Gospel Play by Master P; Beyonce Attacks Alligator?

http://www.freddiebell.com

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).
_______________________________________________________________________________
Celebrity Birthdays

Aug. 30: Actress Michael Michele(“ER”, “Homicide: Life On The Street”) is 40.

_______________________________________________________________________________
Words To the Wise

Take time for yourself today
_______________________________________________________________________________
Contact Information
Freddie Bell
PO Box 650961
Sterling,VA 20165
newsletter@voiceunique.com
888-639-9738

Usher;Gumbel;Obama in the News;Outkast Deny Breaking Up

http://www.freddiebell.com

Morning Show Update

August 24, 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.

PROOF ESTATE FACES LAWSUIT IN SHOOTING DEATH

The family of a man killed in a shootout with the late rapper Proof has filed a wrongful death suit against his estate. Authorities say that Proof, born Deshaun Holton, shot Army veteran Keith Bender before being killed by another man.

Bender’s family filed suit Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court, claiming that Holton is liable for attacking and wounding the 35-year-old Bender, who died a week later. Damage amounts were not specified.

Police say Proof got into an altercation with Bender at the CCC, an after-hours club on Detroit’s Eight Mile Road, on April 11th. The fight escalated and Proof reportedly pistol-whipped Bender and shot him in the face. It was determined that Bender’s cousin, Mario Etheridge, who was also the club’s bouncer, shot Holton in self-defense after Holton shot Bender.

A previous suit filed by the family was dismissed. The 32-year-old Holton had been a member of the Detroit rap group D12, which also featured Eminem.

OUTKAST REPEATS: ‘WE ARE NOT BREAKING UP’

OutKast ‘s Andre 3000 and Big Boi, who star in the new film Idlewild together, have spent most of the last few years countering rumors that they are breaking up. With a number of separate projects in the works as well as separate recording studios in Atlanta, it’s easy to see how the rumors got started. Big Boi has concentrated on his Purple Ribbon Entertainment roster of artists and continued to tour. Meanwhile Dre has carved out an acting career, developed the new animated series Class Of 3000, and has “retired” from the road.

But the high school friends-turned-Grammy winners, who released the companion CD Idlewild this week, want to squash the chatter once and for all. Big Boi says OutKast is definitely not breaking up: “Haters listen up. Sorry, we are not breaking up. They’ve been saying it for four, five years now, for three different albums. I guess when people, they see that we’re doing different things and we’re branching out and doing Purple Ribbon Entertainment or Dre’s doing the animated series Class Of 3000 — and they be like, ‘Oh, they don’t work in the same studio together.’ You know, they take that as, you know, we’re breaking up.”

Idlewild the movie opens in theaters nationwide tomorrow, August 25th.

CHINGY SAYS HE APPRECIATES THE CHANCE TO BE A ‘HOODSTAR’

Rap artist Chingy has already topped the national rap and urban airplay charts with his single “Pullin’ Me Back” featuring Tyrese and produced by Jermaine Dupri and LRoc. The track, from his upcoming album Hoodstar, is also Top Five on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart this week.

A protege of rap star Ludacris, the St. Louis-bred Chingy says he named his third album Hoodstar to represent how he’s been able to rise above some of the trials and tribulations of growing up in the ‘hood. He told me: “You know, just dealing with rough times as far as coming up, being kicked out the house, doing this and doing that to make money, you know, just struggles, period. That’s why I appreciate where I’m at right now. And coming from that made me appreciate where I’m at right now.”

Jazz buffs may recognize the music from “Pullin’ Me Back” as “Portrait Of Tracy” from the late Weather Report bassist Jaco Pastorius.

Chingy’s Hoodstar will be released on September 19th.

FOXY BROWN SKIPS NEW JERSEY COURT HEARING

Rapper Foxy Brown was missing in action at a brief court hearing Wednesday in Jersey City, New Jersey, to determine whether formal charges will be filed against her by a former colleague. Judge Cynthia D. Jackson informed Brown’s lawyer, Brian J. Neary, that his client would be required to appear at the next two court sessions.

Rasheeda Ellis, a management consultant, has filed two complaints against the rapper born Inga Marchand, which include making terrorist threats. Ellis plans to represent herself in the matter, and will be required to show e-mails as evidence to support her claims.

Judge Jackson granted Neary’s request for a probable cause hearing, to take place on September 26th.

Neary told AP that the cause of the charges is a mystery, and the New Jersey Police are not involved. “Foxy says she’s never had a problem with this woman,” Neary said.

Brown is also facing trial in New York in a 2004 incident where she was charged with assaulting two nail salon workers.

T.I. READY TO HIT MOVIE SCREENS OPPOSITE MAJOR ACTORS

Rapper T.I. is preparing for his next film role, American Gangster, which is due to begin shooting soon. It’s the follow-up to T.I.’s starring role in ATL earlier this year. The rapper will be acting alongside Oscar-worthy actors Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, as well as fellow hip-hop stars Common and RZA.

Back in June, T.I. thanked those who had supported ATL and hinted that he would be back on the big screen with some heavyweights soon: “Well, yeah — ATL, man, has had phenomenal success, and I appreciate the support of everybody and it was definitely an enlightening experience and look forward to doing my next one. I got a lot of opportunities lined up, but which one I’m going to take advantage of first I don’t know. Just know you will see me alongside some heavy hitters next time.”

American Gangster is based on the life of drug dealer Frank Lucas, played by Washington, who imported heroin into the U.S. in the coffins of slain Vietnam soldiers and became a government informant. T.I. plays one of Lucas’ soldiers. The film is being directed by Ridley Scott.

There’s no word yet on whether T.I. or any of the other rappers will contribute music to the film’s soundtrack.

USHER PACKS ‘EM IN AT BROADWAY DEBUT

Grammy winner Usher Raymond made his Broadway debut Tuesday night as the smarmy lawyer Billy Flynn in the current revival of Chicago. Playing to a packed, star-studded audience, Usher’s entrance was greeted with cheers, according to the New York Post.

Penelope Cruz, Gabrielle Union, Phylicia Rashad, Rosie Perez, Gayle King and Jill Marie Jones were among the celebrities in attendance at New York’s Ambassador Theater to see the Confessions star’s stage premiere.

At the post-performance party at the Nikki Beach restaurant, Usher said he thoroughly enjoyed himself. “I think music is like a monogamous relationship. Acting in theater is like a different woman every night,” he said. “I’m happy I had a great show. I’m happy to be on Broadway and sing and dance. I enjoyed it.”

At 27 years old, Usher is the youngest actor to ever portray Billy Flynn. His official run in the role begins September 6th and runs for six weeks. His casting has also reportedly increased ticket sales to the musical by 30 percent.

BARACK OBAMA PAYS TRIBUTE TO AMERICAN RESPONSE TO HURRICANE KATRINA

Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) is adding his own thoughts to a new compilation of first-person accounts of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina last year. Obama has provided the foreword to the book, It Takes A Nation, which is made up of photos, letters, and conversations of 29 families who played host to evacuees, organized by online political activist group moveon.org, as well as the evacuees themselves.

Obama writes, “The goodness detailed in It Takes a Nation proves that in this country still lies the capacity for greatness … It shows the power this online community has to strengthen our national community, and it calls each of us to do what we can to follow this heartfelt example.”

The first edition of 20,000 copies will be released on August 29th, the first anniversary of the hurricane hitting New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Proceeds will benefit the New Orleans division of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

BRYANT GUMBEL IN HOT WATER AT NFL NETWORK OVER COMMENTS

Bryant Gumbel sparked controversy last week with comments he made about the National Football League Players’ Association. On Saturday, Gumbel remarked that outgoing NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue should show his successor, Roger Goodell, “where he keeps Gene Upshaw’s leash.” Gumbel also said that Upshaw, executive director of the NFLPA, was Tagliabue’s “personal pet” and kept peace with management at the expense of the players.

Gumbel’s comments aired last week on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

Tagliabue has since spoken out and called Gumbel’s words “uninformed” and “inexcusable.” He also said that Gumbel’s job as an NFL play-by-play announcer is in jeopardy.

NFLPA President Troy Vincent has called Gumbel’s comments “inappropriate” and “detrimental,” and said he should keep his opinions to himself. He did, however, note that the same criticisms of Upshaw have been made before.
______________________________________________________________________________
Black History Fact

Aug. 24, 1950: Chicago Atty. Edith Sampson was named the first black representative (alternate delegate) in the U.S. delegation to the United Nations.
_______________________________________________________________________________
Celebrity Birthdays

Aug. 24: Singer Marshall Thompson of The Chi-Lites is 64.
Actor-comedian Dave Chappelle is 33.

_______________________________________________________________________________
Words To the Wise

Even in the rough times, God is there.
_______________________________________________________________________________
Contact Information

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

American Idol Winner is Back!

http://www.freddiebell.com

Morning Show Update

August 22, 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.

P. DIDDY TO MAKE SINGING DEBUT ON NEW ALBUM

Veteran rapper, writer, and producer Diddy plans to make his singing debut on his next album Press Play, which comes out October 17th. Diddy (aka Sean “Puffy” Combs) sings on the track “Last Night,” a duet with Keyshia Cole. He told MTV News that “I represent all of the shower singers out there. I’m not the greatest singer, but I have a lot of emotion in my voice, and this song is a totally different sound for me. I wanted to take some risks on this album, and ironically it’s a lot of people’s favorite track. I had a lot of fun doing it.”

Other guests on Press Play include Christina Aguilera, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Pharrell, Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am., Havoc of Mobb Deep, Brandy, Just Blaze, and the Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole, who sings lead on the single “Come To Me.”

Press Play was initially titled PDV.

It will be Diddy’s first album of new material since The Saga Continues in 2001. His released the compilation We Invented The Remix in 2002.

MOS DEF TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER

Rapper Mos Def will release a brand-new album on Geffen titled Tru3 Magic, due September 19th. The album follows up the hip-hop artist and actor’s 2004 album, The New Danger.

Producers for the new album include Pharrell Williams, Kanye West and Rich Harrison, among others. The lead single will be “Boogie Man.”

Mos Def continues to appear in films with several projects on tap. He appeared in the action flick 16 Blocks and makes a cameo alongside Elvis Costello in the new Will Ferrell film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. He has also signed on for The Brazilian Job, the sequel to 2003’s The Italian Job, as well as the role of Mouse in the next Eazy Rawlins mystery, Little Scarlet.

TALIB KWELI SIGNS STRONG ARM STEADY

Talib Kweli landed an imprint deal for his Blacksmith Music label through the Warner Music Group. The rapper has signed Jean Grae and west coast trio Strong Arm Steady to the imprint. Strong Arm Steady is made up of Krondon, Mitchy Slick and Phil The Agony with Xzibit appearing as a part time member.

Kweli explained how he ended up signing Strong Arm Steady. He said: “Xzibit has been a huge influence in my life and in my career as an artist. Like he’s one of the realest dudes that I know. He’s always kept it real with me and it’s a mutual thing. And his people Phil The Agony, Krondon, and Mitchy whenever I came out to the west coast would hold me down with whatever I needed.”

The rapper added: “As they would just hold me down, I started noticing their work ethic and their ambition and the quality level of their music. And I realized that you know whether I got involved with them or not, they were coming out. So I was like I might as well get involved with them.”

In related news, Kweli recently released the first single and video, “Listen,” from his forthcoming album, Ear Drum, which is scheduled to hit stores in September. The album will feature guest spots by Jean Grae, Norah Jones, Strong Arm Steady, UGK, and Kanye West and production by Hi-Tek and Kwame.

MOBB DEEP GREATEST HITS TO INCLUDE UNRELEASED TRACKS

Mobb Deep will release a greatest-hits album on October 10th, featuring two unreleased tracks. Life of the Infamous: The Best of Mobb Deep covers the band’s biggest hits, such as “Survival of the Fittest,” “Shook Ones Pt. II,” and “Quiet Storm (Remix)” featuring Lil Kim. It also includes the Prodigy solo hit “Keep It Thoro.”

The two unreleased tracks are titled “Blood Money” and “Go Head.”

A companion DVD will also be released, Life of the Infamous: The Videos, which will include all the band’s released videos, plus rare clips for “Back at You” from the film Sunset Park, “L.A. L.A.,” and Prodigy’s “Y.B.E.”

EVE DUMPS BOYFRIEND DUE TO CANNIBALISM REPORTS

Rapper Eve has dumped her boyfriend for a most unusual reason — his father is rumored to be a cannibal. The New York Daily News reported that the rapper finally gave in to friends who pressured her to dump her rich African boyfriend Teodorin Obiang, after hearing reports that his father, Equatorial Guinean dictator Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, ate human flesh.

Eve’s friends heard of comments on Spanish radio by the head of the Equatorial Guinean government-in- exile, Severo Moto Nsa, who said that Mbasogo had “just devoured a police commissioner. I say devoured, as this commissioner was buried without his testicles and brain.”

KELIS UNHAPPY WITH JIVE MOVES

Singer Kelis is unhappy that her record company included a track on her new album that she feels doesn’t truly represent what she’s about these days. She says Jive Records went against her wishes and put the track “F*** Them Bitches” on her new album Kelis Was Here, due August 29th.

The 26-year-old “Bossy” singer told the New York Daily News that the track was recorded earlier. “I just did [the song] to get it out of my system,” she said. “I did not want it on the album. It’s just not a statement I want to make right now.”

Kelis, who married rapper Nas in early 2005, says she’s unhappy overall with Jive’s efforts to treat her like a novice and disregard her creative decisions. “My label is constantly trying to take control of me,” she says. “I’m not a new artist. I’ve been working hard to create my persona and have longevity and they went against my wishes.”

She added that the meaning of her single “Bossy” is being misconstrued. “A lot of people think being bossy means bossing somebody around,” she said. “But it’s about being in control in your life. I’m fighting to be my own woman.”

The singer was just as unhappy with her previous association with the Neptunes and their Star Trak label, which produced her 2004 album Tasty for Arista. She has since severed ties with the duo. Kelis told me that she’s passionate about her artistry and everything else in her life: “Well, I’m, I think I’m just naturally someone who’s probably overly passionate about everything. I don’t really get involved in things that I can’t put 150 percent into. You know, and even if it’s whether I’m angry or, or happy or whatever it is, it’s like to the full capacity that I can be that emotion. You know what I mean, just ’cause that’s just how I am. I’m fully expressive.”

RUBEN STUDDARD CREDITS COLLABORATORS FOR NEW SINGLE

Ruben Studdard wrote three songs for his upcoming sophomore album, The Return, but the first single, “Change Me,” wasn’t one of them. Credit for that tune goes to the Underdogs, the duo that also produced the track, as well as Tank and Steve Russell. But Studdard told me he was at least in on the genesis of the song: “I collaborated on the idea with the production team called the Underdogs. The two people that did most of the writing was an R&B artist Tank and this guy named Steve Russell. We came up with an idea and I left the studio and came back and they had the song prepared and I was just ready to go.”

The Return is due out October 3rd. It’s the second season American Idol champ’s first release since 2004’s inspirational album I Need An Angel, and the mainstream follow-up to his 2003 debut Soulful. Studdard is planning to tour in support of The Return but has not yet announced dates.

OUTKAST HAPPY FOR ARRIVAL OF ‘IDLEWILD’ SOUNDTRACK, FILM

It’s been three years since the hip-hop duo Outkast released their Grammy-winning album, Speakerboxx- The Love Below, and the southern rappers are back with another double whammy this week — the Idlewild movie and soundtrack. The soundtrack is out today (August 22nd) and contains all-new songs, some of which are used in the movie and others which are not. The movie comes out Friday (August 25th) and features music from the new album as well as some tunes from Speakerboxx-The Love Below. The Idlewild film has actually been ready to go since last year but was shelved because Outkast members Big Boi and Andre 3000 wanted it to come out at the same time as the album. Big Boi said he’s excited they’re both ready to go now and can compliment one another: “All in all, we just, you know, wanted to create something that really symbolizes what we’ve been doing. And actually, our albums have been called a few times movies with no picture. And now, all of a sudden we have a record and a film to go along with the record so really the album and the movie go so hand-in-hand and we can’t wait until the fans get both of them. It’s going to be incredible.”

Idlewild stars Big Boi and Andre 3000 as longtime friends in 1930s Georgia who work at the same speakeasy. The movie also stars Terrence Howard and newcomer Paula Patton.

Bin Laden Has Crush on Whitney!

President Bush may have just found the perfect bait to draw Osama Bin Laden out of hiding…that is, if the bait wasn’t in hiding herself.

A Sudanese poet who claims she was once a sex slave for Bin Laden states in her new book that the terrorist was completely obsessed with Whitney Houston, and once even contemplated killing her husband, Bobby Brown.

“He told me Whitney Houston was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen,” writes Kola Boof, 37, in her autobiography, “Diary of a Lost Girl,” which is excerpted in the September issue of Harper’s magazine. “He said that he had a paramount desire for her and although he claimed music was evil, he spoke of someday spending vast amounts of money to go to America and try to arrange a meeting.”

Boof said Bin Laden even thought of bringing the superstar to Sudan.

“He said he wanted to give [her] a mansion that he owned in a suburb of Khartoum. He explained to me that to possess Whitney, he would be willing to break his color rule and make her one of his wives,” Boof writes in the book. “[He would say] how beautiful she is, what a nice smile she has, how truly Islamic she is but is just brainwashed by American culture and by her husband – Bobby Brown, whom Osama talked about having killed, as if it were normal to have womens’ husbands killed.”

“In his briefcase, I would come across photographs of the Star [magazine], as well as copies of Playboy. It would soon come to the point where I was sick of hearing Whitney Houston’s name,” Boof writes.

Despite his devotion to Houston, Bin Laden completely dismisses women of African descent, according to Boof. She quotes him as telling her, “African women are only good for a man’s lower pleasures. What need do you have for a womb?”

Stating further issues with her braided hair, she said he stated that “only monkeys” did that.

Black History Fact

Aug. 22, 1791: Mathematician Benjamin Banneker, who served on the commission which surveyed the District of Columbia, issued his first annual almanac.
_______________________________________________________________________________
Celebrity Birthdays

Keyboardist James DeBarge of DeBarge is 43.
Rapper GZA (Wu-Tang Clan) is 40.
Rapper Beenie Man is 33.

_______________________________________________________________________________
Words To the Wise
Stay the Course!
_______________________________________________________________________________
Contact Information
Freddie Bell
PO Box 650961
Sterling,VA 20165
newsletter@voiceunique.com
888-639-9738

Tiger Wins Again, Freddie Bell Show Debuts Today

http://www.freddiebell.com

Morning Show Update

August 21, 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.

Freddie Bell Show Debuts Today

At four o’clock today, I begin a new chapter in my radio career as I kick off my show today on Z-1470 KZTG Totally Gospel. That’s a mouthful to say! I wonder how long it’ll be before I say Sold Gold Soul or 950! :) I’m finally getting excited about doing the show. We’ve been so busy trying to get the station foundation laid, and move forward at the same time that I haven’t had much time to think about doing a program for you.

Several churches have come aboard in the last month and I’m thankful for that. It’s a clear indication that many are catching the vision and helping their ministries as they support our efforts to bring you good programming.

I’m planning to feature local artists duing my program, although that won’t happen much today or this week because I’m waiting to get their tracks. If you’re an artist or you know someone who is, the music can be sent to me at 4930 W. 77th Street Suite 364, Edina, MN 55435.

We’ll spend the first couple of weeks or so getting warmed up and then pick up speed as I try to reconnect with you and make new friends along the way. By the way, if there is music you’d like to hear, you can get a jump on it by sending your request via email at freddiebell1470@gmail.com. A few days a week, I’ll reflect on the days programming in this space. In that regard, I look forward to hearing from you.

Be sure to join me from 4 to 7pm, weekday afternoons on Z 1470 KZTG Totally Gospel. Log on at http://www.totallygospel.com. I’ll see you on the radio!

Bobby Brown Moves Out

Gossip columnist Janet Charlton is reporting that Bobby Brown has moved in with Karrine “Superhead” Steffans, the woman who wrote the tell-all “Confessions of a Video Vixen” detailing her sexual exploits with various men in the industry, including Brown. According to Charlton, Whitney Houston’s husband has been living with Steffans for the past month. Also, the two have been spotted together at L.A.’s Grove shopping mall, along with Bobby’s kids, and at the private club Xenii. A source tells the columnist that Steffans is using Brown because TV producers are constantly filming him, and she’s trying to get as much face time as possible in hopes that it’ll lead to a reality show of her own.

Tiger Adds Another Win

When Tiger Woods has the lead or shares the lead after 54 holes of a major golf championship, he has never lost. On Sunday, Tiger won his 12th major championship when holding at least a share of the lead going into the final round and did it going away.

Breaking? Smashing? Yes, there’s a difference. A difference as big as the gap separating Tiger and the PGA Championship field at Medinah, where Woods claimed his 12th major title and landed two-thirds of the way to Jack.

Woods won’t pull a Nicklaus and win his 19th Grand Slam event as a 46-year-old on some sentimental journey through the Augusta National pines. He’ll end up with 23, 24, 25 major titles before his prime expires, and quite unlike McGwire and Bonds, he’ll do it asterisk-free, too.

No ominous cloud of suspicion hangs over Woods. Just painfully blue skies that frame a clear and pure pursuit of history.

Woods has been targeting Nicklaus since he first rolled out of the crib and grabbed the sawed-off club his father, Earl, slapped in his hands. But Tiger won’t even tap the brakes on his ambitions when he passes Nicklaus’ grand sum of 18.

Woods will play against the future. He’ll play against the coming of another Tiger, and push his own record so high that the next Tiger will feel like he’s scaling Mount Everest in an attempt to reach it.

Nicklaus didn’t do that. He didn’t grow up chasing Bobby Jones’ magic number of 13, for this simple reason: Nobody talked about Jones’ 13 as a magic number.

The notion that Woods could someday match or beat Nicklaus’ 18 was weighed and debated from the moment he won at Augusta nine years back, from the moment he broke all the records and barriers as the Masters’ first black champion — 50 years after Jackie Robinson first took the field in Brooklyn.

Nicklaus? The first time he was ever asked about Jones’ 13 was the moment he stepped into the press room as winner of the 1970 British Open. Bob Green of the Associated Press told Nicklaus that he was in striking range of Jones, that he now had 10 majors to his credit.

“I’d never counted before that,” the Golden Bear recalled.

Soon enough, he blew past Jones and punctuated his career with that magical Sunday at the ’86 Masters, still the most memorable Sunday the sport’s ever staged.

But Nicklaus wasn’t playing against the coming of a future Nicklaus. In retrospect, if he had, Nicklaus — who placed second 19 times in Grand Slam events — believes he could’ve pushed his major total to 20 and beyond.

“I certainly skipped a lot of golf tournaments and a lot of preparation to do things with my five kids,” Nicklaus said recently. “Tiger doesn’t have any kids; I’m sure he will one day … I went through a period from ’67 to ’70 when I was playing only six or seven tournaments a year, and I wasn’t winning majors, and it really wasn’t a big deal to me until my father passed away (in 1970). Until I realized I sort of wasted my prime.

“I passed a lot of good years there, and I don’t think Tiger has done that. He’s been pretty focused all the way through.”

Yes he has. Like Nicklaus, Woods has found inspiration in his father’s death. He won his first British Open after Earl Woods’ passing just like the Bear won his first British after Charlie Nicklaus’ passing.

“And that last round Tiger played at the British,” Nicklaus said, “was the smartest round of golf I’ve ever seen him play.”

Now Woods has won another PGA, scaring off all contenders with his blood-red Sunday shirt. The Mickelsons and Singhs and Elses and Goosens were nowhere to be found on the board, reminding of another distinct advantage Woods has over Nicklaus: He doesn’t have a Tom Watson or a Lee Trevino chipping in from absurd places to beat him in majors. He doesn’t have an Arnold Palmer or Gary Player in his midst.

Woods is now 12-0 in majors when owning at least a share of the 54-hole lead. Down the stretch of a major, the only opponents who have looked into the eye of the Tiger and emerged with the trophy are Rich Beem and Michael Campbell, one-hit wonders both.

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

Marion Jones Fails Doping Test

http://www.freddiebell.com

Morning Show Update

August 19, 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.

Marion Jones Camp Not Aware

Jones’ “A” sample tested positive for the banned performance enhancer EPO at the event in Indianapolis, one source told the AP on condition of anonymity because the official results are not yet public.

Marion Jones reportedly tested positive for EPO, a banned performance-enhancer that can boost endurance. (Darron Cummings / Associated Press)

If a second, or “B” sample, also tests positive, she would face a minimum two-year ban from the sport.

Erythropoietin, also known as EPO, is a banned performance-enhancer that can boost endurance. The result was first reported Friday on the Web site of The Washington Post, which also cited sources it did not identify.

The 30-year-old Jones withdrew from the Weltklasse Golden League meet on Friday, citing “personal reasons.” Meet director Hans Jeorg Wirz said Jones received a morning telephone call from the United States that prompted her decision. No further details were given.

Her coach, Steve Riddick, told the AP in a telephone conversation that it was the first he had heard of the positive test.

Jones is the third elite U.S. athlete to fail a doping test this year. U.S. cyclist Floyd Landis tested positive for elevated testosterone during the Tour de France; sprinter Justin Gatlin, a three-time Olympic medalist who shares the world record in the 100 meters, tested positive for a steroid in April.

Tiger Stalking At Medinah

Woods, who won last month’s British Open to tie Walter Hagen for second on the all-time major victory list, shot a 4-under 68, punctuated by a final-hole birdie on Friday. The No.1-ranked player in the world didn’t make a bogey during the round.

Two Europeans are among the quartet of leaders, as Stenson and Donald each fired 68s. Both will be members of the Ryder Cup team next month.

“I played good, had my chances and kept the score low,” said Stenson, who owns a win and two runner-up finishes on the European Tour this year.

Andrade and Herron are both on the outside looking in when it comes to the U.S. Ryder Cup team — for now. If either wins this tournament, he’ll clinch a berth on captain Tom Lehman’s squad come Sunday. It would be especially sweet for Andrade, who was the seventh alternate in the field entering this week.

One shot shot further back, tied with Woods, are Geoff Ogilvy and Davis Love III.

Love shot a 3-under 69 at the PGA Championship on Friday, putting him one stroke behind Henrik Stenson and Billy Andrade. Better yet, it guarantees him of playing the weekend after missing the cut at both the U.S. and British opens.

“Who knows what they’re going to shoot this afternoon,” Love said. “But wherever I am, I’m in good position. Seven-under after two days, I’m excited about the weekend.”

After a record 60 players had rounds under par in the first round, it was another day to go low at the Medinah Country Club. Stenson was at 8-under after his second striaght 68, and seventh-alternate Andrade had caught him after 10 holes.

U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy was getting the best of playing partners Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. With four straight birdies, Ogilvy made the turn at 7-under to join Love and Luke Donald.

Report by Jay Glazer: Lovie Smith Lowest Paid Head Coach

The story here is: this team is giving head coach Lovie Smith the shaft.

Smith, who never publicly lashes out on contract matters, wanted a new deal this off-season. He is currently the NFL’s lowest-paid head coach. In fact, Smith now makes less than a couple of coordinators out there.

It’s little secret that I have a very good relationship with Smith. However, I’ve got a very good relationship with a lot of coaches I believe aren’t very good, some of which shouldn’t be in their current positions. Relationship aside, I pen this story because I believe the Bears have the right guy long term and because during and after my visit players reached out to me grumbling about the team’s treatment of their head coach.

It’s not the first time since the end of last year I’ve heard from Smith’s players about his status and their shock at the franchise for refusing to reward him.

“I think it’s wrong,” said All-Pro MLB Brian Urlacher. “Coach Smith has done a lot more with this team than anyone could have expected, especially when you consider all the injuries we’ve had. He’s the lowest-paid head coach in the league. We want him here. The players love him, but we also think he should be rewarded like everyone else.

“You’ve got coordinators making more than him! That’s just not right, and I think it’s not too late for the team to do the right thing. All the other coaches who made the playoffs got new deals, so I hope they still get something done with him because he deserves it.”

Others who have made the playoffs just once such as Jack Del Rio, Jim Mora and Marvin Lewis all got significant pay raises this year. Yet Smith was told by upper, upper, upper brass that no such deal would be thrown his way because they were burned by Dick Jauron prior to Smith. So? Different times, different staff, different men.

Smith’s Bears can repeat next year and Smith has one year left on his deal, his price is going to be a heck of a lot more expensive than it would have been had they gotten him done after last year. There is also no guarantee Smith will even agree to a deal after this year considering the Bears’ treatment of him. If I’m the owner and have an extremely popular head coach and have to pay $1 million per year extra because my management didn’t want to follow today’s current standards, I’d be mighty ticked at what I could have paid.

I’d be even angrier if he bolted. The fans think it’s bogus. The players think it’s bogus. Even Smith’s peers think it’s bogus.

“You better be careful with what you gamble on in this league,” said another NFC head coach. “Why would they do that with Lovie? It doesn’t make much sense to me, but I’m sure they must have a reason. You just hope it doesn’t come back to bite them.”

With coordinators now beginning to get $2 million-plus per year, the Bears should have done right by Smith. They still may, but it appears that won’t happen this year. He’ll have to make that money up in the future, but the problem now for Smith is that even if his team duplicates the success it had last season, management can say it wasn’t as good a job coaching as a year ago when Smith had to get it done with a rookie third-string QB. Plus, the division has gotten much improved with the Vikings and Lions both expected to be much more competitive than a year ago.

Smith will have no problem finding another head coaching job if he plays this deal out, but the Bears’ management will have a hard time explaining to their fans and players why they lost out on such a strong coach. Or they’ll have to explain to ownership why they had to pay out the nose in a year from now.

Even if the Bears falter, did they really win out on this gamble? The players and city love the guy, so would a bad year or two really warrant trying to find an upgrade? Good luck rolling the dice.

Fantasia’s Special Tonight

She was introduced to the world in 2004 as the countrified, foot-stompin’ girl from North Carolina who could belt circles around her competition during the third season of “American Idol.”

Known to break into her patented “BoBo” victory dance during exchanges with host Ryan Seacrest, Fantasia quickly became a favorite among viewers… and ultimately the voting public, which kept her coming back each week and eventually taking home the coveted crown.

But behind the scenes, the 20-year-old contestant from High Point was dealing with what she says was mass Internet disapproval of her troubled background. Chat rooms and message boards were filed with postings questioning Barrino’s right to be anybody’s “idol” due to her teen pregnancy and decision to drop out of high school.

Although the show’s producers deny confronting her with printouts of the nasty comments midway through her 2004 run, Barrino says it did happen – and the scene is depicted in living color to kick off her Lifetime original film, “The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life is Not a Fairytale,” premiering tonight at 9 p.m. est on the Lifetime Channel.

After the film’s opening performance of Fantasia singing “Chain of Fools,” one of only a handful of actual clips from the Fox program used by director Debbie Allen, the singer walks backstage and smack dab into news of the negative Internet buzz. Producers ask her if she wants to bow out of the show. Fantasia then looks into a mirror and begins a two-hour flashback – during which her life story unfolds.

“All of the scenes were really about her getting there,” says Allen, describing the film’s emphasis on the road to “Idol,” not the “Idol” experience itself. “

Based on Fantasia’s best selling book “Life is Not a Fairytale,” the film includes much of its warts-and-all material, including the rape that led her to drop out of high school and the strained relationship with her father, Joe Barrino, played by “A Different World” star Kadeem Hardison. Fantasia told us how difficult it was for her father to accept the inclusion of his personal business in the book, and now the film.

“A lot of times, people, they run from the truth and they try to make it look good,” she explained. “The lady [who helped to write the book], she talked with me and my mom and my father, and my father told a lot of things on his own. When the book came out, there was a little bit of confusion. I knew it was going to be that way because, like I said, people run from the truth.”

For Hardison, who was tasked with crafting the Joe Barrino character based on details in the book and script, the actor was careful not to rely too much on the real thing.

“I wanted to create something new, you know. I was not really concerned about playing JoJo as if I had the blueprint because he’s a tricky guy,” he told us. “I mean, at least in the script, he’s a tricky guy. I focused on that and in my own instincts and in the help of my people to give me what I needed. One time [Fantasia] let me hear a phone message [from Joe] so I got to hear a little bit of his voice. It was short, and that was it.”

The actors playing Fantasia’s other family members found their roles equally as challenging…especially when the characters are known so intimately by the star of the film.

“I remember we did one scene, and [Fantasia] said, ‘Are you going to do that?’” laughs Viola Davis, who plays the singer’s mother, Diane. “The best resource we had was Fantasia. …It was the best source of staying true to the character because she kept you in line.”

Loretta Devine, who portrays Fantasia’s grandmother Addie Collins, echoed Davis’ comments about the young actress making sure the portrayals of her family were dead on.

“She could tell us, ‘My ma and my grandma wouldn’t say that,’” Devine recalls. “Of course we read the book and I had seen pictures of her grandmother. I did not get a chance to meet her, personally. Having Fantasia there was fabulous for us because we could ask her, you know, ‘How close to real this is?’ or ‘How right is this?’ or ‘What happened here?’”

Viewers already know how Fantasia answered the question posed by producers at the beginning of the film. When the Internet comments were brought before her, she had initial doubts about her chances of advancing in the competition.

“I would tell my mom, ‘Mama, I’m not going to win this. They won’t give me a chance. They won’t see that I’m trying to better myself,” she said.

It was during the preparation for a following performance, a rendition of “Summertime” from the classic “Porgy and Bess,” when Fantasia got herself together and decided to leave it all on the stage.

She recalls: “I remember rehearsing for it. I said, ‘I’m going to take this song, and I’m going to go out, and I’m going to sit on stage, and I’m going to sacrifice myself. And I want them to see that in spite of all of that, I still am somebody.”

Grace Jones Reportedly Flips Out

After some time spent off the media radar, singer Grace Jones is back in the headlines after the landlord of her former apartment in London accused her of trashing the place before skipping out on $10,000 in rent.

According to the New York Post, the 58-year-old Jamaican-born entertainer caused $31,000 in damages to the $2.5 million, two-bedroom flat. One of her neighbors was actor Michael Caine.

The owners say Jones left behind broken or missing fixtures, objects soiled by cigarette smoke and “blackened cutlery.” They also claim they were forced to change the locks after Jones failed to turn in the keys.

Jones’ reps are denying the accusations.

Kirk Franklin Gives Thanks

Kirk Franklin has never denied his humble beginnings. As host of TBN’s Praise the Lord Tuesday night at the Irving, TX studio, he took the opportunity to say thanks to those who helped him before the fame and fortune.

His former high school music teacher, Jewel Kelly was his biggest inspiration. Kelly, his musical mentor, has often been acknowledged throughout the mega-star’s career as the woman whose personal interest in him was critical to his success. The award-winning teacher said that she often relied on him to play piano because she could not play like him, but she also scolded him because he was a “bad kid.” The artist expressed his eternal indebtedness to her for the discipline which has evidently paid off handsomely.

The O.D. Wyatt Reunion Choir with Jewel Kelly as conductor displayed her uniquely crafted sound, which could be heard in some of Franklin ’s early music.

Kirk shared his appreciation for special guests Bishop Albert Jamison and Al “The Bishop” Hobbs of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA), the organization the entertainer credits for getting his career started. Franklin reflected on how he attended his first GMWA convention in Seattle, WA in 1990 with borrowed money. GMWA was where Franklin says ge found out that there were others more talented people than himself.

The show did not follow TBN’s usual sit-down interview flow. It was a veritable mini concert for all ages featuring performances by artists from the Verity/Zomba Gospel Gospel Label Group umbrella including: Men of Standard, Tye-Tribbett, Trin-i-tee 5:7, Kelly Price, Dave Hollister, J Moss and 21:03. Starting with Vickie Winans’ emotional opening performance, the artists all introduced new music and the audience was energized by one spirit-filled song after the next. Plus one “uninvited guest,” Deacon Brown (David Mann) makes a bold fashion statement when he stops by to give sanctified dance lessons.

The program will air nationally at a date and time to be announced.

Trin-I-Tee 5:7 Back with New Music

Trin-I-Tee 5:7 was the first Gospel girl group to achieve a Gold selling album (1999’s Spiritual Love), and this October the stunning trio that has been called “the En Vogue of Gospel music,” returns with T57 (in stores October 17, 2006), a bold and vibrant project that solidifies their staying power and finds them stronger, closer and wiser after weathering Hurricane Katrina.

The New Orleans natives (Chanelle Haynes & Angel Taylor, Adrian is from Sacramento) have literally been through THE storm, and Hurricane Katrina has brought them and their families closer together. One song on the album – a cover of “ My Soul Is Anchored ” – is a rousing testimony of how a real storm has defined for Trin-I-Tee 5:7 – as well as so many others – what it means to be anchored in the Lord. “We actually spoke to Douglas Miller when we decided to do the song, and we were shaking in our boots,” says Chanelle. “But he gave us his blessings, and he said he was proud of us, and that just meant so much.”

In addition to their rendition of Miller’s Gospel classic, T57 boasts the group’s signature urban laced style – with hip hop tinged beats, R&B grooves and soaring ballads. It is a CD that moves seamlessly from Friday night to Sunday morning all the while promoting positive messages of love, hope, gratitude and faith. All but three tracks were written by Trin-I-Tee 5:7, showcasing even further their evolution as artists.

______________________________________________________________________________
Black History Fact

Aug. 18, 1964: South Africa was banned from the Olympic Games because of its apartheid policies. Aug. 19, 1954:
Ralph J. Bunche named undersecretary of the United Nations.
Aug. 20, 1619: Twenty Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia aboard a Dutch ship. They are the first blacks to be forcibly settled as involuntary laborers in the North American British Colonies.
_______________________________________________________________________________
Celebrity Birthdays

Singer Nona Hendryx is 61.
Musician Everlast is 37.
Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is 36.
Actress Parker McKenna Posey (“My Wife and Kids”) is 11.
Aug. 20: Singer-actor Isaac Hayes is 64.
“Today” show weatherman Al Roker is 52.
Rapper KRS-One is 41.
Singer Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit is 36.
Aug. 21: Actor-filmmaker-writer Melvin Van Peebles is 74.
Actor Clarence Williams III (“The Mod Squad”) is 67.
Actress Loretta Devine (“Boston Public”) is 57.
Singer Kelis is 27.

_______________________________________________________________________________
Words To the Wise

Even in your darkest hour, Christ is There
_______________________________________________________________________________
Contact Information
Freddie Bell
PO Box 650961
Sterling,VA 20165
newsletter@voiceunique.com
888-639-9738

Oprah To South Africa/ Tavis to New Orleans

http://www.freddiebell.com

Morning Show Update

August 17, 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.

Timberlake Talks About Wardrobe Malfunction

Justin Timberlake is finally talking about his role in the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, during which he tore a piece of Janet Jackson’s top off in a choreographed move, only to expose her breast.

In the new MTV News special “All Eyes on Justin Timberlake,” the former N’Sync star wouldn’t say whether or not the boob flash was intentional, or indeed a “wardrobe malfunction” as described in a statement eventually released by Jackson. But Timberlake said he laments staying silent during the media torrent surrounding Nipplegate.

“I’m part of a community that considers themselves artists. And if there was something [more] I could’ve done in her defense, then I would have,” said Timberlake. “But the other half of me thought to myself, ‘Wow, like we still haven’t found the weapons of mass destruction. And everybody cares about this.’”

Timberlake also acknowledged the sexist and racial undertones surrounding the Super Bowl incident, suggesting the media focused more on Janet Jackson than on him.

“If you consider it 50/50, I probably got 10 percent of the blame. And that says something about society,” he said. “I think that America’s harsher on women and I think that America’s unfairly harsh on ethnic people. At the time it was happening, it was so crazy to me, that I didn’t handle it the best way I could have. But, you get your bumps and bruises from it and you learn. But it was sorta unfair.”

The Hookup Network Hosts Live Performance

The Hook Up Network, invites you and a guest to spend an evening with them at “The Original Soul Sound Suite” a music showcase for the grown and classy introducing Minneapolis talent Robb G performing live Thursday, August 24, 2006 9pm at Nochee Restaurant & Bar 500 Washington Ave S Minneapolis.

Come out unwind, dine, relax and hear live entertainment and music with guest artists during the pre-show networking social at 8 p.m. and stay for the live music showcase featuring Robb G. starting at 9.

A special late nite menu with drink specials will be offered starting at 9 p.m

Get ready to connect with Robb G., who has opened, written, and performed with many of the industries finest, including, Whitney Houston, Next, Joe, Twista, Young Bloods, Doracel, Brian McKnight, Mint Condition, Lo-Key, James Grear, Shelia Raye Charles, Don Breedlove and The Breedlove Band and Boys 2 Men. Robb G most recently co-wrote and co-produced a project involving the works of the legendary Stevie Wonder.

For more Information call 888-509-9614 ext 81 or email teri@theimanijamesgroup.com

Oprah Makes Stop Before Flying To South Africa

Oprah Winfrey is making sure that her latest project, a morning talk show hosted by Food Network spitfire Rachael Ray, will be a ratings success from the very first week.

On Aug. 3, the TV mogul appeared on Ray’s hour-long syndicated program, “The Rachael Ray Show,” which is produced by Winfrey’s own Harpo production company and distributed by King World.

According to People magazine, Winfrey stayed for the entire taping, met the audience members and toured the show’s New York facility during her stay.

As soon as it was over, Winfrey, 52, headed straight to the airport for a flight to South Africa to check on the building of her Leadership Academy for Girls, due to open in January.

“The Rachael Ray Show,” meanwhile, premieres on Sept. 18. The episode with Winfrey will air during its first week.

Folks Planning Trip to See Color Purple: Details Follow

I have found round trip air fare Minneapolis to New York City for approx. $178. plus tax. Call to book! 612-825-4885.

Please call ASAP if you want to go.

What? A Trip to see Oprah’s “THE COLOR PURPLE” – a Soul-stirring new Musical Live, on Broadway, 53rd Street, in the heart of New York City’s Theatre district.

Departure Date: November 8, 2006 (Wed.)

Return Date: November 11, 2006 (Sat.)

Hotel Information: * Accommodations for Three nights hotel at the Vintage Wellington *** in the heart of the theatre district on 52nd and Broadway (1 block from the musical)

Inclusions:

* Admission per person to choice of the Empire State Building Observatory or the Rockefeller Center Tour

*Admission per person to choice of the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the American Museum of Natural History

*Admission to the historic Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night, in Harlem (Wed. nite)

* One Broadway theatre performance per person to THE COLOR PURPLE (Best Seats – Orchestra/Front Mezanine) – Thursday nite

*Group Dinner at Cafe Nicole, overlooking Times Square before the show Thursday evening (includes tax and gratuities)

*Roundtrip air from Minneapolis to NYC via CO

*Roundtrip motor coach transportation between airport – LGA, JFK, or EWR and Hotel

*Roundtrip motor coach transportation between the Hotel and The Apollo Theatre

*Baggage Handling (with the group)

*Taxes(on included features)

*Shopping discounts (one per room)

Prices per person: WITH AIRFARE: Single – $1773.00, Double – $1277.00, Triple – $1112.00, Quad – $1029.00

Price WITHOUT AIRFARE: Single – $1468.00, Double – $972.00, Triple – $807.00, Quad – $$724.00.

Deposit Requirements:

ALL reservations require a $299.00 per person deposit that is Due September 1st. to guarantee your tickets, etc. ( Includes a $99. non-refundable handling fee.) Remaining package balance is due 30 days prior to the event. (Approx. October 5th for holiday) Visa, Mastercard and Discover accepted.

*Packages that include RT Air Fare as quoted above will require a $40 deposit by noon, August 17th to guarantee the rate. The balance of your deposit ($259.00) will still be due September 1 to lock in your reservation. We will be happy to book your airfare separately at a later date – Just call!

We have a limited number of tickets and hotel rooms. Most dates are SOLD OUT!!!

If you are interested or know someone who is, pls……forward or contact your family, friends etc. with the info.

THEN…e-mail or call…

Tavis In New Orleans

Where do things really stand in New Orleans one year later? In its mission to advance a crucial conversation, “Tavis Smiley” on PBS takes to the road to present a two-part perspective on New Orleans on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

“Hurricane Katrina One Year Later: Remembrance, Recognition, Recovery,” airing tonight (8/17) and tomorrow, was taped before a live audience at New Orleans’ Loyola University.

Participants joining Smiley are Warren Riley (New Orleans Police Superintendent and a 25 year veteran of the force), Charmaine Marchand (Louisiana State Representative whose district includes Ward 9-she lost her home in the flooding), Jed Horne (Pulitzer Prize winning Times Picayune journalist), Irma Thomas (“soul queen” of New Orleans and songwriter of Rolling Stones’ hit “Time is on My Side”), Royce Osborne (award-winning New Orleans documentary filmmaker) and Angela Glover Blackwell (founder of non-profit advocacy group PolicyLink).

“After 9/11, Hurricane Katrina is without question a defining national tragedy of immense proportions for this generation,” Smiley said in a statement. “It was just not the devastation of the event itself, but also what happened in the aftermath that gives us much to examine as a society.

“The voices you will hear in this Town Hall will not only give you a greater understanding of what happened but also how we can work more effectively through great challenges to our country in the future.”

McKinney Against Electronic Voting Machines

Rep. Cynthia McKinney will not remain silent in defeat. Appearing in public for the first time since losing her re-election bid last week, the Democratic congresswoman said the black community needs to oppose electronic voting machines, which she said are designed to steal elections.

McKinney’s comments were made Tuesday during the National Dialogue and Revival for Social Justice in the Black Church. It was sponsored by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s group, the National Action Network.

Former DeKalb County commissioner and attorney Hank Johnson defeated McKinney 59 percent to 41 percent in a runoff of the Democratic primary. During her concession speech on election night, McKinney blamed the loss on the news media and electronic voting machines.

“It’s critical that you know that you have no way of being sure that your vote was counted,” she explained Tuesday.

The six-term legislator charged that Georgia’s system of runoff elections, where winners must always receive more than 50 percent of the vote, violates the Voting Rights Act. She also said open primaries – where voters can choose to vote in either party’s primary election, regardless of how they are registered – should not be allowed. Lastly, she blamed Republican crossover voting for her losses in the 2002 primary and in the Aug. 8 primary runoff.

“How is it that I could win election and get kicked out, win election and get kicked out because Republicans can cross over and vote in the Democratic primary?” she said, according to AP. “If Republicans work that hard to get rid of me, I got to be doing something good for you.”

Black History Fact

Aug. 17, 1887: Marcus Garvey, the father of the black nationalist and Pan African movements was born on this day in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica.
_______________________________________________________________________________
Celebrity Birthdays

Rapper Posdnuos of Del La Soul is 37.
Actor Bryton McClure (“Family Matters”) is 20.

_______________________________________________________________________________
Words To the Wise

Sometimes you have to go through a storm to appreciate the light.
_______________________________________________________________________________

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

Patti Adding Gospel

http://www.freddiebell.com

Morning Show Update

August 16, 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.

LIL WAYNE ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

Cash Money Records president and rapper Lil Wayne was arrested early Monday, August 14th, near Atlantic Station in midtown Atlanta. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, was hit with several drug charges including possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. He was released from Fulton County Jail after posting $11,000 bail. The rapper will be notified as to when he must appear in court.

Lil Wayne and Cash Money Records co-CEO Baby aka Birdman will release their new album, Like Father, Like Son, on September 26th. The first single from the project is “Stuntin Like My Daddy.”

The 23 year-old rapper is also working on a new album, Tha Carter III.

BUSTA RHYMES UNDER FIRE FROM FAMILY OF SLAIN BODYGUARD

The sister of Busta Rhymes’ slain bodyguard has called the rapper out for allegedly using her brother’s death to generate publicity for his latest album, The Big Bang. The bodyguard, Israel Ramirez, was killed on the set of Rhymes’ “Touch It (Remix)” in February. Rhymes was allegedly nearby when Ramirez was shot but he has been unwilling to cooperate with the police investigation.

Sonia Rodriguez told the New York Post, “I understand the code of the streets, [but] they’re probably just very afraid for themselves and their families…I find it kind of nauseating — especially when he’s talking about how he cared for my brother. He doesn’t give two diddlies about my brother. At this point, I honestly believe Busta is using my brother’s death as a publicity stunt — and I’m angry.”

Rodriguez says she hadn’t heard from the rapper since the Fourth of July when he called to check in with the family and he promised to set up a scholarship fund for Ramirez’s children.

Rodriguez added, “He’s really got a lot to do to prove me wrong, and talking to the cops about what happened that night would be a big step.” According to police, many of the witnesses have been unwilling to cooperate with the investigation. A source told the paper, “Some people are afraid because they fear they could be next.”

EPMD REUNITING FOR SPECIAL SHOW

Veteran rap act EPMD, which is comprised of Erick “E- Double” Sermon and Parrish “PMD” Smith, hasn’t released a group project since 1999’s Out of Business but the group has announced plans to reunite for a special show. Allhiphop.com reports that the group will perform at the BB King Blues Club in New York City on October 14th. The performance will be the duo’s first in their hometown in eight years.

EPMD began their career in Brentwood, Long Island, in 1987. The group released six albums between 1988 and 1999, five of which were certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies.

The group has flirted with recording a new album, but Sermon explained the challenges. He said: “P (Parrish Smith) is not really focused. I don’t know about now when I was … ’cause I was in the midst of doing the efforts to make an EPMD CD, but under those circumstances, it’s hard to work. Like you want to compete in this game, you have to be real in here and that pen game must be up especially up to par when somebody’s waiting for an EPMD record.”

Sermon added: “The run was there. We had the run and me, I don’t have no reason to reach back. I could see why he would want to and even though people call for it, the whole nine, people called for it in ’99 and nobody supported it.”

LETOYA STILL CAN’T BELIEVE NUMBER ONE SUCCESS

LeToya is enjoying one of the best years of her professional career, and she’s doing it on her own terms. Her debut album LeToya topped the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in its first week out, selling some 165,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This happened just after her single “Torn” hit Number One on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. The Houston-born vocalist is featured in the BET reality series LeToya: The H-Town Chick and is currently performing as an opener for Mary J. Blige’s national Breakthrough Tour.

The attention is mind-boggling for LeToya, who spent seven years with rising group Destiny’s Child before being forced out in 2000. In fact, she couldn’t believe that she had gone Number One when she was first told about it. She said: “I guess… I’m excited about it, you know? I didn’t believe it at all. People kept telling me, you know, my management, label, they were like, ‘You’re Number One this week.’ I was like, ‘No I’m not — I wanna see it on paper.’ And I didn’t believe it until I saw it in the Billboard. I did not believe it. I don’t know! I was just so excited about it!” In addition to co-writing “Torn” and other songs from the album, LeToya gets support from producers Scott Storch, Walter Millsap, Teddy Bishop and Jermaine Dupri as well as Houston rappers Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Bun B and Slim Thug.

The second single from LeToya is the tune “She Don’t” featuring Slim Thug.

KEKE WYATT INKS DEAL WITH TVT RECORDS

R&B singer KeKe Wyatt has signed a new deal with TVT Records. The singer said in a released statement, “It feels good to finally find a home at TVT Records. They really support my vision and will allow me to develop my own sound. I see how they developed Teedra Moses through word of mouth and I am looking to create my own buzz once again.”

Wyatt joined the roster of Cash Money Records in 2005 and the singer recorded her sophomore album, Emotional Rollercoaster, but the set was never released.

Wyatt’s gold-certified debut, Soul Sista, was released in 2001. Fans were first introduced to Wyatt when she performed a remake of “My First Love” with Avant on his 2000 platinum-certified debut, My Thoughts.

MINORITY POPULATION INCREASING NATIONWIDE

The Census Bureau’s just released 2005 American Community Survey reports that minorities are quickly increasing in size in every state except West Virginia. The report, the Bureau’s first update on the population since 2000, found that Hispanics are now the nation’s largest minority group, accounting for 14.5 percent of the population, while blacks comprise 12.8 percent of Americans.

A break-down of the Census Bureau’s survey found: South Carolina saw the biggest increase of foreign immigrants, growing 47 percent in the past five years.

The biggest boom in the Hispanic population was in Arkansas, where it increased by 48 percent

In California, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Texas, non- Hispanic whites are in the minority.

Across the county, non-Hispanic whites make up 67 percent of the population, down from 70 percent in 2000.

The white population in Hawaii, while still in the minority, grew over the past five years.

Americans are living longer. The median age of the American population is 36.4. In 2000, the median age was 35.3.

More and more Americans are getting educated. In 2000, 80 percent of the population had a high school diploma, while 24 percent had a bachelor’s degree. In 2005, 84 percent had high school diplomas while 27 percent had earned bachelor’s degrees.

Anniversary Attracts Stars

Radio One, Inc., the seventh largest radio broadcasting company in the U.S., will celebrate the culmination of its 25th anniversary with an exclusive, star-studded awards gala to be held on Thursday, August 17th in Washington, DC.

Hosted by national on-air personalities Ananda Lewis, J. Anthony Brown, Tom Joyner and Russ Parr, this exclusive, black-tie event promises to be an evening of fine dining with performances from some of the nation’s most renowned artists.

The awards that will be given at this festive occasion were designed by nationally acclaimed artist, Annie Lee. Individuals from all walks of life will be the recipients of these awards in one of three categories; Community Activists, Clients/Sponsors and Radio One staff.

Celebrities attending the star-studded event will include Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Janet Jackson, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Russell Simmons, Jay Z, Ciara, Jermaine Dupri, Kirk Franklin, Linda Johnson Rice, Rep. Maxine Waters, Dick Gregory, Richard Parsons, Suzanne DePasse, Rev. Al Sharpton, Eddie Griffin, Susan L. Taylor, Tom Joyner, Russ Parr, Smokie Norful, Donnie Lawrence, Jeff Majors, James Ingram, Rueben Studdard, Eric Benét, Marques Houston, Bo Taylor, J. Anthony Brown, Ananda Lewis and more to be confirmed.

The Radio One 25th Anniversary Awards Gala is the finale of a year-long celebration for the corporation that stands 25 years strong with 71 radio stations in 22 urban markets (Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, Detroit and Washington, DC to name a few). The celebration’s kick-off began on October 3, 2005 in downtown Los Angeles when nearly 2,000 people from all walks of life including celebrities and executives from music, film, television and radio joined Cathy Hughes, Chairman and Founder, and her son, Alfred Liggins, President and CEO, at the official launch for the anniversary.

Patti To Release Gospel CD

Patti LaBelle is up to something that is going to shake the foundation of the music world.

With the recording of “When You’ve Been Blessed (Feels Like Heaven)” she left lovers of gospel music wanting more and now they can get their fill with “You Are My Friend,” the first ever gospel album release in her over forty year music career.

Spectators at the 39th Annual Gospel Music Association of America Convention kick-off celebration were first to hear an appetizer from the project when Patti delighted the crowd with her emotive presentation of the gospel standard “Walk Around Heaven All Day,” which will appear on the October 17 release.

Through hot flashes and tired spells the legendary LaBelle (who frequently refers to her challenges with menopause and diabetes during performances) at 63 years old is going strong in spite of her challenges with health. At the Dallas Convention Center at around 1:30 a.m. Monday she told the crowd, “I’ve got Diabetes, but Diabetes doesn’t have me.” Over the past several years Labelle has shut down on stage on a few occasions from illness, leaving on-lookers wondering about her endurance as a performer.
_______________________________________________________________________________

Black History Fact

Aug. 16, 1963: On sale this day was a stamp designed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. It was designed by George Olden, which made him the first African American to design a U.S. postage stamp.
_______________________________________________________________________________

Celebrity Birthdays

Singer Robert “Squirrel” Lester of The Chi-Lites is 64.
Actor Reginald VelJohnson (“Family Matters”) is 54.
R&B singer J.T. Taylor is 53.
Actress Angela Bassett is 48.
Singer Madonna is 48.

_______________________________________________________________________________

Words To the Wise

To get a blessing, be a blessing
_______________________________________________________________________________

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

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,101 other followers