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LISTEN: Jennifer Hudson Takes On Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin

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All I’m going to say is the Queen of Soul is smiling down on JHud ya’ll.

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The girl is singing the mess out of Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin (You Make Me Feel).

Jennifer just dropped her version for the Respect soundtrack.

“Natural Woman” was penned by Carole King and Gerry Goffin (with some help from Atlantic Records’ Jerry Wexler), and featured on Franklin’s 1968 album, Lady Soul. Hudson’s version is presented as if it were a live performance, with a crowd roaring in the back. The girl had me asking,” who is she singing to?” Does J-Hud have a new boo she ain’t telling us about? Because the way girlfriend is sanging…… Somebody got her feeling good!

The Respect soundtrack is set to arrive on August 13th via Epic Records, the same day as the biopic.

Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’ Gets Christmas Release Date!

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The Aretha Franklin biopic has been moved from an October 9th release date to Christmas Day and just in time for awards season!

While many studios try to position themselves to launch their awards-season hit in the fall, a movie can still premiere during the holiday season and get awards season buzz.

Areha Franklin Biopic

The biopic follows the rise of the Queen of Soul’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.

Respect is directed by Liesl Tommy and stars Dreamgirls Oscar winner Hudson as Franklin, Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin, Marlon Wayans as Ted White, Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington, and Tituss Burgess as Rev. Dr. James Cleveland.

‘Genius Aretha’ Photo Celebrates Aretha Franklin’s birthday with RESPECT!

‘Genius: Aretha’ the upcoming National Geographic anthology about the Queen of Soul has released a new image of Cynthia Erivo as Aretha Franklin to honor the late singers birthday.

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In the sneak peek photo (above) she’s seen onstage at the Regal Theater in Chicago performing “Save Me” with her sisters Carolyn and Erma supporting her for the first time as her back-up singers.

In the series we will get to see Omar Dorsey as James Cleveland(I’m looking forward to that) and Courtney B. Vance as her father the late Rev. C.L. Franklin.

The eight-part series is still set to debut over four consecutive nights beginning Monday, May 25 at 9 p.m. on National Geographic.

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Mary J. Blige Joins Cast Of Aretha Franklin Biopic

Mary J. Blige is set to portray jazz singer Dinah Washington in the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect.”

Mary joins Jennifer Hudson who’s playing the Queen of Soul herself, Forest Whitaker (as Franklin’s father, the legendary Reverend C.L. Franklin), Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron, Audra McDonald, Tituss Burgess, Heather Headley, Tate Donovan and a host of others.

The “Respect”documentary is set to begin filming next month and is slated for an August 2020 release.

National Geographic’s Genius: Aretha, is set to premiere next spring with Cynthia Erivo portraying the Queen of Soul.

Aretha Franklin Had Almost $1M In Uncashed Checks When She Died

When Aretha Franklin passed away last year she had nearly a million dollars in uncashed checks according to reports.

This news comes as inventory of her assets were revealed in recent court documents.

An inventory following her death found that Franklin had a check for $702,711.90 from Sound Exchange and Screen Writers Guild as well as uncashed checks to her publishing company, Springtime Publishing, from EMI, BMI, Carlin Music and Feel Good Films in the amount of $285,944.27. In total, $988,656.17 in uncashed checks were found, according to Billboard.

At the time of her death last August, no will was found, but 9 months after her death, three handwritten wills were reportedly found in her Michigan home. Two from 2010 and one from 2014.

Those wills are under review by a handwriting expert to verify their authenticity.

Aretha Franklin left behind four sons when she passed.

Aretha Franklin Performs ‘Rock of Ages’ At Her Father C.L. Franklin Church ‘New Bethel Baptist Church’ [VIDEO]

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin  is one of 46 women  featured in TIME’s Firsts, celebrating women who are the first in their field.  Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  For her feature in the piece, Franklin took the publication to her late father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin ‘New Bethel Baptist Church’ in Detroit, Michigan  to show them where she came from.