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

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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Mac Miller's 'Swimming' Really Helped Me Through Some Hard Times

We all need to revisit and appreciate this Grammy Nominated album and celebrate how awesome it is.


I would never claim that I was always an insane Mac Miller fan, but I definitely followed and listened to his popular songs throughout his career. Though, after he tragically lost his life, I really started listening to his music particularly his most recent album, 'Swimming'. When Mac passed away I was going through a really hard time in my life, I was struggling to find happiness in anything, I was in a vicious cycle of severe sadness that I could see was spiraling out of control.

I am also the last person to ever really tell anyone about the way I am feeling because that is just how I was raised and am as a result of it. I turned to music. Music is so special because when you can't find the words to describe how you're feeling, music is truly there for you, to say every word that you cannot.

I stumbled across 'Swimming', before I had really only known Mac for his catchy upbeat songs that I had heard throughout the years. I just decided to play the album one song at a time and when I heard the first song on the album, 'Come Back to Earth', I legitimately fell in love.

'Come Back to Earth' is about Mac Miller feeling detached from social situations around people that he used to have relationships with. He talks about how he would do anything to get out of his own head. This is something that I related to so much because when it comes to anything I can never get out of my own head. Nothing is really worse than that because you are just constantly making yourself relive something that made you really sad.

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'2009' is a lot about Mac's past and the effects that it has had on his future. He questions what his life would be like if he wasn't a rapper. He talks about moving past his ex and moving past the depression that came with the breakup. Though he kind of reaches the end of the song by saying he has never really been in a better state. I loved this song because it should me that I can really make it through the tough time that I was going through. I could push past the sadness that I was feeling and eventually be happy like I was in the past.

Those are just my favorites on the album but there are so many other amazing songs. This entire album is about healing from something that you are going through. Mac had such a special talent of writing music that everyone could relate in some way. I feel honored to have found and listened to this album when I did, I don't know where I would be if I didn't.

I'm not really here to tell you that I think that Mac Miller should have one Rap Album of the Year at the Grammys, even though I think he should have, but I am here to say that Mac didn't only create the music he created art. He created a heart that healed so many, including me. I think he deserves all of the recognition and more, he was a true legend, and I hope his songs continue to help other people.

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