Jesse Jackson Makes Twin Cities Appearance Today

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Morning Show Update

June 30, 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.

Invite Freddie to your next event or seminar as a Keynote Speaker, covering topics including You Gotta Have H.E.A.R.T., Tuning In to R.A.D.I.O, Maximizing Your Potential, Imagination, The Secret Key To Success, Winning Through Community Service, Dreaming Your Way to Success and a variety of topics related to sales and sales management. Freddie shares ideas and techniques he used to propel Solid Gold Soul Radio into a household name in the Twin Cities. Call today for booking details. 888-639-9738.

LIL KIM TO BE RELEASED ON MONDAY CHARGES

Rapper Lil Kim, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, will be released from the Philadelphia Detention Center on Monday (July 3rd), sometime between 6 and 10 a.m., according to her attorney, James Leonard, Jr. Allhiphop.com reports that the rapper will be taken to an undisclosed facility for processing, then placed under house arrest at her New Jersey home for a month.

Lil Kim’s brother Chris Jones explained that what the family has been through isn’t unique, as many people have loved ones behind bars: “That’s regular. There’s million of people all over the world that has children that’s incarcerated.”

Jones added: “We over it now. She’ll be home next week. It’s over and done with.”

Lil Kim was sentenced to 366 days in jail for allegedly lying to a grand jury which was investigating a February 2001 shooting outside New York City radio station WQHT-FM. The rapper began serving her sentence last September.

Jesse Jackson To Make Twin Cities Appearance Today

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is coming to North Commons Park (1801 James Avenue North, Minneapolis) today. The event starts at 12:30pm. Warming up the crowd will be the sounds of Grammy-nominated Excelsior Gospel Choir.

This free, family event is a rally for state Rep. Keith Ellison, a candidate for US Congress.

For more information, call 612.522.4416 or visit http://www.keithellison.org.

DMX BACK BEHIND BARS

Rapper DMX was taken into custody yesterday (Thursday, June 29th) when he appeared at a White Plains, New York courthouse after a warrant had been issued for his arrest. E! Online reports that bail was set at $25,000 for the rapper. DMX’s latest legal woes are the product of him missing yet another court date. The rapper was initially due in court on June 16th to answer charges stemming from a traffic stop on June 2nd. The court date was postponed twice, but when DMX failed to show up to court on Wednesday (June 28th), Judge Barbara Leak issued a warrant for his arrest.

During the June 2nd traffic stop, the rapper was pulled over for driving erratically and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was also ticketed for driving without a seatbelt and an unsafe lane change.

In related news, DMX was also pulled over and ticketed for driving on the shoulder of the Hutchinson River Parkway in Harrison, New York on June 11th.

On June 16th, police in Scottsdale, Arizona, cited him for carrying a concealed handgun outside a nightclub when they spotted the rapper placing the weapon underneath the driver’s seat of his vehicle.

LUDACRIS HOOKS UP WITH R. KELLY, THE NEPTUNES, & OTHERS ON NEW ALBUM

Rapper Ludacris is currently recording his new album, Release Therapy, which he plans to release this fall. MTV.com reports that so far, the rapper has worked with Kanye West, Timbaland, Jermaine Dupri, Rick Rubin, R. Kelly, the Neptunes, and the Track Starz. Plans are also in the works for Ludacris to hook up with the Black Eyed Peas’ Will.I.Am.

Although busy recording a new album, Ludacris hasn’t neglected his duties as the head of Disturbing Tha Peace Records. The label’s newest signees, the Field Mob, made an impressive Top Ten debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart with their new project, Light Poles And Pine Trees.

Next week, DTP’s first lady, Shawnna, will release her second album, Block Music, and R&B singer Bobby Valentino will release his second solo effort, Special Occasion, early this fall.

MOS DEF AND WIFE ORDERED TO SETTLE DIVORCE OUT OF COURT

Rapper and actor Mos Def has been involved in an ongoing divorce battle with his wife of 10 years, Maria Yepes-Smith. The New York Post reports that on Wednesday (June 28th), Justice Sarah Krauss told the rapper and his soon-to-be ex-wife, “Work it out, right now. I have 50 cases here.”

The couple have been in and out of court over the matter — including Valentine’s Day of this year, when they were battling over child support for the couple’s two children. Per a temporary agreement, Mos Def was supposed to pay $10,000 a month in child support but the rapper had only been paying $8,000.

In related news, Mos Def is still working on a new album tentatively titled The Undeniable Free Now Black: Volume Zero. The set will be the rapper’s last release under his current deal with Geffen Records, but he isn’t rushing into any new deals. The rapper has already allegedly turned down an offer from Def Jam Records.

Mos Def released his second album, The New Danger, in 2004.

JAMIE KENNEDY LANDS DEAL FOR DEBUT RAP ALBUM

In the 2003 rap spoof Malibu’s Most Wanted, Jamie Kennedy played a wannabe rapper, but it looks like these days he’s really trying to pull it off. Allhiphop.com reports that Kennedy has secured a deal with Warner Reprise Records to distribute his label, JKSS Records, and his debut album, Blowin’ Up, which is due July 11th.

The process of putting the album together and landing a deal were all chronicled on Kennedy’s MTV reality show Blowin’ Up, which features the aspiring rapper and his friend Stu Stone trying to make it happen in the entertainment industry.

JURY SELECTION BEGINS IN MICHAEL JACKSON LAWSUIT CASE

Jury selection began earlier this week in Santa Monica, California for a case involving Michael Jackson’s former business associate Marc Schaffel, who claims that the singer owes him $3.8 million for expenses and unpaid salary stemming from a charity single and two TV specials. According to the Associated Press, Jackson has countersued, calling Schaffel a “swindler” who misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Jackson’s molestation charges came up during the jury selection proceedings when four potential jurors revealed that they thought he was guilty. One woman who was accepted on the panel said, “I have lots of opinions about this man. How can you not? I read so much and I have tons of opinions.”

Prosecutors named Schaffel an “unindicted co- conspirator” in Jackson’s sex abuse case.

Jackson just announced that he’s moving to Europe to work on a new album, followed by a possible tour.

He was acquitted on child molestation charges last year.

LeTOYA TELLS HOW SHE SURVIVED THE DOWN TIMES TO COME OUT ON TOP

LeToya has a lot going on: a Top10 R&B hit with her single “Torn;” the release of her self-titled debut solo album on July 25th; a choice summer gig as the opener for Mary J. Blige; and she also owns an upscale clothing boutique in Houston called Lady Elle. However, things haven’t always gone so well. She was replaced in Destiny’s Child in 2000, and spent a few years getting back on her feet and choosing her next steps, first dealing with legal issues around Destiny’s Child, and then starting a group that fell apart when its production company collapsed.

Now that LeToya is back on top as a solo artist, she explains how she was able to keep the faith while dealing with her troubles: “My family always told me to keep my head up. And at the time when things were going the way they were going, as you know, they told me to dust myself off and keep moving. And at that time I considered, you know, maybe doing some background stuff, or maybe doing some A&R, some behind-the-scenes stuff, but something told me, ‘Hey, go out there and get it.’ And that’s why I continue to press on, and I let God take the front seat in my career, and he has definitely shown up and shown out.”

MARIAH CAREY CREDITS WEIGHT LOSS TO A ‘MORSEL DIET’

If Mariah Carey’s looking a little trimmer these days, it’s thanks to what she calls a “morsel diet.”

According to NBC4.com, Carey said, “I have been on a diet, which is totally boring, not even worth discussing because you’d be bored even hearing about it.” She did open up a bit about her new eating habits, saying, “It’s like mainly really boring soups. Like maybe you get like a little bit of chicken in a vegetable soup. Vegetables steamed. Boring, steamed fish and chicken the same way every night.” Carey admitted that it’s easier to keep her legs in shape than any other part of her body.

Carey is getting in shape for the start of her tour, which kicks off August 5th in Miami. She’ll be on the road behind her smash album, The Emancipation Of Mimi.

BEYONCE HAS DIFFICULTY TURNING DOWN PROJECTS

Keeping up with Beyonce Knowles is tough. She’s got a new single on the charts, has performed at this week’s BET awards, will release her album B’Day in September, and unveils the latest from her House of Dereon clothing line at New York’s fashion week this fall. And later this year, she’s going to be Dreamgirls central, promoting both the movie and its soundtrack. All of that might seem overwhelming to your average 24-year-old, but it’s the tip of the iceberg compared to what Beyonce could’ve taken on. The actress- singer said she’s mastered the art of turning down projects because she realized that it’s her name and reputation on the line with whatever she does: “I one day realized that when people see me, they think it’s me. And it’s a reflection of me so I have to learn how to say no when I don’t like something. And that’s a very hard thing to do. Especially with me. I like to do a lot and I don’t like to disappoint people, and I work hard.”
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Celebrity Birthdays

Lena Horne, singer/actress, 89
David Alan Grier, comedian/actor, 51
Stanley Clarke,bassist, 55
Mike Tyson, boxer, 40
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BlacK History Fact

In 1847, Dred Scott, a slave, files suit in the St. Louis Circuit Court claiming that his temporary residence in a free territory should have made him a free man. Scott would lose the case.
In 1943, former Supremes member Florence Ballard was born in Detroit. Ballard met fellow Supremes Diana Ross and Mary Wilson in the late ’50s. The group, originally known as the Primettes, was renamed the Supremes in 1961. Ballard initially shared lead vocal duties with Ross, but eventually became just a background singer. The group’s ascent to stardom brought with it many problems, and after increasingly unprofessional behavior, Ballard was dismissed from the Supremes and replaced by Cindy Birdsong. Ballard never achieved success on her own and fell upon hard times, dying in poverty on February 22, 1976 at the age of 32.
In 1966, The Supremes make the studio recording of “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.” The song tops Billboard’s Hot 100 for two weeks and R&B singles chart for four weeks.
In 1967, Revenge album by Bill Cosby was certified Gold.
In 1975, The Heat Is On album by Isley Brothers was certified Gold.
In 1975, the Jackson 5 announced that they’ll leave Motown Records for Epic (and change their name to “The Jacksons,” since Motown owns the name “Jackson 5″).
In 1995, singer Phyllis Hyman took her own life at the age of 44. Hyman began singing professionally in 1971 as a member of the group New Direction. After stints in Miami groups, Hyman moved to New York and Norman Conners featured her in his band. Hyman released her self-titled debut album in 1977. After signing with Arista Records in the late 70s, Hyman’s career took off. Her hits include “Somewhere In My Lifetime,” “You Know How To Love Me” and “Can’t We Fall In Love Again.” In 1986 she signed with the legendary Philadelphia International label, and her success streak continued. A posthumous album, Forever With You, was later released.
In 1997, Mike Tyson apologized publicly for biting Evander Holyfield’s ears during a heavyweight championship boxing match in Las Vegas two days earlier, saying he’d become angered after Holyfield head-butted him.
In 1998, Miss Thang by Monica was certified Double Platinum.
In 1999, The movie Wild, Wild West starring Will Smith opened in theaters.

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Words to the Wise
You can’t limit God’s Blessings!
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Fantasia Pulls Out of Festival

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Morning Show Update

June 29, 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.

Invite Freddie to your next event or seminar as a Keynote Speaker, covering topics including You Gotta Have H.E.A.R.T., Tuning In to R.A.D.I.O, Maximizing Your Potential, Imagination, The Secret Key To Success, Winning Through Community Service, Dreaming Your Way to Success and a variety of topics related to sales and sales management. Freddie shares ideas and techniques he used to propel Solid Gold Soul Radio into a household name in the Twin Cities. Call today for booking details. 888-639-9738.

FOXY BROWN SAYS NEW ALBUM WILL BE OUT AROUND CHRISTMAS

Rapper Foxy Brown made a triumphant return to the stage last weekend at Jay-Z’s 10th anniversary Reasonable Doubt concert in New York City, having successfully made her way back from major surgery to restore her hearing. She told MTV.com, “I went straight from the operating room to the studio. It was really hard. I was deaf for an entire year. Completely deaf. The surgery was iffy. They didn’t know if it would be a success, and it was.”

Brown is hoping to release her new album, which is still tentatively titled Black Roses, in December.

In related news, Brown is scheduled to headline the Reggae Gold Live 2006 Summer Jump-off on July 18th at Webster Hall in New York City. The rapper will be joined by Wayne Wonder, Beenie Man, TOK, and Kulcha Don at the LIFEbeat-sponsored event.

Jesse Jackson To Make Twin Cities Appearance Tomorrow

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is coming to North Commons Park (1801 James Avenue North, Minneapolis) this tomorrow. The event starts at 12:30pm. Warming up the crowd will be the sounds of Grammy-nominated Excelsior Gospel Choir.

This free, family event is a rally for state Rep. Keith Ellison, a candidate for US Congress.

For more information, call 612.522.4416 or visit http://www.keithellison.org.

LLOYD BANKS SAYS PUTS YOUR ‘HANDS UP’

The G-Unit’s Lloyd Banks will release his new album called The Rotten Apple later this summer, but he already has two new songs out — “My House” and “Hands Up” featuring 50 Cent. Backstage at the BET Awards, Banks explained that “Hands Up” is his official new single: “Actually, ‘My House’ is a record that I did for the new Wayans brothers movie. It was kinda like a cross-connection — you know, a way to market yourself more than one way.”

The rapper added: “The official single is ‘Hands Up’ featuring 50 Cent, produced by Eminem. But you can catch the ‘My House’ record in the Lil Man movie that should be out in July, I believe.

The Rotten Apple will feature guest appearances by Scarface, 8Ball, and Rakim.

ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR DMX AFTER HE FAILS TO APPEAR IN COURT

DMX failed to show up in a White Plains, NY court Wednesday and a judge who previously granted him two postponements was not as lenient this time. City Court Judge Barbara Leak issued an arrest warrant for the rapper, who was scheduled to appear in court to face numerous driving violations. “We have granted him a number of courtesies,” the judge said. “It ends now.” The rapper’s lawyer, Stacey Murray, says he missed the court appearance because he became ill and promised that DMX would come to court Thursday.

DMX was pulled over in White Plains on June 2 for speeding and making unsafe lane changes, police said. He was also cited for not wearing a seat belt and not having a driver’s license.

On June 11, he was pulled over and ticketed for driving on the shoulder of the Hutchinson River Parkway in Harrison, New York.

On June 16, police in Scottsdale, Arizona, cited him for carrying a concealed handgun outside a nightclub.

Last month, the rapper was arrested in London after refusing to put on a seat belt and becoming abusive on a flight from New York, authorities said.

DJ QUIK SERVING FIVE MONTHS BEHIND BARS

Rapper and producer DJ Quik, whose real name is David Blake, is currently serving a five-month prison sentence for assaulting his sister during an argument in 2003. Allhiphop.com reports that the rapper surrendered in Fontana Superior Court in California last Thursday (June 22nd) and began serving his sentence immediately, after a judge ruled he violated his probation.

Quik, who allegedly pulled a gun on his sister, was initially sentenced to 45 days in jail on weekends. When the rapper failed to serve the weekend time, Judge Keith Davis of Fontana Superior Court ruled that he had violated his probation and ordered him to serve 150 consecutive days.

Earlier this year, DJ Quik released the album Trauma: Instrumentals on his own Mad Science label.

JUVENILE TO PERFORM FOR TROOPS IN HAWAII AND SOUTH KOREA

Rapper Juvenile has agreed to perform at a series of concerts for U.S. military personnel in Hawaii and South Korea. He’ll headline the Bayfest Hawaii 2006 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay on the island of Oahu tomorrow (Friday, June 30th). And following that show, Juvenile will head to South Korea to perform at several military bases including: Camp Casey; Yongsan Garrison; Camp Walker; Camp Red Cloud; and Camp Humphreys. The YoungBloodz will join Juvenile for four of the South Korea dates.

Juvenile is still promoting his gold-certified Atlantic Records debut, Reality Check. The latest single from the project is “Way I Be Leanin'” featuring Paul Wall, Mike Jones, & UTP.

C.L. SMOOTH TO RELEASE ‘AMERICAN ME’ IN SEPTEMBER

Rapper C.L. Smooth, formerly of Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, will release his debut solo album, American Me, on September 19th. The album will feature the production of Arsonist of the Heatmakerz, Kaygee & Tramp, and Mike Loe. Smooth said, “American Me is about misconceptions. It’s about the things people say, the things people perceive, right or wrong it’s about the speculations that we force on each other. I am spelling it out, politically and personally. I’m bringing the real deal, in spite of everyone and everything else. My lyricism isn’t about brute force; instead it showcases what I’ve come up against and why I’m still here.”

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth originally split in 1995 due to conflicting lifestyles, but they reunited in 1998, only to split up again. The pair reunited last year and recorded a reunion set but fell out after a few performances and the project was aborted.

The duo released their critically acclaimed debut EP, All Souled Out, in 1991, which was followed by two critically acclaimed full-length sets, 1992’s Mecca And The Soul Brother and 1994’s The Main Ingredient. The pair’s biggest hit was their tribute to Troy Dixon of Heavy D & The Boyz, titled “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.).” Dixon was killed when he fell off the stage during a 1990 performance.

ERIC BENET LASHES OUT AT HALLE BERRY FOR LATEST COMMENTS

R&B singer Eric Benet says he’s had it with ex-wife Halle Berry portraying herself as a “victim,” and lashed out with a torrent of frustration in the New York Post this week. Berry was quoted in last week’s InTouch magazine about her monetary settlement with her former husband, saying she finds it “difficult to pay money to a man who cheated on me, like, 27 times.” The quote made Benet, who says he has not received or asked for a payout from the Oscar- winning actress, more than a bit upset.

“If she said that, that I cheated on her 27 times, then she is simply lying. Straight out, that’s a lie and a gross, gross exaggeration of what happened in our marriage,” Benet told the New York paper’s Liz Smith. “I’ve admitted my indiscretion and apologized and took responsibility. I think maybe it’s time for Halle to take some responsibility, instead of constantly casting herself in this victim mode and implying her commitment to our marriage was without flaw. I have refrained from ongoing attacks on her and she needs to do the same. She should leave me and my daughter, India, in peace.”

The singer known for romantic love ballads like “Spend My Life With You” and “I Wanna Be Loved,” continued that his ex-wife’s comments are hurtful not only to him but to his daughter. “Halle used to insist she loved India, though she hasn’t seen her and has barely communicated with her in years, and not because I’ve stopped her,” Benet added. “If she really had any feeling toward my girl, she’d realize how hurtful such statements are. Especially when they are untrue.

“I so don’t want to go down this road and say things about Halle in anger and frustration,” Benet concluded. “But I can’t just keep letting these snipes and lies continue in the media without commenting.”

Benet’s current album is titled Hurricane. He’s currently on the urban adult charts with the single “Pretty Baby.”

FANTASIA PULLS OUT OF ROCHESTER MUSIC FESTIVAL

American Idol champ Fantasia, who shared a steamy kiss with Jamie Foxx Tuesday night at the BET Awards in Los Angeles, has announced that she will not be performing July 8th at the Rochester Music Festival in Rochester, New York. Festival promoters said she cited surgery as the reason for the cancellation. The festival rolls on from July 7th through July 9th with a stellar cast of hip-hop and R&B performers.

Friday kicks off at High Falls with old school hip hop artists DJ Marley Marl, Big Daddy Kane, Whodini, and Willie Dynomite.

Festivities move to Frontier Field for the weekend. Saturday’s lineup includes Ruben Studdard, Cheri Dennis, Diddy protege Cassie, girl group Cherish, Avant, LeToya, Mila J, and Baby Cham, among others.

Sunday wraps up with R&B veterans Caron Wheeler, Kem, Cameo, Doug E. Fresh, the Emotions, Heather Headley, K-ci & JoJo, Charlie Wilson, and more.

For more information, go to rochestermusicfest.com.

OUTKAST GETS ‘WILD’ WITH MOVIE, SOUNDTRACK SET FOR AUGUST

OutKast members Andre 3000 and Big Boi are thrilled that their long-anticipated new film and album project are finally scheduled for release. The Atlanta-based hip-hop duo will release the Idlewild album August 22nd, with the big screen period flick hitting theaters on August 25th.

The first single from the album, titled “Mighty O,” is already getting early spins at radio. The tune is the first time Andre and Big Boi have been on the same OutKast single in more than six years, according to Billboard.com. The Grammy-winning duo’s 2003 double album, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, was essentially two separate solo albums packaged together as an OutKast release.

Idlewild is also the first film project to feature both OutKast members in prominent roles. Set in the 1930s, the story follows a Georgia speakeasy owner and his piano-playing partner who try keep local gangsters at bay while following their show biz dreams. The film also stars Ving Rhames, Cicely Tyson, Patti LaBelle, Macy Gray, and Ben Vereen.

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Celebrity Birthdays
Keenen Ivory Wayans, actor and director (In Living Color, Scary Movie), 48
Clarence “Fuzzy” Haskins, member of Funkadelic, 65

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Black History Fact
In 1948, John E. Rudder became the first black commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
In 1949, Monte Irvin and Hank Thompson, brought up from Jersey City three days earlier, are the first blacks to play for the Giants. Thompson, who was also the first black to play for the St. Louis Browns in 1947, starts at second base, and Irvin pinch-hits in the eighth for Hartung. When Thompson steps in against Don Newcombe, it is the first time in major league history that a black pitcher and a black hitter have faced off. The Dodgers win the game, 4-3. BR>In 1965, former Milli Vanilli member Rob Pilatus was born in New York. Pilatus was half of the notorious duo that was stripped of its Best New Artist Grammy Award when it was discovered that they had lip-synched their music. Pilatus led a troubled existence after that, and died of a drug overdose in Frankfurt, Germany on April 2, 1998 at the age of 32.
In 1968, authorities announced the capture in London of James Earl Ray, the suspected assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In 1977, Parliament Live/P Funk Earth Tour album by Parliament is certified Gold.
In 1982, baseball legend Leroy “Satchel” Paige died at the age of 75. Born July 7, 1906, Paige was widely considered the greatest pitcher in the Negro Leagues. He went on to pitch in the Major Leagues, and Joe DiMaggio once called him “the best and fastest pitcher I’ve ever faced.” He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1971.
In 1987, Luther Vandross’s drummer, Yogi Horton, jumped to his death from the 17th floor of a midtown New York hotel. He had told his wife he was depressed and tired of working in Vandross’s shadow.
In 1989, Girl You Know It’s True album by Milli Vanilli was certified Platinum.
In 1990, Mariah Carey album by Mariah Carey was released.
In 1991, “Written All Over Your Face” by Rude Boys peaked at Number 16 on the pop singles chart.
In 1998, “The Boy Is Mine” single by Brandy & Monica was certified Gold and Platinum.

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Words to the Wise
You’ll Never Get it unless you ask!

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Contact Information
Freddie Bell
PO Box 650961
Sterling, VA 20165
888-639-9738
newsletter@voiceunique.com

Prince Rocks BET Awards, Twice!

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Morning Show Update

June 28, 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.

Invite Freddie to your next event or seminar as a Keynote Speaker, covering topics including You Gotta Have H.E.A.R.T., Tuning In to R.A.D.I.O, Maximizing Your Potential, Imagination, The Secret Key To Success, Winning Through Community Service, Dreaming Your Way to Success and a variety of topics related to sales and sales management. Freddie shares ideas and techniques he used to propel Solid Gold Soul Radio into a household name in the Twin Cities. Call today for booking details. 888-639-9738.

LIL JON PUTTING ‘CRUNK ROCK’ TOGETHER IN LAS VEGAS

“The King Of Crunk,” Lil Jon, is busy in a Las Vegas studio working on a new album called Crunk Rock. The producer told MTV.com, “I think me and R. Kelly are about to do some new stuff together. Two weeks into my record, and we already hooking up. I got with him on my last album, but I waited until I was almost at the end. Hooking up with him early is going to be crazy. I’m supposed to get one with Mariah and I got one with Snoop that’s crazy!”

Lil Jon added, “The album is going to be stupid — as they say in the Bay, ‘dumb, yellow bus.’ It’s going to be that crazy. I’m just trying to give people good music on this album. Try something different. Just experiment. People are scared to try things. I’m gonna give them some stuff they would expect so they don’t look at me like I’m crazy, but I’mma give them something fresh.”

Lil Jon is hoping to release the album in September.

FAT JOE AND REMY MA ARE COOL

The Terror Squad’s Remy Ma aired some dirty laundry between her and Terror Squad leader Fat Joe after she felt her debut album, There’s Something About Remy, wasn’t getting the appropriate push. Fat Joe explained that the two have gotten past their differences. He told MTV.com, “She was at (New York City’s) Rucker (Park) with us…We had a game, and the crowd was looking at us like crazy. They were mind-boggled. I don’t understand why. She called me and wished me ‘Happy Father’s Day.’ We were in Miami together Memorial (Day) weekend. And we talk… But she started the blaming game when the album came out. And of course, I’m the guy to throw the gun at and shoot at.”

BABS BUNNY ARRESTED

Babs Bunny of MTV’s Making The Band 2 was arrested on Saturday (June 24th) after she got into an altercation with two women who accused the rapper of flirting with one of their boyfriends at a house party. Allhiphop.com reports that the two women went to the rapper’s home but left when she wouldn’t come outside. Babs allegedly later went to one of their homes with two friends. The woman called the police and when the authorities came, she said that someone keyed her car and that Babs threatened her. The rapper released a statement through her publicist Alyse Feldman, which read, “They threatened not only me but my family and anyone that knows me knows I don’t play when it comes to my family.”

BOW WOW EYEING EARLY RETIREMENT

Nineteen-year-old rapper and actor Bow Wow is currently working on his fifth solo album, and he’s hinted that it might be his last. He told MTV.com, “(If so), we’re going to go out with a bang. It’s definitely going to be the biggest album that I’ve ever done.” Bow Wow is still working on the album, but he’s already selected a collaboration with Chris Brown titled “Shorty Like Mine” as the set’s lead single.

The project, which is due out around Halloween, will again be overseen by Jermaine Dupri. Bow Wow explained, “I’m going for a more edgy, kinda mature sound. Now that I’m 19, I’m able to talk about a lot of things that I’ve experienced in my life.” Bow Wow’s latest film project, The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift, has raked in over $40 million since it was released earlier this month, but the rapper hasn’t chosen his next project yet. He said, “Scripts keep coming into the office daily, so I’m reading, trying to pick the next one. There’s actually one in negotiations right now, but they don’t want me to say. But definitely get ready to see me in at least two more movies. Last year, I promised myself I’d do three movies, and (Tokyo Drift) is one right here.”

DAME DASH PROUD OF ‘REASONABLE DOUBT’

Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash wasn’t on stage Sunday (June 25th), chopping it up with Jay-Z as the rapper celebrated the 10th anniversary of his platinum debut album Reasonable Doubt. But Dash is still very proud of the album and the historic moment, despite his split from his former partner. He told MTV.com, “It’s the only record we still own together, so it’s cool. And I support it because those days made who we are now. I’m proud of Reasonable Doubt always.”

PRINCE, BEYONCE ROCK BET LAST NIGHT

At the BET Awards Tuesday night, Prince didn’t do a performance drive-by like he did at the “American Idol” finale. He stayed, got comfortable and even made a heartfelt speech to accept his best male R&B artist award.

In a night that featured high-energy performances by Beyonce, Busta Rhymes and surprise appearances by Eminem and Janet Jackson, it was Prince who seemed to electrify the Shrine Auditorium through both of his stage appearances – once during a show-stopping tribute to Chaka Khan featuring Stevie Wonder, India.Arie and Yolanda Adams; and another that actually did stop the show.
Meanwhile, Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige and the “Gold Digger” combo of Kanye West and Jamie Foxx each picked up two awards apiece to lead the roster of winners (listed below).

For those who missed the show, here are the highlights:

• Beyonce channeled Tina Turner for her scorching performance of “Déjà Vu” to open the program. Boyfriend Jay-Z dipped in for his part, then promptly dipped back out.

• Jimmy Walker, Bernadette Stanis and Ralph Carter had no idea that their former “Good Times” co-star Janet Jackson was even in the building when she sashayed across the stage and joined them to present an award.

• Don King, waving a tiny U.S. flag, introduced the self-proclaimed king of the South, T.I. The rapper then had severe sound problems during his performance of “What You Know.”

• Jamie Foxx brought out Fantasia to perform his latest single, “DJ Play A Love Song,” and then threw his tongue down her throat midway through the set.

• Chris Brown hit folks with a little “Run It” then brought out Lil Wayne for “Gimme That,” during which he channeled MiJac’s look in the “Smooth Criminal” video and did somersaults. Next, he climbed into a cage to perform “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)” and it floated over the audience toward the balcony, where he picked up a young lady and serenaded her while floating back toward the stage.

• Prince actually uttered sentences upon receiving his best male R&B artist award. He said the honor was “unexpected but appreciated nonetheless.” He thanked – in this order – Jehovah God, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, India.Arie and Yolanda Adams for “continuing to be such an inspiration in my life.”

• Mary J. Blige sang “Be Without You” before unleashing her rap alter-ego “Brooke” to help her through a crowd-pleasing performance of “Enough Cryin’.”

• Keyshia Cole started her performance of “Love” in the audience and strolled her way to the stage.

• Diddy dissed the soundman for messing up his mic, then blamed him for destroying T.I.’s entire set before introducing his Bad Boy artist Yung Joc and joining him for a performance of “It’s Goin’ Down.”

• Busta Rhymes, Kelis and will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas – and of course Spliff Star – performed “I Love My Chick.” For the hyped performance of “Touch It,” Busta was joined one by one by Mary J. Blige (or shall we say, Brooke), Rah Digga, Missy Elliott, Lloyd Banks, Papoose, DMX (via the music video) and – surprise – Eminem (wearing a t-shirt that read “Shady” on the front and “Proof Forever” on the back).

• BET congratulated itself (through presenters David Banner and Vivica A. Fox) for its S.O.S. telethon that raised $14 million for the Hurricane Katrina effort.

• Jagged Edge presented an award in Capri pants.

• Steve Harvey introduced lifetime achievement award recipient Chaka Khan. Her musical tribute featured Stevie Wonder (who wrote her hit “Tell Me Something Good”), Prince (writer of “I Feel for You”), India.Arie and Yolanda Adams. They started with the opening notes of “Ain’t Nobody” (Prince on guitar, Stevie on keys), before moving into “Sweet Thing” (Adams on vocals). That gave way to “Tell Me Something Good,” (lead vocals by Arie and Stevie, with Prince pitching in). Chaka Khan herself took the stage for “Through the Fire” – speaking of which, Kanye West (who sampled the song for his first hit “Through the Wire”), was shown in the audience recording the whole performance with his digital camera. You can’t have Prince, Chaka and Stevie on the same stage and not do “I Feel For You,” which they did and brought the house down. The grand finale was “I’m Every Woman.” (Imagine if Whitney Houston had gotten herself together enough to join them onstage for that – marking her big return to civilization by saluting Chaka Khan. But it wasn’t to be.)

• BET head honcho Debra Lee and actor Danny Glover saluted Harry Belafonte with the show’s Humanitarian Award.

• Ne-Yo performed “Sexy Love,” with a chair as a prop, then flowed into “So Sick.”

• OutKast presented the final award, but not before promoting their “Idlewild” soundtrack and film (due Aug. 22 and 25 respectively).

• For the closing performance, Prince re-emerged with his hair wrapped in that black scarf that ties in the front and ripped through “3121” with protégé Tamar, who was dressed in a hot pink, Asian-influenced dress and toted a silk fan. When the song ended, Damon Wayans came out to close the show and tried to promote his upcoming Showtime series, but Prince started playing his guitar over him, firing up “3121” again and bringing out will.i.am to spit a rhyme before ending the song for good.

• The show ended at about 11:06 p.m., which means those who TiVo’d the program missed the last six minutes.

Walters Says Star Jones Betrayed Her

Talk about being blindsided. Star Jones Reynolds apparently told no one of her decision to announce her departure from “The View” during Tuesday’s live show. Even her boss Barbara Walters was caught off guard.

“I love Star and I was trying to do everything I possibly could — up until this morning when I was betrayed — to protect her,” Walters told The Associated Press.

Walters also said she was unaware of Star’s interview in People magazine (on stands Friday), where she said that producers made the decision not to renew her contract for a tenth season. She told the magazine: “I feel like I was fired.”

Star was right. Walters said ABC brass was unhappy with research that showed audiences had soured on the former prosecutor since her mysterious weight loss and 2004 wedding to banker Al Reynolds. She was roundly criticized for a website that promoted companies that donated items for the wedding party’s gift bags. According to Walters, ABC execs made the decision last fall to let Reynolds go.

“We tried to talk them out of it,” Walters said, “and we tried to give Star time to redeem herself in the eyes of the audience, and the research just kept getting worse.”

Walters said Reynolds knew she wouldn’t be returning even before Meredith Vieira announced her departure for “The Today Show” in April.

“I would have loved for Star to have left and not said ‘I was fired,’ and not make it look like the program was somehow being cruel to her,” Walters said.

KIERRA KIKI SHEARD’S NEW ALBUM IN STORES NOW

Detroit-based 18-year-old inspirational R&B singer Kierra KiKi Sheard is back with her second album, which is titled This Is Me. The album on EMI Gospel, features production by Fred Jerkins, Warryn Campbell, and Sheard’s younger brother J Moss.

Sheard says she’s and excited about the release.

JERMAINE DUPRI PHONES IN NEW TECH PROMO

Producer Jermaine Dupri has pacted with electronics company LG to help introduce its new Fusic mobile phone. The Atlanta-based music mogul launched the device at a star-studded Hollywood party after the BET Awards last night.

The Fusic mobile phone has the look and capability of a portable music player and is the first phone fitted with an FM receiver for playing music through a radio or car stereo.

Dupri “pimped out” several of the phones with Swarovski crystals and loaded it with a personal video message featuring himself and sidekick “Afroman” inviting top celebrities including Jamie Foxx, Kanye West, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and others to the kickoff party, which will serve as a fundraiser for his Jermaine Dupri Foundation, which helps support activities for youth.

CIARA, KELIS, KEYSHIA COLE & MORE ON SOUNDTRACK TO ‘STEP UP’

Ciara, Kelis, Keyshia Cole, Young Joc, Chris Brown and others will be featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming dance-oriented film Step Up, which is due in theaters August 11th. The soundtrack album will be released August 8th, with the first single being Ciara’s “Get Up” featuring Chamillionaire. Also featured on the set are tunes by Petey Pablo, Anthony Hamilton, Clipse, Youngbloodz, and others.

The film stars Mario and Heavy D in a story about a wayward Baltimore teen and his encounter with a high school dancer.
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Celebrity Birthdays

Robby Rosa, member of Menudo, 36
Laterrian Wallace, cast member of MTV’s Road Rules, 29
Taimak, actor (The Last Dragon, Third Watch), 42
Actress Tichina Arnold (“Everybody Hates Chris”) is 35.
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Black History Fact

June 28, 1839: Cinque – originally Senghbe, the son of a Mende king, along with several other Africans – is kidnapped and sold into slavery in Cuba. Cinque and his companions will later carry out the famous successful revolt upon the slave ship Amistad.

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Words to the Wise
Prayer Changes Things!

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Star Jones Leaving The View

Star Jones announces this morning she is leaving as Co-Host of The View. It’s an anchor position she has held for the last nine years. Barbara Walters, who hereself has just inked a deal with Sirius Satelite, was taken aback by the news released this morning. Jones, says she’ll stay on the show until mid July.

by Freddie Bell

Bush Honors Black Talent ; Naomi Trouble

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Morning Show Update

June 27, 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.

Invite Freddie to your next event or seminar as a Keynote Speaker, covering topics including You Gotta Have H.E.A.R.T., Tuning In to R.A.D.I.O, Maximizing Your Potential, Imagination, The Secret Key To Success, Winning Through Community Service, Dreaming Your Way to Success and a variety of topics related to sales and sales management. Freddie shares ideas and techniques he used to propel Solid Gold Soul Radio into a household name in the Twin Cities. Call today for booking details. 888-639-9738.

Bush Honors Black Musicians

President Bush honored the nation’s black musicians on Monday at a White House Black Music Month ceremony that featured performances from blues master B.B. King, singer Patti Austin and trumpeter Irvin Mayfield.
“During this month, we recognize the great contributions that black music has made to our nation,” Bush said. “We express our gratitude to the artists whose works have inspired our nation and have brought such beauty into the world.”

“Some of the finest performances by black musicians have been heard right here in the White House. And we’re going to continue that tradition,” Bush said before the three musicians performed selections.

Bush, in turn, was given a guitar by the performers.

Another Maid Says Naomi Slugged Her Over Jeans

Naomi Campbell is due in court this morning to answer charges from one former housekeeper, while a second one has just filed suit against the model in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court claiming similar allegations.
In both cases, Campbell is accused of striking the former employees in the head after being unable to find a pair of jeans. Today, the runway queen will face charges of allegedly hitting Ana Scolavino in the back of the noggin with her jewel-encrusted cell phone after accusing the housekeeper of stealing the jeans.
In a new filing on Monday, Campbell’s former housekeeper Gaby Gibson also claims the model hit her in the head when she couldn’t find her jeans. No details were given on the nature of the alleged assault, other than it happened on Jan. 17, Campbell called her names and subsequently threatened to have her arrested.
Gibson accuses Campbell of “personal injuries,” “employment discrimination,” “civil assault,” “civil battery” and other complaints. She’s seeking “actual, compensatory and punitive” damages, but did not specify an amount.
A British citizen, Campbell faces up to seven years in prison and deportation if convicted on the Scolavino charge.
The latest lawsuit marks the fifth time in seven years that an assistant to Campbell has accused her of assault. In 2003, the supermodel was sued by a former assistant who said Campbell threw a phone at her during a tantrum two years earlier.
In August 2004, Campbell and yet another maid got into it, with the worker claiming the supermodel slapped her across the face. Campbell accused maid Millicent Burton of instigating the fight.
In 2000, Campbell pleaded guilty in Toronto to the 1998 telephone beating of another assistant, Georgina Galanis. The model entered the plea in exchange for expressing remorse, paying Galanis an undisclosed amount of money and attending anger management classes.

Charles Smith of Kool and the Gang Dies

Charles Smith, a co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang, died Tuesday in Maplewood, N.J. after a long illness, his publicist David Brokaw confirmed. He was 57.
“We’ve lost a member of our family, as well as an infinitely creative and gifted artist who was with the band from the very beginning,” band manager Tia Sinclair said in a statement.
Smith co-wrote such Kool & the Gang hits as “Joanna” and “Take My Heart,” and co-wrote the group’s classic singles “Celebration,” “Hollywood Swinging” and “Jungle Boogie.”
A Jersey City native, Smith was introduced to jazz guitar by his father in the early 1960s. Later in that decade he was in a group of New Jersey jazz musicians, including Ronald Bell (later Khalis Bayyan), Robert “Kool” Bell, George Brown, Dennis Thomas and Robert “Spike” Mickens, who became Kool & the Gang. Other members would include lead singer James JT Taylor.
Smith grew ill and was forced to stop touring with the group in January. His cause of death was unknown as of press time. He is survived by his six children and nine grandchildren.
Rapper Khia from Tampa to Be on Janet’s New CD
Khia, the Florida rapper who caught folks off guard in 2002 with her explicit song “My Neck, My Back,” was mistakenly riled up over word that her vocals were deleted from a song on Janet Jackson’s upcoming album “20 Years Old.”
Janet’s boyfriend and producer, Jermaine Dupri, apparently recruited Khia to appear on the track “So Excited.” According to SOHH.com, Khia heard that her contribution was left on the cutting room floor and lashed out by generating a petition in the Atlanta area for urban radio stations to boycott Jackson’s new album.
Khia told SOHH.com: “Her man approached me to get on that sh*t. That album won’t be sh*t without Miss Khia. She played me. I worked all damn night on my verse, and if you’re gonna drop someone, let them know. I couldn’t even receive a phone call. I worked on that song with her for weeks.”
After Khia’s rant, Virgin Urban exec Dupri released a statement to SOHH stating Khai is mistaken and is still a part of the song.
“Contrary to what has been reported, Khia WILL be featured on the new Janet Jackson album,” the statement read. “I can verify that the song, ‘So Excited,’ which features Khia, is in the process of being mixed and will appear on Janet’s highly anticipated release, ‘20 Years Old,’ when it hits stores on September 26th.”

Peace Festival In Miami

A host of rappers will lend their talents to Sting Miami 2006, an event organizers described as a “Woodstock style peace festival” scheduled to take place in September 2006 at the Miami Bayfront Park in Miami. Wyclef Jean, Ying Yang Twins, Beanie Man, Luke, Trina and others are featured in the lineup for the event, which takes place September 24. The event is being staged by FSBO Media Holdings and Survival Four Inc. “The Sting Miami 2006 concert represents a new era for the company with the specific goal of producing and promoting events of international standards and quality,” said Survival Four Inc.’s CEO Nerissa Toney. “Our plan is to capitalize on the brand name event like Sting, which has established itself as a true reggae/dancehall brand internationally.”

Rapper Opens New Eatery

St. Louis rapper Nelly and his St. Lunatics crew will open a new bar and grill in August in Hazelwood. The new restaurant, called Mack’s Bar and Grill, was originally slated for an April opening but was pushed back because the rappers were waiting for Mack’s manager, Tony Powell, to finish his work as a chef and manager at Azio, an Italian restaurant in Atlanta. As a result of the delay, the Hazelwood City Council is expected to extend a special land-use permit for Mack’s next month, according to city officials. The restaurant, which takes its name from the first letters of theowners’ names – Murphy Lee, Ali, Slodown, Kyjuan and Cornell, Nelly’s first name, is now scheduled to open August 10 at 6827 Howdershell Road.

The Game Announces Wedding Plans

Compton rapper The Game has confirmed that he is engaged to actress Valeisha Butterfield and the two will be married in March of 2007. In a recent edition of Sister 2 Sister magazine, the rapper confirmed rumors that he was engaged. He also revealed that he gave Butterfield a 19-carat engagement ring. The two have selected March 22, 2007 to be wed, the date being the anniversary of his proposal to Butterfield, who has small roles in Remember The Titans and Road Trip. “I was just as surprised as my family and everybody was,” Butterfield said. “I didn’t pass out, but I buckled and he caught me. We never dated, that’s the thing; we went from being friends to being engaged.” Butterfield is the daughter of North Carolina Congressman GK Butterfield, who reportedly gave the gangster rapper “the third degree” upon their first meeting.

Foxy Brown to Perform

Rapper Foxy Brown has been tapped to perform at the first HIV/AIDS awareness reggae concert by LIFEbeat’s Hearts & Voices Benefit Concert Series. The concert, dubbed “Reggae Gold Live 2006 Summer Jumpoff,” is presented in conjunction with E.A.R.S. Entertainment Group and New York’s Power 105.1 FM. The sixth annual Hearts & Voices AIDS Benefit Concert will also feature headliners Beenie Man, Wayne Wonder, TOK, Sasha and Kulcha Don. The concert aims to bring awareness to the HIV/AIDS crisis throughout the Caribbean community. “I feel that this is a very important issue, not only in the inner cities where I’m from, but across the entire world,” said Foxy Brown. “I am just happy that I can be a part of something like this and bring awareness to my fans.”

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Celebrity Birthdays

Robby Rosa (Menudo) is 36.

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Black History Fact

June 27, 1890: George Dixon, born in Africville, (Halifax), Nova Scotia, becomes the first black person to hold a world title in boxing. George beat Nunc Wallace in the Pelican Club in England and received $4,250.00

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Words to the Wise
If you have nothing to lose by trying, by all means try!

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Mary J. Blige on Soap Opera; King Papers To Moorehouse

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Morning Show Update

June 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.

Invite Freddie to your next event or seminar as a Keynote Speaker, covering topics including You Gotta Have H.E.A.R.T., Tuning In to R.A.D.I.O, Maximizing Your Potential, Imagination, The Secret Key To Success, Winning Through Community Service, Dreaming Your Way to Success and a variety of topics related to sales and sales management. Freddie shares ideas and techniques he used to propel Solid Gold Soul Radio into a household name in the Twin Cities. Call today for booking details. 888-639-9738.

Disposition of King Papers No Longer In Doubt

Sotheby’s had to cancel its scheduled auction of sermons, books, notes and speeches from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. thanks to his alma mater Morehouse College in Atlanta, which purchased the entire lot outright.
“This is a wonderful outcome for this collection,” Dexter King, son of the slain civil rights leader, said in a statement. “I know my mother would have been happy to see the collection housed permanently in Atlanta, which always meant so much to her and to our family.”
Dexter King and his brothers and sisters had tried to sell their father’s papers to the U.S. Library of Congress in 1999, but the deal fell through. The Sotheby’s auction, which was scheduled for Friday, raised concerns that the historic archive – containing more than 10,000 of King’s manuscripts and books – would end up scattered among the collections of numerous buyers.
The archive, valued at $30 million by Sotheby’s, includes a draft of King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, books that King annotated while reading and memorabilia such as plane tickets and suitcases. It also includes his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and a telegram inviting King to President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
“It is great that Atlanta is embracing its own history,” Mayor Shirley Franklin of Atlanta said in a statement issued by Sotheby’s. The company’s Vice Chairman David Redden said he was glad the archive would be returned to Atlanta.
“This historic archive is of extraordinary significance and the King Estate and Sotheby’s had hoped — and worked hard to ensure — that its disposition would permit access to the public and to scholars. This has now been achieved,” Redden said.
The collection will remain on public display at Sotheby’s in New York until Thursday.

Jamie Foxx in Copyright Tangle

Detroit man is claiming that Jamie Foxx’s song “Heaven,” which the Oscar winner debuted on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in December, is nothing but a reworked version of his song “One of God’s Angels Is AWOL,” which he wrote and copyrighted in 2003.

Michael A. Johnson is suing Foxx in Eastern Michigan’s U.S. District Court for $75 million – that’s $15 million apiece from defendants Foxx, J Records, Sony Records, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Face Production to cover damages, royalties that he has missed out on and the “mass exposure” he would have received if that song had been attributed to him.

Johnson first came across the tune when the rest of the world did – while watching “Oprah” – and soon recognized the lyrics from his own tune. Johnson also says he did a mass mailing of his song lyrics to record companies, including Sony, whose J Records label released Foxx’s album, “Unpredictable.”

“The songs are so similar that, if my song was released today, people would think I copied Jamie’s song,” Johnson wrote in his complaint. “My songs were sent out in hopes of a contract, not to be changed and disguised as someone else’s creation.”

Explaining “Heaven” to Oprah’s audience last year, Foxx said: “The song is basically saying that there was an angel up in heaven who was this little girl angel and it was God’s favorite angel. She would always look at the plight of this couple who weren’t able to have a kid, so, one day when God was having a role call, she didn’t answer. She had snuck off and blessed them with a child.”

Johnson countered in his complaint: “Even if Mr. Foxx’s song was inspired by his daughter, they are still my lyrics. Maybe Mr. Foxx thought or assumed, because my songs were sent out hand-written, that I was not professional enough to have had my songs copyrighted and took advantage of that.”

*Meanwhile, Foxx has been added to the all-star lineup of the 2006 Essence Music Festival. He’ll take the stage on Sunday, July 2nd with such acts as Chris Brown, Jaheim, New Edition and Bobby Brown, Steve Harvey and Doug E. Fresh and the Pioneers of Hip-Hop including Slick Rick, Sugar Hill Gang, MC Lyte, Biz Markie, Whodini and Dana Dane.

Seal Loses Suit Against Ex-Manager

Four days after announcing the impending arrival of a new baby with wife Heidi Klum, Seal was ordered by a judge to pay about $1.8 million to his former manager, who claimed he was owed commissions from the artist’s first two albums.

Justice Charles Gray on Thursday ruled in favor of John Wadlow, who proved he was entitled to unpaid commissions due under an agreement in 1995. Both of the albums in question were recorded before that date.

Born Henry Olusegun Olumide Adelo Samuel, Seal argued that he owed nothing in the case. However, Judge Gray saw things differently, ruling the singer owed much of his initial success to Wadlow’s efforts, including the shepherding of his first two albums in 1991 and 1994, both titled “Seal.”

“I am in no doubt that [Seal's] accounts of events was an honest attempt on his part to recollect events, most of which took place long ago,” Gray said. “He has had little formal education but he is clearly an intelligent man. His answers in cross-examination were thoughtful, modest and fluently expressed.”

But, the judge continued: “It appeared to me that, at least in the early years of his career as an artist, he had little interest in its financial aspects and preferred to concentrate on his music.”

Regarding Wadlow’s testimony, Gray said: “There is no doubt that in the early days he did a great deal to help Seal to build a career. Once Seal’s career took off, he felt himself entitled to share in that success.”

Seal has been ordered to pay an initial installment of about $922,000 due by July 21, as well as Wadlow’s court costs, estimated at about $900,000.

MLK III Mixup Kept Belafonte from King Funeral

Harry Belafonte has expressed being extremely hurt by the perceived politics that kept him from the funeral of his friend, Coretta Scott King. The Chicago Defender is now reporting that her son, Martin Luther King III, says Belafonte’s omission from the program was the result of a “big mix-up,” and not because of a request from deep within the Oval Office as Belafonte was told.

The singer/activist, a longtime critic of President George W. Bush, said that he was invited to speak at the service, but that the invitation was rescinded at the insistence of the White House. Bush was among the four U.S. presidents who attended the Feb. 7 service near Atlanta.

“There was a big mix-up,” King explained of Belafonte’s rescinded invite. “It certainly didn’t have anything to do with President Bush being there.”

King says the confusion surrounding Belafonte’s invite stems from it being sent by a person helping to plan the service, not directly from the family, King said.

A month before the funeral, Belafonte had called Bush “the greatest terrorist in the world” during a trip to Venezuela. He has also criticized the war in Iraq and the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina.

In other King family news, the siblings are hoping to raise at least $30 million in the auction of sermons, books, notes and speeches by their father, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The items went on public display Wednesday at Sotheby’s in New York in preparation for the June 30 sale.

Eminem is Divorced a Seocnd Time

Behind closed doors, Eminem and his wife, Kimberley, continued their divorce proceedings Thursday without much fanfare.

Kimberley, who remarried the rapper on Jan. 14 shortly after their reconciliation, is seeking financial support, attorney fees and joint custody of the couple’s 10-year-old daughter, Hailie Jade Scott.

Kimberley was spotted Thursday being escorted out of the building by a sheriff’s deputy. Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, was not seen by reporters at the courthouse, but was present for the hour-long meeting before Court Referee David Elias, court officer Mark Mileski said.

Eminem filed for divorce on April 5 – 82 days after the couple remarried. Their first marriage lasted from 1999 to 2001.

Macomb County Circuit Judge Antonio Viviano, who originally was scheduled to preside over Thursday’s hearing, had set a deadline of Aug. 25 for completion of depositions, interrogatories, pension evaluations and other matters. A settlement conference is scheduled for Sept. 19.

Mary J. Blige to Appear on One Life To Live

Mary J. Blige will appear on an episode of ABC’s “One Life to Live” on July 28, while 18-year-old “S.O.S.” singer Rihanna will wow the residents of Pine Valley three days earlier on ABC’s “All My Children.” Blige, 35, will perform two hits from her latest album, “The Breakthrough,” at club Capricorn in the fictional town of Llanview. Rihanna will also sing at a club; her performance will mark the spot’s grand opening on an episode to air July 25th.

BET Cancels Auditions

BET cancelled Thursday’s open call auditions for female co-hosts of its contemporary interactive series “Hotwyred.” Auditions will be rescheduled for later in the summer at BET’s New York studios, with the actual date and times to be announced soon. Those interested in submitting resumes, headshots or videos in advance may send packets t Hotwyred, c/o BET Studios; 555 West 57th Street; New York, New York; 10019. The weekly show will surf the Internet, give viewers a glimpse of the latest gaming and electronic gadgets and showcase music videos.

New Home For Michael’s Tigers

Michael Jackson has found a new home for his two tigers, both left behind with the rest of the animals at his Neverland Ranch when he relocated to Bahrain last year. The tigers, named Sabu and Thriller, have a new mommy in actress Tippi Hedren (“The Birds.”), who runs the Shambala feline sanctuary. Her fiance, Dr. Martin Dinnes, is Jackson’s long-time veterinarian. Other Neverland animals have found new homes as well. An African bull elephant, a female elephant, and the ranch’s horses have all been adopted. However, four giraffes, two orangutans and various parrots, reptiles and deer remain at Neverland, according to reports. Meanwhile, Jackson is being sued in Los Angeles for $3.8 million in unpaid loans and expenses by former associate F. Marc Schaffel. In the singer’s videotaped deposition, he told Schaffel’s lawyer his disposable income comes from the cows grazing at Neverland. No word if they were among the animals sent to new homes.

Minneapolis Gospel Sounds Is Looking For You!

MINNEAPOLIS GOSPEL SOUND

National Recording Gospel Artists are Auditioning
Professional Vocalists to join Gospel Group!
– Must be Available for Travel.
– Must be Able to Sing Lead and Background.
– Seriously Experienced and Committed Vocalists
Only Need Apply.
– Previous Recording Experience a Plus.

If Interested, Send an 8×10 Photo, Resume, and Video
of your Performance to:

MGS Records
PO Box 7652
Minneapolis, MN 55407-0652

Rondo Days Approaching

The RETURNING HOME AGAIN one-day Festival takes place in Saint Paul on the grassy knolls of Hallie Q. Brown~Martin Luther King Center. There will be that familiar joyful noise at the 10:00 A.M. parade line up at St. Peter Claver’s Church.

The Drill Team Competition will be held outdoors at Griffin Stadium 6:00 P.M., near St. Paul Central High School ~ located near Marshall Avenue & Lexington Avenue. Tickets ($7.00) for the event will be available ONLY at the Festival—you must have a pre-paid ticket to enter the competition.

The Senior Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, July 13 from 5:30-7:30 P.M. at Mount Olivet Baptist Church, 451Central Avenue West, Saint Paul—call 651-228-1423 for more info.

Vendors from the nonprofit community will provide important & pertinent information. Of course, there will be food, arts, crafts, entertainment and more. To register call the Rondo Avenue Hotline—651-646-6597.

Rondo Avenue, Inc., a nonprofit organization, produces the Festival.

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Celebrity Birthdays

Singer Billy Davis Jr. of the Fifth Dimension is 66.
“American Idol” judge Randy Jackson is 50.
Singer Chico DeBarge is 36.
Actor-director Georg Stanford Brown is 63.
Reggae singer Derrick Simpson of Black Uhuru is 56.
Actress Danielle Spencer (“What’s Happening”) is 41.
Singer Solange Knowles is 20. Full Force frontman Bowlegged Lou tells EUR he “will be 26” with “a new 27 year old girlfriend named Tiffany who is a beautiful person inside and out.” (IMDB states his age as 45.)
Actor-comedian Jimmie Walker is 59.
Rapper Candyman is 38.
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Black History Fact

June 23, 1970: Charles Rangel defeated Adam Clayton Powell in a Democratic primary in Harlem, ending the political career of one of the major political symbols of the post-World War II period.

June 24, 1936: Mary McLeod Bethune, founder-president of Bethune-Cookman College, was named director of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration. She was the first black woman to receive a major appointment from the federal government. The educator held the post until January 1, 1944.

June 25, 1941: President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order No. 8802 banning racial and religious discrimination in all war-related industries and government programs.

June 26, 1934: W.E.B. Du Bois resigned from his position at the NAACP in a disagreement over policy and racial strategy.

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Words to the Wise
Step Out On Faith!

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Freddie Bell
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888-639-9738
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What Would Whitney Say?

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Morning Show Update

June 22, 2006

Welcome to the Update

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But Whitney Wasn’t There!

Tiffany Richardson, the target of Tyra’s big “tyrade” during “America’s Next Top Model” cycle 4, is rumored to be the new side dish of Bobby Brown after the singer couldn’t leave her alone on Tom Joyner’s recent boat cruise. Meanwhile, cycle 2’s Camille McDonald has been spotted hugged up with Rodney Henry of BET’s latest season of “College Hill.”

According to a source for In Touch magazine, Brown, 37, pulled 24-year-old Tiffany on stage with him during his first few shows on Joyner’s annual “Fantastic Voyage” cruise and “pretended to perform sex acts on her while the crowd went crazy.”

“Then he performed a lap dance on her and said, ‘You are so fine girl. Tyra Banks knows she was wrong for what she did to you. You should have won,’” the eyewitness said, adding that both were spotted at 4:30 the next morning emerging from the elevator and going into his cabin.

According to the witness, they were seen together for the next few days in the casino and the dining room. When Tiffany was asked how she thought Bobby’s wife Whitney Houston might feel about her hanging around him, she replied: “She’s not here.”

As for Camille, she met “College Hill’s” Rodney at a New York City party and it’s been on ever since, according to BV Buzz’s Jawn Murray.

“She’s definitely a special friend, I enjoy her company,” Henry told the columnist.

The brother is said to be spending his summer with McDonald in New York City. A source saw them canoodling at a Harlem party for Henry’s fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma. There is also word that the couple is trying to develop a reality television show together.

Congratulations to the NBA World Champions, the Miami Heat

Beyonce and Jay-Z Splitting?

New York’s hip-hop royalty couple of Jay-Z and Beyonce are ending their relationship before the walk down the aisle and anticipated stunner of the wedding dress. After months of speculation the numerous sources attached very close to the couple confirm that Beyonce has had it with Jay-Z and his immature, champagne drinking impresario image. “She wants a man, who supports her, loves her, stand by her side”, a source told SocialRank. “B is sick of him possessively trying to keep things private. She doesn’t feel enough affection or love from him”.

Jay-Z has been completely immersed with his Island Def Jam work for the last couple of months, while spending all his free time at the offices or games of New Jersey Nets. Beyonce meanwhile went to Cannes and to the Walk of Fame Induction ceremony all by herself, feeling lonely and unsupported. “Jay is obsessed with keeping basketball game scores” another very close source to the couple is saying. “Beyonce is looking to the future. Her sister Solange already has a baby. Her own parents have an amazing, fulfilling relationship and she not only wants a steady career, she wants to have tight family circle around her as well”.

The Page Six publicized basketball game fight wasn’t a first blow-out the couple has experienced lately. Private fights, ignored telephone calls, screaming arguments have been the theme of the couple’s last couple of months. “It has simply become too much”, a source confides. “Beyonce realized that two of them just might be incompatible and their relationship is really a lie they both were trying to believe in”. They came together to LA Reid’s birthday bash last week and put on the “happy couple” show. But inside out source observes. “Beyonce simply feels empty. She wants to spend this important Dreamgirls year for her with someone who understands her and relates to her a lot more”.

Another wild card factor into separation was sultry singer Rihanna, an Island protégé with whom Jay-Z has been spending a lot of time lately. “Beyonce does not want her life to be like Bling (the novel)”, the source adds. “She doesn’t believe Jay has had an affair but the attention that he’s been devoting to the (SOS singer) has been abnormal”. They had at least three private dinners in New York, numerous long cell phone conversations and countless of business meetings at Jay’s offices. All while Beyonce was away. It doesn’t bode well that marketing and producer staffs at Island are studying nearly every inch of Beyonce’s career to market the Caribbean youngster in the similar manner. “Beyonce was Crazy in Love three years ago. She’s simply slowly accepting the end of their relationship.”

Michael Wedding Plans Said To Be Rumor

After Fox.com columnist Roger Friedman reported that Michael Jackson may marry his nanny Grace Rwaramba to buttress a custody case should one occur with his ex-wife Debbie Rowe, Rwaramba herself got on the phone with Jackson’s publicist Raymone Bain to refute the story and request an apology.

“It is hereby delivered,” Freidman responded in a column that ran Monday. He continued: “It was discovered, however, after some phone calls between various sources, that Rwaramba had left out an important fact: she’s been married for 11 years to an American. It was a major omission, I thought, but I will leave the apology in place. Maybe she owes me one now, too.”

According to Friedman, public records show that Grace Sanyu Rwaramba – who comes from Rwanda and attended college in Massachusetts sometime between 1986 and 1990 – married Stacey M. Adair in Las Vegas on Feb. 26, 1995. Adair, according to sources and press clips obtained by Friedman, is an African American filmmaker who lives in Los Angeles.

“By 1995, the year of their marriage, she’d already been working for Jackson for four years as an office assistant, handling insurance claims for his employees,” writes Friedman, adding that the marriage was one of convenience, “possibly contrived so Rwaramba could work in the United States.”

Friedman says it was Rwaramba who brought Rowe’s children Prince and Paris to see Rowe last fall from Bahrain once they’d moved there with Jackson. Rowe was prohibited from telling the children she was their mother.

Jill Scott Becomes Interviewer

Singer Jill Scott was recruited by Essence magazine to interview actress-comedian Mo’Nique for its July issue, on newsstands now.

In the cover story, the ladies chatted about everything from Mo’Nique’s best friend-turned-husband Sidney Hicks, to the trials and tribulations surrounding Whitney Houston. Born Mo’Nique Imes, the entertainer has now graced the Essence cover four times.

“Mo’Nique represents the spirit, energy, confidence and creativity of today’s dynamic black woman, she is a perfect fit as a cover subject,” says Essence’s editor-in-chief Angela Burt-Burt Murray. “In an age of over-hyped celebrities pushing products, there’s a realness to Mo’Nique that our readers respect and respond to.”

Babyface and Reid Honored

Prolific songwriting and production team Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Antonio “L.A.” Reid will be honored as BMI Icons at the performing right organization’s 6th Annual Urban Awards.

The invitation-only gala, which will also recognize the past year’s most performed BMI urban songs, is set for Aug. 30 at Roseland Ballroom in New York City, coinciding with the MTV Video Music Awards being held Aug. 31.

The Icon designation is given to BMI songwriters and artists who have had “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” The LaFace Records co-founders, who will be saluted with an all-star musical tribute during the ceremony, join an elite group that includes James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Al Green, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and last year’s honorees, the Gap Band.

With more than a dozen Grammys between them, including the Producer of the Year crown they shared in 1993, seven-time BMI Songwriter of the Year Babyface and Island Def Jam Chairman L.A. Reid are responsible for launching the careers of such multi-platinum artists as Toni Braxton, TLC, Usher and Pink under their successful LaFace label. The list of stars that the hitmaking pair has worked with – both together and individually – is unparalleled and includes Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion, Eric Clapton, Boyz II Men, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Outkast, Dido, Ciara, Jay-Z, and countless others.

Star Jones Defends Mariah Carey

Star Jones Reynolds had to bite her tongue to keep from cursing out comedian Sandra Bernhard on “The View” Friday morning.

Bernhard has made jokes in the past about biracial singer Mariah Carey appearing to cash in on her blackness only when her more mainstream pop material became passé. Star, reading from the pre-interview notes on her blue cards, asked Bernhard to explain why she is now claiming responsibility for the success of Carey’s album, “The Emancipation of Mimi.”

Bernhard said it was her jokes eight years ago about Carey “being black only when it’s convenient” that led to the singer’s nervous breakdown, which eventually resulted in this current emancipation.

Trying to remain calm, Star hit Bernhard with a “girl please” and said Carey has always been open about being black. Bernhard joked to the audience that Star was about to go off on her. Star smiled and said, “I look too cute today to be going off on you,” then rolled her eyes back toward co-host Barbara Walters to continue on.

Walters said that Carey spoke openly about her African American father during their interview eight years ago. Bernhard finally gave up on the whole thing, shouting, “It’s a joke,” and telling Star she didn’t set up the story right.”

Then things really got bad. At the end of the segment, the subject of First Lady Laura Bush came up.

“I think she’s heavily medicated,” Bernhard said, prompting co-host and uber-Republican Elizabeth Hasslebeck to go off.

Hasslebeck, a former “Survivor” contestant, tried to throw Laura Bush’s childhood education record in the comedian’s face, but Bernhard brushed it off by stating her husband is cutting education “to smithereens.” In the midst of their back-and-forth bickering, Bernhard called Hasslebeck “honey.”

“First of all… honey yourself!” Hasslebeck fired back, before trying to list Mrs. Bush’s resume. Bernhard rolled her neck in shock and was gearing up for a Bush debate when co-host Joy Behar, the resident comedian of the group, stood up from her seat between the two ladies and said, “I have to go.”

As Joy headed off stage, Hasslebeck continued yapping her Bush statistics, Bernhard kept trying to refute them, the audience was all riled up, Star and Barbara were trying to talk over them to throw to a commercial and Joy had returned to the stage to scream, “I just want peace in the world!”

Of course the entire 7:28 minute segment was on You Tube within seconds.
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Celebrity Birthdays

Singer Brenda Holloway is 60.
Actor Marc Copage (Julia ) is 44.
Singer Sonique is 41.
Philadelphia 76ers forward Derrick Coleman is 39.
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Black History Fact

June 21, 1923: Marcus Garvey was sentenced to five years in prison after his conviction on charges of using the mail to defraud. Garvey said the charges were political.

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Words to the Wise
God Answers Prayers!!! I’m a Witness.

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Contact Information
Freddie Bell
PO Box 650961
Sterling, VA 20165
888-639-9738
newsletter@voiceunique.com

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