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June 28, 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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BEYONCÉ AND JENNIFER HUDSON REIGN SUPREME
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The BET AWARDS ’07, the annual mega-salute to music, film and sports from BET Networks, delivered a knock-out night full of performances, surprises and memorable moments live from the Shrine Auditorium.

Mega-star Beyoncé and first-time BET Awards nominee Jennifer Hudson each walked away with two awards. Beyoncé was named Best Female R&B Artist and won for Video of the Year for the female- empowering “Irreplaceable,” while Hudson won Best New Artist and Best Female Actress. Rapper T.I. repeated his win from last year’s awards for Best Hip Hop Artist, and Kirk Franklin also came through with a repeat win for Best Gospel Artist. Ludacris and Mary J. Blige were awarded Best Song Collaboration for “Runaway Love,” and Gnarls Barkley was named Best Group.

Actress/comedienne Mo’Nique hosted the “Main Event” for an unprecedented third time, with sizzling performances by T.I., 50 Cent, Ciara, Diddy, Keyshia Cole, Robin Thicke, Eve, Kelly Rowland and Ne-Yo. The BET Awards also honored legendary songstress Diana Ross with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and award-winning actor Don Cheadle was presented with the Humanitarian Award for his efforts to raise awareness about the genocide in Darfur.

A star-studded list of Hollywood heavyweights also made appearances at the show, including: Chaka Khan, Queen Latifah, Rihanna, Erykah Badu, Nelly, Alicia Keys, Nick Cannon, Michael Clark Duncan and Tyler Perry.

BET Networks also paid tribute to the late James Brown and Gerald Levert, with performances by Bootsy Collins, Public Enemy (Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Prof. Griffin and DJ Lord), Gladys Knight, and Yolanda Adams.

Encore telecasts of the BET AWARDS ’07 are set for: Friday, June 29 from 8 – 11 p.m. ET/PT Sunday, July 1 from 8 – 11 p.m. ET/PT; Wednesday, July 4 from 8 – 11 p.m. ET/PT; Friday, July 6 from 8 – 11 p.m. ET/PT; Sunday, July 8 from 8 – 11 p.m. ET/PT; and Saturday, July 14 from 8 – 11 p.m. ET/PT.

The following is a complete list of winners from the BET AWARDS ’07 (**Note – Viewers’ Choice winner not listed since voting continues real-time during live telecast):

Best Female R&B
Beyoncé

Best Male R&B
Ne-Yo

Best Group
Gnarls Barkley

Best Gospel Artist
Kirk Franklin

Best Hip Hop Artist
T.I.

Best New Artist
Jennifer Hudson

Best Collaboration (Song Title)
Ludacris f/Mary J. Blige (Runaway Love)

Video of the Year (Song Title)
Beyoncé (Irreplaceable) – directed by Anthony Mandler

Best Actor
Forest Whitaker

Best Actress
Jennifer Hudson

Male Athlete of the Year
LeBron James (Basketball)

Female Athlete of the Year
Serena Williams (Tennis)

BET J Cool Like That
Gerald Levert

Viewers’ Choice Award Nominees (Song Title)
Beyonce’ (Irreplaceable)
Birdman & Lil Wayne (Stuntin’ Like My Daddy)
Bow Wow f/Chris Brown (Shortie Like Mine)
Ciara (Promises)
Ne-Yo (Because of You)
Robin Thicke (Lost Without U)
UNK (Walk It Out)

LUDACRIS’ MANAGER ISSUES STATEMENT ABOUT FIGHT WITH T.I.
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Ludacris’ manager Chaka Zulu was involved in an altercation with rapper T.I. during a special luncheon in honor of Warner music executive Kevin Liles. According to published reports, T.I. punched Chaka Zulu in the face and a physical confrontation erupted at the event. Zulu issued the following statement in regard to the incident. He said, “It’s a shame that things like this continue to happen especially with the backdrop of an event that was about benevolence and charitable works. I’m thankful that all issues have been resolved.”

The beef between T.I. and Zulu stems from a longstanding rivalry between T.I. and Ludacris. The two men have dissed each other on records and recently T.I. publicly stated that he believes he should have won the album of the year Grammy for King. Ludacris took home the award earlier this year for his album, Release Therapy.

FOXY BROWN’S MANAGER SAYS HE GOT ALL OF HER BELONGINGS BACK
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Rapper Foxy Brown still isn’t sharing the details of what exactly transpired early Saturday morning (June 23rd) in a Brooklyn, New York housing project. According to law enforcement authorities, Brown went to a party at the Louis H. Pink Houses in Brooklyn with her boyfriend. After discovering that he was a pimp, Brown attempted to break up with him. The disgruntled ex-boyfriend called three women friends over who robbed and assaulted Brown. The women took the rapper’s $500 handbag, necklaces and her hearing aid.

Brown later went to a police precinct and helped to identify one of her alleged attackers, Roshawn Anthony, who is currently being held on $50,000 bail on assault charges.

Brown’s manager, Chaz Williams of Black Hand Entertainment, stopped Brown from fully cooperating with the police. He said, “Black Hand has never used or needed the police to solve anything. As soon as I heard she was at the police station, I immediately went there and stopped the interview and she immediately stopped cooperating with their questioning.”

Williams, who used to manage 50 Cent, added, “We called the lawyers and I got her the f**k out of there. Two hours after I got her home, we had all her property back. Foxy ain’t going to no courthouse, we don’t know anything about any robbery, pimps, or boyfriends. Her bag was missing and we got it back. I got homies, friends, and family in the Pink Houses. Getting her s**t back was elementary.”

T.I. SKIPS ALBUM RELEASE PART
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Rapper T.I. was scheduled to celebrate the forthcoming release of his new album, T.I. v T.I.P, at the Republic nightclub in Los Angeles on Monday night (June 25th). While Tyrese, Tank, DJ Drama, DJ Clue, 106 & Park’s Terrence, and others partied at the Courvoisier hosted event, the guest of honor was a no show. T.I., who was scheduled to perform a brief set, may have been saving his energy for the BET Awards, which were scheduled for last night (Tuesday, June 26th), at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

T.I. recently defended BET, which in the past has been attacked for its music video heavy programming. The rapper said: “The BET network is Black Entertainment Television. That means its TV for entertaining black folks okay.” The rapper added: “Now if you’re looking to be educated, you should look for some forms of an educational network, you know what I’m sayin’? You shouldn’t look at a cat and expect it to bark.”

T.I. v T.I.P. hits stores next Tuesday, July 3rd.

EVE SHOOTS NEW VIDEO
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Rapper and actress Eve will release her new album, Here I Am, on August 7th. The first single from the project is “Tambourine” and the rapper recently shot a video in Brooklyn for the set’s second single and video, “Give It To You” featuring Sean Paul. Eve told MTV.com, “That’s my favorite song on the album. It’s definitely upbeat like ‘Tambourine.’ It’s reggae, the beat is Spanish, it’s a nice collaboration of sound. Another summer joint. It’s a club song. Working with Sean, I’ve known him for years, but for some reason we never got to do a song together. It looked like we weren’t going to get to do this song either ’cause he’s so busy, but we talk on the phone and e-mail.”

Eve also collaborated with Robin Thicke on the new album. She said, “The Robin song is called ‘Fantasy.’ My lyrics are basically talking about ladies — how when guys see you in a club but (aren’t) ready to talk to you. Like a guy who sees you in a club and he wants to do all these things to you. … You’re his fantasy. It’s real. A guy might be looking out from across the club like, ‘Oh my God, I love her,’ but you might not even know he’s looking at you.”

One person who isn’t all over the album is Dr. Dre. Eve returned to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label in 2005 but the producer only contributed one song, “Fire,” to the new project. Eve explained, “The decision was to have Dre start off the album, but Dre is kinda busy. Swizz (Beatz) is my brother. He knows how to work with me. What was supposed to happen, (Swizz) was just going to do a couple (of tracks), but once we get together, we can’t stop working. He knows me really well. We decided he might as well be one of the executive producers.”

Eve added, “Dre likes when projects are done when you come to him. He’d rather it that way, so it’s cool.”

MELINDA DOOLITTLE JOINS LAURA BUSH FOR MALARIA NET CAMPAIGN IN AFRICA
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Third-place American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle will join First Lady Laura Bush in Zambia on today (June 28th), to participate in the Malaria No More malaria prevention program. During a four-day tour of the African nation, Doolittle will see the impact of malaria on the continent firsthand and help hand out some 500,000 mosquito nets in the Zambian city of Lusaka.

The bed-net distribution is the first program made possible by funds contributed to Malaria No More by viewers of American Idol’s special two-day charity TV special, Idol Gives Back. The all- star show raised more than $70 million dollars for programs aiding children in Africa and America.

Malaria is the number one killer of children under five in Africa and claims more than 1 million lives a year worldwide.

“Traveling to Africa has always been a life- long dream of mine,” stated Doolittle, who will help load bed nets onto the bicycles of community health workers who will deliver them to remote communities. “I am very excited to travel with the First Lady and Malaria No More and to show the impact the viewers of American Idol have had through their help and support during Idol Gives Back.”

Doolittle’s visit is a part of the First Lady’s five-day tour through Mali, Mozambique, Senegal, and Zambia to highlight the Bush administration’s work on HIV/AIDS, malaria, and education in Africa.

RIHANNA, NE-YO, JOHN LEGEND, SHAKIRA TO CELEBRATE ABOLITION IN NIGERIA
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Top pop performers Rihanna, Ne-Yo, John Legend, Kelly Rowland, and Shakira will travel to Nigeria next month for a concert commemorating the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the country. The ThisDay Festival takes place July 14th and 15th in Lagos.

This will be the second annual ThisDay Fest. Last year Beyonce, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliot, Ciara and Busta Rhymes performed at the inaugural event.

Some of the artists, including Ne-Yo, have never been to Nigeria and are looking forward to the experience. “I’ve heard nothing but good things and can’t wait to get over there and give back some of the love that I’ve been given from over there,” Ne-Yo said in a statement. “It’s an honor and a pleasure to even get the opportunity to visit, let alone perform.”

Ne-Yo is currently promoting his sophomore CD Because Of You, featuring the hit single of the same name. He says he had to stretch out a little more on the new project: “You know, once you do something that people enjoy, they want you to keep doing that, you know? So people expected songs like ‘Sexy Love,’ songs like ‘So Sick,’ that was the expectation for the second album. They wanted In My Own Words Part Two. But me being an artist I can’t keep doing the same thing over and over and over again. I just can’t.

PARIS HILTON GETS HAIR EXTENSIONS ON FIRST DAY OF FREEDOM
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What does a party girl like Paris Hilton do on her first day out of jail? Get her hair done, of course! A van carrying stylists from Dream Catchers Hair Extensions stopped by the Hilton compound yesterday (June 26th) to give the hotel heiress extensions. Balloons, a pink cake, and about a dozen visitors also made it past the heavily fortified gates of Hilton’s grandfather’s mansion, where she’s staying for a while.

Hilton also managed to put in an order to one of her favorite fast food haunts, Taco Bell. When the delivery from the Mexican chain arrived, it was handed out to reporters and police gathered outside of the Hilton home.

Hilton was released from L.A. County Jail just after midnight on Monday (June 25th). She changed into a $450 designer jacket and $300 heels before walking past reporters and into her parents’ SUV.

She will now be on probation until March 2009. That term could be reduced by 12 months if she performs community service. She went to prison for violating probation on an alcohol-related driving charge.

Officials say the media interest in Hilton outdid the frenzy over high profile cases involving O.J. Simpson and Charles Manson.

MO’NIQUE SAYS SHE CHAMPIONS THE N-WORD
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Comedienne and actress Mo’Nique is enjoying popularity on multiple levels. The host of BET Awards ’07 as well as TV’s Flavor Of Love: Charm School and Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance is known for her outrageous comedy, but lately she has been raising more eyebrows for her defense of the N-word. The Baltimore-based actress used the racial slur and defended it on stage as host of the TP 25 Gala celebrating Teddy Pendergrass in Philadelphia earlier this month, and again at the recent Jill Scott concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Many felt her use of the word was inappropriate, particularly in light of the recent Don Imus controversy about who can say what, but Mo’Nique doesn’t feel that way.

Asked about it in a special Q&A on Essence.com, Mo’Nique said, “I love that word because that is who our ancestors are. When we get to heaven and we meet those group of people they won’t know to call us African-Americans, they won’t know to call us the Blacks, they going to know to call us N—–. And when they say, ‘Hey N—–,’ I’m going to respond, ‘Hey N—–. Look at all the great things the n—–s did.’ “Her name is Oprah Winfrey; his name is Jay-Z. Come on, let’s take pride in our accomplishments.”

Mo’Nique continued, “If the White people say, ‘Hey n—–,’ say ‘Hey!’ Learn how to take the power back, just like the word fat. Like, ‘Mo’Nique you’re fat.’ You’re right, now what?'”

While Black Americans nationwide voiced disgust when now-fired radio host Don Imus called the Rutgers University women’s basketball team a bunch of “nappy headed ‘hos,” Mo’Nique says there are bigger issues at stake.

“We’ve become too sensitive and are concentrating on the wrong things instead of focusing on our inner city schools and why they are pushing our kids who can’t read or write through the system,” she added. “Why aren’t we writing articles and making noise about that? But we’d rather scream, protest and have town meetings about someone calling us a name. Come on y’all, let’s start to focus on the important things.”

‘AMERICAN IDOL’ AUDITION CITIES ANNOUNCED
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Auditions for the seventh season of American Idol will kick off on July 30th. Hopeful singers will have their first shot at stardom in San Diego; Dallas; Omaha; Atlanta; Charleston, South Carolina; Miami; and Philadelphia. The Fox megahit is bypassing the entertainment capitols of Los Angeles and New York City in favor of smaller cities similar to those that have produced past Idols. (Season Six finalists Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis both auditioned in Seattle.)

Here is a list of the seven 2007 audition cities:

San Diego: July 30th at Qualcomm Stadium
Dallas: August 6th at Texas Stadium
Omaha: August 10th at Qwest Center
Atlanta: August 14th at a location to be announced
Charleston, SC: August 18th at N. Charleston Coliseum
Miami: August 22nd at American Airlines Arena
Philadelphia: August 27th at Wachovia Center

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In 1960, “Mack The Knife” by Ella Fitzgerald peaked at Number 27 on the pop chart.
In 1965, “I Can’t Help Myself” by the Four Tops started a nine-week run at Number One on Billboard’s R&B chart.
In 1970, “Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today)” by the Temptations peaked at Number Three on the pop chart.
In 1970, “Spirit In The Dark” by Aretha Franklin peaked at Number 23 on the pop chart.
In 1970, “The Love You Save” by Jackson 5 peaked at Number One on the pop chart.
In 1979, the Supreme Court ruled that black employees could be promoted ahead of whites with greater work experience, providing the move is part of an affirmative action program.
In 1979, the album Best Of Nat “King” Cole was certified gold.
In 1986, Winner In You by Patti LaBelle was certified gold and platinum.
In 1987, Whitney Houston became the first woman to simultaneously enter and top the Billboard album chart with her second album, which was titled Whitney.
In 1987, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston peaked at Number One on the pop chart.
In 1988, over 21,000 fans at the Atlantic City Convention Hall paid up to $1,500 to witness one of the shortest heavyweight title fights in boxing history. Mike Tyson knocked out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds with a solid right hand to the chin to retain the crown.

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Robby Rosa, member of Menudo, 37 Laterrian Wallace, cast member of MTV’s Road Rules, 30
Taimak, actor (The Last Dragon, Third Watch), 43

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Solid Gold Soul

June 27, 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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ALICIA KEYS, CHAKA KHAN, JORDIN SPARKS, ERYKAH BADU AT ’07 BET AWARDS
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Even more big-name talent has been added to the roster of artists set to appear on the event BET is promoting as “The Main Event,” or the ’07 BET Awards. The show will feature Beyonce, Diddy, Keyshia Cole, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Mario, Erykah Badu, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, and writer/director Tyler Perry.

Also confirmed for the awards show are Nelly, Fabolous, Robin Thicke, Vivica A. Fox, funnyman Charlie Murphy, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Chuck D, Nick Cannon, Michael Clark Duncan, Henry Simmons, and NFL superstar Reggie Bush.

They join previously announced show talent T.I., 50 Cent, Ne-Yo, Ciara, Terrence Howard, Queen Latifah, Yolanda Adams, Tyra Banks, Katt Williams, Big Boi of Outkast and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Mo’Nique is set to return as host of the BET Awards for the third time, and is promising an unforgettable opening performance. The show will pay tributes to the late James Brown and Gerald Levert, and give special honors to Diana Ross and Don Cheadle.

Viewers will vote on which of 50 Cent’s two new singles — “Amusement Park or “Straight To The Bank” — the rapper will perform on the show. Asked whether he has concerns about the process, 50 confided that he still gets a touch of stage fright before any performance: “I get butterflies. People don’t know I get nervous. When I’m on — like right before going on stage for like the first 45 seconds, you can look at me and say, ‘He’s scared right now, he’s nervous.’ I know that, but you know, after that 45 seconds I get into something that feels almost mechanical and it’s just cool. Like everything is just … it’s smooth from there.”

For the list of nominees, go to bet.com.

The ’07 BET Awards aired live on the BET network on June 22nd at 8 p.m. ET/PT. A number of encore presentations are also scheduled through July.

EDDIE MURPHY’S A MATCH FOR MEL B.’S BABY
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The DNA test results are in, and Eddie Murphy has indeed been shown to be the father of Spice Girl Mel. B.’s two-month-old baby, Angel Iris. The singer known as Scary Spice has insisted all along that the baby was fathered by Murphy, who publicly disputed the paternity.

Murphy and Brown dated for a number of months in 2006 and were rumored to be headed for the altar. However, the couple broke up before Brown officially announced she was pregnant. In December Murphy said on Dutch television that he was not certain the child was his, and said he would demand a paternity test.

After giving birth on April 3rd, Brown put Murphy’s name on the baby’s birth certificate. She then petitioned the Los Angeles court to compel Murphy to submit to a DNA test, which he did on Monday (June 11th) at a Beverly Hills clinic.

“Eddie is the father and the rumors are true,” said Murphy publicity rep Liza Anderson soon after test results were revealed to both parties on Thursday (June 14th).

This is the second child for Brown, and the sixth for Murphy, who had five children with his ex-wife Nicole Mitchell. Murphy has been dating film and TV executive Tracey Edmonds, ex-wife of Grammy- winning songwriter-producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.

Meanwhile, Brown looks to be on the comeback trail. An announcement about future plans for the reunited Spice Girls, one of the best-selling girl groups in pop music, is expected at a press conference on June 28th.

SUGE KNIGHT’S MANSION UP FOR SALE
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Marion “Suge” Knight’s 8,272 square foot Malibu mansion was recently put up for sale for $6.2 million. The Associated Press reports that seven-bed, nine-bath home is on the market because Knight filed for bankruptcy protection last year to avoid a personal $107 million judgment. His record label, Death Row Records, was also placed in receivership by a federal judge.

The $107 million judgment against Knight stems from a lawsuit brought by Lydia Harris, the ex-wife of convicted drug kingpin Michael “Harry O” Harris. Michael Harris allegedly provided $1.5 million in start-up cash for Death Row Records but was cheated out of his share of the label by Knight. Lydia Harris filed suit against Knight and in March 2005 a judge ordered Knight to pay her $107 million after ruling that Harris was entitled to half of the mogul’s Death Row Records empire.

In related news, Knight is currently working on a reality show, titled Unfinished Business, and he continues to live lavishly. The mogul, who was interviewed at five star Beverly Hills hotel with his assistant and a personal Brazilian masseuse, explained how he was able to maintain his lifestyle to the Washington Post. He said, “Y’know, I’m a guy that did Chapter 11. I haven’t been working, so people feel sorry for me.”

Knight also finally opened up about the night in September 1996 when Tupac Shakur was shot while riding in his car. Knight said that Shakur was joking on his way to the hospital. According to Knight, Shakur, who had been shot in the chest and upper body, said, “Me? I mighta got shot here and I can feel it…..And I mighta got shot here and I can feel it. But you’re bleeding out of your (expletive) head.”

Knight’s skull was grazed by a bullet and he made a complete recovery. Shakur died from his wounds six days later.

KEM GOES TO THE WHITE HOUSE FOR BLACK MUSIC MONTH CELEBRATION
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Detroit singer-songwriter Kem was in attendance at the White House on Friday (June 22nd) for a special Black Music Month celebration presided over by President Bush. In fact, the President singled out the “Can’t Stop Loving You” singer in his remarks to an audience that included prominent African Americans from the entertainment and business worlds.

“We’re also going to welcome KEM Owens, who learned to love music growing up in Detroit listening to R&B greats,” said Bush. “He listened to them on his mom and dad’s radio. He taught himself to play piano at the home of his Baptist minister grandfather. But as a teenager, this good man lost his way. He became addicted to drugs and alcohol, and eventually he became homeless. Today he finds a home, a warm home to welcome him. He was sleeping on the ground near a building on the Detroit River, and he said this: God found him, and inspired him to set his life straight. With the help of the Almighty, he overcame his addictions, and he rediscovered his passion for music”

Bush continued with a laugh: “In 2001, he used a credit card to finance the production of an independent CD he called KEMistry. Get it, KEM Owens? KEMistry?”

Kem, who also spent time waiting tables in Detroit and securing financing to release Kemistry independently before the project was picked up for national distribution by Motown Records, admits that his road to success was atypical: “Instead of trying to start from the top with the record deal and trickle down, we started at the bottom and worked our way up because people were falling in love with the project man, the music, and they drove the radio here locally.”

Kem is currently working on the album follow-up to his smash 2006 CD KEM Album II.

He is set to perform July 22nd at the new JazzFest West — formerly the Old Pasadena JazzFest — in San Dimas, California. For more information, go to omegaevents.com.

BENJAMIN CHAVIS LEAVES HSAN ORGANIZATION TO HEAD HIPHOPSODASHOP CHAIN
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Benjamin F. Chavis, former head of the NAACP and a longtime social activist, has exited from his post at the head of the Hip- Hop Summit Action Network to take over as CEO of H3 Enterprises. As such, Chavis will oversee the development of worldwide eatery chain HipHopSodaShop, which plans to open its first store in St. Petersburg, Florida later this year.

The new restaurants will bring together hip-hop music, gaming, and healthy food with a community investment component. Chavis said several hundred thousand dollars will be invested in the first location, according to TargetMarketNews.com.

H3 is also looking to use HipHopSodaShop to promote sound business techniques, teach investment principles to hip-hop youth and incorporate social responsibility.

A second location will likely be in Harlem, with plans for more locations in South Africa, Jamaica, and the U.K.

H3 was founded two years ago by 25-year-old Brian Peters and a partner.

Chavis and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons co-founded the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, the non-profit organization that used hip- hop’s popularity to rally young people for positive social change, empowerment, and education.

MORGAN FREEMAN TAPPED TO PLAY NELSON MANDELA
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Oscar winner Morgan Freeman has been tapped to play South African leader Nelson Mandela in the film adaptation, The Human Factor. The motion picture will be based on an upcoming book, titled The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Changed the World, by journalist John Carlin. The book examines Mandela’s public and private life in the first year of his presidency, when South Africa was just emerging from years of apartheid and Mandela was putting his 27 years of imprisonment behind him.

Freeman’s production company, Revelations Entertainment, is expected to begin production on the movie in early 2008, according to Reuters. No release date or co-stars have been announced for the film.

“I have known Nelson Mandela personally for quite some time, and am continually in awe of his enormous presence in the world. The opportunity to portray him in this film is a great honor,” Freeman said in a statement.

Freeman earned an Oscar for his role as Clint Eastwood’s buddy in the 2004 film, Million Dollar Baby.

STEVIE WONDER, ARETHA FRANKLIN, & SANTANA TO PLAY MLK BENEFIT IN NEW YORK CITY
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Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Carlos Santana will be on hand for an upcoming concert to raise funds for a memorial on the National Mall for the Reverend Martin Luther King. The Associated Press reported that the show, which is being organized by Quincy Jones, Russell Simmons and Tommy Hilfiger, will be held on September 18th at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.

Among the performers already announced for the benefit are Robin Thicke, Bebe Winans, Cece Winans and Jessye Norman.

The Today show’s Al Roker is on board as a presenter with various celebrities, including Ben Affleck and Shaquille O’Neal, having signed on to be part of the concert host’s committee.

So far the committee working to build the monument has raised $79.5 million of the $100 million need to create and maintain the monument to King. The King Monument will be completed in 2008 and will sit between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials and include a sculpture of the civil rights leader and 14 famous quotations from him.

LARRY KING NABS PARIS HILTON INTERVIEW
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Suspender-wearing broadcaster Larry King has nabbed Paris Hilton’s first post- prison interview. Hilton will appear on Larry King Live Wednesday night (June 27th) in an hour-long session previously set aside for filmmaker Michael Moore. Producers said they didn’t pay The Simple Life star anything to appear on the program but they will shell out money for the use of exclusive photos and other items provided by the Hilton family.

King got the Hilton interview after a week of negotiations between the Hilton family and various media outlets. NBC and ABC had both been vying for the Paris tell-all, but those plans were cancelled when word leaked out that they were going to pay up to a million dollars for the chance to sit down with Hilton.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said it will release Hilton sometime on Tuesday (June 26th). She was sent to jail for violating probation on an alcohol- related driving charge.

Hilton said she’s being treated well in custody. Comedian Robin Williams seconded that opinion in a bit as one of her jail friends: “Yo, I saw Paris last night. I was sending stuff like tapping messages and mirroring her and stuff. And I was giving her a prison tattoo. I put in P-U-R-I-S. But then I realized if I changed the S to an M it would be Purim and that would be cool.”

MARLA MAPLES, SHAR JACKSON FULFILLED BY ‘EX-WIVES CLUB’
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ABC’s low-rated reality series, Ex-Wives Club, wraps its inaugural season tonight (June 25th) in what could very likely be its last outing. The idea of the show is for famous exes Marla Maples (Donald Trump’s second wife), Shar Jackson (Kevin Federline’s former squeeze), and Angie Everheart (ex-girlfriend of Sylvester Stallone) to council “real” women on their failed relationships.

The series didn’t prove very popular with the public, but Maples and Jackson said they both got a lot out of it. Maples said the program was her dream come true because she was able to help people in need: “The show to me is a dream come true. I’m doing what I’ve always wanted to do and what I’ve done for the past ten years one on one with people going through break-ups and heartaches. I love to help share my pain and how I got through it with other people.”

Jackson said she was wary of the show before warming up to it: “When I heard the title I was like, ‘Oh, God. A bunch of bitter women bashing men.’ It’s not about that. I just got excited. It helps me release all of the stuff that I was feeling, all of the stuff that I have been through and share my experiences with people and actually help them.”

Ex-Wives Club airs at 9/8 Central, on ABC.

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In 1935, Joe Lewis defeats Primo Carnera in a bout at Yankee Stadium.
In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issues an executive order which forbids racial and religious discrimination in war industries and government training programs.
In 1988, Ice-T makes his chart debut with the theme from the movie Colors.
In 1994, “Any Time, Any Place” by Janet Jackson peaked at Number 2 on the pop singles chart.
In 1994, “Anytime You Need A Friend” by Mariah Carey peaked at Number 12 on the pop singles chart.
In 1997, Motown singers gather in Detroit for the funeral of Lawrence Payton of The Four Tops. He died the previous week of liver cancer.
In 2002, In game which is broadcast throughout Latin America, skippers Luis Pujols of the Tigers and Tony Pena of the Royals become the first major league managers born in the Dominican Republic to oppose each other in a game. The president of the Dominican Republic, Hipolito Mejia, is on hand to watch Raul Ibanez’s double, triple and home run and four RBIs lead the hometown Royals to an 8-6 comeback victory over Detroit.

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Willis Reed, NBA Hall Of Famer, led the New York Knicks to titles in 1970 and 1973, 65

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June 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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BRANDY’S E! TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY On TV
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Brandy was the subject of an E! True Hollywood Story this past Saturday. Former Moesha castmates and her celebrity friends, chime in on Brandy’s success and personal tragedies throughout her 14 year career.
Karu F. Daniels from the BV Newswire typed up some highlights from the show, and here they are.

Moesha co-star Sheryl Lee Ralph on the fatal car accident – “I do not believe that Brandy got up, got in her car with the intention to hit somebody.”

Moesha co-star Countess Vaughn on rumors of her fighting with Brandy – “What really pissed me off was because we were 15 years old, and these adults were coming in on an argument that would’ve blown over, but it didn’t because of the outside and the media.”

Sheryl Lee Ralph on Brandy’s breakdown – “She just flat passed out. She was exhausted. She just passed out. That was it, boom.”

Shar Jackson on tragic death of co-star Lamont Bentley in 2005 – “Losing Lamont, we’re still not through that.”

Meanwhile the rumor mill continues to swirl: It all started with an item on Internet gossip site Hollyscoop.com that claimed R&B stars-turned-actors Tyrese Gibson and Brandy were engaged.

The Web site claimed they had been seeing each other secretly on-and-off for years, and that “Tyrese popped the question at a party held at Brandy’s house two weekends ago. Brandy was hosting a baby shower for a friend at her house when Tyrese made a surprise appearance only to ask Brandy for her hand in marriage.”

Publicists for both artists have been busy denying the story ever since it was posted on Tuesday (Jun 19).

50 CENT LANDS ROLE IN NEW DENIRO-PACINO MOVIE
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Rapper 50 Cent has landed a role in Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino’s forthcoming movie, Righteous Kill. New York’s Daily News reports that 50 Cent will play a drug dealer in the movie, which isn’t a stretch for the rapper who began dealing drugs on the streets of Jamaica, Queens at the age of 12. Shooting is scheduled to begin on August 6th in Connecticut. The movie is expected to hit theaters in 2008.

50 Cent has already signed on to star in another movie with Robert DeNiro, titled New Orleans, in which both he and DeNiro will play cops.

The rapper is also set to co-star opposite Nicholas Cage in the boxing movie, The Dance. The boxing film will be based on the life of Billy “The Kid” Roth, a former champion who spent almost 45 years as a volunteer boxing coach and father figure in Louisiana’s state prison system. Cage will play Roth, while 50 Cent will play a boxer who is serving a life sentence.

In related news, 50 Cent’s new album, Curtis, will hit stores in September. The first single from the project was “Straight To The Bank.” 50 Cent explained how the song fit into the overall theme of the new album. He said: “Overall the concept was for me to make the record human. You know so I wanted to put human emotions on the record at different periods cause people might enjoy that music while they’re in that actual space or mind frame. So the first song I released was ‘Straight To The Bank,’ and it embodied laughter and joy.”

SWIZZ BEATZ CAN’T STOP RECORDING
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Producer-turned-rapper Swizz Beatz was initially scheduled to release his album, One Man Band Man, this spring but the set has since been pushed back to August 21st. The producer is finding it hard to stop recording because more and more of his peers have approached him about getting on the album.

Swizz Beatz told MTV.com, “I wrap up every week on my album. It’s just not over till it’s over. Every week my album gets more and more crazier. I started my project saying, ‘I don’t want no (guests) on my project.’ The reason I said that is because I didn’t want to beg anybody for anything. Now with my songs out, I’m getting approached from people I respect. People I thought was too busy to work on the album, they giving me stuff. … Do I tell these people no? Now I’m just regrouping and trying to make the right decisions because there are a lot of people who liked the idea of me not doing a lot of (collaborations) on my album. I want to stick to that but still finesse it with the people that’s coming in. I got a real supportive team with my fellow producers and artists.”

Swizz Beatz recently added a verse from E-40 to the album and he still working in a T.I. guest spot. He explained, “The list goes on and on. It just has to make sense. I was thinking about putting E-40 on (the remix) to ‘Money in the Bank’ since the beat got the Bay Area movement to it. E-40 be snapping too. I like E-40.”

Swizz also wanted to explain that he doesn’t see himself as a rapper. He said, “My album is coming in August because I felt a lot of people get caught in the hype of the hot songs that’s out for the moment. I’m not considered a rapper yet. Me, I call myself an entertainer. Rappers are Nas, Hov, Jadakiss, Cassidy. I’m just being an entertainer, saying what I feel, doing what I like and being creative. I felt the people need to hear me on more than one hit. ‘He got the joint for the club, the cool joints, the vibe joints.’ I didn’t even get to the Coldplay joint (the group appears on the LP) or to where I’m really talking crazy.”

The album will feature guest appearances by Cassidy, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, DMX, Coldplay, Kanye West, Nas, Ciara, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Swizz Beatz’s wife, R&B singer Mashonda.

Beatz recently released “Money In The Bank” as the follow-up to his lead single, “It’s Me Snitches.”

YOUNG BUCK LEAKS TRACK DISSING DJ KHALED
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The G-Unit/ Terror Squad beef dates back 2005 when 50 Cent dissed Fat Joe on the song, “Piggy Bank,” on his sophomore album, The Massacre. The G-Unit’s Young Buck is still feeling the effects of the beef as the Terror Squad’s DJ Khaled still doesn’t play any G-Unit Records. SOHH.com reports that Young Buck is so frustrated with the situation that he recorded a diss track aimed at the deejay.

On the song, Buck raps, “Khaled, play my s**t n***a ‘I’m the best’ / I don’t carry grudges cuz’ I get it off my chest.”

At the end of song, Buck talks over the track and says, “I tried to get your man to play my s**t. MIA want to hear my s**t. They f***ing wit you, but they f**k wit me more… I understand your situation man, being loyal to your crew. s**t I’m loyal like a motherf***er too, but a hit is a hit n***a. For you to win, You gotta play the hits. And I’m bumpin’ n***a, So play my s**t, n***a, like every other DJ!”

BET AWARDS ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP
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You’ve seen the promos of Mo’Nique in “Rocky” mode getting ready to host BET Awards ’07. The “Main Event,” as the June 26th ceremony is being dubbed, is set to take place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles with a star-studded lineup of entertainment.

Newly-added celebs scheduled to appear or perform include: Beyonce, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Keyshia Cole, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Robin Thicke, Mario, Erykah Badu, Nelly, Fabolous, Vivica A. Fox, Charlie Murphy, Al Sharpton, Chuck D, Jordin Sparks, Tyler Perry, Nick Cannon, Michael Clark Duncan and Henry Simmons, and NFL superstar Reggie Bush.

They join previously announced show talent T.I., 50 Cent, Ne-Yo, Ciara, Terrence Howard, Queen Latifah, Yolanda Adams, Tyra Banks, Katt Williams, Big Boi of Outkast and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

BET will also honor Diana Ross with BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle with a Humanitarian Award.

The live three-hour live telecast begins at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CST (tape delayed in the Mountain and Pacific zones).

“We’ve built a brand by having the most dazzling opening performances in all Awards shows,” said Stephen Hill, BET AWARDS ’07 executive producer and BET EVP of Music Programming and Talent. “This year’s open will simply and sensationally stun. Sometimes we tell you what’ll stun, like last year’s grand opening with Beyonce. Others we sneak on ya, like 2005’s reunion performance from The Fugees. We’re choosing ‘sneak attack’ this year, but trust me: you don’t want to get to your TV at 8:02 p.m. for real.”

T-PAIN TALKS ABOUT HIS INSPIRATION
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Singer and songwriter T-Pain is getting raves for his sophomore album Epiphany, featuring his unique take on hip-hop and pop. His distinctive, self-taught sound — including his use of the Vocoder voice box — has made him popular with fellow artists as well. While he makes a cameo on R. Kelly’s “I’m a Flirt” remix, T-Pain says he has been collaborating with more than 30 other artists in the studio, including Britney Spears.

The artist, who shortened his moniker from Tallahassee Pain, says that inspiration can strike just about anywhere when it comes to making music. He said: “Wherever it comes at, man. I’ve been driving and missed turns from thinking about some new song, you know what I’m saying? It can come anywhere, man, you don’t have to be in a certain environment or certain set or mind stage, it can come to you anywhere. It can come to you in the middle of a conversation and make you stop talking.” T-Pain’s Epiphany debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 when first released. His single “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” remains at Number One on the national urban airplay chart, with the tune “Bartender” featuring Akon gaining on the same chart.

DON CHEADLE HOSTING CHARITY POKER TOURNAMENT FOR DARFUR
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Actor and activist Don Cheadle has teamed with poker champion Annie Duke to organize a star-studded fundraising event to raise awareness about the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. The Ante Up for Africa tournament takes place July 5th at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on the eve of the World Series of Poker. The event will be followed by a private party for tournament participants at the Rio’s famed Voodoo Lounge.

Participants for the tournament include Gina Gershon, Shannon Elizabeth, Sex & the City’s Willie Garson and Brad Garrett.

Others who have expressed interest in playing include Cheadle’s Oceans 13 castmates George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon, as well as Ben Affleck, Jason Alexander, George Lopez, Mekhi Phifer, Adam Sandler and James Woods, among others.

Cheadle’s next big screen appearance will be in Talk To Me, inspired by outspoken real- life ’70s radio personality Petey Greene.

The tournament is open to anyone 21 years of age or older. Seating is limited; pre-registration is available at worldseriesofpoker.com/anteup/anteup/pdf.

Donations are not required to participate, but Ante Up For Africa participants are being asked to contribute half of their tournament winnings to the ENOUGH Project and the International Rescue Committee, organizations whose goals include raising public awareness and providing aid to the survivors of Darfur.

DR. IAN PROMISES ‘MEET THE FAITH’ WILL KEEP ON OFFERING HOT TOPICS
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Dr. Ian Smith says that for the new season of BET’s variety chat fest Meet The Faith, he has worked diligently with the producers to come up with some hot and timely topics. This Sunday, the show will focus on black homophobia, discussing whether gay rights are synonymous with civil rights and other questions.

Smith, who began his association with the show this season, explained: “I’m a co-executive producer on the show so I’m involved in all different fashions, not just hosting the show. And all these topics I’ve been involved in formulating. So it’s not just me, it’s a whole team of us that sit down, we talk about who we should have on the show, what are the topics we need to cover. So we all have our hands in it, and the idea is that it’s a team effort.”

Meet The Faith airs on Sundays at 11 a.m. on BET. Smith is busy with several TV and book projects, including sponsoring the national 50 Million Pound Challenge weight loss campaign to rally African Americans around the country to lose weight for better health.

In addition, the Fat Smash Diet author is busy at home. He and his wife Triste also welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Dashiell, back in January during the filming of VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club, which aired its fifth season finale last week.

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In 1943, W.E.B. DuBois became the first black member of the National Institute Of Letters.
In 1959, Dorothy Dandridge married Jack Denison.
In 1963, at age 13, Little Stevie Wonder’s “Fingertips Parts One And Two” became the first live single to top the U.S. chart. It sold a million copies, while his album, Recorded Live — The 12 Year Old Genius, also reached Number One in the U.S.
In 1968, “Grazing In The Grass” by Hugh Masekela entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1971, “Don’t Knock My Love” by Wilson Pickett was certified gold.
In 1988, Legend by Bob Marley & the Wailers was certified gold and platinum.
In 1991, “Do You Want Me” by Salt-N-Pepa peaked at Number 21 on the pop chart.
In 1993, Sons Of Soul by Tony Toni Tone was released.
In 1993, “Will You Be There?” by Michael Jackson was released.
In 1994, Ken Griffey, Jr. hit his 31st home run of the season in Seattle’s 12-3 victory at California, breaking Babe Ruth’s record for most homers before the end of June.
In 1998, Never Say Never by Brandy was certified gold and platinum.
In 1999, R. Kelly’s self-titled album was certified quintuple platinum.

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Schooly-D, veteran rapper, 41
Donald Faison, actor (Scrubs, Clueless, Waiting To Exhale), 33
Joie Lee, actress (Do The Right Thing, Mo Better Blues), 45

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BRIAN MCKNIGHT GOES COUNTRY

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June 22, 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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KANYE WEST PREMIERES ‘STRONGER’ VIDEO
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Rapper and producer Kanye West will release his third album, Graduation, in August. The first single and video from the project is “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” The star recently hosted an exclusive viewing of his latest video, “Stronger,” which was directed by Hype Williams. West told MTV.com, “This is one of the first times we got to make a video like how we make music — we got to go back to it.”

West previewed the clip on Tuesday night (June 19th), at the Tribeca Cinemas in new York City. LA Reid, Babyface, and Swizz Beatz all attended the screening.

The video was a major undertaking that took West and Williams over three months to complete, including nine days of shooting in Japan. West explained that by the end he had to convince Williams to stay on board. He said, “Hype almost bailed three times.”

R&B singer Cassie was the leading lady and they even used a real Japanese motorcycle gang. West shared that he wanted to start a movement with the new video and that he felt he had a lot to prove. The rapper said, “I made so many mistakes the past year, I started swimming in wack juice I needed to get out of. would read blogs and they would be like, ‘His shoelaces are untied, he’s a b***h.'”

The song features a sample of Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” and the group is featured in the video dressed as helmet-clad scientists or doctors who are pushing buttons on a machine that is putting Kanye West together Six Million Dollar Man style.

West is still working on the final cut of the video which should hit video outlets in the coming weeks.

ROBIN THICKE READY TO HIT THE ROAD WITH BEYONCE
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Robin Thicke is busy working on material for his album follow-up to the smash Evolution Of Robin Thicke and preparing for the launch of the Beyonce Experience tour, which kicks off July 7th at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

Asked if he and the B’Day girl will perform any duets on stage, Thicke said he doubts it but anything could happen. “I just feel lucky to be a part of it,” Thicke told Jam! Music.com about the Beyonce tour. “I know she loves my music and I love hers, so we’ll see what happens. I never try to force those things.”

As to touring, Thicke recently joked that he’ll stay on the road until a fistfight with his manager gets him off. But on a serious note, he added that he wants to keep a balance between live performing and creating in the studio: “Because I’ve been writing my whole life and I’ve always had a studio in my house, every day that I have off I go right to my home and my studio and I write songs for two or three days. So I’ve already got half a brand new album ready to go. And I really don’t want to be on the road too long that I can’t go back in and make great records, you know. Because you still gotta go in and make great music to be able to go out and perform it.”

Thicke’s current single is “Can U Believe.”

JOSS STONE GETS MULTIPLE CALLS FROM PRINCE WILLIAM
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R&B/pop songbird Joss Stone says she was both honored and freaked out to receive a number of friendly phone calls from none other than England’s Prince William. The heir to the British throne apparently wanted to consult with the throaty singer about her choice of songs for the upcoming Concert For Diana, being organized by Wills and his brother Prince Harry to mark the tenth anniversary of the death of their mother, Princess Diana.

Britain’s Daily Mirror reported this week that the King-in-waiting and the 20-year-old vocalist have enjoyed several lengthy phone conversations. According to the paper: “Joss is delighted by the fact that Wills is phoning her and they hit it off instantly. They’ve spent ages talking about which songs she should perform and have painstakingly gone through a list of Diana’s most loved artists. They’ve settled on Queen and Tina Turner and Joss is incredibly honored to be asked to perform them.”

The paper goes on to say that Prince William initially spoke to Stone earlier this year to personally ask her to appear at the charity bash.

Fergie, Kanye West, Diddy, Elton John, Duran Duran, Tom Jones and Nelly Furtado are among the other artists lined up to perform at the Concert For Diana, set for July 1st at Wembley Stadium in London. The event takes place on what would have been Princess Diana’s 46th birthday.

Stone’s current CD is titled Introducing Joss Stone and features the urban radio hit “Tell Me What We’re Gonna Do Now” featuring Common.

BRIAN McKNIGHT GOES COUNTRY AS WELL AS R&B, POP ON CURRENT ALBUMGIRLS’
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On his latest album, Ten, Brian McKnight stretches out, showing off not only his vocal abilities, but his songwriting and instrumental talents in a number of genres. Featuring his signature R&B dance tracks and heartfelt pop ballads, the album also includes a tune he wrote and recorded with country act Rascal Flatts, titled “Red White And Blue,” a patriotic tune about the life of soldiers fighting in Iraq.

With so much stylistic diversity, McKnight says he was hoping for a full-court press with different singles at various radio formats. He explained: “We’re trying something now that has never been done before, which I’ve been trying to tell people to do for the last three or four records, which is why not work a bunch of different songs at these different formats. So ‘Red White And Blue’ will come out AC and country; ‘What’s My Name’ will go to urban AC; we’ll have another single that goes mainstream R&B. And we’re going to figure out if we can actually make this happen for once.”

While “Red, White And Blue” hasn’t made it onto the country charts yet, McKnight says that working with his Nashville buddies Rascal Flatts isn’t that far-fetched: “Rascal Flatts, Brian McKnight, how did — ’cause they can’t even fathom how this country act — quote, unquote , because I don’t really consider them a country act — a country act and this R&B act can get together. And they don’t understand that there’s such a fine line between what soul music is and people that have soul that may not do ‘soul music.’ But for me to get with my friends who do another type of music and have it make sense, makes all the sense in the world.”

McKnight is currently reigning on urban AC charts with “What’s My Name.”

GLADYS RELEASES NEW CD
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Out now is Love Finds Its Own Way: The Best Of Gladys Knight And The Pips. The new 16- track set collects songs from all of the group’s eras, and includes such classic as “Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First to Say Goodbye),” “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” “If I Were Your Woman,” “Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me,” the Pips’ 1961 doo-wop classic “Every Beat Of My Heart,” and the group’s versions of “The Way We Were” and “The Wind Beneath My Wings.”

Gladys Knight credits the radio as her inspiration for loving, and going on to perform, so many different types of songs: “When I was coming up, when I was a little girl, radio was somewhere else. I mean, you could hear Patti Page and the Cadillacs another minute and Perry Como the next minute. You know, so I was exposed to all kinds of different music.”

Gladys Knight kicks off a string of dates on July 19th in Sandy, Utah at the Sandy City Amphitheater.

QUINCY JONES LAUNCHES NEW BROAD-BASED VENTURE
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Entertainment mogul Quincy Jones is launching yet another business venture. This time the veteran producer and composer has joined forces with the Robert Thorne Co. to launch a lifestyle brand and digital media platform based on his six-decade career, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The new company will be called Quincy Jones Enterprises.

The new entity has formed partnerships with management company the Firm as well as licensing agency Brand Central to create a broad range of products, from media to fashion to home furnishings. The merchandising program will launch at the Licensing Show, which opened Tuesday (June 19th) in New York.

Jones will co-own the company with business mogul Robert Thorne, who will oversee Jones’ entertainment projects, licensing program and Web project.

QuincyJones.com will launch in the fall and offer access to Quincy’s Vault, containing rare and previously unreleased outtakes of his work with such artists as Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, and others. It also will feature digital replicas of Jones’ original scores, rare behind-the scenes photos, and a music education and social networking division for aspiring music industryites.

“My work in music, film, television and currently on Broadway with Color Purple has been embraced by so many over the decades, and my new slate of film and television projects continues in that tradition,” Jones said. “My initiatives in lifestyle branding and digital media will be the next chapter along with my continuing priority of helping children of all cultures.”

Among Jones’ TV projects are a special celebrating his 75th birthday in March 2008 and a documentary series chronicling the history of American music through Jones’ eyes.

For the big screen he is developing a feature film based on his autobiography and a project titled Mammy Pleasant, based on the life of a freed slave who became the first black female millionaire. Another movie in development is Policy Kings, based on a book about black gangsters in 1920s Chicago.

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In 1832, Joseph Haynes Rainey is born. He will become the first African-American representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he will serve five terms.
In 1923, Marcus Garvey is sentenced to five years in prison after his conviction on charges of using the mail to defraud. Garvey said the charges were politically motivated.
In 1969, “My Cherie Amour” by Stevie Wonder enters the Top 40 chart.
In 1978, “Sounds… and Stuff Like That” album by Quincy Jones is certified Gold.
In 1978, “Teddy Pendergrass” album by Teddy Pendergrass was certified Platinum.
In 1978, “Thankful” album by Natalie Cole was certified Platinum.
In 1990, “Little Richard Day” is held in Los Angeles as he gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1996, E. 1999 Eternal by Bone Thugs ‘n Harmony is certified Multi Platinum.
In 2001, Blues singer and guitarist John Lee Hooker dies of natural causes at the age of 83. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hooker is one of the most influential blues guitarists of all time.

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Richard Jefferson, member of New Jersey Nets, 27
Camille LaChe Smith, actress (Judging Amy, Like Family), 14
Jascha Washinton, actress (One On One, Snow Dogs, Big Momma’s House 2), 18

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JIMMY JAM GIVES INSIGHT ON MICHAEL JACKSON

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June 20, 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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JAY-Z CRACKS TOP TEN OF FORBES CELEBRITY 100
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Hip hop mogul Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter earned approximately $83 million last year to land just ahead of Steven Spielberg on the Forbes Celebrity 100. The list was topped by Oprah Winfrey who earned $260 million last year. The Top Ten was rounded out by Tiger Woods at Number Two with $100 million, Madonna at Number Three with $72 million, Rolling Stones at Number Four with $88 million, Brad Pitt at Number Five with $35 million, Johnny Depp at Number Six with $92 million, Elton John at Number Seven with $53 million, Tom Cruise at Number Eight with $31 million and Steven Spielberg at Number Ten with $110 million.

Some of the other rappers who made the list include: 50 Cent at Number 31 with $33 million, Sean “Diddy” Combs at Number 43 with $23 million, and Will Smith at Number 57 with $31 million.

In addition to earnings, the stars were ranked on television, press, and web impressions.

Next year, 50 Cent is expected to make a run for the Top Ten next year after Coca Cola purchased Glaceau for $4.3 billion last month. The star owns a small stake in the company which could have earned him $100 million off of the sale.

Jay-Z’s earning were based on deals with Coca Cola and General Motors. The rapper also sold his stake in Rocawear to Iconix last

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MO’NIQUE READY TO HOST THE ’07 BET AWARDS
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Actress and comedienne Mo’Nique is set to return as the host of this year’s BET Awards, Black Entertainment Television’s celebration of film, music, and sports. When the plus- size diva and best-selling author hosted the 2004, she created one of the most outrageous moments on television with her opening number, in which she performed a song and dance parody of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love.”

Since 2004, Mo’Nique has become a mother to twins, become a fixture on television’s Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance and Flavor Of Love Charm School, and appeared in films. Though she’s been busy, the wise-cracking star says she still plans to top herself with the opening for the ’07 BET Awards, set for June 26th at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

“I can’t give it away,” Mo’Nique confided to journalists last week, adding that she did consult Regina Williams, the choreographer who crafted her eye-popping 2004 routine.

“But, I gotta keep my word to Beyonce, my sister friend, ’cause I told her when she came out and did ‘Deja Vu’ last year: ‘You trying my hand,'” she joked. “‘You trying my hand, Beyonce, and you gonna stop it now, I’m 40.’ But every time she dances, I’mma dance. I could be 63. If she dance to a number, baby, at 63. What! Pow. I might be 63, sitting in a chair doing like this . . . Pow. Pow. Pow. Yes, indeed.”

The ’07 BET Awards will feature performances by Ciara, Ne-Yo, T.I., Yolanda Adams, and 50 Cent.

VIVICA A. FOX REGRETS D.U.I. ARREST
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Actress Vivica A. Fox says she intensely regrets her March D.U.I. arrest, noting that she will never do it again. The 42-year-old star was pulled over on the Hollywood Freeway and charged with misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit. “It was a huge learning lesson. I won’t ever make that mistake again,” Fox said. “Trust me, I’m going to hire a driver next time.”

Appearing backstage at the Daytime Emmy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles on Friday, Fox was contrite. “It was an unfortunate judgment that I am taking full responsibility in … It is so not worth what you go through for getting a D.U.I,” she said, adding that the arrest will stay on her record for 10 years.

Fox admitted that the experience did give her empathy for embattled celebutante Paris Hilton, currently serving jail time in Los Angeles for reckless driving. “We are not above the law,” Fox said about celebrities. “She’s going to get more coverage when her butt gets out of jail. It’s going to be a special alert and we all are going to watch, right?”

Fox was the star and a producer for the Lifetime series 1-800-Missing, and has appeared on the big screen in Kill Bill Vol. 1, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, and Soul Food among other films.

GERALD LEVERT TRIBUTE SET FOR ESSENCE FESTIVAL
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The late Gerald Levert will be remembered with a special tribute at this year’s Essence Music Festival during July 4th weekend in New Orleans. Veteran group the O’Jays, featuring Gerald’s father Eddie Levert, will perform the tribute during their main stage set on July 5th.

Joining the O’Jays for the tribute will be Johnny Gill and Keith Sweat, who recorded two albums with Gerald as LSG. Also, Gerald’s younger brother Sean Levert will be featured to celebrate the work of their trio Levert, in which Gerald first came to fame with songs like “Casanova” and “Pop, Pop, Pop (Goes My Mind).”

Gerald Levert died in November 2006, shortly after returning from a 10-day trip to South Africa with The O’Jays.

Levert is featured on the brand-new CD Something To Talk About, a collection of duets with his father. “We still sound so much alike. It’s uncanny,” Eddie Levert told USA Today. “I listen to Something to Talk About, and there are points where I don’t know whether it’s me or him.” Gerald is also represented on the urban AC charts with two songs from his last solo CD, In My Songs: the title track and the up-tempo “DJ Don’t.”

JIMMY JAM WEIGHS IN ON MICHAEL JACKSON COMEBACK
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Michael Jackson has reportedly been hard at work on a brand new album between travels to Dubai, Las Vegas, and spots in Europe. Fans and industry insiders are wondering whether Jackson’s new material will prove to be the kind of sales blockbuster he’s had in the past, like historic multi-platinum releases Off The Wall and Bad.

Producer Jimmy “Jam” Harris, who with partner Terry Lewis worked on all but two of Janet Jackson’s albums, also produced “Scream,” Janet’s 1995 duet with Michael.

Harris says that Jackson isn’t motivated by breaking sales records when he goes into the studio nowadays. He explained: “I don’t think a successful comeback should be based on statistics, I think making music will be the thing that makes him happy, you can’t put the cart before the horse. You can’t sell records until you make the songs. And I think for him, making the songs at this point is going to be the fun thing for him. And obviously the reward for him selling records is wonderful. I know for a fact, because I know him pretty well, that the statistics, he already has those, I mean, he’s got records that will never be broken again. And now in this point in his life it’s really about making great music. ” There is no word on when Jackson will release a new album, but results of a British poll reported last week shows that the eccentric superstar should command healthy sales figures. PopScores, a monthly quantitative measurement of the emotional connection between artists and consumers, shows that 82 percent of Jackson’s fans are ready to buy the new material he releases.

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In 1862, Congress abolishes slavery in U.S. territories.
In 1942, Bernard W. Robinson, a Harvard medical student, is made an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He becomes the first African-American to win a commission in the U.S. Navy.
In 1968, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional to deny housing because of race.
In 1979, “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge is certified gold.
In 1991, Naughty By Nature releases their single “O.P.P.”
In 1992, “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot is certified platinum.
In 2000, golfing phenom Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open by a record 15 strokes

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Nathan Morris, singer in Boyz II Men, 35
Silkk Tha Shocker, rapper and Master P’s younger brother, 32

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Don’t get off track.
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PRINCE SAYS NO TO PERFORMANCE

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June 19, 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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COMMON INKS DEAL WITH CONVERSE
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Rapper and actor Common has agreed to be the face of Converse’s new (Product) Red Weapon sneaker, which will be sold exclusively at Foot Locker and at the sneaker maker’s website.

The rapper was recently shot for the sneaker’s print campaign, “Weapon of Change,” by photographer Bryan Adams in Los Angeles.

The new sneaker is the product of a partnership between Converse and (Product) Red, an organization that aims to raise awareness and money to help fight AIDS in Africa. Converse will donate up to 15% of the net sales from Converse (PRODUCT) RED to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Common said in a released statement, “Converse approached me to join the (PRODUCT) RED initiative and affect change. I have always felt my purpose is to do for people. Converse and (PRODUCT) RED are about people – educating and reaching out to people to help humanity. I do this through my music, activism and with people I come into contact with everyday. For me, Converse (PRODUCT) RED allows me to help affect change and have an immediate impact on people. Knowing the contributions from this initiative help people who need it makes it incredible because there’s no such thing as small change.”

The print ads will hit major publications in July. The sneaker is expected to retail for $75.00.

In related news, Common will release his new album, Finding Forever, on July 31st. The set will feature collaborations with D’Angelo, Kanye West, the late J Dilla, Will.I.Am, Bilal, Dwele, and UK pop singer Lily Allen.

FABOLOUS CLEARED OF WEAPONS CHARGES
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Fabolous is celebrating the release of his new album, From Nothin’ To Somethin’, but the rapper has even more cause to celebrate now that a judge has dismissed weapons charges against him and three of his friends. The Associated Press reports that a New York judge dismissed illegal-weapons charges against the rapper yesterday (June 14th), stemming from an incident which occurred on October 17th.

Fabolous was shot in the thigh outside of New York’s Justine’s Restaurant and as he was being rushed to the hospital by several associates, they were pulled over and officers discovered weapons in the vehicle.

A prosecutor explained that authorities couldn’t prove that Fabolous or his three co-defendants owned the pair of loaded handguns that police found in the car.

The rapper’s lawyer, Alberto Ebanks, said, “He’s more relieved than happy. He should never have been here in the first place.”

In related news, the rapper’s new album features by Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, and Junior Reid with production by Reefa, Jazze Pha, Timbaland, Just Blaze, and Steve Morales. The lead single from the project is “Make Me Better” featuring Ne-Yo.

FOXY BROWN GETS GOOD PROBATION REPORT
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Foxy Brown received a glowing endorsement from Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson, who found that the rapper has been making progress with her probation. The Associated Press reports that the judge was impressed that Brown had “a positive probation report” and said that the rapper wouldn’t have to return to court. The judge told Brown, “I’m going to restore you to probation. It was a real struggle to get you on board. I want to see you finish this sentence and go on to a happy life.”

Brown has been keeping her appointments with her probation officer, has gotten permission before leaving the state, passed all her drug tests, and attended her anger management classes.

Brown was convicted of assaulting two manicurists at a Manhattan nail salon in 2004.

The rapper isn’t in the clear yet. She still faces battery and resisting arrest with violence charges for allegedly getting into an altercation with the owner of the Queen Beauty Supply store in Pembroke Pines, Florida, in February. Brown allegedly spit on the owner and threw hair glue on him after he asked her to leave the establishment. Brown says the accusations are false and that the owner is looking for a big pay day.

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.

NE-YO SAYS HE STRETCHED OUT ON NEW ‘BECAUSE OF YOU’
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Singer Ne-Yo says he’s happy that fans are accepting his sophomore album effort, Because Of You. The album stands at Number Five on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart this week after debuting at Number One. The popular singer-songwriter says it’s especially gratifying because he included more musical influences on this set than he did on his 2006 debut, In My Own Words.

Ne-Yo says he actually got to emulate some of his favorite artists this time out, including Prince: “I’m happy that people accepted me trying to channel my inner Prince on a couple of records, so some of them have a bit more of a rock edge than what is known from me. For one this whole record is paying homage to people I look up to the business, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Marvin Gaye. So I did songs in the realm of those artists.”

The title track from Ne-Yo’s album, “Because Of You,” is available in a remix version featuring Kanye West. Fans can get a taste by going to the defjam.com website.

CIARA, NE-YO, T.I., YOLANDA ADAMS, 50 CENT SET TO PERFORM AT ’07 BET AWARDS
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Ciara, Ne-Yo, T.I., Yolanda Adams, and 50 Cent will all perform on the ’07 BET Awards, set for June 26th at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The BET event is the only award show that recognizes the achievements of musical artists, entertainers and athletes in 14 categories.

Presenters lined up for the show include Academy Award nominees Terrence Howard and Queen Latifah, TV personality and supermodel Tyra Banks, actor/comedian Katt Williams, Big Boi of Outkast, and five-time world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., among others.

Beyonce leads the pack of nominees with six category mentions, followed by Jay-Z, Ciara, Jennifer Hudson, Akon and Gnarls Barkley, among others.

Diana Ross will receive BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award, while actor Don Cheadle will be honored with the Humanitarian Award.

The ’07 BET Awards, hosted by Mo’Nique, will premiere on June 26th on BET at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

PARIS BENNETT SINGS ABOUT HER DAD ON ‘PRINCESS P’
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Former American Idol contestant Paris Bennett has been busy promoting her independent label release, Princess P, which features the single “Ordinary Love.” The daughter and granddaughter of well-known singers, Bennett has often spoken about growing up without her father, and even penned a song titled “Daddy” in which she grapples lyrically with how her father’s absence has affected her life.

Paris explained: “I wanted to put it out on Father’s Day. And some people say, ‘oh, that’s mean,’ but it’s actually a good thing because the majority of us girls and guys that are growing up now, we don’t always get that chance to say, and I’m speaking for the ones that don’t get the chance to say ‘Happy Father’s Day’ because they — we don’t know who he is or, (b), he hasn’t been in our life forever, or he just doesn’t want anything to do with us.”

Recently, though, the pint-sized powerhouse said that she had reconciled with her father, though they are still not close. She explained: “I actually met my dad and then started being around my dad at 13, but we’re not like this. But I mean, I definitely have already forgiven him and I forgave him when I was little for not being around, because him not being in my life only made me grow to be who I am right now. And if he had been in my life maybe things wouldn’t have been like they are right now.”

Bennett will perform June 22nd at the Splash Down Beach Water Park in Fishkill, New York.

OPRAH TOPS FORBES LIST OF POWER PLAYERS
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Media mogul Oprah Winfrey once again tops Forbes Magazine’s annual “Celebrity 100 Power List,” which ranks entertainment power players based on both their earnings and their influence. Winfrey rose to the top of the pile after falling to third place in last year’s ranking. She last topped the list in 2005.

Winfrey reclaimed the summit with estimated earnings of $260 million over the past 12 months. Contributing to the extra pull is her Harpo Productions handling of celebrity chef Rachael Ray’s syndicated talk show, the production of Tony-winning Broadway show The Color Purple, and the forthcoming launch of its first prime-time series, Oprah’s Big Give, a reality contest in which contestants compete in philanthropy.

Golf champion Tiger Woods ranked second on the list, with earnings of $100 million and rap mogul Jay-Z placed ninth with earnings of $83 million. Rappers turned businessmen 50 Cent and Sean “Diddy” Combs placed 32nd and 43rd, respectively.

MORE MUSIC FROM RICK JAMES
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The late Rick James managed to finish a brand-new album before his untimely death in 2004. The new set, titled Deeper Still, has gotten radio exposure through the title track, which landed in the urban AC top 20. Now his label Stone City Records is releasing a second single, the steppers’- styled “Taste.” The track will be available at urban AC radio next week.

Also available this month is the late punk-funk musician’s autobiography, Memoirs Of A Super Freak, published by Colossus Books, an imprint of Amber Communications. Memoirs Of A Super Freak was written while James was imprisoned between 1993 and 1995. The book offers his own no-holds-barred accounts of his self- described “sex, drugs, funk & soul” lifestyle.

Though James’ children can no longer spend Father’s Day with their outspoken Dad, at least one of his brood seems to be following in his musical footsteps. Before his August 2004 death, James got to hear a demo recording by his daughter, Ty, a fledgling rapper. Ty also appeared on the 2005 compilation Rick James Forever on Sanctuary Records.

In one of his final interviews, James said: “When I heard her album it brought tears to my eyes. Because she’s rapping, she’s articulate, she knows what she’s saying, she’s singing songs for women standing up on their own and not having to use a man, and she got a record on it called ‘My Daddy’ about me and it brought tears to me eyes. She re-did ‘Bustin’ Out’ and it’s just off the chain.”

PRINCE REFUSES TO PERFORM
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Prince has delayed the start of his seven- week concert run at Los Angeles’ Roosevelt Hotel over contractual issues. HotelChatter.com reports the first of his seven Friday night shows did not go on as planned (June 15th), because his lawyers and the hotel bosses are still locked in talks, and the singer will not perform until everything is signed and sealed. Last month the Los Angeles Times reported the seven shows would take place in the Roosevelt’s Blossom room at midnight, and that Prince’s personal chef Lena Morgan would take over the hotel’s Dakota restaurant to host an after-hours club.

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In 1877, Henry O. Flipper becomes the first black graduate of the West Point Military Academy.
In 1921, Bessie Coleman reaches France as America’ s first black pilot.
In 1963, “Pride & Joy” by Marvin Gaye entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1968, Ellen Holly becomes the first African American on daytime television. She plays Carla on the soap opera One Life to Live.
In 1968, Aretha Franklin’s Number One hit single “Think” the R&B chart.
In 1971, Vernon Jordan, the former executive director of the United Negro College Fund, is appointed executive director of the National Urban League.
In 1985, Pryor’s Place, a children’s show hosted by Richard Pryor, airs for the last time on CBS.
In 1991, “Mama Said Knock You Out” by L.L. Cool J. peaked at Number 17 on the pop singles chart.
In 1991, Carl Lewis, one jump away from losing his 64-meet winning streak in the long jump, came through with a dramatic victory when he soared 28 feet, 4 1/4 inches, to pass Mike Powell by a half- inch at the USA Championships in New York.
In 1996, singer Ella Fitzgerald died in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 78. Born April 25, 1918 in Newport News, Virginia, Ella grew up in poverty, and got her big break as a teenager when she won an amateur contest at the Apollo Theater in New York. That led to a stint with Chick Webb’s Orchestra. While with Webb, Ella earned a major hit with “A-Tisket, A- Tasket” in 1938. She went solo in 1941, later scoring such hits as “How High The Moon,” and “Lady Be Good.” Her extraordinary voice and delivery earned her the nickname “The First Lady Of Song.”
In 2003, the San Antonio Spurs beat the New Jersey Nets 88-77 in game six of the NBA finals to win the series.

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Ice Cube, rapper and actor (Three Kings, Barbershop, Friday), 38
Dusty Baker, former manager of the Chicago Cubs, 58

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It’s time to expect a change
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JAM AND LEWIS PRODUCING CARL THOMAS; MN FATHER’S DAY EVENT

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June 15, 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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CARL THOMAS RELEASES INDIE PROJECT

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Singer-songwriter Carl Thomas has severed ties with Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy label after releasing two albums — 2000’s platinum Emotional, and 2004’s Let’s Talk About It. The singer recently released a Mike City-produced indie project, titled So Much Better. Thomas told MTV.com, “It was the perfect chance for me to get those records off that Puff never let me get off. This is like more of what you’re used to: It’s less experimental than my last album, Let’s Talk About It.”

The new project features guest appearances by E- 40, Brandy, Lalah Hathaway, and DJ Quik with some production help from Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.

Thomas has the right mentality to make the indie project work. In the past, he shared that he doesn’t really get caught up in sales numbers. The singer said: “I think those things are just set-ups, you know, it’s just a set-up, it’s a set-up or you know if God does something wonderful for you, if you have expectations or predictions then a lot of times, you know, you kinda take the joy out of it when it does happen for you.”

In related news, Thomas also shared his thoughts on some of the artists on the R&B scene. He said, “I love Amy Winehouse’s album. I picked up Ne-Yo’s album. I think it’s really dope. I’m waiting on this Jill Scott project that’s coming out soon, this next Usher album, I’m anticipating R. Kelly’s record. There’s a wonderful independent record by Anthony Hamilton that’s out (Southern Comfort, a collection of unreleased tracks recorded several years ago). Chris Brown, might I add, is a dope performer. He’s really on it.”

Thomas added, “I like what’s going on in R&B and that R&B is really making money again. A few years ago you couldn’t say that. Everything was predominantly hip-hop and the singers weren’t getting as much money as these rappers. Now these R&B cats are getting just as much gwap, or being able to go out and secure marketing deals just like the rappers. I was just talking to Ne-Yo about this a little while ago.”

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You’re invited to a Father’s Day, after-church Smooth Jazz Lunch Buffett. Bring Dad and the entire family this afternoon and join the SMJZ Band,along with MC Freddie Bell, at the Bluffs of Mendota at 801 Highway 13, 1/2 block east of I-35-E. This event honoring fathers takes place on Sunday, June 17th from 2pm to 6pm. The exact address is 801 Sibley Memorial Highway, West St. Paul, Minnesota. Admission for Adults is $25 and children are admitted for only $10 bucks. To reserve a space or for more information go to http://www.smjz-band.com or call 651-455-8380.
This event promises to be a Smooth Affair.

FABOLOUS SAYS GETTING SHOT WASN’T A GOOD LOOK FOR HIM
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Brooklyn-based rapper Fabolous released his new album, From Nothin’ To Somethin’, on Tuesday (June 12th). The lead single from the project is “Make Me Better” featuring Ne-Yo. The album also features guest appearances by Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, and Junior Reid with production by Reefa, Jazze Pha, Timbaland, Just Blaze, and Steve Morales.

Last October, Fabolous was shot in the thigh while standing outside of Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Justine Restaurant. On his way to the hospital, his car was stopped and officers discovered two handguns. Fabolous shared that the legal issues are almost resolved. He told New York’s Daily News, “We are in the final stages. I just hope to get this one cleared and get it out of my way.”

As for the actual shooting, Fabolous said, “They say people get shot and arrested for publicity, but that’s not what really works for me. The kind of songs I make don’t coexist with getting arrested and shot, you know what I mean? Maybe if it was 50 Cent it would be great, but for me it just doesn’t work.”

The rapper also shared that he sees himself as an underdog. He said, “I feel like I am the rapper that everybody likes but hates to say they like. It’s one of things where if maybe one person stood up and said, ‘Yo, I like him’ and it was someone that people respected, then people would say, ‘Okay!’ People are followers sometimes, you know what I mean?”

T.I. TELLS KIDS TO STAY IN SCHOOL
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Rapper T.I. dropped out of high school to pursue a rap career but he recently urged a group of teenagers to go a different route. SOHH.com reports that while visiting West Philadelphia High School T.I. told the students, “When you leave out your house and go through your day, you see more people who don’t go to school than who do go to school. But that don’t make it right. I was a misguided youth myself. So whatever I can do to help them out, to help out the ‘hood, I got to be the first in line.”

The rapper added, “Ain’t nothing lame, ain’t nothing punkish about being smart. Ain’t nothing punkish about being 25, 26, 28 and never had a run in with the law. That don’t make you a punk man. That makes you a winner.”

In related news, T.I. is currently counting down to the release of his new album, T.I. v T.I.P., which will hit stores on July 3rd. The latest single from the project is “Big Things Poppin’.” The album will feature guest appearances by Eminem, Justin Timberlake, R. Kelly, Nelly, Akon and Lil’ Wayne with production Timbaland, Scott Storch, Mannie Fresh, Wyclef Jean, Danja Handz, the Runners and Just Blaze.

T.I. has explained in the past that T.I.P. is his tough guy alter ego while T.I. is the well refined rap star. The rapper explained TIP has a different value system. He said: “You know having his Mom go to the grocery store and people offer to put her bags in the car you know just because she know, because they know that she’s TIP son, I mean because TIP is her son. Like things like that is what T.I.P. hold valuable.”

T.I. further explained that: “You know what I’m sayin’ so you know it’s a balance of power.”

LL COOL J’S MANAGEMENT SAYS HE WILL TOUR THIS SUMMER
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Rapper and actor LL Cool J will tour this summer in anticipation of his new album Exit 13. The rapper’s management has issued a statement confirming that he will perform at this year’s Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica on July 20th and that he will make his other scheduled performances.

The news comes on the heels of an announcement by organizers of Reggae Sumfest that the rapper pulled out of the event because of family issues and that he would be canceling all summer tour plans.

Exit 13 is due this fall and the project will be executive produced by 50 Cent.

R. KELLY LAUNCHING ‘I’M A FLIRT’ DUET CONTEST FOR FANS

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R. Kelly fans will now have a chance to record a duet with the artist on his hit “I’m A Flirt” and compete for a grand prize. JamGlue.com is sponsoring the Double Up With R. Kelly contest, where fans can record their performance with Kelly, post their recording, and listen to versions recorded by others.

The Grand Prize winner will get their track posted on R. Kelly’s MySpace.com page, an autographed copy of Kelly’s new Double Up CD, and a poster.

For more information, go to jamglue.com/contests/rkelly.

R. Kelly’s version of “I’m A Flirt” with Bow Wow recently reached Number 11 on the national urban radio charts. Double Up also features a remix version with rappers T.I. and T-Pain.

JOSS STONE DISPELS RUMORS ABOUT ROMANCE

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Singer Joss Stone is about to take a little break from the road, where she’s been performing at various venues to promote her new album, Introducing Joss Stone, featuring the single “Tell Me What We’re Gonna Do Now” with Common. She’s not scheduled to resume touring until late August, so maybe she’ll have time for romance.

The 20-year-old Brit’s nude pictures alongside Raphael Saadiq on the inside cover art for the CD gave rise to rumors of romance with her 41-year- old producer, but Stone says there’s no truth to them.

In the new June/July issue of Complex magazine, Stone explains, “That’s what I wanted to do. Even if they hated it, I wanted them to talk about it. Look at it as a piece of art, not as a sexual picture. I had to convince Raphael — he’s a little more conservative than I am. When me and Raphael make music, we’re not two separate people. I was trying to show that in the painting. Now he loves it.”

Recently Stone revealed that she does have a more modern view of dating habits, as she recently explained: “My mom brought me up to be old school about the dating thing. She says, you never ask a man out, they ask you. Well that’s all well and good, but if they don’t ask you, what do you do? (laughs) I don’t have time to wait.”

Stone wraps up the first leg of her U.S. tour with a show tonight (June 13th) at the Filene Center in Vienna, Virginia. She’s slated to be a presenter at Canada’s MuchMusic Awards on June 17th in Toronto, and will appear at one of the Live Earth concerts being broadcast on July 7th from Johannesburg. Stone’s second tour leg kicks off August 27th at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

WHOOPI AND BABBARA
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Star magazine reports that Whoopi Goldberg is being considered as the front-runner to replace her friend Rosie O’Donnell on ABC’s gabfest, The View. A network insider said, “As far as everyone at ABC is concerned, she has the job.” What gives her the extra leverage over fellow contenders Kathy Griffin, Roseanne Barr, Ricki Lake and Gayle King? Whoopi has reportedly “won everyone over… she’s liberal and outspoken, but not crazy like Rosie.”

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In 1964, “Love Me With All Your Heart (Cuando Calienta El Sol)” by the Ray Charles Singers peaked at Number Three on the pop chart.
In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall to become the first African-American justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1967, the Aretha Franklin album I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You was certified gold.
In 1969, Soul Bowl ’69, promoted as the biggest soul music festival ever, begins at the Houston Astrodome. Performers include Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and the Staple Singers.
In 1972, Clyde McPhatter of the Drifters died of a heart attack. He was 38. Elvis Presley had often said he wished his voice was the equal of McPhatter’s. McPhatter founded the Drifters before being inducted into the U.S. military. He launched a solo career upon his discharge, scoring eight Top 40 hits. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, 15 years after his death.
In 1977, James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was recaptured following his escape three days earlier from a Tennessee prison.
In 1984, “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” by Deniece Williams was certified gold.
In 1986, the Janet Jackson album Control was certified platinum.
In 1989, “I Want Her” by Keith Sweat was certified gold.
In 1990, “The Power” by Snap was certified gold.
In 1992, Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Clinton sparked a flap when he criticized remarks by rap singer Sister Souljah about the Los Angeles riots. The Washington Post had quoted the singer as saying, “If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?”
In 1992, “The Best Things In Life Are Free” by Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson peaked at Number 10 on the pop chart.
In 1996, the Boyz II Men album II was certified 12-times platinum.

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Cheryl “Coko” Gamble, member of S.W.V., 33
Marvin Tarplin, guitarist of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, 62

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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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STEVE HARVEY GETTING MARRIED FOR THIRD TIME

Comedian Steve Harvey has asked Marjorie Bridges to marry him, according to Essence.com, although the King of Comedy’s publicist has not yet issued a statement. The newly engaged couple were together at the Harlem reception for Eddie Levert’s book I Got Your Back: A Father And Son Keep It Real About Love, Fatherhood, Family And Friendship, and Harvey introduced Bridges — who was wearing a hefty canary yellow marquis diamond — as his fiancee. Harvey’s previous marriage lasted a decade, ending in a divorce that was finalized in 2005. He has one child from that marriage. He also has three children from his first marriage.

HUGE RATINGS FOR HOUSE OF PAYNE

The premiere of Tyler Perry’s new TV series “House of Payne” on Wednesday wreaked havoc by becoming TBS’ highest-rated sitcom of all time among key adult demos and viewers, as well as basic cable’s No. 1 scripted series telecast for the year-to-date among 18-49 and 25-54. After the final number crunching on Friday, it was announced that the series’ second episode has become basic cable’s No. 1 sitcom telecast of all time. “We weren’t expecting the best of all time,” said Turner Entertainment Networks president Steve Koonin. “We had high hopes, but even our highest hopes were exceeded.” Despite harsh criticism by critics, (Variety wrote: “How he got the cabler to pony up for 100 episodes of such an uncharacteristically unfunny sitcom as ‘House of Payne’ is worthy of a sitcom on its own), viewers turned out in droves to support the two-part premiere from 9-10 p.m., with an average of 5.2 million total viewers tuning in to the 9 p.m. episode and 5.8 million watching at 9:30 p.m., according to Nielsen Media Research. That’s good enough to give the 9:30 p.m. episode the ranking as basic cable’s most-watched sitcom telecast ever. Over the hour, “Payne” even trumped broadcast competition in its 9-10 timeslot, outperforming a new episode of the CW Network’s “One Tree Hill” (2.2 million viewers). Created, directed and produced by Perry, “Payne” revolves around the lives of three generations of a black family living under one roof. Allen Payne stars as a fireman who is forced to move in with his parents, played by LaVan Davis and Cassi Davis, when his crack-addled wife burns down the house. (At least this was where the storyline headed during an initial run of shows last summer.) Although Perry made an appearance in Wednesday’s premiere episode as his alter ego Madea, the filmmaker says the character’s appearance on future episodes will be few and far between.

BIG DAY FOR PUERTO RICANS IN NEW YORK

Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez caused a frenzy when they showed up at the annual New York City Puerto Rican Day parade last year, and AOL reports that the stars, both of Puerto Rican descent, will likely turn up at this year’s parade, set for Sunday (June 10th). Anthony is public about his admiration for the event: “The Puerto Rican Day parade has been a long-standing tradition in my life. It was always an event that I looked forward to every single year.”

JERMAINE DUPRI SURVIVES ACCIDENT

Island Records executive and producer Jermaine Dupri was involved in an accident early Thursday morning (June 7th). The producer’s Cadillac Escalade was hit by a vehicle just after midnight at the intersection of 49th Street and Park Avenue in New York City. Allhiphop.com reports that a woman plowed into Dupri’s vehicle after running a stoplight. The producer wasn’t injured but his driver was taken to the hospital and treated for a broken arm. Dupri’s SUV was totaled. In related news, Dupri plans to open his new nightclub, Club 72, in Atlanta on June 16th. He allegedly invested over $1 million to renovate the club which is being billed as a “modern day Studio 54.”

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Vivian Malone and James Hood, accompanied by U.S. Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach attempt to register at the University of Alabama. Governor George Wallace bodily blocks their entrance.

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New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is 51.
Wren T. Brown is 43.

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CHARGES CONSIDERED AGAINST AKON FOR THROWING FAN

After throwing a 15-year-old fan from the stage last Sunday (June 3rd), Akon is drawing attention from Fishkill, New York police, who are considering whether any charges will be filed. The incident occurred after a male teenager was identified by the audience as having thrown what looked like a pretzel at the stage, and Akon invited him up onstage, only to then hoist him on his shoulders and throw him off into the crowd. In the footage, captured by a cell phone, Akon then said, “Now we can start the show, y’all ready,” adding, “He’s okay, he’s all right.” When the audience didn’t rally, he said, “See, now you got me feeling by myself. I thought I had fans and support.”

The boy’s mother contacted authorities, but has not filed any criminal charges against the singer. The boy was uninjured and refused medical treatment, leaving right after the incident. However, audience member Abby Rosa suffered a concussion when the boy landed on her. She has reportedly hired a lawyer and spoken to police, and now wants an apology from Akon.

Verizon withdrew its sponsorship of Akon’s tour with Gwen Stefani after a video footage surfaced of an April concert in Trinidad, during which the 34-year-old singer simulated sex with what turned out to be a 14-year-old girl on stage. Akon later apologized, saying he didn’t know that the girl — who turned out to be a pastor’s daughter — was underage. His current album, Konvicted, has sold more than 1 million copies in the U.S.

NOT IN MY FAMILY: AIDS IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY
Noted Journalist/Author Arrive In Minneapolis for discussion on the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the Black Community

Minneapolis – The state of HIV/AIDS in Minnesota will be discussed this week when journalist, Gil Robertson IV arrives in town to present a community workshop based on his bestselling book, “Not in My Family: AIDS in the African American Community,”. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, June 19, 2007, Reception at 5 p.m., Program at 6 p.m. at Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th St, Minneapolis. Following Mr. Robertson’s presentation, a panel discussion of Twin Cities community leaders and professionals will focus on the impact of HIV in Minnesota’s African-American community; available programs and resources in HIV prevention, treatment, and advocacy; as well as barriers that prevent many African Americans from utilizing them. There will also be ample opportunity for questions from audience members.

Historically, about 90% of new HIV infections diagnosed in Minnesota have occurred in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding seven-county metropolitan area, according to the Minnesota Dept. of Health 2006 Survillence Report on HIV/AIDS. The most recent data illustrate that men and women of color continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS.

Edited by Robertson, this landmark collection of 58 personal essays, stories, brief memoirs and polemics from a broad swath of black Americans—whether prominent figures from the worlds of politics, entertainment, or sports, or just ordinary folks with extraordinary -stories whose lives have been touched by HIV/AIDS. Nominated for a NAACP Image Award and a featured title with the US Department of Health and Human Services, Not in My Family features essays from Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., former US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, Al Sharpton, Patti LaBelle, Mo’Nique, Jasmine Guy, Hill Harper, and Sheryl Lee Ralph, Randall Robinson, Omar Tyree and others.

MICHAEL JACKSON TO PERFORM ON CHRIS BROWN TRACK?

R&B singer Chris Brown wore a sparkly white glove and red jacket similar during his set at Hot 97’s Summer Jam on Sunday (June 3rd), in homage to Michael Jackson, but his dreams to work with his idol may soon become reality. The 18-year-old singer now hopes to get Jackson to sing on a Will.i.am-produced track on his second album, Exclusive, which is scheduled to hit stores on August 28th.

Brown told MTV.com, “He called me for my birthday, and I told him we should do a song. He was way up for it… Man, it was crazy. He actually spoke to me like a regular person, and he was like, ‘I like your music.’ He said his favorite song was ‘Shorty Like Mine’ that me and Bow Wow did. I appreciated talking to him.”

There are some definite collaborations on the album, however, including Mary Mary, Bryan-Michael Cox, Tank and T-Pain. Brown hopes the album will reveal a more mature voice, and for inspiration he’s listened to lots of gospel, including the Clark Sisters, Kiki Sheard, and Kim Burrell. “The freedom making this album is just me being able to write a lot more,” he said. “I wrote almost every song. I think I’m writing about the same topics (as the last album), but just a little older. I’m not leaving my kid audience, but I’m being who I am and just going in and having fun.”

Brown added, “I’m trying to be the R&B Tupac. I’m trying to make as many records as I can so when I’m out of this world, y’all can still have music from me nobody has heard yet.”

RIHANNA, ROBIN THICKE APPEAR ON NETWORK MORNING SHOW

Rihanna performed Friday (June 8th) on NBC’s Today Show, live from New York City. They performed at Rockefeller Center.
At the same time, R&B star Robin Thicke, performed on the Good Morning America Summer Concert Series, in Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan. Robin Thicke is the son of Canadian actor Alan Thicke and soap actress and singer Gloria Loring. He says their musical interests, combined with his love for hip-hop, gave him his musical sensibility: “My dad listens to mostly rock n roll which I’m a huge rock n roll fan, I just happen to love singing soulfully, and my mom would listen to soul singers in the house because my mom is a singer, so she’d listen to singers. And I’m listening to hip-hop, so somewhere in between you know I ended up somewhere in the middle of all three of those.”

ISAIAH WASHINGTON WILL NOT RETURN TO ‘GREY’S ANATOMY’ THIS FALL

Actor Isaiah Washington will not be returning to Grey’s Anatomy this fall, ABC News reports. One source who confirmed that his contract was not being renewed said, “It was a difficult year and this should come as no surprise to anyone.”

ABC Television has not made any comment. Washington’s agent had recently said he expected him to be back this fall.

Washington has been in hot water ever since calling co-star T.R. Knight a derogatory term for gay men last year and bringing up the slur again at the Golden Globe awards in January. He has since apologized and entered counseling, and has recently taped a public service announcement designed to combat intolerance based on sexual orientation, race, and gender, which has aired during Grey’s Anatomy and elsewhere.

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.

DR. IAN SMITH HAS ‘FAITH’ IN NEW SHOW

Dr. Ian Smith, best known for his health advice to celebrity fatties on MTV’s Celebrity Fit Club, is now hosting the second season of BET’s Meet The Faith. The season’s premiere episode runs this Sunday (June 10th) at 11 a.m. in a newly expanded one-hour format. The episode deals with African American perceptions of beauty and will feature broadcast personality Wendy Williams.

Dr. Smith told us that the expanded show will deal with issues of interest to the African American audience: “It’s the second season of the show, it used to be a half hour last season , we’ve now moved it to an hour. It’s my first season of hosting the show. And the show basically is about our issues, African American issues, and it’s about provocative, intelligent conversation — and debate — but also engaging and entertaining.”

Dr. Smith is the author of The Fat Smash Diet, a 90-day program that focuses on “smashing” bad eating and exercise habits and replacing them with new ones.

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In 1948, John E. Rudder became the first black commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
In 1949, Monte Irvin and Hank Thompson, brought up from Jersey City three days earlier, are the first blacks to play for the Giants. Thompson, who was also the first black to play for the St. Louis Browns in 1947, starts at second base, and Irvin pinch-hits in the eighth for Hartung. When Thompson steps in against Don Newcombe, it is the first time in major league history that a black pitcher and a black hitter have faced off. The Dodgers win the game, 4-3.
In 1965, former Milli Vanilli member Rob Pilatus was born in New York. Pilatus was half of the notorious duo that was stripped of its Best New Artist Grammy Award when it was discovered that they had lip-synched their music. Pilatus led a troubled existence after that, and died of a drug overdose in Frankfurt, Germany on April 2, 1998 at the age of 32.
In 1968, authorities announced the capture in London of James Earl Ray, the suspected assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In 1977, Parliament Live/P Funk Earth Tour album by Parliament is certified Gold.
In 1978, the soundtrack to Thank God It’s Friday is certified Platinum.
In 1982, baseball legend Leroy “Satchel” Paige died at the age of 75. Born July 7, 1906, Paige was widely considered the greatest pitcher in the Negro Leagues. He went on to pitch in the Major Leagues, and Joe DiMaggio once called him “the best and fastest pitcher I’ve ever faced.” He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1971.
In 1987, Exposure album by Expose was certified Gold.
In 1987, Luther Vandross’s drummer, Yogi Horton, jumped to his death from the 17th floor of a midtown New York hotel. He had told his wife he was depressed and tired of working in Vandross’s shadow.
In 1989, Girl You Know It’s True album by Milli Vanilli was certified Platinum.
In 1990, Mariah Carey album by Mariah Carey was released.

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Clarence “Fuzzy” Haskins, member of Funkadelic, 66
Kwame Kilpatrick, mayor of Detroit, 37
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CUBA GOODING JR. SAVES A LIFE

Boyz N The Hood and Jerry Maguire star Cuba Gooding Jr. recently saved a young man’s life. The actor was picking up take-out from a Hollywood restaurant on Memorial Day when he heard gunshots and then saw a young man stumbling towards him. The guy was bleeding from the neck and collapsed near the Oscar winner. Gooding cradled the man in his arms, called out for towels to help stop the bleeding, and held the man until medics came to the scene. A witness told the New York Daily News, “He stemmed the bleeding and hailed a passing police car. He waited on the scene until an ambulance arrived.”

PRINCE HEADED TO TELEVISION

Prince didn’t make it onto American Idol this year, but he still has plans for a reality TV appearance. The Sun reports the singer is in discussions to play a surprise gig on the British show Big Brother. His management is in talks with the London production following Prince’s orders to arrange an appearance on what the newspaper claims is one of his favorite shows. “Prince is a huge fan of Big Brother. He has tuned in to every series of the show so far and loves the concept.” Big Brother places strangers in a house full of cameras and the contestants must vote each other out until one remains.

SPIKE LEE PLANNING FILM ABOUT BLACK WWII SOLDIERS

Director Spike Lee, who said Monday that he will revisit the topics in his New Orleans documentary When The Levees Broke in a future project, revealed Wednesday that his next film will be about African American servicemen who fought in World War II.

The flick, to be shot in Italy, will be adapted from James McBride’s novel Miracle At St. Anna. The book is based on a true story about a group of soldiers from the 92nd, all-black Buffalo Division fighting against Nazi occupation in Tuscany, and the friendship between one soldier and a six-year- old Italian orphan.

BUSTA RHYMES AVOIDS WEAPONS CHARGE IN ASSAULT CASE

Busta Rhymes is currently facing assault charges for two separate incidents and a drunk driving charge. On Tuesday, June 5th, the rapper got some good news when Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Shawndya Simpson ruled that prosecutors could not add a weapons charge to one of the rapper’s assault cases. New York Newsday reports that when Rhymes was arrested last August for assaulting a fan who spat on his car, officers discovered a machete in the rear seat pocket of the rapper’s car.

Although Rhymes won’t have to worry about the weapons charge, he still has to deal with the two assault cases and the DUI charge. Last month, the rapper turned down a plea deal that would have resolved all three cases in exchange for a year in jail, participation in an alcohol treatment program, and a $1,500 fine.

Rhymes is due back in court on December 11th.

DMX ANNOUNCES SUMMER TOUR

Rapper DMX has spent more time in-and-out of court over the past year than on the stage but the rapper is hoping to change that this summer as he announces plans for a 17-city tour. SOHH.com reports that DMX will kick-off the tour on June 15th at B.B. King’s in New York City and it will wrap on July 22nd at the Crocodile Rock in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

In related news, Def Jam Records has decided to release a 20-song DMX greatest hits set, titled The Definition of X: Pick of The Litter, which will hit stores on June 12th.

The set will include “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” “Get At Me Dog,” “Stop Being Greedy,” “How’s It Going Down,” “What These B**ches Want,” “Blackout,” “What’s My Name?,” “Who We Be,” “X Gon’ Give It To Ya,” “Where the Hood At,” and several other songs.

DIDDY MAKES HISTORY WITH UNFORGIVABLE

Hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs is a trailblazer. Last week, Combs made history when he became the first African American to win the Men’s Fragrance of the Year award at the Fragrance Foundation’s 35th Annual FiFi Awards in New York. Combs told Allhiphop.com, “Somebody from fashion had come up to me, an African-American man and he had tears in his eyes because the fashion industry is such a segregated industry and he was just stating that I didn’t realize that I was the first African American to ever win this award. I’ve won Grammys and other awards, but to really win this award is a crazy honor. It’s a part of history so it feels great.”

The mogul added, “I felt like there was a void out there. The success of (Unforgivable) is based on the way it smells, it’s not really based on my celebrity. It’s based on the way it smells. I think a lot of men and women are tired of men smelling like their grandfathers.”

In September, Combs plans to release Unforgivable for women, in conjunction with a major push for his Sean John women’s line in department stores across the country. He shared what women could expect from the new perfume. Combs said, “We made something that was very sensual, very sexy, very clean. It was a huge void in the marketplace and it’s infectious. People smell it, they wanna smell it all the time. It’s the only fragrance they wanna wear.”

R. KELLY’S ‘DOUBLE UP’ LANDS AT NUMBER ONE

R. Kelly’s new CD, Double Up, has landed at Number One on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week. His sixth Number One set sold 386,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Each of Kelly’s 10 studio albums — including his 2005 smash, TP3 Reloaded — have reached either Number One or Number Two on the pop chart.

The chart position was boosted by the popularity of the lead single “I’m A Flirt,” which peaked at Number Two on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The follow- up single, “Same Girl” featuring Usher, is already Top 10 at urban radio.

Neither the Chicago artist’s success, nor his spirit, have been dented by the fact that he is still awaiting trial on child pornography charges made almost five years ago. In the June/July issue of Giant Magazine, Kelly declares: “The haters spark fire in me to strive even more and work harder. And stay hungrier. I’m very competitive and the more you talk about me, the more I’m gonna ride and the more I’m gonna strive and stay focused. Thank God for my fans and radio stations cause all that overwhelms the bull–t as far as the haters.”

Double Up was released on Jive Records on May 29th.

JOHN LEGEND TO GET SPECIAL AWARD AT SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

Grammy winner John Legend gets to add another honor to his trophy shelf. The “Save Room” singer will be presented with the Hal David Starlight Award (June 7th) at the 2007 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

Other special honorees for the event will be country legend Dolly Parton and veteran publisher, promoter, and presenter Don Kirshner.

A slate of veteran songwriters will also be inducted into the hall of fame at this year’s ceremony. Legend’s current single, “Another Again,” reached Number 14 on the national urban AC charts. The track is the latest single from his sophomore CD Once Again.

MALCOLM-JAMAL WARNER’S BAND – MILES LONG – IS HEATING UP THE AIRWAVES WITH NEW SINGLE

“It’s funny, people aren’t so much surprised that I have a band as much as they are that we’re good,” chuckles Malcolm-Jamal Warner, contemplating the buzz surrounding his jazz/funk band, Miles Long. Having performed to packed houses on the LA club circuit, playing in several jazz festivals, and with one album already under his belt, The Miles Long Mixtape, Warner comfortably and convincingly leads his crew through several head-bobbing tunes with heavy bass grooves (electric and upright) and dynamic spoken word.

And now, comes the Warner’s latest offering, “If I Were Your Girlfriend”. The track is incredibly upbeat with Warner’s tone bringing a surprisingly tender tone with words that speak of experience and insight. Click here to check it out or if you are a local Texan, you can call 866-923-8439 and leave a message for the Music Director, Babysitter or log on directly to their website.

Even though several major labels vied to sign the band, Warner, who has established himself as stage, television, and film actor over the past 20 years opted instead to record and produce his CD as an independent artist. “Because I’m not looking toward this to make me rich and famous, I have the luxury to truly approach music as an artist. Since there is such a negative preconception of actors as recording artists, it was important that I have the creative freedom I needed, unencumbered by someone else’s idea of what’s good.”

Miles Long offers a refreshing perspective to today’s music with influences that range from Miles Davis to Stevie Wonder to Led Zeppelin to The Roots coupled with having grown up as part of the hip-hop generation.

This electric combination is what gives Miles Long its distinctive sound and what keeps them side- stepping any attempts at categorizing their music. Says Malcolm-Jamal Warner, “Urban Jazz/Funk has been the closest description, which is cool because we do approach you like jazz, but definitely hit you with the funk.”

JOSS STONE ANNOUNCES NEW STRING OF TOUR DATES

Soulful British singer Joss Stone has just announced a string of 12 late summer concert dates to promote her new CD, Introducing Joss Stone. The tour — the second half of a North American trek that started earlier this year — will kick off August 27th at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and wrap up in Kansas City on September 29th. Though not her first recording, Stone says the current set is a true representation of her artistry. The singer collaborated on most of the material with writer- producer Raphael Saadiq. Lauryn Hill and rapper Common also guest.

Stone says her writing methods depend on her collaborator: “I don’t play any instruments, so I write with people and it really depends on how they write. I can write in any way. Like, if you want to start with a title, cool, let’s start with a title. If you want to start with a beat, let’s do that. Like, some people are very, um, they have a formula that they just stick to so if that writer comes in I just kind of just mold myself to their formula and be like, OK, however you really want to do it.”

Stone is currently wrapping up the first leg of her U.S. tour. Remaining dates include June 8th at New York City’s Central Park Summerstage; June 11th at Boston’s Avalon Ballroom; and June 13th at the Filene Center in Vienna, Virginia.

Stone’s second leg of North American tour dates is as follows:

August 27 – Los Angeles – Greek Theatre
August 30 – Park City, UT – Snow Park Amphitheatre
September 1 – Snowmass Village, CO – Jazz Aspen Snowmass
September 3 – Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot Festival
September 6 – Jacksonville, OR – Britt Pavilion
September 8 – Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay
September 11 – Mexico City, MEX – Vive Cuervo Salon
September 14 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
September 16 – Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Hotel
September 20 – Chicago, IL – Charter One Pavilion w/ Common
September 23 – San Francisco, CA – Now & Zen Festival
September 29 – Kansas City, MO – Crossroads

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In 1917, Gwendolyn Brooks is born. She was the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize.
In 1946, The U.S. Supreme Court bans discrimination in interstate travel.
In 1979, Chuck Berry performs at the White House one week before he’s due in court to face income tax evasion charges. Little more than a month later he’s sentenced to four months in jail for income tax evasion.
In 1986, “Nasty” by Janet Jackson entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1990, Michael Jackson is hospitalized for chest pains.
In 1993, Prince celebrates his birthday by changing his name to a circle with a curved line below with its right end like a flare pant, and its left end terminates as a 480-degree loop, plus a male arrow with a female bar crossing it points down from the figure. No spoken word exists for this symbol. He also announces he is breaking with his band, the New Power Generation.
In 1996, Oscar De La Hoya makes the 100th fight of Julio Cesar Chavez’s career look like his first. De La Hoya sliced open a cut over Chavez’s left eye in the first round, then beat him into a bloody mess in the fourth round before referee Joe Cortez stepped in to stop the fight.
In 1998, in a crime that shocked the nation, James Byrd, Jr., a 49-year-old black man, was chained to a pickup truck and dragged to his death in Jasper, Texas, by three white men.
In 1999, the FBI puts alleged terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden on the list of the Ten Most Wanted fugitives.

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Allen Iverson, NBA player, 32
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Prince reached 49 yesterday

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