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Solid Gold Soul

May 30, 2008

Welcome to Solid Gold Soul

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.
Be sure to tell a friend about the Solid Gold Soul Update. You can also subscribe on line to have the Update sent to you automatically. Click on the subscribe link on the right of this page. Also visit http://www.youtube.com/freddiebell950 for some video fun. A few of my video favorites are posted there!

TOP FIVE R&B HITS OF THE WEEK


1. Keyshia Cole
“I Remember”

(Imani/Geffen/Interscope)

2. Raheem Devaughn
“Woman”
(Jive/Zomba)

3.Jaheim
“Never”

(Divine Mill/Atlantic)

4. Marvin Sapp
“Never Would Have Made It”
(Verity/Zomba)

5. Mary J. Blige “Just Fine”
(Matriarch/Geffen/Interscope)

OBAMA ENDURES HEAT OVER ANOTHER PASTOR’S COMMENTS

The Catholic League sharply criticized Barack Obama Friday for his ties to controversial Catholic minister Michael Pfleger, saying in a statement the Illinois senator should have severed ties with him long ago. The criticisms come after wide circulation on the Internet of Pfleger’s recent sermon, in which he mocked Hillary Clinton for becoming teary-eyed before the New Hampshire primary in January. “And then, out of nowhere, came ‘Hey, I’m Barack Obama,'” Pfleger said during a sermon Sunday at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. “And [Clinton] said, ‘Oh damn, where did you come from? I’m white! I’m entitled! There’s a black man stealing my show!’ “

Barack Obama said Thursday he was “disappointed” in the comments, and Pfleger later issued an apology for the remarks. “Why is it that of all the wonderful Catholic priests in the Chicago Archdiocese, Obama long ago chose Pfleger to hang with?” Catholic League President Bill Donohue said in a statement. “Truth be known, Pfleger has a very troubling history.”

“Senator Obama says he wants to bring people together. Then why does he choose as his clerical friends people like Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Father Pfleger?” Donohue also said. “They are two peas in a pod, both equally divisive, separated only by the color of their skin.”

The Catholic League is an influential non-partisan organization that says its mission is to protect the free-speech rights of Catholics “whenever and wherever they are threatened.” The League was an early critic of the Rev. John Hagee, the controversial evangelical pastor whose endorsement was sought by John McCain but later repudiated. Pfleger is a priest at St. Sabina’s Catholic Church on the south side of Chicago. He had served on the Catholics for Obama committee until recently and the two have known each other for 20 years. As a state senator, Obama once directed a $100,000 grant to a community center affiliated with Pfleger’s church.

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BRAXTON CANCELS SHOWS

It looks like singer Toni Braxton won’t be returning to gig at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas after all. The hotel has announced that the remainder of Braxton’s scheduled shows have been canceled so she can deal with her health. The show, “Toni Braxton: Revealed,” at the Flamingo Las Vegas had been dark since the 40-year-old entertainer was hospitalized April 7 with what hotel officials said at the time was a complaint of chest pain. The show had been scheduled to resume June 6, an AP report. Harrah’s Entertainment spokeswoman Deanna Petit says she could not comment on the singer’s current medical condition. Braxton has been treated in the past for pericarditis, a viral inflammation of the heart. Braxton’s two-year run at the Flamingo Las Vegas hotel is scheduled to end in August.

MURPHY SET FOR COP FOUR

Eddie Murphy will return to the role of Detroit detective Axel Foley in Paramount’s upcoming fourth installment of the “Beverly Hills Cop” franchise. According to Variety, Brett Ratner is currently negotiating to direct the sequel, while Murphy is confirmed for the project, which Paramount will begin shooting in 2009 for a summer 2010 release. The fourth “Cop” film was Murphy’s idea, according to Variety. He came to Paramount with plans about reviving the franchise that cemented his status as a box office powerhouse. Released in 1984, the original “Beverly Hills Cop” grossed $316 million worldwide and spawned two sequels. Altogether, the three pictures grossed $712.9 million worldwide. The last was released in 1994.

NEW EDITION HONORED

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor New Edition at its 21st Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on June 23 in Los Angeles, CA. The six members of New Edition will be presented with the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award, which is given to songwriters, composers, and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. The invitation-only gala will also honor ASCAP’s top songwriters and publishers of 2007. Celebrating their 25th anniversary as a group, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe and Johnny Gill established much of the groundwork for the style of music known as new jack swing. In the early 1980s, New Edition sold more units in the United States than any other teen singing group and their success led to the creation of late-80s and 90s boy bands, such as New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync.
They have released seven studio albums — “Candy Girl,” “New Edition,” “All For Love,” “Under the Blue Moon,” “Heart Break,” “Home Again” and “One Love” — that spawned several hits, including “Candy Girl,” “Popcorn Love,” “Cool It Now,” “Mr. Telephone Man,” “Count Me Out,” “A Little Bit of Love (Is All It Takes),” “Earth Angel,” “Can You Stand the Rain,” “If It Isn’t Love,” “You’re Not My Kind of Girl,” “Crucial” and “Hit Me Off.” Individually, they have enjoyed successful solo careers and side group projects. Commenting on the Golden Note Award honorees, ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman said: “Over the last 25 years, New Edition has experienced success on multiple levels to become true legends. The group has firmly left their mark on today’s music, and ASCAP is very proud to honor them.” The evening will feature performances by several award-winning songwriter/performers.

COSBY SWEATERS AUCTIONED

Three of the sweaters worn regularly by Bill Cosby’s character, Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable on NBC’s “The Cosby Show,” are headed to the auction block for a charity set up in memory of the actor’s late son, organizers said on Thursday. According to Reuters, the sweaters will be auctioned via eBay’s Giving Works charity listing arm from June 2-12. Opening bids will start at $5,000 per item on www.eBay.com/cosby. Proceeds will benefit the education charity Hello Friend/Ennis William Cosby Foundation, which was established in 1997 by the Cosby family to continue the legacy of Cosby’s son Ennis after his murder in Los Angeles. “My mother and father were going through a storage closet, and I happened to be there and pounced on these sweaters,” explained daughter Evin Cosby, who is a board member of Hello Friend. “I told them that the price of what some of these sweaters might sell for could make a big difference in the lives of thousands of children.”

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1965: Vivian Malone becomes the first black student to graduate from the University of Alabama. May 31, 1881: Booker T. Washington was recommended by General Armstrong to head the newly planned Tuskegee Institute. June 1, 1843: Sojourner Truth left New York and began her career as an antislavery activist.
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Actor Ralph Carter (“Good Times”) is 47.

Singer Cee-Lo of Gnarls Barkley (and Goodie Mob) is 34.

Rapper Remy Ma is 28.

May 31: Rapper Kid Frost is 44.

Rapper DMC of Run-DMC is 44.

June 1: Actor Morgan Freeman is 71.

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Solid Gold Soul

May 29, 2008

Welcome to Solid Gold Soul

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.
Be sure to tell a friend about the Solid Gold Soul Update. You can also subscribe on line to have the Update sent to you automatically. Click on the subscribe link on the right of this page. Also visit http://www.youtube.com/freddiebell950 for some video fun. A few of my video favorites are posted there!


OBAMA JOKE NO JOKE

Fox News Channel contributor Liz Trotta, a former Washington Times editor and three-time Emmy winner, has issued an apology for making a cruel joke that suggested she wished death to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. On Sunday, Fox host Eric Shawn asked Trotter about the backlash surrounding Sen. Hillary Clinton’s mention of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination when asked by a South Dakota newspaper about extending her campaign into June. Trotter said: “Now we have what some are reading as a suggestion that somebody knock off Osama, uh Obama. Well, both, if we could.” The footage was on YouTube in no time. The blogosphere lit up Sunday and Monday with comments expressing outrage, prompting Trotter to address her remarks with an apology the next morning. “I am so sorry about what happened yesterday and the lame attempt at humor,” she said, when reminded of her comments by Fox anchor Bill Hemmer. “I fell all over myself, making it appear that I wished Barack Obama harm or any other candidate, for that matter, and I sincerely regret it and apologize to anybody I have offended. It is a very colorful political season, and many of us are making mistakes and saying things we wish we had not said.”

Liz Trotter’s Assassination Joke (May 25, 2008)

Liz Trotter’s Apology (May 26, 2008)

LABELLE REUNION ANNOUNCED

There are reunions and then there are reunions …Embodying one of music’s most enduring one-word brand names, and boasting a genre-defying legacy that has successfully spanned three generations, our era’s most influential female powerhouse is about to show a stifled music industry how to really turn it out.

Labelle is back!

Patti Labelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash, R&B’s most original and formidable trio are reuniting via Verve Records to deliver their first full-length studio album in more than 33 years.
The new recording, to be completed in June and on course for a global unveiling in the fall of 2008, is being produced by a trio of icons equally up to the task: cutting edge funk rocker Lenny Kravitz and longtime Labelle collaborators and 2008 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees, Gamble & Huff. Transforming themselves from the classic-style 1960s girl group The Bluebelles into what one writer coined as ‘the genre-bending rock supernova’ of the 1970s, the innovative trio deftly combined glam rock, soul, funk, pop and gospel into a brash amalgam of breakthrough recordings such as “I Believe I’ve Finally Made It Home” from their pivotal second album Moonshadow (1972), and the groundbreaking “Lady Marmalade” from Nightbirds (1974).”

SHERRI SHEPARD TO HOST THE DAYTIME EMMY’S

Sherri Shepherd, a Daytime Emmy nominee as co-host of ABC’s “The View,” will also serve as co-host for the annual ceremony next month along with “All My Children” star Cameron Mathison.
The 35th annual gathering, to be held on June 20 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, will mark the first time either host has served as emcee for the broadcast. Shepherd, who has appeared in such TV shows as “30 Rock,” “Less Than Perfect” and “The Jamie Foxx Show,” is nominated in the category of best talk show host along with her “View” comrades Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar were nominated. They’ve lost the category 10 times.

REV. RUN DRINKING THE KOOL-AID

Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, star of MTV’s reality series “Run’s House,” has a new side hustle with Kraft Foods to promote a new initiative for its beverage product Kool-Aid. The Run DMC vet will serve as brand ambassador and spokesman for the Kool-Aid KaBOOM! Initiative, which aims to build 24 playgrounds in cities around the country, provide grants toward building 20 more, and work with local communities, parents and children to encourage healthier and more active lifestyles. KaBOOM! is a national non-profit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Since 1995, the organization has used its innovative community-build model to bring together business and community interests to construct more than 1,400 new playgrounds, skateparks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America. As ambassador and spokesman, Rev. Run and his famous family will join the brand on local community build sites. Additionally, Kool-Aid will include Reverend Run in POS displays and other promotions, and he will speak directly to consumers about healthy lifestyle choices and the benefits of play. “I grew up drinking and loving Kool-Aid and associate it with fun childhood memories,” said Run. “I’m personally committed to bringing families together — at the dinner table, in communities and on playgrounds. I’m hopeful that by working together, Kool-Aid, KaBOOM!, and I can make a real difference in kids’ lives by allowing them to have fun and create the memories that will serve them well for many years to come.”

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1940: Betty Shabazz, activist and widow of Malcolm X was born in Detroit, Michigan.
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Singer Gladys Knight is 64.

Rapper Chubb Rock is 40.

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Do the right thing
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Freddie Bell
PO Box 390521
Minneapolis, MN 55439
Freddie@freddiebell.com
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Solid Gold Soul

May 28, 2008

Welcome to Solid Gold Soul

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.
Be sure to tell a friend about the Solid Gold Soul Update. You can also subscribe on line to have the Update sent to you automatically. Click on the subscribe link on the right of this page. Also visit http://www.youtube.com/freddiebell950 for some video fun. A few of my video favorites are posted there!

SLICK RICK GETS PARDON

Slick Rick moved one step closer to putting constant threats of deportation behind him with his full and unconditional pardon Friday by New York Gov. David Paterson. The rapper, born Ricky Walters, was convicted of attempted murder in 1991 and spent over five years in prison. The 43-year-old faced numerous attempts to deport him, even though he has lived in the U.S. since he was a child. Rick spent over five years in prison after his 1991 conviction of attempted murder. Although he finished all of his probation requirements, he kept facing threats of deportation by INS officials. He was arrested again in June 2002 by Immigration agents who stopped him after he returned to Miami from a weeklong Caribbean cruise, where he was a featured performer. The arrest stemmed from a 1997 Immigration and Naturalization Service warrant that had not been pursued earlier, and he spent 17 months in jail. In announcing the decision to pardon the artist, Paterson noted that Walters is now a rap artist and landlord in the Bronx who has not had any other criminal problems since his release from prison and has volunteered at youth outreach programs to counsel against violence.

RAY J TOSSED FROM HOTEL

According to a TMZ.com report, super stud and bad boy, Ray J was told in no uncertain terms to take his business elsewhere. The establishment telling him to get to packing was the Hyatt Regency in Washington, DC this past Saturday. Allegedly he was told to leave because hotel security found a stash of marijuana and a drug called “Boat” which TMZ says is “kinda like ecstasy.” Apparently Ray J got “busted” after he returned from partying and someone dropped a dime to hotel management. When hotel security went to his room they allegedly found all the weed and the “Boat” drug. Additionally, according to the report, Ray J acted a complete fool with the hotel, but eventually his own security stepped in and took him to another hotel, reportedly a Holiday Inn nearby.

DIDDY AND TRACEY EDMONDS A COUPLE?

Both Sean “Diddy” Combs and Tracey Edmonds are denying reports in a UK newspaper that they have been secretly dating. U.K.’s Daily Mail even quoted Edmonds as saying: “Diddy is the funniest man I ever met” and that she’s “so lucky to find someone so soon after Eddie.” She was also quoted as saying that Diddy is more of a man than Murphy, whom she broke up with in January. “Tracey Edmonds never uttered the words quoted in the [tabloid],” her rep tells People magazine in a statement calling the Daily Mail story “a complete fabrication.” A rep for Diddy tells E! News: “Sean is very single. He and Tracey have known each other for over 10 years.”

CHRIS ROCK DRAWS HUGE UK CROWD

Chris Rock entered history books recently for performing before the largest comedy audience in UK history. The 43-year-old told jokes to a crowd of 15,900 fans at London’s O2 arena in the first of two shows back in January. Guinness World Records officials were on hand to ensure their rules were met, and the promoters announced the attempt had been successful after the show. The record was measured by the number of ticket stubs taken at the venue’s box office. Those who arrived late were not counted in the total. The previous record of 10,108 was set by British comic Lee Evans at Manchester’s MEN Arena in 2005.


IS OPRAH’S APPEAL WANING?

An article in Monday’s New York Times points out various signs that Oprah Winfrey’s pop culture dominance is beginning to weaken. Writer Edward Wyatt notes: The average audience for “The Oprah Winfrey Show” has fallen nearly 7 percent this year, according to Nielsen Media Research — its third straight year of decline. “Oprah’s Big Give,” an ABC philanthropic reality show, beat every program on television except “American Idol” in its premiere week this winter, but steadily lost nearly one-third of its audience during the rest of its eight-week run, according to Nielsen. The circulation of O, The Oprah Magazine, has fallen by more than 10 percent in the last three years, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, and the magazine is now seeking a new editor in chief after the announced retirement of its longtime steward, Amy Gross.
And while Ms. Winfrey still displays a Midas touch when it comes to the endorsement of books and products, some of her latest picks have attracted criticism from longtime fans as she has strayed into new-age spiritualism and, perhaps more dangerously, politics. Her endorsement of the presidential bid of Senator Barack Obama appears to have alienated some of the middle-aged white women who make up the bulk of her television audience, many of whom support Senator Hillary Clinton.

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1958: Ernest Green graduated from Little Rock’s Central High School with six hundred white classmates
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Musician Ramsey Lewis is 73.

Actor Louis Gossett Jr. is 72.

Actor Todd Bridges (“Diff’rent Strokes”) is 43.

Rapper Andre 3000 of Outkast is 33.

Rapper Jadakiss is 33.

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Freddie Bell
PO Box 390521
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Freddie@freddiebell.com
888-639-9738

http://www.freddiebell.wordpress.com

Solid Gold Soul

Holiday Weekend in May 2008

Welcome to Solid Gold Soul

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.
Be sure to tell a friend about the Solid Gold Soul Update. You can also subscribe on line to have the Update sent to you automatically. Click on the subscribe link on the right of this page. Also visit http://www.youtube.com/freddiebell950 for some video fun. A few of my video favorites are posted there!

TOP FIVE ADULT R and B HITS OF THE WEEK

1. Keyshia Cole
“I Remember”
(Imani/Geffen/Interscope)

2. Raheem Devaughn
“Woman”
(Jive/Zomba)

3. Jaheim
“Never”
(Divine Mill/Atlantic)

4. Marvin Sapp
“Never Would Have Made It”
(Verity/Zomba)

5. Erykah Badu
“Honey”
(Universal Motown)

WHAT IS A CAPYBARA?

I was reading the paper this morning and saw a picture of a child with a capybara on the banks of the Xingu River near Altamira, Brazil. The proposed hydroelectric Belo Monte Dam is to be built in the Xingu River and would be the world’s third largest for the production and could displace 15,000 people. It was the Capybara that caught my eye. While I couldn’t find the picture I saw, I did find a video of the animal, friendly to humans and swims. It is the largest living member of the order Rodentia (the rodents) reaching a length of 4 ft (120 cm) and a weight of 75 to 100 lb (34-45 kg). Its brownish hair flecked with yellow is coarse and scanty, and its tail rudimentary. The feet are partially webbed, and there are four thick-nailed toes on the front feet and three on the hind feet. The capybara is an expert swimmer and diver. It eats vegetation and sometimes damages crops. It is hunted for food, its hide is made into gloves, and its bristles are used in brushes. It is also called water hog and carpincho. Capybaras are classified in the phylum Chordata , subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Rodentia, family Hydrochoeridae.

Check it out!

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THE TIME HAS COME

Like Tina Turner, the Time is using a performance on February’s Grammy Awards to help launch a concert comeback. All the original members of the 1980s hitmaking Minneapolis R&B ensemble — Morris Day, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Jesse Johnson, Jellybean Johnson, Monte Moir and Jerome Benton – will reunite for 15 shows in Las Vegas at the Flamingo from June 24 to Aug. 2. While Day has performed with a revamped Time for years, the original lineup last worked together in 1990. Ticket information is available at www.harrahs.com.

ALICIA KEYS JOINS WITH WNBA

To help bring attention to the WNBA’s new season, Alicia Keys is appearing in promotional spots that are scheduled to air before each of the 22 regular season games carried by either ABC or ESPN2. Shot live at a concert in Anaheim, Calif. earlier this month, the promo features Keys performing “Superwoman” from her current album “As I Am.” The spot’s first airing took place Saturday on ABC before the season’s tip-off game between the Phoenix Mercury and the Los Angeles Sparks. L.A. beat the defending WNBA champs 99-94. The game marked Lisa Leslie’s return to the Sparks after sitting out last season on maternity leave, as well as the professional debut of recent Tennessee grad Candace Parker, whose 34 points for the Sparks set a WNBA record for the most points scored in a rookie’s first game. “As I Am” is currently at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 and has sold 3.4 million units according to Nielsen SoundScan.

SNIPES FREE FOR A WHILE

Wesley Snipes was granted bail on Thursday that will allow him to remain a free man while his tax evasion case is on appeal, reports TMZ.com. The actor was due to begin his prison sentence on June 3 after he was convicted in February of failure to file a tax return since 1998. The decision regarding his bail hinged upon whether or not he was considered a flight risk.
In granting bail, the judge also said the appeal process might take a long period of time. “The Court recognizes that … the disposition of an appeal may well equal — or nearly equal — the length of the term of the commitment imposed,” the judge stated, according to TMZ. Snipes’ lawyers plan to argue before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the trial judge erred in several ways before and after his February conviction.

DR. PHIL HELPING T.D. JAKES

Dr. Phil is about to do for Bishop T.D. Jakes what Oprah Winfrey did for him in 2002. According to the Hollywood Reporter, a talk show is being developed by CBS Television Distribution and Dr. Phil and Jay McGraw’s Stage 29 shingle to be hosted by Bishop Jakes, who heads the nondenominational church Potter’s House and has made several appearances on the CBS-distributed “Dr. Phil.” After McGraw’s success with his regular segments on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” her company Harpo backed his own show and served as producer for “Dr. Phil,” which debuted on September 16, 2002. Jakes, whose sermons can be seen on TV via Trinity Broadcasting, has written several books, including “Woman, Thou Art Loosed! Healing the Wounds of the Past.”

TINA ANNOUNCES MORE DATES

Tina Turner has added more shows to keep up with fan demand surrounding her upcoming North American tour, which is expected to feature a major production to complement hits spanning Turner’s four-decade career. The initial round of concerts went on sale May 10 and the launch date–Oct. 1 in Kansas City, MO–sold out in two minutes. More performances were added last week and now, second nights have been added in San Jose, CA; Newark, NJ; and Uniondale, NY, while a third gig was tacked on in the Los Angeles area. The updated North American itinerary includes 28 shows across the U.S. and into Canada through mid-December. Turner also has plans to launch a European outing early next year. Overseas dates can be found at her website.
Tina Turner’s North American tour dates are as follows:

October 2008
1 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
3, 4 – Chicago, IL – United Center
6 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
8 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
9 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
13 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
14 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
16 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
19, 20 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion
22 – Sacramento, CA – ARCO Arena
24 – Phoenix, AZ – Jobing.com Arena
30 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena

November 2008
2 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – BankAtlantic Center
5 – Orlando, FL – Amway Arena
9 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
13 – Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
16, 17 – Boston, MA – TD Banknorth Garden
23 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
26, 27 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center

December 2008
3, 4 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
6 – Hartford, CT – XL Center
8 – Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
12 – Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre

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May 23, 1871: L. Bell patents smoke stack.
May 24, 1910: Walter M. Hard, a young black barber, invents a device which will improve trolley car service enormously. Hard’s device makes it almost impossible for the electrical contact on top of a car to slip off the overhead wire. This will eliminate the many wasteful delays trolley car riders now suffer whenever the contact slips and the car stops dead.
May 25, 1935: American athlete Jesse Owens set six world records in 45 minutes, at the Big Ten Championship at Ann Arbor
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Actress-model Karen Duffy is 47.

Singer Maxwell is 35.

May 24: Singer Patti LaBelle is 64.

Rapper Heavy D is 41.

Actor-rapper Big Tyme is 25.

May 25: Actress-singer Leslie Uggams is 65.

Singer Lauryn Hill is 33.

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Freddie Bell
PO Box 390521
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Freddie@freddiebell.com
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http://www.freddiebell.wordpress.com

Solid Gold Soul

May 23, 2008

Welcome to Solid Gold Soul

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.
Be sure to tell a friend about the Solid Gold Soul Update. You can also subscribe on line to have the Update sent to you automatically. Click on the subscribe link on the right of this page. Also visit http://www.youtube.com/freddiebell950 for some video fun. A few of my video favorites are posted there!

NO CUSSIN’ DAY!

Several Hip-Hop pioneers are coming together with officials in the birthplace of Hip-Hop to celebrate “No Profanity Day” on Friday, May 23, following a unanimous resolution passed by the New York State Assembly last week. On that date, a number of Hip-Hop greats, lead by Minister Kurtis “Blow” Walker, will gather in the Bronx for a groundbreaking concert, the No Profanity Hip-Hop Anniversary Tour, at Utopia’s Paradise Theater. Promising three hours of Hip-Hop with no profanity, the concert will feature performances by some of the most recognized names in the culture’s early history, including Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force, Grand Wizard Theodore, Grandmaster Mele Mel, Lovebug Starski, and Kurtis Blow. “I’ve always been a stickler for being more conscious of the lyrics in Hip-Hop,” Kurtis Blow told AllHipHop.com. “Not only do I think it’s important to support no profanity in Hip-Hop and rap music, but also it’s more important to support no profanity in everyday life because in our society, most violence starts with the way we talk to each other.” Kurtis Blow got an official copy of the resolution on the steps of the Bronx Supreme Court House at Bronx Borough Hall.

SHARPTON GIVES PROPS

Days after rapper Nas changed the name of his forthcoming album, the Rev. Al Sharpton is applauding the move, as he credits efforts from the National Action Network’s Decency Initiative for playing a role in motivating the New York emcee’s change of heart. Nas confirmed his decision to abandon the album’s original title, N***er, on Monday (May 19). “Clearly, putting their [NAN’s] focus and pressure on the companies and not engaging in a fruitless pursuit of chasing a never ending and ever changing roster of artists has proven to be smart,” Rev. Sharpton said. “The record companies and retailers have the power as this Nas matter shows. Had not the [NAN's] Decency Initiative and other groups put the pressure on, this change of title on Nas’ album would never had been a corporate concern.” Last year, NAN joined forces with the children of soul icon James Brown to lead a march on various record labels, including Universal, Sony and Warner Music, in New York City.


JAY-Z AND USHER RECORD MARRIAGE DUET

Jay-Z and Usher are celebrating the joys of being married to their respective wives in a new duet titled “Best Thing.” [Scroll down to listen.]
“Of course, with the talk of both of us now being newlyweds, there is a question as to why, and is it real?” Usher told MTV Base of the song, which is produced by Janet Jackson’s beau Jermaine Dupri. “Well, if you hear that [song], you’ll understand what [Jay-Z] meant when he says, ‘Seeds becomes plants/ Boys become men/ You’ve got to grow up, not down.'”
The song opens with Jay-Z speaking of a bachelor who doesn’t think marriage is for him: “Can’t give a ring up/ I couldn’t give a f—, how could I give a finger?/ Let alone half baths and closets/ So claustrophobic, in fear of close objects.” Usher, meanwhile, playing an unfaithful boyfriend, sings: “Listen, is there any chance that you remember me being any more than just a horrible man? And would you consider pullin’ this trigger and taking a second shot at romance?/ Oh baby, I want the days when you were my girl and I was your man/ Know I took you for granted/ But it wasn’t until now I see how much I miss you.” Jay-Z, 38, married Beyoncé Knowles, 26, in April. Usher, 29, married stylist Tameka Foster, 38, last August.

WESLEY DUE IN JAIL JUNE 3RD

Wesley Snipes must begin serving his federal prison sentence on June 3rd unless he can convince a judge to grant him bail while he appeals his three federal tax convictions, reports the Associated Press. U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges last month sentenced Snipes to three years in prison, but the actor’s attorneys plan to argue before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Hodges erred in several ways before and after his February conviction. Snipes’ attorneys argue that Hodges gave the jury bad instructions and should have granted them an expanded pretrial hearing on their request to move the proceedings. For bail to be granted during the appeal, the 45-year-old film star must prove that he has a substantial issue to raise and isn’t a flight risk. Prosecutors said Snipes had no major issues to raise and has demonstrated he could flee. In a Monday filing, U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill said Snipes told the probation office he had less than $10,000 in liquid assets, but the actor surprised the government by producing $5 million in payment for back taxes at his sentencing. “His apparent lack of candor about his assets, combined with trial evidence that he has transferred millions of dollars offshore, show some risk of flight,” O’Neill wrote.

BARKLEY PAYS DEBT

Charles Barkley of TNT’s “Inside the NBA” told viewers Monday evening that he has paid back the $400,000 he owed the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas after a criminal investigation was launched against him. The Las Vegas Sun reported last week that Barkley, an avid gambler, was being investigated by the District Attorney’s office after it was contacted by Wynn regarding the debt. Wynn filed a lawsuit against Barkley, claiming the money had been lent to the former NBA star in four $100,000 markers on Oct. 18 and Oct. 19. Barkley told “Inside the NBA” host Ernie Johnson that he had “screwed up” by not paying back the $400,000 earlier. “It was 100 percent my fault,” he said, adding that the incident has caused him to want to stop gambling. “I’m not going to gamble anymore,” he said. But by the end of his discussion with Johnson, he’d backpedaled, saying he wouldn’t gamble for “the next year or two.” Barkley told Johnson he had paid back the $400,000 in full. But that was news to Chief Deputy District Attorney Bernie Zadrowski, who oversees the bad check unit, which is handling the case. Zadrowski said Wynn officials had informed him that, as of 5:30 p.m. Monday, about 15 minutes after Barkley’s remarks, the casino had not received any money from Barkley. And for prosecutors to drop the criminal case, Barkley must not only repay the Wynn, he must also pay a 10 percent fee — $40,000 — to the bad check unit. A Wynn rep confirmed to TMZ.com yesterday that Barkley’s check for $440,000 was sent to the Las Vegas D.A.’s office for processing.

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1966: Bill Cosby becomes the first African American to receive an Emmy for best actor in a dramatic series, for his role in I Spy.
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Singer Johnny Gill is 42.

Model Naomi Campbell is 38.

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May 22, 2008

Welcome to Solid Gold Soul

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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OBAMA GETTING CLOSER

Tuesday’s primaries in Oregon and Kentucky were sort of a mixed bag for Democratic Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. As expected Obama won in Oregon and Clinton took Kentucky. However, with Obama’s win in the Beaver state, he pretty much has cemented his standing as the candidate with the majority of total pledged delegates in Democratic presidential primaries and caucuses. As noted, the junior senator from Illinois’ victory was tempered by another late-inning win in Kentucky by New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who bested him by gigantic 35 percentage points. In the end, it doesn’t matter because if you do the math, Obama has won 1,649.5 pledged delegates in the primaries and caucuses, surpassing the 1,627 needed to claim a majority, according to an Associated Press tally. To acknowledge the milestone, Obama was in Iowa where he won his first victory in the Democratic race back in January. Watch Obama Speak.

NAS CHANGES ALBUM TITLE AT LAST MINUTE

Nas released a statement Monday regarding the decision to remove “N*gger” as the title of his upcoming album from Def Jam. “It’s important to me that this album gets to the fans,” said the Queens rapper. “It’s been a long time coming. I want my fans to know that creatively and lyrically, they can expect the same content and the same messages. It’s that important. The streets have been waiting for this for a long time. The people will always know what the real title of this album is and what to call it.” In an interview with MTV News last week, Nas said he was being pressured to change the controversial title in advance of the CD’s scheduled release on July 1. “Everybody is trying to stop the title,” he told MTV. “Record stores are gonna have a problem in this day and time selling a record with that title. Who knows what’s gonna turn out and be on that title? Who knows what that title will be?” There were reports that the name of the album was changed to “Nas,” but according to Billboard, the project remains untitled for the time being.

FIRST STEVIE WONDER, NOW JANET JACKSON

Janet Jackson is about to embark on her first North American tour in seven years to promote her new album “Discipline,” the sixth chart topper of her career surpassing the five No. 1 albums logged by her famous brother, Michael Jackson. Announced Monday during her appearance on “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” the U.S.-Canadian swing of her Rock Witchu tour will begin Sept. 7 in Vancouver, British Columbia, with subsequent dates scheduled for New York and Washington, D.C., according to a rep for the tour’s promoter Live Nation. Jackson, 41, also said that fans can call her message line 323-622-8139 and leave requests for songs to include on the tour.

KEITH SWEAT IS BACK

Hit-maker Keith Sweat has a new CD Just Me which hit stores on Tuesday, May 13th. An exclusive album-only track titled “Some More” featuring Akon will be available only on iTunes the day of the CD release. Radio stations across the country are excited about the second single “Butterscotch” featuring long time collaborator Athena Cage and are adding it to their playlists. The first single “Suga Suga Suga” is still making impressive strides on the charts holding at #11 on the R&R Urban AC chart. Fans will also be able to catch Keith Sweat’s incredible performance on 5/16 at Providence Performing Arts Center (Providence, RI), 5/18 at Caesars Resorts (Lakeville, PA), 5/31 at Viejas Casino Concerts in The Park (San Diego, CA), 6/7 at the Fairgrounds (Pensacola, FL), 6/20 at Pechunga Casino & Resort (Temecula, CA), 7/11 at Solano County Fair (Vallejo, CA), 8/1 at Chene Park (Detroit, MI) and 8/15 at the Country Club Hills Theater (Country Club Hills, IL). Keith Sweat is geared up and ready to give the fans what they’ve been waiting for with the release of his new CD Just Me that dropped May 13, his second single “Butterscotch” with long time collaborator Athena Cage and the exclusive iTunes album-only cut “Some More” featuring Akon. “The new track is an added incentives for my fans, I wanted to give them more, so we appropriately named the cut “Some More” which ironically worked out.” Says Sweat. “I try to come up with new ways to please my fans because at the end of the day, they’re the ones who have supported me throughout my entire career, and I thank them a million times over.”

CHUCK D FORMS NEW ENTERPRISE

Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D has announced the launch of a new company that aims to revolutionize the way the Hip-Hop community conducts business across the globe. The rapper’s new business, The Bring The Noise Eastlink Media, Management, Music Group (BTNEastlink), will offer a wide range of business and digital media services for artists under one roof. BTNEastlink will offer its clients what Chuck D. defined as “what Live Nation has promised Jay-Z, to a much lesser degree.” “Business could stand, in Hip-Hop, to be a little more organized and less cut-throat,” Chuck D. told AllHipHop.com. “The NBA has 30-some odd teams, and the NFL has 30-some odd teams that all need each other to exist. In Hip-Hop, I’ve often seen that, if this was a Thanksgiving table, everybody got food all over their face, scrambling and running out the back door with the turkey.”

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1881: Blanche Kelso Bruce sworn in as U.S. senator from Mississippi. He was the first black man to serve a full term in the senate, and the first person born into slavery to preside over the senate

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Singer Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers is 67. Actor Mr. T is 56. Rapper Havoc of Mobb Deep is 34.

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May 20, 2008

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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YOU WANT A PIECE OF ME??

Comedian Steve Harvey isn’t the only one smiling now!
The Ransbergers of Watauga also have big smiles on their faces. This weekend, they conducted an auction of more than 600 high-end items once owned by Harvey and his ex-wife, Mary. The couple, who were based in the North Texas area while they were married, divorced in 2005 and Mary is running the pieces she received in the settlement through the Ransbergers’ self-named auction house, at 6000 Denton Highway in Watauga.

The items include a pair of life-size bronze lions, Baccarat and Daum crystal and a 25-carat wedding ring. It’s definitely a change of pace for the Ransberger clan, who typically sell antiques, guns and collectibles.

“We’ve never done anything on this level before,” says auction house owner Jim Ransberger. “We’ve just entered a whole new playing field.”

Ransberger estimates the items, as a whole, are worth close to $1 million. “If not, it’s pretty close to it,” he says. “The engagement ring alone is probably worth somewhere between $200,000 and $400,000.”

Dozens of pieces of imported furniture — some old, some new — are in the mix as well, along with more than 40 fur coats.

“There’s a mink in there that belonged to Steve personally,” Ransberger says. “His name is on it.”

Each item will come with a letter of authenticity, proving it came from the Harvey estate.

Mary says she heard about the Ransbergers through a sister-in-law who attended one of their auctions a few years ago. Mary, too, is smiling now.

“You have no idea what a sigh of relief it will be to sell this stuff,” she says. “Not only because it is tied to Steve and my marriage to him, but also because of the upkeep involved with owning so many pricey things. You gotta be careful holding this, cleaning that; don’t sit on this, don’t sit on that. I can’t wait until it’s all gone.”

Mary and Steve were together for nearly 20 years, and married for nine. Mary says they met while she was working in the cosmetics department in a shop at Six Flags Mall. Harvey, then a struggling unknown comic, came in one day and asked her on a date.

“He took me to a comedy club, where we sat and talked for a while,” Mary says. “Then he said, ‘I’ll be right back,’ and all of a sudden he was on stage. I had no idea.”

Harvey’s career eventually took off. He has starred in several movies (including Kings of Comedy, You Got Served and Johnson Family Vacation,) and TV shows, including his own WB sitcom, The Steve Harvey Show. He currently hosts his own syndicated morning-radio show.

Mary says she and Steve admittedly went a little overboard on their purchases.

“We bought way too much stuff,” she says. “We just bought and bought and bought. But now I’m ready to let it all go. In a way, I think it’ll be therapeutic — it’ll make it easier to put everything behind me and start over.

“I’ll see you at Ikea.”

OBAMA ADDRESSES “MULTITUDE”

It looks like Barack Obama’s got his groove back. It also appears that his Jeremiah Wright troubles are behind him, at least for now. And after responding strongly to George Bush and John McCain over their comparisons of him to Nazi appeasers, he’s got a serious spring in his step these days. Things seem so rosy for the all but officially named presumptive Democratic presidential nominee that a whopping 75,000 supporters turned out in Portland on Sunday to hear what he had to say. The Illinois senator was in the city as part of his campaign in the Oregon Primary tomorrow. Kentucky is also holding their primary, but apparently Obama’s strategy doesn’t include spending any time there. When asked if he has given up on that state’s primary, where Hillary Clinton holds double-digit lead in the polls, Obama said he doesn’t give up on anything. “I don’t give up on things, we’ve gotta make choices and we can’t be everywhere at once,” Obama told reporters after making a local stop for ice cream with his family. From Obama’s advisor’s point of view, May 20 will be a pivotal day for the campaign because they will have gained the majority of elected pledged delegates. Even though Obama said he will not declare victory on Tuesday, he said he will have a stronger case to present to superdelegates. “We will have the majority of pledged delegates at that point and obviously are going to make the argument to any superdelegates remaining that we should be the nominee,” Obama said. The Portland speech, as reported by The Swamp blog, was Obama’s standard stuff – about 30 minutes long despite the sun beating down on him. He added a few Oregonian flourishes, drawing big cheers when he said the country can learn from Portland’s commitment to mass transit and bicycle lanes. The biggest applause came when he denounced the Iraq war; Oregon is a hotbed of anti-war activism.

TYSON DOCUDRAMA IN THE WORKS

An audience at the Cannes Film Festival gave Mike Tyson an extended standing ovation following a screening of “Tyson,” a documentary directed by his old friend James Toback.
The film blends old video footage, TV interviews and reflections from the former heavyweight boxer himself in chronicling his climb from an impoverished childhood to the pinnacle of his sport and his dramatic fall. “I lived a wild and extreme life,” the one-time champion told reporters Saturday. “I used drugs. I had altercations with dangerous people. I slept with guys’ wives that wanted to kill me. I’m just happy to be here, you know. It’s just a miracle.” In the movie, Tyson talks about being humiliated and beaten up by bullies as a child growing up in Brooklyn. Constantly ridiculed for his distinctive high lisp, he suffered from repeated attacks – until he was discovered by veteran boxing trainer Cus D’Amato. Tyson, 41 gets emotional in the film when reminiscing about his late trainer, who helped to channel his unchecked aggression and transformed the troubled teenager into a world-class champion. In the movie, Tyson goes into detail about his sex life, and covers his career’s low points, like biting Evander Holyfield’s ear in 1997. He admits to many, many bad decisions, but continues to proclaim that he did not commit the 1991 rape of an 18-year-old beauty queen for which he served three years in prison.

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1925: Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El Shabazz) is born in Omaha, Nebraska.
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Singer-actress-model Grace Jones is 56.

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May 16, 2008

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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JURY SET IN R. KELLY TRIAL

A jury has finally been selected in the R. Kelly child pornography trial. The court session in Chicago was on the verge of ending yesterday with 12 members and two alternates firmly in place and two more alternates about to be selected. The panel consists of eight whites and four African Americans, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The jurors were seated, however, amid more accusations from Kelly’s defense team that prosecutors were intentionally striking minorities from the jury pool in favor of whites. The defense has been accusing the prosecution of weeding out minorities since the jury selection began five days ago. The final objection came as prosecutors used their final two peremptory challenges Thursday to strike a black man and an Asian woman from the panel.

LIL’ KIM WINS!

Lil Kim was awarded $500,000 Wednesday in a lawsuit accusing one of her former Junior M.A.F.I.A. members of using her name and image for an unauthorized DVD. According to the New York Post, the rapper had originally filed a $6 million lawsuit against James Lloyd, a.k.a. Lil Cease, who had testified against her in the criminal trial that ended with her conviction for lying to a grand jury. Manhattan federal Judge Jed Rakoff found that Cease and his company, Ground Zero Entertainment, wrongly capitalized on Lil’ Kim’s fame with the DVD, “The Chronicles of Junior M.A.F.I.A. Part II: Reloaded.” In July of 2005 Lil’ Kim won a temporary restraining order against the entire Junior M.A.F.I.A. and Ground Zero Entertainment to stop the DVD from being sold.

TPAIN LEADS BET NOMINATIONS

T-Pain received five BET Award nominations Thursday to lead the entire pack this year, but none were for his own songs. The singer’s electronic-enhanced voice earned best collaboration nods for his work with Chris Brown (“Kiss Kiss”), Kanye West (“Good Life”) and Flo Rida (“Low”). He was also nominated twice in the video of the year category. “He’s had a great year; he’s introduced a new element,” said BET Executive Vice President Stephen Hill, referring to T-Pain’s vocoder-manipulated vocals. The technique, popularized in the 80s by Roger Troutman and Zapp, has enjoyed a T-Pain-assisted resurgence that has been utilized to great success recently by Snoop Dogg (“Sensual Seduction”) and Lil Wayne (“Lollipop”). Meanwhile, West and Keyshia Cole received three BET Award nominations, while Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and newcomer Flo Rida received a pair each.


SUE SIMMONS GETTING TIPSY

News anchor Sue Simmons of New York’s WNBC/Channel 4, who was caught shouting the F-word during a live tease Monday night, is rejecting reports in the New York Post that her expletive was fueled by an alcohol problem. On Wednesday, The Post interviewed several staffers who said they weren’t surprised that Simmons blurted out “What the f**k you doing?” because she’s known to get her drink on between the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. “Sue Simmons likes the sauce and she can be cranky about it,” a former WNBC employee told The Post. “She was sometimes a little tipsy [on the air] to the point where colleagues would take notice.” Witnesses told The Post that Simmons hits Midtown watering holes like Gallagher’s steakhouse and Jean Georges after anchoring Channel 4’s 5 p.m. newscast. “I wouldn’t say she gets sloshed – sloshed, that wouldn’t be the right word,” a Gallagher’s employee said, gesturing to the back booths where Simmons typically takes her between-show breaks. “I would say she gets happy. She gets very happy.”

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1942: 93rd Infantry activated and assigned to combat in the South Pacific; the first African American division formed during World War II.
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May 15, 2008

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.
Be sure to tell a friend about the Solid Gold Soul Update. You can also subscribe on line to have the Update sent to you automatically. Click on the subscribe link on the right of this page. Also visit http://www.youtube.com/freddiebell950 for some video fun. A few of my video favorites are posted there!

REMY GETS THE BOOK

The proverbial book was thrown at Remy Ma yesterday when she was sentenced to eight years in prison for shooting an acquaintance over missing money. And adding insult to injury, she began her bid as a single woman. The rapper attempted to marry her rapper/fiancé Papoose before beginning her sentence, but Monday’s jailhouse ceremony was cancelled after he was discovered holding a handcuff key and thrown in a cell. “The key that was found today easily opened handcuffs that we and other law enforcement officials use,” a prison official told the New York Daily News. “The visitor was sanctioned by not being able to visit Rikers Island again for six months. He was asked to leave.” Papoose, however, says jail officials were already aware of the key, which he describes as a skeleton key that has hung from his keychain without repercussion each time he has visited Remy at Rikers Island. “The handcuff thing was ridiculous,” Pap told SOHH.com. “The law states, if I carried a handcuff key into a prison, I would have been arrested.” Marlon, one half of Remy’s management team, suggested to SOHH that jail officials were simply using Pap’s skeleton key as an excuse to cancel the wedding.

ISAIAH WASHINGTON’S IMAGE AT STAKE

Isaiah Washington has filed a formal complaint with the Screen Actors Guild against his ex-employer ABC for allowing his image to be used in last week’s episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.”
The actor, who was fired from the show in 2007 amid controversy that he used a homophobic slur, claims the producers never got proper consent to use his head shot, which was featured in a newspaper article about his character receiving a prestigious surgeon’s award. Washington’s attorney, Peter Nelson, sent notices to ABC and SAG indicating the alleged inappropriate use of his image, his manager Howard Bragman told the Associated Press. “They have the rights of the character to advance the story, but not the image,” he said, adding that he expects this matter to be resolved via a “financial settlement.”

HALLE’S WORKOUT SCHEDULE

Halle Berry has decided to tell the world about the diet and exercise plan she used to shed pounds gained before the March 16th birth of her daughter, Nahla Ariela Aubry. The 41-year-old works out for 60 minutes, five days a week with trainer Ramona Brazaga. Their sessions consist of three cardio segments – the elliptical machine, kickboxing and a stairs or hill climb – as well as a strength-training routine that include abdominal work and leg exercises. As for her diet, Berry says she eats lots of vegetables, lean proteins and complex carbohydrates, as well as drinking a large quantity of water.

STEVIE ON TOUR FOR THE SUMMER

Stevie Wonder returns to the road this summer with a string of North American shows to begin June 18 in Wantagh, NY. The Motown icon will travel around the eastern U.S. through the end of the month. In July, he’ll head west for shows in Colorado, Nevada, California, Washington and British Columbia. Wonder’s return to the touring circuit after 12 years was inspired in part by his mother, Lula Mae Hardaway, who passed away in 2006. Tour details are listed below:

June 2008

18 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
19 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
21 – Atlantic City, NJ – Trump Taj Mahal
22 – Mansfield, MA – Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
24 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
26 – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheater/Summerfest
28 – Chicago, IL – Grant Park

July 2008

1 – Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
4 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
5 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
8 – Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion
11 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
12 – Vancouver, British Columbia – General Motors Place

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1963: Arthur Ashe, at 22, becomes the first African American to make the U.S. Davis Cup tennis team.
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Singer Raphael Saadiq (Tony! Toni! Tone!) is 42.

Singer Natalie Appleton of All Saints is 35.

Singer Shanice is 35.

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Solid Gold Soul

May 14, 2008

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.
Be sure to tell a friend about the Solid Gold Soul Update. You can also subscribe on line to have the Update sent to you automatically. Click on the subscribe link on the right of this page. Also visit http://www.youtube.com/freddiebell950 for some video fun. A few of my video favorites are posted there!

REGINA BELLE RELEASES GOSPEL CD

Four-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter/producer, Regina Belle, will release her debut Gospel album, “Love Forever Shines,” on the re-launched label of Ruben Rodriguez’ Pendulum Records, in association with Walker Davis Entertainment, distributed by Fontana. The CD is executively produced by Ruben Rodriguez, Ray J. Davis and Chris Walker. Regina is currently on a multi-city Church and Gospel Brunch Tour, presented by RushmoreDrive.com. The church tour kicked-off in Dallas, continuing on with stops in Oakland and Philadelphia. Additional dates are scheduled in Charlotte, Detroit, Houston and Indianapolis. The first single, “God is Good,” gained top radio chart status as the number one Most Active Record and the number one Most Added Record at Gospel Radio. The single remains in the Top 10 at R&R and Billboard Monitor. Belle appeared as presenter on the 39th Annual GMA Dove Awards in Nashville. She is currently scheduled to appear live on “Board Crossings” on Voice of America Television for our troops in the Armed Forces on May 15th. “Love Forever Shines,” comprises 14 spirit-filled songs such as “Almost Slipped,” “I Hope He Understands,” “Victory,” and “I Call on Jesus” (featuring award-winning Gospel artist Shirley Murdock). Production and song writing help comes from Chris Walker and her brother Bernard Belle. Another featured voice on the album is Melvin Williams.
Regina Belle is the Minister of Music at New Shield of Faith Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia where her husband, John S. Battle, III, is senior pastor.

TUPAC REISSUES AVAILABLE ONLINE

With all the talk about hip hop being dead, indie label Thug Life Army Records sets forth a project that proves hip hop is alive and well: outside the boundary of corporate ‘boardroom’ hip hop. ‘In the Shadow of an Icon’ is an amazing tribute to the teachings and thought process of hip hop icon; rapper, activist, poet Tupac Shakur (2Pac). Tupac connected with the street because he was from the street and understood the messages that the street needed to hear.
Artist from all across the country including California, New York, Georgia, Texas, St. Louis as well as Canada have contributed to this project set in the mindset of Tupac Shakur (2Pac).
‘In The Shadow of an Icon’ brings no bling, or spinning rims, no meaningless repetitive hooks – just good quality hip hop with a message from unsigned artists relevant to hip hop culture in a time when real thought provoking hip hop seems to have left the scene. The album is available for digital download on Itunes, Umusic and all other on line download sources. In stores nationwide.

MURDOCH SUPPORTS OBAMA?

Ultra conservative Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Windi, not only attended an unabashedly liberal party for Arianna Huffington, but he was reportedly overheard at the function praising Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. While mingling at Huffington’s fete for her book “Right Is Wrong: How the Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded the Constitution, and Made Us All Less Safe,” Murdoch approached the author and started chatting enthusiastically about Obama’s strong showing in the Indiana and North Carolina primaries. “It’s a great day for Obama. Very good. The wall broke,” Murdoch said, according to the Daily News’ Rush & Malloy column.” Huffington, a former Republican, has known Murdoch for 30 years. Some Murdoch-watchers have gone so far as to speculate that one or more of his newspapers may endorse Obama over John McCain. One confidant cautions: “Rupert really does admire Obama. But he hasn’t decided yet about endorsements.”

NEVERLAND SAFE

Michael Jackson has officially announced that tomorrow’s scheduled auction of his Neverland Ranch has been cancelled. The property’s existing $23.5 million loan from New York-based private equity and hedge fund Fortress Investment Group was acquired by Colony Capital, a large real estate investment firm. “I am pleased with recent developments involving Neverland Ranch and I am in discussions with Colony and Tom Barrack with regard to the Ranch and other matters that would allow me to focus on the future,” Jackson said in a statement. The 2,700-acre property in Santa Barbara County was slated to be auctioned off on May 14 after Jackson defaulted on loan payments. Colony, a Los Angeles-based firm that has invested more than $39 billion since its founding in 1991, tells Reuters that it’s “very comfortable” holding the loan while negotiating new mortgage payment terms for the King of Pop.

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1862: Robert Smalls and 12 fellow African-American seamen captured the Planter, a cotton steamer converted into a Confederate battleship.
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Actor Franklyn Ajaye is 59.

Singer Stevie Wonder is 58.

Singer Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish is 42.

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Perfect loves casts out fear.
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Freddie Bell
PO Box 390521
Minneapolis, MN 55439
Freddie@freddiebell.com
888-639-9738

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