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In this July 20, 2018 photo, Afghan musician Hakim Ebrahimi, a member of the Arikayn rock band, sings as he plays guitar at a furniture workshop in Eslamshahr, outside Tehran, Iran. Like others in Iran's vibrant arts scene, Afghan musicians must contend with hard-liners who view Western culture as corrupt and object to women performing in public. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Afghan rock band struggles to hit right note in IranAfghan rock band's struggle to hit right note in Iran shows challenges faced by immigrants
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FILE - In this June 15, 2004 file photo, singer Aretha Franklin sings the National Anthem before the start of game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Lakers in Auburn Hills, Mich. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit.  She was 76. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)
In Franklin's anthems, women heard an empowering messageAretha Franklin didn't see herself as a feminist heroine, but many women felt inspired and empowered by the message in some of her most famous anthems
The Associated Press4 hours ago
FILE - In this April 28, 1993 file photo, Aretha Franklin, foreground left, performs in the finale of "Aretha Franklin: Duets," an AIDS benefit concert for the Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York, as singers Smokey Robinson, background from left, Gloria Estefan, Rod Stewart, Bonnie Raitt and actors Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro look on. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit.  She was 76. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm, File)
Producer who worked with Franklin recalls great performancesTelevision producer Ken Ehrlich worked with Aretha Franklin to help create some of her most magical performances, including her legendary performance of the aria 'Nessun Dorma' on the 1998 Grammys
The Associated Press5 hours ago
Various Aretha Franklin compact discs are shown while being played outside New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, died Thursday at age 76 from pancreatic cancer. C.L. Franklin, her father, had been pastor at the church that Franklin learned the gospel fundamentals that would make her a soul institution. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Detroit residents remember Aretha Franklin, impact on cityAretha Franklin was Detroit's favorite daughter, often singing at the church where her father once led and headlining charity functions for kids or the less fortunate.
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Georgia company sues R. Kelly over damage to rental homesA Georgia property company is suing Grammy-winning R&B artist R. Kelly for $203,400 over "extensive damage" to two homes he rented
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FILE- In this April 19, 2007 file photo, U.S. singer Madonna carries her Malawian adopted son David Banda in the village of Masekese, Malawi. The Queen of Pop is also a soccer mom and she's getting ever more involved in the beautiful game. Madonna has plans to open a soccer academy in Malawi, inspired by her adopted son David Banda who has ambitions to be a professional player and is at Portuguese club Benfica's youth academy. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo, file)
Madonna is the Queen of Pop and a soccer mom, tooMadonna is the Queen of Pop and a soccer mom with plans to build an academy in Malawi
The Associated Press9 hours ago
FILE - In this June 13, 2013 file photo, Jill Janus arrives for the Kerrang! Awards 2013 in London. Janus, lead singer of the heavy metal band Huntress, has died at age 43. A statement from Janus' bandmates and family released Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, through publicist Alexandra Greenberg said Janus had long struggled with mental illness, and killed herself outside Portland, Ore., on Tuesday, Aug. 14. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File)
Jill Janus, singer of the metal band Huntress, dies at 43Jill Janus, lead singer of the heavy metal band Huntress, has died
The Associated Press11 hours ago
FILE - In this March 26, 1973 file photo, soul singer Aretha Franklin appears at a news conference. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit.  She was 76. (AP Photo, File)
Queen of Soul also leaves a powerful civil rights legacyQueen of Soul gave black Americans "Respect" as a staunch supporter of civil rights
The Associated Press11 hours ago
FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2008 file photo, Aretha Franklin performs at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.   Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit.  She was 76.  (AP Photo/Shea Walsh, file)
'No one did it better' - Reaction to Aretha Franklin's deathReaction to the death of soul icon Aretha Franklin, including Diana Ross, Clive Davis, Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson and Lionel Richie
The Associated Press11 hours ago
FILE - In this June 10, 2012 file photo, Phish performs during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. A three-day Phish festival was washed out by dirty water from torrential rains in central New York just as the band was about to go onstage for its traditional sound check jam Thursday afternoon, Aug. 16, 2018. The Curveball festival was expected to draw more than 30,000 fans to the Finger Lakes village of Watkins Glen starting on Friday. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
Washed out: Water woes scuttle Phish's 3-day music festivalFans of the rock band Phish have been thrown a curveball by the last-minute cancellation of a three-day music festival in central New York because of health concerns stemming from torrential rains that contaminated drinking water
The Associated Press12 hours ago
Beverly Thompson leaves a stuffed bear outside at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, died Thursday at age 76 from pancreatic cancer. C.L. Franklin, her father, had been pastor at the church that Franklin learned the gospel fundamentals that would make her a soul institution. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
The Latest: Fans mourning Franklin in Detroit, New YorkThe Latest:
The Associated Press15 hours ago
FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2008 file photo, Juelz Santana arrives at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors in New York.  Santana has admitted that he tried to get a gun onto a plane at a New Jersey airport earlier this year. Santana, whose real name is LaRon James, pleaded guilty Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a weapon on an aircraft. The 36-year-old Totowa resident faces up to 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)
Rapper Juelz Santana pleads guilty to airport gun chargeRapper Juelz Santana has admitted that he tried to get a gun onto a plane at a New York-area airport
The Associated Press15 hours ago
FILE - In this May 29, 2014 file photo, singer Aretha Franklin waves as she receives an honorary Doctor of Arts degree as Chilean author Isabel Allende, left, and former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg, right, look on during Harvard commencement ceremonies in Cambridge, Mass. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit.  She was 76. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
'Respect' indeed: Aretha flipped man's song into epic anthemIt's easy to forget that "Respect" wasn't originally Aretha Franklin's song, but the Queen of Soul sang it like it was made for her, and for only her.
The Associated Press15 hours ago
FILE - In this July 8, 2012 file photo, Aretha Franklin performs at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit.  She was 76. (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/Invision/AP, File)
Aretha Franklin's music rising on charts following her deathAretha Franklin's music quickly climbed the iTunes' charts following her death on Thursday
The Associated Press15 hours ago
FILE - In this March 13, 1972 file photo, Aretha Franklin holds her Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blue performance of the song "Bridge Over Troubled Waters," in New York. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff, File)
The thrill and the truth of Aretha FranklinLike the best actors and poets, nothing came between how Aretha Franklin felt and what she could express, between what she expressed and how we responded.
The Associated Press16 hours ago
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