We’ve heard about celebrities such as The Game, Pearl Jam, and Cher contributing to the Flint, Michigan water crisis, so it’s not surprising that Detroit native Aretha Franklin, showed some R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the gravity of the situation.

In a serious feel-good move, the R&B star is reserving enough rooms to house up to 50 of the city’s residents in the Southfield Holiday Inn in nearby Detroit, with the Coney Island restaurant providing catering.

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Flint residents who wish to apply for the accommodations will go through a pre-screening at Detroit’s the New Bethel Baptist Church where Aretha’s father used to minister.

“Detroiters usually come to the aid of Detroiters – and Flint is certainly regarded as Detroit,” the Queen of Soul told the Local 4 news station. “Hang in there.”

No word on how long the hotel rooms will be available at no cost.

Meanwhile, Michigan’s political leaders are scrambling to keep from looking like a ”Chain of Fools.”

Photo by “Cowboy” Ben Alman, CC

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