Solid Gold Soul

January 21, 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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What a mess! Why didn’t they continue living together?!?! The marriage between actor Eddie Murphy and entertainment executive Tracey Edmonds is reportedly over. The couple, wed on New Year’s Day on the beach in Bora Bora, have separated without plans for a reconciliation, according to a report Wednesday (January 16th). The couple released a joint statement late in the day, confirming the split.

“After much consideration and discussion, we have jointly decided that we will forego having a legal ceremony as it is not necessary to define our relationship further. While the recent symbolic union in Bora Bora was representative of our deep love, friendship and respect that we have for one another on a spiritual level, we have decided to remain friends,” the statement said.

According to the magazine, the pair canceled their union just 14 days after trading vows on the picturesque French Polynesian isle in front of 25 family members and close friends. The breakup came after a less-than-idyllic honeymoon, in which the two engaged in “screaming matches and arguments that lasted the entire week.”

Rumors of the Murphy-Edmonds split surfaced as early as last week.

Immediately after the private ceremony, media watchers noted that the wedding was not legally binding, as neither the 46-year-old funnyman nor his 40-year-old bride were residents of Bora Bora. Reps had promised that Murphy and Edmonds would follow-up with a legal stateside vow swap. That event is now scrapped.

Murphy and Edmonds became engaged in July 2007, and the hook-up was the second time to the altar for both.

Murphy was married to Nicole Mitchell for 12 years and had five children with her before their split in 2006. He was briefly engaged to Spice Girl Melanie Brown, who gave birth to a baby proven to be his child last April.

Edmonds was married to Grammy winning singer and songwriter Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, with whom she had two sons and launched Edmonds Entertainment, which she still heads. The pair announced their divorce in late 2006 after 13 years of marriage.



“KINGS & QUEENS: Message Music From The Movement” CD (Exclusively At BEST BUY) by The Grammy Award-Winning Sounds of Blackness, has been nominated For two NAACP Image Awards in the categories of ‘Outstanding Group Or Duo’ & ‘Outstanding Gospel Artist’. If you see Gary Hines, be sure to extend a hearty congratulations.



Rapper Foxy Brown has been behind bars since last August after violating the terms of her probation. The rapper is now seeking an early release and has written a letter as part of an appeal to the New York State Supreme Court. Reuters reports that Brown alluded to an ear condition in the letter (the rapper suffered some hearing loss in 2005 and went under knife in 2006 to rectify the problem).

In the handwritten four page letter, Brown said, “I ask you to please take into consideration that my health is in jeopardy. Yes, I’ve made some bad choices and stupid mistakes. But please understand that sitting in a prison with murderers and criminals is not rehabilitating or what I need to deal with my inner issues.”

The rapper added, “Up until now, you’ve only heard about Foxy Brown the artist. I’d like to show you Inga Marchand the beautiful person that my mom raised me to be. Jail has shaken me to my core, and my time away has impacted me greatly.”

Brown’s lawyer, Laura Dilimetin, also pointed to the rapper’s hearing condition and the electronic device that was inserted into her right ear. Dilimetin explained, “If her hearing is damaged any further, it will affect the way she hears and it will affect the way she sings. It will have dire consequences on her ability to maintain her profession and livelihood.”

Brown was jailed after violating the terms of her probation several times. The rapper was found guilty of assaulting two manicurists in 2004.



Beyonce has made yet another strategic merchandise deal to highlight her music as well as her House Of Dereon clothing line. The singer has partnered with Starwave Mobile to launch a mobile phone called Beyonce Fashion Diva. In addition to making calls with it, owners can play a mobile game with an online social networking component “which immerses players in a world of self-expression, confidence and style.”

The phone allows players to create a personal video Diva utilizing clothes, shoes, and accessories from the Dereon line, as well as hairstyles and facial features. The Diva can then enter virtual photo shoots and participate in other online activities in competition with other online players and earn virtual currency and other online perks.

Owners of the phone can also get clips of popular Beyonce songs from her B’Day CD.

“I love fashion and used to spend hours playing ‘dress up’ when I was a young girl,” Beyonce explained of the phone’s fashion twist. “As an adult, I still enjoy getting dressed up for my appearances. I believe our customers truly enjoy fashion as well and this mobile game is so much fun to play; it allows everyone to be a Fashion Diva.”

Beyonce is one of this year’s Grammy Award nominees whose film career may prevent her from showing up at next month’s ceremonies if the striking Hollywood writers fail to grant a pass to the Recording Academy. The writers’ strike has already affected the Golden Globes and other televised awards presentations.



As concerns mount about whether the Recording Academy can secure a waiver from the striking Writers Guild of America to stage their 50th anniversary Grammy Awards telecast, some recording artists who also have film and television careers are faced with the prospect of staying home. But Mathew Knowles, manager and father of superstar nominee Beyonce, says his clients will be there front and center.

In a message to the Recording Academy on Thursday, the Music World Entertainment mogul wrote: “The work of The Recording Academy is vital to the music industry, and we have every intention of being with the entire music community to celebrate the Grammys’ 50th birthday in February.

Knowles continued: “Beyonce, as well as my other artists Solange and Trinitee 5:7, have been asked to participate and will do so. We have an incredible Beyonce performance that will be announced soon. We wish the Grammys the best.”

Rock group the Foo Fighters, whose Grammy performance will include an appearance by an unknown artist voted onto the stage through the online My Grammy Moment contest, also pledged to attend the awards.

The 50th annual Grammy Awards are scheduled for February 10th at Staples Center in Los Angeles.



Senator Barack Obama has quickly ditched Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” as his main campaign theme. The New Musical Express reported that after Obama’s recent defeat bySenator Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire Democratic primary, Obama has changed his theme to Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day.”

Clinton has been alternating several songs at her public appearances, using both Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “American Girl” and KT Tunstall’s “Suddenly I See,” with Senator John Edwards using Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising” as his own campaign theme.



Temptations co-founder Otis Williams says that the group enjoys their joint dates with the Four Tops so much, that there’s a good chance that a double bill Las Vegas residency might be in the cards for this year: “Our agency has been trying to get that for us and the (Four) Tops in Las Vegas. So if it’s in Vegas and the money’s right, ‘Yeah.’ See, it cuts down on the one nighters, ’cause the one nighters will take the starch out your booty. You know, you have to get that rest because we had to be up at four to leave at six.”

The two legendary Motown groups perform dozens of dual shows together each year, with the groups alternating who opens and closes the shows.

The Temps recently released their latest album, Back To Front. Among the R&B classics on the new set are the Temps’ versions of Barry White’s “Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up,” the Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love,” the Staple Singers’ “Respect Yourself,” L.T.D. with Jeffrey Osborne’s “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again,” and the Doobie Brothers’ “Minute By Minute,” among others.

The Temptations kick off their next set of shows on February 2nd in Trenton, New Jersey at the Patriots Theater at War Memorial.

The Temps will next perform with the Four Tops on February 17th in Nashville, at the Ryman Auditorium.



Roy Jones Jr. and Felix Trinidad are slated to square off on Saturday (January 19th) in Madison Square Garden. But there appears to be some behind the scenes drama as to who will escort Jones into the ring. reports that Rick Ross’ camp announced on Wednesday (January 16th), that he would walk Jones into the ring while performing “Boss” from his upcoming album, Trilla, due out on March 11th. But according to representatives for Pastor Troy, he wrote an original theme song for the boxer following a personal request from Jones over a month ago.

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In 1956, Little Richard entered the pop chart at Number 26 with “Tutti Frutti.” His original beat out cover versions by Elvis Presley and Pat Boone.
In 1969, “Soulful Strut” by Young-Holt Unlimited peaked at Number Three on the pop chart.
In 1973, “Super Fly” by Curtis Mayfield was certified gold.
In 1977, “I’ll Be Good To You” by the Brothers Johnson was certified gold.
In 1980, it was the day that disco died when the owners of Studio 54 in New York City, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, were sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for tax evasion and fined $20,000.
In 1986, “Everybody Dance” by Ta Mara & the Seen peaked at Number 24 on the pop chart.
In 1986, “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne Warwick & Friends peaked at Number One on the pop chart.
In 1988, the album Touch The World by Earth, Wind & Fire was certified gold.
In 1989, Karyn White’s self-titled album was certified gold.
In 1992, “Finally” by Ce Ce Peniston peaked at Number Five on the pop chart.
In 1996, the album Q’s Jook Joint by Quincy Jones was certified gold.
In 1996, Seal’s self-titled album was certified triple platinum
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DJ Quik, rapper and producer, 38

Jesse L. Martin, actor (Law & Order, Rent), 39

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Stay prayed up
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Minneapolis, MN 55439