How to watch Aretha Franklin's funeral
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Detroit — While Aretha Franklin's funeral Friday is invitation-only, the world can tune into many networks broadcasting her seven-hour sendoff.
The Word Network, a global religious broadcasting network, will air the service beginning at 10 a.m. It will be offered on television and be live streamed through the network's website.
For Detroit-based viewers, that means the service will also be available to watch on WJBK-TV (Channel 2), WDIV-TV (Channel 4) and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7).
Portions of the event will be broadcast nationally on CNN, Fox News, ABC News and MSNBC and through The Associated Press, which will broadcast it in full.
“We are very appreciative to receive the support of The Word Network in ensuring that the ENTIRE celebration of life service for Ms. Aretha Franklin will be aired uninterrupted," Bishop Charles Ellis III of the Greater Grace Temple. "The Word Network will graciously provide a live feed to all other networks and broadcast carriers authorized by the Franklin family."
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Broadcasting will begin at 10 a.m. Friday when the service starts at Greater Grace Temple, on 23500 West Seven Mile Road in Detroit.
Although the funeral is invitation-only, the public will be able to view it in person from a large screen outside Greater Grace Temple.
Ellis said the funeral could last as long as seven hours. There will also be an extensive amount of security.
“Three members of the Secret Service were here today checking out all of the entrances, exits, doing a pre-check to familiarize themselves with the building,” said Ellis. “There also will be security on the rooftops, and the sniffing dogs will be at the church very early on the day of the funeral.”
In her hit song “Freeway of Love,” Aretha Franklin joyously sang about cruising in a pink Cadillac. At 8:30 a.m. on the day of her funeral, more than 100 pink Caddies are expected to file in outside the church and owners will be permitted to attend the private funeral, the church’s first lady Crisette Ellis said.
Artists expected: Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson are among the stars from across the range of music — gospel, pop, country, opera and R&B — who will travel to Detroit to pay homage to Franklin.
Speakers include Smokey Robinson, one of Franklin’s childhood neighbors from Detroit’s north end, along with Clive Davis, her one-time record company boss, Bishop T.D. Jakes, pastor of the Potter’s House in Dallas, Rev. Jim Holley, pastor of Detroit's Historic Little Rock Baptist Church, and actress Cicely Tyson.
Political figures expected: Among those confirmed is former President Bill Clinton. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama also were invited, but as of Friday afternoon, they had not confirmed.
Political figures expected to address the Celebration of Life include former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Gov. Rick Snyder, Mayor Mike Duggan, U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Southfield, Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, and the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
The eulogy will be delivered by the Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr., pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Atlanta. Ellis will serve as co-officiant, along with the Rev. Robert Smith, Jr., pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church.