Morning Show Update

January 24, 2007

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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The Oscar noms are out this morning and to no one’s surprise Dreamgirls garnered the most nods. The Motown inspired production received a total of 8 nominations. But what is a surprise is that the film did NOT receive a best picture nomination. With Dreamgirls out of the running, Academy voters will choose between Babel, The Departed, Letters From Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine and The Queen for best picture.

As expected, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson were both nominated for best supporting actor and actress, respectively for their roles in Dreamgirls. Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland and Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness received best actor nominations.

Whitaker and Hudson are the favorites to win their categories say Oscar watchers.

The 79th Academy Awards will be telecast live from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, Feb 25 at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern on ABC-TV.


Singer and songwriter Musiq Soulchild will make his return to the market with his first album for the Atlantic label. The new album is called Luvanmusiq, due March 13th. The first single from the set is “Buddy,” which is currently climbing the urban AC radio charts. A video for the track is being completed and will hit airwaves next month.

“I’m excited to be an Atlantic recording artist for the simple fact that it’s a label of great tradition and legacy, which has been responsible for signing some of the greatest artists of all time — from Ray Charles, Led Zeppelin, and John Coltrane to Gerald Levert, T.I., and James Blunt,” said Musiq in a statement. “Just to be added to this great list of artists is enough in itself. I look forward to working with the Atlantic team to continue the legacy.”

Luvanmusiq is the Philadelphia performer’s first album in more than three years, following 2003’s SoulStar.

Musiq burst onto the scene in 2000 with his debut, Aijuswannaseing, featuring the singles “Just Friends (Sunny)” and “Love. ” He followed up in 2002 with the Number One R&B album Juslisen, and scored with the tunes “Dontchange” and “Halfcrazy.”


R&B singer Avant has been busy lately traveling and performing as part of David E. Talbert’s BET-sponsored play, Love In The Nick of Tyme. Although busy, the singer has decided to leave Geffen Records. He told, “I’m just checking around. There’s a lot of different people I’m talking to. Diddy is definitely in the talking. Me and Diddy been talking. It’s a blessing to be able to talk to and work with your peers and people you look up to.”

Avant released his last album, The Director, in 2006 on Geffen Records. Avant recently explained how he “directs” the songs he writes: “Definitely. If you don’t see the people you definitely visualize the situations that you write about. It’s a fairy tale that you bring true, so I think that’s like a form of movie directing as well, you know what I mean? You have to see the vision and you have to make the vision become life. It’s different, but it’s the same in alot of different aspects.”

The singer released his debut album, My Thoughts, in 2000 on the Magic Johnson Music label. After he severed ties with Johnson, Avant released two other albums, 2002’s Ecstasy and 2003’s Private Room, through MCA/Geffen Records.


Justin Timberlake has two hit singles currently on the charts from his sophomore solo album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, which he produced with Timbaland. Timberlake told me that the his new songs have such good beats because of the chemistry the pair had in the studio: “In producing this record together, it was definitely more free. You know, I would tinker around with ideas on his drum machine. It was just kind of more open and free. If there was a guitar part, you know, I would lay it down. But Timbaland is extremely good at putting beats together — definitely kind of abstract beats that all of a sudden that start to make sense. And you know we kinda think the same when it comes to rhythm and melody.”

Timberlake is currently on the road in support of FutureSex/LoveSounds. His next show is Saturday (January 27th) in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Songwriter, producer, and performer Maurice White is excited about his latest project, an all- star collection of the Earth, Wind & Fire songs he wrote being performed by an array of contemporary artists. The new album is titled Interpretations: Celebrating The Music Of Earth, Wind, & Fire and is due on the revived Stax label on March 27th.

Participating on the project are Chaka Khan, Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi, Angie Stone, Musiq, Bilal, Mint Condition, Dwele and others.

White says that the music of Earth, Wind & Fire and other bands of the ’70s and ’80s are simply timeless, which is why the tunes are finding favor with new artists again. He told me: “Well I think it’s just very obvious that the music of the ’70s and ’80s was really something that has new life now, because a lot of the artists of today are doing material of that period. It’s like that music will never die.”

The first single from Interpretations is Kirk Franklin’s version of “September.”


Bill Cosby, U2 frontman Bono, and newscaster Soledad O’Brien are all slated to receive special honors at the upcoming 38th annual NAACP Image Awards ceremony.

Comedian, actor, and philanthropist Cosby will be inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall Of Fame. The honor is reserved for those individuals whose career has made a national and international impact.

Irish performer Bono will receive the NAACP Chairman’s Award in recognition of his work to help end famine and the AIDS pandemic throughout the world. He was chosen for the honor by the NAACP’s chairman, Julian Bond.

The NAACP President’s Award will be bestowed on newscaster Soledad O’Brien, the co-anchor of CNN’s American Morning. In particular, it was her work in covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami that earned her the NAACP’s honor for distinguished public service.

The 38th annual NAACP Image Awards will be broadcast from Los Angeles on March 2nd at 8 p.m. on the Fox networks.


The popular all African American big top event known as the UniverSoul Circus is back for another year. The 14th season of the circus is themed “The Magic of Soul” and kicks off on Tuesday, February 6th, in Savannah, Georgia, and will travel to a total of 27 cities.

This year, the lineup will focus on magic and mystique, including illusionist Jon Ross, who combines magic and dance for a unique experience. Also on board are flying trapeze performers, contortionists, Chinese bicycle daredevils, aerial gymnasts, and more.

“Every season, UniverSoul Circus gives our fans something new,” explained founder Cedric Walker. “This year our audiences will journey into the unknown for a night of mystery, fantasy, and intrigue.”

For a complete list of performance dates and locales, log onto universoulcir


American Idol judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell say they’re no crueler this season than in past incarnations of the hit show. Despite criticism about their laughing in people’s faces and calling contestants names, the trio insist they’re following the same formula as they did from the get-go. Jackson told reporters this weekend, “It’s no different than it ever was. It’s what we do.”

Their barbs may have angered some, like The View’s Rosie O’Donnell, but they did nothing to dissuade viewers. Last week’s Idol premiere attracted a record 37.3 million viewers on Tuesday (January 16th), and Wednesday’s (January 17th) edition followed suit with 36.9 million tuning into the contest.

Randy Jackson comes off as the nicest and most accessible of the judges during the audition phase of the show, and he said during a phone interview that it’s probably because he’s had a lot of audition experience: “Me, having to be an A&R guy for 15 years and also being a musician myself and being on countless number of auditions when I was growing up, you know, you’re used to doing it. You know, it’s what I do.”

In related American Idol news:

Paula Abdul said this weekend that she’s “healthy and sober,” according to the New York Times, and says she has not been under the influence of drugs while promoting the show. There had been speculation in recent weeks that she had been using drugs, after video of her slurring her words and speaking incoherently. “I’ve never been drunk… I’m not under the influence of anything,” she said.

Black History Fact

In 1821, Minister Lott Cary left the United States leading a group of freed slaves, most of whom were members of the American Colonization Society, to colonize a small portion of West Africa. This area became known as the Republic Of Liberia in 1847.
In 1837, Amanda Berry Smith, who was born into slavery, became an independent missionary and traveled the U.S. and three other continents.
In 1891, Surgical pioneer Dr. Daniel Hale Williams founded Provident Hospital in Chicago. At the same time, he founded the Provident Hospital School Of Nursing because African-American woman Emma Reynolds had been denied admission to every school of nursing in Chicago.
In 1933, The 24th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, eliminating poll and other taxes as a prerequisite for voting.
In 1941, Richard Wright won the Spingarn Medal for Native Son.
In 1945, The National Association Of Colored Nursing Graduates pressured the Army Nurse Corps to drop its color bar and admit nurses without regard to race.
In 1962, Student demonstrations against discrimination in off-campus housing at the University Of Chicago began. CORE charged that the university operated segregated apartment houses.
In 1976, Actor, singer, athlete, and activist Paul Robeson died.
In 1977, ABC began televising the Roots miniseries, which would go on to be the most watched miniseries in history. The series was based on Alex Haley’s book.
In 1993, Reverend Thomas A. Dorsey, who’s regarded as the founder of gospel music, died in Chicago. He was a prolific composer, performer, and recording artist. His signature songs “Take My Hand Precious Lord” and “Peace In The Valley” have become gospel music staples that have been recorded by many artists. He wrote “Take My Hand Precious Lord” after the unexpected death of his wife and newborn child.
In 1993, Positive K’s “I’ve Got A Man” topped the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart.
In 1999, Brandy’s “Have You Ever?” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the second straight week.
In 2003, Nell Carter, who played the stout, sassy housekeeper on the 1980s sitcom Gimme A Break! and won a Tony Award in 1978 for her sultry turn in the Broadway musical Ain’t Misbehavin’, died at the age of 54.

Celebrity Birthdays

Reggie Calloway, member of Midnight Star, 52
Earl Falconer, member of UB40, 50
Marc Nelson, member of AZ Yet, 36
Anita Pointer, member of the Pointer Sisters, 59
Words To the Wise

Dream big dreams
Contact Information
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Minneapolis, MN 55439