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The Journal Gazette

Friday, May 10, 2019 1:00 am


Name change starts at Detroit venue

Associated Press

There is now one more sign a Detroit riverfront concert venue has been renamed after Aretha Franklin.

Workers on Thursday were taking down the Chene Park sign outside the venue and putting up one reflecting the name change. It features a stylized signature of the Queen of Soul's first name.

Mayor Mike Duggan told mourners at Franklin's funeral in August the name would be changed to Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre, saying “when Aretha Franklin sang, it sounded like the voice of Detroit.”

Several days later, City Council unanimously approved it.

The facility is known for its outdoor stage and summer concerts, and hosted a Franklin tribute show last summer. She performed at Chene Park in 2015 to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

MTV campaign

MTV is launching a campaign aimed at stemming the rise of maternal mortality in the U.S.

Thursday's launch of “Save Our Moms” comes as Mother's Day approaches and will feature original content and educational resources across all MTV platforms.

The centerpiece will feature a video produced by actress Lena Waithe's Protest Art Productions and directed by “HALA” filmmaker Minhal Baig

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds about 700 women die of pregnancy-related problems in the U.S. each year. However, black women were more than three times more likely to die than white women.

Researchers have found 60% of all pregnancy-related deaths can be prevented with better health care and support.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Henry Fambrough is 81. Singer Donovan is 73. Singer Graham Gouldman is 73. Singer Dave Mason is 73. Actor Bruce Penhall is 62. Singer Bono is 59. Drummer Danny Carey is 58. Actor Darryl M. Bell is 56. Model Linda Evangelista is 54. Rapper Young MC is 52. Actor Erik Palladino is 51. Singer Richard Patrick is 51. Actor Lenny Venito is 50. Actor Dallas Roberts is 49. Actress Leslie Stefanson is 48. Actor Todd Lowe is 47. Bassist Jesse Vest is 42. Actor Kenan Thompson is 41. Singer Jason Dalyrimple is 39. Drummer Joey Zehr is 36. Actress Lindsey Shaw is 30.