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Listen To All The Songs On Michelle Obama's 'Girl Power' Spotify Playlist HERE!

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What a playlist!

Yesterday, October 11, was the International Day of the Girl as declared by the UN two years ago.

The day is used to help raise awareness about problems with gender inequality around the world.

To celebrate this, Michelle Obama decided to create and release her own Spotify playlist!

Included on the girl power playlist are Beyoncé's Run The World as well as Aretha Franklin's Respect and many, MANY MORE!

CLICK HERE to view "Michelle Obama's 'Girl Power' Spotify Playlist"

CLICK HERE to view "Michelle Obama's 'Girl Power' Spotify Playlist"

CLICK HERE to view "Michelle Obama's 'Girl Power' Spotify Playlist"

CLICK HERE to view "Michelle Obama's 'Girl Power' Spotify Playlist"

CLICK HERE to view "Michelle Obama's 'Girl Power' Spotify Playlist"

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Watch Mark Wahlberg Make A Joke About His Raunchy Comedy Ted To Pope Francis Himself!

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Mark Wahlberg may have been the master of ceremonies during Pope Francis' World Meeting of Families event this weekend — but he was also the master of jokes!

The Philadelphia conference was the final leg of Pope Francis' first papal visit to the U.S. and featured performances by Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, The Fray — and 14-year-old opera singer Bobby Hill!

Photos: These Dogs Dressed As The Pope Are Too Cute!

After his performance during Sunday's event, Hill went up to the Pain & Gain star and gave him a big hug. Wahlberg then said to the crowd:

"That right there was truly the voice of an angel. But then he whispered in my ear that he loved the movie Ted, and I told him that was not appropriate for a boy of his age."

He then asked Pope Francis for forgiveness for the raunchy film — though he probably should have asked apologized for Ted 2. Ha!

See how the Pope reacted to the funny moment (below):

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Jennifer Hudson As Aretha Franklin In Biopic From Straight Outta Compton Producer?? YES, PLEASE!

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Well this sounds great!

Producer Scott Bernstein's most recent movie Straight Outta Compton was extremely successful and he's now looking to move on to his next project — an Aretha Franklin biopic!

The Untitled Aretha Franklin Project has been in development for years and will depict the singer's rise to stardom in the ‘60s and ‘70s as well as her relationship with her abusive ex-husband Ted White.

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With what's sure to be a dramatic role with a need for some serious vocals, so who better to play the part than Jennifer Hudson!

The American Idol alum hasn't won the part yet, but one of her representatives has confirmed that

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Bow Down! This Sassy Tot Dancing To Aretha Franklin Deserves Major R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

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This is our favorite viral video of the day… maybe of the entire year!

A Facebook user named Elissa M. Colon uploaded a video of her daughter Johanna dancing to Aretha Franklin's hit Respect.

Little Johanna isn't just dancing… she's slaying it on the stage! She's the absolute Beyoncé of this trio, nailing her steps, giving direction, and just out-sassing everyone!

You can hear a man's voice — likely her proud papa Carlos Colon — cheering her on. The video has already amassed 11+ million views, so don't be surprised if you see this talented tot on Ellen soon!

Ch-ch-check out the video below:

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Tell Us Something, We Need To Know! Is An Ariana Grande & Aretha Franklin Duet Going To Happen?!

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Think of allllll of the biggest names in pop music. Britney Spears. Katy Perry. Adele!

Well, all of them are marvelous but there's one pint-sized singer who is better than the rest in Aretha Franklin's eyes.

[ Related: Aretha Franklin Reigns Supreme At 2014 Billboard Women In Music! ]

The 72-year-old singer was talking to Hoda Kotb on her satellite radio show, and the topic of people Miz Franklin would like to duet with came up.

And out of all of the new singers she chose… Ariana Grande!

Hear the interview (below) and see a video of Miz Grande covering Aretha too!

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Taylor Swift, Jimmy Fallon, And Others Rock Out At #SNL40's After-Party!

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After the AH-Mazing Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary show on Sunday, guests were definitely in a party mood!

So it's only appropriate that following the star-studded event, there was an even more star-studded after-party!

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Hosted by MC Jimmy Fallon, the roaring shindig, held at New York's Plaza Hotel, delighted attendees with a plethora of kickass performances!

The night started off with a Blues Brothers performance featuring Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, and Dan Aykroyd.

According to an insider:

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Aretha Franklin Reigns Supreme At 2014 Billboard Women In Music!

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The Queen still reigns supreme! Watch Aretha Franklin accept her Icon award at the 2014 Billboard Women In Music!

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