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Solid Gold Soul

Oct. 29, 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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SNOOP DOGG PROCLAMATION RETRACTED

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Rapper Snoop Dogg and Exotic Erotic Ball founder Perry Mann were scheduled to receive proclamations from San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom on Friday (October 26th) in recognition of the 28th Annual Exotic Erotic Ball. Instead, the Mayor’s office has withdrawn the proclamation.

Allhiphop.com reports that the Mayor’s office was forced to withdraw the proclamations due to stricter rules on the issuing process, after Mayor Newsom unwittingly proclaimed February 23 “Colt Studio Day,” in honor of the 40th anniversary of a local gay porno studio.

A representative of Mayor’s office told The San Francisco Chronicle, “In the wake of the Colt Studios controversy, procedures were put in place to prevent this from becoming a chronic problem. In this case, the procedures worked and there was no proclamation issued.”

Exotic Erotic Ball producer Howard Mauskopf said, “All we can really do is roll our eyes. What you have here is a Mayor who I think means to do the right thing, but ended up getting fried in the national press. Instead of him standing up for the community, he kowtowed to the Bill O’Reilly’s of the world and instituted a stricter policy. So when it reached a final decision for this proclamation to be reviewed by this new committee, they felt it was too commercial because of the Ball’s sexual nature and Snoop’s past.”

NOTORIOUS B.I.G. STATUE UNVEILED

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On Thursday morning (October 25th), the Notorious B.I.G.’s statue was unveiled at Manhattan’s Madame Tussaud’s wax museum. MTV.com reports that the Brooklyn High School for the Arts choir sang Diddy’s hit “I’ll Be Missing You” while Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, and former manager, Wayne Barrow, posed for photos with the statue.

The life sized statue features the Notorious B.I.G. decked out in a white suit, white fedora topped with a cream ribbon, and matching shoes.

Ms. Wallace said, “Looking at the statue, I have a mixed feeling. A little sad, a little happy. It’s incredibly accurate. (But) I’m a little emotional, ’cause I feel that that statue over there looks very much like my son. I wish it was real; I wish it was breathing. As a mother, I’m extremely emotional. But at the same time I’m happy that Madame Tussaud’s has honored him and made a statue for the world to see.”

In related news, Barrow provided an update on the casting for the Notorious B.I.G. biopic. Sean Kingston and Beanie Sigel both auditioned for the role but according to Barrow the producers are looking for an unknown.

Barrow explained, “The representation of Christopher Wallace is very hard to find. It’s a combination of things. One is the element of the man — his heart condition, his swagger — and beyond that, you have to be able to act. You’re not coming in there to play this man; you’re coming in to portray him. It’s totally different. So you have to bring your own sensibility of who you are to the table and your own sense of swagger and put that on the big screen in the way that Christopher Wallace would.”


DON CHEADLE DRAWS ATTENTION TO DARFUR GENOCIDE

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Actor Don Cheadle has produced and appears in a documentary, Darfur Now, which focuses on the genocide in that region. Since his highly acclaimed appearance in Hotel Rwanda Cheadle has become active in drawing attention to unrest in Africa. Darfur Now follows Cheadle and other individuals — including locals, activists, and United Nations representatives — who gain exclusive access to the war-torn region in an attempt to bring justice to the people of Darfur who have been victimized by a government-backed militia. The film hits theaters on November 2nd.

Cheadle told MTV.com that rebels groups are fighting with each other, as well as with the government because they haven’t been paid. “It really is chaos, but fortunately the peace talks are scheduled to happen at the end of this month. And there are going to be 30,000 troops that have already been approved by the government of Sudan to come in and protect the people and try to find peace and, eventually, hopefully, justice for them.”

Cheadle noted that the conflict in Darfur is not racially or religiously driven. “I think now it’s sort of been fractured,” he said. “There are so many different factions attempting to amass some sort of power base before these troops move. It’s what leaders do when they want to maintain power. They fuel divisions that were already sort of nascent between peoples that identify with one group or another. They foster these conflicts and they divide them and point them against each other.”

As for media coverage, he says, “The media has often preoccupied itself with the most salacious (stories), but I don’t hear a great outcry for more insightful, introspective reporting on certain issues. So I guess we’re kind of going to get what we get.”

For more information on how to get involved in stopping the Darfur genocide, dial 1-800-GENOCIDE.

LOST LOOSING ITS’ STARS

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Lost star Daniel Dae Kim is now the third actor from the show to have been arrested for DUI in Hawaii, where the hit ABC series is filmed. Kim was booked at the Honolulu police station early Thursday (October 25th) morning and released on bail at 5:05 a.m. Kim’s former costars Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Watros were both busted for the same offense last year. Additionally, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who had a recurring role on Lost, was arrested for driving without a license in 2006 but the charges were later dropped.


BARACK OBAMA FACING CONTINUED CRITICISM FROM GAY RIGHTS GROUPS

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Presidential candidate and Illinois Senator Barack Obama is being roundly criticized by gay rights groups for scheduling a gospel concert on Sunday featuring gospel star Donnie McClurkin, who has made controversial statements about homosexuality. The Human Rights Campaign urged Obama to cancel McClurkin’s appearance at a special fundraising concert set for October 28th in Columbia, South Carolina.

Gay right activists say that McClurkin counsels followers that homosexuality is a curse that can be cured through prayer, an experience he went through himself. But in a recent Chicago Tribune interview, McClurkin said that his words had been misconstrued.

In the meantime, Obama has not canceled McClurkin’s appearance, but has added an openly gay minister, the Rev. Andy Sidden, to speak on the program.

Outcry against McClurkin’s appearance on Obama’s gospel tour has been going on all week. On Thursday, Obama aides noted that the candidate stands by a statement he made on Monday, which reads: “I have consistently spoken directly to African-American religious leaders about the need to overcome the homophobia that persists in some parts our community so that we can confront issues like HIV/AIDS and broaden the reach of equal rights in this country.”

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In 1911, gospel singer Mahalia Jackson is born.
In 1971, “Tired Of Being Alone” by Al Green is certified gold.
In 1974, “Then Came You” by Dionne Warwick & the Spinners peaks at Number One on the pop singles chart.
In 1977, “Telephone Man” by Meri Wilson is certified gold.
In 1978, “MacArthur Park” by Donna Summer is certified gold.
In 1985, “Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney Houston peaks at Number One on the pop singles chart.
In 1987, “Pump Up The Volume” by M/A/R/R/S is released.
In 1988, the 2 Hype album by Kid ‘N Play is released.
In 1989, the Control album by Janet Jackson is certified five times platinum.
In 1992, the Love Deluxe album by Sade is released.
In 1993, the All The Greatest Hits album by Zapp & Roger is released.
In 1993, the Sons Of Soul album by Tony! Toni! Tone! is certified platinum.
In 1994, “Tootsee Roll” by 69 Boyz is certified platinum.
In 1998, “How Deep Is Your Love” by Dru Hill is certified gold.
In 1999, the Get It On…Tonite album by Montell Jordan is released.

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William “Bootsy” Collins, singer-bassist, of Bootsy’s Rubber Band, Funkadelic, 56

Chaz Lamar Shepherd, actor (Division, Woman Thou Art Loosed), 30

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