Edward “Eddie” Franklin: Quick Facts to Know About Aretha Franklin’s Son

Who Is Edward “Eddie” Franklin?

Edward Franklin is the second oldest son of Aretha Franklin, born on January 22, 1957 to Franklin and Edward Jordan. He was a part Franklin’s star-studded funeral service Friday (Aug. 31) at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, MI, singing Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy Mercy Me” as a tribute to his mother.

In the wake of Aretha Franklin’s death on Thursday, August 16, 2018, Franklin’s four sons released a joint statement:

“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds. We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

Here are some quick facts to know about Aretha Franklin’s son Edward “Eddie” Franklin:

Aretha gave birth to Edward at 14 years old after hooking up with a man she described as a “player.”

Aretha Franklin became pregnant at the young age of just 12, and gave birth to her first son Clarence on January 28, 1955, a few months before her 13th birthday.

Not too long after giving birth to Clarence, Aretha got pregnant again and gave birth to her second son Edward on January 22, 1957, when she was just 14 years old.

Edward was named after his father Edward Jordan, whom Franklin described as a “player.” Eddie and Clarence were often looked after by Aretha’s grandmother Rachel and her sister Emma as her recording career took off in the coming years.

Edward Franklin inherited his mother’s vocal talents and has performed several duets with her.

Edward, who inherited his mother’s vocal talents, is a remarkable singer in his own right, and was able to hit the high notes the same way his mom did. He performed with his mother publicly on several occasions, singing a Christmas duet (as seen above) at one point.

Edward also sang at a memorial service in June 2015 for his grandfather, Rev. C.L. Franklin, and his uncle, Rev. Cecil Franklin in Detroit. His rendition of “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” reportedly left many in tears and received a standing ovation.

Edward Franklin was once a suspect in a 2002 arson fire at his mother’s Detroit mansion.

Back in 2002, Aretha Franklin’s 10,000 square foot mansion in Bloomfield Township (about 25 miles away from Detroit) burned to the ground, and her son Edward was reportedly named as a suspect in the fire.

According to Billboard, traces of accelerants were found in some of the remains of Aretha’s home and on Edward’s clothing, which led investigators to believe that he had something to do with the fire.

However, Edward’s lawyer, William Mitchell III, said the chemical traces on his clothing were simply the result of his contact with materials kept in the house, which was used for storage. Mitchell said further investigation showed Franklin wasn’t responsible for the blaze, and police never charged him with anything.

Edward was severely beaten at a gas station in Detroit in 2010.

In 2010, Edward was badly injured in an attack by two men and a woman outside a gas station in Detroit.

A woman who was with Eddie at the time told police that she went into the gas station, and when she came out, he had been attacked. Eddie’s companion then drove him to a hospital, dropped him off, and then went straight to the police station to file a report.

Franklin underwent surgery while at the hospital, though the details of his injury weren’t disclosed to the public. When investigators went to the hospital to get a statement from him, he had already checked himself out. Police were told that he “walked out on his own.”

Neither Franklin nor his mother made any public comment about the incident, however, Edward’s lawyer, William Mitchell III, said that Eddie was the type of person who needs a lot of “support care—people to get him around from this place to that place,” but didn’t explain exactly what he meant by that. “Mrs. Franklin is very, very, very, very, very protective of him,” Mitchell said, according to the Telegraph.

Edward is the second of Aretha’s four sons, and his younger brother Teddy is also involved in music.

In addition to his older brother, Clarence, Edward also had two younger brothers.

Aretha married her first husband Ted White in 1961 when she was 19, and three years later, she gave birth to Ted “Teddy” White Jr. Her youngest son, Kecalf Cunningham, was born in 1970. His father was Aretha’s road manager Ken Cunningham.

Edward isn’t the only one of Aretha’s boys who are involved in music. Ted, known by his stage name “Teddy Richards,” is also a singer and performer who, like his older brother Eddie, has also worked with his mother, playing backup guitar for several of her concerts. He also has a musical career of his own, having released three full albums to his name thus far.

Richards has said of his love for music, via MusicPage, “I’ve evolved from a self-taught guitarist into a producer, engineer, and accomplished tunesmith; I truly love music and enjoy the journey that it’s taken me on.”

Aretha’s youngest son, Kecalf Cunningham, is a Christian rapper who, like his older brothers, has also performed with his superstar mother several times on stage. Their most notable performance was a 2008 concert at Radio City Music Hall. Franklin was also reportedly her son’s business manager when he started his career.

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Eminem Just Dropped a Surprise Album Called “Kamikaze”: Stream It Now

With absolutely zero warning, Eminem decided to shake things up on Friday (Aug. 31) at midnight by releasing a surprise album called Kamikaze, his second project in less than a year.

The album features cover art inspired by the Beastie Boys’ 1986 album Licensed to Ill and includes a song from the Venom soundtrack, which he teased on Twitter just hours before Kamikaze‘s release.

Executive produced by Dr. Dre and Em, Kamikaze features guest appearances from Royce Da 5’9″, Joyner Lucas, Jessie Reyez.

The 13-song LP is a follow-up to Revival and is apparently a response those who were critical of his relevance following Revival’s release in December 2017.

“Everybody’s been telling me what they think about me for the last few months,” he raps on the title track. “Maybe it’s time I tell them what I think about them.”

On the album’s opening track “The Ringer,” Em says he feels like he wants to “punch the world in the f***ing face right now,” and he also takes jabs at Lil Yachty, Lil Pump, Lil Xan, Machine Gun Kelly, Tyler the Creator, Joe Budden and more.

“Tried not 2 overthink this…enjoy,” Em tweeted just after midnight.

Kamikaze is available on all major streaming platforms, including TIDAL, Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon Music.

Physical copies of Kamikaze—available as a CD, red cassette, or on red camo vinyl—can be purchased via Eminem’s official website and will ship in the coming weeks.

Check out the tracklist below and keep scrolling to take a listen:

Kamikaze Track List
1. “The Ringer”
2. “Greatist”
3. “Lucky You” featuring Joyce Lucas
4. “Paul – Skit”
5. “Normal”
6. “Em Calls Paul – Skit”
7. “Stepping Stone”
8. “Not Alike” featuring Royce 5’9?
9. “Fall”
10. “Kamikaze”
11. “Nice Guy” featuring Jessie Reyez
12. “Good Guy” featuring Jessie Reyez
13. “Venom” from the Motion Picture

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Aretha Franklin Undergoes Third Outfit Change for Final Church Viewing

A third viewing for Aretha Franklin was held at her home church New Bethel Baptist in Detroit, Michigan Thursday (Aug. 30), and, as expected, the Queen of Soul underwent yet another outfit change. This time, she was wearing a “rose gold custom knit suit with pink beaded lace.”

The Detroit Free Press reported “she also wore specially made pink South Sea pearl necklace and earrings. Her shoes were rose gold sequin Christian Louboutin heels.”

On the first day of a two-day public viewing at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Ms. Franklin was wearing all red (including red heels) in honor of her honorary membership in the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. She reportedly wore a light blue dress and matching blue pumps for Day 2 of visitation at the Wright Museum.

Linda Swanson, executive vice president of Swanson Funeral Home handling services for Ms. Franklin, said the Queen of Soul would be wearing a different outfit for each day leading up to her funeral on Friday. “It’s a surprise,” she said. “Just natural changes in wardrobe that a queen would make.”

Franklin’s funeral on Friday (Aug. 31) is invite-only, but will be live-streamed online broadcast live on TV. It will feature appearances from a long list of celebrities and music legends, and is reported to last around six or seven hours.

Former president Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Cicely Tyson, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Clive Davis, and many more are among the speakers, while Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Chaka Khan, Faith Hill, Yolanda Adams, and many more will perform at the service.

Aretha Franklin died at the age of 76 on Thursday, August 16th after battling pancreatic cancer.

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“Mooo!” Star Doja Cat Under Fire for Offensive Apology for Homophobic Tweets

If you’ve spent any time on the internet this month, you have probably heard about Doja Cat and her infectiously viral song/video “Mooo!”

The song sees Doja rapping hilarious lines like “Bitch, I’m a cow” and the visual sees Doja rocking a variety of cow-inspired looks. It’s weird, it’s catchy, it’s probably the best thing on the internet right now. She even got a cosign from Chance the Rapper!

However, Doja has now come under fire for some tweets using homophobic language that someone pulled from the depths of Twitter and brought to the surface.

Back in 2015, Doja used the word “f****t” in some now-deleted tweets, and fans tweeted their disappointment about it. One person said “wtf 🙁 is this” with a screenshot of Doja calling Odd Future rappers Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt “f****ts” in an old tweet, to which Doja responded by writing “lmfaoooooo.”

After folks got pissed off at that response, she replied with a backhanded apology, using the f word again.

“I called a couple of people f****ts when I was in high school in 2015 does this mean I don’t deserve support?” she tweeted. “I’ve said f****t roughly 15 thousand times in my life. Does saying f****t mean you hate gay people? Do I hate gay people? I don’t think I hate gay people. Gay is ok.”

That initial response resulted in a major online backlash over the way she approached the situation. Apologizing for the use of a slur while repeatedly using said slur is pretty counterproductive, tbh.

Even actress Debra Messing shared her thoughts on the drama:

After finding herself on the receiving end of even more backlash from her “apology,” Doja issued another apology, apologizing for the first apology.

“I have used horrible derogatory and hateful words toward people out of ignorance. I just want you guys to know that you’re incredibly special and I hold you dearly to my heart. I’m sorry for anyone I’ve offended or hurt deeply. You are all worth love and support. No one deserves to be discriminated against for their race, religion, or sexual orientation in any angle or sense. I don’t want you to look at me as a role model. I just want you to hear my music and the joy that you take from that is the most important part. I love making music with you. Thank you for everything to this day.”

Then, for some reason, she deleted the apology for her first apology, and posted a third, more concise one:

“I apologize for the derogatory terms I’ve used in the past and no one should be discriminated against for their race, religion, or sexual orientation. I love you and I hope to make more great music with and for you in the future. Thank you.”

Hopefully Doja Cat has learned her lesson and will make better choices from now on. We’d hate to see her loooose her newfound fame.

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“Shameless” Actress Emmy Rossum Says She’s Leaving the Show After Season 9

Fans of the hit Showtime series Shameless will see one less Gallagher next year when Season 10 arrives.

In a lengthy, emotional Facebook post on Thursday (Aug. 30), Emmy Rossum, the actress who plays Fiona Gallagher, a star character of the show, has announced that she is leaving the series after nine seasons. Her statement read, in part:

“It’s a hard thing to put into words, feelings. But I’m going to try… The opportunity to play Fiona has been a gift. There are few characters — female or otherwise — as layered and dynamic. She is a mother lion, fierce, flawed and sexually liberated. She is injured, vulnerable, but will never give up. She is living in an economic depression, but refuses to be depressed. She is resourceful. She is loyal. She is brave. I knew it the second I read the pilot script, this was different, this was special…

“I know you will continue on without me, for now. There is much more Gallagher story to be told. I will always be rooting for my family. Try not to think of me as gone, just think of me as moving down the block.”

While Rossum’s statement didn’t address her reason for leaving the family dramedy, set in Chicago, that stars William H. Macy as the troubled patriarch Frank Gallagher, she did hint at being involved with another opportunity when she said that her TV family has given her the stability and support “to stretch and grow creatively.”

“The way (executive producer/showrunner) John Wells has shepherded me as an actress, and more recently how he’s encouraged me wholeheartedly as a director and a writer, has been an honor and a privilege,” she wrote.

John Wells said in his own statement that Rossum will “forever be part of the ‘Shameless’ family. We are hard at work now creating a season nine finale for ‘Shameless’ which we hope will provide a Gallagher-worthy sendoff for Fiona that honors the great work Emmy has done.”

Warner Bros. Television also released a statement saying that Rossum was given an appreciative farewell and confirmed that she will appear in the Season 9.

“We wish her all the best as she explores the next chapter in her career,” the statement read. “But before that, we are excited for fans of ‘Shameless’ to see Emmy and the entire ensemble cast continue the adventures of the Gallagher family in the show’s upcoming ninth season.”

Shameless Season 9 premieres on Sunday, September 9th on Showtime. Check out the official S9 trailer below:

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Aretha Franklin Had an Outfit Change for Final Public Viewing

Aretha Franklin wouldn’t be caught dead wearing the same outfit two days in a row. Literally.

The Queen of Soul had two public viewings over a two-day period at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History of her hometown of Detroit, Michigan, and on each of those days, she was wearing a new outfit.

As we all know and saw from the official photo of Ms. Franklin lying in repose in her golden open casket, on the first day, Tuesday (Aug. 28) she was dressed in all red. But on the second day, Wednesday (Aug. 29), she had an outfit change, and was wearing a powder blue dress and matching blue pumps.

Thousands of more fans lined up outside the museum for Franklin’s second and final public viewing there. Swanson Funeral Home Director O’Neil Swanson II said Ms. Franklin would be wearing a new outfit for another viewing Thursday at New Bethel Church, and she would undergo one final outfit change for her private funeral Friday at Greater Grace Temple.

Friday’s funeral is invite-only, but will be live-streamed online and broadcast on television. It will feature appearances from a number of celebrities and music legends, and is reported to last at least 6 hours.

Former president Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Cicely Tyson, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Clive Davis, and many others will speak at the funeral, while Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Chaka Khan, Faith Hill, and many more will perform at the service.

Aretha Franklin died on Thursday, August 16th at her home in Detroit after battling pancreatic cancer. She was 76 years old.

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Beyoncé Fan Who Rushed Stage at Concert in Atlanta Says JAY-Z “Can’t Fight” & “Been Sneak Dissin”

26-year-old Anthony Charles Thomas Maxwell was identified as the crazed “fan” who made the bold decision to literally go “Apesh*t” and rush the stage at Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s concert in Atlanta last weekend.

As The Carters were leaving the stage following the first of two sold-out shows at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Saturday night (Aug. 25), Maxwell was able to somehow hop on the stage and run after the couple. Fortunately, they were unharmed after their dancers quickly sprung into action and apprehended him before things got too crazy.

Moments after the attempted attack, Maxwell hopped on Facebook to let the world know how he felt, saying that he wanted to fight JAY-Z one-on-one because he’s been “sneak dissing” him, but he couldn’t get to him because the dancers and crew members stopped him.

“P***y a** n****s [jumped] me,” he said. “Was gonna let him up so we can fight one on one but n****s want to jump in and it’s between me and him. That n**** can’t fight and he’s been sneak dissin. Y’all n****s hit like b**ches.”

WHEW CHILE, THE CRAZY!

A few hours later, Maxwell posted a series of selfies with the caption: “Still look good, I look [fly] wish u could touch my swag wish you could.” And moments after that he posted some pics with his shirt off. He captioned that post “Flexin.”

Beyoncé and JAY-Z didn’t press any charges against Maxwell, but Atlanta police did. He was originally issued a simple citation for disorderly conduct, but after it was determined that he “made contact” with JAY-Z, he was charged with disorderly conduct and aggravated battery. He never made any contact with Beyoncé, TMZ reported.

Maxwell was taken into custody Sunday evening (Aug. 26) and transported to the Fulton County Jail, where he was booked and held on $5,000 bail. He was released Monday after posting bond.

Sunday night, at the end of their second ATL show, Beyoncé hilariously acknowledged the attempted “attack” from the night before by turning around and doing a high ninja kick as she and JAY-Z left the stage:

Instagram Photo

And last night (Wed, Aug. 29) in Orlando, Beyoncé joked around again as she and JAY-Z were leaving the stage:

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We love a Queen with a sense of humor!

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Jamel Myles: Quick Facts About 9-Year-Old Boy Who Killed Himself After Being Bullied for Coming Out as Gay to Classmates

A 9-year-old boy died by suicide after he was bulled just days after he came out as gay to his classmates.

Jamel Myles had just started fourth grade at Joe Shoemaker School in Colorado when he died the night of Thursday, August 23rd, just three days after school came back in session following the summer break. He was rushed to the hospital after he was found hanging in his bedroom, according to the county coroner.

Jamel’s mother, Peia Pierce, told the Denver Post that her older daughter told her that Myles’ classmates had told him to kill himself over his coming out. She said she had never heard about the bullying from his classmates until after his death.

Here’s what you need to know about Jamel Myles:

Jamel Myles’ mother says she told her son “I still love you” after he came out to her this past summer. She believes his death was the result of bullying after coming out to his classmates on the first day of school.

Jamel’s mother, Leia Pierce, told Denver’s KDVR that her son had come out to her over the summer. Pierce told the station “he looked so scared when he told me. He was like, ‘Mom I’m gay,’ and I thought he was playing, so I looked back because I was driving, and he was all curled up, so scared. And I said, ‘I still love you.’”

Pierce said Jamel wanted to wear fake fingernails on the first day of school, and she believes that his classmates bullied him after he came out to them. “The same kids who picked on him last year were even meaner to him once he came out and said he was gay,” she told HLN. “They hurt my baby.”

Jamel wanted to become a YouTube star one day, Pierce told the Denver Post: “He said, ‘Mom, I want to be famous YouTube star so I could buy you a new house.”

Pierce added: “My child died because of bullying. My baby killed himself. He didn’t deserve this. He wanted to make everybody happy even when he wasn’t. I want him back so bad.”

Jamel’s interests included Pokemon and wearing a dress with a tiara and high-heeled shoes, his mother said.

Jamel’s mother says she found him hanging in his bedroom. She said she “lost a reason to breathe” after losing her son to suicide.

Leia Pierce said her son was excited about coming out and wanted to tell his classmates. “He went to school and said he was gonna tell people he’s gay because he’s proud of himself,” she said.

Pierce said when he came out to her, he opened up about wanting to dress more femininely. “And he goes, ‘Can I be honest with you?’” she said. “And I was like sure, and he’s like, ‘I know you buy me boy stuff because I’m a boy, but I’d rather dress like a girl.’”

On Thursday, August 23rd, four days into the school year, Pierce found her son hanging in his bedroom. She desperately tried to revive him but it was too late.

“Four days is all it took at school. I could just imagine what they said to him,” Pierce said. “My son told my oldest daughter the kids at school told him to kill himself. I’m just sad he didn’t come to me. I’m so upset that he thought that was his option.”

Pierce wrote on her Facebook page:

“I lost a reason to breathe… my heart, my sunshine, my son… he was being bullied and i didnt know. Not till it was to late.. i wish i knew everything so i could’ve stopped this… how do i live with out all my kids? My son man he is the best and i miss and just want to be with him… he is in heave now and im not ready for this.. i shouldn’t be having to bury my son he is only 9… i love u son i love u so much son…. stop bullying stop the shit i lost my baby cause of it and its not fair not fair not fair… i just want my son back..”

She wrote in another post:

“They say be strong for my daughters but, i cant i just cant.. i couldn’t imagine losing any of my kids and i lost 1 and now my kid is alone and i want to be with him.. i cant let him be alone.. i love u son..”

She said in another post on her page:

“What hurts the most about losing my son. Is knowing other kids feel the same way he did.. I wish i could’ve carried my sons pain for him cause i would… i want bullying to stop.. no child and i mean no child should be bullied by anyone.. matter of fact no one should be a bully at any age.. love more and hate less.. I’ve been very irrational these past couple days.. i dont know how to handle this pain.. i shouldnt of said some of them mean things i did but, my heart is in so much pain… i never wanted to feel this pain and i am.. i want justice for my son and every kid who is bullied.. i want bullying to end i never want to hear someone else go thru this pain…”

The principal at Myles’ school said the school is working to make sure “LGBTQ+ students can pursue their education with dignity.”

Joe Shoemaker Principal Christine Fleming told parents in a letter after Jamel’s suicide: “It is with extreme sadness we share with you that one of our fourth-grade students passed away yesterday. This is an unexpected loss for our community… Our thoughts are with the student’s family at this time. We will continue to process this sad news as a school community, and again, please feel free to reach out as needed for ongoing support…

“It is critical that our students receive all the support they need to learn and thrive in a safe and welcoming environment. Our formal policies and practices reflect this commitment to ensuring that our LGBTQ+ students can pursue their education with dignity – from policies and training to prevent and stop bullying to formal policies and guidance materials that fully respect gender identity (including use of preferred pronouns and restrooms).”

Will Jones, a spokesman for Denver Public School told the Denver Post that Joe Shoemaker Elementary School had a team of crisis counselors on hand to speak with students, teachers, school staff and anyone else who is hurting.

“It’s always tough when a little one takes his life, “Jones said. “We have our crisis team there. Fourth and fifth grade teachers at Shoemaker are creating a space for students to share how they are feeling and to process their emotions after hearing this news. Teachers are also letting students know about the DPS crisis team members on hand to meet their social-emotional needs.”

Jamel’s suicide has sparked outrage on social media and quickly became a topic of discussion, shedding light on LGBTQ+ kids, bullying, and mental health.

After the news of Jamel Myles’ suicide spread all over the world, outraged people took to social media to express their anger.

“Never let anyone tell us the fight for equality is over,” said Michael Cashman, an actor, writer, and politician from London. “A nine-year-old boy has killed himself after enduring four days of homophobic bullying at school in Denver, Colorado.
Leia Pierce said her son Jamel Myles, revealed to her over the summer that he was gay, and was ‘proud.’”

Twitter user @SeyvonSilva wrote: “This is f***ing heart breaking. My dude was excited to share who he was. He was 9 years old and confident in himself, but others felt the need to bring him down. This is not okay. You’re a star. Rest easy Jamel Myles, remember his name.”

Actor, producer and tv/film/theatre director Emerson Collins tweeted: “Jamel Myles was nine. This is why we fight for The Equality Act, against conversion therapy, against bigoted “deeply held religious beliefs,” for representation, visibilty and have PRIDES – to change the entire culture LGBTQ youth grow up and come out in.”

See other poignant social media responses below:

The tragedy of Myles’ story also inspired an unsurprisingly hateful response from the always awful Westboro Baptist Church:

Celebrities including singer Kehlani, transgender actress Laverne Cox, and more have taken to social media to mourn the loss of Jamel Myles.

A number of celebrities, including actors, musicians, and other media figures, have taken to social media to mourn the death of Jamel Myles. Singer Kehlani, transgender actress Laverne Cox, Canadian actress Ellen Page, and Pose executive producer Steven Canals expressed their grief, while also calling for more acceptance and tolerance.

“Jamel Myles’ confidence, pride, and eagerness to share his new found freedom with his parents and then classmates at 9 years old is beautiful and hope that is the memory celebrated continuously,” Kehlani shared on Twitter. “Rest in peace little warrior. The lessons here are clear.”

Laverne Cox tweeted: “This has to stop happening. It must stop. Our bullying culture is killing children. #JamelMyles”

Ellen Page said the news about Jamel Myles was heartbreaking. “I have traveled around the country and the world and have been witness to hope and joy but also deep pain and horror,” she said. “This needs to change. I’m sad and angry but trying to keep my heart warm and open to continue to strive to help eradicate this suffering.”

New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow tweeted that he was “so sick of this,” in regards to kids taking their own lives as a result of bullying.

“This BREAKS MY HEART,” tweeted singer Hayley Kiyoko. “People need to understand the power of their words. Wow. I’m so sorry for him and his family.”

Steven Canals, executive producer of the hit FX series Pose, shared a story about the first time he was called gay. “1989. 4th grade. 9 yrs old. First time a fellow male classmate shamed me by saying ‘stop being so gay,’” he tweeted. “I didn’t know who I was then. Jamel did. He was gay. And he was proud, until he wasn’t. My heart aches. #JamelMyles”

Ryan Jamaal Swain, an actor who stars on FX’s Pose, tweeted: “THIS HAS TO STOP FOLKS!!!!!!”

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Aretha Franklin Open Casket Photo Goes Viral, Family Wanted “Respectful Photo” to Share With Fans Who Couldn’t Attend Viewing

Hundreds and hundreds of fans lined up to pay their respects to the late Aretha Franklin Tuesday (Aug. 28) as she lay in repose at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan.

Franklin’s body made a regal entrance at the museum in a glossy, gold casket that emerged from a white 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse amid a sea of adoring fans.

Franklin was dressed in a red lace dress with matching red Christian Louboutin heels, which, according to her niece Sabrina Owens, was to symbolize her honorary membership in the Delta Theta Sigma Theta Sorority, whose colors are crimson.

Owens told the Associated Press that Franklin’s dress looked like “something she would have selected for herself” to wear on stage. She said the pastel roses surrounding Franklin’s gold casket reflected the Queen of Soul’s love for flowers and her propensity to send arrangements “in grand fashion.” Owens said she wanted to give her aunt a send-off that “would match her legacy.”

“She is presented in a way that reflects her life and her legacy,” Linda Swanson, executive vice president of Swanson Funeral Home, told the Detroit Free Press. “She is, indeed, resplendent in repose, as a queen should be.”

Swanson, whose funeral home is handling services for Franklin, said the singer had covered the funeral expenses of many needy families over the years.

“It was nothing for Miss Franklin to call us,” she said. “She would take care of the expenses — and usually in full without being asked or prompted to do so. Many of the people you see are here because they were blessed by her big heart and her desire to reach beyond the boundaries of her own success and touch others.”

Franklin’s longtime publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, told Inside Edition that the official photo of Franklin in her casket—shot from behind, revealing her red outfit and legs crossed at the ankles—was taken and released by the legendary singer’s family because they wanted a “respectful photo to share with her millions of fans around the world who could not attend the viewing.”

Museum officials made mourners put away their cell phones before viewing Franklin’s body and quickly ushered them long so that the line could move more efficiently.

As many as 200 fans camped out overnight so that they could be the first to enter the museum. 50-year-old Melissa Howard, of Austin Texas, said she flew into Detroit the day before Franklin’s public viewing so that she could ensure she would be able to get inside the museum to pay her respects.

Howard, who has been a fan of Franklin since she was a child, told the Detroit Free Press that she arrived to wait in line around 6:30 p.m. Monday and that Franklin was “royalty” and “worth it.” She said around 1 a.m. early Tuesday morning, Franklin’s niece, Chrystal came to visit fans at the line and handed out bottled water and White Castle hamburgers as a way to say thank you on behalf of the family.

Thousands of mourners are expected to visit the museum over the next few days. A public viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, then on Thursday, from noon to 4 p.m., her body will be moved to New Bethel Baptist Church, which was founded by her late father, Rev. C.L. Franklin.

Franklin’s private, invite-only funeral for family and friends will be held on Friday (Aug. 31) at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple. The service is scheduled to feature an all-star lineup of performers including Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia and Shirley Caesar. Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday and Franklin’s own son, Edward Franklin, are also set to perform.

Scheduled to speak at the service are former President Bill Clinton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Cicely Tyson, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Clive Davis, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, and Franklin’s close friend Smokey Robinson.

The Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., pastor of Atlanta’s Salem Baptist Church, will deliver the eulogy for the marathon service, which is expected to last between five and seven hours, and will be live streamed online and broadcast on television.

Greater Grace Temple has called on people with pink Cadillacs to line up prior to the funeral to create a “Freeway of Love” in tribute of Franklin, a nod to her 80’s song of the same name. And those who show up the funeral in a pink Cadillac, along with one extra person, will be admitted to the funeral.

After the funeral, Franklin will be entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, along with her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin, brother Cecil Franklin, sisters Carolyn and Erma Franklin, and her nephew, Thomas Garrett.

Aretha Franklin passed away the morning of Thursday, August 16th surrounded by family and friends at her home in Detroit following a battle with advanced pancreatic cancer.

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Mugshot Madness: Anthony Charles Thomas Maxwell, Man Who Rushed Stage at Beyoncé & JAY-Z Concert, Arrested & Charged With Battery

Beyoncé and JAY-Z had a bit of a scare over the weekend when a man rushed the stage during their “On The Run II” concert in Atlanta.

As The Carters were leaving the stage following the first of two sold-out shows at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Saturday night (Aug. 25), a man was able to somehow hop on the stage and run after them.

Fortunately, the couple was unharmed, thanks to the help of their backup dancers and security detail, who quickly sprang into action and stopped the man, who was later identified as 26-year-old Anthony Charles Thomas Maxwell.

While Beyoncé and JAY-Z chose not to press charges against Maxwell—who lives in Marietta, Georgia and is originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado—that didn’t stop Atlanta police from charging him with disorderly conduct and aggravated battery after it was determined that he “made contact” with JAY-Z. He never made any contact with Beyoncé, TMZ reported.

A statement from the Atlanta Police Department read:

“As the Jay-Z and Beyonce concert was ending late Saturday night, a man later identified as Anthony Charles Thomas Maxwell (age 26) ran onto the stage and approached Jay-Z. He was quickly stopped by people who were with the performer. Atlanta Police arrived and issued the man a citation for disorderly conduct and released him.

“At the time, there was no evidence Maxwell had made contact with Jay-Z. Upon later investigation, officers were able to gather evidence showing Maxwell had, in fact, made contact with Jay-Z…Maxwell was treated for minor injuries on scene sustained when people around Jay-Z stopped him from further contact with the performer. No one else was injured as a result of this incident.”

Maxwell was taken into custody Sunday evening (Aug. 26) and transported to the Fulton County Jail, where he was booked and held on $5,000 bail. He was released Monday after posting bond.

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