Solid Gold Soul

Oct.19, 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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The Temptations say that their new album of R&B covers isn’t trying to top the originals, but merely serve as a tribute to their favorite songs. The new set called Back To Front will be released on October 23rd, and already the album’s lead single, a cover of the Bee Gees’ Number One hit “How Deep Is Your Love,” is receiving positive notices.

Plus, Stevie Wonder will head back on the road for a series of dates starting on October 25th in Montreal.



Damon Wayans, who starred for five seasons on the ABC comedy series “My Wife & Kids,” will return to the network as the lead actor in another family sitcom. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the as-yet-untitled show will be a bit edgier than “Wife” and star the comic as a recent widower who has to take in the 19-year-old stepson he never knew. The project is ABC’s second family comedy in development starring a black comedian after the sitcom deal with Cedric the Entertainer, who begins production on his show next week. Wayans’ project attracted interest from several networks before landing at ABC with a script commitment. Like “Wife,” it will be written and executive produced by Wayans and Don Reo. Both had been looking to collaborate on a new project since “Wife” was cancelled in April 2005.



Comic actress Sherri Shepherd, recently confirmed as a co-host of The View, is in talks to develop a half-hour comedy for The CW that’s loosely based on her own life experiences. The untitled series will revolve around a married woman who discovers her husband has been cheating on her and has an illegitimate child. She agrees to let the child and her mother move in with the family, according to Variety. The scenario is taken from Shepherd’s own marital difficulties, which included discovering that her husband had fathered a child out of wedlock. Shepherd has spoken openly about the situation on The View. Shepherd will star and produce the sitcom with ABC Studios-based producers Nina Wass and Gene Stein. Will & Grace writer Dave Flebotte is set to script the project.



Singer Whitney Houston is profiled in a new special edition of Biography, on the Bio Channel. The program looks at the life of the internationally renowned pop star, including her success via recordings, concerts, and film, and her private life and struggles. The program looks at her marriage to entertainer Bobby Brown in 1992, their tumultuous relationship and rampant rumors of drug abuse, and her subsequent divorce and road to a revived image and career.

In this clip from Biography: Whitney Houston, Entertainment Weekly staff writer Margeaux Watson discusses Whitney Houston’s famous pedigree: “I think Whitney Houston grew up with a lot of pressure to follow in the footsteps of her mom, Cissy, who was a hugely famous gospel singer. Dionne Warwick was her cousin and then Aretha Franklin was her godmother. It’s like, with that pedigree you kind of have to stand up and deliver.”

In another clip, Whitney’s infamous denial of being a crack user is examined:(narrator) “In 2002, Whitney appeared on Primetime with Diane Sawyer and discussed alcohol, drug, and marital issues. She basically admitted to taking an assortment of drugs, including cocaine and pills.” (Julie Dam of People magazine) “This is famously when she told Diane Sawyer that ‘crack is wack,’ and she would never take crack cocaine ’cause she’s too wealthy for that.”



Rapper C-Murder, whose real name is Corey Miller, will get a second chance to prove his innocence in February. reports that Judge Martha Sassone set a trial date of February 11th for the rapper’s second degree murder trial. If found guilty, C-Murder faces a mandatory life sentence.

C-Murder is facing murder charges for allegedly shooting and killing 16-year-old Steve Thomas at a nightclub in 2002. The rapper was initially found guilty and sentenced to life 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. The rapper allegedly attempted to shoot a club owner and bouncer after they wouldn’t let him into their club. His gun jammed twice before he fled the scene.

The rapper’s brother, Master P, shared his thoughts on his brother getting a second chance after C-Murder’s original conviction was overturned. He said: “Yeah, he’s out of jail and, you know, man, that just goes to show you, man, sometimes you got to have faith. You know, we got a lot of innocent people in jail right now. So, you know, this is definitely a great opportunity for our family and C to prove his innocence there.”



Rapper Nas is taking some heat after announcing that he plans to title his new album N***a. The rapper wanted to use the title for his last album but he decided to title it Hip Hop Is Dead, instead. reports that Nas’ label Def Jam Records isn’t pleased with the rapper’s decision. A source close to Island Def Jam president Antonio “LA” Reid told FOX News, “There is no album released by Nas on the release schedule at this point. And they would be unlikely to release an album with that title. How would that look at Wal-Mart?”

Reverend Jesse Jackson shared his thoughts on the proposed album title. He said, “The title using the ‘N’ word is morally offensive and socially distasteful. Nas has the right to degrade and denigrate in the name of free speech, but there is no honor in it. Radio and television stations have no obligation to play it and self-respecting people have no obligation to buy it. I wish he would use his talents to lift up and inspire, not degrade, making a mockery of racism.”

NAACP spokesman Richard McIntire also chimed in. He said, “We will not support and we will not continually be assailed by other individuals who want to use that type of term in our presence. This has gone on long enough.”

Interestingly enough, Don Imus’ camp also offered an opinion on the album title. Imus’ lawyer, Martin Garbus, wrote in an email, “It’s a good thing. Words like that should be deprived of their meanings, and then they can’t hurt.”

In related news, Nas will release a Greatest Hits album on November 6th.



Media mogul Oprah Winfrey reveals that she has been struggling with a thyroid condition since the spring that has caused fatigue and weight gain. The 53-year-old talk show host comes clean about her health problems in the October issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, and also mentioned the condition on Monday’s (October 15th) broadcast.

Winfrey explained that she was feeling sluggish at the end of her talk show season back in May. The diagnosis: an out-of-balance thyroid. “My body was turning on me,” she says in O. “First hyperthyroidism, which sped up my metabolism and left me unable to sleep for days. (Most people lose weight. I didn’t.)”

“Then hypothyroidism, which slowed down my metabolism and made me want to sleep all the time. (Most people gain weight. I did! Twenty pounds!)” she added.

While hyperthyroidism can cause a fast heartbeat, among other symptoms, hypothyroidism, the opposite condition, can result in fatigue and weakness. Winfrey says she was so exhausted and stressed that she took a month off to regain her health in Hawaii.

Winfrey also referenced the thyroid condition on Monday’s program on women’s health issues featuring physician and author Dr. Christiane Northrup. “It’s an issue we all share in common,” she noted.



Singer, songwriter, and producer John Legend is sharing the wealth. The multiple Grammy winner plans to launch his HomeSchool label through Atlantic with the February 12th release of the debut CD by signee Estelle. The singer’s album will be titled Shine, and will feature the production talents of Wyclef Jean, Swizz Beats, Mark Ronson, and Will.I.Am. as well as Legend himself. The project also features guest appearances by Kanye West and Cee-Lo.

Estelle, a British singer, rapper, and songwriter, will release a first single titled “Wait A Minute (Just A Touch).”

Legend is currently working on songs for his next solo CD. Recently, he noted that many of the songs on his current set Once Again explore indecision and uncertainty, including the tune “Heaven Only Knows.” He explained: “The lyrics are about a couple that are just trying to recapture the magic, you know, that they had originally, but kinda reconciling and getting through a rough patch they’re going through as a couple, and they don’t know how they’re going to do it exactly, they’re still uncertain about it. Which a lot of my songs are about kinda that uncertainty, whatever, whether it’s dating relationships or your relationship with God. A lot of my songs are about uncertainty.”

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In 1953, Willie Thrower becomes the first black NFL quarterback.
In 1968, American runner Lee Evans wins the 400-meter dash at the Mexico City Olympic Games in a world record time of 43.8 seconds. Evans wears black socks to protest the dismissal of Tommie Smith and John Carlos from the U.S. Olympic squad for having given “Black Power” salutes on their victory stands after being first and third in the 200-meter dash.
In 1969, Diana Ross & the Supremes host an episode of the TV show Hollywood Palace, with guests including Sammy Davis, Jr. and the Jackson Five, who are billed as “Diana’s proteges.”
In 1969, Lou Alcindor makes his NBA debut with the Milwaukee Bucks, with 29 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, and three blocked shots in a 119-110 win. He goes on to change his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and retires as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.
In 1972, Lady Sings The Blues, starring Diana Ross, opens.
In 1973, “Midnight Train To Georgia” by Gladys Knight & the Pips is certified gold.
In 1988, the Introducing The Hardline Live video by Terence Trent D’Arby is certified gold.
In 1989, the Heaven album by BeBe & CeCe Winans is certified gold.
In 1991, a November 8th fight between Mike Tyson and heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield is postponed because of a rib injury Tyson sustains while training.
In 1993, a Los Angeles jury acquits two African-American defendants of most charges in the beating of white truck driver Reginald Denny during the 1992 riots.
In 1994, the Changing Faces album by Changing Faces is certified gold.
In 1994, the Come album by Prince is certified gold.
In 1996, the Christmas Interpretations album by Boyz II Men is certified double platinum.
In 1996, the Every Motown Hit album by Marvin Gaye is certified gold and platinum.
In 2002, Faitamai Taunuu is fatally stabbed outside the Coors Amphitheater in Chula Vista, California, following a concert by Nelly and the Cash Money Millionaires.

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Baby Bash, rapper, 32

Chuck Berry, Guitarist, 81

Wynton Marsalis, Trumpeter, 46

Terry McMillan, Author, 56

Ne-Yo, R&B singer, 25

Thomas “Tommy The Hit Man” Hearns, boxer, 49

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Don’t give up on your dream.
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