The legendary Stevie Wonder closed Aretha Franklin's funeral in Detroit on Friday, telling the crowd & # 39; black lives do matter & # 39; and & # 39; make love again well & # 39;.
Wonder began playing the harmonica, before paying homage to the Queen of the Soul and giving a blow to the current administration.
If it were not for the goodness and greatness of God, we would never have met the Queen of the Soul. We never would have known the joy that she brought us. We would never have met someone who could express in the song the pain we feel, "he told the crowd.
"We would never have met someone who could express the pain we felt in the song."
He added, in an apparent reference to the slogan of Donald Trump & # 39; Make America Great Again & # 39 ;: Then, what must happen today, not only in this nation but throughout the world, is that we need to do the love again great. Because black lives do matter. Because all lives do matter. And if we love God, then we truly know, it is our love that will improve all things.
"When we make love again great, that is what Aretha has said throughout her life, through the pain that gave us the joy and said:" let's make love again great. "
He then sang "I'll Be Loving You Always" and they joined on stage with singers Angie Stone, Jennifer Lewis and Martha Reeves.
Jennifer Hudson had people standing while screaming Amazing Grace at the funeral of Aretha Franklin on Friday, after Bill Clinton made the audience mourn with his touching tribute.
Hudson, who will play the Queen of the Soul in a forthcoming biopic, captivated the crowd at the Great Grace Temple in Detroit on Friday with the emotional and powerful performance that made people sway and lift their hands in the air.
The surprising delivery came after Bishop Charles H. Ellis III presented Clinton as "the first black president of the United States."
Clinton said he and his wife Hillary, who attended the funeral with him, had been enthusiastic fans of the soul singer.
"We started not as president and first lady, but as groupies of Aretha or something," he joked.
She said that Franklin's power to attract the crowd was: "Not because she had this impressive talent, not because she grew up as a princess of the soul, but because she lived with courage." Not without fear, but overcoming their fears. "
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The legendary Stevie Wonder closed Aretha Franklin's funeral in Detroit on Friday, telling the crowd & # 39; black lives do matter & # 39; and & # 39; make love again & # 39;
Jennifer Hudson captivated the crowd at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit on Friday with her emotional and powerful performance
Hudson made people swing on their feet and raise their hands in the air while screaming Amazing Grace at the funeral
People were standing as Jennifer Hudson showed up. She is ready to play the Queen of the Soul in an upcoming biopic
Bill Clinton talked about his friend Aretha Franklin and how hard he worked to get his big break
Clinton ended his speech by playing Franklin's "Think" from his phone to the microphone
He told the congregation before being president and first lady, that he and Hillary were "groupies of Aretha"
& # 39; She lived with faith … lived with power. I just loved her, "he said." The secret of her greatness was that she took this massive talent, and this perfect culture that raised her, and decided to be the songwriter of this massive song. "
Clinton could not help but throw a joke about Franklin's extravagant wardrobe, and commented: "I was so happy when I got here and the coffin was still open, I came to think:" I wonder what my friend has today ".
The former president closed by explaining that he did not love and respect Franklin for his talent, but for what he did with him and how he treated others in the face of unimaginable success.
"She cared about broken people, she cared about people who were disappointed … about people who were not as successful as her," she said.
& # 39; And she worked her can to get where she was. She took the gifts that God gave her, and they grew larger every day. "
The former president finally cut himself off, having exceeded his time allocation, playing Franklin's "Think" on his phone.
Aretha Franklin arrived at the Great Grace Temple in Detroit on Friday morning in the 1940 hearse that transported her body to view earlier this week
Franklin's coffin was lowered by a red carpet before his starry funeral
Cameras and spectators were crowded around the red carpet when the Queen of the Soul was taken to the church
Franklin was whisked away on a red carpet to the Grand Grace Temple in Detroit on Friday morning in a gold-plated coffin, dressed in a full-length gold dress before his star-studded funeral.
The Queen of the Soul was taken to the church in a white Cadillac LaSalle chariot that once carried civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, and also her own father, the legendary Minister CL Franklin.
The hearse will pick her up again to take her body to Woodlawn Cemetery, where Parks and her father were also buried.
As the crowds gathered outside the church to say goodbye, six men were seen pulling Franklin out of the hearse of the 1940s and taking them to the church, while two others stood behind them.
The coffin bearers were seen shooting down the coffin on what would be Franklin's last red carpet, when guests began arriving at his service.
Inside the coffin, Aretha is dressed in a full-length gold dress, with sequined heels, her fourth set since the first day of viewing.
When the guests entered the church and thousands waited at the front to find out if they were among the 1,000 lucky members of the publicly permitted entrance, the Aretha Franklin Orchestra sang.
Louis Farrakhan, Reverend Al Sharpton, Reverend Jesse Jackson and former President Bill Clinton attend the funeral of Aretha Franklin
Inside her golden coffin, Aretha is dressed in a full-length gold dress, with sequined heels, her fourth set since the first day of viewing.
In the picture: Aretha Franklin's coffin is closed for the last time by three men wearing gloves
The speakers in the service were seen sitting in front while the presenter E.L. Banch reviewed the cleaning rules to try to stay within the schedule
Flowers sit atop the coffin during the funeral service of Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple on Friday
Among the high profile guests were Whoopi Goldberg, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Ariana Grande, boxer Tommy Hearns, Motown star Martha Reeves and Jesse Jackson.
State troops came to pay their respects in full uniform before their family came in to say goodbye.
While the orchestra was singing, three men with gloves slowly closed the chest for the last time, with two women at their sides.
Starting more than an hour late, the host and friend of the family, Bishop Ellis, told the packed church: "We will do everything possible to not waste time, but we will take the time to honor this great woman & # 39;
In the prayer of consolation, Dr. E.L. Branch, senior pastor of the Third New Hope Baptist Church of Detroit, who worked with Franklin's father, thanked God for the Queen.
Thank you, Lord for Aretha. She was first from Detroit, then from the United States, and then from the world, "he said.
& # 39; An image of hope bigger than life. A soldier, a soldier, an animator, a good and faithful servant.
Faith Hill did the first musical tribute of the day, singing & # 39; What A Friend We Have In Jesus & # 39; with the official orchestra.
The song, made after a reading of the Old Testament, the New Testament and a Psalm, had many standing up dancing and applauding.
Faith Hill kicked off the musical tributes with an energetic interpretation of "What A Friend We Have In Jesus".
In the image: a mourner holds a program during the funeral service of Aretha Franklin in the Temple of the Great Grace
The mayor of Detroit, Mike Duggan, told the congregation that he would change the name of the famous Chene Park to Aretha Franklin Park as soon as the council met.
"Our beautiful coastal jewel will be Aretha Franklin Park, and when the artists arrive for generations, they will be reminded that they are performing in the house of the Queen of the Soul," he told the cheering crowd.
Brenda Jones, president of the Detroit City Council, seconded the motion and also announced that a second street is named after the singer.
Councilwoman JoAnn Watson said that Franklin was always eager to share her wealth with her community, and was never too good to do anything herself.
"She was walking the streets of Detroit, quietly noting people with special needs and making donations," Watson said.
& # 39; She will always be our Queen & # 39;
The comments began with the local politicians before Ariana Grande sang the song by Franklin (You Make Me Feel Like), a natural woman
The performance of Ariana Grande was well received, with the audience breaking into applause when she finished
Reverend Jesse Jackson is seen confronting a family member near Franklin's coffin
The Rev. Al Sharpton told of the time when Franklin toured 11 cities to raise money for Martin Luther King, who was struggling to fund his payroll.
& # 39; Represented the best in our community and fought for our community to the end & # 39;
& # 39; She gave us pride and gave us a regal bar to reach. She fought for everyone. Aretha never received orders from anyone other than God & # 39;
At some points, his comments became less rooted in the past and more in the present.
By recognizing his work in defending those who could not do it for themselves, Sharpton defended Franklin, against Trump.
"The other Sunday in my program, I wrote the disrespect, and many of you corrected me, and now I want you to help me correct President Trump so he can teach him what it means.
He made reference to Trump's commemorative comments about Franklin working for him, answering: & # 39; No & # 39;
"She showed up for you," he shouted. & # 39; She worked for us & # 39;
Reverend Al Sharpton (pictured) spoke passionately of Aretha's work for the civil rights movement, and rebuked Trump during his speech.
Rev. Sharpton ended up reading a letter sent by Barack Obama, where he shared his love for the Queen of the Soul.
"From a young age, Aretha Franklin shook the world of anyone who had the pleasure of listening to her voice," he wrote.
Aretha's work reflects the best of American history.
"While the music he did captured some of the deepest human desires, through his voice, Aretha raised the voices of millions, the oppressed, the vulnerable or maybe someone who just needed a small stimulus."
The childhood friend of the star, Smokey Robinson, told the congregation the day they met and how they were together since then.
"My longest-lived friend went home, and I know you're there and you're celebrating with your family and all the friends in our neighborhood who have left," he said.
"You will be one of the outstanding voices in the choir of angels, you know, because you should be.
& # 39; I'll love you forever & # 39;
Motown Sensation The Clark Sisters broke the dark mood with an interpretation of their song Is My Living In Vain.
During family reflections, Franklin's granddaughter, Victorie Franklin, told the church how proud she was to be related to her grandmother: "Every time I learn something new about my grandmother, I see a lot of herself in me and it makes me smile".
His grandson Jordan Franklin thanked Franklin for "always putting the family first and showing us the right way to handle success."
"I'm sad today, because I'm losing my friend, but the imprint that he left in this world can never be eliminated," he said with tears in his eyes.
Smokey Robinson, childhood friend of Franklin, said that his "biggest friend" had disappeared
Franklin's granddaughter and grandson paid an emotional tribute to the grandmother they deeply admired during Friday's service
Her niece told of Franklin's normality, of her shopping trips to the Queen of the Soul cooking her dinner at the university
Franklin's son, Edward, showed his love through a musical tribute, singing Mercy Mercy Me, by Marvin Gaye.
The Franklin family is embraced after making reflections on Aretha
Franklin's niece, Crystal, and her nephew Vaughn also paid tribute to their common aunt, who went shopping, cooked dinner and even sang at the Crystal High School graduation.
"We're not saying goodbye aunt," Vaughn said. "But goodbye, until we see you again in our last resting place."
His son Edward enveloped the reflections, with an emotional musical tribute. He sang Mercy Mercy Me by Marvin Gaye.
There were more political moments, with Bishop Ellis taking a moment to recognize Maxine Waters.
He and the congregation shouted: "We have you back", because the congresswoman seemed overwhelmed and grateful.
The former US Attorney UU Eric Holder recalled growing up with Franklin, and his joy at being able to meet her in person.
He encouraged the congregation to remember his work regardless of Franklin's music, and how he could fly from captivating crowds to help his community on the street without missing a beat.
"She was that rare queen who never lost the common touch," he said.
"Our days will be a little less bright and our lives a bit empty."
Maxine Waters seemed overwhelmed when a pastor called her and the congregation shouted: & # 39; We have your support & # 39; support
Former US Attorney Eric Holder said that Franklin "was a rare queen who never lost the common contact"
A letter from former President George W. Bush addressed to Franklin's family was read in church, praising his "important and lasting contributions."
Bush presented Franklin with the Presidential Freedom Medal in 2005, previously awarded to Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King.
"Laura and I are deeply saddened by the loss of the Queen of the Soul, Aretha Franklin," the letter began.
& # 39; Our hearts hurt for you and our prayers are with you. Aretha was a woman of achievements with a deep character and loving heart.
"She made important and lasting contributions to American music with her style inspired by the gospel and her distinctive voice, her remarkable talent helped shape our nation's artistic and cultural heritage and, in 2005, I had the privilege of honoring her with the award most important civil of our country, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
"I am proud to have met Aretha and I am grateful that her music continues to bring joy to millions of people in the next generations." When she remembers and honors Aretha's life, may the Almighty comfort him in his pain and sustain him during this difficult moment. .
"Laura and I send our sincere sympathy, may God bless you. & # 39;
Judge Greg Mattis spoke of Aretha's determination to prove that everyone was wrong, especially when it came to people who speculated about her health.
He told the church how he felt depressed by the way people reacted to him trying to take a stand on Flint's water crisis, and how his last words with him gave him the strength to keep fighting and doing things. all right. .
"His last words for me were taken from the best song he played," he said.
"She said:" Go back there and put them on. "
Judge Greg Mattis told the church that Aretha always had a point to prove, but pressed him to keep proving that people are also wrong.
Dr. William Barber, a retired pastor, told the congregation for a moment toward the end of his life, where he had his caregiver call him and register because he was having surgery.
"He has been to some of the deepest and most sacred places in the world, and he never forgot Detroit," he said.
The American representative Brenda Lawrence joked that she was surprised by the great turnout.
"I'm surprised he has so many friends, because we all feel special," he said.
"I am very proud to have known and to share my life with the incredible queen".
The Rev. James Holley, a close friend of the Franklin family, said he considered himself fortunate to be next to the bed of the soul queen when she died.
"I was with her when she passed away." I am a blessed man, because of my relationship with the family, "he said.
& # 39; I love Aretha. I really loved Aretha a little, and Aretha loved her a little about Jim Holley.
The representative of the United States Brenda Lawrence said that Franklin always made people feel special and their only friend
Chaka Khan performed an impeccable performance of Goin & # 39; Up Yonder, even if he had the lyrics on the back of his fan
The Reverend Donald Parsons delivered a mini-sermon on the acceptance of death through his stories about Franklin.
"He will not go anywhere, he will go with someone," he concluded with a standing ovation.
Chaka Khan performed a smooth performance of Goin & # 39; Up Yonder, channeling an opulence that Franklin would have approved, with a silk coat and a luxuriously decorated fan.
The fan seemed to have the lyrics of the song in the back, but it did not affect the performance of the singer.
Ron Isley made an equally glamorous figure while performing on stage, holding back the tears as he sang "His eye is on the sparrow".
Ron Isley, who once described Franklin as his best friend, struggled to hold back the tears as he played & # 39; His eye is on the sparrow & # 39;
Reverend and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson said there was a lot to be said and done about Franklin's legacy.
He told the church, and the wider audience that was watching from elsewhere, that idols of civil rights icons without being registered to vote did not make sense.
"We have long lines to the death of the icons and short lines to vote, something is missing," he said.
The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II followed Jackson in his call for people to start voting, and said it was amazing how many people from different religions had come to pay their respects, and he asked the group to start meeting to present revivals for elections and to take people to the polls.
He also talked about how Aretha could connect with people from all walks of life through her music.
"In Aretha, the holiness of the sacred and secular was united in a way that could be ordained by the Lord," he said.
& # 39; Aretha told us that respect is not negotiable & # 39;
Tyler Perry talked about dealing with pain and told Franklin's family that he expected his pain to come "in waves", so it would be easier to deal with him.
He shared anecdotes about his superstar friend, pointing out that he could never stay in his dressing room for long, because it always kept him too hot.
He then told the congregation how powerful Franklin's voice was.
"If she is the Queen of the Soul, every time, she sang from her soul … When Aretha sang gospel, something happened, something shook the room," he said.
Tyler Perry shared funny anecdotes with the congregation, before noticing that Franklin's voice could "shake the room"
Hollywood star Cicely Tyson, 91, praised the other speakers and artists for an incredible celebration.
& # 39; God knows we've been blessed & # 39; said.
"I thought I would start saying good morning, but I do not think it's necessary, we all know what a great day this has been, and how fortunate we are to be here on this day.
& # 39; Aretha was the sum total of the experience of his life. Aretha sang to us and spoke to us through her soul and everything that she experienced.
That's why no matter what I was singing, she moved every person.
Hollywood star Cicely Tyson said that God had blessed everyone in the church by allowing them to be in celebration of Franklin's life.
Clive Davis, CEO of Sony, said Franklin "really defined loyalty." Davis said he was always surprised by the superstar's fondness for working and learning new things.
"One year, I received an award for her career at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, and she told me that she had been studying something she had never done before: she was studying ballet," she said.
"Night came, the curtain rose, the orchestra began to play, and then Aretha appeared, her face erect, in a tutu.
"There was the Queen of the Soul, doing well-rehearsed pirouettes and dancing with agility and dignity.
Clive Davis, CEO of Sony, said that Franklin was an avid student and that he once learned ballet to be able to perform at an awards ceremony in his honor.
"Mi amiga Aretha iba a hacer todo lo posible para asegurarse de que mi noche fuera una noche que siempre recordaría.
'Ella amaba la vida'.
Mildred Gaddis, amiga y personalidad de la radio, dijo que era importante mantener el legado de Franklin al continuar su trabajo en derechos civiles y tener una actitud abierta y generosa.
Ella contó una historia de cómo Franklin vería a una familia necesitada de ayuda en las noticias, y llamaría a la estación para exigir su dirección.
"Ella le decía a Huel Perkins," quiero enviar un cheque, y no se lo digas a nadie ". Esa es nuestra Aretha ", dijo.
"Si realmente amamos a Aretha de la manera que decimos que lo hacemos, tenemos que mantener este legado en marcha".
Gaddis concluyó: "Estoy agradecido por la amistad, por el amor que me has demostrado, te deseo una buena mudanza".
Mildred Gaddis dijo que Franklin a menudo donó a familias que vio en las noticias que habían tenido dificultades
El ex jugador de Detroit Pistons, Isaiah Thomas, dijo que Franklin fue una inspiración que ayudó al mundo a través de su música.
'No solo ordena respeto, sino que exigió respeto. Vivió una vida inolvidable y nos dejó a todos con recuerdos inolvidables ", dijo.
'Hay muy poca gente que pueda cambiar la conciencia del mundo, que puede cambiar el universo por el ser.
'Aretha cambió el universo, no solo a través de sus canciones, sino por su espíritu y amor'.
El ex jugador de Detroit Pistons, Isaiah Thomas, contó de la generosidad de Franklin al aceptarlo y tratarlo como si fuera su familia.
Ron Moten, vecino de Franklin, y conocido en Detroit por su propiedad de las franquicias de McDonald's, contó que ayudó a asegurar el departamento de Franklin a la 1 de la madrugada, y que la Reina del Alma le obsequió durante otra hora tocando el piano en pijama.
Moten dijo que una vez le pidió a Franklin un favor: pasar por la casa de vida asistida en la que se alojaba su madre y saludarlo.
Franklin se detuvo, con sus hijos, una banda completa y cantantes de respaldo. Moten dice que ella se sentó allí y actuó durante una hora, antes de cerrar el cumpleaños feliz, dirigida a su madre.
La voz del hombre de negocios se quebró cuando se encontró con la cantante, soltando un sollozo mientras despedía a su buen amigo.
El funeral de Franklin ha sido dictado en gran medida por la Reina del Alma, con muchos artistas que afirman haber elegido la canción que interpretarán.
Ella eligió al reverendo Jasper Williams Jr., pastor emérito de Salem Bible Church en Atlanta, para elogiarla.
Ariana Grande llegó a la iglesia con su novio Pete Davidson antes de su actuación en el servicio
Motown star Smokey Robinson was seen in sunglasses after walking in to the service
American singer Shirley Caesar (center) wore a sequinned, floor length, silver gown for the occasion
Omarosa Manigault-Newman is seen arriving at the Greater Grace Temple
Boxer Tommy Hearns arrived with friends ahead of the service
Bill and Hillary Clinton arrived, the former president stopped at the car while his wife slipped into the church
Whoopi Goldberg was among the star studded guest list for Franklin's funeral
Ariana Grande met up with Hillary Clinton inside the church, and the pair were seen speaking quietly before embracing. She was also pictured with Bill Clinton
Tyler Perry and Faith Hill were in attendance at Friday's ceremony
Bill Clinton, a long time friend of Franklin's, was seen greeting other guests at the service
Organizers of the service insist today's service will be a 'spiritual awakening' and not a 'concert, show or awards production'.
Former President Bill Clinton, Rev Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson will speak at the final farewell to the Queen of the Soul.
Franklin and Clinton are old friends, and she sang at both his inaugurations.
When the former president arrived, he was seen handling papers, including what appeared to be his speech and a service order, when Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton entered the church.
There will be performances by Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan and more.
But the service will not just be for the A list. A las primeras 1,000 personas que se alinearon en el Templo Greater Grace se les dará acceso adentro, una oferta que ha creado multitudes masivas fuera de la iglesia.
But Bishop Charles Ellis III, of the Great Grace of Detroit, said the funeral will be a respectful service and free of all the pomp and ceremony that was seen last week.
The streets outside the church is lined with pink Cadillacs, a nod to Franklin's funky '80s tune, 'Freeway of Love,' which prominently featured the car in the lyrics and video
Cadillac took out a full page ad in the paper in the same shade of pink as the cars used in Franklin's music video
Say the name: The walls of the church where Franklin learned to sing the gospel were decorated with balloons that spell his name and posters.
Jesse Jackson was one of the first to arrive at the invite-only service in Detroit
Everyone greets the 'Queen': the mourners leave balloons in the shape of stars under a sign on the walls of the church that spell out 'Reina'. on day 3 of Franklin's public visit
'It is my goal and my aim to ensure that people leave here with some kind of spiritual awakening,' Ellis said. 'This is not a concert, this is not a show, this is not an awards production.
'This is a real life that has been lived, that a person regardless of how famous she became no matter how many people she touched around the world.'
The invitation-only funeral at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple caps off a week of high-profile public viewings and tribute concerts.
Bishop Ellis said the service 'may well exceed five hours'. La calle en las afueras de Greater Grace estará bordeada de Cadillacs rosas, un guiño a la canción funky de los años 80, "Freeway of Love", que destacó con el coche en la letra y el video.
Gospel artist Marvin Sapp, who is scheduled to perform, said: 'Of course, some get-down and lift-up need not be mutually exclusive.
Motown star Martha Reeves spoke emotionally about her friend after arriving at the church
Upon entering, guests were greeted with a full gospel choir, with news cameras stationed on a platform at the back
'I really believe that this… is going to be an eye-opening experience for everybody in the world watching.'
"We really celebrate because we really recognize that those we call deceased loved ones will not want us to cry and be sad and sad."
'But they would want us to celebrate their lives because they transitioned from this life to a better one.'
Sapp would not disclose what he will perform on Friday, but said that each song is one chosen by Franklin. Robinson tampoco compartió lo que dirá, pero es por una razón diferente.
"I do not plan anything (with) someone who loves like that," said Robinson, a great Motown who grew up with Franklin. & # 39; I love her. She was my longest friend. "
Robinson said he will just make it 'personal,' since he remained close with Franklin until the end.
More than 40 artists took the stage at the concert & # 39; A popular tribute to the queen & # 39; in Detroit, Michigan on Thursday night
Jazz Singer Dee Dee Bridgewater performs at the concert belting out in honor of the Queen of Soul
Free tickets were obtained within a few minutes of being available online at the 5,000-seat amphitheater.
In style: Aretha Franklin was transported to New Bethel Baptist Church in a vintage LaSalle, dressed in a bright pink gold evening dress accented with pink beaded lace and combined with Christian Louboutin heels with gold sequins.
All that glitters: The coffin bearers carry the polished bronze chest of legendary singer Aretha Franklin to New Bethel Baptist Church on Thursday in Detroit
He said they 'talked all the time,' the last just a couple weeks before she became too ill to speak.
"Vimos ir a todos nuestros otros amigos cercanos", dijo Robinson. "We used to talk about that, we saw many soldiers go."
En medio de la tristeza de estos días, Robinson puede encontrar un impulso y cree que el legado de Franklin es seguro. A new generation of singers like Grande, inspired by the late Queen of the Soul, is just the beginning.
"There are some girls who have not been born yet … who will be inspired by Aretha," he said.
Sabrina Owens, Franklin's niece, said she started putting thoughts to paper about events earlier this year as her aunt's health failed.
Since Franklin's death on August 16 at age 76, Owens said a group close to the one she described as "the angels of Aretha". han 'trabajado incansablemente' and have been guided by a single question: "What would Aretha want? & # 39;
"After everything he gave the world, I felt we had to give him a proper farewell to match his legacy," Owens said.
Attendees stand to open the doors when the coffin that takes Franklin to New Bethel Baptist Church arrives
Artificial garden: a man works on a growing improvised monument for Franklin outside New Bethel Baptist Church
Franklin rested in her pink gold dress in the polished bronze coffin, in the photo that was taken to church
Members of The Nation of Islam distribute copies of The Final Call newspaper to Aretha Franklin fans waiting outside the church