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January 25, 2008

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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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Hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs has decided that it’s time to change his name again. Combs, who previously used Puffy, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, and Diddy as aliases, has decided he will now go by Sean John. Combs told the New York Post, “I have always evolved and taken a different name each time. It’s nothing unusual where I come from. Right now I want to be Sean John because that’s where I am.”

Next month Combs will be hitting the small screen in Raisin In the Sun, which airs on ABC on February 25th. In a Youtube posting, Combs said, “Ya’ll know me for a lot of different things, whether it’s music, fashion or films, television, but you don’t really know me as an actor. I would like to introduce my actor to you. Is my gift to you. It’s free, I’m not asking you to go pay to see the movie.”

On the musical front, Combs has no plans of hitting the studio anytime soon but that may change depending on whether or not he feels the need to fill a void. He explained: “Not a lot of hip-hop records that are out there right now, it’s not a whole lot. As far as vibe wise, you know, I’m not afraid to have fun. As a rap artist, I’m not afraid to smile, I’m not afraid to dance. That’s the void I fill, is just having a good time. And with hip-hop you need balance, and so during a time when there’s not like a lot of records that give you a great, good, good feeling — not saying there’s not a lot of hits, there’s definitely hits, but there are some things that are darker than others — and this is more of an upbeat type of album.”



Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick bristled in the witness chair last year when asked whether he had an affair with a top aide. No, the mayor confidently told jurors, the two were never romantically involved. But a trove of 14,000 text messages that emerged this week tell a different story: The mayor and his chief of staff carried on a flirty, sometimes sexually explicit dialogue about where to meet and how to conceal their numerous trysts. Now the mayor’s indiscretion has landed him in a Clinton-style scandal that could cost him his job and his law license and even bring perjury charges. “I think the mayor needs to take responsibility for the situation,” City Councilwoman Sheila Cockrel said Thursday. In politics, she said, “you operate in a fishbowl.” The Detroit Free Press did not explain exactly how it obtained the messages, which were sent or received in 2002-03 from Chief of Staff Christine Beatty’s city-issued pager. The newspaper said it cross-referenced the messages with the mayor’s private calendar and credit card records to verify events in some of the notes.

The mayor’s denial came last summer during testimony in a lawsuit filed by two police officers who alleged they were fired for investigating claims from two former bodyguards that the mayor used his security unit to cover up extramarital affairs. Mike Stefani, a lawyer for the officers, asked Beatty if she and Kilpatrick were “either romantically or intimately involved” during the period covered by the case. “No,” she replied, rolling her eyes. While still on the witness stand, the mayor later went on the offensive about the allegations, defending his reputation and that of Beatty. “I think it was pretty demoralizing to her — you have to know her — but it’s demoralizing to me as well,” he testified. “My mother is a congresswoman. There have always been strong women around me. My aunt is a state legislator. I think it’s absurd to assert that every woman that works with a man is a whore.” Late Wednesday, Kilpatrick issued a statement about the messages that was more subdued. “These five- and six-year-old text messages reflect a very difficult period in my personal life,” he said. “It is profoundly embarrassing to have these extremely private messages now displayed in such a public manner.” Last summer’s lawsuit ended with the jury awarding $6.5 million to the two officers. The mayor seemed flabbergasted at the verdict and denied the allegations against him. I’m absolutely blown away at this decision. I know Detroiters are, too,” he said at the time. The text messages published by the Free Press revealed a romantic discourse that at times became sexually explicit. “I’m madly in love with you,” Kilpatrick wrote on Oct. 3, 2002. “I hope you feel that way for a long time,” Beatty replied. “In case you haven’t noticed, I am madly in love with you, too!”

On Oct. 16, 2002, Kilpatrick wrote Beatty: “I’ve been dreaming all day about having you all to myself for 3 days. Relaxing, laughing, talking, sleeping and making love.” Kilpatrick is married with three children. Beatty was married at the time and has two children. The two, both 37, have been friends since they attended the same Detroit high school. Kilpatrick also appointed Beatty as his chief of staff when he became state House minority leader in 1999. She was his campaign manager during his campaigns for state House and the mayor’s office. The content of the text messages “astounded” Judge Michael Callahan, who presided over the lawsuit. He said the messages would have been admitted into evidence, if they had been presented during the trial. “I’ve done other whistle-blower cases, but I don’t think I’ve ever had a trial as tense as the one involving the mayor and the city,” he said. Callahan said it would be up to local prosecutors to decide whether to seek perjury charges against the mayor. The county prosecutor’s office declined to comment on Thursday, but scheduled a news conference for Friday morning.

A conviction of lying under oath is punishable by up to 15 years’ imprisonment.

Golf Channel Anchor Returns, Apologizes On-Air

Golf Channel anchor Kelly Tilghman recorded an apology that was played at the top of the telecast Thursday, but viewers could not hear the first few seconds because of an audio problem. Meanwhile Tiger Woods opens at two shoots off the lead at the Buick Open.




The new reality dance competition show presented by musician and American Idol judge Randy Jackson will kick off Saturday (January 26th) with a live show documenting the audition process. Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew will air at 2 p.m. ET on MTV, with 12 dance crews from around the country set to battle it out for slots on the show. The event will be tape-delayed to the West Coast.


A day after his body was found in a New York City apartment, autopsy results were unable to determine the cause of Heath Ledger’s untimely death on Tuesday (January 22nd). Although it was reported that the actor was suffering from pneumonia at the time of his passing, the virus was ruled out as the cause of death and investigators are turning their attention to prescription drugs recovered near his body. Anti-depressants and sleeping pills were found next to Ledger’s bed and police are testing a rolled up $20 bill found close by for narcotic residue.


Sylvester Stallone will be seen reprising his role in the new Rambo, which opens in theaters tomorrow (Friday, January 25th). In the latest installment, John Rambo has retreated to northern Thailand. On the nearby Thai-Burma (Myanmar) border, the world’s longest-running civil war, the Burmese-Karen conflict, rages into its 60th year. But Rambo, who lives a solitary life in the mountains, has long ago given up fighting. That all changes when a group of human rights missionaries search out John Rambo.


Rapper Lil Kim is working on a new album and she plans to release the project independently. During a recent interview with DJ Kay Slay, the rapper shared that she was no longer with Atlantic Records and that she plans to release her next project independently. According to the rumor mill, Kim may be joining the roster of Imperial Records, the independent arm of Virgin/EMI Records. Fat Joe is also signed to the label.


Alicia Keys’ platinum-plus CD, As I Am, remained on top of the U.S. pop album charts for a second week Wednesday (January 23rd). Keys maintained the Number One position on the Billboard Top 200 by selling a mere 61,000 copies in the week ended January 20th, according to Nielsen SoundScan data. Though the sales figure is among the lowest by a top-charting title, reports that overall album sales were down 4 percent from the previous week, and 9 percent compared to the same week in 2007.


Ne-Yo will be one of many top-charting performers lined up to entertain hockey fans this weekend. The “Hate That I Love You” duet singer will perform Sunday (January 27th), during the 2008 NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta. He will also will perform at a private NHL party after the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event before the game, on Saturday (January 26th) night.


Beyonce Knowles and Tina Turner will perform a duet at the upcoming Grammy Awards. A day after the Writer’s Guild announced that they will not picket the February 10th show, People magazine confirmed that Knowles and the 68-year-old icon will join forces on music’s biggest night.

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In 1970, “Psychedelic Shack” by the Temptations entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1970, “Ain’t It Funky Now (Part 1)” by James Brown peaked at Number 24 on the pop chart.
In 1970, “The Gang’s Back Again” by Kool & the Gang peaked at Number 85 on the pop chart.
In 1970, James “Shep” Sheppard, the lead singer for the Heartbeats and Shep & the Limelites, was found murdered in his car on the Long Island Expressway in New York after having been robbed and beaten.
In 1976, “Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)” by Diana Ross peaked at Number One on the pop chart.
In 1976, “I Love Music (Part 1)” by the O’Jays peaked at Number Five on the pop chart.
In 1981, “It’s My Turn” by Diana Ross peaked at Number Nine on the pop chart.
In 1982, Diana Ross sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XVI (16).
In 1985, Escape by Whodini was certified gold.
In 1987, “Control” by Janet Jackson peaked at Number Five on the pop chart.
In 1987, “Victory” by Kool & the Gang peaked at Number 10 on the pop chart.
In 1987, “Girlfriend” by Bobby Brown peaked at Number 57 on the pop chart.
In 1989, James Brown pled guilty to drug possession and assault charges. “The Godfather Of Soul” was sentenced to six years in prison.
In 1990, The Incredible Base album by Rob Base was certified gold.
In 1995, Seal by Seal was certified platinum.
In 1996, Mr. Smith by L.L. Cool J was certified gold.
In 2000, Unleash The Dragon by Sisqo was certified gold and platinum.

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Tatyana Ali, actress and singer (The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air), 29

Sleepy Brown, R&B singer and member of Organized Noize production team, 38

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PO Box 390521
Minneapolis, MN 55439


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