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Ariana Grande's Performance At Aretha Franklin's Funeral Draws Hilarious Reactions

Let the church say, "Ooh chile what are you wearing?" 

Aretha Franklin's "Celebration of Life" ceremony has drawn artists from all walks of life to honor the Queen of Soul, including Ariana Grande, who performed "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit on Friday (Aug. 31).

Grande gave a stunning performance as the chorus provided soulful harmonies for the performance. Grace Temple’s house band also brought the drums, bass and a boost of energy to the set.

After her performance, Grande was met with love and a dose of church shade from the co-officiator, Bishop Charles H. Ellis who joked,  “When I saw Ariana Grande at the program, I thought that was a new something at Taco Bell.”

The singer looked awkward during the exchange but laughed it off. “Girl, I gotta give you all your respect,” he said before asking the crowd for another round of applause.

The entire moment was something special for the internet to toss jokes at, including Grande's choice of dress.

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Grande had a fan in Aretha, as the two met several times. Gwendolyn Quinn, a Franklin family spokeswoman, told the Free Press of Grande, “Aretha was fond of her.”

Other performances at the ceremony include Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp and Vanessa Bell Armstrong.

READ MORE: Watch Aretha Franklin’s “Celebration Of Life” Memorial Service In Detroit

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Steve Harvey Says He "Misspoke" During Mo'Nique Interview

Earlier this month, Steve Harvey and Mo'Nique sparked a debate on social media following their interview on the former's daytime talk show. On the subject of money opposite integrity, the comedians engaged in a discussion that left some viewers scratching their heads concerning Harvey.

Now, in an interview with E! News, the Family Feud host is expressing his repentance over his statements. "My only regret in the whole thing was I misspoke. In the heat of the discussion, I used the word 'integrity,' when really I was talking about the method in which she was going about things, and that's the only thing," Harvey said. "I just want my young fans, the ones who look up to me, who consider me a role model in everything to know that I misused the word 'integrity' in the wrong context."

The statement in contention surrounds Harvey's claim that as black entertainers in Hollywood, "we can't come out here and do it any kind of way we want to," referring to how Mo'Nique decided to call out those in show business that she feels placed obstacles on her path. The 62-year-old continued to state that money is the name of the game.

"This ain't the black man's game, this ain't the white man's game. This is the money game," he previously said. "And you cannot sacrifice yourself. The best thing you can do for poor people is not be one of them." Mo'Nique responded by stating integrity used to be the root of anyone's actions, but "we've lost integrity worrying about the money." Harvey retorted by stating if he takes up a cause and his career begins to suffer, then it'll affect his children and grandchildren. "There are ways to win the war in a different way," he said at the time. The interview surrounded Mo'Nique's fight for equality in Hollywood and the comments she made to have her voice heard.

Watch the full interview below.

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John Wayne praised white supremacy, stealing indigenous land and downplayed black people's intelligence in unearthed 'Playboy' interview.
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John Wayne's Racist Unearthed Interview Shows That Things Haven't Changed

While he's been dead for nearly 40 years, film star John Wayne's comments from a May 1971 interview with Playboy are making headlines for his pretty racist rhetoric, and it shows that not much has changed in America.

The actor, who has been in films such as 1960's The Alamo and 1966's El Dorado, stated in the nearly 50-year-old interview that he was in favor of white supremacy, explaining his belief that black people weren't "sufficiently equipped scholastically" to be in charge of others.

"We can't all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of blacks," Wayne said in the interview in response to a question regarding Angela Davis and discrimination. He also explained his belief that there was nothing wrong with the "so-called stealing" of indigenous land, because at the time, it was "means for survival."

"There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves," he said.

While many have argued that Wayne's thought-process was par for the course for someone born in 1907, others insist that this type of thinking still persists today. Regardless of the time that's passed, this way of thinking has no place in 2019 America.

"Seeing John Wayne complain about seeing gay relationships in movies and accusing diverse roles as 'tokenism' pretty much tells me sh*t hasn't changed one bit," one Twitter user wrote.

Jesus fuck, John Wayne was a straight up piece of shit

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— Matt Williams (@pixelpreaching) February 18, 2019

Seeing John Wayne complain about seeing gay relationships in movies and accusing diverse roles as "tokenism" pretty much tells me shit hasn't changed one bit. https://t.co/WxlH4q6UqR

— Jim Sterling (@JimSterling) February 19, 2019

It doesn’t matter if John Wayne has been dead for 40 years, this kind of hate speech has no place in our society.

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— Titania McGrath (@TitaniaMcGrath) February 19, 2019

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Burberry Apologizes For Hoodie With A Noose Around The Neck

Fashion brand Burberry has apologized after one of their designs, a hoodie featuring a noose around its neck, made its debut during London fashion week.

A statement released by the retailer revealed the item has been removed after one of the brand's own models took to Instagram to blast the fashion house for its cultural insensitivity.

"We are deeply sorry for the distress caused by one of the products that featured in our A/W 2019 runway collection," Marco Gobbetti, Burberry chief executive officer, said in a statement provided to CNN. "Though the design was inspired by the marine theme that ran throughout the collection, it was insensitive and we made a mistake."

Liz Kennedy was featured in the show and alleges her qualms about the noose went ignored. Kennedy also says some members of the staff joked about it prior to the show while hanging the noose from the ceiling.

"I had a brief conversation with someone but all that it entailed was 'it's fashion. Nobody cares about what's going on in your personal life so just keep it to yourself,' " she said.

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News of Burberry's noose-hoodie comes on the heels of Gucci's blackface controversy. The Italian luxury brand merited the ire of the Internet after their $890 balaclava turtleneck, which featured a cutout of red lips, caused many to blast the fashion house for the racist attire.

Celebrities including Spike Lee, T.I. and more vowed to boycott Gucci.

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