Friday, December 17, 2010
I heard a lovely tribute this morning to Aretha Franklin, the legendary soul singer who is recovering from surgery for pancreatic cancer. The Rev. Jesse Jackson was on the “Michael Eric Dyson Show” on WEAA in Baltimore and the two men were discussing the 68-year-old singer. Jackson said that during the Civil Rights movement, when she was at the height of her celebrity, she was always available to sing for events. Other performers appeared, but only if they were paid, got limo service, etc., Jackson said. Franklin sang for free and asked for no special privileges. As my friend Drew used to say, “The bigger the star, the bigger the star.”
Sending you prayers for a full recovery, Aretha. God bless you.