It feels like the world shifted over this past week a little bit, doesn’t it? Really, the same could be said for this entire year. As we head into this final quarter of the year, it’s hard not to reflect on it all, especially after the passion of icons such as Aretha Franklin and John McCain.

Been too busy with back-to-school to stay caught up on everything? Don’t worry. As usual, we’ve got you covered!

Aretha’s Fans Flock to Say Goodbye

On August 16th, at the age of 76, Aretha Franklin passed away after battling pancreatic cancer. Fans of The Queen of Soul were able to say one last goodbye this week when a public open-casket visitation was held for two days at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

Of course, even from beyond, Ms. Franklin is still commanding an audience with people camping out on the sidewalk to secure a spot in line. The legendary singer was wearing a red suit and crimson pumps in a gold-plated casket, according to reports.

John McCain’s Mother is Proud

Senator John McCain passed away over the weekend and many might be surprised to learn that his mother, Roberta, is still alive—and very proud of her son’s legacy. According to a source, Mrs. McCain, 106, “was his biggest supporter and the leader of his fan club… His mommy loved him. He knew that.”

Just that statement is enough to remind us that, no matter how old our children get, we will still be their mommy! Still, a family friend explains that “she is all there, mentally, and is still going strong… She outlived her 81-year-old son. That tells you a lot. But it’s a tough blow to bury your child.”

McCain lied in state at the Arizona State Capitol and then at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. before being laid to rest in U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery.

Mel B. Seeks Help for PTSD

It’s not easy to admit you need help so it’s commendable that Mel B, most famously known as “Scary Spice” of the Spice Girls, has decided to check into a rehab facility for PTSD.

In a statement published in The Sun, the performer said, “The past six months have been incredibly difficult for me. I’ve been working with a writer on my book, Brutally Honest, and it has been unbelievably traumatic reliving an emotionally abusive relationship and confronting so many massive issues in my life.”

Confessing that it’s sometimes “too hard to cope with all the emotions” she’s been feeling, she’s choosing to face the issue head-on. We’re sending her positive thoughts so that she can return to her three daughters, Phoenix, Angel, and Madison stronger than ever!

In Case You Missed It … here are some other noteworthy stories right now:

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  • Kate Middleton dipped into the Queen’s jewelry box
  • Kylie Jenner among newly named Adidas ambassadors
  • Pink’s son continues to battle illnesses while on tour
  • Offset shares nude post-baby pic of Cardi B