Solid Gold Soul

December 14, 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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Legendary R&B pioneer Ike Turner died December 12th at his home in San Marcos, California, at age 76. The Associated Press reported that a cause of death had yet to be announced. In the last decades of his life, Turner was more notorious for abusing his former wife and musical partner Tina Turner than for his musical career.

Tina Turner’s press representative issued the following statement to “Tina is aware that Ike passed away earlier today. She has not had any contact with him in 35 years. No further comment will be made.”



Federal authorities subpoenaed financial records and employees in an apparent probe of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s 2004 presidential bid, nonprofit civil rights group and for-profit businesses, newspapers reported Thursday. As many as 10 Sharpton associates were subpoenaed Wednesday to testify before a federal grand jury in Brooklyn on Dec. 26, his lawyer told the Daily News. “Here we go again,” Sharpton, whose various ventures have come under scrutiny before, told the New York Post. “Whatever it is, it’s part of the territory. I’m a public figure.” Sharpton’s associates were told to provide investigators with financial records from the campaign and roughly six Sharpton-related businesses, as well as personal financial documents of Sharpton and his wife, the newspaper said. The FBI and Internal Revenue Service are seeking the records, which go back to 2001, according to the Daily News. A Sharpton spokeswoman did not immediately return phone calls or e-mail messages from The Associated Press early Thursday. An FBI agent who answered the phone at the agency’s New York headquarters declined to comment, and an agency spokesman did not immediately return a telephone message. An IRS spokesman did not immediately return phone calls. “It was like a sting or a raid,” said Carl Redding, Sharpton’s chief of staff for eight years during the 1990s. “They converged on everybody.”

Redding said FBI agents awoke him at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday with a subpoena to testify and to bring records to the grand jury, but would not tell him the reason for the investigation. Several staffers from the National Action Network, a Sharpton-led civil rights organization, also got subpoenas to testify, said Sharpton lawyer Michael Hardy. Sharpton himself did not receive a subpoena, the Daily News said. Sharpton spokesman Charlie King said the minister and the National Action Network were cooperating with the probe. He said he had “zero idea, not a hint” what the authorities were looking for. “The irony of this is we’ve been working with a number of government agencies to make sure that we’re up to speed on all of our outstanding paperwork,” he said. Hardy was sanguine about the developments. “I can’t think of a time when the Rev. Sharpton wasn’t under investigation,” he said. Sharpton agreed in 2005 to repay the government $100,000, plus interest, for taxpayer money he received during his failed effort to win the Democratic presidential nomination the year before, though he denied wrongdoing.

The Federal Election Commission had determined that he spent more of his own money on the campaign than the qualifications for federal matching funds allow. In 1993, Sharpton pleaded guilty to not filing a state income tax return in 1986.



NFL Great, Jerry Rice, and his wife Jacqueline have called it quits. According to the local media in Frisco:

Looks like 49ers great Jerry Rice may be about to jump from TV’s “Dancing With the Stars” to “The Bachelor.”

Records on file in San Mateo County family court show that the ex-wide receiver’s wife, Jacqueline Rice, filed for dissolution of the couple’s marriage back in June, and they are due back in court in mid-January. Meanwhile, their Atherton estate is listed for sale for a reported $22 million.



Last week rapper Bow Wow canceled several shows and he was briefly hospitalized for what his label, Sony Music, referred to as “stress and exhaustion.” Later a statement was releasing blaming Bow Wow’s fainting on an appendix infection. This week Bow Wow came clean and shared what exactly transpired.

The rapper told, “I got stitches in my finger. It ain’t nothing, man. Stress? Yeah, of course, that’s normal. But right now, no, I’m not (exhausted). I just went to the hospital for medical issues. I fainted, fell out. Hopefully everything will get right. I’m taking my medication, everything is gonna be cool. We’ll see if I have to have surgery as of right now, (but) I’m feeling fine. I’ll probably wind up getting further tested after the tour wraps up. I don’t want to get surgery right now if that’s not (necessary).”

The rapper continued, “The official medical reason is I lost a lot of blood in my hand. I hit something and cut my hand. It would not stop bleeding. I lost a lot of blood, went onstage, put out a lot of energy, came off, got light-headed. I fainted, went to the hospital, threw up and then they told me my white blood cells were higher than what they’re supposed to be. They were looking at my appendix. I’ve always had stomach issues. I’ve always had stomach problems. But like I said, we’re gonna see if it’s that serious that I have to take that surgery. If that’s what I gotta do, that’s what I gotta do. The appendix is a life- threatening thing.”



Digital sales of Mariah Carey’s 1994 holiday single “All I Want For Christmas Is You” have reportedly landed it at Number Eight on the sales charts this week. The track also did well last holiday season. The song first appeared on Carey’s holiday album Merry Christmas, which was re-issued in an expanded CD/DVD format in 2005.



R&B singer Ray J will release his next album, All I Feel, through a new deal between his Knockout Entertainment, Koch Records, and Shaquille O’Neal’s DEJA 34 entertainment company. reports that DJ Kay Slay will A&R the project which will feature guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, Lil’ Wayne, and The Game. Ray J said, “I feel great about bringing Knockout Entertainment to Koch. I enjoy making great music and I believe in working very hard. I’m excited to be with a team who believes in me and my ideas.”



A new Janet Jackson song, a dance track called “Feedback,” has been leaked at the gossip website Jackson has set an “early 2008” release date for her next album, which is still untitled. Also, Universal Music Japan has started a website that will reportedly sell a new Janet Jackson single for digital download starting this Saturday (December 15th). The new album is scheduled for release in Japan on January 20th.



Fantasia is currently starring in Oprah Winfrey’s production of the music The Color Purple on Broadway, but some audiences wouldn’t even know it. According to, the American Idol champ has missed about 50 performances since starting the gig seven months ago. This is reportedly having an impact on the success of the show — when the star of a Broadway show is absent, attendees are usually allowed to either exchange the tickets for another day or get a refund. Producers say they’ve had to return tens of thousands of dollars because of her absences. Sources say Fantasia’s out a lot because “she’s simply not up to the grueling Broadway schedule.”



Will Smith’s latest movie I Am Legend opens Friday, December 14th, and movie insiders are already predicting the film will be a smash success at the box office. But while Americans flock to the theaters to see the post-apocalypse themed movie, Smith and his family have different Christmas holiday plans. Smith told us that his wife Jada Pinkett Smith is set on having their family spend the holiday anywhere there is snow: “We like to go to snow, and by ‘we’ I mean Jada, likes to go to snow. I’d much rather be in Jamaica. But Jada has wonderful childhood memories of snow so we try to find wherever there’s the most snow. And she actually spends weeks on line figuring out where the most snow is and that’s where we end up going.”



Although the writers strike is still going strong after talks collapsed last Friday (December 7th), it will not affect the upcoming Screen Actors Guild awards, because the union received a waiver from the Writers Guild of America on Tuesday (December 11th). According to Reuters, SAG will be permitted to hire a WGA writer for its 14th annual awards show, to be held at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles on January 27th and simulcast on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET.

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In 1971,”Rock Steady” by Aretha Franklin is certified gold.
In 1972, “I’m Stone In Love With You” by the Stylistics is certified gold.
In 1972, The World Is A Ghetto album by War is certified gold.
In 1978, the Cruisin’ album by the Village People is certified platinum.
In 1978, the Motor-Booty Affair album by Parliament is certified gold.
In 1981, the Raise! album by Earth, Wind & Fire is certified platinum.
In 1984, the I Feel For You album by Chaka Khan is certified gold.
In 1989, “Pump Up The Jam” by Technotronic is certified gold and platinum.
In 1994, the Gonna Make You Sweat album by C & C Music Factory is certified five times platinum.
In 1994, the MTV Unplugged EP by Mariah Carey is certified triple platinum.
In 1994, the The Icon Is Love album by Barry White is certified gold and platinum.
In 1995, the My Life album by Mary J. Blige is certified triple platinum.
In 2002, Nas releases the album God’s Son.
In 2003, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured near his home town of Tikrit.

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Morris Day, singer, Morris Day & the Time, “Jungle Love”, 50

Rusty Cundieff, actor and director, Sprung, Tales From The Hood, Fear Of A Black Hat, 47

Jamie Foxx, actor-comedian, Ray, The Jamie Foxx Show, Any Given Sunday, Ali, 40

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