Solid Gold Soul

December 28, 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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Singer R. Kelly is back on the road to complete dates on his Double Up tour after the judge in his child pornography trial decided not to revoke his bond last Friday.

Cook County Circuit Judge Vincent Gaughan had issued a bench warrant for Kelly’s arrest when he failed to show at a hearing last Wednesday and threatened to restrict Kelly to the state of Illinois. When the singer turned up in court Thursday and Friday with an apology and an explanation, he was allowed to return to the tour.

Gaughan did order Kelly to cancel a January 13th date in Hampton, Virginia, to ensure that the star will appear in Chicago for a January 14th hearing.

In addition, Gaughan set the official start date for Kelly’s trial as May 9th. The case has been pending for more than five years.

In related news, a woman who snapped pictures of Kelly with her cellphone during his Thursday court appearance was sentenced to five days in jail and her phone ordered destroyed.

Jean Johnson, 49, was in the Cook County courthouse to face probation violations when she snapped the pictures of the Grammy winning star. Cameras are not allowed in the courtrooms.



Hip hop mogul Jay-Z has stepped down as the president and CEO of Def Jam Records after three years on the job. The rapper was in negotiations to renew his deal but his asking price may have been too high. The Associated Press reports that the rapper said, “It’s time for me to take on new challenges.”

Jay-Z still owes the label at least one more album under his current recording contract. The rapper was rumored to have been in talks with Sony Music.

During his tenure, Jay-Z helped to break several acts including Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Rihanna, and Ne-Yo. He also helped to lure artists such as Nas, Jadakiss, and the Roots to the label.

Kanye West had tremendous success for Roc-A-Fella Records but Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel, and Freeway failed to catch on with fans.

Def Jam’s hardcore artists also saw a sales decline during Jay-Z’s tenure such as Method Man, Redman, and Ghostface Killah.



Will Smith is slamming a Scottish paper, accusing one of its reporters for misinterpreting a comment he made about Adolf Hitler in a recent interview. According to the Associated Press, in a story published Saturday (December 22nd) in the Daily Record, Smith was quoted saying: “Even Hitler didn’t wake up going, ‘let me do the most evil thing I can do today.’ I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was ‘good.'”

The reporter set up the quote with the observation: “Remarkably, Will believes everyone is basically good.”

Smith called it “an awful and disgusting lie,” and says through his rep said he is “incensed and infuriated to have to respond to such a ludicrous misinterpretation. Adolf Hitler was a vile, heinous vicious killer responsible for one of the greatest acts of evil committed on his planet.”

Smith stars in the new film I am Legend.


brandy-1207.jpg is reporting that the delay in deciding whether vehicular manslaughter charges should be filed against Brandy for her car accident last year is due to uncertainty over whether the singer was actually at fault. A CHP source tells the Web site that the woman who died in the accident struck the vehicle in front of her before Brandy made any contact. The law enforcement source says Awatef Aboudihaj, the woman who died, rear-ended the car in front of her — which was going 65 mph, and then slammed on the brakes. The sudden stop caused Brandy to hit the dead woman’s car, according to the source. TMZ also learned from L.A. County Coroner spokesperson Captain Ed Winter that toxicology reports show Aboudihaj had “slight traces” of marijuana in her system at the time of the crash. The L.A. City Attorney has until the end of the business day on Friday to decide whether to file criminal charges against Brandy — that’s when the one-year statute of limitations runs out.



Susan L. Taylor, the current editorial director of Essence magazine, will leave the publication next month to focus more attention on building her Essence Cares mentoring program, reports Richard Prince’s Journal-isms column. Those who attempt to contact Taylor by e-mail are told: “I am taking a break in South Africa and will have little access to email. When I come back to the States in mid-January, I will be leaving Essence to do what at this juncture in my life has become a larger work for me —building the National Cares Mentoring Movement, which I founded as Essence Cares and today is my deepest passion. “With mentoring I see light shining at the end of a long dark tunnel. There is a chance that if I devote more time and space in my life to learning and working with the growing number of community leaders throughout the nation who are organizing local Cares mentoring efforts, such a movement will succeed in doing what political will and public policy have not done: give our children in peril a chance to develop the extraordinary in themselves.” Taylor moved from the part-time position of free-lance beauty editor in 1970, to the full-time staff position of fashion and beauty editor, and eventually became editor-in-chief, in 1981. Six years ago, she was promoted to editorial director. Her Essence Cares mentoring program is a partnership with the National Urban League, 100 Black Men of America, the Links, Inc., and the YWCA.

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In 1799, George Washington was eulogized 12 days after his death by Colonel Henry Lee as “first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”
In 1908, Jack Johnson became the first African American to win the world heavyweight title when he knocked out Canadian Tommy Burns in the 14th round in a championship bout held in Australia.
In 1944, Tennessee Williams’ play The Glass Menagerie had its first public performance, at the Civic Theatre in Chicago.
In 1966, the first Kwanzaa was celebrated in Los Angeles under the direction of Dr. Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University at Long Beach. The seven-day holiday, which has African roots, was designed by Karenga as a celebration of African-American family, community, and culture.
In 1982, Time magazine named a non-human as Man of the Year for the first time. “The Computer” got the title as 1982’s “greatest influence for good or evil.”
In 1960, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles performed Motown’s first million seller, “Shop Around” on American Bandstand.
In 1960, Ray Charles records “One Mint Julep” at Van Gelder Studios in Hackensack, NJ. This instrumental single would hit Number 1 R&B and Top 10 on the pop charts.
In 1964, 40 years ago, The Supremes made their first of 15 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, singing “Baby Love” and “Come See About Me”.
In 1969, “Friendship Train” by Gladys Knight & The Pips peaked at Number 17 on the pop singles chart.
In 1969, “Someday We’ll Be Together” by Diana Ross & The Supremes peaked at Number One on the pop singles chart and is Diana Ross’s farewell song to Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong, as she moves on to solo stardom.
In 1974, 30 years ago, Rufusized album by Rufus was certified gold.
In 1975, “I Want To Dance With You (Dance With Me)” by The Ritchie Family peaked at Number 84 on the pop singles chart.
In 1975, “Let’s Do It Again” by Staple Singers peaked at Number 1 on the pop singles chart.
In 1975, “Part Time Love” by Gladys Knight & The Pips peaked at Number 22 on the pop singles chart.
In 1978, C’est Chic album by Chic was certified platinum.
In 1983, “Hello” single by Lionel Richie was released.
In 1983, “Somebody’s Watching Me” single by Rockwell was released.
In 1983, Stay With Me Tonight album by Jeffrey Osborne was certified gold.
In 1986, “Love You Down” by Ready For The World entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1986, “Love Is Forever” by Billy Ocean peaked at Number 16 on the pop singles chart.

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Kendra C. Johnson, actress (The Game), 31
Jarrett Payton, son of late football great Walter Payton, 27
Ozzie Smith, MLB Hall of Famer, 53
John Amos, Good Times (James Evans) and Roots, 68
Daron Jones, producer and former member of 112, 31
Theresa Randle, actress (Girl 6, Bad Boys I & II, Malcolm X), 43

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Be your best self today.
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Minneapolis, MN 55439