'Genius: Aretha' Nat Geo Series Announces Premiere Date

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Genius: Aretha has announced its premiere date for its third installment based on Queen of Soul, starring Cynthia Erivo, as Monday, May 25. The third feature in Imagine Television and Fox 21 Television Studios' biographical series, will premiere on National Geographic at 9PM with eight consecutive episodes running for four nights.  

Recently added to the episodes are the newly cast Shaian Jordan, Marque Richardson (Dear White People), Pauletta Washington (She's Gotta Have It), Steven Norfleet (Watchmen), and Omar J. Dorsey (Queen Sugar). They will join existing cast members Courtney B. Vance, Malcom Barrett, Patrice Covington, Kimberly Hébert Gregory and Rebecca Naomi Jones. 

“Over the last few months,” said Erivo, “I’ve been preparing myself to embody the Queen of Soul, from relistening to her music to discovering her rare interviews and reading some amazing books on her — all to really capture Aretha’s attitude and spirit. I’m truly humbled to be working alongside a very talented and musical team. Together, we’ll serve the Queen and create something special.”

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With more than 75 million records sales under her belt, Aretha was heralded as one of the most talented singers of her generation, with 112 hit Billboard chart singles18 Grammy wins, and three presidential inauguration performances during her lifetime. 

READ MORE: Jan 3, 1987: Aretha Franklin Becomes First Woman To Be Inducted into Rock Hall of Fame

Before her passing in 2018, Aretha became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, marking a uniquely historic milestone that immortalized her role as a gospel pioneer and a global superstar.

 

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