Solid Gold Soul

Feb 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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Mitt Romney suspended his faltering presidential campaign on Thursday, effectively sealing the Republican presidential nomination for John McCain. “I must now stand aside, for our party and our country,” Romney told conservatives. “If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror,” Romney told the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. Romney’s decision leaves McCain as the top man standing in the GOP race, with Mike Huckabee and Texas Rep. Ron Paul far behind in the delegate hunt. It was a remarkable turnaround for McCain, who some seven months ago was barely viable, out of cash and losing staff. The four-term Arizona senator, denied his party’s nomination in 2000, was poised to succeed George W. Bush as the GOP standard-bearer. McCain and Romney spoke by phone after Romney’s speech, though no endorsement was requested nor offered, according to a Republican official with knowledge of the conversation. Romney launched his campaign almost a year ago in his native Michigan. The former Massachusetts governor and venture capitalist invested more than $40 million of his own money into the race, counted on early wins in Iowa and New Hampshire that never materialized and won just seven states on Super Tuesday, mostly small caucus states.
McCain took the big prizes of New York and California. “This is not an easy decision for me. I hate to lose. My family, my friends and our supporters … many of you right here in this room … have given a great deal to get me where I have a shot at becoming president. If this were only about me, I would go on. But I entered this race because I love America,” Romney said. There were shouts of astonishment, with some moans and others yelling, “No, No.” Romney responded, “You guys are great.” McCain prevailed in most of the Super Tuesday states, moving closer to the numbers needed to officially win the nomination. Overall, McCain led with 707 delegates, to 294 for Romney and 195 for Huckabee. It takes 1,191 to win the nomination at this summer’s convention in St. Paul, Minn. By suspending his campaign, Romney holds onto his delegates, at least until the party convention this summer. Romney claimed he was the true conservative in the race while McCain has been criticized by some on the right. McCain acknowledged the rocky relationship.



The Game, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor, has decided to accept a plea deal instead of fighting his assault case. He was charged with making criminal threats, possessing a firearm in a school zone, and exhibiting a firearm in the presence of a police officer, and was facing five years behind bars if found guilty. He has allegedly agreed to serve a four month sentence.
The rapper told MONTSA magazine, “The crazy part about this is that I’ve had guns before in my life. But this time I didn’t have a gun. And because one person said I had a gun and coaxed his homies into saying that I had a gun, I’m in a predicament where I’m asking ‘do I want to spend another million dollars to fight this trial so who knows what jury’s gonna come in and say I’m guilty? Or do I want to save my money, go sit down for four months and accept this felony they’re trying to give me for no reason?”
The rapper eventually chose the latter. The Game’s charges stem from an incident which occurred last year. The rapper and Rodrick Shannon allegedly got into a beef at Los Angeles’ Rita Walters Educational Learning Complex on February 24th. Shannon testified at a preliminary hearing that he and the rapper, who was playing for the opposing team, exchanged words. Game allegedly called Shannon’s team garbage before punching him in the left cheek. According to the victim, when he went into a fighting stance people from The Game’s crew restrained him while the rapper left the court. Later when Shannon went to look for his son in the parking lot, The Game allegedly went into his Cadillac Escalade and brandished a firearm. Shannon explained during his testimony, “He started proceeding towards me. The gun was still in his hand. He yelled that I’m a … fool. I turned around and ran because I feared for my life.” The Game is currently working on his third album, LAX, which he plans to release later this year.



Hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs launched the Vote or Die campaign four years ago to get the younger generation involved with the voting process. While he hasn’t revamped Vote or Die, he is calling for everyone to “Go Vote.” The mogul told Associated Press, “If we want to stop the war, if we want to get the economy better, I think that young people need to understand they have to take matters into their own hands. It is really like waking up a sleeping giant.” Combs added, “The seeds that we planted in ’04 are now coming to fruition. A lot of young people have decided that this is their future. This president is going to decide their future.” As far as this year’s Democratic candidates, Combs said, “To have an African-American man and a woman in, it’s going to go down in history as the most historical election. And I think that young people will have a hand in the result.”
In related news, Diddy has named quintet from his show, Making The Band 4, Day26. The group’s name comes from the day — August 26th — that Combs selected Brian Andrews, Mike McCluney, Qwanell Mosley, Willie Taylor, and Robert Curry to be in the band. The group is currently working on their debut.



Hip hop mogul Jay-Z was able to open up his newest 40/40 sports bar in Las Vegas in time for New Years’ Eve but, according to several former employees of the establishment, the workplace leaves a lot to be desired. The Las Vegas Weekly reports that since the club was opened on December 30th over 100 staff members have been let go. Several former employees have lodged complaints about on-the-spot, mid-shift terminations without investigations, threats, degrading treatment, use of the n-word by management, and a complete lack of preparedness. Operating partner Desiree Perez (aka Desiree Gonzalez) — wife of co-owner Juan Perez — is said to be responsible for the firings. Perez would not comment but club manager Ramon Mata said, “As with all new businesses, you find out in your first few days of operations what staffing levels are needed. We adjusted accordingly and followed all rules and regulations in terms of employees that were let go.” The original 40/40 sports bar in New York City has been dogged by several incidents, including a stabbing last September and lawsuit by former waitress Celeste Williams, who alleges that 40/40 refused to pay employees the legally required amounts for work performed. According to Williams, 40/40 kept a cut of workers’ tips and didn’t pay the legal minimum wage rate for working or for overtime.



In the new issue of Parade magazine, Janet Jackson talks candidly about her father’s many affairs, one of which produced a child, and how they nearly broke up his parents’ marriage. “Besides my mother’s beauty and her smarts, what I always wanted was her strength,” she said of her 77-year-old mother, Katherine. “It’s a very cold world, and to have gone through what she has had to experience, from having polio as a child to those things with my brother Michael, and then for my father to have had another child! I’ve been cheated on a lot. I know what that feels like and how that hurts the heart. But, I mean, to give us a half-sister. I can’t even fathom what that’s like for Mother. For her to stay with my father all these years and never abandon her kids, that’s true love.” The 41-year-old singer has also had her share of troubled love relationships, which could be the reason she has yet to wed her longtime boyfriend, producer Jermaine Dupri. Of her two marriages, both of which were kept secret until they ended, she said, “I wanted to keep something for myself and not have it be public,” the singer said. “But after two divorces, I thought I was jinxed. Maybe marriage isn’t for me? Maybe it’s my fault it never works. I was always faithful. I always tried to give of myself. I was very loyal… It was awful, and I was so tired of being hurt. When it was over, I put shields up to protect myself from being hurt again.” Jackson also discusses life as a Jehovah’s Witness, admitting that she often fell asleep during services. “I know that’s awful. I was so tired, so busy, so knocked out,” she said, explaining, “Being a Jehovah’s Witness, you grow up in a very religious world.” Janet’s album Discipline was made available on Tuesday (February 5th) to pre-order on the iTunes Music Store.



Two new Usher songs have surfaced, and by the sound of it, a new album could be announced very soon. His long-time collaborator and producer, Jermaine Dupri, told MTV News that Usher plans to start officially releasing singles “soon.” But two tracks — “In This Club” and “Moving Mountains” — have already leaked.” The first was produced by Polow Da Don and features Young Jeezy. The second is a ballad about relationships that was reportedly produced by Timbaland. There’s no word on whether the singles will end up on the CD. Also contributing to the as-yet-untitled set are Philadelphia producers Dre & Vidal, as well as Lil Jon, who’s trying to come up with a remix for tracks.



Aretha Franklin says that after dropping some weight, she’s feeling the best she’s felt in years. Franklin told The Associated Press, “I’ve got a new trainer, and she’s giving me a lot of good things, really educating me about nutrition and weight loss and how to do it, and cooking stuff for you. I’m not on a diet. It’s a lifestyle change. I’m going to be doing it for the long run. And eventually I’ll reach my goal.” Although Franklin didn’t go into details about her diet, she did reveal that she’s steered clear of red meat: “I feel lighter. I’m not as heavy, what you get with the red meat. You dragging yourself along when you have all that red meat. Much lighter. I feel a lot lighter, and a lot better.” On Friday night Franklin will be honored in Los Angeles as the 2008 Person of the Year for MusiCares. Franklin is thrilled with the honor which benefits musicians in need: “It truly is an honor and it is so very, very special to be honored by MusiCare and to be the 2008 recipient of the MusiCare Person of the Year Award. I am delighted, concerned and a contributor — and have been — to the significant work that MusiCare has done.” The MusiCares gala will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center just ahead of the 50th Annual Grammy Awards presentation on February 10th.
Franklin is nominated for best gospel performance for a duet with Mary J. Blige for the duet “Never Gonna Break My Faith” from the soundtrack of the film Bobby. Among the artists set to honor Franklin at the MusiCares tribute will be Patti Austin, Blues Brothers Dan Aykroyd & Jim Belushi, Shirley Caesar, Anthony Hamilton, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Faith Hill, Fantasia, Ledisi, Lil’ Mama, John Legend, Jamia Simone Nash, Robin Thicke, and Bebe & CeCe Winans. Franklin herself is also expected to take the stage. Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees include Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Gloria Estefan, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Sting, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, and Stevie Wonder. Franklin is gearing up to release her debut album on her own Aretha Records, called Aretha: A Woman Falling Out Of Love. Although no release date has been set, the album is expected out by the summer.

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In 1964, Sam Cooke performs on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.
In 1970, “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” by the Delfonics enters the Top 40 chart.
In 1970, “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” by Dionne Warwick peaks at Number Six on the pop chart.
In 1974, “Love’s Theme” by the Love Unlimited Orchestra is certified gold.
In 1974, the album Stone Gon’ by Barry White is certified gold.
In 1974, the self-titled album by the Pointer Sisters is certified gold.
In 1974, the album Under The Influence Of Love Unlimited by the Love Unlimited Orchestra is certified gold.
In 1976, “Love To Love You Baby” by Donna Summer peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.
In 1976, “Sing A Song” by Earth Wind & Fire peaks at Number Five on the pop chart.
In 1976, “You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate peaks at Number Three on the pop chart.
In 1980, “Second Time Around” by Shalamar is certified gold.
In 1980, the album Twice The Fire by Peaches & Herb is certified gold.
In 1981, “Celebration” by Kool & the Gang peaks at Number One on the pop chart.
In 1981, “Full Of Fire” by Shalamar peaks at Number 55 on the pop chart.
In 1984, Michael Jackson is awarded a four-foot-high platinum disc by CBS. The record label honors the pop star at New York City’s Museum Of Natural History at a gala thrown to thank Jackson for “rejuvenating the industry.”
In 1987, “Let’s Wait Awhile” by Janet Jackson enters the Top 40 chart.
In 1987, “I Knew You Were Waiting For Me” by George Michael & Aretha Franklin peaks at Number One on the U.K. pop chart.
In 1987, “Jimmy Lee” by Aretha Franklin peaks at Number 28 on the pop chart.
In 1989, the album Don’t Be Cruel by Bobby Brown is certified triple platinum.
In 1989, Michael Jackson visits the Stockton, California, elementary school where five students were killed by a gunman the month before. He brings T-shirts and cassettes for the kids.
In 1991, “Can’t Stop” by After 7 is certified gold.
In 1994, Whitney Houston was the big winner at the 21st annual American Music Awards, taking eight honors to tie with Kenny Rogers for a record number of AMA awards.
In 1995, the album The Sweetest Days by Vanessa Williams is certified gold.
In 1996, the album Crazy, Sexy, Cool by TLC is certified nine times platinum.
In 1996, the album Miss Thang by Monica is certified platinum.
In 1997, the album Emancipation by Prince is certified double platinum.
In 1997, the album The Evolution Of Gospel by Sounds Of Blackness is certified gold.
In 2000, the Number Ones video by Mariah Carey is certified gold.

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Essence Atkins, actress (Half & Half), 36
Free (Marie Wright), former host of 106 & Park, 40
Chris Rock, actor and comedian (Head Of State, New Jack City), 43

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Freddie Bell
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Minneapolis, MN 55439