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.
I’m a veteran of the Dexter bus, the #16 that I used to board at the corner of Fullerton and Dexter to get back and forth to Renaissance High School during the school year, and in the other direction downtown for a summer job I once held. I graduated from DDOT to CATA — that’s Capital Area Transportation Authority — when I was a student at Michigan State University, which I rode for a good amount of time there. And I’ve used public transportation in some of America’s largest cities: New York City, Chicago, San Jose and Boston among them.
'He's from Detroit and he made something of himself': One Detroit producer's reason why he calls the city home
“I want to be one of those people that takes what Detroit is doing and be a pioneer, and not necessarily say I have to be the number one guy in the world or whatever.
“But I do want people to look at me and say, ‘he’s from Detroit, he made something out of himself.’”
See D-Love’s reason why he produces music in Detroit in the video above.
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More than 120 calls — and counting — were placed with the mayor’s office today in response to a viral Facebook post shared more than 1,700 times encouraging the City of Detroit to take action on a white pit bull chained outside of a home in the city.