there is NO love lost between these divas!

Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, has NEVER been one to bite her tongue, and why should she?

She’s the f*ckin’ Queen of Soul!

Ree-Ree never has a f*ck to give to ANY of these poptrixxx great or small, young or old, real or imagined, so when it is time to release a verbal slap or 50?

Aretha ain’t NEVER scared!

Who was the latest diva to get put in her place for trying to question her place in the royalty of pop music?

Enter Dionne.

Enter the showdown.

Enter the verbal SLAP!


Five years ago during Whitney Houston’s funeral, Dionne Warwick, cousin to Whitney Houston, attempted to click and drag Aretha for not showing up by calling her out during the service. While many couldn’t read between the lines and snort them, Aretha saw right through that f*ckery, but did she say anything at the time? No. Did she call Dionne out or catch her in a corner alone? No. Aretha did it in true regal style.

She let it simmer, simmer, simmer.

Fast forward to this week, and the two crossed paths at the Tribeca Film Festival. Perhaps Dionne had smoked too much reefer and couldn’t even remember what she said, but Aretha didn’t forget. Instead of a cute ‘Walk On By‘, Dionne attempted to make amends. But Aretha?

Ain’t about no goddamn amends. She says of their recent encounter…

“She said, ‘Give me a hug. I said, ‘Oh hell no. You couldn’t be serious.’  We’ve never been friends and I don’t think that Dionne has ever liked me.”

verbal SLAP

The next time, Dionne?

You better R-E-S-P-E-C-T The Queen!

And this is what happens when all the divas sit down and read one another…


Triston is an American jetset performance artist, writer, event organizer, and activist based in Europe. As a freelance journalist, he has covered both the underground and mainstream aspects of the arts, culture, music, entertainment, travel, fashion and Fashion Week in several cities, including New York, London, Berlin, Istanbul, Sydney, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Tokyo to name a few. He has been published in The Huffington Post, Trespass (London), Adaras Magazine (Miami) as well as featured in publications such as the New York Times, Vogue Italia, Turkish Huriyet and other on-line and print magazines in the U.S. and internationally. He recently released his memoir on life in Europe, 'Heaux Confessionals'. As a solo performer and with his band $kandal Du$t, he has toured in some of the world's most renowned clubs, simultaneously maintaining an underground renaissance, blurring the lines of all that is traditional and leaving his indelible, and ultimately unforgettable impression. There is no divide.

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