Solid Gold Soul

January 23, 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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The most notable in this year’s list of nominees is in the best supporting actress category. And the nominees are: 5. Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett, “I’m Not There”; Ruby Dee, “American Gangster“; Saoirse Ronan, “Atonement”; Amy Ryan, “Gone Baby Gone”; Tilda Swinton, “Michael Clayton.” This is the only nomination from American Gangster.



Tony Dungy announces his plans to return as head coach for the Colts over the weekened.



Rapper 50 Cent spent the weekend in Park City, Utah, at the annual Sundance Film Festival. reports that during a press conference the rapper announced that he will be launching a new production company. 50 Cent’s partners in the venture include his manager Chris Lighty and movie producer Randell Emmett, whose credits include Shottas, The Amityville Horror, and Home of the Brave.

On the acting front, 50 Cent has several projects slated to hit theaters this year, including Righteous Kill with Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino, and The Dance with Nicholas Cage.

50 Cent described his character in Righteous Kill. He told, “Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are both police officers. I play Spider, a young guy from Harlem who gets caught up in their investigation while they look for a serial killer. I own my own nightclub.”



Detroit-based rapper Eminem has kept a low profile since releasing The Re-Up compilation in December 2006. According to recent reports, the rapper has ballooned to over 200 pounds and now weight loss giant Slim-Fast has offered to come to his aid.

A Slim-Fast representative told Yahoo News, “Slim-Fast is a program that can really work for someone like Eminem. It’s a do-able and flexible approach. Slim-Fast would love to offer Eminem product and assistance to help him become a potential S-F success story.”

The rapper and his group D12 are both working on new projects although no release dates have been set.



R&B and pop superstar Usher lost his father on Friday (January 18th). The Confessions star was reportedly with his father, Usher Raymond III, in an Atlanta hospital when he passed away. The cause of death has not been disclosed.
The singer, who was born Usher Raymond IV, was joined by his new wife Tameka and his mother, Jonetta Patton, at his father’s bedside, according to

Usher’s parents had broken up shortly after Usher was born. Raymond Sr. had reportedly struggled with an addiction to crack cocaine throughout his life, but had kept contact with his famous son.

Usher has been putting finishing touches on a new CD and enjoying first-time fatherhood with his new son, Usher V, who was born in November.



Actor Eddie Murphy is in the news again, this time as the leading nominee for the annual Razzie Awards, which recognize the worst in film from the previous year. Murphy’s multiple nominations stemmed from last year’s comedy Norbit, in which Murphy played numerous roles and had a hand in the script. The comedy flop earned eight Razzie nominations, five of them for Murphy alone — the most any celebrity has received in a single year.



Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson is in negotiations with Tyler Perry to join the cast of his next film, The Family That Prays. If the talks go through, the former American Idol finalist will join Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard in the director’s latest project. Hudson is set to appear in the crime drama Winged Creatures with Kate Beckinsale, Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning, and Forest Whitaker. The film is due later this year. Other upcoming Hudson projects include The Secret Life Of Bees, and Sex & The City: The Movie.



Altovise Davis, the widow of Sammy Davis Jr., is suing two former business partners over the rights to the entertainer’s life story and management of his legacy. Davis filed suit in federal court Friday (January 18th), accusing Barrett LaRoda and Anthony Francis of padding their show biz expertise and defrauding her into signing away some of the rights to her husband’s estate.

In a 2004 contract, Davis formed Sammy Davis Jr. Enterprises Inc. with the two men and gave them some of her intellectual rights in return for a third of the business.

The company was formed to begin production of a Sammy Davis biopic, to be based on his autobiography Yes I Can as well as Why Me, which Davis wrote with friends Judy and Burt Boyar. Altovise Davis and the Boyars held copyright interest in the books.

But the entertainer’s widow says the two men held up production by hiding the company’s financials from her and demanded more money and credit as producers of the film. She is seeking unspecified damages. The Boyars are also involved in suing LaRoda and Francis.

Davis was memorable for his stage, screen, and record performances but was immortalized as the only black member of the Rat Pack alongside Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Joey Bishop. He died of throat cancer in 1990 at age 64. He owed more than $5 million to the IRS, forcing his widow to auction many of his personal belongings.

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In 1800, Nat Turner, the leader of the Virginia slave revolt, was born.
In 1801, Haitian liberator Toussaint L’Ouverture entered Santiago to battle the French.
In 1822, Early Colorado gold miner, hotel magnate, entrepreneur, and former slave Barney L. Ford was born in Stafford Court House, Virginia. Through a number of business dealings, Ford became a wealthy man but was dogged by a series of tragic accidents. The restaurants and hotels he owned in Denver and Nicaragua were leveled by bombs and fires, and racism periodically forced him out of the gold fields. Despite such setbacks, Ford made and lost several fortunes during his lifetime.
In 1891, The Lodge Bill, which called for federal supervision of elections, was abandoned in the Senate after a Southern filibuster.
In 1906, pioneer aviator Willa Brown-Chappell was born.
In 1920, actor, pianist and singer William Warfield was born in West Helena, Arkansas. Warfield’s illustrious career in music spanned 54 years.
In 1931, Sam Cooke, the legendary musician whose hits include “Having A Party” and “Chain Gang,” was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He died on December 11th, 1964, at age 33 from a gunshot wound.
In 1973, George Foreman defeated Joe Frazier to win the heavyweight championship in a bout in Kingston, Jamaica. He kept the title for 22 months until losing it to Muhammad Ali.
In 1949, James Robert Gladden became the first African-American certified in orthopedic surgery.
In 1973, The Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Roe v. Wade case, striking down state laws restricting abortions during the first six months of a pregnancy.
In 1981, Samuel Pierce was named Secretary Of Housing & Urban Development in the Reagan administration.
In 1988, Heavyweight champ Mike Tyson knocked out former champion Larry Holmes in the fourth round to retain the world heavyweight title in Atlantic City.
In 1989, Clarence Willie Norris, the last surviving member of the Scottsboro Boys, died at age 76 while a patient at the Bronx Community Hospital in New York City. Norris was one of nine African-American teenagers accused of the rape of two white prostitutes in Alabama in 1931. The case was tried several times between 1931 and 1937, ending only after one woman recanted her charge. Norris spent 15 years in prison before being paroled. Once freed, Norris left Alabama for New York. He was pardoned by the state of Alabama in 1976 after the state parole board determined his innocence.
In 1996, O.J. Simpson testified for the first time since the killings of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman as he gave a videotaped deposition for a wrongful death lawsuit.
In 2001, Former football player Rae Carruth was sentenced to at least 18 years in prison without parole for his role in the shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend.

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DJ Jazzy Jeff, member of DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, 43

Marc Gay, member of Shai, 39

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How are you keeping Dr. King’s Dream Alive?
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