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Wright Mu­seum of African Amer­i­can His­tory in Septem­ber. The screen­ing was deeply emo­tional, says Whit­t­ley, who came on to the project as a pro­ducer in 2012. With the fam­ily’s stamp of ap­proval, Whit­t­ley and his team de­cided to surge for­ward and get the film in front of au­di­ences as quickly as pos­si­ble.

“The time is right now,” he says.

Fol­low­ing Mon­day’s screen­ing in New York, the film will be rolled out for week­long runs in New York in Los An­ge­les in or­der to qual­ify for con­sid­Whit­t­ley

Aretha in Thanks­giv­ing Day Pa­rade, in spirit

The Queen of Soul will be at the 92nd Amer­ica’s Thanks­giv­ing Pa­rade in spirit. Mem­bers of Aretha Franklin’s fam­ily have been in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in her honor, along with the Cass Tech High School March­ing Band, Detroit’s Pa­rade Com­pany an­nounced Thurs­day. Other celebri­ties will in­clude Base­ball Hall of Famer and for­mer Detroit Tiger Jack Mor­ris, Olympic snow­boarder Kyle Mack, Olympic ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibu­tani and 2018 Bos­ton Marathon win­ner De­siree Lin­den, who’s from Wash­ing­ton Town­ship. Bay City na­tive Korie Lee Blossey, star­ring in Dis­ney’s “Aladdin” next month at the Detroit Opera House, will also per­form. er­a­tion for this year’s Academy Awards. And then there’s Detroit. “We have to do Detroit as big as pos­si­ble,” says Whit­t­ley, who says the film could make it here by the end of the year. “New York is go­ing to be great, and if we do some­thing in L.A., that’s go­ing to be won­der­ful. But Detroit is where we have to make the big­gest im­pact.”

While the film cur­rently lacks a dis­trib­u­tor, Whit­t­ley and his team are march­ing for­ward re­gard­less.

“Ev­ery­thing about this, thus far, has been un­tra­di­tional,” he says. “But the movie stands on its own.”

says he’s re­ceived re­quests from around the world to screen the film — there’s been in­ter­est in Ja­pan, Am­s­ter­dam, China, Eng­land and more, he says — but he knows the film’s screen­ings in Aretha’s home­town will be spe­cial.

“Don’t worry,” he says. “Detroit will be like noth­ing you’ve ever seen.”

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