Turn it up for Aretha this morning. She released her 18th studio album, “Young, Gifted and Black,” on this date in 1972. Named for the Nina Simone tune, it earned her a Grammy for Best Female R&B. 💕 “Rock Steady” (h/t @Albumism @dance_odorish )
A gifted poet, Gwendolyn Brooks became the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize. Breaking racial barriers within American literature, Brooks’ distinguished artistry & influence helped open the doors to generations of black poets & artists. #BlackHistoryMonth
Queen watching you in this moment celebrate your birthday I thanked God for blessing me with the gift of Aretha. You taught me the meaning of “Young, Gifted and Black” and you taught all people RESPECT. My heart hurts but the faith we often discussed is comfort as tears flow.