Or, on the TV side, BET will have commercial-free live coverage of the funeral on TV and online, starting at 10 AM ET. Bounce also will televise the service, and its Scripps sibling Brown Sugar will livestream it.
Speaking of livestreams, another is available from the Greater Grace Temple, the Motor CIty church that’s staging the invite-only “homegoing service.” It’s available at greatergrace.org. Franklin sang during Rosa Parks’ funeral at Greater Grace in 2005.
The Associated Press will livestream her funeral service Friday starting at 10 AM ET, with news outlets around the globe expected to pick up the coverage. ABC News Live, ABC News’ 24-hour news channel, also will have live coverage beginning at 10 AM.
Local Detroit TV stations also will have live coverage, and national cable news outlets CNN, Fox News and MSNBC will air portions of the service.
The lineup of performers will include Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson — both also sang at Michael Jackson’s funeral in 2009 — along with Chaka Khan, Faith Hill, Ronald Isley, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday, Fantasia, a number of gospel singers and Franklin’s son Edward.
Among the speakers confirmed are former presidents Barack Obama — who famously teared up while watching her perform at the Kennedy Center Honors induction — and Bill Clinton, Clive Davis, Smokey Robinson and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
A public concert billed as “A People’s Tribute to the Queen” is set for Thursday at the Chene Park Amphitheatre, with scheduled performers including Isley, Gladys Knight, Johnny Gill, and Karen Clark-Sheard. ABC News Live will have live coverage beginning at 6 PM ET.
Franklin’s body is lying in repose today and Wednesday at the Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History in Detroit, with public viewings available both days, and she will be entombed alongside family members at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit.
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