Solid Gold Soul

May 23, 2007

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About Freddie Bell

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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Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis go head-to-head in tonight’s final round of American Idol. While to viewers, the season only began in January, contestants on the show have been performing for judges and producers since late last summer. Finalist Sparks said she never thought she’d make it through the grueling process to arrive at the finals. The season finale with feature duets and group performances from the finalists along with previously eliminated contestants. Blake Lewis says he’s not looking forward to the medleys portion of the show: “We have like six or seven songs or something. I’m just like, ‘Ew!’ So, I already know the three that I’m going to do so I’m cool. I’m square on those. But like medleys and duets and stuff and like oh, I’m terrible at that stuff so that’s the stuff I don’t look forward to.”

The two- hour season finale airs tonight beginning at 8/7 CST p.m.


Singer and rapper Cee-Lo Green has had an enormous amount of success as a member of Gnarls Barkley and he’s currently working on the follow-up to the group’s platinum debut, St. Elsewhere. With all his success, many fans wondered if he would ever return to rap. Cee-Lo told, “I tell you what, rapping is also a passion of mine. It’s a little bit restricting as far as cadence is concerned. I’m able to do a little more with melody and harmony. You can twist it and stretch it and bend it into so many other things.”



Grammy Award winner Nelly is currently setting up shop in South Africa. Earlier this month, the rapper entered into a deal with South African based distributor Mojalife to distribute his Vokal, Apple Bottom and Pimp Juice brands. The rapper is also set to host a South African version of MTV’s Pimp My Ride. Mojalife has partnered with UK-based Screen Ventures and MTV Networks for 52 episodes of the new Pimp My Ride.


Rapper and producer Kanye West has hooked up with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, the man behind Louis Vuitton’s rainbow design. Murakami recently designed the cover for West’s new single, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” as well as some jewelry pieces for the rapper.

West told, “He did a three-minute animated piece for one of the songs. Murakami, his work has been stunning to me because pop art is really expressive, representative and expressive and emotional, and it looks like something you can do yourself. (But) you cannot do no Murakami s**t yourself. You cannot do this at home. He has this studio out in Japan that has 30 artists working at one time. I love Japanese culture and I was always into art, and Murakami is really a god in the art world.”


Barbados-born singer Rihanna has topped the U.K. singles chart this week with her new single “Umbrella” featuring Jay-Z. The single climbed past pop band Maroon 5 to achieve the top position on the British charts based on downloads alone.

“Umbrella” is the first single from Rihanna’s third CD, Good Girl Gone Bad, which will be released by Island Def Jam on June 5th. The track has also been used as part of the artist’s partnership with CoverGirl cosmetics, with the beauty company offering a free video download of the video at its website.

Good Girl Gone Bad features tunes written by Ne-Yo and even Justin Timberlake, who wrote “Rehab.” Producers on the set include Timbaland, Stargate, Jonathan “JR” Rotem, and C. Tricky Stewart, who produced “Umbrella.”

Rihanna will hit the road this summer with her own band. Dates will be announced in the coming weeks.


Singer Bobby Valentino is making sure that fans connect with his new album Special Occasion through a new series of appearances at Apple stores to celebrate Black Music Month. The Atlanta-based artist is set to perform material from the new set during his promotional tour of the computer and iPod retailer, starting June 1st in his home town.

Valentino’s CD is getting a boost from the single “Anonymous,” which recently reached Number 19 on the national urban radio chart.

Much of Valentino’s appeal comes from his romantic approach to contemporary R&B. The artist says that most guys have a sensitive side to some degree: “I think guys all are, but I think a lot of dudes kinda be like I’m a little too hard, a little too tough to be sensitive and to be loving and caring. But at the end of the day we all love somebody, you know whether it’s our mother, whether it’s a girlfriend. So I kind of speak for real dudes out there because I’m a real dude.”

Dates for Valentino’s tour of Apple stores are as follows:

June 1 – Atlanta, GA – Perimeter Mall
June 7 – New York, NY – Fifth Avenue
June 12 – Chicago, IL – North Michigan Avenue
June 16 or 2 – Houston, TX – TBD
June 21 – Dallas, TX – NorthPark Center
June 23 – Los Angeles, CA – TBD
June 27 – San Francisco, CA – TBD



Singer and songwriter Lalah Hathaway has officially joined the roster of the revived Stax Records label. The legendary Memphis imprint is now being distributed by Concord Records in Los Angeles. Hathaway, daughter of the late R&B icon Donny Hathaway, has begun recording her next solo album.

Meanwhile, the label is releasing Hathaway’s version of “Love’s Holiday” from the all-star tribute set Interpretations: Celebrating the Music Of Earth, Wind & Fire, which was released earlier this year as the first project on the new Stax label.

Hathaway charted a major smooth jazz/urban AC hit with her version of Luther Vandross’ “Forever, For Always, For Love” from the all-star smooth jazz tribute set Forever, For Always, For Luther.

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In 1863, the War Department established the Bureau Of Colored Troops and launched an aggressive campaign for recruitment of black soldiers.
In 1948, poet and author Claude McKay, the author of the first bestseller written by an African- American, died at the age of 58.
In 1959, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. became the first African-American general in the U.S. Air Force. His father was the first African-American general in the U.S. Army.
In 1961, “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1965, “I Can’t Help Myself” by the Four Tops entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1966, Bill Cosby became the first African- American to receive an Emmy for Best Actor In A Dramatic Series, for his role in I Spy.
In 1967, renowned poet and playwright Langston Hughes died at the age of 65.
In 1968, “Tighten Up” single by Archie Bell & the Drells was certified gold.
In 1970, The Fifth Dimension-Greatest Hits album by the Fifth Dimension was certified gold.
In 1974, “You Make Me Feel Brand New” single by the Stylistics was certified gold.
In 1976, “I’ll Be Good To You” by the Brothers Johnson entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1976, “Could It Be Magic” by Donna Summer peaked at Number 52 on the pop singles chart.
In 1979, the album The Boss by Diana Ross was released

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Naomi Campbell, model, actress (Girl 6), 37
Johnny Gill, singer, soloist, member of New Edition, 41
Donell Jones, singer, 34

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Minneapolis, MN 55439