Genius:  Aretha

Release Date:  3/21/21; National Geographic
Genre:   Biography
Rating:  TV-14
Director:  Anthony Hemingway

Studio(s):  EUE / Sokolow, Fox 21 Television Studios, Imagine Television, MWM Studios, National Geographic Channel

Cast:  Cynthia Erivo (Aretha Franklin), Shaian Jordan (Little Re, young Aretha), Courtney B. Vance (C. L. Franklin), David Cross (Jerry Wexler), Malcolm Barrett (Ted White), Patrice Covington (Erma Franklin), Kimberly Hébert Gregory (Ruth Bowen), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Carolyn Franklin), T.I. (Ken Cunningham).

Story:  National Geographic’s Genius is an anthology series focusing on the untold stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators.  Season 3 of the series will explore Aretha Franklin’s musical genius, her incomparable career, and the immeasurable impact she has had on music and culture.  The four-night broadcast event will culminate on March 25th, which will mark the late Aretha Franklin’s 79th birthday.  Source(s):  nationalgeographic.com; yahoo.com; slashfilm.com; IMDB.

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