How Jennifer Hudson Recognized Aretha Franklin Experienced ‘Always Been Present in My Life’

Aretha Franklin’s biopic, Respect, premiered in theaters nationwide on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. The film about the new music legend’s lifetime stars Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul. 

Just before her 2018 dying, Franklin handpicked the Black Nativity star to portray her. Though filming the film, Hudson realized she always experienced a spiritual connection to the musical legend. 

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