For Detroiters like me, there is no beginning or introduction to Aretha Franklin. She was just always there. I was not lucky enough to have been alive when she cut her first album at a black-owned indie label on Hastings Street, not alive to witness her singing in the choir at her father’s church. I can never claim a moment to when I first heard a song like “Think” or “Do Right Woman - Do Right Man” on the radio. I can’t ever say I felt the importance of why representation matters when I saw her bouffant on Time magazine.
Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul,” was one of the most recognizable voices in R&B and Soul music. Franklin’s music transcended time, race, age and so much more. Here are a few quick facts about one of Detroit’s most notable singers.
Nothing bonds Detroiters quite like music,
There’s a warehouse on a quiet side street in Detroit’s North End neighborhood. Bland on the outside, you’d miss the unassuming building if you drove by it.
Zoe Ligon, 25, stood in the middle of the warehouse and took in her inventory: carefully crafted and curated adult toys. Cardboard boxes – some empty, and some in the stages of unpacking – are centered on the concrete floor. Products line one corner of the walls.
At The Neighborhoods, we’re interested in hearing from everybody in Detroit about what matters most to you.
Do you have a story to tell about what your community group is doing in the neighborhood? Tell us.
Do you have a story to tell about a home that needs to come down in your neighborhood? Tell us.