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Solid Gold Soul

Aug. 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!

OBAMA FORMALLY ACCEPTS DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION ON HISTORIC DAY

Invesco Field, Denver

Invesco Field, Denver

Sen. Barack Obama laid out his plan for change in America as he accepted the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night, securing his place in history as the first African-American to lead a major party ticket.

Sen. Barack Obama accepted his party’s nomination for the presidency Thursday night.

“Change happens because the American people demand it — because they rise up and insist on new ideas and new leadership, a new politics for a new time. America, this is one of those moments,” he told supporters at the Democratic National Convention. “I believe that as hard as it will be, the change we need is coming.”

Barack Obama Accepts Nomination

Barack Obama Accepts Nomination

Obama pitted himself against John McCain, repeatedly countering attacks from his Republican rival while casting the election as a choice between change and failure, as he addressed tens of thousands of cheering people and millions of primetime TV viewers.
McCain would continue the policies of the Bush administration, Obama said.
“We are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look just like the last eight. On November 4, we must stand up and say: ‘Eight is enough,’ ” he told the Denver throng.
In addition to slamming McCain on Iraq, energy policy and health care, Obama said his rival for the White House is out of touch with the concerns of the average American. It was 45 years ago when Dr. Martin Luther King gave his historic, “I Have A Dream,” speech in Washington DC.

MCCAIN SELECTS PALIN AS VP RUNNING MATE

McCain Palin

McCain Palin

Sen. John McCain has picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, a senior McCain campaign official told CNN on Friday.
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, seen in a February photo, will be John McCain’s running mate, sources say.

Palin, 44, who’s in her first term as governor, is a pioneering figure in Alaska, the first woman and the youngest person to hold the state’s top political job.
She catapulted to the post with a strong reputation as a political outsider, forged during her stint in local politics. She was mayor and a council member of the small town of Wasila and was chairman of the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which regulates Alaska’s oil and gas resources, in 2003 and 2004. The conservative Palin defeated two so-called political insiders to win the governor’s job — incumbent Gov. Frank Murkowski in the GOP primary and former two-term Democratic Gov. Tony Knowles in the 2006 general election.

MARY J ANNOUNCES ADDTIONAL TOUR DATES

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige

More cities and second shows have been added to Mary J. Blige’s “Love Soul Tour” with Robin Thicke and newcomer Dave Young, who is signed to Blige’s Matriarch Records label. The trek, which kicks off Sept. 13 in North Charleston, SC, now stretches through Oct. 22 with a performance in Honolulu, HI. Also, a second night was added at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall and dates in Los Angeles and Omaha, NE, have also been confirmed.
An updated itinerary is listed below. (Let me hear from you Omaha!! freddie bell)

September 2008
13 – North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum
19 – Virginia Beach, VA – Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
20 – Bristow, VA – Nissan Pavilion
21 – Raleigh, NC – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
26 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
27 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
28 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre

October 2008
2, 3 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
8 – Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena

10 – Sunrise, FL – BankAtlantic Center
11 – Tampa, FL – Ford Amphitheatre
12 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre
14 – Chicago, IL – Arie Crown Theater
15 – Omaha, NE – Qwest Center Omaha

17 – Las Vegas, NV – Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort
18 – Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion
19 – Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre
22 – Honolulu, HI – Blaisdell Arena

OJ’S DAUGHTER CLOCKS OJ

Arnelle Simpson

Arnelle Simpson

OJ Simpson

OJ Simpson

The New York Daily News is reporting that O.J. Simpson was knocked to the ground Sunday by his daughter Arnelle in a tussle over his 32-year-old girlfriend, Christie Prody.
“Arnelle had a fight with Christie over Christie’s behavior,” a source told the newspaper. “That’s what started the whole thing. Christie has some problems with drinking, and Arnelle got mad. O.J. said ‘Don’t talk to her like that,’ and Arnelle pushed him.”
According to the source, Arnelle, 39, called 911 in a fit of guilt after she toppled her 61-year-old dad, giving him a minor head injury. The National Enquirer quoted a source saying O.J. was “cut on the back of his head, blood was coming out the side of his mouth and his lip was cut.” The Enquirer said Arnelle was also upset with O.J. for giving money to Prody, while his high school sweetheart – Arnelle’s mom, Marguerite Whitley – has to work at WalMart to make ends meet. Additionally, Arnelle lashed out at OJ for “ditching” Whitley to marry Nicole Brown Simpson, the Enquirer reported. O.J. was acquitted of Nicole’s murder in 1995. Two years later, a civil jury found him “responsible” for the killing.
The police report says the altercation ended when Arnelle agreed to leave O.J.’s house “in order to let things calm down.”

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1957: Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the first federal civil rights legislation since 1875. The bill established a civil rights commission and a civil rights division in the Justice Department. It also gave the Justice Department authority to seek injunctions against voting rights infractions. Aug. 30, 1881: W.S. Campbell patents the improved, self-setting animal trap (Patent No. 246,369). Aug. 31, 1979: Donald McHenry was named to succeed Andrew Young as UN ambassador.
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Aug. 29: Singer Michael Jackson is 50.

Bassist-singer Me’Shell NdegeOcello is 39.

Singer Carl Martin of Shai is 38.

Aug. 30: Actress Michael Michele (“ER”, “Homicide: Life On The Street”) is 42.

Aug. 31: Keyboardist Larry Waddell of Mint Condition is 45.

Actor Chris Tucker (“Rush Hour”) is 36.

Actress Sara Ramirez (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 33.

Singer Tamara of Trina and Tamara is 31.

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Solid Gold Soul

Aug. 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!

THE SOUND IS SWEET by Freddie Bell

The Democrats and Barack Obama continue orchestrating the campaign to the take the White House to perfection building to a resounding crescendo concluding tonight and beginning anew on toward November.

It’s not an accident that the Clintons waited until the convention to put thier full overt support behind America’s first African-American Presidential Democratic nominee. It’s been there all along.

From the time it was evident that Obama would reach the Democrat Nominee, the plan began coming together with the purpose of preventing Obama from peaking too soon.

The back up plan was ready as well. The Clintons were Obama’s ace in the hole. Had Obama’s campaign seriously imploded leading up to the Denver convention, the Clintons stood ready to deliver the one-two punch needed to propell Obama past McCain.

The campaign has never underestimated the power of the Clintons and choose to use it wisely.

Fortunately the Clintons weren’t required to come to Obama’s rescue prior to Denver. The campaign and the Clintons never believed they were in trouble. Consider that Obama went overseas and even took a vacation following it, leaving a scant few days to campaign prior to the convention. His drop in the polls was minimal over that time.

The Republicans, on the other hand, appear so troubled that surrogates have been dispatched to Denver throughout the convention week to continue campaigning. They do so even though protocol says it’s wise to take a week off during the opponents’ national convention.

Additionally, millions of dollars have been spent on television advertising to counter every perceived Democratic misstep.

Without missing a note, the entire campaign has come together as planned from Michelle to Hillary and from Bill to Joe.

Tonight the nomination process ends and the recasting of America begins. Talk about unity. Now McCain has to match Hillary and Bill, Julie and Joe Biden…not to mention Michelle and Barack Obama.

On the other side, its George Bush, John McCain and his VP choice.

ONE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS…TELL YOUR KIDS

To shouts of “Yes we can,” Democrats nominated Barack Obama on Wednesday as their presidential candidate in a historic first for a black American, sending him into battle against Republican John McCain.

In an emotional moment of unity, Obama’s one-time opponent, Sen. Hillary Clinton, strode onto the floor of the party’s national convention during a roll call of the states and formally asked Democratic delegates to suspend their count and approve his nomination by acclamation.

“With eyes firmly fixed on the future, in the spirit of unity, with the goal of victory, with faith in our party and our country, let’s declare together in one voice right here, right now, that Barack Obama is our candidate and he will be our president,” she said to roars of approval inside the packed convention hall.

“I move Senator Barack Obama of Illinois be selected by the convention by acclamation as the nominee of the Democratic Party,” she said, a request quickly accepted by the convention’s presiding official, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California.

When Pelosi pounded a gavel to declare Obama the nominee, delegates held hands together up high, danced and swayed back and forth to the song “Love Train” in celebration of the moment. “Yes we can,” the crowd chanted. “Obama!”


SUGE KNIGHT IN TROUBLE AGAIN

Las Vegas police said they caught Marion “Suge” Knight in the act of assaulting his girlfriend Wednesday morning and promptly threw him in jail.

According to the Associated Press, police responded to a domestic violence call early yesterday on a busy street near the Las Vegas Strip and found the Death Row Records mogul standing over his longtime girlfriend with the knife in his hand.

“He did not stab her,” said Officer Jacinto Rivera, a department spokesman. However, he was arrested at about 6:40 a.m. and booked Wednesday into the Clark County jail on felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor charges of possession of dangerous drugs without a prescription and domestic violence.

Police did not release the identity of the woman, who told officers she was Knight’s girlfriend of three years. The woman was treated at a hospital for minor injuries, according to Rivera.

FOURTH IDOL JUDGE UPSETS PAULA?

Paula Abdul says she’s thrilled to have a fourth judge added to the table on “American Idol” next season, despite Internet reports that claimed she didn’t approve.

In fact, Abdul takes credit for launching the career of songwriter Kara Dioguardi, who will join her along with judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson on the Fox competition series.

In an interview with “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM show, Abdul said she met Kara outside a restaurant in New York when Kara was a Billboard magazine employee with songwriting dreams. After meeting her that day, Paula convinced her to drop everything and move to L.A. with her.

Says Paula: “[Kara] was my roommate! And I took her all around the world with me and introduced her to wonderful people…She stayed in Sweden and wrote with these people and got started living her dream.”

When asked where Dioguardi would sit at the judges table, Paula said: “I don’t know. Hopefully next to me.” But in case that proves distracting, Paula continues, “we’ll probably be separated by Simon or something.”

TIGER WOODS UPDATES HEALTH STATUS

Tiger Woods, who is taking the rest of the year off to recover from knee surgery, says he’s not quite sure if he’ll be ready on Jan. 27 to defend his title at the Dubai Desert Classic, which takes place at a course he helped to design in the Persian Gulf city.

“It’s frustrating for me,” he said Monday of the injury.

After winning the US Open in June, the world’s top-ranked golfer missed the rest of the 2008 season so he could have reconstructive surgery on his left knee to repair a torn ligament.

Although his schedule next year is uncertain, he said he will certainly “be hitting golf balls at the beginning of the year.”

WAYMAN TYSDALE HAS PORTION OF LEG AMPUTATED

Former NBA player Wayman Tisdale revealed on his Web site that he had part of his right leg amputated Monday due to bone cancer, reports the Associated Press.

The 44-year-old first learned he had a cancerous cyst below his right knee after he broke his leg in a fall at his home in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2007. The 6-foot-9 Tulsa native underwent chemotherapy and eventually knee replacement surgery before continuing to tour.

On his Web site, Tisdale said removing a portion of the leg would be the best way to make sure that the cancer would not return.

“This may sound drastic, but I have put it in God’s hands and now have peace, knowing that this is the best way to put this disease in check,” he said. “I have complete faith that with the Lord’s blessings this surgery will eliminate the cancer from my body and I’ll soon be back on the road doing what I do best.”

Tisdale, now an award-winning jazz musician, said he planned to resume touring in the fall and that he would attend an annual cruise that he hosts.

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1955: Emmett Till, 14, was kidnapped and lynched in Money, Mississippi.

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Actor J. August Richards (“Angel”) is 35.

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Keep hope alive
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Solid Gold Soul

Aug. 27, 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!


WHAT HAPPENED TO JO-JO?

It was a hot Feenin mess in Australia Saturday during a Jodeci concert that ended up with Dalvin DeGrate not showing up at all, Jo-Jo passing out mid-song and K-Ci continuing to perform around his brother’s motionless body. Needless to say, someone’s cell phone footage of the debacle is now a YouTube sensation. [Scroll down to see it.]
The night started to unravel when the R&B group (now three members strong after founder DeVante DeGrate exited) arrived at Enmore Theatre in Sydney without Dalvin. According to reports, the singer pulled out at the last minute. Brothers Cedric and Joel Hailey, a.k.a. K-Ci and JoJo, were left to perform as a duo. But fans began booing and tossing bottles at the stage because they forgot some song lyrics and, at one point, even sat down.
The lowlight, however, took place during a sloppy rendition of “All My Life.” That’s when Jo-Jo simply passed out and fell to the stage. K-Ci looked at him briefly, then continued performing. A security guard walked toward Jo-Jo, but only to retrieve the microphone that had fallen out of his hand and rolled several inches away. Eventually, Jo-Jo came to and was helped off stage by K-Ci and the security guard. K-Ci later explained to the audience that they were tired after their 24-hour flight and that JoJo had gotten dizzy.”


MICHELLE OBAMA ADDRESSES DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

Last night in Denver, Michelle Obama declared “I love this country” as she sought to reassure the nation that she and her husband Barack share Americans’ bedrock values and belief in a dream of a better future. In the first major address at the Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama described herself as a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother, no different from many women. She told a boisterous crowd waving signs reading “Michelle” that she and her husband feel an obligation to “fight for the world as it should be” to ensure the promise of a better life for their daughters and all children. Michelle Obama talked about tucking in her daughters Malia and Sasha at night. “I think about how one day, they’ll have families of their own. And one day, they — and your sons and daughters — will tell their own children about what we did together in this election. They’ll tell them how this time, we listened to our hopes, instead of our fears. How this time, we decided to stop doubting and to start dreaming,” she said. Michelle Obama’s mission was to humanize her husband and persuade skeptical voters to look past his unusual name and exotic background to envision him as the next president. Barack Obama has repeatedly faced questions about whether he’s a real American. She also used the address to dismiss questions about her patriotism. Republicans have criticized her comments earlier this year that she was “really proud” of her country for the first time. Her answer at the convention was to express her love of country. The Obamas’ two daughters joined their mother on stage after the speech as Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” blared from in the convention hall.


MCCAIN STILL SLINGING MUD AT OBAMA

John McCain’s campaign lashed out against a video montage displayed during Madonna’s UK concert Saturday that showed the Republican presidential candidate grouped with such men as Adolf Hitler and Robert Mugabe. “The comparisons are outrageous, unacceptable and crudely divisive all at the same time,” McCain’s campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds said in a statement. “It clearly shows that when it comes to supporting Barack Obama, his fellow worldwide celebrities refuse to consider any smear or attack off limits.”
The montage [view below] was played on huge video screens during the kickoff to Madonna’s world tour Saturday in Cardiff. During a performance of the song “Get Stupid,” McCain’s face was flashed up alongside images of destruction and global warming as well as Hitler and Mugabe.

Towards the end of the song, when the lyrics become positive, pictures of Beatles star John Lennon, former vice-president Al Gore, Indian Mahatma Gandhi and McCain’s Democratic rival Barack Obama appeared.

SEE THE VIDEO HERE

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1943: William Dawson became Black Democratic Party vice presidential candidate.

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Singer Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson is 62.

Bandleader Branford Marsalis is 48. Singer Cassie is 22.

Actress Keke Palmer (“Akeelah and the Bee”) is 15.

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Expect a miracle today

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Solid Gold Soul

Aug. 25, 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!

TWO MORE DEATHS TO TELL YOU ABOUT TODAY! It’s pretty amazing

GENE UPSHAW DIES

Gene Upshaw, the longtime head of the N.F.L. players association and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died late Wednesday night at his home in Lake Tahoe, Calif. The cause was pancreatic cancer, the union said. He was 63. The union said Upshaw died surrounded by his family, but his illness was a well-kept secret in football circles. Only recently, he had insisted that he wanted to stay on the job until the completion of the next round of contract talks with team owners. His death was so unexpected that earlier this week, the union scheduled a news conference for him on Sept. 4 in New York to discuss the labor situation. Jeffrey Kessler, the union’s outside counsel, said Upshaw did not learn the diagnosis until late Sunday or early Monday morning, when he entered the hospital.
“Nobody knew and it happened very quickly,” Kessler said. “It’s devastating.”
His death leaves a void at the top of the union at a difficult time. In May, league owners opted out of the current collective bargaining agreement, forcing the sides back to the bargaining table in an attempt to avoid playing the 2010 season without a salary cap and having a work stoppage in 2011.
“The union will go on,” an emotional Kessler said. “Gene built an incredibly strong legacy. He’s led this union to the greatest heights they’ve ever achieved. I know the players will pull together.”

FOUNDING MEMBER LeROI MOORE DIES

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Saxophonist LeRoi Moore, a founding member of the Dave Matthews Band and a key part of its eclectic jazz-infused sound, died yesterday at the age of 46. But the band played on last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
A statement on the band’s website reads, “We are deeply saddened that LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of Dave Matthews Band, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, August 19, 2008, at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles from sudden complications stemming from his June ATV accident on his farm near Charlottesville, Virginia. LeRoi had recently returned to his Los Angeles home to begin an intensive physical rehabilitation program.”
According to reports, LeRoi was seriously injured in an ATV accident June 30 outside Charlottesville. He had a punctured lung and broken ribs. He was later discharged and had recently returned to his Los Angeles home to begin a physical rehabilitation program when complications forced him back to the hospital on July 17.
Saxophonist Jeff Coffin, who played with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, had been sitting in for Moore during the band’s summer tour. The band is scheduled to perform at the Staples Center again tonight.

PRINCE AND JANELLE MONAE IN THE LIMO

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae

Prince

Prince

Prince showed up to Janelle Monae’s show Tuesday night at L.A.’s Viper Room, but he never stepped foot inside the club. According to E! Online, his limo pulled up an hour late and just sat outside, where Monae eventually joined him in the back seat. The meeting was said to be completely platonic. A source said Prince is a huge Janelle Monae fan and just wanted to give her some “career advice.” Meanwhile, E! Online’s Marc Malkin wrote: “I’m told on Monday night a bunch of folks headed to Prince’s house after Monae’s show with Raphael Saadiq at the Roxy. The little get-together also included one of Prince’s signature living-room jam sessions.”
Among those who were seen at Monae’s two club gigs this week were Sean “Diddy” Combs (he signed her to his Bad Boy Records), Eddie Murphy, and Ne-Yo. Monáe has been touring in support of her new album, “Metropolis: The Chase Suite.”

MICHAEL MOORE’S VP SUGGESTION ( I LIKE IT!!! By Freddie Bell)


Filmmaker Michael Moore is begging Caroline Kennedy to throw her hat in the ring as a potential vice president for Barack Obama, should he win the election in November.
The daughter and only surviving child of former president John F. Kennedy currently heads Obama’s VP search committee. In an open letter to Kennedy via his blog, Moore says that she – and not frontrunners Tim Kaine, Joe Biden or Evan Bayh – would be the perfect choice.
Moore wrote: “What Obama needs is a vice presidential candidate who is NOT a professional politician, but someone who is well-known and beloved by people across the political spectrum; someone who, like Obama, spoke out against the war; someone who has a good and generous heart, who will be cheered by the rest of the world; someone whom we’ve known and loved and admired all our lives and who has dedicated her life to public service and to the greater good for all.
“That person, Caroline, is you. I cannot think of a more winning ticket than one that reads: ‘OBAMA-KENNEDY.'”

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Nat Turner, a brilliant minister, led the first slave revolt of magnitude in Southampton County, Virginia. Some 60 whites were killed before his capture on October 30.
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Actor-filmmaker-writer Melvin Van Peebles is 76.

Actor Clarence Williams III (“The Mod Squad”) is 69.

Actress Loretta Devine (“Boston Public”) is 59.

Singer Kelis is 29.

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Solid Gold Soul

Aug. 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.
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!

OHIO CONGRESSWOMAN DIES

Stephanie Tubbs-Jones

Stephanie Tubbs-Jones

Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first black woman to represent Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives, died Wednesday after suffering an aneurysm, medical officials said. She was 58.
Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Ohio, suffered an aneurysm Tuesday evening.

1 of 2 Tubbs Jones, a Democrat in her fifth term representing parts of Cleveland and its suburbs, suffered the aneurysm Tuesday evening while driving in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, her staff said. She was rushed to East Cleveland’s Huron Hospital, where a team of doctors determined Wednesday morning that she had “very limited brain function,” said Dr. Gus Kious, the hospital’s chief of staff. Wednesday afternoon, before Tubbs Jones died, Kious said that the aneurysm “an inaccessible part of her brain” and that she was in critical condition.
She died at 6:12 p.m. ET Wednesday after her condition declined “throughout the course of the day and into this evening,” according to a joint statement from her family, Huron Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic. The congresswoman had a full day of activity Tuesday, according to a statement from her office, “including planning for an upcoming forum on electoral reform, scheduled for September 4, 2008, at Cleveland State University.” Elected in 1998, Tubbs Jones built a reputation in Congress for speaking out. In 2003, she was the only Ohioan in Congress to vote against a resolution supporting U.S. troops in Iraq.
She said she voted “no” because the resolution connected Iraq to the September 11 terrorist attacks and declared that Iraq poses a continued threat to the United States. She said that neither of those claims had been proved. “Our veterans deserve better than lip service,” she said. She stepped up her national political role in 2004, assisting the presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry, especially in battleground states. She also helped shape her party’s platform, traveling the country as a co-chair of the Democratic National Committee. In early January 2005, Tubbs Jones led an unsuccessful fight against certifying Ohio’s tally in the 2004 presidential election, citing voting irregularities. Lawmakers voted down the challenge, allowing President Bush to carry the state by about 70,000 votes and sealing his 286-251 victory in the Electoral College. Tubbs Jones was one of the most ardent supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s 2008 run for the White House. After Clinton bowed out of the race in June, she endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, now the presumptive Democratic nominee. Tubbs Jones, a superdelegate, had been scheduled to attend the Democratic National Convention next week in Denver, Colorado.

Born in Cleveland, she started public life as a municipal judge in 1981. She also had been a trial court judge and, for the seven years before her election to Congress, a county prosecutor.

Her husband, Mervyn, died in October 2003 of a heart attack. The couple had one son.

THE TRAIN TO GLORY
by Freddie Bell

Prominent Africans Americans seem to be leaving us at a record pace. We were stunned to hear of Bernie Mack’s, 50, passing last Saturday morning. For at least two decades Mack had been battling a nagging lung disease while maintaining a hectic schedule. Taping TV shows, filming movies and making audiences laugh across America took a heavy toll on him.

The next day, Black Moses died. Issac Hayes’, 65, life was apparently taken by a stroke while he exercised on a treadmill in his home. Ironically, he and Mack had recently finished shooting Soul Men with Samuel L. Jackson.

To loose a pair of prominent stars in one weekend was devastating. To remember these legends people across America were pulling out their copies of the Theme From Shaft, and replaying South Park clips featuring Chef, the character to whom Hayes lent his incredible voice, and watching The Kings of Comedy in which Bernie Mack was at his best.

If their deaths weren’t enough, the Glory Train pulled through again early this week and claimed Pervis Jackson of the Spinners as one its passengers. On another whistle stop Wednesday evening, the Glory Train claimed Ohio’s first Black Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a strong Hillary Clinton supporter, who died of a brain aneurysm. Whew!

God’s plan is larger than I can imagine. Certainly the lives of these people and the memories they created for us can serve as valuable lessons of perseverance, dedication and living a purposed life.

WENDY GOING NATIONAL

Fox has announced that “The Wendy Williams Show” will follow up its six-week, four-market trial run with a nationwide launch via the Fox Television Stations group in mid-2009. The daily one-hour talk show, distributed by Debmar-Mercury, will end its preview run Friday in the cities of Los Angeles (KTTV), New York (WNYW), Dallas (KDFW) and Detroit (WJBK). Ordering 30 episodes of “Wendy Williams” and airing it on a cross-section of stations allowed Fox to test the waters on an expensive national launch before committing millions of dollars on a 52-week order. Since the show’s July 15 debut in those four key markets, “Wendy Williams” boosted key time period ratings significantly over comparable May sweeps performances. Average viewership was up 80% in the target demo of women 25-54, for example, and 200% among femmes 18-34, reports Variety. Broadcast live from New York, “Wendy Williams” features the shock jock’s commentary on celebrity gossip and news events, interviews, and fashion and advice segments.
In other Wendy Williams news, Danity Kane singer Aubrey O’Day was recently on the show and lamented about how “people tend to focus on certain things about my character.” Williams said, “Yeah, the plastic surgery, the blond hair and the black men.” O’Day shot back, “No plastic surgery. Definitely the black men and the blond hair. I’ve had no plastic surgery at all.”

BLACK SEARCH ENGINE

Johnny C. Taylor

Johnny C. Taylor

Don’t surf the web, drive it. That’s the mantra of search engine RushmoreDrive.com.
The site, created by Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., is a web search engine, dedicated to placing the requests and perspectives of African American first. “Folks have described us as the black Google,” Taylor said. “It’s the first of its kind search engine for our community. It’s not a website – a search engine. It is a place where we can come and find anything that we currently get from Google, Yahoo, and MSN. You can now find it at a place that’s made for us, by us. It’s a hot new product. We have all the jobs in the world – we crawl the World Wide Web for jobs and cutting-edge news, not just black news, but the latest news.”

A corporate lawyer by trade, Taylor is giving his testimony for RushmoreDrive to pretty much anyone who will listen. The exec hopes to get the word out about the new search tool specifically targeting the African American web user.

“We’re on a promotional tour. We started in Chicago went to Nashville, Atlanta, Cincinnati, L.A. Things are good, God is good,” Taylor told EUR’s Lee Bailey who caught up with him while in Los Angeles at casting director Robi Reed’s annual shindig.

“We can spread a rumor in a second. It’s time to spread some good news,” he added about getting the word out about RushmoreDrive. “And the good news is we finally have our own search engine. I’m pleased to say, at the end of our second full operating month we had 800,000 unique visitors, so business is good, but we need more of ‘em.”

The idea of RushmoreDrive came up when Taylor himself was doing a little web research. His father (no, not the late R&B/blues singer) was suffering from prostate cancer and Taylor turned to the Internet to find information about cancer and African American issues.

“The notion came upon me that anybody can search, but I was having great difficulty finding things that matter to us,” Taylor said. “You’d like to think things like cancer are race neutral, but cancer is black or white. How we get it, the things that impact how black people deal with the treatment regimen – all that is different. I looked for it, but there is really nothing that spoke to how black men deal with [it]. So I said, ‘Gosh, it would be great if we could merge all the stuff from the National Cancer Society, the National Institute of Health, all the right places, the authorities, but also get that information that is specifically relevant to black people because then we are making a difference. Knowledge is power. I really believe that.”

Taylor continued that the basic idea behind the site was to give users everything the web has to offer, but elevate search returns most relevant to African Americans.

“Google has much of the information that we have, but it’s on page 50, it’s on page 100, it’s on page 1,000. What we do is elevate the black results to the first three pages, which differentiates us,” Taylor explained.

SPIKE LEE SAYS US DOMINANT

Spike Lee, Director

Spike Lee, Director

Speaking to an international business conference in Singapore, filmmaker Spike Lee said America’s pop culture has made the United States the most powerful country in the world, and not nuclear weapons as some folks insist. “The reason why America has been the most dominant country in the world is not because America has more nuclear arms than anybody else,” Lee told the Global Brand Forum, according to AFP. “Has anyone seen exactly where a nuclear arm influenced how other people dress, the way they talk, the way they think?

“America is dominating the world because of culture – movies, television, Levi’s, Coca-Cola, Disney, rock and roll, hip-hop. That’s power – when you influence how people think, how they dress, how they talk … not because we could blow the sh*t up.”

HALLE IS SERENADED

Halle Berry and her man, Gabriel Aubry, got a musical surprise Thursday night while attending a Robin Thicke performance at Hollywood’s House of Blues.

At the end of his show, Thicke told the crowd that a very special lady is in the audience and she’s celebrating a birthday.

The entire crowd looked to the Oscar-winning actress as the R&B star serenaded her with the “Happy Birthday” song.

Berry, who turned 42 that night, was invited to the concert as Thicke’s special guest along with Sean “Diddy” Combs and Britney Spears.

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1619: Twenty Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, aboard a Dutch ship. They are the first blacks to be forcibly settled as involuntary laborers in the North American British Colonies
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Rapper KRS-One is 43.

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Aug. 21, 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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ISSAC HAYES REMEMBERED

The life and legacy of soul legend Isaac Hayes were celebrated in his hometown of Memphis at two gatherings – a private burial service on Sunday and a public memorial held yesterday with 3,000 fans and friends in attendance. Sunday’s ceremony included Denzel Washington, Tom Cruise and Wesley Snipes; while the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Chuck D., Bootsy Collins and actor Richard Roundtree were on hand for Monday’s farewell, according to the Associated Press. “What would you say if you were flying into Memphis and they said you are about to land at Isaac Hayes International Airport,” U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen asked the mourners, drawing a huge round of applause. Cohen, who represented Hayes’ area of Memphis, said the city should celebrate Hayes, an architect of the Memphis sound, as it celebrates Elvis Presley. “He is a world person who the world will miss,” Cohen said. Monday’s four-hour service at Hope Presbyterian Church featured music, speakers and video clips. It began with a drum march through the sanctuary and a video clip of Hayes and Jackson on stage together at a 1972 concert in the Watts area of Los Angeles. Memorialized in the documentary film “Wattstax,” Jackson pulled off Hayes’ cap to reveal his signature shaved head, then Hayes slipped off his robe to show his red spandex paints and chain vest.

SPINNERS’ PERVIS JACKSON PASSES

Pervis Jackson, bass singer and an original member of the Spinners passed away at 2:00 AM Monday August 18th at Sinai-Grace hospital in Detroit, Michigan. His wife Claudreen of 42 years and their children were at his side.

The Spinners and management are saddened by his sudden passing. His last appearance as a Spinner was July 19, 2008 in Alhambra, California.

The family appreciates all of the words of comfort and the out pouring of love from his fans, friends and other family members.

He will be remembered for his charisma, generosity and his contribution to the world in his melodious bass voice.


MCCAIN NOT IN “CONE OF SILENCE” DURING DEBATE

ST. PAUL AFRO CENTRIC BOOK DRIVE UNDERWAY

Starting this Friday at Arnellia’s and until the goal of 1500 Afrocentric books is reached for the NEW University Academies for Boys and Girls North End Elementary School, Tyrone Terrrill is asking the community to bring K-4 grade books to happy hour each Friday.

For more information on University Academies for Boys and Girls North End Elementary School, 27 East Geranium, Saint Paul, MN 55117 or go to www.northend.spps.org to learn more about the school that will be the “Home of Future Leaders” in the City of Saint Paul. Feel free to call Principal Hamilton Bell at 651-293-8795 to learn more about this great school.

TYRA KEEPS AUDIENCE WAITING

A recent taping of the “Tyra Banks Show” got started nearly two hours later than scheduled – which angered audience members because the delay appeared to be for no good reason.
An audience was brought into the West 26th St. studio for a taping of her episode “Celebrating Black Models, Past, Present and Future.” But, an audience member tells the New York Post’s Page Six that Tyra kept them waiting nearly 120 minutes as she stood backstage giggling, snacking and chatting with the crew. “You could hear her going on and on because she was standing right behind the stage curtain,” said the audience member. “She’s talking and talking. Meanwhile, you have the entire audience waiting almost two hours for the taping to start.”
The spy also said Banks had the nerve to have a bad attitude when she finally started the show, which featured interviews with Beverly Johnson, Veronica Webb, Chanel Iman and Tameka Jacobs.

BARKLEY TO THE GOLF CHANNEL

It’s no secret that Charles Barkley loves golf as much as he loves gambling. Apparently, the Golf Channel saw this as an opportunity to lure him to the network with the promise of his own links-themed show. According to Reuters, a rep from the network confirmed that the channel is developing a project eyed for 2009 that would feature famed golf instructor Hank Haney, who has coached Tiger Woods on his swing, giving Barkley tips on his own golf game. Haney also will be featured in Golf Channel’s new reality series “School of Golf: Hilton Head Island,” premiering Sept. 2. Barkley, meanwhile, is a TNT basketball analyst during the NBA season.

FISHBURNE TO CSI

CBS announced Monday that Laurence Fishburne is a go to replace departing actor William Petersen in its top rated drama series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” The Emmy and Tony winner will make his first appearance in episode 9 of the forthcoming 10th season, reports the Associated Press. “I am elated and delighted to be joining the cast of `CSI,'” Fishburne said in a statement, adding that he anticipated a “wonderful collaboration” with the other stars of the show. Fishburne will play a forensics scientist who is also a college lecturer and former pathologist focused on the reasons why people commit violent acts. When Fishburne’s casting was still in the rumor mill, the character was described as having a genetic profile that has been identified in serial killers. “This gentleman knows this about himself and is … in this journey to discover who his true character will ultimately become,” Tassler told TV critics last month about the character. The air date for Petersen’s final episode has not been announced but will be early next year, according to the AP. His character, Gil Grissom, will be reappraising his life after years of high-tech forensics investigations with the Las Vegas Police Department and after facing personal turmoil. The actor will remain an executive producer on the series, the network said.

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1954: Ralph J. Bunche named undersecretary of the United Nations
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Singer Ivan Neville is 49.

Rapper Nate Dogg is 39.

Rapper Fat Joe is 38.

Actress Tracie Thoms (“Cold Case”) is 33.

Rapper Romeo (formerly Lil’ Romeo) is 19.

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Aug. 20, 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!

SHAQ AND SHAUNIE CANCEL DIVORCE PLANS

Shaunie and Shaq

Shaunie and Shaq

Nearly one year after Shaquille O’Neal filed for divorce, his wife Shaunie says the proceedings will be halted in the coming days and the couple will continue to try and work things out.
“Neither one of us could probably answer why we were getting one in the first place,” Shaunie O’Neal told the Associated Press Thursday at the launch of her new video-sharing Web site.
“Things have been going so great, that someone actually had to remind us that ‘Hey, you do remember those papers are still there.’ Literally, it was days ago,” said Shaunie. “So, we’ve agreed that before we leave Florida in a few days we’ll make sure that that’s gone away.”
Shaquille O’Neal filed for divorce in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on Sept. 4, 2007, after nearly five years of marriage. The petition stated: “The marriage between the parties is irretrievably broken” and Shaunie was “secretive about her assets … particularly with respect to certain properties owned or titled in either [her] name alone or in other entities.” He requested that the court require Shaunie to give a “correct accounting of all money, funds, stocks, bonds, and other securities (including bearer securities).” Shaunie told the AP: “The kids and I kind of learned about the divorce at the same time. So that was hard. That was probably the worst part of the whole thing, was being able to deal with how hurt the whole kids were.”
Shaq’s divorce attorney, Ira Elegant, did not return a call to Reuters before press time.
Meanwhile, Shaunie’s new video-sharing Web site, launching Sept. 1, is geared to showcase children and their talents in a kid-friendly, safe arena. The entrepreneur said she developed the idea because she wanted to be able to share her own children’s activities with her family members. “I get the complaint of ‘Oh, I wish I could see that,'” she said. “There was nowhere I could find that was just safe, where maybe a slip of the finger would take us somewhere where I don’t want the kids to see or hear.”

ANOTHER ARREST FOR DMX

Another day, another arrest for DMX. The rapper was handcuffed outside of a Wall-Mart store in suburban Miami Thursday on a bench warrant issued Tuesday in Phoenix when he failed to appear at a court hearing.

THOUSANDS MOURN BERNIE MAC

More than 6,000 fans, friends, family members and famous colleagues of comedian Bernie Mac gathered at Chicago’s House of Hope megachurch Saturday to mourn his passing.
With traffic outside of the South Side venue tied up for blocks, and vendors on hand selling memorial T-shirts for $10 a pop outside, fellow comedian Cedric the Entertainer cracked that Mac was “still the hottest ticket in town.” The service included the reading of condolence letters from children; from Democratic presidential candidate and Illinois senator Barack Obama; and from Mac’s hometown White Sox baseball team. Also, Mac’s comedy bits were played on large video screens with off-color words bleeped out, reports the Associated Press.
Mayor Richard Daley said Mac had visited his office recently inquiring about ways to help curb violence in the city. “He wanted to help get children away from a life of crime and violence,” Daley said during the service. “That’s why he’s the king of comedy. He never lost his soul in Chicago.” Samuel L. Jackson, who co-stars with Mac in the upcoming movie “Soul Men,” spoke at the service, saying he knew Mac “was having some health issues, but he always said to me every morning that he was always good.” Jackson also said Mac always made time for his fans. “He never turned that kid down for an autograph,” Jackson said. “He always had time to shake a hand. He was always that kid from Chicago who wanted to make everybody happy and everybody laugh.” The music of Isaac Hayes, who died the day after Mac, and co-starred in “Soul Men,” played during the service. Cedric The Entertainer, Steve Harvey and D.L. Hughley, co-stars with Mac in the documentary “The Original Kings of Comedy,” took the stage together to remember their fellow comic. Hughley told the crowd that he and others always looked forward to seeing Mac’s stage attire each night during the famed comedy tour. He said: “Bernie would wear colors that crayons hadn’t even thought of yet.” Mac died Aug. 9 at age 50 of what his publicist said were complications from pneumonia. He had been at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital since the middle of July.

BB KINGS ENDS ONE TOUR AND STARTS ANOTHER

BB King

BB King

At 82-years-old, B.B. King is showing no signs of slowing down. The blues legend, who just wrapped up a coast-to-coast summer tour, is about to hit the road again next month for a string of U.S. shows that stretches into December, reports Live Daily. The trek is scheduled to begin Sept. 6 in Laughlin, NV, and visit a mix of clubs, theaters and casinos across the country through Dec. 1, including a two-night stand in Houston. Meanwhile, King is getting ready to release a new album, “One Kind Favor,” which features covers of old blues songs that inspired him as a young man. Produced by T Bone Burnett (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Roy Orbison), the record was made to sound like it was recorded in the ’50s. Players include Dr. John on piano, Nathan East on standup bass and Jim Keltner on drums. The set is scheduled to be released Aug. 26 on Geffen Records.

Below is the itinerary for B.B. King’s fall tour:

September 2008
6 – Laughlin, NV – Harrah’s Laughlin Rio Vista Amphitheatre
7 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theater
18 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyTel Center
19 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
20 – Choctaw, MS – Pearl River Resort
21 – Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center
25 – Bridgeport, CT – Klein Memorial Auditorium
26 – Hartford, CT – The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts
27 – Reading, PA – Sovereign Performing Arts Center
28 – Peekskill, NY – Paramount Center for the Arts
30 – Detroit, MI – MGM Grand Detroit Casino

October 2008
2 – Toledo, OH – Stranahan Theater
3 – Joliet, IL – Rialto Square Theatre
4 – Carbondale, IL – Southern Illinois University Arena
5 – Branson, MO – Welk Resort Theatre
7 – Wichita, KS – Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center
17 – Albuquerque, NM – Route 66 Casino
23 – Mescalero, NM – Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino
25 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
31 – Milwaukee, WI – The Riverside Theatre

November 2008
14 – Norman, OK – Riverwind Casino
15 – Thackerville, OK – Winstar Casino
16 – Dallas, TX – Meyerson Symphony Center
21-22 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
24 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
26 – Alexandria, VA – Birchmere
28 – Beverly, MA – North Shore Music Theatre
29 – Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues
30 – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center

December 2008
1 – Hagerstown, MD – Maryland Theatre

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1964: South Africa was banned from the Olympic Games because of its apartheid policies
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Singer Sarah Dash of LaBelle is 65.

Rapper Masta Killa of Wu-Tang Clan is 39. A

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Aug. 15, 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!

MALCOM LEE IN A DAZE

Director, Malcolm D. Lee

Director, Malcolm D. Lee

Malcolm D. Lee, director of the upcoming film “Soul Men,” had an unspeakably horrible weekend dealing with the deaths of Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes, both of whom starred in his upcoming film, “Soul Men.” “It was surreal,” Lee told ABC News. “It had to be some sort of bad dream that these two giants would die on the same weekend, and both would be in my movie.” “Soul Men”, also starring Samuel L. Jackson, tells the story of two estranged soul singers (Mac and Jackson) who reunite to honor their deceased band leader. Mac, 50, died Saturday from complications relating to pneumonia; Hayes, 65, died Sunday after collapsing at his home near Memphis. Citing paperwork from the singer’s family doctor, the local sheriff’s department said Hayes may have died from a stroke.

Mack, Hayes, Jackson

Mack, Hayes, Jackson


Aleady a classic photo: Bernie Mac, Isaac Hayes and Samuel L. Jackson from ‘Soul Men.’

Though Lee and distributor The Weinstein Co. have announced no changes to the movie or its Nov. 14 release date, the director says he feels the pressure of creating a fitting farewell to both actors. “This isn’t like “Dark Knight,” where Heath Ledger died while editing was in its infancy,” Lee says. “Most of our editing is done. We’ll go back and see if there is anything we can do better. But (Mac) left us with an indelible performance. I think I got him at the top of his game.” Mac plays a wisecracking counterpart to Jackson’s dour character, while Hayes plays himself in “Soul Men.” Lee says both roles “are emblematic, I think, of the men they were.”
Lee, who first met Mac on the set of “The Original Kings of Comedy” (directed by Lee’s cousin Spike), says Mac’s character in “Soul Men” “is eternally positive, and that’s the way he was in real life. (The movie) gave him an opportunity to be extremely raw and showcase his singing and dancing talent.” Hayes, meanwhile, “had to be in the movie,” Lee says. “His impact on music is immeasurable. I’ve listened to his music my whole life; he changed what soul music could be. He’s the man. They both were. I want my movie to be a tribute to both of them.”

TYRA CELEBRATES ITALIAN VOGUE

Tyra Banks held a fashion event in the streets of New York Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the recent all-black issue of Italian Vogue. The former runway diva was joined by past, present and future black models for a special taping of her daytime talk show. The episode recognized the importance of having women of color in the fashion industry. “Young girls look at magazines and want to see a reflection of themselves and that will tell them that they exist, and that they are beautiful,” Banks said, according to the UK’s Channel 4. “So we need Asians, we need black, we need Latin, we need every culture represented in fashion to show that young girl that she matters, that she exists, and that she is beautiful.” Banks posed for pictures with the models before releasing a bunch of balloons into the Manhattan sky. The episode is scheduled to air on September 11th. In other Tyra news, her reality series, “America’s Next Top Model,” just announced the 14 new contestants who will compete during the show’s upcoming Cycle 11, which debuts Wednesday Sept. 3 from 8 to 10 p.m. on the CW.

MASTER P CHANGES HIS NAME

Percy Miller released a statement yesterday saying he will no longer answer to the rap moniker Master P. The hip-hop mogul has officially changed his name to P. Miller in an effort to break from his past. “I’m changing my name because Master P is who I used to be,” Miller said. “I call it my childhood and P. Miller marks my manhood. “I wouldn’t change my past because it’s groomed me to be the man I am today. People grow mentally and spiritually through life experiences, but when you come from hip-hop it’s almost impossible to move past the stereotypes associated with it. “I’ve branched out into so many different arenas that range from being the first African-American to have a clothing line at Wal-Mart, to writing books, and speaking on Capitol Hill, but all that gets overshadowed because I come from the hip-hop industry. There’re a lot of people out there, who are afraid to grow up and change, but I’m not and P. Miller is the evolution of me, Percy Miller the entrepreneur, the business man.”

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1862: President Lincoln received the first group of blacks to confer with a U.S. president on a matter of public policy. He urged blacks to emigrate to Africa or Central America and was bitterly criticized by Northern blacks.
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Actor Antonio Fargas (“Starsky and Hutch”) is 62.

Bassist Larry Graham of Sly and the Family Stone is 62.

Actor Carl Lumbly (“Alias”) is 57.

Actress Jackee Harry (“Sister, Sister,” “227”) is 52.

Actress Halle Berry is 42.

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Aug. 14, 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!

Attendant: Osteen Eyed Cockpit after Incident

Joel Osteen

Joel Osteen

A flight attendant suing the wife of megachurch evangelist Joel Osteen over a preflight confrontation testified Tuesday that she felt compelled to keep an irate Victoria Osteen away from the cockpit door. “I looked in her eyes and realized she was looking at the cockpit. I positioned myself in front of the cockpit,” Continental Airlines flight attendant Sharon Brown said. “I still was trying to understand what was going on because it happened so quick. My main concern was I wasn’t going to let this lady in the cockpit.” Rusty Hardin, Victoria Osteen’s attorney, however, questioned how Brown knew that Victoria Osteen was headed toward the cockpit just by looking into her eyes. “Can you look into my eyes and tell me where I am going to go?” Hardin said as people in the courtroom laughed.

STROKE PLAYED A ROLE IN HAYES’ DEATH

Mack, Hayes, Jackson

Mack, Hayes, Jackson

Isaac Hayes apparently died of a stroke, officials with the sheriff’s department said Tuesday. The deep-voiced soul singer died Sunday after he was found unconscious at his Memphis residence. No autopsy was performed, but paperwork filed by Hayes’ family physician, Dr. David Kraus, lists the cause of death as a stroke, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Shular said Tuesday. Deputies were among the emergency crews that responded after a 911 call, and sheriff’s
department detectives were looking into the death. Kraus told investigators that he had been treating Hayes, 65, for high blood pressure, Shular said. Family members found Hayes lying on the floor of his home beside a treadmill that was still switched on. A memorial service for the soul icon will be Monday at Hope Presbyterian Church in Cordova from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. His family issued a statement Tuesday, saying: “While he was an iconic figure to many, to us he was husband, father and friend. We will ever miss his love, wisdom, humor and the familiar comfort of his voice.” The baldheaded crooner, who laid the groundwork for disco and whose “Theme From Shaft” won both Academy and Grammy awards, was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. He also acted in movies and provided the voice of Chef, the school cook, on the animated TV show “South Park.” He had recently finished work on the upcoming movie “Soul Men,” in which he played himself. The movie stars Samuel Jackson and Bernie Mac, who died on Saturday. Hayes was hospitalized in 2006 for treatment of exhaustion, family friends said at the time.

FAMILY AND FRIENDS PAY TRIBUTE TO HAYES AND MACK

Bernie Mack and Issac Hayes

Bernie Mack and Issac Hayes

Legacy.com has featured Guest Books for Mr. Isaac Hayes and Mr. Bernie Mac on its site. Here is a way for you to express your condolences. You may find the Guest Books at http://www.legacy.com/gb/guestbookview.aspx?personId=115344639 and http://www.legacy.com/gb/guestbookview.aspx?personId=115220922, respectively.

Bernie Mac’s Guest Book has drawn hundreds of photos and thousands of Guest Book entries already. No doubt the same will happen for Issac Hayes. Later this week I’ll share memories of my personal encounters with these two giants.

Michelle Obama, Pelosi to Kick Off DNC Confab

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be the featured first-night speakers at the Democratic National Convention, which also will include a videotaped message from Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy. Michelle Obama will be introduced by her brother, Craig Robinson, a former basketball star at Princeton and now coach at Oregon State, on the first night on Aug. 25. Barack Obama’s half sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, also will have a role at the convention. Other opening night speakers include Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, an early Obama supporter, organizers said Tuesday. Pelosi will be recognized for helping lead the Democratic Party back to power in Congress, said organizer Jenny Backus. “She was in the vanguard of the movement. She recruited a generation of young leaders,” Backus said. The Democratic National Convention Committee said Tuesday it will issue daily convention webcasts under the theme “Countdown to America’s Future.” The 15-minute segments will air daily at 4:30 p.m. EDT from Aug. 24 through Aug. 28 on DemConvention.com, Comcast’s Video On Demand, and via satellite. A final program will air at 9 a.m. EDT on Friday, Aug. 29.

Easy Win for Serena Williams at Olympics

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

BEIJING Serena Williams raced into the third round at the Olympics, winning the final 10 games to beat Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-2, 6-0 on Tuesday. The match took only 44 minutes. Williams lost just five points in the second set, and dropped only six points on her serve in the match. Seeded fourth, Williams is playing singles in the Olympics for the first time. She won the gold medal in 2000 at Sydney with sister Venus, who won the singles that year and who joined Serena in the third round Tuesday by beating Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4. “I’ve never played singles at the Olympics, so this has been really cool for me,” Serena said. “Every time I walk out there, it’s like I’m playing in my match, but at the same time I have the whole U.S. team on my side. It’s good. I really like that feeling.” The sisters are top-seeded in doubles and had a first-round match scheduled Tuesday night. They could meet in the final of singles Saturday.

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1881: The first African American nursing school opens at Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga.
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Actress Dawnn Lewis (“A Different World,” “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper”) is 47.

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Solid Gold Soul

Aug. 13, 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!

ARETHA AMONG THOSE REMEMBERING BERNIE MACK

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

An original comedy “king” is being mourned by the Queen of Soul. Aretha Franklin released a statement Monday expressing sadness over the passing of her friend, comedian Bernie Mac.
“It was so stunning and almost unbelievable to hear about Bernie Mac,” she said. “He was at the pinnacle of success and legendary status. He was such a beautiful and fun guy and loved and appreciated by so many. He will truly be missed and I watched him at bedtime almost nightly.”
She continued: “He got on my tour bus once in front of the Trump Hotel in New York and talked to myself and [a] group about the injustices of the world of TV concerning his show, but that he intended to stand firmly in his principles concerning the creative aspects of his script.”
Mac, 50, died Saturday from what his publicist said were complications from pneumonia. He had the inflammatory lung disease, sarcoidosis, but it had reportedly been in remission since 2005.
Franklin suggests that men use Mac’s death as a reminder to pay attention to their own health issues. “Gentlemen of the world, please disband the practice [of not getting] regular check-ups, it’s far better to know sooner than later, because later, many times, is too late,” she says. “If you take care of self, self will take care of you most of the way. God bless and blessed Bernie Mac.” A funeral for Mac is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 15, at an undisclosed location. The family requests that donations be made to the Bernie Mac Foundation for Sarcoidosis, 40 E. Ninth St., Suite 601, Chicago IL 60605.

ISSAC HAYES REMEMBERED

Patti Labelle

Patti Labelle

Tributes for the late Isaac Hayes have been pouring in following his sudden death on Sunday.
The music icon, 65, was found unconscious near a treadmill at his Memphis home. He died an hour later at the Baptist East Hospital. Listed below are statements issued from some of Hayes’ friends and colleagues regarding his passing.

• Dionne Warwick: “I’ve lost one of my best buddies and it is not easy to reckon with…I know one can never put a question mark where GOD puts a period, so I will not question the Almighty’s decision to call him home…He was my “family”…He will be a part of my musical life each time I sing the song “Déjà Vu” as this was a birthday gift to me from him…My family and I send sincere heartfelt condolences to his family for their enormous loss, and we will hold them in continuous prayer.”

• Aretha Franklin: “It was so sad to hear about Isaac Hayes. So musically advanced and timeless in his compositions. He was loved and appreciated by so many. He was an enduring symbol of the struggle of the African-American man and was a shining example of soul at its best. God bless.”

• Patti LaBelle: “I last saw Isaac a while back in Washington, D.C. at a concert where we were both performing. Although he was under the weather, he was still performing. He was the man—he had ‘the show must go on’ spirit. In his absence, he will be remembered through his great music. He will forever be in our hearts and souls. God bless his family.”

USHER TO ROCK NFL KICKOFF SHOW

Usher

Usher

With his mama newly returned as his manager, Usher has been announced as one of the performers set to kick off the 2008 NFL season with a free Sept. 4 concert at New York’s Columbus Circle. The show, also featuring country star Keith Urban, will precede the NFL season opener between the Super Bowl champion New York Giants and the Washington Redskins at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., reports Billboard. John Mellencamp, Faith Hill, Kelly Clarkson, Hinder and Keyshia Cole performed at last year’s NFL Kickoff concert in Indianapolis.

DETROIT’S MAYOR BACK TO JAIL?

Kwame Kilpatrick, Detroit Mayor

Kwame Kilpatrick, Detroit Mayor

Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick may find himself back in jail after a prosecutor accused him of violating the bail terms of his assault case by spending time with his sister, one of 11 witnesses listed by authorities. According to the Associated Press, Kilpatrick and Ayanna Kilpatrick were together at their mother’s house Saturday, a day after he was released from jail for violating bond in a separate perjury case, said Doug Baker of the Michigan attorney general’s office.
Kilpatrick’s defense team, however, believes the mayor did nothing wrong. Attorney Jim Thomas said Magistrate Renee McDuffee clarified Friday that Kilpatrick was allowed to have contact with his sister. Thomas has accused state Attorney General Mike Cox, a Republican, of trying to play politics with the latest filing against the Democratic mayor. Judge Ronald Giles is scheduled to hold a hearing on the matter today. On Thursday, Giles threw the mayor in jail for violating his bond conditions in a perjury case involving Kilpatrick and a former top aide. Kilpatrick traveled to Windsor, Ontario, for city business July 23 without first notifying authorities. Kilpatrick was released Friday after a higher court, acting on an appeal, set his bond at $50,000.

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1873: Actor and co-composer of “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” J Rosamond Johnson, was born
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Songwriter Kenny Gamble of Gamble and Huff is 65.

Drummer Chris Dave (Mint Condition) is 40.

Rap DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad (Lucy Pearl, A Tribe Called Quest) is 38.

Rapper Chris Kelly of Kris Kross is 30.

Singer J-Boog (B2K) is 23.

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Wait for spirit to speak to your heart

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Freddie Bell
PO Box 390521
Minneapolis, MN 55439
Freddie@freddiebell.com
888-639-9738

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