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August 3, 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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Our hearts and prayers are with the families involved in the tragic bridge collapse of I35W which once spanned the Mississippi river in Minneapolis. Late yesterday afternoon, the bridge buckled and fell more than 60 feet into the water along with its cargo of rush-hour traffic. At this writing there are four fatalities and more than 40 injuries and still at least 20 people missing.



After five years, singer R. Kelly’s trial on child pornography is officially set to begin. At a hearing held August 1st at the Cook County Courthouse in Chicago, Judge Vincent Gaughan said Kelly’s trial will start on September 17th. Kelly faces 14 counts of child pornography for allegedly videotaping himself having sex with a girl who was reportedly 14 years old at the time. The multi-platinum Grammy winner has pleaded not guilty to the charges. If convicted, Kelly faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

“As Robert said many times, he believes in our system of justice,” a spokesperson for the singer told “He is looking forward to finally having his day in court. He’s confident that when all the facts come out, it will be clear he’s not guilty of any crime.”

Charges were originally brought in 2002, and many wondered why it took five years for a trial to get underway. Kelly’s legal team did not push for a speedy trial, and as many as 30 pre-trial motions on the part of the defense helped to drag out the process. Further, the busy schedules of both the judge and Kelly’s lawyer Ed Genson presented scheduling conflicts.

Finally, health issues, such as Judge Gaughan’s fall from a ladder last summer resulting in fractures and Kelly’s run-in with a burst appendix earlier this year slowed the wheels of justice.

Kelly’s career has not suffered since being indicted. He has released five albums, including a greatest-hits collection, and toured. His current CD, Double Up, is already certified platinum after just two months on the charts.


Superstar Prince’s latest CD, Planet Earth, debuted at Number Three on the Billboard Top 200 this week. The new set was pushed out of Number One by the latest Now 25 all-hits compilation featuring tracks by Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood, and others. The second spot is held down by the popular Hairspray soundtrack, which surged upward from Number Four.


Actress/comedienne Whoopi Goldberg is the newest host of The View. Barbara Walters announced the show’s newest cast member Wednesday (August 1st), saying she was excited to snag such a famous woman for the position. Goldberg replaces Rosie O’Donnell — who quit the show two months ago after continually clashing with Elisabeth Hasselbeck — and Meredith Vieira, who left to host the Today show. She starts her View tenure after the long Labor Day weekend.

Funnyman Eddie Murphy has been busy celebrating his engagement to entertainment executive Tracey Edmonds, so perhaps a few things on his to do list slipped through the cracks. Though DNA testing confirmed that he is the father of Spice Girl Melanie Brown’s four-month-old baby, Angel Iris, Murphy has failed to legally claim paternity of the child. On Wednesday (August 1st), Brown filed a petition in Superior Court that seeks to legally establish Murphy as the father. Brown will also seek sole custody and child support. “I am here today for one reason and one reason only; her name is Angel,” said the 32-year-old Brown at a press conference at the courthouse. “Angel is my baby and Eddie’s. She will always know that she was planned and wanted by both of us.”

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In 1959, “What’d I Say” by Ray Charles began a two-week run at Number One on Billboard’s R&B chart.
In 1962, Aretha Franklin made her TV debut on American Bandstand.
In 1971, “Treat Her Like A Lady” by Cornelius Brothers& Sister Rose was certified gold.
In 1975, “Get Down Tonight” by KC & the Sunshine Band entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1975, “Dynomite Part 1” by Tony Camillo’s Bazuka peaked at Number 10 on the pop chart.
In 1975, “Rockin’ Chair” by Gwen McCrae peaked at Number Nine on the pop chart.
In 1977, “Best Of My Love” by the Emotions was certified gold.
In 1977, Right On Time by the Brothers Johnson was certified platinum.
In 1978, the self-titled album by A Taste Of Honey was certified gold.
In 1980, “Give Me The Night” by George Benson entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1989, “Self-Destruction” by Stop The Violence Movement was certified gold.
In 1990, in the first act of the Persian Gulf War, Iraq’s powerful army troops and tanks led by Saddam Hussein invaded and seized control of oil-rich neighboring Kuwait before dawn. President Bush condemned the incursion as an act of “naked aggression” and responded by sending troops to Saudi Arabia to begin Operation Desert Shield. The Iraqis were later driven out in Operation Desert Storm beginning the following January 16.
In 1991, In The Blood by London Beat was certified gold.
In 1991, Rick James and girlfriend Tanya Hijazi were arrested in Los Angeles and charged with sexually assaulting and torturing a woman.
In 1992, “Last Night” by Az Yet was released.
In 1994, “I’ll Make Love To You” by Boyz II Men was released.
In 1995, “Freek ‘n You” by Jodeci was certified gold.

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Apollonia Kotero, TV/Movie actress, R&B singer, 48
Natashia Williams, actress (Romeo!, She Spies), 29

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Progress toward success
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Freddie Bell
PO Box 390521
Minneapolis, MN 55439


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