Aretha Franklin “Setting the Bar”

By Demond A. Jackson


Aretha Franklin, often known as the “Queen of Soul”, civil rights advocate, follower of Christ and epitome of a humanist.
Set the bar for what it means to be a strong woman. As I watch the media pay homage to all of her accomplishment, I couldn’t help but wonder who is the Aretha Franklin of this age?

Who will support our positive leaders with their time, talent and finances like Aretha Franklin did. Who will inspire our young women to be a Diva in the truest meaning of the word i.e, classy , sassy, humble, spiritual and morally grounded.
It’s women like Aretha that has been the back bone, shoulder to lean on and inspiration for leaders like Martin Luther King Jr.
She advocated unselfishly to remove and repair injustice for people of all colors… Setting the Bar for womanhood. Has me feeling like generation now and in the future will be lacking a major component to the betterment of mankind i.e, “a strong righteous woman!”

That being said, if you respect and love what Aretha Franklin gave to the world through out her lifetime. Then biggest prays and homage we can show her is to make sure all women strive to reach and surpass the bar she set and that we support all the women who are walking on the path she has laid. Because without a Queen a King is just a man with unbalanced power.

Rest In Peace Aretha Franklin…

Demond Jackson
As you can see my name is Demond Andrae Jackson. My comrades and Love one's call me D-jay. I'm the co-founder of Convicted Soap Box, and the MENSTOP!/GIRL...STOP! re-entry programs. I consider myself a literary artist, be it poetry, editorials, composition, music or screenplays "My my power and words are my weapons..."
I'm the son of an African American queen, born and raised in Los Angeles California, where I was groomed in its infectious gang culture. For the past decade and half, the federal Bureau of Prison has been a institution of self-education, self-evaluation and the reason I now possess knowledge of self. That being so, I now strive to expose the solution to the problems that our plaguing our communities, America's youth and this country as a whole. There's a saying: "There's nothing new up under the sun." Simply put, if there's one thing in this universe existence, that has seen all thing that mankind has done or not done, it is the sun. That means the moral dissension that taking place currently is nothing new. Historian have written about times where the moral fabric of a nation was so tattered where the only solution for change was war a destruction. This country was built and establish to be the nation it is today. By the disenfranchised, those who were being oppressed by the Queen and her fellow Aristocrats. Therefore if this country is to change once again for the better. It will begin and must begin with the actions and the voice of the disenfranchised i.e, America's minorities, poor and it's third class citizen the American Ex-felon. That being said I'm committed to "WRITING MY WRONGS..." and sewing seed of knowledge and truth that will blossom into peace, prosperity and positive change

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