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Genius: Aretha

NR 57m

She was a gospel sensation, outspoken civil rights champion and one of the most gifted singers of her generation. She’s had more than 75 million records sold globally, attained over 112 Billboard hit singles, earned 18 Grammy Awards, performed at three presidential inaugurations and was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. National Geographic’s GENIUS: ARETHA, starring Academy Award nominee Cynthia Erivo in the titular role, charts how gospel prodigy Little Re became the iconic Aretha Franklin, the indisputable Queen of Soul. The eight-part limited series also stars Emmy-winning actor Courtney B. Vance as C.L. Franklin, Aretha’s father and an influential reverend and star in his own right. Hailed as a “powerhouse showcase for a powerhouse performance,” by the New Yorker. GENIUS: ARETHA was produced in partnership with Imagine Television and 20th Television Studios, with Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks as showrunner and executive producer, and Anthony Hemingway as director and executive producer.

Starring: Cynthia Erivo, Courtney B. Vance, Malcolm Barrett, David Cross, Patrice Covington

Directed by: Anthony Hemingway

Written by: Suzan-Lori Parks

Produced by: Imagine Television and 20th Television Studios, Suzan-Lori Parks, Anthony Hemingway

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Q&A: Cynthia Erivo, Courtney B. Vance, Suzan-Lori Parks, Anthony Hemingway