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Morning Show Update

March 21, 2007

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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.
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T.I. LOOKING TO WORK WITH EMINEM

Atlanta-based rapper T.I. is currently working on his new album, T.I. v T.I.P., which he plans to release in July. The rapper told MTV.com, “I’m working with everybody who I have an opportunity to work with. Timbaland, I’m working with Danja (Timbaland protege Nate Hills) today. Scott Storch, Mannie Fresh, Wyclef — (Wyclef) came through with some real worldly music and great vocals. Nelly, Lil Wayne, R. Kelly. We reached out to Ciara, gonna see what she says. Akon did his thing for me. A lot of the Grand Hustle producers: Khao, Black Mob. … Just Blaze, we did a song called ‘Help Is Coming.’ I’m basically talking about how they say the industry is suffering. Well, help is on the way. Fret not.”

T.I. added, “I’m anticipating going in with Eminem. Eminem, we got a real hot concept that we spoke about over the phone. It’s gonna be on some real creative s**t. JT, Justin Timberlake, we’re just waiting on the proper song to get him on my album as well.”

As for the overall concept of the new album, T.I. said: “My second album, Trap Muzik, it had a song on there entitled, T.I. v T.I.P., where I was basically challenging myself you know from positive to negative and from negative to positive.”

The rapper added: “And this album, I feel like is a total transitional period for me and like right now I’m challenging myself you know. A lot of people feel like King was my best album. It was definitely my most successful album so now I must challenge myself.”

In related news, T.I. and his longtime girlfriend, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, have broken up although the two are expecting a daughter in July. The rapper said, “She’s still a part of my life. I love her to death. Her children is still my children, my children are still her children. We want each other to be happy. It’s nothing she did and it’s nothing I did.”

The daughter will be the couple’s second child together and sixth between them. Cottle is a former member of R&B group Xscape.

REDMAN SAYS ‘MUDDY WATERS 2’ & ‘HOW HIGH 2’ IN THE WORKS

Redman is hoping to make up for lost time as he nears the release date for his new album, Red Gone Wild. The album will be the rapper’s first in more than five years when it hits stores on March 27th, and he’s already hard at work on a follow-up. Redman told Allhiphop.com, “I’m getting back into (the studio) with Muddy Waters 2 right after Red Gone Wild. I already did two songs for it. It ain’t gonna be hard, because I’m gonna take it backwards. I’ma find old beats that sound like it was (created) during the whole Muddy Waters era. I ain’t gonna reach for the new s**t.”

Redman added that he only plans to manufacture about 50,000 copies of Muddy Waters 2 domestically.

In related news, Redman also shared that he’s working on the sequel to his 2001 film with Method Man, How High. He explained, “The movie is being written — same people. We getting in the mix right now. It’s going to give us some leeway to do something new. I’m trying to direct the movie myself. It’s a definite go. To a n***a near you, I don’t know when, but its coming.”

The rapper is hoping that production will begin this summer on How High 2.

Redman and Method Man are also planning to hit the studio for a new album later this year.

SWIZZ BEATZ WORKING ON MONSTER REMIX

Super producer Swizz Beatz will release his new album, One Man Band Man, on May 15th, and he’s been busy working on a remix to his lead single, “It’s Me B**ches.” Beatz told MTV.com, “I want it to have the excitement and impact of the original. If I can’t do it unpredictable, I don’t want to do it. R. Kelly is the only predictable (guest), but it’s not predictable what he’s gonna be doing on (the remix).”

Beatz added, “I’m trying to make mine so big it’s hard to get those three or four people together on set at the same time to do a video.”

So far in addition to Kelly, Lil Wayne is slated to appear on the remix and Beatz is currently talking to his protege Cassidy.

One Man Band Man will feature guest appearances by Kanye West, Cassidy, Mashonda, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, T.I., Eve, Busta Rhymes, DMX, Coldplay, Ciara, Nas, Jim Jones, and Juelz Santana.

CONSEQUENCE OKAY WITH SLOW SALES

Rapper Consequence released his debut album, Don’t Quit Your Day Job, earlier this month and the set debuted at Number 113 on the Billboard 200 albums chart after selling 7,000 copies its first week in stores. While to some it would seem like a disappointing start, Consequence is upbeat as the 7,000 copies sold was enough to land him the Number One slot on the Billboard Best New Artist chart.

Consequence explained, “I put my album through Red (Inc. Distributions) because I didn’t know when I was gonna be able to utilize the machine, which is Sony. The machine is the part of the company that puts out Beyonce records or puts out John Legend records or records that they know is gonna make money.”

The rapper added, “I knew I was gonna sell records on my namesake alone. I spent basically zero dollars on marketing and promotion. You didn’t see any billboards or anything on my record. Of course, if you look at it without any information you’re like, ‘Consequence only sold 7,000.’ But if you know the science behind it, motherf**kers is calling me from the office like I scored. I’m still in the red, but I’m way closer to recouping than the top 10 artists that are on Billboard right now.”

Consequence also addressed reports that Kanye West didn’t support the project as much as he should. He said, “You gotta understand, I’m signed to another artist. Do you think Jay-Z gave Kanye as much support on his first album as he probably should have, or as he would have if he was just a CEO? It’s the same thing. I don’t say yes. I don’t say no. At the end of the day, I supported me, that’s why the record came out.”

The rapper added, “I mean, if you wanna poke a jab at it, it’s cool. But, that’s the first week. This is a marathon, not a sprint. If somebody thinks that means my career is over, they’re sadly mistaken.”

YOUNG CITY SAYS CASH MONEY RECORDS DEAL FELL THROUGH

Former member of Bad Boy’s Da Band Chopper, who also uses the name Young City, has decided against signing with Cash Money Records. The rapper told MTV.com, “It was money to survive for a second, but not money to be comfortable promoting your own album when you have crazy-ass bills to pay. And you look at the money like, ‘I already got that in my account.’ Shout out to them, but the situation just didn’t work out. It would have been a great look, no doubt.”

Chopper has decided to complete his debut solo album, Ca$h M.O.E., and to sign a production contract with Diamond Cut Entertainment in hopes of signing with Universal Records directly.

The rapper still has some legal issues to face, including Baltimore robbery charges and aggravated assault charges in Atlanta. The charges in Baltimore stem from an incident on September 29th, 2001, when the rapper allegedly approached a couple near the Eastpoint Mall in Baltimore while riding his mountain bike. According to court records, Chopper, who was 16 at the time, flashed a BB gun and took $90 in cash from the man’s pocket. He was arrested at the scene.

The rapper’s aggravated assault charges stem from a domestic violence incident in which he allegedly pulled a knife on his girlfriend. Chopper denies any wrongdoing. He said, “Me and my baby mama had a little tiny argument and people call the police on me ’cause they know my background. They try to keep me down, but I keep bouncing back.”

OMARION SUPER EXCITED ABOUT ‘ICE BOX’ REMIX

R&B singer Omarion is very excited about the remix of his hit single, “Ice Box.” The new remix features Usher and Omarion explained how the two hooked up. He told MTV.com, “I’m really excited about (it). I’ve never done a lot of collaborations. Truthfully, artists most of the time are so busy, they never get a chance to get in the studio and be personal with a record. Myself and (Usher), we very much had a lot of creative control with each other, like, ‘What do you think about this?’ It wasn’t like I sent him the record — he did it, and I put my part on it. This was a real collaboration. When people hear it, I hope they like it.”

Omarion added, “When you have respect for someone, that’s all that matters. I respect this artist so much and he respects me. When you think about the industry, you think about people competing. You don’t think about people getting together like, ‘Let’s do a record. Why not?’ Especially R&B. That’s why I say it’s big, it’s so big. (Usher) is very special to me, very special to the industry.”

“Ice Box” is the second single from Omarion’s latest album, 21. The singer is still trying to decide what will be the next single. He’s torn between “Midnight” and “Beg For It.” The singer explained, “I’m hearing a lot of people like ‘Midnight.’ A personal favorite of mine is ‘Beg for It,’ that’s another one.”

MICHAEL JACKSON CHECKS INTO LONDON HOTEL UNDER A WOMAN’S NAME

Michael Jackson has checked into one of London’s poshest hotels — under a woman’s name. The King of Pop is currently staying at the five-star Jumeira Carlton Tower Hotel, occupying the $5,800 a night Presidential suite with his children Prince, Paris Michael, and Blanket. According to thisislondon.co.uk, he checked in using a woman’s name, and the Jackson family and entourage have taken up the entire 18th floor — with ten bodyguards, one waiter who must stay with Jackson during his stay, and two bouncers to ensure no outsiders can get off the elevators on the 18th floor. The hotel employees have complained that he does not tip them, and that he is very fussy. One hotel employee was quoted as saying “Madonna always gives us money. Jacko hasn’t yet.”

Jermaine Jackson is also currently in London, after participating in the Celebrity Big Brother event there.

Longtime Jackson pal (and Liza Minnelli’s ex) David Gest reportedly is in London and plans to get together with Jackson.

Jackson is reportedly in the U.K. to discuss selling some Beatles song copyrights back to Paul McCartney.

JENNIFER HUDSON SAYS PRESS IS UNFAIRLY LABELING HER A ‘DIVA’

Jennifer Hudson says she doesn’t understand why the media is labeling her a “Diva,” and she says the stories the media is putting out there about her simply aren’t true. “I haven’t changed one bit, I’m still the same girl,” she told aol.com.

After Extra reported that Hudson called American Idol a “stepping stone” for her, show judge Simon Cowell said he was offended. Jennifer admitted saying that, but says she didn’t mean to offend anyone. “I didn’t mean it in a bad way… If it wasn’t for American Idol no one would have known of a Jennifer Hudson to call for Dreamgirls.” Hudson says the media are quick to make everything she says sound negative, but they neglected to mention that she showed up and surprised this season’s Idol contestants, and that the show recorded her entire visit.

The New York Post’s Page Six also reported last week that Hudson had tried to back out of appearing at the recent Soul Train awards — until record mogul Clive Davis called her personally, and demanded she “get her ass” on a flight immediately. Hudson wound up being one of the biggest celebs to show up — even though Page Six reported that Jamie Foxx, Beyonce, Jay Z, Mary J Blige, John Legend and Gnarls Barkley received their Soul Train awards in person, none of them actually did.

The National Enquirer also reported that the Oscar-winning Hudson had turned down a $3 million dollar film at Warner Brothers because the film involved a nude scene, and she considers herself a role model to young African American women. Jennifer claims this entire story is a lie as well. “People know who I am, what you see is what you get!” Hudson told aol.com, adding that she’s looking for a new publicist and manager as well.

NAOMI CAMPBELL SHOWS UP DRESSED TO KILL FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE

Model Naomi Campbell showed up for her first day of court-imposed community service yesterday (March 19th) wearing sunglasses, jeans, and stiletto boots. She switched into work boots once she started her 8 a.m. shift at the New York Sanitation Department warehouse where she’ll be working all week. Campbell is cleaning the sanitation depot as part of her sentence for injuring a former maid with a phone.

TERRENCE HOWARD WANTED AFRO AS A KID

Hustle & Flow star Terrence Howard’s latest movie, Pride, puts him smack dab in the 1970s with its polyester clothes, muscle cars, and retro soundtrack. The 38-year-old actor was actually only four years old the year the movie is set, but he remembers one thing about the era very distinctly — his father wouldn’t let him grow his hair out into an afro like activist Angela Davis: “It was my favorite time. I just wanted to grow an afro. I wanted to grow an afro and my daddy kept cutting my hair every six months. And I wanted to have one of those Angela Davis afros and I couldn’t get it. Never could get it ’cause my daddy was ‘presentation is everything’ and that’s why I wear a suit every day now.”

The sharp-dressed Howard stars in Pride as Jim Ellis, a real-life schoolteacher who started an African-American swim team in a tough Philadelphia neighborhood. Pride opens nationwide Friday (March 23rd).

DIGGING IN THE CRATES

Aretha Franklin says her long awaited studio debut for her own Aretha Records is almost ready. Franklin says that the album, titled Aretha Franklin: A Woman Falling Out Of Love, could be out as soon as April or May.

Mary Wilson of the Supremes says that after years of being relegated to the background, she had to work extra hard to develop her own style. Wilson, who is currently on the road performing both intimate jazz shows and full-blown rock and roll concerts, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that, “I had to train myself how to really sing well. I wasn’t out front, so I’d never really developed a style… A lot of people hadn’t really heard me and didn’t know what I could do. But now, after so many years of performing, I’ve developed my style and know what I do well. I’m a ballad singer.”

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Black History Fact

In 1852, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, was published in Boston. It was the first book to sell 1,000,000 copies.
In 1915, renowned gospel singer Rosetta Tharpe (born Rosetta Nubin) was born. She died in 1973.
In 1950, Dr. Ralph Bunche received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a mediator in the Palestinian crisis. He was the first African-American to be so honored.
In 1959, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” by the Platters peaked at Number One on the U.K. pop chart.
In 1961, “Blue Moon” by the Marcels entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1965, The first Motown tour of the U.K. arrived with Martha & the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, and the Temptations.
In 1967, The Supremes released “The Happening.”
In 1970, a student strike began at the University Of Michigan over calls for increased enrollment of black students. The strike ended April 2nd, after the administration agreed to meet their demands.
In 1982, “Tell Me Tomorrow” by Smokey Robinson peaked at Number 33 on the pop chart.
In 1982, “That Girl” by Stevie Wonder peaked at Number Four on the pop chart.

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Celebrity Birthdays

• Vanessa Bell Calloway, actress (The Inkwell, Biker Boyz), 50

• Spike Lee, filmmaker, actor (Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, Crooklyn), 50

• Bianca Lawson, actress (Save The Last Dance, The Feast Of All Saints), 28
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Words To the Wise

God does answer prayers
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Contact Information
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Morning Show Update

March 20, 2007

Welcome to the Update

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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.

Be sure to tell a friend about the Morning Show Update. You can also subscribe on line to have the Update sent to you automatically.

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DALLAS AUSTIN SAYS CHRISTINA AGUILERA AND JOSS STONE TRADE SEX FOR TRACKS

In an interview made available on SOHH.com, Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer Dallas Austin makes explosive comments about singers Christina Aguilera and Joss Stone. In response to recent revelations that Stone is now dating Raphael Saadiq, the producer of her forthcoming CD, Introducing Joss Stone, Austin spewed, “Christina Aguilera, Joss Stone… all these bitches be f***in’ for tracks. You go in the studio with the regular girls like Ciara and them, they just want to get their work done. F*** all these bitches f***in’ for tracks.”

He then goes on to give a detailed account of Aguilera allegedly having sex with both him and his best friend.

Austin has previously written and produced award- winning tracks with TLC, Monica, Kelis, Gwen Stefani and Janet Jackson.

$9.1 MILLION DOLLAR LAWSUIT OVER PITBULL RECORDINGS

According to the Miami Herald, a jury ruled on Wednesday (March 14th) that TVT Records must pay $9.1 million to Miami-based label Slip-N-Slide Records for blocking its release of Pitbull recordings.

The judgment is divided into compensatory damages of $2.3 million and punitive damages of $6.8 million, based on a lawsuit dating back to 2005 when Slip-N- Slide was preparing to distribute Welcome To The 305, which featured Pitbull tracks. Two years after the 2001 recording, Pitbull, who was born Armando Perez, signed with TVT and went gold with his debut M.I.A.M.I. (Money Is A Major Issue). Before Welcome To The 305 was released, TVT sent letters to distributors saying the album was illegally recorded and argued that the label was trying to cash in on his then-current stardom, which TVT financed.

“The jury rejected all those claims,” said Slip- N-Slide lawyer Richard C. Wolfe. “We own the album. We’re going to tack $1 million to $2 million in legal fees onto this, too.”

TVT attorney Brian Kaplan said they will appeal the verdict.

PAUL WALL WORKS WITH JERMAINE DUPRI ON NEW LP

Houston-based artist Paul Wall ‘s upcoming release, Get Money, Stay True, includes collaborations with Jermaine Dupri on the second single, “I’m Throwed,” and Lil’ Keke, who riffs with him on the lead single, “Break ‘Em Off.” The album was recorded at country music legend Willie Nelson’s studio in Austin, Texas, and also features Juelz Santana, Trina, and Jon B.

Wall discussed his studio work ethic with MTV News, saying, “It was a lot of fun working out of there. It was one of the best experiences of my life. It was just close enough to Houston where we could drive back home at night and drive out there in the day, but far enough to (not) be bothered. When we got there, we got to work. It’s kind of out there in the hills, a little bit off to the side to where our cell phones really didn’t work too good. We were straight going out there with the mind frame to work and put out some music, and that’s what we did: When we started recording there, it was the turning point in the album. From that point on, all the songs we recorded were like the next level, the next notch up.”

Ironically, although Wall is a big fan of Nelson, the two never crossed paths. “I didn’t get a chance to meet Willie,” said Wall. “I’d love to meet him one time.”

Get Money, Stay True will be in stores April 3rd.

ROBIN THICKE IMPRESSES HEAVY HITTING NYC CROWD

Robin Thicke’s success with his current single “Lost Without U” is bringing heavy hitters to his concerts. At his New York City show last Thursday (March 15th), studio honchos Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Andre Harrell and Steve Stoute gathered in a packed club to see if fans were right about the soulful singer/songwriter.

According to MTVNews.com, Thicke raps Lil Wayne’s last verse on “Shooter” on one knee in his shows, using the mic stand as a gun to reinforce the song’s theme.

The R&B Number One “Lost Without U” has boosted sales of The Evolution of Robin Thicke to nearly one million.

It’s rumored that he may be soon joining a well-known pop music diva on tour.

NAOMI CAMPBELL IS MAD BECAUSE SHE WASN’T ALLOWED TO WASH HER COMMUNITY SERVICE WORK VEST BEFORE WEARING IT

Justice comes in many forms. Here’s one of them. When Naomi Campbell starts doing her community service today, she’ll be treated like everybody else. And she’s not happy about that.

Naomi will spend the week mopping floors and picking up trash inside a New York City Sanitation Department building. That’s her punishment for bopping her maid on the head with a cell phone.

Last week, Naomi’s lawyers asked if she could have her workman’s vest early so she could wash it before it touched her pristine flesh. She was DENIED. She’s also not gonna be allowed to sneak into the building to avoid doing a walk of shame past reporters who will no doubt be outside the building waiting for her to show up.

Sanitation boss Albert Durrell says, quote, “This is not a club.”

TYRESE BACKS OPRAH WINFREY’S AFRICAN SCHOOLS

With Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls in South African coming under attack for being “too strict,” singer-rapper Tyrese, aka Black Ty, has come to her defense. Although Oprah has issued a statement denying the allegations, Tyrese has added his two cents to the uproar, by issuing his own statement. According to TMZ.com, it read as follows:

“There is a staggering amount of millionaires and billionaires out in the world that do nothing to effect positive change within society. The fact that Oprah Winfrey took a monumental step to create a school in South Africa for the betterment of African children rather then (sic) just speak of change is commendable. The bible says — ‘No good deed shall go unpunished,’ (sic) and there are many critics out in the world turning up negative stones (sic) to find a flaw in this wonderful gift donated to South Africa by Oprah Winfrey. I stand with Oprah in the fight for change and positive world reform and I hope that people realize there will always be struggle and without struggle there is no progression. (sic) Please leave her alone and let the blessings she is offering outshine the public scrutiny she is facing.”

Tyrese has already finished recording 14 tracks for the next Black Ty album, Black Rose. A release date has yet to be announced.

OPRAH OPENS ANOTHER SCHOOL IN SOUTH AFRICA

Just a couple of months after opening a private girls school in South Africa, talk show maven Oprah Winfrey opened her second school in the country on Friday (March 16th). The Seven Fountains Primary School was funded through Winfrey’s non-profit Angel Network, which gave it the cash to build 25 classrooms, a library, computer rooms, meeting halls, an art room, sports fields, and a landscaped playground. The $1.6 million project is “green” as well, and recycles rain water and uses seesaws and merry- go-rounds to pump water.

Solar power and a vegetable garden are also part of the campus, which was originally located on a farm and then moved to a run-down building with no windows and little electricity and running water. Winfrey visited the original Seven Fountains Primary School in 2002 and committed to building a new campus for the public institution in 2004.

VANESSA WILLIAMS UNVEILING WALK OF FAME STAR

Ugly Betty co-star Vanessa Williams is receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in Los Angeles. The singer and former Miss America is the 2,331st person to receive the sidewalk honor, and she’ll celebrate the milestone with family, friends, and co-workers at today’s 11:30 a.m. unveiling. Williams’ star is located in front of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, home of swanky parties and celebrity sightings.

Williams plays conniving magazine editor Wilhelmina Slater on Ugly Betty. Her other movie and TV credits include Boomtown, Shaft, Light It Up, and The Kid Who Loved Christmas. She’s also performed on stage a number of times throughout her career in productions such as Into The Woods, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Carmen Jones, the off- Broadway drama One Man Band, and the Los Angeles production of Checkmates.

‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’ KICKS OFF NEW SEASON TONIGHT

Dancing With The Stars is back for another season. This time around, it’s three athletes, a former Cheers regular, an estranged Beatle wife, a country music superstar, and a one-time boy bander who are among the familiar faces putting their best foot forward. They’ll get to perform in two episodes before the elimination round comes up, and they’ll judged by ballroom circuit regular and two dancer/choreographers.

The celebs competing in Season Four of Dancing With The Stars are:

Boxer Laila Ali
Country singer and Disney Channel star, Billy Ray Cyrus
NBA veteran Clyde Drexler
*NSYNC singer Joey Fatone
Miss USA 2004 Shandi Finnessey
Entertainment reporter Leeza Gibbons
Landmine activist and Paul McCartney’s soon- to-be ex-wife Heather Mills
Speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno
Cheers actor John Ratzenberger — who replaced Sopranos’ actor Vincent Pastore after the hefty actor withdrew because he couldn’t keep up with the show’s vigorous training
Model Paulina Porizkova
Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Ian Ziering

Of these contestants, Heather Mills is creating the biggest stir because she’s in the midst of divorcing Paul McCartney and has a prosthetic leg. Mills’ fellow Dancing With The Stars contestant Leeza Gibbons said even she’s curious about Mills: “I haven’t met Heather. She’s been in England doing her training, and I think everybody’s curious, not only about how she’s going to deal with a prosthetic leg, and sort of showcasing the abilities of people with physical challenges, but you know, who is she? I think we don’t really know and there’s a lot of curiosity.”

OUSTED ‘IDOL’ BRANDON ROGERS DOESN’T HARBOR HARD FEELINGS

For the first time in several weeks, Los Angeles native Brandon Rogers doesn’t have anything to do today (March 19th). That’s because unlike last week and the weeks before, the backup singer isn’t competing on American Idol. Rogers was voted off the show last week after forgetting the lyrics to “You Can’t Hurry Love,” and now resumes his life outside the spotlight.

Rogers knew the elimination was coming when he flubbed his words, and said it just wasn’t his time to shine on the tough program: “It’s a rough show. Like, there’s nothing easy about getting in front of people and singing a song and then putting your mic down and then stepping up to a mark and being judged. There’s no shortcut to success. Either you are or you aren’t. It’s just going to happen for you in its time. And if your time is to be on American Idol and become famous then that’s for you.”

Rogers also said that despite being eliminated, he’s grateful to his fans for getting him this far into the process: “I think America always gets it right. You know, they vote for who they’re going to vote for and who they want to vote for. I still got millions of votes, you know? (Laughs) I may have gotten the least amount of votes but I still had millions of people vote for me and support me and that’s great. I’m telling you, I feel lucky to be in the Top 12. I genuinely feel thankful for that.”

The remaining 11 finalists perform tonight on Idol at 8 on Fox.

WEEKEND MOVIE WRAP-UP

The epic 300, about an ancient battle between the Spartans and Persians, maintained its box office dominance, finishing at Number One for the second weekend in a row. After just one week in theaters, 300 has taken in $127.5 million. The motorcycle road comedy Wild Hogs remained in second place, increasing its total take to $104 million.

The psychological thriller Premonition, starring Sandra Bullock as a woman whose husband keeps dying one day and then reappearing the next, debuted in third place. The $18 million opening is the best of Bullock’s career. Sandra talks about Premonition’s premise: “She’s falling apart. And then the next day, after having dealt with that horrendous day, she wakes up and he’s alive. And her days are out of order and she’s not sure why and she has to piece together that she’s not going to know whether she’s going to wake up and he’s dead or alive and people begin to realize she’s insane. Or is she?”

The romantic comedy-drama I Think I Love My Wife, starring Chris Rock as a bored husband and father who’s drawn to a sexy friend, opened in fifth place. Gina Torres and Kerry Washington co-star in the film, which was also co-written and directed by Rock. Here is Kerry on her role: “When I read her I thought, ‘Oh, it would be so easy to make her the cliche of the other woman. But I want to make sure that she has a lot of humanity. Here’s a real human being who’s doing something that’s not so… not to be celebrated really, trying to sleep with a married man, and so I had to find the inner justification.”

This Weekend’s Top Ten Movies:

300, $31.2 million
Wild Hogs, $18.8 million
Premonition, $18 million
Dead Silence, $7.8 million
I Think I Love My Wife, $5.7 million
Bridge to Terabithia, $5.1 million
Ghost Rider, $4 million
Zodiac, $3.1 million
Norbit, $2.7 million
Music and Lyrics, $2.2 million

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Black History Fact

In 1619, the first African-American child was born in the colonies. William Tucker was baptized in Jamestown, Virginia. There are unconfirmed reports that he lived to be 108 years old.
In 1928, Amos & Andy debuted on radio’s NBC Blue Network affiliate WMAQ in Chicago. It starred Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, two whites playing black characters Amos Jones and Andrew H. Brown. When they left their previous station WGN, the station kept the names they had been using, Sam and Henry, so they changed their names to Amos and Andy for their radio show.
In 1939, the New Negro Theater was founded in Los Angeles by Langston Hughes.
In 1955, “Mambo Rock” by Bill Haley & His Comets peaked at Number 18 on the pop singles chart.
In 1961, James B. Parsons became the first African American district court judge.
In 1966, “Soul & Inspiration, (You’re My)” by the Righteous Brothers entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1968, Howard University students seized the administration building. Students were demanding campus reform and a black-oriented curriculum. Civil rights forces mobilized in support of striking hospital workers in Charleston, South Carolina.
In 1975, James B. Parsons became the first African American chief judge of a federal court, the U.S. District Court Of Chicago.
In 1977, “I Wanna Get Next To You” by Rose Royce entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1981, “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang was certified platinum.
In 1983, “Beat It” by Michael Jackson entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1983, “Little Red Corvette” by Prince entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1983, “Fall In Love With Me” by Earth Wind & Fire peaked at Number 17 on the pop singles chart.
In 1988, “Pink Cadillac” by Natalie Cole entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1988, Michael Jackson bought a ranch and built an amusement park and zoo on the grounds in Santa Ynez, California.
In 1994, “Because The Love” by Janet Jackson peaked at Number 10 on the pop singles chart.
In 1994, “I’m Outstanding” by Shaquille O’Neal peaked at Number 47 on the pop singles chart.
In 1994, “Without You” by Mariah Carey peaked at Number Three on the pop singles chart.
In 1996, Michael Jackson & Saudi Prince Al Walid announced a deal to create an international multi- media entertainment company.
In 1996, “Before You Walk Out Of My Life” single by Monica was certified platinum.

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