JACKSON FAMILY ITEMS BEING SOLD

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May 31, 2007

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Freddie Bell, velvet morning voice talent is a mellifluous voice actor, broadcast-journalist, speaker and 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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JACKSON FAMILY MEMORABILIA UP FOR AUCTION IN VEGAS THIS WEEK
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More than 1,100 lots of goods and costumes used by the performing Jackson Family — including sequin-studded suits and a bullet-proof vest worn onstage by Michael Jackson — will be on display at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas today as part of the largest auction of Jackson memorabilia to date. The faded documents, gold record plaques, and stage wear are expected to fetch millions from bidders around the world when the auction is held tomorrow and Wednesday (May 30th and 31st).

A move by Michael Jackson’s lawyers to block the auction was shot down two weeks ago when a Nevada court ruled that Jackson and his family had lost their legal rights to the items. A confidential settlement was made with Universal Express Inc., a Boca Raton, Florida-based luggage transportation company that owns the items, opening the way for the auction.

The collection of Jackson goods was previously owned by New Jersey businessman Henry Vaccaro, who acquired it in 2002 after a failed business venture wound up in bankruptcy court, according to AP. Universal then bought the items from Vaccaro for $5 million. Another $2 million-plus was spent to transport the goods from New Jersey to Las Vegas, said Universal CEO Richard Altomare, who insured the memorabilia with Lloyd’s of London for more than $100 million.

Auction house Guernsey’s says that inquiries about the Jackson lots have already come in from Europe and the Far East. Bidders can participate through liveauctioneers.com and eBay’s live auction site.

Reports coming out of London are that Michael got wasted and didn’t stay long at Prince Azim’s no expenses spared birthday party on Saturday night. By now you know that Michael was paid an obscene amount of money ($10 million) just to make an appearance at the Prince’s 25th birthday bash at an estate in the English countryside.

R&B A TOUGH SELL FOR RECENT AMERICAN IDOLS?
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If newly crowned American Idol winner Jordin Sparks wants to succeed with future CD sales, she should go light on the R&B. A story Monday (May 28th) in the St. Petersburg Times, titled “Idol Has Always Found R&B To Be A Hard Sell,” points to winners Ruben Studdard and Fantasia Barrino, whose R&B-based albums have sold well but have not reached the heights of white contestants like first season winner Kelly Clarkson, or even finalists like Clay Aiken, Chris Daughtry and Carrie Underwood.

During the American Idol season finale last week, RCA/BMG chairman Clive Davis rattled off a laundry list of achievements by Idol finishers, but barely mentioned Barrino and never mentioned Studdard, who has released three CDs since his 2002 win.

Except for Taylor Hicks, last season’s champion, the white winners and contestants have outsold the black ones, though the article emphasizes it’s not so much racism as musical genre that’s the culprit. “Idol has not found its Beyonce yet, the rare, core R&B artist who crosses over and has legitimate pop success,” said Jon Caramanica, music editor of Vibe magazine.

Kyle Anderson, assistant editor of Spin magazine, notes that the style of R&B that Studdard and Barrino perform is in “free fall” at mainstream radio and adds that a lack of top 40 airplay and bootlegging in the R&B market have likely hurt their sales.

No album plans have yet been formulated for Sparks, the mixed-race 17-year-old who impressed the AI judges by excelling at a mix of material, including rock, country, standards, and R&B/pop.

“I think the missteps of Ruben and Fantasia will play in her favor,” said Spin’s Anderson. Her managers, he said, “are rich people who didn’t get rich being stupid. I think they have learned from those mistakes and may be able to package her in a way that will sell records.”

In other Idol News: American Idol finalist Elliot Yamin is helping launch an Oscar Mayer jingle- singing competition. Yamin is appearing at the June 13th Hollywood launch of a national contest to find a new commercial singer of the famed “Oscar Mayer Weiner” song. The first round of the Sing a Jingle, Be a Star campaign will reward winners with a starring role in an Oscar Mayer commercial, and runs until October 31st. Check out singthejingle.com for more details.

Oscar Mayer is one of the sponsors of next year’s American Idol season.

Yamin’s album Movin’ On came out in March, and debuted at Number Three on the Billboard charts. He’s on tour this summer; check out myspace.com/elliotyamin for more details.

He was the third place finisher on American Idol in 2006, behind Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee.

And there is more: American Idol host Simon Cowell was surprised during the American Idol finale, by the popular British program This is Your Life, which showed up to tape him for an episode. The show, which will air in the UK on June 2nd, will include a collection of his career milestones as well as tributes from famous friends such as Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey and Sharon Osbourne.

BRANDY SUED AGAIN FOR DEADLY ACCIDENT

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A fourth lawsuit has been filed against Moesha star Brandy Norwood for her role in a fatal car accident in December. Mallory Ham claims that the actress/singer “recklessly, wantonly, unlawfully, and maliciously” operated the car responsible for the chain- reaction crash that left a woman dead and the plaintiff “severely injured.” Ham wants Brandy to pay for his medical bills, pain and suffering, legal costs, and punitive damages.

Brandy is also fielding three wrongful death lawsuits from the family of the woman killed, but she said in court papers filed last week that she will not be held responsible for their various claims. According to her filing, Brandy “denies each and every allegation in the complaint and further denies that plaintiffs have been damaged in any sum or sums whatsoever.” She is also asking for the matter to go in front of a jury, and in the meantime, has evoked her Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate herself.

The accident happened on December 30th when Brandy’s Land Rover rear-ended a Toyota Corolla and forced it into another lane of traffic. Police recommended that she face a vehicular manslaughter charge, but prosecutors have not hit the 28-year-old singer with any charges yet.

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In 1851, Sojourner Truth delivered her infamous “Ain’t I A Woman?” speech to the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention.
In 1865, President Andrew Johnson announced his program of Reconstruction.
In 1903, comedian, actor and humanitarian Sir Bob Hope was born.
In 1961, “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King topped the U.S. R&B chart.
In 1961, “Mama Said” by the Shirelles peaked at Number 4 on the pop singles chart.
In 1971, “(For God’s Sake) Give More Power To The People” by the Chi-Lites peaked at Number 26 on the pop singles chart.
In 1973, Thomas Bradley became the first African American mayor of Los Angeles.
In 1976, “Love Hangover” by Diana Ross peaked at Number One on the pop singles chart.
In 1979, “Boogie Wonderland” single by Earth, Wind & Fire was certified Gold.
In 1979, The Message Is Love album by Barry White was certified Gold.
In 1980, Larry Bird beat out Magic Johnson for NBA rookie of year.
In 1980, Vernon E. Jordan Jr. President of the National Urban League, was critically injured in an attempted assassination in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
In 1980, Kareem Abdul Jabbar won his sixth Most Valuable Player Award, eclipsing the previous mark held by Boston great Bill Russell.
In 1984, I’m In Love Again album by Patti Labelle was certified Gold.
In 1987, Bigger And Deffer album by L.L. Cool J was released.
In 1987, Michael Jackson made the first of two unsuccessful bids for the remains of “Elephant Man” John Merrick. His first bid was $50,000.
In 1990, “Make You Sweat” single by Keith Sweat was released.
In 1992, “I Can’t Wait” single by Nu Shooz was certified Gold.
In 1993, “Looking Through Patient Eyes” by P.M. Dawn peaked at Number 6 on the pop singles chart.
In 1994, Khallid Abdul Muhammad, a former spokesman for the Nation of Islam, was shot and wounded after delivering a speech at the University of California, Riverside.

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LaToya Jackson, singer, actress, 51
Rebbie Jackson, singer, oldest Jackson sibling, 57

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BOBBY BROWN SPORTING NEW WOMAN

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May 30, 2007

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About Freddie Bell

Freddie Bell, velvet morning voice talent is a mellifluous voice actor, broadcast-journalist, speaker and 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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‘IDOL’ FINALE NOT AS POPULAR AS EXPECTED

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Fewer people watched Wednesday night’s (May 23rd) American Idol finale than last year’s season closer.

Preliminary ratings indicated that an estimated 30.7 million viewers tuned in to catch Jordin Sparks win the title from Blake Lewis, versus the 36 million that watched Taylor Hicks beat Katharine McPhee in Season Five. While that’s a significant drop, the ratings are still enormous — the Number Two show of the night, Lost, attracted just 12 million viewers.

Sparks was the favorite going into the finale, with everyone from Simon Cowell to Las Vegas oddsmakers to her competition rooting for the 17-year- old singer. Runner-up Blake Lewis told reporters after the finale, “I picked Jordin Sparks at the Top 24 as the American Idol winner.” Lewis added that he had planned on wearing a ‘Vote For Jordin Sparks T- Shirt’ on Tuesday night’s (May 22nd) performance episode but Fox wouldn’t let him do it.

The youngest Idol winner ever, Sparks has watched the show since she was 12 and told her mom early on that she wanted to compete in the contest.

Jordin Sparks thanks fans for their support: “That you guys so much. I love you. You’ve been such a great group, you’ve been so encouraging. Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for me and thank you for, you know, just encouraging me when I needed it.”

Jordin Sparks’ mother on her daughter’s win: “I was just in shock. I don’t even remember what I did. I think I screamed and jumped up and down and cried, and it’s just a whole mixture of emotions.”

ISAIAH WASHINGTON’S PRO-TOLERANCE PSA HITS SCREENS

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Isaiah Washington’s penance for gay-bashing his Grey’s Anatomy co-star T.R. Knight included rehab, anger management, and recording a public service announcement (PSA). The PSA is now hitting television and the Internet, and it’s designed to combat intolerance based on sexual orientation, race, and gender. The spot stresses the importance of words, which in Washington’s case got him into trouble on the Grey’s Anatomy set and backstage at the Golden Globe awards.

Washington says in the message, “Words have power. When you use words that demean a person because of their sexual orientation, race or gender, you send a message of hate. We have the power to heal and change the world by the words we use.”

Previews of the ad peppered the Internet earlier in the week, and its official debut was during Grey’s Anatomy last night (May 24th).

In related news, the fates of Washington and Knight’s characters on Grey’s Anatomy were left up in the air on the show’s season finale. Washington’s character backed out of his wedding to Sandra Oh’s Dr. Yang and cleaned his stuff out of their apartment. Knight’s character George failed his year-end exam and emptied his hospital locker at show’s end.

Reps for both actors say they expect their clients to return to the Grey’s fold in the new season, but they have not received official word yet from ABC.

BOBBY BROWN HAS NEW/OLD WOMAN
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Gossip maven CJ at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis is reporting that Bobby Brown has a new lady in his life.

Music executive Alicia Etheridge has reportedly been friendly with Bobby’s ex-wife Whitney Houston for the past twelve years – that is, until she started dating Bobby B, CJ notes. Word has it that Brown and Etheridge are now shacking up.

CJ said Etheridge recently introduced herself as Bobby’s “manager.” The couple, according to columnist Janet Charlton, dined together at The Palm restaurant in West Hollywood Wednesday night.

According to a witness “He made a big deal out of introducing Alicia as his ‘girlfriend’ to the host, the bartender, and everyone he knew in the restaurant. He also introduced her to photographers outside. He acted very proud of her.”

FANTASIA DOING WELL!
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Fantasia Barrino has been winning the hearts of theatergoers with her portrayal of Celie in Broadway’s The Color Purple. Now she’s winning awards as well. Fantasia is one of 12 performers to be honored at the upcoming the 63rd annual Theatre World Awards, to be presented June 5th at New World Stages in New York City. Fantasia is a finalist for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut performances during the 2006-2007 theatrical season. Meanwhile, the former American Idol champion’s latest single, “When I See U,” has risen to Number Nine on the urban AC airplay charts. The tune is from her 2006 album, Fantasia.

MICHAEL JACKSON ISN’T BROKE
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Despite a stagnant recording career and messy legal situations, Michael Jackson is managing to make a good living. The so-called King of Pop is being paid $10 million to appear — not sing — this weekend at a birthday party for the prince of Brunei. Prince Azim is spending $14 million on his 25th birthday bash, and was sparing no cost to get his all- time idol, Jackson, to attend and mingle with his friends. Big names on the guest list include Pamela Anderson, Naomi Campbell, Jerry Hall, Faye Dunaway, and Kate Moss, who will simply receive party favors of diamonds and electronics for showing up. Britain’s London Mirror also reports the prince will have Dionne Warwick singing at the fete, for the bargain price of $500,000.

WOODS RAISING MONEY
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Champion golfer Tiger Woods is holding his tenth annual Tiger Jam fundraiser this weekend. Proceeds from the Tiger Jam concert tomorrow (May 25th) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Proceeds will go to the Tiger Woods Foundation, which funds Las Vegas-area children’s organizations along with the Grammy In The Schools program and VH1’s Save The Music Foundation. Headlining the concert will be rock veterans Bon Jovi, who also headlined the sixth annual Tiger Jam. Rock band Daughtry, led by former American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry, will open the show. Tiger Jam will also sponsor several live and silent auctions of luxury items to benefit the Tiger Jam Learning Center, which opened in February 2006 in Anaheim, California.

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In 1878, tap dancer Luther Robinson, best known as Bill “Bojangles” Robinson was born.
In 1919, cosmetics manufacturer Madame C.J. Walker died at the age of 52.
In 1935, athlete Jesse Owens set six world records in 45 minutes, at the Big Ten Championship at Ann Arbor, Michigan.
In 1959, the U.S. Supreme Court declared a Louisiana law enforcing a ban on bouts between black and white boxers to be unconstitutional.
In 1963, the Organization for African Unity formed by Chad, Mauritania & Zambia established African Unity Day.
In 1963, “Another Saturday Night” by Sam Cooke peaked at Number 10 on the pop singles chart.
In 1963, “Foolish Little Girl” by the Shirelles peaked at Number 4 on the pop singles chart.
In 1968, “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell peaked at Number 8 on the pop singles chart.
In 1968, “Chain Gang” by Jackie Wilson & Count Basie peaked at Number 84 on the pop singles chart.
In 1968, “She’s Lookin’ Good” by Wilson Pickett peaked at Number 15 on the pop singles chart.
In 1968, “The Happy Song (Dum-Dum)” by Otis Redding peaked at Number 25 on the pop singles chart.
In 1985, “‘Til My Baby Comes Home” by Luther Vandross peaked at Number 29 on the pop singles chart.
In 1985, “Through The Fire” by Chaka Khan peaked at Number 60 on the pop singles chart.

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Lauryn Hill, singer, soloist, of the Fugees, 32
Leslie Uggams, actress, singer, dancer, (Sing Along With Mitch, Roots, All My Children), 64
Daz Dillinger, rapper, 34

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I hope your Holiday weekend was safe
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RUBEN STUDDARD OPENS NEW CAMP

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May 25, 2007

Welcome to Solid Gold Soul

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About Freddie Bell

Freddie Bell, velvet morning voice talent is a mellifluous voice actor, broadcast-journalist, speaker and 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.
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FOXY BROWN ORDERED TO SUBMIT DNA

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Last week Foxy Brown turned down a plea deal in her battery and resisting arrest case in Florida and now Broward County prosecutors have asked the rapper for a DNA sample as they prepare to go to trial. Allhiphop.com reports that the DNA sample will be used to determine if Brown did actually spit on the owner of a beauty supply store in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

Brown was arrested in February and charged with battery and resisting arrest with violence after she got into an altercation with the owner of the Queen Beauty Supply store. She allegedly threw hair glue and spit on the owner after being asked to leave the store’s bathroom at closing time.

According to Brown, the beauty supply store owner was overzealous and just looking for a big payday. She denies throwing hair glue and spitting on him, and maintains that he barged in on her in the bathroom while she was half dressed. She has also accusing the Pembroke Pines police department of police brutality in relation to the February 15th incident because the arresting officer used a takedown technique on her.

Brown is due back in court on September 24th to stand trial. If she is found guilty she could receive up to a year behind bars.

JAY-Z HIT WITH TWO LAWSUITS

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Rap mogul Jay-Z may have to double up on legal fees now that he’s been hit with two lawsuits. Allhiphop.com reports that Jay-Z and his former partner Damon Dash were hit with a $15 million lawsuit by a Philadelphia man who claims the duo stole his idea and used it as the basis for their 2002 film, State Property.

In his lawsuit which was filed in Manhattan Federal Court, Antonne Jones, alleges that he met with the two men and discussed a concept for a film based on his novel, The Family: A Philadelphia Mob Story, which focuses on four men seeking money, power, and fame. He allegedly offered the rights to Jay-Z and Dash for $500,000 and received a counteroffer for $50,000. After he rejected the counteroffer, he never heard from the men again. The film’s distributor, Lionsgate, was also named as a defendant in the case.

Jay-Z was also hit with a lawsuit by a former employee of his 40/40 sports bar in New York City. The New York Post reports that former waitress Celese Williams alleges that 40/40 refuses to pay employees the legally required amounts for work performed. According to Williams, 40/40 kept a cut of workers’ tips and didn’t pay the legal minimum wage rate for working or for overtime.

According to 40/40, Williams only worked there for four days in December 2005 and the allegations are false.

RUBEN STUDDARD OPENS MUSIC CAMP FOR LOCAL KIDS

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Singer Ruben Studdard has opened up a special music camp near his home in Birmingham for kids who wish to improve their music skills. The camp will be held June 4th through 8th in Dothan, Alabama at Wallace Community College.

During the camp experience, amateur musicians will play in an orchestra, sing in a choral group and perform with Studdard in concert, while also learning about songwriting. music theory, and stage performance techniques. They’ll also get a grounding in the rules of the music industry.

The camp will hold its finale concert on Sunday, June 10th at the James A. Smith Convocation Center, with Studdard set to perform as part of the show. All proceeds will go to the Ruben Studdard Foundation for the Advancement of Children in the Music Arts scholarship program. For more information, go to rubenstuddardfoundation.org.

Studdard’s latest single, “Make You Feel Beautiful,” is an urban AC radio hit. The track is from his CD The Return.

DANNY GLOVER GETS FILM BACKING FROM VENEZUELA

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Actor Danny Glover’s directorial debut, a film about Haitian revolutionary Toussaint L’Ouverture, will get a major part of its financing from the government of Venezuela, according to industry reports. Venezuela is led by President Hugo Chavez, an outspoken critic of the Bush administration.

The Venezuelan congress announced Monday that it will give $19.7 million toward the production of two films, one of which is Glover’s movie about the iconic leader who led a successful 18th-century slave rebellion against French rule.

Glover’s film will be one of the first to be produced by Venezuela’s Villa del Cine (Film Town), which the Chavez administration said it created last year to do battle with “the Hollywood film dictatorship.”

The 60-year-old Lethal Weapon actor has long been a supporter of Chavez, who is leading a political revolution in the oil-producing South American country. Chavez, who called Bush “the devil” in a speech at the U.N. last year, maintains that he has no quarrel with the American people, and initiated an affordable heating-oil program for impoverished Americans last year.

KEYSHAWN JOHNSON RETIRING FROM NFL
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Keyshawn Johnson, one of the NFL’s top receivers, announced Wednesday that he was retiring from football after 11 years to begin a TV broadcasting career. The former Carolina Panther, aged 34, signed a multi-year contract to appear on several ESPN telecasts, including pre-game shows on Sundays and Monday nights.

“I’ve done everything I wanted to do in my career. I tried to find as much as I could to push me back and play football for one or two more years,” Johnson said at a news conference in Los Angeles. “I wavered time and time again,” he said. “I’ve lived my dream. Now, I’m going to live another dream.”

Johnson was the number one pick in the 1996 draft and played 11 seasons for the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers, which released him last month.

Johnson turned down a reported $8 million offer from the Tennessee Titans to take on his sportscasting duties, which will include appearing on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown in the studio, writing a column for ESPN.com, and taking part in a new radio show.

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In 1854, Lincoln University in Pennsylvania became the first black college in the U.S.
In 1856, in the Pottawatomie Massacre in Kansas, a pro-slavery settlement in Franklin County was attacked by an anti-slavery group led by John Brown.
In 1861, Major General Benjamin F. Butler declared slaves “contraband of war.”
In 1951, racial segregation in Washington, D.C., restaurants was ruled illegal by the Municipal Court Of Appeals.
In 1954, Dr. Peter Murray Marshall became president of the New York County Medical Society, the first African-American to head an American Medical Association unit.
In 1974, jazz legend “Duke” Ellington died of cancer at the age of 75.
In 1975, “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind & Fire peaked at Number One on the pop chart.
In 1977, Right On Time by the Brothers Johnson was certified gold.
In 1980, “Cupid/I’ve Loved You For A Long Time” by the Spinners entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1990, Give Me The Reason by Luther Vandross was certified double platinum.
In 1990, I’ll Give All My Love To You by Keith Sweat was released.
In 1990, “Live At Wembley” video by Luther Vandross was certified platinum.
In 1990, Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em by Hammer was certified double platinum.
In 1990, Thriller by Michael Jackson was certified 21-times platinum.

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Patti LaBelle,singer and diva, 63
Larry Blackmon, singer of Cameo, 51
Sarah Dash, singer, of LaBelle, 65
Heavy D, rapper, actor, (Life, The Tracy Morgan Show), 40

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Keep your eyes open for a miracle.
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JORDIN WINS, OPRAH UPSET, PRINCE GOING HOLLYWOOD

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May 24, 2007

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About Freddie Bell

Freddie Bell, velvet morning voice talent is a mellifluous voice actor, broadcast-journalist, speaker and 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.
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Jordin Sparks Crowned ‘American Idol’

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The big voice overwhelmed the beatbox Wednesday night as Jordin Sparks was crowned the newest and youngest “American Idol.” Sparks, 17, of Glendale, Ariz., prevailed over beatboxer Blake Lewis, 25, of Bothell, Wash., after a triumphant performance Tuesday that wowed the show’s judges and the viewers who gave her a majority of the record 74 million votes cast.

“Mom, Dad, I love you,” Sparks, the daughter of retired NFL player Phillippi Sparks, said tearfully after a bearhug from Lewis.

The contest came down to either the stronger singer, Sparks, or the better entertainer, Lewis. Sparks delivered her songs simply and powerfully; Lewis’ flourishes included his sound effects and sharp dance moves. Click here for more on that story also click to check out the pics.

But there’s more: American Idol judge Simon Cowell has revealed to Extra that his current contract, which takes him through season ten of the hit show, will be his last. He will not sign on for additional installments of the show past the milestone because, “It’s time to do something new. I think it’s time to bring in new people.” Never one to hold back his opinion, Simon suggests Donald Trump should take his place on the judges panel.

COMEDY CENTRAL PLANNING ROAST OF FLAVOR FLAV

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Comedy Central has announced plans to roast Public Enemy member and reality TV star Flavor Flav.

Allhiphop.com reports that The Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav will air on Sunday, August 12th at 10 pm. Comedy Central senior vice president Elizabeth Porter said, “We only roast the ones we love and the world is clearly crazy about this guy. This event will be full of surprises as Flavor Flav is going to experience a whole new kind of love in this Roast.”

Flavor Flav, who is currently on tour with Public Enemy, was born William Drayton. The rapper appeared on VH1’s Surreal Life before landing his own spin-off with Brigitte Nielsen, called Strange Love. Later, Flavor Flav starred in two record breaking seasons of his own reality show, Flavor of Love.

DMV EMPLOYEE IMPERSONATES ASHANTI & NIA

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Ashanti and Nia Long were just two of several other people defrauded by Henrietta, New York couple Charles Curry, Jr. and Shameika Drain Curry in a scheme that was uncovered earlier this week. In the scheme, the couple requested a replacement drivers license in Ashanti’s name in August 2006 and also said that she had moved from Nassau County to Rochester. When they received the new ID, Shameika reportedly impersonated the singer to purchase a 2003 INFINITI and secure a $37,000 loan from a local bank.

In another incident, Shameika also impersonated Nia Long to write a check for upwards of $8,000 to Shameika’s cleaning service.

The couple also was also receiving mail at their residence in Mariah Carey’s name, though it wasn’t immediately clear whether or not they had attempted to defraud her as well.

CIARA SET FOR FILM ADAPTATION OF ‘MAMA I WANT TO SING’

Singer Ciara will take another stab at acting by starring in the film adaptation of the popular off- Broadway musical Mama, I Want To Sing. Ciara will play a preacher’s daughter whose music career takes off in the film, which will also star music diva Patti LaBelle and Lynn Whitfield.

Mama I Want To Sing is loosely based on the true story of R&B singer Doris Troy, who hit big with the tune “Just One Look.” The gospel musical has been performed in New York since 1984 and has toured the world in various versions.

According to Variety, the film version is scheduled to begin shooting in Louisiana next month and is due in theaters in February 2008.

Ciara appeared in last year’s MTV high school volleyball flick All You’ve Got. She’s currently promoting her new album The Evolution and the lead single “Like A Boy.”

GERALD LEVERT’S FINAL ALBUM WITH EDDIE LEVERT TO BE RELEASED

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A new album of duets by the late Gerald Levert and his father, O’Jays great Eddie Levert, will be available just in time for Father’s Day. Titled Something To Talk About, the CD will be released by Atlantic Records on June 12th.

The family-sanctioned set comes 12 years after the Leverts’ first duet album, 1995’s Father And Son, which featured their version of “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

Something To Talk About serves as a touching reminder of the close relationship the two shared before Gerald’s untimely death in November 2006. The title track is the pair’s take on the Bonnie Raitt classic.

Gerald is currently on the charts with his last studio album, In My Songs, which debuted at Number One on the R&B albums chart when it was released in February. That CD includes the current singles “In My Songs” and “DJ Don’t.”
Eddie continues to perform with the O’Jays, and will release a book called I Got Your Back, which chronicles his close relationship with Gerald.

TYRESE SAYS HE’S TEAMING WITH GINUWINE, TANK FOR TGT

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Singer, rapper and actor Tyrese has a new project in the works. The performer says he’s teaming with fellow R&B crooners Ginuwine and Tank to form a supergroup to be called TGT, according to AllHipHop.com. TGT can already be heard on the remix version of Tank’s hit “Please Don’t Go.”

“With all the support our fans have given us individually over the years for our distinct signature styles, collectively we felt our fans deserved to hear great music in a way that they could never have imagined,” Tyrese said. “I’ve known these guys for years and they truly are like brothers, so it only felt right to come together as a trio to make history.”

PRINCE TO CELEBRATE BIRTHDAY WITH STRING OF HOLLYWOOD SHOWS?

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There’s nothing international superstar Prince likes better than performing. Word is that he’s kicking off yet another series of shows, this time in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times reports that the 3121 star is negotiating a residency at the hot Roosevelt Hotel, set to begin in mid-June, just a week after his 49th birthday on June 7th.

Plans call for the Roosevelt to close its lobby at 9 p.m. on seven successive Fridays beginning June 15th, when Prince will take to the stage of the Blossom Room in front of 250 seated guests and some standing-room-only patrons for two hours of non-stop music starting at 11:30.

The party will continue into the wee hours, when Prince’s private chef will take over the kitchen of the Hollywood hotel’s Dakota restaurant, which will become a late-night dining establishment where the tireless pop star will entertain until 4 a.m.

Recently, Prince was confirmed as a performer for a pricey concert series in the Hamptons section of Long Island, New York, and was in London earlier this month to announce 21 nights of U.K. concerts starting in August.

Last summer, he took over a club space in the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas for a series of sold-out shows before officially launching his own 3121 club there last November.

OPRAH WINFREY UPSET OVER FATHER’S TELL-ALL

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Oprah Winfrey is not happy that her father wants to write about her. In fact, the talk show maven is “shocked” and “disappointed” that 74-year-old Vernon Winfrey is willing to bring skeletons out of the Winfrey family closet in a tell-all called Things Unspoken. Oprah told the New York Daily News, “The last person in the world to be doing a book about me is Vernon Winfrey. The last person.”

Winfrey first learned about her father’s plans through gossip columns. When she asked him to confirm the rumor, he unapologetically admitted it. Oprah said, “The worst part of it was him saying, ‘I meant to tell you I’ve been working on it.'”

Vernon Winfrey says the book is on hold for now.

JOHN SALLEY HOSTS NEW BET TALK SHOW ‘BALLERS’

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Radio and TV host and former NBA star John Salley is at the helm of a brand new sports talk show called Ballers, set to premiere May 29th on BET. Salley co-hosts with former NFL player Hugh Douglas and comic Guy Torry to talk about hot topics and news stories of the week with an array of guests from the world of sports.

The May 29th premiere will feature NBA all-stars Baron Davis and Paul Pierce; T.J. Houshmandzadeh from the Cincinnati Bengals; Chris Canty from the Dallas Cowboys; Stephen A. Smith from ESPN; and Jemele Hill from ESPN.com.

Ballers will air Tuesday nights at 11 p.m., with encores throughout the week on BET.

Salley has also been seen on The Best Damn Sports Show Period on Fox, and hosted his own short-lived nighttime TV talk show in the ’90s. More recently, he wrapped up hosting duties on The John Sally Block Party, a morning radio show on 100.3 The Beat in Los Angeles.

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In 1900, Civil War hero Sergeant William H. Carney became the first African-American to receive the Medal Of Honor, 37 years after the Battle Of Fort Wagner.
In 1921, Shuffle Along, the first of a succession of popular musicals featuring black performers, opened at the 63rd Street Music Hall in New York City.
In 1922, A&R music executive Robert “Bumps” Blackwell was born.
In 1971, Neville Bonner became a senator, making him the first Aboriginal member of an Australian parliament.
In 1977, the self-titled album from Teddy Pendergrass was certified gold.
In 1979, Sister Sledge’s We Are Family album was certified platinum.
In 1981, “Being With You” by Smokey Robinson peaked at Number Two on the pop singles chart.
In 1984, the album Private Dancer by Tina Turner was released.
In 1985, “Aretha Franklin Appreciation Day” was declared in the state of Michigan.
In 1986, “On My Own” single by Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald was certified gold.
In 1987, “Same Ole Love (365 Days A Year)” by Anita Baker peaked at Number 44 on the pop singles chart.
In 1988, “Don’t Be Cruel” single by Bobby Brown was released.
In 1994, the album Legend by Bob Marley & the Wailers was certified five times platinum.
In 1995, “Big Poppa/Warning” single by the Notorious B.I.G. was certified platinum.
In 1995, “Scream” single by Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson was released.

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May 23, 2007

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AMERICAN IDOL ANNOUNCES WINNER TONIGHT
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Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis go head-to-head in tonight’s final round of American Idol. While to viewers, the season only began in January, contestants on the show have been performing for judges and producers since late last summer. Finalist Sparks said she never thought she’d make it through the grueling process to arrive at the finals. The season finale with feature duets and group performances from the finalists along with previously eliminated contestants. Blake Lewis says he’s not looking forward to the medleys portion of the show: “We have like six or seven songs or something. I’m just like, ‘Ew!’ So, I already know the three that I’m going to do so I’m cool. I’m square on those. But like medleys and duets and stuff and like oh, I’m terrible at that stuff so that’s the stuff I don’t look forward to.”

The two- hour season finale airs tonight beginning at 8/7 CST p.m.

CEE-LO SAYS HE STILL HAS A PASSION FOR RAP

Singer and rapper Cee-Lo Green has had an enormous amount of success as a member of Gnarls Barkley and he’s currently working on the follow-up to the group’s platinum debut, St. Elsewhere. With all his success, many fans wondered if he would ever return to rap. Cee-Lo told MTV.com, “I tell you what, rapping is also a passion of mine. It’s a little bit restricting as far as cadence is concerned. I’m able to do a little more with melody and harmony. You can twist it and stretch it and bend it into so many other things.”

NELLY TO HOST SOUTH AFRICAN VERSION OF ‘PIMP MY RIDE’

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Grammy Award winner Nelly is currently setting up shop in South Africa. Earlier this month, the rapper entered into a deal with South African based distributor Mojalife to distribute his Vokal, Apple Bottom and Pimp Juice brands. The rapper is also set to host a South African version of MTV’s Pimp My Ride. Mojalife has partnered with UK-based Screen Ventures and MTV Networks for 52 episodes of the new Pimp My Ride.

KANYE WEST HOOKS UP WITH JAPANESE ARTIST FOR NEW ARTWORK
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Rapper and producer Kanye West has hooked up with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, the man behind Louis Vuitton’s rainbow design. Murakami recently designed the cover for West’s new single, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” as well as some jewelry pieces for the rapper.

West told MTV.com, “He did a three-minute animated piece for one of the songs. Murakami, his work has been stunning to me because pop art is really expressive, representative and expressive and emotional, and it looks like something you can do yourself. (But) you cannot do no Murakami s**t yourself. You cannot do this at home. He has this studio out in Japan that has 30 artists working at one time. I love Japanese culture and I was always into art, and Murakami is really a god in the art world.”

RIHANNA TOPS U.K. CHARTS WITH ‘UMBRELLA’
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Barbados-born singer Rihanna has topped the U.K. singles chart this week with her new single “Umbrella” featuring Jay-Z. The single climbed past pop band Maroon 5 to achieve the top position on the British charts based on downloads alone.

“Umbrella” is the first single from Rihanna’s third CD, Good Girl Gone Bad, which will be released by Island Def Jam on June 5th. The track has also been used as part of the artist’s partnership with CoverGirl cosmetics, with the beauty company offering a free video download of the video at its website.

Good Girl Gone Bad features tunes written by Ne-Yo and even Justin Timberlake, who wrote “Rehab.” Producers on the set include Timbaland, Stargate, Jonathan “JR” Rotem, and C. Tricky Stewart, who produced “Umbrella.”

Rihanna will hit the road this summer with her own band. Dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

BOBBY VALENTINO MAKES ROUNDS AT APPLE STORES

Singer Bobby Valentino is making sure that fans connect with his new album Special Occasion through a new series of appearances at Apple stores to celebrate Black Music Month. The Atlanta-based artist is set to perform material from the new set during his promotional tour of the computer and iPod retailer, starting June 1st in his home town.

Valentino’s CD is getting a boost from the single “Anonymous,” which recently reached Number 19 on the national urban radio chart.

Much of Valentino’s appeal comes from his romantic approach to contemporary R&B. The artist says that most guys have a sensitive side to some degree: “I think guys all are, but I think a lot of dudes kinda be like I’m a little too hard, a little too tough to be sensitive and to be loving and caring. But at the end of the day we all love somebody, you know whether it’s our mother, whether it’s a girlfriend. So I kind of speak for real dudes out there because I’m a real dude.”

Dates for Valentino’s tour of Apple stores are as follows:

June 1 – Atlanta, GA – Perimeter Mall
June 7 – New York, NY – Fifth Avenue
June 12 – Chicago, IL – North Michigan Avenue
June 16 or 2 – Houston, TX – TBD
June 21 – Dallas, TX – NorthPark Center
June 23 – Los Angeles, CA – TBD
June 27 – San Francisco, CA – TBD

LALAH HATHAWAY SIGNS TO STAX RECORDS

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Singer and songwriter Lalah Hathaway has officially joined the roster of the revived Stax Records label. The legendary Memphis imprint is now being distributed by Concord Records in Los Angeles. Hathaway, daughter of the late R&B icon Donny Hathaway, has begun recording her next solo album.

Meanwhile, the label is releasing Hathaway’s version of “Love’s Holiday” from the all-star tribute set Interpretations: Celebrating the Music Of Earth, Wind & Fire, which was released earlier this year as the first project on the new Stax label.

Hathaway charted a major smooth jazz/urban AC hit with her version of Luther Vandross’ “Forever, For Always, For Love” from the all-star smooth jazz tribute set Forever, For Always, For Luther.

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In 1863, the War Department established the Bureau Of Colored Troops and launched an aggressive campaign for recruitment of black soldiers.
In 1948, poet and author Claude McKay, the author of the first bestseller written by an African- American, died at the age of 58.
In 1959, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. became the first African-American general in the U.S. Air Force. His father was the first African-American general in the U.S. Army.
In 1961, “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1965, “I Can’t Help Myself” by the Four Tops entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1966, Bill Cosby became the first African- American to receive an Emmy for Best Actor In A Dramatic Series, for his role in I Spy.
In 1967, renowned poet and playwright Langston Hughes died at the age of 65.
In 1968, “Tighten Up” single by Archie Bell & the Drells was certified gold.
In 1970, The Fifth Dimension-Greatest Hits album by the Fifth Dimension was certified gold.
In 1974, “You Make Me Feel Brand New” single by the Stylistics was certified gold.
In 1976, “I’ll Be Good To You” by the Brothers Johnson entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1976, “Could It Be Magic” by Donna Summer peaked at Number 52 on the pop singles chart.
In 1979, the album The Boss by Diana Ross was released

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MICHAEL JACKSON GIVES UP
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Michael Jackson has dropped his legal efforts to block the auction of his personal and family memorabilia in Las Vegas. The Associated Press reported that Jackson was not present in court on Friday (May 18th) when his lawyer told a District Court judge that a confidential agreement had been worked out between Jackson, the owner of the memorabilia, and Guernsey’s Auction House, with a portion of the proceeds going to several yet-to-be-named charities.

DIANA ROSS JACKS A CHILD??
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Diana Ross was questioned by British police on Friday (May 18th), after a man claimed that Ross knocked his three-year-old daughter on the head while pushing past her on her way to her hotel room in Newcastle. Londonnet.co.uk reported that local authorities declined to press charges because the incident was “a complete accident,” as the door that Ross was walking through was pushed into the little girl, whose father was waiting for an autograph. Ross wraps up her European tour tonight (Monday, May 21st) in Paris.

QUEEN ON SOUL GETS NEW KING
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Rumors are circulating that Aretha Franklin is planning to marry for the third time next month. Femalefirst.co.uk reported that the “Queen of Soul” is planning to walk down the isle with longtime boyfriend Willie Wilkerson Jr. Franklin has been spotted partaking in several bridal gown fittings in New York. Franklin has been married twice before; first to former manager Ted White from 1962 to 1969, and then to actor Glynn Turman from 1978 to 1984.

NEW MARVIN GAYE RELEASE
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A newly expanded version of Marvin Gaye’s 1981 album In Our Lifetime? will be released on June 19th. The album, which was Gaye’s release before his final album, 1982’s Midnight Love, features a previously unreleased alternate version of the album with different songs, titled Love Man. The new two-disc In Our Lifetime? – Expanded Love Man Edition, features 23 bonus tracks.

PRIVATE LIFE TO BE PUBLISHED

NBA star Doug Christie and his wife, Jackie — whose relationship was documented in the BET-J reality show Committed: The Christies — are set to share their relationship secrets in their first book. Titled No Ordinary Love: A True Story of Marriage And Basketball, the book is scheduled to debut June 1st, through the couple’s own publishing company, Infinite Love Publishing.

MONICA STILL PUMPIN’ THE JAMS
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R&B singer Monica is back with a new single from her J Records album The Makings Of Me, which was released in October. This time she’s releasing the tune “Hell No,” written and produced by Bryan Michael Cox & Sean Garrett, about a relationship gone wrong. The Makings Of Me debuted at Number One on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart when it was released, selling more than 92,000 units in its first week.

Young Pilot Will Be First African American To Fly Around The Globe

When 23-year-old Barrington Irving touches down in his single-engine aircraft in Miami in the last week of May, he will set two world records: He will become the first African American and the youngest person ever to fly solo around the globe.

Irving took off from Miami on March 23rd and passed the halfway mark when he landed in Calcutta, India, seven weeks later. He is scheduled to fly from Japan to Alaska today (May 21st).

Irving’s plan is to cross four continents and clock more than 130 hours of flight time on a “World Flight Adventure” that includes stops in the Azores, Spain, Greece, Egypt, Dubai, India, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan before returning to the U.S. via Alaska.

No airline would lease him a plane, so the native of Jamaica is flying in a custom-made Lancair Columbia 400, whose parts were donated from various component companies. While the plane was built, Irving established Experience Aviation Inc. in Miami last November. The nonprofit organization provides flight simulator training and aviation career guidance to middle and high school students.

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In 1963, Little Stevie Wonder, who had just turned 13, recorded his second album.
In 1969, police and National Guardsmen fired on demonstrators at North Carolina A&T College. One student was killed and five policemen were injured.
In 1970, the National Guard mobilized to quell disturbances at Ohio State University. In 1972, the Notorious B. I. G. was born.
In 1973, “Pillow Talk” by Sylvia earned a gold record.
In 1974, the album Mighty Love by the Spinners was certified gold.
In 1975, Lowell W. Perry was named chairman of the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEO).
In 1977, “Show You The Way To Go” by the Jacksons peaked at Number 29 on the pop singles chart.
In 1977, “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder peaked at Number One on the pop singles chart.
In 1983, “Little Red Corvette” by Prince peaked at Number Six on the pop singles chart.
In 1985, the album The Night I Fell In Love by Luther Vandross was certified gold and platinum.
In 1985, Marvin Gaye’s last album, Dream Of A Lifetime, was released.
In 1987, the album Dancing On The Ceiling by Lionel Richie was certified quadruple platinum.
In 1988, “Da Butt” by E.U. peaked at Number 35 on the pop singles chart.

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May 21, 2007

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Freddie Bell, velvet morning voice talent is a mellifluous voice actor, broadcast-journalist, speaker and 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.
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T.I. SHOOTS SECOND VIDEO FOR NEW ALBUM

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Atlanta-based rapper T.I. will release his new album, T.I. v T.I.P., on July 3rd. The first single and video from the project is “Big Things Poppin’.” The clip hasn’t even debuted yet on major video outlets but T.I. has already shot a video for the set’s second single, “You Know What It Is” featuring Wyclef Jean.

T.I. told MTV.com, “That’s what you call high- class problems. Not knowing when to put your second single out because your first one is doing so well. That’s a wonderful problem to have. (So) I’m not gonna rush it.”

The new video, which was shot in Miami, picks up where the “Big Things Poppin'” clip leaves off with Wyclef Jean offering a proposition to TIP. T.I. explained, “(He’s) basically saying, ‘Well, if you done doing your rapper thing, I got some business that I want to handle with you. Come holler at me.’ And he says he needs me to drive him, and you probably thinking in a car, (but) then you see us in a plane, in a boat, in this car, at the house, in Haiti. So basically he wants me to come to Haiti with him to handle some business, and from there we come back to Miami and we go back to our regular lives.”

Director Chris Robinson was behind the camera for the video and since the rappers didn’t actually go to Haiti, he had to recreate the country with the streets of the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami.

T.I. explained the different look he’s trying to give his alter-egos in the two videos. He said, “I’m trying to show people that Tip can do what T.I. can do and T.I. can do what Tip can do, just as well. Maybe not the same way, maybe not as much, maybe not as good, but it can be done. Accept it. I say the same way you would think wearing a (fancy) shirt like this, riding in a nice big boat, riding private jets, you would think that’s T.I., but Tip is like, ‘Hell, I can do that too. Give me a shot, let me see how I like it.'”

The rapper added, “And whereas everyone may think (they’re seeing) Tip if you in Little Haiti … (or) just in the ‘hood in Harlem, chillin’ — you expect that to be Tip, but T.I. is like, ‘People got love for me around the world, I can go where I want to. Just because that ain’t what you see me do most of the time don’t mean that I can’t do it.”

TIME OFF FOR PRINCE
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Last week I told you about Prince announcing his London tour as well as a new frangrance. You would think this would be a continuation of an already incredible career for Prince. Overe the years He has endured numerous ups, downs and turns in both his personal and professional career, yet he continues to capture the imagination of an adoring fan base. Now we learn that Prince is considering taking time away from the stage to study the bible. While the notion is a good one, we think here that Prince is in need a well deserved break from everything. Time will tell. One thing is assured. The fans will be there when he returns.

DIDDY, JAY-Z & OTHERS PUT UNDER SURVEILLANCE BEFORE 2004 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION

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The New York Civil Liberties Union released 600 pages of secret files on Wednesday (May 16th), which among other things revealed that the New York Police Department was monitoring and spying on Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, and Alicia Keys for months before the Republican National Convention was held in New York during the summer of 2004.

Allhiphop.com reports that the documents were made public after a judge ruled in favor of the NYCLU on May 4th. The NYCLU is suing New York City on behalf of the demonstrators who were arrested during the convention.

NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said, “These documents paint a picture of a surveillance program that was broad, clumsy, and often unlawful. The NYPD failed to differentiate between unlawful behavior and behavior that is not only lawful but should in fact be cherished and protected. Today the public can finally bear witness to that failure.”

The aforementioned artists all participated in the Hip Hop Summit Action Network’s voters registration rally in August of 2004.

The NYPD, who attempted to block the release of the files, also attended political meetings and monitored listservs for years prior to the convention.

GNARLS BARKLEY LOOKING AT NEW ALBUM FOR SEPTEMBER

Gnarls Barkley is looking at possibly releasing its second album in September, according to MTV.com. Singer Cee-Lo Green said that he and producer Danger Mouse are already at work on the disc and added, “It’s going very well. We are well into it, and it’s turning out to be pretty damn good. What else can I say?” The new effort will follow up last year’s million-selling St. Elsewhere, which featured the massive hit single, “Crazy.”

Green is also working on his next solo project and has just started a new record label called Radiculture Records. A launch party was held in Atlanta last week.

Gnarls Barkley earned three BET Award nominations when the nominees were announced on Wednesday (May 16th). The prizes will be handed out on June 26th.

RASHEEDA TO RELEASE ‘DAT TYPE OF GURL’ NEXT MONTH

Atlanta-based female rapper Rasheeda will release her new album, Dat Type of Gurl, on June 19th. The first single from the project is “My Bubble Gum,” and the rapper recently recorded a remix with Shawnna, Kandi Burress, Diamond, Princess, and Fabo from D4L.

Rasheeda talked about the artists and producers she worked with on the new project. She said: “I worked with of course Akon. I worked with Jazze Pha. Baby is on the album, Pastor Troy, of course Diamond and Princess. Fabo we actually have a complete record together on the album that’s really hot. Kandi is also on there. We have a complete song that we did together on there that’s real hot.”

Rasheeda added: “As far as the producers are concerned, I have Don Vito. Jazze did produce. Akon produced on the record we together as well. And then we have a producer, his name is Schwinn. He’s an Asian guy and he’s really, really dope. He did ‘Bubble Gum’ and a couple of other records on the album.”

The next single from the project is the title track, “Dat Type of Gurl.”

In related news, Rasheeda and R&B singer Kandi Burress, formerly of Xscape, are working on a project together as Peach Candy. No release date has been set for the project.

R. KELLY’S NICE, NASTY SIDES DEBATED WITH NO TRIAL DATE IN SIGHT

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R. Kelly’s creation of a song titled “Rise Up” to benefit the survivors of the recent Virginia Tech massacre, available on the Internet at the same time his sexy single “I’m A Flirt” is being heard on radio, has prompted many to wonder at the controversial singer-songwriter’s seemingly dual nature.

The Chicago-bred Kelly’s career is marked by numerous sex-obsessed tunes, and he is currently awaiting trial on charges of child pornography. But Kelly has also created several inspirational anthems, including the Grammy-winning “I Believe I Can Fly” as well as a tune about Hurricane Katrina and another titled “Soldier’s Heart” that is dedicated to the American troops.

“There are two R. Kellys,” a Kelly spokesman, Allan Mayer, told The Washington Post. “There’s the spiritual, inspiring side, and there’s the more carnal side. One is fun, entertaining, sexy, and the other is more uplifting. They’re both part of life. The way Robert thinks about it is that he’s neither all of one or the other. He’s very aware of how sharp the dichotomy can seem, but it’s just who he is.”

Mayer adds that the 40-year-old Kelly is not seeking publicity or doing damage control on his image with “Rise Up,” which benefits Virginia Tech’s Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund.

“Robert has always responded as an artist in this way,” Mayer said. “If he was concerned with image rehab in his music, he wouldn’t release songs like ‘I’m a Flirt.'”

Kelly himself says that struggle makes him a better artist: “Like I say, that’s what writing is about. If you don’t experience anything, if you don’t experience … I believe the depth of your struggle determines the height of your success.”

“Rise Up” and “I’m A Flirt” appear on Kelly’s forthcoming album Double Up, due May 29th. Meanwhile, there is still no trial date set for Kelly, five years after a videotape of him having sex with an underage girl surfaced, leading to the current charges.

A trial is expected this summer in Chicago. If convicted, Kelly could spend up to 15 years in prison.

CHRIS BROWN GETS PHARRELL, WILL.I.AM FOR ‘EXCLUSIVE’ SET
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For his sophomore album, titled Exclusive, teen sensation Chris Brown has drafted some of the industry’s top hit makers. Among them are writer-producers Pharrell, Will.I.Am, and Bryan Michael Cox. Also going into the studio with 18-year-old Brown is Jazze Pha. Exclusive is slated for an August 28th release.

Cox told MTV.com that the new set will be Brown’s coming-of-age project. “It’s that transition from being a teenager to a man. We’re talking about more mature things, but not too mature,” said Cox, adding that the multi-talented Virginia native has polished his singing and dancing skills even further and seems more focused.

He’s also competitive, Cox added: “His competitive sprit motivates the people around him. His competitive spirit motivated me to make nine records in seven days. I think all nine are going to make it.”

Though he started singing as a pre-teen and recorded most of Chris Brown while just 14 years old, the artist hasn’t gone through a voice-change struggle, adds Jazze Pha. “It’s a little more edgy on this album, but he’s growing up,” he said. “He’s not vocally challenged, he’s pretty good. He’s pretty hot with his vocals. I don’t think anything will be a problem for him.”

Brown’s first single from Exclusive is “Wall To Wall.”

ROBIN THICKE SAYS ARTISTIC CONFIDENCE PAID OFF

Singer-songwriter Robin Thicke has been nominated for Best R&B Artist and Viewer’s Choice for the BET Awards ’07, which take place June 26th in Los Angeles. The busy “Lost Without U” singer is finally receiving recognition for his work on his sophomore album, The Evolution Of Robin Thicke, which was certified platinum for sales of more than 1 million copies.

For Thicke, it really has been an evolution since his first album –though a cult favorite — failed to connect with the masses. Thicke says that while it was crushing to have his first album ignored, the experience didn’t make him doubt his artistry: “The difference is, I always believed in my music. I learned a while ago that my music and my career were two totally different things. My music was fine just the way it is, but my career really needed some help (laughs). So I never really second-guessed my ability, I just doubted my ability to connect or to ever actually make it in a commercial way.”

Thicke will be the supporting act for multi-platinum performer Beyonce’s upcoming North American tour. The Beyonce Experience tour begins July 7th in New Orleans.

LAURYN HILL CONTRIBUTES TO ‘SURF’S UP’ SOUNDTRACK

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Multiple Grammy winner Lauryn Hill has contributed a new song to the upcoming soundtrack of the animated film Surf’s Up. She performs the tune “Lose Myself” on the CD, which will be released by Columbia/Sony on June 5th. Other artists contributing new songs to the soundtrack include rock acts 311, Sugar Ray, Ken Andrews, Nine Black Alps and Big Nose.

Hill earned five Grammy Awards with her multi- platinum debut solo set The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill and then, after a court battle over the album’s songwriting and personal issues, withdrew from the public eye. Public disputes with her former Fugees group mates Pras Michel and Wyclef Jean, led the band to dissolve.

However, the Fugees reunited last year for a series of concerts and a European tour and plan to release a new CD, their first since 1996’s The Score. The group released the single “Take It Easy” last year.

Hill is also currently featured on a new single by rapper Method Man, titled “Say.”

Surf’s Up hits movie theaters on June 8th.

MELINDA DOOLITTLE COOL ABOUT ‘IDOL’ LOSS

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Melinda Doolittle conducted herself like a pro throughout her run on American Idol and she’s no different since being voted off on Wednesday (May 16th). The 29-year-old Tennessee resident revealed during a conference call Thursday (May 17th) that she figured she was a goner when Ryan Seacrest called her to the stage but said “it wasn’t as bad” as she thought it was going to be. Doolittle said, “It was a happy occasion because I made it this far. I’m kind of glad it turned out that way.”

Like the Jennifer Hudsons and Chris Daughtrys of the Idol world — contestants who didn’t win but made solid careers for themselves anyway — Doolittle’s national exposure will probably translate into good things down the line. But before that happens, Doolittle is content to join the Idol summer tour and watch next week’s Jordin Sparks/Blake Lewis finale: “I didn’t go into this not wanting to win. I love to come out on top on anything I do. But in this experience I really felt like I still came out on top. You know, for me. There are two amazing people still left in the finals. I’m excited to watch the finale now.”

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In 1896, in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the “separate but equal” doctrine.
In 1955, Mary McLeod Bethune died in Florida.
In 1962, Ernie Davis, star running back at Syracuse University and the first black player to win the Heisman Trophy, died at the age of 23.
In 1963, “If You Wanna Be Happy” by Jimmy Soul peaked at Number One on the pop singles chart.
In 1968, “Do You Know The Way To San Jose” by Dionne Warwick peaked at Number 10 on the pop singles chart.
In 1968, “Tighten Up” by Archie Bell & the Drells peaked at Number One on the pop singles chart.
In 1974, “Dancing Machine” by the Jackson 5 peaked at Number Two on the pop singles chart.
In 1974, “Mighty Mighty” by Earth, Wind & Fire peaked at Number 29 on the pop singles chart.
In 1978, the album Menagerie by Bill Withers was certified gold.
In 1985, “Raspberry Beret” by Prince entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1985, “Smooth Operator” by Sade peaked at Number Five on the pop singles chart.

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Reggie Jackson, Hall of Famer, MLB Outfielder, 61
Darryl Allen, singer, of Mista “Blackberry Molasses”, 27
Yannick Noah, tennis player, 1983 French Open winner, 47

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May 18, 2007

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BEYONCE LEADS NOMINATIONS FOR BET AWARDS ’07

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Beyonce was the top nominee for the BET Awards ’07, according to the nominations announced Wednesday (May 16th) in Los Angeles. The B’Day and Dreamgirls star was nominated as Best Female R&B Artist; Best Collaboration for duets with Jay-Z on “Deja Vu” and “Upgrade U”; and two mentions in the Video of the Year category for “Irreplaceable” as well as “Beautiful Liar” with Shakira. She is also listed in the Viewer’s Choice Award category. The BET Awards ’07 will be presented June 26th at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Earning three BET Award nominations apiece this year are Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, R&B artist Ciara, hip-hop performer Akon, and alternative duo Gnarls Barkley.

Special awards will be given to Diana Ross, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and actor Don Cheadle, whose activism to halt the genocide in Darfur has netted him BET’s Humanitarian Award.

Comedienne Mo’Nique, who famously opened the ’04 awards with her own version of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love,” is back for a third time as host of the ceremonies.

Confirmed performers include 50 Cent and T.I. who along with Robin Thicke and Tichina Arnold helped BET brass announce the nominees yesterday at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood.

ANDRE 3000, KRS-ONE, TALIB KWELI & OTHERS FEATURED ON NEW CORNELL WEST ALBUM
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Prince, Outkast’s Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS- One, Rhymefest, Killer Mike, Rah Digga, Black Thought and the late Gerald Levert are some of the artists featured on Dr. Cornell West’s forthcoming album, Never Forget: A Journey Of Revelations, which will be released on June 19th. SOHH.com reports that the album will also feature collaborations from non- musical guests such as Michael Eric Dyson, poet Malik Yusef and Tavis Smiley.

West explained, “It isn’t a commentary on hip-hop. And I’m not coming in as a hip-hop scholar or critic. This is an attempt to go back to hip-hop’s prophetic roots, which are about truth-telling, exposing lies and having fun. It’s what I call a danceable education or a singing paideia, the Greek word for deep education. If there is one person whose spirit I try to embody on this CD, it’s Curtis Mayfield. His music is about love and freedom and really informs.”

West added, “This is a very political album that doesn’t pull any punches. There are critiques of the Bush administration as well as of unaccountable corporate power, unaccountable police power and homophobia. We’re trying to get young people to wake up and recognize they’re part of a great tradition of struggle, to become organized and fight for freedom and justice.”

The album will also address September 11th, 2001, racial profiling, and the use of the n-word.

WHITNEY HOUSTON MAINTAINING RECOVERY, SAYS LABEL

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Whitney Houston’s record label is defending their Grammy winning signee, saying the comeback- trail diva was not high during festivities last weekend celebrating Stevie Wonder’s birthday in the Bahamas. Fox.com’s Fox411column on Saturday (May 12th) had quoted a source claiming the singer had bloodshot eyes and appeared to be “stoned” at the all-star bash, attended by such celebrities as Janet Jackson, Natalie Cole, Bebe Winans, and many others.

On Tuesday (May 15th), the columnist received a paragraph from a label rep saying that Houston is sticking to her rehab regimen. The statement said, in part, that the singer is “straight as an arrow, not doing drugs and working hard in the studio” where she “shows up at 3 p.m., stays as long as she’s needed and is doing her practicing at home.”

Houston is reportedly working with Akon, R. Kelly, Jermaine Dupri, Diane Warren, and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds on new material for her upcoming album.

MARIO LOOKING TO ‘GO’ FOR MORE ACTING ROLES

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Singer Mario, who found himself at the top of the charts in 2005 with the Ne-Yo-penned “Let Me Love You,” is preparing to release his third solo album, Go, in July. At the same time, the 20-year-old Baltimore native is anxious to keep his film career rolling.

Mario stepped out last year with a role in the college drama Step Up and also appeared this year as a troubled teen in the true-to-life story Freedom Writers. Though he plans to work hard to promote his next J Records release, Mario says he’s also looking for the right screen role.

Recently, he said, “It’s really tough because, kinda, just figuring out where you want to go next is always hard for an actor, you know, I’ve learned that. But I’ll definitely have something coming up by the end of the year. Absolutely, I do think of myself as an actor, on and off screen.”

Mario is currently rising on the urban charts with the single, “How Do I Breathe.” His album Go is due July 31st.

CHI McBRIDE QUICK TO FIND NEW TV JOB
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It’s off one show and on to another for veteran actor Chi McBride. The man best known as the principal on Boston Public was out of a job when ABC dropped his latest series The Nine, but he bounced back quickly and is part of the cast in ABC’s new fall series, Pushing Daises.

Pushing Daises will be McBride’s fourth series since Boston Public left the airwaves in 2005. Some people might be bitter about the revolving door of TV, but it doesn’t bother McBride. He says that TV opens up a lot of doors professionally because creative people, such as Sam Jackson, watch it: “I remember when I met Sam Jackson and he was telling me about what a job I was doing on Boston Public, and I was like, ‘Damn man, you’ve seen my show?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah, ****, I got a TV. I own a television set. I turn it on from time to time.’ People watch TV and that opens the door for you to get the opportunity to get work.”

McBride also appears on the big screen later this year in the comedy The Brothers Solomon.

LUDACRIS HELPS HOMER SIMPSON CELEBRATE 400 EPISODES

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Rap superstar Ludacris will star in the landmark 400th episode of The Simpsons, which airs Sunday at 8:00 pm (May 20) on Fox. The rapper recently finished voice- overs for the episode, which involves a chaotic trip to the dentist with the Simpson family. He appears as “Luda-Crest” in a video designed to get teens to brush their teeth. The Simpsons will air two episodes on May 20, including a spoof of the hit series 24, which will also feature Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer.

Log on for the full story! Cartoon dad Homer Simpson isn’t ever going to win any father of year awards but his demeanor has improved over the years. When The Simpsons began in 1989, the short-tempered, beer swilling character was straight-out mean to his son Bart and had an edge that put him several notches above grumpy. Eighteen years later, Homer is still dumb and volatile but he’s also grown to be a softie.

The Simpsons voice actor Dan Castellaneta said that his character Homer is one of the only members of the yellow-skinned family whose personality has been tinkered with over the years: “When he first started, he was kind of an adversary of Bart. He was kind of a grouchy father. And then, he eventually became a comic foil. He wasn’t as cranky, became more lovable. He enjoyed his life more. He’s still Bart’s adversary but a lot of times, he’s also Bart’s partner in crime. I think that’s sort of the shift that the show has made.”

What does it take to play Homer for nearly two decades? Castellaneta said it’s a low I.Q.: “To get ready for Homer (in character) you start to drop your I.Q. about 60, 70 points. Two plus two is five. Okay, I’m ready.”

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In 1881, Frederick Douglass was appointed recorder of deeds for District Of Columbia.
In 1954, in the landmark Brown v. Board Of Education decision, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional.
In 1957, Prayer Pilgrimage, the biggest civil rights demonstration to date, was held in Washington.
In 1969, Darnell Thomas Kilgore, a Los Angeles pastor, was elected president of the predominantly white American Baptist Convention.
In 1975, “Ease On Down The Road” by Consumer Rapport peaked at Number 42 on the pop singles chart.
In 1975, “I Want To Be Free” by the Ohio Players peaked at Number 44 on the pop singles chart. In 1983, the album 1999 by Prince was certified platinum.
In 1986, “Who’s Johnny” by El DeBarge entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1986, “Greatest Love Of All” by Whitney Houston peaked at Number One on the pop singles chart.
In 1986, “What Have You Done For Me Lately” by Janet Jackson peaked at Number Four on the pop singles chart.
In 1986, “Never As Good As The First Time” by Sade peaked at Number 20 on the pop singles chart.
In 1988, Dr. Patricia E. Bath of Los Angeles, a renowned ophthalmologist and black woman, patented an apparatus that efficiently removes cataracts by using laser technology.
In 1989, Nelson Mandela received a B.A. from the University of South Africa.

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Sugar Ray Leonard, Hall Of Fame Boxer, 51
Kandi Burruss, songwriter and former member of Xscape, 31
George Johnson, singer, guitarist, member of the Brothers Johnson, 54
Tahj Mowry, actor, (The Smart Guy), 21
Homer O’Dell, musician, member of Mint Condition, 42
Darnell Van Rensalier, singer, member of Shai, 37

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Yolanda King’s Death Likely the Result of Heart Issues
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Yolanda Denise King, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s eldest child who pursued her father’s dream of racial harmony through acting and motivational speaking, has died. She was 51. The family did not know the cause of death, but relatives think it might have been a heart problem, said Steve Klein, a spokesman for the King Center.

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) — Yolanda King, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s eldest child who pursued her father’s dream of racial harmony through drama and motivational speaking, has died. She was 51. King died late Tuesday in Santa Monica, California, said Steve Klein, a spokesman for the King Center. The family did not know the cause of death, but relatives think it might have been a heart problem, he said. She was an actress, author, producer, advocate for peace and nonviolence, who was known and loved for her motivational and inspirational contributions to society,” the King family said in a statement.

Born on November 17, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Yolanda Denise King was just an infant when her home was bombed amid the turbulent civil rights era. She became an actress, ran a production company and appeared in numerous films, including “Ghosts of Mississippi,” and as Rosa Parks in the 1978 miniseries “King.” “Yolanda was lovely. She wore the mantle of princess, and she wore it with dignity and charm,” said the Rev. Joseph Lowery, One of her father’s close aides in the civil rights movement. “She was a warm and gentle person and was thoroughly committed to the movement and found her own means of expressing that commitment through drama.” The Rev. Al Sharpton said he expressed his condolences to her brother Martin Luther King III on Wednesday. Sharpton said Yolanda King was a “torch bearer for her parents and a committed activist in her own right.” “Yolanda never wavered from a commitment to nonviolent social change and justice for all,” he said. “She was the first daughter of the civil rights movement and never shamed her parents or her co-activists.” Yolanda King founded and led Higher Ground Productions, billed as a “gateway for inner peace, unity and global transformation.” On her company’s Web site, she described her mission as encouraging personal growth and positive social change. She was also an author and a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference — which her father co-founded in 1957 — and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The flag at The King Center, where she was a board member, flew at half-staff on Wednesday.
Yolanda King was the most visible and outspoken among the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s four children during this year’s Martin Luther King Day in January, the first since the death of their mother, Coretta Scott King.

At her father’s Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, she performed a series of solo skits that told stories including a girl’s first ride on a desegregated bus and a college student’s recollection of the 1963 desegregation of Birmingham, Ala. She also urged the audience to be a force for peace and love, and to use the King holiday each year to ask tough questions about their own beliefs about prejudice. “We must keep reaching across the table and, in the tradition of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, feed each other,” she said. When asked at that event how she was dealing with the loss of her mother, she responded: “I connected with her spirit so strongly. I am in direct contact with her spirit, and that has given me so much peace and so much strength.” Survivors include her sister, the Rev. Bernice A. King, and brothers Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King.

BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY GET A ‘LIL LOVE’ FROM BOW WOW AND MARIAH CAREY

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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony recently released Strength & Loyalty, their first new album in five years, on Interscope Records in conjunction with Swizz Beatz’ Full Surface label. After releasing “I Tried” featuring Akon as the lead single, the group hopes to cover all the bases with the second single from the album, ‘Lil Love” featuring Mariah Carey and Bow Wow. The song was produced by Jermaine Dupri.

Group member Krayzie Bone explained why the group took some extra time while putting together the new album. He said: “We had to make sure everything was right, you know what I’m sayin’? Like being gone for so long, you know what I’m sayin’, we had to make sure that what we was coming with was, you know, like, perfect.”

The rapper added: “We had to make sure we had the right songs. We had to make sure, you know, we had the right guest appearances you know. This album, it was do or die this album, you know what I’m sayin’? So we took a little time to wind up, you know like perfect it.”

MARY J. BLIGE TO BE HONORED BY ASCAP AND IS FEATURED IN ESSENCE MAGAZINE FOR NEW ALBUM

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Mary J. Blige is set to receive the ASCAP Voice of Music Award during the performing rights organization’s 20th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, set for June 25th at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

The ASCAP event will also recognize the work of its top-charting songwriters for the previous year.

ASCAP president Marilyn Bergman hailed Blige as not only the “Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul,” but “a guiding light” who remained true to her musical vision. “Through all of her struggles, she was determined to find and maintain her own musical voice,” said Bergman in a statement. “By doing so, she has become one of the most successful R&B/hip-hop writer/performers in the country and has paved the way for many others.”

The ASCAP honor is the latest in a string of awards for the multi-platinum Blige, whose The Breakthrough album also earned her Grammy and American Music honors in the last year.

Asked what other superstar artists she would pattern her career after, Blige pointed to three mega-stars: “Michael Jackson is Michael Jackson and he’s had so much success that you know, it’s kind of scary. You know, I’m not afraid of the success, don’t get me wrong. Michael Jackson has had a phenomenal career, but if I had to list anybody, I would have to say Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross, because Diana Ross had the best of both worlds. She was singing, people loved her, and then she was an actress. Aretha Franklin was just the most incredible soul singer ever to exist, and still is.”

Mary talks about real love and real rumors in the next issue of Essence.

OUSTED ‘IDOL’ LAKISHA JONES GRATEFUL FOR FINANCIAL TURN-AROUND

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You don’t have to win American Idol to have it change your life for the better — just ask Lakisha Jones, the finalist voted off the show last week. In the six months prior to singing her way to Hollywood, Jones was barely making ends meet as a bank teller in Maryland. Before that, she made between $400 and $500 a week through odd jobs in Houston and couldn’t scratch together day care and rent money. Jones said, “I remember coming home and having my lights cut off, and seeing an eviction notice.”

Jones’ Idol success, and the paychecks that come with it, are going towards buying a house in Texas after the Idol tour this summer. Unlike some of her starry-eyed competition, Jones said she always treated Idol like a portal to a better life: “You know, it was work for me. It’s like, I went in there trying just for one thing and that’s just so I don’t have to struggle so much. That’s the bottom line. I didn’t go in there trying to make friends or trying to be something that I’m not. I just went in there being Kisha that’s been singing in church forever, and that’s what it is.”

Jones hasn’t secured any kind of recording contract yet, but she’s hoping to eventually make a soul album. She said, “I do believe in myself, and I do believe that no matter what happens, God has a plan for me, and that I will be successful.”

Reverend Jerry Falwell Dead at 73
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The Reverend Jerry Falwell, the politically- influential evangelist who became the face of the religious right during the 1980s, died suddenly (May 15th). He was 73.

Falwell was discovered without a pulse in his office at about 11:30 a.m., and was pronounced dead at the hospital soon after. He had a history of congestive heart problems, and his physician said Falwell likely died of a heart rhythm abnormality.

Falwell got involved in politics after the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, establishing the Moral Majority in 1979, which worked to support conservative politicians and advocated against abortion, homosexuality, pornography and bans on school prayer. Conservatives ascended to power with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, and Falwell became the leading religious right figure in the public eye, boosted by his Old Time Gospel Hour show, which was carried on TV stations around the country.

In recent years, Falwell had focused his attention on his Liberty University, but he remained outspoken, and sometimes drew controversy. In one well-known incident, Falwell drew criticism after 9/11 for saying gays, people who perform abortions, feminists and others were partly responsible for the terrorist attacks. He later apologized.

KELLY ROWLAND CD PUSHED TO JULY

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The sophomore solo CD by former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, Ms. Kelly, has been pushed back yet again to a July 3rd release date. The project was originally due last year, then was scheduled to drop on June 26th. The first single from the set is the track “Like This” featuring Eve. Another track, “Ghetto” featuring Snoop Dogg, will be released later this summer. The album also features production from Polow Da Don, Sean Garrett, Tank, Scott Storch, Rockwilder, SoulShock & Karlin, and Billy Man.

Ms. Kelly is Rowland’s follow-up to her best- selling 2002 solo debut, Simply Deep, which was certified gold and featured the hit “Dilemma” featuring Nelly.

Rowland explained that it wasn’t until after she recorded her vocals for the Grammy-winning track that she learned that “Dilemma” was based on Patti LaBelle’s “Love, Need And Want You”: “I didn’t know at first that it was a Patti LaBelle remake, and when I found out that it was I went back in the studio. I was, like, ‘Nelly, I have to put something else on this song.’ I was, like, ‘I have to either do some more runs, or harmonies, or something.’ I went back in and he thought I was crazy, but when I finished putting the extra — I guess you’d say ‘stank’ on it — he was, like, ‘You know, baby girl, that’s even better!'”

JOE INSPIRED BY LEGACY OF FRANK SINATRA

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Smooth R&B singer Joe continues to woo fans with his sexy style and mix of ballads and hip- hop-inspired jams. So listeners might be surprised to learn that the singer-songwriter, born Joe Thomas, gets some of the inspiration for his career from the late pop icon Frank Sinatra.

“We all know he was the element of cool but the class really made him stand out above everyone else,” Joe told Gannett News. “He carried himself as the ultimate man in a sense. ‘I’m a man and I represent every man out here’ — that’s the way Frank was.”

Joe’s latest album Ain’t Nuthin’ Like Me spent time at Number One on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart, fueled by the new single ‘If I Was Your Man.”

The artist is currently on tour with Brian McKnight. The tour rolls into Atlanta’s Chastain Park on Saturday, May 19th, and plays the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Virginia Beach on Sunday, May 20th.

LISA ‘LEFT EYE’ LOPES’ FINAL MOMENTS CAPTURED ON VIDEO

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The late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, the rapping member of the multi-platinum group TLC, died in a car crash in Honduras in April of 2002. In a new documentary called The Last Days Of Left Eye, premiering May 19th on VH1, viewers will actually see some of Lopes’ final moments captured on video.

The troubled performer had made headlines by torching a mansion owned by then-boyfriend and Atlanta Falcons star Andre Rison in 1994. She later pleaded guilty to arson and checked into alcohol rehab. Lopes landed in rehab again in 1996, because she was said to be distraught over the death of her friend, rapper Tupac Shakur. The singer had also publicly feuded with TLC groupmates Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas.

By 2002 Lopes had discovered Honduras, often visiting the country to find peace. On her last trip she had taken along a video camera to document what she called her “spiritual journey.” The camera is running when the vehicle she is riding in as a passenger strikes and kills a 7-year-old Honduran boy; footage also shows Lopes at the hospital to console his mother.

The camera was also running a few days later when Lopes herself was at the wheel the fateful moment when she veered off the road. The screams of her passengers are heard before the footage ends. Lopes herself was dead of head injuries moments later.

Lopes’ family says that allowing VH1 to air some of the footage from the last moments of her life was agonizing but also fulfilling. “It gives us a chance to be with her again, and I think that outweighs the pain of seeing some of the unpleasant moments,” Lisa’s brother, Ronald, told Newsweek. He added that VH1 wanted to use more film of the accident, but the family would not agree.

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In 1966, Stokely Carmichael was named chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
In 1970, “Grover Henson Feels Forgotten” by Bill Cosby peaked at Number 70 on the pop singles chart.
In 1978, the Thank God It’s Friday soundtrack album was certified gold.
In 1979, labor leader and civil rights pioneer Asa Philip Randolph died at the age of 90.
In 1981, “Can You Feel It” by the Jacksons peaked at Number 77 on the pop singles chart.
In 1981, “Hurry Up And Wait” by the Isley Brothers peaked at Number 58 on the pop singles chart. In 1981, “One Day In Your Life” by Michael Jackson peaked at Number 55 on the pop singles chart.
In 1983, After performing a medley of Jackson 5 hits with his brothers, Michael Jackson performed “Billie Jean” and unveiled the moonwalk at the Motown 25th Anniversary Special.
In 1985, Columbia Records presented a $6.5 million check to Ken Kragen, the president of United Support Of Artists For Africa, as the first royalty payment for the single “We Are The World.”
In 1985, Michael Jordan was named Rookie Of The Year in the National Basketball Association.

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May 16, 2007

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WE REMEMBER YOLANDA KING

Daughter of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Collapsed After Making A Speech Last Night
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Yolanda King, the eldest child of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., collapsed and died after making a speech late Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif., a spokesman for the King Center told the Associated Press. She was 51.

According to former Mayor Andrew Young, who worked with her father in the civil rights movement and is a close family friend, King had just spoken at an event for the American Heart Association. She was helping the association raise awareness, especially among blacks, about stroke.

King, who lived in California, was headed to her brother Dexter’s home when she collapsed in the doorway and “they were not able to revive her,” said Young. Her death comes less than a year and a half after her mother, Coretta Scott King, died in January 2006.

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Rapper and actor Eve will release her first new album in five years, entitled Here I Am, on August 7th. The album features guest appearances by Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke, T.I., Sean Paul, Timbaland and Swizz Beatz. Eve, who was arrested and charged with driving under the influence on April 26th after she crashed her gold Maserati into a center divider in Hollywood, California, told MTV.com, “Things happen and this is the nature of the business I’m in. I just feel blessed and happy that all the good things completely outweigh anything negative in my life.”

While Eve didn’t want to talk too much about her pending legal issues, she did discuss her take on the Don Imus situation and the call to clean up rap. The rapper said, “I feel like there are so many other (more important) things going on in the world. I get it. I get it completely. I barely say b***h. I do say it. I usually don’t say ho. The N-word, more than anything, holds a negative connotation. It’s a word I grew up with and that’s a word that’s never threatened me and I’ve never used it in a threatening manner. But I also get it. And I feel like if that’s a word that’s going to be removed, it has to be a movement and we all need to do it at the same time.”

Eve added, “I still haven’t decided where I stand all the way. It’s not just hip-hop, and that’s the thing that makes me mad. Those words have been a part of everyone’s vocabulary at some point in everyone’s life. Black, white, whatever. Hip-hop, pop, rock. So it makes me mad that the fingers are being pointed at hip-hop for those certain words. There are movies that come out every year where a woman is being smacked up and beat down by a man. Let’s talk about domestic violence. No men will stand up (for that). They want to say, ‘I want to take these certain words out of a song.’ But a lot of men that are hitting women won’t stand up and say, ‘You know what? I’m gonna stop hitting my women today.’ That’s what we need to be fighting. Stuff like that. There are a lot of different issues.”

50 CENT TO PREMIERE TWO NEW VIDEOS

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Rapper 50 Cent will release his third solo album, Curtis, on June 26th. Contrary to initial reports that the rapper’s “Amusement Park” video was not deemed too over the top for MTV, the video just went through the network’s standard editing process. Allhiphop.com reports that 50 Cent’s “Straight to the Bank” is slated to premiere on MTV’s TRL on May 17th while “Amusement Park” will debut on Monday, May 21st.

Curtis will feature guest appearances by Eminem, Akon, Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke, and Nicole Scherzinger from the Pussycat Dolls with production by Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kanye West, Dangerous LLC, and Timbaland.

BOW WOW SAYS HIS FAN BASE IS SUPER LOYAL

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Rapper and actor Bow Wow is currently on a club tour with R&B singer Lloyd. The rapper is promoting his fourth album, The Price of Fame, and its latest single, “Outta My System” featuring T-Pain. The set has already been certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies.

Bow Wow recently explained his increased role in creating his music. He said: “This time I really wanted to get behind the creative standpoint. I really wanted to be more involved in the writing, more involved in the music; structuring the music, producing the music, mixing the music. And as you can see I got executive producer alongside my big brother Jermaine Dupri.”

Bow Wow also shared that he feels like his fan base is growing up with him. He said: “My audience is getting older so of course they know that Bow Wow is getting older. So I mean it’s all been good, they understand. They been with me through the start. They know it hasn’t been, you know, one of the best rides but you know they definitely been with me and stuck by my side. And on top of that, Bow Wow fans are one of the most loyal fan bases you can get.”

KANYE WEST SAYS LIL WAYNE SESSIONS ARE GOING WELL
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Super producer Kanye West has been busy completing his new album, Graduation, but the rapper has made time to get in the studio with Lil Wayne. The two artists share the same management team. West is excited about what they’ve created so far. He told MTV.com, “I’m making beats. The dude is the hottest rapper. We already made some songs that are incredible. I’m not going to tell you who’s on them, but I can talk my s**t, ’cause we already got a couple of bangers under the belt. Hopefully I can deliver some product with him to push it to MTV even more, where hopefully he’ll be opening up some award shows and getting his rightful spot. Right now he’s ripping down every mixtape, going crazy with it. It’s unabashed, raw lyrics. I think it’s the realest form of hip-hop right now.”

West added that he had to do some research before heading into the studio with Lil Wayne. He said, “I went back and listened to this Juvenile album 400 Degreez, and (Wayne) was snappin’. Lyrically not letting up. I liked his intonation, his patterns, his punch lines, his whole story. That’s what got me interested. It’s music. It’s product before publicity. I need to get off the mic right now and go to the studio.”

No release date has been set for Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III. West’s Graduation is due out in September.

FABOLOUS EXPLAINS HIS MARKETING APPROACH FOR NEW ALBUM

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Rapper Fabolous will release his new album, From Nothin To Somethin’, on June 12th. The rapper recently explained why he released two singles, “Diamonds” featuring Young Jeezy, and “Return of the Hustle,” before releasing his official single, “Make Me Better.”

Fabolous explained, “We definitely wanted to give people a couple of different aspects before I came. Get them aware that I’m coming. Now the marketplace is so big, so many people are coming all the time … you want to make yourself as hot as possible. So we dropped ‘Diamonds.’ It was an awareness record to get attention. What better way to get attention than with some diamonds? You walk in a room wearing some diamonds, people are going to be like, ‘Who is that?’ The South picked up on that.”

The rapper added, “Same thing with ‘Return of the Hustle.’ It was kinda like a street leak for the Northern/ East Coast (regions) of the country. That picked up well. The video is on MySpace, it premiered on iTunes. Now ‘Make Me Better,’ this is my lane. I grab everyone in a bunch and say, ‘Listen to this.’ When you’re making an album, it’s not enough to just make music. You gotta execute the album right. I wanted to make sure Def Jam executed as well. It’s a lot of things that come with it. Plus, ‘Make Me Better’ doesn’t sound like anything else on radio. Everybody is trying to get that Southern-feel club record. So it’s a great time to drop that as well. Timing means a lot.”

From Nothin’ To Somethin’ features guest appearances by Ne-Yo and production by Jazze Pha, Timbaland, Just Blaze, and Steve Morales.

Fabolous’ last release was 2004’s gold certified, Real Talk, which was released via Atlantic Records.

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This past week, Beyonce has been on the European leg of her worldwide tour promoting her B’Day CD. While in Milan, Italy, the singer was named the new face and voice of Emporio Armani’sDiamonds fragrance, the latest perfume from Italian designer Giorgio Armani, according to The New York Daily News.

A source close to the project the paper’s “Page Six” gossip page: “They have known each other for seven years, and Armani feels Beyonce represents the glamour and glitz of the fragrance.”

Diamonds will be available in September, with Beyonce set to sing an American standard in the new scent’s TV campaign.

Here in America, Beyonce previously launched True Star perfume in a deal with American designer Tommy Hilfiger in 2004.

The “Irreplaceable” diva is set to bring her tour to the U.S. beginning July 6th in New Orleans.

CORINNE BAILEY RAE SAYS SHE LIKED TOURING WITH JOHN LEGEND
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Corinne Bailey Rae recently wrapped a national tour with Grammy winner John Legend, and says that the experience of being teamed with the artist was a positive one. Overall, the British singer songwriter says that she likes Legend as a person as well as a musician.

Recently, Rae gave Legend her own personal rave review: “He’s great in person actually. You know, I think a lot of his persona comes across in his music so you can see that he’s sort of humble and he’s into good music and he’s honest. So I really like him, all the band is sound, and they’ve been really nice to all of our band. I like those type of people, you know, who are just into their music and not so all about the showmanship or anything, you know. I think what he does is really honest and it comes across.”

Rae will take some time off after the whirlwind promotion and touring schedule for her self-titled debut album, which features the hits “Girl Put Your Records On” and “Like A Star.”

Currently, radio stations are airing the track “Trouble Sleeping.”

LETOYA SIGNS PUBLISHING DEAL WITH WARNER/CHAPPELL

Singer-songwriter LeToya, the former Destiny’s Child member who snagged a Number One single with “Torn” last summer, has signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music. Under this agreement, Warner/Chappell will publish a catalog of her work including her 2006 debut solo album LeToya, as well as her future compositions.

LeToya co-wrote 11 of the 15 tracks on her self-titled album released in July 2006, including her first hit single, “Torn,” which was co-written with fellow Warner/Chappell writer Teddy Bishop.

Her first solo project debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 and Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop album charts and was the only album from a new R&B artist in 2006 to be certified gold.

LeToya the album also featured Houston rap stars Paul Wall, Bun-B, Slim Thug, Mike Jones, Killa Kyelon, and Rick Ross, who brought the area’s “screwed & chopped” style to some of the tracks. The Houston beauty says she wanted to make sure the album represented all of who she is: “I wanted, period, for people to get to know me as a solo artist, get to know Toya, get to know things that I been through. I know a lot of people have been through similar situations that I have been through, so I wanted people to get to know me on that level. And when it comes to Houston, I’m pretty sure everybody knows by now that I’m from Houston and I wanted to add that screwed and chopped element to my album.”

LeToya is currently at work on her sophomore album.

OPRAH TELLS HOWARD UNIVERSITY GRADS TO MAINTAIN INTEGRITY
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Media mogul Oprah Winfrey gave words of encouragement to the graduating class of Howard University on Saturday (May 12th), telling them, “My integrity is not for sale, and neither is yours… Do not be a slave to any form of selling out.”

Speaking at the commencement ceremony for the country’s top historically black university, the talk show queen explained that her success comes from maintaining her principles and serving others, according to AP. “I stand here as a symbol of what is possible when you believe in the dream of your own life,” Winfrey said. “Don’t be afraid. All you need to do is know who you are.”

Her speech recalled moments in her life when expectations for an African American woman were low. As a local Baltimore newswoman early in her career, station brass told her she was “too black” and “too emotional,” and tried to have her TV name changed to something more recognizable, but she refused. Finally, she was put on a talk show, she said, to run out her contract. “And that was the beginning,” she told the gathering of some 30,000 people.

Winfrey also said that while growing up, her grandmother, who was a servant in 1950s Mississippi, hoped that Winfrey would “get some good white folks” to work for.

Now the owner of a media empire that includes her talk shows, magazines, a TV/film production division, and radio projects, Winfrey said, “I regret that she didn’t live past 1963 and see that I did get some really good white folks — working for me.”

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In 1923, The Chip Woman’s Fortune by Willis Richardson, the first dramatic work by an African- American playwright to be mounted on Broadway in New York City, opened at the Frazee Theatre.
In 1946, Camilla Williams, the first African- American woman to sign a contract with a major American opera company, appeared in the title role of Madame Butterfly with the New York City Opera.
In 1957, Andre Marie Bida became Premiere of Cameroon.
In 1965, “I’ll Be Doggone” by Marvin Gaye peaked at Number Eight on the pop chart.
In 1976, “Boogie Fever” by the Sylvers peaked at Number One on the pop chart.
In 1976, “Don’t Stop It Now” by Hot Chocolate peaked at Number 42 on the pop chart.
In 1982, “Ebony And Ivory” by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder peaked at Number One on the pop chart and stayed there for seven weeks.
In 1986, Raising Hell by Run-D.M.C. was released.
In 1988, Michael Jackson went to the top of the New York Times best-sellers list with his autobiography Moonwalker.
In 1990, After 7’s self-titled album was certified gold.
In 1991, “Mama Said Knock You Out” by L.L. Cool J was certified gold.
In 1992, “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” by TLC was certified platinum.
In 1993, “That’s The Way Love Goes” by Janet Jackson peaked at Number One on the pop chart.
In 1993, “The Morning Papers” by Prince & the New Power Generation peaked at Number 44 on the pop chart.
In 1993, “Who Is It” by Michael Jackson peaked at Number 14 on the pop chart.

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