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April 1, 2009

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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.
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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APOLOGY FORWARDED AND ACCEPTED

Ryan Moats

Ryan Moats

NFL player Ryan Moats said Monday he accepts the apology offered by the Dallas cop who stopped him at gunpoint in a hospital parking lot while his mother-in-law was dying inside.

The Houston Texans running back said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he hopes Officer Robert Powell was sincere in his apology.

Powell stopped Moats’ SUV outside Baylor Regional Medical Center in suburban Plano on March 18 after the vehicle rolled through a red light. Moats’ wife, Tamishia, and other relatives were also in the car.

The officer drew his gun and threatened Moats with jail as the player pleaded to be allowed to go inside the hospital. Moats’ mother-in-law died before he got there while Powell wrote Moats a ticket and lectured him.

HALLE WANTS MORE BABIES

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Halle Berry says she’s mentally prepared to take on some more children, but not as many as the Octomom, Nadya Suleman.

During an appearance on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” Monday, Berry confirmed that she wants another child, but says she would stop way before it reached double digits.

“I hope I don’t have like 14 more,” quips Berry, who is mom to 1-year-old Nahla Ariela.

Still, the Oscar winner isn’t ruling out that a brother or sister could be in the future for her daughter with model Gabriel Aubry. “My mind says yes,” she tells DeGeneres, “but the rest isn’t up to me so we’ll see.”

MICHAEL JACKSON TO SCREAM WITH LEONA LEWIS

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

As he prepares for his 50 concert dates in London this summer, Michael Jackson is reportedly considering Leona Lewis to pinch-hit for his sister Janet Jackson during performances of their duet, “Scream.”

“Michael has a list of singers he feels could do Janet justice – and Leona is top,” a source tells Britain’s Sun newspaper. “He hasn’t approached her yet but he’s a big fan of everything she has achieved. She’s massive all around the world and he feels this duet would give both their careers an even bigger boost.”

Meanwhile, a publicist for late TV personality Jade Goody is denying reports that Jackson will attend her funeral on Saturday (April 4) in London.

Jackson reportedly reached out to the “Big Brother” star, who came to world attention when she showcased her cancer battle through TV and magazine deals, and offered her words of comfort after her illness was deemed terminal.

However, Goody’s publicist Max Clifford has dismissed reports that Jackson plans to attend the service – insisting the singer didn’t want to detract attention from Goody on the day of her funeral.

Clifford tells Sky News, “Michael was never, ever coming, it was never on the agenda. He also feels the focus of the funeral should be about her and her family. But he has sent a lovely message of condolence to her family, that she was a brave girl and that her message will save a lot of lives, and he will be sending flowers.”

KARATE KID GETS NEW NAME

Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan told a film Web site that his forthcoming update of the “Karate Kid,” from producer Will Smith, will carry a different name in order to avoid unfair comparisons to the original.

“They don’t want to call it ‘Karate Kid’ any more,” Chan told FirstShowing.com. “They want to call it ‘The Kung Fu Kid.'”

The Web site said further, “[Chan] quickly changed topics and unfortunately didn’t add any more as to why this change was being made. Our guess is that since this remake is a Chinese co-production and being shot in Beijing, it’s much more relevant today to use kung fu as opposed to karate (which isn’t as popular as it was back in the 80’s) and also more appropriate considering karate actually has its historical roots in kung fu. As in, story updates and Chinese influence caused them to change the title to be more culturally relevant and accurate.”

As previously reported, Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment is remaking the 1984 film with his son Jaden in the lead role originated by Ralph Macchio, and Chan replacing the late Pat Morita as Mr. Myiagi. Harold Zwart, helmer of “Pink Panther 2,” is reportedly in line to direct.

MOTOWN MARKS MARVIN GAYE’S DEATH

Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye

In the 50th anniversary year of Motown, April 2 will mark the 70th birthday of its legendary artist Marvin Gaye. Sadly, April 1 will also mark the 25th anniversary of his death the day before his 45th birthday.

Noting the milestones of his birth and passing, Motown/UMe will issue a special digital-only album today (March 31), “Marvin Gaye: Then & Now,” a 14-track set of rarities highlighted by the previously unreleased “Soulie” (pronounced “sue-lee”), a 1966 recording recently unearthed by Motown’s New York-based producer Mickey Gentile, and a hot funk 2009 remix of “I Want You,” Marvin’s No. 1 hit from 1976, by the renowned John Morales of M+M Productions.

Other tracks making their online debut are: “It’s Your Party,” and his two super-rare late ’50s Chess recordings with Harvey & The Moonglows (“Mama Loocie,” “Twelve Months Of The Year”). Rounding out this special collection are Marvin’s earliest, pre-hit Motown singles (“Witchcraft,” “Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide” and more).

Motown/UMe is also issuing a vinyl-only edition of “United” (Motown/UMe), Gaye’s classic duet album with Tammi Terrell, on April 14. Gaye and Terrell first teamed on the 1967 album that included “If I Could Build My World Around You,” “Your Precious Love” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

In addition, the ongoing, acclaimed “Motown 50″ podcast series will feature special episodes on Marvin Gaye’s life and music; Gaye is also well represented on the deluxe 10-CD box set Motown: The Complete No. 1’s, which kicked off the year long celebration for Motown’s 50th anniversary. Both The Real Thing, a DVD collection of his greatest television and concert appearances, and Gold, a 2-CD overview of his career, have recently been certified Gold.

Gaye will also figure prominently in a two-hour documentary about Motown produced by the label’s founder, Berry Gordy.

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Mar. 31, 1850: Massachusetts Supreme Court rejected the argument of Charles Sumner in the Boston school integration suit and established the “separate but equal” precedent
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Musician Herb Alpert is 72.

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Solid Gold Soul

March 26, 2009

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.
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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URBAN LEAGUE WANTS OBAMA TO TALK BLACK

President Obama

President Obama

The Urban League’s annual “State of Black America” report calls on the nation’s first black president to do more in addressing disparities in black unemployment, foreclosures, education and health care.

Despite the progress represented by the election of Barack Obama, blacks are twice as likely to be unemployed, three times as likely to live in poverty and more than six times as likely to be incarcerated, says the report, which was released Wednesday by the civil rights organization.

Obama has said that the way for government to help minorities is by improving things like education, employment and health care for all Americans.

But “we have to be more specific,” said Marc Morial, president and CEO of the 99-year-old Urban League. He told the Associated Press, “The issue is not only (blacks) doing better, but in closing these persistent gaps in statistics in this country. Our index shows that the gap in African-American status is about 71 percent that of white Americans. We will not rest until that number is at 100, and there is no gap.”

The 288-page report includes policy discussions and essays from academics, elected officials and average citizens. Among its 31 specific recommendations:

• Ensure that the stimulus package’s green job creation includes poor urban communities.

• Increase funding for job training and placement for disadvantaged workers.

• Guarantee full-day schooling for all 3 and 4 year olds.

• Expand the school day to account for working parents and families without nearby relatives to help with after-school care.

• Fund mortgage counseling and education programs for minorities.

• Implement universal health care and a “comprehensive” system to provide blacks with health education, prevention and intervention.

WASHINGTON GETS EVICTION NOTICE

Washington

Washington

Isaiah Washington is reportedly in danger of being tossed from the $3.5 million Los Angeles home he and his wife are currently renting for $20,000 a month.

In unlawful detainer papers filed on March 24, the actor’s former landlord claims Washington is five months behind in rental payments, totaling to $100,000, reports Radar Online.

Washington and his wife Jenisa were recently served with a “3-day notice to pay rent or quit,” according to the Web site. Washington’s original lease agreement, which started in April of 2008, included an option to buy.

The property management company is requesting: “past-due rent of $100,000, reasonable attorney fees, forfeiture of the agreement, and damages at the rate stated in item 11 [$3,333 per day] for each day the defendants remain in possession through entry of judgment.”

TMZ, meanwhile, says this whole thing may be a big misunderstanding, as Washington reportedly had a tiff with his financial planner and was attempting to get the money needed to pay his rent.

NIGHT FALLS ON TAYE DIGGS

Taye Diggs

Taye Diggs

Taye Diggs will play a vampire in his next film, a horror-mystery-thriller titled “Dead of Night.” According to ShockTillYouDrop.com, the star of TV’s “Private Practice” will play a vampire leader.

The film, currently shooting in New Orleans, is based on the best-selling Italian comic book series “Dylan Dog,” created by Tiziano Sclavi.

Brandon Routh (“Superman Returns”) stars as Dylan, a private investigator who is drawn into the world of the undead. Actor Sam Huntington suits up as his sidekick.

The story kicks off when both are approached by a woman claiming to have seen her father brutally murdered by a mysterious creature.

TOM JOYNER MAKES HIS CASE

Tom Joyner

Tom Joyner

Yesterday there was an outpouring of love and support for the TJMS through e-mails, texts and phone calls letting us know how much we will be missed on Chicago radio. Many of you were looking for a call to action, and to you I say this: One, thank you for caring enough to take time out of your busy life to let us know how you feel. Two, the most immediate call to action for people in Chicago and anywhere else where we aren’t heard is to listen on BlackAmericaWeb.com – which, by the way, had a record number of people tuning in to hear our show yesterday. Three, support the advertisers you hear on our stations, and let them know you’re supporting them because you heard them advertising on our show. And four, pass this message on to all other community members who want to keep the voice of black radio alive!

What We Are Up Against
Without boring you, I’d like to give you a quick lesson in black radio and what we are up against in this ever-changing world. We face a system that has never worked in the favor of black media. And other factors such as a new ratings system and the country’s horrible economic state stack even more odds against us. The bottom line is black radio will never be what it once was, and there’s absolutely nothing we can do about that. There are and will continue to be radio stations playing urban music, and of those few, the only way they will survive is if they are making money. They make money from the commercials they sell, and that’s based on them being able to prove that the people listening are good candidates for buying their products. It isn’t personal; it’s business. And as much as I appreciate the emotions expressed in the letters, texts and e-mails I’ve gotten, we can only move forward if we recognize the business we’re dealing with.

Like all businesses, the success of black radio is based on supply and demand – not just for the station owners and the advertisers but for the audience too. You know what you want, and you know whether the radio stations you tune in to are providing it. As much as you love to hear R&B music, if that were all you wanted, you could load your iPod with your favorite songs and never tune in to black radio again. But you obviously want more than that, and you have fewer places to get it than ever before. So, the issue is much bigger than which urban D.J. you like better in the morning. The issue is whether the urban format is worth saving.

It Was Black Radio That Empowered Us
The old saying “Give a man fish, you feed him for a day; but teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime” has never rung truer. If it had not been for the urban format, many of us would not have ever known the importance of radio advocacy and how a wrong can be righted with the power of our phone calls, pens, voices and votes. It has helped us to do everything from saving a sitcom from cancellation to electing the first African-American president. It has made us more accountable, more self reliant and more empowered.

In the end, whether there are 50 black radio stations or two, you will have been victorious because you stood tall and lifted your voice. We have black radio to thank for that, and that’s something no man, no format, and no conglomerate can take away. So we move forward stronger, wiser and looking for a better way to do things – and that’s a lot more than play music. Please comment on this at my blog on BlackAmericaWeb.com and for those of you that can’t currently hear the Tom Joyner Morning Show the morning stream can also be found there too.

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March 26, 1872: Thomas J.Martin is awarded a patent for the fire extinguisher.

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Singer Diana Ross is 64.

Actor Ernest Thomas (“What’s Happening”) is 59.

Singer Teddy Pendergrass is 58.

Rapper Juvenile is 33.

Rapper J-Kwon is 22.

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March 25, 2009

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.
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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CHICAGO: JOYNER OUT/STEVE HARVEY IN

Tom Joyner "Out" In Chicago

Wow! What the?! Those are the responses a lot of folks are saying when they hear the news that in Chicago, the nationally syndicated “Fly Jock,” Tom Joyner is no longer on the radio.

That means that when listeners in the Chicago area turn on their radios to WVAZ-FM 102.7, this morning, they’ll be hearing Steve Harvey instead. The nationally syndicated Steve Harvey show was, until today, only heard on WGCI-FM.

Steve Harvey "In"

In a way you could see this one coming because Clear Channel owns both stations and distributes The Steve Harvey Show. It’s clear they chose to look out for their own. Joyner is distributed by and associated with Radio One.

Published reports say Harvey will simulcast on both stations until March 31 and that Clear Channel, the owner of both stations, has not yet said what its plans are after that for WGCI-FM. The thinking is that any change occurring on April 1 risks being interpreted as an April Fool’s Day prank.

“Tom Joyner has been a great partner with V103 for the past 13 years, making it difficult to part ways,” WVAZ-FM program director Derrick Brown told the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rosenthal. “We appreciate all Tom’s hard work and wish him continued success.”

“Steve Harvey is an entertainment and marketing juggernaut,” Brown also added. “There are very few entertainers who have successfully tackled radio, TV, film, stage, online and publishing. … Being a ‘King of Comedy,’ nobody can beat Steve being funny.”

Long time Chicagoland listeners know that both men have been in or heard in the market for quite a few years. Comedian/actor/author Harvey began his radio career in 1996 at WGCI-FM as a replacement for Joyner, who, on the other hand began his Chicago connection back in the 80s when local radio executive Marv Dyson hired him at Johnson Publishing’s WJPC-AM. Dyson went on to become president and general manager at WGCI AM/FM and WVAZ. Tom sent me the following email this morning. ( Freddie Bell)

We always say that when we come back from vacation something big has either happened or is about to happen. Well, this one topped them all. After 16 years, the Tom Joyner Morning Show won’t be broadcast on a local Chicago radio station, at this time.

For Sybil and me, our relationship with the Chicago radio listeners goes back more than 20 years and believe me it has not ended by any stretch of the imagination.

Friends and family in the Chicago market will continue to listen to the Party with a Purpose on http://www.BlackAmericaWeb.com. So this isn’t the end, it’s just a change, so please pass his e-mail along to them.

Even though we’re heard in more than 100 markets around the country, Chicago is home, it’s the Mother Ship, the Flagship, all those words that mean it is the place that launched the TJMS. It’s where we came from and where we always could go back to. And we’re still there, just in a different way—for now!

We’ve had great times in Chicago and we’ll be there soon to officially thank the thousands and thousands of you who made us what we are, and will be here with us as we take this to another level. We got where we are by knowing who you are, what you want and by Super Serving our audience, just like my mentor John H. Johnson taught me to do. This world is changing but the doing the right thing never does, and we will continue to do what we’ve always done for the African American Community.

JACKSON TO ADOPT A CHILD?

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

In the down time preceding his 50-date residency at London’s O2 arena this summer, Michael Jackson will reportedly look into adopting a child.

A source tells British newspaper the Sunday Express that Jackson wants a sibling for his three children – Prince, 11, Paris Katherine, 10, and Prince Michael II, five. The eldest two are from a brief marriage to his former dermatology nurse Deborah Rowe and it is not known who gave birth to Prince Michael II, a.k.a. Blanket.

“Before his concerts he has said he wants to spend at least three weeks in Britain, getting used to the time zone and exploring the country. It is during this period that he wants to have meetings about adoption,” the source claimed. “He has not said if he wants a boy or girl, just that it would be good for the family to have another brother or sister.”

MIRACLES FINALLY GET A STAR

Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson


Smokey Robinson now has two stars representing him on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – one for his career as a solo artist, and a brand new star for his run as lead singer of the famed Motown group, The Miracles.

The crooner was on hand Friday as his former back up group was honored in a ceremony that included one-time labelmates Stevie Wonder and Mary Wilson of the original Supremes, as well as Motown founder Berry Gordy.

“I’ve had a star for the last 20 years or so, and it is way, way, way, way overdue” for The Miracles, Robinson told the crowd, according to the Associated Press.

According to Ron Brewington, National Vice President, Motown Alumni Association (MAA), his organization was the sponsor for the Miracles getting their star.

A number of events this year mark the 50th anniversary of the legendary Motown record label. Last week in Detroit, Gordy and Robinson joined the “American Idol” finalists to tape a segment set to air on Wednesday.

“Idol’s” Motown Week will culminate with a duet between Robinson and the show’s season 2 winner Ruben Studdard. The pair will perform on the results show, which moves from Wednesday to Thursday this week to accommodate President Obama’s Tuesday press conference. “Idol’s” performance show moves from Tuesday to Wednesday night

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Mar. 24, 2002: Halle Berry becomes the first black woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the movie “Monster’s Ball.”
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TV personality Star Jones is 47.

Rapper Maceo of De La Soul is 39.

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March 24, 2009

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.
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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MARY J. BLIGE CAN DO BAD

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige

Tyler Perry has chosen R&B superstar and nine-time Grammy winner Mary J. Blige to co-star in his next film, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” due in theaters on Sept. 11.

Blige joins cast member Taraji P. Henson, who was nominated for an Oscar this year. The singer will play a nightclub manager and singer who is good friends with Henson’s character.

The Lionsgate film, adapted from Perry’s stage play, is currently shooting at his Atlanta Studios. The venerable and money-making Madea will also make an appearance, says the Hollywood Reporter.

As for her acting resume, Blige recently did a guest stint on “Entourage.” Her last big-screen appearance was in the 2001 drama “Prison Song.”

Blige is coming off two sold-out national tours and is in the studio working on a new album due out this year from Interscope Geffen. The singer already has eight platinum or multiplatinum albums.

PRINCE TO PERFORM THREE SHOWS IN ONE NIGHT

Prince

Prince

Los Angeles will be saturated with Prince this week as he promotes the March 29th release of his albums “LOtUSFLOW3R” and “MPLSoUND.”

In addition to the previously-announced three-night stand on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” from Wednesday through Friday (March 25-27), Prince is scheduled to perform three full-length concerts on Saturday, March 28, at separate venues within Los Angeles’ $2.5 billion L.A. Live sports and entertainment complex.

Doors for the first show, at Nokia Theater L.A. Live will open at 5:30 p.m.; doors at the Conga Room open at 8 p.m.; and doors at Club Nokia will open at 11:30 p.m.

Fans will be required to purchase separate tickets for each concert. Tickets go on sale March 22 via ticketmaster.com and lotusflow3r.com for $77 (plus additional fees).

ELLEN TO COVER O MAGAZINE

Ellen Degeneres

Ellen Degeneres

Persistence has paid off for Ellen DeGeneres. After months of campaigning to appear on the cover of Oprah Winfrey’s O magazine, DeGeneres got her wish on Friday when the mighty O herself delivered the news in a surprise live video appearance.

Ellen’s attempt to score an O cover became a popular segment on her talk show. The comedian would show various versions of the latest O issue with her image photo-shopped into the picture. In one cover, Ellen sits in the palm of Winfrey’s outstretched hand. In another, Ellen peeks out from underneath her dress.

Winfrey said she was reluctant to make the offer, only because the Ellen-enhanced versions of her cover were so humorous. Oprah said she was serious about her offer, which comes on the heels of first lady Michelle Obama’s appearance on the cover. Ellen will become the second person other than Winfrey to appear on the O cover.

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Mar. 23, 1916: Marcus Mosiah Garvey arrives in America from Jamaica.
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Singer Chaka Khan is 56.

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March 20, 2009

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.
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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PRINCE LAUNCHES NEW FAN SITE

Prince

Prince

Prince is launching a fan subscription service that will offer exclusive music, video, lyrics, artwork, photos and much more – all for a yearly price of $77.

At www.Lotusflow3r.com, subscribers will also have access to tickets for live shows, footage from previous concerts and exclusive information about private or secret shows.

The $77 subscription may also include instant access to live streaming performances from his Los Angeles home — complete with song requests — and a vast array of previously unreleased music, but this aspect of the service has not been confirmed, reports Reuters.

The site is scheduled to go live on March 24 and will give paid members the ability to download his two new albums, “LOtUSFLOW3R” and “MPLSoUND,” as well as his collaboration with new artist Bria Valente entitled “Elixer,” for free and ahead of their March 29 retail release.

To promote the new online destination, the rock icon will perform three different sets March 24 at three still-undisclosed locations with three separate bands. Details for the shows will be unveiled at the new site in the coming days.

As previously reported, Prince is scheduled to hold down a three-night stand on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” March 25-28 to promote his new releases.

KANYE ARRESTED AT AIRPORT

Kanye West

Kanye West

Six months after Kanye West’s infamous run-in with photogs at Los Angeles International Airport, prosecutors have filed three misdemeanor charges against the rapper for his role in the incident.

West faces battery, grand theft and vandalism charges over the videotaped destruction of a photographer’s camera.

West faces two and a half years in jail if convicted.

West was arrested at LAX several days after performing at the MTV Video Music Awards in September.

TMZ.com shot video that showed West breaking the flash of a photographer’s camera inside a terminal, and his manager breaking the camera itself and accosting TMZ’s videographer:

SPIKE LEE’S KOB FILM GET NY PREMIERE

Spike Lee, Director

Spike Lee, Director

Spike Lee’s “Kobe Doin’ Work,” a telepic capturing a day in the life of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, will have its world premiere next month during the Tribeca Film Festival before its May debut on ESPN.

During last year’s playoffs, Lee and his cinematographer, Matthew Libatique, spent the day with the NBA standout. With unlimited access to Bryant before, during and after the game, the result is a definitive portrait of one of the sport’s greatest athletes.

The April 25 bow is part of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. Following its premiere, “Kobe Doin’ Work” will be televised Saturday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPNHD.

“We are proud to kick off the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival with a documentary showcasing not only Spike Lee’s fervent love of basketball, but our collective commitment to great storytelling,” said Keith Clinkscales, senior vice president ESPN content development. “‘Kobe Doin’ Work’ and the entire sports festival slate speak to the power of film and sports to inspire, motivate and transform.”

Seven more sports-themed films will screen during the festival’s April 22 – May 3 run in lower Manhattan.

AND THE WINNER IS MARY J.

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige and Universal Records have been cleared of all wrongdoing in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against them in January.

Leonard Jones and James White had claimed Blige’s 2001 hit single, “Family Affair,” had lyrics similar to a demo track the two produced called “Party Ain’t Crunk.”

According to Essence.com, the plaintiffs failed to provide enough substantial evidence, forcing the judge to dismiss the case.

The Queen of Hip Hop/Soul sold over 4 million copies of “Family Affair” worldwide. The song remained on the Billboard’s Hot 100 for six weeks.

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Mar. 19, 1619: Birthday of William Tucker, the first African child born in the colonies. Tucker was baptized in Jamestown, Virginia. There are unconfirmed reports that he lived to be 108 yrs. old.
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Singer Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters is 63.

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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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PRESIDENTIAL RACISM CONTINUES

Is This Racism?

Is This Racism?

A German frozen food company says it had no idea that its new product, a fried chicken offering called Obama Fingers, could be viewed as racially offensive.

The frozen food product, described by the company Sprehe as “tender, juicy pieces of chicken breast, coated and fried,” said it is using the U.S. president’s name because he symbolizes hope, and in this struggling economy, hope sells.

“We noticed that American products and the American way of eating are trendy at the moment,” Judith Witting, sales manager for Sprehe, told Spiegel Online. “Americans are more relaxed. Not like us stiff Germans, like (Chancellor Angela) Merkel.”

The idea, she claimed, was to get in on the Obama-mania which continues to grip Germany. The word “fingers” in the name refers to the fact that it is a finger food.

For Americans in Germany, though, a fried chicken product named after the first black president may be racially insensitive, as fried chicken has long been associated with African American stereotypes.

Witting told Spiegel the connection never even occurred to her. “It was supposed to be an homage to the American lifestyle and the new U.S. president,” she said.

TYRA SAYS TRYOUTS CONTIUNUE

Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks has vowed to address the melee that shut down New York auditions for “America’s Next Top Model,” leaving hundreds of girls without a fair shot.

“To all the `Top Model’ hopefuls who were affected by the New York casting, we are doing everything we can to make sure that ALL the girls who weren’t seen, get an opportunity to audition — we’ll update you on our plans very soon,” Banks said in a statement issued by the CW network.

Three people were arrested and six injured in the Saturday stampede outside of Manhattan’s Park Central hotel. Police blamed the melee on pushing and shoving that began when the line of hopefuls swelled to a throng of several thousand. Organizers hadn’t expected a crowd that size and were overwhelmed by it.

The situation escalated when a smoking car broke down nearby and a rumor spread that it might be a bomb, police said. Three people were cited for resisting arrest and other infractions after they toppled a police barrier, police said.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has blamed the “Top Model” producers for the riot, saying they should have requested police assistance.

In Banks’ joint statement with executive producer Ken Mok, she said: “We are concerned by the events. We still don’t know all the details of what triggered the incident. We appreciate the efforts of the NYPD and will assist them in any way possible in this matter.”\

HERBIE HANCOCK JOINS PHILHARMONIC

Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has tapped Herbie Hancock as its new creative chair for jazz, a post that oversees jazz programming at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.

According to Variety, the Grammy winner is scheduled to begin a two-year tenure starting with the 2010 season. He will succeed Christian McBride, who has held the post since 2006.

Meanwhile, the Hollywood Bowl also rounded out its summer season at Monday’s announcement, filling in some of the TBA dates. Jazz at the Bowl performances include Sergio Mendes, Natalie Cole, Buddy Guy and Patti LaBelle.

The Beastie Boys will make their Bowl debut on Sept 24. Also unveiled, KCRW’s World Festival lineup will feature, among others, Grace Jones.

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Mar. 18, 1877: President Hayes appointed Frederick Douglass marshal of District of Columbia
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Country singer Charley Pride is 71.

Singer Irene Cara is 50.

Singer Vanessa Williams is 46.

Rapper-actress Queen Latifah is 39.

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“We come to love not by finding a perfect person but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.” — Sam Keen

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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.
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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MONIQUE RADIO END NOT HER IDEA

Monique

Monique

Redding News Review is reporting that “The Mo’Nique Show” will end its eight-month run this week because the host was denied a new contract from distributor, Syndication One.

“Her contract was not renewed,” the source told Redding News Review.

As previously reported, Syndication One released a statement saying Mo’Nique was choosing not to continue with the program because she wanted to focus more on her career in television, film and comedy.

“I would like to thank my fabulous board of directors for their daily inspiration and feedback and Radio One for the opportunity to further my entertainment brand through radio,” she was quoted as saying in the news release.

However, the story of her denied contract appears to be more in line with what really happened, according to Redding. The source says Mo’Nique spoke about the situation on Friday. She told listeners that the choice of her leaving was beyond her control and that listeners had not heard the last of her on the radio.

The show was pulled from some markets in the middle of her emotional rant, the source said. Her show is officially scheduled to conclude on Wednesday.

BEYONCE COVERS VOGUE

Beyonce on Vogue

Beyonce on Vogue

Beyonce Knowles, the cover girl for Vogue magazine’s April issue, speaks candidly in the article about the importance of embracing her curves, as well as other topics such as singing for the president and her status as a role model.

The 27-year-old has famously adjusted her weight to fit various film roles – whether it’s losing 20 pounds for her character Deena in “Dreamgirls” or gaining an additional 20 to play Etta James in Cadillac Records.

“It’s easy for me to gain weight,” she says. “I’m not a naturally stick-thin girl. I’m not heavy but I’m not skinny either.”

Her self-confidence and poise have made her a role model to young girls everywhere, including President Obama’s daughters, Sasha and Malia.

“The amount of influence I have on these young girls is scary sometimes. But I also understand how lucky I am to have that,” said Beyonce.

The April issue of Vogue arrives on newsstands March 24. Click here for additional photos of Beyonce and the full article at Vogue.com.

FOOTBALL’S STRAHAN GETS TV SHOW

Michael Strahan

Michael Strahan

Former pro football player Michael Strahan, an analyst for “Fox NFL Sunday,” is venturing into the world of scripted television via a new pilot for Fox.

Tentatively titled “Brothers,” the Sony Pictures TV/Tantamount project will feature the former New York Giants star as a retired NFL player who returns to his hometown and starts working to reconnect with his family — especially his brother (Daryl “Chill” Mitchell), who is confined to a wheelchair following a car accident.

In real life, Mitchell was paralyzed in a 2001 motorcycle accident; he played a paralyzed bowling alley manager on NBC’s “Ed.” Prior to his accident, he also starred in “Veronica’s Closet” and “The John Larroquette Show.”

As for Strahan, his acting resume includes an appearance in a Web series, a commercial for Snickers and a humorous advertisement for Right Guard. Strahan hosted Spike TV’s “Pros vs. Joes” and the DIY Network series “Backyard Stadiums,” and he has guest starred on NBC’s “Chuck.”

TOP MODEL STAMPEDE

Top Model

Top Model

New Jersey resident Jessica Paravati was prepared to stand in long lines for her chance to join Cycle 13 of “America’s Next Top Model” during Saturday’s auditions in New York. What she didn’t count on was for the lines to suddenly become unruly, violent and life-threatening.

“It was the scariest moment of my life,” Paravati, 21, told People.com of the stampede on Saturday, which left six people injured and three in handcuffs. “I thought I could die and it was absolutely horrible.”

According to Paravati, a Palisades Park, N.J., resident, the crowd of hopefuls waiting to audition outside New York’s Park Central Hotel became panicked once she and others saw a BMW billowing smoke and heard people screaming “bomb” and “guns.”

“I was at the front of the line but I saw smoke near the end of the line,” she said. “Once people saw the smoke everyone started to run and started to push each other towards the front of the line towards me. I could not move and my instinct was to run like everyone else.”

However, Paravati along with her best friend, were trapped and unable to move, she says.

“As the stampede started girls were screaming for their life and people started crying as they were falling all over the ground and running on top of each other trying to jump over the barricades,” she said. “I was screaming too. I was so scared. I’ve never seen anything like it. We were trapped.”

Paravati managed to avoid injury because she had her best friend to lean on, literally. “I grabbed onto her and she grabbed onto me to hold each other up not to fall down and get run over,” she said. “Luckily we managed and didn’t fall over anything.”

With the auditions immediately canceled, Paravati added, “I didn’t get to audition but I am thankful that I’m alive and not hurt.”

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Mar. 17, 1946: Jackie Roosevelt Robinson made his professional debut as a member of the Montreal Royals in the Daytona Beach ballpark that now bears his name. One year later, Robinson would break Major League Baseball’s color barrier and earn the inaugural Rookie of the Year Award as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
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Percussionist Harold Brown of War is 63.

Actor Mathew St. Patrick (“Six Feet Under”) is 41.

Actor Yanic Truesdale (“Gilmore Girls”) is 40.

Rapper Swifty of D12 is 34.

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