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The definitive biography of the Queen of Soul from acclaimed music author David Ritz. Aretha Franklin started life because the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised with out her mom, she was a gospel prodigy who gave start to 2 sons in her teenagers and left them and her native Detroit for New York, the place she struggled to seek out her true voice. It was not till 1967, when a white Jewish producer insisted she return to her gospel-soul roots, that fame and fortune lastly got here through “Respect” and a rapidfire string of hits. She has developed ever since, amidst private tragedy, shock Grammy performances, and profession reinventions. Time and again, Aretha stubbornly finds a means to conquer troubles, at the same time as they proceed to construct. Her maintain on the crown is tenacious, and in RESPECT, David Ritz provides us the definitive lifetime of one of many best abilities in all American tradition.http://books.google.com/books/previewlib.js

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Raised up in The Inner City Projects Called FAIR FIELD COURT Located In The (HEART) City Of Richmond, Va by a single Black Woman who I call (MOM). How Hard Can That Be! ...I know you would probably guess or say that with ONE CHILD it wouldn't be so hard, BUT it wasn't, it was (MIGHTY HARD), To Raise A Young Boy, BLACK BOY in the late 60's
(ESPECIALLY ONE LIKE ME) to be a Grown Man (BLACK MAN) a Father ? My Mother worked HARD you hear me. 2 jobs, one in the early morning and One in Late Evenings. I am being 1000000 with you when I say this, (NOT 100) most of the time when she left in the Morning for work, she never returned home, it was straight to the part time job, just to provide for Herself and Me. (THESE DAYS, THAT'S HARD) Some -things do/did change, but never HER LOVE FOR ME (MY MOM'S) . What did change was ME... I started growing up, became a father @ 20 (KINDA GOOD THOUGH RIGHT?), went through a lot of turmoil though, Dropped Out Of School. (TOOK MOM THROUGH HELL - YOU HEAR ME!). AND YES, I KNOW I DID.... NOW I DO. I end up GOING TO JAIL on her (MY MOM) a couple of times. Matter of Fact, to Keep it 1000000 That's all I did for a while, for small things though, like Driving. I end up having 4 more Kids, whom I love dearly, like any father would. NOW, My Mom works a part time job, ONLY. (STILL ABOUT THAT MONEY) .ONE THING I NOTICED THAT DID CHANGE FOR MY MOM, NOW She does not only take care of HERSELF, and Me, BUT She also helps OUT with (MY KIDS) Her Grandkids. HEY,...What can I say, SHE'S MY MOM. "LOVE YOU MOTHER".. and THANKS 4 RAISING ME THE BEST YOU COULD.WHO SAID/SAYS "A WOMAN CAN'T RAISE A MAN"?I 4 SURE DON'T, Matter Fact, I COULD NEVER HONESTLY SAY THAT.OLD (FFC).. FAIRFIELD COURT.YOU KNOW SOME,... THEM PROJECTS TAUGHT ME WELL.... Back 2 Me.... (I AM A PRODUCT OF MY ENVIRONMENT) Now Tell Me, What'sMy Environment?


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