8 Moments from Aretha Franklin's funeral

8 Things About Aretha Franklin's Funeral That Annoyed Me More Than Ariana Grande's Legs

There were a lot of other things to side eye.


Immediately following Aretha Franklin's memorial service, social media blew up with its number one critique, Ariana Grande's "inappropriate" funeral attire. Many say the dress was too short, but I say your eyes were in the wrong place and there were a few other things to be upset about, none of which include a woman's clothing.

1. Faith Hill's rendition of "What A Friend We Have In Jesus."

It simply was not good and we all know it. The high notes were a struggle, the low notes were flat, and there was not a single ounce of soul in that song. It was so strained, MY throat was hurting. And it's not just me, from audience reaction, the congregation wasn't impressed either.

2. Bill and Hillary Clinton's presence.

Rev. Jessie Jackson and former President Bill Clinton

...considering Ms. Franklin was an activist and supporter of Black Lives Matter, I wonder why Former President "Three Strikes," and Former Senator "super-preditor" were in attendance and sitting at the pulpit, at that.

3. Chaka Khan reading her lyrics off the back of her fan.

Chaka Khan and her damn fan

Now, I get that no one really has a dress rehearsal for a funeral, but dammit, girl, you had at least 7 hours before your performance to learn those lyrics. Not only did the Queen of Funk not memorize the lyrics to "Goin' Up Yonder," but she attached a printed copy to the back of her fan, visible to both the audience and camera.

4. Ariana Grande's rendition of "Natural Woman."

Now, I'm not an Ariana Grande hater, but I'm also not a fan. I know the girl can sing because I hear it, but I also heard her sing at the homegoing for The Queen of Soul, and that was not singing. According to Whoopi Goldberg, she was asked to perform the song after The Queen's family heard her rendition (I'm assuming on Jimmy Fallon) Two questions, why didn't she sing it the way she did on Jimmy? And why didn't anyone turn on her microphone?

5. Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr.'s eulogy.

"One thing a Black woman cannot do is raise a Black boy to be a man." Those were the words Reverand Williams shouted over the body of a Black woman who raised all four of her Black boys into Black men.

About 9 hours into the memorial, this "eulogist," handpicked by The Queen, herself, used his 50 minutes to take Black America to task. He criticized "black-on-black crime" (which isn't a thing, but okay) and likened rioting to simply "destroying property and looting." Called black men soulless and critiqued the disappearance of the Black father. And then condemned gay relationships, single mothers raising sons by themselves, and the Black Lives Matter movement altogether. He also found time to call Black people "low down" and squabble something about us all being high and drunk.

6. Aretha Franklin's father.

Aretha Franklin and her father Rev. C.L. Franklin

The constant mention of Aretha's father, the late Reverend C.L. Frankin who raped and impregnated a 12-year-old girl from his congregation when he was 25.

7. Its length.

I know and R.E.S.P.E.C.T that Ms. Aretha was The Queen, but a 12-hour funeral. Really? Three hours in, I left for work and when I came home and it was still on.

8. Bishop Charles H. Ellis III.

Ariana Grande and Bishop Charles H. Ellis III

...and then there was the Bishop's hand on Ariana Grande's tit. A spot in which it purposely stayed for way too long. And no, I don't think it was an accident. If I hug someone, I know the difference between a rib and a round, smooshy tit, especially after I readjust my fingers multiple times.

All in all, I won't throw the baby out with the bathwater. It was a beautiful and thoughtful service fit for a Queen.

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Hollywood's Hottest Actors Under 40

Today's 15 trending eye-candies

Valentine’s day has passed, but it is always a perfect time of year to indulge in the hotness that Hollywood has to offer. There are countless, notable, eye-candies from the big screen, but here are my hottest 15 under 40.

From youngest to oldest:

Liam Hemsworth

The 27-year old actor starred in the Hunger Games series as Gale and the Nicholas Sparks film, The Last Song, alongside his current girlfriend, Miley Cyrus.

Zac Efron

The 29-year-old actor is perhaps most notable for his young role as Troy Bolton in High School Musical. More recently, he has starred in Neighbors in 2014 and Baywatch, which is scheduled to be released this year.

Scott Eastwood

The 30-year-old actor starred as Luke Collins in the Nicholas Sparks film, The Longest Ride, and 2016 hit Suicide Squad .

Dave Franco

The 31-year-old actor starred in hit movies: Now You See Me (where he played Jack, one of the magicians) and 21 Jump Street (where he played Eric, the drug dealer) and their sequels.

Theo James

The 32-year-old actor is most famous for his role as Four in the Divergent series. He also appeared in the 2013 CBS show, Golden Boy.

Andrew Garfield

The 33-year-old actor is probably better known by his superhero name: Spiderman (in 2012). He also appeared in The Social Network and Hacksaw Ridge.

Chris Hemsworth

The 33-year-old actor is best known for playing Thor, but also starred in Snow White and the Huntsman and the most recent Ghostbusters, where he played Kevin, the Secretary.

Jamie Dornan

The 34-year-old actor is the star of the ongoing Fifty Shades of Grey series, where he plays Christian Grey. He also starred in the British drama series, The Fall.

Chris Evans

The 35-year-old actor is most notable for his role in the Marvel universe as Captain America. He also took roles in the 2015 Ant-Man and the Fantastic Four movies.

Stephen Amell

The 35-year-old actor is best known for his portrayal of Arrow in the hit television series. He also played Casey Jones in the 2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Ryan Gosling

The 36-year-old actor is famous for his young role as Noah in Nicholas Sparks classic, The Notebook. More recently, Gosling has starred in Crazy, Stupid, Love and La La Land.

Chris Pine

The 36-year-old actor is known for his portrayal of James T. Kirk in the 2009, 2013 and 2016 Star Trek movies. He will also make an appearance in this year’s new movie, Wonder Woman.

Channing Tatum

The 36-year-old actor has filled numerous acting roles from Tyler in Step-Up to Jenko in 21 Jump Street to Mike in Magic Mike. He also appeared in several romance movies including The Vow and Dear John.

Chris Pratt

The 37-year-old actor has appeared in many recent hits including Jurassic World, where he played the role of Owen, The Lego Movie, where he played Emmett, and Guardians of the Galaxy, where he portrayed Star-Lord.

Jensen Ackles

The 38-year-old actor is most notable for his role as Dean in the hit television series, Supernatural. He also starred in television show, Smallville, as Jason Teague.

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13 Reasons Adam Doleac Should Be Your New Celebrity Crush

He's sure to be #1 on your Spotify playlist AND in your heart.


If you like country music, (or even if you don't THINK you do) and you haven't heard of Adam Doleac yet, you need to look him up ASAP. With his music rapidly climbing the charts, Adam is set to be the next big country artist, but there's more to him than just some guy who can strum a couple chords.

1. Have you heard his music? Because it's like, REALLY good.

By combining good old country lyrics with modern meanings and his strong and gritty voice, Adam creates a soulful and epic ballad that is sure to quickly become your new favorite. With popular songs like Bigger Than Us, Whiskey's Fine, and Puzzle Of Us, he is rapidly gaining traction and credibility in the world of music artists.

2. He's also not too bad on the eyes. 

There's something about a man who can belt out a nice strong country song AND look good while doing it.

3. He's just a hard working guy from Mississippi.

Mom and Daddy's Money says it all.

4. He played baseball in college, so I mean, obviously.

Baseball boys win. All the time.

5. He's passionate about his music.

His songs are full of soul and meaning and you can tell how passionate he is when he sings. Hang on, I've gotta go check my heart rate.

6. Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph are big fans, so I mean, you probably should be too. 

These icons obviously know good music when they hear it.

7. He's got a good variety of songs.

No matter what mood you're in, there's always a country bop for you, and there's a variety of places you can listen, too. One of his biggest supporters is Sirius XM, and in 2017 he was a featured artist on the Highway Finds Tour. He has also snagged a publishing deal with Sony/ATV, and has co-written songs for a wide range of major country artists like Darius Rucker and Kane Brown, just to name a few.

8. Speaking of his music, (which I'm assuming by now you've already listened to) doesn't it make you want to just jam out?

Picture this, you're riding backroads with your friends or your bae, windows down, wind blowing through your hair, Famous is turned up full volume, all is well in the world.

9. Did I already mention that he's hot?

Kate Dearman

Case. And. Point.

10. He's kicking off his tour in his hometown of Hattiesburg.

There's nothing like a guy who acknowledges his roots and loves his hometown.

11. He has a rescue dog. A RESCUE DOG.


12. He's pretty much the sweetest guy ever. 

Literally, every other picture on his Instagram is of him and his girlfriend with a sweet caption about how great she is and how much he loves her. If that's not the sweetest thing ever, then I don't know what is. Guys who show off their girls always win, all the time. Period.

13. He's passionate and hard working, two things that are hard to come by in today's society. 

Through all the music, Adam has remained true to his belief that hard work is essential to success. His passion for music and his strong work ethic have been the driving factors behind his career.

Whether you're a seasoned country music fan, a newbie, or have never listened to country music before in your life, Adam's music is worth a listen because honestly it's so good, and before you know it you'll be jamming to all his new hits. Adam Doleac is sure to find his way into your fangirl heart.

Give his latest music a listen here.

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