Monday, March 15, 2021

Family Calls for Boycott of Aretha Franklin Series


Aretha Franklin's granddaughter asks fans NOT to watch the 4-part Genius series about her grandmother starring Cynthia Erivo on the National Geographic channel...

35 comments:

NiyabinghiWerewolfObeahWoman said...

I never understood these "documentaries" that do not include the families of said departed entertainers. I am going to need homegirl to put the fist down, gurl this ain't no pan afrikan fist in the air type stuff.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm....Not sure how a network can create a 4pt series about an icon with out any permission!?!?
I loved Aretha but nothing about her seemed pleasant or happy. BUT we know her untold story is DEEP, DEEP....from molestation abuse to drug & alcohol addition to the accusations from her 1st son against her 1st husband to Not managing finances to that Stankin Diva attitude....
Her story was supposed to come out years ago but I think she eanted the money but didn't want to tell her WHOLE story....

Anonymous said...

Aretha specifically wanted Jennifer Hudson to play her. When is the film with JHud coming out? I think the date keeps getting pushed back.

Why does this non-American keep getting big roles??

Alma's Daughter said...

I was going to watch this because I like some of Suzi Lori Parks work (Topdog/Underdog was outstanding) but I just looked at the poster for this and it looks like Ron Howard is part of this, too. Opie ain’t never been here for Black people and I avoid his movies like the plague. I’m not ready to give him any of my time on the Queen—Suzi Lori Parks or not.

I’m worried it will be exploitative and sensationalized instead of examining this complex and extraordinarily talented Diva. I’ll wait for some reviews before deciding on seeing this, but I’m not hopeful knowing Opie’s name is headlining this film.

Shananigans said...

Aretha is a public figure therefore anyone can research her and make a biography or documentary without familys permission. Think of it as writing a paper in school and it just got publish in Time magazine, same thing.

Unknown said...

@9:29 basically...

Unknown said...

And according to this summary about the series on the National Geographic website: Anthology series focusing on the untold stories of the world's most brilliant innovators. This season of GENIUS will explore Aretha Franklin's musical genius, her incomparable career, and the immeasurable impact she has had on music and culture.

There will be NO tea and NO mention of her food addiction.

Anonymous said...

She was a bigger star than NG channel. She wasn't an animal in the zoo.

I agree how does this little short unattractive women keep getting these Iconic roles?

Anonymous said...

Hollywood hiring all these black British actors...Like they tryna X out the black American actors....When Samuel said something out loud ppl act like they didn't hear him but he saw that shit happening a few years ago....

Alma's Daughter said...

But Sam said it to the wrong people. His (our) beef isn’t with the Black British actors. My beef is with those in Hollywood who hire the Black British actors instead of us AND hire white people INSTEAD of us. And keep us on the bottom while exploiting our differences. Rich, racist, white people love to pit us against each other while they pull the strings.


The Black Brits are tryna make a living just like us. White folks know how to exploit that schit like mufuka.

They ain’t gettin me to hate on nobody.

Anonymous said...

Most of the Black British actors have stage background as it's a big thing over there and they come to these auditions PREPARED AS FUCK! That's the difference. When you're auditioning you're looking for the best person to give life to your vision. A lot of our actors started out as singers, athletes, rappers, etc. and they don't have that level of training - Common, John Legend and more. Let these ppl live. and Cynthia Erivo is an incredible actress and singer!

Anonymous said...

Every time I see the commercials with Cynthia Erivo as Aretha, I always scream that they did Aretha so dirty with that casting. Just dirty to do her like this. Aretha would have never approved of this. Never. Nothing about Cynthia Erivo even remotely resembles Aretha. Not her appearance, not her sound, her voice nor mannerism and I'm annoyed by it. Fucking shameful!

Aretha was our Queen and I've always heard about Angela Davis being released from jail because Aretha put her career on the line and put her own money up to bail her out.

RIP to the original Queen of Soul.


Danielle said...

Oh right they want someone who sold their soul and killed her entire family to play Ms. FRanklin.

Anonymous said...

That could only mean one thing... gon be guuuud?
They don't necessarily have to show ReRe and her pervert daddy getting it in but they can allude and we will take if from there.

iketernr said...

Never mind all’s dat. Why in da hell did they cast Cynthia Erivo (and Jennifer Hudson in the other Aretha biopic)? Neither resemble Aretha in facial features or skin tone.

Unknown said...

Y’all niggas complain too fuckin much. Just watch the shit or don’t.

Anonymous said...

Good. I'm sick of these disrespectful ass Black foreigners taking opportunities away from African Americans all because white crackas like them better than foundational Blacks.

This ugly, gape mouth, scattered-tooth, manly built, barracuda-faced bitch said some nasty things about African Americans. She is your typical bootlicking, Uncle Tom, self hating Nigerian who uses Black people then throw them under the bus for White approval. Nigerians are the biggest sellouts in West Africa and that's why other Africans can't stand their asses. I can't stand Cynthia's ugly, beastly ass.

Anonymous said...

@12:56pm
You said it all and I agree 100% with you. I will not be watching this garbage.

Anonymous said...

@12:29pm
The only niggas that I know of is your mammy and your family. Your family is a bunch of NIGGAS.

Anon said...

This would never happen to Beyonce

Anonymous said...

To: 12:29 PM

I don't know where your ignorant ass think you are but this is a blog, where mothafuckas share their opinions and complaints. Don't like it, then get the fuck on and no, we won't be watching this bullshit movie with Cynthia's ugly thirsty ass. They should have learned when they placed her in that movie as Harriet Tubman.

Anonymous said...

To: 10:51 AM

I agree with everything you said, except the black British and African actors know white people play this game and they exploit this fact. So, I have no love for them.

Wanda said...

I didn't see he Movies or planning on that fake series. That Black, British or whatever they heck she is Should not be playing Areatha Its them Hollywood Whites that selected her. They will try to humiliate us every chance they can. Any Race can out do Black people at their craft. Racist at its finest. Like that Bruno Mars with the R&B, Doja Cat and Cardi B. What Black R& B artist makes more money that Bruno Mars.? Its Insulting. Racist at its finest. Those Frauds are on TOP of All Music that Black Created.

SELF HATE IS REAL said...

Fuck all these biopics. This is what happens when you die without a will. Erivo?! Please.

Wanda said...

Doja Cat with her White Supremacist Azz. KKK still
Winning,. Those Racist Whites are trying to Snuff us out. they messing with us by showing us in our own face that ANY other race beside Blacks can beat us at our own craft. Those AZZ Hole wants to humiliate and disrespect us in Anyway they can. Also throwing Beyonce up there so we don't flip the Heck out. The Grammys Snubbed Beyonce and Jay for many years. Now she the Queen at their Convenience. I am not against that but the Entire Show was BS and All Staged. They gave Black Awards to anybody who ain't Black. RACIST AMERICA

Anonymous said...

That new horn hair style Jay is wearing makes him look more like a camel than he did before.

T said...

I'm watching...

Anonymous said...

I thought she was suppose to be Nina Simone. Bloop

Anonymous said...

I'm watching.

Also, don't forget....Aretha wanted Halle Berry to play her when there was first talk about making a movie of her life. Aretha was delusional.

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Anonymous said...

I'll watch this. Family participation often white washes bio pics. You think someone is a saint after watching a family approved movie. I understand riding for grandma but she was a public figure and nothing they did was illegal.

Anonymous said...

Aretha Franklin's family knows what is in the best interests of Aretha's legacy. Therefore I will not watch this rancid piece of dog shit movie.

Dee said...

Not watching. I don't like Cynthia Erivo. Not watching. I don't like Cynthia Erivo. Not watching. I don't like Cynthia Erivo. Not watching. I don't like Cynthia Erivo. Not watching. I don't like Cynthia Erivo. Not watching. I don't like Cynthia Erivo. Not watching. I don't like Cynthia Erivo.

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