Breaking: Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin Dies At Age 76

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Iconic music legend Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76 after years of health complications. She passed away while surrounded by family. Franklin had previously battled cancer as well as other health problems related to her weight. In 2017, she had stated it would be her last year performing as she occasionally canceled shows due to medical issues.

According to NBC News, Aretha Franklin died in her home in Detroit on Thursday, August 16, 2018. Franklin was hospitalized at a medical center in Detroit on Sunday, August 12th after spending a week in hospice care. She was reported as being in ‘gravely ill’ condition and family members were preparing for the worst and saying their goodbyes.

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Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25th, 1942 in Memphis, TN. While her father was a preacher, her mother was an accomplished piano player and vocalist. This helped pave the way for Franklin to become well-versed in the arts herself. Franklin’s mother died when she was just ten years old, and this inspired Franklin to learn piano during her time of mourning. Additionally, she began to sing solos at the church her father preached at.

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Franklin spent a good portion of her beginning managed by her father singing Gospel tunes. When she turned 18, she aspired to record pop music and produced a two-song demo that was brought to the attention of Columbia Records. She was officially signed by the record label in 1960. The first album released by Columbia Records starring Franklin was called Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo. The album featured her first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, “Won’t Be Long.” By 1965, she reached the top ten R&B chart with her song “Runnin’ Out Of Fools.” By the mid-1960s, Franklin was netting about $100,000.

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Franklin eventually ended her contract with Columbia Records and went on to sign with Atlantic Records. Her debut Atlantic Records album I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You went gold and she won her first two Grammy awards in 1968. By 1975, Franklin was releasing hit after hit that topped the charts, ranging from #1 to #40 on the R&B charts. She truly became a commercial success.

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By 1980, she left Atlantic Records and signed with Arista Records. During this time, she began including some more Gospel hits in her albums. She continued to have success with these albums and songs, though a chart-topper hit became few and far between later on in her life. As of 2014, she was signed under RCA Records and being featured as a performer at a number of concerts. In 2014, Franklin became the first woman to have 100 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with her stunning cover of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep.” The most notable songs of her carer include “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “Respect.”

Let us pray! Reports are circulating that the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is 'Gravely Ill' and surrounded by family in Detroit 🙏🏾 #ArethaFranklin Click #linkinbio for details

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Franklin was no stranger to encountering health issues over the years. In 1974, she lost 40 pounds on a crash diet. She ventured on this diet once more in the 1990s after she had gained all of it back, causing her weight to rapidly fluctuate through the years. She was also a former chain smoker and quit in 1992, but additionally struggled with alcoholism. In 2010, she canceled a number of shows due to having surgery for an unknown reason. This continued all throughout her later life and in 2017, she told her audience to “keep her in their prayers.”

Aretha #arethafranklin

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Franklin is survived by her children, Ted White Jr, Clarence Franklin, Kecalf Cunningham, and Edward Franklin.

Here’s a beautiful performance from 2015.

Aretha Franklin was one of the last living legends in the music industry. May she rest in peace. Please SHARE this news with your friends to honor her memory!

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#1812 – Release Me (1991)

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Learn The New Connection Between Meghan Markle And Princess Diana

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Meghan Markle seems to be fitting in as a royal quite nicely. The new Duchess of Sussex is apparently already thinking about children and family heirlooms. Meghan and Harry have several family heirlooms already and Meghan has another heirloom from her acting days that is also a nod to the late Princess Diana.

She hopes to give her future daughter a Cartier Tank watch that she purchased back in the days when she was acting on the show Suits. She revealed that when she found out that Suits was being picked up for a third season, she splurged on a two-tone version of the expensive watch.

Thank you to everyone in Chester for the wonderful welcome for The Queen and The Duchess of Sussex today! #RoyalVisitChester #Chester 📷PA

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It wasn’t just a splurge, but a hope for the future. She said she had it engraved to say ‘To M.M. From M.M.’ and that she plans to give it to her future daughter one day. She says that is what makes things like this special, the ability to pass it on and share a story with your children. While she has plenty of beautiful and expensive jewelry to pass down, it is pretty special that she can tell her future daughter that she bought this piece herself. It is even more special that she had her future daughter in mind, way before she even met Harry.

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Princess Diana was also a fan of the Cartier watches. She owned two versions, a Tank Louis Cartier and an all-gold Tank Française. The classic watch was invented in 1917 by Louis Cartier. Jackie Kennedy Onassis was also a fan of the watches back in the day.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake an official visit to Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand in the Autumn 🇦🇺🇫🇯🇹🇴🇳🇿 The tour will fall on the occasion of the @invictusgames2018 in Sydney.

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Last year, Cartier released a new set of the iconic tank watches to celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary. Cartier watches can set you back around $2,000 to as much as $22,000 and beyond.

Thank you to everyone in Windsor and beyond for making today so special. It was an incredible day! #royalwedding

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Meghan and Harry also have Princess Diana’s aquamarine cocktail ring and Meghan’s engagement ring that they may want to pass along one day. For now, we just wonder when these two will start having beautiful children!

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We haven’t seen much of Harry and Meghan since Meghan’s birthday earlier this month. We wonder what they have been up to!

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Studies Reveal That People Who Decorate For Christmas Earlier Are Happier

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Psychologist Steve McKeown recently claimed that people who decorate for Christmas earlier are often happier. “In a world full of stress and anxiety people like to associate to things that make them happy and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of the childhood,” he says.

McKeown says that Christmas decorations typically evoke feelings of nostalgia and excitement, therefore, those people are apt to put up their Christmas decorations earlier. According to research, those who are itching to put up the Christmas tree could also be trying to advance their socialization and closeness in relationships.

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A study from the Journal of Environmental Psychology revealed that there is a connection between decorating for Christmas and being more open to socialization with neighbors, family, and friends. It initiates a need for closeness and spending more time together. And, as all of us adults know now, Christmas sure does help implement a little bit of the old Christmastime magic we knew as kids and, maybe subconsciously, long for still.

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The Scrooges of the world are no match for those who light up at the sight of a newly lit Christmas tree or seeing houses down the street all lit up with colored lights. Turns out these seemingly unhappy ‘Scrooges’ who want to vomit at the sight of a candle in the window might actually be that unhappy. They might need a little extra Christmas spirit help from those nostalgic Christmas early birds.

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Psychotherapist Amy Morin also weighed in on McKeown’s insight with a bit more detail. She says, “The holiday season stirs up a sense of nostalgia. Nostalgia helps link people to their personal past and it helps people understand their identity,” she says, “Perhaps the holidays serve as a reminder of when a loved one was still alive. Or maybe looking at a Christmas tree reminds someone of what life was like when they still believed in Santa. For people who have lost a loved one, the holidays may serve as a reminder of happy times they had with that person in the past. Decorating early may help them feel more connected with that individual.”

Whoa.

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So, remember Christmas lovers, never be afraid to wave your freak flag high. And get ready for the next holiday season! It’s coming up quickly.

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Man Accidentally Takes A 1,864 Mile Trip On The Wrong Plane

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A man by the name of Christopher Paetkau accidentally took a 1,864 mile trip on the wrong plane. The plane that he ended up boarding was going to Iqaluit when he was originally going to Inuvik. Despite the freak accident, he couldn’t help but post about it and laugh. It looks like he made friends with some of the plane staff and other plane members, too!

“I just boarded the wrong airplane and flew to the wrong destination. Can’t believe it. Where will I end up next?” Paetkau posted on his official Twitter account. Paetkau and First Air have also been going back and forth on Twitter over the past 24 hours and it’s pretty hysterical.

Kind of incredible how this happened. But I’m heading back to #Yellowknife now after a tour of the #arctic. Decided to make the best of it… so did the @FirstAir captain and crew. We’re buds now! pic.twitter.com/qVECX6OKeQ

— Christopher Paetkau (@ChrisPaetkau) August 13, 2018

Since he decided to make the best of the situation, he pretty much got a tour of the Arctic for free and got to avoid all responsibilities for that time period. Now, I’m sure you’re all guessing what the banter was about online between Paetkau and First Air.

We aim to please! Since you're buds with our crew and Captain, you're friends with the entire First Air family too! We expect a holiday party invite of course! https://t.co/SLezZQKJ9j

— First Air (@FirstAir) August 13, 2018

When First Air remembers you and recognizes that you’re now family, that’s when you know you’re in.

Ohhhhh I’ll be there. Probably by accident though 😂

— Christopher Paetkau (@ChrisPaetkau) August 13, 2018

Paetkau responds with a jab at the hilarity that was his own mistake. He says that he’ll be there for a holiday party, but by accident…

We’ll make sure the location is clearly marked 😉

— First Air (@FirstAir) August 13, 2018

…In which case First Air responds that they will have the location “clearly marked.” With a winking face. They’re in with the times.

My husband @ChrisPaetkau ladies and gentlemen: Winnipeg man flies nearly 3,000 km in wrong direction after getting on wrong flight to Arctic https://t.co/8ExMmV24md

— Kristin Westdal (@KWestdal) August 14, 2018

His wife even chimed in with the choir. I bet she’s totally face-palming right now that her husband made the news for a mistake flight.

I've had my bag wind up in Iqaluit instead of Inuvik, but never my whole person!

— Elaine Anselmi (@elaineanselmi) August 13, 2018

Some people are even wondering how Paetkau got himself into this mess, stating that their luggage had ended up elsewhere, but not them! Paetkau couldn’t help but respond with a hysterical, “I’ve had the same… although this time my bags went to the right place. I was, however, in the wrong one.” At least he’s honest.

On Twitter, he’s been responding to thousands of people inquiring about the incident. He stated that he was just really tired and a series of errors were made that caused everything to happen the way it did. He even uploaded a video about the situation with no audio. Looks like we can’t let Paetkau travel solo!

I just boarded the wrong airplane and flew to the wrong destination. Can’t believe it.

Where will I end up next?#arctic #firstair #yellowknife #airtravel @CBCManitoba #winnipeg pic.twitter.com/DfZYa4ATjW

— Christopher Paetkau (@ChrisPaetkau) August 13, 2018

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This Abandoned Flintstones Theme Park In Arizona Is Eerily Nostalgic

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The first appearance of The Flintstones took place in 1966 and has been a remarkably popular franchise ever since. From toys, to clothes, to even theme parks, The Flintstones really had it made and both adults and children alike loved this show. Most of the Flintstone-themed theme parks have closed down for good, except one that is still open to the public.

This one is right in the middle of the Arizona desert and it’s known as the bedrock ghost town- because it is literally a ghost town! All of the attractions, buildings, and houses are still standing and in pretty good shape. However, it can get a bit creepy.

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The theme park is opened to the public throughout the year, but no one really goes there anymore. It’s mainly used as a rest point for RV’s and campers on their way to the Grand Canyon. Despite this, tourists do still show up here for a taste of good old nostalgia. What makes it super creepy? The soundtrack still plays every single day whether people are there or not.

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Because of the location, the theme park began winding down and becoming less popular. As a result of this, employees were laid off and since then it’s become more of a “theme town” than anything. The 20-acre property is listed for sale for a price of $20 million.

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The theme park, although deserted, still conjures up a great deal of nostalgia for old Flintstones fans. The brightly colored houses still appear as if they were made of stone and visitors can walk through them at their leisure. You can also catch a glimpse of your favorite characters in their original statue form throughout the park. The original cart that was used by Fred and Barney to get to work (pictured above) is still there today and is operated as a tourist train.

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All of the original characters, as mentioned before, still stand and are in pretty good condition despite being an abandoned theme park. You can expect to see Fred, Wilma, Bam Bam, Barney, Pebbles, Betty, and more.

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There’s even a full souvenir shop still intact and the shop was actually known for selling whacky, vintage items that were popular back in the 60s. In addition to the gift shop, there’s also a barber shop with the iconic barber pole outside which was reminiscent of barber shops back in the day.

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Even the employees would dress up as characters, which ultimately attracted a lot of their guests.

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The attractions are best explored at sunset, as the sun setting plays nicely on the multi-colored houses, but also gives off an eerie vibe for those interested. It definitely reflects that of a ghost town.

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