Statement from John Hope Bryant on the Passing of Aretha Franklin
On behalf of the HOPE family, I would like to extend condolences to the family of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. She was one-of-a-kind, not only because of her incredible talent, but also because of how she lived her life. She loved people. She served her community. Aretha demanded RESPECT, and earned it, over the course of her illustrious career and through her social activism. Though she is gone, her spirit and undeniable presence will continue to live on for generations to come. Rest well, queen!
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