Aretha Franklin Undergoing Medical Treatment

Aretha Franklin performing with a band in a concertIs Aretha Franklin sick again?

A spokesperson for the legendary Queen of Soul, 71, announced that she is taking a break from performing during the month of June. Catherine O’Grady, the director of the Ottawa Jazz Festival, where Franklin was scheduled to perform on June 26, told the Ottawa Citizen newspaper that Franklin was too ill to perform.

“It’s doctor’s orders. She’s really not well,” O’Grady said.

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Publicist David Brokaw provided no other details, other than to say that Franklin will reschedule two shows and resume her touring schedule in July.

During the announcement Franklin announced earlier this month that she would cancel scheduled performances in Chicago and Connecticut this week to undergo medical treatment between May 20-26. She also postponed concerts in Clarkston, Michigan, as well as Ottawa and Montreal, Canada, which were scheduled for late June.

Franklin did not specify what type of treatment she was receiving

Franklin, a towering figure in popular music during the 1960s and 1970s with hits including “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” was forced to cancel a concert tour in 2010 to undergo surgery for an undisclosed health issue. Prior to that operation, she was forced to miss various concerts and personal appearances.


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Steve Harvey’s Weight Loss Secret


What is Steve Harvey’s weight loss secret? The comedian and radio personality has lost an amazing amount of weight over the past few years, and is well-known for having showcased different trainers, exercise equipment and fitness moves during his weight loss journey.

But what about his food?

His personal chef, Judson Todd Allen, can answer that question.

But first, who’s Judson Todd Allen?

Prior to teaming up with Steve Harvey, Chef Judson Todd Allen had won his own battle with weight, losing more than 135 pounds. Afterwards, he auditioned for the “Next Food Network Star’’ four times before joining the 2012 cast.

When explaining how he met Harvey, Allen says:

“I heard on the radio Steve Harvey was looking for a chef in Chicago,” said Allen. “I was in Tennessee when my business manager called and told me to fly home. I prepared my classic pecan encrusted Chilean sea bass served on top of roasted garlic, sautéed spinach infused with lemon and herbs.” Harvey finished the meal and told Allen, “I’ll see you on Monday!”  Since Steve Harvey’s daytime TV show began, Judson has helped Steve lose 10 pounds within the first five weeks without dieting or exercise.

A background in food science helps the Chicago native mirror Harvey’s varied weight loss and muscle mass goals and says his boss is very well rounded in both diet and nutrition.

During a weight-loss detox, Allen’s European-influenced culinary skills were essential in creating Harvey’s rich and creamy soups, prepared without butter or dairy.

“I roasted cauliflower and parsnips blended with garlic and herbs,” Allen says.

While Allen has helped Harvey lose weight, Harvey has also helped Allen advance his business goals, and was instrumental in the launch of Allen’s signature Chef Judson’s All-purpose Habanero Hot Sauce. Promoted as less hot and more flavor, it’s an all-natural and low-sodium sauce that Harvey, who loves hot sauce, is a huge fan of.