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Solid Gold Soul

December 24, 2008

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Freddie Bell, velvet morning voice talent is a mellifluous voice actor, broadcast-journalist, speaker and National Voice Actor. His vast voice over credits, include hosting several radio programs including the Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Love Train, It’s The Gospel in Tampa, The Freddie Bell Morning Show in radio on KSGS – 950AM, Solid Gold Soul in Minneapolis, plus This is Music, The Freddie Bell Countdown Show and The Minneapolis NAACP Community Affairs television Programs in Minneapolis.
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SHIRTLESS OBAMA CAUSES STIR

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Ab-Ama

Barack Obama isn’t the first presidential figure to be photographed shirtless, and likely won’t be the last. He is, however, the most physically-toned U.S. leader since JFK to be caught on camera bare-chested.
But inquiring minds want to know how the photographer from Bauer-Griffin – the same California-based agency who caught Halle Berry on a movie set this month at the precise moment of her wardrobe malfunction – was able to get the exclusive shot despite an army of security surrounding the beach resort where the president-elect is vacationing with his family. Bauer-Griffin co-owner Frank Griffin said his photographer did absolutely nothing wrong. “He had his equipment searched by the secret service and was restricted to a certain area of the beach,” just like the other photographers, “before the president-elect walked into his view about a hundred yards away,” Griffin told CNN. “There was tacit approval that he was able to shoot what he could shoot, it’s a public beach,” Griffin told the Washington Post, adding that his snapper was not asked to leave the public beach from where he spotted Obama.

OBAMA TO USE LINCOLN BIBLE FOR SWEARING IN CEREMONY

President-Elect Obama

President-Elect Obama

The bible touched by President Abraham Lincoln while he was sworn in as the nation’s 16th president will be taken out of its resting place at the Library of Congress and used next month for the inauguration in of our 44th Commander-in-Chief. According to the Associated Press, Barack Obama will be the first president since Lincoln to use that Bible when he is sworn in on Jan. 20. “President-elect Obama is deeply honored that the Library of Congress has made the Lincoln Bible available for use during his swearing-in,” Presidential Inaugural Committee Executive Director Emmett Beliveau said in a statement Tuesday.

HUDSON TO SING DIAMOND SONGS

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson is scheduled to perform at February’s MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring music legend Neil Diamond, reports Variety. The Grammy week event could mark the first public appearance of the “Dreamgirls” Oscar winner since the October murders of her mother, brother and nephew in Chicago. Hudson and other scheduled performers – Tim McGraw, Coldplay, Josh Groban and the Foo Fighters – will sing songs from Diamond’s catalog. The show will take place Feb. 6 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The 51st annual Grammy Awards will be held Feb. 8 at L.A.’s Staples Center. Hudson’s brother-in-law, William Balfour, was charged Dec. 2 with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of home invasion.

HILL HARPER TO STAR IN NEW MOVIE

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Image Entertainment will release the award-winning satire “This Is Not A Test,” starring Hill Harper and Tom Arnold, on Jan. 20 via DVD and VOD. Written, directed and produced by Christopher Angel and co-produced by Eric Hayes and Harper, the film tackles the government’s fear campaign to the American people, dealing candidly with the hot-button topics of terrorism, natural disasters, and fear that leads to the question, “Are We Prepared?” Paranoid that terrorists will unleash a nuclear attack on Los Angeles, Carl (Harper) gets caught up in a web of frantic, overzealous preparation that puts a cold-war freeze on his relationship with his beautiful wife, Viv (Robinne Lee). Fueling his hysteria is his new pal and unusual ally Tom Arnold (playing himself), who shares Carl’s obsessive zeal to prepare for the worst. Carl goes as far as constructing a bomb shelter in his basement, making everyone around him feel he has lost his mind. “I was provoked by the government’s bungled response to Katrina and I wondered what would have happened in a city like Los Angeles. I wanted to use humor to spur debate on a serious issue,” says director Christopher Angel.

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Dec. 24, 1992: The position of Secretary of Agriculture was awarded to Alphonso Michael “Mike” Espy, making him the first black person to hold this position.

Dec. 25, Jupiter Hammon, a New York slave who was probably the first black poet, published An Evening Thought: Salvation by Christ, with Penitential Cries.

Dec. 26, 1908: Jack Johnson becomes first black world heavyweight champion, defeating Tommy Burns.

Dec. 27, 1892: Livingstone and Biddle College (now Johnson C. Smith) play the first African American intercollegiate football game.

Dec. 28, 1897: C.V. Richey patents Fire Escape bracket.
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Singer Ricky Martin is 37.

“American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest is 34.

Dec. 25: Singer John Edwards of The Spinners is 64.

Dec. 26: Singer Abdul “Duke” Fakir of the Four Tops is 73.

Dec. 27: Actor John Amos (“Men In Trees,” “The West Wing”) is 69.

Dec. 28: Saxophonist Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers is 70.

Actor Denzel Washington is 54.

Singer John Legend is 30.

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MICHAEL NEAR DEATH?

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December 23, 2008

Welcome to Solid Gold Soul

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Freddie Bell

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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IS MICHAEL DYING?

Michael Jackson, Ill?

Michael Jackson, Ill?

The author of a new biography on Michael Jackson claims the star is fighting for his life due to a rare respiratory condition, but a columnist who covers the singer closely says reports of the alleged illness are “extremely exaggerated.” As previously reported, author Ian Halperin told In Touch magazine and Britain’s Sunday Express newspaper that the reclusive performer needs a lung transplant because he’s suffering from Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency, an occasionally fatal genetic condition. “He’s had it for years, but it’s gotten worse,’ Halperin told In Touch. “He needs a lung transplant but may be too weak to go through with it. He also has emphysema and chronic gastrointestinal bleeding, which his doctors have had a lot of trouble stopping. It’s the bleeding that is the most problematic part. It could kill him.’ Jackson “can barely speak” and “the vision in his left eye is 95 percent gone,” Halperin added. The King of Pop’s brother Jermaine didn’t deny the reports, telling Fox News, “He’s not doing so well right now. This isn’t a good time.”
The Halperin quotes made news around the world Monday, but Fox411 columnist Roger Friedman says none of it is true. “Michael Jackson is not suffering from any life threatening diseases. Everyone can relax. Reports of his ailing health have been extremely exaggerated,” he wrote in Monday’s column. Friedman continued: Yesterday I spoke to one of Jackson’s regular insiders who reported that the kooky former King of Pop is just fine, playing with his kids, and living large in a house he can’t afford in Beverly Hills.
On top of that, it was just a few days ago that this columnist spoke with Darren Julien, the man arranging the big Jackson memorabilia auction in Los Angeles next April. Our conversation occurred just before the “news” of Jackson’s illness broke. Julien told me that his dealings with Jackson and Jackson’s manager, the enigmatic Dr. Tohme Tohme, were proceeding without incident. Jackson wasn’t ill, and, Julien said, ‘seemed really organized’ about the sale. Over the years, Jackson illnesses have been identified as vitiligo, Lupus, addiction to prescription pain killers, and laziness. He’s also a publicity hound who thinks that news of illness will make him sympathetic to the public. He learned this from Elizabeth Taylor, his one-time best friend. More importantly, Jackson remains in financial peril thanks to his recent settlement of a $7 million lawsuit with Prince Adbulla of Bahrain. Additionally, Jackson just refinanced his Neverland ranch with Colony Capital LLC and Thomas Barrack because of his never ending need for cash. Apparently, he’s used the money to squander it on a new expensive home rental rather than just return to Neverland or live in his parent’s home in Encino, California, where he holds the mortgage. But dying or in need of emergency surgery? Not Michael Jackson. It was just recently that he ventured outside his house wearing a Zorro mask to get attention. An easier way might be just to make an album or perform a concert.

Jackson Rental Estate

Jackson Rental Estate

OPRAH FOLKS NOT LOOKING FOR DC PROPERTY

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Rumors of Oprah Winfrey looking for property in Washington D.C. to be closer to the Obama White House have been shot down by her reps, according to TMZ.com. The New York Post reported that Winfrey was eyeing “a nine-bedroom Georgetown mansion” listed at $50 million. But according to TMZ, “Oprah’s peeps tell us [there's] no truth to this at all. “In fact, some D.C. real estate sources say there’s exactly one house in the District even approaching that price — an estate called Evermay — and Oprah hasn’t looked at it.”
Winfrey will record two shows at the Kennedy Center next month while she’s in town for the inauguration.

MARY J. SUED FOR INFRINGEMENT

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige

Two producers have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Mary J. Blige and others claiming her track, “On My Grind,” is too similar to a tune they submitted to the song’s producer, reports TMZ.com.
New Jersey-based Jermaine Jumpp and Michael C. Adams say in their federal lawsuit that they handed a “compact disk” to the “office” of producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins that contained the song “On My Grind,” reports TMZ.com. Four years later, Darkchild produced the track “Enough Cryin'” for Mary J., and the guys say it’s a rip off of “On My Grind.” “Enough Cryin” was recorded and mixed in 2005 for Blige’s multi-platinum album “The Breakthrough.” Blige and Darkchild are credited with writing the tune, which features a rap segment from Brook-Lyn, Blige’s alter ego whom Mary created to give her lyrical freedom without the fear of damaging her own persona. Jay-Z was also named in the lawsuit, although his role is unclear.

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Dec. 23, 1919: Alice H Parker patents the gas heating furnace
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Susan Lucci is 62.

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Billie Jean Sues Michael!

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December 22, 2008

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Freddie Bell

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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OBAMA BIGGEST NEWS STORY OF THE YEAR

President-Elect Barack Obama

President-Elect Barack Obama

The epic election that made Barack Obama the first African-American president was the top news story of 2008 — followed closely by the economic meltdown that will test his leadership, according to U.S. editors and news directors voting in The Associated Press’ annual poll. The campaign, with subplots emerging throughout the year, received 100 first-place votes out of 155 ballots cast for the top 10 stories.
Two other political sagas — the history-making candidacies of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sarah Palin — also made the list. The vast economic crisis, plunging the U.S. into recession and ravaging many business sectors worldwide, was the No. 2 story, receiving 49 first-place votes. The precipitous rise and fall of oil prices was No. 3. The top story of 2007 was the massacre of 32 people at Virginia Tech University by a mentally disturbed student gunman.

PRESIDENT-ELECT TAKING A BREAK

The Obamas

The Obamas

Barack Obama and his family arrived in Oahu over the weekend for a 12-day vacation before he takes the oath of office next month. According to the Associated Press, the president-elect plans to keep a low profile during the break, with no formal events of his schedule. Aides said Obama will continue to have business meetings and intelligence briefings as he prepares for Inauguration in January. Obama has spent recent weeks at a breakneck pace, barreling through appointments. During the last week, Obama met reporters every day to announce his picks for Cabinet posts, rounding out the bulk of his top economic, national security and domestic policy officials in his forthcoming administration. Still unfilled are his picks for CIA director and national intelligence director, along with other sub-Cabinet appointments. Aides say the president-elect would continue working on those as he left behind his home in Chicago. Obama, his wife Michelle, and their two young daughters spent most of the 10-hour, nonstop flight from Chicago in the front cabin of the United Airlines plane, according to the AP. Younger daughter Sasha wandered back to visit with Secret Service agents in the back of the plane, within view of the roughly two dozen journalists making the 4,200-mile flight to the Pacific islands. The family during past years spent the December holidays visiting Obama’s maternal grandmother, who died Nov. 2, before Obama’s historic Nov. 4 victory. The Obamas are expected to have a private memorial service for Madelyn Payne Dunham, who helped raise him, early this week.

DUPRI SAYS JANET ISN’T PREGNANT

Jermaine and Janet

Jermaine and Janet

Jermaine Dupri is using his own blog to set the record straight regarding his girlfriend Janet Jackson and the never-ending rumors that she is pregnant and/or the two have split up. “As you all know Janet is a very private person … the only reason you see her as much as you do on my YouTube vlog is because of me. LOL,” Dupri wrote. “But I hear yall and your questions. … No she is not pregnant and yes we’re still together.”
Dupri, who has dated Jackson for the past four years, also wrote: “It baffles me how yall let these blog and magazines control your lives.” The pregnancy rumors flared up again after Jackson canceled a string of concerts on her Rock Witchu tour this fall because of “migraine-associated vertigo,” which is characterized by dizziness, imbalance and other symptoms.

BILLIE JEAN SUES MICHAEL

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

The TV show “Extra” is reporting that Billie Jean Jackson, a woman who claims she is the mother of Michael Jackson’s youngest son, is suing for custody, as well as $1 billion in child support. The woman reportedly filed suit in Los Angeles on Wednesday demanding the $1 billion, as well as joint legal and physical custody of 6-year-old Prince Michael Jackson II (a.k.a Blanket), according to legal documents obtained by “Extra.”
The lawsuit also requests visits with the boy on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, in addition to participation in Blanket’s education. Jackson has refused to identify Blanket’s mother, but has previously said the child was the result of artificial insemination from a surrogate. Jackson has faced similar lawsuits in the past. In 1994, a woman named Michelle Flowers lost a $20 million paternity lawsuit against him. In 2006 and 2007, Nona Paris Lola Jackson sued the King of Pop twice, claiming that she – not proven biological mother Debbie Rowe – carried Jackson’s two eldest children, as well as Blanket. Both of her cases were thrown out.
Meanwhile, a new autobiography from producer Quincy Jones, who produced several albums for the music star – including the best selling album of all time, “Thriller” – includes remarks that express disappointment over the state of Jackson’s career. Calling his situation “sad,” Jones says in “The Complete Quincy Jones” he hopes Jackson can make a comeback after he comes “to grips with a lot of things in himself.” Jones also reveals that he’s spoken with Jackson about what he’s done to his face. He says Jackson “used to apologize” to him about it all the time. But Jones says he didn’t feel he could pressure Jackson because “that’s a very personal decision.”

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Dec. 22, 1943: W.E.B. DuBois was the first African American elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
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Actor Hector Elizondo is 72.

Actress BernNadette Stanis (“Good Times”) is 55.

Rapper Luther Campbell is 48.

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INAUGURATION POET FROM YALE

Snow is blanketing much of the country this weekend. Where ever your travels take you, please be careful.
The President Elect’s cabinet selections have been made and more people of color are nominated. Listen to the weekend Podcast.

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Paris Hilton, Home Burglarized

Paris Hilton, Home Burglarized

Elizabeth Alexander, Inauguation Poet

Elizabeth Alexander, Inauguation Poet

Eddie Murphy, The Ridler?

Eddie Murphy, The Ridler?

OBAMA PERSON OF THE YEAR

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December 19, 2008

Welcome to Solid Gold Soul

About Freddie Bell

Freddie Bell

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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OBAMA TIME PERSON OF THE YEAR

Barack Obama, Time Person of The Year

Barack Obama, Time Person of The Year

Time magazine has announced that President-elect Barack Obama is its 2008 Person of the Year after he became the first African-American to win the White House. “In one of the craziest elections in American history, he overcame a lack of experience, a funny name, two candidates who are political institutions and the racial divide to become the 44th president of the United States,” the magazine said. Click here to see never-before-seen photos of Obama in Time’s pictorial: “Obama: The College Years.” By the way, one of the photos (below) from Time’s pictorial of Obama’s days at Occidental College in LA’s Eagle Rock district, would lead you to believe that the prez-elect was snapped smoking a blunt.

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Barack Obama


Even though he’s admitted to doing a doobie or two back in the day, this photo of a young, cool, hip Obama is really showing him puff puffing on a plain ol’ cigarette, according Time magazine’s Rick Stengel. So, no Rush Limbaugh, it’s not what you’re thinking or hoping. Meanwhile, Obama said Wednesday he wants very badly to discuss the investigation into charges that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich schemed to sell his Senate seat to the highest bidder, but has been told by the U.S. attorney to keep quiet for another week. “There’s been a lot of speculation in the press that I would love to correct immediately,” Obama told reporters. He said his team is “abiding by the request of the U.S. attorney” to not release the results of his internal investigation, already compiled, until next week. “It’s not going to be that long,” Obama said.

PARIS BENNETT GETTING JAZZY

Paris Bennett

Paris Bennett

Paris Bennett might be known as an “American Idol” finalist, but the young singer has every intention of being an American idol. Inspired by jazz greats like Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn, Bennett wants to bring that kind of legendary sound to popular airwaves. Bennett, who took fifth place in season five of the hit talent show, released her debut disc, “Princess P” in 2007. While the disc boasted the petite star’s vocal skills, Bennett really wanted to launch her career with a Christmas album. So the singer’s sophomore offering is a collection of holiday faves and new tracks for the season called “Paris Bennett Present a Royal Christmas.” “Christmas is one of my favorite holidays,” Bennett said. “I definitely had to do a holiday album. That’s something that I always wanted to do, since being an idol – that was the first thing I wanted to do. I didn’t do it. I did ‘Princess P.’ And then I got the chance to do the holiday album with some of my holiday favorites. And I got the chance to work with my mom (Jamecia Bennett). She wrote three songs on the album.”


CLEAVER WARNS: DON’T EXPECT TOO MUCH

Emmanuel Cleaver

Emmanuel Cleaver

Writing in Wednesday’s Washington Post, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver seeks to temper high expectations many African Americans may have of the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama. “I want to remind all those who strongly support the president-elect and wish desperately for him to succeed: If you like the honey, don’t kick over the beehive,” Cleaver said. The congressman noted that he writes from experience. As the first black mayor of Kansas City, African Americans had soaring expectations for him, too, but he was unable to satisfy them all. “Obama will fall short of fulfilling the considerable hopes and dreams of the minorities who supported him, just as we could not fulfill those of ours,” Cleaver wrote.

COWELL WEIGHS IN ON DEATH

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

During a telephone conference call with press on Wednesday, “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell said the alleged suicide of former contestant and diehard Paula Abdul fan, Paula Goodspeed, hit the production very hard. “You’re talking about a human tragedy,” Cowell told reporters. “It hit us like an express train. It upset me a lot.” Cowell said he couldn’t remember Goodspeed from her strange “Idol” appearance, but his memory was jogged after footage of her audition flooded media outlets last month when she was found dead of apparent suicide in a car near Abdul’s Los Angeles home. “I don’t remember to be honest with you. We’ve seen a lot of people. [But] when I saw the clips back on the news I remembered it.” While he didn’t recall if Paula Abdul had asked producers not to let Goodspeed into the audition room—as she claimed in a recent radio interview—he said Abdul could have stopped the audition at any time. “All you’ve got to say is ‘Stop filming, I need to speak with the producers.’ That didn’t happen. But I only remember from what I saw [in news clips],” he said. He also stressed that Abdul would not have been in any immediate danger during the audition: “There are a minimum of seven security guards in the room. You don’t see them, but they’re everywhere.” On Monday, series executive producer Ken Warwick said, “I would definitely not put a dangerous person or person I thought was remotely dangerous in front of the judges.” Cowell said the entire experience has led him to stop and think about his blunt comments to off-key contestants. “I have thought long and hard about this…I think we will continue in the way we have always done. We have tried to have a sense of humor. The show is not an inherently mean show. It is an American dream show where the whole purpose is to find somebody who through the process becomes a star,” Cowell said. As for the actual “Idol” show, Cowell said he would love to have Beyonce and Britney Spears appear as guests during the upcoming eighth season, which begins Jan. 13. Both appeared earlier this year on his British show “The X Factor.”

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Dec. 17, 1991: Michael Jordan is named 1991 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.
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Keyboardist-singer Art Neville of the Neville Brothers is 71.

R&B singer Wanda Hutchinson (The Emotions) is 58.

Actor Sean Patrick Thomas is 39.

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December 18, 2008

Welcome to Solid Gold Soul

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Freddie Bell

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Freddie Bell, velvet morning voice talent is a mellifluous voice actor, broadcast-journalist, speaker and National Voice Actor. His vast voice over credits, include hosting several radio programs including the Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Love Train, It’s The Gospel in Tampa, The Freddie Bell Morning Show in radio on KSGS – 950AM, Solid Gold Soul in Minneapolis, plus This is Music, The Freddie Bell Countdown Show and The Minneapolis NAACP Community Affairs television Programs in Minneapolis.
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JACKSON JR. INFORMANT AGAINST BLAGO

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

A spokesman for Jesse Jackson Jr. says the congressman has been an informant for the U.S. attorney’s office in Illinois for at least a decade, and has relayed information about Gov. Rod Blagojevich since 2006, though not in the corruption case currently under investigation. Jackson’s rep Kenneth Edmonds announced the news Tuesday in the wake of Blagojevich’s arrest last week on corruption charges, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat for personal gain.
Jackson has been identified as one of the candidates Blagojevich was considering for the seat, and a criminal complaint said his emissaries were willing to raise $1.5 million for the governor if he picked the congressman. Also, multiple media outlets are quoting unnamed “sources close to Jackson” who say that in 2002, Blagojevich — then running for governor of Illinois — solicited a $25,000 campaign donation from Jackson, which he did not get. At the time, Jackson’s wife, Sandi, was a candidate for the job of director of the state’s Lottery Commission, a post she did not win, the sources said. A source told The Associated Press Tuesday: “Blagojevich went out of his way to say, ‘You know I was considering your wife for the lottery job and the $25,000 you didn’t give me? That’s why she’s not getting the job.'” In 2006, Jackson reported the incident, which he believed to have been an attempt at a shakedown, sources told CNN. The report, the sources said, came three years later because Jackson’s memory was jogged by another case — that of developer Tony Rezko, whose fraud and corruption trial included testimony about $25,000 donations to Blagojevich.

BRANDY BEING SUED AGAIN!

Brandy

Brandy

A man involved in the 2006 multiple car crash triggered by Brandy is suing the singer for her role in the collision, as well as Awatef Aboudihaj, the woman who died. Donald Lite has filed a lawsuit against Brandy and the married mother of two who was killed in the accident — claiming their disregard for road rules caused the multi-car pileup that left him with extreme physical damage, reports TMZ.com. In the lawsuit filed last week in L.A. County Superior Court, Lite says their failure to keep a safe distance, mixed with their inability to travel at a safe speed, caused Brandy to rear-end Awatef, which sent Awatef’s car smashing into his vehicle. Lite says he’s suffered “serious and permanent injuries” due to the accident — and is suing for an undetermined amount.

TIGER WOODS CALLS CADDIE’S COMMENTS INAPPROPRIATE

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods said Monday he is “disappointed” with his longtime caddie Steve Williams for making a disparaging comment about Phil Mickelson at a charity dinner. Williams was quoted in the Taranaki Daily News as saying he wouldn’t call Mickelson a great player “because I think he’s a (expletive).” In an interview the next day with another New Zealand newspaper, the Sunday Star Times, Williams confirmed making the comment and said it was no secret they don’t get along. Woods criticized his caddie and said he would handle it privately. “I was disappointed to read the comments attributed to Steve Williams about Phil Mickelson, a player that I respect,” Woods said in a statement. “It was inappropriate. The matter has been discussed and dealt with.” Mickelson responded to Williams’ statements in a statement released Sunday. He said: “After seeing Steve Williams’ comments, all I could think of was how lucky I am to have a class act like Bones (Jim Mackay) on my bag and representing me.”

DIDDDY THROWS BASH FOR KIM PORTER

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Diddy

Although Diddy and his ex-girlfriend Kim Porter have had their issues, the mogul threw a lavish birthday party Monday in West Hollywood for the former model and mother of three of his kids. Nearly 30 guests, including “Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo and husband Chris Ivery, co-star Sara Ramirez and reality TV’s Lisa Gastineau, were on hand at Murano Restaurant & Lounge to celebrate Porter’s 38th birthday, reports People.com. Porter – the mother of Diddy’s nearly 2-year-old twin girls and 10-year-old son – strolled in “fashionably late to the restaurant, which was filled with red balloons and streamers,” the Web site reported.

Kim and Diddy

Kim and Diddy

“The night’s soundtrack was a mix of old school 70s R&B prepared by Murano owner Sandy Sachs.” The guest of honor was reportedly serenaded with Stevie Wonder’s version of “Happy Birthday,” and then presented with a cake. While Diddy sipped on ginger ale throughout the night, the other guests drank a specialty lemon drop martini made with Ciroc vodka designed for the occasion, People.com reports. A four course tasting menu created by Executive Chef Luciano Sautto was served.

ATLANTA HOUSEWIVES COMING BACK

'Real" Cast

'Real\

In a no-brainer move for Bravo, the Atlanta-based incarnation of its “Real Housewives” franchise – and the first with a predominantly-black cast – has been renewed for a second season. The reality show, which followed the lives of five (supposedly) wealthy women in Atlanta, averaged 1.3 million adults 18-49 in its first season, and nearly 1.5 million total viewers, according to Variety. The Atlanta season received higher ratings than any of Bravo’s “Orange County” seasons or the lone “New York” run. The ATL reunion special, which featured fireworks between cast members Kim Zolciak and NeNe Leaks, also produced the biggest single-episode numbers of all three franchises, garnering 2.1 million adults 18-49 and 2.8 million total viewers.

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Dec. 17, 1991: Michael Jordan is named 1991 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.

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Keyboardist-singer Art Neville of the Neville Brothers is 71.

R&B singer Wanda Hutchinson (The Emotions) is 58.

Actor Sean Patrick Thomas is 39.

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GOV. PATTERSON NOT LAUGHING OVER SNL SKETCH

Gov. David Patterson

Gov. David Patterson

Gov. David Paterson found nothing funny about a “Saturday Night Live” segment that made fun of his blindness and portrayed him as befuddled and disoriented. During the skit on “Weekend Update,” cast member Fred Armisen mimicked the New York governor’s raspy voice and wandering eye while discussing his criteria for filling Hillary Clinton’s senate seat. “I can take a joke, but only 37 percent of disabled people are working, and I’m afraid that kind of third-grade humor certainly adds to this atmosphere,” Paterson told reporters. “Let’s just say I don’t think it helped.” In the skit, Armisen says he has three criteria for choosing a senator: economic experience, upstate influence and someone who has a disability and is unprepared for the job — like himself. He holds up a chart illustrating job losses in the state upside down.

DON KING LIKES THE PRESIDENT’S MOVES

Don King

Don King

Boxing promoter Don King is raving over President George W. Bush’s cat-like reflexes as he dodged two shoes hurled at his face by an Iraqi journalist during a press conference Sunday in Baghdad. “Bush has unbelievable reflexes … he can stick and move like a boxer!” King told TMZ.com. The famous promoter, who is currently in the middle of a charity event in Florida, called President Bush’s duck-and-move maneuver, “Aggression but with protection.” Meanwhile, “The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd was more concerned with the people paid to protect the president. On Monday’s show, she said the Secret Service agents who allowed two shoes to be tossed before taking action better be in “human resources” soon getting their last paycheck, and “nowhere near Barack Obama” after the President-elect is sworn in.
Meanwhile Muntadar al-Zeidi, the 29-year-old Iraqi reporter who threw his shoes at the president, was being held for questioning by the Iraqi prime minister’s guards Monday afternoon. According to reports, he was being interrogated over whether anybody paid him to throw his shoes at Bush during the press conference and was being tested for alcohol and drugs.

YOUNG HARLEM GLOBETROTTER DIES

Flash Richardson

Flash Richardson

Harlem Globetrotters member Chris “Flash” Richardson died in his sleep Wednesday while the team was on tour in Japan. He was 28. A cause of death has yet to be determined, said Globetrotters spokesman Brett Meister. The players were appearing at a U.S. military base in Sasebo, Japan, as part of an annual holiday tour when Richardson’s death occurred. The 6-foot-7, Corpus Christi, Texas native played basketball at UNLV and joined the Globetrotters shortly after his college career ended. He was known for his dunking skills and a genial disposition, according to Meister. “He was a great Globetrotter on and off the court. He just had a very engaging smile that would light up the room,” Meister said. Funeral plans were incomplete at press time, but team officials said the memorial service would take place in Corpus Christi. Richardson’s survivors include his mother.

JANET JACKSON’S “DAUGHTER” TO WRITE A BOOK

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson

MediaTakeOut.com is claiming that “Renee,” the rumored lovechild of Janet Jackson and James DeBarge, is “considering writing a tell all to clear the air.” The gossip site says “an insider” told them: “There’s so much that nobody knows about what went on in Renee’s life … She wants to come clean about everything that she’s been through.” While the source refused to confirm whether or not Renee was actually Jackson’s daughter, MediaTakeOut quotes her as saying: “After the book comes out everyone will know the truth.” In 2005, James DeBarge’s brother, Young Debarge, told New York’s Hot 97 that Janet and his brother – married in 1984 – were parents of “Renee,” a daughter the couple secretly sent to live with Janet’s elder sister, Rebbie. “Her birth was top secret,” Young said of Renee, now 21. “James and the Jackson family kept everything real close, real tight. No one really knew how it was working out until things kind of surfaced.” Jackson denied the claims, stating in Nov. 2005: “I do not have a child and all allegations saying so are false.”

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Dec. 16, 1875: Alabama A&M College, Knoxville College and Lane College established.
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Singer Michael McCary of Boyz II Men is 38.

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