Aretha Franklin’s funeral was an elaborate affair that garnered much attention. Unfortunately, some this consideration came from the negative aspects the event. One the most criticized parts the funeral service was the way in which the Queen Soul’s eulogy was delivered.
The family was caught f guard by Rev. Jasper Williams Jr’s f-topic comments during the failed eulogy. Aretha’s nephew, Vaughn Franklin, spoke openly about the family’s disappointment with the pastor’s speech.
Rev. Jasper Williams Jr shared his thoughts about the criticism. The words he spoke don’t exactly add up to an apology, but there is a slight sense awareness the fense.
Williams had spent the bulk his speech touching on points that diverged from Aretha Franklin’s life and achievements. Instead, he favored subjects like the criticism the Black Lives Matter movement.
Singer Stevie Wonder was quick to protest the pastor’s statement by yelling out “black lives matter.” Williams doubled-down in response: “No, black lives do not matter.” This all went down during the eulogy.
Meek Mill’s case continues to unravel before our eyes as he is hopefully released from prison soon. The Philadelphia rapper is currently in prison for violating his probation, but new developments in his case showing that his arresting ficer is on a list “corrupt cops” may deter things in favor his release. The city Philadelphia, as well as most America, is rooting for Meek to be freed as a panel will be held next week by students the University Pennsylvania, as well as social justice leaders from Philly to speak about the criminal justice system and Meek Mill’s case.
Aptly named REFORM: Bringing Injustice to Light, the speakers look to raise awareness on the growing issues social and criminal injustice in America and, precisely, Pennsylvania. Among those who will attend the rally are Meek’s mother, his lawyer Joe Tacopina and Reverand Al Sharpton. You’ll recall Sharpton visiting Meek near the beginning his 2-to-4 year sentence; he now continues his support for the artist by joining the conference’s panel to discuss issues in the criminal justice system, specifically in Philadelphia.
Meek continues to serve his sentence despite evidence corruption in his case. The panel will take place on March 13 and 14. For those unable to attend in person, you will be able to show your support for Meek a live-stream on Tidal.