Aretha Franklin is Every Older Black Woman at the Kennedy Center Honors
Last night was the airing of the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors, saluting Rita Moreno, George Lucas, Cicely Tyson, Seiji Ozawa and Carole King.
Aretha Franklin performed “Natural Woman” to a standing ovation to honor Carole. President Obama and FLOTUS Shellie were getting their entire good times because the Queen of Soul can’t help but slay. She even moved Barack to tears. She is legend and she has been on more stages than she can count. She can literally do this and leave everyone hollering IN HER SLEEP.
First, watch the clip.
SANGGGGGGGGGGGG!!! Whew. This woman would make you take your wig and prostrate at the altar with these notes!
But that good mink she had on? COME THROUGH, RETHA MAE! That full-length “I’ve earned this luxury” mink is old Black lady version of a Rolex. I bet you she got a matching hat. She ended up leaving the coat on stage when the SQUALL got really good, though. Honestly, I think she wore that fur to sing because she ain’t wanna leave it with folks who were in the back.
Similarly, she ain’t leave her pocketbook backstage either. Fuck what you heard and fuck whatever tight security y’all thought you had. Miss Retha was like “I’m taking my purse with me. I don’t know none of y’all or your mamas so I got nothing to vouch for you.” I feel you, boo! She was not giving folks any opportunity to jack her for her stuff. Stay vigilant, girl.
And Team Natural? NO MA’AM. Miss Aretha gon get this monthly relaxer and this roller set. Her 45-year standing appointment with her hairstylist (who I imagine is named Carla. Aretha is probably one of her kids’ godmothers) ain’t changing because everyone wants to embrace the nappy. I bet all my dereon dollars that she still uses Pink Oil Moisturizer, because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Carla gon slick these edges down with a touchup and then put her under that hot dryer in those orange plastic rollers. After 45 minutes, she’ll use the 5 metal springs on the bottom of that comb to fluff it out when it’s good and dry. Finish it with that Pump it Up spray so even the treacherous winds of Galilee couldn’t move them curls. Aretha ain’t new to this. She’s TRUE to this. My Mama had this same hairstyle in 1988.
Chile, Ms. Franklin got my R-E-S-P-E-C-T forever, even though she won’t ever leave those spaghetti strap dresses alone. SHE CAN DO THAT. She can break any fashion rule she wants. She’s earned it and ain’t nobody gon check her.