Category Archives: Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin Performed On American Idol

Blogged By: La Tray

Source: Twitter / Dailymotion

Posted: Thursday May 16, 2013 @10:05 p.m. PST


The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin performed on American Idol’s finale via satlelite in New York.



Aretha Franklin 71, Will Not Perform At The Foxwoods Resort & Casino May 26, 2013

Blogged By: De De Tillman

Source: latimes

Media Credit: Amazon

Posted: Monday May 13, 2013 @ 5:50 p.m PST


Aretha Franklin has canceled two scheduled performances later this month because of treatment she’s undergoing for an undisclosed medical condition, the Associated Press reports.

The Grammy Award-laden R&B-soul-gospel singer is forgoing her appearance May 20 with the Chicago Symphony, a “Corporate Night” fundraiser for the group, under doctor’s orders, according to an announcement posted on the Chicago Symphony website. Janelle Monae will sub for Franklin at the event.

The 71-year-old singer will also miss a May 26 date at theFoxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut.

It’s not the first time Franklin has missed shows for medical reasons without revealing specifics. In 2010 she was hospitalized for several weeks, leading to rampant rumors she was being treated for pancreatic cancer, reports she denied.

Other media outlets subsequently speculated that she’d undergone gastric bypass surgery because of the dramatic weight loss she experienced in 2011, but Franklin never confirmed those reports either. Franklin is the 2nd Cousin to Actress/Celebrity Blogger De De Tillman, the 2 have never met.

Nick Jonas The Next American Idol Judge? What About Adam Lambert?

Blogged By: De De Tillman


Posted: Sunday August 5, 2012 @4:30 p.m PST


Nick Jonas 19,  is looking forward to sharing the American Idol stage with singer/actress Mariah Carey.  According to,  E!News  the Jonas Brothers singer told fans he’s in the running for a seat at the famed judges’ table, tweeting Saturday, “The rumors are true…I am being considered to be a judge on American Idol, and it would be a dream come true if it happens. #nickonidol.”

What Super Sensation Adam Lambert? He should have been considered before Jonas all fairness, Lambert was a contestant and knows what it takes to get the job done.  Aretha Franklin should have been chosen over Mariah Carey.



Aretha Franklin @ The Colosseum Caesars Palace July 15,

Blogged By: De De Tillman

Source & Credit: The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Posted: Thursday June 28, 2012 @ 10:28 p.m  PST


According to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace ,  In 2009, Aretha Franklin was named the #1 Vocalist of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine.  Her ever-distinctive, soulful, to-the-bone vocal style has graced music charts for over four decades and her ‘live’ performances have touched the hearts of tens of millions since she began her musical journey in Detroit as a singing child prodigy.

It is her rich legacy of recordings that are a testament to the power, majesty and genius of this one-of-a-kind artist of the first order. 

Aretha Franklin has earned countless international and national awards as well as accolades and global recognition on an unprecedented scale. 

She is a 2005 recipient of a Presidential Medal of Freedom honor (the U.S.A.’s highest honor), a Kennedy Center Honor, the American National Medal of the Arts Award, 18 GRAMMY® Awards including Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for eight consecutive years, a GRAMMY Legend Award, a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award, and five American Music Awards. 

In 1987, she was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1979, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2007, Franklin was honored at the Annual UNCF Evening of Stars and was presented with UNCF’s Award of Excellence. 

She was named 2008 MusiCares® Person of the Year by the Recording Academy and she was presented with the prestigious NAACP Vanguard Award.  In 2010, she was inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame at the Apollo Theater.  In April 2012, Franklin received the TV Land Music Icon Award.


Sunday, July 15, 2012
Showtime: 7:30PM
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
*$49.50, $79.50, $99.50 and $155.00*

Aretha Franklin “Undisputed Queen Of Soul” To Perform In Detroit

Blogged By: De De Tillman

Source: The Detroit News

Creator:  StubhubAre

Posted: Friday June 15, 2012 @7:07 p.m PST


According to The Detroit News, ” The Undisputed Queen Of Soul” Aretha Franklin will be at  The Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan. Friday, June 22 8:00 p.m

Fox Theatre
2211 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 471-6611

Aretha Franklin Turns 70, Happy Birthday Queen Of Soul

Blogged By: De De Tillman

Source:  AP –  Nekesa Mumbi Moody – De De Tillman

Photo Credit: Google –

Posted: Sunday March 25, 2012 @ 12:57 a.m PST

HAPPY 70th BIRTHDAY 3/25/12

Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin turns 70 years young today March 25, 2012. She was born March 25,  1942.

I have re-signed with Clive Davis, so I’m recording with Clive again,” said Franklin of the music mogul, who is associated with Sony Music Entertainment.

Franklin said that after Davis’ birthday next month, “we’re going to sit together and decide what it is we’re going to record.”

“Happy Birthday To My Beautiful, Talented Cousin Aretha Franklin “Queen Of Soul”  – De De Tillman

Aretha Franklin Blasts ExtraTV – New York Post – Newsday NY Saying “STOP THE BS”

Blogged By: De De Tillman; Celebrity Blogger

Source & Story: E!online

Posted: Thursday February 23, 2012 @ 1:02 AM PST



According to E!online, Don’t mess with Aretha Franklin, people.

Even after the music legend explained her absence at Whitney Houston‘s funeral, many media outlets continued to speculate why Franklin decided not to attend her goddaughter’s service (where she  was expected to sing). Certain outlets suggested the reason was an alleged rift between  Franklin and Cissy Houston that reportedly arose after  Franklin’s Today interview aired the day before the funeral.

Well, it was time to set the record straight.

“Extra TV, the New York Post and Newsday (New  York) should stop the BS,” Franklin said in a statement. “Cissy Houston and I  have been longtime friends for almost 50 years.”

I have four invitations and parking passes that were sent to me for the  funeral. Extra TV, the New York Post and Newsday (New  York) are more interested in sensationalism and negative speculations than the  truth. People are getting their information from the wrong source. The  intelligent and the thoughtful thing to do would be to respect and have some  sensitivity to the moment.  If you don’t know how, at least try.

“Cissy does not need ridiculous speculation and neither do I—particularly at  this time. Also, with respect to the Today Show, my entire statement  was pretaped.  However, the Today Show did not air the part  of my statement, which said, ‘This is no reflection on Cissy or Nippy’s  upbringing.’ Knowing Cissy as well as I do, I know Whitney left home right  and properly. I was generalizing and it was a well intended statement for any  young adult coming into the music industry. I was not speaking of anyone  specifically.”

Franklin released a statement Saturday clarifying her reason for not going  and giving her condolences, “Unfortunately I had terrible leg spasms and locked  leg muscles until 4:00 a.m. this morning following my concert last night, which  I’ve been having for the last few days. I feel it necessary and very important  to stay off my leg today as much as possible until concert time this  evening.

“My heart goes out to my dear friend Cissy [Houston], Dionne  [Warwick], Bobbi Kristina  [Brown] and the rest of the family. May God keep them all.”

Can you R-E-S-P-E-C-T that?

“My cousin Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin is extremely outspoken, I guess it runs in the family, I can’t wait to meet her.” – De De Tillman: Celebrity Blogger.

Can you R-E-S-P-E-C-T that?


Aretha Franklin Joins Twitter (Story & Info Link)

Blogged By: De De Tillman

Blog Souce: Detroit News – Susan Whitall

Posted: Thursday January 26, 2012 @ 9:25 pm PST

Topic: Aretha Franklin

Congratulations to Queen Of  Soul Aretha Franklin for joining “Twitter”


Aretha Franklin Calls Off Wedding To William Wikerson

Blogged By: De De Tillman

Blog Source: FOX News

Posted: Monday January 23, 2012 @4:23 pm PST

Topic: Aretha Franklin

According to FOX News, The Queen of Soul has called off her engagement.

Aretha Franklin confirmed Monday that she will not marry her longtime friend William ‘Willie’ Wilkerson anytime soon.

“Will and I have decided we were moving a little too fast, and there were a number of things that had not been thought through thoroughly,” said Franklin in a statement. “There will be no wedding at this time. We will not comment on it any further because of the very personal and sensitive nature of it. We appreciate all of the many well wishes from friends.”

Franklin has four children from two previous marriages.

Aretha Franklin Getting Married To William Wilkerson

Blogged By: De De Tillman

Blog Source: Fox News – Mesfin Fekadu – AP

Photo Credit: Google Images – blogs.suntimes

Photo Link Credit: CNN

Posted: Monday January 2, 2012 @ 12:05 pm PST

Topic: Aretha Franklin – William Wilkerson

Congratulations to my cousin Aretha Frankin, she engaged to William Wilkerson according to Fox News. Frankiln 69, jokes to AP that she is not pregnant.

I pray she’s going to be happy, healthy and most off, have a Preneup.

Franklin is thinking about a summer wedding on a private yacht.  Franklin is considering designers Vera Wang, Valentino and Donna Karan. 

It would be great for Franklin to also consider Designer Anthony Ryan Auld


Asa Simone R&B Singer (Video)

Blogged By: Celebrity Blogger – De De Tillman

Blog Source: SBS Entertainment

Video Credit: YouTube – AsaSimone – Usher

Posted: Saturday October 22, 2011 @ 9:45 pm PST

Topic: Asa Simone

Asa Simone is an up and coming R&B singer from Chicago, the 18-year old Aries is in college studying music with hope of becoming a famous singer.  Simone enjoys listening to Aretha Franklin,  Aaliyah, Keri Hilton and Usher.

Asa Simone is a beautiful young woman with a soulful voice and an outstanding personality.  She’s working hard and determined to succeed.

Simone has plans to move to California and work with Rapper “Nike Jordan Lee.” She’s in the studio working on her first single.  Asa has provided SBS Entertainment with a home sample of her singing “There Goes My Baby” by Usher  until her single is released. This is not going to be the last we hear of Asa Simone.

Asa Simone Will Be Performing January 27, 2012  At Yoshi In San Francisco.

Asa Simone On Facebook:

Iyanna Franklin 9 Year Old Cousin Of (Aretha Franklin & De De Tillman) (Video)

Blogged By: Celebrity Blogger – De De Tillman

Blog Source: Debbie McPherson

Video Credit: YouTube – nijaya

Posted: Wednesday October 12, 2011 @ 8:oo pm PST

Topic: Iyanna Franklin – Princess Of Gospel

Iyanna Franklin is a 9-year-old singer from Chicago.  Franklin is the cousin to Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin and Celebrity Blogger De De Tillman. At such a tender age,  Franklin displays so much love and talent for gospel music,  she is following in her famous cousin footsteps.

I will name my sweet, talented, beautiful little cousin ” Iyanna Franklin Princess Of Gospel.  I know it will not be too long until Franklin gets a record deal.

In The video Iyanna Franklin Singing Now I can Say I Love you Jesus

Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin Performed For Obama 9/5/11 In Detroit (Video)

Blogged By: Celebrity Blogger De De Tillman

Blog Source: FOX 2

Video Credit: YouTube -Hazelnutcake / YouTube – (wxyztvdetroit)

Posted: Friday August 2, 2011 @ 7:55 pm PST

Topic: Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin – President Barack Obama

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is scheduled to perform Monday before Obama speaks near the Renaissance Center at an event sponsored by the Metro Detroit Central Labor Council.  Aretha Franklin and Celebrity Blogger De De Tillman are second cousins.


Happy Birthday To: Aretha Franklin


Blogged By: Celebrity Blogger – De De Tillman

Blog Source: De De Tillman – Wikipedia

Photo Credit: Google Images –

I want to wish my cousin Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin A HAPPY 69th Birthday. We’ve never met however, it does not stop me from saying Happy Birthday and Get Well..  Enjoy your day Beautiful Queen,  have fun performing at your concert May 19th in Chicago.

Happy Birthday My Sweet  Beautiful Cousin

Autumn Tillman Singer – Producer

Blogged By: Celebrity Blogger De De Tillman

Blog Source: SBS Entertainment

Posted: January 3, 2011 / Updated Monday July 18, 2011 @ 6:40 pm PST

Topic: Autumn Tillman – Nike Jordan Lee – Lil Face – Wilson Cruz – Josh Cruz – Aretha Franklin – Cornelius Smith Jr.

Autumn Tillman is a  talented 21- year  old singer – songwriter born in Detroit moved to California as an infant where she currently lives.  Autumn is working on  an album with a single due to be out  for her birthday December  2011.   In addition to her singing career she’s managing a talented artist name  Nike Jordan Lee and working with friend “Lil Face.”

She is a huge fan of Actor  Cornelius Smith, Jr. also from Detroit, Michigan.  Smith is best known for his portrayal of Frankie Hubbard on the ABC daytime drama All My Children.  She had the extreme honor of meeting actors Wilson Cruz and his brother actor Josh Cruz and they have inspired Autumn to work hard on her entertainment craft,  her goal is to work with both brothers in the future.  Autumn speaks fluent Cantonese (Chinese).

Autumn is the third cousin of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin whom she has never met.