Bill Clinton was Introduced as the First Black President and Had Awkward Moments at Aretha Franklin Funeral

By: Jarrod Horton

Staff Writer

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Former President Bill Clinton smiles as he plays a recording of Aretha Franklin on his phone during the funeral service for Franklin at Greater Grace Temple, in Detroit. Franklin died Aug. 16, 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76
Aretha Franklin, Detroit, USA – 31 Aug 2018

Prior to Aretha Franklin’s funeral, organizers sated it would be a “service not a show.” However, the funeral was more of an event than memorial. First of all, the presence of Louis Farrakhan, Al Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson Sr. together at any place is a conversation starter. Then there was Michael Eric Dyson speaking about Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Not to mention the long list of celebrities, athletes and political figures.

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