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Queen of Soul Ready to Retire & Nick Cannon Tells NBC “I Won’t Be Silenced”: Celebrity Wrap Up



by TRN Staff Writers,

America’s Got Talent but No Show Host   Rapper/actor/and host Nick Cannon tells NBC ‘I Quit’ after a run in with the network over what he can and can’t say. Cannon says he was threatened with termination after  making an unscripted comment on an “America’s Got Talent” special.  Cannon accuses NBC of wanting him to lose his ‘street cred’ and risk losing his Black audience.  Cannon posted on his Facebook page, “I write this from a deeply saddened and dolorous mindset. After days of deliberating over some extremely disappointing news that I was being threatened with termination by Executives because of a comedy special that was only intended to bring communities closer together, I was to be punished for a joke. This has weighed heavy on my spirit. It was brought to my attention by my “team” that NBC believed that I was in breach of contract because I had disparaged their brand. In my defense, I would ask how so? Or is this just another way to silence and control an outspoken voice who often battles the establishment.”  Cannon went on to say that his mentors tried to warn him that “The System” would try to force him to fall in line with puppet masters and do as he is told.  Cannon said, “I find myself in a dark place having to make a decision that I wish I didn’t have to, but as a man, an artist, and a voice for my community I will not be silenced, controlled or treated like a piece of property. There is no amount of money worth my dignity or my integrity.” Cannon continued saying he loved hosting the show for the last eight seasons, but felt he had no choice but to quit. If viewers are hoping this is just a beef and fences can be mended, Cannon closed the door to that idea in his lengthy Facebook post saying, “my soul won’t allow me to be in business with corporations that attempt to frown on freedom of speech, censor artists, and question cultural choices. I can not see myself returning.”

Queen of Soul Readies for Final Bow   For six decades, Aretha Franklin has been the undisputed Queen of Soul.   Her rich, soulful voice has produced twenty #1 hits, 77 Hot 100 songs and she is the most charted female singer in history.  Now at the age of 74, the Queen says she’s ready to retire.  Franklin told a Detroit TV station, “This will be my last year. I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”   The woman who burst onto the music scene as an 18 year old quickly stole the charts with songs like “A Natural Woman”, “I Never Loved a Man the Way I love You”, and “Something He Can Feel”. It didn’t take long before her talent brought the “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” she crooned about in another of her number one hits.  But Franklin says,  “I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now…”, but Franklin says she is going to just sit down and do nothing.  She is currently working on a final album with another music legend Stevie Wonder as her producer.  Franklin says she will do a small scale tour with about six tours over the next six months.

For this week’s look at Black Celebrity life, that’s a wrap!

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