Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, and beloved icon of Detroit, said she plans to close out her career where it began, in her beloved hometown.
In an exclusive interview Wednesday, Franklin said she plans to move from her longtime Bloomfield Hills home into a residence in the city of Detroit and open a nightclub where she will occasionally sing.
The 75-year-old Franklin, who announced her retirement earlier this year, said she had been talking to officials at Bedrock about the idea for a couple of years — and she has mentioned it in previous news interviews — but she’s tired of Think — ing about it and is ready to move.
“I’m interested in doing a small nightclub downtown, and he (Bruce Schwartz, Detroit relocation ambassador for Bedrock Real Estate Services) and I have been talking about this for a couple of years now…,” she said. “In my retirement plan, I’d like to have a small club here in Detroit.”
Bedrock President Dan Mullen said in a statement Thursday that the company “would love to work with Aretha, and we look forward to hearing her ideas for a club downtown.”
The name, the Queen said, is easy.
“It would be Aretha’s!”
“From time to time I would sing, and of course, I would have special artists come in to perform for the city that people in Detroit like — Detroit favorites.”
Franklin said that while she would love to partner with Bedrock and was “talking to (Schwartz) about the possibility of Dan Gilbert” partnering with her, Franklin said she’s willing to listen to other possible investors as well. Schwartz could not be reached for comment.
The move would be a new phase of a 57-year career that has seen Franklin record more than 100 singles that made the Billboard charts, including 17 Top Ten pop singles, 100 R & B singles and 20 No. 1 singles. She had the most Billboard Hot 100 hits of any female artist until Nicki Minaj passed her earlier this year (76 to 73, although the Queen is not done yet). Franklin had held that record for nearly 40 years.
Franklin said the club is part of a retirement plan that includes moving back into the city and finishing her new CD, which will be executive-produced by Clive Davis.
The singer told WDIV-TV in February that the CD, with several tracks produced by Stevie Wonder, (who wrote my favorite Aretha hit “Until You Come Back To Me,”) was nearly finished and that this would be her last year of doing concerts.
She said she would do “some select things, maybe one a month, for six months out of the year” but that 2017 would be her “last year in concert.”
“I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it,” she told WDIV.
As for the move, she didn’t disclose the location of her new residence, which she said was undergoing extensive renovations. But she said she’s getting ready for the return to the city where she grew up.
“I’m cleaning house,” she said. “I’m going to be moving back into Detroit, and I’m just getting things ready for that. My granddaughter just went to college, so I’m spending time with my grandchildren, and I’m also readying the new CD.”
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Men going to transgender escorts is nothing new and in countries like Brazil, it is common practice. The recent scandal involving R&B singer Bobby V has drawn attention to men who choose to have sex with transgenders. Bobby V has stated that he did not know escort Reima Houston was a man and ran from the apartment when he realized this was the case. Some are disputing Bobby V’s claim that he did not know the person he was with was transgender. The debate as to what actually happened continues. Still, the incident has presented a topic of discussion many avoid. It appears that many men are choosing to have a transgender side chick. Whether for exploration or living a taboo alternative lifestyle, there are a variety of reasons men are choosing this option.
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Stokley Williams ran down Mint Condition’s successful discography during an interview with VladTV, and he revealed that the first album was actually the demo that a lot of labels turned down. He went on to explain that “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)” was one of their biggest hits, but all the labels kept telling them that they didn’t have one hit on the demo.
Moving along, Stokley spoke about touring with Janet Jackson and Toni Braxton, along with putting out their hit song “What Kind of Man Would I Be,” which stirred up a lot of conversation about infidelity. To hear more of what Stokley had to say, including how their fourth album didn’t do as well as the group wanted, hit the above clip.
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