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"Aretha: Respect" is the first episode in the third season of Genius. It is the twenty-first episode overall.

Plot Summary

Aretha Franklin travels to Muscle Shoals with husband Ted White in 1967 to record her first album with Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records; after losing her surrogate mother, Little Re braves her first solo in 1953 in her father's church.



Guest Starring

  • Marque Richardson as King Curtis
  • Pauletta Washington as Rachel Franklin
  • Keith Arthur Bolden as Recording Studio Man
  • Robert Glasper as Art Tatum
  • Steven G. Norfleet as Cecil Franklin
  • Stacey Sargeant as Dinah Washington
  • Amanda Warren as Melba Parks