People write farewell messages on a drawing of Aretha Franklin by artist Mark Gaines, of Harlem, on day two of the viewing for Aretha Franklin at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018.

Queen of Soul


DESCRIPTION: After the passing of Aretha Franklin on August 16, 2018, Detroiters united for a week of remembrance, mourning and celebration.

PRODUCTION: During that incredibly busy news week, I was spared from producing daily video content. Instead, I filmed selectively and gathered content from the awesome team of Detroit Free Press photo and video journalists with whom I work. Their work truly makes this short film possible. The edit crystalized as the week progressed and ended with a frantic deadline push, as usual.