Morning Show Update
May 31, 2006
Welcome to the Update
Freddie Bell, velvet morning voice talent and former station manager of Solid Gold Radio (KSGS – 950) is a mellifluous voice actor, broadcast-journalist and speaker who is also a National Voice Actor. His vast voice over credits, include hosting several radio programs including the Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Love Train, It’s The Gospel, The Freddie Bell Morning Show in radio, plus This is Music, The Freddie Bell Countdown Show and The Minneapolis NAACP Community Affairs television Programs in Minneapolis.
FOXY BROWN TRIAL TO BEGIN IN JULY
Rapper Foxy Brown will face assault charges on July 17th when her trial begins in Manhattan Criminal court. Brown, who rejected a plea deal, is facing misdemeanor charges of assault, attempted assault, and harassment for allegedly punching and kicking two employees at the Bloomie Nail Salon in New York City in August 2004, after they allegedly refused to let her leave the salon over a monetary dispute. Allhiphop.com reports that Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Gerald Harris set the trial date on Friday (May 26th), and he issued orders of protection for the two manicurists that Brown allegedly assaulted.
According to the two alleged victims, Myoung Yi and Sun Ji Song, Brown began to physically assault them at about 10 p.m. on August 27th, 2004, after she got a pedicure, but was denied a manicure because of the late hour. The conflict turned physical when the two workers attempted to stop the rapper from leaving the salon and later from getting into her car. She allegedly struck one employee multiple times in the face and body with a cell phone in her closed fist and also hit the manager of the salon.
NEW BUSTA ALBUM HITS INTERNET
After trying to keep The Big Bang under lock and key for several months, Busta Rhymes has been victimized, as his upcoming album has been leaked to the Internet. A representative for Interscope Records told SOHH.com, “The album that leaked is not the final track listing.” According to the rapper’s label, the leaked version contains 18 songs, while the official version only has 15 tracks. Additionally, some of the song titles are incorrect on the leaked version. The album is due out June 13th.
DMX CONSIDERS NAME CHANGE
Rapper and actor DMX is prepping for the release of his new album, The Year Of The Dog, Again, and he’s also contemplating a name change. He told MTV.com, “It’s just the whole Dark Man thing. Because if you look at it, from a spiritual point of view, the Bible teaches us that we can speak things into existence… And Dark Man, you know, it may not be the best name for me.”
The rapper, who hopes to become a preacher when his rap days are over, recently released a new single, “Lord Give Me A Sign,” which was produced by Scott Storch. DMX explained, “The Scott Scorch thing… he charges $80,000 a beat, very expensive. We bought two (beats), and he gave me the beat (for ‘Lord Give Me a Sign’) for free. So it was ironic that the potentially biggest song on the album would be given to us for free. On every album, there’s a gospel song or a prayer. The song’s either a conversation with the Lord or just a reference to how much I love the Lord and what I’m willing to do… We got the beat, and I heard the beat, and I was like, ‘Lord, give me a sign!’ The beat created the song, and I just ran from there.”
XZIBIT BACK TO “PIMP MY RIDE”
Xzibit will be back as the host of MTV’s popular car makeover show Pimp My Ride when the show kicks off its fifth season on June 15. SOHH.com reports that the cars will no longer be made over at West Coast Customs. Xzibit and Mad Mike will be tricking the cars out at Galipin Auto Sports. • MTV will air four-hour blocks of Pimp My Ride on Sunday (June 4) and again on June 11th in anticipation of the new season.
In related news, Xzibit’s next movie project is Gridiron Gang, opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The film, which hits theaters on September 15th, follows the Rock’s character as he attempts to assemble a football team of juvenile inmates to play against local high school teams. Xzibit will play the team’s assistant coach.
NEW BEYONCE CD SET FOR BIRTHDAY RELEASE
Singer and actress Beyonce will celebrate her 25th birthday by releasing her second solo album titled B’Day on September 5th, a day after her actual birthdate. The new album will feature music co- written, arranged, and produced by Beyonce.
The first single will be “Deja Vu” featuring Jay-Z with co-production by Rodney Jerkins. Other co-producers on B’Day include Rich Harrison, The Neptunes, and Swizz Beatz.
Fans of the bootylicious singer will get a second helping of Beyonce music when the soundtrack to the Dreamgirls is released as a joint venture between Sony Urban Music/Columbia Records and Music World Music. Beyonce stars in the long-awaited screen musical along with Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, Anika Noni Rose, and Jennifer Hudson. The film opens December 22nd.
Beyonce completed recording B’Day just three weeks after the wrap of Dreamgirls. The new album is the follow-up to her smash 2003 solo debut Dangerously In Love, which earned the Houston native five Grammy Awards.
RIHANNA ENDORES NIKE
Mention athletic wear maker Nike to Rihanna and the top-charting singer’s face lights up. The Barbadian native signed a deal with Nike earlier this year to represent Nike’s dancewear line, and is featured in a dance routine video featuring her Number One song “S.O.S.” at the company’s website.
At a recent festival performance, I asked Rihanna about her Nike deal. She said: “Yeah, oh my gosh. Me and Nike just teamed up on a marketing partnership. They were looking for a young strong female to represent their new women’s fitness line. And then they called me and when they called me I was thrilled to team up with them, and it’s going great so far. We just shot the video, well not just, but it just premiered on NikeWomen.com featuring ‘S.O.S.’”
BARRY BONDS WORKS IT OUTA DA PARK!
San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds made baseball history again Sunday (May 28th) by hitting his 715th career homer, breaking the record held by baseball legend Babe Ruth for second place on the all- time home-run list. Bonds’ milestone came in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies, just one week after he tied Ruth’s record during an interleague game against the Oakland Athletics.
TOP WEEKEND MOVIES
1. X-Men: The Last Stand, $120.1 million
2. The Da Vinci Code, $43 million
3. Over the Hedge, $35.3 million
4. Mission: Impossible III, $8.6 million
5. Poseidon, $7 million
6. RV, $5.3 million
7. See No Evil, $3.2 million
8. Just My Luck, $2.3 million
9. United 93, $1.1 million
10. An American Haunting, $936,680
• Cee-Lo, rapper of Goodie Mobb & Gnarls Barkley, 31
Black History Fact
• In 1889, the brassiere was invented.
• In 1909, the National Conference On The Negro convened, leading to the founding of the National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People.
• In 1965, Vivian Malone became the first African American graduate of the University Of Alabama.
• In 1970, “Brother Rapp Part 1″ by James Brown peaked at Number 32 on the pop chart.
• In 1981, “You Like Me Don’t You” by Jermaine Jackson peaked at Number 50 on the pop chart.
• In 1984, “Hello” by Lionel Richie was certified gold.
• In 1989, 3 Feet High And Rising by De La Soul was certified gold.
• In 1991, Darren Robinson of the Fat Boys was sentenced to two years probation by a West Chester, Pennsylvania, judge for videotaping a 14 year-old girl having sex at a party hosted by the rap group.
• In 1992, “In The Closet” by Michael Jackson peaked at Number Six on the pop chart.
• In 1995, Toni Braxton’s self-titled album was certified seven-times platinum.
Words to the Wise
Nothing succeeds like success
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