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  1. Review: Aretha Franklin is essence of soul at DTE Energy Music Theater

    Aretha Franklin has been talking in her recent concerts about how prayer healed her from a recurring, undisclosed ailment, but for a hometown audience Saturday at DTE Energy Music Theater in Clarkston, she sang about it.

  2. Cultural icon Maya Angelou's life lessons 'will go on for generations'

    She was an internationally renowned writer, chosen by presidents to deliver poetry at inaugurations with a resonant contralto that took no prisoners.

Music, Features & Entertainment Writer

Susan Whitall writes about a variety of topics for The Detroit News, including pop, R&B, jazz and country music, books, local media and Detroit's distinctive music culture over the years. She is a former editor of Creem Magazine, and the author of "Fever: Little Willie John's Fast Life, Mysterious Death and the Birth of Soul" (Titan/Random House, 2011) and "Women of Motown" (Avon, 1998).

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