Rochelle Riley’s phone rang last year.
It was Aretha Franklin.
“And she said ‘hi, it’s Aretha,’ and I went, ‘Oh my God, she’s calling me,’” the Detroit Free Press columnist remembered.
The journalist and the queen of soul had met and spoken before, but this time, Franklin accidentally called the wrong number. (Riley’s number was listed next to the person Franklin was trying to reach.)
“And I said ‘Ms. Franklin, it’s Rochelle Riley.’”