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Morning Show Update

October 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.

Listen to the Freddie Bell Show, 4 to 7pm, weekdays on Z 1470 KZTG, Totally Gospel, or on the web at http://www.totallygospel.com.

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.

RON ARTEST HOPING TO SCORE IN STORES NOW

Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest will release his debut rap album, My World,today. The album will feature guest appearances by Mike Jones, Diddy, Juvenile, Allure, DJ Kay Slay, and DJ Big Kap. A bonus 50-minute DVD, titled Being Ron Artest, will be included with the CD. The DVD includes footage from several live performances, three full-length music videos, and footage from Artest in various life settings.

After the solo project, Artest, who is from the Queensbridge Housing Projects in Queens, would like to record another QB Finest compilation. He said: “I think I’m probably one of the only ones right now that could probably put an album together. I’m probably talking a little bit, you know maybe out of my league. Probably a little bit too confident.”

Artest added: “You know, but I think I could put an album together. A QB Finest album and it’ll be crazy like just how Nas did it.”

Nas released the QB Finest compilation Queensbridge: The Album, in 2001. It was certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies.

YOUNG JEEZY SET TO SHOOT A SHORT MOVIE

Atlanta-based rapper Young Jeezy will release his sophomore album, The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102, on December 12th. MTV.com reports that in addition to shooting a video for the set’s lead single, “I Luv It,” Jeezy will be borrowing a page from Snoop Dogg’s “Murder Was The Case” by shooting his own short film for the album’s next single, “Bury Me A G.”

Jeezy explained, LUDACRIS ENJOYS SECOND WEEK AT NUMBER ONE

Rapper Ludacris is enjoying his second consecutive week at Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The rapper’s “Money Maker” featuring Pharrell Williams dethroned Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back” last week. Next week, Ludacris will have to deal with Akon. The singer’s latest single, “Smack” featuring Eminem, jumps to Number Two this week.

In related news, Ludacris recently released a new single and video, “Grew Up A Screw Up” featuring Young Jeezy, from his latest album, Release Therapy.

PROJECT PAT SAYS HE WAS ‘RAISED IN THE PROJECTS’

Memphis-based rapper Project Pat recently released the second single “Raised In The Projects” featuring Chrome, from his forthcoming album, Crook By Da Book: The Fed Story. The new album hits stores on December 5th on Hypnotized Minds/Sony Urban.

The new album is Pat’s first release since spending over three years behind bars. The rapper, whose real name is Patrick Houston, was arrested in January 2001 after police stopped his speeding SUV in Memphis and discovered two revolvers. Pat was on parole for aggravated robbery at the time.

He was found guilty of two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon in March 2002, and in June 2002 he was sentenced to 51 months in jail for each count. Those sentences ran concurrently. He was released from prison last July.
Project’s Pat’s last album was 2002’s Layin’ Da Smack Down. The rapper released his gold-certified debut, Mista Don’t Play, in 2001.

INDIA.ARIE SAYS SHE DIDN’T SET OUT TO MAKE TWO VOLUMES OF ‘TESTIMONY’

Singer and songwriter India.Arie, who has been earning rave reviews for her current concert tour, says she earmarked some songs for the second volume of her Testimony project while preparing for the release of her current hit album Testimony, Vol. 1: Life & Relationship.

Arie says that she wanted to group the songs together by mood and content, which is why she felt the project should be stretched over two separate releases. But she’s still not certain when the companion CD, to be titled Testimony, Vol. 2: Love & Politics, will be released.

Said Arie: “A lot of the songs are written, which is why… I didn’t set out to make a two-volume thing. I just was just seeking to put the songs in a context that made sense. I didn’t want to have all these emotional relationship songs and then a love song right after. I think it comes from my visual art training. like, I wanted to make a complete and balanced body of work. So the other songs I put over here to Volume 2.”

Arie is currently getting airplay for her tracks “There’s Hope” and a cover of Don Henley’s “The Heart Of The Matter.”

MARIAH CAREY GETS NO LOVE IN HONG KONG

Mariah Carey was forced to cancel her Saturday (October 28th) concert in Hong Kong due to sluggish ticket sales and what promoters called “unreasonable demands.” According to the Associated Press, Carey was scheduled to play an outdoor space near Hong Kong’s central financial district, but the venue had only sold about 4,000 tickets. A statement from the promoters explained, “We have decided to cancel the event effective immediately due to both the poor response of public ticket sales and also due to specific last-minute demands which we find wholly unreasonable and not with the best interests of Hong Kong, us and also the fans.”

Carey has been out on the road behind her latest album, The Emancipation Of Mimi.

LIONEL RICHIE WAS HAPPY TO STEP UP FOR DALLAS AUSTIN

Lionel Richie is enjoying the best chart success he’s had in the last decade with his current Island/Def Jam album Coming Home. Ironically, the multiple Grammy winner had a hand in the homecoming of one of the project’s producers, Dallas Austin, when he ran afoul of Dubai authorities this past summer on drug charges.

Richie, who is extremely popular in the middle East, led a contingent of music industry figures who used their influence to have Austin released and returned to the United States without being imprisoned. Never a publicity hog, Atlanta-based Austin has remained low-key since his return and continues to work with top artists, including Natalie Cole, Stacie Orrico, Sammie, and the Backwudz.

Recently, Richie told me that he had no problem standing up for the talented Austin. Recalling that he himself made some questionable decisions as a young artist, he said: “Things that I did when I was 19 to 25, I can go back now and go, ‘Wow, that was dumb.’ I’m sure something as simple as checking your clothes from now on when you pack and go international. He’ll never make that mistake again. But I think in the case of his talent, what he’s about, what he stands for in his community, what he’s done for the community, and not only that but just the music business and his giving back — it was quite easy, if you will, to just kind of look at his credentials and say to them, you know, this is not a drug trafficker. This is just a guy that made a mistake.”

Meanwhile, Richie kicks off his national tour tonight (October 27th) with a show at Detroit’s Music Hall Center. He’ll be on the road through the end of November.

DIANA ROSS’ CONCERT REQUESTS REVEALED

Diana Ross makes very specific demands when she tours, and Australia’s Herald Sun has just published some of those listed for her mini-tour down under, which kicks off on Monday (October 30th) in Melbourne.

Sources said that Ross, who rarely performs live, has demanded that for her performance on November 1st at the Atrium inside the Flemington Complex, a three-level stage, 34 by 45 feet wide and 30 feet deep, be specially built. She has also asked for all but the two video screens placed on the sides of the stage to be turned off because she doesn’t like to see herself perform.

In addition to that, Ross refuses to perform while the sun is still up, so due to the upcoming daylight saving time change, the dinner theatre crowd will take in Ross’ one-hour set between dinner and dessert. However, Ross demands that no dessert cutlery be placed on the table due to the distracting noise the utensils make. Ross also demands that all waiters be banned from the Atrium for her performance.

Earlier this month, Ross released her new album, titled I Love You, which features covers of songs by Marvin Gaye, the Beatles, Joe Cocker, Queen, Bill Withers and others.

SNOOP DOGG SEEING ‘SAW III’ THIS WEEKEND?

Based on the performance of the previous Saw movies, Saw III is the movie to beat this weekend. It comes out just in time for Halloween, and like its predecessors, was made for a relatively low budget, which leaves plenty of room for it to rake in the dough.

Saw III director Darren Lynn Bousman has said that the movie is more complex than the first two movies because it deals with back stories, relationships and flashbacks.

There’s plenty of gore, torture, and mind games in the movie as well, and that’s what keeps fans like Snoop Dogg coming back: “I’m a fan of horror movies but I like the Saw, I like the way the Saw series is. I like those ’cause that could go on for a long time and they’re scary. To be locked in a room, you understand me? I like that. The Saw is real clever.”

Snoop has a horror movie of his own coming out next month, Snoop Dogg’s Hood Of Horror, but chances are he’ll be one of the many people seeing Saw III this weekend.

FORMER SOURCE EDITOR MAY PEN TELL-ALL

Former Source magazine editor-in-chief Kim Osorio is thinking about writing a book after winning a $15.5 million judgment from her former employers.

During a New York press conference, the editor said, “I haven’t had the chance to seal everything up and think of my next move, but there’s a possibility of a book.” Osorio brought the case against the Source magazine and former owners Dave Mays and Ray Benzino for wrongful termination and defamation.

Source magazine attorney Mercedes Colwin said, “We are going to seek a new trial, and we are going to seek a reduction of the award.” Colwin added, “We are pleased that the jury has cleared us of any wrongdoing on all charges of sexual harassment and gender discrimination. The remaining claims for retaliation and defamation stem strictly from the accusations made against the Source’s former owners and do not in any way reflect on the current management.”

FATHER IN MADONNA ADOPTION CASE IS WORRIED

The father in the Madonna adoption saga says he’s worried that critics will convince the pop star not to adopt his 13-month-old son. According to the Associated Press, Yohane Banda said, “I am afraid Madonna may get angry and frustrated and decide to dump my son because of these people.”

Banda said he’s fed up with the Malawian human rights organizations that are causing a stir over Madonna’s adoption of David Banda. The boy’s natural father added, “These so-called human rights activists are harassing me every day, threatening me that I am not aware of what I am doing. I’m afraid David may be sent back and the orphanage may not even accept him back. So where will he end up? Here? He will certainly die.”

Earlier this week, Banda said that authorities didn’t make it clear to him that he was permanently giving up his son to the pop star. The latest interview finds Banda explaining what he meant by those statements. Banda said, “I was telling these rights groups that I wasn’t selling my son. I said I wouldn’t…sell my son for anything but I had agreed with Madonna before a judge so my comments were taken out of context and I hope Madonna is not angry.”

The Human Rights Consultative Committee has asked a judge in Malawi to review the adoption process to make sure all the laws have been followed.

Madonna appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show on Wednesday (October 25th) to discuss her plans to adopt David.

‘COLOR OF THE CROSS’ FILM DEPICTING BLACK JESUS OPENS

A new independent film depicting Jesus as a black man is now in movie theaters. The new movie Color Of The Cross depicts the last 48 hours in the life of Christ as told in the Gospels, but the film is the first in cinema history to represent him as a person of color. Filmmaker Jean Claude LaMarre plays Jesus and wrote, directed and financed Color Of The Cross, which opens in 30 theaters in predominantly black neighborhoods.

“Black people in this country are the only race of people who worship a god outside their own image,” LaMarre, told AP. He added that the portrayal of Christ as a black man is “the most poignant way to deal with the issue of race in this country because it goes to the heart of how we look at the world.”

The film is sparking debate not only among whites in this country but among African-Americans as well. While some black churches have images of a black Jesus behind the altar and others have claimed Christ was black, the concept has not been accepted in the mainstream, which generally depicts a blonde- haired, blue-eyed Christ.

“It’s very important because (the film) is going to provide an image of Jesus for African-Americans that is no longer under the control of whites,” says Stephenson Humphries-Brooks, a religious studies professor at New York’s Hamilton College and author of Cinematic Savior: Hollywood’s Making of the American Christ.

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DIDDY NUMBER ONE

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Morning Show Update

October 26, 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.

Listen to the Freddie Bell Show, 4 to 7pm, weekdays on Z 1470 KZTG, Totally Gospel, or on the web at http://www.totallygospel.com.

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.
Grey’s Anatomy Star Apologizes

Grey’s Anatomy” star Isaiah Washington has publicly apologized for going “McTyson” on “McDreamy” before shooting a scene earlier this month.

“I sincerely regret my actions and the unfortunate use of words during the recent incident on (the) set,” the 43-year-old actor said in a statement to People magazine. “Both are beneath my own personal standards. … I have nothing but respect for my co-workers … and have apologized personally to everyone involved.”

According to People, the fight on Oct. 9 started when co-star T.R. Knight was late to the set. A debate ensued between Washington, who plays Dr. Preston Burke, and Patrick Dempsey, who portrays Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shephard.

Dempsey insisted on waiting for Knight against Washington’s wishes. Voices were raised, Washington allegedly used a slur to describe gay people and reportedly grabbed Dempsey around the neck in a physical altercation.

Once the dust-up hit the press, Knight released a statement admitting that he was gay.

“I guess there have been a few questions about my sexuality, and I’d like to quiet any unnecessary rumors that may be out there,” he said in the statement. “I hope the fact that I’m gay isn’t the most interesting part of me.”

Meanwhile, “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes is downplaying the entire incident.

“It “was 4 1/2 seconds of one day in three years,” she told People. “I feel like we’ve already moved on.”

NAOMI CAMPBELL IN TROUBLE AGAIN!

British-based Sky News is reporting that supermodel Naomi Campbell has been arrested in London and again accused of assaulting a woman.

Sky News reports that the catwalk queen was brought in for questioning Wednesday afternoon by detectives at a central London police station following the assault allegation.

A police spokesman would not confirm the story, saying only that a 36-year-old woman had been detained Wednesday afternoon after an allegation of assault. As a policy, the force does not release names of people detained unless they have been formally charged with a crime.

DIDDY NUMBER ONE AGAIN!

Diddy has done it again. His new album “Press Play” – which was promoted across the country in a high-profile tour that included visits to radio stations, lectures at public schools and the keys to various cities – has entered The Billboard 200 album charts at No. 1 on sales of 170,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The total, however, was the lowest first-week sum of Diddy’s solo career. By comparison, his last No.1 debut on The Billboard 200, 1997’s “No Way Out,” sold a whopping 561,000 units in its first week. The follow-up, 1999’s “Forever” (205,000) and 2001’s “The Saga Continues” (186,000) both debuted and peaked at No. 2.

Evanescence’s “The Open Door” hangs on to No. 2 for a second week, and soulful teen star JoJo enters at No. 3 with her sophomore set “The High Road.” Justin Timberlake’s “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” which topped the chart for two weeks earlier this month, jumps up 7-4

Elsewhere in the Billboard 200, “American Idol” second season winner Ruben Studdard debuts at No. 8 with “The Return” (J) on sales of 71,000 units. His debut set, “Soulful,” started at No. 1 in 2003 with 417,000, while the gospel-dominated follow-up “I Need An Angel” began at No. 20 in 2004.

LENNY WILLIAMS BACK WITH NEW CD

Lenny Williams, the Oakland balladeer who possesses one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music continues to keep the focus on love with the first single from his new CD It Must Be Love (LenTom Entertainment).

The new single is entitled Tuesday, which is already receiving major airplay in advance of the release of the new CD.

Lenny co-wrote Tuesday with Bay Area Hip Hop producers K-Maxx and Esinchill.

Why is the song called Tuesday?

“Because if you’re in love with your mate you don’t need a birthday or a holiday to treat them right. You know? Like they may ask you: ‘Why are you treating me so good?’ “Because it’s Tuesday baby. I love you everyday,” says Lenny.

About Lenny Williams
Known around the world for singing one of the greatest love songs ever recorded Cause I Love You, Lenny started his career as a solo artist before deciding to put his solo career on hold in 1972, when he joined the emerging funk band Tower of Power. A string of hits ensued, including So Very Hard To Go and Don’t Change Horses (In The Middle Of The Stream), written by Lenny and the late great Johnny “Guitar” Watson. During his two years with the group, Lenny participated in three milestone albums, the gold LP Tower Of Power, Back To Oakland, and Urban Renewal, while touring nonstop throughout the United States, Europe and Asia before going solo again and recording 14 albums. Over the past few years, Lenny has continued his solo career, touring the US, Europe and South Africa. In 2004 and 2005 Lenny and Kanye West were honored recipients of the BMI song writers award for the song Over Night Celebrity recorded by rapper Twista. He has recently shared stages with Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Anthony Hamilton, The Whispers, Boney James, Bobby Womack, the Ohio Players, Al Green, Usher, K-Ci and Frankie Beverly and Maze.

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Morning Show Update

October 25, 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.

Listen to the Freddie Bell Show, 4 to 7pm, weekdays on Z 1470 KZTG, Totally Gospel, or on the web at http://www.totallygospel.com.

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.

MOBB DEEP DOING OKAY AFTER EMERGENCY LANDING

Mobb Deep and newcomers Sam Scarfo and 40 Glocc were traveling to South America for a series of shows in Chile this weekend when their plane was forced to make an emergency landing. Allhiphop.com reports that the entourage missed their initial connecting flight to Chile early Saturday morning, October 21st, so they took Delta Flight 147 but about an hour into the flight, the plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Tampa, Florida.

The airline issued a statement that read, “Almost an hour into the flight, the plane began dropping and rising and dropping again, soon after which passengers noticed flames and smoke pouring out of one of the engines.”

According to the pilot, one of the plane’s engines had stop working. The plane was able to land safely at 12:30 a.m. in Tampa as emergency crews watched.

Mobb Deep’s Havoc said, “All I can say is God was on our side. It could [have] turned out the opposite way! It makes you look at many things in perspective.”

The entire group decided to return to New York instead of going to Chile. The group hasn’t released any information on when or if they will make up the South American tour dates.

In related news, Mobb Deep will be releasing a greatest hits set next Tuesday, October 31st.

NELLY GETS PROPS FOR APPLE BOTTOM JEANS

Rapper and entrepreneur Nelly will be honored by The Black Retail Action Group, Inc. this Friday, October 27th, at the organization’s 36th Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street. Nelly, who is CEO of Apple Bottom Jeans and co-owner of the NBA’s Bobcats, will receive BRAG’s Special Recognition Award for his achievements in business and his commitment to underprivileged groups through his charitable organizations and student scholarships.

Former NFL linebacker Carl Banks, Stephanie Murphy, Vice President of Retail Sales for the NBA Store, Cyndi Bickerstaff, President & CEO of Bickerstaff Sports & Entertainment and Nick Grayston, President/CEO, Foot Locker, Foot Action, and Kids Foot Locker America, will also be honored during the event.

In related news, Nelly will be heading back into the studio soon to work on a new album which he hopes to release next summer.

LLOYD BANKS SAYS THERE’S NO BEEF WITH DIPSET

Last month Lloyd Banks and the G-Unit performed at a back to school concert that was co-headlined by the Diplomats’ Jim Jones at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island. According to witnesses at the event, members of the G-Unit were backstage, chanting “Boring” instead of “Ballin,” which is the chorus of Jones’ hit song, “We Fly High.”

Banks told MTV.com, “Nah, I mean there ain’t no problem, man. Whenever you get a lot of energy into the same building, people don’t know what to expect. So just walking by somebody without saying, ‘Wassup,’ might get taken the wrong way. But it’s nothing. We do what we do, they do what they do. We’re holdin’ NYC down. Unnecessary problems shouldn’t occur. If it ain’t no problem there, then keep it goin’.”

The rapper added, “But I can’t X out anything. Who knows? Records might come. That goes for anybody who you don’t have a solid beef with. I don’t really got beef with nobody. I got bread. … Nah, ain’t no beef with them.”

Banks released his sophomore album, The Rotten Apple, earlier this month. The set debuted at Number Three on the Billboard 200 albums chart last week after selling 142,000 copies its first week in stores.

The new album isn’t the only new material from Banks on the streets. He’s been putting out a steady diet of mixtapes and he’s scheduled to release a new one within the next two week. Banks said, “I’m gonna let the album breathe about two weeks. But I got Mo’ Money in the Bank Pt. 5 already geared up and ready to go. Mo’ Money in the Bank Pt. 4 with DJ Whoo Kid is on the street right now — (the one with) the green cover. Now it’s time for the blue cover. That’ll be out in a matter of days.”

SNOOP DOGG CAUGHT WITH WEAPON AT AIRPORT

Snoop Dogg may be facing criminal charges after a 21-inch collapsible baton was found in his bags as he boarded a flight headed to New York. The rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, was going through a security checkpoint at John Wayne International Airport in California on September 27, when the baton was found in his laptop bag. Snoop told sheriff’s deputies that the baton was a prop for a movie he was filming in New York. “He had a collapsible baton and it is classified as a dangerous weapon,” sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino told the Associated Press. Prosecutors have not decided on whether to charge the rapper, who was not arrested at the scene.

This isn’t the first time Snoop has had a problem at an airport.

In April, he and five other men were arrested on charges of violent disorder and starting a brawl after some members of his entourage were denied entry to British Airways’ first-class lounge at Heathrow Airport in London. Seven officers received minor injuries and one suffered a fracture to the hand in the altercation.

Last month British Airways announced that Snoop is banned from future travel on the airline.

PAPOOSE SHOOTS TWO VIDEOS

Brooklyn-based rapper Papoose will release two videos in the coming weeks as he puts the finishing touches on his Jive Records debut, Nacirema Dream, which is due out in January. The rapper will release his official lead single later this fall. MTV.com reports that Papoose shot the videos for “Alphabetical Slaughter” and “Ghetto Soldier” featuring Akon in his hometown, Brooklyn.

Papoose said, “‘Ghetto Soldier,’ basically the concept of the video is showing the comparison of the soldier that’s going to war in Afghanistan and the everyday ghetto soldiers that are losing their lives. It’s a visual metaphor between the two. People could see they going to war over there, but it’s everyday war we going through in the ‘hood. We showing both sides of the fence. I think the video made a good statement in the end. We’re all fighting for different causes, but at the end of the day, it’s a loss of life.”

As for the “Alphabetical Slaughter” video, the rapper said, “They gonna use a lot of different graphics to bring it to life. But it’s me spittin’ the lyrics. One scene shows a different learning process. You got my man with the boxing gloves and somebody is training him, he’s learning to fight. Then there’s this female who’s sitting down learning schoolwork. It’s more like a lesson. ‘Alphabetical Slaughter’ is a lesson to MCs. Throughout the video you gonna see a lot. This is just a warning shot, me making my introduction to the mainstream.”

Papoose has been anointed as the rapper that will bring New York City back to forefront by some hip hop fans. The rapper shared his thoughts on being the one to bring New York back. He said: “Basically I’m just gonna be myself and do what I do. I feel like people got to you know, people go to elect you as the individual to bring New York back to the forefront. I’m not one to stand up here and say you know, ‘I’m bringing New York back.’ I speak by what the people say. The people got to elect you as king or anything.”

The rapper added: “So you know a lot of fans are saying that. Even when I’m in the south, they saying, ‘Yo, we like how you bringing New York back.’ So you know I’m just gonna be myself and continue what I do with my God given talent, you know what I mean?”

In addition to the new album, Papoose is working on a mixtape from his group, Thugacation, which he plans to release in the coming weeks.

BEYONCE ACCOMPANIES JAY-Z TO AUSTRALIA

Busy Beyonce is taking a bit of time out from promoting her brand new album B’Day to accompany boyfriend Jay-Z on his world tour. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the “Ring The Alarm” diva and her rap star beau flew into the Australian metropolis by private jet from Bangkok on Monday morning.

Jay-Z kicks off the Australian leg of his worldwide Roc Tha Block tour Wednesday night at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. He’ll also make concert stops in Brisbane and Melbourne with Rihanna and Ne-Yo as opening acts.

No word yet on whether Miss B will jump on stage as part of his Australian performances. At a recent show at London’s Wembley Arena, Jay invited Beyonce on stage to perform a version of her hits “Crazy In Love” and “Deja Vu.”

JOHNTA AUSTIN SAYS UPCOMING ALBUM ECHOES MIAMI’S SOUTH BEACH VIBE

Singer and songwriter Johnta Austin says that his upcoming debut album, Ocean Drive, captures some of the sexy, party feeling of the famous South Beach thoroughfare in Miami. Austin says that the town’s shopping, restaurants, and hot clubs make it an ultimate pleasure destination that listeners will identify with whether they’ve been there or not. Said Austin: “That’s what this album’s gonna make you do – – it’s gonna make you go, ‘Oh yeah.’ So — because it’s provocative, it’s bold, it’s sexy. There are no inhibitions on this album, just like there are no inhibitions on Ocean Drive.”

The singer’s first single, “Turn It Up,” is climbing the urban AC radio charts. The tune is a tribute to the soul music of the past three decades. And while it is his first hit as a performer, the 26-year-old has already become one of pop music’s most reliable hitmakers as a songwriter over the past two years.

Austin has co-written Mariah Carey’s “Don’t Forget About Us,” “Shake It Off,” and “We Belong Together”; Jessica Simpson’s “A Public Affair”; Mary J. Blige’s “Be Without You”; among others. This year he also earned his first Grammy Award in the Best R&B Song category for “We Belong Together.”

Ocean Drive will be released December 26th by So So Def/Virgin Records.

INDIA.ARIE SAYS ‘HEART OF THE MATTER’ WAS TRUE TO HER LIFE

India.Arie’s version of the Don Henley tune “Heart Of The Matter” is getting airplay at a number of smooth jazz radio stations these days. The tune is from her current album, Testimony Vol. 1: Life And Relationship.

The Atlanta-based singer songwriter says that although she knew the tune, it was her manager who really alerted her to listening to it again. Arie says that she was struck by how the lyrics about mending after a broken love affair applied to her own life. She said: “My manager heard it on the radio, and I know that song of course. I never thought about covering it, but she heard it on the radio and she said, ‘You should pull this up on the Internet.’ So I did, and we were both astounded by how it spoke to me with such laser-point accuracy (laughs) and to the whole thing that I was dealing with in my life with that relationship and, you know, seeking to learn the lesson.”

Arie’s version of the tune has reached Number 14 on the national smooth jazz airplay chart and is still climbing. Meanwhile, another tune from the album, “There’s Hope,” is quickly moving up the urban AC airplay charts.

PUSSYCAT DOLLS SINGER PLANS 2007 ALBUM

Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger plans to release her debut solo album early next year. According to MTV.com, she’s collaborating with a host of producers and artists, including Timbaland and Will.I.Am. Scherzinger is looking forward to branching out on her own, saying, “I’m excited because it’s really fresh, something new. I like to sing a lot of styles and kinds of music, so it’s kind of an infusion of all kinds of things.”

A second Pussycat Dolls album is in the works too, as well as an upcoming tour with Christina Aguilera.

Scherzinger sang backup for late-’90s rockers Days of the New and fronted the girl group Eden’s Crush. She has teamed up with Will Smith and Shaggy and also appears on Diddy’s single “Come To Me.”

Scherzinger, who has had bit parts in a couple of TV shows and movies, says she hopes to do some more acting down the line.

GEORGE BENSON & AL JARREAU ARE ‘GIVIN’ IT UP’ TODAY

The new album by multiple Grammy-winning jazz and R&B titans George Benson and Al Jarreau, titled Givin’ It Up, is being released by Monster Music/Concord Records. The recording match up finds the two artists doing what they do best on a range of R&B and pop cover tunes, including new versions of Benson’s hit “Breezin'” and Jarreau’s hit “Mornin’.”

In addition, Benson and Jarreau are supported by a who’s who of guest artists and musicians, including Paul McCartney, Jill Scott, Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller , Patrice Rushen, Stanley Clarke, Marion Meadows, Barry Eastmond, Patti Austin, and others.

Jarreau says he has long admired Benson’s work but had only dreamed of working with him up until this project. He told me: “George and I have known each other for a long time and we’ve appreciated each other’s work for a long time. George is one of those artists for me whose name kind of flits through your head as you think, ‘Oh, wouldn’t it be wonderful to play with Herbie Hancock, wouldn’t it be wonderful to play with the London Symphony Orchestra, wouldn’t it be wonderful to sing something with Barbra Streisand, ooh …’ That kind of wishful thinking. That stuff comes and goes with the moment.”

Benson and Jarreau completed a national tour with opener Raul Midon in August. They are lining up dates for a second leg in 2007.

First single “Mornin'” landed most recently at Number Five on the smooth jazz airplay charts.

MADONNA ON ‘OPRAH’ TODAY

Madonna will publicly talk about her planned adoption for the first time on the Oprah Winfrey Show today (Wednesday, October 25th). The TV appearance comes just days after the boy’s father, Yohane Banda, said that he didn’t realize he was signing away custody of his son, David, “for good.” Banda told US Weekly, “If we were told that she wants to take the baby as her own we could not have consented because I see no reason why I should give away my son.” But Penson Kilembe, director of child welfare in the Ministry of Women and Child Development, told Reuters that Banda said he understood what was going on at the time, saying, “We explained every detail, and Madonna herself explained her intentions in the face of the judge and in Banda’s presence. He (Banda) was asked several times in court if he understood what was going on and he said he did.”

Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie were granted an interim adoption order for the 13-month-old Malawian boy, who was taken to London last week. The singer was in the African country for eight days visiting orphanages that she’s funding through her organization, Raising Malawi.

‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’ CONTESTANT SAYS JUDGING UNFAIR

Last week’s unplanned exit of Dancing With The Stars contestant Sara Evans took the heat off another contestants’ allegations that the show was sexist. After last week’s judging, Monique Coleman complained that the panel gave male celebrities more slack than their female counterparts. Coleman told Extra, “You have to split, bend over backward, touch our toe to our heads to get recognized. The men walk out there, sit down and have a woman dance around them and get higher scores.”

Coleman does have a point, especially when you consider someone like Jerry Springer. Despite his lack of agility or strength, the daytime talk show host is still in the running this week. He survived elimination last week because of a special exemption due to Evans’ departure, but aside from that, he’s made it this far solely because of his partner’s ability to make him look good. Springer said himself that his favorite dance was one where he’s not participating: “It’s called the ‘Lie-down.’ And what you do is, you take your body, and you lie down on the floor, and you close your eyes until the dance is over.”

Dancing With The Stars producers have not commented on Coleman’s allegations.

The show airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays on ABC.

FILMS OUT OF AFRICA GETTING MORE MAINSTREAM

Films set in Africa and about Africans are become more mainstream, say film industry watchers. According to an AP feature story, international filmmakers have found stories they want to tell there and Hollywood has taken an interest in serious films set on the Continent. The new trend comes on the heels of the international success of last year’s South African film Tsotsi, which took the best foreign film Oscar this year. That film followed strong showings for Hotel Rwanda, starring Don Cheadle, and The Constant Gardener, starring Ralph Fiennes.

Actor Forest Whitaker is earning Oscar buzz for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King Of Scotland, and Derek Luke and Tim Robbins star in the upcoming South African anti-apartheid drama Catch A Fire. Also coming up is Blood Diamond, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Honsou in a tale about the Sierra Leone diamond trade, due in December.

Previous films set in Africa tended to focus on the white experience, such as Out Of Africa, about 19th century Danish author Isak Dinesen, or Cry Freedom, a view of South African anti-apartheid activist Stephen Biko through the eyes of a white journalist. Today’s slate of films focus on African characters and/or the global impact of African events.

“I think the world is turning its attention to Africa, postcolonial Africa. It’s a great source of conflict, and conflict is what makes drama, and drama attracts storytellers and filmmakers,” said Catch A Fire’s Australian director Phillip Noyce. “Maybe these stories were always bubbling up under the surface. Suddenly, the success of one film allowed those with the power to greenlight films to say yes with some confidence.”

“There is a deep, archetypal, mythical quality sometimes to the stories. They become so large,” said actor/director Whitaker about the appeal of African stories. “When you think about Mandela, Biko, they become like some mythic parable somebody would tell or write in some book that children would read a thousand years from now.”

“Africa has been underrepresented in our literature and our storytelling generally,” said King Of Scotland director Kevin Macdonald. “So filmmakers cast around. Should I make another film in New York? It’ll be the 10,000th film to shoot in New York. Or should I go somewhere else that hasn’t been filmed?”

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Alicia Keyes Not Arrested

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Morning Show Update

October 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.

Listen to the Freddie Bell Show, 4 to 7pm, weekdays on Z 1470 KZTG, Totally Gospel, or on the web at http://www.totallygospel.com.

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.

ALICIA KEYS WAS NOT ARRESTED

Rumors circulating for the last week that Grammy winning singer Alicia Keys was arrested on domestic disturbance charges are absolutely untrue. A website had posted up a story, saying that Keys had been involved in a “domestic dispute.” The story was accompanied by a photo that seemed to show the R&B star being taken into custody by a police officer.

The story is completely unfounded, reports Fox News’ The Scoop. A Keys spokesperson told the column that the picture is from a few years ago and is actually from a concert where Keys is following her security guard.

Meanwhile, Keys’ feature appearance with rapper Cham, “Ghetto Story Chapter 2,” continues to earn airplay at urban stations.
Rumors circulating for the last week that Grammy winning singer Alicia Keys was arrested on domestic disturbance charges are absolutely untrue. A website had posted up a story, saying that Keys had been involved in a “domestic dispute.” The story was accompanied by a photo that seemed to show the R&B star being taken into custody by a police officer.

The story is completely unfounded, reports Fox News’ The Scoop. A Keys spokesperson told the column that the picture is from a few years ago and is actually from a concert where Keys is following her security guard.

Meanwhile, Keys’ feature appearance with rapper Cham, “Ghetto Story Chapter 2,” continues to earn airplay at urban stations.

KELLY PRICE TO DEBUT LIVE GOSPEL ALBUM

Singer Kelly Price will deliver her very first all-gospel album, titled This Is Who I Am, on Tuesday, October 24th. The new set is a live recording of mostly new material co-written and produced by the singer herself. The first single is the tune “Healing.”

Price says that recording an inspirational album was inevitable for her, because she was raised by parents who were both ordained ministers. But the new set is done in her own contemporary style, she says. Price told me: “You won’t find songs for the quote-unquote sinner on my record. I’m not telling people on this record the way you’re living life is horrible, it’s wrong, you’re gonna die, you’re gonna go to hell, that’s not what this record is about. This record is about extending love to people, showing kindness, which. I believe that if you say you believe in God and you’re one of his children, that that should be what you’re about anyway. And a lot of times that’s not the message that’s sent to people.”

Price’s most recent studio set was 2003’s Priceless.

FORMER TODAY LEAD SINGER BACK WITH NEW SOLO ALBUM

R&B singer Big Bub, whose real name is Fred Drakeford, released two albums as the frontman of ’80s new jack swing group Today before venturing out as a solo artist. Bub released three solo albums and served as executive vice president at Motown Records before taking a break from the recording industry in 2000 to spend more time with his family.

The R&B singer is back with a new album, titled Tug of War, which he plans to release independently on his on Drake Web Music Group label early next year. The new project will feature an R&B side and a gospel side.

When I spoke with the singer, he shared what it was like to strike it big at 17 with the help of super- producer Teddy Riley. Bub said: “It was a phenomenal feeling,, man to be with a group coming out of high school and just becoming a hit group out of nowhere. Everything was like a blur, you know what I mean?”

The singer added: “It happen so fast man, it was just, it was just phenomenal man. Working with Teddy Riley with Aaron Hall and everybody. We did a world tour. It was crazy man. It was straight like that crazy.”

FATHER OF MADONNA’S ADOPTED BOY CHANGES HIS TUNE

The father of Madonna’s adopted African boy, David Banda, said yesterday that he was misled in letting Madge and her husband Guy Ritchie take his child. According to the Associated Press, Yohane Banda said that officials didn’t make it clear to him that he was giving up David “for good.” The 32-year-old dad said, “Our understanding was that they would educate and take care of our son just as they were doing at the orphanage.”

Banda signed adoption papers earlier this month, which granted Madonna and Ritchie a “temporary order” to take custody of David. Since then, Banda has told the press how happy he was about the move.

The boy’s mother passed away five weeks after his birth, and his natural father said he placed him in a orphanage because he couldn’t properly care for him.

According to PerezHilton.com, Madonna is expected to make upcoming appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today show.

NBC will air Madonna’s Confessions tour concert on November 22nd.

THIS WEEKEND’S TOP TEN MOVIES – OCTOBER 20-22

1. The Prestige, $14.8 million
2. The Departed, $13.7 million
3. Flags of Our Fathers, $10.2 million
4. Open Season, $8 million
5. (tie) Flicka, $7.7 million
5. (tie) The Grudge 2, $7.7 million
7. Man of the Year, $7 million
8. Marie Antoinette, $5.3 million
9. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, $3.9 million
10. The Marine, $3.7 million

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The Odds” don’t matter
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Coretta Scott King’s Body To be Moved

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Morning Show Update

October 23, 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.

Listen to the Freddie Bell Show, 4 to 7pm, weekdays on Z 1470 KZTG, Totally Gospel, or on the web at http://www.totallygospel.com.

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.

IGNITE THE POWER IN YOU ON OCTOBER 26th WITH DR. VERNA PRICE!

Ignite The Fire in YOU!!
October 26th, Join Doctor Verna Cornelia Price and her special guest for the Third Annual Power of People Conference. The day long event takes place at the Bayview Event Center featuring a day of motivation, information, leadership best practices, management skills and techniques and networking!

On October 26th, the event will stimulate your mind, capture your heart and uplift your spirit Twin Cities! At the same time Dr. Price and her team will make sure you get management and leadership strategies and tools you can put into action right away.

Order your tickets now. Ignite the Fire in you! Reclaim your purpose, Release your potential and Rediscover the Leader in You.

The power of People Conference is Thursday October 26th at the Bayview Event Center in Excelsior Minnesota. Say you heard this announcement on Z1470 KZTG Totally Gospel and get a special discount off the registration price. Your price includes Breakfast, Lunch and Refreshments.
Register by calling 763-535-5711 or go online at http://www.drvernaprice.com!

Ignite the Fire in You! Call now, 763-535-5711 and register today.

Disappointing Sales Causes Dupri to “Quit”

*Fox411 columnist Roger Friedman is reporting that Jermaine Dupri has left his post as head of urban music at Virgin Records following the release of his girlfriend Janet Jackson’s latest album.

Friedman writes: “According to my sources, Dupri quit—i.e. was forced out—after disappointing sales of Jackson’s comeback album, ‘20 Y.O.’”

“Three weeks into its release, the album is a dud with less than 500,000 copies sold,” Freidman continues. “I told you in this space last week, before anyone else, that the CD had dropped an astonishing 77 percent in sales in its second week.”

Friedman reminds folks that Dupri has the Midas Touch as far as music production, as he and “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson were behind Mariah Carey’s successful comeback album, “The Emancipation of Mimi.” As previously reported, there was even talk of having Carey join Janet for a duet that would be available on a planned re-release of “20 Y.O.”

“But with Dupri gone, ’20 Y.O.’ will probably just get written off as a mistake now,” writes Friedman. “This will leave Jason Flom, head of Virgin, to rebuild the urban department at the label—something I’m told he’s been itching to do since he took over last year.”

SNIPES FOUND IN NAMIBIA

The good news for Wesley Snipes is that Namibia has no extradition treaty with the United States, which means the actor can remain safely in the country shooting a new film as the U.S. spins its wheels trying to arrest him on charges of tax evasion.

Friday, an official from the Namibia Film Commission confirmed that Snipes was in the country filming a new movie titled “Swakopmund,” and is staying in the same coastal resort where Brangelina set up camp to birth their child, Shiloh, last May.

“He is definitely here. He has been in Namibia since the end of August,” said Edwin Kanguatjivi, chief executive officer of the Namibia Film Commission, according to Reuters.

Snipes, who has appeared in more than three dozen movies including the “Blade” trilogy, “Jungle Fever” and “White Men Can’t Jump,” is wanted for arrest in the U.S. after receiving an eight-count indictment Tuesday alleging that he and two others conspired to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and submitted fake claims.

The indictment alleges that Snipes failed to file federal income tax returns from 1999 through 2004 and conspired with two accomplices to file two amended returns for Snipes for 1996 and 1997, fraudulently claiming tax refunds of almost $12 million. The 44-year-old actor could face 16 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Meanwhile, Namibia’s Afrikaans-language Republikein daily reported that the film company producing “Gallowwalker” had hired a lawyer who had contacted public prosecutor Paul Perez in Florida.

“They want to negotiate to allow Snipes to remain in Namibia until December to complete the film,” the daily reported.

But an official of the local law firm refused comment when contacted by AFP, saying: “We cannot discuss this matter with the media.”

WASHINGTON HAS A HISTORY OF EXPLOSIVE TEMPERMENTS

TMZ.com is reporting that Isaiah Washington’s fight with Patrick Dempsey on the set of “Grey’s Anatomy” is just the latest of several on-set incidents involving the actor in recent years.

In 2000, Washington was starring as Miles Jenkins on an episode of Showtime’s “Soul Food” in Toronto when he reportedly got into a shouting match with Nicole Ari Parker, whose character Teri was Jenkins’ ex-wife.

According to TMZ, they were shooting a scene in which Washington was supposed to give her a superficial kiss. “We’re told to the horror of everyone, Washington grabbed the woman and planted a ‘forceful, aggressive kiss,’” TMZ reports. “The actress became irate, which then infuriated Washington who began screaming at her.

“At that point the director stepped in to correct Washington, and the actor went off on him. Executive Producer Tracey Edmonds then took over and Washington went off on her.”

Another incident reportedly took place in 1997 when Washington was supposed to be a guest star on the TV show “High Incident.” According to TMZ, his gig ended abruptly after he got into a physical altercation with a crew member. Police were reportedly called out to handle the situation.

TMZ has also uncovered details of what was said during Washington’s fight with Dempsey earlier this month. The Web site says: “There are reports that Washington taunted Dempsey by saying, ‘I’m not your little faggot like [name redacted],’ referring to a fellow cast member.”

On Thursday, “Grey’s” cast member T.R. Knight, who plays Dr. George O’Malley, reportedly came out of the closet because of Washington’s outburst and revealed to People magazine that he is gay.

CORETTA SCOTT KING BODY TO BE MOVED

The body of Coretta Scott King, currently in a tomb several yards away from her husband’s crypt at The Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta, will soon be placed right next to him in The King Center’s courtyard.

Isaac Newton Farris, the Kings’ nephew and president of the King Center tells AP the crypt should be finished by Dec. 31st and the Kings will be side by side by Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 15th.

Farris said Martin Luther King Jr.’s tomb — which sits atop a reflecting pool in The King Center’s courtyard – was designed so that his widow would eventually be buried there, too. The mound that houses his crypt was made to hold the remains of two people, Farris explains, but the crypt was not.

Farris said the new crypt will be paid for by family, friends and The King Center. He declined to say how much it will cost.

EVELYN KING READIES NEW CD

Dance, disco and R&B diva Evelyn “Champagne” King, known for her string of dance driven, energy charged hits including “Shame” and “Love Come Down,” has just inked a deal with RNB Entertainment Group to release her first new material in over a decade.

“I’ve been consistently doing material live at shows non-stop, so this album is way overdue,” says King. “It’s time for me to get back in the studio. I know what my fans want from me.”

Tom Cartwright, President of RNB Entertainment Group, adds, “We are thrilled to have an artist of Evelyn’s stature choose to work with us, and I can’t wait to see what magic is being brewed in the studio.”

King’s repertoire has been heard in films and documentaries, and it has been sampled by a myriad of artists ranging from Ice Cube to Lil Kim. Her new album will be produced by hit-maker Preston Glass, who has produced albums by artists including Stanley Jordan, as well as Kenny G’s five-times platinum smash album “Duotones.” Among his extensive credits, Glass has penned thirty Top Ten R&B hits and five Top Ten Pop hits including “Who’s Zoomin Who” for Aretha Franklin, and he has served as a co-writer for Whitney Houston, George Benson, Cindi Lauper, Diana Ross, and other artists.

King started her career as a young teenager, after being discovered one night while singing to herself, as she was cleaning with her mom at the legendary hit factory Sigma Sound Studios, the musical production base of Gamble and Huff and Philadelphia International Records by producer T. Life.

Warren Foster, CEO Of RNB entertainment group says of the singer, “Evelyn is current, consistent and still dynamite. With the current turn of R&B, Evelyn is right on time.”

CHEETAH GIRLS NUMBER ONE!

The Cheetah Girls, the all-girl singing group based on the popular young adult book series and Disney Channel movie, have sold more concert tickets on the secondary market than legendary musicians the Rolling Stones and Barbra Streisand, according to the TicketsNow Entertainment Index for September.

“The TicketsNow Entertainment Index is the definitive barometer for gauging the hottest trends in entertainment,” said Kenneth Dotson, Chief Marketing Officer for TicketsNow. “Our September data reinforced that attending live events is frequently a family affair. Based on the number of tickets sold to The Cheetah Girls, many parents were treating their kids to what could possibly be their first concert-that’s something they’ll always remember.”

In the latest index that was announced recently, The Cheetah Girls took the number one spot on the Concert list with 12.1% of ticket sales, besting the Stones and Streisand who had 5.0% and 4.5% of concert sales, respectively. Following in fourth place was Eric Clapton with 3.9% and Roger Waters in the fifth spot with 2.9% of concert tickets sold.

OPRAH HEADLINES FUNDRAISER

Oprah Winfrey visited the campus of Bennett College Friday to headline a fundraiser chaired by her close friend and poet, Maya Angelou.

“You can’t continue to move forward unless you give back what you are given,” Winfrey told the audience of about 300, according to the Associated Press. “It is our calling.”

Bennett College, a private institution for black women, is in the midst of a $50 million fundraising campaign featuring former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan as a co-chair along with Angelou. Winfrey told the crowd that she is limiting her speaking engagements to causes that “really matter,” and “Bennett really matters.”

“It is important that this institution continues to thrive,” Winfrey said, “and offer opportunities for women in this country and around the world.”

Winfrey’s topics included the importance of education, touting the college’s renewal, and the leadership academy she founded for girls in South Africa.

The gala was spearheaded by college president Johnnetta Cole as part of her effort to leave the school in solid financial shape when she resigns this spring after a five-year reign. Bennett was running a $2 million budget deficit and was on academic probation when Cole, the former president of Atlanta’s Spelman College, took over in 2002.

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Black History Fact

Oct. 23, 1947: NAACP petition on racism, “An Appeal to the World,” presented to United Nations at Lake Success.
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Celebrity Birthdays

Jazz singer Dianne Reeves is 50.
Singer David Thomas of Take 6 is 40.
Actress Masiela Lusha (“George Lopez”) is 21.

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Setbacks are a setup for a comeback! (Willie Jolley, Motivational Speaker)
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CHRIS ROCK’S MOM IN RACIAL INCIDENT

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Morning Show Update

October 20, 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.

Listen to the Freddie Bell Show, 4 to 7pm, weekdays on Z 1470 KZTG, Totally Gospel, or on the web at http://www.totallygospel.com.

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JOIN FREDDIE BELL AT FUND RAISER FOR FELLOWSHIP CHURCH TONIGHT

Join Radio Personality Freddie Bell as he plays co-host to Harvest of Souls III, this Friday October 20th at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis.
The gospel concerts features performances by J. Moss and Kim Burrell! Tickets are available at Electric Fetus at 612-870-9300 or through Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church at 612-588-4709.

IT’S ABOUT THE CLOTHES!

Now that’s for real! Join me in Brooklyn Park at K& G Mensmart for a live broadcast tomorrow afternoon, October 21st from 6:30 until 8:30pm. We’ll have giveaways, discount cards and plenty of fun as we save you money on clothing purchases. And of course you get to hear great gospel selections as you shop at K&G. Bring the entire family out to this shopping event and check out the latest fashions from your favorite designers and walk away stylin and profilin’ as you make your fashion statement. Pass this information along to a friend and be sure to join us this Saturday. I look forward to meeting you.

SLICK RICK STILL FACING DEPORTATION

Rapper Ricky “Slick Rick” Walters continues his long-running legal battle with the U.S. government who wants him deported for a crime he committed 16 years ago.

Best known for his 1980s hits “La-Di-Da-Di” and “Children’s Story,” the London-born MC finds himself facing an uncertain future in the U.S. after a federal appeals court in September ruled in favor of the government in its fight to overturn a 2003 ruling that freed him from a Florida detention facility.

“The situation we’re talking about happened in 1990,” Walters said Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. “This is 2006. I don’t know if this is about politics, or the law, or what. I’m just leaving it in God’s hands.”

In his initial 1990 crime, Walters shot his cousin and a bystander, claiming the cousin had extorted money and threatened his family. He spent time in jail for attempted murder before returning to his home and family in the Bronx in 1993.

That same year, the Immigration and Naturalization Service tried to deport the eye-patch wearing artist and jailed him again. A December 1995 ruling by an immigration judge said keeping Walters in the United States was “in the best interest of the country,” and he was quickly freed.

Walters, now 41, resumed his recording career and stayed out of trouble, but was arrested by INS agents again in June 2002 after returning to Miami from a weeklong Caribbean cruise where he was a featured performer. INS was acting on a 1997 warrant that was never previously enforced, although Walters had lived in the Bronx since before it was issued.

A federal judge eventually ruled in October 2003 that the Bureau of Immigration Appeals had denied Walters due process in issuing the warrant — the rapper’s second victory in court, although the win cost him more jail time.

“With all of the real and present threats to American society from terrorism, why is the government chasing this rapper?” asked Benjamin Chavis, co-chairman of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network.

In the latest ruling on Sept. 20, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York vacated the 2003 order freeing Walters and ordered the case switched to a Georgia appeals court considered far more conservative. Attorneys for Walters may appeal for the New York court to hear the case, rather than grant the change of venue. The Second Circuit, while ruling for the government, noted that Walters had a good chance of avoiding deportation.

Walters, meanwhile, says he will go on with his daily activities, playing shows and paying bills. He doesn’t see any other options.

“If you were in my shoes, how would you look at life?” he asked. “You’d ride life out, too. Anger would just make life not enjoyable, you know what I mean?”

FABOLOUS SAYS HE DIDNT’T KNOW

An attorney for rapper Fabolous says his client may not have been aware that loaded firearms were in a vehicle that attempted to rush him to the hospital following his shooting on Tuesday.

“Sooner or later, we feel the investigation will be redirected and he will be viewed as a victim of a crime rather someone who was involved in a crime,” said attorney Alberto Ebanks, according to MTV.com.

As previously reported, the artist and three other men were arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and possession of a defaced firearm after he was approached by a man and shot in the right thigh outside of the Manhattan restaurant Justin’s, owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs.

The four men were pulled over by police for running a red light en route to the hospital. During a search of the Dodge Magnum, police found two loaded guns – a 9mm and a .40 caliber pistol — one of which had been defaced.

“I don’t know that he knows anything about those guns in that car, and he categorically denies carrying or possessing any firearms,” Ebanks told MTV. “If he had two guns, he probably wouldn’t have gotten shot that day.”

Ebanks said that according to New York law, any contraband seized in a car is considered to be in possession of all the occupants unless one person admits ownership.

“Nobody has done that at this point,” he said. “But that’s not the vehicle he drove to Justin’s in, it was just the one that picked him up after he was shot.”

Ebanks said the Magnum is owned by the Brooklyn-born rapper’s corporation, Ghetto Fabolous Inc. Fabolous was eventually taken to Bellevue Hospital while the other three men – Kevin Bass, 18; Percell German, 23; and Rascharm Davis, 29 – were taken to the police station.

Ebanks said the bullet passed fully through the rapper’s upper thigh, but Fab is expected to make a full recovery. He is currently free after posting $15,000 bail and is due back in court on Friday (Oct. 27) to answer the charges.

Meanwhile, Ebanks was asked to comment on a possible link between the Fabolous shooting and an incident that occurred at the same location two hours earlier during which Boston Celtics point guard Sebastian Telfair was robbed of his $50,000 chain.

“I think Justin’s caters to people who are famous and wannabes who prey on its high-profile clients,” he said. “My understanding is that this was absolutely not a beef, that it was not someone he expected would do something. He doesn’t have any beefs with anyone.”

Telfair, also from Brooklyn, was asked to look at four lineups with one that included Fabolous, but failed to identify the culprit, reports Allhiphop.com. Police are still searching for the suspect in both incidents.

CRACKER BARRELL SAYS INCIDENT RESULT OF SHIFT CHANGE

Officials for the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in South Carolina are blaming a shift change for the long wait experienced last May by Rose Rock, the mother of actor/comedian Chris Rock.

The company sent representatives to a news conference held Wednesday outside of the Murrells Inlet restaurant, where Rock and her 21-year-old daughter, Andi Rock, say they were the victims of racial discrimination after waiting over 30 minutes for attention as other people were being served.

Rock, a resident of Georgetown, S.C. and host of a local radio show, was supported at the press conference by Rev. Al Sharpton, who offered to help with a planned lawsuit against the Lebanon, Tenn.-based restaurant chain.

“We’re outraged that racism is permitted,” Sharpton said, according to South Carolina’s The State.com. “Mrs. Rock did what was right. In frustration, she reached out to us.”

Wynne, vice president of corporate affairs for Cracker Barrel, said the incident is under investigation.

“We made an honest mistake,” she said. “It was not a discrimination issue. It was a service issue.”

Wynne said Rock, a regular customer at the Murrells Inlet restaurant, arrived there around 4:30 p.m. on May 16 during the shift change. By mistake, Rock’s table was not assigned a server, she said. The restaurant manager offered Rock a free meal, and Rock also received a gift package from Cracker Barrel, Wynne said.

Rock, meanwhile, said she and her daughter sat for 30 minutes before noticing other people receiving iced tea and menus. A hostess ignored her, and the manager did not tell any servers to apologize, Rock said.

“It’s hard to miss two black people in a sea of white folks,” Rock said. “We stick out.”

Wynne said the restaurant’s mistake has led to an internal review of its service issues throughout the restaurant chain. Officials with Cracker Barrel have offered to meet with Rock, she said.

As previously reported, Cracker Barrel has had a history of lawsuits and complaints over refusing to serve black customers, discriminating against minority workers and firing gay employees.

CBS SAYS IT WAS A MISTAKE

*During last Sunday’s “60 Minutes” interview with Kim Roberts, a stripper hired to entertain players at a Duke University lacrosse team party, expressed uncertainty over whether it was appropriate to recount the exact words used during an exchange with one of the three suspects charged with raping a second stripper hired for the party.

After Bradley assured her it was okay, Roberts said: “I called him a little dick white boy. … and it ended with him calling me the n-word. And it echoed, so you heard ‘nigger’ once, and then you heard, ‘nigger, nigger, nigger.'”

Roberts’ words were delivered unedited to television viewers of “60 Minutes,” but on the transcript at the CBSNews Web site, “dick” is replaced with [expletive] and “nigger” is written “n…..”

The online edition of the Columbia Journalism Review wanted to know why the Web site decided to edit the content despite its acceptance by the FCC. “60 Minutes” spokesman Kevin Tedesco explained that the CBS employee who wrote the Web site’s story had “assumed wrongly” that the words would be edited out.

He pointed out that neither of the words edited on the Web site are among those forbidden by the FCC and that the producers considered them “crucial to the contest.”

In an interview with the CBS blog Public Eye, Mike Sims, director of the CBSNews site, said that “in general, both those words are not appropriate for the Web site,” but that had he known they would have been used on the air, “I probably would have waved the policy.”

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Black History Fact

Oct. 20, 1898: John Merrick starts the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, the first to be owned by an African American.
Oct. 21, 1989: Bertram M. Lee and Peter C.B. Bynoe sign an agreement to purchase the National Basketball Association’s Denver Nuggets for $54 million. They become the first African American owners of a professional basketball team.
Oct. 22, 1953: Clarence S. Green becomes the first African-American certified in neurological surgery.
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Celebrity Birthdays

Rapper Snoop Dogg is 35.
Actress Jennifer Nicole Freeman (“My Wife And Kids”) is 21.
Oct. 21: Guitarist Steve Cropper of Booker T. and the MG’s is 65.
Oct. 22: Reggae rapper Shaggy is 38.
Rapper Tracey Lee is 36.
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Words To the Wise

Face your fears!
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888-639-9738

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