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Losing our Soul: Aretha Franklin dead at 76

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Soul and R&B legend Aretha Franklin passed away Thursday after a battle with cancer. The announcement of her passing came just three days after a family source reported she was in hospice care. She was 76.

Franklin’s music career spanned six decades. She left school in her mid-teens to begin recording. By then, she was an accomplished gospel singer, trained and featured in herfather’s Detroit church.

With her father, C.L. Franklin, a minister and well-known gospel singer himself, the young Franklin toured the gospel circuit with the likes of Mahalia Jackson, Clara Ward, and Sam Cooke.

While she would go on to pile up a massive number of hits across multiple music charts, her best-selling album technically remains a multi-artist gospel compilation recorded early in her career in Los Angeles.

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From gospel to soul

She eventually caught the attention of legendary talent scout John Hammond, who also discovered Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen. He signed Franklin up with Columbia Records in 1960.

After years of minimal success, Aretha Franklin left Columbia and signed with Atlantic Records. They quickly matched her up with a gritty rhythm section from Muscle Shoals. Aretha Franklin was now a soul and R&B singer.

Franklin later told an interviewer from the All Music Guide she was beginning to think she would never record a gold record. By the end of her second year with Atlantic, she owned ten top-ten hits.

Why everyone loved Aretha Franklin’s music

Aretha Franklin did not just sing songs. She projected them into our lives with a passion and emotion that made listeners feel she was guiding them through a moment. You couldn’t help but listen and watch her eyes, because they let you into her soul.

Former president, Barack Obama, tweeted,“In her voice, we could feel our history all of it and in every shade – our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect.

“She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance.”

The hits kept coming for Aretha Franklin

Known as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin was the face of R&B in its heyday. It was only appropriate that she was the first woman enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

By then, she had 17 Top-Ten hits and won 18 Grammy Awards. The year before, her voice was declared a national treasure by the State of Michigan Legislature. Nasa had named an asteroid after her.

She would go on to sing at the presidential inaugurations of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. Every living ex-president issued statements of admiration for the iconic singer.

RESPECT… the Civil Rights Anthem

Civil Rights leaders acknowledged Mrs. Franklins dedication to their causes. Her anthem, “Respect” (written by Otis Redding), became a rallying cry for equal rights movements among minorities and women.

As a 20-year-old, Aretha Franklin took part in the Detroit Walk of Freedom. At the time it was the largest civil rights march in history. Martin Luther King gave a talk that foreshadowed his “I Have a dream” speech. Franklin was mesmerized.

Years later, King would award Franklin a coveted leadership award. Soon after, Aretha Franklin became the second woman of color to grace the cover of Time magazine. Franklin sang King’s favorite gospel song at his funeral.

The legacy of Aretha Franklin will live on

Aretha Franklin died in her home surrounded by her family. Survivors include four children and multiple grandchildren and extended family. They issued a statement that said in part,

“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters,and fans all around the world.Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on.”

 

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NFL Week 6 Game Preview: Ravens vs Titans

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NFL Week 6 Game Preview: Ravens (3-2) at Titans (3-2)

Their records indicate an even matchup, but when the Titans face the Ravens Sunday, they will have the advantage of being a team without a definitive identity playing a squad with a proven game plan.

Tennessee put themselves on top of the AFC South with creativity, as much as skill. They’ve survived an overtime thriller and a defensive slog. But, they lost an opening day shootout and come off a bitter last-second loss in another defensive gem.

What kind of team are the Titans? They are a running team that is not running well. They have a franchise quarterback who can’t carry them. Scrappy is the term that comes to mind when we see the manner in which they play. Never out of it, but never quite in control, either.

Meanwhile, Baltimore tries to exert authority behind a powerful defense and a veteran offense. Sometimes it works… and sometimes they lose a field goal battle to the Browns like they did in Week 5.

Both teams will try to rebound from unexpected losses to boost their 2018 playoff aspirations. But can the Baltimore defense keep the scrappy Titans under control? Can the scrappy Titans defense give Joe Flacco and company another week of disappointment?

Injuries and roster moves

Baltimore has three cornerbacks among five defensive players listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Brandon Carr missed practice Wednesday and appears to be at risk for the game against the Titans.

Tennesse has a similar issue at linebacker. Wesley Woodyard, Robert Spillane, and Will Compton are all listed as questionable.

Safety Kenny Vaccaro is already ruled out for Week 6.

Offensive tackle Taylor Lewan is questionable with a foot injury.

Coaching matchup:

The Ravens 3-2 start has lessened discussions about John Harbaugh’s future after his 11th season in charge. Harbaugh followed up five straight years of playoff appearances with a Super Bowl Championship in 2012, but that was six years and only two winning records ago.

With long-time general manager Ozzie Newsome already announcing his retirement at the end of this season and a quarterback change imminent, Harbaugh’s departure would make a new regime truly complete.

Mike Vrabel’s first coaching experience hasn’t been easy, but he is getting the most out of a flawed team. Already, he’s adeptly worked around injuries to his quarterback and lead rusher, as well as a malcontent in the receiving corps to keep his team’s playoff aspirations in play.

How to watch the Ravens-Titans game

CBS will provide this late-game broadcast to fans in and around Tennessee and the greater Baltimore area. Many fans will watch the CBS Sports broadcast on Sling TV without the need for expensive cable or satellite providers.

Sling and other internet TV providers like DirecTV Now and Fubo TV, offer live stream NFL action at a fraction of the cost and without the lengthy contracts associated with traditional TV providers.

Let Sling give you the Ravens-Titans game for free during their trial offer to see how you can enjoy live stream NFL action on your favorite internet-connected device.

Who will win the Ravens-Titans game?

Baltimore is hoping division rival Pittsburgh the best this week as a Steelers victory could let the Ravens pull into a first-place tie with the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFC North if Baltimore can take care of the Titans.

Tennessee owns the AFC South tiebreaker with 3-2 Jacksonville, with another head-to-head battle still pending. They need a win to hold onto first place in the meantime.

The home fans in Nashville are anxious to see their Titans crack the tough Baltimore defense, but the odds seem to favor Baltimore holding serve.

Final score: Baltimore 17, Titans 12

 

 

 

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NFL Week 5: Falcons vs Steelers Game Preview

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Falcons vs Steelers

Pittsburgh has their first game out of the national spotlight in three weeks, facing the Falcons at home in the early set Sunday.

Baltimore shut down the Steelers for the most part last week, allowing 14 points in a short stretch of the first half, before clamping down in their 26-14 victory.

Pittsburgh doesn’t anticipate a repeat performance against a Falcons defense that just gave up 80 points over two weeks to the Saints and Bengals.

Atlanta lost both of those games despite scoring 74 points of their own. Their defense is struggling after the loss of three starters since opening day. They could not make late-game stops that could have provided a win in either of the two contests.

Ben Roethlisberger has to be anxious to put last week’s struggles behind him against the Falcons secondary. Pittsburgh’s diminished running attack in the absence of Le’Veon Bell shouldn’t matter much in this game.

Matt Ryan undoubtedly looks forward to facing the Steelers secondary, too. Atlanta’s passing game has new life with the addition of rookie Calvin Ridley. Mohamed Sanu and Julio Jones find themselves more open. Even tight end Austin Hooper is seeing a few passes.

Running back Devonta Freeman will also return to the Falcons lineup after missing a few weeks with a knee injury. Freeman and Tevin Coleman are no liability in the pass game, either.

This could come down to which front line can put the most pressure on the opposing passer. Neither team can hold coverage very long in a normal game, but with the plethora of passing targets on the field, the defensive secondaries could be exhausted by halftime.

If you like offense, this could be a fun game to watch.

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How to watch the Steelers vs Falcons game:

Fox Sports will produce this early game and broadcast it in much of the Southeast and up into the Pittsburgh market for cable and satellite television viewers.

Millions of savvy NFL fans will follow the live stream of Pittsburgh-Atlanta on Sling TV or DirecTV Now. Fubo TV also offers live stream NFL action in most US markets.

Internet television is the answer to expensive satellite and television contracts. Americans everywhere are cutting the cord to take advantage of high definition, low-cost monthly subscriptions with no contract or expensive equipment.

YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, and PlayStation Vue also let you watch live stream NFL action on most NFL-contracted networks.

Check out the providers’ websites to see what they offer in your neighborhood.

Who will win the Steelers vs Falcons game?

Atlanta is desperate for a win after their two consecutive heartbreakers left them 1-3 and at the bottom of the NFC South standings. They face division rival Tampa Bay next week before the Giants send them on their bye.

Pittsburgh already has a loss and a tie in their division and don’t the 3-1 Bengals or Ravens to extend their lead. With rumors of a Le’Veon bell return coming soon, they want to stay close enough for it to matter.

Atlanta’s passing attack was ramped up when Freeman was injured. How the Falcon offense approaches this game could make a difference. With the problem their defense has stopping the ball, we expect them to keep the pedal down and chase points.

Roethlisberger is at home, which means the “good” Ben should show up. There is a little concern about the beating he took the past two weeks and the letdown of a “normal” game.

But that will prove to be unfounded. Pittsburgh’s defense will come through one more time than the Falcons’. But it will be fun. Final score: Steelers 44, Falcons 38

 

 

 

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Watch Joshua vs Povetkin live stream – What TV channel will it be online UK

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Anthony Joshua “one of the big fighter of all time” continues his defense of three heavyweight belts when he faces Alexander Povetkin at Wembley tonight. Watch Povetkin vs Joshua live stream Wembley tonight on sky sports Box Office. Joshua is the most famous fighter of the current time, especially in young fans. he is the IBF, WBA and IBO title holder but he is now only 21-0 . last time he did defeat Joseph Parker Joseph Parker in Cardiff last March.

joshua Povetkin fight will be more then just a fight but all eyes will be on this bout because it’s a huge rumorous if Joshua wins today he will fight next with Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury among the names mentioned.

What TV channel will it be on?

The fight Joshua vs Povetkin is being shown on Sky Box Office in the UK, which is on channel 491 for standard definition and channel 492 for high definition.

How much will it cost to watch Joshua vs Povetkin?

joshua vs Povetkin will be £19.95, with a £5 increase for telephone bookings made tomorrow, on the day of the fight.

How to watch the fight in the UK?

For those with Sky:

Subscribers can purchase the fight online here, through their box or online the telephone – 03442 410 888. If you’re calling from the Republic of Ireland, it’s: 0818 220 225.

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How can I live stream the fight?

With Sky Sports Box Office you can watch the fights live via your PC/Desktop/MAC, NOW TV box, iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet.

It’s simple to sign up, pay and watch – create an account and pay at www.skysports.com/boxofficelive.

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