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Morning Show Update

November 30, 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.

LL COOL J SAYS HE PROBABLY WON’T RE-SIGN WITH DEF JAM RECORDS

Hip hop veteran LL Cool J is working on what may be his last album for Def Jam Records under his current deal. The album, Todd Smith Pt.2: Back To Cool, will hit stores on March 6th and will be executive produced by 50 Cent. LL Cool J explained his reluctance to re-sign with Def Jam. He told MTV.com, “How am I gonna re-sign with competition? I’m not a idiot. I can’t depend on that man to promote my record while he’s somewhere writing rhymes. … I’m LL Cool J. I ain’t doing that, B.”

Cool J was referring to the fact that Jay-Z, who is president of Def Jam Records, has returned to the rap game. The rapper did share that for the right price, he may re-sign. He said, “I would rock with Def Jam if they wrote a big enough check. Me and Jay would be on that yacht like, ‘Hov! Hov! Write that check, homie.’ ”

As for the new album, Cool J explained that he has something to prove. He said, “I’m absolutely going to pulverize these cats. It’s going to be hysterical. It’s like a Mama Said Knock You Out type of record or Mr. Smith type of record. It’s a very good record. My last three records were R&B and more of me getting kinda into the emotional side of what I do. This is the aggressive side. Just ego. I’m getting into the party free, regardless. We unlocking the back door and sneaking 50 people in. This album, I’mma do a little street- corner joint. Smack them around, turn ‘em upside down and shake the change out their pockets.”

The rapper also explained how he and 50 Cent were able to develop a special chemistry. LL said, “We’re from Queens. We’re seven years apart in age. He knows what I’m into. We come from the same experience, so the music reflects that. And let’s face it, 50 reminds me of a place I was in awhile ago. I have been running around on tours. I have been in the suites, and I haven’t been on the blocks smelling like Guinness lately. It’s fun to work with somebody who rekindles those flames and makes me hungry again. It’s definitely working.”

NAS GETS PUT IN THE HOT SEAT BY EX-GIRLFRIEND

While Nas should be concentrating on the upcoming release of his Def Jam Records debut, Hip Hop is Dead…The N, the rapper has been force to field questions about a new book by his ex- girlfriend, Carmen Bryan. The two have a 12- year-old daughter named Destiny.

New York’s Daily News reports that Bryan’s book, It’s No Secret, shared the intimate details of her relationship with the rapper and her flings with Jay-Z and Allen Iverson.

Bryan accuses Nas of beating her, cheating on her, cutting her child support, and then inviting her for a threesome with Kelis just before he was scheduled to marry the singer.

Bryan shared that during one argument, Nas hit her with a closed fist and she “pulled out my pepper spray from my back pocket and sprayed Nas down like he was some rabid pit bull.”

She also alleges that Nas turned down a date with Beyonce because of her breath. Nas allegedly said, “To be honest, I can’t take her breath.”

It’s No Secret is in stores now.

Hip Hop Is Dead is due out on December 19th.

T.I. AND ASHANTI SHOOT VIDEO FOR NEW TUPAC SINGLE

Earlier this month, T.I. and Ashanti visited the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center in Stone Mountain, Georgia, to shoot the video for the latest single from the deceased rapper, “Pac’s Life.” The video was directed by Gobi Rahmi, who explained the concept to MTV. Rahmi said, “The concept of the video is what ‘Pac’s mom wanted: using this organic environment to kinda do homage to her son. We created this unique environment in which people are traveling to this central area, which is the statue and the fountain to [the trees], which is the climax of the video. Throughout the video, we’ve got performances of T.I. and Ashanti, and we’re gonna see some never- before-seen footage of ‘Pac I shot myself.”

Shakur’s latest album, 2Pac’s Life, was released last Tuesday, November 21st. T.I. shared what he thought of the album and being able to record with the late legend. He said, “I heard it’s some of his best work. I was blessed to record the single. It’s an honor and pleasure to be involved with such a monumental artist. If you grew up in the ’70s, you grew up listening to James Brown and Marvin Gaye. This is my Marvin Gaye and my James Brown.”

2Pac’s Life features guest appearances by Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Keyshia Cole, T.I., Ashanti, Young Buck, Lil Scrappy, Carl Thomas, Outlawz, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Big Syke, and Papoose with productions from LT Hutton, Sha Money XL, Swizz Beatz and more.

OUTKAST AND JIM JONES TURN UP ON ‘WALK IT OUT’ REMIX

Atlanta-based rapper and deejay Unk recently got some help from OutKast and Jim Jones for the remix of his hit, “Walk It Out.” The song is the latest single from Unk’s debut album, Beat’n Down Yo Block, which was released through Big Oomp Records and Koch Records.

Unk, whose real name is Anthony Platt, explained how the remix came together. He told MTV.com, “It’s a blessing, man. We was in St. Louis at one of the shows. … I hooked up with Jim and I rapped to him. Jim is a good dude, and he said he was already with it. He dropped his verse that night. Then a week later, I heard that Andre [3000] wanted to get on it. Big Boi later got on it.”

BEYONCE AUDITIONING DANCERS FOR WORLD TOUR

Beyonce is gearing up for her next worldwide tour to promote her smash album B’Day. After getting her all-girl band in place through a national audition process, Miss B will use the same technique to find a bevy of dancers for the tour.

Open call auditions will be held in five major cities early next month, where aspiring dancers can show off their skills. Dancers should be at least 18 years of age, and can be male or female and of any ethnicity.

Dance auditions will be held December 6th and 7th at the Alley Kat studios in Los Angeles, and December 9th at Dance 101 in Atlanta. Other tryouts include January 6th in Houston, January 11th and 12th in New York, and January 27th in Chicago, with locations to be determined. Start times for the auditions will be announced closer to the dates. Go to beyonce.com for more information on Beyonce’s 2007 World Tour Dance Auditions.

Meanwhile, Beyonce is enjoying yet another Number One R&B single, as the tune “Irreplaceable” landed atop Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart for this week.

The singer also stars in the upcoming film musical Dreamgirls, opening nationally on December 25th.

JENNIFER HUDSON SIGNS TO ARISTA RECORDS

With the early buzz about her Dreamgirls performance already garnering her acclaim, former American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson has just sealed a recording deal with Arista Records. Hudson is joining a label roster that includes such female stars as Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Annie Lennox, and others. She’ll also received guidance from none other than star-maker Clive Davis.

“Jennifer is a vocal wonder, a tremendously gifted artist,” said Davis, who is Arista’s founder and chairman of BMG U.S. “Her extraordinary voice gives her a signature sound and distinguishes her from every singer on the horizon today. Jennifer is a very exciting new addition to the Arista family.”

“Clive Davis is a legend and I feel more than honored to be associated with him,” Hudson gushed in a statement. “Because of his vision and hands-on approach, Arista already feels like home. I can’t wait for us all to make beautiful music together.”

She is expected to begin recording her solo debut early in 2007.

Meanwhile, Hudson has earned pre-release raves for her performance as Effie in the all-star screen version of Dreamgirls, opening Christmas Day. Hudson was plucked from more than 800 hopefuls who auditioned for the role, after being edged out of the final 12 in the 2004 season of American Idol.

Perhaps Hudson had an inkling of greater things to come when she was voted out of the popular talent competition way back in April of 2004. After the elimination, she told me: “In a way I’m relieved. You know, um, it wasn’t easy — especially for me — it was a hard journey you know? But I feel like it’s time to move on. There’s greater things in store and I’m happy that I get to open up a new door and walk through it.”

DARON JONES LEAVES 112, GROUP FUTURE IN JEOPARDY

Atlanta-based R&B quartet 112 is now short one member, due to Daron Jones’ recent departure from the group. The foursome have released five albums since their discovery by Sean “Diddy” Combs outside of Atlanta’s popular night club 112, in 1995. MTV.com has said that the future of the group is now in jeopardy and calls to the group’s label, Def Soul, weren’t returned at press time.

Jones, who is also the group’s in-house producer, has been keeping busy by producing hits for Keyshia Cole, Usher, Kelly Price, and Sammie.

Prior to the announcement of Jones’ departure, group member Slim explained that the foursome doesn’t always agree on everything. He said: “You know, creatively, we’ve changed in a lot of ways, and a lot of times we get together and don’t agree and want to say different things but I mean the consensus is to just vote on it and just roll. For the most part, the dynamic of the group in terms of the way we get along is pretty much the same.”

Slim added: “We grew up together — grew up in the same neighborhood. We went to the same schools and, like, for the most part, we really respect each other even though we’re four individuals. I mean, but when we come together, we’re definitely a group, and we pretty much know that we need each other. It’s not about the money because we love music. We’re true musicians and, you know, we could be singing in front of 50,000 people or we can be singing on the corner, but as long as one person is happy and we got our point across, we’re happy.”

112′ s last release was 2005′s Pleasure and Pain. The project continued a downward sales spiral for the group which began with 2003′s Hot & Wet.

The group’s 1996 self-titled debut, 1998′s Room 112, and 2001′s Part III, were all certified double platinum for sales of two million copies each.

TONI BRAXTON EXTENDS RUN AT THE FLAMINGO

Songstress Toni Braxton has been pulling in the crowds nightly with her stage act, Toni Braxton: Revealed, at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas since she began her limited run in August. Now comes word that Braxton’s engagement at the Flamingo has been extended even further, with dates running through the summer of 2007.

A six-time Grammy Award winner, Braxton showcases her vocal and dancing skills in this full-scale musical production. The show includes an array of hits from her own recordings as well as from her Broadway engagement as Belle in Beauty & the Beast. For tickets and upcoming show dates, go to tonibraxton.com/flamingosite.html.

Braxton’s most recent album was 2005′s Libra.

ED BRADLEY LEAVES $6.5 MILLION TO FAMILY, FRIENDS

Newsman Ed Bradley, who died November 9th of leukemia, was eulogized last week in New York by those who remembered the 60 Minutes anchor as not only a pioneering African American journalist, impassioned music lover, and dedicated humanitarian, but a devoted friend and family man. This devotion was made plain last week, as Bradley left $6.5 million of his estate to family and friends.

Citing court documents outlining the details of Bradley’s last will and testament, The New York Daily News reported that the bulk of his estate, $5 million, went to his wife Patricia Blanchet. She also received the jewelry, cars, sculptures, paintings and other artworks from their homes in New York and Aspen, Colorado.

Another $500,000 was split evenly between Blanchet’s parents and her sister, Natacha. Bradley’s godson Cordell Whitlock, a TV reporter in St. Louis, received $250,000.

Other friends, including well-known New York literary agent Marie Dutton Brown and former journalist Priscilla Higham, the founder of South Africa-based nonprofit group African Solutions for African Problems, also received generous sums from the newsman.

Bradley’s will was reportedly filed in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court the day after his death. It had been signed at his attorney’s office five days before Christmas of 2005.

BLACK LEADERS CALL ON ENTERTAINERS TO STOP THE N-WORD

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, and other black leaders held a press conference Monday to announce their intent to get entertainers to abolish the n-word. “We want to give our ancestors a present,” Jackson said, saying he plans to meet with TV networks, movie studios, and musicians over the issue. “Dignity over degradation.”

The commonplace use of the racial slur was brought to light recently by former Seinfeld actor Michael Richards, who spewed the word repeatedly at African American hecklers during a Hollywood standup gig November 17th. A cell phone video of his tirade was seen by millions on the Internet.

Richards has since issued several apologies through various media, including Jackson’s syndicated radio show on Sunday. Richards said that he is not a racist, and that his words were fueled by rage.

Comedian Paul Mooney, who early in his career wrote material with the late Richard Pryor, said that while he was also known for using the n-word frequently in his standup routines, he will no longer do so after watching Richards’ rant. “He’s my Dr. Phil,” he said. “He’s cured me.”

During the press conference, Jackson also called for a boycott of the newly released DVD box set of the seventh season of Seinfeld.

AUTHOR BEBE MOORE CAMPBELL DIES OF CANCER

Bebe Moore Campbell, author of several best- sellers including Brothers and Sisters and What You Owe Me, died Monday (November 27th) at her home in Los Angeles, of complications due to brain cancer. She was 56.

Campbell excelled at defining the racial and social politics of her setting through the eyes of several characters from various ethnicities. Her first novel, Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine, was published in 1992 and spanned a 40-year period dealing with prejudice in the United States. The book earned her an NAACP Image Award for literature. Another novel, Brothers And Sisters, dealt with race relations in the corporate world after the 1992 Los Angeles riot.

She was also the author of non-fiction works, including Successful Women, Angry Men: Backlash in the Two-Career Marriage and Sweet Summer: Growing Up With and Without My Dad.

Other novels include Singing In The Comeback Choir, What You Owe Me, and 72 Hour Hold. She also wrote children’s books, including 2003′s Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry, which won the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Outstanding Literature Award. Another children’s book, I’m So Hungry, will be released next year.

Campbell also wrote frequently for magazines and newspapers, including The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Essence and Ebony.

“My wife was a phenomenal woman who did it her way,” husband Ellis Gordon Jr. said in a statement. “She loved her family and her career as a writer.”

Moore Campbell is survived by her husband; a son, Ellis Gordon III; a daughter, Maia Campbell; her mother, Doris Moore; and two grandchildren.

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Morning Show Update

November 29, 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.

JUDGE GLENDA HATCHETT LAYS DOWN THE LAW

Her frank, folksy, speaking style is endearing as television’s Judge Glenda Hatchett, the first African American Chief Presiding Judge of Atlanta’s Fulton County Juvenile Court, wove personal stories illustrating the oft fratured relationship between families, communities and the judicial system.

Radio’s Freddie Bell had the honor of emceeing Hatchett’s appearance in Minneapolis last night. Her talk was in support of the Givens Nommo Forum held at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. The forum is a public policy series designed to shed light on issues relevant to the African American community and is an arm of the Givens Foundation for African American Literature headed by Archie Givens.

Judge Hatchett used stories from her time on the bench and from her personal life to talk about the need to positively impact the lives of troubled youths and thier families.

Hatchett is the author of Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say: 7 Simple Strategies to help Our Children along the Path to Purpose and Possibility.

FOXY BROWN GETS THE BOOT

Rapper Foxy Brown was asked to leave New York’s Power 105.1 FM morning show last week after she refused to answer questions about her status at Def Jam Records and her recent guilty plea to assaulting two Manhattan manicurists. The New York Post’s Page Six reports that when asked if she was dropped by Def Jam Records, Brown would only say that she was “signed to Jay (Z).” Brown, who parted company with Def Jam Records a few years ago added, “See, what people don’t know is that I initiated leaving Def Jam. They didn’t drop me, they could never drop me. I am a multi-platinum artist.”

As for the nail salon incident, Brown said, “I am not getting into what took place in the nail salon because it was an unfortunate incident that I learned from.”

The morning show’s hosts Egypt and Ashy Larry began to get annoyed with the rapper’s refusal to answer questions. Egypt told Brown, “But you contacted me to talk about these things. This is your opportunity, your platform to set the record straight. You have to admit that people say you are hard to work with and have a bad attitude.”

Brown told Ashy Larry, “I am not answering you. You are disrespectful.” Then she told Egypt, “I told you when I called you what type of questions I wanted for my interview.” Egypt responded by asking the troubled rapper to leave.

YING YANG TWINS SEARCH FOR NEW SOUND WITH NEW PROJECT

Atlanta-based duo the Ying Yang Twins will release their new album, Chemically Imbalanced, tomorrow, November 28th. The album differs from previous Ying Yang Twins offerings as the group’s in-house producer Mr. Collipark has teamed up with Wyclef Jean and Jerry Wonder to producer the album. The result is a dirty south, Caribbean-flavored album.

The first single from the project is “Dangerous.” The song has more of a rock feel to it than anything that the group has released in the past.

Due to the success of the Ying Yang Twins’ crunk releases with Lil’ Jon, the group had been categorized as a crunk act. But nothing could be further from the truth. Mr. Collipark explained: “They’re not crunk artists but they’re just crunk as you know, crunk people. It’s not necessarily crunk music, but they have a lot of energy so it comes off as uptempo crunk music but we don’t make crunk music.”

AKON LOCKS DOWN TOP OF SINGLES CHART

Senegalese singer and producer Akon has taken over the top two slots on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Billboard.com reports that Akon’s “I Wanna Love You” featuring Snoop Dogg jumped from Number 17 to Number One last week, while the singer’s collaboration with Eminem, “Smack That,” held strong at Number Two for the second consecutive week.

Akon’s latest album, Konvicted, has benefited from the success of the singles. The album debuted at Number Two on the Billboard 200 albums chart after selling more 284,000 copies its first week in stores.

In related news, one of the singer’s goals is to educate people about his African homeland through his music. Akon shared that he is often disappointed to find out how ignorant Americans — especially African Americans — are when it comes to Africa: “Like everybody go by what they see on TV, what the history book tell ‘em and they never even ever actually been there themselves to experience it. They don’t even know how much Africa has evolved since then. They still living in the days of 1801, 1830, 1900s, not even knowing that Africa is just so much as modern as it is out here, you just never visit the areas that was like that.”

JAMIE FOXX TO HIT THE ROAD

Oscar winner and now American Music Award winner Jamie Foxx will be heading out on a tour mixing both music and comedy right after Christmas. The tour kicks off December 26th in San Diego, with dates announced through February 22nd in New York. More dates are expected to be added to the trek.

Grammy winner Fantasia — with whom Foxx shared a smooch during an onstage performance at this year’s BET Awards — will also appear on most of the shows.

Backstage at the American Music Awards, where he picked up the Favorite Male Soul/Rhythm & Blues artist trophy for his work on his album Upredictable, Foxx shared his future plans: “Musically? I’m ‘a go out on tour man, December 26th we hit the road, we’re gonna hit San Diego, then we hit Sacramento, then we hit Oakland, we’re gonna hit a 30-city tour. It’s gonna be the first — well, not the first time, but we’re gonna kind of blend the music and the comedy together. It’s gonna be a blast. Catch that.”

Dates for the upcoming Jamie Foxx tour include the following (check jamiefoxx.com for additional dates):

December 26 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Civic Theater
December 29 – Sacramento, CA – Arco Arena
December 31 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
January 4 – Cincinnati, OH – Music Hall
January 5 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
January 6 – Chicago, IL – AllState Arena
February 16 – Las Vegas, NV – Aladdin Theater
February 22 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

KELLY PRICE SAYS HER TRANSITION TO GOSPEL TOOK A MINUTE

Singer Kelly Price is back in the music mix with her new album, This Is Who I Am. The new set, released on Zomba’s GospoCentric label, finds Price performing inspirational music written from her own unique perspective.

The singer’s previous album was 2003′s Priceless. But the singer says that after parting with the Def Jam label, she was unsure of her direction. She told me: “When I split from Def Jam Records three years ago I had a real decision to make about what it was I wanted to do and where I wanted to go. And I really wasn’t sure at that point. The split was really nasty, I was a little bitter about the way it happened. So I made a decision — not a quick one though, it took me some time — with trying to figure out if I was ready to go in and make another record or if I wanted to take a break.”

Having grown up in the church, Price says she was inspired to perform gospel music after being called on frequently to speak at church youth and women’s groups around the country.

The album stands at Number 37 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and Number Three on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart.
SMOKEY ROBINSON SAYS POEMS ARE LYRICS WAITING FOR MUSIC

Smokey Robinson says the hardest part of songwriting is trying to find a new way to turn an old phrase. Robinson, who’s been hailed as a poet by none other than Bob Dylan, told Britain’s Mojo magazine that to him a song’s lyrics have always been dictated by the music he wrote, explaining that, “I’m not a book person, never have been. With me it was always about the expression in song, always. Even when I was a little kid filling my notebook with what I call poetry. I think they were really just songs waiting on music.”

He added that, “My view of songwriting is that there are no new words. there are no new concepts, so you’ve got to find a way to say it differently… That’s my challenge.”

Robinson told me that when writing a new song, it helps to focus on the job at hand, rather than what the recording of the song might become: “I’ve always just tried to write a song, ’cause, you know, I think that if you write a song, you’ve always got a chance with it. It would always be something that people can relate to. You always hope that what you write is gonna be popularly accepted or massively accepted and be a hit. You know, you always hope that, as a writer, but that’s not my… my foremost aim is to write a song because perhaps the treatment won’t be right for it to be a hit the first time. But if it’s a song, it’s got a chance to live on, and somebody might do the right treatment one day.”

Smokey Robinson will kick off his next set of shows on January 12th ad 13th in Charenton, Louisiana at the Cypress Bayou Casino.

MICHAEL RICHARDS GOES ON REV. JESSE JACKSON’S RADIO SHOW TO DISCUSS NIGHTCLUB INCIDENT

Comedian Michael Richards, in an attempt at damage control after his recent incident of hurling racist insults during his nightclub act, appeared on the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s national radio program Sunday (November 26th) to apologize. The Associated Press reports that Richards did so, admitted his comments had hurt the black community, and said that he wanted to meet with the two men he insulted.

Richards told Jackson this was the first time he had ever used the “N-word,” and that his language was motivated not by bigotry but by anger over being humiliated by hecklers: “That’s why I’m shattered by it. The way this came through me was like a freight train. After it was over, when I went to look for them, they had gone. And I’ve tried to meet them, to talk to them, to get some healing.”

Richards, who played the character “Kramer” on the long-running sitcom Seinfeld, has already publicly apologized on The Late Show With David Letterman, and his attorney says he has begun psychiatric counseling to manage his anger and to understand why he made the racist remarks. His attorney also confirmed that he is trying to contact the two men he made the remarks to, so he can apologize to them personally.

PAULA PATTON SAYS FILMING IN DEVASTATED NEW ORLEANS MADE HER MORE SPIRITUAL

Paula Patton stars opposite Denzel Washington in Deja Vu, which opened this weekend around the country. The movie was filmed in New Orleans last January, after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city with winds and then flooding. Patton said being in the devastated city made her more spiritual: “It’s weird because I came in feeling so blessed and yet I was in a place that had been so devastated, and it really made me more spiritual, to be honest with you. Because all of this — you know, your career, your car, your clothing — all that, it’s so temporary. It can be gone in a moment like that and it really makes you realize that all you have is that place inside yourself, your soul.”

In the time-travel film Deja Vu, Patton plays a woman who dies when a New Orleans ferry is bombed by terrorists, and Denzel Washington plays an ATF investigator who manages to go back in time to try to save her life and those of everyone else on the ferry.

‘THE BOONDOCKS’ NOT COMING BACK TO A PAPER NEAR YOU

The popular and frequently controversial comic strip The Boondocks went on hiatus from newspapers earlier this year with its creator citing the need to refresh. But last week the strip’s Aaron McGruder admitted that he didn’t return from his planned sabbatical from the newspaper version of the comic because he was “sick of it.” The popular series, which spawned a half-hour television version for Comedy Central in 2005, follows two young African American brothers who move from the South Side of Chicago to live with their grandfather in the suburbs.

Speaking at the University of South Florida just before Thanksgiving, McGruder said, “I got sick of the strip and sick of politics. It was Bush, Bush, Bush. Okay, he’s dumb, we get it.” He added that if indeed he begins creating new scenarios for characters Huey and Riley, it would likely be online.

Meanwhile, he’s notched a hit with the animated version of the show on Cartoon Networks’ Adult Swim. “It’s a show for people who look at the world and say, ‘There’s something seriously wrong here,’” said McGruder, according to The St. Petersburg Times. “There are people who get satire, [people] with critical thinking skills. And then there are those who don’t get it. This show was created for people who get it. Everyone else we’re really not too concerned about.”

He added that his TV audience “gets it more than your average newspaper reader [who's] a 50-year- old white man.”

Universal Press Syndicate launched The Boondocks comic in 1999, and was syndicating it to more than 300 clients when McGruder went on hiatus this spring.

O.J. SIMPSON MAINTAINS INNOCENCE

O.J. Simpson insists that the now-canceled book and TV project was not a confession to the murders of his ex-wife and her friend, and that the controversial title, If I Did It, wasn’t his idea. On Miami’s WTPS-AM last week, the fallen football great said, “I made it clear from the first day I met the writer that I wasn’t involved. I said, ‘I have nothing to confess.’”

Simpson, who lives in the Miami suburbs, added in his telephone interview that the reported advance payment figure of $3.5 million was inaccurate, but would not specify how much he did receive. He did call the sum a “windfall” that would go mainly to pay bills and support his children. “Would everybody stop being so naive? Of course I got paid,” Simpson said. “I spent the money on my bills. It’s gone.”

Acquitted of the crimes in 1995, Simpson, who was found liable in civil court, was asked directly during the interview if he had done the crimes. “Absolutely not, and I maintained my innocence from day one,” he replied, adding a little later: “No matter what everybody wants to say, I didn’t do it.”

Meanwhile, the family of victim Ronald Goldman has asked News Corp. to turn over its rights to the now-canceled book and interview.

Simpson spoke to the radio station two days after News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch canceled the book and two-part TV interview that had been scheduled to air November 27th and 29th on the company’s Fox network. Publisher HarperCollins has agreed to destroy all copies of the book.

SEAL & HEIDI KLUM WELCOME NEW BABY

Forty-three-year-old pop star Seal and his supermodel wife Heidi Klum have welcomed their second baby. The 33-year-old Project Runway producer gave birth to another son, named Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel last Wednesday, November 22nd, in Los Angeles. He weighed in at a healthy 8 pounds, 11 ounces, according to a posting on Seal’s Website.

The couple’s oldest son, Henry Günther Ademola Dashtu Samuel, was born in September 2005, four months after the pair were wed.

Klum also has a daughter, Leni, from a previous relationship with racecar impresario Flavio Briatore, but the two were split by the time she was born.

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November 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.

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.

THE GAME SAYS HIP HOP POLICE ARE ON HIS TAIL

The Game has issued a statement in regards to his November 16th arrest for allegedly jumping into a cab in midtown Manhattan and pretending to be a police officer. The rapper told SOHH.com, “This is a ploy by the hip hop police to humiliate me because they harass and follow me every single time I come to New York. I was in town this week to work and promote my new album, Doctor’s Advocate. I never impersonated anyone, especially and absolutely never a police officer.”

The Game was arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer after the cab he was riding in blew through several red lights. According to the driver, the rapper flashed a badge and ordered him to run the lights.

The Game was issued a desk appearance ticket and ordered to appear before a judge in 30 days. The rapper’s latest album, The Doctor’s Advocate, is scheduled to debut atop the Billboard 200 albums chart this week.

The Game explained how the new album differs from his multi-platinum debut, The Documentary. He said: “I mean this album is a very hard album. The Documentary was definitely a good album, feel good music. Letting people know, you know, where I come from, what I’m about.”

The rapper added: “This album I’m not taking no shorts, cutting no shorts, no losses and I’m not f***ing playing. It’s a hard f***ing album. It’s hip hop. It’s gangsta rap. It’s a universal MC by the name of The Game.”

50 CENT TAPS RICH HARRISON FOR NEW ALBUM

Rapper 50 Cent is headed back to the studio to work on his next album and he reached out to producer Rich Harrison to helm the project. What’s surprising about his choice is that Harrison is best known for his work on such R&B hits as Amerie’s “1 Thing” and Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love,” not as a hip hop producer. Harrison told MTV.com, “I’d [wanted] to do some more hip-hop stuff, but someone’s got to trust it. Someone’s got to believe.”

In addition to his upcoming work with 50 Cent, Harrison is also scheduled to work with Usher and Missy Elliott.

He’s also in the process of launching his own Maryland-based label, Richcraft Records, in conjunction with Atlantic Records. Harrison explained, “There’s been some really successful labels, but most of them are rap-based. I really want to bring back the LaFace model. Rap just took over the world, dude. It’s so prevalent, and from a label standpoint so much cheaper to make. The business model is just easier. But R&B has been practically watered down by pop. There used to be black music, but that doesn’t exist today like it used to do.”

So far, the label’s roster includes former Roc-A-Fella artist Young Steff and Jaiden James.

NAS PLANNING TO TAKE THE HIGH ROAD

Nas is scheduled to release his new album, Hip Hop Is Dead…The N, on December 19th and fans are wondering if he will fire any shots at 50 Cent or the Diplomats especially in light of the fact that Jay-Z recently released a response to Jim Jones and his album includes a response to Cam’ron on the song, “Dig A Hole.”

Both Cam’ron and Jones have publicly taken shots at Nas, and 50 Cent included a dis track, “Piggy Bank,” on his last album, The Massacre.

Nas told MTV.com, “I’m trying to uplift the unity. You listen to [Cam'ron's dis], that was just pieces of ‘Ether’ put together. You have to make a certain amount of albums to be in the ring with me. You can’t have one album or two albums or went platinum one time, or you may have performed in front of 6,000 people once in your life. You have to be somebody in my weight class. You can’t fight like that. That’s not really a battle.”

Nas added, “But there are spankings I can do. Lyrical, verbal assaults I can do on some of you clowns. But the take on this album is more of a unity thing. I don’t really know if I’m gonna let some of those records fly where I do answer a thing or two. Maybe, maybe not.”

Hip Hop Is Dead features guest appearances by The Game, Jay-Z, and Kanye West with production by Dr. Dre, Will.I.Am, Kanye West, and L.E.S.

KANYE WEST SPONSORS RACE CAR

Grammy Award-winning rapper and producer Kanye West has agreed to sponsor a race car at the BMW World Finals, which will be held from November 24th-26th in Valencia, Spain. The rapper’s car will feature the bear mascot from his two albums as well as the logos for the two charities West is supporting, The Kanye West Foundation and the UN World Food Program.

West said in a released statement, “The ability to make a positive difference in the world has always been a dream of mine, and Kanye West Foundation is the realization of that dream. To be able to spread the word about both the Kanye West Foundation and the UN World Food Program in such an exciting setting is particularly gratifying.”

West’s car will be driven by Philip Major, a 17-year-old driver from Ottawa, Ontario.

Former NFL quarterback turned sports commentator, Rodney Peete, is also sponsoring a vehicle in the event that will benefit the United Nations World Food Program.

The race and event is being put together by TAOW Productions. The company’s Scott Taylor explained, “Open wheeled racing has the potential in America to be what it is to the rest of the world. It is my hope that the program will not only raise awareness for great causes, but also assist in the development of the next great Formula 1 champion. We are quite excited to have both Kanye and Rodney support our efforts of using this platform to spread the word about these charitable organizations.”

RICK ROSS ALREADY WORKING ON NEW ALBUM

Miami-based rapper Rick Ross plans to release one more single, “Get Away” featuring Mario Winans, from his gold-certified album, Port Of Miami. But the rapper has already begun work on two other projects including a group album with his crew, the Carol City Cartel, and his own sophomore album, Triller.

Ross is hoping to release Triller soon and he shared his wish list of collaborators. He told MTV.com, “Dr. Dre, you know what I’m talking about? Jay-Z, Pharrell, R. Kelly. It’s gonna be legendary. I’m going back in.”

BEYONCE, MARY J. BLIGE, CHRIS BROWN, TYRESE & MORE ON AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS TONIGHT

Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, the Pussycat Dolls and Nelly Furtado are among the performers, and Chris Brown, Tyrese, Taye Diggs, Vanessa Williams, Brian McKnight and Kirk Franklin will be among the presenters on tonight’s live broadcast of the 2006 American Music Awards.

Mariah Carey, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Eyed Peas and Nickelback lead the nominations with three nods each at the awards. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Eminem, Jamie Foxx, Pussycat Dolls, Rascal Flatts, T.I., Carrie Underwood and Kanye West each received two nominations.

The 2006 American Music Awards, which will be hosted by late night personality Jimmy Kimmel, will air tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

JANET JACKSON’S REP DENIES PREGNANCY RUMORS

Janet Jackson is not pregnant, according to her rep, who denied recent Internet rumors claiming that the 40-year-old singer and her longtime boyfriend Jermaine Dupri were expecting their first child together. According to Us Weekly, Jackson’s rep said, “No, she is not pregnant and she is not canceling her tour.” Jackson plans to hit the road next year behind her new album, 20 Y.O.

A baby may not be too far off for Jackson though. She told Us Weekly in October that she’d love to have children, but that it’s up to the 34-year-old Dupri.

RUBEN STUDDARD STAYS IN TOUCH WITH FORMER ‘AI’ MATES

Vocalist Ruben Studdard is basking in the warm reception for his new album The Return. With plans to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends this week, will the singer exchange holiday greetings with his former American Idol cast mates from Season Two? It’s likely, since Studdard says that that he bonded with his fellow contestants — which included winner Clay Aiken, Trenyce, Kimberly Locke, and Kimberly Caldwell — in the final 10.

Asked about keeping in touch with his American Idol pals, Studdard said: “Yeah, we talk a lot … often, that’s like my family, like being removed from my favorite cousin, ’cause we lived together for six months and then we were on the road for another three months together. So basically 10 months out of 2003, the 10 of us were together for the whole time.”

Studdard’s single “Change Me” remains at Number Two on the national urban adult airplay charts.

HIDDEN BEACH ‘UNWRAPPED’ BOX SET IN STORES NOW

Hidden Beach Recordings is releasing a special four- CD box set of its ground-breaking Unwrapped CD series. The set, officially titled Hidden Beach Recordings Presents: Unwrapped The Ultimate Box Set, includes re- sequenced and re-mastered songs from the four previously released Unwrapped CDs. In addition, the 50-track collection is grouped into “old school” and “new school” sections, with bonus tracks and music videos culled from the life of the project.

The jazz-meets-hip-hop project features such notable instrumentalists as keyboardists Frank McComb, Jeff Lorber and Patrice Rushen; guitarists Paul Jackson Jr., Everette Harp and Dennis Nelson; violinist Karen Briggs; bassist Andrew Gouche; and flautist Louis Van Taylor, as well as Hidden Beach saxophonist Mike Phillips, trombonist Jeff Bradshaw, and guitarist/singer Peter Black, among other leading musicians.

The set covers some of the biggest and best-known hip-hop hits from the ’80s through today, including Notorious BIG’s “One More Chance,” 50 Cent’s “In Da Club,” Outkast’s “The Way You Move,” Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” Slick Rick’s “Children’s Story,” The Roots’ “I Got You,” Tupac’s “I Get Around,” and more.

The first volume of Hidden Beach Recordings Presents Unwrapped bowed in the Number One position on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart when it was released in October 2001. Subsequent editions followed in 2002, 2004 and 2005.

CHAKA KHAN TO GUEST ON QVC NETWORK

Chaka Khan is one of the best-known recording artists in the world, but she is also in the business of branding herself through a number of ancillary products. The former Rufus front woman will debut November 29th on the QVC network to promote a network exclusive CD package that includes the 1996 CD Epiphany: The Best Of Chaka Khan Volume One with an unreleased Christmas album. The package will retail for $20

Khan’s appearance on the direct-shopping network is the latest move by the singer to promote her wares. She is currently in partnership with W Hotels for its Wonder Women package, where guests find a copy of Khan’s memoirs, Chaka! Through the Fire, on their pillow, along with an exclusive CD of her greatest hits and two “Chakatini “cocktails waiting for them. Khan is currently completing a new album for the Burgundy Records label. For more information, go to chakakhan.com.

FOX PULLS THE PLUG ON O.J. SIMPSON SPECIAL

O.J. Simpson no longer has a venue to tell the public how he would have killed his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman “if he did it.” News Corp. — the parent company of Fox television and HarperCollins publishing — pulled the plug Monday (November 20th) on Simpson’s If I Did It book and TV special, saying it was “an ill-considered project.” The cancellation was caused by a slew of criticism about the book and the TV program, which was characterized as a “confession” by the book’s publisher, Judith Regan.

Before News Corp. killed the project, several Fox affiliates had already said they wouldn’t broadcast the program. Goldman’s father Fred was one of the most outspoken opponents of the Simpson deals and complained to CNN that Simpson was “willing to tell the world how he ‘would’ murder his children’s mother and Ron. Sick.”

News Corp honcho Rupert Murdoch apologized “for any pain this caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown-Simpson.”

The special was scheduled to air on November 27th and 29th. The If I Did It book was supposed to come out on the 30th.

Simpson was acquitted of the 1994 murders of Brown and Goldman. He was later found responsible for both deaths in a civil court but still owes $33.5 million to the families of the deceased.

TYLER PERRY HAS TWO MORE FILMS COMING TO SCREENS

Multi-media artist Tyler Perry has extended his partnership with Lionsgate Films. His next two projects to hit the screen will be Why Did I Get Married? and A Jazz Man’s Blues.

Perry has adapted his successful stage play about the joys and tribulations of matrimony for Married, which will begin production at Perry’s new state-of-the-art film production complex in Atlanta.

Blues, which will go into production at the complex this summer, is the story of a young jazz singer who left his rural town to find fame but returns to help a former love.

Meanwhile, Perry’s third film, Daddy’s Little Girls, will hit theaters February 14th, after a special world premiere February 3rd at the studio.

The actor-director-writer’s last two movies, Madea’s Family Reunion and Diary Of A Mad Black Woman, have grossed a combined $113 million.

CHI McBRIDE A RELUCTANT THANKSGIVING HOST

Chances are that The Nine actor Chi (pronounced “shy”) McBride is up and about today (November 21st) putting the finishing touches on his Thanksgiving celebration. McBride’s not a holiday guy per se, but he’s in charge of coordinating a Turkey Day extravaganza that includes Neiman Marcus catering and a house full of relatives. McBride told me that he’s dealing with the particulars of the day to keep his wife of 24 years happy: “I gotta do all of that stuff ’cause my old lady, she’s into it. I’m having her whole family over to the house for Thanksgiving so I’ve been dealing with caterers and all of that jazz, and then, you know, we’re probably going to take a nice vacation during Christmas. But mostly everything I do in that regard is for her. I pretty much do everything for her.”

McBride added that if it were up to him, he’d do a low-key Thanksgiving with none of the trimmings that he’s got in store for his in-laws this year.

McBride can currently be seen on the ABC drama The Nine and in the big screen comedy, Let’s Go To Prison.

‘SEINFELD’ STAR MICHAEL RICHARDS IN HOT WATER FOR USING ‘N’ WORD, APOLOGIZES ON ‘LETTERMAN’ SHOW

No one is laughing at what was supposed to be a comedic performance from Seinfeld star Michael Richards Friday night (December 15th) at Los Angeles’ Laugh Factory. That’s because he unleashed a tirade of expletives — including the “n” word — against a couple of African American audience members who had heckled him during his routine. The men had shouted out to him that he wasn’t funny and Richards retorted with a lynching reference, saying, “Fifty years ago we’d have you upside down with a ******** fork up your ***.”

Richards continued along those same lines, calling the men the “n” word at least five more times and ending his rant by saying, “They’re going to arrest me for calling a black man a ******.”

Community activists gathered at the Laugh Factory Monday (November 20th), demanding an apology from the man best known as Kramer. The club said it wouldn’t book him again until he said he was sorry. He did, however, perform there on the Saturday following the incident.

Richards’ Seinfeld buddy Jerry Seinfeld issued a statement in defense of his friend. Seinfeld said, “I’m sure Michael is also sick over this horrible horrible mistake. It is so extremely offensive. I feel terrible for all the people who have been hurt.”

George Lopez told a local Los Angeles news station that Richards’ tirade was probably due to inexperience as a stand-up comedian, “The question is you have an actor who is trying to be a comedian who doesn’t know what to do when an audience is disruptive. He’s an actor whose show has been off the air, he shouldn’t ever be on a stand-up gig.”

Richards himself appeared via satellite on Late Night With David Letterman on Monday night (November 20th) and apologized for his tirade. “For me to be at a comedy club and flip out and say this crap, I’m deeply, deeply sorry,” he said. He also said, “I’m not a racist. That’s what’s so insane about this.”

Here is the rant:
(Michael Richards) “Shut up, 50 years ago we’d have you upside down with a f****** fork up your a**. You can talk, you can talk, you can talk, you’re brave now motherf*****. Throw his ass out, he’s a n***** He’s a n***** ! He’s a n***** !” (Woman) “Oh my God.” (Richards) “A n***** , look there’s a n***** .”

Freddie’s Note: Kramer need not apologize. He presented who he is plainly and clearly. For the record, Seinfeld did too in trying to come to his rescue.

THANKSGIVING BREAK
The update will go on a brief break for the rest of the week. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and if there is significant breaking news, I’ll be sure to supply an update!

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KRAMER HAS MELTDOWN

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Morning Show Update

November 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.

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.

KRAMER HAS MELTDOWN

Michael Richards exploded in anger as he performed at a famous L.A. comedy club last Friday, hurling racial epithets that left the crowd gasping at the ugly incident.

Richards, who played the wacky Cosmo Kramer on the hit TV show “Seinfeld,” appeared onstage at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood. Kyle Doss, an African-American says he and some friends were in the cheap seats and he was playfully heckling Richards when suddenly, the comedian lost it.

The camera started rolling just as Richards began his attack, screaming at one of the men, “Fifty years ago we’d have you upside down with a f***ing fork up your ass.”

Richards continued, “You can talk, you can talk, you’re brave now motherf**ker. Throw his ass out. He’s a nigger! He’s a nigger! He’s a nigger! A nigger, look, there’s a nigger!”

The crowd is visibly and audibly confused and upset. Richards responds by saying, “They’re going to arrest me for calling a black man a nigger.”

One of the men who was the object of Richard’s tirade was outraged, shouting back “That’s un-f***ing called for, ain’t necessary.”

After the three-minute tirade, it appears the majority of the audience members got up and left in disgust.

Attempts to reach Richards’ reps were unsuccessful. Last night Kramer appeared with Jerry Sienfeld on The David Letterman Show, where he made a difficult attempt to apologize for the outburst. His final thought was saying he’s not a racist.

It only took 30 seconds to trash a lifetime of a career.

TIMBALAND SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM

Super producer Timbaland is working on a new album, Timbaland Presents Shock Value, which will feature some of his high-powered friends. The producer told MTV.com, “I’m not just hip-hop. My mission is to take over top-40 radio — what they call popular music, different genres of music — and reach all types of people.”

The album will feature guest appearances by Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, She Wants Revenge, the Hives, Fall Out Boys, Björk, and Elton John.

The first single from the project is “Give It To Me” featuring Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado. The song is already causing quite a buzz as Timberlake, Furtado, and Timbaland send some subliminal jabs at the peers without naming names.

On the song, Timberlake sings, “I saw you tryin’ to act cute on TV, ‘Just let me clear the air’/ We missed you on the charts last week/ Damn, that’s right, you wasn’t there/ Now if sexy never left, then why is everybody on my s**t?/ Don’t hate on me just because you didn’t come up with it.”

Timberlake insists the line wasn’t a jab at Janet Jackson and the infamous Super Bowl incident.

Timbaland’s album is scheduled to hit stores in March.

MOS DEF POSTPONES COURT APPEARANCE

Rapper and actor Mos Def postponed a court appearance on Wednesday, November 15th, due to a scheduling conflict. Allhiphop.com reports that he was due in court in relation to his August arrest outside of the year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

The rapper, whose real name is Dante Smith, pulled up in front of Radio City Music Hall in New York City on a flatbed truck and performed a song called “Katrina Clap,” dedicated to Hurricane Katrina survivors. The song was critical of President Bush and the government.

The rapper was arrested and issued a summons for operating a sound-reproduction device without a permit. The entire incident was captured on film.

Mos Def is due back in court next week.

JIM JONES AND THE DIPLOMATS TO RELEASE CHRISTMAS ALBUM

Jim Jones and the Diplomats have a special holiday treat for their fans. Allhiphop.com reports that Jones and the Diplomats will release A Dipset X-Mas on December 5th. The album will feature the “We Fly High (Remix)” featuring Diddy, T.I., Young Dro, and Baby. The specially-priced album will also include “Have A Happy Christmas,” “Wish List, “”Ballin’ On Xmas,” and “If Everyday Was Xmas.”

In related news, Jones’ latest album, Hustler’s P.O.M.E., debuted at Number Six on the Billboard 200 album charts after selling more than 108,000 copies its first week in stores. Initial reports listed the album as only selling 96,000 copies but the reversal of a Soundscan error pushed the album’s first week total well over 100,000 copies.

NAS SIGNS TRE WILLIAMS TO ILL WILL RECORDS

R&B singer Tre Williams is the latest signee to Nas’ Ill Will Records. Williams is featured on the Kanye West-produced song “Let There Be Light,” from Nas’ forthcoming album, Hip Hop is Dead….The N, which is due out on December 19th.

Williams has also recorded with Petey Pablo, J-Hood, Styles P, and Papoose in the past. No release date has been set for the R&B singer’s project.

Ill Will Records roster also includes the Bravehearts and Nayshawn

BOOT CAMP CLIK’S SEAN PRICE TO RELEASE ‘JESUS PRICE SUPERSTAR’

Boot Camp Clik and Heltah Skeltah member Sean Price will release his sophomore solo album, Jesus Price Superstar, early next year. SOHH.com reports that the album will feature guest appearances by Buckshot, Tek-N-Steele, Rock, Sadat X and Phonte of Little Brother with production by 9th Wonder, Khrysis, Illmind, MoSS, PF Cuttin, Tommy Tee and Large Professor.

Price, who will be heading to Italy later this month for three tour dates, has also reunited with his Heltah Skeltah partner Rock. The duo released two albums — 1996′s Nocturnal and 1998′s Magnum Force — before going on an unofficial hiatus.

Price explained the two are hard at work on a new album now. He said: “Oh nah, ain’t no rumors. Real talk, we’re in the studio right now. We got about six songs done. We’re in there. We’re in there working on it right now.”

The rapper added: “It’s still Boot Camp. It’s still MFC, you know what I mean? Ain’t nothing change man. We just brought everything back home. We never had a problem with the label, you know what I mean? So whatever we had to fix up between men, we got that done. And it’s about to pop off, real talk.”

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE KEEPS ‘MY LOVE’ ON TOP

Justin Timberlake’s hit “My Love,” featuring T.I., holds the Number One spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the third consecutive week. The track also leads the Pop 100 for the same span. Timberlake teamed up with producer Timbaland for the song and said that it was a collaborative effort: “When I first heard the beat, it didn’t have the extra percussion. It just had the kick and the snare. And inlaid underneath that was that sort of electronica keyboard that was very percussive. And so my immediate reaction to that was to write a ballad — to sort of go left of that and sort of space out the verses and give it a sense of spacing. We just rolled from there.”

“My Love” appears on Timberlake’s sophomore album, FutureSex/LoveSounds.

Timberlake is featured in People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue.

He kicks off a tour in early 2007.

Timberlake and his girlfriend Cameron Diaz have reportedly bought a beachfront estate in Hawaii. According to TMZ.com, they paid about $16.9 million for the Oahu pad, which features 1.5 acres of land and 100 feet of beach. The place also has 12 bedrooms and nine bathrooms.

MARY J. BLIGE DVD/CD SET EXCLUSIVELY AT CIRCUIT CITY

Grammy winning soul singer Mary J. Blige pairs her pipes with those of Sting, Robin Thicke, Patti LaBelle, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, Dave Young, Nas, Santana and Elton John on the CD portion of the new DVD/CD set Mary J. Blige And Friends, which is available exclusively at Circuit City retails stores and on-line. Proceeds from the double disc project, available for just $16.99 through February, will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs Of America.

The package combines a DVD of concert footage and an audio disk, with a couple of brand-new tracks added.

Blige also has a brand new greatest hits project, titled Reflections: A Retrospective, due for release on December 12th, in time for the holidays. The album compiles hits from the singer’s entire album output since her 1992 breakout set What’s The 411?.

The singer is still charting hits from her smash 2005 set The Breakthrough. Currently gaining airplay is “Take Me As I am,” which stands at Number Six on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

WHITNEY HOUSTON PROPERTY HEADED FOR AUCTION BLOCK?

Whitney Houston could lose part of her expansive 10-acre New Jersey estate in Mendham if she doesn’t pay up. The Grammy-winning singer may have to auction off a parcel of the property on January 4th unless she comes up with $1 million in back mortgage payments and property taxes. According to The Morris County Daily Record, the tract up for grabs is said to be worth $889,300– far less than the adjacent property the newly single Houston owns that has been valued at upwards of $5.6 million. Houston must decide to pay off the debts on the property before the January 4th date or see it put on the block by the Morris County Sheriff’s office.

A representative for Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, the service agent acting on behalf of Houston’s lender, says it’s unlikely that the singer’s house will end up in a sheriff’s sale.

According to the Daily Record, Houston borrowed $975,000 from Chevy Chase Bank, which sued Houston for back payments on June 12th.

More recently, on October 27th, a judge ordered Houston to pay more than $189,000 to another bank on a $200,000 second mortgage she took out on the estate.

The Bodyguard star also apparently owes Mendham Township about $83,000 in property taxes, as well. The most recent payment was due November 1st.

Houston, who also has a home in Georgia, last month filed for divorce from Bobby Brown, her husband of 14 years.

CHAKA KHAN TRACK INCLUDED ON NEW HOLIDAY COMPILATION

Eight-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan performs a version of the Christmas classic “Do You Hear What I Hear?” on a new holiday compilation being released by the New York-based Breaking Records label. Breaking For The Holidays, available on Tuesday, November 21st, features all-new recordings by 10 artists from various genres.

Chaka’s performance is the centerpiece of an album that also features holiday music performed by comic actress Sandra Bernhard; Canadian vocalist Karine Hannah; RockStar SuperNova finalist Jill Gioia; Miz Metro; The Demolition String Band; and Eve Nelson, who also produced Khan’s track.

Also featured on the set are two former American Idol contestants: Vonzell Solomon from Season Four and Jon Peter Lewis from Season Three.

Khan’s most recent album release was 2004′s ClassiKhan. Now signed to Burgundy Records, Khan is working on an album of original material that harkens back in style to her rock-funk roots with the group Rufus.

GERALD LEVERT TO BE REMEMBERED AT ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME THIS WEEKEND

The late singer Gerald Levert will be memorialized at a star-studded Celebration Of Life ceremony this morning in Cleveland. Now the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, also located in Cleveland, is celebrating the singer’s life and legacy all weekend, beginning today, November 17th, at 12 noon. The program will begin with a broadcast of the audio feed of urban station WZAK’s coverage of the public memorial service taking place at Music Hall to all visitors.

A statement from the world-renowned music center said, “Any and all who loved Gerald Levert and his music are invited to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to pay tribute to him as an artist and as a beloved member of the community”.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will offer visitors the opportunity to write their memories and condolences to share with the Levert Family. The Museum will also be accepting donations to the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in memory of Gerald Levert.

TAKE 6, MARY MARY TO EMBARK ON BRIEF WEST COAST TOUR

Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Take 6 have a number of activities lined up to further promote their March 2006 CD Feels Good, the first release on their own Take 6 Records label. Among their projects, group members Alvin Chea, Cedric Dent, Joey Kibble, Mark Kibble, Claude V. McKnight and David Thomas will embark on a brief West Coast tour with gospel darlings Mary Mary.

First, Take 6 will be the subject of a Thanksgiving Special for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” program with host Michele Norris. To mark the occasion, Take 6 created its own 60-second theme song that will debut on the broadcast. The show will then add the tune to other all-star versions that are rotated on a regular basis.

The sextet will also make an appearance on the Patti LaBelle Christmas Special, being taped December 6th for later airing on the BET network. Taped at the Atlanta at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, the special will also feature Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Wynonna Judd, J Moss, the Soul Seekers and Shirley Caesar.

Take 6 then takes their brand of a cappella magic on the road on a bill with Mary Mary, beginning December 17th in Oakland, California and wrapping December 23rd in Cerritos, California.

For more on Take 6 and their schedule, go to take6.com.

SNOOP DOGG BRINGS ‘HOOD OF HORRORS’ TO LIFE

Rapper Snoop Dogg throws his hat into the horror ring this weekend with the release of his latest effort, Snoop Dogg’s Hood Of Horrors. The film is divided into three separate vignettes and features animated sequences and plenty of blood. In the first mini-film, a woman vows to kill off as many gang bangers as possible after they murder her mother. The second installment sees four Army veterans viciously strike back at the cruel son of their dead benefactor. The final story features a crooked rapper and a dead D.J.

Snoop Dogg introduces the three stories, and said that the project is just another extension of himself: “Well, you know, it was brought to my attention and ended up trying to bring it to life in a real way ’cause I thought it was interesting too when they brought it to me. And then we added the animation and making my character a little bit more slick and sly, and trying to have the musical element to it as well. So it is what it is and hopefully people will enjoy it. It’s just another piece of Snoop Dogg.”

Snoop Dogg’s Hood Of Horror is running as part of the “8 Films To Die For” festival playing at select theaters across the county this weekend.

JAMIE FOXX RECOVERING FROM THYROID SURGERY

Ray crooner Jamie Foxx is almost 100 percent recovered from a recent surgery. The Oscar winner had a gland removed from his neck after a regular check-up turned up an improperly functioning thyroid.

Doctors advised Foxx to have surgery because the parathyroid gland could affect the nervous and muscular systems in the body. His reps say the operation left the actor’s singing voice intact and that he’ll be healthy enough to participate in next week’s American Music Awards.

Foxx recently completed work on the drama The Kingdom, and he has a major role in the upcoming musical extravaganza, Dreamgirls. On the music side of his career, Foxx is currently on the Game’s new album, The Doctor’s Advocate. He also teamed up with Mary J. Blige on the CD portion of her DVD/CD set, Mary J. Blige And Friends.

URBANFILMCLUB.COM LAUNCHES BLACK MOVIE RENTAL SERVICE

Fans of independent black cinema have a new reason to rejoice. This week, Clanagan Media Group, LLC and BrandImageryGroup have joined forces to create UrbanFilmClub.com, a new company designed to bring a broad array of hard-to-find black film projects directly to the consumer much the way that rental giant NetFlix serves its customers.

UrbanFilmClub.com’s main service will be the “Movie of the Month Club” which, for a monthly subscription fee, will deliver subscribers urban independent films to own on a monthly basis. The company’s library will consist of more than 150 independent titles relating to the urban/African American experience. The majority have never been released theatrically or released on a very limited scale. Digital/broadband internet downloads and streaming rentals are set to begin next quarter.

The first “Movie of the Month” title, available in December, is Steve Harvey: Don’t Trip He Ain’t Through With Me Yet, the comedian and broadcaster’s most recent concert film.

Log on to urbanfilmworks.com for more information.

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November 20, 2006

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“THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING TWIN CITIES GOSPEL RADIO” by Freddie Bell

Actually I’d prepared myself to be disappointed last night for Z-1470 Totally Gospel’s Over the Rainbow Thanksgiving Capital Campaign Gospel Concert. Why? We had no time. The event was created with only 12-days notice to the community at large, and virtually no financial support to help us stage it. Even as our publicity machine rolled into action it wasn’t in full gear until just three days before the event. We estimated the odds for a huge turnout were not in our favor. That assessment was wrong. Our listeners filled New Salem Baptist Church last night as gospel groups, quartets and soloists raised thier voices in praise. “It’s like a jam session,” exclaimed one observer as one performance melded into another, held together by emcees DeMarcus Green and Hattie Webb of Z-1470 KZTG, and a crush of musicians who picked up where others left off. Green, a great vocalist and event creator, also backs James Grear and Company and led the audience in praise and worship melodies.

Gregg Washington and the Voices of Praise from the Greater Friendship Baptist Church, helped open the evening, performing selections from “our first CD in 14 years,” featuring the radio single “Praise Him.

A youthful quartet, simpled called The Butler Family offered solid vocals harkening back to the old dusty southern gospel spirituals.

Stellar Award Winners Excelsior, directed by Bobby Champion and the world famous, James Grear and Company closed the evening with heartfelt music and an impromptu testimony during which Grear told of a huge financial blessing enabling the ensemble to finish recording an earlier project. Excelsior always perfomrs in a big way. Last night was no exception and the group performed no less than a half dozen selections which had the audience on its feet throughout.

The surprise of the program, however, was little-known vocalist Lisa McCleod, the first lady of Restoration Ministries in Woodbury, MN. Following a brief introduction by her husband, Pastor Brian McCleod, the diminutive singer offered a stirring rendition of Donnie McClurkin’s, “Stand,” to praise shouts from the audience.

Others in attendance included the host pastor, the Reverand Jerry McAfee, Evangelist Ruth Miller, Sheila Charles, daughter of the late Ray Charles and remnants of several gospel artists in the Twin Cities area.

Proceeds from the event will go toward helping to sponsor emerging ministries on Z-1470 KZTG Totally Gospel Radio.

CLIPSE AND PAPOOSE TO PERFORM AT 10TH ANNUAL MIXTAPE AWARDS

The Clipse and Papoose are scheduled to perform at the 10th annual Justo Mixtape Awards which are scheduled for December 7th at the Apollo Theater in New York City.

Justo Faison, who founded the award show in 1995 to recognize the mixtape community, died in a car accident in Virginia in May 2005.

Past winners include DJ Kay Slay, DJ Clue, Lloyd Banks, and Papoose.

In related news, the Clipse will release their new album, Hell Hath No Fury, on November 28th. The latest single from the project is “What It Do (Wamp, Wamp)” featuring Slim Thug.

JAMIE FOXX AND JAY-Z JOIN AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS LINEUP

Jay-Z and Jamie Foxx are among the artists who have joined the lineup for this year’s American Music Awards, set to air live November 21st on ABC. Also new to the bill are Akon, John Mayer, Snoop Dogg, Lionel Richie and Barry Manilow.

Previously announced performers include Beyonce, Nelly Furtado, Dixie Chicks, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, the Pussycat Dolls, Carrie Underwood and Josh Groban.

The show will feature a slew of presenters including Chris Brown, Ashlee Simpson, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Linkin Park, Nickelback, Taylor Hicks, Katharine McPhee, Clay Aiken, Tommy Lee, Dave Grohl, Gavin Rossdale, Chamillionaire, JC Chasez, Ice Cube, Chingy, Sean Paul, Tyrese, Frankie J, JoJo, Jesse McCartney, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Cheetah Girls and cast members from High School Musical.

BUSTA RHYMES LENDS THE GAME A HELPING HAND

Busta Rhymes is signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label, current home to 50 Cent and former recording home of The Game since the rapper’s move to Geffen Records. While many close to 50 Cent have decided to steer clear of The Game’s latest project, Busta Rhymes is featured on the album’s title track, “Doctor’s Advocate.”

Rhymes was recently asked if he was afraid that 50 Cent may take exception to his working with The Game. Rhymes told SOHH.com, “I do what I want. Number one, I’m a grown man. Number two, I don’t got issues with other people. And number three, Busta Rhymes been around longer than all of these dudes that got issues with each other. So at the end of the day, I like to mediate situations, trying to bring dudes together and make them chill out. If that don’t work, I continue to stay focused on what I gotta do. And ultimately as long as nobody interrupts that, it’s cool.”

Rhymes added, “I respect everybody on my team. I’m on Aftermath, so everybody that’s affiliated with that camp is family to me and I’m family to them. So as long as everybody know to just do what they gotta do, stay focused, we gon’ get through whatever the discrepancies are. It’s part of that family, brotherly love. Sometimes, the love is tougher than others.”

In the past 50 Cent went after Fat Joe and Jadakiss for collaborating with his enemy, Ja Rule.

The Game’s new album is in stores now. The Doctor’s Advocate is expected to debut at the top of the charts next week.

OUTKAST’S BIG BOI WORKING ON SOLO PROJECT

OutKast’s Big Boi is working on a solo album which he plans to release next year. The rapper told MTV.com, “You’re going to get something from every genre, every funk, beat, loop, horn, whistle. We got it all on the record. I got maybe 35 beats already done for it now, so I’m just diving in and trying to carve out the pie with the vocals.”

Big Boi is also currently shooting a new movie, titled Who’s Your Caddy?, with Cedric the Entertainer, Faizon Love, Andy Milonakis and Finesse Mitchell. The rapper, who starred in Idlewild and ATL, explained, “It’s about a music mogul who tries to play golf in this exclusive golf community. I go inside this country club and buy this huge house, and the 17th hole just happens to be on my property, so they got to let me in. There’s a lot of antics with them trying to get me [kicked] out and things like that. It’s seriously funny.”

Big Boi also shared his thoughts on the disappointing sales of OutKast’s latest album, Idlewild. The album has sold approximately 500,000 copies since it was released in August. The rapper said, “The thing that people don’t know is that we were switched over to a new record label, going from Arista to Jive. And Jive, they put their best foot forward, but I don’t think they really understand our music and know how to work our music. We’re still doing what we did 13 years ago. If you listen to the Idlewild album, the quality of music is there. Everything is there. It’s just a new system and trying to get used to things. But hey, we got songs for days.”

The Idlewild DVD hits stores on December 5th.

Big Boi plans to release albums by Konkrete and Janelle Monae in the coming months on his Purple Ribbon label.

WU-TANG CLAN HOLDS SPECIAL MEMORIAL FOR OL’ DIRTY BASTARD

The Wu-Tang Clan and Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Brooklyn Zu crew held a memorial for the rapper on Wednesday night (November 15th) in honor of what would have been Ol Dirty Bastard’s 38th birthday (November 13th). Allhiphop.com reports that the event, which was held at the Canal Room in New York City, included performances by Inspectah Deck, Shyheim, Killarmy, Chi-King, W. Gleamz and UNI.

Method Man and the late rapper’s mother, Cherry Jones, participated in a special tribute to Ol’ Dirty Bastard during the evening’s festivities.

Ol’ Dirty Bastard, whose real name was Russell Jones, died from an accidental drug overdose in 2004.

In related news, the rapper’s last album, A Son Unique, is scheduled to hit stores next year. The album features guest appearances by RZA, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Method Man, Macy Gray, Missy Elliott, N.O.R.E., Pharrell Williams, and Fame from M.O.P.

BLAK JAK HOPING TO WIN BIG

Decatur, Georgia-based rapper Blak Jak will release his debut album, Place Your Bets, on December 5th on Universal Republic Records. The first single from the project is “Bobbin My Head.” The project also features contributions from DJ Toomp, Don Cannon, and T Pain.

When I talked to the 23 year-old rapper, he shared how got his start by appearing on Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz’ King of Crunk album. The rapper explained: ” Well my first project, was I was like 17, 18. I did the Kings Of Crunk album with Lil Jon. That was my first official professional project, you know what I’m sayin’?

Blak Jak added: “You know it was bittersweet, you know what I’m sayin’? I got a chance to get on the album but you know I didn’t get no accolades or nothing like that, you know what I’m sayin’? So you know but I got a chance to be around a major studio and some major guys, you know what I’m sayin’?

STEVIE WONDER, JOHNNY GILL, ANGIE STONE TO SING IN HONOR OF GERALD LEVERT

Gerald Levert’s Celebration Of Life program tomorrow in Cleveland is expected to draw a number of the late singer’s colleagues from the entertainment world to pay musical tributes. Chief among them will be Stevie Wonder, his LSG-mate Johnny Gill, and Angie Stone. Also scheduled to perform is his younger brother Sean, who recorded with Gerald in the group Levert and also released his own solo project.

Levert passed away last Friday, November 10th. While initial reports said he suffered a heart attack, preliminary autopsy results revealed that the 40-year- old singer did have mild to moderate heart disease that may have led to his demise. Complete autopsy results will be available within eight weeks’ time, according to Billboard.

Levert had recently completed a brand-new album that was due in February. He had also finished work on a book that he co-authored with his father, O’Jays singer Eddie Levert, and writer Lyah LeFlore, to be titled I Got Your Back. The book is reportedly about the history and careers of the musical Levert family.

MICHAEL JACKSON HEADING BACK INTO SPOTLIGHT

Michael Jackson, who had escaped to Bahrain following his acquittal on child molestation charges in 2005, is making moves to return to the spotlight. Jackson performed at the World Music Awards in London, which honored him with an award commemorating the 25th anniversary of his mega-hit 1982 album Thriller. The 48-year-old eccentric superstar did not perform the title track of the celebrated multi- platinum album as expected, instead crooning a brief version of “We Are The World” with a kid chorus, until he rushed off the stage prior to the song’s completion.

“There have been so many people who have loved me and stood by me. I love all the fans from the bottom of my heart,” Jackson said before flinging his jacket into the crowd and leaving the stage.

Jackson has made few appearances since his June 2005 acquittal, when he left his famous Neverland Ranch behind to travel in the middle East and Europe. Recently, he allowed Access Hollywood to film him as he worked on a new album at an Irish castle with producer will.i.am. And earlier this year, he traveled to Tokyo to receive MTV Japan’s Legend Award.

So if and when Jackson does return with a new album, will anyone care? “Michael needs to come back strong and come back of today, not of yesterday,” Elroy R.C. Smith, program director of Chicago’s WGCI 107.5, told AP. “Would the world love to see this guy come back musically? Absolutely. Because he’s still one of the greatest performers of all time.”

Other performers, including Akon, are lining up to work with him, and a number of other artists — like Justin Timberlake, Usher, and Chris Brown — have tried to recapture the Jackson magic.

“I don’t think he can do it like he did it the first time in the ’80s … Album sales just don’t work like that anymore,” Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush told AP. “But I think he can capture the fascination. Good music is good music. And he’s already proven that in that mind — from that mind — comes great, great music. So there’s no question he can do it again.”

LIONEL RICHIE’S TOUR HEADING OVERSEAS

Veteran star Lionel Richie is currently in the midst of his first national tour in six years to promote his new album Coming Home. In addition to performing across the country, Richie is slated to head overseas to Europe after wrapping up domestic dates in California next week.

The artist was in his home state of Alabama this week to perform at a private radio show for contest winners in Montgomery, not far from where the Commodores were formed at the Tuskegee Institute in the ’70s. According to AP, Richie told the crowd that a Commodores reunion tour was still possible. “It’s just a matter of when we’re going to do it because it’s going to happen,” he said. “I’d be surprised if it didn’t.”

When Coming Home was released by Island Def Jam in September, Richie told me that plans for a worldwide tour were already in the works. Asked about when the tour would get underway, he replied: “Listen, that’s the problem now, they’re trying to pack my bags and get me on the road today. The situation is, if I don’t tour on this one I would be absolutely crazy. I’m going to tour not once but twice around the world on this one.”

Richie’s new solo album debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart and sold 75,000 copies in its first week.

Richie will perform tomorrow and Saturday, November 17th and 18th, at the Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton, Louisiana.

WHITNEY HOUSTON FACING FORECLOSURE

Whitney Houston’s New Jersey mansion is being put up on the auction block because she is more than $1 million behind on the mortgage and taxes. The property is going to be sold at a sheriff’s auction on January 4, the Daily Record of Parsippany reported. Houston’s estate is comprised of two lots, one assessed at $889,300 and the other valued at more than $5.6 million. The sale would be of the lot assessed at $889,300, the Daily Record reported. A secretary for Houston publicist Nancy Seltzer told the newspaper the property was not in foreclosure.

Houston could avoid having her property auctioned off if she reaches a settlement with the lender, Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Ackerman told The Star-Ledger.

TLC’S CHILLI TEAMS WITH AKON’S PRODUCTION COMPANY FOR NEW CD

Singer Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, who has been known as the “C” in Atlanta group TLC, has reportedly signed a solo deal with singer Akon’s Atlanta-based Konvict Muzik label. The singer is working on a still-untitled solo debut that will be released in mid-2007 and distributed by Interscope.

Akon will collaborate as songwriter and producer on about half of Chilli’s new material, with other tracks being helmed by Missy Elliott, the Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am and Timbaland.

“This will be totally opposite from when she was with the multi-platinum group,” Akon explained to Billboard. “She’s an incredible artist and I want people to reconnect with her.”

Chilli, a founding member of multi-platinum-selling group TLC, has been keeping a low profile since the release of the trio’s final album, 2002′s 3D. That set was released just after the death of group member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in a Honduran car accident.

Back in June 2003, Chilli and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins performed in New York City at what was billed as the group’s final show. At the time, Chilli said that whatever happens with the group’s music, she and T-Boz will always be together: “We’re always gonna be together. We’re sisters. I mean, whether we’re making music together, or cooking together, or raising our kids together, we will always be together.”

ANITA BAKER, WILL DOWNING, STANLEY CLARKE SLATED FOR BARBADOS

A spectacular jazz and R&B lineup — including veteran vocalists Anita Baker and Will Downing, as well as bassist Stanley Clarke — is scheduled to appear at the 2007 Barbados Jazz Festival, set for January 8th through the 14th at various locales, including the Sunbury Plantation House, Heritage Park at the Foursquare Rum Refinery, Garfield Sobers Auditorium, the Crane Resort & Residences, and Farley Hill National Park.

The 14th annual musical celebration will also showcase pop singer Macy Gray, trumpeter Terrence Blanchard, violinist Karen Briggs, pianist Robert Glasper, R&B singer Goapele, gospel duo Mary Mary, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, Barbadian saxophonist Arturo Tappin, and others.

“Barbados is an integral member of the BET J family and we are happy to support this event and the destination,” said Cybelle Brown, VP of sales and marketing with BET Digital Networks, which partnered earlier this month with the Barbados Tourism Authority and GMR Productions to launch the festival in New York City.

A preview show of next year’s event, featuring highlights of the 13th annual festival, is currently on rotation on BET J’s Island Lime format on Saturdays, beginning November 18th.

CHI McBRIDE TAKES COMEDIC TURN IN ‘LET’S GO TO PRISON’

Actor Chi McBride tends to play the heavy in a lot of his film and TV work but that’s not the case with Let’s Go To Prison. In it, the Boston Public principal and The Nine banker goes against type as a love-starved inmate trying to romance Will Arnett.

There’s no actual man-on-man love in Let’s Go To Prison but there are plenty of laughs from sight gags and implied naughty behavior. McBride told me that he chose to make Prison because it was relied on smart humor and was a departure from his dramatic tendencies: “For me, you know, because I do a lot of dramatic work, if I were to choose a comedy, it would be something that would be a little more off the beaten path, and much more dark and a little twisted and subversive. That’s the kind of stuff that I would go for if I were going to do a comedy.”

McBride continues his laughing streak going on his next movie project, Brothers Solomon, a comedy about two inept brothers trying to find mates in time to give their dying father a grandchild. Brothers Solomon is currently in production.

McBride is also still working on The Nine, a drama about a group of bank robbery survivors. The Nine airs Wednesdays at 10 pm e.s.t. on ABC.

MADONNA WANTS TO ADOPT AGAIN

Madonna hopes to adopt another child despite the controversy surrounding her decision to take custody of 13-month-old David Banda of Malawi. According to London’s Daily Mail, Madge told French magazine Paris Match that she’s going to adopt another Malawian child very quickly. She said, “A baby girl this time, in order to redress the balance.” Meanwhile, she’s enjoying her time with David, saying, “I saved this child from certain death, there is nothing more important in my eyes than that. I love David like a son.” Madonna added, “Of course, after some time, I intend to return David to his home so that he can get to know his biological father and so that he can discover his homeland.”

Madonna already has two biological children — a 10- year-old girl named Lourdes and a six-year- old son named Rocco.

Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie were given an interim adoption order for David.

The High Court in Malawi will decide next week whether the Human Rights Consultative Committee, which represents 67 groups across the country, can challenge Madonna’s adoption.

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

THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA SOUVENIR SHOP OPENS IN PHILLY

The Sound Of Philadelphia (TSOP) is a brand known to soul music fans around the world. Now the first- ever store devoted to TSOP memorabilia has been opened in Philadelphia on the city’s famed Avenue Of The Arts. The new store was opened to the public on Sunday, November 12th, in a grand opening ceremony that featured a ribbon-cutting, balloons, a live radio broadcast by WRNB, and special guests including members of the famed Bluenotes.

The shop, located next door to the historic studios of Philadelphia International Records, is the brainchild of the label’s executive VP, Chuck Gamble. “This is definitely one of those unique places … It’s a visitor’s delight and a collector’s dream,” noted Gamble, nephew of Gamble & Huff partner Kenny Gamble. “It’s a tribute to our amazing TSOP recording artists and creators. And it’s an expression of the exhaustive catalog of sensational music that Gamble and Huff have given to the world.”

Visitors to the new store can see life-size images of TSOP creator Gamble and Leon Huff, two wall-size TSOP murals, record plaques, and photos. The shop offers hard-to-find logo T-shirts, mugs, jackets, and posters, as well as CD collections and even vinyl albums and 45s. Other features to come will include listening stations and a booth where fans can record their own vocals to classic TSOP songs.

Future plans include rolling out TSOP memorabilia stands at shopping malls and visitor stops throughout the region, with the first to open at the Philadelphia International Airport by early 2007.

TSOP artists include the MFSB band, Phyllis Hyman, Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes, Patti LaBelle, Teddy Pendergrass, and Lou Rawls, among others.

SINGER CUBA GOODING SR. LENDS A HAND TO NEW HOME BUYERS

Legendary singer Cuba Gooding Sr., whose voice enlivened the ’70s hits of soul trio the Main Ingredient, is now on a mission to help low income and first-time homebuyers realize the “American dream” of owning their own homes. The singer’s Gooding Development Co. has partnered with entrepreneur James T. Webb to renovate homes in blighted inner-cities and rural communities across the U.S. and offer them to homebuyers at an affordable price.

“Our goal is keep properties affordable so that inner-city families can share in the pride of owning their own homes,” said Gooding in a statement. “Because of ‘redlining’ and high ‘predatory’ interest rates, many families in inner-city America are denied the opportunity to have a house to call home. We want to change that!”

One of the first communities to benefit from the program will be Rocky Mount, North Carolina, where Webb has already completed some redevelopment projects. The new partnership also plans to provide employment for local workers.

Gooding sang such Main Ingredient classics as “Everybody Plays The Fool” and “Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely.” He is father to Oscar winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. and actor Omar Gooding.

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Black History Fact

In 1873, W. C. Handy, composer, cornet player, and bandmaster, is born.
In 1939, Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart, is born.
In 1970, the album Sly & The Family Stone’s Greatest Hits is certified gold.
In 1974, Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie On Reggae Woman” is released.
In 1987, the self-titled album from Pebbles is released.
In 1988, the Heaven album by Bebe & Cece Winans is released.
In 1990, the 100 Miles And Runnin album by N.W.A. is certified gold.
In 1992, the Funky Divas album by En Vogue is certified double platinum.
In 1993, the Black Reign album by Queen Latifah is released.
In 1993, the “Just Kickin’ It” single by Xscape is certified platinum.
In 1994, the Ready To Die album by the Notorious B.I.G. is certified gold.
In 1994, the Simply The Best album by Tina Turner is certified gold and platinum.
In 1995, the Off The Hook album by Xscape is certified platinum.
In 1995, the Reflections album by After 7 is certified gold.
In 1999, the Willennium album by Will Smith is released.
In 2000, Houston hip-hop icon DJ Screw is found dead in the restroom of his Houston recording studio.
In 2004, Lil’ Jon & the Eastside Boyz release the album Crunk Juice.
In 2004, Snoop Dogg’s R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece is released.
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Celebrity Birthdays

Lisa Bonet, Actress (The Cosby Show & A Different World), 39

• Zina Garrison-Jackson, Tennis Player, 43

• Dwight Gooden, Major League Baseball Pitcher (1984 National League Rookie Of The Year, 1985 Cy Young Award winner), 42
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Words To the Wise
Never give up on a good thing
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Contact Information
Freddie Bell
PO Box 650961
Sterling,VA 20165
newsletter@voiceunique.com
888-639-9738

MINNEAPOLIS FREE GOSPEL CONCERT SUNDAY

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Morning Show Update

November 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.

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.

FREE GOSPEL CONCERT THIS SUNDAY

GOSPEL CONCERT AT SALEM BAPTIST IN MINNEAPOLIS

Join Z 1470 Totally Gospel Radio as Freddie Bell Presents a Thanksgiving Celebration of our Over the Rainbow Capital Campaign!

The gospel concert takes place this Sunday November 19th, at
5 o’clock at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis.

The fund raising event to support KZTG’s radio ministries stars James Greer and Company

Excelsior, Gregg Washington and the Voices of Praise of Greater Friendship Baptist Church and Sara Renner. More great Gospel Performers will be added as the date approaches.

The Gospel Concert also features special presentations from area Pastors and Totally Gospel Radio Host, Freddie Bell!

Mark your calendars now and plan to join Totally Gospel this Sunday, November 19th for a hand waving, foot tappin, God Praisin’ event.

The Gospel Concert is free and includes a freewill offering designed to support Totally gospel’s radio ministries.

Bring the entire family and be blessed by the music… as Freddie Bell Presents, a Thanksgiving Celebration of KZTG’s Over the Rainbow Capital Campaign!

The concert starts promptly at 5pm, this Sunday, November 19th at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, in Minneapolis where the Reverend Jerry MacAfee is pastor.

Call totally Gospel, 952-820-8500 for more details.

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.

T.I. BIG WINNER AT INAUGURAL BET HIP HOP AWARDS

Rapper T.I. was the big winner on Sunday, November 12th, at the inaugural BET Hip Hop Awards, which were held in Atlanta, Georgia. The Associated Press reports that rapper, who was nominated in eight categories, took home three awards including Best Hip Hop Video, CD and MVP of the Year honors. T.I. said, “You can’t hate on hard work and talent. This awards show will show people a lot about where I come from.”

Hip hop legend Grandmaster Flash received the I Am Hip Hop Icon award at the event, which featured performances by Ludacris, Lil Jon, Young Jeezy, Jermaine Dupri, Papoose, Rhymefest, Lil Wayne, Baby, The Game, Remy Ma, and others. Dupri, who won Producer of the Year honors, shared his thoughts on his hometown hosting the event. He said, “For the awards to be in my city and I win something for producing, it’s exciting. The outcome was something I could never imagine.”

The show was hosted by comedian Katt Williams, who was released from jail on Friday, November 10th, following an arrest on Monday, November 6th, on weapons charges at a Los Angeles airport.

The BET Hip Hop Awards will air on BET on Wednesday, November 15th, at 9 p.m. ET.

SCARFACE HIT WITH LAWSUIT BY JACOB THE JEWELER

Jacob “The Jeweler” Arabo filed a lawsuit against rapper Scarface last week alleging that the rapper owes him $37,000 for jewelry he purchased in 2002. Allhiphop.com reports that Arabo has attempted to collect the funds from Scarface, whose real name is Brad Jordan, several times unsuccessfully before filing the suit.

Arabo was indicted on federal money laundering charges in June. He is charged with allegedly laundering $270 million for the Black Mafia Family. Arabo is currently free on $100,000 bail.

As for Scarface, the rapper is in semi-retirement and has focused his time lately on producing music, in particular the new album by U.G.K. He shared that he’s fine with his musical legacy. Scarface said: “So if I could come from a small neighborhood in Houston, Texas, and be one of the most respected artists or figures in hip-hop, then, you know, that’s cool. The rest of it is gravy.”

YOUNG JEEZY RELEASES NEW VIDEO & MIXTAPE

Atlanta-based rapper Young Jeezy will release his new album, The Inspiration, on December 12th. The rapper released a DJ Drama Gangsta Grillz mixtape, titled I Am The Street Dream, today (November 14th). He will debut his new Jessy Terrero-directed video for his lead single, “I Luv It,” on BET’s Access Granted on Wednesday, November 15th at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The Inspiration is the follow-up to the rapper’s 2005 platinum debut album, Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101. The new album features guest appearances by Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, R. Kelly, Keyshia Cole, Three 6 Mafia, Timbaland, T.I. and Young Buck.

KANYE WEST PLANS TO TAKE A BACK SEAT NEXT YEAR

Super-producer and rapper Kanye West has decided to wait until late 2007 to release a new album. West told MTV.com, “I’m not dropping till another year at least. Y’all don’t need it right now. There’s only but so much room in the CD changer. I’m on Game’s album, I’m on Nas’ album — it’s like Eminem says, mugs be used to it. That’s what drives somebody to do a Mission Impossible (for which Kanye recently wrote the theme for) where you throw so many instruments that people can’t comprehend. It’s about falling back sometimes, so people will miss it.” West added, “I’m just gonna work on my album for, like, a year. I got a lot of responsibility. I got a lot of people who love me and a lot of people who love to hate me. But remember, hate is not the opposite of love, indifference is. ‘Cause if you hate it, you still talk about it. Hate is a form of love.”

Fans won’t be totally deprived of West’s music as he plans to release a new single, “Glory,” later this year. The single was initially slated to be the first release from Common’s new album, Finding Forever, but Common decided to pass on the song.

SAIGON IS STILL WAITING FOR HIS TURN

Although rapper and actor Saigon has been working on his debut album for over three years for Just Blaze’s Fort Knox label, he still doesn’t have an official release date. Saigon told MTV.com, “I wish he worked a little faster. But he’s doing a lot right now. It ain’t me, though: If it was up to me, my album would have been out. But you can’t rush greatness, man.”

Although Just Blaze has been working with Jay- Z and several other rappers, Saigon is sure that he’s got the producer’s best beats as Blaze produced 10 of the 16 songs scheduled to be on the album. The rapper told MTV.com, “The beats is so crazy I almost feel like I’m cheating. He gave me his best beats, so don’t believe the hype. He ain’t give ‘em to Jay-Z. He ain’t give ‘em to Joe Budden. He ain’t give ‘em to [Fabolous]. He gave them to Saigon. Believe that!”

Saigon recently shot the first video, “Pain In My Life” featuring Trey Songz, from The Greatest Story Never Told. The video is expected to hit video outlets in the coming weeks.

AARON NEVILLE: NEW ALBUM A ‘PRAYER’

New Orleans native Aaron Neville says that working on his new Burgundy Records release, Bring It On Home…The Soul Classics, was a little like therapy. During the recording, he and his family members were still reeling from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Neville lost his home to the flooding. On top of that, his wife was battling lung cancer. Being in the studio proved to be a healing place: “At times, it was like songs turned into prayers, especially ‘Stand By Me’ and ‘Ain’t No Sunshine,’” he told a Louisiana newspaper.

Neville and his family are currently living in Nashville, where he says everyone will gather for Thanksgiving. He still returns to New Orleans, where he is somewhat of a self-described “unofficial spokesperson” for Katrina victims. He told me what’s happening in his beloved city:”They’re still sitting there, you know, like waiting for something to happen. And right now they’ve got people that’s displaced all over the country, don’t know what tomorrow’s gonna bring. And we’re trying to keep it, we don’t want it to go away, like out of mind, out of sight ’cause there’s people suffering.”

Neville says he so enjoyed covering classic songs by legends like Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke, that he’d eventually like to do a tribute album to each artist.

Bring It On Home…features David Sanborn, Chris Botti, Mavis Staples and Chaka Khan, among other guests. The current single, “It’s All Right,” is moving up the smooth jazz charts.

CIARA AND CHRIS BROWN HEADED TO MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE

Chris Brown, Ciara, the cast of High School Musical and American Idol season three runner-up Diana DeGarmo have signed on to play this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The broadcast of the event, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary, airs November 23rd at 9 a.m. on NBC.

Ciara will release her sophomore album, Ciara: The Evolution, on December 5th. The set will include the tracks “Promise” and “Get Up,” featuring Chamillionaire.

Brown is on the charts with the single “Say Goodbye.”

DeGarmo is currently starring in the musical Hairspray on Broadway.

KELLY ROWLAND WAS NOT IN ACCIDENT .

Rumors were swirling last week that Kelly Rowland was in a tragic accident in Indonesia. But her publicist announced yesterday (Monday, November 13th) that there is absolutely no truth to the reports. The story got started after Rowland’s scheduled concert in Jakarta was canceled due to a bombing in the capital city. The Destiny’s Child singer was in Singapore at the time of the bombing and ended up flying back to Los Angeles.

Rowland’s sophomore solo album, My Story: Kelly Rowland, is due out in February 2007.

KENNY G’S ‘MOOD’ DROPS TODAY

Top-selling instrumentalist Kenny G releases his new Arista album I’m In The Mood For Love … Most Romantic Classics today (November 14th). Included are versions of James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful,” Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You,” and Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up,” as well as standards like “The Way We Were,” “As Time Goes By,” “Yesterday,” a medley of “Fly Me To The Moon” and “You Make Me Feel So Young.”

Look for Kenny to be more high profile in upcoming weeks as he publicizes the new release. On his calendar this Sunday (November 19th) is Hollywood’s “Christmas Celebration from The Grove” and tree-lighting ceremony. Kenny will perform a duet with Sesame Street favorite, Elmo.

Despite all of his success, huge sales and critical approval don’t matter that much to him. Kenny told me: “I’m happy whether I sell any records — zero records or millions and millions of records. I’m happy because I love my music. I’ve always considered myself one thing: I’m a saxophone player. That’s it.”

I’m In The Mood For Love is Kenny G’s first newly-recorded all-instrumental album of popular material in more than four years. His previous set, At Last…The Duets Album, featured vocalists, including Barbra Streisand, LeAnn Rimes, Gladys Knight, Earth Wind & Fire, Yolanda Adams, and Chaka Khan.

SMOKEY ROBINSON KEEPS REAL LIFE OUT OF HIS SONGS

Smokey Robinson says that throughout the years, he’s rarely written his songs about events in his personal life. Robinson, who is currently on tour in support of his first standards collection, titled Timeless Love, told Britain’s Mojo magazine that, “I don’t write from experience. That’s not my intention. Very, very few things I’ve written address something specific in my life. (The song) ‘More Love’ was one that I did; I wrote that for (former Miracles bandmates and wife) Claudette, when we were having difficulties starting a family.”

He went on to add that, “But that was unusual. I’m not the kind of writer that has to be happy to write happy, or sad to write sad. And I don’t have to go away to a cabin in the mountains to create. It’s my craft, it’s my life. It’s like breathing.”

Robinson told me that although he always has his audience in mind when writing songs, he ultimately aims to please himself first: “I’ve always just tried to write a song, ’cause, you know, I think that if you write a song, you’ve always got a chance with it. It would always be something that people can relate to. You always hope that what you write is gonna be popularly accepted or massively accepted and be a hit. You know, you always hope that, as a writer, but that’s not my… My foremost aim is to write a song because perhaps the treatment won’t be right for it to be a hit the first time. But if it’s a song, it’s got a chance to live on, and somebody might do the right treatment one day.”

Smokey Robinson will next perform on Thursday (November 16th) in Stamford, Connecticut at the Palace Theatre.

AL JARREAU HAS LOVE/HATE TECH THING

Grammy-winning vocalist Al Jarreau has mixed feelings when it comes to technology. He told the magazine Electronic Home that he and George Benson relied on MP3 files of the songs they were working on for their new album, Givin’ It Up. Technology allowed them to collaborate while each was on tour, and to get the project done in a record four to five weeks, versus the usual 12 to 16. But he adds that all the gizmos can get out of hand: “I think we can go too far….the wild and crazy thing is that we don’t miss good bread. You go to northern Europe and get a taste of real bread and you realize that we’re selling ourselves short….We have to (also) manage technology in a way that’s human…or (it) will kick our butts. I think we should miss (well-produced) music and demand that it stays around. Let’s not do music that lacks real wheat in the bread.”

Jarreau and Benson’s first single, “Mornin’,” is a smash hit at Smooth Jazz radio.

SNOOP DOGG GOES TO THE DOGS…FOR REAL

Dogs everywhere are about to learn the meaning of “the shizzle” as rapper Snoop Dogg prepares to launch a new line of doggy toys. AOL reveals that Snoop has partnered with a company that makes pet toys, and will be unveiling chewy, squeaky playthings for gangsta pooches. Designs are said to include a rubber headset and boombox.

His new scream-fest, Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror opens nationwide this Friday (November 17th). It centers on a deceased gangster named Devin — played by Snoop — who narrates tales of three inner- city residents and their fate in the afterlife. It also stars Ernie Hudson, Aries Spears, Billy Dee Williams, and NBA players Lamar Odom and Tayshaun Prince.

His new album, The Blue Carpet Treatment, drops on November 21st. The rapper recently released a new single, “That’s That” featuring R. Kelly, from the project.

Snoop Dogg understands the importance of entrepreneurship and not relying on the music business. He said: “We getting a lot of opportunities because hip-hop stars are becoming movie stars. We’re becoming clothing line owners. We’re becoming moguls. We’re becoming big guys in the game to where we’re not just holding the microphone, you know, rapping, we’re actual controlling the business, buying entities, becoming entrepreneurs.”

KATT WILLIAMS OUT OF JAIL IN TIME FOR BET AWARDS

Comedian Katt Williams spent three days in jail last week for trying to smuggle guns on an airplane, but he made it out in time to host the BET Awards this weekend in Atlanta. Williams, who is 33, posted bail Friday (November 10th) for the felony count of carrying a concealed weapon and several other charges, and he headed straight for the airport, this time without any weapons.

As he exited Los Angeles county jail, Williams told TMZ that he came up with the bail money thanks to people buying his new concert DVD: “Ah, it was jail. I don’t recommend it on the day your DVD comes out. Thanks for everybody for buying it. Good look. Going to the BET Awards right now. Right now I’m going. Thanks for everybody for your support. Your buying my DVD helped me get out. Thank you. Appreciate you posting my bail for me. It’s something that happens. Good stuff happens, bad stuff happens.”

Williams’ DVD, Pimp Chronicles Part I, was released a week ago.

The inaugural BET Awards will be broadcast Wednesday (November 15th) at 9 on BET. Ludacris, Young Jeezy, T.I., Snoop Dogg, and Grandmaster Flash are some of the entertainers who appear during the show.

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Words To the Wise

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

JANET OPEN TO MARRIAGE

http://www.freddiebell.com

Morning Show Update

November 15, 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.

FREE GOSPEL CONCERT THIS SUNDAY

GOSPEL CONCERT AT SALEM BAPTIST IN MINNEAPOLIS

Join Z 1470 Totally Gospel Radio as Freddie Bell Presents a Thanksgiving Celebration of our Over the Rainbow Capital Campaign!

The gospel concert takes place on Sunday November 19th, at
5 o’clock at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis.

The fund raising event to support KZTG’s radio ministries stars James Greer and Company

Excelsior, Gregg Washington and the Voices of Praise of Greater Friendship Baptist Church and Sara Renner. More great Gospel Performers will be added as the date approaches.

The Gospel Concert also features special presentations from area Pastors and Totally Gospel Radio Host, Freddie Bell!

Mark your calendars now and plan to join Totally Gospel Sunday, November 19th for a hand waving, foot tappin, God Praisin’ event.

The Gospel Concert is free and includes a freewill offering designed to support Totally gospel’s radio ministries.

Bring the entire family and be blessed by the music… as Freddie Bell Presents, a Thanksgiving Celebration of KZTG’s Over the Rainbow Capital Campaign!

The concert starts promptly at 5pm, Sunday, November 19th at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, in Minneapolis where the Reverend Jerry MacAfee is pastor.

Call totally Gospel, 952-820-8500 for more details.

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.

JANET JACKSON SAYS JERMAINE DUPRI DIDN’T MIND HER FLAB

Janet Jackson said that her boyfriend, producer Jermaine Dupri, didn’t care that she put on 60 pounds last year for a supposed film role.

She told Ellen DeGeneres that he actually “loved it,” adding, “He likes my true self. It’s unconditional love there, so he was always grabbing my extra stuff and looking into my eyes and telling me that he loves me and it (the weight) needs love too, and then he’d kiss me and smile at me.” When asked if she and Dupri will ever get married, Jackson said, “If that’s what he wants to do.”

Jackson recently released her 20 Y.O. album.

MARIAH CAREY’S FUR GOES MISSING

A fur coat worth nearly $8,000 that singer Mariah Carey donated to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has gone missing. Carey had donated two floor-length furs she’d gotten earlier this year from a wealthy admirer to PETA, asking that they go to the charity’s winter drive to clothe refugees around the world. A British newspaper reports that one of the coats was en route to Mongolia via UPS — but never arrived.

Carey, who is about to take her Adventures Of Mimi tour overseas, told TV’s Extra last month that she plans to release a new concert DVD. Titled Divarie, the proposed disk will document highlights from her tour, including all her wacky diva exploits on the road.

Carey is suing a concert promoter for $1 million after the cancellation of her Hong Kong Show last month. Carey claims that One Group Investments breached its contractual obligations; they claim her backstage demands were “unreasonable.”

CORINNE BAILEY RAE APPEARS IN CASH VIDEO

Hot British songstress Corinne Bailey Rae has joined a host of celebrities in a new video paying tribute to the late Johnny Cash. In the posthumous video for Cash’s song, “God’s Gonna Cut You Down,” over 40 singers and celebs lip- synch and clap along to Cash’s mournful vocals. Bailey Rae is featured alongside Kanye West, Chris Rock, Terrence Howard, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Bono, Sheryl Crow, Sharon Stone and more. The video is a hot one online as music fans weigh in on how effective it is in doing the late singer justice.

Bailey Rae is among the artists tapped to announce the upcoming Grammy nominations in Los Angeles on December 7th. Winners will be revealed at the 49th annual Grammy Awards, set for February 11th.

MARY WILSON IN BATTLE OVER SUPREMES NAME

Mary Wilson of the Supremes says that her fight to ban copycat groups by federal law is now getting close to home. Wilson, who’s been the key figure in trying to pass the “Truth In Music” law on the state and federal level, says that a latter- day member of the Supremes, Kaaren Ragland, is infringing on the Supremes copyright by touring under the name The Sounds Of The Supremes.

The Memphis Tri-State Defender reported that Wilson said that Ragland has no claim to the group’s copyright, explaining that, “The (Supremes) disbanded in 1977. I later toured using several ladies. Kaaren was only used on tours in the ’80s. She has never recorded with me or was ever signed to Motown. All of the eight women who were ‘Supremes’ had a record deal which made them Supremes by contract. At the time I would bill myself as the ‘Supreme.’ Even now I sometimes do so, but none of the others are Supremes. If by billing myself as the Supreme meant all the people I had as back- up (singers) were Supremes as well, that would mean 20 some ladies could call themselves Supremes.”

Ragland responded by saying that, “We went to federal court about the name, and Mary lost because she had sold all of her ownership rights. There was no question about it. She was paid not to use the name, to give up her 49 percent.” Ragland added that Wilson had received a payment “in the six figures” around the time that Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. sold Motown to MCA Records in 1988. Wilson countered that Ragland’s claims were, quote, “delusional.”

Mary told me that she’s tried on numerous occasions to try and obtain ownership of the Supremes name: “I have gone back and tried at different times to obtain it in various ways. And one of the ways was that in 1974, I realized that (the name) had not been trademarked. Even though we had signed our rights away in terms of our original contract, the name itself had not been trademarked. And so I did go and file the trademark for the name ‘The Supremes.’ I never received the papers that said I owned it, and somehow Motown still ended up owning it.”

The eight official members of the Supremes that were under contract to Motown are: co-founders Wilson, Diana Ross, and the late Florence Ballard, along with later members Cindy Birdsong, Jean Terrell, Lynda Laurence, Scherrie Payne, and Susaye Greene. Early ’70s Supremes Scherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence currently tour as part of the Diana Ross-approved Former Ladies Of The Supremes.

Mary Wilson of The Supremes will next perform on Saturday (November 18th) in Rutland, Vermont at the Paramount Theatre.

CHAKA KHAN A CHALLENGE TO TRUMP?

Legendary vocalist Chaka Khan is getting into the hotel business. The singer is teaming with the hip W Hotels chain to give guests a little extra flair. When they book one of the hotel’s “Wonder Women” packages, they’ll find a copy of Khan’s memoirs, Chaka! Through the Fire, on their pillow, along with an exclusive CD of her greatest hits. And to cap it off, two perfectly- chilled “Chakatini “cocktails will be waiting for them. With enough of those, even the most tone-deaf guest will think they can sing just as well as she does…

The eight-time Grammy winner says that despite her long record of chart hits and devoted legions of fans, she still tends to feel like she hasn’t “made it.” “I’m waiting for that moment,” she told AP. “Making it for me is just being able to touch a lot of lives in a positive way and to do God’s will. To do what I’m put here to do. You know, that’s an ongoing journey.”

Khan duets with Aaron Neville on Neville’s just-released CD, Bring It On Home…The Soul Classics. The two cover Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.”

THIRD ‘BORAT’ FRAT BOY OKAY WITH MOVIE

Last week, two South Carolina fraternity members filed a lawsuit against the makers of the Borat movie, claiming they were encouraged to get drunk and spout off lewd things on camera. The men were embarrassed that footage of them putting down women and minorities made it to the big screen in a movie that has topped the box office for two weeks running.

The third frat boy that appeared in the film has another take on making the comedy. While David Corcoran agreed that they were “tricked” into participating by being told that Borat was a real reporter working on a six-part TV special, he said that he had “fun” kicking back with the Sacha Baron Cohen character in October 2005. Corcoran was paid $200 in cash for his time and “to get drunk,” and he told ABC News, “It is what it is. I had a fun time.”

Lawyers for 20th Century Fox contend that the lawsuit filed against them has “no merit.”

JUVENILE CLEARED IN LAWSUIT BROUGHT BY OFF DUTY POLICE OFFICER

New Orleans-based rapper Juvenile was pleased on Thursday, November 9th, when a jury of six ruled in his favor in a lawsuit brought by an off- duty Jacksonville, Florida police officer who allegedly got hurt while breaking up a scuffle involving the rapper. SOHH.com reports that Melissa Huxley-Bujeda, who filed the lawsuit in 2003, alleges that Juvie and his entourage were asked to leave Regency Square Mall on July 23, 1999 because their dress and language were in violation of mall policies. When they began to get unruly, Huxley- Bujeda was called in to give the group a warning but a scuffle ensued. According to the officer, she hurt her knee while trying to control Juvenile.

The rapper’s legal team argued that Huxley-Bujeda had degenerative arthritis that had been developing for years. She allegedly hurt her knee over 35 times
as a child while participating in cheerleading, gymnastics and other sports.

Juvenile told The Florida Times Union, “We got them, we got them, we got them. Just the fact that it’s a rap artist against the police, that never happens. Rappers never win. We never win against the police or the government.”

Huxley-Bujeda has allegedly had four surgeries on her left knee and she was suing for $68,635 in medical bills.

In related news, Juvenile is working on a new album, The New 400 Degrees. He’s already written a song about the case, titled “The Verdict.”

NAS PREVIEWS NEW ALBUM

Nas previewed his new album, Hip Hop Is Dead…The N, on Thursday night, November 9th, at Sony Studios in New York City. Allhiphop.com reports that Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz, Rodney Jerkins, and Bilal were at the listening session.

Hip Hop Is Dead hits stores on December 19th and features guest appearances by The Game, Chrisette Michele, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, and Will.I.Am with production by Dr. Dre.

Hip Hop Is Dead’s tentative track listings include: “QB Tru G,” “Won’t Go Back,” “You Mean the World to Me,” “Play on Playa,” “Where Are They Now,” “Carry On Tradition,” “Hip Hop is Dead,” “Still Dreamin,” “Blunt Ashes,” and “Let There Be Light,” and “Can’t Forget About You.”

Nas and Jay-Z teased the audience by only playing the first couple of seconds of their collaboration, “Black Republican.”

RAEKWON TALKS ‘CUBAN LINX II’

The Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon is excited about his forthcoming album, Only Built For Cuban Linx II, which will be released on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment label. Raekwon told MTV.com, “I just felt it was going to be something to excite the fans in hip-hop. Let them know I’m dealing with a whole list of thorough super producers that’s making sure this legacy of Cuban Linx carries on. We thought it was a brilliant idea to have RZA and Dr. collaborate, us being big Dre fans. His classics sheet is way long. As well as RZA’s.”

The rapper added, “We felt we wanted to put a twist on it and let everybody know the s**t is that important. We going through generation expansion, where the generations are differentiating. We wanted to give them a taste of something new as well as what they wanna see.”

No release date has been set for the album which will also feature production by J Dilla, Scram Jones, and DJ Scratch.

Raekwon’s classic 1995 debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, was certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies. The follow-up, 1999′s Immobilarity, was also certified gold. The rapper’s last release was 2003′s The Lex Diamond Story.

THE GAME’S MANAGER EYED FOR TOP EXECUTIVE POSITION

The Game’s manager Jimmy “Henchmen” Rosemond is currently up for several executive positions. Rosemond, who heads up Czar Entertainment, is currently in talks with Virgin Records, Warner Brothers, and Sony Music, according to SOHH.com. In addition to The Game, Rosemond manages Rick Ross, Brandy, Trillville, Shyne, Sheek Louch, Too Short, Guerilla Black, and others.

In related news, The Game’s new album, The Doctor’s Advocate, hit stores tomorrow (November 14th). The album features guest appearances by Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Xzibit, Daz, Kurupt, Jamie Foxx, Busta Rhymes, and others.

WEEKEND MOVIE WRAP-UP

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, $29 million
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, $16.9 million
Flushed Away, $16.7 million
Stranger Than Fiction, $14.1 million
Saw III, $6.6 million
Babel, $5.65 million
The Departed, $5.2 million
The Return, $4.8 million
The Prestige, $4.6 million
A Good Year, $3.8 million

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PATTI AUSTIN DOES GERSHWIN

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Morning Show Update

November 14, 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.

50 CENT TO BE HONORED FOR CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS

Rapper 50 Cent, who is wrapping up a successful European tour tonight (November 9th) in Chemnitz, Germany, will be honored by The Book Bank Foundation on December 12th. Allhiphop.com reports that the rapper will receive the Book Bank Foundation Hero Award for his charitable contributions through his G-Unity Foundation.

The Hero Award is given to individuals in film, entertainment, sports and business, who further the mission of the national youth homeless advocacy and literacy work of the BBF.

Rosario Dawson, Ed Lover, Asante Samuel of the New England Patriots and James Macklin will also be honored at the annual dinner, which will take place at Bowery Mission in New York City.

DIDDY JOINS THE ROSTER OF VIOLATOR MANAGEMENT

Hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs has decided to roll with Violator Management to represent his musical interests. Allhiphop.com reports that Diddy and Violator chief Chris Lighty are finalizing a deal that will call for Violator Management to develop plans to “expand Diddy’s reach and influence exponentially in music.”

Violator’s other clients include: Missy Elliott, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Mobb Deep, Lil Scrappy, NORE, LL Cool J, Three 6 Mafia, and others.

In related news, Diddy is currently promoting his latest album, Press Play. The set has sold over 273,000 copies in the three weeks its been in stores.

Diddy recently explained that he didn’t put too much thought into creating the new album. He said: “The beauty about it is that on this one I didn’t put too much thought into it. I went back into the studio over a year and a half ago and just started being creative, you know?”

Diddy added: “I just started being creative and didn’t have the pressures of all the past albums. Didn’t have the pressures of I had to come out and sell a billion records. And I just tried to go in and do something creative. And you know I think it worked. I had a lot more freedom. A lot more freedom and we really took more risks and I think it kinda shows.”

LLOYD BANKS AND YOUNG BUCK CLEARED OF GUN CHARGES

G-Unit rappers Lloyd Banks and Young Buck were cleared of gun charges stemming from an August 2005 arrest in New York City. Allhiphop.com reports that prosecutors decided to drop the weapons possession charges against the rappers on Wednesday, November 8th.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in August 2005 after the rappers performed at the Madison Square Garden tour stop of the Anger Management tour. A van transporting the two rappers and 11 other people ran a light near the venue. After pulling over the vehicle, officers discovered a loaded .40 caliber handgun and a .357 magnum. Subsequently, everyone in the van was charged with weapons possession.

One unidentified individual in the van has already pleaded guilty and another man is under indictment.

In related news, Banks’ latest album, The Rotten Apple, continues to perform poorly in stores. The set has sold a disappointing 234,000 copies since it was released four weeks ago. The album is Number 43 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week.

Young Buck’s new album, Buck The World, has been pushed back to a February release date.

SQAD UP INKS DEAL WITH DEF JAM

New Orleans-based rap group Sqad Up, which began their career with Lil Wayne, has entered into a partnership with Def Jam Records. SOHH.com reports that Def Jam will provide marketing and distribution for Sqad Up’s sophomore album, We Here Now, which will be released on the group’s Money Yung’n Records label next year.

Sqad Up, which consists of Gudda, Nutt Tha Kid, Young Yo and Supa Blanco, developed a following in the South through their mixtapes and collaborations. After parting ways with Lil Wayne, the group was loosely affiliated with Lil Flip’s Clover G camp.

Def Jam Records vice-president of A&R Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith said in a released statement, “We wanted to embark on this partnership because there is no other group out right now that is as recognizable as Sqad Up. Through their own movement they have been able to brand themselves so well in the industry and the public’s eye that whether separate or together there is no denying who they are and what they stand for as a whole. We look forward to working with Money Yung’n Records and together we plan to take Sqad Up to the next level in ’07.”

BEST OF N.W.A. CD/DVD TO HIT STORES NEXT MONTH

Capitol Records will release a new N.W.A. greatest hits compilation, The Best of N.W.A: The Strength of Street Knowledge, on December 12th. SOHH.com reports that the CD will include 17 of the group’s greatest hits. Additionally, it will be packaged with a DVD of rare interviews with group members Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, Yella and the late Eazy-E.

Nine songs from the compilation will also be made available as ring tones on December 12th.

The Best of N.W.A: The Strength of Street Knowledge track listing includes: “Straight Outta Compton,” “Appetite For Destruction,” “Dope Man,” “F*** Tha Police,” “Real N***az,” “8- Ball,” “Express Yourself,” “Alwayz Into Somethin’,” “A Bitch Iz A Bitch,” “Gangsta Gangsta,” “100 Miles and Runnin’,” “Boyz-N-The-Hood,” “Real N***az Don’t Die,” “Compton’s in the House (Remix),” “Approach to Danger,” “Chin Check,” and “If It Ain’t Ruff.”

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AND T.I. STAY ON TOP WITH ‘MY LOVE’

Justin Timberlake topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for the second consecutive week with his hit song “My Love,” featuring T.I. The track also held onto the Number One slot on the Pop 100 and Hot Digital Songs charts. Timberlake said that the song has a cool rhythm and beat because of the production work of Timbaland: “The way the beat is inlaid underneath the vocals, it becomes a percussive ballad. The closest reference I could come up with is, interestingly enough, another Timbaland production, which was ‘Are You That Somebody’ by Aaliyah. That’s the first time I had heard a ballad sound like it had so much rhythm to it.”

Timberlake kicks off his tour on January 8th in San Diego, California.

“My Love” appears on Timberlake’s new album, FutureSex/LoveSounds.

NATALIE COLE TO HEADLINE CAYMAN JAZZ FEST

Eight-time Grammy-winner Natalie Cole has been tapped as the headline act at this year’s Cayman Jazz Festival. The festival is slated for November 30th through December 2nd. Also on the bill are smooth jazz saxophonist Boney James and singer Jeffrey Osborne. This is the third annual jazz festival at the island getaway; for more info, visit http://www.caymanislands.ky/jazzfest

Cole is currently on both the Smooth Jazz and Urban A/C charts with her cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Daydreamin.”

VANESSA WILLIAMS KEEPS HER ‘EXES’ CLOSE

Singer Vanessa Williams has gone through two high-profile divorces….but she’s determined not to let them define her for the rest of her life. Williams’ first break-up was with Ramon Hervey, father to her oldest three kids. That was followed by marriage to — and later, a split from — former L.A. Lakers’ player Rick Fox, by whom she has her youngest daughter, Sasha. Williams told Parade magazine, “I was shocked both times…but I think eventually it helped me to feel more OK…and not take things personally. It made me realize you can’t control someone else’s dreams…”

Williams adds that both men are still part of her family life: “We go to church together. We have holidays together. There’s no ‘Oh my God, Mom and Dad are in the same room. I never wanted that to happen.” She admits it took some work to get to this point: “There were times when I was emotionally not as progressive as I am now…But I’ve been through the pain…At this point in my life, I feel settled.”

Williams appears on the upcoming Dave Koz project, At the Movies.

She also has a TV hit on her hands with the ABC comedy, Ugly Betty. Williams plays a diva-like magazine editor. But Williams cautions that the term “diva” shouldn’t be thrown around: “A diva to me is an earned position. I don’t think you can be young with no experience, have an attitude, and be considered a diva. I think you have to have some mileage and have some type of talent to merit being called a diva. Then you can have the behavior of getting stuff that’s deserved.”

PATTI AUSTIN DOES GERSHWIN

Following up her 2002 Grammy-nominated CD For Ella, singer Patti Austin is set to pay tribute to another American classic, George Gershwin. Avant-Gershwin will be released by Rendezvous Entertainment next March. On Monday, November 13th, she’ll be performing “Lady Be Good” from the album as part of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s tribute to Gershwin.

Austin appears on the critically-acclaimed project, Ray Sings, Basie Swings and on the new Luther Vandross tribute, Forever, For Always, For Luther, Vol. II. I asked her if she does anything in particular to safeguard her wonderful instrument: her voice. She said: “Years ago a friend of mine said to me, ‘You know, one day you’re gonna get out of bed and it ain’t gonna just happen like it does now!’ (laughs). I was in my 20s at the time and this guy was a great tenor and also a teacher, and also very funny. And we used to call him Uncle Buster. And Uncle Buster told me the truth! And he said, ‘You’ve gotta start doing some yoga and you’ve gotta learn how to breathe and if you do that you’ll have chops when all others are coughing and wheezing (laughs) on the sidelines.’”

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MICHAEL TO PERFORM THRILLER

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Morning Show Update

November 13, 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.

FREE GOSPEL CONCERT THIS SUNDAY

GOSPEL CONCERT AT SALEM BAPTIST IN MINNEAPOLIS

Join Z 1470 Totally Gospel Radio as Freddie Bell Presents a Thanksgiving Celebration of our Over the Rainbow Capital Campaign!

The gospel concert takes place on Sunday November 19th, at
5 o’clock at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis.

The fund raising event to support KZTG’s radio ministries stars James Greer and Company

Excelsior, Gregg Washington and the Voices of Praise of Greater Friendship Baptist Church and Sara Renner. More great Gospel Performers will be added as the date approaches.

The Gospel Concert also features special presentations from area Pastors and Totally Gospel Radio Host, Freddie Bell!

Mark your calendars now and plan to join Totally Gospel Sunday, November 19th for a hand waving, foot tappin, God Praisin’ event.

The Gospel Concert is free and includes a freewill offering designed to support Totally gospel’s radio ministries.

Bring the entire family and be blessed by the music… as Freddie Bell Presents, a Thanksgiving Celebration of KZTG’s Over the Rainbow Capital Campaign!

The concert starts promptly at 5pm, Sunday, November 19th at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, in Minneapolis where the Reverend Jerry MacAfee is pastor.

Call totally Gospel, 952-820-8500 for more details.

MICHAEL JACKSON TO RETURN WITH ‘THRILLER’ PERFORMANCE

Michael Jackson will start his comeback with a rare public appearance at the World Music Awards on November 15th in London. According to the Associated Press, the 48-year-old pop star is expected to perform “Thriller” from his 1982 hit album of the same name. He’s also set to receive a Diamond Award, an honor given to artists who sell more than 100 million albums.

Jackson last performed in Britain in 1997.

He’s been living in Bahrain and Ireland since being acquitted of child molestation charges in June 2005. Jackson has been working on a new album and recently recorded some material with Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas. “Thriller” scored eight Grammy Awards and became one of the best-selling albums of all time.

Lindsay Lohan is scheduled to host this year’s World Music Awards, with performances by Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and others.

Previous recipients of the Diamond Award include Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion.

JANET JACKSON WANTS TO DO MOVIES AGAIN SOMEDAY

Janet Jackson recently revealed that she wants to get into films again soon, telling Hollywood Life magazine, “I get scripts to read and I’d love to make more movies, but the music, the tours, they take up so much time. I’ll do more movies someday.” In the mean time, Jackson is busy promoting her new album, 20 Y.O. She’s also setting her sights on moving to Miami, saying “I’m a water person. And Miami seems like it would be perfect for me.”

Jackson said that she has a “chameleon” personality, explaining, “Part of me is a family girl, part of me is wild. I’m a tomboy in most things, but I’m girly sometimes, too. I like wearing men’s suits and I like wearing high heels that defy gravity.”

Jackson has starred in the films Poetic Justice and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps.

ARETHA FRANKLIN RECORDS DUET FOR UPCOMING BOBBY KENNEDY ASSASSINATION FILM

Aretha Franklin has teamed up with hip hop star Mary J. Blige on a duet, which will be featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming film Bobby. The new Franklin-Blige duet, “Never Gonna Break My Faith,” was written by Bryan Adams. The movie was directed by Emilio Estevez, and is based on events surrounding the 1968 assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy.

Billboard reported that, in addition to the new duet, the film’s soundtrack includes such ’60s hits as Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sounds Of Silence,” Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar,” Stevie Wonder’s “I Was Made To Love Her,” and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles’ “Tracks Of My Tears.”

Also included on the soundtrack is a version of the Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie” sung by Demi Moore, who co-stars in the film.

Bobby opens nationwide on November 23rd.

Aretha Franklin will next perform on tomorrow in New York City at the Hammerstein Ballroom to benefit the National Marfan Foundation. Marfan syndrome affects an estimated 200,000 Americans of all races and genders annually.

GRAMMY NOMINATIONS COMING NEXT MONTH

Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige, Ludacris, Evanescence’s Amy Lee, Rascal Flatts, James Blunt, Chris Brown, Josh Groban, Corinne Bailey Rae and KT Tunstall have been tapped to announce the upcoming Grammy nominations in Los Angeles on December 7th. Winners will be revealed at the 49th annual Grammy Awards, set for February 11th.

BILL COSBY SETTLES SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWSUIT

Comedian Bill Cosby has reached an out-of- court settlement with an acquaintance who accused him of sexual assault. The terms of the agreement are confidential, according to the woman’s lawyers, and it’s believed that both parties settled to avoid the public spectacle of a trial.

Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, alleged that Cosby drugged her with pills after a dinner party in January 2004, and then sexually assaulted her inside his Cheltenham, Pennsylvania mansion. Cosby’s camp has steadfastly denied Constand’s story, saying that the only thing Cosby gave her was Benadryl when she complained of stress and sleeping problems.

Constand went after Cosby in civil court because the Montgomery County district attorney’s office didn’t file criminal charges against Cosby.

Had the case gone to trial, several other women were expected to testify about similar run-ins with Cosby.

NEW DENZEL WASHINGTON BOOK PAYS TRIBUTE TO HIS MENTORS

Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington is sharing part of the secret to his success: the people that inspired him as a kid. In the new book A Hand to Guide Me, Washington recalls a wide range of adults who forced him to “think big,” including a counselor at the Boys Club in his hometown of Mt. Vernon, New York; his high school English teacher, who had students read The New York Times each morning; and, a barber at the shop where he earned money by sweeping floors. Washington sums up their impact by writing, “We all have the potential to help out and inspire young people and to make an impression upon them.”

The book is a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and includes essays by 70 other celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Clinton and New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Washington notes, “It’s a celebration of the people behind the people, those who don’t get the recognition, but who influence [the leaders] of the world.”

Washington turns 52 next month. While promoting his latest movie Deja Vu, he said his milestone 50th birthday reminded him to continue to practice simple life tenants: “Turning 50 made me realize that this is not the dress rehearsal. I was already sort of in that mindset before that but it really hit home that to enjoy every day, to try to lead and live a good life, a healthy life, and keep things simple.”

Deja Vu opens November 22nd.

NBA STAR CHRIS WEBBER LAUNCHES FAMILY-THEMED RESTAURANTS

The Philadelphia 76ers Chris Webber has announced plans to open six family themed restaurants called Center Court with C Webb. Allhiphop.com reports that grand opening for the first restaurant is scheduled for November 14th in Sacramento, California, and the restaurant will be available to the public the following day.

Webber, who has been developing the idea with Dudum Sports and Entertainment for over two years, said in a released statement, “I’m happy to be opening what will be an immensely successful and popular restaurant’s that families can enjoy together.”

Jeff Dudum of Dudum Sports and Entertainment added, “I am excited that Chris chose to begin our partnership of unique basketball restaurants in Sacramento, where he spent many successful seasons.”

In related news, Webber, who was once an aspiring rapper, has hooked up with Nas. Webber produced a song on Nas’ upcoming album, Hip Hop is Dead…The N, which hits stores next month.

REGINA KING DIVORCE GETTING UGLY

The divorce between Miss Congeniality 2 co- star Regina King and her husband Ian Alexander is anything but congenial. The New York Post reports that the two are exchanging accusations that include “physical abuse, drug use, and extramarital affairs.” King and Alexander, a music executive, have been married more than nine years and have one son.

King is currently working on the Boondocks animated series and was also a voice in the kids movie, The Ant Bully. Her next film is Year Of The Dog, a comedy about a secretary whose life changes in unexpected ways when her pooch passes away.

King’s other credits include Jerry Maguire, Ray, Daddy Day Care, and Legally Blonde 2.

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GERALD LEVERT DIES

GERALD LEVERT PASSES

NEW YORK — Gerald Levert, the fiery singer of passionate R&B love songs and the son of O’Jays singer Eddie Levert, died on Friday. He was 40.

His label, Atlantic Records, confirmed that Levert died at his home in Cleveland, Ohio.

“All of us at Atlantic are shocked and deeply saddened by his untimely death. He was one of the greatest voices of our time, who sang with unmatched soulfulness and power, as well as a tremendously gifted composer and an accomplished producer,” the statement read.

Dan Bomeli, public relations manager at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center in suburban Cleveland, said Levert had been brought to the hospital. Bomeli said Levert had died but he had no further details.

Over his two-decade music career, Levert sold millions of albums and had numerous R&B hits.

Levert first gained fame in 1986 as a member of the R&B trio LeVert, which also included his brother, Sean, and childhood friend Marc Gordon. They quickly racked up hits like “(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind,” “Casanova,” and “Baby I’m Ready.”

But Gerald Levert’s voice — powerful and soulful, almost a carbon copy of his father’s — was always the focal point, and in 1991, he made his solo debut with the album “Private Line,” which included a hit duet with his dad, “Baby Hold on to Me.” His father also recorded the successful album “Father & Son.”

Levert was known for his sensual, romantic songs, but unlike a Luther Vandross, whose voice and songs were more genteel, Levert’s music was explosive and raw — his 2002 album was titled “The G Spot.”

Though Levert was successful as a solo singer, in 1997 he got into group mode again — joining with R&B singers Johnny Gill and Keith Sweat for the supergroup of LSG. The self-titled album sold more than two million copies, and their hits included the sensual “My Body.” Levert also worked with other artists as a songwriter and producer.

His most recent album was 2005′s “Voices.”

Levert had four children.

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