Morning Show Update

October 20, 2006

Welcome to the Update

Freddie Bell, velvet morning voice talent and General Manager of Z 1470 Totally Gospel (KZTG – 1470) is a mellifluous voice actor, broadcast-journalist and speaker who is also a 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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Join Radio Personality Freddie Bell as he plays co-host to Harvest of Souls III, this Friday October 20th at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis.
The gospel concerts features performances by J. Moss and Kim Burrell! Tickets are available at Electric Fetus at 612-870-9300 or through Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church at 612-588-4709.


Now that’s for real! Join me in Brooklyn Park at K& G Mensmart for a live broadcast tomorrow afternoon, October 21st from 6:30 until 8:30pm. We’ll have giveaways, discount cards and plenty of fun as we save you money on clothing purchases. And of course you get to hear great gospel selections as you shop at K&G. Bring the entire family out to this shopping event and check out the latest fashions from your favorite designers and walk away stylin and profilin’ as you make your fashion statement. Pass this information along to a friend and be sure to join us this Saturday. I look forward to meeting you.


Rapper Ricky “Slick Rick” Walters continues his long-running legal battle with the U.S. government who wants him deported for a crime he committed 16 years ago.

Best known for his 1980s hits “La-Di-Da-Di” and “Children’s Story,” the London-born MC finds himself facing an uncertain future in the U.S. after a federal appeals court in September ruled in favor of the government in its fight to overturn a 2003 ruling that freed him from a Florida detention facility.

“The situation we’re talking about happened in 1990,” Walters said Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. “This is 2006. I don’t know if this is about politics, or the law, or what. I’m just leaving it in God’s hands.”

In his initial 1990 crime, Walters shot his cousin and a bystander, claiming the cousin had extorted money and threatened his family. He spent time in jail for attempted murder before returning to his home and family in the Bronx in 1993.

That same year, the Immigration and Naturalization Service tried to deport the eye-patch wearing artist and jailed him again. A December 1995 ruling by an immigration judge said keeping Walters in the United States was “in the best interest of the country,” and he was quickly freed.

Walters, now 41, resumed his recording career and stayed out of trouble, but was arrested by INS agents again in June 2002 after returning to Miami from a weeklong Caribbean cruise where he was a featured performer. INS was acting on a 1997 warrant that was never previously enforced, although Walters had lived in the Bronx since before it was issued.

A federal judge eventually ruled in October 2003 that the Bureau of Immigration Appeals had denied Walters due process in issuing the warrant — the rapper’s second victory in court, although the win cost him more jail time.

“With all of the real and present threats to American society from terrorism, why is the government chasing this rapper?” asked Benjamin Chavis, co-chairman of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network.

In the latest ruling on Sept. 20, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York vacated the 2003 order freeing Walters and ordered the case switched to a Georgia appeals court considered far more conservative. Attorneys for Walters may appeal for the New York court to hear the case, rather than grant the change of venue. The Second Circuit, while ruling for the government, noted that Walters had a good chance of avoiding deportation.

Walters, meanwhile, says he will go on with his daily activities, playing shows and paying bills. He doesn’t see any other options.

“If you were in my shoes, how would you look at life?” he asked. “You’d ride life out, too. Anger would just make life not enjoyable, you know what I mean?”


An attorney for rapper Fabolous says his client may not have been aware that loaded firearms were in a vehicle that attempted to rush him to the hospital following his shooting on Tuesday.

“Sooner or later, we feel the investigation will be redirected and he will be viewed as a victim of a crime rather someone who was involved in a crime,” said attorney Alberto Ebanks, according to

As previously reported, the artist and three other men were arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and possession of a defaced firearm after he was approached by a man and shot in the right thigh outside of the Manhattan restaurant Justin’s, owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs.

The four men were pulled over by police for running a red light en route to the hospital. During a search of the Dodge Magnum, police found two loaded guns – a 9mm and a .40 caliber pistol — one of which had been defaced.

“I don’t know that he knows anything about those guns in that car, and he categorically denies carrying or possessing any firearms,” Ebanks told MTV. “If he had two guns, he probably wouldn’t have gotten shot that day.”

Ebanks said that according to New York law, any contraband seized in a car is considered to be in possession of all the occupants unless one person admits ownership.

“Nobody has done that at this point,” he said. “But that’s not the vehicle he drove to Justin’s in, it was just the one that picked him up after he was shot.”

Ebanks said the Magnum is owned by the Brooklyn-born rapper’s corporation, Ghetto Fabolous Inc. Fabolous was eventually taken to Bellevue Hospital while the other three men – Kevin Bass, 18; Percell German, 23; and Rascharm Davis, 29 – were taken to the police station.

Ebanks said the bullet passed fully through the rapper’s upper thigh, but Fab is expected to make a full recovery. He is currently free after posting $15,000 bail and is due back in court on Friday (Oct. 27) to answer the charges.

Meanwhile, Ebanks was asked to comment on a possible link between the Fabolous shooting and an incident that occurred at the same location two hours earlier during which Boston Celtics point guard Sebastian Telfair was robbed of his $50,000 chain.

“I think Justin’s caters to people who are famous and wannabes who prey on its high-profile clients,” he said. “My understanding is that this was absolutely not a beef, that it was not someone he expected would do something. He doesn’t have any beefs with anyone.”

Telfair, also from Brooklyn, was asked to look at four lineups with one that included Fabolous, but failed to identify the culprit, reports Police are still searching for the suspect in both incidents.


Officials for the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in South Carolina are blaming a shift change for the long wait experienced last May by Rose Rock, the mother of actor/comedian Chris Rock.

The company sent representatives to a news conference held Wednesday outside of the Murrells Inlet restaurant, where Rock and her 21-year-old daughter, Andi Rock, say they were the victims of racial discrimination after waiting over 30 minutes for attention as other people were being served.

Rock, a resident of Georgetown, S.C. and host of a local radio show, was supported at the press conference by Rev. Al Sharpton, who offered to help with a planned lawsuit against the Lebanon, Tenn.-based restaurant chain.

“We’re outraged that racism is permitted,” Sharpton said, according to South Carolina’s The “Mrs. Rock did what was right. In frustration, she reached out to us.”

Wynne, vice president of corporate affairs for Cracker Barrel, said the incident is under investigation.

“We made an honest mistake,” she said. “It was not a discrimination issue. It was a service issue.”

Wynne said Rock, a regular customer at the Murrells Inlet restaurant, arrived there around 4:30 p.m. on May 16 during the shift change. By mistake, Rock’s table was not assigned a server, she said. The restaurant manager offered Rock a free meal, and Rock also received a gift package from Cracker Barrel, Wynne said.

Rock, meanwhile, said she and her daughter sat for 30 minutes before noticing other people receiving iced tea and menus. A hostess ignored her, and the manager did not tell any servers to apologize, Rock said.

“It’s hard to miss two black people in a sea of white folks,” Rock said. “We stick out.”

Wynne said the restaurant’s mistake has led to an internal review of its service issues throughout the restaurant chain. Officials with Cracker Barrel have offered to meet with Rock, she said.

As previously reported, Cracker Barrel has had a history of lawsuits and complaints over refusing to serve black customers, discriminating against minority workers and firing gay employees.


*During last Sunday’s “60 Minutes” interview with Kim Roberts, a stripper hired to entertain players at a Duke University lacrosse team party, expressed uncertainty over whether it was appropriate to recount the exact words used during an exchange with one of the three suspects charged with raping a second stripper hired for the party.

After Bradley assured her it was okay, Roberts said: “I called him a little dick white boy. … and it ended with him calling me the n-word. And it echoed, so you heard ‘nigger’ once, and then you heard, ‘nigger, nigger, nigger.'”

Roberts’ words were delivered unedited to television viewers of “60 Minutes,” but on the transcript at the CBSNews Web site, “dick” is replaced with [expletive] and “nigger” is written “n…..”

The online edition of the Columbia Journalism Review wanted to know why the Web site decided to edit the content despite its acceptance by the FCC. “60 Minutes” spokesman Kevin Tedesco explained that the CBS employee who wrote the Web site’s story had “assumed wrongly” that the words would be edited out.

He pointed out that neither of the words edited on the Web site are among those forbidden by the FCC and that the producers considered them “crucial to the contest.”

In an interview with the CBS blog Public Eye, Mike Sims, director of the CBSNews site, said that “in general, both those words are not appropriate for the Web site,” but that had he known they would have been used on the air, “I probably would have waved the policy.”


Black History Fact

Oct. 20, 1898: John Merrick starts the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, the first to be owned by an African American.
Oct. 21, 1989: Bertram M. Lee and Peter C.B. Bynoe sign an agreement to purchase the National Basketball Association’s Denver Nuggets for $54 million. They become the first African American owners of a professional basketball team.
Oct. 22, 1953: Clarence S. Green becomes the first African-American certified in neurological surgery.
Celebrity Birthdays

Rapper Snoop Dogg is 35.
Actress Jennifer Nicole Freeman (“My Wife And Kids”) is 21.
Oct. 21: Guitarist Steve Cropper of Booker T. and the MG’s is 65.
Oct. 22: Reggae rapper Shaggy is 38.
Rapper Tracey Lee is 36.
Words To the Wise

Face your fears!
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