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Courtney B. Vance Shares the Origin Story of Aretha Franklin’s Father

Courtney B. Vance Shares the Origin Story of Aretha Franklin’s Father

BGN interviews actor Courtney B. Vance (C.L. Franklin) for the National Geographic series Genius: Aretha.

Genius is National Geographic’s critically acclaimed anthology series that dramatizes the fascinating stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators and their extraordinary achievements with their volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships. This third season will explore Aretha Franklin’s musical genius and incomparable career, as well as the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world. Franklin was a gospel prodigy, an outspoken civil rights champion and widely considered the greatest singer of the past 50 years, receiving countless honors throughout her career. Genius: Aretha will be the first-ever, definitive, and only authorized scripted series on the life of the universally acclaimed Queen of Soul.

Interviewer: Jeandra LeBeauf

Video Editor: Jamie Broadnax

Genius: Aretha will premiere on National Geographic on Sunday, March 21, at 9/8c, with double-stacked episodes across four consecutive nights. The premiere episodes will be available the next day on Hulu. 

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