‘Genius: Aretha’: How a little girl became the queen of soul, as told in new National Geographic series

Cynthia Erivo stars as Aretha Franklin in “Genius: Aretha.” Video by National Geographic/YouTube.

A new eight-episode biopic on National Geographic delves into the life of Aretha Franklin, who’s known for hits like “Respect,” “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman,” and “Think.”

The series is called “Genius: Aretha,” and stars Cynthia Erivo as the singer-songwriter and civil rights activist. 

Patrice Covington plays Emma Franklin, Aretha’s sister. Covington is a Broadway performer and recording artist.