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Aretha and Condi Take Philadelphia

July 28, 2010

Several weeks ago, I posted about an upcoming charity concert featuring an unlikely duo.  Unlikely, in that hardcore Republicans and Democrats don’t exactly have a reputation for getting along, let alone cooperating.  But last night all differences were laid aside as Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul” (and a staunch Democrat), and Condoleezza Rice, former (Republican) Secretary of State, came together for the sake of raising money for inner-city Arts education programs.

While it was originally Franklin who approached Rice with the idea of performing together, Rice shared in an interview with the Associated Press that it was ultimately their “mutual appreciation for music and determination to keep it near and accessible to children” that brought them together for this singular event.

$528,000.00 and one memorable evening later, the two ladies can find satisfaction in their joint contribution to Arts education, and, yes, even R-E-S-P-E-C-T each other (come on, you know I had to squeeze it in…) despite their opposing views, proving once again that music really can make a world of difference.

Here’s a video and interview about the concert from “Today” on MSNBC.

Or, for a more detailed read about the event, here’s the “Washington Post” write-up on it.

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