Solid Gold Soul
May 22, 2009
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.
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AMAZING AMERICAN IDOL END
Kris Allen beamed with disbelief, shook his head as if to reject that this was really happening and doubled over in shock. The fact that he’d just beaten rollicking vocal powerhouse Adam Lambert for the “American Idol” title wasn’t going to sink in quickly for the unassuming underdog from Arkansas. The only downside to this stunning victory: He was going to have to sing “No Boundaries” one more time.
“I’m sorry, I don’t even know what to feel right now. This is crazy,” said the 23-year-old from Conway, Ark., as he leaned on host Ryan Seacrest to keep from staggering.
Allen’s smooth vocals and boy-next-door image gave him the edge after nearly 100 million viewer votes were cast, turning the theatrical Lambert into the most unlikely of also-rans. When the season started, Allen seemed unsure he had a right to take center stage, let alone stand there and snatch victory from such a formidable rival.
During his “Idol” audition last summer, Allen, hands in his pockets and a newsboy cap pulled down around his eyes, was asked by the judges if he was the best singer around.
“You know, there’s probably people who are better than me,” was Allen’s response, offered in the quiet, low-key spirit he retained despite his growing profile.
Conversely, Lambert’s commanding vocal range and stage presence — and the judges’ lavish adoration — at times turned “Idol” into “The Adam Lambert Show,” with the other contestants mere guests. But it turned out that “Idol” viewers could embrace a gifted performer like Lambert, one who sported black nail polish and bold self-assurance, only to a point.
Cowell tipped his hat to both contestants Wednesday night, who shared a moment of musical camaraderie when they joined with Queen on the rock anthem “We Are the Champions.”
“To both of you, and I don’t normally mean this, I thought you were both brilliant … the future’s all yours,” the judge said.
MAN CONVICTED IN HUMAN BODY PARTS SCAM
A man was convicted Thursday of carving up cadavers donated to UCLA’s medical school and selling the parts to unsuspecting medical research companies in a $1.5 million scheme.
Jurors found Ernest Nelson, 51, guilty of eight counts, including grand theft and tax evasion. Prosecutors said Nelson could face a maximum of 12 years in prison and they want him to repay $1.5 million to UCLA.
Nelson “was willing to go into a willed body program and cut up body parts for his own personal financial gain,” prosecutor Marisa Zarate said after the verdict.
Defense attorney Sean McDonald said he was disappointed by the verdict and left court without further comment.
Prosecutors said Nelson and Henry Reid, the former director of UCLA’s Willed Body Program, devised the scam in 1999.
Nelson, who ran a business transporting body parts to hospitals and medical research firms, has said he thought the sales were authorized by the university.
Prosecutors said he bought the donated torsos, cut them up and kept them frozen in a rented warehouse until they were sold to companies that didn’t know they had been improperly obtained.
Nelson, of Rancho Cucamonga, used cashier’s checks to pay Reid a total of $43,000 in 1999, Zarate said. Other payments were made in cash and weren’t documented, she said.
The plan unraveled after a state health investigator became concerned about a sale in 2003 and contacted UCLA.
Reid has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit grand theft and was sentenced to more than four years in prison.
PRESIDENT DEFENDS PLANS TO CLOSE GITMO
President Defends Gitmo Stand
President Obama on Thursday defended his decision to shutter the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying the prison has made the United States less safe and set back the country’s “moral authority.”
President Obama wants to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, but Congress wants a detailed plan.
1 of 2 “The record is clear: Rather than keep us safer, the prison at Guantanamo has weakened American national security,” Obama said during an address on national security at the National Archives in Washington.
“It is a rallying cry for our enemies. It sets back the willingness of our allies to work with us in fighting an enemy that operates in scores of countries. By any measure, the costs of keeping it open far exceed the complications involved in closing it.”
He said that the facility resulted in the creation of more terrorists than it detained, and he said that over the last seven years, the system of military commissions at Guantanamo succeeded in convicting “a grand total of three suspected terrorists.”
KING MOVIE IN LIMBO AS SIBLINGS FUSS
DreamWorks Studios will back out of plans to produce a movie about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. unless King’s three surviving children settle their differences over the deal, the studio said Wednesday.
From left, Dexter, Bernice, Martin and Yolanda King. The three surviving siblings have had several public rifts.
A longtime friend of the three Kings predicted peace may be at hand for the squabbling siblings and that all of them want Steven Spielberg’s studio to portray their father’s life on the big screen.
The latest public rift between Dexter King, the chief executive of the King estate, and his brother and sister — Martin Luther King III and Bernice King — erupted Tuesday after it was made public that Dexter King, 48, had finalized the deal with DreamWorks.
Martin King, 51, and Bernice King, 46, learned that a deal had been struck when Dexter sent them an e-mail Tuesday morning, just as the news media was being told by the studio, a source close to the family told CNN.
Yolanda King, the eldest of the Kings’ four children, died two years ago at age 51.
Martin King and Bernice King, who live in Atlanta, Georgia, had known that Dexter King, who lives in California, was negotiating with Spielberg on a possible movie deal, the source said.
Bernice King and Martin King said they knew nothing about the DreamWorks project. They said they embraced the idea of a film about their father but told CNN’s “Larry King Live” they were concerned about the deal.
NATALIE COLE HAS NEW KIDNEY, SUSPENDS TOUR
Natalie Cole is the recipient of a brand new kidney, according to an announcement Wednesday from her reps.
The 59-year-old singer underwent successful kidney transplant surgery, her camp stated without any further details at press time.
Cole will reportedly postpone her summer tour as she recovers.
The daughter of the late Nat King Cole has been receiving dialysis three times a week since September. She still continued her concert tour in support of her latest album, “Still Unforgettable.”
The Grammy-winner announced she was diagnosed with hepatitis C in February 2008. Her kidneys failed after treatment and she had since been seeking a donor.
JACKSON CONCERT CANCELLATIONS
Reps for Michael Jackson’s upcoming string of London concerts have announced that several will be postponed, prompting more speculation that the singer’s health is not as good as his camp is claiming.
The opening night at the 02 Arena had been set for July 8 but will be pushed back to July 13, promoters stated. In addition, shows scheduled for July 10, July 12 and July 14 will instead be held in March 2010.
Jackson’s rep, Dr. Tohme Tohme, denied earlier reports that the King of Pop is suffering from skin cancer. The singer’s collaborator, Kenny Ortega, said the postponements were made not for health reasons, but to ensure the delivery of a flawless production.
“We apologize to all disappointed Michael Jackson fans and remain extremely dedicated and focused on creating an exceptional live music experience,” said Ortega, according to the Associated Press.
Promoters said anyone who chooses not to attend the rescheduled shows will be entitled to a full refund.
Black History Fact
May 21, 1881: Blanche Kelso Bruce sworn in as U.S. senator from Mississippi. He was the first black man to serve a full term in the senate, and the first person born into slavery to preside over the senate
Singer Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers is 68.
Actor Mr. T is 57.
Rapper Havoc of Mobb Deep is 35.
Words To the Wise
“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self- confidence is preparation.” — Arthur Ashe
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