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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703-856-4720
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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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BREAKING NEWS!! May 25, 2006

Rapper Shot!

Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel was shot this morning (May 25) on a South Philadelphia street. While details are still being confirmed, sources told AllHipHop.com that Sigel was shot in a robbery attempt. Police said 5 men in two vehicles boxed the rapper in and that a man with a beard, jeans and boots open-fired on Sigel, striking him twice in the arm. Sigel drove himself to a local hospital where he is being treated and expected to recover.

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Thursday Morning Show Update May 25, 2006

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Morning Show Update
May 25, 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.

AMERICAN IDOL CROWNS NEW WINNER

Taylor Hicks, the mop-topped manic dancer who wooed TV audiences with his raw singing style and boisterous personality, was named the new “American Idol” Wednesday in a pop star-filled finale that included Prince and Mary J. Blige.
Hicks, 29, of Birmingham, Ala., became the latest in a string of Southern and Midwestern contestants to win the Fox talent contest after collecting more viewer votes than runner-up Katharine McPhee, 22, of Los Angeles.
Hicks leaned over, overcome by host Ryan Seacrest’s announcement.
“Soul Patrol!” he shouted, acknowledging his avid fans by their nickname. “I’m living the American dream,” he added as he closed out the show with a performance of “Do I Make You Proud.”
It was Katharine vs. Taylor, McPheever vs. the Soul Patrol, with a recording contract and the fifth “Idol” title up for grabs.
More than 63 million votes were cast, “more than any president in the history of our country has received,” Seacrest said.
Fans picked the raw sound and footloose moves of Hicks, who made his mark on Stevie Wonder’s “Living for the City” on Tuesday’s show. The sultry McPhee’s well-trained voice was shown to perfection on the standard “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
Last season’s victor, Carrie Underwood of Checotah, Okla., opened the finale, joining Hicks and McPhee on “I Made it Through the Rain” and later soloing on “Don’t Forget to Remember Me.”
On Tuesday, Underwood won two trophies at the Academy of Country Music Awards, underscoring how much an “Idol” victory can mean. She was named top new female artist and won best single for “Jesus Take the Wheel.”
Other pairings of contestants and stars included Paris Bennett and Al Jarreau; McPhee and Meat Loaf; Chris Daughtry and Live; Elliott Yamin and Blige; Hicks and Toni Braxton, and the dozen finalists with Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick.
Prince was a surprise final performer, taking the stage for two songs, including “Satisfied” — and without an “Idol” contestant alongside.

JANET: WEIGHT GAIN WAS FOR ROLE

Appearing next to the bold print “How I Got Thin,” Janet Jackson poses on the cover of next week’s “Us Weekly” in a pink half-shirt that exposes her fresh, new six-pack abs.
The famous Jackson sibling says she lost the 60 pounds she was asked to pack on for a role in the upcoming movie “Tennessee.” Mariah Carey eventually snagged the lead in that film, but Janet was left holding the excess pounds.
“They (the producers) wanted to see me in a different light, as a heavier woman,” the 5-foot-4, 40-year-old singer, who weighed about 180 pounds at her heaviest, tells the magazine in an issue on newsstands Friday.
“The timing didn’t quite work with trying to finish my album, and unfortunately I wasn’t able to do the film,” she is quoted as saying. “So I found myself having to take this weight off a lot quicker than I had planned.”
Jackson said she had a ball stuffing herself with whatever food she wanted. She says her thought process went a bit like: “‘Ooh, that looks good, give me that whole slice of cake!’ That was the fun part,” she says. “(Eventually) I would look in the mirror and I wouldn’t recognize myself.”

QUINCY OFFERS TO WRITE THEME SONG

Super producer Quincy Jones was so moved during his first visit to China recently that he has offered to write a theme song for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
“The inspiration of the strong leadership in preparing the 2008 Olympic Games and the theme ‘One world, One dream’ has led me to offer everything I can possibly bring … to this fantastic event,” Jones told a news conference at Beijing’s Olympic Tower on Wednesday.
Organizers have welcomed his offer, but said they would continue with their official Olympic song competition. “Everything in the 60 years of my career has led up to this event … I would be very proud to write and orchestrate the theme to the 2008 Olympic Games” he said. “We hope our music will help to bring everybody’s dreams together.”

LUDACRIS AND KANYE IN COURT

Rapper Ludacris appeared in a Manhattan courtroom Tuesday to defend his Kanye West-produced 2003 hit “Stand Up,” which currently sits in the center of a copyright infringement lawsuit.
An East Orange, N.J. group called I.O.F. claims their song “Straight Like That,” released in September 2001, is too close to the chorus of “Stand Up,” which features the similarly-spoken phrase “just like that.”
The plaintiffs, under the company BMS Entertainment/Heat Music LLC, were trying to claim rights to the words “like that,” said Christine Lepera, attorney for the rappers and EMI April Music Inc. She told the jury: “None of you can monopolize certain expressions.”
The plaintiffs’ attorney, Mel Sachs, who asked the jurors not to be “blinded by celebrity,” said he will prove Ludacris heard the song before he recorded “Stand Up.” According to Sachs, the New Jersey company that produced “Straight Like That” was contacted by one of Ludacris’ record companies following the distribution of hundreds of promotional copies of the song.
Lepera argues that Ludacris and West first heard “Straight Like That” when the lawsuit was filed.
Both rappers are due to testify during the trial, which is being held to determine liability. If liability is found, a second phase will assess damages. West did not appear in the courtroom Wednesday, and Ludacris declined to comment. The trial is expected to last one week.

PUSH FOR OPRAH TO NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

Some fans of talk show host Oprah Winfrey are stepping up their annual effort to get her nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, the annual distinction that recognizes individuals and organizations for their humanitarian work, peace movements, human rights efforts, mediation of international conflicts, arms control and disarmament.
A message on the Oprah4PeacePrize Web site reads: “She truly deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. We intend to be celebrating an Oprah victory next December 2006 in Oslo, Norway.”
Winfrey’s humanitarian efforts have included building homes for victims of Hurricane Katrina, as well as fighting AIDS, poverty and supporting the plight of women in Africa and other parts of the world. She promotes her causes by going on international philanthropic trips and distributing assistance through her charity, the Oprah Winfrey Foundation.
Rocky Twyman, founder of the Oprah for Nobel Peace Prize movement, said his Web site is seeking to garner 100,000 signatures to draw attention to the committee judging the nominees. The site calls Winfrey a “human angel of light who has revolutionized the entire world.”

DIDDY STEPS UP FOR CHARITY

Sean “Diddy” Combs auctioned off his company for a weekend at his New York home during a charity event hosted by soccer star David Beckham and his wife, Victoria. With a bid of $152,000, English soccer player Wayne Rooney edged out Sharon Osbourne to win Diddy for his fiancee Colleen McLoughlin. The auction collected more than $3.6 million for charity. Other items auctioned included meals cooked by Ozzy Osbourne and chef Gordon Ramsay.
DANCE THEATRE GET HUGE GRANT
The Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) has received a $1 million grant from The Ford Foundation through its education and community outreach program. Over the next four years, the DTH School will develop and implement a strategic recruitment plan, augment its curriculum to offer more robust training and artistic experiences including guest faculty and choreographers for its students. It will also formulate a comprehensive K-12 curriculum for use in rendering its education activities and residencies in New York City and around the world.

YING YANG TWINS RELEASE THIRD ALBUM

The Ying-Yang Twins are looking forward to recording their third album, to be called “2 Live Crew.” The set is tapped to pay homage to the infamous Miami group of the same name. “We’re gonna take ‘em back [to] ‘As Nasty As They Wanna Be,’” D-Roc tells Billboard.com, referring to 2 Live Crew’s controversial 1989 album. “We ain’t actually working on the album [yet] but outside of just working with [producer] Mr. Collipark, we’re getting together and doing songs on our own.”

ESSENCE LINES UP SPEAKERS FOR YOUR SUMMIT

Terrence Howard, Jamie Foxx and rapper Common are among the speakers and performers lined up for a new youth initiative to be introduced at the Coca-Cola Presents the 2006 Essence Music Festival Empowerment Seminar Series.
Titled “ESSENCE Cares! A Call to Action to Secure Our Youth,” the event was created to help rescue vulnerable youth and restore the lives of Hurricane Katrina survivors, while addressing critical issues facing black America, including poverty, unemployment, unequal educational systems and gang violence.
This initiative will be launched at the festival’s daytime Empowerment Seminars, July 1, 2, and 3 at Houston’s Reliant Park—making this year’s Festival a “bigger party with a deeper purpose.”

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Celebrity Birthdays

Actress-singer Leslie Uggams is 63.
Singer Lauryn Hill is 31.
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Black History Fact

May 25, 1935: American athlete Jesse Owens set six world records in 45 minutes, at the Big Ten Championship at Ann Arbor.
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Words to the Wise

You’re in the driver’s seat!!
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Sterling, VA 20165
888-639-9738
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Hump Day Wednesday Morning Show Update for May 24, 2006

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Morning Show Update
May 24, 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.

TWISTA WANTS TO STIKE GOLD AGAIN
Last October, Chicago-based rapper Twista released his gold-certified album titled The Day After, and now he’s poised to release the follow-up, Adrenaline Rush 2010, on June 20th. Twista explained his decision to release the new album so quickly to allhiphop.com. The rapper said, “I was putting together a mixtape, but the label heard the music and said, ‘No, we have to have an album.’ So now it’s gonna be an album. We do it way big in the studio.”
The rapper added that he’s also been busy working with other artists. He said, “I got something coming out with Monica soon. It’s so many people I can’t just name ‘em off top. Puffy (and I) are working on some music, me and Pharrell are working on some more music, (so) I work with everybody… It’s a blessing.”

WYCLEF WORKING ON TV SHOW
Fugees member Wyclef Jean has begun casting for his new HBO comedy series called Wyclef Jean In America. The series is based loosely on the life of the rapper, who came to the United States at the age of nine from Haiti. He and his family settled in Brooklyn, New York, before relocating to New Jersey. Jean is one of the show’s writers and he will also provide the soundtrack for the series. The show’s other writers are Danny Hoch and Seth Zvi.

No release date has been set for the Fugees reunion album. The group has been working on the project since late last year.

PRINCE VOTED SEXIEST MAN
International superstar Prince was named the World’s Sexiest Vegetarian by animal rights group PETA this week. He shared the honor with actress Kristen Bell, who stars in UPN’s Veronica Mars. The title was determined by an online poll.

Prince, reportedly a strict vegan, included an animal rights appeal within the liner notes on his 1999 album Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic about the cruelty behind wool production. He ended with a quote from Mohandas Gandhi: “2 my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being.”

Prince’s current album is 3121.

OPRAH APPEARS ON BET
Oprah Winfrey sits down for an in-depth interview about her life, her achievements, her spirituality, and her life’s purpose in a special half-hour presentation of BET’s Meet The Faith, airing this Sunday, May 28th at 11 a.m. ET/PT.

BET host Carlos Watson traveled to Winfrey’s Chicago home to talk to the media mogul about a range of topics, from her Broadway production of The Color Purple to her commitment to building a leadership academy for girls in South Africa, and more.

3LW REACHES “POINT OF NO RETURN”
Female trio 3LW, or Three Little Women, are set to release their third album this summer. The new project is titled Point Of No Return and is due August 15th.

The first single “Feelin’ You” was produced by hit maker Jermaine Dupri and is due at radio June 19th. Also contributing to the new effort are producers Scott Storch, Dre & Vidal, and Rich Harrison.

Returning after a four-year hiatus are group members Kiely Williams, 19, Adrienne Bailon, 21, and Jessica Benson, 18. Williams and Bailon have spent the downtime on the small screen, playing Aqua and Chanel, respectively, in Disney’s popular The Cheetah Girls series.

CIARA RETURNS TO THE STUDIO
R&B pop songbird Ciara is currently at work on the follow-up to her 2004 debut Goodies. Since the release of that hit album, Ciara has earned Soul Train, BET and Vibe awards, appeared in a film, and saw details of her love life probed by the media. The experiences, both good and bad, will be reflected in the material for the next album, says Ciara. She told me that the adversity only makes her stronger: “Positive or negative, all things depending on how you take them, they only make you better, and you continue to learn more and more and you gain more wisdom, which is the cool thing. You have to go through both in order to learn and get better at whatever it may be, you know?”

RAY CASH REPRESENTING CLEVELAND
Cleveland-based rapper Ray Cash will release his debut album, C.O.D.: (Cash On Delivery), on June 27th on Sony Urban/Columbia Records. While Cleveland is the home of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, the city isn’t known nationally for its rap scene, but Cash is hoping to change that. The rapper explained what growing up in Cleveland was like. He said, “I’m from the Eastside of Cleveland. Grew up in this spot called ‘The Hill,’ directly across from the projects. I was a young cat, seeing everything that was going on. My mama would tell me, ‘Don’t take your ass across the street.’ But I was a kid, you know, so I was fascinated. Back then, it was real heavy with the crack and the guns and everything. Cleveland ain’t nothing but a big ghetto anyway, man.”

THE GAME ARRESTED AFTER TRAFFIC STOP
The Game was arrested last Saturday (May 20th) in Burbank, California, and charged with possession of a dangerous weapon after police pulled his vehicle over in the Los Angeles suburb. Allhiphop.com reports that the rapper, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor, was arrested after officers pulled over his 2006 Bentley for not having any license plates. The car also allegedly had tint that was too dark. According to sources close to the situation, officers found brass knuckles in the rapper’s vehicle during the subsequent search. Lt. Puglisi of the Burbank Police Department confirmed that Game was arrested, charged with possession of a dangerous weapon, and released on $20,000 bail.

CHINGY RELEASES NEW SINGLE
St. Louis-based rapper Chingy is back with a new single, “Pulling Me Back” featuring Tyrese. SOHH.com reports that the song was produced by Jermaine Dupri and is the lead single from Chingy’s third solo album, Hood Star, which comes out September 12th.

Hood Star will feature guest appearances by Three 6 Mafia, Janet Jackson, DJ Quik, Lil Scrappy, Young City, and Jody Breeze, with production by the Trak Starz, Mannie Fresh, Kwame, Timbaland, DJ Smurf, and DJ Paul & Juicy J.

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Celebrity Birthdays
• Patti LaBelle, 62
• Larry Blackmon, singer of Cameo, 50
• Sarah Dash, singer, of LaBelle, 64
• Heavy D, rapper, actor, (Life, The Tracy Morgan Show), 39
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Black History Fact
• In 1854, Lincoln University in Pennsylvania became the first black college in the U.S.
• In 1856, in the Pottawatomie Massacre in Kansas, a pro-slavery settlement in Franklin County was attacked by an anti-slavery group led by John Brown.
• In 1861, Major General Benjamin F. Butler declared slaves “contraband of war.”
• In 1951, racial segregation in Washington, D.C., restaurants was ruled illegal by the Municipal Court Of Appeals.
• In 1990, I’ll Give All My Love To You by Keith Sweat was released.
• In 1990, Give Me The Reason by Luther Vandross was certified double platinum.
• In 1990, Thriller by Michael Jackson was certified 21-times platinum.
• In 1991, the New Jack City soundtrack was certified gold and platinum.
• In 1995, the movie Tales From The Hood was released in the movie theaters.
• In 2000, My Way by Usher was certified six-times platinum.

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Words to the Wise
You’re in the driver’s seat!!
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Contact Information
Freddie Bell
PO Box 650961
Sterling, VA 20165
703-856-4720
newsletter@voiceunique.com

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