Black News, Entertainment, Style and Culture - HuffPost Black Voices
iOS app Android app More
September 1, 2014

Smile For The Camera

MICHAEL B. THOMAS via Getty Images

Protesters Rally At
Walmart Where Cops Shot Man

Cop Shooting
AP

Rosa Parks Artifacts Sold For $4.5M

Rosa Parks
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ferguson Hasn't Forgotten About Michael Brown

Ferguson Rally
MICHAEL B. THOMAS via Getty Images

18 Convincing Reasons To Give Yoga Another Try

Yoga
Josh Miller Photography via Getty Images

More Women Than Men Are Dying From Ebola

Ebola Women
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ferguson Is Rallying Cry For Protests Over Cop Killings

Study: New Heart Failure Drug Shows Big Promise

Heart Health
Science Photo Library - SCIEPRO via Getty Images

Michael Sam Cut As St. Louis Rams Finalize Roster

Michael Sam
Joe Robbins via Getty Images

Obama's Delay On Immigration Creates Uncertainty Ahead Of Midterm Elections

Barack Obama
Win McNamee via Getty Images

You're Forgetting About The One Backyard Feature That Can Extend Your Summer

Outdoor Fireplaces
Porch.com

Cop Who Pushed CNN Reporter In Ferguson Retires With Full Pension

Dan Page
YouTube

Chicago Business Learns Little Leaguer Is Homeless, Offers To Pinch Hit And Pay Family's Rent

Jackie Robinson West
Raymond Boyd via Getty Images

Police Allegedly Assault Black Father Waiting For His Kids

Chriss Lollie
Courtesy Chris Lollie

How Obama's Tan Suit Broke The Internet

Obamasuit

Remembering Madam CJ Walker As Organizations Aim To Preserve Estate

Cj Walker
Craig F. Walker via Getty Images

UN Condemns U.S. Police Brutality

453768716
Scott Olson via Getty Images

Ferguson Protests Reach White House Doorstep

White House Ferguson
Alex Wong via Getty Images

Ray Albers, Cop Who Threatened Ferguson Protesters, Resigns

Albers
YouTube

Most White People Don't Have A Single Black Friend

Interracial Friends
Kerstin Geier via Getty Images

LAPD Identifies Two Officers Involved In Ezell Ford Shooting

Ezell Ford
Matt Ferner/HuffPost

Follow HuffPost

    1. HuffPost
    2. Black Voices
    1. HuffPost
    2. Black Voices
    1. Most Popular on HuffPost
    2. Latest News
    3. Black Voices
    4. View all RSS feeds

Ashlee Simpson And Evan Ross Are Married!

Ashlee Simpson Evan Ross
Jean Baptiste Lacroix via Getty Images

Gabrielle Union And Dwyane Wade Tie The Knot

Gabrielle Union Dwyane Wade
Omar Vega/Invision/AP

'Black-ish' Creator Talks Race & Responds To Critics

Abc Blackish
ABC

Rihanna's Vacation Photos Will Make You Jealous

Rih Binocs
Twitter

The One Film You Must See This Weekend!

Through A Lens Darkly
Film Forum

LISTEN
Hip Hop Heavyweights Dedicate ‘Don't Shoot' Track To Michael Brown

Michael Brown Funeral
Pool via Getty Images

This Summer's Movies Were Even Worse Than Thought

Spilled Popcorn
Ghislain & Marie David de Lossy via Getty Images

5 Reasons Why We'll Always Remember Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson
Associated Press

Terri J. Vaughn Talks 'Girlfriends' Getaway'

Terri J Vaughn Girlfriends Getaway
Elise Romany

Hip Hop Moves As Strong Force For Michael Brown

Chuck D Public Enemy
Mick Gold via Getty Images

Mystery Donor Gives Money To Vandalized Stores In Ferguson, Keeps Town 'Hopeful'

Money In Wallet
Jonathan Kitchen via Getty Images

Nick Cannon: I Like A Woman Who 'Knows' What She Wants

Nick Cannon
HelloBeautiful.com

WATCH
SWV Singer Discovers Devastating News

Swv
WE TV

Beyonce Holds A Chanel #Surfbort In CR Fashion Book

Beyonce Fashion Book Cover
Pierre Debusschere

Colbert: Why Can't Black People Can't Be More Like Cliven Bundy?

Colbert Ferguson Cliven Bundy
Comedy Central

Aretha Franklin's Family Remaining Positive Despite Cancer Battle

Comments (18)

Over the past week, news of Aretha Franklin's purported pancreatic cancer diagnosis has given her fans little hope that the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer will return to her reign as the Queen of Soul.

But family members are letting the world know that the icon's return to the spotlight looks promising.

"Aretha is doing better than expected. She has a long life in front of her and will be back in concert and on stage late spring or early summer," Franklin's cousin, Brenda Corbett, who has visited her frequently since her hospitalization, told the Detroit Free Press."This girl is doing great, and they need to stop it," she added, referring to the National Enquirer report that noted pancreatic cancer survival rates are a mere five percent to 10 percent.

Pancreatic cancer has claimed the lives of several famous people, including Patrick Swayze, Joan Crawford, Michael Landon, as well as Franklin's friend and famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti, whom she paid tribute to at a 1998 Grammy MusiCares benefit.

On Friday, recent Grammy nominee and 2007 Kennedy Center Living Jazz Legend recipient James Moody died after just 10 months of suffering from the deadly disease. According to his spokesperson, the jazz saxophonist and flutist, best known for his hit 'Moody's Mood for Love,' was diagnosed in the spring with the disease and died on Dec. 9 at age 85.

Dr. H. Leon Pachter, chairman of surgery at New York University Langone Medical Center, told CBS News, "It's a grim diagnosis. Overall, the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer patients is 35 percent." Of last year's 43,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer in the United States, 37,000 people died from the disease, the National Cancer Institute reports.

Pachter did reveal that he's treated patients for the disease who have survived for more than a decade. According to reports, two survival success stories include Apple CEO Steve Jobs and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Franklin was expected to be released from the hospital over the weekend just in time to spend her favorite holiday, Christmas, with loved ones.

Despite the medical statistics of pancreatic cancer, her family is putting on a united front and staying very positive about her condition.

"Aretha is doing absolutely wonderful," her sister-in-law, Earline Franklin said. "All the prayers and well wishes have supported her, and she's doing well."

The 68-year-old vocal powerhouse is requesting a desire for privacy, which was breached in a phone conversation when former R&B star Keith Washington made her news public. The 'Kissing You' crooner is employed as an on-air personality at Detroit's WDMK/105.9 Kiss FM, which is owned by black media company Radio One.

Corbett confirmed that Franklin will make a statement when she decides to, and not at the urging of media or anyone else.

"It's her private business, and she's just not ready to talk about it. Give her time to heal. When people ask for their privacy, respect them for that," Corbett added.

As previously reported, Franklin underwent a surgery on Dec. 2, which had not been publicly announced but made national headlines after city council members held a public vigil the night before the operation.

A medical surgery known as the whipple procedure, in which the head of the pancreas, gall bladder and parts of the stomach and small intestine are removed, is the only way to cure the disease.

Through her spokesperson, Tracey J. Jordan, Franklin issued a statement saying, "The surgery was highly successful. God is still in control. I had superb doctors and nurses whom were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country. God bless you all for your prayers!"

Jordan declined to offer any further comment.





http://xml.channel.aol.com/xmlpublisher/fetch.v2.xml?option=expand_relative_urls&dataUrlNodes=uiConfig,feedConfig,entry&id=292452&pid=292451&uts=1292267393
http://cdn.channel.aol.com/cs_feed_v1_6/csfeedwrapper.swf

Her Royal Highness

After recording a string of jazz and blues projects for Columbia Records, Memphis born songstress Aretha Franklin landed at Atlantic Records in 1966. "They made me sit down on the piano and the hits came," she later said about her legacy there.

Her Royal Highness

Aretha Franklin performing during a Martin Luther King Benefit at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York on June 28, 1968.

Her Royal Highness

Aretha Franklin with 'Soul Train' creator Don Cornelius. Franklin was one of many entertainers who performed on the long-running show during its 1970s heyday.

Her Royal Highness

Aretha Franklin rehearsing for Inaugural Eve program for newly elected US President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale at the Kennedy Center in 1977.

Her Royal Highness

Flanked in fur, Aretha Franklin in the press room at the Grammy Awards, circa early 1980s.

Her Royal Highness

Aretha Franklin performing in Chicago on April 18, 1985.

Her Royal Highness

Aretha Franklin, pictured here with Atlantic Records chairman Ahmet Ertegun (circa early 1990s), at a private music industry party.

Her Royal Highness

Aretha Franklin and Luciano Pavarotti are photographed at the 8th Annual Music Cares Gala in Honor of the famed opera singer. The event took place at New York City's posh Waldorf Astoria Hotel on February 23, 1998.

Her Royal Highness

Aretha Franklin held royal court during the broadcast of 'VH1 Divas Live' at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on April 14, 1998. During the show's finale a stirring rendition of her classic song, 'Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel),' The Queen of Soul is joined by Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, Carole King, Celine Dion and Shania Twain.

Her Royal Highness

On September 29, 1999, President Bill Clinton, along with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, awarded Aretha Franklin with the 1999 National Medal of Arts and Humanities Award at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.

Her Royal Highness


Related Articles



Comments: (18)

Add a comment

Page 1 of 2

Add a Comment

Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed but they are required to confirm your comments. When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password."