Solid Gold Soul
May 11, 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.
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APOSTLE, DR. KURTIZ F., AND EVANGELIST, GRACE BOUDOIR CELEBRATE 25 YEARS IN MINISTRY
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NELLY DECIDES TO SET UP SHOP IN AFRICA
Nelly has decided to expand his empire by entering into a partnership with South African holding company Mojalife to distribute his Pimp Juice, Vokal clothing line, and Apple Bottom Jeans in Africa and various parts of the world. Allhiphop.com reports that Mojalife will begin by distributing Pimp Juice throughout Africa on May 18th with the launch of the two clothing lines to follow. The company will also ship another 3 million cans of Pimp Juice to Nigeria, Australia, and New Zealand.
Mojalife’s creative director Peter Friedman said, “We have already pre-produced 1.5 million cans for South Africa and we are looking at producing between 1 and 1.5 million units locally every month.”
Nelly will also be launching his Derrty Entertainment label in South Africa.
In related news, Nelly is currently working on a new album which he plans to release later this year.
JERMAINE DUPRI SAYS JANET JACKSON WILL PROBABLY JOIN HIM AT ISLAND
Producer Jermaine Dupri, appointed president of urban music at the Island label by Island/Def Jam chairman L.A. Reid in February, says it’s very likely that girlfriend Janet Jackson will join the Island roster after years at Virgin Records.
“Definitely Janet will end up at Island,” Dupri told MTV News. “That’s without a doubt. L.A. always wanted to sign her regardless (of whether) I was there or not. I don’t know where that deal is — I left that in the hands of L.A. and Janet’s people — but more than likely, he’ll get what he wants.”
Dupri collaborated with Jackson and hit makers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis on Jackson’s 2006 flop 20 Years Old. Regardless of whether Janet signs with Virgin, she will appear on a single on the upcoming Rush Hour 3 soundtrack being produced by Dupri.
The Atlanta-born producer and artist says that Janet has a locked-in fan base that will always appreciate her artistry as a singer, stage performer, and video innovator. He said: “Everything that you see on records these days it’s nothing new. Everybody’s gonna keep referencing Janet Jackson until somebody breaks that mold. And with her coming back, and us doing what we’re doing right now and her having me in her corner, that mold is not gonna get broken. So she’s always going to appeal to these people.”
Meanwhile, TMZ.com is reporting that Dupri was detained by Los Angeles county sheriff’s officers during a traffic stop in Hollywood on Tuesday. The website obtained footage showing Dupri’s Lamborghini pulled over with doors open while Dupri sat in the backseat of a squad car. Eventually, the music executive was allowed to drive away. No word on whether the producer was charged with anything.
AKON APOLOGIZES FOR OFFENSIVE BEHAVIOR WITH TEENAGE GIRL
Singer Akon has offered an apology for performing a dance onstage with a 14-year-old girl that simulated sex. His apology comes after videotape of the performance, which occurred during his April 12th show in Trinidad, reached maximum circulation on the Internet and it was revealed that the girl he pulled onstage for the randy dance was underage. The 34-year-old singer, whose hits include “Don’t Matter,” “I Wanna Love You” with Snoop Dogg, and “Smack That” with Eminem, said in a statement to the Associated Press that he was sorry for the incident but he was unaware that the girl was underage. “I want to sincerely apologize for the embarrassment and any pain I’ve caused to the young woman who joined me onstage, her family and the Trinidad community for the events at my concert,” Akon said.
He added, “It was never my intention to embarrass or take advantage of my fans in any way, especially those under the age of 18. That is why we tried to make sure that the club did not admit anyone under 18 in the audience. Somehow, that standard was not met.”
The repercussions of his behavior also affect singer Gwen Stefani, for whom he wrote the hit “The Sweet Escape” and with whom he is touring, since technology giant Verizon has pulled their tour support in reaction to the incident.
His current album, Konvicted, has sold over 1 million copies in the U.S.
BEYONCE TO KICK OFF ‘EXPERIENCE’ TOUR IN U.S. NEXT MONTH WITH ROBIN THICKE
Multi-platinum pop singer Beyonce is ready to hit the road in North America this summer, kicking off her Beyonce Experience tour on Friday, July 6th with a show at the Essence Music Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans. The tour, featuring special guest opener Robin Thicke, will wrap in Vancouver, British Columbia on September 7th.
The singer’s tour will feature her all-female band and backup dancers, which were formed after Beyonce held open auditions across the country.
The tour is in support of her sophomore solo album, B’Day, which was released in an extended Deluxe Edition in April. The extended version includes six new songs in Spanish, five new songs in English, and eight new videos.
Beyonce has sold over four million copies of B’Day.
NE-YO’S ‘BECAUSE OF YOU’ LANDS AT NUMBER ONE AHEAD OF TOUR
Singer and songwriter Ne-Yo has landed his second straight Number One album, as his sophomore set Because Of You debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart this week. The artist, born Shaffer Smith, achieved the feat by selling 251,000 copies of the album in the week ended May 7th, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
His album sales were boosted by the popularity of the title track single, which stands at Number Five on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
Ne-Yo’s debut album In My Own Words sold 301,000 copies in its first week when it bowed in February of 2006. The set has since sold 1.4 million copies to date.
Meanwhile, the popular hit maker continues to write tunes for several other artists, including Britney Spears. He told MTV News that he doesn’t want the pop princess’ comeback album to be a history of her drama-filled marriage to Kevin Federline. While fans will no doubt want to hear a few references to the troubled relationship, Ne-Yo says he refuses to make an entire album of “I’ve been through the rain and I’m still here.”
Ne-Yo hits the road May 31st in Norfolk, Virginia, and wraps up his tour July 5th in San Antonio, Texas. Click here for a complete list of tour dates!
RAY-J SPEAKS ON KIM KARDASHIAN, WHITNEY & MORE
Singer and actor Ray-J spills about his recent romantic escapades, including his relationship with sex-tape partner Kim Kardashian, in a new interview in the June issue of Sister 2 Sister agazine. “Everybody makes tapes,” said the 26-year- old performer of the infamous sex tape that was leaked on the Internet before it became available in video stores.
“I’ve spoken with her briefly,” he says of ex- girlfriend Kardashian, who filed suit and then settled with the distributor of the tape. “I’m going to try to reach out to her more and more because I want to continue to be friends with her and she’s always been a positive influence in my life.”
Ray-J was also linked with Karrine “Superhead” Steffans, the notorious hip-hop video groupie whose autobiography made their association public.
During a recent red carpet event, he says Steffans tried to have the paparazzi snap the two of them together. “I’m like, wait a minute. This ain’t no good look,” he says.
More recently, the press has been buzzing about a rumored romance with recovering diva Whitney Houston, who is more than a decade his senior. Ray- J would only say that he, superstar big sis Brandy and their mother consider Houston “family.” “I love Whitney,” adds the “One Wish” singer.
The new issue of Sister 2 Sister will be available next week.
LAKISHA JONES IS THE LATEST TO GO HOME ON AMERICAN IDOL
LaKisha Jones won’t be kissing Simon any longer as she became the latest American Idol contestant voted off the show. Simon predicted LaKisha’s exit as she stood next to Blake Lewis in the bottom two. Blake, Melinda Doolittle and Jordin Sparks are the final three contestants with a shot to become this year’s American Idol.
LaKisha says she was her biggest critic, not the judges: “I’m my biggest critic. I’ll look at it and go, ah, that didn’t sound right. Maybe I should have did this. Maybe I should have went back instead of forward. You kind of look at it and you’ve got to learn from it.”
LaKisha says she won’t be leaving Idol empty handed: “Get to keep all of the clothes and the shoes. Whole new wardrobe by the time this is over.”
MOVIE OPENINGS THIS WEEKEND
’28 WEEKS LATER’
Fans of the 2002 horror movie 28 Days Later will not be disappointed with its sequel, 28 Weeks Later, which retains the intensity, carnage, and thrills of the original.
Trainspotting’s Robert Carlyle stars as Don, a family man hiding out with his wife while the “infected” roam the countryside. Their sanctuary is soon invaded and Don is forced to make a decision that’ll come back to haunt him. Don’s kids were abroad when the disease struck England, and he’s reunited with them in a section of London that’s declared infection-free by the American military running the area. The zombie disease makes a comeback, however, and it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves.
Rachel is a rebellious young woman shipped off to her grandmother’s house in Idaho while her mother and stepfather take a vacation. Rachel, played by Lindsay Lohan, is an obnoxious fish out of water and bristles at the strict rules her grandma Georgia enforces on a daily basis. The three generations of women are dysfunctional to be sure, but they come together to clear up sexual abuse allegations and work on their relationships. Desperate Housewives’ Felicity Huffman and Jane Fonda also star.
Yuppie couple Tom and Sofia move from New York to her Ohio hometown so she can be a stay-at-home mom and he can work at her father’s ad agency. Tom struggles with his first job in years and is undermined at every turn by Sofia’s wheelchair-bound high school boyfriend Chip. Scrubs star Zach Braff, Amanda Peet, and Jason Bateman star.
Larry The Cable Guy sets his comedic sights on the military in Delta Farce, a film about three buddies mistakenly sent to combat in Iraq. The bumbling trio never actually make it to the Middle East because they’re accidentally dropped off in Mexico, but because they can’t distinguish one desert and a bunch of brown-skinned people from another, they continue on their mission as if overseas.
In 1950, Jackie Robinson appeared on the cover of Life magazine. It was the first time an African- American was featured on the cover in the magazine’s 13-year history.
In 1969, “Too Busy Thinking About My Baby” by Marvin Gaye entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1969, “I Don’t Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door, I’ll Get It Myself)” by James Brown peaked at Number 20 on the pop chart.
In 1974, “Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely” by the Main Ingredient was certified gold.
In 1974, the album Wild & Peaceful by Kool & the Gang was certified gold.
In 1975, “Get Down, Get Down (Get On The Floor)” by Joe Simon entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1975, “Walking In Rhythm” by the Blackbyrds peaked at Number Six on the pop chart.
In 1975, Stevie Wonder played an unannounced free concert near the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. The show drew an estimated 125,000 people to celebrate “Human Kindness Day,” for which he was the honoree.
In 1978, the album Flying High On Your Love by the Bar-kays was certified gold.
In 1978, the album Natural High by the Commodores was released.
In 1978, the album Secrets by Con Funk Shun was certified gold.
In 1980, “She’s Out Of My Life” by Michael Jackson entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1991, “I Like The Way” by Hi-Five was certified gold.
Kenan Thompson, actor, comedian (Barbershop 2, Saturday Night Live) 29
Young M.C., rapper 40
Ron Banks, singer, of the Dramatics, 56
Sly Dunbar, drummer, producer, of Sly & Robbie, 55
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