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Morning Show Update

February 28, 2007

Welcome to the Update


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 and the launch of Totally Gospel radio in the Twin Cities. Call today for booking details. 888-639-9738.


It looks like Usher’s got it bad for the altar. He will for sure be leaving his bachelor days behind after getting engaged to his girlfriend, stylist Tameka Foster. No word exactly when Usher popped the question or when the twosome will tie the knot. The first clear sign that Usher had taken himself off the market came during last Monday’s NAACP Theatre Image Awards in Beverly Hills, where he accepted his Spirit Award by thanking Foster and introducing her as his “fiancée.” Foster has also been spotted about town recently sporting a 10-carat rock on her ring finger.

The couple has been an item for a year, though some websites say TWO years. They first met back in 2004. Foster has previously worked with such music stars as Toni Braxton and Lauryn Hill she joined Usher as a stylist on his tour.

Apparently, not everyone is thrilled by the prospective nuptials. Usher’s mom, Jonetta Patton, who also serves as Usher` manager is “flipping out” over the union, having previously fired Foster because “she didn’t think she was dressing him according to the caliber of star he was.” It will be Usher’s first marriage and the second go-round for Foster, who was previously married to Ryan Glover, the cofounder of Atlanta-based Noontime Music.


R&B singer Bobby Brown was ordered held behind bars until he pays $19,000 in past due child support and court fees on Monday, February 26th. The Associated Press reports that Brown was arrested on Sunday, February 25th, as he watched his daughter’s cheerleader competition at Attleboro High School in Massachusetts.

The singer owes the money to his former girlfriend, Kim Ward, who lives in Massachusetts with his two teenage children: LaPrincia and Bobby III.

Brown’s lawyer, Phaedra Parks, didn’t expect the singer to come up with the money until Tuesday morning (February 27th), at the earliest.

Parks said, “We’re diligently working on getting those funds available from outside sources…Although this agreement was put in place when he was Bobby Brown the star, this agreement is being enforced when he is not always able to find work. He hasn’t made an album in quite some years.”

Brown was also jailed in October after he fell $11,000 behind in child support. In June he was sentenced to 90 days in jail for falling three months behind but the sentence was suspended when he paid $15,000.


If you were hoping to get your filthy little mitts on a copy of the Kim Kardashian/Ray-J sex tape, you’ll need a little patience.

Vivid Entertainment, the company that plans to distribute the tape, now says it’s on, quote, “temporary hold.” A spokesperson for the company says they wanna reach out to Kim and try to make some kind of deal with her.

One last note: I told you yesterday that Ray-J might not be with Whitney Houston anymore after all. Here’s some video of Ray out on the town the other night with Lil Kim.


Rapper Foxy Brown held a press conference in Brooklyn, New York, on Monday (February 26th) to tell her side of the story following her February 15th arrest in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, was charged with battery and resisting an officer with violence after she allegedly spit and threw some hair products at the owner of the Queen Beauty Supply Store.

According to Brown, she never spat at the owner and she’s the victim in this case. The rapper explained what transpired. She said: “We stopped to use a rest stop which happen to be a beauty supply store, it was open at the time. We walked in, there was a young black girl at the counter who greeted us very warmly, ‘Hi Foxy, how are you? You look beautiful in person.’ I’m like, ‘Thank you. Can we use your bathroom.’ She was like, ‘No problem.’ She gives us the key.”

The rapper continued: “I go in the bathroom and that’s when the situation took place. I guess you know they were closing and he barged in and I said very respectfully if he can allow me to just get dressed and we’d gladly leave. Again the tape shows us walking out the door without incident.”

Store owner Sam Hayssam had a different take on what transpired. He said Brown and her associate, Priestess Wallace, were using beauty products in the bathroom. He explained, “I told them they had to leave. She said ‘I have to finish my hair, the glue is not working right and I need a different kind of glue so I can finish my hair.” The owner then told the rapper that the store was not a “beauty salon.” Brown allegedly threw glue and spat on the owner before leaving the store.

Brown’s allegations of police brutality come into play as she was being taken into custody. The arresting officer said he was forced to use a takedown move on the rapper. According to Brown, the officer didn’t give her a chance to explain her side of the story and he aggressively took her down.

Brown is due back in court on Thursday. The rapper, who is currently on probation in New York for assaulting two manicurists, must answer as to whether or not she left the jurisdiction without permission. According to Brown, she verbally advised her probation officer but her business manager failed to submit the necessary paperwork.


Rapper Corey “C-Murder” Miller was back in a Louisiana courtroom on Monday, February 26th, for retrial on second degree murder charges. The rapper was initially found guilty of shooting and killing 16-year- old Steve Thomas at a nightclub in 2002 but the verdict was overturned after it was discovered that prosecutors withheld information about the criminal background of some of their witnesses.

The rapper was freed in 2006 and placed under house arrest as he prepared for the retrial. Even if C- Murder is found innocent, he’s still facing two attempted murder charges for an unrelated incident in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

C-Murder recently released the first single, “Posted On Tha Block,” from his forthcoming album, Screamin’ 4 Vengeance.

The rapper told, “A lot of people want to know what’s going on with me and what my personal feelings are as far as what I’ve been through the last five years. I expressed it on ‘Posted On Tha Block.’ The public’s getting a basic picture of what I’ve been through, how I feel and what’s going on in my mind from that song.”


Tha Dogg Pound’s Kurupt is stepping out of his comfort zone for his upcoming collaborative album, Kurupt Presents: Tangled Thoughts Philly 2 Cali, with newcomers Tangled Thoughts. Tangled Thoughts consist of three singers, Tek, De and Cas, from Kurupt’s hometown of Philadelphia.

The new album, which is described as a best of both worlds type effort, hits stores on May 22nd. The set features guest appearances by Freeway, Roscoe, Sen Dog of Cypress Hill, Mellow Man Ace, Gillie Da Kid, Ab Liva, Gail Gotti, and Natasha Ramos. Kurupt is featured on six songs on the project.

Tangled Thoughts’ Tek said in a released statement, “This album is bringing the feel and vibe of the West Coast and mixing it with the swagger and lyricism of the East Coast. I wanted to break up the monotony and pigeon-holing, and make an album that you can put on anywhere, and can play it all the way through and everyone will feel it.”


R&B singer Joe is back with a new album, Ambassador, which he plans to release on March 27th. The first single and video from the project is “If I Were Your Man.” The album is Joe’s sixth and features production by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Brian Michael Cox, Sean Garrett, Cool & Dre, and Tim & Bob.

Ambassador is Joe’s first album in four years and he’s very eager to get back out to reconnect with his fans. The star will be launching a promo tour on March 13th in Buffalo, New York which is scheduled to wrap on March 31st in Raleigh, North Carolina. The trek will also include stops in Detroit; Milwaukee; Montgomery, Alabama; Fayetteville, North Carolina; Washington, DC; Columbia, South Carolina; and Hartford, Connecticut.

When I spoke with the R&B singer, he reminisced about his influences, saying: “I look up to all the old schoolers: Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Michael Jackson, Steely Dan, and the Eagles. I mean, there are so many great artists before me, you know, that really kinda set the stage for a young guy like me to come on. So, you know, it’s not just about hip-hop or pop. It’s all about music. It’s just about music.”


R&B singer Tyrese is currently promoting his latest album, Alter Ego, which is unique in that half of it features the singer singing and the other half rapping. The latest single from the project is a ballad titled “One,” which Tyrese will perform on BET’s 106 & Park on March 6th.

Tyrese will be launching the Alter Ego Tour in support of the new album on March 3rd in New York City. The tour is scheduled to wrap on April 1st in Minneapolis.

Alter Ego Tour (dates subject to change):

March 3rd – New York, NY – BB King’s
March 4th – Woodbridge, NJ – Studio 9
March 5th – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
March 8th – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
March 9th -Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
March 11th – Winston Salem, NC – Ziggy’s
March 12th – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
March 16th – Jackson, MS – Freelons
March 21st – St. Louis, MO – Society
March 23rd – Memphis, MI – Plush
March 24th – Oklahoma City, OK – Deja Vu
March 25th – Shreveport, LA – Shreveport Convention Center
March 27th – Toledo, OH – Bijou
March 28th – Jackson, MI – Rocket
March 29th – Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino
March 30th – Traverse City, MI – Streeters
April 1st – Minneapolis, MN – Trocadero


Jennifer Hudson’s journey from American Idol reject to Hollywood star came full circle when she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar Sunday night (February 26th) for her role in Dreamgirls. The Chicago native beat seasoned actresses like Cate Blanchett and Adriana Barraza for the prize, which puts her in the company of past winners like Judi Dench, Renee Zellweger, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Dreamgirls was Hudson’s very first movie, and she said the Oscar win for it puts pressure on her to keep performing at a high level: “It definitely adds pressure, I know that much. But, what I look at is as is, I cannot express in words how much this award means to me but all I can do is show it in my work to come. And so hopefully just continue to make the Academy proud whether I’m nominated or not but just because I have this, to constantly represent them in the best way possible.”

Hudson also said the Oscars were the biggest responsibility she’s ever had: “It’s definitely the biggest responsibility I have ever had in my life. Just giving it your all, you know, in anything that you do, and that to me was the trick of it all, or it is, and just completely dedicating myself. I have never dedicated myself to anything the way I did with this.”

Best Supporting Actress winners haven’t always gone on to great things. Mira Sorvino and Marisa Tomei, for instance, never topped their Oscar wins professionally and actresses like My Left Foot’s Brenda Fricker and The Fisher King’s Mercedes Ruehl are low on the Hollywood radar.


Diana Ross has postponed her appearance tonight on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. The unofficial Dick’s Diana fan website (community- reported that Ross has rescheduled the appearance for some time in March. The site also posted that Ross’ appearance as a guest coach on Fox’s American Idol will begin on March 14 and include both pre-taped and live performances.

Diana Ross has just announced several additional shows for her upcoming U.S. tour, including a new kick off date.

Here is the updated itinerary for Diana Ross’ U.S. tour (subject to change):

April 5 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino
April 6 – New York, NY – Theater at Madison Square Garden
April 7 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Hotel Casino
April 9 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
April 11 – Niagara Falls, ONT – Fallsview Casino Resort
April 12 – Niagara Falls, ONT – Fallsview Casino Resort
April 13 – Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino
April 14 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
April 16 – Auburn Hills, MI – Palace Of Auburn Hills
April 19 – Grand Prairie, TX – Nokia Theatre At Grand Prairie
April 20 – Hidalgo, TX – Dodge Arena
April 21 – Beaumont, TX – Beaumont Civic Center
April 22 – Marksville, LA – Paragon Casino & Resort
April 24 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Cafe / Hard Rock Live
April 25 – Melbourne, FL – King Center For Performing Arts
April 26 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
April 28 – Tobago, ISL – Jazz Fest
April 30 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Casino


Jennifer Lopez is looking forward to her upcoming appearance on American Idol. According to, the 38-year-old singer says she’s really excited about her April 11th visit to the Fox series, especially because it also happens to be one of her favorite shows. J-Lo and her hubby, Marc Anthony, record the series on TiVo and watch it from the start of the season.

Lopez will release her first ever Spanish language album, called Como Ama Una Mujer (How a Woman Loves), on April 3rd. An English language album is expected to be released at the end of the year.

Black History Fact

Alongside the names of Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell stands that of inventor Lewis Latimer. Born in Chelsea, Massachusetts on September 4, 1848, he was the son of escaped slaves. He served on the Civil War gunboat USS Massasoit at the age of 16, and after leaving the Navy, he returned to Boston and began working in a drafting office as a clerk. Intrigued by the mechanical drawings, Latimer taught himself drafting, and soon worked his way up from junior to chief draftsman, a position never before held by an African- American man.

Latimer won his first patent at the age of 26 with an invention that improved the operation of water closets (toilets) in railway cars. Six years later, Alexander Graham Bell called on Latimer’s considerable drafting skills to prepare blueprints for his new invention called the telephone, and drafted the drawings for the patent application for it.

Bell was not the only famous inventor to benefit from Latimer’s expertise. Latimer also became part of the Edison Pioneers, the group of scientists who assisted Thomas Edison in inventing the electric light. Building on the work he did with Edison, Latimer received another patent in 1882 for inventing an improved carbon filament, which allowed electric light to burn longer and more inexpensively. In 1884, Latimer supervised the installation and operation of the first electric plants and streetlights in New York and Philadelphia.
Celebrity Birthdays

• Stoney Jackson, actor (The White Shadow), 47

• Ralph Nader, politician and attorney, 73

• Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, member of TLC, 36
Words To the Wise

You can win no matter the odds
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Morning Show Update

February 27, 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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Here are the previous Academy Award winners.

1939: Hattie McDaniel, Gone With The Wind
1963: Sidney Poitier, Lilies of the Field
1982: Louis Gossett Jr., An Officer and a Gentleman
1989: Denzel Washington, Glory
1990: Whoopi Goldberg, Ghost
1996: Cuba Gooding, Jr., Jerry Maguire
2001: Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball
2001: Denzel Washington, Training Day
2004: Jamie Foxx, Ray
2004: Morgan Feeman, Million Dollar Baby

And finally, there is a new rumour circulating that J- Hud’s man of eight years is looking to lock his Oscar winning honey down. Smart man. Jennifer was overheard at one of the many celebrations saying, “Anyway, last night she said that proposing is on him and she wasn’t going to propose to him.”


Wayne Bridges, the father of Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, died from unknown causes early Sunday morning (Feb. 25), just two weeks after Ludacris won two Grammy Awards. On Feb. 11, Ludacris took home Grammys for Best Rap Album for Release Therapy and Best Rap Song for his hit single “Money Maker.” That night, he dedicated both wins to his father, who watched the 49th Annual Grammy Awards show from his hospital bed. “He introduced me to all of my major musical influences and he will live on through me,”

Ludacris told “He bought me my first Hip-Hop record when I was five years old and I fell in love with it from that day on.” Ludacris moved in with his dad at the age of 14 and has had his father by his side since. Bridges made numerous appearances at events for his son’s non-profit organization The Ludacris Foundation and was also featured in the video for “Grew Up A Screw Up.” Bridges condition was first brought to the attention of the public during Ludacris’ Grammy acceptance speech, as an emotional Ludacris proclaimed his love for his ailing father. Log on for the full story .


Island Records urban president Jermaine Dupri is in the process of launching his own limited edition So So Def Clothing line. reports that Dupri has hooked up with Plus 44 Travis Barker’s clothing company, Famous Stars and Straps, for the project.

The clothing line will be available in 200 better specialty and boutique stores starting in April and will include co-branded hooded jackets, t-shirts, hats, belts and belt buckles.

The line was previewed earlier this month at the MAGIC show in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Justin’s parents Diddy and Misa reached out to Hot 97 radio personality Miss Info and attempted to put a few things straight:

1) this lapdance (which by the way was by a fully- dressed teenage girl) happened at a teen party in New Jersey.
2) neither Diddy nor Misa were there and both Diddy and Misa do not condone the behavior at all.
3) the security team that was with Justin that night has been fired because of their negligence.
4) in the words of Justin’s mom: “Its so crazy. These teens think that its nothing, like its dancing. But this is big problem for Justin. Real big. I dont play that at all!”

Normally, I don’t do commentary but, if the photographs hadn’t been posted on online, and people hadn’t commented, expressing their disgust then chances are Diddy (especially him) and Misa would have just laughed it off. As for firing their security for negligence, well somebody pointed out that they were only fired because they failed to beat up the photographer and take the camera.


The Diplomats co-CEO Jim Jones recently addressed the beef between 50 Cent and his friend and partner Cam’ron during an interview on New York’s WQHT with Funkmaster Flex. Jones said, “I don’t really think that it’s too much of an issue. It’s fun. Don’t get it twisted people, we are two powerful teams that run through New York City and around the country, so we could meet up with each other and it could get a bit interesting, but that’s not what we’re promoting here.”

The rapper added, “Right now, we trying to leave it where it’s at, with the dons, Killa and 50 you know, let them go back and forth at each other if need be. Mike Jordan and them they used to kill each other on the court, but at the end nobody died.”

Jones also denied statements made by 50 Cent that he and Juelz Santana called him to attempt to squash the beef.


Rapper and actor Saigon is gearing up for the release of his major label debut, The Greatest Story Never Told, which is due out this spring. The Entourage regular does have a beef that he’d like to take care of sooner than later. reports that Saigon is at odds with rapper Prodigy of Mobb Deep. The beef stems from a statement made by Prodigy that he didn’t like Saigon and that Saigon could s**k his ****.

Saigon told, “I’m not gonna run into the booth and make a Prodigy diss and I would lyrically destroy Prodigy. But if we run into each other and he doesn’t have 10 security guards or a pistol around him, I’ll beat him like a pinata. Just for that ‘s**k my ****’ s**t.”

On the musical front, the first single from Saigon’s The Greatest Story Never Told is “Pain In My Life” featuring Trey Songz. The rapper released a remix featuring The Game and B.G.

Saigon explained why it has taken him so long to release his debut. He said: “The album is so good man I’m just waiting on it. Waiting to get it right, make sure everything is right, you know before it comes out. It’s good though. The album is great man. People are gonna be surprised. I know it’s taken longer than everybody expected but it’s definitely worth it though.”


The Game, Young Jeezy, Korn, Rise Against and Plus-44 are scheduled to perform at the upcoming Boost Mobile Rockcorps Concert on March 30th at Hollywood’s Kodak Theater. reports that concert was put together to honor 3,000 fans who volunteered their time for community service.

Interestingly enough, the event may turn into a beef session as Young Jeezy has aligned himself with The Game’s nemesis, Young Buck. Last weekend Young Jeezy and Young Buck were kicked out of a party in Las Vegas during All Star weekend because Buck taunted The Game and the two crews almost came to blows.

A rumor surfaced that The Game has been attempting to get into contact with Young Jeezy since the incident to see where he stands in the ongoing beef between the G-Unit and their former protege.


A 17-year-old man was arrested early Saturday morning (February 24th) after wounding seven people outside a Pompano Beach, Florida strip club, shortly after rapper Trina made a paid appearance. reports that just after Trina arrived, a fight broke out at the Synn City nightclub. One shot was fired in the club before the altercation was pushed outside of the club.

Two security guards and three males were injured during the incident and treated at the North Broward Medical Center. Two other people were injured but drove themselves to area hospitals.

The 17-year-old shooter was charged with discharging a firearm in public. He was also held on two outstanding battery warrants.

Trina has parted ways with Atlantic Records and is currently in search of a new label.


New York’s Daily News reported a few weeks ago that Ciara and 50 Cent were spotted driving around Lefrak City in Queens, New York and that the duo were the “new underground couple.” Ciara recently denied the report.

Ciara told, “I was in LA getting ready for my video ‘Like A Boy,’ so that was impossible. He’s cool people. I got a lot of respect for him. We worked together on my album. We did a song called ‘Can’t Leave Him Alone’ and he’s just an amazing person, a very hard working person and there’s a lot of great things you can say about him, but we weren’t in Lefrak City or wherever that was.” Ciara’s “Like A Boy” is the latest single from her platinum album, Evolution.


Singer Bobby Brown is looking forward to life after Whitney Houston, but says that they remain close because of their daughter. He says, “We`re trying to work everything out so the divorce goes right – not like a Hollywood divorce. It has brought us closer together. We are friends, but I’m really looking forward to her doing her thing, and me doing my thing.”

When asked if he was dating any new women, he said, “There’s a few. I’m as happy as I can be. I know God has given me a talent that I can use forever. As long as I stay healthy, I’ll be okay.”

So, if you see Whitney and Bobby together, don’t get the wrong idea. Bobby says, quote, “We’re trying to work everything out so the divorce goes right. . . not like a Hollywood divorce. We’re friends, you know. We’re friends.”

Also, gossip columnist Janet Charlton reports that when Ray J showed up at a Hollywood club holding hands with Lil’ Kim on Saturday night everybody wondered- What happened to Whitney Houston? Just a few weeks ago, Ray and Whitney seemed to be having a great time in Las Vegas. Ray’s friends say it’s not over with Whitney. She simply tries to avoid clubs while she’s in recovery. Lil’ Kim is a longtime friend of Ray – a few years back they had a hit song together “Wait a Minute.” Right now they’re planning to remake an updated version of the same hit. So that’s what they’re talking about. Ray’s friends insist Whitney is STILL very much in the picture.


Michael Jackson has allegedly agreed to do a tour with his sister Janet Jackson and his brothers. reports that the Jackson Family including sisters Janet and Rebbie, as well as Jermaine, Randy, Marlon, Tito and Jackie visited Michael last Monday in Las Vegas to discuss the tour, due to the family’s current financial situation.

Michael has been in Las Vegas but unable to secure work so tour promoter Leonard Rowe of Atlanta suggested that the Jacksons go out as a unit and Michael appeared to be receptive. A successful group outing could make Michael Jackson more attractive to the casino heads who have labeled him “radioactive.”

Jackson needs to work, as he recently took out another mortgage on his parents’ home as well as on Neverland for $25 million. The superstar allegedly earns $7 million a year from song royalties.

One person who supported Michael Jackson through his ups and downs is the late James Brown. He said: “I helped start Michael. You don’t talk about that very much, but sometimes people can forget, but I think Michael’s a fine young kid. I know his family and, hey, we all say things sometime that’s a little rough sometime, and we get uptight and, you know, we don’t forget Michael — we just forgive him and keep on doing it. That’s what we do, and he’s one of the greatest entertainers in the world. I say, ‘What we gonna do, not see him moonwalk?’ I love Michael.”


Guitar legend George Benson and vocalist extraordinaire Al Jarreau have joined the lineup for this year’s Umbria Jazz Festival, to be held in and around the medieval Italian town. The fest, which was started in 1973, runs from July 6th to the15th. Also on the bill will be Pat Metheny, Keith Jarrett, tenor saxman Sonny Rollins and singer Solomon Burke. For more info, visit

Benson and Jarreau are currently on the charts with their hot remake of “Mornin.”


Not only is Tim Hardaway the country’s most hated gay-bashing bigot, but now TMZ has learned that he’s being sued for more than $750,000 for skipping out on his MORTGAGE, as well as rent payments on a car wash that used to bear his name.

In the first suit, Washington Mutual Bank is alleging that Hardaway hasn’t paid his mortgage since last September — with a balance of $715,000 — and is trying to FORECLOSE on his house in Miami-Dade County, FL. (Hardaway used to play for the Miami Heat.)

Meanwhile, Hardaway is also being sued for not paying more than $45,000 in back rent for his Miami- area car wash. The suit, filed in Circuit Court, charges that the business — for which Hardaway is a guarantor on the lease — hasn’t paid rent in several months, dating back to last fall.

Curiously, the CAR WASH’S sign used to read, “Tim Hardaway Presents US 1 Finest Hand Car Wash.” Following Hardaway’s gay-hating radio tirade last week, the sign was changed to “Grand Luxe Auto Bathe.”


Seal has been hard at work on a new album, which he hopes to release this summer. The British singer has been writing about his progress in a running blog on his web site, revealing that the set is turning out to be more of a “dance record.” He explained, “This is something that I’ve always wanted to do seeing as most will say that dance is my background.” But Seal says that he’ll also toss a few ballads in on the new album.

Some track titles include “Swoosh,” “Silent,” “Wedding Day” and “You And Me.”

He has posted clips of the new songs and has plans to release a streaming version of Togetherland, an album he originally planned to release in 2001, but never did.


Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. has received an apology from the producers of the Oscar Award- winning musical Dreamgirls, in the form of full- page advertisements in show business trade publications.

The film featured Jamie Foxx portraying a Gordy-inspired character named Curtis Taylor Jr. The character’s shady business dealings and character flaws angered Gordy’s friend and Motown protege Smokey Robinson enough for him to call for the producers to apologize to Gordy.

The film’s distributors, DreamWorks and Paramount, took out full page ads on Wednesday (February 21st) in Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, stating that, “Dreamgirls is a work of fiction. It is also an homage to Motown… For any confusion that has resulted from our fictional work, we apologize to Mr. Gordy and all of the incredible people who were part of that great legacy. It is vital that the public understand that the real Motown story has yet to be told.”

The Associated Press reported that Gordy issued a statement saying: “For the past 50 years, I have been protecting the integrity, the love and the talent that is and has become Motown’s legacy. I applaud DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures for doing their part, to clearly differentiate the fictional movie Dreamgirls from the real Motown. I wish them all the best in the forthcoming Academy Awards.”


Diana Ross and a host of others have been announced as upcoming guest coaches appearing on this season’s American Idol. The show’s host Ryan Seacrest announced on Thursday night’s show (February 22nd) that celebrity coaches set to appear over the next three months would include Tony Bennett, Jon Bon Jovi, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Lulu, country star Martina McBride, Barry Gibb, and Peter Noone, as well as Ross

Previous Idol guest coaches have included Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow, Elton John, and Burt Bacharach.

American Idol airs on Tuesday and Wednesday nights on Fox, and sometimes on Thursdays. Check your local listings for stations and times.

I asked Diana Ross why she’s always tried to help younger artists break into the business: “Because I have been performing for so many years, I have an opportunity to open the door for other young talent. I wanted to be a role model like Berry Gordy was for us. I just thought it would be great to nurture young stars, to give them the benefit of the wisdom that I’ve learned in all these years.”

Diana Ross will kick off her U.S. tour on April 11th and 12th in Niagara Falls, Ontario at the Fallsview Casino Resort.


American Idol is getting a jump on future talent by opening its own summer camp. Called Idol Camp, the 10-day getaway will give kids ages 12 to 15 the chance to take classes in audition techniques, instrumental music, show production, acting, writing, and of course, singing. Traditional activities like swimming and field sports will also be offered during the $2,900 experience, which includes room, board, classes, and souvenirs.

The camp is the brainchild of Idol production companies FreemantleMedia and 19 Entertainment. Freemantle’s Keith Hindle said in a statement, “As in American Idol, the goal for our kids is to soar beyond their expectations; however, because Idol Camp is not a competition, every kid goes home a winner.”

The four different sessions of Idol Camp will be held in July and August on a Northfield, Massachusetts campus.

Auditions aren’t required for the project’s limited enrollment, but students are expected to demonstrate “enthusiasm, dedication, a desire to perform, and a passion for the arts” in order to attend. A percentage of participants will receive full scholarships as well.


The comic-book adaptation Ghost Rider, starring Nicolas Cage, topped the weekend box office for a second weekend in a row, holding off the competition from several new movies. Debuting in second place was the psychological thriller The Number 23, starring Jim Carrey as a man who’s driven over the edge when a book he’s reading seems to be about his own life.

1. Ghost Rider, $19.7 million
2. The Number 23, $15.1 million
3. Bridge to Terabithia, $13.6 million
4. Reno 911!: Miami, $10.4 million
5. Norbit, $9.7 million
6. Music & Lyrics, $8 million
7. Breach, $6.2 million
8. Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls, $5.3 million
9. The Astronaut Farmer, $4.5 million
10. Amazing Grace, $4.3 million

Black History Fact

Pierre Toussaint was a former slave who might someday end up becoming a Roman Catholic saint. Toussaint was born into slavery in Haiti in 1776. At the age of 19, Toussaint moved to New York with his slave owner, who was escaping rebelling slaves. Although Toussaint remained a slave, he became a popular hairstylist and was allowed to keep some of his earnings.

Toussaint, a devout Catholic, shared his wealth with the church and the poor, including his slave owner’s wife, who became destitute after her husband’s death. Toussaint died in 1853, but he has not been forgotten – – there’s now a drive to make him a saint. Supporters of the effort note that Toussaint shared his wealth, and also cite the case of a sick Maryland boy who miraculously recovered after he visited Toussaint’s crypt in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Washington, D.C.’s archbishop is investigating the boy’s recovery to see if it is a miracle, since church officials require that saints perform miracles. In French, “Toussaint” means “all saints.”
Celebrity Birthdays

• Erykah Badu, R&B singer, 36

• Fats Domino, R&B singer, 79

• Bill Duke, actor and director (Hill Street Blues, National Security), 64

• Marshall Faulk, NFL running back, 34

• Ky-mani Marley, reggae artist and son of Bob Marley, 31

• Corinne Bailey Rae, singer, 28

• Rico Wade, member of Organized Noize production team (OutKast), 35
Words To the Wise

Don’t give up!

Contact Information
Freddie Bell
PO Box 390521
Minneapolis, MN 55439

Morning Show Update

February 26, 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.
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 and the launch of Totally Gospel radio in the Twin Cities. Call today for booking details. 888-639-9738.

Listen to the Freddie Bell Show, 4 to 7pm, weekdays on Z 1470 KZTG, Totally Gospel, or on the web at

Totally Gospel On the Internet

To enhance your gospel listening experience, you can now hear Z 1470 Totally Gospel on the new website. Click on the web stream and then click on the link for KZTG.
No matter where you are, lock it in and write it down. The dedicated Minnesota stream for Twin Cities listeners is up and running. Tell a friend that Z 1470 Totally Gospel is now on the radio and on the internet. Churches, Pastors, Ministers and Evangelists in the Twin Cities and from around the country looking to expand their electronic ministries are invited to partner with Totally Gospel. Call 888-639-9738 today for rates and availabilities.



It was a night reminiscent of the Academy Awards when both Denzel Washington and Halle Berry won awards for Best Actor and Actress the same evening as Forrest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson captured the top honors bestowed upon those considered the best in acting.
Forrest Whitaker won an Oscar for Best Actor for his role in The Last King of Scotland last night at the 79th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood. “It’s possible for a kid from East Texas who believes and commits can have things happen. When I first started acting I had a desire to connect with everyone. Acting is believing in that connection so deep that we can create new realities, “ Whitaker said.
He went on to thank the country of Uganda which helped the film have a spirit, his family, ancestors who continue to guide his steps and God whom he says will help carry this moment into the next lifetime.

Add Oscar winner to the list of accomplishments to the American Idol contestant who in the minds of some, wasn’t talented enough to make it to the final round of competition. Since that time Jennifer Hudson was won a number of honors including a Golden Globe and now an Oscar for best supporting actress in Dreamgirls.
Jennifer Hudson won the supporting-actress Academy Award on Sunday for “Dreamgirls,” though her co-star and fellow front-runner Eddie Murphy lost the supporting-actor prize to Alan Arkin of “Little Miss Sunshine.”

“More than anything, I’m deeply moved by the open-hearted appreciation our small film has received, which in these fragmented times speaks so openly of the possibility of innocence,” said Arkin, who plays a foul-mouthed grandpa with a taste for heroin in the road comedy.

Hudson won an Oscar for her first movie, playing a powerhouse vocalist who falls on hard times after she is booted from a 1960s girl group. The role came barely two years after she shot to celebrity as an “American Idol” finalist.

“Oh my God, I have to just take this moment in. I cannot believe this. Look what God can do. I didn’t think I was going to win,” Hudson said through tears of joys. “If my grandmother was here to see me now. She was my biggest inspiration.”

The nonfiction hit “An Inconvenient Truth,” a chronicle of Al Gore’s campaign to warn the world about global warming, was picked as best documentary.

“People all over the world, we need to solve the climate crisis. It’s not a political issue. It’s a moral issue,” Gore said, joining the film’s director, Davis Guggenheim, on stage.



Busta Rhymes finds himself in legal trouble once again. The rapper, whose real name is Trevor Smith, was stopped by New York City police on Thursday morning for running a red light and later charged with charged with driving with a suspended license. He was taken into custody at around 5:30 AM. Rhymes is involved in two assault cases and is considering a plea deal that would allow him to perform community service instead of going to jail.

In one assault case, Rhymes is accused of kicking and beating Edward Hatchett, his former driver, during a December 26 dispute over back pay. In the other case, Rhymes is charged with assaulting a fan for spitting on his car after an August 12 performance.

Police have also been unsuccessful in getting Rhymes to cooperate about last year’s shooting death of his bodyguard Israel Ramirez.


Veteran rapper Redman will release his new album, Red Gone Wild, on March 27th. The first single from the project, “Put It Down,” was produced by Timbaland. The album also features guest appearances by Method Man, Keith Murray, Snoop Dogg, Erick Sermon, Nate Dogg, and Biz Markie.

Redman recently explained how the record industry has changed over the years. He told, “Labels ain’t ready to build artists like they used to and that’s the simplicity of the whole s**t. Labels ain’t ready to go under the car, generate the motor to get the car to run. They want the car already made, furnished with radio play for them motherf***ers to get signed. From that kind of attitude, it brought it down to the artist, like (labels saying) ‘We need something fire from you, that’s undeniable, that we ain’t gotta work and s**t that’s already getting played…So that we ain’t got to do that underground work to push you up there.’ Promotions like that been out the door.”

The rapper added, “It’s like basically what we start up on our own. And, you know what? I’m willing to do that. I love it. That game must turn back around to gold — motherf***ers are happy going gold now. What I say on ‘Tonight’s da Night?’ I’m just happy going gold. Now, it’s back to where I want it to be, n***a.”


Young Jeezy, Fat Joe, Lil Wayne, Baby, Jim Jones, and Rich Boy will head out on the Street Dreams Tour which kicks off in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 3rd. reports that the 21-date tour will wrap on April 29th in Los Angeles.

Street Dreams Tour Dates (subject to change):
March 3rd – Cricket Arena – Charlotte, NC
March 11th – Convention Center – Orlando, FL
March 15th – Richmond Coliseum – Richmond, VA
March 16th – Bi-Loc enter – Greenville, SC
March 17th – Coliseum – Greensboro, NC
March 18th – Civic Center – Macon, GA
March 22nd – US Cellular Center – Milwaukee, WI
March 23rd – US Bank Arena – Cincinnati, OH
March 24th – Louisville Gardens – Louisville, KY
March 25th – Gaylord Entertainment Center – Nashville, TN
March 28th – Nassau Coliseum – Uniondale, NY
March 29th – Dunkin Doughnuts Center – Providence, RI
March 30th – Sports Arena – Toledo, OH
April 1st – 1st Mariner Arena – Baltimore, MD
April 5th – Alltel Arena – N. Little Rock, AR
April 6th – Municipal Arena – Kansas City, KS
April 8th – New Orleans Arena – New Orleans, LA
April 14th – Scottrade – St. Louis, MO
April 15th – Target Center -Minneapolis, MN
April 21st -Cohen Stadium – El Paso, TX
April 29th – USC – Los Angeles, CA


Beanie Sigel received some bad news this week when a judge decided to extend the rapper’s probation because of some technical violations. The Philadelphia Daily News reports that U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick decided to extend Sigel’s probation because he failed to tell his probation officer he was recently stopped twice by police while in the company of convicted felons and because he failed a drug test in December. The rapper tested positive for codeine and morphine. Sigel’s probation, which was to end this summer, has now been extended until early next year.

The rapper’s probation stems from an April 20th, 2003 traffic stop, when Sigel tossed a semiautomatic pistol from his vehicle during a high-speed car chase. Authorities later found two bottles of codeine, one bottle of hydrocodine, seven Alprazolam (Xanax) tabs, 21 Oxycodone tabs, and a small bag of marijuana in the rapper’s vehicle.

Sigel served 10 months behind bars, paid a $25,000 fine, and was placed on two years pf supervised probation. Sigel was initially facing 37 months behind bars, under federal sentencing guidelines.



During Fantasia’s appearance on the Thursday night American Idol show, she confirmed the rumor that she was going to hit Broadway in the musical The Color Purple. Fantasia will start in the role on April 11th.

During her appearance on American Idol she sang the song “I’m Here” from the musical.

Fellow R&B singer Usher boosted sales of Broadway’s revival of Chicago during his brief run last fall, and the theater industry has been encouraged by so-called “stunt” casting.



R&B singer Sunshine Anderson released her comeback album, Sunshine At Midnight, last month and the first single from the project is “Something I Wanna Give You.” The song has a ‘men are good for nothing’ theme that’s similar to Anderson’s breakthrough hit, “Heard It All Before.”

Anderson explained why she’s targeted men on the two songs. She said: “I’mma be real serious you know I feel like black men have responsibilities in their communities, in their families, you know in their homes with their children and some of these n***as ain’t being men. You know I’m not the only one.”

The singer added: “Beyonce, every song on Beyonce’s album, she’s talking big stuff, you know what I’m sayin’? It just is what it is. You know so hey it’s not my fault if the first singles just happen to be you know some anthems if you will. You know I like that the ladies know they can come to me.”

Anderson released her gold certified debut album, Your Woman, in 2001.



R&B singer Monica is gearing up to shoot a video for the third single, “Sideline Ho,” from her latest album, The Making Of Me. reports that J Records head honcho Clive Davis wasn’t pleased with Monica’s new image and single. Monica explained, “It’s easy for people to forget but Clive Davis and I have had a long standing relationship. My relationship with Clive started almost 13 years ago and we have a good working relationship. Even if there are things that we don’t agree on, it’s almost like a marriage, you agree to disagree and you keep it moving.”

Rumors began to surface the Monica would be dropped from the label for moving away from Davis’ “girl next door” image and for asking her fans to launch an online petition for J Records to finance her third video. The singer said, “At the time rumors started there was nothing even taking place. We just decided to say what we had to say and move on and started writing treatments for the ‘Sideline Ho’ video.”

Monica added, “If I had to do something over again, I’d probably release more than one single and let the audience choose which one they would have wanted to hear.”



Five-time Grammy winner John Legend is set to appear on Ellen DeGeneres’ hot daytime talk show, Ellen, next Wednesday (February 28th). The singer is scheduled to do two songs: “Where Did My Baby Go” and “Ordinary People.”

“Ordinary People” was originally intended for the group Black Eyed Peas, but Legend decided to keep the track for himself.

Legend’s newest single, “Save Room,” is the Most Added at Urban A/C radio this week.



American Idol winner Ruben Studdard has lost 100 pounds and he’s currently spreading the message of how important it is to be healthy to children in his home state of Alabama. The state ranks near the top of the country’s obesity index. reports that Studdard told students at Montgomery’s Capitol Heights Junior High School, “I don’t want y’all to get to college and stop working out and forget all the things you have to do to be healthy.”

Studdard, who is a spokesman for the Scale Back Alabama weight-loss campaign, added, “I want y’all to continue working out for the rest of your life so you don’t have to start all over like Ruben Studdard, trying to get yourself back into shape.”

The latest single, “Make You Feel Beautiful,” from Studdard’s current album, The Return, is currently climbing the Urban AC charts.



Mariah Carey has started prep work on her next album. She’s keeping mum on who she’ll be working with for this follow-up to her monster comeback, The Emancipation of Mimi, but has dropped a few hints. After recording a track with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony for their new album, due in April, she told the European press that many of her favorite artists have been affected by Bone Thugs- N-Harmony, including herself.

The diva is also co-writing a song with country giant Willie Nelson for her upcoming movie, Tennessee. Carey is almost done filming her role as a waitress. No release date has been set for the film.

Carey’s label rep says the new album should be out this fall.



American Idol booted its first four semi-finalists on last night’s (February 22nd) show. Amy Krebs, Nicole Tranquillo, Paul Kim, and Rudy Cardenas were shown the door for their lackluster performances on Tuesday (February 20th) and Wednesday (February 21st) night.

The remaining 20 semi-finalists go at it again next week and will continue to be divided by gender. Everyone will compete against each other once the field is down to 12 finalists next month.

In other Idol news: beginning this summer, Idol will be holding a performing arts summer camp for kids. Basically, it’s like Idol for children, except there’s no competition it’s just gonna overly indulge their futile dreams of becoming superstar pop singers. It’s gonna be called Idol Camp and it’s for kids ages 12 to 15. Over the course of the summer, there will be FOUR sessions of Idol Camp, with each session lasting 10 days. The first one goes down in July in Northfield, Massachusetts.



Taye Diggs’ TV luck may have just changed for the better. While his two most recent shows, Day Break and Kevin Hill, were cancelled in their first seasons, that probably won’t happen to his next series foray — a Grey’s Anatomy spin-off. Diggs will guest star on an expanded Grey’s Anatomy episode in May that’ll be used as a launching pad for the new series.

He’s guest starred on the show before, but this appearance will reportedly set him up to move to the spin-off revolving around Kate Walsh’s character, Dr. Addison Shepherd.



The 79th Annual Academy Awards took place last night at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. First-time host Ellen DeGeneres presides over the star-studded event, which will present an honorary award to composer Ennio Morricone. A who’s who of Hollywood celebrities, including Tom Hanks, Cate Blanchett, Tom Cruise, Jack Black, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lopez will be on hand as presenters, with Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Melissa Etheridge, Randy Newman, Keith Robinson, Anika Noni Rose, and James Taylor joining in to perform nominated songs.

Dreamgirls leads the charge with eight nominations but since it’s not up for Best Picture or Best Director, it can’t sweep the major categories. Babel and the Spanish-language Pan’s Labyrinth have the second-most nominations this year but like Dreamgirls, they probably won’t dominate the telecast, though Pan’s Labyrinth has a good chance of winning Best Foreign Film and several technical categories. The Academy Awards will probably be spread among a variety of movies, and for the first time in some years, the Best Picture winner is anyone’s guess.



Earlier this week, executives at DreamWorks Pictures, the company behind the Beyoncé-powered movie adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls, took out full-page ads in trade magazines apologizing to Berry Gordy and Motown for “confusion that has resulted from [the film’s] fictional work,” based loosely on the rise of Motown artists Diana Ross and the Supremes.

Just in time for the Oscars on Sunday, Gordy released a statement of his own that read, “For the past 50 years, I have been protecting the integrity, the love and the talent that is and has become Motown’s legacy. I applaud Dreamworks and Paramount Pictures for doing their part, to clearly differentiate the fictional movie Dreamgirls from the real Motown. I wish them all the best in the forthcoming Academy Awards.”

Gordy has a longstanding relationship with Paramount. The movie studio put out his Lady Sings The Blues and Mahogany movies, both of which featured Ross.



Twelve years ago, Temptations co-founder Melvin Franklin died, at the age of 53. Franklin, who was the baritone voice of the Temps, had been ill for the past few years of his life, suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, among other things. Franklin and best friend Otis Williams were the only two members of the line-up of the Temps to remain with the group.

It was Williams who urged Franklin to take a break from the road after discovering how ill he was. At his final shows, Franklin had a wheelchair and oxygen waiting for him backstage. Soon after his sabbatical from the road, Franklin fell into a coma and eventually died of a brain seizure.

Franklin was loved by Temps fans and never failed to get the crowd on its feet during his solo spotlight of “Old Man River.” He was also a favorite among the Motown gang, who awarded him the Motown Spirit Award, which honored a person who embodied what the label was all about.

Williams told me that if it weren’t for his illnesses, his longtime partner would still be next to him, wowing them every night onstage: “If Melvin hadn’t have been so inflicted with arthritis — that’s what took him out — rheumatoid arthritis — Melvin would be sitting up here and you’d be hearing that big giant bass voice coming out of the speakers.”



Britney Spears returned to rehab Wednesday night (February 21st), less than a day after checking out of the Promises facility in Malibu. The move came shortly after her ex, Kevin Federline, reportedly requested an emergency custody hearing about their two sons, who have been in his care for a week. According to, Federline is expected to seek unquestioned full custody of the kids if Spears quits rehab again. Sources said that he’s been taking care of 17-month-old Sean and five-month-old Jayden with some help from his mom, Julie Bleak, along with Spears’ mother Lynne. Before entering rehab for the third time, Spears showed up at Federline’s house and rang the buzzer three times, but was not let inside. Along the way, she struck a photographer and his car with an umbrella, causing minor bruises and minor damage to the vehicle.

Federline’s rep released a statement saying, “Kevin continues to be a very focused father with his children with hands-on management.”

Both Federline and Spears filed for full custody of the kids, but were temporarily granted joint custody in January.

Spears’ treatment is expected to last 30 to 45 days. The singer first entered the Crossroads facility in Antigua last week, but left after a day. She then entered Promises on Tuesday (February 20th) and left 24 hours later.

Meanwhile, Spears’ father, Jamie, told Fox News yesterday that his daughter is “a sick little girl…we’re just trying to take care of her.” He added that Britney’s problems are “not about what other people think.”


Transgender hip-hop artist Foxxjazell thinks audiences are ready for her raps and rhymes. The 22- year-old Long Beach resident says, “If people are ready for white rappers, then they are ready for me”. The 5`10″ mocha beauty is one of 10 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rappers who will perform at a special hip-hop showcase Sunday at Mick & Mack`s restaurant and nightclub in Long Beach. The concert also is a fund-raiser for the HomoRevolution Tour 2007.

A group of openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rappers are fed up with hip-hop`s blatant homophobia and antigay lyrics and challenging the status quo with the HomoRevolution Tour, which hits the El Cid in Silver Lake on March 30.

(The question remains: are members of the the hip- hop scene ready to accept and embrace music promoting open sexuality or gay empowerment? Tour headliner Deadlee has been described as “the bastard child of DMX and Lil` Kim.” The rapper says, “If openly gay rappers aren`t invited, then we`re kicking down the door and inviting ourselves. It`s our turn, and it`s about time.”



Anna Nicole Smith can finally be laid to rest after a week of haggling over her remains. Florida Judge Larry Seidlin said yesterday (February 22nd) that the Playboy Playmate and diet supplement spokesperson belonged with her dead son Daniel in the Bahamas, and he appointed lawyer Richard Milstein to oversee details of her burial.

Milstein is the court-appointed legal guardian of Smith’s daughter Dannielynn and immediately after Milstein’s custody directive, he said he’d send the corpse to the Bahamas for a funeral. He’ll arrange the service with input from Smith’s boyfriend Howard K. Stern, ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead, and estranged mother Virgie Arthur.

By giving Milstein custody of Smith’s remains, Seidlin circumvented actually having to decide where Smith should be buried, or whether or not Stern or Arthur had legal rights to the reality show star.

Seidlin’s directions were considered a “win” for Stern, who had been fighting to get Smith’s decomposing corpse to the island nation they called home. Smith’s mother wanted the remains in a family plot in Texas. An emotional Seidlin said his ruling was nothing to be happy about: “This is not a happy moment. I want her buried with her son in the Bahamas. I want them to be together (sobs). You know, she had to live all her years under this kind of exposure. I just get a week and a half of it and it’s ready to flatten me down.”

A teary Seidlin awards custody to Milstein: “Richard Milstein, Esquire, as the guardian of Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern, is awarded custody of the remains of Anna Nicole Smith. (Sighs) The Broward County Medical Examiner is ordered to release those remains to Milstein in accordance with Milstein’s directives.”

Next up in the ongoing Anna Nicole Smith saga — determining the paternity of her daughter.



Jennifer Lopez has been tapped to perform on American Idol on April 11th. She’s one of many stars who have appeared on the series, including Prince, Mary J. Blige, Rascal Flatts and Shakira. According to Access Hollywood, there are rumors that Gwen Stefani will visit the show on March 28th.

Lopez has a busy year ahead of her. She’s coming out with an all-Spanish album this spring and will follow that up with an English CD later this year.


Michelle Rodriguez made a bold style statement in New York when she arrived at a Marc Jacobs fashion show last week wearing an unusual ankle accessory — a black band that monitors her alcohol level every half an hour. The clunky device is part of the Lost actress’ DUI sentence, and she said on her website that she showed it off at New York’s Fashion Week because she doesn’t “like being toyed with.”

Rodriguez’s long rant on the subject claims that the bracelet is as big as “a freaking VCR” and seemed unnecessary. She wrote, “Why do they care if I drink? What am I going to do, drink and walk over someone? I have no license.” Rodriguez added that besides being ugly, the device also picks up any alcohol that she uses — whether it be in facial cleaners, soap, or perfume.

Rodriguez decorated the device with the name “Orwell” as a tip of the hat to 1984 author George Orwell’s prediction of an all-reaching “Big Brother.” She wrote, “I feel good knowing that some people out there know what’s really going on and maybe then at least have an idea where my insanity stems from.”

Rodriguez also said, “I’m a full believer that we create our own chaos, yet those that are strong will always get the shorter end of the stick. That’s when I step back, weigh things, evaluate them, and stand stronger that I was before the storm. One thing’s for sure, I’ll take FBI truth serum over a VCR dog tag any day of the week. I’ve got nothing to hide.”

Appropriately, Rodriguez’s next picture is the protest movie Battle In Seattle.

Black History Fact

The career of sultry songstress Lena Horne spans more than six decades. Her life story encapsulates the history of African-Americans in show business since the 1930s. Horne was born in Brooklyn in 1917 — her father was a hotel operator and her mother was an actress. When the couple divorced three years later, Horne was sent to live with relatives in the South. At 16, she made her stage debut as a dancer at the legendary Cotton Club in Harlem, where she met and befriended music greats Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. She left the Cotton Club to get married, have two children and, later, get divorced.

To support her family, Horne began singing in nightclubs and formed a close friendship with Billie Holiday. She was spotted one night by an MGM talent scout and was asked to meet with movie-studio head Louis B. Mayer. Accompanied by her father, Horne told Mayer she would love to be in the movies, but not if he was going to make her play parts as a maid. Horne became the first black woman to be shown on the silver screen as alluring and sophisticated, but her parts were always edited out when the films played in Southern theaters.

During World War II, she became one of the most popular pin-up girls with black soldiers as well as with whites. In 1947, Horne again broke barriers by marrying white Hollywood producer Lennie Hayton. While news of their union was met with angry reactions among the Hollywood community, their marriage flourished until Hayton’s death in 1971. During the ’60s, Horne became active in the civil-rights movement and toured the South, speaking on human rights. She continued performing in the ’70s and once again had a popular hit with the song “If You Believe,” from the movie musical The Wiz.

In 1981, Horne conquered Broadway and broke box- office records with her one-woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady And Her Music. Three years later, she was among the recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors. In 1995, the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards recognized the importance of Horne’s career by naming their outstanding career achievement award for her.

And Horne is still going strong. In April 2005, at the age of 87, she released a brand-new album on Blue Note entitled Seasons Of A Life. She was supported on the CD by such musicians as pianist Herbie Hancock, pianist Mike Renzi, and guitarist Rodney Jones, who produced the set.
Celebrity Birthdays

Veronica Webb, model, 42

Ed “Too Tall” Jones, NFL Hall Of Famer, 57
Words To the Wise

Believe and succeed
Contact Information
Freddie Bell
PO Box 390521
Minneapolis, MN 55439

Morning Show Update

February 23, 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.
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 and the launch of Totally Gospel radio in the Twin Cities. Call today for booking details. 888-639-9738.

Listen to the Freddie Bell Show, 4 to 7pm, weekdays on Z 1470 KZTG, Totally Gospel, or on the web at

Totally Gospel On the Internet

To enhance your gospel listening experience, you can now hear Z 1470 Totally Gospel on the new website. Click on the web stream and then click on the link for KZTG.
No matter where you are, lock it in and write it down. The dedicated Minnesota stream for Twin Cities listeners is up and running. Tell a friend that Z 1470 Totally Gospel is now on the radio and on the internet. Churches, Pastors, Ministers and Evangelists in the Twin Cities and from around the country looking to expand their electronic ministries are invited to partner with Totally Gospel. Call 888-639-9738 today for rates and availabilities.


Dennis Johnson, the star NBA guard who was part of three championship teams and combined with Larry Bird in one of the great postseason plays, died Thursday after collapsing at the end of practice while coaching a developmental team. He was 52.

Johnson, coach of the Austin Toros, was unconscious and in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived at Austin Convention Center, said Warren Hassinger, spokesman for Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services.
Paramedics tried to resuscitate him for 23 minutes before he was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead, Hassinger added. Mayra Freeman, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office, said there will be autopsy.

The Toros postponed home games Friday and Saturday nights, the NBA Development League said.

Johnson, a five-time All-Star and one of the top defensive guards, was part of the last Boston Celtics dynasty. He spent 14 seasons in the league and retired after the 1989-90 season. He played on title teams with the Celtics in 1984 and 1986 and with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1979, when he was the NBA finals MVP.

“Whether he was leading his teams to NBA championships or teaching young men the meaning of professionalism, Dennis Johnson’s contributions to the game went far beyond the basketball court,” NBA commissioner David Stern said. “Dennis was a man of extraordinary character with a tremendous passion for the game.”

Johnson was a favorite teammate of Bird’s, and the two were part of one of the most memorable plays in Celtics history.

During the fifth game of the 1987 Eastern Conference finals against Detroit, Bird stole Isiah Thomas’ inbounds pass under Boston’s basket and fed Johnson, who drove in for the winning layup. Boston won the series in seven games but lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA finals.

“Dennis was a great player, one of the best teammates I ever had, and a wonderful person,” said Bird, now president of the Indiana Pacers. “My thoughts and condolences are with his family at this difficult time.”

Bill Laimbeer, the center on that Pistons team, remembered Johnson as a “great player on a great ballclub.”

“He played with passion and grit,” Laimbeer said. “It was fun to play games like that. You always enjoyed it. It made for not only great games, but great entertainment.”

In the 1984 finals, Johnson guarded Magic Johnson effectively in the last four games. In 1985, he hit a last-second jumper against Los Angeles that won the fourth game. In 1986, he was part of a team that featured four Hall of Famers – Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish and Bill Walton.

Johnson had a reputation for delivering in big games.

“I hate to lose,” he once said. “I accept it when it comes, but I still hate it. That’s the way I am.”

He averaged 14.1 points and 5.0 assists for his career. When he retired, he was the 11th player in NBA history to total 15,000 points and 5,000 assists. Johnson made one all-NBA first team and one second team. Six times he made the all-defensive first team, including five consecutive seasons (1979-83).

Johnson was born Sept. 18, 1954, in Compton, Calif. He played in college at Pepperdine and was drafted by Seattle in 1976. Johnson was traded to Phoenix in 1980 and Boston in 1983.


Rapper Nelly has taken the past couple of years off to launch his Dertty Entertainment label but the rapper is still St. Louis’s best selling artist of all time. reports that Nelly has sold over 22 million albums, which is more than fellow St. Louis natives Chuck Berry, Tina Turner, and Miles Davis combined.

Nelly’s 2000 debut, Country Grammar sold nine million copies and is still the best selling album by a St. Louis native. Sheryl Crow is the city’s best selling female artist with over 16 million albums sold. Nelly is currently working on a new album, which he hopes to release later this year.


Vocalist and actress Elisabeth Withers first came to attention for her Tony-nominated portrayal of Shug Avery in Broadway’s The Color Purple. Now R&B fans across the country are getting familiar with her powerful vocals as the single “Be With You” from her debut album It Could Happen To Anyone on Blue Note/Virgin. The track has risen to Number Seven on the national urban adult airplay charts.

Withers says she grew up in a family of mostly males, and says that she always noticed that even when they had partners, they tended to look at other females when they were out and about. She says that she never thought anything of the habit until she herself was married. Her feelings inspired the song, as she explained: “A lot of times the look is just ‘Mmmm,’ like seeing a car go by on the street, ‘Mmmm,’ you know. And so I kept seeing that. And then when finally I got married I saw my husband did that and I was like, ‘Mmmm — mm-mm!’ You know? And that’s how the song developed. Because you know what? You don’t have to look that way — look this way. I want to do this for you, I want to do that for you, let’s have fun, let’s go back to the simple things. And that’s where the song came from.”

Withers continues to perform in The Color Purple on Broadway.


Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” has topped America Online’s list of “69 Sexiest Songs.” The list, which covered the past 40 years of rock, pop, and R&B, included such acts as Barry White, the Beatles, Otis Redding, and Madonna.

The Top Ten of America Online’s “69 Sexiest Songs”:
1. Marvin Gaye – “Let’s Get It On”
2. Nine Inch Nails – “Closer”
3. Donna Summer – “Love To Love You Baby”
4. Prince – “Do Me, Baby”
5. Madonna – “Justify My Love”
6. Barry White – “Love Serenade”
7. Led Zeppelin – “Whole Lotta Love”
8. LL Cool J – “Doin’ It”
9. Britney Spears – “I’m A Slave 4 U”
10. The Art of Noise – “Moments In Love”

Honorable mentions go to Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness” at Number 17; the Rolling Stones’ “Let’s Spend The Night Together” at Number 24; the Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” at Number 28; LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade” at Number 29; and the Starland Vocal Band’s “Afternoon Delight” at Number 30.


Actress/singer Brandy is the defendant in another lawsuit stemming from the car accident that left a woman dead in December. Attorneys for the two children of the late Awatef Aboudihaj claim the 27-year-old Moesha star was negligent and responsible for their mother’s wrongful death because she set off the chain reaction collision that sent their mom’s car into a median and oncoming traffic on a Los Angeles freeway. The suit seeks unspecified damages and a jury trial, and the boys’ attorney says they incurred permanent disabilities because of the accident.

Brandy has apologized for her role in the accident and called it a “terrible tragedy.” She faces a previously filed $50 million wrongful death by Aboudihaj’s parents, and L.A. prosecutors are still determining whether or not they’ll charge her with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.


Contestants for the upcoming fourth season of Dancing With The Stars made names for themselves in sports, entertainment, modeling, and through association. Paul McCartney’s soon- to-be ex-wife Heather Mills and Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila are probably the most recognizable of the bunch based on name alone, and they both have careers of their own. They’re also making Dancing With The Stars history — Mills is the first contestant to compete with an artificial limb and Ali is the first female athlete ever on the series.

Also in the running for the Dancing crown — *NSYNCer Joey Fatone, “Achy Breaky Heart” singer Billy Ray Cyrus, TV personality Leeza Gibbons, NBA great Clyde Drexler, Olympian Apolo Ohno, The Sopranos’ Vincent Pastore, 90210 star Ian Ziering, and the second rock wife in the competition, Paulina Porizkova. The least recognizable of the new bunch is probably Miss USA 2004, Shandi Finnessey.

These 11 people will be paired with professional dancers and perform choreographed dance routines for a panel of judges. Viewers also get a say in determining who gets voted off the show and who stays.

Dancing With The Stars returns Monday, March 19th on ABC.


Tomi Rae Hynie, the background singer and disputed wife of the late James Brown, says she has signed a deal with a Southern California distributor to release a tribute album to her late husband. Appearing Monday night on Larry King Live, Hynie said that the first project to be delivered through a multi-faceted deal with The Machine Productions of Irvine will be a CD tentatively titled Mrs. Brown: This Is For You.

Hynie said the recording will feature original material she and the Godfather Of Soul wrote together. In addition to duets by Tomi Rae and James Brown, the set will also feature several successful rap artists. Other projects planned include a book, TV and video productions, and more recordings.

“I’m very excited to be a part of The Machine’s multi- faceted entertainment offerings,” said Hynie in a statement from The Machine. “We have already begun to plan television projects as well as music projects. With The Machine’s wide ranging distribution partners, James’s fans will have an opportunity in the future to hear and see him in new and original material.”


Vanessa and Angela Simmons, who star on the MTV reality show Run’s House with their father, rapper-turned-entrepreneur Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons, have launched their own entrepreneurial effort. The siblings have created a new line of shoes called Pastry Footwear. Their debut line, The Cake Collection, will be introduced in select stores on March 23rd.

The mid-priced, athletic-inspired women’s shoes carry such names as Chocolate Mousse, Strawberry Shortcake, Red Velvet, and Sprinkles, and will be packaged together with a coordinating lip gloss in a pastry-style box bound with satin ribbon. The shoes will debut at Underground Station stores and via the web.

The young ladies are following in their father’s “footwear” steps, as Rev. Run is the owner of Run Athletics Footwear.

Vanessa Simmons, who is 23, is a business communications major at St. John’s University in New York, and is also a Ford model. Angela Simmons, who is 19, attends the Fashion Institute of Technology, appears in rapper Bow Wow’s “Shortie Like Mine” video, and recently launched the teen magazine Angela’s RunDown, which covers music, fashion and style.


What do you do when your awards show has bottomed out in the ratings? Turn to the men behind television’s Number One program. American Idol creators Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick have been hired to produce — and presumably bring viewers back to — the Emmy Awards.

The program’s ratings have dwindled in the past few years and Fox said yesterday (February 21st) that the Idol veterans are just the people to change that. Fox exec Peter Liguori said, “Nigel and Ken have consistently raised the creative bar with their innovative work on American Idol and we believe they will continue to do so during their first Emmy telecast.”

Nigel and Ken are conveniently already working for Fox, which is broadcasting the Emmys this September.


Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo has been fighting for her life on the past couple episodes of the show but it’s another cast member who’s getting a new life altogether. The Wall Street Journal reports that Kate Walsh, the actress who plays Dr. McDreamy’s ex-wife Addison, will star in a spin-off of the popular series. The surgeon will get a send-off during a two-hour episode currently being written by show creator Shonda Rhimes for May sweeps.

None of the other Grey’s Anatomy cast members are expected to leave Seattle Grace with Walsh, and it’s still being determined whether her character will stick around the Pacific Northwest or head for her native New York.

Walsh’s character Addison was introduced midway through Grey’s first season to throw off the Meredith/McDreamy romance.

Addison was tough and hard to like when she came into the picture, but Walsh said she didn’t mind as long as she wasn’t as mean as Dynasty villain Alexis Carrington: “I don’t mind playing an unlikable kind of character. And I think that they’ve also written her where she’s kind of compassionate and has lots of…there’s other layers there and it’s not just an arch witch from New York all in black. Which is really fun, but they didn’t go like, you know, the Alexis Carrington route.”

Black History Fact

Chicago mayor Harold Lee Washington was born April 15, 1922. He studied at Roosevelt College (now Roosevelt University), graduating in 1949 with a B.A. degree. He then earned a law degree at Northwestern University, School of Law in Evanston, Illinois in 1952, and began his political career as an Illinois state senator in 1965. He initiated the first bill calling for a holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1969. By 1980 he had been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and in 1982, he ran for mayor of Chicago as a progressive candidate.

In the 1983 Democratic mayoral primary, community organizers registered more than 100,000 new African- American voters, while the white vote was split between the incumbent mayor Jane Byrne and the other challenger, Richard M. Daley, son of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley. Washington won with 37% of the vote, vs. 33% for Byrne and 30% for Daley.

Although winning the Democratic primary is normally tantamount to election in heavily-Democratic Chicago, after his primary victory Washington found that his Republican opponent, Bernard Epton – – earlier considered a nominal stand-in — was supported by many white Democrats and ward organizations, including the chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party, Alderman Edward “Fast Eddie” Vrdolyak (“Ver-doh-lee-ack”). In the spring of 1983, Washington defeated Epton by less than 4% of the vote, and became the first African- American mayor of Chicago.

Washington’s first term in office was characterized by racially-polarized Council Wars, in which the largely white City Council opposition, led by “The Eddies” — Finance Chair Edward Burke, Parks Commissioner Edmund Kelly, and Alderman Ed Vrdolyak — and supported by powerful Democratic committeemen, prevented Washington from appointing reform nominees to boards and commissions, or enacting his reform legislation.

But Washington confronted the 29-21 majority aligned against him in City Council and used his legislative skills to rule by veto. He encouraged African- American, Latino, and white liberal aldermen to support him despite pressure from The Eddies, so the ’29’ could never muster the 30 votes needed for a veto override. Meanwhile, Washington kept the pressure on in court to reverse the redistricting of City Council wards that white Democrats had pushed through during the Byrne years. When special elections were ordered in 1986, victorious Washington-backed candidates gave him the 25-25 split he needed. His vote as chair of City Council enabled him to break the deadlock and enact his programs.

Washington was reelected in the spring of 1987, but died of a heart attack in his office that November. He was buried in Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago. The new building housing the central branch of the Chicago Public Library system was named for him, and Loop College in Chicago’s downtown was renamed Harold Washington College.
Celebrity Birthdays

Julius “Dr. J.” Erving, NBA Hall Of Famer, 57

Bobby Hendricks, member of the Drifters, 69

Silkk The Shocker (Vyshonne Miller), rapper and younger brother of Master P, 27
Words To the Wise

Don’t give up on your dreams
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As promised, Jamie Foxx threw a memorable celebration in Las Vegas over the weekend. The Oscar winner hosted a Belvedere Vodka sponsored party during NBA All-Star weekend at the Empire Ballroom on Sunday night following his performance. He was caught making out with Young and the Restless star Victoria Rowell, who we hear will soon make her exit from the soap. Also present was Andre Harrell who looked down from VIP at Foxx pouring liquor into the mouths of his adoring fans. The event was cut short a little after 4 AM by the riot squad. While his soon-to-be ex-wife Whitney Houston hung out with her new main squeeze Ray J, Bobby Brown was spotted taking pictures with fans at the Luxor Casino. Reggie Bush signed autographs for some adorning fans, but don’t think he’s a cheap sell. The baller only signed purchased photographs or footballs; the cheapest item was 200 bucks. Taxi lines were an hour long and even the Louis Vuitton store let shoppers in one at a time and kept the front door locked to prevent thieves. I also hear the Jay-Z and LeBron James’ party was the weekend’s hottest event (See pics from yesterday) and that the guest list was no joke. The men of the hour were introduced by sparkling champagne bottles and Funkmaster Flex DJ’d. There were naked models swimming in a fountain and scented candles keeping things sexy. Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Dave Chappelle, Kerry Washington, Talib Kweli, Beyonce, Diddy, Nelly and Whitney and Ray J all hit up their shindig at Tao. Funny as it sounds, Suge Knight was seen kicking it at the MGM Grand like it was ’95 still. He played some Tupac and Snoop Dogg tracks, but folks steered clear of that one pretty much. Diddy’s Press Play lounge was supposedly pretty much a dead zone too, although Will.I.Am dropped by to hold court with the Bad Boy one night.
Queen Latifah and CoverGirl Queen Collection hosted their first ever Queen for the Day Beauty Makeover Suite during the weekend. The suite pampered celebs, NBA wives, and local youth with complimentary makeovers and beauty services and was created to celebrate the beauty in all women. Malinda Williams, Mya, Cookie Johnson and more all stopped by to receive the royal treatment and new products from the Queen Collection. Finally, Sprite and the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James hosted a star-studded party during at Light Nightclub at The Bellagio to announce the three finalists whose individual music tracks will be featured in the new LeBron James Sublymonal at Home ad which made its television debut during the NBA All-Star game. Guests of the party included Mark McGrath, Mya and Brody Jenner.



Longest Oscar telecast: 4 hours, 23 minutes in 2002

Biggest American audience: 55 million, 1998 telecast – the “Titanic” year

Smallest American audience: 33 million, 2003 telecast – right after the Iraq War began

Number of seat-fillers: 125

Length of red carpet: 500 feet

Number of stores that line the red carpet: 22

Average lifespan of an Oscar red carpet: 5 years

Cost of putting on an Oscar show: $15 to $20 million

Cost of 30-second commercial: $1.7 million

Number of years the Oscars have been on a 5-second delay: 2

Number of times the 5-second delay has been used to censor an offensive Oscar moment: 0

Average number of Oscars handed out on the telecast in recent years: 40

Most Emmys won by an Oscar show: 5 in 1998


Back in the spring of last year, when the huge scandal erupted at Duke University with their lacrosse players who were white being accused of sexually assaulting a stripper who was black, Common spoke out. During a performance at Emory University in Atlanta on April 19th of last year Com freestyled, quote, “You know I never get lost, yo, [eff] them damn [N-words] from Duke lacrosse.” Now, Common is scheduled to perform at Duke on April 25th of this year and some of the students have an issue with what he said considering that the rape charges against the players have been dropped. Beth Higgins, the student in charge of the concert, says, quote, “We obviously don’t condone or endorse anything he said at the time, but we did book him and sign a contract that is legally binding on the basis of his talent and student appeal. His agent said it would not be a problem for him to play here. He made these statements two days after the lacrosse case went public. He’s still a great artist and willing to play at Duke.” Moses Lee, a student at Duke, says, quote, “I’m pretty sure a lot of Duke students thought they were guilty at the time, too.”


Now that he’s establish himself as a musical powerhouse with two Grammy wins earlier this month, Ludacris is turning his attention to his Disturbing Tha Peace label, whose roster includes Shawnna, I-20, Lil Fate, Shareefa, Field Mob, and Bobby Valentino. Backstage at the Grammy Awards. Ludacris said: “Next projects from the Disturbing Tha Peace camp, we have a lot of different artists coming out. We have an artist by the name of Bobby Valentino whose first album came out about two years ago so he has another album. It’s called Special Occasion.” The rapper added: “We have new artists such as a guy by the name of Stef Jones coming out soon. We have different groups. You know we just as a label we have different genres of music so you can just expect the unexpected at all times.”


Rapper Busta Rhymes was offered a deal on Tuesday, February 20th, that would cover his two pending assault charges. Prosecutors offered Rhymes the option of spending six months behind bars, which he quickly rejected. The Associated Press reports that Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Tanya Kennedy then offered the rapper the option to plead guilty to third degree assault in exchange for a conditional discharge. Rhymes is currently considering the deal, which would require no jail time.
Rhymes is facing assault charges in two separate cases: The first for beating 39-year-old Edward Hatchett, his former driver, “with a closed fist about the head and neck” and kicking him in the ribs and torso during a dispute over back pay on December 26th at his Manhattan offices; and, the second for allegedly assaulting a fan who spit on his car following an August 12th performance at the AmsterJam Music Festival on Randall’s Island. Assistant District Attorney Harrison Schweiloch had offered Rhymes six months in jail to cover both assaults with orders of protection for the victims but Rhymes is leaning towards Judge Kennedy’s offer, which would include five days of community service, two weeks of youth lectures, six months of anger management classes, and three years probation. In six months, the charges would be dropped, but if Rhymes failed to meet the requirements he could receive up to one year behind bars. Rhymes is currently working on a new album, Before Hell Freezes Over, which he plans to release this summer.


Redman is planning to release his new album, Red Gone Wild, in late March or early April. The first single from the project is “Put It Down” but according to the rapper that can change. He told, “I don’t know how everybody else does it, but Def Jam is working like whatever gets played on the radio is your single. It’s just like, if I got a record that I ain’t even want to be the single, but if the bi***es gets a certain amount of spins, that’s my single (and) video. Another thing is they don’t shoot videos off the bat no more. They wait till you get spins, then shoot. … I know everybody is waiting to see, ‘Let’s see what Def Jam is going to do with Redman,’ because other artists were complaining that the promotion was bulls**t. You know the routine.” The rapper added, “I’m not gonna be the last man standing. I’d look like a fool saying, ‘Def Jam didn’t do this for me, that for me.’ I’m self-sufficient, self-owned. These last four years, I’ve been going on the road my damn self, shaking hands. Letting people know this is coming out.” Redman recently released a new mixtape, Live From The Bricks. Redman’s first three albums — 1992’s Whut? Thee Album, 1994’s Dare Iz A Darkside, and 1996’s Muddy Waters — were all certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies each. The rapper’s 1998 set, Doc’s Da Name 2000, was certified platinum, and its follow-up, 2001’s Malpractice, was certified gold.


Rapper G. Dep was released from New York City’s Rikers Island prison last week after spending a month behind bars. reports that the rapper is currently in the studio working on a comeback. Dep was arrested for breaking a mobile phone display during an argument at a T-Mobile Store in Manhattan and spent a month behind bars because he couldn’t come up with $750 bail. Dep released his debut album, Child of the Ghetto, in 2001 and it featured the hit, “Special Delivery.” The rapper is still signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy label but the company has yet to exercise the option to renew his contract for his sophomore album. Dep is currently planning a tour and hopes to release a new song and video in the coming months.


Rapper Young Buck and former G-Unit soldier The Game were almost involved in a physical confrontation early Saturday, February 17th, when both men showed up at an NBA All Star Weekend party with large entourages. reports that Young Buck and approximately 30 associates went to The Ice House Lounge nightclub for a party which was being hosted by T.I. and Young Jeezy as part of Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Las Vegas Takeover. About an hour later, The Game showed up at the same party with a large entourage in tow. Both parties settled in the VIP area but soon Young Buck began to taunt The Game.
When The Game gestured back, Young Buck and his people headed to the stage where they grabbed a mic and Young Buck began to rap a freestyle diss over the track to “Put You On To Game.” The Game and his crew then attempted to come down to the stage area but were stopped by security. A witness said, “Young Buck was really taunting The Game from upstairs, sitting on the railing of the VIP. Then he went downstairs and got on stage on the mic and taunted him some more. The Game stood up on the railing of the upstairs VIP. His people held his arm, so he wouldn’t fall. It was crazy! His whole crew headed down the stairs. The stage was at the bottom of the stairs. Then we ran the hell out of there!” Young Buck and Young Jeezy — who happened to be hanging out with him and their crews — were asked to leave the venue. After Young Buck was gone, The Game and his crew was allowed to leave the venue. The beef between the two men stems back to January 2005 when 50 Cent kicked The Game out of the G-Unit.


Vocalist Fantasia may have come of age in a music industry that uses sampling, computers, and electronic instruments, but she says that nothing is better than live music. The singer says that for her current album, Fantasia, she did record some tracks with live musicians and really enjoyed the process. After performing in church for many years and then on American Idol with a live band every week, Fantasia says she developed a true appreciation for the fact that each instrument represents the player’s “voice,” much like the vocal talent she was blessed with. She said: “God gave me that gift; he built in on the inside of me. But you can pick up an instrument, and that’s your voice. To me, I just love it. So it gives me a rush, it gives me a high, and it’s so much better when you can go in the studio and have all those voices with you.” Fantasia’s current single is “Hood Boy” featuring Big Boi.


U.K.-born soul singer Joss Stone has already released two albums, but the 19-year-old is titling her third recording Introducing Joss Stone. The set arrives March 20th on Virgin. The lead single from the set will be “Tell Me About It.” Guesting on the new set are Common, Lauryn Hill, and British footballer-turned-actor Vinnie Jones, among others. Stone recorded most of the album in Barbados with noted singer, songwriter, and producer Raphael Saadiq, whom Stone calls “the most incredible musician I’ve ever met in my whole life,” Stone said, according to her bio. “Musically, I feel like he reads my mind. I’ll give him a look and he’ll know exactly what I want.” Stone recently picked up a Grammy Award for best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocals for her performance on “A Family Affair” with John Legend and Van Hunt, which was included on the Sly Stone tribute album Different Strokes By Different Folks and produced by American Idol’s Randy Jackson. Stone was not in attendance at the February 11th ceremony in Los Angeles and said she wasn’t even aware at first that she had earned the coveted music prize. “I just sang a hook,” Stone told “It was Randy Jackson who won the Grammy. He was the one who made the project.” In other Stone news, the red-haired singer left some British fans scratching their heads after she appeared as a presenter on last week’s Brit Awards in London, using a heavy American accent. Her publicist rushed out a statement Monday explaining that the U.K. pop star has lived in America since she was 15, and speaks in an American accent when nervous.


Multiple Grammy winner Mary J. Blige and her husband, Kendu Isaacs, are reportedly shelling out a cool $30,000 a month to rent a home on the West end of the Hollywood Hills. According to a recent real estate piece in the L.A. Times, the couple are enjoying 8,000 square feet of living space in the four-year-old house, which features five bedrooms and eight and a half bathrooms. The property includes a 55-foot long pool and a 75-foot waterfall in the backyard. The two also have a home in New Jersey. Blige recently picked up three more Grammy Awards earlier this month to add to her collection. The honors came for her latest album, the multi-platinum The Breakthrough, featuring songs that address various issues faced by Blige and many other women, including overcoming obstacles and being true to oneself. One of the tracks on the set, “Good Woman Down,” is typical of the positive messages Blige brought to the album. Co-written with hit maker Sean Garrett, among others, the tune is an anthem for survivors, explained Blige: “I spoke to Sean and I said I want this to be a celebration of all the women that have been through a whole lot and they’re still living, they’re not just existing and just not being heard. Whether it’s a woman who’s been on drugs or a woman’s that got all the kids and her husband walked out on her, just any woman that’s overcome situations.” Blige’s current single, “Take Me As I Am,” recently reached Number Two on the urban adult airplay chart.


The six adult children of the late James Brown and his former partner, Tomi Rae Hynie, have finally agreed on something: Where to bury the Godfather of Soul. Hynie’s attorney, Robert Rosen, said Tuesday (February 20th) that the late entertainer’s final resting place is being kept confidential at the request of Brown’s children. The burial is expected take place in the “next few days.” Brown died December 25th, Christmas Day, at age 73. His body has been kept inside its gold-trimmed casket at an undisclosed location, according to Charles Reid, manager of the C.A. Reid Funeral Home in Augusta, Georgia. Meanwhile, a South Carolina judge has ruled that the trustees for Brown’s estate will be allowed to stay, but that a special administrator will also be appointed to oversee the dispensation of the singer’s trust. Both the children and Hynie had petitioned the Aiken County court to dismiss the trustees and appoint an administrator. Brown’s estate includes his 60-acre Beech Island, South Carolina, home and his music publishing rights.


Do The Right Thing and Inside Man director Spike Lee is receiving one of journalism’s highest honors for his Hurricane Katrina documentary, When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts. Lee and producer Sam Pollard will pick up a George Polk Award for the four-part HBO miniseries, which looks at the bungled response and aftermath of the 2005 storm through more than a hundred interviews with residents, politicians, and other-eye witnesses. Lee and Pollard will discuss When The Levees Broke during the annual George Polk Awards Seminar panel on April 11th in New York. Other Polk Awards went to writers for topics including ethnic violence in Darfur, the U.S. military’s treatment of soldiers with mental issues, and corporate execs who cashed in on a federal program designed to help people with disabilities find work. The Polk Awards have been around more than 50 years and are named after a CBS reporter who was killed covering the Greek civil war.


A Los Angeles judge ruled yesterday (February 20th) that O.J. Simpson has to turn over the royalties from his past film and TV work to the family of Ron Goldman, the man who was killed alongside Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole. That means that Simpson won’t ever receive any earnings from such films as The Towering Inferno and the Naked Gun. Simpson’s lawyers say he got less than a dollar from his past royalties in 2006. He currently owes more than $33 million to the Goldman family for a wrongful death lawsuit.


The Simple Life star Nicole Richie says she was not under the influence when she drove her SUV on the wrong side of an L.A. freeway in December. Despite failing a field sobriety test and telling arresting officers that she had smoked marijuana and popped a Vicodin before getting behind the wheel, Richie’s lawyer entered a not guilty plea to the misdemeanor DUI charge.
Richie had come to a complete stop in a carpool lane by the time cops reached her in the correct direction of traffic, but prosecutors said her car fit the description of the vehicle passersby had seen going the opposite way on the highway. A pre-trial hearing is set for April 2nd. Police records indicated that Richie was five-foot-one and weighed 85 pounds at the time of her arrest. Richie wasn’t in court to enter her plea yesterday, nor was she at pal Paris Hilton’s Las Vegas birthday party over the weekend. She reportedly got her plea in a day early and skipped Hilton’s bash to keep a low profile during her legal difficulties.


The family of a woman who died two years ago is suing Michael Jackson and the Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, California, claiming the critical patient was moved to make room for Jackson when he arrived with flu symptoms. Seventy-three-year-old Manuela Gomez Ruiz, who suffered a heart attack and was on life support, was moved to make way for Jackson on February 15, 2005. Ruiz suffered a second heart attack and died later that day. A statement from the medical center said the suit is without merit and is “another frivolous claim to generate publicity.”


Like Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man or Christian Bale in Batman, Nicolas Cage goes without the benefit of his famous face throughout much of Ghost Rider. When he’s motorcycle stunt man Johnny Blaze, Cage looks like a thicker-haired version of himself, but when night falls and his Ghost Rider alter ego takes over, Cage’s head is replaced by a flaming skull. Cage goes back and forth between fiery skeleton and normal guy several times, and said he didn’t have a problem hiding his face behind special effects because he found the fiery skull imagery interesting: “The transformation is my favorite part because I always wanted to be in a movie where I got to turn into a big bad monster, you know, ’cause I like werewolf movies. But this is more interesting because he’s not an animal. He’s an exalted form of the human being. He’s the skull, the human skull. It’s pretty cool.” Ghost Rider was the Number One movie of the weekend and it’s now playing in theaters nationwide.


If you think you had a bad relationship with one of your parents, check this out: Angela Bassett didn’t see much of her father when she was growing up but after she got into college, she tried to get to know him better. But she told “More” magazine that, during one of their visits, he offered her some weed and another time, instead of giving her an innocent goodbye kiss, he stuck his tongue in her mouth. Angela said, quote, “When he did that, I was just angry, and angry at myself that I didn’t slap the (crap) out of him.”

You’d think it would be hard to mistake Serena Williams for Beyonce. But editors at the Chicago Tribune did just that, according to veteran journalist David Mills, who just launched a “Misidentified Black Person Of The Week” section on his blog. “Apparently,” Mills told us, “they showed a picture of Serena Williams with the group Destiny’s Child in the sports section and identified her as Beyonce.”

Check out Tyra Banks and her new cover for Sports Illustrated. It’s been ten years and 20 pounds. Is it just me or is there really no difference in the covers? Lot of airbrushing going on here. Dang, Tyra! Thought you were standing up for the big girls!

It was only fitting that a political “rock star” would come to Hollywood and get shown much love and much needed money. That “rock star” of course would be freshman Illinois Senator Barack Obama, who’s running for President as a Democratic candidate. Obama left town with checks from A-listers like Eddie Murphy, Barbara Striesand and George Clooney that totaled $1.3 million dollars.

Britney Spears went back to rehab on Tuesday, after shaving her head at a Los Angeles hair salon over the weekend. Here’s more.

Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro are now officially divorced, it was finalized yesterday. They have no kids, so child custody wasn’t an issue and all their stuff was split up according to their pre-nup.

Pamela Anderson says she was leaving a Lakers game with her two sons recently when some fan tried to get her to autograph a naked picture of herself. This was apparently very traumatic for her kids. Quote: “The boys go, ‘Mom, they were trying to get you to sign naked pictures.’ They were DISGUSTED.”

Rachael Ray is everywhere these days. She has four shows on the Food Network, including “30 Minute Meals,” and she has authored 16 books, and she has a lifestyle magazine, Everyday With Rachael Ray. Is Rachel Ray the next Paris Hilton?

Black History Fact

Martin Luther King Jr.’s life has come to be a symbol of hope and optimism for many people across the globe. The civil rights leader was born on January 15, 1929, to Martin Luther King Sr. and Alberta Williams King. The elder King was the pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, and his son would go on to be ordained a minister at the age of 18.

Martin Luther King Jr. attended Morehouse College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1948. He then graduated with honors from Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania in 1951, and then received his doctorate in systematic theology from Boston University in 1955. While studying in Boston, King met and married Coretta Scott, a music student from Alabama, in 1953. Their marriage produced four children.

After completing his education, King accepted a position as pastor at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1954. In December of 1955, Rosa Parks, a leading member of the local NAACP, was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to white passenger. King was called into action for the first time and, with the help of Edgar Nixon, formed the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA), which organized and directed a bus boycott in the city. King was the first president of the organization, and the boycott lasted for more than a year. King also began to practice his doctrine of nonviolence, especially following the bombing of his home. In 1956, lawyers for the MIA filed a federal lawsuit seeking an injunction that would end segregation on the buses and won before a local court. The city quickly appealed, but the United States Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s ruling in November 1956.

In 1957, King attempted to galvanize his movement by forming the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the organization that attempted to unite ministers and their congregations to challenge racial segregation. Through the SCLC, King was able to form strategic partnerships with many outside of the African-American Diaspora, including Stanley Levison, a Jewish activist who helped King find financing for his organization. In 1959, King visited India in order to gain firsthand knowledge of the work of Gandhi, who practiced nonviolence in helping India gain its independence.

The SCLC staged many protests in the early ’60s, but it was the Birmingham, Alabama, protest in March 1963 that really turned the nation’s attention to the civil rights movement. Birmingham police commissioner Eugene “Bull” Connor ordered his police officers to use attack dogs and fires houses against the nonviolent protesters, which included a large number of children. The images of the dogs biting the protesters and the water hoses pinning activists against buildings were captured on film and broadcast nationally. King was arrested and wrote a gripping letter while incarcerated in a Birmingham jail. “Letter From Birmingham Jail” was written to address the many within King’s own ranks who thought his methods were counterproductive. In his letter, King details that individuals have the moral rights and obligations to disobey laws that are unjust.

On August 28, 1963, King addressed a crowd of more than 200,000 gathered in Washington, D.C., to call for more jobs and civil rights. His “I Have A Dream” speech has withstood the test of time and remains one of the most famous oratories in U.S. history. King’s speech included the following line: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

The success of the march on Washington led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act Of 1964, which permanently outlawed segregation in public places. For his contribution to the advancement of civil rights, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Price in 1964.

In 1965, the SCLC joined a voting-rights march from Selma, Alabama, to the state’s capital in Montgomery. The march achieved its goal of bringing national attention to the voting-rights issue when protestors were beaten and subject to tear gas by police. In August, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act Of 1965, which eliminated the use of literacy tests and other voter qualification tests.

In 1966 and 1967, King began to switch his focus to economic issues as the African-American community began to galvanize behind more radical movements led by the Black Power movement and the Black Muslims, which called for self-reliance and the use of violence, if necessary. King began planning the Poor People’s Campaign to pressure lawmakers to address the need to redistribute the wealth of the nation.

On April 4, 1968, King was assassinated in Memphis by James Earl Ray. King was in town to support a strike by black sanitation workers. His death caused more than 100 riots to break out across the United States. Ray was sentenced to 99 years in prison but later recanted his confession, and many still believe the gunman wasn’t working alone. In 1986, the third Monday in January — which usually falls close to the January 15, King’s actual birthday — was first observed as a national holiday in King’s honor.

Coretta Scott King, who campaigned to establish Martin Luther King Jr. Day, was the longtime keeper of his dream for racial equality and human rights, and was a civil rights icon in her own right, died in her sleep at a holistic healing center in Mexico on Monday, January 31, 2006.

Coretta was the author of My Life With Martin Luther King Jr., and, in 1969 founded the multimillion-dollar Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. Her vision was for the center to become involved with issues of hunger, unemployment, voting rights and racism.

Celebrity Birthdays

Leroy Burrell, track and field record holder, 40

Aunjanue Ellis, actress (Freedomland, Ray, Undercover Brother), 38

Steve Francis, former NBA All-Star, 30

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Sports Illustrated magazine is getting some harsh reactions from its decision to place Beyonce on their cover. Many readers have reportedly called in to magazine’s offices and requested to complain and cancel their subscriptions. Many others have left angry messages on their message boards and online blogs, saying they don’t even know Beyonce or Kanye West, who also appears in the mag.

One SI reader said, “Is this the Swimsuit issue or the Ghetto issue?” Beyonce’s appearance marks the first time a non- model has graced the cover of the swimsuit edition.

Sure, Beyonce’s Sports Illustrated cover is a coup, but Dreamgirls co-star Jennifer Hudson is on the cover of three different magazines for this month. Hudson graces the cover of the March issues of Essence, Vogue and Giant magazines. She is also the cover story for this week’s Life magazine.

Then I betcha didn’t know this gynecologists advise women to wear granny panties to avoid unhealthy complications down there. They warn that thongs can (quote) “injure the sensitive skin – especially if the undergarments are too tight or badly stitched”.

Even worse, there’s an added potential for the spread of bacteria and fungus. Really tight panties create an ideal environment for fungal infections. That becomes a stinky problem. Doctors say their more regular patients are lingerie and bikini models.


The estranged wife of New Jersey Nets guard Jason Kidd has filed a response to her soon- to-be ex-husband’s divorce complaint. And in that response, Joumana Kidd accuses Jason of cheating on her and beating her up and both quite regularly.

Joumana says Jason cheated on her with the following ladies: Several different TV reporters, a Nets season ticket holder, a Nets employee, a cheerleader in New Orleans AND strippers in Arizona, Sacramento, Miami, Dallas and Indiana. Some of the booty Jason gave Joumana in return for the booty he TOOK from other ladies included a pink diamond ring and a diamond pendant each worth more than half a million dollars.

She also calls Jason a binge drinker and a problem gambler and says he was abusive even before they got married in 1997. One of those assaults allegedly occurred while Joumana was pregnant with their first son. She also says Jason once kicked her in the stomach hard enough to cause blood to appear in her urine then told her, quote, “I don’t give a (eff).” Joumana also accuses Jason of choking her, throwing her down a flight of stairs, punching her in the face on numerous occasions, breaking one of her ribs, and knocking her unconscious and then pouring champagne over her head. There was also an incident back in 2003 in which Jason and Joumana were on an airplane and Jason Frisbee-tossed a LARGE COOKIE at her with such force that it split her lip open.


In August of 2005, Eminem pulled out of the European leg of the Anger Management tour so that he could enter rehab and deal with a sleeping pill dependency. According to his ex-wife, however, the rapper is still heavily involved with drugs. Kim Mathers told Detroit’s WKQI 95.5’s Mojo In The Morning that she had to force her children to visit Eminem and that he wasn’t taking care of Hailie Jade or Kim’s other children and was still on drugs.

Eminem issued the following statement on Friday, February 16th, “It’s a shame that I’ve moved on and Kim hasn’t. Her ongoing press campaign is doing nothing but harm to the children, and for that I feel truly sorry. For their sake I wish she would stop.”

According to Kim Mathers, the rap star also sent her a text message saying he couldn’t believe she was going on air to discuss the relationship. She responded, “I’m like ‘hello, have you listened to any of your songs?'”

During the interview Mathers also said that she doesn’t think Eminem is capable of loving women and that she’s worried about his drug use. She explained, “The ‘When I’m Gone’ video. Me and Hailie were supposed to be in that and lets just say I found some things on the video set that probably shouldn’t have been there and that’s why we weren’t in the actual video.” reports that Kim Mathers is considering writing a book about her life with Eminem after he recent media rounds, which included a segment on ABC’s 20/20.


Britney Spears’s strange public behavior hit a new peak this weekend when, after spending less than a day at the Crossroads rehab center in Antigua on Thursday, she went out on the town in Los Angeles Friday night (February 16th) and shaved her head and got two new tattoos. She also was spotted later that night at a local hospital.

Around 6:15 Friday night a distraught Britney arrived at Esther’s Haircutting in Tarzana, California, and demanded that the staff shave her head. When they refused, she took the clippers and cut it all off herself. She then drove aimlessly around the San Fernando valley for 40 minutes, after which she stopped at the Body and Soul tattoo parlor in Sherman Oaks, where she got two new tattoos: a set of pink lips on her wrist and a small cross on her lower hip.

Later that evening she was spotted wearing a dark wig at the Cedars Sinai medical Center in Beverly Hills, but left after about an hour.

According to, the staff at Esther’s Haircutting saved all the hair cut from Britney’s head, for a possible online charity auction.


Rapper E-40, who real name is Earl Stevens, is alive and well, in spite of rumors to the contrary. Word began to circulate that the rapper was killed during a drive-by shooting or while attempting to ghost ride his whip, however his attorney, Zvi B. Edelman, told, “I am writing to dispel any and all of the rumors currently circulating concerning the health and safety of Earl Stevens p/k/a E-40. Mr. Stevens is alive and well in Los Vegas enjoying all-star weekend and has not been the victim of any shooting or accident. Sick Wid It Records, Chaz Hayes, and 40 Water thank all those who have expressed concern and kept 40 in their prayers and urge whoever is responsible for generating these outrageous rumors to contemplate the gravity of their actions and stop immediately.”

E-40 performed at a free MySpace concert on Saturday night.


Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is gearing up for the release of their new album, Strength & Loyalty, on April 17th on Interscope Records. The set will be the group’s first since signing with Swizz Beatz’ Interscope-distributed label.

Group member Krayzie Bone, who won a Grammy Award earlier this month in the best rap performance by duo or group for “Ridin'” with Chamillionaire, provided an update as to what was going on with Bone. He said: “Yeah well right now we got three members in the group. Bizzy Bone is no longer in the group right now. But you know we still moving, know what I’m sayin’? One person don’t make the group you know what I’m sayin’ and we still Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. We still got the same music, even better if you ask me.”

The rapper added: “The first single we have is with Akon, it’s called ‘I Tried.’ We got Chamillionaire on the album. We got Mariah Carey on the album. We got Yolanda Adams on the album, you know what I’m sayin’? There’s a lot of people on the album. This is really our first time ever doing collaboration.”


Rapper Foxy Brown may be facing a year behind bars for violating the terms of her probation. The rapper was placed on probation and ordered to attend anger management classes as part of a plea deal for allegedly assaulting two nail salon workers in New York City in 2004. This time, Brown is in hot water following a Florida arrest on Thursday, February 15th, outside a beauty supply store in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

Jack Ryan, a spokesman for the New York City Department of Probation, told the New York Post that Brown did not have permission to travel to Florida. He said, “We are asking the court to violate her probation and incarcerate her.” reports that the Brown and an associate were in Queen Beauty Supply Store in Pembroke Pines sampling beauty supplies in the bathroom when the store owner told the rapper she would have to leave because the store was closing. Owner Sam Hayssam explained what happened next. He said, “I told them they had to leave. She said ‘I have to finish my hair, the glue is not working right and I need a different kind of glue so I can finish my hair.” The owner then told the rapper that the store was not a “beauty salon.” Brown allegedly threw glue and spat on the owner before leaving the store.

Hayssam called the police and when an officer spotted Brown and attempted to take her back to the salon, she resisted arrest. The officer wrote in his report, “I placed my hand on the defendant’s arm to escort her back and she swatted my hand away. The defendant then started swinging her arms and struggling with me. I was forced to utilize a take down maneuver to gain control of the defendant.”

Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, was charged with battery and resisting an officer with violence. She was released from prison on Friday, February 16th, after posting $1,500 bail.


Rapper Gillie Da Kid was released from prison on Saturday, February 17th, after spending 11 days behind bars. The rapper was arrested on Tuesday, February 6th and charged with conspiracy and possessing narcotics with intent to deliver after police, acting on a tip, recovered 89 pounds of marijuana worth $404,000 in two houses on Passmore Street in Philadelphia.

Authorities are currently eyeing the rapper in connection with another house in the area where $6 million worth of coke was recovered last year. A representative for the rapper issued a statement to that read, “He is extremely happy to be home and is resting comfortably with his family. He maintains his innocence and is looking forward to promoting and releasing his upcoming mixtape album.”

The rapper will release, The Best of Gillie Da Kid Mixtapes: Who’s Really Stuntin’?, on March 13th on Babygrande Records.


Singer Fantasia is reportedly considering a move to Broadway. The talented American Idol winner, who was initially one of the frontrunners considered for the Dreamgirls film role of Effie that went to fellow AI contestant Jennifer Hudson, could be joining the original Broadway cast of The Color Purple in the central role of Celie. She has been in talks with producers about taking on the role as early as this spring.

Fellow R&B singer Usher boosted sales of Broadway’s revival of Chicago during his brief run last fall, and the theater industry has been encouraged by so-called “stunt” casting.

Fantasia is currently promoting her sophomore album Fantasia and the current single “Hood Boy.”


Singer and actor Omarion says that he had to title his sophomore album 21 because it represents such a pivotal time in everyone’s life, particularly his own. The album represents a new maturity for the artist, who got his show business start at the age of 14 in the boy group B2K.

Omarion, now 22, told me: “21 is a milestone in everyone’s life, and that’s like a beautiful thing right there, you know. It’s like anyone who’s under 21 can’t wait to be 21 and anyone who’s over 21 really remembers what it was like to be 21. So, yeah, I really wrote the album at a period of time when I was really accepting that change and going through that change.”

The singer’s current single “Icebox” moves to Number Eight on the national urban airplay charts this week. In other news, Omarion is expected to join a number of celebrities who have signed on for Stars & Strikes: Celebrity Bowling Event, set for Wednesday, February 21st, at the Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City, California. The event will benefit A Place Called Home (APCH), a youth center in South Central Los Angeles that has served over 4,000 at-risk children with programs that include literacy and tutoring, dance, music, creative arts, health and well- being services, counseling, sports/recreation programs and more.


Singer, writer, and producer Akon has forged a unique deal with Verizon Wireless to promote its V Cast mobile music and wireless service. Akon will be the first music artist to “act” in a Verizon Wireless TV ad. The multi-platform campaign features an exclusive new track by Akon called “Easy Road,” available for sale only to V Cast mobile customers as a full length track, a ringback tone, and as a mastertone. Music and artwork from Akon’s platinum-selling album Konvicted will also be featured in Verizon Wireless stores, as well as on Verizon Wireless handsets.

Akon kicked off the campaign recently with a special Black History Month appearance at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, for 200 lucky Verizon customers. The show coincided with the opening of a new Verizon store in Harlem.

The Senegalese artist is expanding his musical empire with a number of projects, including a film biography that is reportedly in pre-production. The son of a well-known Senegalese jazz artist who served time in the States for theft, Akon says his life story would make a great dramatic film. As to who would play him, the artist favors Mekhi Phifer as opposed to taking the role himself: “Actually I’m casting for Mekhi Phifer to play me in the movie, I think he’d be perfect. You think? (Laughs.) He’s like, he looks like a cousin or somebody, he’s like he could be my brother or something. You know what I’m saying. That’s like as far as I got, you know what I’m saying. You know what I’m saying, I’m going to get definitely with people that does this for a living because I’m a firm believer, I’m going to hire the people and let them do what they do. I’ll just get the creative input about it.”

There is no word yet on whether Phifer has taken on the role.


A two CD collection of five-time Grammy winner Toni Braxton’s biggest hits is in stores now. Sony/Legacy’s The Essential Toni Braxton includes 16 R&B and pop hits by the alto diva that span her entire career at the LaFace and Arista labels.

The release coincides with Braxton’s recent break with former manager Barry Hankerson and his label Blackground Records, where she released one album, 2005’s Libra. The pair recently settled Braxton’s suit against the veteran music industry executive, where she claimed that Hankerson interfered with her long relationship with the Arista label.

Braxton was featured as a headliner at the NBA All Star festivities over the past weekend. She continues to perform nightly at her popular Flamingo Hotel & Casino show, Toni Braxton: Revealed.

• Disk One of The Essential Toni Braxton includes:

1. “Love Shoulda Brought You Home”
2. “I Love Me Some Him”
3. “Tell Me”
4. “You’re Makin’ Me High”
5. “He Wasn’t Man Enough (Album Version)”
6. “Just Be A Man About It”
7. “How Many Ways (R. Kelly Remix)”
8. “Breathe Again”
9. “You Mean The World To Me”
10. “I Belong To You”

• Disk Two includes:
1. “The Heat”
2. “Gimme Some”
3. “There’s No Me Without You”
4. “Why Should I Care”
5. “Spanish Guitar (Royal Garden Flamenco Mix)”
6. “I’m Still Breathing”
7. “Me & My Boyfriend”
8. “Give It Back” Featuring The Big Tymers
9. “The Time Of Our Lives (The Official Song Of The 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany) (Radio Edit)” Featuring Il Divo
10. “He Wasn’t Man Enough (Junior Vasquez Marathon Mix)”


Grammy winners Gnarls Barkley are among the contemporary music artists featured in the new issue of Sports Illustrated hitting newsstands this week. The group — consisting of DJ Danger Mouse and rapper-turned singer Cee-Lo Green — poses in the music-themed issue with model Jessica White. The issue features Beyonce on the cover.

Gnarls Barkley earned the Best Alternative Music Album Grammy for their platinum-plus debut St. Elsewhere and the Best Urban/Alternative Performance Grammy for their smash single “Crazy” at the 2007 ceremonies held earlier this month. The duo was also nominated for three awards at last week’s Brit Awards, and their single “Crazy” is nominated for Favorite Song at Nickelodeon’s 20th Anniversary Kids’ Choice Awards, set to air live from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles on March 31st.

The group’s next single is “Smiley Faces.” Gnarls Barkley continues its national tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers on February 27th at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, with dates continuing through March 7th at the Toyota Center in Houston.


Michael Jackson won’t be appearing on American Idol after all. Rumors recently surfaced claiming that the King of Pop would be swinging by the show this season, but his rep Raymone Bain set the record straight, telling Access Hollywood, “There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that Michael Jackson is going to appear on American Idol.”

Jackson is currently in Las Vegas working on a possible comeback album and tour. His rep added that Jackson hasn’t signed any agreements yet. American Idol has had many guest performers through the years, including Rod Stewart and Barry Manilow.


It’s been weeks of off-key and off-kilter auditions, but tonight (February 20th) on American Idol, the first round from the Final 24 begins with the top 12 male singers of Season 6 performing. The top 12 ladies get their shot on Wednesday night(February 21st), with the results announced on Thursday (February 22nd).

The show has been a ratings juggernaut since its debut in 2002, consistently grabbing the Number One slot. And that makes the other networks slightly crazy, since every one of them turned the idea down when producers were first shopping it around. Only Fox took the chance. AI judge Simon Cowell says the relationship has been mutually beneficial: “I think it’s credit to Fox that they allowed us to make the show we wanted to make. They haven’t done what a lot of other people have done, which is bury it by putting it out three times a year. They protected the brand. They’ve been very good to us.”


The Marvel comic adaptation Ghost Rider, starring Nicolas Cage as a motorcycle stunt driver who collects souls for the devil, debuted in first place over the four-day holiday weekend. Its $51.5 million take is the best opening of Cage’s career, and sets a new Presidents Day weekend record, breaking the $45.1 million opening of 50 First Dates in 2004. Nicolas Cage says Ghost Rider a spooky ride: “What I do want to make clear though with this movie is it is funny. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s a spooky ride like in an amusement park, and everyone’s going to need a spooky ride at some point otherwise they wouldn’t make the Haunted Mansion. This movie’s got just the right amount of scares to get your adrenaline up but not too much that you can’t finish the ride.”

Last week’s top film, the Eddie Murphy comedy Norbit, fell to third place. In fifth place was Tyler Perry’s family drama Daddy’s Little Girls, which also opened on Valentine’s Day. It stars Idris Elba as a single father trying to keep his three daughters away from his ex-wife’s drug dealer boyfriend. Here is Co-Star Gabrielle Union on working with Lou Gossett Jr. of An Officer And A Gentleman fame: “He’s like the veteran. You know, it’s like, you know, when you’re watching a football game and they take out the quarterback that they paid 50 million that’s been jacking up the whole season and they put in that old veteran, that’s what Louis Gossett brought, just an amazing wealth of knowledge and experience. But of course I was fighting the urge to say, ‘Mayonnaise!’ I really wanted to say that really bad.”


1. Ghost Rider, $51.5 million
2. Bridge to Terabithia, $29 million
3. Norbit, $20.7 million
4. Music and Lyrics, $16 million
5. Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls, $14.3 million
6. Breach, $12.3 million
7. Hannibal Rising, $6.5 million
8. Because I Said So, $6 million
9. Night at the Museum, $4.7 million
10. The Messengers, $4.4 million

Black History Fact

Dr. Condoleezza Rice was born November 14, 1954, in Birmingham, Alabama, and has always been in a class of her own. She was a piano prodigy at the age of three, a college graduate at 19, a college professor at 26, a senior White House advisor at 34 and provost — a combination of chief operating officer and chief financial officer — of Stanford University at 36. In 2001, Rice became National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush, and, in 2005, became the first black woman to be appointed Secretary of State. Today Rice has become an international figure as the United States conducts its ongoing war against terrorism.

Rice made a surprise visit to Baghdad Saturday (February 17th) urging Iraqi leaders to come together and push for national reconciliation. “The United States is investing a great deal, most especially the lives of our men and women in uniform and the American people want to see results and aren’t prepared to wait forever,” Rice told reporters before wrapping up a half-day visit. “(But) we are not saying to the Iraqis: ‘Get it done by X date or else,'” she added.

Condoleezza Rice trivia:

• Received a BA in political science from the University of Denver at age 19, followed by an MA in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 1975, and a PhD from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981.
• Is an expert on Russia and Eastern Europe.
• Began teaching political science at Stanford University in 1981. From 1989 to 1991 she advised the first Bush administration on foreign policy and military issues, including the unification of Germany and the breakup of the Soviet Union.
• Named provost of Stanford University, the university’s budget and academic official, in 1993- 1999.
• Authored several books on foreign policy including Germany Unified and Europe Transformed (1995) with Philip Zelikow, The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin, and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984).
• Holds honorary doctorates from Morehouse College, the University of Alabama, the University of Notre Dame, Mississippi College School of Law, the University of Louisville, Michigan State University, and Boston College Law School.
• Joined the Stanford faculty in 1981 and won two of its highest teaching honors — the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.
• Her teaching and research interests included the politics of East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union, the comparative study of military institutions, and international security policy. She pursued these specialties in academia and in government service.
• Served in the Bush administration from 1988-1991 as Director, and then Senior Director, of Soviet and East European Affairs in the National Security Council, and as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.
• Member of the boards of directors for the Chevron Corporation, the Charles Schwab Corporation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the University of Notre Dame, the International Advisory Council of J.P. Morgan, and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors.
• Founding Board Member of the Center for a New Generation, an educational support fund for schools in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California, and is Vice President of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula.
• In August 2004 and again in August 2005, Forbes magazine named her the world’s most powerful woman. She ranked Number Two in 2006. She is also one of only two African Americans to have been repeatedly ranked among the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine.
• Is a former competitive figure skater.
Celebrity Birthdays

Charles Barkley, NBA great and TNT NBA Analyst, 44

Jay Hernandez, actor (Torque), 29

Stephon Marbury, basketball player, with the New York Knicks, 30

Sidney Poitier, Academy Award winning actor (Raisin In The Sun), 80

Nancy Wilson, singer, 70
Words To the Wise

The power lives in you
Contact Information
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PO Box 390521
Minneapolis, MN 55439

Morning Show Update

February 20, 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.
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 and the launch of Totally Gospel radio in the Twin Cities. Call today for booking details. 888-639-9738.

Listen to the Freddie Bell Show, 4 to 7pm, weekdays on Z 1470 KZTG, Totally Gospel, or on the web at

Totally Gospel On the Internet

To enhance your gospel listening experience, you can now hear Z 1470 Totally Gospel on the new website. Click on the web stream and then click on the link for KZTG.
No matter where you are, lock it in and write it down. The dedicated Minnesota stream for Twin Cities listeners is up and running. Tell a friend that Z 1470 Totally Gospel is now on the radio and on the internet. Churches, Pastors, Ministers and Evangelists in the Twin Cities and from around the country looking to expand their electronic ministries are invited to partner with Totally Gospel. Call 888-639-9738 today for rates and availabilities.


Beyonce said it was a challenge to keep her mouth shut for three months knowing that she was about to make history as the first non-model covergirl for Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit edition.
“It was hard because I was so excited,” she said of keeping her November photo shoot in Miami a secret. “You grow up seeing those issues and they’re so amazing, it’s crazy that I was able to be on the cover. It’s amazing for me. They called and they said they were doing a music issue and they said they didn’t know if I would be willing to wear the swimsuits. I said I would for Sports Illustrated because it’s so classy. My mother actually designed all of the swimsuits. We have a clothing line, House of Dereon, so that was a great launch for us.”
The talent, whose song “Irreplaceable” fell to No. 2 Thursday after a 10-week No. 1 reign, is shocked that the tabloids never caught wind of the photo shoot.
“I don’t know, they didn’t, it’s great,” she said. “We were in Miami, it’s not like we were somewhere very far away. They’re iconic photographs, so I’m very happy.”
Now for the bad news…
According to and the Sandra Rose blog, some readers believe Sports Illustrated has gone too far in featuring Beyonce on the cover and choosing music as a theme for the special issue. The magazine also features models posing with such music stars as Kanye West, Three 6 Mafia, Isaac Hayes, and even the marching band from Grambling State University.
“Mass readers have called in and requested to 1) cancel their subscription of the mag or 2) called them or 3) left angry messages on their message boards/blogs,” writes
Despite all the hate, Beyonce is proud of the photos and her place in the magazine’s history.
“These are photos I can show my kids some day, so I can say, ‘See, momma was beautiful. Look how good I looked!'” she said.


A German news Web site claims that boo-birds attacked Jennifer Lopez’s new socially-conscious film “Bordertown” during its premiere Thursday at the Berlin International Film Festival.
The Gregory Nava-directed film stars J.Lo in the true story of a journalist investigating the murders of young women in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez. Human rights organizations have applauded Lopez for helping to bring the issue to national attention.
On Wednesday, Amnesty International gave her its “Artists for Amnesty” prize in recognition of her role in publicizing the murders. But according to the Web site Spiegel Online, some critics felt the film itself was not respectful of the real events.
“The first ominous signs came at the press screening on Thursday afternoon, when the film was booed by the audience, apparently annoyed that Nava had decided to make a B-movie thriller out of such a tragedy, the website reports. “Then there were boos during the official premiere on Thursday evening, and applause at the end was muted. J-Lo looked visibly upset.
“Reviews in the German papers Friday were hardly any more complimentary. ‘Actually the subject matter is important,’ writes the mass circulation BZ. ‘But one can’t take La Lopez seriously in her role for a single moment: She’s simply too cute and too J-Lo!’ The newspaper rates the movie’s chances of winning a Golden Bear award as ‘slim.’
“The Berliner Zeitung says the film is ‘funny, but unintentionally’ reporting that viewers at the press screening had reacted with ‘frenetic laughter’ at supposedly serious scenes. However the film is also ‘pretty distasteful’ at the same time: the critic accuses J-Lo of exploiting the real suffering of the Mexican women in order to become a star in the Central American market. ‘It’s no coincidence that the film is coming out at the same time as her new record, the first where she sings entirely in Spanish,’ the paper writes.”


Embracing an effortless eloquence and cocoa butter smooth persona, the music of Brian McKnight has defined the true meaning of American soul man since 1991.
Like his spiritual Motown godfathers, this upstate New York native has a velvety voice and silky style that captures the vibe of vintage soul without being old fashion. On his latest disc Ten, that blend can be clearly heard.
“It’s always been my goal to try and bring back real R&B music,” Brian says. “When I was growing-up it was all about the seventies soul men. From the first time I ever stepped into a studio, my daydream was to pick-up where Marvin Gaye left off.” While Brian’s aspirations might have seemed like a lofty ambition, the longevity of his career is a testament to the purity of his vision.
In an industry that has a fast turnaround of acts vying to be the next “quiet storm” king or crooner on Soul Train, it’s unbelievable that Brian McKnight is still creating beautiful music fifteen years after releasing his self-titled debut. Like the late Luther Vandross before him, the secret of Brian McKnight’s rhythmic endurance comes down to his ability to create eternal music.
With the release of Ten, McKnight’s first disc for his new label Warner Bros Records, the Grammy-nominated singer could not be more pleased with the outcome.
“I wasn’t very happy with the situation at my former label and perhaps that attitude was reflected in the material,” Brian confesses. Having penned and completed about thirty-three new songs before signing on the dotted line, McKnight was more than ready. “Right now, I am optimistic of what I can do in my new situation.”
Without a doubt, the landscape of soul music has gotten younger, but that fact did not hinder McKnight’s creative process. “It would be a mistake for me to try and compete with Chris Brown or Ne-Yo,” Brian laughs. “I’m not going to be dancing on BET, but at the same time I believe my material will appeal to everyone from teenagers to older folks.”
After 16 million albums sold since his self-titled debut, it would have been too easy for McKnight to simply follow the R&B template of rote romanticism. But on Ten, the artist in him felt the need to be more revealing.
“As a songwriter my biggest challenge has always been finding new ways to say old things,” Brian says. “For me, it was all about being honest and exploring who I am right now. Like everyone else, I am a much different man than I was ten years ago.”
Using simple words to express complex feelings, Brian once again proves that not only is he a wonderful singer, but his skills as a songwriter is impeccable.
Currently working on a variety of projects including hosting the AM drive-time show on The Wave (94.7FM) in Los Angeles as well as the soundtrack for two Tyler Perry projects, including “Daddy’s Little Girls,” the veteran soul singer could not be happier with the outcome of Ten.
“When I finish a record, I listen to it from beginning to end,” McKnight says. “Truthfully, I think this is the best record I’ve done in years.” For fans of real music, Ten is the perfect addition to the soul cannon.


As presidential hopeful Illinois Senator travels the country getting approving nods from voters, and becoming increasingly a “media darling,” a Black pastor is urging Black voters to pay attention to the facts.
Barak Obama is the last person Blacks should put in office by Pastor Clenard Childress’s estimation. Based in New Jersey, Childress is the head of Christians for Social Justice and asserts that Obama’s liberal views contradict the traditional values of many Blacks.
He has established a web site, to expose the senator’s “horrible” voting record to other Blacks.
“African-American pastors at large and much of the membership of their churches — and the African-American community — usually just vote party without looking at the person,” says Childress. “And that’s really up to the respected, the elected, and our clergy to begin to change.”
His goal is to get the attention of African American leaders hoping they will vote for what they claim to believe in when election time comes, instead of party allegiance alone.

Black History Fact

The Army Air Corps’ all African American 100th Pursuit Squadron, later designated a fighter squadron, was activated at Tuskegee Institute. The squadron served honorably in England and in other regions of the European continent during World War II
Celebrity Birthdays

Singer Smokey Robinson is 67.
Singer Bobby Rogers of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles is 67.
Singer Seal is 44.
Words To the Wise

You have the Power!
Contact Information
Freddie Bell
PO Box 390521
Minneapolis, MN 55439

Morning Show Update

February 19, 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.
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 and the launch of Totally Gospel radio in the Twin Cities. Call today for booking details. 888-639-9738.

Listen to the Freddie Bell Show, 4 to 7pm, weekdays on Z 1470 KZTG, Totally Gospel, or on the web at

Totally Gospel On the Internet

To enhance your gospel listening experience, you can now hear Z 1470 Totally Gospel on the new website. Click on the web stream and then click on the link for KZTG.
No matter where you are, lock it in and write it down. The dedicated Minnesota stream for Twin Cities listeners is up and running. Tell a friend that Z 1470 Totally Gospel is now on the radio and on the internet. Churches, Pastors, Ministers and Evangelists in the Twin Cities and from around the country looking to expand their electronic ministries are invited to partner with Totally Gospel. Call 888-639-9738 today for rates and availabilities.


Representatives for The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) say that a concert planned for next week featuring Busta Rhymes and Jim Jones was cancelled because of possible violence and the situations currently surrounding the artists. The director of public relations for the school (Suzanne Street) said that a Maryland State Police Department intelligence report connected the artists to alleged gang activity and cited recent acts of violence during or after concerts by the artists.

She went on to claim that the decision was not based on the genre of music—hip-hop—or even the artists themselves, but rather the things going on around them at the present time.

As for the cops, they tell us this morning that any time there is a threat or a perceived threat gathered by their intelligence, they furnish that information so a decision can be made in the interest of public safety.


Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Akon, and the Black Eyed Peas are some of the acts who have agreed to take part in a series of international concerts being put together by former vice-president Al Gore that are aimed at raising awareness of environmental issues particularly global warming. reports that the concerts will take place on July 7th in seven cities: London; Shanghai, China; Sydney, Australia; Johannesburg, South Africa; and cities to be determined in Brazil, Japan and the United States.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fall Out Boy, Kelly Clarkson, John Mayer, the Foo Fighters, AFI, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, Bon Jovi, Paolo Nutini, Melissa Etheridge, Damien Rice, Corinne Bailey Rae, Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, Enrique Iglesias, Maná, Keane, Korn, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Bloc Party are some of the artists scheduled to participate. Additional performers will be announced later.

Al Gore, Cameron Diaz, Pharrell Williams, and concert organizer Kevin Wall announced the concert on Thursday, February 15th, at the California Science Center.


Houston-based rapper Chamillionaire won his first Grammy Award last weekend in the best rap performance by duo or group category for his hit, “Ridin'” featuring Krayzie Bone. The rapper shared what winning a Grammy was like. He said: “Man it’s a good feeling to win a Grammy like that’s the cream of the crop for awards for me, you know? I ain’t gonna lie like earlier this year, it kept on getting better and better.”

The rapper added: “You know after I went platinum. That was real good to see the plaque finally. Then to sell four million ringtones. That was like I broke some kind of record. And then I was like man it don’t get no better than this. Then Weird Al did a parody of ‘Ridin’. And then I was like it can’t get no better than that. And then after that I won a Grammy so it’s like now I know it can’t get any better you know.”

Chamillionaire will release his sophomore album, Ultimate Victory, in April. The first single from the project is “Not A Criminal” featuring Kelis.


Detroit-based rap duo, Slum Village, recently hooked up with Save The Kids Worldwide and Chevrolet to record a song promoting the usage of booster seats for children between the age of eight and 10 years of age. The song, “4 Steps,” features several children rapping alongside the duo in support of Child Passenger Safety Week.

Slum Village’s Elzhi said, “It’s good to take a safety message and put it into a hip-hop song, because hip-hop is youthful. Hip-hop holds a lot of influence over kids. Some kids even want to be like us — to do what we do — so we hope they will listen to our message.”

In related news, the one year anniversary (February 10th) of J Dilla’s death recently passed. The producer was a founding member of Slim Village along with T3 and Baatin. He left Slum Village in 2000 to pursue a solo a career and succumbed to complications from lupus at the age of 32.


Talib Kweli hooked back up with his Reflection Eternal partner, Hi-Tek, for the latest single and video, “More Or Less,” from his forthcoming album, Eardrum. The album will be Kweli’s first since inking a label deal with the Warner Music Group for his Blacksmith label.

Eardrum will feature guest spots by Jean Grae, Norah Jones, Strong Arm Steady, UGK, and Kanye West and production by Hi-Tek and Kwame.

Kweli’s last release, 2004’s Beautiful Struggle, was released on Geffen Records.

Reflection Eternal released their debut album, Train of Thought, in 2000.


The Diplomats’ Duke Da God is working on a new compilation, More Than Music II, but like everyone else he’s a little preoccupied with the beef between 50 Cent and his friend Cam’ron. Duke told, “Actually, I’m going to be honest with you, I didn’t really want it to go down like that. ‘Cause we never really knew them like that, we never did business we never gave five’s to them n***as or none of that, it was just n***as you hear and see on the TV.”

Duke added, “So it was cool they were reaching out to us on other people, so when that happened it was kind of quick and swift. But right now it’s just Cam and 50 and they don’t really know each other so it’s nothing really to me honestly, but it’s Hip-Hop: you gotta see who is the biggest, the baddest — it’s competition but right now its just Cam and 50 and hopefully it just stays just them two, it ain’t got to spread out of control, that’s it — mano a mano.”

Duke Da God believes that the whole beef is based on a simple misunderstanding and Cam’ron not being able to hear 50 Cent during their confrontational conversation on WQHT’s Angie Martinez Show. Duke said, “But like Cam said, he didn’t hear 50 Cent he couldn’t really hear him but he said he heard him talking to Styles and he wouldn’t have him talking to him like that, so to me I look at it like a misunderstanding, I do, to that degree. I’m just looking at is as far as they don’t know each other, like it ain’t like going back like our beef with Jay-Z, we have something there. But (G-Unit), they not on our block, we not signed to their label, they not in our way, so there’s no problems.”


Singer and songwriter Robin Thicke is celebrating his first-ever Number One R&B album, as his Geffen/Interscope set, The Evolution Of Robin Thicke, hit the top mark on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Charts this week. The album also landed at Number Six on the pop Top 200 Albums chart.

The album activity is fueled by his falsetto-laced single “Lost Without U,” which also grabbed the top spot on the Billboard Adult R&B chart. On the airplay side, the tune is also Number One on the national urban adult chart.

The son of Growing Pains TV dad Alan Thicke and soap actress and singer Gloria Loring, Thicke has been creating his distinct brand of slick neo-soul for years, penning tracks for the likes of Usher, Christina Aguilera, Mya, Brandy, Marc Anthony and others.

Thicke’s debut album Cherry Blue Skies appeared in 2002 and was renamed Beautiful World for a 2003 wide release, but failed to connect on a broad level. The set earned him enough of a buzz for rapper, writer, producer Pharrell Williams to acquire his talents for his Star Trak imprint.

The Evolution of Robin Thicke has been certified gold, and has been nominated for a Soul Train Award in the Best Soul/R&B Album category. A limited-edition version of the album, available now, includes ringtones for every song, cell phone wallpaper, and an autographed poster. A special edition of the album with three previously unreleased songs is also available on iTunes.


Pop diva Mariah Carey was in the U.K. recently for a special promotion where she was introduced as the face of a London-inspired fashion brand. The 36-year-old Grammy award-winner modeled jeans featuring a gold plate on the back and gold thread in the seams, designed for her by Italian label PINKO. Another version of the jeans will be available to the public.

Mariah faced photographers and fans outside the PINKO store in Knightsbridge, London, on Wednesday, February 14th. “It is really exciting,” Carey told the crowd. “I have visited PINKO stores when I’ve visited Italy and any time I go shopping there I end up in a PINKO store.”

Carey is the latest famous face, and the first singer, to become the signature model for Pinko. The label has previously used supermodels Elle Macpherson, Eva Herzigova and Naomi Campbell. The new campaign featuring Carey will be featured in 750 stores worldwide, and was shot by renowned photographer Michelangelo Di Battista. For photos from the campaign, go to The singer arrived in Britain on a break from filming Tennessee in New Mexico. The film represents Carey’s first major film appearance since Wise Girls in 2002 and Glitter in 2001.


Grammy winners Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, and Christina Aguilera will all be showing off their pipes as the headline entertainers during the NBA All Star Weekend in Las Vegas this Saturday and Sunday.

Blige –who won three Grammys Sunday night including best R&B album for The Breakthrough, as well as best R&B song and best female R&B vocal performance for “Be Without You” — will perform on Saturday, February 17th at NBA All Star Saturday Night festivities at the Thomas & Mack Center. She will perform her version of U2’s “One” as a tribute to NBA Cares, the league’s social responsibility initiative. Her performance will air live on TNT at 8 p.m. ET.

Aguilera and Braxton will headline the halftime show of the 56th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. ET at the Thomas & Mack Center. The game will air live on TNT, ESPN Radio, and in 215 countries and territories.

Aguilera was also a Grammy winner on Sunday, taking home the golden gramophone for best pop performance female for “Ain’t No Other Man.” Braxton, who headlines Toni Braxton: Revealed, her long-running engagement at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, has earned a total of six Grammys during her career.


Singer and songwriter Lionel Richie is on the charts this week with two tracks from his multi- platinum comeback set Coming Home. First is his smash, Grammy-nominated single “I Call It Love,” which stands at Number 14 on the urban adult airplay chart, and the second is his single “What You Are,” which follows on the national chart at Number 15.

The tune “What You Are” was produced by Jermaine Dupri, and written by Dupri with Johnta Austin and Manuel Seal, among the hottest contemporary music makers on the scene. For his first single from the set, he worked with the team of Stargate & Taj. Richie says that after writing his own material for so long, it was refreshing to collaborate with hitmakers who know the pulse of today’s music scene. The only thing he had to get used to, he said, was the way he was addressed in the studio, as he explained: “Although I had to get used to one word — two words: Mister Richie. (laughs). The whole time I was working with them it was respect beyond repair. I kept saying, don’t you want to call me ‘O.G.’? He said, No Mister Richie, we’ll call you Mister Richie.’ OK, very good.”

Richie is scheduled to kick off a European tour February 27th in Antwerp, Belgium, that will run through May. The singer has signed on as one of the headliners for the Essence Music Festival, set for July 4th weekend in New Orleans.


Singer Fantasia is faring well with her second J Records album, also titled Fantasia. The American Idol champ is on the urban charts with the funky single “Hood Boy” featuring Big Boi.

The Hi Point, North Carolina, native says that she wanted to make the album truly reflect her own musical sensibilities, incorporating more funk, more soul, and more hip-hop. She also used live instruments on the set.

Still, Fantasia admits that she was nervous about making her second album. She said: “It’s tough, baby, cause my first album went double platinum, and it’s like, you’re wondering to yourself, you know, will they like this? Should I do something just like that? But the thing about it is, if you’re an artist, you’re never always on the same page, there’s always something going through your head, there’s always another level you’re going through, and there’s always something else you want to put out there.”

Fantasia was most recently at Number 19 on the Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Albums chart.


Comedian Mark Curry says that if it weren’t for some of his comedian friends helping to lift his spirits, he probably would have committed suicide last spring after landing in the hospital with second-degree burns after a freak accident. The star of the ’90s sitcom hit Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, Curry spoke about his ordeal Thursday on The Montel Williams Show. The 42-year-old actor said he suffered burns over 18 percent of his body after a can of spray starch ruptured and ignited a fire in his California home.

Curry’s injuries were so severe that medical personnel induced a coma for three days so that he could recover. “It was so bad… that pain was so excruciating that I just threw it out,” Curry recalled of the moment he awoke. “I wanted to kill myself and, by the fourth day, I said, ‘I can’t do this.’ I felt less than a man. I couldn’t even look at my own body. I saw my hand with the peeling skin and threw up, and I didn’t look at myself again.”

Depressed and wracked with pain, Curry planned to hoard his pain medication and commit suicide by overdosing on it. But he said he changed his mind after talking to funny friends like Sinbad and Bill Cosby.

“They made me laugh,” said Curry, who has also appeared on Kirstie Alley’s Fat Actress and The Drew Carey Show. “That helped a lot.”


Actor Jamie Foxx is being sued by a fashion stylist for allegedly not paying her, reports. Stacy Young filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday (February 14) claiming Foxx and Foxxhole Records did not pay her for her work with Foxx for the BET Awards, as well as for Miami Vice press junkets. Young says she was hired at a rate of $2,850 to $3000 a day, but doesn’t mention the exact amount she is owed in the lawsuit.

Young claims she incurred “thousands of dollars in costs in connection with the services rendered,” adding that she “turned down other employment offers” to work for Foxx, according to TMZ.


All eyes were on Jennifer Lopez yesterday (February 15th) as her newest film, Bordertown, debuted at the Berlin Film Festival. Lopez produced and stars in the drama as a journalist investigating the murders of hundreds of women in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez. Antonio Banderas co-stars, and was on hand at Thursday’s flashy and well-attended premiere.

On a related note, Amnesty International honored Lopez Wednesday (February 14th) for bringing the Bordertown story to the big screen. She received the humanitarian group’s Artists For Amnesty award and said she “was humbled” to receive the prize. Lopez described the unsolved killings in Ciudad Juarez and surrounding areas as “one of the world’s most shocking and disturbing, underreported crimes against humanity.”

Bordertown reunited Lopez with her Selena director, Gregory Nava. It opens later this year


Will Fantasia Barrino become the latest American Idol veteran to grace the Great White Way? E! Online is reporting that the show’s season three champ will join the New York cast of The Color Purple as lead character Miss Celie sometime this spring. Click Here for more!

The screenwriter who penned the Leonardo DiCaprio/Tom Hanks film Catch Me If You Can is hard at work on a new film about the lip- synching debacle that is Milli Vanilli. Jeff Nathanson has agreed to write and direct the project for Universal Pictures after receiving the blessing of surviving group member Fabrice Morvan and cooperation from the estate of the late Rob Pilatus, who died of a drug overdose in 1998.

This sounds too good to be true, but it’s coming from Extra so here goes The Sex and the City movie is actually in the early stages of development and all four ladies, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon have sheathed their kitty claws and are ready to participate. Filming could begin later this year.

This is nothing but a silly Internet rumor right now, but we might as well pass it along. Supposedly, there’s already an Anna Nicole Smith movie in the works. That’s not the part that’s hard to believe. Here’s where it gets a little silly. The word is that the producers want Charlize Theron to play Anna.

Anthony Anderson of Barbershop and Hustle & Flow fame has landed a lead role on an upcoming TV series called K-Ville. It’ll be a cop show that takes place in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He’ll play one of the cops.

We all know that Michael Jackson in the midst of planning some sort of comeback. Here may be more proof: a track has surfaced on the MySpace page of a New York rapper named DJ Tempamental, which appears feature vocals by Michael Jackson called “No Friend of Mine”. Check it out for yourself at DJ Tempamental’s MySpace page.

There’s yet another chapter in the Cam’ron and 50 Cent beef. Here’s a link to the video for that dis track, “Curtis”

Seems Pharrell Williams may be putting a country twist on some things. On Tuesday Justin Timberlake introduced Reba McEntire to Pharrell and he told her he had some songs that he thought might work for the album and she was open to it. Wow.

Beyonce says that her father, who is also her manager, refused to attend the Sports Illustrated swimsuit photo shoot because he didn’t want to see his daughter dressed so skimpy.

Whitney Houston has dumped Brandy’s younger brother Ray J after a raunchy sex tape featuring him and ex-girlfriend Kim Kardashian was leaked on the Internet.

Dancing With the Stars champ Cheryl Burke has found a new partner — Matthew Lawrence, the brother of season three contestant Joey Lawrence, a source tells People.

Forest Whitaker, Kate Beckinsale, Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning will star in the ensemble drama Winged Creatures. It’s about survivors of a brutal restaurant murder who are left to their own individual paths to understand their mortality and connection to society. Deep stuff.

In an attempt to do some damage control, Paris Hilton has announced plans to visit Africa later this year, saying that there are a lot of people who need help in the world. She added, “As a celebrity, you can really make people aware of what’s going on in the world.”

GOSPEL CENTRAL: Juanita Bynum the Best Selling Female Gospel Artists of 2006!

Perhaps a surprise to many, the woman who is known for preaching the Gospel more than singing it was the Best Selling Female Artist of 2006-Juanita Bynum. The announcement comes from the Gospel Music Association and Billboard Magazine a press release heralds.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Court Tells Alabama … You Have No Fundamental Right to Sex Toys

A three-judge panel for the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an Alabama statute banning the commercial distribution of sex toys. The court said that there is no fundamental right to privacy raised by the plaintiff’s case against the law.

According to the statute, it is “unlawful for any person to knowingly distribute any obscene material or any device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs.”

In 1998, the Alabama chapter of the ACLU brought suit on behalf of several plaintiffs — chief among them adult toy retailer Sherri Williams — seeking to enjoin the statute. The recent ruling by the 11th Circuit marks the third trip through the appellate process for the case.

Black History Fact

Today’s Black History Month spotlight turns to Adam Clayton Powell Jr., the late member of Congress who paved the way for today’s African- American leaders. Powell was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on November 29, 1908. His father, who was a minister, soon relocated the family to New York City and founded the Abyssinian Baptist Church, which eventually became one of the largest congregations in the United States.

Powell graduated from Colgate University in 1930 and received an M.A. in religious education from Columbia University in 1931. He soon became the assistant minister and business manager of the Abyssinian Church. During this period, Powell began his political activism by utilizing picket lines and mass meetings to demand reforms at Harlem Hospital, which dismissed five black doctors from its staff because of race.

In 1932, Powell began to administer an extensive church-sponsored program that provided food, clothing, and temporary employment to thousands of Harlem’s homeless and unemployed. Powell thrived in the Depression years, and in 1936 he succeeded his father as pastor of Abyssinian Church. In 1939, he was able to force the New York World’s Fair to hire and to begin to promote blacks.

In 1941, Powell was elected as an independent to the New York City Council. From 1941-1945, he served as editor of The People’s Voice, a weekly newspaper. In 1944, he was elected to Congress and served on the Indian Affairs, Invalid Pensions, and Labor committees. From 1947-1955, Powell sat on the Education And Labor committee, and from 1955- 1961 he sat on the Committee On Interior And Insular Affairs.

Upon his arrival in Washington, Powell started to challenge the informal regulation forbidding black representatives from using Capitol facilities reserved for members only. He took his staff to dine with him at the “whites only” House restaurant and ordered his staff to eat there whether hungry or not. On the House floor, Powell clashed with John E. Rankin, a segregationist from Mississippi, and introduced legislation to outlaw lynching, the poll tax, and discrimination in the armed forces, housing, employment, and transportation. Powell attached an anti-discrimination clause to so many pieces of legislation that the rider became known as the Powell Amendment.

In 1958, Powell was brought up on charges of tax evasion, but his trial ended in a hung jury. In 1961, he became the chair of the Committee On Education And Labor, which approved more than 50 measures authorizing federal programs for minimum-wage increases, education and training for the deaf, school lunches, vocational training, student loans, and standards for wages and work hours.

After several years of scrutiny and attacks by his enemies, Powell was stripped of his chairmanship on January 9, 1967. In addition, the full house refused to seat him until the completion of an investigation by the Judiciary Committee. The Judiciary Committee proposed to censure, fine, and deprive Powell of his seniority, but the House voted 307 to 116 to exclude him from the 90th Congress. Powell then declined to take his seat for 91st Congress after being reelected to his 12th term.

In June 1969, the Supreme Court ruled that the House had acted unconstitutionally when it excluded Powell from the 90th Congress and Powell returned to his seat without his 22 years of seniority. In 1970, Powell failed to be renominated, and in 1971 he retired as minister of Abyssinian Baptist Church. Powell died in Miami on April 4, 1972, but he is still well remembered and was the subject of the 2001 Showtime film Keep The Faith, which was produced by his sons.
Celebrity Birthdays

LeVar Burton, actor (Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation), 50

James Ingram, R&B singer, 55

Words To the Wise

Eliminate self doubt
Contact Information
Freddie Bell
PO Box 390521
Minneapolis, MN 55439

Morning Show Update

February 16, 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.
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 and the launch of Totally Gospel radio in the Twin Cities. Call today for booking details. 888-639-9738.

Listen to the Freddie Bell Show, 4 to 7pm, weekdays on Z 1470 KZTG, Totally Gospel, or on the web at

Totally Gospel On the Internet

To enhance your gospel listening experience, you can now hear Z 1470 Totally Gospel on the new website. Click on the web stream and then click on the link for KZTG.
No matter where you are, lock it in and write it down. The dedicated Minnesota stream for Twin Cities listeners is up and running. Tell a friend that Z 1470 Totally Gospel is now on the radio and on the internet. Churches, Pastors, Ministers and Evangelists in the Twin Cities and from around the country looking to expand their electronic ministries are invited to partner with Totally Gospel. Call 888-639-9738 today for rates and availabilities.


50 Cent and Irv Gotti still haven’t gotten past their beef. The New York Post Page Six reports that the two ended up at a Grammy viewing party thrown by Universal Music chairman Doug Morris at the Palm restaurant in Los Angeles. The two rivals allegedly stared each other down before Gotti decided to make an early evening of it and leave. A spy told the paper, “It was like the Cold War.”

Gotti recently signed a new distribution deal with Universal Music, and 50 Cent and G Unit Records are signed to Interscope Records which is also a part of the Universal Music Group. According to an insider, the new bad blood was created right after Gotti signed his deal. The source said, “Irv started bad-mouthing 50 Cent, saying he was going to outsell him and that 50 was nothing. Irv even went so far as to say he was going to be the next president of Universal. It all got back to 50 — and other executives at Universal — and no one is happy with him right now. Especially 50.”

Gotti’s lawyer, Jerry Lefcourt, denied that Gotti made an comments. He said, “He has never said anything about 50 — it’s just somebody bringing up old stuff.”


When Busta Rhymes’ bodyguard Israel Ramirez tragically died at his video shoot last year. Police asked questions, but it was reported that Busta refused to cooperate with the investigation. This led a slew of anti snitching and anti-anti snitching campaigns.

Recently, Ramirez’s family spoke out about how they really felt for Rhymes. “We really don’t want anything to do with that man (Rhymes). He could stop breathing tomorrow, and I wouldn’t care. Whatever happens to Busta Rhymes is not going to bring back my brother,” Ramirez’s sister told a newspaper recently.

This, apparently, does not bother Busta.

“I doesn’t hurt me (what the family say) because I don’t live with guilt. I didn’t do nothing. I didn’t contribute to that negative (in any) shape or form,” Busta told MTV recently.

“What I did, I offered my man an opportunity to make money to provide food on the table for his family. We were in a work environment which was supposed to be a controlled environment, a place where we were supposed to be productive. We had children on the set. The environment was a completely positive environment,” he added.

“As far as certain family members feeling a certain way about me, I can never hold that against them because everybody gotta deal with tragedy in their own way. Especially when it’s direct personal tragedy. All I can do is try to be the greatest support system I could be despite how they want to use me as a punching bag. I’m cool with that.”


Kanye West’s mom, Dr. Donda West, is working on a book detailing her early years raising Kanye and leading up until she came on board as his manager. The book, titled Raising Kanye, was co-written by Karen Hunter and is scheduled to hit shelves on May 15th on Simon and Shuster’s Pocket $200 imprint.

The book will chronicle how West raised her son in a single low income household while still pursuing her dream to teach. The publisher also shared that the book will contain never-before-seen photos and anecdotes of both Kanye and Dr. West.

Dr. Donda West was the chairman of the English department at Chicago State University until she quit to manage her son’s career.


Cam’ron has already released the song, “Cuurtis,” his response to 50 Cent’s “Funeral Music,” and the rapper recently took it to the streets of Harlem to shoot a video for the song. reports that in one scene Cam’ron is in front of a building in Harlem rapping while the crowd chants, “Cuurtis.”

During the video, the narrator points at a parked police car and said, “It’s official, we don’t call the police ‘squalie’ no more, we call them Curtis.” The overall theme of the clip was that 50 Cent is a snitch.

50 Cent and Cam’ron’s beef stem from an argument the two men got into while calling into the Angie Martinez show on WQHT-FM last week.


Atlanta-based rapper Ludacris is basking in the glory of his two Grammy wins but the rapper shared he’s ready to make a conscious effort to watch we says and to be selective about his film roles.

Backstage at the Grammy Awards, Ludacris said: “Man this definitely impacts what I’m gonna do in the future. You know just being very conscious of everything that I say, everything I do, how many people are listening to me. Like I said, the influence that I have you know over so many different people.” As for his movie career, Ludacris has already appeared in Crash and Hustle & Flow but he wants to be extremely selective. He said: “The acting career is going very well. There’s a lot of scripts that are coming to me. I’m being very selective about, you know, what I choose to do. The next role is a small role in a movie with Vince Vaughn. It’s called Fred Claus. So you know I’m not trying to rush into anything. I’m just trying to pick the right roles.”

Ludacris won a Grammy for best rap song for “Money Maker” featuring Pharrell Williams and best rap album for Release Therapy.


Rapper Nas has inked a deal with 310 Global Brands for own signature footwear line, Disciple Footwear Collection by 310. Nas told, “310 is not based on a one- size-fits-all approach. It’s about customization, expressing your own personal style…I’m excited to design styles that respect that we are not all the same — that we’re here to celebrate our diversity, our roots, our history.”

Nas’ collection will be 310’s second line of celebrity footwear as they launched The Game’s line in 2006.

310 founder Marc Laidler said, “I’ve respected Nas for a long time. From his music to his image, he answers to no one but himself, and it’s made him one of the most acclaimed artists out there today. He has never wavered and his street credibility is as true as it was back in the day. Everything Nas does is with style and authenticity, and I’m happy to be going into business with a man whose credentials are in sync with 310’s true style.”

The new line will hit specialty shops in June.

In related news, Nas’ Hip Hop is Dead has sold over 615,000 copies since it was released in late December. The next single from Hip Hop Is Dead is “Can’t Forget About You” featuring Chrisette Michele.


The new single from the late R&B/funk star Rick James is connecting with his longtime fans. The tune “Deeper Still,” the first single from an upcoming album of all new material that James was working on before his August 2004 death, is the Number One most added track at Urban Adult radio in its first week of release.

The tune will be included on an as-yet-untitled album of all new James material, set for release this spring on the new independent label Stone City Records. At his last public appearance before his death, at the 2004 ASCAP Rhythm & Black Music Awards, where he received a special Lifetime Achievement honor, James talked about the survival of funk, noting the ongoing work of onetime rival Prince as well as Earth Wind & Fire and others: “I’m just so grateful for all the brothers out there in funk, ’cause it’s a resurgence, it’s a revolution, it’s a reincarnation, it’s a total blooming of something that people thought died.”


If one of the gals on the Hollywood round of American Idol looked familiar, it’s because she probably was. Houston native Robyn Troup appeared on this weekend’s Grammy awards during its Idol-like “My Grammy Moment” contest.

Troup won the competition and performed with Justin Timberlake but she couldn’t get past Idol judges Tuesday night (February 13th). For the record, the Idol footage was shot and “in the can” long before Troup made it to the Grammys.

Backstage at the Grammys last Sunday, Troup was asked if she had also tried out for American Idol, and she hesitated: “Yes I did, um … yeah. That’s about it. This season. I can’t really talk about it, so … It’s just, this season.”


Diana Ross will headline the13th annual Celebrity Fight Night Foundation gala on March 24th in Phoenix, to raise money to fight Parkinson’s disease. The gala helps fund the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, and other Parkinson-related charities. Also appearing will be jazz singer Michael Buble, with record producer David Foster serving as the night’s musical director. Reba McEntire will return as the evening’s emcee.

The charity was founded in 1994 and each year acknowledges leaders in the sports, entertainment and business who best represent the qualities associated with Muhammad Ali and his fight to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

This year’s recipients are actress Sharon Stone, who will be given the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award; Donald Trump, who will be given the Muhammad Ali Entrepreneur Award; NBA MVP Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns, who will receive the Muhammad Ali Sports Achievement Award; and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, who will receive the Muhammad Ali Sports Legend Award.

The 13th annual Celebrity Fight Night Foundation event will take place on March 24th in Phoenix at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. For more information, log on to celebrityfightni


Michael Jackson went on a shopping spree Tuesday (February 13th) in Las Vegas. According to, he was spotted at the Forum shops in Caesar’s Palace and then hit the FAO Schwarz toy store, which closed its doors to other customers while the King of Pop shopped with his three kids, Prince, Paris and Blanket. Jackson wore all black and covered his face with a veil, while his children’s faces were painted.

Jackson recently moved to Vegas and has reportedly been in talks with some executives about staging a comeback concert event.

He’s also eyeing his next album release.


Queen Latifah is serving as one of the producers for the pilot of a new dramatic TV series, which is being produced through a once-in-a-lifetime partnership between Viacom subsidiaries VH1 and BET. The one-hour pilot for the ensemble drama Wifey, set in the world of hip-hop, will premiere simultaneously on both networks. Reggie Hudlin, president of BET Entertainment, will direct the pilot.

Latifah is producing alongside longtime associates Shakim Compere and Dedra Tate for Flavor Unit, as well as Michael Hirschorn and Maggie Malina for VH1 and Reggie Hudlin and Byron Phillips for BET.

“I’ve always wanted to do a series like this,” said Latifah. “My first business was the music business, so doing this show with the networks VH1 and BET about the music industry is exciting for me and my partner Shakim. It’s going to be a fun show.”

Wifey is the story of newly-widowed wife of a hip-hop mogul who must reassemble her life as she takes over her late husband’s record label. Once there, she discovers that the business was built upon lies and crimes that now threaten to destroy the family’s fortune. With the help of two female friends, they take on the male-dominated world of hip-hop.

The cast for Wifey has not yet been announced.

Latifah’s hard work as an actress, rapper, singer, and film producer was rewarded in January 2006 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and she said the honor reinforced her belief that dreams can come true: “I was excited because it’s something that you share with everyone. It’s not like winning a Golden Globe or a Oscar you keep and you take it home and you have it in your mother’s house. Everybody can walk up and down the street, like some kid one day like I was a kid 10, 15 years ago looking at these names on this street and wishing one day that would be me. And here it is so it’s kinda that ol’ inspirational dreams come true thing.”


Former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has written a book that explores the history of the Harlem Renaissance and how it impacted his own life growing up in the famed New York neighborhood. The book, titled On The Shoulders Of Giants: My Journey Through The Harlem Renaissance, was written with Raymond Obstfeld and was published by Simon & Schuster.

Abdul-Jabbar’s book, written in a call-and-response style with Orange Coast college professor Obstfeld, offers mini history lessons about the flowering of African American culture in Harlem after World War I, followed by the basketball star’s personal narratives about aspects of the Harlem Renaissance that proved important to him.

Born Lew Alcindor, the seven foot two author explains that reading the Autobiography of Malcolm X had a profound effect on him. “I can trace the genealogy of my change in name — and change of heart — directly to the Harlem Renaissance,” he writes.

In its review of the book, The Los Angeles Times said, “Abdul-Jabbar’s deep feeling for Harlem’s history is admirable, as is the breadth of his knowledge,” and concludes that the book is “edifying, vibrant, and inspiring.”


At the Grammys, Mary J. BLige may have set an awards show record when she thanked 55 people over an excruciating two full minutes while accepting one of her Grammys.

It seemed like she thanked EVERYONE. Her list included God, her three kids and even less important people like her record label’s tape delivery guy.

But she DID forget a couple people, including one Andre Harrell the man who may have made her career possible and Diddy.

She tells People magazine, quote, “I forgot to thank Andre Harrell for coming to my house and believing in me. When I lived in the projects, he came to my house. He told me things like, ‘You are going to sing for kings and queens one day.’ Andre had employed a whole lot of people who really fought hard for Mary J. Blige to have a career back then. One of those people was Puffy. Our chemistry together really created the beginning of this whole big hip-hop soul thing that is happening right now.”


“Drinking and driving is not cool” is what comedian Tracy Morgan had to say after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drunk-driving charge yesterday (February 14th) in New York. Morgan took a taxi to his Valentine’s Day court date and will be taking cabs for the next half-year while his license is suspended. The 30 Rock co-star also has to do community service, attend an alcohol abuse program, and pay $1,000 for his misdemeanor crime. The DWI (driving while impaired) charge will be purged from his record if he stays out of trouble for six months.

Morgan, who is 38, was nabbed on November 28th while driving his Cadillac Escalade in New York City at four in the morning. Police gave him a breathalyzer test and booked him when he failed it.

Morgan had another alcohol-related run-in with the law in December 2005 for driving under the influence Hollywood. He was still serving probation for that when he was picked up for his latest driving offense.


Mariah Carey is set to return to the big screen this summer in the film Tennessee, her first movie appearance since starring in her big budget fiasco, Glitter. The film is about a pair of brothers on a road trip to find their estranged father, and Carey plays a waitress, a role for which Janet Jackson was also considered.

Carey will share the screen in Tennessee with Bernie Mac among others.

The New York Post reports that Carey, a native New Yorker with a multi-million-selling musical career, had to make some lifestyle changes for the project. First she had to adopt a realistic Southern drawl, and the film’s shoestring budget required that the diva fly economy class to the location. Carey reportedly complied and flew alone after buying out the entire economy section of the flight.

Tennessee is due in theaters this summer.

Black History Fact

Thanks to all those who enjoy our black history facts!

Today the Black History Month spotlight turns to escaped slave Crispus Attucks, a key figure at the onset of the American Revolution. On the night of March 5th, 1770, five citizens of Boston were killed when eight British soldiers fired on a large and unruly crowd that was menacing them. Crispus Attucks was one of the inciters of the riot, which is now known as the Boston Massacre.

Tired of being under the oppressive rule of England’s King George III, the upstart American colonists were ready for a fight. Attucks, along with a crowd of about 400 Bostonians of various races, cornered a detachment of British troops, whom Attucks goaded into firing on the angry mob. Attucks — the first to die — and four other men were killed, prompting Samuel Adams to hail the five victims as martyrs for liberty.

Although that sentiment was shared by many, future U.S. president John Adams slandered Attucks’ patriotic act, and argued that Attucks’ “very look was enough to terrify any person,” defending the British soldiers who had fired into the crowd. The city of Boston erected a monument in 1888 to honor those who died in the 1770 incident.
Celebrity Birthdays

Alistair “Ali” Campbell, member of UB40, 48

Olivia (Longott), R&B singer, 27

Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, reality TV star, 33

Bryan “Baby” Williams, member of Big Tymers and CEO of Cash Money Records, 36
Words To the Wise

Don’t forget the small stuff
Contact Information
Freddie Bell
PO Box 390521
Minneapolis, MN 55439

Morning Show Update

February 15, 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.
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 and the launch of Totally Gospel radio in the Twin Cities. Call today for booking details. 888-639-9738.

Listen to the Freddie Bell Show, 4 to 7pm, weekdays on Z 1470 KZTG, Totally Gospel, or on the web at

Totally Gospel On the Internet

To enhance your gospel listening experience, you can now hear Z 1470 Totally Gospel on the new website. Click on the web stream and then click on the link for KZTG.
No matter where you are, lock it in and write it down. The dedicated Minnesota stream for Twin Cities listeners is up and running. Tell a friend that Z 1470 Totally Gospel is now on the radio and on the internet. Churches, Pastors, Ministers and Evangelists in the Twin Cities and from around the country looking to expand their electronic ministries are invited to partner with Totally Gospel. Call 888-639-9738 today for rates and availabilities.


After being nominated for five years in a row, Ludacris finally overcame the hurdle and took home the two big awards in the rap category at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, February 11th. The rapper won Best Rap Song for “Money Maker” featuring Pharrell Williams and Best Rap Album for Release Therapy.

Ludacris explained that he had to fight to make the Grammy deadline. He said: “Man I keep telling everybody tonight honestly this is pretty much the best day of my life right now. Release Therapy, September 26th was its release date and you know my record company kinda wanted to push it back but I insisted on that date because the deadline for the Grammys was September 30th. To be considered for these awards that I hold in my hands right now.”

Ludacris added: “No words can really explain how great of a night it is for me right now. And like I said this is my fifth studio album. I’ve been nominated every year for the past five years and this is my first time winning. When I recorded this album, I made it a point to say to myself that I want to win a Grammy and I’m going to and it happened.”

Ludacris won a Grammy Award in 2004 in the best rap/sung collaboration category for “Yeah!” with Usher and Lil Jon.


Brooklyn-based rapper Fabolous is back. After a three year hiatus and a label change to Def Jam Records, Fabolous is back with a new album, From Nothin’ To Somethin’, that hits stores on March 27th. The rapper said in a released statement, “The album is called From Nothin’ To Somethin.’ That’s the movement we going with, man. It’s a new year, everybody’s on their hustle. For everybody that’s trying to turn nothing into something, we’re trying to make motivational music for them.”

The first single from the new project is “Diamonds” featuring Young Jeezy. The set also features guest appearances by Ne-Yo and production by Jazze Pha, Timbaland, and Steve Morales.

Fabolous’ last release was 2004’s gold certified, Real Talk, which was released via Atlantic Records.

Stu Stone, DJ Joey Nicks and break-dancer Casper.

In related news, Paul Wall will release his new album, Get Money, Stay True, on April 3rd. The album will feature guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Jermaine Dupri, Fergie, Trina, Lil’ Keke, Jon B and Travis Barker.


Rapper Kurupt and his fiancee Gail Gotti will be wed on August 16th, 2007, in Kurupt’s hometown of Philadelphia. reports that the couple is currently working on a joint album which will be released through Kurupt’s Pentagon Enterprises and Gail Gotti’s Night-In-Gail Entertainment.

So far two songs from the project have been leaked, including “Ride It Out” and “Rap or Death” featuring Prodigy.

Kurupt has previously been engaged to Foxy Brown and Natina Reed of Blaque. He and Reed have a child together.

In related news, Tha Dogg Pound will release their new album, Dogg Chit, on March 27th. The first single from the project is “Vibe With A Pimp” featuring Snoop Dogg. The album also features guest appearances by The Game, Bad Azz, Too Short, Jayo Felony, and RBX.


Vocalist Toni Braxton has settled her lawsuit with former manager Barry Hankerson and the label he founded, Blackground Records. Both parties issued press statements to that effect late Tuesday (February 13th). Under the terms of the settlement, Braxton has no further recording obligations to Hankerson or to Blackground Records and is free to pursue agreements with other labels. “My freedom from Barry Hankerson is priceless, and means everything to me,” declared the Grammy-winning singer in her statement.

Hankerson’s legal team was also jubilant, noting that the singer does have a couple of financial obligations to her former record label: She is required to pay back the $375,000 advance she received for the scheduled follow-up to her 2005 album Libra, and must pay the label and unspecified percentage from sales of her next album.

Braxton trial lawyer Peter L. Haviland stated that the issue was never money. “This settlement allows Ms. Braxton immediately to start new projects of her choice,” he said. “She wanted to end her relationship with Blackground and Barry Hankerson, and she has. Money has never been what motivates her. Integrity — artistic and personal — does.”

Blackground Records attorneys Rickey Ivie and Samuel E. Chilakos maintain that Braxton’s suit was without merit. “When Barry Hankerson began working with Toni Braxton in 1997, he loaned her a substantial amount of money to assist her in dealing with a much publicized bankruptcy,” reads their statement. “As her manager, he negotiated a contract on her behalf with Arista Records that paid her an advance of $23,000,000. However, after only two albums, Arista released her from her contract. At Braxton’s behest, Hankerson signed Braxton to Blackground Records, where she released only one of the three albums she committed to. ”


It’s been revealed that Beyonce is the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model. The photograph of the singer was reportedly taken on a beach in Florida, and in true Beyonce fashion, she’s wearing a bikini designed by mom Tina Knowles. This year, Sports Illustrated asked several musicians to pose in swimsuits for the issue. Others appearing in their bathing suits are Gnarls Barkley, Kanye West, Kenny Chesney, and the guys in Panic! At The Disco.

Beyonce’s cover score comes just days after her fellow Dreamgirl Jennifer Hudson landed on the cover of Vogue.

Beyonce becomes just the second African-American to pose on the cover of the Swimsuit Issue, the other being Tyra Banks.

The list of past Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover models also includes Rachel Hunter, Aerosmith, Christie Brinkley, Tyra Banks, and Elle Macpherson — who scored the coveted spot a record five times.


John Legend managed to bring home two more Grammy Awards for his work on his second album, Once Again. He already earned three in ceremonies last year for his debut set, Get Lifted. Fans have responded to Legend’s mix of old school soul and pop with original lyrics.

Though he’s one of just a handful of contemporary R&B artists who rely on songcraft and live instruments for their recordings, Legend doesn’t see himself as being on a mission to lead a musical revival. He explained: “I’m not mad at hip-hop being an influence in R&B. I do think there’s an absence of melody in a lot of songwriting and I don’t need to lead a movement, I’m just doing it myself and if other people do it, that’s great. I think people like Ne-Yo is doing it, I think Alicia is doing it, there are some artists that are writing good songs nowadays, there’s not a lot, there should be more but, you know, I don’t need to lead a movement. I’m just trying to make good albums for myself and the people I work with.”

Legend will hit the road to support Once Again in April with opening act Corinne Bailey Rae.


The final album by soul singer and songwriter Gerald Levert, titled In My Songs, was just released on Tuesday, February 13th. The artist died last November, just a week after returning from a concert tour of South Africa. As it happens, he gave one of his last interviews to a South African journalist who was determined to spend 10 minutes with the Cleveland-born Levert to get comments on his career.

Writer Bonga Percy Vilakazi shared Levert’s final interview with , adding that the exchange almost didn’t happen because Levert wasn’t feeling very well that day. Some of his comments about his goals and the state of R&B music are quite ironic in light of his untimely death.

Asked by Vilakazi is there was still some goal or dream he hadn’t yet achieved, Levert answered, “I’ve done a lot of things, which I’m really happy about. But if I’d choose, I’d wanna do more music. Music that is just universal. Music that everyone would get to listen to, ’cause right now, that’s not happening. For example, with radio stations, there are stations that only play R&B, or Country or Rock — so people don’t really get to hear something other than what’s being fed to them. So I’d like to be a part of that group, if I may call it that, that will bring about that revolution.”

Vilakazi then asked for Levert’s reaction to the death of Luther Vandross, who was also beloved throughout South Africa. “You know what, strange as it may sound, we weren’t really surprised,” said Levert. “We knew that he was very ill. Inasmuch as that was the case, we were still very, very sad. Luther was the man. No one sang love songs like Luther.”

“I guess all we have to do is just accept that these things happen,” Levert added. “It’s sad, I know. What’s also sad is that it’s all the soul singers that are leaving us.”

The complete interview can be viewed at the site.

Levert died November 10th in his suburban Cleveland home. His final autopsy last week revealed that Levert had died from an accidental drug mix of prescription pain killers, anxiety medication, and over-the-counter antihistamines.


Oscar nominee Jennifer Hudson will grace the cover of the March issue of Vogue magazine. The Golden Globe winner is also pictured in a spread inside the magazine, with the photos shot by noted portrait photographer Annie Liebovitz at the landmark Apollo Theater in Harlem last month.

The Dreamgirls star is the cover girl for Vogue’s annual Power Issue.

Hudson is one of only three African-American actresses to ever have appeared on the cover of Vogue since the world-famous fashion magazine was launched in 1892. The others are Halle Berry and Oprah Winfrey.

Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour personally chose Hudson as a cover model, flying in the face of the long-held publishing industry belief that African Americans don’t sell mainstream magazines as well as white cover subjects.

Hudson will find out on February 25th whether she gets to collect a coveted Oscar statuette to add to her growing collection of awards and honors. After receiving a Golden Globe Award for her turn as Effie, she told reporters that she planned to celebrate very simply: “Call Mom first, and thank God again, over and over again, because it didn’t have to be me. Millions didn’t make it, but I was one of the ones that did. I’m not a party girl, so I’ll just have to celebrate quietly and cry all night. That’s what I’ll do.”


Ike Turner, who snagged the Grammy Award on Sunday night (February 11th) for Best Traditional Blues Album for his Risin’ With the Blues set, feels that people have got him all wrong. Ike told The Columbus Dispatch that the 1993 biopic about his ex-wife Tina Turner, which portrayed him as a drug addict and physically abusive to her, has clouded people’s judgment towards him. Ike said that, “That movie is nothing like me, man… People meet me and say, ‘You’re not the guy I thought you were, man.'”

When asked about filmgoers who judged him based solely on events portrayed in the film he said: “I feel sorry for them. If they knew me, they would love me like Tina did. Whatever I did in my life to bring me where I am today was a rough road. But, man, I love me today.”

He said that the Grammy win came as a surprise to him: “I wasn’t expecting a Grammy nomination. I was just trying to do what I do. I just did this album because it was fun. You know I play all kinds of music — rock ‘n’ roll, the blues, Top 40 stuff, jazz, anything. I had no idea that it would be doing what it’s doing.”

Ike Turner, who was on the forefront during the early days of rock and roll told me that he’s still developing new styles, which will be further explored on his upcoming album: “I’m in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for cutting the first rock and roll record in history. So I have a new thing that I’m coming out with now — that’s why I said I was hoping I didn’t win this one, it would be next year. A new music coming out next year called ‘Blues-Hop,’ it’s the blues mixed with hip- hop.”


Twenty-four people will be named American Idol semi-finalists (February 14th) and there’s an outside chance that they’ll come face-to-face with the most elusive idol of them all, Michael Jackson. Reality TV magazine reports that Jackson is the most likely candidate to make a surprise appearance during the show’s sixth season because he’s been meeting with Idol creator Simon Fuller. Jackson and Fuller are supposedly discussing a Vegas show for Jackson, but word is Fuller’s also pushing for a Michael Jackson theme week on Idol.

Another singer whose glory days have since past, Belinda Carlisle, also has Idol on her mind. The Go-Gos leader told PlanetOut that she was approached a couple years ago about possibly replacing Paula Abdul but didn’t pursue it. Carlisle has appeared on Celebrity Duets and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire but said Idol is not her “thing.” She said, “I’d rather listen to music that comes from a more organic place.”

American Idol airs at 9 on Fox.


In honor of Valentine’s Day, The New York Daily News has compiled a list of the Top 100 Greatest Love Songs of All-Time. Their #1 choice??? “My Girl” by THE TEMPTATIONS. Here’s the Top 10:

#2.) “I’ll Be There”, THE JACKSON 5
#3.) “Wonderful Tonight”, ERIC CLAPTON
#4.) “I Just Called to Say I Love You”, STEVIE WONDER
#5.) “You Are So Beautiful”, JOE COCKER
#6.) “In My Life”, THE BEATLES
#7.) “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, ROBERTA FLACK
#8.) “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”, ELVIS PRESLEY
#9.) “Michelle”, THE BEATLES
#10.) “I Can’t Stop Loving You”, RAY CHARLES


Actor Terrence Howard is working full-throttle on his portrayal of Charley Pride for an upcoming film on the black country pioneer’s life. Howard and Pride both attended The Soul Of Country event last week in Los Angeles as part of the Grammy Awards festivities, and the Nashville Tennessean reports that Howard — best known for his parts in Crash and Hustle And Flow — was carefully studying Pride’s gestures and facial characteristics as the two chatted. He told the newspaper that he was offered three music- related parts at the same time — Pride, Rick James, and Bob Marley — and he chose Pride because he was “the one I love the most…I am so ready and so excited.”

The Pride film is expected to start shooting this summer, with a hoped-for 2008 release.

Howard is planning to sing Pride’s songs himself and play guitar in the film. He performed at The Soul Of Country gathering last Thursday (February 8th).


Former NFL running back Tiki Barber is now a news correspondent for NBC’s top-rated The Today Show. The 31-year-old football star was introduced as an NBC Universal employee on Tuesday. Barber’s beat will include contributing news and human interest stories to Today, and he’ll also serve as an analyst on NBC’s Sunday highlight show, Football Night in America, this fall.

Barber had been serving as a correspondent for the Fox News Channel morning program Fox & Friends, and has two programs on Sirius Satellite Radio, one on general topics and another on football that he does with his twin brother, Ronde Barber of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Barber turned down offers from ABC/Disney and Fox to take the NBC job. “My dream has always been to be on the Today show,” Barber said.


Former 106 & Park host Free has signed on to co-moderate the Hip Hop Summit Action Networks 2007 “Get Your Money Right” financial empowerment national tour. Free and Dr. Benjamin Chavis will lead the panel discussions at each tour stop.

Free said in a released statement, “I am extremely excited and honored to be a part of this year’s HSAN movement. I applaud Russell Simmons, Dr. Benjamin Chavis and HSAN for historically and consistently focusing their energies on the pulse of our social issues. I know what some of you are thinking…’ What exactly is financial literacy? How and where do you get it?’ More important, ‘How do you keep it?’ Well, in our communities across the nation, the misunderstanding of what exactly Financial Empowerment can and should mean, continues. We shall set out to inform our audiences (YOU) at these Summits about becoming ‘financially literate’ and remaining ‘financially sound’. P.S. Real Talk y’all…I’m coming to learn, too, so let’s get empowered TOGETHER! See you there!”

This year’s tour stops include: Houston, Texas – March 3rd; Detroit, MI – April 14th; Toronto, Ontario – August TBA; Greensboro, N.C. – September 8th; Washington, D.C. – September 29th; Miami, FL – October 20th and Atlanta, GA – November 3rd.


Nicolas Cage is not above making popcorn entertainment. For decades, he’s starred in blockbusters like National Treasure and Con Air as well as in artsy fare like Adaptation and Wild At Heart, and his career hasn’t suffered from any of his choices.

Cage’s first foray into the comic book genre, Ghost Rider, takes him even deeper into crowd pleasing territory. He plays Johnny Blaze, a motorcycle stuntman by day and devil’s bounty hunter by night. The role isn’t something you’d imagine other Oscar winners like, say, Daniel Day-Lewis or Sean Penn doing, but Cage says detractors just don’t get it: “If you’re a magazine like Entertainment Weekly, you say something like, ‘Oscar winners shouldn’t be seen in this kind of material.’ They’re being foolish because it’s a way of introducing a classic story in a pop art fashion to massive audiences around the world. They won’t be able to see that. They have to have the beret and the jeton and say, ‘I’m cool. I only go to pretentious art movies.'”

Cage won the Best Actor Oscar in 1995 for Leaving Las Vegas.

Ghost Rider rolls into theaters Friday (February 16th).


An unlucky in love attorney and a hard-working mechanic fall for each other when he hires her to help him win custody of his three daughters from their drug- dealing mother. But despite their obvious chemistry, the lady lawyer questions having a relationship with a blue collar dad. Her own father doesn’t help matters by harping on her to find a man on the same financial footing. Daddy’s Little Girls stars Gabrielle Union and Idris Elba, and co-stars Louis Gossett Jr.

Gabrielle Union on kissing co-stars: “I’m divorced, so I can tell you, for the most part when you’re working with really attractive men, you know, and their breath is, you know, reasonable — it doesn’t even have to be minty fresh really, I don’t really care — it’s nice. It’s, you know, it’s nice. It’s not a bad day’s work.”

Gabrielle Union on working with Lou Gossett Jr. of An Officer And A Gentleman fame: “He’s like the veteran. You know, it’s like, you know, when you’re watching a football game and they take out the quarterback that they paid 50 million that’s been jacking up the whole season and they put in that old veteran, that’s what Louis Gossett brought, just an amazing wealth of knowledge and experience. But of course I was fighting the urge to say, ‘Mayonnaise!’ I really wanted to say that really bad.”


Oprah Winfrey loves her some Mitch Albom. The talk show billionaire has already turned one of his books into an Emmy winning film for ABC, and has just signed on to adapt a second book from the popular author. Click here to find out more!

They both deny it, but Beyonce is having trouble hiding her jealousy of Dreamgirls co- star Jennifer Hudson. According to the New York Daily News, Hudson was deliberately excluded from the guest list to Beyonce’s post- Grammy party in West Hollywood. A source tells the paper, “At a lot of events recently, it’s been all about Jennifer Hudson. Beyonce is successful because she’s continually been out there. She doesn’t want to look like she’s slipping.” Meanwhile, Be leads the pack with the most nominations, in next month’s annual Soul Train Music Awards. Knowles garnered three nominations, including Best Female Album for B’Day, Best Female Single for the hit song “Irreplaceable,” and for Michael Jackson Award for Best Music Video.

A 23 year old woman is claiming that R&B singer Monica’s fiance Rodney Hill physically assaulted her at Young Jeezy’s platinum party at ATL’s Velvet Room. An anonymous user created a MySpace account to give an eyewitness account on what occured that night.

Forget about the whispers that Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown are getting back together — Whitney’s publicist says it’s just not true. The two were recently spotted having dinner in L-A with their 13-year-old daughter Bobbi Christina, her friend and her friend’s mother. But Houston’s rep Nancy Seltzer tells People magazine, “It was a one-night dinner between divorcing parents for the sake of their daughter. They are not reuniting.”

Fat Man Scoop and his wife Shanda may have very well discovered the secret to a successful marriage in the spotlight: air it all out and take callers. What began as a small webcast about sex has now exploded into a live show with potential TV, DVD, and radio deals. Man and Wife takes place primarily in the bed of the happy couple, where they discuss sex; check voicemails and emails from fans, and vibe with one another like no other televised couple. Ever. Find out more here

From the projects to living in a plush crib in the Hollywood Hills, not bad at all. Check out Mary J. Blige’s new digs at $30,000 a month rent.

Rapper/Actor David Banner isn’t shy about his next LP. While working on a new film, Banner spoke out on the future of his rap career, the new LP’s title and more. Plus, read on about how he’s been working with some of the biggest names in the industry. and hear his plans for releasing one of the greatest LP’s ever. Will he succeed? See what he has to say about that.

Here’s a song you may never hear: Christina Aguilera has written a full-on pornographic song that you will NEVER hear. And I can’t really even tell you the name of it without getting FIRED. This is the most cleaned-up version of the title I can provide you with: “(Eff) You, (Ess) You”. . . (with the “S” word being the one that rhymes with LUCK.) Christina says she recorded it during a drunken night in the studio.

Now that Kevin Federline has moved on up to multi-million dollar Super Bowl ads, the original K- Fed –Vanilla Ice – has also decided to jump into the promotions game. Turbo Tax has enlisted Ice to be the face of an online contest called “The Tax Rap”. To participate, all you have to do is make a video of yourself RAPPING about taxes. Then, upload it to Ice, who will be judging the entries, will announce the winner of this insanity on Tax Day, April 15th. And he also busted his own tax rap. Check it out.

The upcoming issue of Us Weekly is your hookup for the 4,675th interview in which Paula Abdul denies that she’s a substance-abusing mess. She says, quote, “I’ve never been drunk. I have never done recreational drugs. Just look at my 20-year career. Tell me someone who is into partying or doing drugs that could have done that.” She adds, quote, “There have been 100 million lies about me. I’m squeaky clean. I’ve worked my ass off my entire life. [But] being involved in the show causes people to question everything.”

Eva Longoria and Tony Parker have mailed out the invitations for their Paris wedding on July 7. Yep, should be in the mail any day now.

BET’s new season of College Hill, from the Caribbean, begins on March 6th at 10 PM with eight students from the University of Virgin Islands St. Thomas. Season four will include four Virgin Islanders and a group California transfer students living large in a fabulous home. The group of college students, all twenty and up, will bring excitement and will be filled with different personalities and cultural tension.

Black History Fact

Fifties screen siren Dorothy Dandridge was the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for a leading role. In an era when black actresses were typically only given parts as domestics or slaves, Dandridge became known as “the black Marilyn Monroe” by starring in such films as the 1954 classic Carmen Jones opposite Harry Belafonte.

Dandridge was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1923, to actress Ruby Dandridge. Dorothy began her stage career as a child, performing with her older sister Vivian after they moved with their mother to California. The sisters eventually landed parts in the Marx Brothers’ film A Day at the Races in 1937, and performed, along with Etta James, as “The Dandridge Sisters.”

In 1945, Dandridge married dancer Harold Nicholas of the legendary Nicholas Brothers dance team, and a year later they had a daughter named Harolyn, who was born with brain damage. Dandridge’s marriage ended the same year.

Dandridge returned to the stage, and made her living as a singer appearing in prestigious clubs such as the Mocambo, Cafe de Paris, and La Vie en Rose. She was also the first black woman to perform at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Her big break came in 1951 when she starred as a country schoolteacher in the film Bright Road. In 1954 she landed a lead role Carmen Jones and got an Oscar bid.

Dandridge waited for more demanding film roles to come her way, but was usually offered parts that were little more than variations on the Carmen Jones character — lusty young women of dubious morality who meet with tragic ends. It was a frustrating turn of events for Dandridge, who saw herself locked into a racial stereotype. As a result, three years passed before Dandridge starred in another film. Island in the Sun (1957) was a daring foray into interracial romance that paired Dandridge with a white leading man. Although a number of theaters (mostly in the South) would not show the film, it was a hit at the box office. Dandridge went on to star in Tamango (1957) and Porgy And Bess (1959), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.

Sadly, her second marriage, to abusive Las Vegas businessman Jack Denison, who took much of her money, ended in divorce in 1962. Her career suffered and she was forced to declare bankruptcy a year after their divorce. She suffered from drinking and drug problems, and died in 1965 at the age of 42, from a barbiturate overdose. Her manager, Earl Mills, had just completed a new movie contract before this tragedy occurred.

In January 1984, Dandridge finally received the recognition she deserved when her gold star was unveiled on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. Actress Halle Berry won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Dandridge in the 1999 HBO biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.
Celebrity Birthdays

Richard “Rip” Hamilton, member of Detroit Pistons, 29

Maceo Parker, jazz musician, James Brown’s legendary sax man, 64

D’Wayne Wiggins, member of Tony Toni Tone, 44

Words To the Wise

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