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Morning Show Update

January 31, 2007

Welcome to the Update

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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.

SNOOP DOGG SAYS IT WAS HARD TO GET DR. DRE ON NEW ALBUM

Snoop Dogg’s latest album, Blue Carpet Treatment, features a smash collaboration between the rapper, his mentor Dr. Dre, and crooner D’Angelo. According to Snoop Dogg, the song almost didn’t make the album because of Dr. Dre. Snoop Dogg told MTV.com, “I had to basically fight him, get in a sword fight with him, a 12 o’clock shootout. Then when I got the song from him, he called me the last couple of days before the record was coming out and said, ‘I don’t like the record and I don’t want it to come out.’ Come on, cuz.”

Dr. Dre’s reluctance may be partially due to the fact that he’s almost done with his new album, DeTox, and likes to focus on one project at a time. Snoop Dogg explained, “I understand what he’s saying. He’s getting ready for his record. ‘I’m not trying to let nothing out until it’s my turn.’ He’s not like a regular artist who can be on five or six records at one time. If he’s on a project, he’s on a project. I had to go in there and move things around, because he was actually mixing Jay-Z’s record. … But we got it together. It’s some of my greatest work. And I’m so honored to have him on my project.”

“Imagine” may be the next single and video from the Blue Carpet Treatment.

JAY-Z TO HELP RELAUNCH CHERRY COKE

Jay-Z used his marketing skills to become a hip hop mogul. Now corporate America is hoping the rapper can help bring some magic to their brands. Jay-Z already has agreements with GMC, Hewlett Packard, and Budweiser to help market their products, and now he’s entered into an agreement to help re-launch Cherry Coke.

Brand Week reports that Jay-Z will help design the can and the television commercials, in addition to appearing at the re-launch of the Cherry Coke brand on February 7th during New York’s Fashion Week.

The new can will feature a cityscape design and a Jay-Z song will be used as the music for the new commercial.

Rocawear CMO Jameel Spencer told Brand Week, “It’s his new opportunity to expand his standing in the business world. Besides just recording, he’s making TV commercials and campaigns for brands . . .who is better than Coke? They’re the biggest…His role is helping brands not get it wrong the way McDonald’s did with African Americans rapping about French fries… There’s a reassurance that they won’t appear like an out-of- touch uncle trying to act cool.”

JOHN LEGEND SAYS COLLABORATING NOT AS EASY NOW

Singer and songwriter John Legend is enjoying the status of a superstar these days. With Grammy awards and platinum-plus sales for his 2003 debut album, Get Lifted, and Grammy nominations and more acclaim for his sophomore follow-up, Once Again, Legend has a musical magic touch that is much in demand by other artists who want to collaborate with the hit maker.

After getting his start as a featured player on Kanye West’s projects, Legend has clearly established his own sound and style. Asked whether he’s fielding an increasing number of requests from other artists for his musical skills, Legend noted that his success as a solo artist has upped the ante.

He said: “Before I was just with Kanye, and he would have me play piano or sing background or sometimes sing a featured hook. But most of the time it was more like, really, truly like session musician stuff. And I was just doing that to pay the bills. Whereas now, someone calls me and they want me to write the song and be featured on it and they want to use my name to sell the record, which is a completely different kind of thing. And it’s a lot more expensive too.”

Legend is nominated for three awards at this year’s Grammy ceremonies: best male pop performance for “Save Room”; best male R&B performance for “Heaven”; and best R&B duo or group performance for “Family Affair” with Joss Stone and Van Hunt. He is also slated to perform with John Mayer and Corinne Bailey Rae on the February 11th Grammy telecast.

SUNSHINE ANDERSON RELEASES LONG AWAITED SOPHOMORE SET

R&B singer Sunshine Anderson finally released her sophomore album, Sunshine At Midnight, last Tuesday, January 23rd. The first single from the project is “Something I Wanna Give You.” The new album features production by Mike City, Raphael Saadiq, Warren Campbell, Walter Mislap, Nottz, and Dr. Dre.

Anderson released her gold debut album, Your Woman, in 2001, which included the breakthrough hit “Heard It All Before.” But the singer grew impatient during the Atlantic and Warner Brothers merger and was granted a release in 2003. In 2004 she landed a new deal with Mathew Knowles’ Music World Entertainment and has been hard at work on the new album ever since.

Anderson explained why she decided to release the new album during the first quarter. She said: “You need your own lane you know? After this many years, you know I just want my own lane, you know? I like the fact that ain’t nothing else out here for you but for you to listen to, you know what I mean?”

Anderson also shared that she’s been listening to the competition and was able to find a few things she liked. The singer said: “You know I’ve been looking and I found a couple now. You know I found a couple little albums that I can you know… Just a couple that I can put in and let them ride you know. But I feel like you know there’s something that I can add, you know?”

PARIS BENNETT LOOKING FORWARD TO DEBUT ALBUM RELEASE

Singer and former American Idol contestant Paris Bennett is eagerly anticipating the release of her debut album, Princess P. The title is actually her longtime nickname, and the album finds the third-generation vocalist exercising her songwriting skills as well as her formidable pipes. The leadoff single is the tune “Ordinary Love.”

The granddaughter of Grammy winner Ann Nesby and the daughter of Sounds Of Blackness singer Jamecia Bennett, 18- year-old Paris says she wanted her first album to focus on the issues facing young women her age, which is why she had a hand in writing the material. She told me: “On my album, everything is me. From talking about my mom being a single mother and me not having a dad, to my dad not being around, me getting rid of negative influences and things like that that were holding me back. Me having relationship problems, even to ‘Ordinary Love,’ my new single, me having a guy friend and even to the point where I wanted him to be a soul mate.”

Bennett’s single goes to radio this week. The album Princess P will be released March 13th on 306 Entertainment.

TONI BRAXTON MOVES SUIT AGAINST MANAGER TO NEW YORK STATE

Singer Toni Braxton has moved her breach of contract lawsuit against former manager Barry Hankerson and his Blackground Records to New York State, according to a press release from her attorneys, withdrawing the filing made January 12th in federal court.

Peter L. Haviland, trial counsel for Ms. Braxton, said he had decided that New York State court was the most appropriate and expeditious venue for the action. “We think this is the fastest route to getting Toni Braxton free and clear of Barry Hankerson,” said Haviland, “since we avoid wasting time on any possible dispute over federal jurisdiction of her claims.”

Braxton claims that Hankerson interfered with her relationship with Arista Records, and is guilty of a conflict of interest and fraud when he caused the Grammy winner to leave Arista Records and join Hankerson’s own label, Blackground. Braxton wants out of her Blackground contract and seeks $10 million in damages.

Meanwhile, Braxton served as a celebrity co-host on the ABC talk show The View on Monday (January 29th), which included a discussion of autism, a condition her youngest son has been diagnosed with.

The singer recently earned a Trumpet Award for Excellence in Entertainment at ceremonies held January 22nd in Las Vegas, where she continues to perform in Toni Braxton: Revealed at the Flamingo Hotel through March.

REALITY SERIES WITH LATOYA JACKSON AS A POLICE ACADEMY TRAINEE IS CANCELLED

NATALIE COLE ON ‘STUDIO 60′ WITH HUMANITARIAN TWIST

Grammy-nominated artist Natalie Cole is set to appear on NBC’s series Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip on February 5th. The artist, who has also had several acting roles, will appear on the drama’s show-within-a-show to perform the Bacharach-David tune “I Say A Little Prayer.” The performance represents a subtle but vital link to a humanitarian cause.

The classic tune was reproduced for Cole by Mark Feist and Damon Sharp. The tune is part of a campaign by the faith-based company Good News Holdings launching of its Save My Life program, which raises funds and awareness for African children affected and infected by AIDS.

On Studio 60, Cole performs at a fictitious ceremony for Catholics in Media, which honors one of the show’s Christian characters, according to Billboard.

For more information on the initiative, go to SaveMyLife.org, where Cole’s version of the song is available for download with proceeds going to the organization.

Cole is Grammy nominated this year in the best traditional R&B performance category for her version of “Day Dreaming” from her 2006 album Leavin’. She already possesses eight Grammy trophies.

POLICE RECOMMEND MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE FOR BRANDY

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recommended that singer-actress Brandy Norwood be charged with vehicular manslaughter for a December car crash that left one woman dead. An investigation concluded that the Moesha star was responsible for plowing her Land Rover into a car that had stopped in front of her on a Los Angeles freeway. The impact sent the car and its driver, Awatef Aboudihaj, into other lanes of traffic, where they hit another car and were smashed by a fourth vehicle. Aboudihaj died a short time later of blunt force injuries.

Brandy was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the accident happened, and she has apologized to the Aboudihaj’s family for the unintentional death.

The case is now in the hands of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, which is reviewing the evidence and deciding whether or not to press charges. A misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a fine.

CIARA TALKS ABOUT BOW WOW SPLIT IN VIBE

Ciara talks about her split with Bow Wow — who allegedly cheated on the singer with a stripper — in the current issues of Vibe magazine. She says, “Guys mature much slower than females. There are a lot of things guys have to experience before becoming a man. We have the mentality that a person will move at the same pace that we do. Unfortunately, it’s not like that.” Ciara’s father, Carlton Harris — who grew close with Bow Wow during the relationship — adds, “I’m not going to sit here and tell you Bow Wow was a bad person. But some things happened between those two that Ciara didn’t like and when it was time to cut it off, she cut it off.” Ciara says she learned a lesson all women should heed from the experience. “You can be caught up in a situation where you loose control over yourself. You start to sacrifice your morals and your values. You depreciate. A woman is a prize. A lot of times, guys abuse that.” Bow Wow apparently sees the error of his ways — he recently told a New York radio station, “If I was to get back with anybody, it would probably be with her. It wouldn’t be nobody else.”

PRODUCERS OF ‘AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES’ TO OFFER SERIES SLOT TO NON-CELEBRITY

Last year’s PBS special African American Lives has proven so popular with viewers that producers are putting together a second season for February 2008, with host and author Dr. Henry Louis Gates. Due to overwhelming response, the producers are planning to launch an essay contest, where the winner will also have his or her roots traced back to Africa.

The four-part series traced the lineage of several prominent African Americans, including Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones, Chris Tucker, and Gates himself. Research tapped genealogy records, oral history, family stories and DNA analysis.

Appearing on Charlie Rose this week, Gates — a professor of African American studies at Harvard University — said people constantly stop him on the street to comment about African American Lives. “And they all say, ‘You know, brother, I love this series. I hope you’re doing another.'”

Reps from Kunhardt Productions in Chappaqua, N.Y., confirmed to The Boston Globe that an essay contest will be launched sometime this spring in major African American media outlets.

The next cycle of African American lives will also focus on the roots of Morgan Freeman, Beyonce, Tina Turner, and the Rev. Peter Gomes from Harvard.

Gates is currently on a book tour to promote Finding Oprah’s Roots, Finding Your Own, a companion book to the PBS program Oprah’s Roots: An African American Lives Special that premiered last Wednesday.

SUPER BOWL ANALYST GIVES INDIANAPOLIS EDGE OVER CHICAGO

The Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears have all arrived in Miami and are practicing, meeting the press, and getting ready for their Super Bowl showdown this weekend. The Bears arrived Sunday night (January 28th) and the Colts came into town last night (January 29th). Both teams face legions of journalists today (January 30th) at the event’s annual “media day” taking place at Dolphin Stadium.

The Bears are seven point underdogs going into Sunday’s (February 4th) match, and the spread is partly due to speculation that the Colts have a stronger team under quarterback Peyton Manning than the Bears do with QB Rex Grossman. CBS Sports analyst Shannon Sharpe is predicting a Colts victory, and told me it’s because the AFC (American Football Conference) is a stronger league than the Bears’ NFC (National Football Conference): “I think from a quarterback standpoint, even for a talent standpoint, if you take the top three players for every position, you’d be hard pressed to find that there’s three better players in the NFC then at the AFC. Talent for talent, I think the AFC is more talented. That’s why the AFC really dominated the NFC in play this year, because the AFC, I think, has more talent than the NFC.”

Super Bowl XLI (41) kicks off Sunday (February 4th) at 6:25 p.m. Eastern on CBS. Pre- game coverage runs on CBS for several hours prior to that.

T.R. KNIGHT TIRED OF ‘GREY’S ANATOMY’ DRAMA

The recent brouhaha over Isaiah Washington’s slur against Grey’s Anatomy cast member T.R. Knight is claiming a victim, and it’s not Washington. Apparently it’s Knight, who wants off the show because he can’t stand the tension on the set. A source told MSNBC that the actor “feels that the atmosphere there is so toxic and unhealthy” that he can’t continue playing Dr. George O’ Malley.

Knight was forced to publicly admit he was gay after Washington’s words made news in October. Knight’s reps say reports of his departure are false, but MSNBC’s source said he’s “so upset by about the situation and disgusted by how it was all handled, that he’s planning to leave the show.”

On a related note, one of Washington’s former co- stars says the actor is an equal opportunity offender. Madeline McCray worked alongside Washington on a production of Fences, and said Washington once lost his temper and punched a straight, black actor on the project. McCray told the New York Daily News, “Isaiah’s not anti- gay; he’s a hothead. It’s that his anger leads him to say and do things he wishes he hadn’t.”

Washington is currently enrolled in a 30-day anger management program. His treatment prevented him from attending this weekend’s SAG Awards, where Grey’s Anatomy won the prize for best ensemble cast in a dramatic series.

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Black History Fact

In 1961, “Pony Time” by Chubby Checker entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1961, “Spanish Harlem” by Ben E. King entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1961, “The Hoochi Coochi Coo” by Hank Ballard & the Limeliters peaked at Number 23 on the pop chart.
In 1961, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” by the Shirelles peaked at Number One on the pop chart.
In 1965, “The Name Game” by Shirley Ellis peaked at Number Three on the pop chart.
In 1965, “My Girl” by the Temptations entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1965, “Can You Jerk Like Me” by the Contours peaked at Number 47 on the pop chart.
In 1965, “Come On Do The Jerk” by the Miracles peaked at Number 50 on the pop chart.
In 1965, “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You” by Marvin Gaye peaked at Number Six on the pop chart.
In 1974, “I’ve Got To Use My Imagination” by Gladys Knight & the Pips was certified gold.
In 1980, “No More Tears” by Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer was released.
In 1982, “Mirror, Mirror” by Diana Ross entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1982, “That Girl” by Stevie Wonder entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1986, the album Ready For The World by Ready For The World was certified platinum.
In 1992, the album Diamonds And Pearls by Prince & the New Power Generation was certified double platinum.
In 1993, “Don’t Walk Away” by Jade entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1993, “Give It Up, Turn It Loose” by En Vogue peaked at Number 15 on the pop chart.
In 1993, “Saving Forever For You” by Shanice peaked at Number Four on the pop chart.
In 1995, the album Crazy, Sexy, Cool by TLC was certified double platinum.
In 1996, the album Mr. Smith by L.L. Cool J was certified platinum.
In 1999, Janet Jackson ended her yearlong Velvet Rope world tour with a sold-out concert at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

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Celebrity Birthdays

Charles Dutton, actor and director (Roc), 56
Dexter King, son of the late Martin Luther King, Jr., 46
William King, member of the Commodores, 58
Donnie Simpson, former host of Video Soul, 53
Jody Watley, R&B singer and member of Shalamar, 48
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Words To the Wise

Keep Your Head in the Game
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Contact Information
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Minneapolis, MN 55439
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Morning Show Update

January 31, 2007

Welcome to the Update
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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.

UNCF EVENING OF STARS TRIBUTE TO ARETHA FRANKLIN
Who saw the telecast? What were your thoughts?

NATALIE COLE TO SIGN GRAMMY FOUNDATION’S HARMONY PIANO

Eight-time Grammy winner Natalie Cole will be in Los Angeles this Thursday, February 1st, to give a special private concert for hundreds of Los Angeles schoolchildren at the Music Box at the Fonda Theater as part of Grammy Week festivities. The concert will be capped with a special signing ceremony, where Cole and singer-songwriter Josh Kelley will be the final artists to sign a special six-foot concert piano known as the Hilton Harmony Piano.
The piano already boasts110 celebrity signatures, each representing a $1,000 donation to the Grammy Foundation to help music education in schools. The piano has already raised more than $100,000 for the foundation.
The Hilton Harmony Piano has been on a nine-city tour since just before last year’s Grammy Awards ceremony, when Hilton Hotels and the Recording Academy launched the Harmony Tour program, bringing the issue of music education to the attention of GRAMMY performers, nominees and presenters. Artists who appeared on last year’s telecast were the first to sign the special piano. The instrument then went to several cities as the centerpiece of music education programs for young people, with local musicians conducting the sessions and adding their signatures.
In March, after the piano’s appearance at this year’s Grammy Week events, Hilton plans to auction off the invaluable collector’s item. All proceeds will go to the Grammy Foundation’s music education programs.
Cole’s most recent album was last year’s Leavin’, which earned her another Grammy nomination in the best R&B female performance category for her version of “Day Dreaming.”

SAG AWARDS GO TO OSCAR FAVORITES HELEN MIRREN, FOREST WHITAKER

The 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out last night (January 28th) to people and projects that’ve fared very well this awards show season. The Queen’s Helen Mirren, Last King Of Scotland’s Forrest Whitaker, Ugly Betty’s America Ferrera, and House doctor Hugh Laurie added SAG trophies to their growing collections, as did Dreamgirls’ Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson, and 30 Rock’s Alec Baldwin.

MICHAEL JACKSON MAKES HIS WAY BACK TO THE U.S.

Michael Jackson has returned to the United States after living in Bahrain, France and Ireland for the past year and a half. According to the Associated Press, the Gloved One is also set to appear at two “fan appreciation events” in Japan this March. Fans hoping to score a ticket to one of the appearances will have to shell out $3,300. Jackson said he wanted to visit Japan because of the large fan base he has there, saying, “My friends and fans in Japan have been so supportive of me and my family for many, many years. My fans in Japan helped me achieve historic milestones in the music industry.”
Jackson is also working on a new album with Akon and Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas.

FOREST WHITAKER SAYS ‘SCOTLAND’ STILL NOT HIS BEST WORK

While Forest Whitaker is receiving awards and praise across the board for his portrayal of Ugandan leader Adi Amin in The Last King Of Scotland, with many critics calling it his finest screen work ever, the 45-year-old Oscar nominee isn’t worried about trying to top himself. In fact, he says that he has just finally gotten to a place where he has a handle on the craft of acting.
Whitaker has earned the Golden Globe as well as several critics’ association awards for the role. In addition to his Oscar nomination, he has been nominated by the NAACP Image Awards and the Screen Actors Guild for his work in the film.
Whitaker told reporters recently that his best work is still to come: “I got so many things, characters I haven’t played, I can’t tell you. I mean, with the right script, with the right character, I’m gonna do my best work coming up. Because I just figured out really, I think, how to do my work, really, recently, over the last few years. I mean, I feel proud of some of the things, but I just really just figured it out, I think, a little bit. I want to see what happens.”
Whitaker currently appears in a featured guest spot on the long-running TV series ER, and has wrapped filming on the ensemble indie feature The Air I Breathe, as well as the thriller Vantage Point, both due later this year. He is also voicing one of the Wild Things in the animated Where The Wild Things Are, due in 2008.

OPRAH WINFREY CHOOSES SIDNEY POITIER MEMOIR FOR BOOK CLUB

Oprah Winfrey has chosen the first Book Club title for the new season of her top-rated TV talk show, the first book she has put her stamp on since last year’s fiasco surrounding James Frey’s not-so-truthful memoir A Million Little Pieces. This time, Winfrey turned to her old friend and idol Sidney Poitier, and his autobiography The Measure Of A Man.
The Oscar winning actor’s memoir was originally published in 2000, and spent several weeks on The New York Times’ best sellers list. The audio edition, narrated by Poitier, won a Grammy Award for best spoken word album. Poitier wrote a previous memoir, “This Life,” released in 1980.
“He writes really candidly and passionately about his childhood, his family, relationships and his extraordinary career,” Winfrey said on her show. “It’s a beautifully crafted book, written like poetry. Because, just as he speaks so eloquently, he also writes that way, too.”
Winfrey promised viewers that the book will be discussed on a special future edition of the show, featuring “a once in a lifetime dinner party” with Poitier that will include members of her book club.

COMMON WORKED HARD TO GET ‘SMOKIN’ ACES’ RIGHT

Smokin’ Aces is the kind of movie that has familiar faces around every corner. It’s cast includes Ben Affleck, Andy Garcia, Ryan Reynolds, Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, and Arrested Development’s Jason Bateman. Music industry players Alicia Keys and Common also thrown into that melange, and Common said they helped each other through the unfamiliar process of moviemaking: “We just helped each other. We talked about being new at it. We talked about even just working on characters and going through and acting some of the similarities that acting has with music. And just really, we just made each other comfortable, more than anything, just sat and talked.”
Keys plays a lesbian hit woman in Smokin’ Aces and Common plays the bodyguard to Piven’s volatile magician. Smokin’ Aces was Common’s first movie role, and he said he took it on because the script caught his attention: “I used to get my scripts and be like, I read the little scenes that I gotta do for the audition and that’s it. But this script was so interesting to me, the way it was written, the way it flowed, it felt like music to me.”
Common continues his newfound cinematic ways later this year in the Russell Crowe/Denzel Washington drama, American Gangster.

THIS WEEKEND’S TOP TEN MOVIES – JANUARY 26-28

1. Epic Movie, $19.2 million

2. Smokin’ Aces, $14.3 million

3. Night at the Museum, $9.5 million

4. Catch and Release, $8 million

5. Stomp the Yard, $7.8 million

6. Dreamgirls, $6.6 million

7. The Pursuit of Happyness, $5 million

8. Pan’s Labyrinth, $4.5 million

9. The Queen, $4 million

10. The Hitcher, $3.6 million

ENTERTAINMENT QUICKIES

Shaquille O`Neal put his police skills to use early Sunday. The Miami Heat`s All-Star center is a reserve officer with the Miami Beach Police Department. He followed a driver who allegedly crashed into his Cadillac Escalade and tried to flee the scene. Shaq and his bodyguard (Jerome Crawford) followed the driver for about five minutes. When the driver, (18-year-old Emmnueo Cibrin of Tampa), stopped near a gas station, Shaq approached the car and summoned a nearby police officer. The incident happened around 4 a.m., shortly after the Heat got home from a Saturday game in Chicago. O`Neal was helping Crawford, a team security official, unload luggage outside Crawford`s home in Miami`s Coconut Grove neighborhood when the accident occurred. O`Neal said that he followed proper police protocol during the chase, including pursuing at a safe distance and speed. He contacted police officers along the way.

“Dreamgirls,” recently received eight Oscar nominations, and it may be headed back to the Broadway stage. Dreamgirls composer Henry Krieger says that a meeting is being held next month to discuss a Broadway revival of the 1981 musical. He says, “We’re going to figure out how to do this. We think it’s time. All is good.” There’s no word yet on whether any of the film’s stars will be asked to continue their roles on the Great White Way.

Motown mess Diana Ross is set to focus on her famous style in a new picture book. She studied design at college, has kept all the outfits she has worn throughout her career and now plans to show them off in a new book. Diana says, “I was thinking of doing a book and putting them all in – like a style book. It`s time.”

Jay-Z just moved into a new place on one of the uppermost levels of the 90-story Trump World Tower. It`s a steal at only 65 grand a month ($780,000 per year). The sprawling apartment is one floor above Derek Jeter`s swinging bachelor pad. (Be very worried, Beyoncé.) It`s a record rent for the 14-room condo, which includes soaring ceilings, two fireplaces, five bedrooms, five baths, two powder rooms, a gourmet kitchen, a library, maid`s quarters and unobstructed views in all directions. The steel-and-glass building features a large full-service health club and spa with an indoor pool, a wine cellar, a residents-only garden and room service from the trendy Japanese restaurant Megu.

Investigators decided that car malfunction did not play a part in the car crash that Brandy, was involved in last month. She reportedly caused the accident when she hit another care on a Los Angeles freeway, leaving one woman dead. Brandy was not hurt or arrested, but could still be found at fault or criminally negligent. One police rep says Brandy obviously started the crash, but has been “fantastically cooperative” with the police. Investigators will spend the next few days sifting through evidence from the scene and conducting more interviews before turning the case over to the Los Angeles City Attorney`s Office for review.

Retiring NFL player Curtis Martin has reportedly started dating Teresa Caldwell, the mother of Bow Wow. Martin and Caldwell have been friends and business partners for more than 5 years, but insiders say they have recently started a romantic relationship. No word on how serious the relationship is at this point.

GOSPEL CENTRAL: Fantasia felt the spirit at ‘Celebration of Gospel’

Singer Fantasia was one of the many special guests who appeared on BET’s annual Celebration of Gospel special, which premiered Sunday on the network. The former American Idol champion, who is currently promoting her sophomore album, Fantasia, said that the event is close to her heart because she grew up in the church and honed her singing skills on gospel music.
The event also drew gospel stars such as Shirley Caesar, Kirk Franklin, Juanita Bynum, Tye Tribbett, Smokie Norful, and Fred Hammond, and Fantasia says that just being around so much positive spirituality helped center her. She said: “I grew up in church and I can’t ever get away from it. You know, you got everybody coming together that’s so anointed. God had given them these special, special gifts and everybody comes together and share their gifts and celebrate, give God praise, you know. It’s a place where you can come in whatever you’re going through you just let it all out and just worship.”
BET’S Celebration of Gospel ’07 also features host Steve Harvey and guests Coko (SWV), Lil Mo, Dr. Bobby Jones, Yolanda Adams, Blair Underwood, Louis Gossett Jr., and Kelly Price. The special will be rebroadcast tomorrow, January 30th at 8 p.m. ET/PT; and again on Saturday, February 3rd, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Fantasia is in the midst of a nationwide tour. Her next stop is February 1st at Orlando, Florida’s TD Waterhouse Center. For more dates, go to fantasiabarrinoofficial.com.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Was Health Teacher Rightfully Banned from Class Over Male Anatomy Drawings?

A teacher in Yonkers, New York, has been barred from class and the school superintendent is trying to get him fired after he had his seventh-grade students draw male genitalia on the blackboard during health class. Yonkers school spokesperson Jerilynne Fierstein told AP the seventh-grade curriculum calls for lessons in human anatomy and sexuality, but, quote, “as a teacher, you have to be sensitive and you have to look at the age-appropriateness of any activity that you ask a child to do.” Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio said the teacher — who’s name wasn’t made public — had begun his lesson by asking students in his class of boys and girls to volunteer to come to the board to draw male anatomy.

WILL SMITH REACHES INTO BAG OF TRICKS TO KEEP CREW WARM

Oscar-nominated actor and rapper Will Smith was in New York City last week to shoot scenes for his new movie, I Am Legend. On Thursday night, Smith and over 1000 crew members were assembled under the Brooklyn Bridge to shoot a scene when the temperature dropped to eleven degrees. A source told the New York Post’s Page Six, “So he grabs the microphone from the first assistant director and breaks out into a spontaneous rap, leading into a quick rendition of his hit ‘Summertime.'”
The source added, “More than 1,000 extras sang along at the chorus. It was a pretty great moment — everyone was definitely warmed up by it.”
In the movie, Smith plays the last man on Earth uninfected by swarming vampires. The bridge scene, complete with helicopters and ferries, is a flashback of everyone attempting to evacuate Manhattan by getting past a military barricade onto an East River barge. Smith is running for his life with his wife, Sallie Richardson-Whitfield, and their daughter, played by Smith’s real-life daughter Willow.
Smith explained how he selects his film roles. He said: “What I really try to accomplish with the roles is, you know, I’m trying to find the number-one answer — the film that does both things. The film that is a crowd-pleaser, and it can garner some kind of critical acclaim. Which is, I mean, it’s rare to hit that mark, but there are some films that do it, and that’s really what I look for. But more than anything, I want to do different types of films. I enjoy being able to go from Ali to Men In Black II. That kind of range just… The actors that I admire most have that kind of range.”
As for the music industry, Smith explained how the industry has changed. He said: “Rap music in general I think right now is almost in a renaissance period. After the downloading that hit the industry so hard, it sort of relieved the pressure of having to sell 10 million records, ’cause you ain’t gonna sell ten million records. You know, so it sort of relieved that pressure and allowed people to move back to the purity of the artistry.”

MYSTICAL STILL INCARCERATED

While the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed that New Orleans rapper Mystikal was “released” last week, fans of the rapper may be disappointed. Sources close to Mystikal told AllHipHop.com that his “released” status is correct, but that it is related to a federal misdemeanor tax conviction last year. A representative with Jive Records confirmed that Mystikal, born Michael L. Tyler, is still incarcerated and serving a six-year sentence at Louisiana state prison, Elayne Hunt Correctional Facility. Mystikal is serving the time after pleading guilty to extortion and sexual battery charges. The charges stem from an incident in which the 36-year-old rapper forced a woman to perform oral sex on camera, after he caught her writing $80,000 in bogus checks. Yesterday (Jan. 25), a representative with the FBP confirmed with AllHipHop.com that Mystikal was “released,” because he served one year of a different sentence concurrently, after he was convicted in Jan. of 2006 for two misdemeanor tax violations. He was sentenced to the additional year for failing to report almost $2 million in earnings from 1998-1999. Representatives for the rapper said they have been bombarded with phone calls for show and interview requests, since the rumor started spreading last week.

YOUNG BUCK ARRESTED FOR MISSING COURT DATE

Young Buck, whose real name is David Darnell Brown, was arrested on Friday, January 26th, in Nashville, Tennessee, on an outstanding warrant for failing to show up for a court date. The Associated Press reports that Buck was stopped after police noticed his black Cadillac Escalade weaving in and out of traffic near downtown Nashville.
After running his license, officers discovered that he was cited last July for driving with a suspended license and a warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to show up for a court date in relation to the case. The rapper’s current driver’s license was valid.
Buck was booked and then released on $1,000 bond. He’s due back in court on February 27th.
In related news, Buck will release his new album, Buck The World, in March.

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Black History Fact

1908, The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, which was founded at Cornell University in 1906, was incorporated.
1913, Black Americans celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation. Major celebrations were held at Jackson, Mississippi; New Orleans; and Nashville. Three states — Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey — appropriated money for official celebrations of the event.
1913, The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, which was founded at Howard University in 1908, was incorporated.
1926, Violette Neatley Anderson became the first African-American woman admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.
1966, Charles Mahoney, the first black American delegate to the United Nations, died.
1966, “Don’t Mess With Bill” by the Marvelettes entered the Top 40 chart.
1966, “My World Is Empty Without You” by the Supremes entered the Top 40 chart.
1977, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” by Thelma Houston entered the Top 40 chart.
1977, “Car Wash” by Rose Royce peaked at Number One on the pop chart. The song is the theme to the 1976 comedy of the same name.
1977, “Dazz” by Brick peaked at Number Three on the pop chart.
1977, “Hot Line” by the Sylvers peaked at Number Five on the pop chart.
1977, “Open Sesame – Part 1″ by Kool & the Gang peaked at Number 55 on the pop chart.
1977, “Saturday Nite” by Earth, Wind & Fire peaked at Number 21 on the pop chart.
1981, Jazz drummer William R. “Cozy” Cole died. His recording of “Topsy” became the only drum solo to sell more than one million records.
1983, “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson entered the Top 40 chart.
1983, “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye peaked at Number Three on the pop chart.
1983, “Bad Boy” by Ray Parker, Jr. peaked at Number 35 on the pop chart.
1987, Exposure by Expose was released.
1990, Capitol Collectors Series by Nat “King” Cole was released.
1991, South African President Nelson Mandela and Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi held the first talks for almost 30 years between the predominantly Zulu Inkatha and the ethnically mixed African National Congress.
1991, Sharon J. Barnes, a chemist at Dow Chemical, was part of a team of five (two of whom were African-Americans) who were assigned U.S. Patent Number 4,988,211 for an application in Infra-Red Thermography.
1992, Spellbound by Paula Abdul was certified triple platinum.
1992, Unforgettable With Love Natalie Cole by Natalie Cole was certified four-times platinum.
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Celebrity Birthdays

Sharif Atkins, actor (ER, Light It Up), 32
Oprah Winfrey, media tycoon and talk show host, 53
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Words To the Wise
A setback is a setup for a comeback, Willy Jolly
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Contact Information
Freddie Bell
PO Box 390521
Minneapolis, MN 55439
fbellsolidgoldsoul@gmail.com

888-639-9738

JAMES BROWN ESTATE STILL IN TURMOIL

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Morning Show Update

January 29, 2007

Welcome to the Update

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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.

JAY-Z AND DON SHULA TO STAR IN BUD LIGHT SUPER BOWL COMMERCIAL

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Hip hop mogul Jay-Z was named co-brand director for Budweiser Select last October as part of a special partnership between the rapper and Anheuser-Busch. Under the deal, the rapper is responsible for developing marketing plans and advertising campaigns for the brewery. Allhiphop.com reports that Jay-Z will be featured in a Super Bowl commercial opposite legendary Miami Dolphin coach Don Shula. The two men will engage in a chess-like high tech football game that uses holographic imagery.

The clip will air during the Super Bowl, which is scheduled for Sunday, February 4th at 6 p.m. at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The game will air live on CBS.

In related news, Jay-Z may be looking to expand his empire. He already owns two 40/40 sports bars, with several others in various stages of development, and now the New York Post’s Page Six reports that he was given a tour of the Libation nightclub in the Lower East Side of Manhattan by broker Steven Kamali. Jay-Z is thinking about opening up a VIP club in the space.

JERMAINE DUPRI IN TALKS WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP

Rap producer and executive Jermaine Dupri is allegedly in negotiations with the Universal Music Group to land a job as an executive in its Island Def Jam division. The New York Post reports that the talks are still in the early stages, and a role and duties for Dupri have not been determined. If Dupri does accept a job at Island Def Jam he will be reunited with Island Def Jam chairman LA Reid.

Reid and Dupri enjoyed success when Dupri’s So So Def imprint was distributed by Arista Records. The two men also help to guide the career of Usher with Dupri lending his production duties to the singer’s best-selling effort Confessions.

The two have also found success while Reid has been at Island Def Jam. Dupri produced Mariah Carey’s quintuple platinum comeback set, The Emancipation of Mimi.

Dupri left his post as the head of Virgin’s urban music division in October after the disappointing release of his girlfriend Janet Jackson’s latest effort, 20 Y.O.

When Dupri initially took the gig in January 2005, he was pleased with the success of his first signees, Dem Franchize Boyz. He told me: “You know, the Franchize record is the Number One rap record right now, Number One R&B single in the country. It’s my first group signed to Virgin. I’m super-excited because I’m over there now. I know a lot of people didn’t think it was the right move for me, but now they see I had a vision to do what I had to do.”

THREE 6 MAFIA TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN MAY

Academy Award winners Three 6 Mafia are hard at work on a new album, titled Last 2 Walk, which will be released on May 1st. The album features guest appearances by Lupe Fiasco, Paris Hilton, and Justin Timberlake. The first single from the project is “Doe Boy Fresh” featuring Chamillionaire.

In related news, Three 6 Mafia is working on a film project and new reality show. The film project is the third installation in their Choices series, Choices III: The Return of Big Pat, which will be released by Warner Bros.

The television project is an MTV reality show which will be executive produced by Ashton Kutcher. The show is titled, Adventures In Hollywood, and will kick-off with the group and their friends leaving Memphis for Hollywood and greater fame.

It’s expected to premiere later this year.

CONSEQUENCE ISN’T WORRIED ABOUT THE NUMBERS

Rapper Consequence has been signed to Elektra Records, Relativity Records, and Rawkus Records since making his debut on A Tribe Called Quest’s 1996 album, Beats, Rhymes & Life. The rapper even took a day job in-between deals to make ends meet. Now he’s finally set to release his debut solo album, Don’t Quit Your Day Job, on March 6th. The album features guest appearances by Kanye West and John Legend.

Consequence recently explained that he isn’t worried about the numbers. He said: “I just want people to feel it and people to love it, and embrace it. You know whatever the number, wherever we wind up number-wise that’s just you know….we’ll talk about that at the renegotiation for the second album (laughs).”

RUBEN STUDDARD TO ‘MAKE YOU FEEL BEAUTIFUL’ WITH NEW SINGLE

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Singer Ruben Studdard is set to follow his Number One urban adult hit “Change Me” with a brand-new single. The tune “Make You Feel Beautiful” is being released to radio stations next week.

The tune, penned by Ne-Yo, finds the Velvet Teddybear singing lyrics about getting to know a new lady’s personality and recognizing her attributes before getting serious.

Said Studdard: “When Ne-Yo wrote the record and I got a chance to listen to it I instantly said, ‘Girls are gonna love it.’ Because it talks about everything that y’all talk about. Like in a relationship, like, I don’t think a guy’s first interest is to get to know a girl. Like our first interest is, ‘Dag, she looks great.’ You guys are like, ‘Oh, my god, I just really, like, his conversation was so wonderful!’ You know what I’m saying? “

The new single is from Studdard’s sophomore album The Return, which is currently at Number 54 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

GERALD LEVERT’S FINAL ALBUM DUE IN FEBRUARY

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Singer and songwriter Gerald Levert had just completed a new album at the time of his death in November. Now Atlantic Records will release the set, titled In My Songs, on February 13th.

The 13-track set features tunes Levert wrote with longtime collaborator Edwin “Tony” Nicholas, such as “Hang in There,” “DJ Don’t,” and the title track.

Levert died Friday, November 10th, at his Newbury, Ohio home after allegedly suffering a heart attack in his sleep. He was 40 years old. His previous album was the 2004 release Do I Speak For The World.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANITA BAKER

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Happy birthday wishes to vocalist Anita Baker, who celebrated her 49th birthday January 26th. The eight-time Grammy winner is working on a follow up to her 2004 studio album, My Everything, the project that returned her to the market after a 10-year hiatus. Baker also released the 2005 holiday album, Christmas Fantasy, which earned her a Grammy nomination this year for best traditional R&B performance for the tune “Christmas Time Is Here.”

Baker was born in Toledo, Ohio, and raised in Detroit. After singing in gospel choirs and local bands, she became the lead singer for the group Chapter 8, which was signed to Ariola and released a debut album in 1979. That set featured the minor R&B hit, “I Just Wanna Be Your Girl.”

The group was dropped after their label was acquired by Arista, and Baker went back to 9-to-5 gigs, eventually becoming a receptionist at a law firm. A record executive who had worked with Chapter 8 contacted Baker in 1982, asking her to record for his new label, Beverly Glen. Reluctantly, Baker left her gig to record The Songstress in 1983. The album netted her a strong fan base, and she was signed to Elektra.

Baker hit her stride at the major label, releasing 1986’s platinum-selling Rapture, which featured the hit singles “Caught Up In The Rapture” and “Sweet Love.” Her sultry voice and mix of jazz and R&B connected with fans, who snapped up copies of 1988’s Grammy-winning Giving You The Best That I Got and 1990’s Compositions, which featured more of her songwriting skills. In 1994, she delivered Rhythm Of Love.

Baker took several years off to raise her sons and care for her ailing parents, but she eventually returned to the recording game when she signed with Blue Note Records in 2004.

The title tune from the album, “You’re My Everything,” became a Number One urban adult and smooth jazz hit. Baker said that she loved the song from the moment she first heard it: “They gave me this song and the moment I heard it I knew I would record it. It was a lot slower when they gave me the demo, and I changed the lyrics a lot. but the chorus — I mean, the hook of that song and the chord progressions are exactly as they gave them to me. It was just special from day one.”

BARACK OBAMA FOCUSING ON HEALTH CARE, GETS STAR SUPPORTERS

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Democratic Senator Barack Obama, a candidate for the 2008 Presidential race, said Thursday that every American should have health care coverage in six years. The Illinois senator, speaking at a gathering of Families USA, a national healthcare advocacy group, said, “The time has come for universal health care in America. I am absolutely determined that by the end of the first term of the next president, we should have universal health care in this country.”

Obama noted that previous promises to overhaul America’s healthcare system have not been kept. He noted that it’s wrong that 46 million in this country are uninsured when the country spends more than any one else on health care, and that Americans pay $15 billion in taxes to help care for the uninsured. “We can’t afford another disappointing charade in 2008, 2009 and 2010,” he added. “It’s not only tiresome, it’s wrong.”

Meanwhile, the grassroots nominating movement DraftObama.org has announced its first class of honorary celebrity members. These include financial wiz Warren Buffett, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, Oscar nominee Will Smith, Pastor Rick Warren (author of A Purpose Driven Life), and actor/writer George Clooney. The DraftObama.org website offers a running tally of the growing number diverse celebrities who have said or strongly implied they would support Obama for president.

JAMES BROWN’S CHILDREN DON’T TRUST TRUSTEE

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The six adult children of the late soul singer James Brown believe that their father’s considerable estate has been mismanaged and have petitioned a local court to have the trustees removed, according to an AP report.

The heirs filed an emergency petition late Wednesday (January 24th) in Aiken County, Georgia, also claiming that some of Brown’s assets are in danger of being “lost or dissipated or stolen.”

An irrevocable trust, signed by Brown in 2000, is said to contain most of the music legend’s primary assets, including music rights and his 60-acre Beech Island home. The document is separate from Brown’s will, which was filed separately last week. The will divided the star’s personal possessions –including clothes, jewelry and automobiles — among the children.

Trustee Buddy Dallas, who has been Brown’s longtime attorney, said everything in the trust was handled “appropriately and properly.” He said, “I’ve been Mr. Brown’s trusted friend and counsel for 24 years — a relationship that was built totally on our trust. And I never violated that trust for 24 years.”
A court hearing on the matter is scheduled for February 1st.

Brown died Christmas Day, December 25th, 2006, at age 73.

NEW TO THEATERS JANUARY 26TH

SMOKIN’ ACES:

If Snatch director Guy Richie and Pulp Fiction’s Quentin Tarantino had an illegitimate movie baby about a Vegas magician being targeted by the mob, hit men, and the Feds, it would look a lot like director Joe Carnahan’s Smokin’ Aces. The violent, style-heavy picture stars Entourage’s Jeremy Piven as Buddy “Aces” Israel, a coked-up illusionist who’s turning state’s evidence against his mobster pals. A million dollar reward is put on Buddy’s head and it’s up to Federal agents to protect him from Jason Bateman’s mob lawyer, Alicia Keys’ lesbian hitwoman, Ben Affleck’s bail bondsman, and a string of other ruthless assassins. Common also stars in this one.

CATCH AND RELEASE:

Jennifer Garner returned to work after a year of maternity leave to star in Catch And Release, the story of a young woman who discovers her dead fiance was a liar. Instead of the idealized man Garner’s character Gray thinks she was going to marry, it turns out that he a) had a kid with his kooky L.A. girlfriend, b) financially supported mother and child, and c) hid his million-dollar bank account from everyone. Gray finds these things out with the help of the deceased’s roommates and his smarmy friend Fritz, but after some soul searching, she gets over it, falls for Fritz, and blows off the advances of another close friend.

EPIC MOVIE:

Two of Scary Movie’s six writers branched out on their own for yet another parody about mainstream movies. In this one, four orphans find themselves in the land of Gnarnia, where they encounter pirates, young wizards, and a man looking suspiciously like Borat on their quest to overthrow the enchanted kingdom’s evil queen. BLOOD & CHOCOLATE: Vivian is a teenage werewolf caught between her human emotions and her animal instincts. She hides her monstrous side from boyfriend Aiden but can’t do it for long because he’s been targeted by her pack as its next collective dinner. Matters are also complicated by the fact that Vivian’s werewolf brethren have selected her as the newest bride for their leader Gabriel.

NEWS YOU CAN USE

Outrage over Texas College MLK Day Party

Students at a Texas college threw a Martin Luther King Jr. Day party that featured attendees wearing gang apparel and Afro wigs, carrying malt liquor, handguns, and fried chicken, and even one woman dressed as Aunt Jemima. Photos of the January 15 event were discovered on a Facebook.com page by a Tarleton State University sophomore who heads the school’s NAACP chapter.

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Black History Fact

In 1863, The War Department authorized the governor of Massachusetts to recruit black troops. The 54th Massachusetts Volunteers was the first black regiment recruited in the Northern states.
In 1893, The first black American woman aviator, Bessie Coleman, was born.
In 1948, Executive Order 9981, which ended segregation in U.S. Armed Forces, is signed by President Harry Truman.
In 1962, Bishop Burke of the Buffalo, New York, Catholic diocese declared Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” was impure and banned it from all Catholic schools, parishes, and youth events. It can’t be danced, sung about, or listened to in any Catholic school, parish, or youth event. Later in the year, “The Twist” will be banned from community center dances in Tampa, Florida, as well. In 1974, “Boogie Down” by Eddie Kendricks entered the Top 40.
In 1977, the album Flowers by the Emotions was certified gold.
In 1978, “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees was certified gold.
In 1980, “On The Radio” by Donna Summer entered the Top 40. In 1980, “Working My Way Back To You”/”Forgive Me, Girl” by the Spinners entered the Top 40.
In 1980, Prince made his TV debut on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.
In 1980, “I Wanna Be Your Lover” by Prince peaked at Number 11 on the pop chart.
In 1984, Michael Jackson was filming a commercial for a Pepsi-Cola TV ad at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles when an accidental flare explosion ignited hair spray that had just been applied to his hair, and the conflagration that followed produced second-degree burns on his head and neck.
In 1985, “Private Dancer” by Tina Turner entered the Top 40.
In 1985, “Jamie” by Ray Parker, Jr. peaked at Number 14 on the pop chart.
In 1989, the album Loc’ed After Dark by Tone Loc was released.
In 1989, Bobby Brown was arrested in Columbus, Georgia, for violating an anti-lewdness law — namely, doing a “suggestive dance” on stage with a woman from the audience.
In 1990, Elaine Weddington Steward was named Assistant General Manager of the Boston Red Sox, making her the first black woman executive of a professional baseball organization.
In 1990, the album Pump Up The Jam by Technotronic was certified gold.
In 1991, “This House” by Tracie Spencer entered the Top 40.
In 1991, “Sensitivity” by Ralph Tresvant peaked at Number Four on the pop chart.
In 1991, LL Cool J’s “Around The Way Girl” topped the Billboard Rap Singles chart.
In 1991, “The First Time” by Surface surfaced at Number One on the pop chart.
In 1998, in a surprise upset at the American Music Awards, rapper Puff Daddy lost in all five categories in which he was nominated.
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Celebrity Birthdays

Anita Baker, singer, 49
Vince Carter, NBA all-star, 30
Angela Davis, professor and political activist, 63
Kirk Franklin, gospel singer, 37
Dorian Gregory, actor (Deliver Us From Eva, Charmed), 36
Norman Lamont Hassan, member of UB40, 49
Jazzie B, member of Soul II Soul, 44
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Words To the Wise

Call forth your good
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Contact Information
Freddie Bell
PO Box 390521
Minneapolis, MN 55439
fbellsolidgoldsoul@gmail.com

888-639-9738

BRANDY INVOLVED IN FATAL CAR ACCIDENT

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Morning Show Update

January 26, 2007

Welcome to the Update
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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.

SNOOP DOGG PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO BATON CHARGE

Rapper and actor Snoop Dogg entered a plea of not guilty to a felony charge of possessing a deadly weapon on Wednesday, January 24th. E Online! reports that the charges stem from an incident when the rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, attempted to board a plane at Orange County’s John Wayne airport while carrying a collapsible police baton.

After officers spotted the baton in his carry-on luggage, Snoop Dogg said that he was unaware that the baton was illegal and that he was using it as a prop in a new video.

The rapper wasn’t arrested during the September 27th incident but several weeks later authorities decided to press charges and on November 6th, Snoop Dogg turned himself in. The rapper was later released on $150,000 bail and he faces up to three years in jail if found guilty.

Snoop Dogg, who wasn’t present in court on Wednesday, January 24th, is due back in court on April 5th for a pretrial hearing.

LIL KIM TAPPED TO HELP FIND NEW PUSSYCAT DOLL

Rapper Lil Kim is one of the three judges on the new CW reality show, Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll. SOHH.com reports that the other judges will be show producer and Geffen Records chairman Ron Fair and Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin.

Ron Fair explained why Lil Kim was a perfect fit for the third judge. He said, “She has an enormous amount of musical credibility. She’s one of the pillars of hiphop.”

Lil Kim told attendees at CW Winter 2007 Press Tour, “The Pussycat Dolls is one of my favorite groups. It’s a no-brainer to have me here. A lot of them (the Dolls) tell me they’ve patterned things they do after me.”

The eight episode reality show will feature nine contestants living in a house in Los Angeles in hopes of becoming the seventh member of the Pussycat Dolls.

Lil Kim’s participation in the show may be a sign that she’s close to signing a recording contract with Geffen or its sister label, Interscope Records. The rapper parted ways with Atlantic Records shortly after her release from prison last year.

Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll premieres on the CW network on Tuesday, March 6th at 9 p.m.

THE WU-TANG CLAN TO RELEASE ‘8 DIAGRAMS’ THIS SUMMER

The Wu-Tang Clan is back. The influential east coast group is working on their first album in six years, 8 Diagrams, which they plan to release this summer on SRC/Universal Records. Group co-founder RZA said in a released statement, “This is the perfect time for us to come back, the stars are aligned….It’s like when we first started with Steve (Rifkind). We put out real hip-hop at a time when it was turning into pop or R&B. We brought the focus back to the music in its rawest form, without studio polish or radio hooks.”

RZA added, “People want something that gives them an adrenaline rush. We’re here to supply that fix. How could hip-hop be dead if Wu-Tang is forever? We’re here to revive the spirit and the economics and bring in a wave of energy that has lately dissipated.”

SRC Records is owned by Steve Rifkind, who signed the Wu-Tang Clan to his Loud Record label in the early ’90s.

Rifkind added, “The energy is just like it was, and it’s needed in our industry same as back then. Over the last few years, the group has developed a whole new fan base of 20-year-olds and even younger who’ve never even seen them play.”

The Wu-Tang Clan consists of RZA, GZA, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, U-God, Masta Killa, and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

The new album will feature previously recorded material from the Ol’ Dirty Bastard plus a tribute song, “Life Changes,” dedicated to the late rapper.

MAN IMPLICATED IN DEATH OF NOTORIOUS B.I.G. BY XXL MAGAZINE LOSES LAWSUIT

Tyruss Himes, an aspiring rapper and friend of the late Tupac Shakur, has lost a lawsuit against Fox’s KTTV-TV, which implicated him in the March 1997 murder of the Notorious B.I.G. and XXL magazine, which suggested that he put together the murder team. The Associated Press reports that the defamation lawsuit was thrown out by a Los Angeles judge on the grounds that Fox affiliate KTTV-TV and XXL stories were constitutionally protected free speech.

Himes, who allegedly lost a record deal because of the reports, lost the case because he failed to prove that the media outlets acted with malice and reckless disregard for the truth, which is the standard of proof in defamation cases.

Although Himes may still file an appeal, his lawyer, Arthur G. Lesmez, said, “We are appreciative of the time and effort the court put into reviewing the case. We’re understandably disappointed in the decision and we’re evaluating all of our options.”

DIDDY IS SINGING ON HIS NEW SINGLE

Hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs is known for rapping on his albums and producing banging beats but on the mogul’s new single, “Last Night” featuring Keyshia Cole, he’s singing. The duo recently shot a video for the song in Los Angeles and it will be hitting urban video outlets in the coming weeks.

Diddy explained that it’s important for him to evolve musically. He said: “Just, just, just evolving, you know evolving and wanting to put things down differently musically. Not follow what was out there so I was trying to make no southern hip hop because that was trendy.”

Diddy added: “You know I wasn’t trying to follow in the footsteps of anybody. I was just trying to just take all the musical inspirations that I’ve seen and heard over the years and just do the best I can as a producer.”

Diddy’s latest album, Press Play, has sold over 500,000 copies since it was released in October.

BRANDY COMES CLEAN ABOUT FATAL CAR ACCIDENT

Moesha star Brandy Norwood was involved in a car accident last month that killed a woman and sent others to the hospital. Police are still investigating the four-car incident, but said yesterday (January 24th) that there’s a “very high probability” that the R&B singer was “the party most at fault” for the four-car tangle.

The accident happened the morning of December 30th on L.A.’s 405 Freeway. The CHP said that Brandy was driving her 2007 Land Rover at about 65 miles-per-hour in the slow lane when she rear-ended a 2005 Toyota Corolla that had slowed down in front of her. That Toyota then hit a 1989 Toyota Tercel, slid sideways into the center divider, came to a stop in a different lane, and was slammed by an 1988 Acura. The driver of the Toyota was taken to the hospital in critical condition and later died.

Brandy was not arrested, but a witness on the scene told TMZ that “she got upset, talking about how it was all her fault. She didn’t stop. She kept saying how she hit the lady.”

Reps for the singer-actress issued the following statement about the crash: “Brandy was involved in a car accident December 30, 2006 in Los Angeles where there was a fatality. She wishes to publicly express her condolences to the family of the deceased. Brandy asks that you respect the privacy of everyone involved at this time.”

Brandy was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the accident occurred.

The woman who died was identified as 38-year-old Awatef Aboudihaj. She has one child.

BRIAN McKNIGHT OPENS ON-LINE DIGITAL MUSIC STORE

Brian McKnight has followed the lead of his brother Claude McKnight, a member of Grammy winning group Take 6, and is making his music available for download through his own digital music store at BurnLounge. His entire CD catalog, including his most recent album, Ten, will be available to fans through the BurnLounge site.

BurnLounge is a fan-driven digital download service where artists and fans can create and manage their own online digital download stores, making recommendations to others while receiving a percentage of the sales.

A diverse musician who plays a number of instruments, McKnight says he also enjoys listening to different styles of music. Recently he has branched out by composing movie scores and hosting a smooth jazz radio morning show in Los Angeles. He said that it was never his idea to become pigeonholed as a ballad singer, which is why he finds new ways to incorporate contemporary sounds on his album: “People think that just because you make this kind of music, that that’s all you’re into, and its really not. I mean I’d love to put more rock stuff on these records too because I play guitar and I do that kind of stuff in my show. It’s very difficult for people now, since everything’s so compartmentalized, for them to think you can do anything more than what you’re known for.”

To check out McKnight’s BurnLounge store, go to burnlounge.com/brianmcknight.

DIANA ROSS’ ‘INSIDE THE ACTOR’S STUDIO’ TAPING PROVES TO BE A FAMILY AFFAIR

Diana Ross’ appearance on Inside The Actors Studio was a pretty laid back affair, featuring Ross performing and including her extended family in the show. A first hand fan report of the January 17th taping was posted on the unofficial Dick’s Diana fan website (community-2.webtv.net/rossfan/discksdianaross). According to the fan account, Ross felt very comfortable with host James Lipton, who revealed that he and Ross grew up six blocks apart in Detroit.

Among the family members Ross brought along to the taping at New York City’s Pace University campus were “her ex-husband, two sisters, a brother, her son Evan (Naess), daughter Rhonda (Ross-Kendrick), and two nephews. Lipton and Ross kept talking to them from the stage when Diana couldn’t remember details from her childhood.”

Ross performed selections from throughout her career on the show, singing the Supremes’ “Baby Love,” “God Bless The Child” from Lady Sings The Blues, “Do You Know Where You’re Going To” from Mahogany, “It’s My Turn,” plus several songs from her new I Love You album, including “The Look of Love” and “More Today Than Yesterday.”

The Inside The Actors Studio episode featuring Diana Ross will air on February 19th on the Bravo network. Check your local listings for stations and times.

Ross’ I Love You album features covers of Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” Harry Nilsson’s “Remember,” Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day,” Heatwave’s “Always And Forever,” the Drifters’ “This Magic Moment,” and others.

ALICIA KEYS LOOKS TO SHOCK IN ‘SMOKIN’ ACES’

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys is one of the many familiar faces that weave in and out of the new movie Smokin’ Aces. She plays Georgia, a stylish hit woman trying to kill a Vegas magician so she can collect a sizable reward from the mob.

If you’ve seen the billboards or ads for Smokin’ Aces, you know that Keys sports tight clothes and fishnet stockings to get her job done. The singer also has a lesbian girlfriend in the movie, which might be more surprising that her showing up in skimpy clothes. Keys said she took the role in Smokin’ Aces precisely because her wardrobe, character, and situation in the movie are departures from what people expect from her: “I knew that it was so out of my element, so out of what so many people probably expected of me. I wanted to break away totally from anyone’s expectations. I wanted to do what was totally unexpected. Um, I wanted to dive into myself into a way that I’ve never, ever done before.”

Besides Keys, Smoking Aces also has appearances by Ben Affleck, Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta, Common, and Jason Bateman. Jeremy Piven plays the magician who brings all the characters together.

Smokin’ Aces opens Friday (January 16th), and was directed by Narc writer-director Joe Carnahan.

KASHIF SAYS FOSTER CARE ISSUES GO BEYOND FINDING PARENTS

As a product of the foster care system himself, music producer and entrepreneur Kashif has a burning desire to improve the lives of children growing up within the system today. The Los Angeles-based artist and author recently announced his new organization, iCare, which was founded to improve the quality and the image of the foster care system.

Kashif says that one of the facts that is rarely discussed is the fact that once kids turn 18, they are turned out of the system. Those without college or employment plans are left to fend for themselves without housing, medical insurance, or monetary assistance. Said Kashif: “There are a number of issues besides finding prospective foster parents and adoptive parents that surround foster care. For instance, every year, 21,000-plus young people age out, so we’re talking 3 to 4,000 of them become homeless because they no longer have the same benefits that they had in foster care.”

One of iCare’s first projects is the launch of the Celebrity Sports & Entertainment Camp, which kicks off this June. Kashif explained: “We have a Celebrity Sports and Entertainment Camp, and that is a five-day, intergenerational camp for young people in foster care and their caregivers. We’re going to nine different cities, we park in those cities at a location, usually a college location. These young people can apply to learn music, dance, acting, or basketball. All of those disciplines is taught by a national celebrity.”

For more about Kashif, iCare, and other projects, go to brooklynboy.com.

ISAIAH WASHINGTON IN COUNSELING

Isaiah Washington’s image has been tarnished ever since he called his Grey’s Anatomy co-star T.R. Knight an “f”-word and then publicly denied it at the Golden Globe awards. He has since apologized and met with gay groups, but to really dig himself out of his P.R. hole, the Texas native has just turned to the tried and true method of actors in trouble — he’s going to rehab. Washington said yesterday (January 24th) that he’s started counseling in order to transform his “negative actions into positive results, personally and professionally.”

Washington said in a statement, “I regard this as a necessary step toward understanding why I did what I did and making sure it never happens again. I appreciate the fact that I have been given this opportunity.”

No word on whether Washington’s counseling is through a residential or out-patient program.

Regardless of how he’s doing it, Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes approved of Washington’s efforts to make amends for repeatedly using a gay slur. She said in a statement, “We applaud and encourage Isaiah’s realization that he needs help and his subsequent choice to seek immediate treatment for his behavioral issues.”

Grey’s Anatomy continues to air Thursdays at 9 on ABC.

ENTERTAINMENT QUICKIES

Tyra Banks has never had a waif type of body but recent criticism about her shape has forced her to speak out. Unflattering pictures of the America’s Next Top Model host recently ran in the tabloids and Banks told People magazine the barbs at her body were hurtful to more than just herself, “I get so much mail from young girls who say, ‘I look up to you, you’re not as skinny as everyone else.’ So when they say that my body is ‘ugly’ and ‘disgusting,’ what does that make those girls feel like?”

James Brown’s body moved to a crypt and will remain there amid family dispute and decision on final resting place. Here’s the rest of the story.

New York-based rapper MIMS will release his debut album, Music Is My Savior, on April 3rd. The lead single from the project, “This Is Why I’m Hot,” is a bona fide hit. In a released statement, the rapper explained why the song has a universal appeal, saying, “If you listen to the record, I’ve got a bit of everything in there. I’m showing love to all the different regions.” The rapper also shared what fans can expect from his debut project. He said, “As an artist I want people to expect the unexpected. Don’t think for one minute that I am going to come this way all the time. You’ll hear one record and go wild — ‘Wow. He did that?’ I want people to listen to the album and expect the unexpected because this is only the beginning. It is going to get better than this.” MIMS’ debut will include a reggae remix of “This Is Why I’m Hot” featuring Baby Cham and Junior Reid.

Rachel Ray vs. Oprah Winfrey? Did the perkiest cook on TV actually say Oprah ‘has problems being black?’ Read more.

Singer and songwriter Siedah Garrett, whose work includes hit songs for Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, and many others, finds herself with an Oscar nomination this week for her work on the film Dreamgirls. Garrett penned the lyrics for the nominated tune “I Love You I Do,” with music by Henry Krieger. It’s a new milestone in Garrett’s long career as a performer and songwriter. Her most recent album, 2003’s Siedah, features a new version of her best-known composition, “Man In The Mirror,” which became a huge hit when it was recorded by superstar Jackson for his Bad album in 1987.

GOSPEL CENTRAL: ‘Jesus Camp’ gets nominated for an Oscar

The controversial film “Jesus Camp” is Oscar bound in the documentary category. AP reports that the Rev. Becky Fischer said the nomination has brought on more hate mail as well as praise. Although her prayers for the success of the film were answered, her feelings are mixed. Click here for the rest of the story. http://www.eurweb.com/story/eur31045.cfm

NEWS YOU CAN USE

Former klansman arrested in 1964 murder

A former Ku Klux Klansman and sheriff’s deputy was arrested on federal charges yesterday (January 24th) in the May 1964 killings of two black hitchhikers in Mississippi who were beaten and dumped alive in the Mississippi River. Seventy-one-year-old James Ford Seale was charged with kidnapping Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee, who were both 19. However, a second man long suspected in the attack, 72-year-old Charles Marcus Edwards, wasn’t charged, nor was Seale charged with murder. The victims’ weighted bodies were found two months later by chance, during the search for missing civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. Seale and Edwards were arrested at the time, but the FBI turned to case over to local authorities, and a judge quickly threw out the charges. According to FBI documents from the 1960s, authorities confronted Seale and told him they knew he and the others had killed the hitchhikers. He replied, “Yes, but I’m not going to admit it. You are going to have to prove it.”

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Black History Fact

In 1851, Sojourner Truth addresses the first Black Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio.
In 1960 “In The Still Of The Night” by the Five Satins re-enters the chart and peaks at Number 81.
In 1960, Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors sets a record for rookies with 58 points in a 127-117 win over the Detroit Pistons. Chamberlain also grabs 42 rebounds.
In 1962, Sam Cooke’s “Twistin’ The Night Away” is released. It will make it up to Number Nine on the pop chart.
In 1969, “Baby, Baby Don’t Cry” by the Miracles enters the Top 40 chart.
In 1970, Sly & the Family Stone are the featured guests on The Ed Sullivan Show.
In 1977, the album All Things In Time by Lou Rawls is certified platinum.
In 1986, “Secret Lovers” by Atlantic Starr enters the Top 40 chart.
In 1989, Bobby Brown is arrested in Georgia for alleged lewdness on stage and is fined $652.
In 1989, Michael Jordan — in his fifth season — scores his 10,000th point, the second fastest NBA climb to that position, behind Wilt Chamberlain.
In 1991, the album All True Man by Alexander O’Neal is released.
In 1992, “All 4 Love” by Color Me Badd peaks at Number One on the pop chart.
In 1992, “Can’t Let Go” by Mariah Carey peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.
In 1993, the video Best Of Luther Vandross is certified gold.
In 1994, the album Very Necessary by Salt ‘N Pepa is certified platinum.
In 1994, the Whitney Houston album is certified 10 times platinum.
In 1994, Accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy, Michael Jackson settles a civil lawsuit out of court. The alleged victim and his family are awarded an undisclosed sum that is said to be in the millions. Prosecutors later drop all charges.
In 1995, in the O.J. Simpson trial, Simpson’s lead attorney, Johnnie Cochran, makes opening statements to the jury, telling them that prosecutors intentionally left out a lot of important information, had rushed to accuse Simpson, and had ignored evidence and witnesses that proved he did not commit the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and waiter Ronald Goldman.
In 1995, “On Bended Knee” by Boyz II Men is certified gold and platinum.
In 1996, “C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train)” by Quad City DJ’s is released.
In 1998, The Super Bowl halftime show is a Motown blowout in honor of the label’s 40th anniversary, featuring Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Diana Ross, and Michael Jackson.
In 1998, Spice Girl Victoria Adams, better known as Posh Spice, and soccer star David Beckham get engaged. They have since married.
In 1999, the album War & Peace Vol. 1: (The War Disc) by Ice Cube is certified gold and platinum.
In 2003, Marcus Allen was elected to the Pro Football Hall Of Fame on his first try.

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Celebrity Birthdays

Jenifer Lewis, (actress, The Preacher’s Wife, The PJ’s), 50
Alicia Keys, R&B singer, 27
Etta James, R&B singer, 69
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Words To the Wise

Stay the Course
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Morning Show Update

January 25, 2007

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REACTIONS TO OSCAR NOMINATIONS RANGE FROM SERIOUS TO SILLY

Reactions from newly minted Oscar nominees were serious, heartfelt, and in some cases, funny.

Best Supporting Actor nominee — and once troubled youth — Mark Wahlberg told Variety that The Departed hit close to home: “I was able to put my real-life experiences with the Boston police to good use after all. After all the torture I have put them through, to know they cried happy tears today — I’ll think about it for a while.”

The Devil Wears Prada Best Actress nominee Meryl Streep said in a statement, “I am thrilled in a way that no one can possibly imagine. It’s extraordinary that anyone in the actor’s branch is even speaking to me, nevermind nominating me yet again. I’m very, very grateful.”

The Last King Of Scotland star Forest Whitaker told the Today show that he wanted to savor his Best Actor nomination: “I’m going to keep thinking about it all day, you know, and just reimagine it. It was like when you have something like that, you wanna, like, treasure it. It’s great. I feel like so much positive energy coming from people. I feel so many people have seemed to really love the movie and love my work in the movie so I’m starting to live in that, I think.”

Dreamgirls’ Jennifer Hudson told Today she was in shock over her Best Supporting Actress nomination: “I’m sitting here in shock right now. Like, I can’t believe it. To be able to be here today, and to be a part of such greatness is just…is no words for it, to even describe the feeling or anything. I really don’t know what to say.”

31-year-old Kate Winslet is the youngest person to ever receive five acting nominations. Even so, the Little Children star told Variety she was jumping with joy to be nominated for Best Actress again: “I’ve been laughing, crying, hollering, whooping, and leaping around…This isn’t supposed to happen to a girl who grew up in a tiny town. I was told the only way I’d have a career as an actress would be if I could settle for playing fat girls.”

Will Smith said in a statement that he was ready to party after being nominated for Best Actor for The Pursuit Of Happyness: “Congratulations to all of the nominees. It is a great honor to be considered among this caliber of performers. No competition, all celebration. Let the parties begin.”

Best Actor nominee Peter O’Toole has lost in the category seven times. He said of his eighth nomination for Venus: “If you fail the first time, try try try try try try try again.”

THE CLIPSE GIVING PART OF TOUR PROCEEDS TO KATRINA VICTIMS

The Clipse will be at Webster Hall in New York city tonight, January 24th, to preview their upcoming Seagram’s Gin Tour. Allhiphop.com reports that funds raised from the event, which is noted for supporting community issues such as housing, job training and adult education, will benefit the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans.

The tour officially kicks off in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 7th. It will include stops in New Orleans, Atlanta, Birmingham, Jackson, Detroit, Washington, DC, New York, Fort Bragg and Tampa before it wraps in Miami on April 29th.

The Clipse are currently promoting their latest album, Hell Hath No Fury.

DETROIT-BASED PRODUCER DISCO D COMMITS SUICIDE

Detroit-based producer Disco D, who has crafted hits for 50 Cent, Trick Daddy, and Kevin Federline committed suicide late last night, January 23rd. SOHH.com reports that details are sketchy but the producer’s partner Benny Blanco confirmed the reports and said, “We have no comment. We send our deepest condolences. He was loved and will be truly missed.”

D and Blanco were most recently working on albums by Lil Scrappy and Crime Mob.

Disco D, who was nominated for a Grammy Award, also worked with Pharrell Williams and Nina Sky. The producer, whose real name was David Shayman, created the original theme song for VH1’s Hip-Hop Honors and also produced audio for TV shows and commercials by Sprite and Best Buy.

Mixtape deejay DJ Vlad shared his thoughts on the loss. He said, “Disco D was a good friend of mine. I lived with him in Brazil for a couple weeks. He was a real artist. I just talked to him a few days ago, and he told me things were hard. I tried to cheer him up. I didn’t realize how hard it really was. I’m devastated right now.”

SEAN PAUL WORKING ON NEW ALBUM

Grammy Award winner Sean Paul began recording his new album last September after the death of two of his close friends. One was a founding member of his Dutty Rock crew and the other was a young up-and-coming musician who was killed the day after attending a party with Paul. The reggae star said, “The next day he goes back to his community and gets shot to death. It’s upsetting to see these kids’ lives … (getting) wasted. I saw potential in these two kids and many others. It really hit home. And I’m thinking of a voice, I need to say something to people.”

The reggae star added, “(All the while) I’m trying to keep the party people partying and keep them happy, (because) that music is a release, to chill the hell out and wild out and do your thing. But also, it’s reached a point where I know have this voice that people listen to, so I have to make people think a little more than they may be used to.”

Paul’s transition to more conscientious lyrics began with his last album, 2005’s Trinity. At the time, the reggae star said: “I try to remind people that we are human beings that socialize and then try to have a good time and party, instead of animals at war. I think my music is feel good music, you know, energy music, it’s about kind of releasing. So when I say ‘Shake that thing,’ ladies supposed to be able to be like, ‘Yeah, let’s do it, let’s get loose.’ I think that’s what mainly music is about.”

Paul added: “I’ve been writing some more conscious material lately, if you check my album out, there’s a song on there called ‘Never Gonna Be The Same,’ I lost a friend earlier this year. And if you go to a Target store, you can buy my album called The Trinity and you will get an extra CD called ‘Time Rolls On’ which is my most political piece so far. It’s a song talking to the leaders of governments, leaders of religions, leaders of street gangs. And I’m saying in the song, when will we ever live together, when will we ever share one God.”

Paul hopes to release the new album this summer. Paul recently recorded a remix of Akon and Snoop Dogg’s hit, “I Wanna Love You.”

PARIS BENNETT HAS LOVE FOR JENNIFER HUDSON

Singer Paris Bennett, who will release her debut album in March, says she’s thrilled with the good fortune of her former American Idol cast mate Jennifer Hudson, who earned an Oscar nomination this week and has already earned a Golden Globe for her role as Effie in Dreamgirls.

The 18-year-old Bennett has a connection to the Dreamgirls material as well: She appeared as an auditions judge and recorded the theme song, “Dreaming,” for the BET special One Night Only, a reality show about a group of New Orleans high school students attempting to put on their own production of the Tony Award-winning musical. The tune “Dreaming,” which refers to the experience of being on American Idol, was used for the show’s theme and is also included on Bennett’s new album, Princess P. The show premiered this week and will be rebroadcast. (Check local listings for channel and time.)

Bennett told me that Hudson’s critical triumphs are proof that one doesn’t have to win American Idol to launch a successful career: “Jennifer Hudson, she’s my favorite girl. And I know her, she’s very sweet, very nice, and I’m just so excited for her winning the things that she’s doing and achieving the things she’s doing, ’cause she opened the door for American Idols who have been eliminated to say that you can do whatever. So I’m excited to be part of any Dreamgirl thing right now.”

Bennett’s album, Princess P, is expected on the 306 Entertainment label. The first single will be “Ordinary Love,” produced by Jon Jon Traxx.

LALAH HATHAWAY REFLECTS ON MUSIC OF THE ’70S

Singer Lalah Hathaway joins a who’s who of contemporary artists on the upcoming compilation Interpretations: A Tribute To The Music Of Earth, Wind & Fire. Hathaway lends her smoky voice and unique phrasing to the EWF ballad “Love’s Holiday,” originally from the 1977 EWF album All’N’All.

Hathaway also had a hit recently interpreting the Luther Vandross ballad “Forever, For Always, For Love,” originally recorded in the ’80s. Hathaway, the daughter of ’70s vocal icon Donny Hathaway, says that the music of the ’70s and ’80s remains so enduring because it often held a social message as well. That was particularly true of the music of EWF, which often had mystical and inspirational themes. Said Hathaway: “Particularly in soul music the whole message of uplifting the people kind of was a prevalent message at that time and it was really important.”

Hathaway has begun writing music for the follow-up to her 2004 album, Outrun The Sky.

CARLOS & DEBORAH SANTANA TO OPEN DOMESTIC ABUSE CENTER

Carlos and Deborah Santana were on hand for the opening of a residence for families dealing with domestic abuse. The Santana House is located on the grounds of the USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, and Violence Intervention Program (VIP) Executive Director Dr. Astrid Heger said, “We are grateful to Carlos and Deborah Santana for their ongoing interest in and philanthropic support of our work. The Santana House will provide a number of our essential programs with much-needed space, and empower us to reach even more people.”

The Santana family support for VIP is an extension of the work they do for their non-profit Milagro Foundation, which supports programs for young people in education, health, and the arts. Carlos told me that he feels compelled to try and make things better around him: “I have certain visions about how we can make this world a better place to live, to co-share, and to co-exist. Live people on the planet is the most important thing. It’s about all of us pointing our energy, ’cause we don’t want to make the same mistakes we made the last 2,000 years.”

As of now, Carlos is keeping his promise about taking this year off. However, the odd performance here and there isn’t out of the question, as happened two weeks ago when the surviving members of the original Santana Band were onstage together in San Francisco.

MEMPHIS TO OFFICIALLY HONOR SOUL MUSIC THROUGHOUT 2007

The city of Memphis will be celebrating 50 years of soul music throughout 2007. The Memphis Celebrates 50 Years of Soul campaign, which is sponsored through the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, will spotlight most of the city’s greatest musical landmarks, including such legendary spots as the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Sun Studios, Graceland, Ardent Studios, and the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum.

Isaac Hayes, who started his career as a musician at Memphis’ legendary Stax Studios, said in a prepared statement that, “I am thrilled to be celebrating this important milestone. I was part of Memphis soul from almost the beginning, and as the story continues I am proud to help honor Memphis’ many remarkable achievements and those yet to come.”

Isaac Hayes told me that the musicians and artists at Stax paid no heed to racial barriers: “Because we played, we worked together and we did everything together. And the music showed that, the cohesiveness. And even in the face of all the, ‘you can’t do that because you’re black, (and) you’re white,’ we got behind those walls (to) just make music.”

For more information on the Memphis Celebrates 50 Years of Soul campaign, log on to memphistravel .com

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Black History Fact

In 1970, “Psychedelic Shack” by the Temptations entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1970, “Ain’t It Funky Now (Part 1)” by James Brown peaked at Number 24 on the pop chart.
In 1970, “The Gang’s Back Again” by Kool & the Gang peaked at Number 85 on the pop chart.
In 1970, James “Shep” Sheppard, the lead singer for the Heartbeats and Shep & the Limelites, was found murdered in his car on the Long Island Expressway in New York after having been robbed and beaten.
In 1976, “Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)” by Diana Ross peaked at Number One on the pop chart.
In 1976, “I Love Music (Part 1)” by the O’Jays peaked at Number Five on the pop chart.
In 1981, “It’s My Turn” by Diana Ross peaked at Number Nine on the pop chart.
In 1982, Diana Ross sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XVI (16).
In 1985, Escape by Whodini was certified gold.
In 1987, “Control” by Janet Jackson peaked at Number Five on the pop chart.
In 1987, “Victory” by Kool & the Gang peaked at Number 10 on the pop chart.
In 1987, “Girlfriend” by Bobby Brown peaked at Number 57 on the pop chart.
In 1989, James Brown pled guilty to drug possession and assault charges. “The Godfather Of Soul” was sentenced to six years in prison.
In 1990, The Incredible Base album by Rob Base was certified gold.
In 1995, Seal by Seal was certified platinum.
In 1996, Mr. Smith by L.L. Cool J was certified gold.
In 2000, Unleash The Dragon by Sisqo was certified gold and platinum.
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Celebrity Birthdays

Tatyana Ali, actress and singer (The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air), 28
Sleepy Brown, R&B singer and member of Organized Noize production team, 37
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Words To the Wise
You can do great things!
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Contact Information
Freddie Bell
PO Box 390521
Minneapolis, MN 55439
fbellsolidgoldsoul@gmail.com

888-639-9738

MOST OSCAR NODS GO TO DREAMGIRLS

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Morning Show Update

January 24, 2007

Welcome to the Update
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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.

‘DREAMGIRLS’ GETS MOST OSCAR NODS

The Oscar noms are out this morning and to no one’s surprise Dreamgirls garnered the most nods. The Motown inspired production received a total of 8 nominations. But what is a surprise is that the film did NOT receive a best picture nomination. With Dreamgirls out of the running, Academy voters will choose between Babel, The Departed, Letters From Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine and The Queen for best picture.

As expected, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson were both nominated for best supporting actor and actress, respectively for their roles in Dreamgirls. Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland and Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness received best actor nominations.

Whitaker and Hudson are the favorites to win their categories say Oscar watchers.

The 79th Academy Awards will be telecast live from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, Feb 25 at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern on ABC-TV.

MUSIQ SOULCHILD TO RELEASE NEW CD ON THE ATLANTIC LABEL

Singer and songwriter Musiq Soulchild will make his return to the market with his first album for the Atlantic label. The new album is called Luvanmusiq, due March 13th. The first single from the set is “Buddy,” which is currently climbing the urban AC radio charts. A video for the track is being completed and will hit airwaves next month.

“I’m excited to be an Atlantic recording artist for the simple fact that it’s a label of great tradition and legacy, which has been responsible for signing some of the greatest artists of all time — from Ray Charles, Led Zeppelin, and John Coltrane to Gerald Levert, T.I., and James Blunt,” said Musiq in a statement. “Just to be added to this great list of artists is enough in itself. I look forward to working with the Atlantic team to continue the legacy.”

Luvanmusiq is the Philadelphia performer’s first album in more than three years, following 2003’s SoulStar.

Musiq burst onto the scene in 2000 with his debut, Aijuswannaseing, featuring the singles “Just Friends (Sunny)” and “Love. ” He followed up in 2002 with the Number One R&B album Juslisen, and scored with the tunes “Dontchange” and “Halfcrazy.”

AVANT IS LOOKING FOR A CHANGE AND DIDDY MAY BE HIS MAN

R&B singer Avant has been busy lately traveling and performing as part of David E. Talbert’s BET-sponsored play, Love In The Nick of Tyme. Although busy, the singer has decided to leave Geffen Records. He told MTV.com, “I’m just checking around. There’s a lot of different people I’m talking to. Diddy is definitely in the talking. Me and Diddy been talking. It’s a blessing to be able to talk to and work with your peers and people you look up to.”

Avant released his last album, The Director, in 2006 on Geffen Records. Avant recently explained how he “directs” the songs he writes: “Definitely. If you don’t see the people you definitely visualize the situations that you write about. It’s a fairy tale that you bring true, so I think that’s like a form of movie directing as well, you know what I mean? You have to see the vision and you have to make the vision become life. It’s different, but it’s the same in alot of different aspects.”

The singer released his debut album, My Thoughts, in 2000 on the Magic Johnson Music label. After he severed ties with Johnson, Avant released two other albums, 2002’s Ecstasy and 2003’s Private Room, through MCA/Geffen Records.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE THANKS TIMBALAND FOR THE BEATS

Justin Timberlake has two hit singles currently on the charts from his sophomore solo album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, which he produced with Timbaland. Timberlake told me that the his new songs have such good beats because of the chemistry the pair had in the studio: “In producing this record together, it was definitely more free. You know, I would tinker around with ideas on his drum machine. It was just kind of more open and free. If there was a guitar part, you know, I would lay it down. But Timbaland is extremely good at putting beats together — definitely kind of abstract beats that all of a sudden that start to make sense. And you know we kinda think the same when it comes to rhythm and melody.”

Timberlake is currently on the road in support of FutureSex/LoveSounds. His next show is Saturday (January 27th) in St. Paul, Minnesota.

MAURICE WHITE SAYS MUSIC OF ’70S AND ’80S IS TIMELESS

Songwriter, producer, and performer Maurice White is excited about his latest project, an all- star collection of the Earth, Wind & Fire songs he wrote being performed by an array of contemporary artists. The new album is titled Interpretations: Celebrating The Music Of Earth, Wind, & Fire and is due on the revived Stax label on March 27th.

Participating on the project are Chaka Khan, Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi, Angie Stone, Musiq, Bilal, Mint Condition, Dwele and others.

White says that the music of Earth, Wind & Fire and other bands of the ’70s and ’80s are simply timeless, which is why the tunes are finding favor with new artists again. He told me: “Well I think it’s just very obvious that the music of the ’70s and ’80s was really something that has new life now, because a lot of the artists of today are doing material of that period. It’s like that music will never die.”

The first single from Interpretations is Kirk Franklin’s version of “September.”

BILL COSBY, BONO, SOLEDAD O’BRIEN TO RECEIVE SPECIAL NAACP HONORS

Bill Cosby, U2 frontman Bono, and newscaster Soledad O’Brien are all slated to receive special honors at the upcoming 38th annual NAACP Image Awards ceremony.

Comedian, actor, and philanthropist Cosby will be inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall Of Fame. The honor is reserved for those individuals whose career has made a national and international impact.

Irish performer Bono will receive the NAACP Chairman’s Award in recognition of his work to help end famine and the AIDS pandemic throughout the world. He was chosen for the honor by the NAACP’s chairman, Julian Bond.

The NAACP President’s Award will be bestowed on newscaster Soledad O’Brien, the co-anchor of CNN’s American Morning. In particular, it was her work in covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami that earned her the NAACP’s honor for distinguished public service.

The 38th annual NAACP Image Awards will be broadcast from Los Angeles on March 2nd at 8 p.m. on the Fox networks.

NEW SEASON OF UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS FOCUSES ON MAGIC

The popular all African American big top event known as the UniverSoul Circus is back for another year. The 14th season of the circus is themed “The Magic of Soul” and kicks off on Tuesday, February 6th, in Savannah, Georgia, and will travel to a total of 27 cities.

This year, the lineup will focus on magic and mystique, including illusionist Jon Ross, who combines magic and dance for a unique experience. Also on board are flying trapeze performers, contortionists, Chinese bicycle daredevils, aerial gymnasts, and more.

“Every season, UniverSoul Circus gives our fans something new,” explained founder Cedric Walker. “This year our audiences will journey into the unknown for a night of mystery, fantasy, and intrigue.”

For a complete list of performance dates and locales, log onto universoulcir cus.com.

‘IDOL’ JUDGES SWEAR THEY’RE NO CRUELER THAN USUAL, PAULA ABDUL SAYS SHE’S CLEAN

American Idol judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell say they’re no crueler this season than in past incarnations of the hit show. Despite criticism about their laughing in people’s faces and calling contestants names, the trio insist they’re following the same formula as they did from the get-go. Jackson told reporters this weekend, “It’s no different than it ever was. It’s what we do.”

Their barbs may have angered some, like The View’s Rosie O’Donnell, but they did nothing to dissuade viewers. Last week’s Idol premiere attracted a record 37.3 million viewers on Tuesday (January 16th), and Wednesday’s (January 17th) edition followed suit with 36.9 million tuning into the contest.

Randy Jackson comes off as the nicest and most accessible of the judges during the audition phase of the show, and he said during a phone interview that it’s probably because he’s had a lot of audition experience: “Me, having to be an A&R guy for 15 years and also being a musician myself and being on countless number of auditions when I was growing up, you know, you’re used to doing it. You know, it’s what I do.”

In related American Idol news:

Paula Abdul said this weekend that she’s “healthy and sober,” according to the New York Times, and says she has not been under the influence of drugs while promoting the show. There had been speculation in recent weeks that she had been using drugs, after video of her slurring her words and speaking incoherently. “I’ve never been drunk… I’m not under the influence of anything,” she said.
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Black History Fact

In 1821, Minister Lott Cary left the United States leading a group of freed slaves, most of whom were members of the American Colonization Society, to colonize a small portion of West Africa. This area became known as the Republic Of Liberia in 1847.
In 1837, Amanda Berry Smith, who was born into slavery, became an independent missionary and traveled the U.S. and three other continents.
In 1891, Surgical pioneer Dr. Daniel Hale Williams founded Provident Hospital in Chicago. At the same time, he founded the Provident Hospital School Of Nursing because African-American woman Emma Reynolds had been denied admission to every school of nursing in Chicago.
In 1933, The 24th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, eliminating poll and other taxes as a prerequisite for voting.
In 1941, Richard Wright won the Spingarn Medal for Native Son.
In 1945, The National Association Of Colored Nursing Graduates pressured the Army Nurse Corps to drop its color bar and admit nurses without regard to race.
In 1962, Student demonstrations against discrimination in off-campus housing at the University Of Chicago began. CORE charged that the university operated segregated apartment houses.
In 1976, Actor, singer, athlete, and activist Paul Robeson died.
In 1977, ABC began televising the Roots miniseries, which would go on to be the most watched miniseries in history. The series was based on Alex Haley’s book.
In 1993, Reverend Thomas A. Dorsey, who’s regarded as the founder of gospel music, died in Chicago. He was a prolific composer, performer, and recording artist. His signature songs “Take My Hand Precious Lord” and “Peace In The Valley” have become gospel music staples that have been recorded by many artists. He wrote “Take My Hand Precious Lord” after the unexpected death of his wife and newborn child.
In 1993, Positive K’s “I’ve Got A Man” topped the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart.
In 1999, Brandy’s “Have You Ever?” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the second straight week.
In 2003, Nell Carter, who played the stout, sassy housekeeper on the 1980s sitcom Gimme A Break! and won a Tony Award in 1978 for her sultry turn in the Broadway musical Ain’t Misbehavin’, died at the age of 54.

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Celebrity Birthdays

Reggie Calloway, member of Midnight Star, 52
Earl Falconer, member of UB40, 50
Marc Nelson, member of AZ Yet, 36
Anita Pointer, member of the Pointer Sisters, 59
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Words To the Wise

Dream big dreams
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Contact Information
Freddie Bell
PO Box 390521
Minneapolis, MN 55439
fbellsolidgoldsoul@gmail.com

888-639-9738

FANTASIA ON TOUR AND COMING TO MINNEAPOLIS

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Morning Show Update

January 23, 2007

Welcome to the Update
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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.

BOW WOW RELEASES NEW SINGLE

Rapper Bow Wow is enjoying his last couple of months as a teenager. The rapper, who will turn 20 in March, recently released the second single, “Outta My System,” from his latest album, The Price of Fame. The set, which hit stores last month, had a big opening week as it sold more 250,000 copies in stores.

Bow Wow took the success in stride. He told Allhiphop.com, “This year was like last year. When I came out with Wanted, I did 125,000 first week. One thing about me is that I usually don’t have huge opening weeks. My sales grow with time considering the strength of my singles. I never really worried about it too much. As long as the numbers stay consistent and it goes platinum, I could care less, to be honest. You’ve seen it yourself, a whole bunch of people opening big and in week or two dropping sharply. It doesn’t worry me.”

In addition to his acting career, Bow Wow is now actively running his own label, BW Entertainment. He explained, “It was a blessing that Sony gave me the shot at a label. I already got my first artist and I think I get a lot of respect because I stay in my lane. I’ve come up with a way to keep locking down the teen market. This 13-year-old named Young Jitsu is the first act, and he writes his own stuff. It’s crazy ’cause I saw Jeezy yesterday and he gave me mad props for being a businessman and locking down my market.”

Bow Wow and Chris Brown will be teaming up for a summer tour.

FOXY BROWN GETS GOOD REPORT FROM PROBATION DEPARTMENT

Rapper Foxy Brown has apparently settled into her life on probation. The Associated Press reports that the rapper has been attending her anger management classes and on Wednesday, January 17th, she was given “an excellent report from the probation” department.

Brown, who is 26, explained that being on probation has been positive “because probation forces you into structure. It is making me grow up. I have matured a lot since I started the anger management.”

Outside of the courtroom, Brown has some positive things to say about Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson with whom she has clashed on several occasions. The rapper said, “This is only the first time in two years that I’m pleased with Judge Jackson. She got an excellent report from probation.”

Brown’s last court appearance in December didn’t go so well. Shawnda Weinberg, a lawyer for the city’s department of probation, suggested that Brown serve some jail time because she was allegedly asking for special treatment.

Brown was sentenced to probation and anger management classes after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault charges for getting into a fight with two manicurists at a Manhattan nail salon in 2004.

The rapper is due back in court on March 15th.

DIDDY DISSED AT GOLDEN GLOBE AFTER-PARTY

Hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs is known for throwing lavish parties and being a special guest at some of the biggest bashes in the world. Last weekend following the Golden Globe Awards, Combs’ juice card was allegedly denied at the door of the CAA Golden Globe After Party at the Sunset Tower. New York Post’s Page Six reports that when Diddy and entourage got to the door, he was told he wasn’t on the list and turned away.

What happened next is up for debate. According to one witness, Diddy became “verbally abusive and started yelling at security,” and hotel owner Jeff Klein KRS-ONE WORKING ON NEW ALBUM

Hip-hop legend KRS-One is currently in the recording studio working on an untitled album. SOHH.com reports that the project will have a song dedicated to Nas, tentatively titled, “Nas Tribute.” The song was produced by Marley Marl, who hails from the same Queensbridge housing projects where Nas was born and raised.

On the song, KRS-One raps, “Nastradamus I seen that/You was ahead of your time man then, a prophet, I mean that/people ask where’s Dr. King’s dream at?/I think it’s hip-hop, we’ve already seen that.”

Interestingly enough, Nas is also working on a song dedicated to KRS-One for his next album. The song, “U.B.K. (Unauthorized Biography of KRS-One),” was initially slated for Hip Hop Is Dead but Nas was unable to finish it.

FANTASIA BACK ON THE ROAD

Multi-platinum singer Fantasia is on the road to promote her self-titled sophomore album, which includes the single “Hood Boy” featuring Big Boi. The singer was on the road just after Christmas making guest appearances on several of Jamie Foxx’s national tour dates.

The former American Idol champion kicked off her latest series of dates on Friday, January 19th, in Hartford, Connecticut, and followed up with a date in Washington, DC. She appears tonight (January 22nd) at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Upcoming dates for Fantasia include:

February 8 – North Auditorium – Minneapolis, MN
February 9 – Cincinnati Music Hall – Cincinnati, OH
February 10 – Palace Theatre – Cleveland, OH
February 15 – Nokia Theater – Dallas, TX
February 17 – Celebrity Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
February 18 – Sands Expo & Convention Centre – Las Vegas, NV
February 22 – Boutwell Theatre – Birmingham, AL
February 23 – Civic center – Atlanta, GA
March 1 – New Jersey Performing Arts Center – Newark, NJ
March 2 – Trump Taj Mahal – Atlantic City, NJ
March 3 – ODU Center – Norfolk, VA
March 4 – The Township Auditorium – Columbia, SC
March 8 – James Knight – Miami, FL
March 9 – Johnny Mercer Theatre – Savannah, GA
March 10 – War Memorial Auditorium – Greensboro, NC
March 11 – Spartanburg Memorial Arena – Greenville, SC
March 15 – Landmark Theater – Richmond, VA

Also congrats to Fantasia for gracing the cover of the new issue of Vibe Vixen; set to hit stands February 6th

PRETTY RICKY IS LAUNCHING A CLOTHING LINE

Miami-based R&B quartet Pretty Ricky will release their new album, Late Night Special, tomorrow (January 23rd). The latest single from the project is “On The Hotline.” The set is the follow-up to the group’s gold-certified 2005 debut, Bluestars.

In addition to the new album, the group is launching a female clothing line. Group member Pleasure said: “We got this clothing line coming out, it’s called Pretty and that’s just strictly for the ladies. It’s ain’t a men’s clothing line, it’s a women’s clothing line. You know we giving the ladies all the sexy things that make them, you know, real, real sexy when they go to bed at night.”

The singer added: “We giving them the lingerie, the boy shorts, and, you know, so forth. So I mean I’mma just say everything Pretty Ricky do is for the sexy ladies.”

INDIA.ARIE, BONEY JAMES, SERGIO MENDES & MORE AT MIAMI GARDENS

Grammy winner India.Arie, Brazilian star Sergio Mendes, saxophonist Boney James, vocalist Will Downing, Cuban reeds player Paquito D’Rivera, and Philly group Pieces of a Dream will appear at the 2nd Annual Jazz in the Gardens at Miami Gardens, Florida. The two day event takes place on Saturday March 24th and Sunday 25th, 2007 at Dolphins Stadium.

The event will also feature Jamaica’s reggae superstar Luciano along with special guest Dean Fraser and the Jah Messenjah Band, as well as the Othello Molineaux Quartet.

The star-studded concert has become the premiere event for the city of Miami Gardens. For more information, go to jazzinthegardens.com.

JOHNTA AUSTIN PAYS HOMAGE TO HIP-HOP WITH RHYMES ON ‘OCEAN DRIVE’

Singer and songwriter Johnta (John-TAY) Austin has had to exercise patience, as his debut album Ocean Drive got pushed back from October to December to a new release date of February 7th. The project showcases not only Austin’s already Grammy-winning songwriting skills, but his vocals, as on the lead-off single, “Turn It Up.”

Austin also takes a few turns rapping on some of his tracks, but he insists that he’s not trying to compete with any contemporary hip-hop stars. The rapping is more of a tribute to the music he loves, as he explained: “I would never put myself on the level of a Jay-Z or a 50 Cent or anything like that. Those guys have amazing talent and what they bring to a record is amazing. You know, I felt it, it felt right, and I felt comfortable doing it. And you know it’s really more so the way I pay homage to those other artists, the way I pay homage to hip-hop, which I love.”

Austin earned a Grammy Award last year as one of the songwriters for Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together.”

JAMES BROWN’S BODY MOVED TO UNDISCLOSED LOCATION

The body of the late soul pioneer James Brown has been moved to an undisclosed location, according to his attorney and estate trustee, Buddy Dallas.The Godfather of Soul, who died Christmas Day, had been resting temporarily in a guarded climate-controlled room at his Beech Island, South Carolina, since December 30th.

Brown’s six adult children have said they plan to keep his body in a mausoleum, and are mulling turning the singer’s home into a museum that would include his grave. According to , the family is seeking the advice of the late Elvis Presley’s relatives about the establishment of Graceland, Presley’s Memphis mansion, which attracts 600,000 visitors each year.

Meanwhile, it was reported last week that Brown’s youngest child, 5-year-old James Brown Jr., was not included in the soul singer’s will, which was drawn up before the child was born and before he married his mother, backup singer Tomi Rae Hynie.

Hynie was locked out of the singer’s Beech Island home just after his death and is fighting her own legal battle to prove that she was indeed legally married to Brown at the time of his death.

According to Brown’s will, filed last Thursday in an Augusta probate court, the late Adrienne Rodriguez is listed as his widow. His six adult children will divide his estate, the value of which will be determined within 90 days.

In other news, the Augusta arena that bears the singer’s name may be torn down. The site of Brown’s “homegoing” ceremony on December 30th, the James Brown Arena could be torn down to make way for a new arena. Augusta’s Mayor Deke Copenhaver says the almost 40-year-old coliseum needs to go, but J.R. Riles, who came up with the idea to name the arena after Brown before his death, said the facility should be preserved as the historic site of Brown’s final tribute, which drew celebrities like Michael Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton.

SAMUEL L. JACKSON, KERRY WASHINGTON TO CLASH IN ‘LAKEVIEW TERRACE’

Popular screen actor Samuel L. Jackson has been cast alongside actress Kerry Washington in the new film drama, Lakeview Terrace. The story centers on an LAPD officer, played by Jackson, who does everything he can to push an interracial couple out of his titular neighborhood. Washington — who starred in Ray and The Last King Of Scotland — will portray Jackson’s female neighbor, while the role of her white partner is still being cast.

David Loughery, who penned Money Train, will write the script. No director has yet been attached, though the studio has slated May as the start of shooting.

Jackson last appeared on screen in last summer’s tongue-in-cheek thriller Snakes On A Plane. He also stars in the upcoming Black Snake Moan, and voices the lead character in the Spike TV animated series, Afro Samurai.

JENNIFER HUDSON SAYS SHEER DESIRE KEPT HER GOING AFTER ‘IDOL’ DEFEAT

Jennifer Hudson is in the studio recording her debut album for the Arista label under the direction of Clive Davis. With a Golden Globe and other critics’ awards under her belt for her acting and vocal turn as Effie in the screen musical Dreamgirls, she is getting validation for her talents after being eliminated in early rounds from TV’s American Idol back in 2004.

Asked recently what kept her going after that very public defeat, Hudson said it was desire and the motivation of her grandmother: “Wow. What has kept me going is just my desire to do want to do, what I love to do and that’s to sing and now act. And I would like to continue both. And also my grandmother was a huge, great inspiration for me to just want to carry on singing because she was a singer as well who never got a chance as well. That was my passion and what I feel God chose for me to do. ” No word yet on the title or release date for Hudson’s debut CD.

AMERICAN MUSLIM GROUPS UNCOMFORTABLE WITH ’24’

Last week’s season premiere of 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland, is drawing some harsh criticism for its depiction Islamic terrorists setting off a nuclear bomb in an American city. While some media critics complain that the story line is a thinly- veiled political statement, American Muslim groups are more concerned at how their image is being portrayed and with possible real-life fallout.

Sireen Sawaf, with the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles told the AP, “It’s a great show… but I’m concerned about the image it ingrains in the minds of the American public and the American government…” Sohail Mohammed, a New Jersey lawyer who represented many detainees during the post-9/11 dragnet, commented about last week’s episode, “I was shocked. Somewhere, some lunatic out there watching this will do something to an innocent American Muslim because he believes what he saw on TV.”

The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is encouraging its members to complain to Fox about the current 24 story line. One of their members told reporters, “I found the portrayal of American Muslims to be pretty horrendous…This is one of the most popular programs on television…It’s pretty distressing.”

24 airs Monday nights on Fox. Check local listings.

THIS WEEKEND’S TOP TEN MOVIES — JANUARY 19-21

The urban dance movie Stomp the Yard remained at Number One for the second weekend in a row, while the only new wide release, the horror movie remake The Hitcher, opened in fourth place. The Queen moved up into an eighth- place tie from Number 24 last week, after star Helen Mirren won the best actress award at the Golden Globes for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth the Second, and after it expanded to more than 2,300 theaters from 344 last week. The fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth, from Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, jumped into seventh place from 18th place last weekend after expanding to 609 theaters from 194 last weekend. It was one of the Golden Globe nominees for best foreign- language film, but lost to director Clint Eastwood’s Japanese-language Letters from Iwo Jima.

1. Stomp the Yard, $13.3 million
2. Night at the Museum, $13 million
3. Dreamgirls, $8.7 million
4. Hitcher, $8.2 million
5. The Pursuit of Happyness, $6.7 million
6. Freedom Writers, $5.6 million
7. Pan’s Labyrinth, $4.7 million
8. Children of Men, $3.7 million
8. The Queen, $3.7 million 10. Arthur and The Invisibles, $3.1 million

ENTERTAINMENT QUICKIES

Just when you thought you heard it all on radio, here’s yet something that takes the cake, at least for now. An ABC Disney Radio host was in hot water last week after calling possible Presidential contender BARAKA OBAMA a “Halfrican.” According to BRIAN SUSSMAN of KSFO in the San Francisco area, “Obama isn’t black because his family wasn’t slaves.” Outraged bloggers immediately organized an ad boycott, which we hear is having some success. We’ll keep you up to date on what ABC will decide is Sussman’s fate.

It’s been well over a decade since we met the R&B quintet DRU HILL. Lead singer SISQO became the focal point of both praise and criticism throughout the group’s successful years and his own solo endeavors. Regardless of the critical jabs, no one will ever pronounce that thong-th- thong-thong-thong with one syllable again. Unlike many of his peers, SISQO still holds the mantra that he is where he is for his fans and because of them. Click here to read the entire article

We just got the word that JENNIFER LOPEZ is developing a new Showtime series about the world of Latin nannies. Lopez will executive produce the show, called Ayuda, and former Friends producer ALEXA JUNGE will be one of the writers. No word on an air date, but you know we’ll let you know. With Lopez racking up TV show deal after deal, we are wondering if any of them, including her MTV stab, will actually draw ratings since the all seem to have niche appeal.

The 9th Annual San Francisco Black Film Festival (June 7-10 and June 14-17) has announced its call for entries for films and screenplays. Entry deadline: February 15. They are seeking narrative features, documentaries, shorts, animation, experimental, student and television productions on film, video and digital media, which have been completed after January 1, 2006. Films should be written/directed or produced by an African or African American or feature Africans or African Americans in prominent roles. For details, visit http://www.sfbff.org/. When it comes to film festivals, we say the more the possibility your film gets the deal you’re looking for. Enter away.

JOHN LEGEND is living his dream of being a cross-genre artist. He tells Channel News Asia, “I love the fact that I can go to Singapore and meet thousands of people who love my music, and go to South Africa and do the same thing — places that have very little in common but where the music transcends all boundaries — I love it, it’s so cool! For me, I feel that genres are limiting. I don’t subscribe to the notion that I have to be the quintessential soul artist… The best artists are the ones that defy genres.”

THE GAME has postponed his Canadian tour. . . which was supposed to start in Ontario on Friday because of an arrest warrant. GAME was scheduled to be in court in New York last week for that time in November he impersonated a cop but he no-showed. There’s an arrest warrant out for him now; a spokesperson for THE GAME says he’ll be turning himself in this week and he’ll reschedule the tour dates.

HALLE BERRY has hired a painting company in Orange County to spruce up the cabinets in her Beverly Hills home – which she’s been remodeling for over a year – all they have to do is stain the existing wood cabinets in the kitchen and for that, they’re charging her $57,000! So they were more than happy to agree – in writing – to her demands: first, workers are forbidden to approach HALLE, second, no one’s allowed to talk to her – they are only approved conversation if HALLE speaks to them, then they’re allowerd to answer.

MARY J. BLIGE has decided she wants to make some extra money now, while she’s huge. . . but she’s not going to, quote, “[Create] a clothing line, like the cliché things that everyone else does.” No, Mary plans on buying real estate and then renting it out. Mary says, “I see myself having businesses. Like, I don’t even have to wake up, I’m in my sleep and I’m making money like the way Steve Jobs did with Apple, he doesn’t have to really do anything ever again for the rest of his life.” Now after her guest appearance on Ghost Whisperer, Mary J said she wants to see her acting career grow but doesn’t want her fans to expect her to get naked to do it. Mary says her acting choices will all be wholesome because she has too much love and respect for her husband to even kiss another man onscreen or get naked for a sexy role. She says, “I`m weird when it comes to nudity. I love my husband too much to be kissing another man or having another man in between my legs in a sex scene. I can`t do it.” She also felt strongly about what is considered to be “sexy” now. Mary says, “Right now, the ‘in’ thing seems to be who can get the naked-est. You can be sexy with all your clothes on and just have nice cleavage. You can be sexy in a turtleneck shirt on and showing your abs if you want to, and a nice pair of pants that cover up your butt crack.”

We just heard that PAULA ABDUL is getting into the film biz. Buzz has it that she will star in and produce a live-action movie based on the popular Bratz line of fashion dolls. The flick will follow the wacky lives of four teen girls from diverse backgrounds. Of, course Abdul will be hands on– picking the cast, overseeing the choreography, and approving the fashion. But she’ll have to work fast. Filming beings next month for the August release. Though her jewelry line didn’t take off, with Idol having such crossover success and had make Abdul hot again, the film should be a hit with the younger set.

If you haven’t heard by now, let us tell you Radio One recently purchased urban lifestyle mag Giant. The black broadcasting giant bought the up-and-coming mag for just $270,000, according to reports. Under the deal, Radio One will be looking to expand the publication’s online presence. Besides the 70 radio stations Radio One owns and/or operates, it owns interests in TV One and Reach Media, Inc., owner of the Tom Joyner Morning Show and other businesses associated with TOM JOYNER. The Giant deal marks the firm’s foray into yet another media format–print.

TIA MOWRY got engaged to her boyfriend of six years, actor CORY HARDRICT, on Christmas day, she tells People. “He surprised me in front of my entire family,” says Mowry, 28, who starred with twin sister TAMERA on the 1994-1999 WB series Sister, Sister and is now on the CW comedy The Game. “I knew something was up because he came over to my parents’ house and he was acting strange. He went to the bathroom three times in 10 minutes and he was sweating profusely. I was like ‘Cory, are you okay?’ ” Turns out, acting funny was Hardrict’s master plan. “He’s a jokester,” says Mowry, who costarred with Hardrict, 27, in the independent film Hollywood Horror. “He had given me a card and it read, ‘I love you, blah blah blah.’ And he said, ‘Tia, I just want you to know that I want to be committed to you, and with this promise ring I want to let you know that I love you and I want to work towards the near future.’ ” Only instead of a ring, Mowry’s little brother came over and handed her a piece of paper that said “Psych!” while Mowry’s other brother queued up the Jagged Edge song “Let’s Get Married.” Hardrict then got down on one knee and gave Mowry a diamond ring he’d designed himself. “He was crying, I was crying,” says Mowry, who hasn’t set a wedding date yet.

A lawsuit brought against Fox Television and XXL magazine by rapper TYRUSS “BIG SYKE” HIMES was dismissed by a Superior Court judge in Los Angeles on Thursday (Jan. 18). Big Syke filed the defamation lawsuit in July of 2006, claiming that Fox’s local television station KTTV wrongfully accused him being involved in the unsolved murder of CHRISTOPHER “THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G.” WALLACE, who was gunned down in March of 1997 near the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Click here for the entire story

The streets are buzzing that PRINCE might be joined by BEYONCÉ when he performs during half-time at Superbowl XL in two weeks. A few ticket outlets have posted messages of another team-up between the two singers, who opened the Grammy awards a few years back. Beyonce sang the national anthem at the Superbowl in 2004 in her hometown of Houston. The Superbowl will take place at the Miami Dolphin stadium on February 4th.

A California judge ordered O.J. SIMPSON to limit his spending to “ordinary and necessary living expenses” after the family of murder victim RON GOLDMAN raised concerns O.J. was shopping another book deal. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge GERALD ROSENBERG issued the limited restraining order on Friday, which also prohibits Simpson from spending any earnings from past deals, including books, films, and sports memorabilia. The order remains in effect until a Feb. 20 hearing. The order does not apply to the advance Simpson may have received from a canceled book deal and TV interview in which he reportedly told a hypothetical tale of how he would have killed his ex-wife, NICOLE BROWN SIMPSON, and Goldman. The book was titled, If I Did It. The advance money is already subject to a federal court order. Goldman`s father, Fred, filed a federal lawsuit in December, alleging Simpson created a shell corporation that received at least $1.1 million for the book-TV deal. A hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 24. (FRED GOLDMAN claims Simpson is trying to avoid paying a 1997 judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the Goldman family. Simpson has paid little of the $33.5 million civil judgment.) O.J.`s lawyer says the former football great is willing to give Fred Goldman “a percentage” of his future earnings if the victim`s dad will stop battling him in court over every cent he makes. Simpson`s lawyer (RONALD SLATES) said, “Fred Goldman needs to get rid of the anger and deal with this as a business deal. Let`s talk hard dollars and percentages”.

Fox News reported that the word from Switzerland was that RANDY JACKSON, the younger brother of MICHAEL, has been hospitalized with a heart attack. Some Jackson insiders say that Randy worked as Michael’s manager and adviser during his child molestation trial, and is just “exhausted.” Randy Jackson is relatively young at 46 years old, but has spent most of the last couple of years caught up in his older brother’s strange world.

TAYLOR HICKS is suing his former manager, claiming that since he fired JAN CHILDS before winning American Idol, the ex- manager doesn`t have the right to continue earning a percentage of Hicks` gross earnings. Hicks filed suit last week, stipulating that he fired Childs in September 2004 after employing him since the previous October as his personal manager and adviser. Hicks says their original agreement states that, if he didn`t get a recording contract during their first year of working together, he had the right to fire him.

WHITNEY HOUSTON fans are being offered another chance to get their hands on the singer`s personal items – editors at the hardly-ever reliable National Enquirer are offering up memorabilia they picked up at the soul star`s auction. Belts, headbands and a pair of silk Dolce & Gabana pants from Whitney`s own wardrobe can be won by readers of the Enquirer – for the cost of a stamp. The items were snapped up by the publication`s bosses when the owners of a storage facility Houston owed money to decided to auction off her possessions. Whitney need only to fill out a coupon in the new issue of the Enquirer and send it to the magazine for a chance to win Whitney`s belongings.

NAOMI CAMPBELL will star in an episode of Ugly Betty, playing a “loony” fashionista. The temperamental supermodel who recently pleaded guilty to assaulting her housekeeper with her mobile phone, will make her TV acting debut on the fashion magazine-based show later this year. She says of her role: “On Ugly Betty I`ll play a loony who loves to shop and can`t find a man. I like that sort of role.” The show picked up two Golden Globes last Monday – Best Television Series (Musical/Drama) and Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series (Musical/Comedy) for America Ferrera.

LIL JON will host the Playboy Super Saturday Night event on the eve of the Super Bowl.

KANYE WEST and his fiancée ALEXIS attended the premiere of Smokin’ Aces in Los Angles last week. The couple were not the usual all smiles working the red carpet. And there is talk that Alexis didn’t even show up to the film’s after-party with ‘Ye. There still has been no word on when they plan to tie the knot. Some happy faces working the red carpet included the movie’s stars COMMON and ALICIA KEYS and her producing partner and rumored boyfriend KERRY BROTHERS.

NIA LONG appears on the cover of the new issue of Essence magazine. In the feature, she says she’s been seeing someone special. “I think we’re changing into more than friends. We’re exploring the possibilities. He’s sooo nice. For my birthday, he sent me a giant flower arrangement and all these chocolates.” When asked if he was in sports she replied, “I’m trying to be protective of it because I don’t want it out in the open.” Nia was seen with NBA baller CUTTINO MOBLEY at the Golden Globes after parties last Monday. The only question is why he was donning a band-aid on his left eyebrow? Weird.

BEYONCÉ’S father MATTHEW KNOWLES recently told AOL BV Newswire that his daughter isn’t bitter she cannot be nominated for an Oscar for “Listen,” her powerful ballad from Dreamgirls. He said, “First of all Beyonce is very excited about the song “Listen” being nominated and is grateful to the Academy. Although Beyonce is a writer on the song and adds life to the song with her vocal production, she is very respectful of the Academy’s policies and procedures.” He continued, “Would she like to if the song ‘Listen’ won have the privilege to walk up and receive an Oscar? Who wouldn’t! But again whatever decision made by the Academy she very much respects.” Academy Award nominations take place tomorrow morning in Los Angeles.

The New York Post is reporting that Extra correspondent TANIKA RAY was mistaken for JENNIFER HUDSON by a big- named celeb couple after the Golden Globes. ANGELINA JOLIE and BRAD PITT walked up and chimed “Congratulations.” Pitt kissed her on the cheek, but Ray isn’t mad about the mix-up. “I assumed he was congratulating me on getting one of the only interviews with [him and Angelina] on the red carpet, but honestly, I didn’t know why Brad Pitt kissed me on the cheek. It’s Brad Pitt kissing me on the cheek! Honey, I could care less why.” Pitt’s rep said he was on location and couldn’t be reached.

the use of the epithet head- on,” wrote Pittsburgh Post-Gazette TV critic Rob Owen on his newspaper television blog.

CLIPSE TO ROCK SEAGRAM’S LIVE 2007 MUSIC TOUR

Rap duo the Clipse are set to perform at a special preview of Seagram’s Live 2007 Music Tour on January 24 at New York’s Webster Hall.

Presented annually by Seagram’s Gin, Seagram’s Live 2007 will feature the rap act as headliners with other platinum-selling recording artists and stars-in-the- making, to be announced soon. The month-long, 11- city Seagram’s Live 2007 tour is set to launch April 7 in Memphis, with stops at leading nightclubs and hotspots in New Orleans, Atlanta, Birmingham, Jackson, Detroit, Washington, DC, New York, Fort Bragg and Tampa, concluding in Miami on April 29. Continuing the Seagram’s Live tradition of supporting community issues such as housing, job training and adult education, Seagram’s Live 2007 will raise funds to benefit the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

A major highlight of the tour is the exclusive Seagram’s Live Diamonds & Ice Contest that will enable one lucky winner to receive an all-expense paid trip to a performance of their choice, as well as a custom piece of diamond jewelry, valued at $25,000. The contest will run for two weeks in mid- March; adults 21 and over may enter by logging on to http://www.Seagrams Gin.com beginning in mid-March.

SEAGRAM’S LIVE 2007 TOUR SCHEDULE
(Dates and Venues Subject to Change)

4/7 Memphis (Plush)
4/8 New Orleans (House of Blues)
4/12 Atlanta (Earthlink Live)
4/13 Birmingham (Platinum Nightclu
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4/14 Jackson (Free Lons Groove)
4/20 Detroit (Club Visions)
4/21 Washington D.C. (930 Club)
4/26 NYC (BB King’s)
4/27 Fort (Bragg Sports USA)
4/28 Tampa (Club Skye)
4/29 Miami (TBD)

OPRAH LEARNS LESSON FROM HALF-SISTER’S BETRAYAL

Oprah Winfrey is certainly no stranger to attention from the tabloids, but when her own relative was caught selling a personal story about the TV mogul to the biggest rag of all, it proved too much for her to bear.

In the new February issue of her magazine, Winfrey said she cried for three days upon learning that her half-sister, Patricia Lloyd, told the National Enquirer that Winfrey became pregnant at 14 and lost the baby after birth. For the information, the tabloid reportedly paid Lloyd $19,000.

“I felt devastated. Wounded. Betrayed. How could this person do this to me?” Winfrey wrote in her latest edition of O magazine.

Winfrey had already confirmed the Enquirer’s 1990 report of her teen pregnancy, telling Parade magazine later that year that the baby was born prematurely and died shortly after birth. Her half- sister, who was not named in Winfrey’s column, was reported to have sold the story to the tabloid.

The talk show host now says she learned something from what she calls “that first betrayal.” Having the secret out was “liberating” and it allowed her to begin to heal from the sexual abuse she said she experienced as a girl.

She says she hasn’t let more recent betrayals in her life bother her as much, although they still feel like “a kick in the gut.”

GOSPEL CENTRAL

8TH ANNUAL SUPER BOWL GOSPEL CELEBRATION TO AIR

Atlanta-based entertainment production company, Results, Inc. today announced the confirmation of comedian Cedric The Entertainer as co-host of the 8th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. Premiering on Gospel Music Channel, Saturday, February 3, 2007 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, the show features Grammy award-winning artists including Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker and a host of the NFL’s top players. Click Here to read the entire story

ALICIA KEYS TO DONATE $20,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS

Armed with $20,000 in financial aid waiting to bless college freshmen in need, Grammy-winner Alicia Keys says she wants to help out college students who make a point to help others. The singer announced Saturday that recipients of her merit-based Open Door Scholarships will have to perform community service each semester in their hometowns. The winners are also expected to represent the Open Door organization – part of Jacksonville-based nonprofit Frum Tha Ground Up started by Keys’ road manager, D.J. Walton – at various school appearances.

“It’s a reward for students . . . who contribute to make this a better world,” Keys said Friday during an announcement. “We can do something to help find those bright minds that need a helping hand. It all adds up.”

Keys, a native of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, got the idea for the scholarships while visiting schools during her 2005 tour. A $5,000 grant will be awarded to each of the lucky four chosen from Jacksonville, New Orleans, Atlanta and Keys’ Harlem, NY neighborhood. “We’re just looking for standout students who are definitely college-bound and need a little bit of help financially to really achieve their dreams,” Keys said.

ISAIAH WASHINGTON FIRES PUBLICIST

The controversy surrounding Isaiah Washington’s comment backstage at the Golden Globe awards continues to pick up steam, with the actor firing his publicist and gay rights groups stating that his apology Thursday afternoon was “too little too late.” The latest news in the debacle, reports TV Guide, is Washington’s dismissal of his longtime publicist Cynthia Snyder and hiring of Allen Mayer and Kelly Mullens, who reportedly specialize in crisis management. Mayer has put out fires for the likes of R. Kelly, Tommy Lee and Paula Poundstone, reports TMZ.

Meanwhile, a number of TV critics and gay media Web sites are calling on ABC to fire the Grey’s Anatomy star for using the word “faggot” in reference to gay co-star T.R. Knight, reports the Los Angeles Times. Activist groups are also wondering aloud why the show’s African American creator, Shonda Rhimes, has not done more to diffuse the situation.

“Thanks for the apology, Isaiah (still waiting for yours ABC and Ms.Rhimes), but it’s too little, too late,” wrote Michael Jensen for Afterelton.com, a gay media website. “As for ABC, what are these people thinking? Why haven’t they fired this joker as of yesterday?”

“Perhaps most disappointing in all this is that ‘Grey’s’ creator Shonda Rhimes, who is to be lauded for the diversity of the show’s cast, has never really addressed the use of the epithet head- on,” wrote Pittsburgh Post-Gazette TV critic Rob Owen on his newspaper television blog.

As previously reported, an online petition was created last week in support of Washington being axed for his actions (Click here to access it) Inevitably, another online petition has been launched in an effort to keep the actor in his role as Dr. Preston Burke.

The controversy didn’t seem to hurt the ratings of Grey’s Anatomy, as Thursday’s episode – with several poignant scenes between Dr. Burke and Knight’s character Dr. George O’Malley – drew 21.9 million viewers to narrowly beat out CBS’ CSI(21.3 million).

On Thursday, ABC issued a statement declaring its “great dismay” over Washington’s “inappropriate language” and adding that the actor’s “actions are unacceptable and are being addressed.”

Hours later, Washington released an apology, stating in part: “I can neither defend nor explain my behavior. I can also no longer deny to myself that there are issues I obviously need to examine within my own soul, and I’ve asked for help.”

“With one word, I’ve hurt everyone who has struggled for the respect so many of us take for granted,” continued the statement, issued through Washington’s publicist. “I welcome the chance to meet with leaders of the gay and lesbian community to apologize in person.”

BOW WOW RELEASES NEW SINGLE

Rapper Bow Wow is enjoying his last couple of months as a teenager. The rapper, who will turn 20 in March, recently released the second single, “Outta My System,” from his latest album, The Price of Fame. The set, which hit stores last month, had a big opening week as it sold more 250,000 copies in stores.

Bow Wow took the success in stride. He told Allhiphop.com, “This year was like last year. When I came out with Wanted, I did 125,000 first week. One thing about me is that I usually don’t have huge opening weeks. My sales grow with time considering the strength of my singles. I never really worried about it too much. As long as the numbers stay consistent and it goes platinum, I could care less, to be honest. You’ve seen it yourself, a whole bunch of people opening big and in week or two dropping sharply. It doesn’t worry me.”

In addition to his acting career, Bow Wow is now actively running his own label, BW Entertainment. He explained, “It was a blessing that Sony gave me the shot at a label. I already got my first artist and I think I get a lot of respect because I stay in my lane. I’ve come up with a way to keep locking down the teen market. This 13-year-old named Young Jitsu is the first act, and he writes his own stuff. It’s crazy ’cause I saw Jeezy yesterday and he gave me mad props for being a businessman and locking down my market.”

Bow Wow and Chris Brown will be teaming up for a summer tour.

FOXY BROWN GETS GOOD REPORT FROM PROBATION DEPARTMENT

Rapper Foxy Brown has apparently settled into her life on probation. The Associated Press reports that the rapper has been attending her anger management classes and on Wednesday, January 17th, she was given “an excellent report from the probation” department.

Brown, who is 26, explained that being on probation has been positive “because probation forces you into structure. It is making me grow up. I have matured a lot since I started the anger management.”

Outside of the courtroom, Brown has some positive things to say about Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson with whom she has clashed on several occasions. The rapper said, “This is only the first time in two years that I’m pleased with Judge Jackson. She got an excellent report from probation.”

Brown’s last court appearance in December didn’t go so well. Shawnda Weinberg, a lawyer for the city’s department of probation, suggested that Brown serve some jail time because she was allegedly asking for special treatment.

Brown was sentenced to probation and anger management classes after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault charges for getting into a fight with two manicurists at a Manhattan nail salon in 2004.

The rapper is due back in court on March 15th.

DIDDY DISSED AT GOLDEN GLOBE AFTER-PARTY

Hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs is known for throwing lavish parties and being a special guest at some of the biggest bashes in the world. Last weekend following the Golden Globe Awards, Combs’ juice card was allegedly denied at the door of the CAA Golden Globe After Party at the Sunset Tower. New York Post’s Page Six reports that when Diddy and entourage got to the door, he was told he wasn’t on the list and turned away.

What happened next is up for debate. According to one witness, Diddy became “verbally abusive and started yelling at security,” and hotel owner Jeff Klein

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Black History Fact

In 1800, Nat Turner, the leader of the Virginia slave revolt, was born.
In 1801, Haitian liberator Toussaint L’Ouverture entered Santiago to battle the French.
In 1822, Early Colorado gold miner, hotel magnate, entrepreneur, and former slave Barney L. Ford was born in Stafford Court House, Virginia. Through a number of business dealings, Ford became a wealthy man but was dogged by a series of tragic accidents. The restaurants and hotels he owned in Denver and Nicaragua were leveled by bombs and fires, and racism periodically forced him out of the gold fields. Despite such setbacks, Ford made and lost several fortunes during his lifetime.
In 1891, The Lodge Bill, which called for federal supervision of elections, was abandoned in the Senate after a Southern filibuster.
In 1906, pioneer aviator Willa Brown-Chappell was born.
In 1920, actor, pianist and singer William Warfield was born in West Helena, Arkansas. Warfield’s illustrious career in music spanned 54 years.
In 1931, Sam Cooke, the legendary musician whose hits include “Having A Party” and “Chain Gang,” was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He died on December 11th, 1964, at age 33 from a gunshot wound.
In 1973, George Foreman defeated Joe Frazier to win the heavyweight championship in a bout in Kingston, Jamaica. He kept the title for 22 months until losing it to Muhammad Ali.
In 1949, James Robert Gladden became the first African-American certified in orthopedic surgery.
In 1973, The Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Roe v. Wade case, striking down state laws restricting abortions during the first six months of a pregnancy.
In 1981, Samuel Pierce was named Secretary Of Housing & Urban Development in the Reagan administration.
In 1988, Heavyweight champ Mike Tyson knocked out former champion Larry Holmes in the fourth round to retain the world heavyweight title in Atlantic City.
In 1989, Clarence Willie Norris, the last surviving member of the Scottsboro Boys, died at age 76 while a patient at the Bronx Community Hospital in New York City. Norris was one of nine African-American teenagers accused of the rape of two white prostitutes in Alabama in 1931. The case was tried several times between 1931 and 1937, ending only after one woman recanted her charge. Norris spent 15 years in prison before being paroled. Once freed, Norris left Alabama for New York. He was pardoned by the state of Alabama in 1976 after the state parole board determined his innocence.
In 1996, O.J. Simpson testified for the first time since the killings of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman as he gave a videotaped deposition for a wrongful death lawsuit.
In 2001, Former football player Rae Carruth was sentenced to at least 18 years in prison without parole for his role in the shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend.
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Celebrity Birthdays

DJ Jazzy Jeff, member of DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, 42
Marc Gay, member of Shai, 38
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Words To the Wise
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Words To the Wise

Believe it and you’ll see it

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Morning Show Update

January 22, 2007

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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.
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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.

IT’S THE COLTS AND THE BEARS IN THE SUPERBOWL MATCHING TWO BLACK COACHES

The paring marks the first time two African-American coaches will face each other in the Superbowl, Tony Dungy for the Indianapolis Colts and Lovie Smith for the Chicago Bears.

Leading the Bears to the Super Bowl is more than just good, though. It’s historic, and it’s about time.

With a 39-14 pummeling of the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, the Bears gave their coach an all-expense-paid trip to Miami. More importantly, they made him the first black coach to take a team to the NFL’s biggest stage, a milestone that will reverberate throughout the league and beyond.

“Being the first black coach to lead this team, of course our players knew about it and they wanted to help us make history,” Smith said. “So I feel blessed to be in that position.

“I’ll feel even better to be the first black coach to hold up the world championship trophy.”

About the time Smith was accepting the George Halas trophy as the NFC champion, his good friend and mentor, Tony Dungy, was trying to make history of his own down the road in Indianapolis. The Colts win places two black coaches in the marquee game.

After taking 41 years for one coach to crack the barrier, two did it in a matter of hours.

“I’m witnessing history,” Bears safety Danieal Manning said. “That man deserves it.”

So have many others.

It wasn’t all that long ago that the NFL’s best jobs were off-limits to blacks. Never mind that three-quarters of the league’s rosters were filled with black players. Or that there were qualified black assistants. When the time came to hire a new coach, they were passed over, time and again.

Meanwhile, white coaches who had done little to distinguish themselves in their previous two or three jobs got additional chances. It was the old boys network at its worst.

There’s been some progress over the last two decades. It’s been far slower than it should have been, and it took an active hand by former commissioner Paul Tagliabue to move it along. Art Shell, Dennis Green, Dungy – they all paved the way for Smith.

And Smith knows well the debt he owes. Not simply to them, but to black men everywhere.

When the Bears take the field in Miami on Feb. 4, men of color who dream of being center stage at America’s biggest sporting spectacle will see that the door is, indeed, open. Men of color who have been held back, told in words or deeds that they weren’t good enough, will have a role model as they fight for equal footing.

“When you have an opportunity like this, of course you want to take advantage of it,” running back Thomas Jones said. “Any time you’re the first person to do anything, regardless of your race or anything like that, it’s special. So I’m definitely happy for him.”

Smith has never been the type to rail at injustices or gripe about being treated unfairly. Not that he didn’t have occasion.

He was raised in Big Sandy, Texas, a tiny farming community about halfway between Dallas and Shreveport, La. His father was an alcoholic and money was tight, and Smith was forced to grow up maybe a little faster than a boy should.

He paid his dues as a young coach – and then some: Tulsa, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Tampa Bay, St. Louis. Those were only a few of the stops he made in the 20-year odyssey it took to become a head coach.

Did he deserve a shot before the Bears hired him in January 2004? Certainly. But you will never hear him whine about life being unfair.

Ask him about his childhood, and he’ll tell you about the values he learned, how so much more can be accomplished when those above you reach down to lend a helping hand. Ask about his circuitous route to the Bears job, and he’ll tell you he’s in the right place at the right time.

Smith knows the responsibility he carries. Unlike baseball or basketball, it is still news when a team hires a black coach in the NFL. Even bigger news when a black man is hired to run the front office.

With every big victory, Smith removes another thorn of prejudice.

He beamed as he stood at midfield next to team owner Virginia McCaskey – whose father, George Halas, did his part to erase racial barriers by making his team one of the first to pair black and white players as roommates. Confetti rained down, and Will Smith’s “Miami” played on the PA system. One by one, Lovie Smith’s players pushed through the crowd to embrace him.

It’s the same scene Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick and other elite coaches have enjoyed over the years. Now Smith was standing in the middle of the party, a black coach celebrating with his Super Bowl team.

“I hope for a day when it is unnoticed,” he said before the game. “But that day isn’t here.”

Let’s hope he gets his wish – that the day arrives soon when the color of his skin isn’t even mentioned.

Manning brings team back

Football’s most prolific quarterback put on a show for the ages Sunday, rallying the Indianapolis Colts from 18 points down and driving them 80 yards for the winning score in a wildly entertaining 38-34 victory over the New England Patriots.
In his nine years in the league, Manning has never played in a game like this AFC championship contest. He threw for 349 yards and one touchdown and brought his team back from a 21-3 deficit.

Joseph Addai capped Manning’s late drive with the winning score, a 3-yard run with 1 minute left to help the Colts (15-4) complete the rally and send coach Tony Dungy to his first Super Bowl – and a very special one.

Dungy and the Colts will face the Chicago Bears and his good friend Lovie Smith in Miami in two weeks. Together they are the first black coaches to make the Super Bowl in its 41 years.

After Indy’s last touchdown, Manning was on the sideline, his head down – he couldn’t bear to watch. New England’s Tom Brady – he of the three Super Bowl rings – threw an interception to Marlin Jackson and the RCA Dome crowd went wild. One kneel down later and Manning ripped off his helmet to celebrate. Meanwhile, Dungy thrusts his arms into the air celebrating the come-from-behind win and entry into the big game in Miami.

It’s official: Tomlin is Steelers’ new coach

The Steelers have finally informed Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin that they have in fact chosen him as their next head coach, first reported by ESPN sports.

The two sides have agreed to terms on a multi-year deal that is believed to be comparable to the four-year, $10 million deal Cam Cameron reached with the Miami Dolphins.

The Steelers are expected to officially announce Tomlin as their coach Monday.

Tomlin was originally scheduled to fly to Mobile, Alabama for this week’s Senior Bowl but was asked by Pittsburgh brass to not get on the plane.

Calls to Tomlin have not been returned but sources close to the coach said he expects to be able to work out the terms of the contract with the Steelers by last night.

SNOOP DOGG LAUNCHES SECOND SEASON OF HIP HOP GAMING LEAGUE

Snoop Dogg and Global Gaming League announced the official launch of the second season of the Hip Hop Gaming League on Thursday, January 18th. Thirty-two of the biggest names in music and professional sports will go head-to-head online on EA Sports’ NCAA 07 Football on their X-Boxes. Allhiphop.com reports that this year’s contestants include Lil’ Wayne, Birdman, The Clipse, Hi Tek, Warren G., Aaron McGruder, Rick Ross, Lupe Fiasco, Yung Joc, David Banner, B-Real, Paul Wall, Murs, Krayzie Bone, producer Fredwreck and others.

As the commissioner, Snoop Dogg may add other games to the competition such as NBA 2K7, NFL 2K7, and Madden NFL 07. Additionally this year, gamers who are registered with the GGL may participate in a parallel league. They could potentially compete against one of the rappers at the HHGL Finals which are scheduled for February 16th in Las Vegas.

GGL chairman and founder Ted Owens said, “If you want to compete against the best gamers in hip-hop and pro sports, you’ve got to bring your A- game or just go home. Hip-hop music, celebrities, the Internet and gaming are driving and defining the alternative-to-mainstream culture for 14 to 34-year- olds today. It’s tough to know which has more influence, but by bringing them all together, the GGL is at the epicenter of this cultural revolution.”

Spike TV will be capturing footage from the second season and the finals. Snoop Dogg has also planned a special wrap party, which will feature performances by some of the rappers.

At last year’s final in Los Angeles, Snoop Dogg explained how the Hip Hop Gaming League was founded. He said: “It’s a situation where I got together with X-Box 360, 2K6 Sports and Sprite. We put together a Hip Hop Gaming League where all of the hip hop players we come together and play against each other online.”

The rapper added: “I’m the commissioner of the league, you know what I’m sayin’, and welcome inside the H.H.G.L. championship hosted by the Big Snoopy D.O. Double Gizzle.”

USHER FINED FOR SPEEDING IN GEORGIA

Recording star Usher was found guilty of speeding on a local Georgia freeway and ordered to pay a $425 fine. The singer appeared in Bartow County court on Tuesday to face a speeding citation stemming from a July 4th traffic stop on Interstate 75. Police clocked the 28-year-old driving at 103 miles per hour.

In addition to being fined, Usher was ordered to perform 20 hours of community service by Probate Court Judge Mitchell Scoggins.

The singer appeared to take the conviction in stride, spending about 30 minutes signing autographs for fans after leaving the courtroom.

A five-time Grammy winner, Usher is currently beginning work on the follow-up to his multi-platinum Confessions album. He also helped spike attendance on Broadway last fall with his brief appearance in the revival of Chicago.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA AND MARY J. BLIGE JOIN GRAMMY PERFORMERS

Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Carrie Underwood and Ludacris have been added to the bill for this year’s Grammy Awards on February 11th, while Justin Timberlake will now make two appearances on the show. They all join several previously scheduled performers that include Beyonce, the Dixie Chicks, Gnarls Barkley and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The Black Eyed Peas, Ciara and Nelly Furtado will appear as presenters.

Blige is the leading Grammy contender with eight nominations.

Both Timberlake and Ludacris have received four nods.

Aguilera and Underwood are also both up for two awards.

The 49th annual event airs live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS, starting at 8:00 p.m. ET.

BABYFACE HOSTS SUNDANCE MUSIC SHOWCASE

Singer and songwriter Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds has been tapped as the host of a special music performance series taking place during next week’s Sundance Film Festival. Where Music Meets Film will be a four-night acoustic showcase by top recording artists, who will perform for the filmmaking crowd.

Set for January 24th through 27th in Park City, Utah, the series will offer stripped-down sets by Babyface as well as Joan Osborne, Jonny Lang, Keb’ Mo’, Sean Lennon, Lindsey Buckingham, Shelby Lynne, Shawn Colvin, Daniel Powter, Marc Broussard, and other surprise guests.

The shows will be recorded in hi-definition for broadcast as a one-hour primetime special on the WE network this spring.

Meanwhile, Babyface is said to be working on a new album of all-acoustic covers in the vein of his Grammy-winning Eric Clapton collaboration “Change The World.”

Babyface says there’s a difference between his own recordings and the music he writes for other artists: “I’m kind of a person that likes to write about being in love, loving someone or someone loving you and not necessarily walking out on them because you found them in bed with somebody else. That’s not usually my forte. I usually write that for other people to sing. So I’m kind of like wrestling between that in terms of an artist today. But then at the same time, there are other people that I work with that aren’t really concerned about that.”

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE’S GRAMMY DANCE CONTEST

Justin Timberlake’s dance contest is now down to five finalists, all competing for the chance to perform with him at the Grammy Awards on February 11th. According to the Associated Press, fans voted on Yahoo! Music to narrow down the pool from 12 contestants. The final five are all women, ranging in age from 18 to 25.

The top three finalists will be announced during Super Bowl weekend, then head for Los Angeles to rehearse with Timberlake.

The winner will be announced live on the Grammy Awards broadcast.

He stars in the new movie, Alpha Dog, which is in theaters now.

WILL SMITH BRINGS ‘HAPPYNESS’ TO JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER

Actor Will Smith was in the Land Of The Rising Sun this week to promote his latest film, The Pursuit Of Happyness. The actor and Grammy winning rapper also got a chance to sit down with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who said that the film should serve as an inspiration to the people of his country, according to AP. “I think we should treasure the idea of not giving up dreams,” said Abe.

The 38-year-old Smith met with Abe at the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo on Thursday. The film, which also stars Smith’s 5-year-old son Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, is based on the true-life story of a man who finds himself homeless but nevertheless pursues his dream.

“We are aiming to create a society that is full of chances and allows people to take up a challenge again,” Abe said. “The movie presents us an example of such society.”

The Pursuit Of Happyness opens in Japan on January 27th.

EDDIE MURPHY SAYS HIS FILM CHOICES HAVE BEEN DIVERSE

Eddie Murphy earned his first Golden Globe Award last Sunday for his role as aging R&B star James “Thunder” Early in the musical screen hit Dreamgirls. Backstage, he seemed just as surprised by the notion that he had become pigeonholed as a family film actor as by actually winning the trophy.

Responding to a question about his career trajectory, Murphy noted that his film choices were simply about diversity. He said: “You know I’ve been making movies 25 years and I’ve just been trying to do different types of things. So, the Dr. Dolittle movies and Daddy Daycare and the family movies was just what I was doing then. You know, I can’t just keep doing Beverly Hills Cop and, you know (laughs). I do different stuff, you know, I do makeup movies. If you look at all my movies from the beginning till now, 48 Hours to now, it’s pretty diverse.”

His latest “makeup movie” will be the comedy Norbit, due February 9th. In it, Murphy plays the mild-mannered title character who is engaged to a monstrous woman, also played by Murphy, until he meets the woman of his dreams.

JENNIFER HUDSON, EMMITT SMITH, JAY-Z ARE TOP ‘CELEBRITY FLIRTS’

Golden Globe-winning actress Jennifer Hudson, Dancing With The Stars winner Emmitt Smith, hip-hop entrepreneur Jay- Z , and Golden Globe winning Ugly Betty star America Ferrera have been named among the top celebrity “flirts” by author Jill Spiegel, a self-described “flirtologist.”

“Flirting is connecting with people and life in a genuine, playful and meaningful way,” says Spiegel, the author of Flirting For Success and The Flirtologist’s Guide To Dating, which are both available online at flirtnow.com .

Spiegel issued a top flirt list, describing her choices. She writes: “Jennifer Hudson, the former American Idol contestant who wows us in Dreamgirls, her movie debut. Flirts turn rejection into reward. Emmitt Smith, former Dallas Cowboy turned electrifying winner on TV’s Dancing With The Stars. Flirts are open to new challenges. Jay-Z, rapper who conquered his exhilarating Hangar Tour, stopping at seven different cities in one day. Flirts are visionaries. America Ferrera, actress who exudes charisma. ‘When I’m (Ugly) Betty, there’s a light that shines from the inside.’ Flirts have warmth.”

Other celebrity flirts include Today Show host Meredith Vieira, actor and game show host William Shatner, cooking and talk show host Rachael Ray, comedy writer and actress Tina Fey, actor Jack Black, and British mogul Richard Branson.

‘GREY’S ANATOMY’ STAR ISAIAH WASHINGTON ISSUES APOLOGY FOR ANTI-GAY SLUR AT GOLDEN GLOBES

Grey’s Anatomy star Isaiah Washington, who found himself criticized by his fellow castmembers as well as gay and lesbian advocacy groups after using an anti-gay slur in reference to co-star T.R. Knight in the Golden Globes pressroom Monday night (January 15th), has issued an apology for his use of the word, and says he has issues he needs to deal with.

“I apologize to T.R., my colleagues, the fans of the show and especially the lesbian and gay community for using a word that is unacceptable in any context or circumstance. By repeating the word Monday night, I marred what should have been a perfect night for everyone who works on Grey’s Anatomy. I can neither defend nor explain my behavior. I can also no longer deny to myself that there are issues I obviously need to examine within my own soul, and I’ve asked for help. I know the power of words, especially those that demean. I realize that by using one filled with disrespect I have hurt more than T.R. and my colleagues. With one word, I’ve hurt everyone who has struggled for the respect so many of us take for granted. I welcome the chance to meet with leaders of the gay and lesbian community to apologize in person and to talk about what I can do to heal the wounds I’ve opened. T.R.’s courage throughout this entire episode speaks to his tremendous character. I hold his talent, and T.R. as a person, in high esteem. I know a mere apology will not end this, and I intend to let my future actions prove my sincerity.”

ABC Television and Touchstone Pictures, who produce and air the show, also issued a statement:

“We have a long standing policy to create and maintain respectful workplaces for all our employees. We dealt with the original situation in October, and thought the issue resolved. Therefore, we are greatly dismayed that Mr. Washington chose to use such inappropriate language at the Golden Globes, language that he himself deemed ‘unfortunate’ in his previous public apology. We take this situation very seriously. His actions are unacceptable and are being addressed.”

Last October, Washington and his Grey’s Anatomy co-star Patrick Dempsey got into a physical fight on the set of the show, after Washington reportedly used the anti-gay slur to refer to Knight, who has since come out publicly as gay. Washington apologized soon after, and the cast had reportedly smoothed things over.

But the issue suddenly returned this week in the backstage press room at the Golden Globes, where the cast of the show was speaking to reporters after winning the award for best TV drama series. One of the first questions asked was about last year’s fight, and before anyone could respond to the question, Washington leaned into the microphone and denied ever using the slur about Knight, but actually used the slur in his answer.

Afterwards, co-star Katherine Heigl told Access Hollywood “I’m going to be really honest right now, he needs to just not speak in public. Period. That did not need to be said. I’m not okay with it.”

Two days later, Knight appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and gave his version of the events, and said that Washington had indeed used the slur during the on-set fight.

On Wednesday, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation contacted Washington’s representatives in an effort to sit down with the actor to discuss, quote, “the destructive impact of these kinds of anti-gay slurs.”

OPRAH TOPS THE LIST OF THE 20 RICHEST WOMEN IN ENTERTAINMENT

These days, just about any lip-smacking starlet can land a cable reality show or become YouTube’s flavor of the week. But fame’s 15 fleeting minutes can elapse quicker than it takes to refresh a Web page. Only a bona fide superstar can parlay a moment’s stardom into a long and lucrative career. And even that’s not enough to land a coveted spot on Forbes first-ever listing of the 20 Richest Women in Entertainment. For that, you’d need a minimum net worth of $45 million.

1. Oprah Winfrey
2. J.K. Rowling
3. Martha Stewart
4. Madonna
5. Celine Dion
6. Mariah Carey
7. Janet Jackson
8. Julia Roberts
9. Jennifer Lopez
10. Jennifer Aniston
11. The Olsen Twins
12. Britney Spears
13. Judge Judy
14. Sandra Bullock
15. Cameron Diaz
16. Gisele Bundchen
17. Ellen DeGeneres
18. Nicole Kidman
19. Christina Aguilera
20. Renee Zellweger

MARY J. BLIGE ‘GETS REAL’ WITH JET MAGAZINE

This is the year of Mary J. Blige. As the R&B singer takes away eight Grammy Award nominations for her blockbuster CD The Breakthrough and other recordings, there’s no way she’s turning back now. “It’s a blessing, that’s the truth of the matter,” she says of the nominations. “That’s a beautiful thing that I’m still going. The Breakthrough is about triumph, about not being a victim, but being a victor.”

But, between her musical triumphs she’s had to deal with ugly rumors about her marriage to husband/manager Kendu Isaacs. Blige told JET that they were in Mexico vacationing when they heard the rumors. “I read the page that was on my husband’s pager: ‘News Flash: Mary J. Blige and Her Husband Are Getting a Divorce.’ I was like, but here we are in Mexico, lying around in the sun having a good time. I said, ‘This is crazy.'”

MURPHY, ROCK, TUCKER TO STAR IN NEW FILM

Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy and Chris Tucker are set to star in a new heist flick from director Brett Ratner that aims to put a black twist on the popular Ocean’s Eleven franchise. According to Fox 411 columnist Roger Friedman, Ratner is also reportedly in talks with Denzel Washington to play one of the film’s bad guys.

The as-yet-untitled project is being penned by Russell Gewirtz, who wrote the screenplay for Washington’s recent film The Inside Man, and Universal has signed on to produce and distribute the movie. Friedman writes: “Watch for Ratner to add more heavy hitters once the script is finished. These could include young actors like Derek Luke or Anthony Mackie, comedian Martin Lawrence and some older actors too, like Sidney Poitier or even Bill Cosby.”

NEWS YOU CAN USE

That filthy, filthy phone ….

Your fight against colds, other viruses, and bacteria should start at your cell phone. That’s the message form British cell phone retailer Dial-A-Phone. According to their research, today’s cell phones have more bacteria on them than many toilets. Joanne Verran, Professor of Microbiology at Manchester Metropolitan University says, “Mobile phones, like many everyday objects such a telephones and computer keyboards, harbor bacteria. However, being ‘mobile’, they are stored in bags or pockets, are handled frequently, and held close to the face. In other words, they come into contact with more parts of our body and a wider range of bacteria than toilet seats!” Experts say you should clean your phone regularly with sanitary wipes.

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Black History Fact

In 1957, “Blueberry Hill” by Fats Domino peaked at Number Two on the pop chart.
In 1959, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” by the Platters peaked at Number One on the pop chart.
In 1963, “See See Rider” by LaVerne Baker peaked at Number 34 on the pop chart.
In 1963, “Two Lovers” by Mary Wells peaked at Number Seven on the pop chart.
In 1969, UCLA renamed its social science buildings to honor alumnus Ralph Bunche.
In 1974, “Show And Tell” by Al Wilson peaked at Number One on the pop chart.
In 1974, “I’ve Got To Use My Imagination” by Gladys Knight & The Pips peaked at Number Four on the pop chart.
In 1974, “Me And Baby Brother” by War peaked at Number 15 on the pop chart.
In 1974, “Stoned To The Bone – Part 1″ by James Brown peaked at Number 58 on the pop chart.
In 1976, the album Love To Love You Baby by Donna Summer was certified gold.
In 1980, Michael Jackson received his first gold album for sales of Off The Wall.
In 1980, “Rock With You” by Michael Jackson peaked at Number One on the pop chart.
In 1980, “Star” by Earth Wind & Fire peaked at Number 64 on the pop chart.
In 1985, “Sugar Walls” by Sheena Easton entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1985, the album The Fat Boys Are Back by the Fat Boys was released.
In 1989, “Don’t Be Cruel” by Bobby Brown was certified gold.
In 1990, “The Secret Garden” by Quincy Jones was released.
In 1991, “One More Try” by Timmy T entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1991, “Someday” by Mariah Carey entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1991, “Love Will Never Do Without You” by Janet Jackson peaked at Number One on the pop chart.
In 1993, “Comforter” by Shai was released.
In 1993, “Don’t Walk Away” by Jade was released.
In 1993, “Hip Hop Hooray” by Naughty By Nature was released.
In 1994, the album Music Box by Mariah Carey was certified five times platinum.
In 1994, the album The Grand Tour by Aaron Neville was certified platinum.
In 1995, the album Music Box by Mariah Carey was certified eight times platinum.
In 1995, “Turn The Beat Around” by Gloria Estefan was certified gold.
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Celebrity Birthdays

Edwidge Danticat, Haitian author (Krik? Krak!), 38
Antoine Fuqua, movie director (Training Day, The Replacement Killers), 41
Al Joyner, 1984 Olympic Gold medalist, 47
Trey Lorenz, singer, 38
Paul Rodriguez, comedian, 52
Coral Smith, cast member of MTV’s Real World Back To New York, 28
Shawn Wayans, actor (The Wayans Brothers), 36
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Words To the Wise

Believe the universe to produce big opportunities
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Contact Information
Freddie Bell
PO Box 390521
Minneapolis, MN 55439
fbellsolidgoldsoul@gmail.com

PARIS BENNETT’S FIRST SINGLE DUE

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RAY-J RUMORS REFUSE TO DIE

Well, everybody that cares, there is a Ray-J /Kim Kardashian sex tape. A source close to the matter also tells EUR that the sex tape does exist, but was actually stolen and is currently being shopped to the aforementioned porn shops and adult entertainment Web sites, yet Ray J has nothing to do with trying to hock the material. Kardashian says the sex tape reports started after Ray J, 26, left a note on her MySpace page saying “Let’s show the world our sex tape.” According to Kardashian, Ray J called her right after he posted the note and asked her to delete it. Meanwhile, gossip guru Janet Charlton is reporting that the recent photographs showing Ray J and Whitney Houston, 43, leaving a restaurant together and jumping into a car indeed reflect a romantic relationship that began when they met for the first time a week after Thanksgiving. According to Charlton, the two have been living together ever since.

“She spent the holidays with Brandy Norwood and her family and Brandy’s mom formed a special friendship with Whitney,” Charlton wrote on her Web site. “The family is a good influence – Whitney is 100% sober. Since they started seeing each other Ray has spiffed up his look- he stopped wearing baggy hip hop clothes and started dressing in tailored suits, like a businessman. He looks older. Whitney spends all her time at Ray’s house or Brandy’s in Calabasas (the family has kind of adopted her.) Ray and Whitney are very cuddly and affectionate – they don’t go out in public much – sometimes they drive up to Santa Barbara and stay at the Bacara spa there. Ray is very excited about helping Whitney with her new comeback album. She’s paying more attention to Ray than she is Clive Davis and Clive is losing his influence. Whitney is described as a ‘whole new person.’ She’s happy and optimistic.”

A source close to the family confirms that the couple’s date this week “was not the first and will not be the last.”

COMMON SPEAKS OUT

Common’s been busy lately. Aside from releasing I Have a Dream, which features Will.I.Am and is featured in the motion picture Freedom Writers, he has also been working on his own acting skills. He was put to the test when he landed the role of Sir Ivy in Smokin’ Aces, alongside Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, Andy Garcia and Ben Affleck. However, as Com explained, things aren’t exactly easy for a rapper/actor.

“Within this week, I’ve had a situation where I wanted to go in for an audition. But they were like, ‘Naw, we don’t want to see him because he’s a rapper,” he recently said in a MySpace interview.

That hasn’t deterred the Chi-Town representative. “I love acting. I look at it like it’s another way to express myself,” he added.

Being that Common is a force in Hip-Hop the interview swayed towards a controversial topic in the culture. When asked about Nas’ Hip-Hop is Dead, Common had nothing but words of admiration for the QB MC.

“Nas is one of the kings of hip hop. So, whatever he chooses to entitle his album, I’m with it. He’s entitled to express himself,” he said. “He can title his album what he wants because he’s Nas. You know?”

Common hasn’t forgotten about his own rap career. Reports indicate that he is finishing up work for his upcoming album, Finding Forever.

Although he’s got an album on the way, he hasn’t stopped acting. According to IMDB, Common is set to appear in American Gangster, alongside Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe and Cuba Gooding Jr. The film is currently said to be dropping later this year, but it has yet to be confirmed.

JAY-Z ACCUSED OF USING DOG FUR ON COLLAR OF ROCAWEAR COATS

Jay-Z and his Rocawear clothing are the latest to come under fire for allegedly using raccoon dog fur on the collar of their jackets. Last month, Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Sean John clothing line was hit with similar allegations by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) for allegedly using real animal fur while advertising on clothing tags that it was faux fur. SOHH.com reports that according to the HSUS the “Hunter” jacket in the Rocawear line contains real fur from a raccoon dog.

According to the Fur Products Labeling Act, retailers could face fines of up to $5,000 per violation for selling or advertising a product that is falsely labeled. On Wednesday (January 17th), the Hunter jackets were pulled from Rocawear.com website.

When Diddy learned of his company’s infractions last month he immediately pulled the mislabeled jackets from Macys.com as well as Macy’s department stores.

KANYE WEST, FERGIE, JOHN LEGEND IN SUPERBOWL SPECIAL ON VH1

Pop performers Kanye West, Fergie and John Legend are on the line-up for the Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash, taping in Miami and premiering on VH1 Saturday, February 3rd at 10 p.m.

The one-hour concert special will be taped February 1st at the NFL Experience, adjacent to Dolphin Stadium in Miami. As a special tribute to the NFL and the Super Bowl, the show will also feature appearances by a number of NFL players. The event will be hosted by actor Taye Diggs.

In addition, exclusive performances by the headliners that are not part of the broadcast show will be available on demand on VSPOT, VH1’s broadband channel, beginning on February 3rd.

The Super Bowl will kick off on Sunday, February 4th, at Dolphins Stadium.

PARIS BENNETT TO RELEASE FIRST SINGLE FROM ‘PRINCESS P’

Former American Idol contestant Paris Bennett didn’t let a little thing like not winning the 2006 reality TV competition get her down. The granddaughter of Grammy winner Ann Nesby has recorded her first solo album, Princess P, to be released March 13th on 306 Entertainment. The first single is the up-tempo jam, “Ordinary Love.”

Bennett’s upcoming album will feature production by Rodney Jerkins, Darren Lightey, and Jon Jon TraXX, among others. The video for the single was completed in Minneapolis last week and will premiere on video outlets next month.

During last season’s American Idol competition, the Georgia native received the lowest amount of votes after her May 2nd performance of Prince’s “Kiss” and Mary J. Blige’s “Be Without You.” She was voted off after landing in the bottom three for a third straight week. Bennett subsequently toured last summer with the final 12.

NEW RICK JAMES SINGLE, ALBUM DUE

When punk funk pioneer Rick James died, in August of 2004, he had already begun working on new material for a brand-new album. With the details of his estate finally settled, the brand new Rick James single “Deeper Still” will go to urban AC radio this month.

On Wednesday (January 17th), James’ longtime business manager Ron Kramer announced a number of Rick James projects for 2007, beginning with the new single. Co-written with longtime collaborator and saxophonist Danny LeMelle, “Deeper Still” is the lead-off on a forthcoming album of all-new material. The untitled project is due this spring on Stone City Records.

To coincide with the CD release, Amber Communications will publish Memoirs Of A Superfreak on April 15th. The autobiography was penned by the outrageous performer while serving two years at California’s Folsom Prison from 1993 to 1995. The book will be adapted into a film.

At his last public appearance before his death, at the 2004 ASCAP Rhythm & Black Music Awards, James talked about the future of funk: “It’s a really sad thing, but music as music — actuality, music is dead. It’s gone. I mean, there’ll be no other, no Earth Wind & Fires, there’ll be no Temptations, there’ll be no more Stevie Wonders. There’ll be no more Billie Holidays, there’ll be no more Commodores, you know. There’ll be no more Sly & the Family Stone, there’ll be no more Parliament-Funkadelic, there’ll be no more Rick James.”

JUSTYN MATTHEW HOPING TO MAKE HIS MARK

R&B singer Justyn Matthew has traveled a long road in the music industry in pursuit of his dreams. The singer will release his debut album, Amazin’, later this year, which he co-wrote and produced. Matthew is hoping to gain acceptance in the primarily African American world of R&B as a white male R&B singer. Justin Timberlake and, more recently, Robin Thicke have successfully accomplished the feat.

Matthew shared his thoughts about his musical influences: “You know, the only thing I can say, you know, is just it’s funny I mean I discovered, you know, my falsetto through listening to, you know, listening to Marvin (Gaye) and that stuff.”

The singer added: “You know, I just can remember as a kid really, you know, listening to records in my room and pretty much just trying to riff for riff you know with Stevie Wonder and everybody. My biggest influence is, and I mean I guess it’s not very original, but I mean I think, you know most R&B artists would say Stevie Wonder.”

DIANA ROSS SAYS SHE’S TOO BUSY TO SEE ‘DREAMGIRLS’

Diana Ross says that although she’s been “too busy” to see the Golden Globe-winning musical Dreamgirls, she has signed on to be a mentor on this season’s Fox show American Idol. The Associated Press reported that on Tuesday (January 16th), Ross appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman to promote her latest album, I Love You, and was asked whether or not she had seen the blockbuster movie musical based on the Supremes. Ross, who has always distanced herself from the project, joked to Letterman that, “Yes, I’ve heard a lot about it. I’m going to see it with my lawyers.”

Ross also said that she planed to hit the road for a series of dates beginning in March and that she’ll serve as a guest mentor on American Idol — which ironically previously featured Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson as one its leading contestants.

So far no concert dates for Ross have been announced, or when her American Idol appearances will take place.

Ross’ new album I Love You features her renditions of the Beatles’ “I Will,” Spiral Starecase’s “I Love You More Today Than Yesterday,” Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day,” and Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful,” among others.

ENTERTAINMENT QUICKIES

Holy Hip Hop Week goes down in Atlanta this week, which features the likes of KURTIS BLOW, SPARKEY D [old school female rapper], GRAND MASTER CAZ and others at the Center Stage Arena. Now, all of these people have professed to be saved and have taken Christ as their personal Savior and all that good stuff. But last Friday, something happened that shocked everybody there. I heard MASON BETHA aka MA$E aka MURDA MASE aka recent G-UNIT signee took to the stage and let his emotions run loose. The appearance was unexpected and unannounced! On that stage, I heard, MA$E publicly apologized to the Holy Hip-Hop community for “past statements denouncing Christian Hip-Hop ministry.” This is in front of a reported 60,000 people! I heard MA$E asked that everybody pray for him and he got a round of applause.

Word on the block is that T.I. and TAMEKA “TINY” COTTLE are looking to get married. Super photographer SANDRA ROSE is reporting that Tiny’s mother says that her daughter is also pregnant. According to Mama Tiny (DIANNE COTTLE-POPE), the pair are very happy to be having this new addition to their royal family. Look for that wedding in July. Congrats!

Allhiphop did a interview with DAMON DASH in which he talks about leaving the music industry, how he’s hurt about what JAY-Z did to him and more. Click here to read the entire story.

From what I heard, if JA RULE does go on the Celebrity Big Brother show, he might have to contend with more than B-level stars. I heard a Bollywood Asian star has been encountering her share of bullying and racial ignorance. Well, that’s what I was told. Anyway, my UK heads are telling me that the viewers are complaining and all this chick has is JERMAINE JACKSON to help her! JA RULE to the rescue!

On their myspace page, R&B group NEXT says, “It’s 2006 and NEXT is back! Back with a new label, Music World Ent, and are currently working on their new album!! Stay Tuned FRIENDS!!!” We’ll I have to say that this is a good move, because it seemed like they were on something when they were singing the G-UNIT chant. If you have any more details on this deal, hit me up.

Some Roc-A-Fella rumors. I’m hearing BLEEK’S album will be out in June and Tru Life will finally drop in August. I’m also getting that the Almighty Def Jam will be signing two more artists from the South. Is JAY-Z going to buy LIL’ JON out of his TVT contract? I don’t know, but that’s a rumor going around.

CHRIS BROWN — whose debut film Stomp the Yard is the nation’s number-one movie — has inked a representation deal with International Creative Management. The company will begin repping Brown for films, worldwide touring, new media and global branding. BEYONCE, who has an existing contract with ICM for touring, has expanded her agreement to cover all those areas, too.

As expected, TOMI RAE HYNIE is fighting JAMES BROWN’S will. An attorney for Brown’s partner and mother of his five-year-old son JAMES JUNIOR says Hynie plans to sue once the will is filed. She will ask the court to legally recognize her as Brown’s wife, entitling her to half of his estate. (Attorneys for Brown have argued Hynie was still married to another man when she married Brown, rendering their marriage null.) Hynie’s attorney, ROBERT ROSEN, tells the Associated Press, “At the end of the day, in my opinion, Tomi Rae Hynie will inherit 50 percent of James Brown’s estate and the trust, and the child, James Brown’s son, will inherit one seventh of the other 50 percent.” Rosen says if necessary, Hynie will take her fight all the way to the Supreme Court.

MONICA says becoming a mother has helped her bond with BRANDY. She says BRANDY sent her baby gifts during her pregnancy, telling Sister 2 Sister magazine, “I try to make sure that when we talk it counts. I have been a lot of places that her life has ended up taking her. I think we have a lot to share. She was a mother before I was. She is still trying to juggle all the responsibilities. So I think we have a lot more in common than we did when we were younger.” The singers scored a number-one hit and a Grammy with their 1998 duet “The Boy Is Mine.”

NE-YO, who’s “almost done” with the follow- up to his debut disc In My Own Words, has had to adjust to a nomadic lifestyle. He tells MTV, “I’ve been living out of suitcases pretty much the whole year. With that being said, I had to develop what I call a ‘portable comfort zone.’ Pretty much wherever I’m at — be it a restaurant, bathroom, hotel room, where I sit down — that becomes a comfort zone… I gotta find the focus wherever I can find it at.” Although he’s made a name for himself as one of the hottest songwriters in the business, NE-YO tries to stay humble. “I always like to tell people this is not a one-man show. I’m writing the joints, but what has gotten me this far has been my team, Compound Entertainment. I sit down with them, my other family from Def Jam. We all sit down collectively and decide what goes on the album and the singles.”

SALMA HAYEK nearly bought the farm on Monday — but was saved by her dog Diva. The Ugly Betty executive producer tells The Insider that she had a headache and took a nap, but was awakened by Diva tugging at her sleeve and trying to drag her out of the house. Hayek claims that only then did she realize that the gas was on in the house and wouldn’t have survived if it weren’t for Diva’s Lassie-like heroics.

Citizens of Kenya, BARACK OBAMA’S father’s homeland, are thrilled the senator is a step closer to announcing an official presidential run. Giddings Ochanda, a trainee medical technician, tells the New York Times, “Obama can win. He has experienced a hard life as an African growing up in the United States, and that experience will make him a good leader for everyone. It will be good for Kenya- U-S relations.” Office worker MOREEN CHIRCHIR adds, “If an African can make it into the White House, it will show Africans anywhere can make it. It will show we can make it.” Obama, who was born to a Kenyan father and white American mother in Hawaii, was greeted with huge fanfare when he visited the country last year. Nairobi teacher LEAH ALISA says, “He won’t forget Africa.”

After never being awarded a GRAMMY during his career, the late reggae great, BOB MARLEY, is finally being recognized. The Recording Academy has announced its newest additions to the Grammy Hall of Fame, and Marley is among the inductees. BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS’ classic “One Love,” which is looked upon as a anthem for togetherness has been added to a list of 728 timeless classics. Other recordings also chosen this year include SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES’ “The Tracks Of My Tears,” and DUKE ELLINGTON & HIS ORCHESTRA’S “Cocktails For Two.”

Grey’s Anatomy actor T.R. KNIGHT admitted yesterday on the Ellen DeGeneres Show that it was ISAIAH WASHINGTON’S homophobic slur on the set of their show that forced him to come out of the closet. Knight said he’d never been called that word before, and when he heard it, quote, “something shifted, and it became bigger than myself. It became important to make the statement.” ELLEN also brought up the fact that ISAIAH. . . during an interview at the Golden Globe Awards on Monday DENIED he’d ever referred to KNIGHT by that word. KNIGHT’S response to ELLEN was, quote, “I don’t know what to say. . . really about that.” Click here to see his appearance.

OPRAH WINFREY is America’s favorite TV personality for the FIFTH year in a row, according to an annual Harris Poll.

DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON has joined the cast of the Get Smart movie. He’ll play “Agent 23″ a character that was NOT in the original series. STEVE CARELL stars as MAXWELL SMART, while ANNE HATHAWAY plays his partner, Agent 99.

This is sure to become a popular fad among American Idol nuts, looking up the MySpace.com pages of people who’ve auditioned for the show. A website called DeathByCamera.com compiled links to the pages of a whole bunch of the people from Tuesday’s Idol premiere.

ALICIA KEYS APPEARING AT ‘SMOKIN’ ACES’ PREMIERE

Grammy winning singer and songwriter Alicia Keys is expected to walk the red carpet in Hollywood tonight (January 18th) at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater premiere of the new movie Smokin’ Aces, which opens nationwide on Friday. The film stars Jeremy Piven and a star-studded cast, including Keys, who plays an assassin named Georgia Sykes.

The film is about a Las Vegas performer — played by Piven — who decides to testify against the mob, only to face a legion of minions ordered to make sure he never does. Also featured are Ray Liotta, Common, Ben Affleck, Andy Garcia, Taraji P. Henson, Matthew Fox, Curtis Armstrong, and Jason Bateman, among others.

Keys has other film projects in the works. She will star alongside Scarlett Johanssen in The Nanny Diaries, due this summer, and is also attached to Composition in Black and White. Produced by Halle Berry, the film is the true story of a 1950’s biracial piano prodigy, Phillipa [pronounced FILLippa] Schuyler.

Keys earned four Grammy Awards for her sophomore album The Diary Of Alicia Keys at 2005’s ceremonies including Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “I Ain’t Got You,” Best R&B Performance by a Duo with Vocals for “My Boo” with Usher, Best R&B song for “You Don’t Know My Name,” and Best R&B Album for Diary of Alicia Keys.

The artist is currently at work on her next studio album.

JENNIFER HUDSON TO APPEAR IN VOGUE SPREAD

Golden Globe winner Jennifer Hudson has already begun living the glamorous life. The breakout star of Dreamgirls reportedly completed a photo shoot with fashion bible Vogue, with none other than editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley directing the shoot himself.

Gossip columnist Liz Smith reported that Hudson’s management team called on Talley for his fashion expertise as soon as the former American Idol contestant received her Globe nomination.

Former Supreme Mary Wilson was also reportedly part of the fashion spread, and personally signed a copy of her book Dreamgirl and Supreme Faith: My Life as a Supreme for Hudson.

Backstage at Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony in Beverly Hills, Hudson acknowledged the connection to the Supremes and why she dedicated her award to the late Florence Ballard: “Effie is loosely based on Florence Ballard and we did our research and we studied the Supremes. And in reading Florence Ballard’s story it gave me the passion to want to deliver it. And I felt as if Effie was created as Florence’s voice. So I felt it was my job to deliver on her end.”

PAULA ABDUL TRIES MORE DAMAGE CONTROL

Paula Abdul continues to do damage control on those bizarre TV appearances of hers that have been all over the internet. She appeared on Jay Leno’s show earlier this week, blaming audio confusion for her slurred words and odd behavior during promotional appearances for the new season of American Idol. “I did one of those press junkets, where you’re in that one little room and …there are 30 cities talking in your ear. I guess Alabama was in my ear and so was Seattle at the same time. So I’m answering questions to the wrong answers of the cities…(It was) not my fault! I was having fun. I answered the right questions in one of the cities!”

TMZ.com has posted another video snippet from the just-launched season of American Idol that shows Abdul, Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell and guest judge Jewel. In it, Paula exhibits some of the same restless behavior.

‘UGLY BETTY’ STAR FINDS LOOK IS LIBERATING

Ugly Betty star America Ferrara is still soaring after her “Best Actress” win at the Golden Globes this week. Unlike other Hollywood actresses who sweat over every pound, Ferrara says her character’s unfashionable look is liberating. She told me: “I feel free to embrace this role and this character and really concentrate on the acting and who this character is when I’m not concerned with if I’m looking okay and what I’m wearing, you know, and if I’ve gained a pound or lost a pound or have food in my teeth. It all works for the show so it’s great.”

The show also won the Golden Globe award for Best Comedy.

‘RAISIN IN THE SUN’ PUSHED BACK BY ABC

The long-awaited TV version of A Raisin In The Sun, featuring the cast of 2005’s Broadway revival, has been pushed back to spring 2008. The ABC telecast had been expected to air in the fall of 2007.

The production, shot in Toronto, stars Tony winner Phylicia Rashad, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Audra McDonald, and Sanaa Lathan from the Broadway production. John Stamos also appears.

The Pulitzer-winning play by Lorraine Hansberry was previously brought to television in 1989 with Esther Rolle and Danny Glover in the roles of Mama Lena and Walter Lee Younger.

NEWS YOU CAN USE

Women find a man way more attractive if other women find him attractive too ……

According to a study at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, one of the main reasons that a woman finds a man attractive is. . . because she notices other women finding him attractive. . . so she wants to get to him first.

For the study, researchers showed women pictures of men with women. In some photos, the woman was smiling at the man. . . in other photos, the woman was giving the same man a bored or neutral look.

What they found: The women who saw photos of a man being smiled at almost always rated him more attractive than the women who saw the SAME man getting a bored look.

When the researchers ran the test again, but on male test subjects. . . the results were the opposite. The men mostly said they disliked the guys who were getting smiles, and liked the guys who were getting bored or neutral looks.

Dr. Ben Jones, the psychologist who led the study, says that’s because of the competition factor among males, quote, “If I go to a bar with Brad Pitt, chances are I’m not going to get much interest from women because he’ll hog all the attention.”

Black History Fact

In 1956, Little Richard entered the pop chart at Number 26 with “Tutti Frutti.” His original beat out cover versions by Elvis Presley and Pat Boone.
In 1969, “Soulful Strut” by Young-Holt Unlimited peaked at Number Three on the pop chart.
In 1973, “Super Fly” by Curtis Mayfield was certified gold.
In 1977, “I’ll Be Good To You” by the Brothers Johnson was certified gold.
In 1980, it was the day that disco died when the owners of Studio 54 in New York City, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, were sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for tax evasion and fined $20,000.
In 1986, “Everybody Dance” by Ta Mara & the Seen peaked at Number 24 on the pop chart.
In 1986, “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne Warwick & Friends peaked at Number One on the pop chart.
In 1988, the album Touch The World by Earth, Wind & Fire was certified gold.
In 1989, Karyn White’s self-titled album was certified gold.
In 1992, “Finally” by Ce Ce Peniston peaked at Number Five on the pop chart.
In 1996, the album Q’s Jook Joint by Quincy Jones was certified gold.
In 1996, Seal’s self-titled album was certified triple platinum.

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Words To the Wise

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Morning Show Update

January 18, 2007

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DIDDY LAUNCHES OPEN CALLS FOR ‘MAKING THE BAND 4′

With his MTV reality show Making The Band, producer and host Sean “Diddy” Combs got a hit with his third season group, the femme quintet Danity Kane. The diverse music impresario is seeking to do it again in the new season of the show, opening up auditions this month for a band of “bad boys.”

Auditions for Making the Band 4 will kick off today, January 17th, in Los Angeles, at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, starting at 8 a.m. Open calls will also take place on January 20th at Houston’s Meridien; January 23rd at Orlando, Florida’s Club Paris; January 27th at Atlanta’s Verve Lounge; January 30th at Chicago’s Club 720; February 3rd at Detroit’s Plan B; and February 6th at New York City’s BLVD.

Those who can’t make the open calls can post their audition videos on-line via makingtheband .MTV.com, and viewers can actually vote on their favorites through January 27th, when the first cuts will take place. A total of three candidates will be chosen from on-line voting to compete for final slots in the new band.

Making The Band 4 will debut on MTV sometime this spring. The previous season ranked Number One in its time period for all cable offerings.

Season three’s winning group, Danity Kane, debuted their self-titled album at Number One on the pop albums chart last year. The girls are currently scheduled to go on a national tour with Christina Aguilera.

It was a long road to creating Danity Kane, however. At the very beginning of Season Three, Diddy tested the new recruits by putting them in one room together in New Orleans. In a clip from the show, Diddy said he planned to test the band’s chemistry: “When you’re starting out with a new group you don’t just throw them into the studio. One of the most important thing to a successful group is the chemistry. So I’m going to put these girls on the road. Let them spend some time together, sleep together… in the same room, just so they. You all know what I’m saying. I’m going to make sure that they could get along without killing each other before we get into the studio.”

For more details on casting dates, locations, and rules, go to mtv.com.

JAMIE FOXX DEFENDS THE ‘N’ WORD

Singer and comedian Jamie Foxx is currently on his Unpredictable North American tour. During a tour stop on Sunday night, January 14th, in Atlantic City, Foxx addressed the controversy caused by Michael Richards’ use of the N word and stated that he needs to be able to use the word. New York’s Daily News reports that Foxx said, “He was just calling us n****r like it was the ’50s! N****r, n*****r, with a ‘e-r.’ Then they said we can’t use the word n- anymore. That’s my s**t. I need it … I need the word to describe certain things, because at a certain level of excitement, I need to tell you how the s**t was, and there ain’t no other word that helps me say that better than that word.”

Foxx also had some comments about O.J. Simpson, Janet Jackson, Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey, and Gayle King during his comedy set.

On O.J Simpson – “I threw a party in Miami, and he showed up at the party. … He shook my hand hard as hell. He did it! O.J. be everywhere, like he still in style, like he got a hot record album. He has no remorse and he crazy. … He arrogant. What is he doing? Every black person is saying, ‘You already got ‘way; don’t dance in the end zone!’ ”

On Janet Jackson – “She whispered her entire album. I said, ‘What’s wrong with my speakers?’ ”

On Angelina Jolie – “You famous when you can just go over to another country and pick up some kids like you’re shopping for vegetables. I wish she was adopting when I was coming up. I would have breast-fed till I was 37.”

On Oprah Winfrey & Gayle King – “They say I (sleep with) everybody. So, I’m layin’ in bed with Oprah. I lean over to Gayle and say, ‘Don’t believe this s**t. It’s just between us three!’ ”

Foxx’s next tour stop is at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, on Friday, January 19th. Fantasia has been opening for the Oscar winner.

ARETHA FRANKLIN OPENING AUDITIONS FOR STAGE BIO

Aretha Franklin’s life story is being made into a stage musical, and the Queen Of Soul herself is holding auditions for actors to play herself as well as the key people in her life. Adapted from her autobiography of the same name, Franklin plans to produce the musical From These Roots in her hometown of Detroit later this year. The show is expected to tour major cities afterward before heading to Broadway.

Auditions for all major roles will be held on May 1st, 2nd and 3rd at the Hawthorne Suites Hotel in Southfield, Michigan, outside of Detroit. Those seeking to audition are being asked to refer to photographs from Franklin’s book to resemble the character that they are auditioning for.

Hopefuls will be asked for a non-returnable resume, 8- by-10 photo, and a CD, DVD or videotape to leave with the producers. They should be prepared to sing to either sheet music for piano or pre-recorded music they bring.

The roles break down as follows:

Aretha, 10-years-old — The gospel years. Please prepare 3 gospel selections, two slow, one up- tempo.
Aretha, 15 to 20-years-old — The late gospel/early R&B years. Please prepare both a gospel selection as well as an R&B selection.
Aretha, 23 to 29-years-old — The foxy R&B years. Please prepare an R&B selection.
Reverend C.L. Franklin (Aretha’s father)– 40 to 50-years-old
Vaughn Franklin (Aretha’s brother), 19-years- old, 30-years-old, 40-years-old
Cecil Franklin (Aretha’s brother)
Erma Franklin (Aretha’s sister), 14-years-old, 24-years-old, 33-years-old
Carolyn Franklin (Aretha’s baby sister)
Cousin Brenda (Aretha’s cousin), 30 to 37- years-old
Ruth Bowen (Aretha’s longtime manager), 23 to 30-years-old, 43 to 50-years old.
LaRue Mann (Aretha’s longtime wardrobe mistress), 23 to 30-years-old, 43 to 50-years- old

Auditions to be held on:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday May 1st, 2nd and 3rd From 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. daily at the Hawthorne Suites Hotel, 25100 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, Michigan 48075.

Those who cannot show up for the audition in person should send materials to From These Roots c/o Crown Productions P.O. Box 1070
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
248-745-9778

MICHAEL JACKSON RESOLVES PHARMACY LAWSUIT

Michael Jackson was recently the subject of yet another lawsuit but has “amicably resolved” the matter, according to his spokesperson. Access Hollywood reported that Jackson was being sued by a Beverly Hills pharmacy that claimed he owed more than $100,000 for prescription drugs over the past two years. The pharmacy filed suit last week, alleging that monthly bills went unpaid by the singer. Since then, Jackson has come up with the money for the payments.

Jackson has been working on his comeback album.

R. KELLY SETTLES GUARD SHACK SQUABBLE

Singer R. Kelly has dropped his lawsuit in a squabble with local town authorities in Michigan over an unauthorized guard shack on his property. The guardhouse has been torn down and Kelly has agreed to pay the village some $20,000 to cover legal fees in the feud, according to AP. “Robert Kelly wants to be a good neighbor,” stated the singer’s attorney, John Touhy.

The R&B star had mounted a legal challenge against Olympia Fields, claiming that the town of 4,700 residents improperly denied him the right to build a guardhouse outside his mansion. Located some 20 miles south of Chicago, Olympia Fields prohibits the building of guard shacks at individual houses and sued Kelly after the building was constructed without proper permits.

But Kelly had countered that an exception to village code should be made for him because of his status as “a nationally known, Grammy Award-winning recording artist.”

Village officials say the brouhaha was never personal, and even honored Kelly for his elaborate holiday decorations.

Kelly continues to await trial in Cook County on 14 counts of child pornography. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

BARACK OBAMA JOINING PRESIDENTIAL RACE

Senator Barack Obama, D-Illinois, has made it official. The charismatic politician has said that he will mount a campaign for President in 2008. On Tuesday, the 45-year-old junior senator entered the White House race with a video on his website, promising to bring Americans together and “change our politics” with a campaign that could make him the first African American president in U.S. history. He has formed a presidential exploratory committee, and plans to make a formal announcement of his plans to run on February 10th in Chicago.

“Our leaders in Washington seem incapable of working together in a practical, common sense way. Politics has become so bitter and partisan, so gummed up by money and influence, that we can’t tackle the big problems that demand solutions,” stated Obama in his video message. “We have to change our politics, and come together around our common interests and concerns as Americans.”

Obama is the fifth Democratic candidate to announce a bid for the presidency. Others in the race so far are New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton 2004 vice presidential nominee John Edwards, former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich and Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd.

‘IDOL’ JUDGE SAYS SHOW ATTRACTS MORE TALENT EVERY YEAR

American Idol is back and with it come some really awful auditions, along with some surprisingly solid ones. Last night’s (January 16th) season premiere and tonight’s (January 17th) follow-up episode feature the best and worst of the lot, with hopefuls giving judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson their all.

This evening’s auditions took place in Seattle, where thousands of people showed up on a rainy September day to try out. Despite what the show may lead one to think, there are actually quite a number of decent singers in the lot. In a recent phone interview, Idol judge Randy Jackson said this year’s competitors are more talented and diverse than ever before: “This year, I’m telling you, it’s really weird, man. We had some of everything, man. There was, of course, more rock guys because of Chris Daughtry and I think there were a couple of more kind of Taylor Hicks kind of guys. Fortunately for us, every year the show gets more validation because people see that there’s great people that have won and gone on to great careers. So, you know, we get a lot more talented people every year, I feel.”

The next couple of weeks of Idol cover auditions in other cities.

Idol airs tonight at 8/ 7 central on Fox.

‘GREY’S ANATOMY’ CAST AT IT AGAIN

Grey’s Anatomy Golden Globe win as Best Drama Series is taking a back seat to more real-life drama between cast members. This time, it’s Katherine Heigl who has a beef with Isaiah Washington for commenting about co- star T.R. Knight at the ceremony’s press room.

Here’s what happened — the entire Grey’s Anatomy cast assembled in front of reporters after their big win. One of the first questions asked was about last year’s fight between Washington and Patrick Dempsey, in which Washington reportedly called Knight a derogatory word for homosexuals. Before anyone could respond to the question, Washington rushed to the microphone and denied ever using the slur against his co-star. Heigl’s problem with his comment was that he actually did use the slur and Knight’s name in the same sentence in his statement.

After they left the press room, Heigl complained that Washington acted inappropriately. She told Access Hollywood, “I’m going to be really honest right now, he needs to just not speak in public. Period. That did not need to be said. I’m not okay with it.” Washington, meanwhile, made the rounds and said there was no ill will amongst any of the cast members.

Isaiah Washington denies ever insulting T.R. Knight: “No, I did not call T.R. a f****t. Never happened.”

Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes said the original story about the slur was blown out of proportion: “I think the best statement is just that things were created in a very odd way by the press that were not necessarily completely reported as true.”

DENZEL WASHINGTON IS AMERICA’S FAVORITE MOVIE STAR

Denzel Washington is America’s favorite movie star, according to a recent Harris Poll. The Inside Man and Malcolm X star took the title away from Tom Hanks, who reigned in 2005 and dropped to Number Two. Washington was preferred by Southerners more than any other actor on the list. Number Three went to John Wayne and another movie tough-guy, Clint Eastwood, moved to Number Four.

The Pursuit Of Happyness star Will Smith broke into the Internet survey’s Top Ten for the first time ever at Number Five, where he tied with Julia Roberts. Sean Connery and Sandra Bullock, meanwhile, dropped out of the top spots.

The Harris Poll was conducted in December and took into account the opinions of 1,147 adult respondents.

Harris Interactive’s Top Ten Movie Stars

1. Denzel Washington
2. Tom Hanks
3. John Wayne
4. Clint Eastwood
5. Will Smith
6. Julia Roberts
7. Johnny Depp
8. Mel Gibson
9. George Clooney
10. Harrison Ford

‘THE BEST OF THE FLIP WILSON SHOW’ COMING TO DVD

Classic moments from the hit comedy series The Flip Wilson Show have been compiled by Rhino for the DVD box set, The Best Of The Flip Wilson Show. The three-disc collection will be released on February 27th of just $49.95

The first two discs in the set compile classic monologues, skits, and performances from the show for the first time on DVD. In addition to its star, the collection features appearances by Ray Charles, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Albert Brooks, Redd Foxx, Joe Namath, Johnny Cash, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, Tim Conway and others.

The bonus disc includes show intros from Phyllis Diller and Tim Conway, a DVD photo gallery, and an interview with series producer Bob Henry. Also featured are two NBC animated TV specials from the early ’70s starring Wilson’s many characters: Clerow Wilson And The Miracle of P.S. 14 and Clerow Wilson’s Great Escape.

The first successful network variety show to feature an African American as its star, the groundbreaking Flip Wilson Show premiered on NBC in September 1970 and became the highest-rated variety program on television.

The show’s success was due to the ingenuity of its star, comic Flip Wilson, who carried off each show without the help of big production numbers, a house band, a regular cast, or elaborate sets. Instead, Wilson created indelible characters — like the unforgettable Geraldine — and invited the top tier of special guest stars for skits and performances.

NAOMI CAMPBELL COPS TO THROWING PHONE AT MAID

Supermodel Naomi Campbell was in Manhattan Criminal Court yesterday (January 16th) to plead guilty to assaulting her housekeeper. The hot-tempered cat walker admitted that she threw her BlackBerry at maid Ana Scolavino during an argument over a missing pair of jeans last March. Campbell was sentenced to five days of community service for the third-degree assault, was fined $363, and was ordered to attend anger management classes.

Campbell’s BlackBerry phone was encased in a crystal cover, and she threw it so hard at the back of Scolavino’s head that it made a wound that required four stiches to close. Outside of the courtroom, Campbell’s attorney said the injury was accidental and that the British model was sorry to have caused her employee pain.

At least three of Campbell’s other former employees have accused her of either physical or mental abuse.

BEYONCE’S SPANISH TUTOR SPEAKS

Getting Beyonce to learn enough Spanish to sing the Latin version of her current chart- topper “Irreplaceable” proved to be a delight for producer/songwriter Rudy Perez, who was hired for the job following his successful stints recording Spanish versions of hits with Christina Aguilera and Il Divo. Perez spoke to Billboard about the challenge:

PEREZ: “I have it all written out in phonetics. We read the lyrics together, and I tell her exactly what she’s saying. Even if you don’t explain it, she’ll ask you because she’s very meticulous. So she knows that if the phrase is largate, it means “get the hell out of my face.” She says it with that same emotion. I worked hard in trying to find the least amount of troubling words. For example, “to the left.” How the hell do you say “to the left” in Spanish? A la izquierda, a la izquierda? That doesn’t fit the music. It’s an awkward word, and it didn’t make sense. So I wrote, “Ya lo ves, ya lo ves.” It’s not exactly the same as the English, but it has the emotion and it has the concept of the whole English lyric, but perfectly done in Spanish where a Latin person from Argentina or Costa Rica can understand the story and identify with it. And yet I took some risk. Imprescindible, sustituirse . . . these are hard words, but she pulled it off. I’m a singer myself. I’ll sit there and sing it to her and give her a bunch of little tricks. Like, “Don’t think of it as four words separated. Think of this as one word up to here.”

ENTERTAINMENT QUICKIES

Remember: baby hair on a dude is NEVER gangsta or thug. Above is a picture of CHANCE from I Love New York and his older brother. Both men are competing for the affections of NEW YORK. Something is awry with that whole show. Also, we told you that WOOD from I Love NY used to be a stripper that went by the name of X-RATED. Well, he allegedly used to be part of a stripper click called “Nasty Boyz.” Rumor has it, he’s still dancing away!

I let you know that JADAKISS was NOT going to be signing to Cash Money , but I also indicated that the D-Block CEO was looking for a new home. Well, rumor has it JADAKISS is getting very very close to doing a venture with Def Jam. From what my “ears” are saying, this venture would be a co-deal with Ruff Ryders, and D-Block. This will resemble the NAS/Jones Experience / Sony deal. By the way, Def Jam is reportedly close to announcing the Takeover tour, which will allegedly offer JAY-Z, LUDA, RICK ROSS, NAS, GHOSTFACE, FAB, and maybe JEEZY and JADA.

Well, if you are in tune, you know that LIL’ FLIP is about to re-enter the rap game after a long hiatus. I heard that he’s going to flood the market with mixtapes at an obnoxious rate to keep himself hot in the streets! I don’t know if this is possible, but a mixtape every two weeks? That’s crazy!

The debate over whether it was it NE-YO or BEYONCE continues: apparently on Saturday morning, Ne-Yo was on BIG BOY’S Neighborhood radio show and BIG BOY asked him how much of “Irreplaceable” was him and he said all of the lyrics. So then Big said that BEYONCE says she wrote the song for woman out there. So then Big drops the instrumental to the song and NE-YOstarts singing the whole song word by word.

In more Knowles news – rumour is that SOLANGE is now dating LIL WAYNE. Not sure her divorce is final yet but I’ll keep you updated.

According to reports, Dreamgirls standout JENNIFER HUDSON appears to be headed for the pages of Vogue magazine. Gossip columnist LIZ SMITH said J-HUD recently completed the photo shoot with Vogue editor-at-large ANDRE LEON TALLEY, himself, overseeing the entire session. Smith said original Supreme MARY WILSON was also part of Hudson’s photo spread, and the two met for the first time during the shoot. Word has it that Hudson’s camp called on the fashion expertise of Talley soon after she was announced as a Golden Globe nominee.

SWIZZ BEATZ and MASHONDA, his wife, had a baby shower a few days ago for their newborn in New York! I didn’t even know that she was pregnant. See how wack I am? Anyway, the baby name is KASSEEM DEAN JR. Congrats!

All my NIRVANA fans will be happy at this one. I’m getting word that COURTNEY LOVE has given the big “OK” for a movie on the late, great KURT COBAIN. The movie is based on Heavier Than Heaven, a book by CHARLES CROSS.

R.I.P. to ALICE COLTRANE, a great jazz performer and producer. She was also the wife of the late sax legend JOHN COLTRANE. She was 69.

Game-changing hip-hop impresario KEVIN FEDERLINE is indeed doing a Super Bowl commercial. It’ll be one of those “life comes at you fast” commercials for Nationwide Insurance. The message is that Nationwide can help you prepare for your future, just in case things don’t work out. Previous installments have featured MC HAMMER going broke and FABIO getting too old to be sexy anymore.

Everybody seems to love those videos of PAULA ABDUL acting like a total ZONER in her American Idol interviews. So here’s another one. This one is from KDFW. . . the Fox affiliate in Dallas, Texas. It’s debatable, but you can actually make the case that Paula is close to falling asleep in this one.

There are women in the cast of Desperate Housewives who tend to not to wear bras to work. But you’ll never be able to tell by watching the show. Series creator MARC CHERRY says he drops a ton of coin digitally removing the on-screen proof of their bra-less wardrobes. Cherry says, quote, “I spend like $100,000 a week taking nipples out of my show. I’ve got a couple of actresses who refuse to wear bras, and the [network] standards and practices go, ‘Can’t see that.'”

KANYE WEST has made two questionable decisions: KANYE has agreed to remix a FALL OUT BOY track, AND FALL OUT BOY will be returning the favor by remixing one of HIS tracks. Kanye is just the second rapper to work on FALL OUT BOY’S album. As you may have heard, JAY- Z is already making a guest appearance on Infinity on High.

We’ve got news today on MIKE JONES’ follow-up album to Who Is Mike Jones? The new album will be called The American Dream, and will drop sometime in April.

This can’t be good for PUFF DADDY’S ego. After the Golden Globes on Monday night, PUFFY tried to go to an after party at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood. But. . . security WOULDN’T let him through. About five minutes later, 61-year- old HELEN MIRREN who won two Golden Globes earlier that night showed up and the same security guards GRACIOUSLY greeted her and escorted her right past PUFFY into the party. Guess what? The whole thing got captured on video you can see it by clicking here.

TV ONE ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION OF NEW THEATRICAL COMPETITION SERIES “DAVID E. TALBERT’S BLACKSTAGE”

TV One announced the production of a new theatrical competition series, David E. Talbert’s Blackstage, produced for TV One by Edmonds Entertainment in conjunction with award-winning playwright David Talbert . David E. Talbert’s Blackstage opens the curtains to the backstage antics, frustrations and triumphs of an all- new touring production of Talbert’s latest play, Love In the Nick of Tyme, From auditions to rehearsals and then on a 20-city, five month U.S. tour playing on the biggest stages in America. Love in the Nick of Tyme stars Morris Chestnut and R&B recording artist Avant and features all-new songs by Vivian Green.

During this real-life theatrical road tour, eight contestants and two alternates — five men and five women – selected from regional auditions, will compete for the chance to be understudies in Love in the Nick of Tyme. The winning contestants will also win leading roles in the next David E. Talbert Presents production and be part of its road tour.

To find out more information on this new competition series please visit http://www.tv-one.tv/

NEWS YOU CAN USE

15% OF AMERICAN KIDS, AGES TWO TO FIVE, HAVE CELL PHONES

How young is too young for a kid to have a cell phone? Eight? Ten? Maybe 12? Apparently, if you ask a decent number of American parents, the answer is ONE.

According to a new study by NPD Group, about 15% of kids ages two to five have cell phones. . . and use them. Not only that, but kids as young as two know how to download ringtones and games to their cell phones.

And more than 10% of children are downloading content to their cell phones by the time they’re seven years old.

62% of 11- to 14-year-olds now have cell phones. . . and by age 14, more than 50% have downloaded some content onto their phone.

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Black History Fact

In 1990, At the fifth annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, the Four Seasons, the Four Tops, the Kinks, the Who, Hank Ballard, the Platters, and Simon & Garfunkel are inducted.
In 1991, In the first full day of fighting during Desert Storm, Iraq fires 10 scud missiles into Israel.
In 1994, Southern California is rocked by an earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale. Sixty- one people die from the natural disaster.
In 1997, the NBA suspended Dennis Rodman indefinitely and fined him $25,000 for kicking a cameraman.
In 1996, at the 11th annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony:
• David Bowie is inducted by Madonna and Talking Heads frontman David Byrne;
• the Jefferson Airplane is inducted by Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and drummer Mickey Hart;
• Gladys Knight & the Pips are inducted by Mariah Carey;
• Little Willie John is inducted by Stevie Wonder;
• Pink Floyd is inducted by Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan;
• and the Velvet Underground is inducted by Patti Smith.
In 2000, Supernatural by Santana is named Favorite Pop/Rock Album at the American Music Awards.
In 2004, U2 lead singer Bono is saluted by the family of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his efforts on behalf of Third World debt relief and AIDS relief for Africa at the 2004 King Center Salute To Greatness awards dinner in Atlanta.
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Words To the Wise

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