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July 31, 2007

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About Freddie Bell

Freddie Bell, velvet morning voice talent is a mellifluous voice actor, broadcast-journalist, speaker and National Voice Actor. His vast voice over credits, include hosting several radio programs including the Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Love Train, It’s The Gospel in Tampa, The Freddie Bell Morning Show in radio on KSGS – 950AM, Solid Gold Soul in Minneapolis, plus This is Music, The Freddie Bell Countdown Show and The Minneapolis NAACP Community Affairs television Programs in Minneapolis.
Invite Freddie to your next event or seminar as a Keynote Speaker, covering topics including You Gotta Have H.E.A.R.T., Tuning In to R.A.D.I.O, Maximizing Your Potential, Imagination, The Secret Key To Success, Winning Through Community Service, Dreaming Your Way to Success and a variety of topics related to sales and sales management. Freddie shares ideas and techniques he used to propel Solid Gold Soul Radio into a household name.
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KEVIN GARNETT TRADED TO BOSTON
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Kevin Garnett is leaving Minnesota after the Boston Celtics agreed to acquire the All-Star forward in a multiplayer trade with the Timberwolves, a Celtics official told The Associated Press. Among the players who could be headed to Minnesota are forward Al Jefferson, guard Sebastian Telfair, swingman Gerald Green and center Theo Ratliff, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been completed. The official also said the Timberwolves would get at least one draft choice.
The teams still had some things to clarify with the players’ contracts, but the official said that would not keep the Celtics from acquiring Garnett, although there could be a change in the players ticketed for the Timberwolves. There was a chance that a conference call announcing the trade — the possibility of which was first reported by FOXSports.com’s Jeff Goodman late Sunday — would be held Monday, the official said. Garnett, 31, has spent all of his 12 NBA seasons with Minnesota. He would get an extension of his contract, which has one year plus an option year remaining, the official said. The Celtics had tried to get Garnett late last month, but his agent said he didn’t want to go to Boston.

Since then, Boston acquired seven-time All-Star guard Ray Allen from Seattle in a draft day deal. Already with Paul Pierce, the Celtics would become instant contenders in the mediocre Atlantic Division with Garnett, even without promising forward Jefferson.
The Celtics obtained Allen and the 35th pick of the draft for guards Delonte West and Wally Szczerbiak, and forward Jeff Green of Georgetown, whom they drafted with the fifth pick. The Celtics have won just three playoff series during Pierce’s nine years with them. They still have an NBA-record 16 championships, but none since 1986. “They have no excuses, this team out there,” Danny Ainge, the executive director of basketball operations, said after Allen was acquired. Pierce, 29, led the Celtics in scoring last season but played only 47 games because of injury. Allen, who turns 32 next month, averaged a career-high 26.4 points last season, his 11th, but underwent surgery to remove bone spurs on both ankles that required him to wear protective boots. He is expected to be ready for training camp.

MINNESOTA TAILBACK PETERSON GETS PAID
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Tailback Adrian Peterson ended his two-day absence from the Minnesota Vikings’ training camp on Sunday afternoon, reaching agreement on a five-year contract with a maximum value of $40.5 million and including $17 million in guarantees.

Expected to share the load in the Minnesota backfield, where he will split time with veteran Chester Taylor, who rushed for 1,214 yards in 2006, Peterson was the seventh overall player selected in the draft. While there were some concerns about his durability, and specifically about a fractured left collarbone that sidelined him for seven games last season, the Vikings felt he was too good to pass on. Minnesota did extensive background work on Peterson’s collarbone injury and determined that he would be able to rehabilitate without surgery, which turned out to be the case. The gamble on Peterson, one of the most celebrated high school backs in the past decade when he decided to enroll at Oklahoma, could pay off handsomely for coach Brad Childress. With a first-year starter at quarterback, in Tarvaris Jackson, the Vikings are likely to rely heavily on the run in 2007, and the combination of Taylor and Peterson should provide them a very solid tandem. Peterson, 22, carried 747 times for 4,045 yards and 41 touchdowns for the Sooners, and had 24 catches for 198 yards and one score. He rushed for 1,000 or more yards in each of his three college seasons, but his best performance came as a freshman in 2004, when he had 1,925 yards despite starting only eight games. Blessed with a thick upper body, Peterson possesses a rare combination of size (6-feet-1½, 217 pounds), speed and strength. He was clocked at a blistering 4.40 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine, and showed superb athleticism with a 38½-inch vertical jump and a long jump of 10-feet, 3-inches. Most of the concerns about Peterson revolve around his upright running style, which means he absorbs a lot of hits, and could be susceptible to injury. In 2004, he suffered a left shoulder injury that subsequently required surgery the following spring. He had right thigh and ankle injuries which slowed him in 2005, then the fractured collarbone last season.

ANGIE STONE SAYS ‘CELEBRITY FIT CLUB’ WAS A CHALLENGE
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Singer and songwriter Angie Stone is preparing for the release of her first album for Stax Records, to be titled The Art Of Love And War. In gearing up to write, record, and promote the new title, Stone spent some time getting in shape. Last year her weight loss journey was featured on VH1’s popular reality show Celebrity Fit Club.

During the show, Stone was recovering from severe heart problems, which sometimes impeded her progress. But asked recently about the experience, Stone said: “I decided for myself to do Celebrity Fit Club. It was a way of challenging me because any other time it was coming time to diet I would give myself an excuse not to do it. So I figured if I went on nationwide TV then I would have to do it. And you know obviously what came out of it is I lost a little bit of weight, I’m feeling a little better — a lot better about myself and I think I’ve been an inspiration to a lot of women who dared to go there.”

The Art Of Love And War is due on October 16th. Stone’s first single is “Baby” featuring Betty Wright.

JILL SCOTT TO HIT BIG SCREEN, RELEASE NEW CD
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Grammy-winning singer Jill Scott boosts her big-screen career this fall with a starring role in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married, also starring Janet Jackson, Richard T. Jones, Malik Yoba, and Michael Jai White. In addition, she will be releasing her long-awaited studio album follow-up to Words & Sounds Volume II: Beautifully Human.

In Why Did I Get Married, another adaptation of one of Perry’s successful stage plays, Scott portrays an obese woman in an unhappy marriage. She wears a fat suit in the flick, and Perry says he was stunned by her performance. “It’s like she’s born to do this,” Perry said in a statement. “Her acting is so natural, I was shocked. When this woman smiles, she lights up a room.”

Why Did I Get Married, about a group of vacationing couples whose trip is marred by a flirtatious single female, opens in theaters October 16th.

Scott will also release her new studio album, titled The Real Thing, on September 18th. Her last release was the compilation Collaborations, a set of her duets with other artists.

Scott was also recently cast as the lead of The Number One Ladies Detective Agency, shooting in Botswana. According to SOHH.com, Scott’s character of Precious Ramotswe opens an agency after the death of her father. With the help of her assistant, played by Anika Noni Rose, Ramotswe takes on a cheating husband, insurance fraud, witchcraft and a kidnapper. The film is due next year.

EDDIE MURPHY ENGAGED TO TRACEY EDMONDS
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Eddie Murphy and girlfriend Tracey Edmonds got engaged on Wednesday, July 25th. OK! magazine first reported the news after spotting an engagement ring on Edmonds’ finger at the premiere of Who’s Your Caddy last week. A representative of Edmonds then confirmed for People magazine that, “Tracey and Eddie are both very much in love and are excited about spending the rest of their lives together.” No date has been set for the nuptials.

Murphy began dating Edmonds in October of 2006 following a months-long relationship with Mel B. of the Spice Girls. Murphy left Mel in October prior to her announcement that she was pregnant. At first Murphy denied paternity, but a court- ordered DNA test conducted last month proved him to be the father.

Murphy was married to first wife Nicole Mitchell for 12 years. The two were divorced in 2006.

Tracey Edmonds was married to music producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds for 13 years. Their divorce was finalized last month.

PEABO GETS NEW DEAL
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Grammy winning singer Peabo Bryson has signed to Peak Records, the label co- founded by smooth jazz guitarist and producer Russ Freeman and artist manager Andi Howard. Bryson’s debut release for the label, Missing You, is set for release on October 2nd. Missing You will be the veteran pop/R&B vocalist’s first studio recording in eight years, and the 20th album of his career. Bryson’s first single from the set is titled “Count On Me.”

Anticipation is high for the next album from soul veteran Al Green, who has been collaborating with Philadelphia hip-hop crew the Roots and their producing member Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson.on an album of duets with contemporary singers. Green, whose 2006 album Everything’s OK was the second to reunite him with his earlier hit making collaborator Willie Mitchell, is also excited about the upcoming project.

Green said that working with The Roots was refreshing, as they created new material quickly. He said: “We already wrote the songs, these first songs right out the — this is like fresh milk from the cow. We wrote songs right on the floor. And when you give these other young artists a shot at it it’s interesting to see what art they make. And it’s beautiful. “

Currently, the list of guest artists and songs for the new project have not been confirmed.

MICHAEL VICK PLEADS INNOCENT, LOSES ENDORSEMENT DEALS
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NFL player Michael Vick pleaded innocent in a Richmond court last Thursday (July 26th) to federal charges that he and three friends were operating an illegal dogfighting ring at his home in Virginia. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback was released without bond and is due back in court November 26th for trial.

While the player maintains that he is innocent of the charges, he and his co-defendants were forced to surrender his passport and warned not to use or sell drugs.

The federal charges also scared off two of Vick’s corporate sponsors. Nike suspended its contract with the football player on Friday (July 27th) while Reebok, the official supplier of NFL uniforms, took the unprecedented step of pulling his Number 7 jersey from its retail outlets.

In addition, top trading card company Donruss announced it was pulling Vick’s likeness from any new packs.

Vick has also been suspended from the Falcons’ training camp while brass decide how to handle the situation.

NO MORE GLOOM AND DOOM FOR ‘GREY’S ANATOMY’
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Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes has good news for fans — the show’s upcoming fourth season will be devoid of the doom and gloom that pervaded the past season’s storylines. Death and infidelity were big topics in Season Three, and those themes added to the backlash against the series from people already turned off by the program’s behind-the- scenes drama with Isaiah Washington and T.R. Knight.
Rhimes acknowledged that Grey’s “darker journey” was oftentimes testing for viewers, and she said in a press conference that the same won’t happen in Season Four: “I think that the thing that I sort of came back to the season sort of mandating was that I wanted us to have a lot of fun. Like I felt like Season Three is a darker season, it just is. I mean, Meredith’s mother died, George’s father died, Meredith’s step-mother died — it was like a bloodbath. It was a necessary one but I want to feel, I want to get back to us enjoying it and having fun.”

Grey’s Anatomy returns with new episodes September 27th.

NICK CANNON WANTS TO SHOW OFF HIS DRAMATIC SIDE
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Actor, singer, and funnyman Nick Cannon wants to get serious. Which is why he took a role in the big screen drama American Son, due in 2008. Cannon will play the lead in a story about a new recruit fresh from Camp Pendleton who faces a wide range of issues while on leave with his family over the Thanksgiving holiday.

“It’s something that’s extremely dramatic,” Cannon told syndicated columnist Marilyn Beck. “It’s about a young Marine and what he goes through during the 100 hours before his deployment. I was excited about doing something few people have seen me do.”

Cannon went through boot camp to prepare for the role, but he said that wasn’t the hardest part of making the film. “We actually shot this full scene with me naked. I didn’t expect to have to do that. That was interesting. I mean, I had nothing on at all. But I’m kind of an exhibitionist anyway, so I kind of got over it,” he explained.

Cannon is known for his comic turns on his production Wild N Out and Short Circuitz, as well as films like The Underclassmen and Roll Bounce. But he has also been branching into dramas, like his role in the ensemble drama Bobby.

Cannon also hosts Nick Cannon’s Star Camp, a reality series about a youth group known as The Giggle Club who learn how to be stars. It streams every Sunday on Nickelodeon’s broadband video player, TurboNick.

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In 1978, “Last Dance” by Donna Summer was certified gold.
In 1978, Natalie Live by Natalie Cole was certified gold.
In 1980, “Cupid/I’ve Loved You For A Long Time” by the Spinners peaked at Number Four on the pop chart.
In 1980, “Dancin’ In The Streets” by Teri DeSario With K.C. peaked at Number 66 on the pop chart.
In 1980, “Shining Star” by the Manhattans peaked at Number Five on the pop chart.
In 1982, Keep It Live by the Dazz Band was certified gold.
In 1982, Throwin’ Down by Rick James was certified gold.
In 1986, “Baby Love” by Regina entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1986, “Dancing On The Ceiling” by Lionel Richie entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1986, “Nasty” by Janet Jackson peaked at Number Three on the pop chart.
In 1988, Tougher Than Leather by Run-D.M.C. was certified both gold and platinum.
In 1989, Forever Your Girl by Paula Abdul was certified double platinum.
In 1989, James Brown was moved from a minimum-security prison to a medium-security jail after a large amount of money was found in his cell.
In 1990, Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em by M.C. Hammer was certified quadruple platinum.
In 1990, “Rub You The Right Way” by Johnny Gill was certified gold.
In 1993, testimony began in the Los Angeles trial of a lawsuit filed by backup singer Yvette Marine against Paula Abdul and Virgin Records. Marine claimed she was entitled to “co-lead” vocal credit on Abdul’s 1988 debut album Forever Your Girl. She would lose the case.
In 1994, the self-titled album from Guy was certified double platinum.
In 1994, Heart Break by New Edition was certified double platinum.
In 1994, It Takes A Thief by Coolio was released.
In 1999, The Artist Formerly Known As Prince stole the show at the second annual Yahoo! Internet Life Awards, held at Studio 54 in New York City. He won Best Internet-Only Single for “War,” and he led an impromptu musical reunion that featured James Brown saxophonist Maceo Parker and four members of Sly & the Family Stone.

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Teresa Edwards, former women’s basketball player, four-time Olympic gold medalist, 43

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Solid Gold Soul

July 29, 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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USHER WEDDING CANCELLED
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It appears the whole thing has been called off. User and Tameka Foster have called off their wedding which supposed to have taken place Saturday. Usher’s people say simple the wedding has been cancelled. No additional information has been released and his camp is hoping for the star’s privacy to be respected. Usher and Foster, 37 are expecting a child this fall. There’s no word on if the couple is still engaged or even dating.

NOT EVEN THE SHOES ON HIS FEET
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Michael Vick seems to keep stepping in more dog mess for his alleged role in the dog fighting ring. The Falcons quarterback has been suspended from his contracts with Nike, Reebok and a trading card company following federal dog fighting indictments.
Nike says it will cease marketing Vick items but will continued his contract until the case was filed.
At the same time Reebok chose to stop selling Vick’s jersey and the Donruss Trading Card Company has pulled his likeness from new card packs.

COLOR COMING TO THE VIEW
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Sources indicate that Comedian Whoopi Goldberg will be joining the cast of the View along with new co-host Sherri Shepard. People close to the source says talks are proceeding and that an announcement could be coming this week.

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In 1959, “I Only Have Eyes For You” by the Flamingos peaked at Number 11 on the pop chart.
In 1959, “Only Sixteen” by Sam Cooke peaked at Number 28 on the pop chart.
In 1963, “One Fine Day” by the Chiffons peaked at Number Five on the pop chart.
In 1964, the Supremes record “Come See About Me.”
In 1971, in an All-Star Game featuring home runs by Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Reggie Jackson, Johnny Bench, Frank Robinson, and Harmon Killebrew, the American League triumphs at Detroit, 6-4. The game will long be remembered for one of the longest home runs ever. Reggie Jackson connected for a shot that reached the power generator on the right-field roof of Tiger Stadium. Robinson became the first player to hit home runs for both leagues during an All- Star Game.
In 1974, “On And On” by Gladys Knight & the Pips peaked at Number Five on the pop chart.
In 1985, the Live Aid concerts were held in London and Philadelphia to raise money for Africa’s starving people. Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof organized the shows, which were viewed and listened to by over a billion people in 156 countries. Performers included Tina Turner, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Madonna, Bob Dylan, and Paul McCartney.
In 1993, Toni Braxton’s self-titled album was released.
In 1994, “Funkdafied” by Da Brat was certified gold.
In 1996, “California Love”/”How Do U Want It” by 2Pac Featuring Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman peaked at Number One on the pop chart.

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Deborah Cox, singer, 33
Singer Harvey Fuqua of The Moonglows is 78.
Comedian Maya Rudolph (“Saturday Night Live”) is 35.
Singer Afroman is 33.
Singer Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men is 34.
Musician Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley is 30.

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Time to get back on track!
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Solid Gold Soul

July 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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UniverSoul Circus Makes Top Ten List of Most Requested Family Attractions
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UniverSoul Circus, the source of urban- rich family entertainment, has been thrilling audiences with a celebration of music, arts, and theater for more than 14 years. Their crowd-pleasing, family-friendly form of entertainment recently ranked 8th on Ticketmaster’s top ten list of most requested family attractions. UniverSoul Circus features 75 performers from more than 10 countries, including dancers, trapeze artists, clowns, magic acts, elephants, big cats, bicycle stunts, and more. The mix of cultural expression and contemporary music serves to reconnect families in a fun, high energy atmosphere with performances from coast to coast. Growing from its loyal urban customer base, UniverSoul has since attracted a larger and more diverse audience, and this increased popularity is marked by the ranking on Ticketmaster’s list.

“Our show is about bridging generational and cultural gaps,” said founder, Cedric Walker. “As our world is getting smaller, families are looking for ways to spend time together and experience other cultures.” Appealing to all ages is no easy feat, but UniverSoul’s blend of old school soul and modern hip-hop sounds provides entertainment that grandparents, parents, and kids can all enjoy. Visit UniverSoulCircus.com for tickets and dates.

Mid-Year Most Requested Family Attractions
1. Disney on Ice
2. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
3. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
4. Sesame Street Live
5. Disney’s High School Musical — The Ice Tour
6. Go Diego Go Live! The Great Jaguar Rescue
7. Wiggles
8. UniverSoul Circus
9. Harlem Globetrotters
10. Doodlebops Live!

Ticketmaster’s ranking of the nation’s most requested events is based on online page views, information requests, and ticket sales through Ticketmaster sales channels during the first half of 2007 (1/01/07 — 6/30/07).

HIP HOP STAR’S BRILLIANCE DIMINISHED
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Hip hop artists Lil Wayne and Ja Rule were arrested Sunday evening after a concert in Manhattan on charges of criminal possession of weapons, each in separate incidents, a New York Police Department spokesman told CNN.

Rapper Lil Wayne was arrested after police allegedly caught him smoking marijuana.

Police say officers pulled over a speeding car around 10:37 p.m. on the Upper West Side carrying Ja Rule and two others.
They also recovered a .40-caliber pistol from the vehicle.
About an hour later Lil Wayne was arrested after officers caught him and another man smoking marijuana on the street.
They found a .40-caliber pistol in his possession.
Lil Wayne’s real name is Dwayne Carter and Ja Rule’s is Jeff Atkins. Both are best-selling rap artists.

OLD SCHOOL SONGWRITER RON MILLER PASSES
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Songwriter Ron Miller, whose hits included such classics as “For Once in My Life” and other memorable songs for Motown, died Monday of cardiac arrest at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center after a long battle with emphysema and cancer, reports AP. He was 74.

Miller began his professional career in the 1960s after Motown founder Berry Gordy discovered him at a piano bar. He became one of the label’s first songwriters and record producers. “For Once in My Life,” written with Orlando Murden and made famous by Stevie Wonder, is one of the most recorded songs in history, with more than 270 versions, according to All Music Guide. Miller’s songs have also been recorded by Judy Garland, Diana Ross, Ray Charles and Barbara Streisand. In 2005, Charles’ and Gladys Knight’s version of Miller’s “Heaven Help Us All” picked up the best gospel performance Grammy. “My father will be reborn every time someone sings one of his songs,” Lisa Dawn Miller told the AP. “When they feel joy or sadness or any emotion, that will be my dad and his words.” Miller is survived by his wife, Aurora Miller, and six children. A memorial service was scheduled for Aug. 4.

EVELYN KING STILL THE QUEEN
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Songbird Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King has a career that has spanned more than just decades; she’s championed genres.
Discovered at the ripe age of 16, King’s career took off in 1979 with the huge Disco hit “Shame,” and held on to her place as a powerhouse throughout the ‘80s with synthesized chart toppers such as “I’m In Love” and “Love Come Down,” and the R&B hit “Kisses Don’t Lie.” But while King considers that era her heyday, her sound was not relegated to just that time. The ‘90s reintroduced the singer to a new set of fans. Thanks to the work of underground DJs, King took over another style of music – Dance. And not only did her re-spun classics crowd the floors, in 1996 her single “One More Time” hit the top of the Dance Charts. A decade has passed without a new studio album from the singer, but King is ready to blaze new trails in music with her new disc, “Open Book” due August 28th. “I’m celebrating 30 years August, and I’m very proud of that,” the Grammy-winning singer said. “I never really envisioned this happening – the longevity of it – never. When ‘Shame’ first came out, I said, ‘This young girl singing these songs, who’s really going to pay any attention?’ But then, it blew up overnight. And when I heard myself on the radio, I nearly passed out. It was really weird. I was only 15½, still a teenager. As soon as that happened, I was on the road most of my life. 30 years now, nothing but a suitcase.”

BABYFACE SET TO GET ON THE PLAYLIST
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Grammy award-winning megastar Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, an icon figure of live performance, songwriting, and production whose work on his own music and others’ has resulted in more than 100 million career sales, has completed his 11th album. PLAYLIST, which will arrive in stores September 18th as the first album on the newly re-launched Mercury Records label, was announced earlier this week by Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Chairman Island Def Jam Music Group and David Massey, President, Mercury Records. PLAYLIST will be Babyface’s first album devoted (mostly) to cover versions of some of his favorite songs, among them James Taylor’s “Fire & Rain,” Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” Dan Fogelberg’s “Longer,” Jim Croce’s “Time In A Bottle,” Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight,” and many others. The album will also include original material.

OPRAH’S STILL GOT THE BUCKS!
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It should come as no surprise that Oprah Winfrey is the top earning television star in the U.S., with a $260 million yearly salary as host and supervising producer of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” According to a list in TV Guide magazine’s current issue,“American Idol’s” Simon Cowell ranks second with $45 million, followed by Judge Judy (Sheindlin) at $30 million, “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric at $15 million and “Scrubs” star Zach Braff at No. 5 with $6.3 million.
Following Oprah, Tyra Banks is the 7th highest paid daytime star on television, with an annual salary of $3.5 million.

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In 1847, Africa’s first sovereign, black-ruled democratic nation was founded when Liberia became a republic. The country had been formed by repatriated slaves from the United States.
In 1953, Fidel Castro began his “26th Of July Movement” revolt against the regime of Fulgenico Batista (fool-HEN’-see-oh bah-TEES’-tah) with an unsuccessful attack on an army barracks in eastern Cuba. Castro finally ousted Batista in 1959.
In 1960, “Chain Gang” by Sam Cooke was released by RCA Records.
In 1965, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. led a civil rights march on Chicago City Hall, demanding an end to racial discrimination in housing.
In 1967, four days of racial rioting in Detroit ended with 39 people dead.
In 1968, the Jackson 5 was signed to Motown Records.
In 1969, “Mother Popcorn (You Got To Have A Mother For Me)” by James Brown peaked at Number 11 on the pop chart.
In 1980, “Fame” by Irene Cara entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1996, Gettin’ It (Album Number Ten) by Too Short was certified gold and platinum.
In 2000, a federal judge in San Francisco ordered Napster to stop allowing its millions of users to download copyrighted music for free through its Internet site. However, a stay halting the injunction allowed Napster to continue providing its popular music-sharing service for the time being while the company appealed the court order.

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Darlene Love, R&B singer, 69

Tamyra Gray, actress-singer, American Idol, Boston Public, What I Like About You, 28

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July 26, 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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PAIN INFLUENCES
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Singer and songwriter T-Pain says one of the reasons he’s getting raves for his sophomore album Epiphany is that he was able to inject the project with more of his life experiences. The Florida-bred, Atlanta- based hip-hop star says a lot has happened since he released his debut, Rappa Ternt Sanga, in 2005. T- Pain explained: “There were a lot of different influences as far as life situations, you know what I’m saying. I had another child, I went overseas for the first time and saw how they lived and came back and saw how —-ed up America was (laughs). You know, it’s a lot of stuff that affected my music. Plus the natural growth of a human in two years.”

EMMITT GETTING BUSY
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Former NFL star and Dancing With The Stars champ Emmitt Smith is putting his twinkle toes to work in another capacity. The popular athlete has signed on as a Celebrity Endorser for the Arthur Murray Dance Studios. Emmitt and his wife, Pat, will be featured in TV commercials, print media and radio spots sharing the benefits of learning to dance at the legendary dance school. Pat Smith is an actress and the former Miss Virginia. Smith, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher and three-time Super Bowl Champion with the Dallas Cowboys, surprised many with his nimble moves as a ballroom dancer as he and professional dance partner Cheryl Burke waltzed off with the Dancing With The Stars mirror-ball trophy in the fall of 2006.

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In 1943, tennis legend Arthur Ashe was born in segregated Richmond, Virginia. He began to play tennis at the age of 10, taught by Dr. Walter Johnson, who had instructed tennis icon Althea Gibson. Ashe became the first African-American to play on the U.S. Davis Cup team, as well as the first male African-American Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion. Ashe was famous for his reserved demeanor, and his combination of athletic talent, grace, and dignity inspired legions of young athletes. In 1979, Ashe suffered a heart attack, and heart problems forced him to retire from tennis the following year. After retirement, he became involved in many causes — he was an outspoken opponent of South African apartheid and racial discrimination, he devoted a great deal of time to numerous health- related organizations, and he worked to develop young African-American athletes, just to name a few of the many issues and organizations to which he devoted himself. In 1983, after a heart bypass operation, Ashe received a blood transfusion. Five years later, when entering the hospital for another operation, Ashe discovered that he had contracted the AIDS virus from the transfusion. He died on February 6th, 1993, at the age of 49.
In 1976, “I’ll Be Good To You” by the Brothers Johnson peaked at Number Three on the pop chart.
In 1979, Chuck Berry was sentenced to four months in prison for income tax evasion. He had underpaid $200,000 on his 1973 tax return.
In 1980, After Midnight by the Manhattans was certified gold.
In 1984, Jermaine Jackson’s self-titled album was certified gold.
In 1991, the Jungle Fever soundtrack by Stevie Wonder was certified gold.
In 1993, “Weak” by SWV peaked at Number One on the pop chart.
In 1995, TLC declared bankruptcy.
In 1996, The Remix Album by Boyz II Men was certified gold and platinum.
In 2000, promoters cancelled the remainder of a Supremes reunion tour due to poor ticket sales. The tour featured Diana Ross without either Mary Wilson or Cindy Birdsong, who refused to join due to money.

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Iman, model, wife of singer David Bowie, 52
Wendy Raquel Robinson, actress, The Steve Harvey Show, 40
Verdine White, bassist and member of Earth, Wind & Fire, 56

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July 25, 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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50 CENT NO LONGER IMPRESSED BY GEORGE BUSH
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Multi-millionaire hip hop mogul 50 Cent has spoken highly of President George Bush in the past. During a 2005 interview with GQ, he said, “I wanna meet George Bush, just shake his hand and tell him how much of me I see in him.” The President’s approval rating has taken a significant hit since 2005 and his approval rating has dropped below 30%.

Fittingly, 50 Cent is no longer in a rush to meet and shake the President’s hand. During a recent interview with New York Magazine, the rapper said, “George Bush has a talent: He has less compassion than the average human. By all means, I don’t aspire to be like George Bush.”

In related news, 50 Cent will release his new album, Curtis, on September 11th. The latest single from the project is “I Get Money.”

USHER VS. USHER’S FAN SITE
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Sources are telling the New York Daily News that Usher is trying to shut down his top fan site Usherforever.com because of its editor’s attacks on his fiancé, Tameka Foster.

“He’s had his lawyer send her papers,” a source tells the newspaper.

The site’s editor, Erika Jackson, has been open about her negative feelings about Foster, whom many Usher fans blame for the singer’s decision to fire his own mother as his manager.

In May, Usher parted ways with longtime publicist Simone Smalls, and recently his other longtime rep, Chris Chambers, left the team. Chambers is said to have disapproved of the “open letter” Usher wrote to fans last week.

“It’s disturbing that the media and bloggers (under the guise as ‘fans’) continuously speculate on the personal aspects of my life,” he wrote.

Usherforever.com posted a scathing response to that letter, originally from Rolling Stone, which called the move “petty.”

JOHN LEGEND TO PLAY FENWAY PARK
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Five-time Grammy winner John Legend is set to headline the third Hot Stove, Cool Music: The Fenway Park Sessions show on August 24th at Boston’s Fenway Park ball field. The event will also feature appearances by Red Sox players and local celebrities.

The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Foundation To Be Named Later, a branch of the Red Sox Foundation. The foundation was started by Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein and his brother, a Boston social worker. The foundation raises funds and awareness for non-profit agencies in the Greater Boston area serving disadvantaged youth.

Legend’s current CD is the platinum-certified Once Again, featuring the current single “Another Again.”

PRINCE IS HARD AT WORK
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Prince is becoming ever-present around the world these days, no doubt to promote his appropriately titled next album, Planet Earth. The international star surprised attendees at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland Tuesday (July 17th) with a last minute, late night concert appearance. Fans only had hours to snatch up tickets for the intimate, rapidly organized show. Ticket holders were treated to a performance of tracks from Prince’s new album as well as an acoustic version of his 1983 hit “Little Red Corvette.” Planet Earth was due in the U.S. on July 24th yesterday, from Columbia Records. In the U.K., Prince’s deal with British newspaper The Mail On Sunday to bundle free copies of Planet Earth with last weekend’s edition angered retailers and caused Sony/BMG U.K to decline to distribute the CD in its territories.

ARETHA CANCELLS AGAIN!!!
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Aretha Franklin has cancelled a North Carolina appearance for the third time in three years. The North Carolina News & Observer reported that Franklin has backed out of her September 13th concert at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall, marking the latest cancellation for her North Carolina fans. Last year Franklin canceled her show at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre, due to “unspecified scheduling conflicts,” and in 2005 the “Queen of Soul” canceled her concert there because she reportedly wanted the day off.

Emil Kang the executive director for the arts at UNC said that, “We’ve not had a single cancellation in the three years since Memorial Hall reopened. I’ve presented her three times elsewhere with no problems. So we signed the contract in good faith, and I believe she did, too.”br>
Kang added that, “It’s hard to know what happened. Everybody felt terrible about it, but it happens and we move on. There’s always got to be a first, so maybe it’s good that it happened with someone where it wasn’t a surprise.”

Al Green will now perform on September 13th at Memorial Hall instead of Franklin.

Aretha Franklin will next perform on August 4th at the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival in Annapolis, Maryland at Sandy Point Park.

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In 1958, George Treadwell, the manager of the Drifters, fired the entire group, after which he brought in the then-unknown Ben E. King and his group, the Five Crowns, as replacements.
In 1962, “I Can’t Stop Loving You” by Ray Charles was certified gold.
In 1963, “Easier Said Than Done” by the Essex hit Number One on the pop chart.
In 1966, Johnny Rivers began recording “Poor Side Of Town.”
In 1969, “The Popcorn” by James Brown peaked at Number 30 on the pop chart.
In 1969, “What Does It Take To Win Your Love” by Jr. Walker & the All-Stars hit Number One on the R&B chart.
In 1971, Time magazine features the Louis Armstrong tribute article “Last Trumpet For The First Trumpeter.”
In 1973, “Natural High” by Bloodstone was certified gold.
In 1975, “Disco Queen” by Hot Chocolate peaked at Number 28 on the pop chart.
In 1976, “Kiss and Say Goodbye” by the Manhattans hit Number One on the pop chart.
In 1978, “Last Dance” by Donna Summer was certified gold.
In 1978, Natalie Live by Natalie Cole was certified gold.
In 1980, “Cupid/I’ve Loved You For A Long Time” by the Spinners peaked at Number Four on the pop chart.
In 1980, “Dancin’ In The Streets” by Teri DeSario With K.C. peaked at Number 66 on the pop chart.
In 1980, “Shining Star” by the Manhattans peaked at Number Five on the pop chart.

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July 24, 2007

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About Freddie Bell

Freddie Bell, velvet morning voice talent is a mellifluous voice actor, broadcast-journalist, speaker and National Voice Actor. His vast voice over credits, include hosting several radio programs including the Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Love Train, It’s The Gospel in Tampa, The Freddie Bell Morning Show in radio on KSGS – 950AM, Solid Gold Soul in Minneapolis, plus This is Music, The Freddie Bell Countdown Show and The Minneapolis NAACP Community Affairs television Programs in Minneapolis.
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MICHAEL JACKSON ORDERED TO PAY LAW FIRM FOR SERVICES
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Michael Jackson has been ordered to pay more than $256,000 in legal fees to a firm that handled some of the singer’s other legal issues during his 2005 child molestation trial. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge signed a judgment Friday (July 13th) that awarded $216,837 along with $39,177 to Ayscough & Marar, a firm based in Torrance, California, according to an AP report.

Jackson’s attorney, Marshall Brubacher, had agreed in principle to the judgment back on June 26th, telling the judge that going to trial over the matter would be costlier and “we want to stop the hemorrhaging.”

The firm alleges that it had helped the 48-year-old pop star by preventing the release of certain information to both the public and to lawyers in the civil cases during his 2005 criminal trial in Santa Barbara County.

Jackson was eventually acquitted of child molestation charges. But Ayscough & Marar had to file suit against Jackson to get him to pay up for their services. A countersuit by Jackson was dismissed.

The law firm also helped defend Jackson against a lawsuit by former business partner Marc Schaffel, who claimed the singer owed him $1.4 million. Schaffel was awarded $900,000 by a jury last year, while Jackson got back $200,000 in a countersuit.

ST. PAUL’S SHILOH BAPTIST CHURCH VISION REVEALED OVER THE WEEKEND

SHILOH REACHES NEW BEGINNING THROUGH VISION
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The vision actually began long before the groundbreaking and well before the land at 501 West Lawson Avenue was acquired in St. Paul, Minnesota three years ago.
The Reverend Steve Daniels Jr., pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church says the idea was conceived in the 90’s in a moment of inspiration while preparing a sermon at the old location on Hague Avenue.
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Shiloh was rapidly growing and bursting at the seams at every turn, Daniels says. The choir has now recorded its second CD and a third is in creation. More than a dozen ministries support the church within and outside its walls, and its pastor preaches as much internationally as he does within the country. Shiloh, its pastor and its church business is a religious company on the move.

As I stood on the grounds of the new worship center, Rev. Daniels mind was well beyond the grand opening last weekend. He was envisioning the second and third phase of the building project. Presently the facilities’ major focus is the sanctuary which will also be the headquarters for its community and worldwide work. Daniels says, “I see shops and businesses run by our members and people from the community. As we see our dreams come into reality, we’re showing people they can have the same kind of manifestations in thier lives too.” Right now the church, already too small in the Pastor’s eyes, sports a handsome 1,000 seat multi-media auditorium with state-of-the-art features at every turn making the facility a comfortable, technologically wonderful worship center.

And its all befitting its Pastor who is a modern-day shepard. Many people in the community don’t see a church operation beyond the pulpit. Some think the minsitry stops there. Not for Daniels. He was present for every major phase of the building project. Daniels was on hand to ensure the sound baffles were properly installed, to order pertinent design changes that only a visionary could see, to witness the pouring of the cement on which parishioners would walk to enter to $5 million dollar edifice and he was even there as the first tree was planted in the huge parking lot leading to the main entrance.

Pastor Daniels sees with a vision unlike ministers I’ve been close to in this area. Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, this project was constructed from the ground up by its members through prayer and leadership from Daniels. “This is the birth,” Daniels said. “Now come watch us grow!”

For more information on the ministries at Shiloh Baptist Church, call • 651.228.1498

RIHANNA RULES CHARTS IN U.K.
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Teen singer Rihanna continues her domination of international charts with her smash single “Umbrella” featuring Jay-Z. The track has extended its run at the top of the U.K. singles chart to a near-record nine weeks, equaling Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” as the longest run at the top during this decade, according to Billboard.com. “Umbrella” is also in its seventh week at Number One on the Billboard Hot 100. New U.S. charts will be released later today.

“Umbrella” is the lead single from Rihanna’s third album in as many years, titled Good Girl Gone Bad.

After completing a world tour last year, Rihanna is concentrating on select promotional appearances and fulfilling her many roles as commercial pitchwoman. She is the new face of Cover Girl Cosmetics, and also has tie-ins with the Miss Bisou clothing brand and Nike dancewear. The Totes brand is also offering a line of Rihanna umbrellas.

Rihanna says that she loves nothing better than connecting with audiences live: “Well, I love the performing. I love to get them familiar with my flavor on stage and my personality on stage and just show them that I can sing and dance. There’s nothing like performing. That’s the essence of it all.”

NICK CANNON TO DJ FOR MAGIC JOHNSON’S VEGAS BASH

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Singer, actor, and producer Nick Cannon will show off musical skills of a different kind this weekend as the celebrity DJ for a star-studded event hosted by Magic Johnson. The former NBA champion and entrepreneur will join forces with Giant Magazine to toast the entire Team USA Men’s Basketball team Friday, July 20th, at the Mix Lounge atop the new THEhotel at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, where Cannon will be serving up the music.

The basketball team will be in Las Vegas for a weekend mini-camp, part of their journey to the 2008 Olympic Games. Johnson is a former Olympic basketball champion.

Cannon is the star of MTV’s hit Wild ‘N Out, and also developed the sketch show Short Circuitz for the channel. He also has several movie roles coming up, including a remake of Day Of The Dead.

His most recent CD release was 2006’s Stages.

BOBBY BROWN FEARS OSAMA BIN LADEN IN AUSTRALIA
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Singer Bobby Brown has made his way to Australia for a series of concerts, and told an Australian radio station that he fears being targeted by al-Qaeda. The fading R&B star says he was told that he was on Afghan outlaw Osama Bin Laden’s hit list because the infamous terrorist is obsessed with Brown’s former wife, Whitney Houston.

Brown said he can’t laugh off the threat. “Come on, if anybody is threatened by al-Qaeda they’d take it seriously,” Brown said on the air. “I figure if bin Laden wants me, and everybody is looking for him, it probably won’t happen.”

The “My Prerogative” singer remained philosophical, however. “But if he wants to try and find me for something so stupid, he can do what he wants. I have to leave it in the hands of my higher power,” Brown said.

Last week, Australian immigration authorities were questioning whether to allow the oft-arrested Brown into the country. He is slated to perform a series of shows Down Under starting tomorrow in Melbourne. Meanwhile, Brown’s former group, New Edition, will be performing August 4th at the Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella, California.

OPRAH TO THROW STAR-STUDDED FUNDRAISER FOR OBAMA
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Talk show host Oprah Winfrey has announced plans to hold a September 8th fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama at her estate near Santa Barbara, California. The event was announced by Obama campaign spokesman Dan Pfeiffer. The junior senator from Illinois has already raised more than $58 million for his White House campaign.

Winfrey, based in the Obama stronghold of Chicago, has been throwing her weight behind the candidate since last year. She called him “my favorite guy” and “my choice” on CNN’s Larry King Live last year before he announced his campaign, and welcomed him to her show earlier this year. Forbes Magazine estimated Winfrey’s worth at about $1.5 billion.

Obama already has the support of Hollywood heavyweights like David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg. His campaign is hoping the Winfrey bash will net the Senator even more support from California, which was his biggest donor state from April through June with a total take of $4.2 million.

DAVE CHAPPELLE TREATED FOR DEHYDRATION, EXHAUSTION
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Funnyman Dave Chappelle was reportedly rushed to a San Francisco emergency room this weekend where he was treated for exhaustion and dehydration, according to a friend. The incident happened after Chappelle, who famously left his high- rated Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central at the end of its second season, was performing at San Francisco’s Punch Line Comedy Club. Rumors had circulated that Chappelle had suffered a drug- related medical problem and checked himself into rehab. Not so, says Jamie Masada, owner of Hollywood’s Laugh Factory, who told E! Online, “He stayed up and did a show… and at the time he did it, he did not get enough water to drink and had a little bit of dehydration. I spoke to him and he’s OK.”

Chappelle spent 12 hours in the hospital facility receiving food, water, and rest before being sent home, says Masada, who recalled that Chappelle set a Laugh Factory record back on April 15th for the most time spent doing stand-up. Starting a little after 10:30 p.m., Chappelle performed for six hours and seven minutes without a break.

“He’s so thin, and he gets so creative he forgets to eat and drink,” Masada said. “I love Dave. I’ve known him since he was 15 years old. His biggest problem is he gets in a creative mode and forgets to eat. He’s on the stage for six or seven hours. Everybody would have a bottle of water and he’ll have nothing.”

While many questioned Chappelle’s mental state when he skipped out on the third season of Chappelle’s Show to chill out in Africa without informing anyone of his whereabouts, Masada says his only problem is missing meals. “He’s got to treat himself a little better,” the club owner said. “Everybody’s trying to make the issue more than it is, but the issue is he just doesn’t eat or drink. He gets in the zone of creating and he just forgets.”

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In 1932, trumpeter Louis Armstrong played the London Palladium for the first time.
In 1960, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters released their record “The Twist” with the “B” side of his Top Ten hit “Finger Popping Time.” The tune stalled until Chubby Checker recorded it later that year.
In 1964, “Where Did Our Love Go” by the Supremes entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1964, “Good Times” by Sam Cooke peaked at Number 11 on the pop chart.
In 1970, “O-o-h Child” by the 5 Stairsteps peaked at Number Eight on the pop chart.
In 1980, “Shining Star” by the Manhattans was certified gold.
In 1981, “Endless Love” by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1981, “Give It To Me Baby” by Rick James peaked at Number 40 on the pop chart.
In 1983, Between The Sheets by the Isley Brothers was certified gold.
In 1986, “When I Think Of You” by Janet Jackson was released.
In 1987, “Don’t Disturb This Groove” by the System peaked at Number Four on the pop chart.
In 1987, “Happy” by Surface peaked at Number 20 on the pop chart.
In 1987, “I’m Bad” by L.L. Cool J. peaked at Number 84 on the pop chart.
In 1987, “Point Of No Return” by Expose peaked at Number Five on the pop chart.
In 1987, “Why You Treat Me So Bad” by Club Nouveau peaked at Number 39 on the pop chart.
In 1988, the self-titled album by Pebbles was certified platinum.
In 1989, Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A. was certified platinum.
In 1990, “Banned In The U.S.A.” by the 2 Live Crew was released.
In 1990, “Knockin’ Boots” by Candyman was released.
In 1991, De La Soul Is Dead by De La Soul was certified Gold.
In 1991, “Gett Off” by Prince & the New Power Generation was released.
In 1991, “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince was certified gold.
In 1992, “Brainstorming” by M.C. Brains peaked at Number 69 on the pop chart.
In 1992, “Honey Love” by R. Kelly & Public Announcement peaked at Number 39 on the pop chart.
In 1992, “Tennessee” by Arrested Development peaked at Number Six on the pop chart.

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Nelson Mandela, civil-rights leader, former South African President, 89
Martha Reeves, R&B singer, lead of Martha & the Vandellas, 66

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July 19, 2007

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About Freddie Bell

Freddie Bell, velvet morning voice talent is a mellifluous voice actor, broadcast-journalist, speaker and National Voice Actor. His vast voice over credits, include hosting several radio programs including the Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Love Train, It’s The Gospel in Tampa, The Freddie Bell Morning Show in radio on KSGS – 950AM, Solid Gold Soul in Minneapolis, plus This is Music, The Freddie Bell Countdown Show and The Minneapolis NAACP Community Affairs television Programs in Minneapolis.
Invite Freddie to your next event or seminar as a Keynote Speaker, covering topics including You Gotta Have H.E.A.R.T., Tuning In to R.A.D.I.O, Maximizing Your Potential, Imagination, The Secret Key To Success, Winning Through Community Service, Dreaming Your Way to Success and a variety of topics related to sales and sales management. Freddie shares ideas and techniques he used to propel Solid Gold Soul Radio into a household name.
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SNOOP DOGG REALITY SHOW IN THE WORKS
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Rapper Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, has signed a deal with E! for his own reality show. E! News reports that the show will chronicle Snoop’s day-to-day activities as a rapper, actor, coach, businessman, and family man. His wife of 10 years, Shante Broadus, as well as his two sons and daughter, will also be featured.

The half-hour show is slated for a late 2007 debut.

Ted Harbert, president and CEO of Comcast Entertainment Group (E! Networks’ parent company), said, “Snoop Dogg is, without a doubt, one of the most charismatic and intriguing personalities in pop culture today. While he has captured a legion of fans as the king of hip- hop, what makes Snoop most interesting is the side of him that people have never seen. The juggling act that Snoop faces day-in, day-out between career and family is certain to resonate with our viewers.”

In related news, Snoop Dogg is currently working on a new album titled, Ego Trippin’, which he plans to release later this year.

On the legal front, the rapper is currently serving probation and community service for weapons and drug charges but he’s still facing a weapons charge for attempting to board a plane with a collapsible baton last September at Orange County’s John Wayne Airport.

RAPPER JADAKISS TO FACE GUN CHARGES
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Despite DNA evidence that proves he did not touch a weapon found in a car he was riding in, rapper Jadakiss will face felony gun charges next month in Westchester County Court. SOHH.com reports the rapper, Darnell Frazier and Kristian Smith are all facing felony gun possession charges in relation to the October 7th arrest in Yonkers, New York.

Police said they stopped the car Jadakiss was in with three other men after smelling marijuana and then found the stolen gun in the car’s center console. Jadakiss, who was seated in the back seat of the vehicle, maintains that he was unaware that there was a weapon in the car.

Authorities had the weapon tested for DNA. After comparing DNA samples from the three defendants, authorities found that the weapon had DNA from three other men.

Jadakiss’ lawyer, Clement Patti, told the Journal News, “He had no knowledge of the gun in the car. They’re saying that there’s a presumption (of possession), but with no fingerprints, (and others’) DNA, in the interest of justice they should dismiss the charges.”

The car’s driver, Frazier, is facing the additional charge of driving while ability impaired by marijuana. The car’s fourth occupant testified when the case was presented to the grand jury so he wasn’t charged. If convicted on the gun charge, Jadakiss could receive anywhere from 16 months to seven years in prison.

DIDDY LAUNCHES SEARCH FOR PERSONAL ASSISTANT
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Diddy is looking for a new personal assistant – – and anyone with a computer is welcome to apply. The newly single hip-hop mogul posted a video on YouTube advertising the job, and declared that the site would be the medium by which he’ll judge candidates. Interested parties are asked to upload a video of themselves, no longer than three minutes, onto the site, and wait to hear back. But Diddy warns that working for him isn’t easy: “What better job than that — to have me scream at you, go crazy, keep you up late at hours?”

Last week it was announced that Diddy had split from longtime girlfriend Kim Porter. Diddy has reportedly been romantically linked with Sienna Miller, but she has denied it.

JANET JACKSON JOINS JERMAINE DUPRI AT ISLAND LABEL
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Singer Janet Jackson has signed to the Island label, according to her boyfriend, producer and record company executive Jermaine Dupri. He adds that L.A. Reid, CEO of Def Jam, Island’s sister label, will oversee the project. “She’s on Island, but it’s more or less his project,” Dupri told Billboard. “I let him deal with that on a day-to-day basis. He’s going to A&R that project, too. Janet’s record is one that he’s wanted to do for a long time. He’s very passionate about it.”

The musical direction of the new album hasn’t been determined by Reid yet, says Dupri. “I don’t really know what he’s got in mind at this point. His past record isn’t shabby so I’m going to let him do what he’s going to do,” he explained. “I’m going to do (the new) Mariah (Carey album), and we’re going to make it seem like we’re in competition to see who’s going to have the biggest album of the year.”

Jackson followed Dupri to Island after years on Virgin, where Dupri was also an executive. Jackson’s jump to Virgin comes after releasing two disappointing projects, 2004’s Damita Jo and last year’s 20 Y.O., which Dupri also helped co-write and produce. Jackson’s poor sales showing at Virgin was widely rumored to have fueled Dupri’s exit from the company to become president of Island Urban.

20 Y.O. was the first album that Jackson and Dupri worked on together, along with longtime producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Dupri says he learned a lot about the label’s expectations versus what her fans would respond to. He explained: “They don’t care if she has Number One records or not, this is really funny to me, because the new generation and myself, we care about Number One records. But her fan base? They don’t care if she has a Number One record. They prefer is she come out with a dance song. As long as they see her dance, they’re gonna buy her album, they don’t care what it does on the charts. They want her to do what she does and what she’s done for so long.”

Jackson’s next album may be ready by the end of 2008, but no official date has been announced.

Dupri is also releasing his autobiography, Young, Rich And Dangerous: My Life In Music, on October 16th via Simon & Schuster. The book was co-authored by Samantha Marshall.

USHER TELLS FANS AND MEDIA TO RESPECT HIS WEDDING PLANS
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Superstar Usher has been in the midst of a firestorm of rumors and press reports since announcing his engagement to former stylist Tameka Foster, with whom he is expecting his first child. With rumors swirling that Usher plans to marry before the end of the month and that the star threatened radio personality Tom Joyner over continuing jokes over his marriage to the divorced mother of three, the singer felt he had to issue a statement, which appears on People.com.

Usher’s statement reads: “It has already been announced that I plan to marry this year. However, since my wedding day will be special to Tameka and I, this is information that we would like to keep private. It’s disturbing that the media and bloggers (under the guise as ‘fans’) continuously speculate on the personal aspects of my life, therefore making assumptions and wrong insinuations that my fans are subject to believe.

“I am happy, excited, completely clear and independent on my direction, feelings, decisions and I am NOT BEING LED. Some media and bloggers have been totally intrusive, they have misconstrued aspects of my personal life and, because of this, my ‘true’ fans are not sure about what is fact and what is fiction. There is a difference in stating an opinion versus drawing a conclusion that is incorrect.

“As previously reported, I have NEVER threatened or harassed anyone from any media format – print, radio, television or Internet media. At this point the best thing to say to my fans is just because it sounds enticing and it MAY sound ‘true,’ that does not make it truth. I understand the fact that I must sacrifice some anonymity for the career I love, however some things are personal like having a child or a marriage. These aspects are not for the public and, to me, are sacred. I would hope my privacy in these areas would be respected.”

MO’NIQUE COVERS EBONY MAGAZINE
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Mo’Nique graces the cover of Ebony’s August Issue. Since she’s finished up with Charm School, Mo is moving back to her own reality series on Oxygen – season three of F.A.T Chance that includes the nude photoshoot of the cast that leaked online. Click here to check it out in today’s Photo Op.

With her brazenly infectious personality, Mo’Nique and 10 of her F.A.T. Chance contestants went to Paris, and decided to flaunt their birthday suits in an artist studio, while being stylishly accessorized with a little body paint. “For big women, our biggest fear is exposing our bodies,” she tells EBONY. “Being nude publicly allowed me to appreciate all of myself,” says the mother of three. Read more about Mo’Nique’s comedy tour, AIDS activism and her views on the N-word.

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In 1944, 60 years ago, the Ink Spots recorded “We Three” and “Java Jive” for the Decca label.
In 1955, “Ain’t That A Shame” by Fats Domino entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1959, The Coasters record “Poison Ivy” at the Atlantic Recording Studio in New York City. The song was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
In 1966, “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” by The Temptations peaked at number 13 on the pop singles chart.
In 1967, Jackie Wilson cuts “(Your Love Is Lifting Me) Higher And Higher.”
In 1969, On TV’s Tonight Show Diana Ross & the Supremes are guest hosts.
In 1972, Singer Smokey Robinson made his last performance with The Miracles in Washington, DC. In their 14 years together, the group had over two dozen Top 40 hits. He went on to a successful business and solo career.
In 1977, “Angel In Your Arms” by Hot peaked at Number Six on the pop singles chart.
In 1977, The Commodores get their second R&B Number One hit with “Easy.”
In 1982, “Alligator Woman” album by Cameo was certified Gold.
In 1983, “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” by Michael Jackson peaked at Number Five on the pop singles chart.
In 1982, “Eddie Murphy” album by Eddie Murphy was released.
In 1985, “Crazy For You” single by Madonna was certified Gold.
In 1988, “Nite And Day” by Al B. Sure! peaked at Number Seven on the pop singles chart.
In 1990, “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘em” video by M.C. Hammer was released.
In 1990, “She Ain’t Worth It” single by Glenn Medeiros Featuring Bobby Brown was certified Gold.

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Barry Sanders, Heisman trophy winner and former Detroit Lions running back, 39

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July 17, 2007

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About Freddie Bell

Freddie Bell, velvet morning voice talent is a mellifluous voice actor, broadcast-journalist, speaker and National Voice Actor. His vast voice over credits, include hosting several radio programs including the Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Love Train, It’s The Gospel in Tampa, The Freddie Bell Morning Show in radio on KSGS – 950AM, Solid Gold Soul in Minneapolis, plus This is Music, The Freddie Bell Countdown Show and The Minneapolis NAACP Community Affairs television Programs in Minneapolis.
Invite Freddie to your next event or seminar as a Keynote Speaker, covering topics including You Gotta Have H.E.A.R.T., Tuning In to R.A.D.I.O, Maximizing Your Potential, Imagination, The Secret Key To Success, Winning Through Community Service, Dreaming Your Way to Success and a variety of topics related to sales and sales management. Freddie shares ideas and techniques he used to propel Solid Gold Soul Radio into a household name.
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LIL KIM TEAMS UP WITH MUSICARES FOR SILENT AUCTION
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Rapper Lil Kim is teaming up with MusiCares to raise funds through a silent auction, which will be held at the Grammy’s On The Hill Ceremony in Washington, DC on September 5th, 2007. The event is schedule to take place at the Willard Continental. Allhiphop.com reports that MusiCares is a foundation that provides financial and medical assistance to people within the music industry in times of need.

Philanthropy isn’t anything new for Lil Kim. The star has her own Lil Kim Cares Foundation that raises funds, resources and awareness for national programs that assist with issues of homelessness, HIV/AIDS prevention, violence against women, and child neglect.

Tafia L. Allah-Pringle, a spokesperson for the Lil Kim Cares Foundation, said, “Lil’ Kim has generously donated a few of her personal collector’s items to benefit MusiCares, which is the charitable arm of the Grammy’s that provides a safety net of critical services and programs to members of the music community. She will also be working with the Grammy Foundation on their ongoing student initiatives.”

Grammy’s On The Hill Ceremony honors individuals in the area who have improved the environment for the creative community.

MASTER P DELIVERS YOUTH KEYNOTE ADDRESS AFTER BILL CLINTON CANCELS
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Hip hop mogul Master P came to the rescue on Wednesday July 11th when former President Bill Clinton, who was scheduled to give the youth keynote address during the NAACP Convention, cancelled. NAACP communications staff member Deidre Malone told the Detroit News, “It was on his calendar and it was on our program. We are not quite sure if the NAACP got a solid confirmation that he was coming, but we got a confirmation about an hour ago (10 a.m. Wednesday) that he won’t be able to make it here today.”

During his address, Master P focused on telling the audience to believe in themselves. Just before giving the address he said, “It’s so important that our youth understand what knowledge is all about and believe in themselves. We need to glorify the positive stuff.”

In related news, Master P has vowed to clean up his act on to stay away from gangsta rap and curse words. He and Romeo will be releasing a new album, Hip-Hop History, on September 4th.

TALIB KWELI SETS AUGUST RELEASE DATE FOR ‘EARDRUM’
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Rapper Talib Kweli signed a imprint deal with the Warner Music Group for his own label, Blacksmith Music, in 2005. The rapper was scheduled to release his first project under the deal, Eardrum, last year but the set has been delayed several times. The album is now set to hit stores on August 21st.

The latest single from the project is “Hot Thing” which was produced by the Black Eyed Peas’ Will.I.Am. The album features guest appearances by Norah Jones, UGK, KRS-One, Strong Arm Steady, Jean Grae, Musiq Soulchild, and Justin Timberlake.

The album features production by Pete Rock, Madlib, Kanye West and Hi-Tek. Kweli and Hi-Tek released a gold-certified album in 2000 as Reflection Eternal. The duo later quietly fell out and did not record together for several years.

Hi-Tek explained his side of the dispute which began as a beef between Hi-Tek and the duo’s label, Rawkus Records. He said: “Kweli had to make a choice whether he wanted to, you know, keep dealing with Rawkus or ride with me, and he chose to roll with Rawkus. That’s how I looked at it then, but I spoke to Kweli recently and he said that wasn’t the case or whatever.”

Hi-Tek added: “I think we’ve both grown, but I don’t think neither one of us has reached the success that we should have if we would have just stayed together, worked together, as far as business and personal.”br>
Kweli’s last release, 2004’s Beautiful Struggle, was released on Geffen Records.

FANTASIA EXTENDS ‘COLOR PURPLE’ RUN
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American Idol champ Fantasia is faring so well in the role of Celie in Broadway’s The Color Purple that she and the producers have decided to extend her run. The singer was set to wrap up her performances in the musical stage adaptation in October, but producers announced Thursday (July 12th) that she is now set to continue in the role through January 6th, 2008.

The Color Purple, adapted from Alice Walker’s Pulitzer-winning novel, is now in its second year on Broadway. Ticket sales received a definite boost when Fantasia joined the cast in April.

Fantasia’s success as a Broadway performer has caught the eye of other musical producers. She has reportedly been short-listed to play ’20s cabaret performer Ada “Bricktop” Smith in a proposed musical of the same name.

Meanwhile, Fantasia’s latest single “When I See You” has climbed to the Number Three position on the urban AC airplay charts this week. The track is from her second solo CD, Fantasia.

USHER ADDRESSES RUMORS ABOUT WIFE TO BE
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Usher has sent an open letter to People magazine addressing the rumors regarding his relationship with fiancé Tameka Foster – from their rumored wedding date being moved up from the fall to this month – to Tom Joyner’s claim that Usher threatened him.

On New York Post’s Page Six story that the wedding will take place by the end of the month in the Hamptons in order to beat the arrival of their baby, Usher still refused to announce a date for the nuptials, saying: “Since my wedding day will be special to Tameka and I, this is information that we would like to keep private.”

As for Tom Joyner’s claim that Usher threatened to “whup my a–” after he made fun of rumored tension between Foster and Usher’s mother, the entertainer said: “I have never threatened or harassed anyone from any media format.”

Here is Ursh’s letter in its entirety:

“It has already been announced that I plan to marry this year. However, since my wedding day will be special to Tameka and I, this is information that we would like to keep private. It’s disturbing that the media and bloggers (under the guise as ‘fans’) continuously speculate on the personal aspects of my life, therefore making assumptions and wrong insinuations that my fans are subject to believe.

“I am happy, excited, completely clear and independent on my direction, feelings, decisions and I am NOT BEING LED. Some media and bloggers have been totally intrusive, they have misconstrued aspects of my personal life and, because of this, my ‘true’ fans are not sure about what is fact and what is fiction. There is a difference in stating an opinion versus drawing a conclusion that is incorrect.

“As previously reported, I have NEVER threatened or harassed anyone from any media format – print, radio, television or Internet media. At this point the best thing to say to my fans is just because it sounds enticing and it MAY sound ‘true,’ that does not make it truth. I understand the fact that I must sacrifice some anonymity for the career I love, however some things are personal like having a child or a marriage. These aspects are not for the public and, to me, are sacred. I would hope my privacy in these areas would be respected.”

- Usher

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In 1959, “I Only Have Eyes For You” by the Flamingos peaked at Number 11 on the pop chart.
In 1959, “Only Sixteen” by Sam Cooke peaked at Number 28 on the pop chart.
In 1963, “One Fine Day” by the Chiffons peaked at Number Five on the pop chart.
In 1964, the Supremes record “Come See About Me.”
In 1965, Willie Mays’s home run, two walks, and two runs scored pace the National League to a 6- 5 All-Star Game victory in Minnesota. Juan Marichal pitches three scoreless innings to earn MVP honors for the game.
In 1971, in an All-Star Game featuring home runs by Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Reggie Jackson, Johnny Bench, Frank Robinson, and Harmon Killebrew, the American League triumphs at Detroit, 6-4. The game will long be remembered for one of the longest home runs ever. Reggie Jackson connected for a shot that reached the power generator on the right-field roof of Tiger Stadium. Robinson became the first player to hit home runs for both leagues during an All-Star Game.
In 1973, “One Of A Kind (Love Affair)” by the Spinners was certified gold, on the same day the group’s self-titled album was also certified gold.
In 1974, “On And On” by Gladys Knight & the Pips peaked at Number Five on the pop chart.
In 1977, I Remember Yesterday by Donna Summer was certified gold.
In 1990, “Mentirosa” by Mellow Man Ace was certified gold.
In 1985, Arthur Ashe became the first African- American inducted into the International Tennis Hall Of Fame.
In 1985, the Live Aid concerts were held in London and Philadelphia to raise money for Africa’s starving people. Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof organized the shows, which were viewed and listened to by over a billion people in 156 countries. Performers included Tina Turner, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Madonna, Bob Dylan, and Paul McCartney.
In 1993, Toni Braxton’s self-titled album was released.
In 1994, “You Mean The World To Me” by Toni Braxton was certified gold.
In 1994, “Funkdafied” by Da Brat was certified gold.

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Daphne Maxwell-Reid, actress, 59

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July 16, 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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DIDDY’S EX SPEAKS OUT
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It was short and to the point, but at least she’s saying something for the record. Enetertainment Tonight is reporting that through her rep, Marvet Britto, Kim Porter says, “After ten years, I have decided to end my on-again/off-again relationship with Sean Diddy’ Combs. In ending this relationship, I made a decision that was in the best interest of myself, Sean and our family. I look forward to moving on with my life and my career, and wish him prosperity, health and happiness in life and in love. We will remain friends and committed parents to our children.”

At this point, no one knows what really prompted the couple, who’ve been together for the past 10 years, to call it quits.

Of course there’s been speculation that the split was due to Diddy’s relationship with Sienna Miller, but a rep for the rap mogul told People that “there is literally nothing between them,” while a rep for the actress said that “reports of Sienna being linked with P. Diddy are categorically untrue.”

The former couple have a son together, nine-year- old Christian, as well as twin daughters, born last December. Diddy has another son, 13-year-old Justin, from a previous relationship.

The news of their break-up, which broke Tuesday, came on the heels of a report in last week’s New York Post that Kim had moved out of the New York City apartment she shared with Diddy and bought a home in Beverly Hills.

T.I. PROVES HE’S KING OF THE CHARTS
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T.I.’s fifth album, T.I. v T.I.P., is his second consecutive album to debut at the top of Billboard 200 albums chart. The new album sold over 468,000 copies to not only grab the Number One spot on the chart but to also top first week sales of all urban releases this year. The only album that sold more copies its first week in stores this year was Linkin Park’s Minutes To Midnight.

T.I., who will be presenting at ESPN’s 2007 Espy Awards on Sunday (July 15th), shared that T.I. v T.I.P. is his best album to date. The rapper said: “It’s better than anything I’ve ever done. It’s my best body of work yet man and I’m proud of it, you know.”

Prior to the announcement of the sale’s numbers, T.I. shared he was anxious to see how fans would respond to the album. He said: “I’ve been working it very hard, diligently for some time now and I’m anxious to see what people think.”

In related news, T.I. will be co-headlining the Screamfest Tour with Ciara next month. The tour kicks-off on August 3rd in New Orleans and will also feature T-Pain and Yung Joc.

KANYE WEST AND EVEL KNIEVEL HEADED TO MEDIATION
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Rapper and producer Kanye West and Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel have agreed to go to mediation to resolve Knievel’s trademark infringement lawsuit against the rapper.

Allhiphop.com reports that on July 10th Knievel’s lawyer filed legal documents stating that they would go into mediation with West, video director Chris Milk, Roc-A-Fella Records, and AOL who are all named as defendants in the lawsuit. West and Knievel will split the costs of mediation.

Knievel, who is 68, filed his multi-million dollar lawsuit last year alleging that West’s “Touch The Sky” video, which featured Pamela Anderson, tarnished his image. According to Knievel’s lawyer, Richard Fee, the video is a recreation of Knievel’s failed attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon in Western Wyoming in 1974. The former stuntman accused West of trademark infringement and unauthorized use of his image by using vulgar, sexual and racially questionable content.

West’s legal team believes the video is a satire and therefore protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

In related news, West will release his new album, Graduation, in August. The latest single from the project is “Stronger.”

LL COOL J SAYS HE WILL SURPRISE PEOPLE WITH NEW ALBUM
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Rapper LL Cool J is working on his 13th studio album, Exit 13, which will be his last under his current contract with Def Jam Records. The rapper recruited 50 Cent to executive produce the project and he recently shared that fans will be a little surprised when they pick the album up later this year.

The rapper told SOHH.com, “It’s been exciting. It’s gon’ be a lot of fun just showing people what I can do and what we’re capable of.”

Cool J added, “This is gonna be a very unusual album. I think people are gonna be pleasantly surprised. This has nothing to do with anything I’ve been doing for quite a while. I’m gonna give the world my feelings on the state of hip-hop.”

LL Cool J has vowed to work with mostly new producers on the project but he’s currently in talks with veteran hit maker DJ Premier.

BUSTA RHYMES WANTS HIS DAY IN COURT
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Rapper Busta Rhymes was in Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday (July 10th) for a hearing in relation to his two assault cases. The Associated Press reports that Assistant District Attorney Harrison Schweiloch offered the rapper the same plea deal he did in May. Rhymes would serve one year behind bars to satisfy his two assault cases as well as a driving under the influence case and a driving with a suspended license case.

The rapper rejected the deal for the second time. His lawyer, Scott Leemon, said, “It’s the same offer that the prosecutor made at the last court appearance and it’s one which Busta adamantly rejects.”

During the hearing Judge Larry Stephen denied a motion by the prosecution to consolidate the two assault cases. The rapper will have two separate trials for the assault charges which stem from an incident last August when Rhymes allegedly assaulted a fan who spit on his car and an incident last December when Rhymes allegedly assaulted his former driver Eddie Hatchett during a dispute over back pay.

Rhymes is due back in court on September 5th which is when Judge Stephen will set trial dates.

Judge Stephen will also be holding a hearing to determine if statements made by Rhymes during his DUI and driving with a suspended license arrests can be used against him at trial.

DON CHEADLE TIRED OF BIOPICS
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In Hollywood-speak, the term “biopic” describes a movie dramatizing a person’s life. Ali, Walk The Line, Frida, and Alexander were all biopics, and Don Cheadle’s latest movie is one, too. It’s called Talk To Me, and stars Cheadle as Washington, D.C. radio personality “Petey” Greene.

Unlike some biopics that follow a person from the cradle to the grave, Talk To Me mainly focuses on the period in Greene’s life when he was burning up the D.C. airwaves with his frank talk about politics, civil rights, and the community. Cheadle said he prefers biopics to be specific like Talk To Me rather than all- encompassing: “I’m really tired of biopics. The movie’s trying to have one foot in educating you about somebody and another foot in trying to entertain you. Like forget all of that, entertain me. Make me excited about this person’s life and you know, maybe I’ll even get online and do my own research and find out who this person was. I expect a film, a biopic, to be taking poetic license all over the place.”

Cheadle returns to fictional characters in his next project — a C.I.A. thriller called Traitor. He and Guy Pearce just joined the Traitor cast and Cheadle’s executive producing that movie as well.

Talk To Me opened in select cities last Friday (July 13th). It expands nationwide on August 3rd.

NICOLE RICHIE CASE DELAYED UNTIL AUGUST
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Reality television personality Nicole Richie has at least another month of the free life before going to court on a DUI charge. As expected, the court granted a postponement of her trial yesterday (July 11th) to accommodate one of her defense’s key witnesses. Richie’s attorney said that the witness — so-called “drug expert” Dr. Terence McGee — was abroad and would “challenge the prosecution’s scientific evidence” when he returned. Specifically, Dr. McGee will try to convince the court that the urine analysis taken the night Richie was arrested was “unreliable.”

Richie’s new court date is August 16th.

Richie pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence. She was arrested on December 11th after driving the wrong way on an L.A. freeway and telling arresting officers that she had smoked marijuana and popped a Vicodin.

If convicted, Richie is probably going to serve time in jail because she has been found guilty of driving under the influence before.

DAVE CHAPPELLE, MAYA ANGELOU, TINA TURNER & MORE IN NEXT ‘AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES’
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Comic Dave Chappelle, poet and author Maya Angelou, and pop star Tina Turner are among the famous personalities whose family roots will be traced by Harvard professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates on the second installment of the PBS series African American Lives. Also featured on the series will be actor Morgan Freeman, Baptist minister Rev. Peter Gomes, Ebony publisher Linda Johnson Rice, athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner.

As on the first series, African American Lives 2 finds Gates leading viewers on a journey to discover the family ancestry of his subjects. The new four-part series will draw on DNA analysis, genealogical research and family oral tradition to trace the lineages of the participants down through U.S. history and back to Africa.

In a twist, the new series will also include one ordinary individual, selected from more than 2,000 applicants, who will also go on a quest for their roots.

African American Lives 2 will premiere on PBS stations in 2008. The series will be accompanied by a book written by Gates.

The first African American Lives aired during February, Black History Month, of 2006 and profiled the family histories of Oprah Winfrey, Chris Tucker, Whoopi Goldberg, and T.D. Jakes, among others.

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In 1949, Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians and Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, and Don Newcombe of the Brooklyn Dodgers became the first black players to appear in an All-Star game, as the American League took advantage of five National League errors to win 11-7 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.
In 1968, To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With by Bill Cosby was certified gold.
In 1972, “Last Night I Didn’t Get To Sleep At All” by the Fifth Dimension was certified gold.
In 1973, Call Me by Al Green was certified gold.
In 1977, Rejoice by the Emotions was certified gold.
In 1977, Travelin’ At The Speed Of Thought by the O’Jays was certified gold.
In 1978, the O’Jays celebrated their 20th anniversary.
In 1979, singer Minnie Riperton died in Los Angeles at the age of 31. Born in Chicago on November 8th, 1947, Riperton possessed an astonishing five-octave vocal range, which was showcased on her biggest hit, “Lovin’ You.” She was diagnosed with breast cancer in the mid-’70s and became a spokesperson for the disease, which took her life in 1979.
In 1980, “Let’s Get Serious” by Jermaine Jackson peaked at Number Nine on the pop chart.
In 1985, Emergency by Kool & the Gang was certified platinum.
In 1991, rapper Ice Cube made his acting debut as troubled ex-con Doughboy when Boyz N The Hood, also starring Laurence Fishburne and Cuba Gooding, Jr., opened in theaters.
In 1993, The Artist Formerly Known As Prince gave a concert at his Paisley Park Studios to benefit a Minneapolis community radio station.
In 1996, Michael Jordan signed with the Chicago Bulls for a record $30 million a year.
In 1998, Yaphet Kotto married Tessie Sinahon in Baltimore.

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Bill Cosby, actor and activist, 70
Lisa Nicole Carson, actress (Ally McBeal, ER, Eve’s Bayou), 38
Charlie Murphy, actor (Chappelle’s Show, CB4, Roll Bounce), 48
Michelle Rodriguez, actress (Girlfight, S.W.A.T.), 29
Rolanda Watts, television personality, 48

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July 12, 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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Khalid El-Amin Celebrity Basketball Weekend
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Help fill the Target Center this Saturday, July 14th by attending the Khalid El-Amin Celebrity Basketball game. Tickets are available at The El-Amin Fish House 2221 W. Broadway Ave N …or at the Target Center box office,
or at http://www.el-aminbasketball.com!

Utilizing Celebrity For Change !!!

LOOK WHO’S ON THE COVER OF PLAYBOY
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Last summer we had Stacey, this time we have the beautiful Garcelle Beauvias-Nilon gracing the cover and inside of Playboy magazine. Garcelle’s best shot for the spread would be her bare curves covered with rhinestones and a black mink while posing on a yacht. The 40 year old former model – who is now pregnant with twins – told In Touch magazine that she felt comfortable enough now to do such a spread – “As you get older, you get more comfortable in your skin. It was the perfect time for me to do Playboy. Who knows what I’ll look like when I’m done.” Well, you look lovely miss thing and these photos are very classy.

MARIAH TAKING A BREAK
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Singer Mariah Carey is currently enjoying a little down time. The singer was photographed over the July 4th holiday in a bikini aboard designer Roberto Cavalli’s yacht in Salerno, Italy, after wrapping filming on Tennessee in and around Nashville. The Emancipation Of Mimi star portrays a waitress who wants to start a singing career in the flick and word is that Carey is strong in the role, according to The New York Post. She also co-penned a song with Willie Nelson for the soundtrack. Meanwhile, Carey makes a cameo in the new video for Bone Thugs N Harmony’s single “Lil L.O.V.E.” The clip also features appearances by Bow Wow, Swizz Beatz, and Jermaine Dupri. Last month, Carey launched her new fragrance, M By Mariah Carey. The bottle for the perfume is a lavender orb topped with a butterfly shaped stopper.

BILLY DEE WILLIAMS COMING BACK TO TELEVISION
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Veteran actor Billy Dee Williams has been cast in a new TV serial that’s a spin-off of a daytime soap opera. He stars in General Hospital: Night Shift, which premieres Thursday, July 12th, on the SoapNet channel. The original, 13-week serial transplants some of the characters from the ABC daytime soap to the graveyard shift at the hospital. With an 11 p.m. ET time slot, the show promises “more drama, more sex, more soap, more story” than its daytime version, revealing the lives of the characters “after dark.” Over the years, Williams has played the dashing lead in such films as Lady Sings The Blues and Mahogany, charmed another generation in the Star Wars films, and appeared on dozens of TV dramas and telefilms. In General Hospital: Night Watch, he plays Toussaint Dobbs, a wise hospital janitor who is haunted by a secret past. “He’s had some success in life, then went downhill,” Williams told AP. “Somehow he comes to terms with the fact that he’s no longer this person that he used to be, but now he’s into everybody’s business at the hospital.”

IS IT TOO HOT IN THE KITCHEN
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TV chef Rachel Ray will soon be cooking for one, if widespread reports predicting her divorce are true. The New York Post says the television personality is on the verge of splitting from her husband of two years, John Cusimano, quoting insiders who claim the couple is going through a messy breakup. While reps for Ray contend there is no trouble in the relationship, her mother is allegedly in town helping her find an apartment. There are also rumors that Rachel is developing a romance with ex- Survivor cast member Colby Donaldson, who joined her talk show in February. Signs of trouble in the relationship first surfaced last November, when a woman came forward claiming she was paid to fulfill Cusimano’s fetishes by spitting on him.

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In 1976, “I’ll Be Good To You” by the Brothers Johnson peaked at Number Three on the pop chart.
In 1979, Chuck Berry was sentenced to four months in prison for income tax evasion. He had underpaid $200,000 on his 1973 tax return.
In 1980, After Midnight by the Manhattans was certified gold.
In 1984, Jermaine Jackson’s self-titled album was certified gold.
In 1991, the Jungle Fever soundtrack by Stevie Wonder was certified gold.
In 1991, Cooleyhighharmony by Boyz II Men was certified gold.
In 1993, “Weak” by SWV peaked at Number One on the pop chart.
In 1995, CrazySexyCool by TLC was certified quadruple platinum.
In 1995, TLC declared bankruptcy.
In 1996, The Remix Album by Boyz II Men was certified gold and platinum.
In 2000, promoters cancelled the remainder of a Supremes reunion tour due to poor ticket sales. The tour featured Diana Ross without either Mary Wilson or Cindy Birdsong, who refused to join due to money.

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David Dinkins, former New York City Mayor, 80
Quddus, MTV veejay, 27

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