BEYONCE AND FOXY BROWN IN TODAY’S UPDATE

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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

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Celebrity Birthdays

• Cee-Lo, rapper of Goodie Mobb & Gnarls Barkley, 31
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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.
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Words to the Wise

Nothing succeeds like success
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Monday, What’s Open and Closed In Twin Cities

Holiday Openings and Closings for Monday

Post offices are closed except for the 24-hour office at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
• Some banks are open. Bremer and U.S. Bank are closed. TCF traditional branches are closed, and in-store branches are open until 4 p.m. Wells Fargo traditional branches are closed, and in-store branches are open normal hours.

• Major supermarkets will be open normal hours in the Twin Cities.

• Most shopping malls will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Mall of America is open normal hours.

• Metro Transit buses and light rail trains will follow holiday schedules. For route information, call 612-373-3333 or go to http://www.metrotransit.org. Some suburban bus lines will be following Sunday schedules. Minnesota Valley Transit Authority will follow Sunday schedules. Maple Grove Transit, Plymouth Metrolink and SouthWest Metro Transit will have no service. Metro Mobility will have holiday service.

• Parking meters will not be enforced in Minneapolis, at the University of Minnesota and in St. Paul. Minneapolis parks will enforce meters unless noted on the meter.

• Public schools and the University of Minnesota are closed.

• Local, state and federal government offices are closed.

• Public libraries are closed.

• Most recreation centers are closed. Those in Apple Valley, Eagan, Edina and Maple Grove are open. Call for hours.

Viking Cruise Case Finally Resolved

Vikings Fred Smoot and Bryant McKinnie have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct stemming from a team boat cruise involving sexual activity on Lake Minnetonka in October.
The cornerback and offensive tackle will each pay a $1,000 fine and perform 48 hours of community service, said attorneys for both players. They also had 30-day jail sentences stayed for a year.

Smoot and McKinnie also pleaded guilty to being a public nuisance on a watercraft, but that will be permanently removed from their records if they remain law-abiding over the next year. They will pay their fines to the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District because this was a violation specific to their area.

Happy Holidays!

Look for the Update to Return on Tuesday Morning! by Freddie Bell

Bonus Update:Minneapolis Sounds Gospel Seminar Set For June

I love me some Minneapolis Sounds! Now they’re bringing the flava to the Twin Cities as they share their knowledge about the music industry. Read on to view excerpts from their flyer announcing the event.

THE 1ST ANNUAL MINNEAPOLIS GOSPEL SOUND
MUSIC & ARTS SEMINAR
JUNE 10, 2006 Saturday

ALL DAY (about 20+ classes to choose from) with Lunch included

Classes taught by nominees and recipients of Awards such as the Music Grammy Award, the Stellar Award, Minnesota Music Award, and other national, local, and state Awards and Recognitions!

Proverbs 18:16
A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

Registration is now $35. Also, this is a good opportunity to network and expand your ministry’s contacts being that we, as Christian, all need each other. It doesn’t matter if you’re a solo artist, poet, choir member or director, dancer, music manager, promoter, booker, events coordinator, youth pastor or other ministry leader, or pastor.

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Donnie McClurkin In Concert!

Don’t miss Donnie McClurkin in Concert Friday July 7th at Northrup Auditorium.
Charge by phone at 651-989-5151, or go to http://www.ticketmaster.com.

Have a safe holiday weekend everyone!

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Report If You Spot O’Rielly the Rib Fairy!

If you’ve ever listened to my Morning Show, then you know about O’Rielly the Rib Fairy. Each year he makes an appearance at serious barbecues around the country. Only SERIOUS Barbecues! If yours is not serious, then don’t even think about looking for the Rib Fairy. He stops by, wearing his action belt replete with various sauces to add flavor to your already serious barbecue.

Memorial Day Weekend is the first time we’ll see O’Rielly this year. If you spot him, post your comments here. Additionally, post the reasons why your Barbecue is serious and why O’Rielly the Rib Fairly should stop by your Barbecue this weekend. Just click the comment button at the end of this post and type away!! :)

All entries will be posted. If you prefer you can send an email to freddie@freddiebell.com, and i’ll add your comments for you.

Let me know if The Rib Fairy stops by and/or why you know yours is a can’t-miss stop!
Happy Q-ing and have a great weekend. I’ll be stopping by a few barbecues myself this weekend. Perhaps we’ll bump into each other! Be safe!!

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Prince Sends Biblical Email Concerning Idol

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Morning Show Update

May 26, 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.

PRINCE HINTED AT APPEARANCE ON IDOL IN BIBLICAL EMAIL
No one knew what to make of an e-mail from Prince that was addressed to various news outlets Wednesday morning containing only his picture and the words “First Corinthians 10:14.” But as soon as the curtain rose on his surprise “American Idol” appearance Wednesday night, it all made perfect sense.
The biblical passage in First Corinthians 10:14. says: “Wherefore , my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.”
Prince made headlines earlier in the season after tabloids reported he was in talks to appear on “American Idol” as a singing coach and to possibly perform. The show’s executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe, outright denied that meetings even took place between the two parties, as rumors had suggested.
Turns out, the tabloids were right. Prince was the last surprise guest after earlier appearances from Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Al Jarreau, Meatloaf, Live, Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach joined the “Idol” finalists during the two-hour telecast.
As previously reported, Prince has two Las Vegas shows lined up for tomorrow and Sunday (May 27 and May 28). Billed as an evening with Prince and special guest Tamar Davis, The Empire Ballroom in Las Vegas has temporarily re-named the intimate hall The 3121 Club (1,500 seats) in honor of the Minneapolis star.
Tamar, his latest protégé, appears with Prince in the song “Beautiful, Loved, & Blessed,” which can be found on both Prince’s album “3121,” and her Aug. 29 Universal Republic debut CD, “Milk & Honey.”

BEANIE RESTNG AT HOME FOLLOWING SHOOTING
Rapper Beanie Sigel was treated and released from a Pennsylvania hospital Thursday after he was shot in the upper arm during a robbery attempt in Pennsylvania.
Police said five males traveling in two cars attempted to rob Sigel around 7 a.m. Thursday before firing shots at the rapper, whose real name is Dwight Grant. He was struck once or twice in the upper right arm.
The shooting was described by Sigel’s attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. as “a random act of violence.”
Sigel, 32, was patched up at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania before being discharged at around 11:40 a.m. Thursday in a wheelchair, wearing a hospital gown, blue jeans and a blanket over his head. A towel draped over his right shoulder was stained with blood.
After getting into a black Mercedes, Sigel lowered the car window and told reporters: “I got shot. I’m cool.” He followed that up by moving his hospital gown to expose a bandage on his left shoulder. His left arm was in a sling and his left hand was bloody, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on its Web site.
The shooting is the latest in a series of misfortunes experienced by the Philly-born MC. He was released from federal prison in August after serving a year on a gun charge and was acquitted of attempted murder the following month. He was also briefly jailed in November for failure to pay child support.
His latest album, “The B. Coming,” peaked in the top five on the Billboard album chart.

WHITNEY’S APPEARANCE SAID TO BE COVER-UP
Singer Cherelle is telling folks that her close friend, Whitney Houston, is looking a mess these days as a strategic move to avoid being recognized.
Recent pictures have shown the 42-year-old singer disheveled and in layers of dirty clothing to hide from fans and the paparazzi.
“That’s her look. It is a disguise. She always goes like a bag lady,” Cherelle was quoted as saying by SF Gate’s Daily Dish.
Cherelle says she was with Houston when the singer was photographed in her “disguise” while outside of her mansion near Atlanta: “I said, ‘This is the picture from when she got up that morning to take out the trash with the kids.'”
Whitney’s latest look has been blamed on the abuse of drugs and alcohol. Her sister-in-law, Tina Brown, provided details of her alleged drug use to the National Enquier.

HALLE RAVES ABOUT X-MEN3
Back with a bang, Halle Berry takes a stand as a strong, black woman in “X-Men: The Last Stand.” There was some fear that she might not return because of her dissatisfaction with Storm’s limited role in the previous two “X-Men” films, but Berry says that was all a hoax.
“I was threatening that, but it wasn’t for real,” she laughs. “My complaining wasn’t about me wanting to be onscreen more. It was just that these movies take a big chunk out of our work year, seven or eight or nine months sometimes, and I thought that if I was going to put in the time that I just wanted a little more to do than hang around for nine months and do little to nothing.”
This third film in the Fox franchise centers on a “cure” for the mutancy present among the X-Men, rendering each with special powers. For the first time, mutants have a choice to either keep their uniqueness, though it isolates and alienates them, or give up their powers and become human. The opposing viewpoints of mutant leaders Charles Xavier, who preaches tolerance, and Magneto, who believes in the survival of the fittest, leads to an all-out war. Storm, whose power can change the weather at will.

GUMBEL RETURNING TO MORNING TV?
Within hours of ABC’s announcement that “Good Morning America” anchor Charlie Gibson would be replacing the pregnant Elizabeth Vargas on “World News Tonight,” Bryant Gumbel’s name was mentioned as one of several being considered to fill the “GMA” void.
While ABC News has yet to make an official announcement, the New York Post is reporting that “Dancing with the Stars” host Tom Bergeron is the frontrunner to replace Gibson, but Gumbel is high on the list as well.
Other names being considered, according to the Post, are New York newsman Bill Ritter, who co-anchored “GMA Sunday” from 1993 to 1999; and “GMA Weekend Edition” co-anchor Bill Weir.
ABC News may opt to keep “GMA’s” current morning team as is: with the two remaining anchors, Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts.
“For right now they are our dynamic duo — there’s no immediate decision on a replacement,” a “GMA” spokeswoman told the Post.

CIARA GARNERS ANOTHER AWARD
Award Winning Superstar, Ciara, was honored Monday night with 3 awards at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles for her chart topping singles “1, 2 Step”, “Goodies” and “Oh” from her Multi-platinum selling debut album “Goodies.”

After bursting onto the scene in 2004, Ciara quickly rose to the top of the charts, selling over 3 million albums which produced three #1 singles, “Goodies”, “1,2 Step and “Oh,” in addition to two #1 collaborations, “Like You” w/ Bow Wow and “Lose Control” w/ Missy Elliot.

To date, Ciara has received over 35 award nominations and wins total, which include accolades from the Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard Awards, American Music Awards and BET Awards to name a few.

Ciara is currently in the studio, recording her yet untitled sophomore album and gearing up for the release of her first starring role in MTV Film’s “All You’ve Got,” which was released on DVD this week.

GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY BIG AMONG BLACKS
Gastric bypass surgeries have increased dramatically in recent years, jumping more than 500 percent worldwide jumping from 16,800 operations in 1993 to 140,640 in 2004, according to the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.
Between sixty and seventy percent of African Americans are considered overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
African Americans make up 9 percent of gastric bypass patients, and the average age is around thirty-nine, according to data complied by the International Bariatric Registry.
Robyn McGee, author of HUNGRY FOR MORE: A Keeping it Real Guide for Black Women on Weight and Body Image will be speaking about gastric bypass dangers and other weight-related matters Saturday, June 10, 2006 at the Congressional Black Caucus Health Empowerment Submit in Compton, Caliornia
Plastic and cosmetic surgery used to be frowned on in the African American community. “Being cut” tapped into both a mistrust of the medical profession and an aversion to altering one’s features to look “more white” (Michael Jackson predictably comes up in that discussion). But high profile celebrities, like singing legend Patti LaBelle, have made so-called surgical makeovers more acceptable among blacks. In just two years, the number of black cosmetic surgery patients has grown by almost one-third, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, jumping from 375,025 in 2002 to 487,887 in 2004.
MARIAH CONSULTS WITH RANDY JACKSON
Mariah Carey is heading out on the road this August for her first national tour in three years. And to make sure her Adventures Of Mimi tour is all it can be she’s consulting musician, producer, and American Idol judge Randy Jackson.

Carey and Jackson have worked together in the past, and the “Fly Like A Bird” singer has been meeting with him to discuss how to spice up many of her older tunes for the stage. Jackson will likely put in a few appearances on bass during the upcoming 30-city trek.

LATIFAH TO STAR IN MOVIE ON AIDS
Multi-talented performer Queen Latifah has signed on to star in Life Support, an HBO telefilm about the HIV crisis in the black community. The story will center on the life of a mother, former crack addict, and AIDS activist, played by Latifah, who is based on the real- life sister of writer-director Nelson George.

The singer-actress will also executive produce the film along with a team of producers that includes Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and her production and management partner Shakim Compere.

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Celebrity Birthdays
May 26: Actor Philip Michael Thomas (“Miami Vice”) is 57.
Actress Pam Grier is 57.
Singer Lenny Kravitz is 42.
Singer Joey Kibble of Take 6 is 35.
May 27: Musician Ramsey Lewis is 71.
Actor Louis Gossett Junior is 70.
Actor Todd Bridges (“Diff’rent Strokes”) is 41.
Rapper Andre 3000 of Outkast is 31.
Rapper Jadakiss is 31.
May 28: Singer Gladys Knight is 62.
Singer Roland Gift (Fine Young Cannibals) is 44.
Rapper Chubb Rock is 38.
May 29: Singer Rebbie Jackson is 56.
Singer LaToya Jackson is 50.
Singer Jayski McGowan of Quad City DJ’s is 39.
Cartoonist Aaron McGruder (“Boondocks”) is 32.
Singer Melanie Brown (“Scary Spice”) of the Spice Girls is 31.
Rapper Playa Poncho is 31.
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Black History Fact
May 26, 1943: President Edwin Barclay of Liberia, first African president to pay an official visit to an American president, arrived at White House.
May 27, 1958: Ernest Green graduated from Little Rock’s Central High School with six hundred white classmates.
May 28, 1940: Betty Shabazz, activist and widow of Malcolm X was born in Detroit, Michigan.
May 29, 1851: Sojourner Truth delivers her infamous “Ain’t I A Woman?” speech to the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention.
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Words to the Wise
Keep moving forward!!
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Freddie Bell
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Sterling, VA 20165
703-856-4720
newsletter@voiceunique.com

News Update!! May 25, 2006 Enron Execs Guilty

HOUSTON – Former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling were convicted Thursday of conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud in one of the biggest business scandals in U.S. history.

The verdict put the blame for the 2001 demise of the high-profile energy trader, once the nation’s seventh-largest company, squarely on its top two executives. It came in the sixth day of deliberations following a federal criminal trial that lasted nearly four months.

Lay was also convicted of bank fraud and making false statements to banks in a separate, non-jury trial before U.S. District Judge Sim Lake related to Lay’s personal banking.

The conviction was a major win for the government, serving almost as a bookend to an era that has seen prosecutors win convictions against executives from WorldCom Inc. to Adelphia Communications Corp. and homemaking maven Martha Stewart. The public outrage over the string of corporate scandals led Congress to pass the Sarbanes-Oxley act, designed to make company executives more accountable.

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