Morning Show Update
August 31, 2006
Welcome to the Update
Freddie Bell, velvet morning voice talent and General Manager of Z 1470 Totally Gospel (KZTG – 1470) 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 in Tampa, The Freddie Bell Morning Show in radio on KSGS – 950AM, Solid Gold Soul in Minneapolis, 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 and the launch of Totally Gospel radio in the Twin Cities. Call today for booking details. 888-639-9738.
Totally Gospel On the Internet
To enhance your gospel listening experience, you can now hear Z 1470 Totally Gospel on the new http://www.totallygospel.com website. Click on the web stream and then click on the link for KZTG.
No matter where you are, lock it in and write it down. The dedicated Minnesota stream for Twin Cities listeners is up and running. Tell a friend that Z 1470 Totally Gospel is now on the radio and on the internet. Churches, Pastors, Ministers and Evangelists in the Twin Cities and from around the country looking to expand their electronic ministries are invited to partner with Totally Gospel. Call 888-639-9738 today for rates and availabilities.
TONI BRAXTON GETS DIAMOND-ENCRUSTED MICROPHONE IN NEW JEWELRY DEALTO HURRICANE KATRINA
Singer Toni Braxton, starring in her own long-running show at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, has wrapped up an exclusive deal with Los Angeles- based jewelry company Giantto. The six-time Grammy winner will get exclusive use of the company’s one-of- a-kind Million Dollar Microphone, made of white gold and covered in 650 karats of diamonds, for the length of her six-month engagement in the Toni Braxton: Revealed show.
As part of the deal, Braxton will also give away a Giantto watch to one lucky audience member at each of her upcoming Flamingo shows.
“Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend,” said Braxton about the blinged-out microphone. “It’s so extravagant, like taking a bath in Dom Perignon. I love it!”
Giantto’s Million Dollar Microphone has been carried by several key recording artists for various events, including this year’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles and last year’s Radio Music Awards, as well as in music videos.
Toni Braxton: Revealed runs five nights a week at the Flamingo through the fall.
Master P’s Gospel Play Ready to Tour
Native New Orleanian, Perry Miller (aka Master P) who made his fortune as a rap artist and Founder and CEO of No Limits Records is now capitalizing on the “Madea” phenomenon with “the first Hip Hop gospel stage play.” His first effort, Uncle Willy’s Family Tragedy, is a comedy based on the serious repercussions of Hurricane Katrina which debuts in Meridien, MS on September 6.
The story captures a typical American family that has been uprooted by the storm. Uncle Willy, a Vietnam vet who already lived with his niece Jackie and her son Chris (Romeo), is obliged to take in a full house of kinfolks—even the ones he doesn’t like. Complete with music performed by a gospel choirs and Hip Hop gospel artists Uncle Willy’s message is to “put God first and use hard times as an opportunity to grow.”
They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery. The astute businessman (who was recognized in Forbes as one of the wealithiest under forty) is clearly using the same eight ball, comedy-meets-inspiration mix that worked for fellow “Big Easy” native, Tyler Perry. The vibe on the Web site is so uncannily similar to one Mabel Simmons that Perry himself should be blushing all the way to the bank.
P keeps the cash in the family starring in the production with his rapper son Romeo and brother Silk the Shocker.
Although this role places P in the theater, he has appeared in front of the camera on numerous occasions, in movies he self financed and produced such as “I Got the Hook Up (Holla If You Hear Me) and most recently in Dancing With the Stars and The Romeo Show.
Comedian Terry Miles landed the lead role as Uncle Willy and will share the stage with Marilyn Harris, Percy Anthony Smith, Iovanna, Erica Pitts and others. According to Master P. the play, which includes a gospel choir, offers country humor and inspiration. The play will hit theaters in Meridian, Jackson and Greenwood Mississippi and make a stop in Beaumont, Texas. Additional dates are reportedly being added in New Orleans, Houston, Baton Rouge, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and New York.
MYA READY FOR HER ‘LIBERATION’ COMMENTS
Singer and dancer Mya is releasing her fourth solo album, Liberation, this November 14th on Motown Records. The first single is the club-ready “Ayo,” produced by Chris Henderson and featuring Washington, D.C. hype man DJ Kool. “That song tickles me,” says Mya, who recently relocated to her D.C. hometown. “It’s a straight party song, but the message is clear: If someone’s doing you wrong, focus on yourself and move on. I’ve been there, but I don’t dwell on it; life is too short.”
The title of Liberation expresses the singer’s personal and professional status. “I started out in the industry as a young girl trying to find her way. I’ve definitely experienced my share of struggles and pain, but most of my experiences have taught me something great,” she adds. “The CD takes you on a journey of just that; it’s a guide to why I’m liberated and how I got there.”
Mya wrote or co-wrote all the songs on Liberation. Other producers include Scott Storch and Kwame.
Mya’s self-titled Interscope debut was released in 1998, when she was just 18, and was certified platinum. She followed up in 2000 with the gold- certified Fear Of Flying, then in 2003 issued Mood Ring, which also went gold. She also earned a Grammy in 2001 for performing an updated version of “Lady Marmalade” from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack with Pink, Lil Kim, and Christina Aguilera.
In between she also found time for films, appearing in Chicago, Havana Nights, and Shall We Dance. She is currently shooting the film Cover with director Bill Duke, and has just signed on with the Ford modeling agency.
Mya moved from California back to her hometown last year to recapture her creative spirit. She told me what makes her happy: “I want to be happy in life — that’s the most important thing. I want to be happy now; I want to be happy forever. I want to be comfortable with myself. I don’t think happy is about money, about fame, about how many people like you or accept you — it’s about you accepting yourself and looking in the mirror everyday and smiling.”
DAVE CHAPPELLE SAYS HE’S GLAD HE LEFT THE SHOW
Comedian Dave Chappelle, who in 2005 walked away from a $50 million deal with Comedy Central to continue his hit show, says he doesn’t regret it — but he knows it wasn’t a wise financial move, reports the Associated Press.
Chappelle told an audience at the opening convocation at Central State University in Ohio, near where he lives, that the decision to leave was “one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life, but he went on to say “now, economically it makes no sense at all.”
In a speech that was over an hour, he encouraged students to stick with their values, saying “it’s good to have a vision for your life, but your moral conduct and your moral code should be priceless…. You should just have some values that you just hold, that you won’t sell at any price.
Chappelle walked away from Chappelle’s Show saying that he needed to re-examine his life, and that he wasn’t happy with the way the third season was developing.
Central State University’s marching band is featured in Chappelle’s recent film Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.
Did Beyonce Attack a Gator?
She’s already ticked off PETA and had an operative from the animal rights group infiltrate a dinner to grill her about fur use in her clothing line.
Now, singer Beyonce Knowles has upset a well-known reptile biologist because of her behavior toward a pair of alligators at a photo shoot.
The cover of her new single, “Ring the Alarm,” features Beyonce in a black and white checkered bikini outfit and black stilettos using sticks to keep two alligators on either side of her in check.
Describing the photo session to Arena magazine, Beyonce said her immense fear of the reptiles led to the animal’s mouths being taped shut.
“There was a shot where I held an alligator. [He] had [his] mouth taped–that was my bright idea. … He was really cute, but since his mouth was taped, he didn’t have any way to defend himself. He was upset, so he peed on me. That was an experience!”
The comment didn’t sit well with Dr. Clifford Warwick, a trustee of the Reptile Protection Trust and the author of “Health and Welfare of Captive Reptiles.” He wrote a letter to Beyonce stating that her insistence in taping the mouths shut was “abusive to an animal.”
“By taping his mouth closed, this alligator was very exposed to his captor (you) and other surrounding threats with no way of evading the predicament,” he wrote in a letter to the singer. He advised her to “leave animals in the wild” in the future, and not take photographs with them, according to the letter, which PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) posted on its website.
In other Beyonce news, the former Destiny’s Child artist is scheduled to perform in New York’s Times Square on Sept. 8 as part of her appearance on “Good Morning America” that morning. The show airs at 7 a.m. ET on ABC.
On Tuesday, the performer took the stage in Central Park for a taping of the “Ellen Degeneres Show.” She belted several tracks from her upcoming album, “B’Day,” due in stores Sept. 4. After the performance, the crowd sang her Happy Birthday.
MIKE JONES KEEPING BUSY WHILE WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
Houston-based rapper Mike Jones is currently working on his sophomore album, American Dream. SOHH.com reports that the rapper has also gone into production on a film also titled American Dream. The project is being produced in conjunction with Asylum Records and the Warner Music Group. Jones is shooting the movie in Houston and it’s scheduled to wrap on September 15th.
The American Dream film project is autobiographical and will detail Jones’ rise from obscurity to rap star in the Houston underground scene.
Jones, who has a recurring role on Fox’s Prison Break series, is also one of the stars of the new movie, Home of The Brave, which also stars 50 Cent, Samuel L. Jackson and Jessica Biel. The Gulf War film, which opens later this year, follows three soldiers as they attempt to integrate back into regular life.
And for those few moments when he may have some down time, Jones has opened up his own nightclub in Houston, Club Iceage.
Jones released his platinum major label debut, Who is Mike Jones?, in 2005.
Black History Fact
Aug. 30, 1881: W.S. Campbell patents the improved, self-setting animal trap (Patent No. 246,369).
Aug. 30: Actress Michael Michele(“ER”, “Homicide: Life On The Street”) is 40.
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