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The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin’s Homegoing Celebration, Was a Watershed Moment for Black America
Aretha’s homegoing captured what was right and wrong with Black America
Article summary: Aretha Franklin’s homegoing service brought out the great legends. It was a musical celebration fit for the queen of soul. But the Coonville who revere the Clintons were also there. Mercifully, Obama wasn’t in attendance. Still, the Coonery there didn’t let Minister Farrakhan speak. Worst, on full display, was Coonville’s sexism, misogyny, and inappropriate patriarchy. Aretha’s homegoing captured what is right and wrong with Black America.
I watched the live streamed, homegoing celebrations on Friday, August 31, 2018, for our Queen, the indomitable Aretha Franklin, singer extraordinaire. First, love and courage to the family, fans, a mourning world and all of Detroit. The family and grandchildren’s eulogies were magnificent, touching and a most positive sign of what’s to come for the future from the Franklins. Well done, Queen Aretha, a soldier for justice and the greatest singer of all time! (See, Aretha Franklin’s grandchildren, niece, nephew speak at Homegoing service, and Aretha Franklin’s son sings classic in honor of late mother.)
But let’s look at what was on that stage and what it meant for the pulse of the Black community’s struggle against global white oppression and our people’s struggle for liberty, equity, and justice.
Aretha’s Franklin’s voice and songs were the soundtrack to the old Civil Rights Movement. It’s failures, triumphs, and co-option was up there, on stage, front and center, for history to dissect, for the world to see. Live-streamed worldwide.
I am glad it’s over and a new generation, out of the rigged corporate media and coon limelight, is in control. They’re everywhere, unbowed, unheralded; everywhere on social media, in the streets and without strings or white liberal controls. Loose and about to take down the bipartisan imperialists and their coons, the konze yo as Haitians say.
Aretha Franklin’s homegoing ceremony said a thousand things, so much. And, was definitely the evidence of just how out of touch the old guard is. The music though was timeless and our last outpost connection to Ancestral honor and respect. Its beauty and eternal soul strength were highlighted in our last Èzili Newsletter post, here and here.
This post is about something else.
It’s about the current state of the Black consciousness and struggle for freedom against our naked enemies like the amoral Clintons, the Obomba bipartisan coonery, the Duopoly deceit, its rigged elections, markets, media, the integration-with-injustice crowd, the imperialist white liberals, their fake generosity and above all, the economic dominance of the few over the world’s masses. It’s about how the live stream of Aretha’s homegoing ceremony captured all this, in vivid color.
But this is just one snapshot, one Black woman’s opinion. The threads, lifted up at the Queen’s 8-hour homegoing service, are multifaceted, deep and instructive. I’ll randomly address a few discordant chords I noticed and provide some analysis, for now.
A Watershed Moment for Black America
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin’s homegoing service, was a watershed moment for Black America, Black culture and a mirror of Black strength, soul and sadly, our cowardice and post-traumatic enslavement syndrome traumas.
The legendary soul singer, a woman of power and talent, died on August 16, 2018, from a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The architects of modern music were in that church to pay homage. That alone was beyond fascinating. And, the remnants of the COINTELPRO-ravaged and thus failed 1960s Civil Rights Movement were also in the house, represented most prominently by its “voting-is-revolution” adherents such as Michael Eric Dyson, whose preacher shouting reflections were as mundane, conflicted and confused as his politics.
Dyson’s the guy who campaigned for Barack Obama while his wife (a la James Carville and Mary Matalin), supported Hillary Clinton. Each supported a different Democratic plantation candidate. During the homegoing service, Dyson called Hillary Clinton his president. Criticized Obama, his former candidate for not attending Aretha’s homegoing. And palpably deepened the confusion when he declared not evil Hillary whom he had just called his president, but his former candidate’s attorney general as the next U.S. presidential candidate to win the big White House.
But if that phony is speaking for the W.E.B. Du Bois, dual-consciousness, Black intellectuals of today, seems like they’ve finally let go of Hillary-for-president and replaced her with former Obomba Attorney General, Eric Holder. These Black opportunist, don’t even know how nauseating and out of touch Eric Dyson’s white ass-kissing coonery, disguised as radical Black thought, is to the Black international human rights freedom movement! Ask Haiti about the Clintons’ role in rigging elections to put in an ultra-right wing puppet president after the earthquake? Ask a devastated Africa about the Clinton-Obama murder of Muammar Gaddafi, arming ISIS extremists in Libya for private capital and the oil hucksters and the aftermath? Ask Haiti about these Clintonite coons, in love with assimilated Beltway Negroes like Eric Holder, Susan Rice, Cheryl Mills and we’ll tell you a truth or two about the Dysons, the Ron Daniels, most of the CBC Demonrats, and the rigged media doing the Woodrow Wilson and F.D.R. butchery-dance in Haiti since before 2004!
Dyson’s speech solidified the assimilated Negroes’ pathological love for the Clintons, who along with the Bush/Dick-Cheney-on-steroid-Obama Administration, have hurt Black America and the Black world probably more than any other president since FDR. Most, still revere them. Are seduced by the Black symbols they co-opt. The collaborators still grin wide like a lit Jack-o’-Lantern at Slick-“blow job”-Bill, putting on dark glasses and playing the saxophone and cackling Hillary attempting to parrot Beyonce’s “hot sauce in a bag” swag. Dyson’s speech epitomizes what’s wrong with the Black church and the Black society’s mis-leadership. A group of men and women who continue to confuse symbols with substance. He and the other preachers normalizing sexism up there continue to elevate voting on the plantation as our only “civilized” choice for Black liberation, justice, and economic equity.
It’s plain offensive, too distasteful, for too long and unendurable for critical thinking Black people, free from such schooled, Ph.D. academia groupthink.
Aretha’s father, the famous Reverend C. L. Franklin, led the New Bethel Baptist Church from 1946 until 1979 and was at the center of the Civil Rights Movement in Detroit. Jesse Jackson, he is now an old, sick man. So, I shouldn’t talk disparagingly about a sick ol’ Jesse except to say he deserved to be up there. He had a long association with the Franklins and Aretha’s music was the soundtrack for the Civil Rights Movement. But that history alone serves no truth in need of telling for the present day. For, Reverend Jesse Jackson and Reverend Al Sharpton on that stage just made me think of the glaring failures of the corporatized, token Black collaborators and dare I say it, dare I desire it – the end of the integration-with-injustice era for Black America, across the Americas? (See photo below and story of how Aretha had Jesse Jackson on speed dial and once pushed him to do the right thing and support Farrakhan.)
I was moved by the service, the shining power of the Queen ever present, the Black cultural icons in attendance – Mavis Staples, Shirley Ceasar, Valerie Simpson, Cicely Tyson, and simultaneously nauseated with the political push to vote for the poverty pimping Demonrats, who’ve had over 50 years post Brown vs Board of Education to help destroy Black community solidarity with their structural racism and fringed hedonism put on the same scale as immutable characteristics and sold as “multiculturalism” or “diversity.”
Judging by who was allowed a slot to speak and what they said overall, it’s clear that most in that room weren’t taught to be appalled by the Obama bipartisan-“Washington consensus”-John-McCain-trajectory, glorified by both the white liberals and the Neocons. No matter that neither the Republican nor the Democratic party – especially not the Demonrats’ colluding with imposing colonialist neoliberal economic policies abroad – have done diddly squat positive locally for the poor Black masses in Detroit for over 50-years. In fact, there’s no clean water just like Haiti in Flint Michigan. So, go sock it to ’em, Judge Greg Mathis!
A Homegoing Musical Celebration Fit for the Queen of Soul
I enjoyed Smokey Robinson, the greatest songwriter ever, who gave the most personal and authentic farewell, speaking directly from the podium to his long, long time friend.
The great musical icon, Ronald Isley, cried softly and beautifully sung “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” for his dearly departed, beloved friend. His famous brother, Charles Neville, died just this year in April of the same cancer as Aretha, pancreatic cancer. You felt the grief and tenderness in his soft rendition. I am going to be looking it up on YouTube to savor, again and again. It was uniquely memorable.
93-year old Cicely Tyson looked more youthful than all the dignitaries on the stage put together. Ms. Tyson wore a conversation piece, wide-brimmed black hat, designed by B Michael, that was as quirky and bold as her passionate delivery of the Paul Laurence Dunbar poem, “When (Aretha) Malindy Sings.” The legendary Hollywood actress reworked the poem to pay tribute, queen to queen, to Aretha Franklin. She fabulously paid homage to the world’s greatest singer in any style, her good works, incomparable music, her deep love of God, Blackness and Black people.
Fantasia took her shoes off while singing from a well of grief.
Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Holiday, the Clark Sister, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Yolanda Adams – all, were pure Black woman soldiers for justice, belting out their presence from gut-wrenching stomach power, raw pain, and talent.
Gladys Knight’s iconic voice soothes us still. Lovely to see her sing and Valerie Simpson there too, in the audience.
Others I saw there irked my spirit to no end. No need to write their names, give them even negative regards. But Stevie Wonder’s harmonica whistled us softly across the grief and familial irritation. For this was a Black family affair. I enjoyed our soul music on display even as it offended to see only men, front and center, monopolizing the seating and speaking slots at the Queen’s homegoing service.
The only remaining one out of 13 siblings, the grand duchess of the gospel, the living legend Shirley Caesar, on the side, visible in the front camera shot, seeing her up front, somewhat assuage the knife cut. But that “women-to-the-side-church-seating,” in the off-center and off-camera area to the left of the men, spoke volumes about the structural and continuing Black misogyny, disrespect and second-class status of powerful Black women in the Black citadels of power.
Just as well because who wanted to see the disgusting interloper, the warmongering Hillary in camera view at a seat normally designated for a Black woman in that church? Not me. Perhaps the Donna Brazile-type Aunt Jemimas or ilks such as that Reverend Jasper Williams, whose slave sermon and Black on Black crime coon deflection theology were disguised as the eulogy for Aretha!? (See, Aretha Franklin’s family say pastor’s eulogy was ‘distasteful’ ).
We know, more than most, that the Black blood pours, is pouring as a write this line down and as Blacks in the U.S., in Detroit, in Libya, and Haiti bleed from their lifelong white supremacist policies and actions. The centrist, bipartisan, Neocon-Hillary Clinton and her husband were up on that stage, clapping, exulting, desecrating a sacred occasion with their warmongering presence. They and their rapture at being there was an affront to endure, as they both openly drooled with vacant eyes rolling in bad health in the twilight of their lives, long riddled in schizophrenic plausible deniability dementia… wrecked by real-time Parkinson’s disease. Karma is a queen!
And though we, at Èzili’s HLLN used the 2016, graceless Trump bat, to swat the Clintons out of our faces and the White House, on behalf of our incarcerated Black males in the U.S., their downfall is not yet done. Haiti’s 310,000 quake dead were used by them for personal gain and the $13 billion for homeless survivors in quake relief monies was mostly squandered and stolen. Haiti never saw that money, was not built back better after 2010.
Obama and the Clintons simply took advantage of the quake destruction to easily push through three rigged elections in Haiti. Ignore UN cholera, enable UN pedophiles, emboldened the Dominican Republic lynching Haitians and making apartheid legal in the Western Hemisphere. Not to mention giving their cronies a cell phone and mobile monies monopoly, access to Haiti offshore islands, to billions in gold, iridium, oil reserves and facilitating their beltway friends taking Haiti natural resources and lands. No. Justice has not been served. Their profit over people system is unfelled. Our Black community idiots, the collaborators, men like Michael Eric Dyson and the others lauding the Duopoly and bipartisanship imperialism, their neoliberal economics, Georges Soros cholera democracy, still get honored with a rare Black Detroit seat, at a sacred Queen’s farewell gathering while openly mourning that there is no President Hillary Clinton sitting at the White House with three-strikes, Haiti agriculture destroyer, Rwanda-Genocide Bill Clinton, “our” first Black president.
We’re not yet done. We’ve got work to be. We, who struggled against Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton’s use of the State Department to dole out special favors and access to their friends and donors. Some up there on stage. Doing the Donna Brazil quid pro quo dance. The Black collaborators also preyed on Haiti, preyed on the weak in the United States. No. We will not turn our face away from the sight of the earthquake weakened victims still homeless in Haiti or from what we saw done during Katrina, or from the sight of how the powerful privatized state power. The victims of Bill and Hillary’s pay-for-play see no difference in the Wall Street Clintons, Bush dynasty or Obomba in terms of their treatment of our weak and vulnerable Black masses. The Duopoly plutocrats use their power to crush the weak, overmedicate and over vaccinate our children, put narco-traffickers and money launderers in power abroad to dump drugs into our vulnerable Black and White communities. But they are always dressed-up as “saviors” with the Eric Holder ilks providing NDAA legal cover.
Coonville Was at Queen Aretha Franklin’s Homegoing But Mercifully Obama Wasn’t in Attendance
I wish all that was not present, whole cloth and speaking volume, at the celebration and during the homegoing reflections for Aretha Franklin – the unapologetically Black Aretha, the personification of Black culture. Aretha Franklin was rooted in the spirituality of the Black church. But she transcended the religions plus national origins of her fans and bore our collective human pain and joys, through her soul music, for over 60-years. Yep, but alongside our pain and glory there stood tall, our Black denial, some of our people’s need to apologize for our bigger soul connections, undeniable spiritual talents. There, up on that stage was shown, a disconcerting and deep Black House Negro need for white societal approval, still…I saw it all up there.
But if Obomba had been present, with his wide Cheshire cat smile, Moroccan face and his lying ass behind, it would have taken away what I could watch without clicking away. It would have quickly down spiraled and desecrated the proceedings much more from the brilliant lights of authentic Blackness to mealy-mouth Western styled standard hypocrisy. So his absence, that was a plus to my enjoyment.
The Clintons being welcomed there is a sad reflection of how lost Blacks are in the United States with their love of the nationalist white liberal war criminals, their acceptance of the poverty pimps keeping their ass outside the real levers of power, controlling and containing the upward evolution of the Black masses with tokens and coons. Their acceptance at the homegoing celebrations for our Black soul queen is a reminder that we have not seen them for what they are after all this time. This is so difficult to believe, to digest. Are we that dumbed down, so filled with self-hate or just plain suicidal as a down-trodden community? Perhaps Franz Fanon could explain this unconditional allegiance to a clear enemy.
I’m also hearing people saying that the Clintons managed to go to both funerals and so the Obamas could have attended both services also. Queen ReeRee’s homegoing celebration was on Friday. The imperialist, John McCain’s funeral was the next day, on Saturday. But, for me, – I almost didn’t watch because the Clintons were in attendance. Believe that! And, would definitely have thrown up if Obomba was present – so for me, it’s good and well Obomba mercifully didn’t show up. He didn’t belong, in my humble opinion. This is the tragic mulatto who almost wipes out the tradition of having the moral high ground that the U.S. Black community has owned in the United State since enslavement times. He belongs with the warmongering International Republican Institute (IRI-colonist), John McCain crowd. He didn’t show up for Black community as president either. Au contraire. His selection by the Deep State was the height of perfidy and the Destroyer’s most daring colonial deceit.
It was already too grueling to have to watch the greedy, Black-bloodsucking Clintons up there.
They’re the living symbols of the U.S.’s drug wars, the dumping of drugs by the DEA/CIA/COINTEL-PRO FBI/Deep State – from Columbia, Haiti, Mexico and Afghanistan, et al – into the Black and poor U.S. communities to finance the oligarchs’ personal wars, personal agendas, to finance the military-intelligence-industrial complex psyops, while simultaneously dumbing down Black youths either with ADHD medication like Ritalin, foul vaccines or otherwise pill-popping them from school-to-the-prison pipeline. That vibration was seated up there too. Killary and Obomba’s Africa destruction, ISIS proliferation, Haiti terrorizing and Libya barbarity in living color. And that idiot, slave sermon preacher, Jasper Williams, was as shameful and wrong as Bill Cosby in the eighties and Killary was, with her “superpredator” belief that helped get 2 million people jailed with Black men sentenced at higher rates, getting longer sentences for same crimes as white men and generally more unjustly warehoused into the U.S. for-profit jail system.
Aretha Love the Minister, But the Coonville at Queen Aretha Franklin’s Homegoing didn’t let Minister Farrakhan Speak
In contrast to the preacher, Jasper Williams, and the others on that front row of sorry Black males, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan was a joy of elegance to observe for all those 8-hours of the celebration of Black culture, Aretha and Black Detroit. He didn’t nod off, inappropriately use his cell phone during the service or appear as an entitled jerk whatsoever reveling in his center throne. He quietly enjoyed the service, was cordial and courteous to everyone. And no one should be unaware that his community programs and prison ministry and Aretha Franklin with her music has done MORE for Black families, youths and Black men, thrown away by the system, than either Obomba, that Jasper Williams fire and brimstone Coonville-preacher or the hustler Clintons.
Minister Farrakhan rehabilitated and molded the lives of thousands of wayward Black males for six decades. We’re part of the large Black community who are so very glad and grateful that Aretha’s family had the Minister up there and didn’t dis-invite the honorable Minister as Coretta Scott King’s children did to their financial sponsor, Harry Belafonte, to please Bush/Clinton colonists and their Black collaborators. We’re proud of them. Minister Farrakhan’s presence was powerful, gentlemanly, humble and quintessentially elegant. He looked like he was enjoying himself and had a good time. I truly desire it was his choice not to speak? But some pipsqueak Arianne Grande got to sing the quintessential Aretha Franklin song? Which was just….ugh. I think that just because the regal Aretha, who earned 12 honorary degrees in her lifetime, once politely said a good thing or two about young Grande, doesn’t mean she deserved, had the stature to reach the deep chords within us, or the life experiences for that slot. Where was Mary J. Blige? So many could have done the “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” song better, such as Jennifer Holiday, Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, et al.
Why do Black folks who’ve made it always feel they must include the larger society in their intimate gatherings? That we’re not enough. Not worthy of our own sacred communion with each other. Not entitled to our own all-Black spaces? They could have skipped that Arianne Grande slot, and respected the Honorable Minister Farrakhan with a slot to speak. I mean that emphatically. Not to mention I agree with Smokey Robinson, Grande’s skimpy outfit was inappropriate for the occasion.
Coonville’s Sexism, Misogyny, and Inappropriate Patriarchy Were On Full Display at the Queen’s Homegoing Celebrations
Similarly, it must be noted, that Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, the senior pastor in charge of Greater Grace Temple was funny only in his own wrapped mind. He made some uncomfortable introductions and uncalled for commentary throughout the proceedings. He joked that Ariana Grande’s name on the program reminded him of a menu item at Taco Bell and essentially told the audience, by way of introducing the legendary, Ronald Isley to the stage, that Isley once changed his name to “Mr. Big” to stay relevant in the music business, whereas Aretha never had to change her name. Uncle Ellis’ silliness was a cringing embarrassment.
Why were the Black women, sidelined? Black cultural icons, elders such as Blues and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Mavis Staples; the Reverend-Doctor-Pastor Shirley Caesar; Songwriter Hall of Famer, Valerie Simpson; Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, Cicely Tyson? Anyone or all of these Black women pioneers, along with the others in that church, similarly credentialed in the Black Freedom Movement and/or soul songs, could have been in the front center seats, seated between those men on stage with no problem. How does Michael Eric Dyson get to be placed higher on the social power podium than any of those women and their accomplishments? Are we still the handmaidens, the Patriarchy’s harem multitudes?
Playthings in a man’s world who don’t do right? Objects for entertainment, for fetching and carrying purposes only? In August of 2018?
Worst, the awkward Bishop Ellis’ groping of Ariana Grande and squeezing her breast was grossly inappropriate, terrible for her, uncomfortable to witness and another signpost of the continued chauvinism and normalized misogyny, ever-present, in the Abrahamic male cults, their sexism, and religious misogyny, not unrelated to the off-center, apartheid seating places for women, designated at the great matriarch’s homegoing service. (See, Pastor Accused of Groping Ariana Grande Apologizes for Being ‘Too Friendly’.)
Aretha raised four sons, mostly alone as a single mother, but the sexist Reverend Jasper Williams, declared, while he was delivering her eulogy, that single Black women were incapable of raising sons alone. He called households without a father figure “abortion after birth.”
If the sexism was obviously discernible at the Queen’s homegoing service, imagine what the Queen of Soul, the first woman inducted to Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, had to deal with, during her lifetime? Not only from the wider patriarchal and racist society but from her own broken Black Church? What it must have taken to overcome all that and protect and extend, for the whole world to enjoy, her raw innate musical talent, her earth-mother sensuality, natural womanness, powerful will, brilliant intellect, activist convictions and singular love for her own mind, her own African features, and her own Black community?
Indeed, we’ve got a long way to go and much to overcome within our own Black community and much looking outwards together for liberation to do, to stop the greater society’s profit over people white dominance culture. But freedom fighter and musical genius, Aretha Franklin, left us with sweet memories, amazing soul music, dignity, a profound love for her people no matter how shattered we are and a legacy for all humanity to reach for.
We can only recognize and bow down in gratitude, awe and maximum R.E.S.P.E.C.T to the Queen of Soul! Farewell Queen Aretha. Your love was always real. Each word you sang was “Something (W)e Can Feel.” Rest in power Mama.
Èzili Dantò, Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network (HLLN) and Free Haiti Movement
September 5, 2018
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Smokey Robinson Says Ariana Grande’s Dress ‘Inappropriate’
Superpredator remarks, Hillary Clinton – CSPAN
“Farrakhan didn’t need to talk. His presence spoke louder than words. The Minister carried Himself gracefully and elegantly throughout it all.” — Why Didn’t Minister Louis Farrakhan Speak At Aretha Franklin Funeral?
Aretha Franklin’s family say pastor’s eulogy was ‘distasteful’
“Williams used the “platform to push his negative agenda” which Franklin’s family “does not agree with,” family members said in a statement emailed to Reuters.”
“We found the comments to be offensive and distasteful,” the family said. “Rev. Jasper Williams spent more than 50 minutes speaking and at no time did he properly eulogize her.” https://ind.pn/2MMSHgp
VIDEO Analysis: Aretha Franklin’s Homegoing was a celebration of Black Culture; Farrakhan, Bishop Ellis, Rev. Jasper Williams, Ariana Grande – The African History Network Show – Michael Imhotep 9-2-18 https://youtu.be/CqmVYLkiatM
Minister Louis Farrakhan releases statement on the passing of Aretha Franklin.
Min. Farrakhan said: “Her songs, her soul and her voice did not only reach our ears, but reached our hearts, our souls, and our spirits to lift us above where we were and caused us to survive the horror, the tyranny of our painful existence as ex-slaves, free slaves, Jim Crow sufferers, our souls yearned for relief. She supplied that balm to our pain ...”
https://bit.ly/2NP9P1y Pastor Accused of Groping Ariana Grande Apologizes for Being ‘Too Friendly’ https://nyti.ms/2wCp9ar
“It would never be my intention to touch any woman’s breast,” the pastor, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, told The Associated Press. “Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize.” https://twitter.com/musicfactnews/status/1035666503276945408
Aretha Franklin – Queen Of Soul (1986) – Full Concert
Aretha said she wrote this song about former Temptation musician, Dennis Edwards.
Aretha Franklin – Day Dreaming, 1971
“Day dreaming and I am thinking of you… I want to be what he wants, when he wants it and whenever he needs it. And when he’s lonesome and feeling love starved. l’ll be there to feed him. I am loving him a little bit more each day…”