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  • Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:44:41 +0000: Angela Davis: Aretha Franklin "Will Forever Animate Our Collective Sense of Desire for Change" - Democracy Now!
    Aretha Franklin became the voice of the civil rights movement in 1967, when her cover of Otis Redding's "Respect" became an international sensation. Franklin was a steadfast supporter of the civil rights movement throughout her long and remarkable career. She sang at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral after his assassination in 1968. The Rev. Jesse Jackson said Franklin anonymously helped fund the movement for decades. He said, "When Dr. King was alive, several times she helped us make payroll. ... Aretha has always been a very socially conscious artist, an inspiration, not just an entertainer." For more, we speak with Angela Davis, author, professor and activist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. We also speak with Farah Jasmine Griffin, professor of English and comparative literature and African-American studies at Columbia University, and Mark Anthony Neal, James B. Duke professor of African & African American studies at Duke University.
  • Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:35:32 +0000: Angela Davis: Aretha Franklin Offered to Post Bail for Me, Saying "Black People Will Be Free" - Democracy Now!
    In 1970, Aretha Franklin offered to post bail for Angela Davis, who was jailed on trumped-up charges. Aretha Franklin told Jet magazine in 1970, "My daddy says I don't know what I'm doing. Well, I respect him, of course, but I'm going to stick by my beliefs. Angela Davis must go free. Black people will be free. I've been locked up (for disturbing the peace in Detroit) and I know you got to disturb the peace when you can't get no peace. Jail is hell to be in. I'm going to see her free if there is any justice in our courts, not because I believe in communism, but because she's a Black woman and she wants freedom for Black people. I have the money; I got it from Black people—they've made me financially able to have it—and I want to use it in ways that will help our people." We speak with activist and scholar Angela Davis about what Aretha Franklin meant to her.
  • Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:14:59 +0000: Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin, an Icon of the Civil Rights & Feminist Movements - Democracy Now!
    Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died Thursday at her home in Detroit at the age of 76. For decades, Aretha Franklin has been celebrated as one of the greatest American singers of any genre, who helped give birth to soul and redefined the American musical tradition. In 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She held the record for the most songs on the Billboard Top 100 for 40 years. Rolling Stone ranked her the greatest singer of all time on its top 100 list, calling her "a gift from God." Her hit single "Respect" became part of the soundtrack to the civil rights movement, which she also supported behind the scenes. We speak with professors Mark Anthony Neal of Duke University and Farah Jasmine Griffin of Columbia University.
  • Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000: Headlines for August 17, 2018 - Democracy Now!
    Pope Expresses "Shame and Sorrow" over Pennsylvania Sex Abuse Case, New Special Representative on Iran to Enforce Hardline U.S. Policies, Boston Globe Reports Bomb Threat as President Trump Assails the Paper, Former National Security Officials Blast Trump over Security Clearance Revocations, Pentagon Delays Plans for Trump's Military Parade, In New Tape, Lara Trump Offers Omarosa Manigault Newman "Hush Money", Aretha Franklin, the Legendary Queen of Soul, Dies at 76, India: Floods from Monsoon Rains Leave At Least 164 Dead, Philippines: Wave of Garbage Floods Manila After Heavy Rains, China: Typhoon Rumbia Makes Landfall in Shanghai, Court Orders New Environmental Review for Keystone XL Pipeline, Court Reverses Trump Admin Rollback of Clean Water Rule, 1,400 Google Workers Protest Plans for Censored Chinese Search Engine, Argentina: After Senate Rejects Pro-Choice Law, Woman Dies from Banned Abortion, Louisiana: Shreveport Mayoral Candidate Threatened with Lynching, Children of Deported Parents Plan Protest at U.S.-Mexico Border
  • Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:46:29 +0000: "I'm Bringing My Bullhorn to Congress": Rashida Tlaib Poised to Become First Muslim Congresswoman - Democracy Now!
    Detroit Democratic congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib is poised to become the first Palestinian-American woman and first Muslim woman to serve in Congress, after winning the Democratic primary for John Conyers's old House seat in Michigan last week. Tlaib is a Democratic Socialist who supports the Palestinian right of return and a one-state solution, Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage and abolishing ICE. The child of immigrants, she has spoken out against the Trump administration's travel bans. We speak with Rashida Tlaib about her historic victory and her plans for Congress.