I've seen a movie and a documentary about her. To say that she was "one-of-a-kind" would be an understatement. She broke barriers on many levels, and truly made a difference.
I must say that I felt badly for her for another reason besides the obvious ones: She had such tremendous success as a solo artist, yet whenever she was interviewed, the first thing the interviewers would ask was, "What about Ike? Do you still talk to him? Are you still mad?" She was very gracious in side-stepping those questions, in fact she even wrote a book about it so she wouldn't have to answer those questions any more. Yet they still kept asking.