May she rest in peace. The woman gave the world personal strength through her brilliant songs starting with RESPECT. Then Natural Woman. After that? Better Think....and I could go on and on. She is proof that Africans(Americans) come from the height of royalty and high intelligence SHOWN in all the unprecedent accomplishments achieved sometimes with chains on our identity and our minds. Regardless we have ALWAYS managed to break through the inhumane bondage of enslavement by allowing our brilliance to shine!!! Like the sunshine....it cannot be stopped by ANY man or manmade power. Aretha-like many like her-is PROOF. Aretha? You done good girl. Now go and hang out with the rest of the greats. And have fun!!! They've been waiting for you. But!