‘The Ultimate Diva’: Aretha Franklin Leaves Her Mark on DC

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has left her mark on the world, including D.C. 

In light of Franklin's declining health, longtime friend and Black Radio Exclusive magazine founder Sidney Miller reflected on the impact Franklin has had in the D.C. area.

"Aretha Franklin is unquestionably the most talented female singer on the face of the earth," Miller said.

Miller's magazine is dedicated to entertainers of color. It has featured Franklin on the cover four times.

"She is the ultimate diva," Miller said. "She created the word."

Franklin has a history of performing at the Kennedy Center and with students from Eastern High School. 

Miller said Franklin's declining health "didn't just happen yesterday." Franklin has been sick for eight or nine months, he says.

He says she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. 

"She always talked about ... that she was going to get better and everything was going to be okay." 

No matter what happens, Miller said there will never be another Aretha Franklin.

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