Solid Gold Soul
May 30, 2008
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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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TOP FIVE R&B HITS OF THE WEEK
1. Keyshia Cole
2. Raheem Devaughn
4. Marvin Sapp
“Never Would Have Made It” (Verity/Zomba)
5. Mary J. Blige “Just Fine”
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.”
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.
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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