Aretha Franklin’s Casket Has Been Removed From Public Viewings

Sing For The Queen: Chaka Khan Is Nervous About Performing For Aretha Franklin’s Funeral

She is being buried in a 24-karat gold plated Promethean casket made of solid bronze, and the interior is finished with champagne velvet.

Sharpton recalled Franklin's activist side, noting she raised money for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and created "the soundtrack of the civil rights movement".

"Walk in the light", the choir members sang as the casket lid was lowered, "the lovely light".

The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has been honored at London's Buckingham Palace on the day of her funeral in Detroit. LaBelle performed her song "You Are My Friend", and eulogized her friend-in-feud: "Aretha Franklin, y'all", she said.

Floral arrangements from such singers as Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett and from the family of Otis Redding were set up in a hallway outside the sanctuary.

Ever the diva, Franklin's outfit was the third "costume change" over the course of her several viewings since her death on 16 August: this final time, a rose gold gown.

Mourners began filling the church early Friday, while Franklin's fans and dozens of pink Cadillac owners lined up outside, a tribute to the singer's 1985 hit "Freeway of Love" in which she sang, "We goin' ridin' on the freeway of love in my pink Cadillac". "Even when we would fuss".

At her tour stop Tuesday night in Detroit, Taylor Swift brought a hush for a minute of silence remembering Franklin.

On Friday, a pink Cadillac ad also appeared in the New York Times in honor of the late singer.

Who's speaking: Former President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Cicely Tyson will be among the speakers.

Who's performing: An all-star lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar and many more will perform at Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday morning.

Still, the get-down and uplift can certainly coexist. Among the gospel voices expected to fill Greater Grace include Marvin Sapp, the Clark Sisters and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. "We really celebrate because we really recognize that those we call the dearly departed, they wouldn't want for us to cry and be sad and sorrowful".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Washington lauds John McCain as one of America’s ‘bravest souls’; Trump absent
Aug 31, 2018 - 21:57
Woods also recalled the way McCain would introduce him to new staff members by saying, "You'll have to fire half of them". McCain, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, was honored in Arizona on Wednesday , the day he would've turned 82.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Last-ditch talks to avert battle for Syria’s Idlib
Aug 31, 2018 - 19:42
The fighters must be defeated, Mr de Mistura said, but not at the expense of thousands of civilian lives. He also noted that talks were underway to set up humanitarian corridors in the militant-held province.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Apple Confirms Sept. 12 ‘Gather Round’ Event: Here’s What to Expect
Aug 31, 2018 - 13:42
The highlight of the entire event alongside the new iPhone line-up is said to be the unveiling of the Apple Watch Series 4. Until now, rumours claimed that one of the iPhones will be the successor to the last year's iPhone X .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Apple Watch Series 4 Leaks: Larger Display, Thinner Body and More
Aug 30, 2018 - 22:39
Shared by 9to5Mac, the image shows two iPhones that look similar to the current iPhone X , but with gold outer edges. Reports suggest Apple wants to diversify the iPhone lineup by offering more sizes, colors, and price points.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Team India Star Match Winner hit by Injury ahead of 4th Test
Aug 30, 2018 - 21:56
It's all very well mugging India at Lord's when it's damp and dark, but putting them in at Trent Bridge was a daft mistake. Even Moeen, who showed restraint, undid his good work with a wild sweep that resulted in a top edge off Ashwin.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Serena vs Venus Williams Showdown Scheduled For Friday At U.S. Open
Aug 30, 2018 - 21:38
Later in her news conference, when a reporter tried to steer the conversation back to Williams vs. Williams, Venus offered this admonishment about the topic: "You're beating it up now".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Champions League draw: the clubs, pots, format and when it is happening
Aug 30, 2018 - 15:41
Benfica, champions in 1961 and 1962 and runners-up on five occasions, beat PAOK Salonika of Greece 4-1 away after a 1-1 home draw. Manchester City share a pot with Champions League and Europa League winners, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 24-year-old Maryland man identified as suspect in Jacksonville Landing shooting
Aug 28, 2018 - 18:58
She asserted that her ex-husband instructed David not to take Risperidal - an anti-psychotic medication prescribed to him. Eli Clayton , 22, and Taylor Robertson , 27, were both killed before Katz turned the gun on himself.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Donald Trump pays tribute to John McCain and lowers White House flag
Aug 28, 2018 - 18:45
Russell served in the Senate from 1933 until his death and was known as a "senator's senator" due to his mastery of Senate rules. A final letter from Sen. "I don't know what's going to be said the next few days about John McCain by whomever".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tesla declines as Wall Street questions Musk's about-face
Aug 28, 2018 - 18:10
Such discussions are unlikely to be subject to legal privilege and the SEC could subpoena minutes of the meeting, he said. Musk tweeted August 7 he was considering taking Tesla private and that funding had been secured.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Commentators at previous gaming tournament give chilling description of Jacksonville shooter
Aug 28, 2018 - 17:42
SWAT is doing a methodical search inside The Landing. "Please don't come running out". Malik Brunson said he was at a nearby Hooters restaurant when the shooting occurred.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top What Will Happen to John McCain's Senate Seat?
Aug 28, 2018 - 17:34
The party of Donald Trump began nearly 10 years ago to the day, when John McCain tapped Sarah Palin to join his ticket. This remark was also posted on Trump's official Instagram account alongside a picture of the president .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Bishop might’ve been popular PM: Shorten
Aug 28, 2018 - 08:53
Dutton has been attacked as a puppet of former PM Tony Abbott, whom Turnbull replaced as PM in a party room vote in 2015. A news feature described Morisson, also known among his colleagues as ScoMo, as a "leader-in-waiting" for years.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'True Detective' Season 3 Trailer: Mahershala Ali Hunts the Past
Aug 27, 2018 - 23:43
Mahershala Ali , who won an Oscar for " Moonlight ", will play the lead role of Wayne Hays, an Arkansas State Police detective. HBO has set the premiere date for True Detective season three, unveiling the news in the first trailer for the new season.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Donald Trump Refuses to Answer McCain Questions In White House
Aug 27, 2018 - 23:26
Rick Davis , a spokesman for the McCain family, said that the focus should be on remembering McCain's life and legacy. John McCain died at 81 after a strenuous battle with glioblastoma.