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Aretha Franklin's Homegoing Celebrations Captured What's Right and Wrong With Black America

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The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin's Homegoing Celebration, Was a Watershed Moment for Black America [Original article at ezilidanto.com]

Aretha's homegoing captured what was right and wrong with Black America


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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.

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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.

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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.

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