviews and news specials on Franklin to air on TV One, along with special digital content across Urban One-owned Interactive One sites and all Reach Media and Radio One stations, hosts, shows and sites.

The televised tribute, which originally aired Thursday (Aug. 16) will be presented as an encore on Saturday (Aug. 18), starting at 11 a.m. ET/PT with TV One On One: Aretha Franklin, in which Urban One founder Cathy Hughes sits down with the queen of soul to talk about her life and iconic career. At noon ET/PT, the one-hour special Aretha: Frankly Speaking charts Franklin’s career and offers exclusive behind-the-scenes insights into her most memorable songs, from Franklin’s inner circle, her musical team and in her own words.

Elsewhere, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will re-air Franklin’s 1999 interview from The Oprah Winfrey Show on Saturday (Aug. 18) at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

In the episode, Franklin discusses her life and career, as well as her autobiography Aretha: From These Roots, and even shares her favorite recipe with Winfrey. She performs her hit singles “Think” and “Respect” along with “We Need Power,” to honor her gospel roots, and a medley of songs to honor her father, titled “Miss Clawdy Medley.”

Franklin died from pancreatic cancer at her Detroit home on Thursday (Aug. 16). She was 76. Her family confirmed her death at 9:50 a.m. ET through their publicist Gwendolyn Quinn to the Associated Press.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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