So, over the weekend, we lost a TV matriarch, Charlotte Rae, from the hit shows, Diff’rent Strokes and Facts of Life, from a heart attack probably brought on by salivary gland cancer. She was 92. Now, outside of her TV work, I’m not familiar with her movie work, so I need to bone up. I remember back in the day, watching her dole out words of wisdom in her raspy, quivery voice to the Drummonds, then, the girls of Eastland School. She also was the object of affection on Family Guy.
Also, yesterday, we lost the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin to pancreatic cancer at the young age of 76. Of course, she was a trailblazer on so many different levels as an entertainer and an activist as a Black entertainer. With hits like “Respect” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” she set the standard for girl power loooong before the Spice Girls or any other entertainer coined the phrase. Her songs can be heard in major motion pictures like The Blues Brothers and St. Elmo’s Fire throughout the decades with a nod of being sexy in School of Rock, and it was rumored she had plans to get back in the studio before her death, so we might still be blessed with unpublished releases in the future.
I read something about now the King of Rock and the Queen of Soul are now together. HOWEVER, I take offense to that, because her death was do to a bad hand she was dealt. Elvis was junkie that had a heart attack in the bathroom. Conceivably, he’d still be around, otherwise.
At any rate, two more talented gems’ve have left us with their legacies.
We want to extend our condolences to their fams, friends, and fans.
Be good to each other.