Solid Gold Soul

January 8, 2008

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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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Rapper and actor Ice Cube is one of the stars of the new crime comedy, First Sunday, which hits theaters on Friday (January 11th). The film, which also stars Katt Williams, Tracy Morgan and Regina Hall, is about two criminals who attempt to rob a church. The rapper told, “The movie’s really funny … but it’s also making a social statement on what churches are to the community. If somebody would rob a church, evidently they don’t respect it for some reason. So that right there is speakin’ to a real issue that churches are dealing with today — apathy amongst young people, especially males, going to church.”

In addition to the movie, Ice Cube will be releasing a new album, Raw Footage, this summer. The first single from the project is “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It.” The rapper explained, “Gangsta rap usually talks about the good, the bad and the ugly of what really happens, every day, not no made-up stuff. Even the lyrics that are just more or less kind of comic book style are coming from a real place. We just kind of tell it like it is, so we get blamed. It’s like blaming the messenger, or blaming the mirror because you’re ugly. You’re gonna get nowhere doing that.”

As for the rest of the album, Ice Cube said, “It’s strictly for the mature, intelligent hip-hop fans who want it how they used to get it. I’m not really expecting no commercial success off this record at all. It’s dope lyrics, dope beats. No gimmicks, no bulls**t. Keepin’ it real.”



Singer, actress, rapper, producer, and commercial pitchwoman Queen Latifah has a lot on her plate these days. Her new film, Mad Money — with Diane Keaton and Katie Holmes — opens this month, and she has been named a pitchwoman for Jenny Craig. But she admits that one of her biggest thrills lately was getting veteran pop star Stevie Wonder to appear on her 2007 CD, Trav’lin’ Light. Wonder provides a harmonica solo on the moving tune “Georgia Rose,” and Latifah says that although the Motown legend isn’t singing on the track, his playing is just as distinctive. She explained: [=”I was thinking it would be cool to put a harmonica solo on it. And I was like, I wonder if Stevie would do it? And like literally Stevie was in the studio a week later, it was weird. It was like — he just came in and he just, ah … Stevie just has a sound, whether it’s his vocals, whether it’s his production, or whether it was him on an instrument. So, like, to have him on that was just amazing. It was just so cool, it was like a dream come true. ”



The drama surrounding James Brown’s estate continues. On Friday (January 4th), Circuit Judge Jack Early refused to remove himself from the case over objections from the late soul singer’s trustees that Early had forced them to resign from the trust. “I would never force anyone to do anything, that’s not me,” Early said.

Buddy Dallas and Alford Bradley, longtime financial advisers to Brown, resigned their posts as trustees in November. A few weeks later, the two claimed the judge had pressured them to resign and have sought to regain their control over the Brown estate.

Although an attorney for the trustees tried to retract the argument that the judge be removed, Early wouldn’t allow it and then ruled he would remain on board.

Meanwhile, Brown’s six adult children have claimed the money has been mismanaged by the two trustees. Investigators into the handling of the estate told the judge in September that another former trustee, David Cannon, may have misappropriated up to $7 million.

Dallas and Bradley have denied claims they violated Brown’s trust.



Dr. Creflo A. Dollar, the well sought after pastor, has released yet another book, “8 Steps to Create the Life You Want,” to help readers through life’s many challenges. The Best-Selling Author will be promoting that book with two book signings events in New Jersey and New York.

The first book signing will be on Friday, January 11th from 1 – 3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble #1884, 240 Route 22 West in Springfield, NJ (07081) and the second on Saturday, January 12th from 12 noon – 2 p.m. at Borders Books and Music #582, 2 Penn Plaza in New York, New York (10121).

Dollar often speaks at conferences and has built a library of his books, CDs, audiotapes, and videotapes that have worldwide distribution. Some of his works include The Anointing to Live, Understanding God’s Purpose for the Anointing, and The Divine Order of Faith. These particular works have been added to the curricula of Christian colleges across the U.S.

You can learn more about Pastor Creflo Dollar at

by Barack Obama


Barack Obama’s first book, Dreams from My Father, was a compelling and moving memoir focusing on personal issues of race, identity, and community.

With his second book The Audacity of Hope, Obama engages themes raised in his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, shares personal views on faith and values and offers a vision of the future that involves repairing a “political process that is broken” and restoring a government that has fallen out of touch with the people.



Andre 3000 of OutKast is expanding his film resume with a role in the upcoming Will Ferrell comedy, Semi-Pro. The outrageous New Line Cinema feature centers on a 1976 basketball team in the ABA, the league that rivaled the NBA. Benjamin first hit the big screen in 2005’s Be Cool, directed by F. Gary Gray, who saw the Atlanta artist’s potential after directing him in OutKast videos. Andre explained: “I’ve known Gary Gray since our first album, SouthernPlayalisticCadillacMuzik. And so the next time we met was on ‘Miss Jackson,’ he directed that video, and we were doing the shot and there was a closeup, and I was running around the house, trying to put pots and pans to fill up all the leaks in the ceiling. And the closeup, and I look up and the sun’s coming through or something. He was looking at the playback monitor and he said, ‘I think you’re gonna be good in film.'”

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In 1868, the Mississippi constitutional convention, with 17 blacks and 83 whites, met in Jackson.
In 1868, the Arkansas constitutional convention, with eight blacks and 43 whites, met in Little Rock.
In 1890, Inventor WB Purvis patented the fountain pen.
In 1891, Zora Neal Hurston was born. Hurston would become part of the great black literary movement of the 1920s and 1930s known as the Harlem Renaissance. Sadly, later in life Zora became destitute in her finances as well as her health. She died at the St. Lucie County Welfare home in 1960 and was buried in an unmarked grave. Novelist Alice Walker discovered Hurston’s grave and put a grave marker on the site in 1973. Some of Zora’s literary works are: Jonah’s Gourd Vine (1934), Mules And Men (1935), Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), Tell My Horse (1938), and Dust Tracks On A Road (1942).
In 1950, The James Weldon Johnson Collection opened at Yale University. It included the papers of Johnson, Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois, Richard Wright, Jean Toomer, Zora Neale Hurston, and many writers of the Harlem Renaissance.
In 1955, Marian Anderson made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera House as Alrica in Verdi’s Masked Ball. She was the first black singer in the company’s history.
In 1959, America recognized Fidel Castro as Cuba’s leader.
In 1963, Gary “U.S.” Bonds sued Chubby Checker for plagiarism, claiming that Chubby’s “Dancing Party” sounded too much like Gary’s 1961 hit “Quarter To Three.” The suit was eventually settled out of court.
In 1982, Fame, a television show about a high school filled with artistic students, debuted on NBC.
In 1986, white teens in Howard Beach, New York, chased Michael Griffith, an African-American youth, onto a freeway where he was hit by a motorist. Griffith died from his injuries, setting off a wave of protests and racial tensions in New York City.
In 1994, Rick James was sentenced to more than five years in prison after being convicted in the 1992 beating of a woman at a Hollywood hotel.
In 1997, Producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds received 12 Grammy nominations, tying Michael Jackson for the most nominations in a single year.
In 1999, President Bill Clinton was brought up on perjury and obstruction of justice charges in the Senate after the House Of Representatives voted to impeach him.
In 2002, Shirley Franklin was sworn in as the first African-American mayor of Atlanta, and the only African-American female mayor of a major American city.

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Doug E. Doug, comedian and actor (Cosby), 38

Earl “Wya” Lindo, member of Bob Marley & the Wailers, 55

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Minneapolis, MN 55439