Solid Gold Soul

December 31, 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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As previously reported, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office has decided not to charge Brandy with vehicular manslaughter for the Dec. 2006 freeway accident that killed a motorist. Responding to the news, her attorney, Blair Berk, released the following statement to “We are extremely pleased that after a more thorough and extensive investigation by authorities, the Los Angeles City Attorney has determined that Brandy Norwood should not be charged with any crime whatsoever relating to the accident back in 2006.” She continued, “These past 12 months have posed an extraordinary hardship for Brandy and her family, who have been unfairly forced to live under a cloud of suspicion initially caused by the ill-advised and premature press release sent out by the California Highway Patrol accusing Brandy of wrongdoing before the police investigation was even finished. However, Brandy continues to be mindful that she was so fortunate to be uninjured in this accident and there was a life lost that should be remembered.”



Big League Productions, the company that books Broadway musicals for touring throughout the world, is launching a traveling revival of the Tony-winning revue “Ain’t Misbehavin” with headliners Ruben Studdard and Frenchie Davis, reports Playbill News.
According to the official Big League Web site, Richard Maltby, Jr. — who wrote and staged the original 1978 production of the Fats Waller revue — will direct the tour as well. The original Broadway production made a star out of its leading lady, the late Nell Carter, and featured such Fats Waller tunes as “Mean to Me,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Black and Blue” and the title tune. The musical won Tonys for Best Musical, Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Carter) and Best Direction of a Musical (Maltby, Jr.). The national tour is scheduled for 2008-09, although specific dates have yet to be announced. Since winning the “American Idol” crown in 2003, Studdard has recorded four albums: “Soulful,” “Flying Without Wings,” “I Need an Angel” and “The Return.” His fifth CD, according to a biography on the Big League Production website, is scheduled to arrive in 2008. Frenchie Davis, who was recently seen in Mahalia–A Gospel Musical, made her Broadway debut in Rent. She played Effie in a regional tour of Dreamgirls, and she has also performed in professional productions of Little Shop of Horrors and Jesus Christ Superstar in Germany.



The red tape that has snarled James Brown’s estate gets even thicker this week as five of the entertainer’s children are challenging the will, which leaves most of the late singer’s money to trusts set up to educate Brown’s grandchildren and needy kids. In the challenge filed in South Carolina’s Aiken County Probate Court, the kids claim that the will should be invalidated because Brown’s former advisers – Buddy Dallas, Alford Bradley and David Cannon – used undue influence to get him to create charitable trusts that the advisers would profit from. The children were largely left out of the financial portion of the will, but Atlanta attorney Louis Levenson said the children discovered earlier wills drafted by their father that cast doubt on whether he truly wanted to leave the bulk of his estate to charity. “There was sporadic indication that Mr. Brown intended to benefit some charities, but the circumstances surrounding the making of these documents have always been clouded in mystery,” Levenson said. Dallas denied the allegations and called attempts to void the will “an act of desperation.” “No one told James Brown what to do,” Dallas said, adding that if he were going to use his influence to benefit himself, “I would have just influenced him into giving me something.” The Brown children challenging the will are Deanna Brown Thomas, Venisha Brown, Daryl Brown, Yamma Brown Lumar and Larry Brown. A sixth child named in Brown’s will, Terry Brown, has hired a different attorney. Also, one grandchild whose tuition would be paid for by the trusts has accused his relatives of trying to break the charities to get the money.



The New York Post’s Page Six is reporting that Kwame Jackson, the runner-up on NBC’s first season of “The Apprentice,” is about to lose his triplex condo in Harlem. According to documents filed with the city, a lien has been placed on Jackson’s West 123rd Street apartment for nonpayment of common charges of more than $12,000, dating back to April 2006. “We’ve had a few payments in the past,” the building’s lawyer, Lisa Breier Urban told The Post’s Braden Keil, “but nothing has come in for the last eight months.” Jackson, one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.

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In 1955, Drifters singer Clyde McPhatter’s first solo hit, “Seven Days,” enters the R&B chart. It will peak at Number Three and go on to Number 44 on the pop chart next year.”
In 1968, “For Once In My Life” by Stevie Wonder peaked at Number Two on the pop singles chart.
In 1969, “Temptations Day” was declared in Detroit.
In 1974, “Fire” by Ohio Players entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1974, “Get Dancin'” by Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1974, “Funky President (People It’s Bad)” by James Brown peaked at Number 44 on the pop singles chart.
In 1976, “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” single by Leo Sayer was certified gold.
In 1981, Something Special album by Kool & The Gang was certified platinum.
In 1983, the Making Michael Jackson’s Thriller video was certified gold and platinum.
In 1985, “How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1985, “Emergency” by Kool & The Gang peaked at Number 18 on the pop singles chart.
In 1985, “I Miss You” by Klymaxx peaked at Number Five on the pop singles chart.
In 1985, “Party All The Time” by Eddie Murphy peaked at Number Two on the pop singles chart.
In 1989, “It Takes Two” single by Rob Base & D.J. E-Z Rock was certified platinum.
In 1994, “Creep” single by TLC was certified gold.
In 2001, Frankie Gaye, younger brother of Marvin Gaye, dies of complications following a heart attack. He is 60. Frankie’s combat experiences during the Vietnam War are said to have greatly influenced his older brother’s legendary album What’s Going On.

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Jae Hood, former member of D-Block, 22
John Legend, R&B singer, 29
Louis McCall, member of ConFunKShun, 56
Mauricio Mendoza, actor (Blow & Resurrection), 38
Denzel Washington, actor (Training Day, John Q, Antwone Fisher), 53
Martha Wash, disco singer, 54

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Change your thoughts and you change your world
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PO Box 390521
Minneapolis, MN 55439