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Feb 11, 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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OBAMA MAKES CLEAN SWEEP AS DELIEVERY RETURNS

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Obama won an upset victory in Maine, a state where internal and external polls had Clinton leading in the days leading up to the caucuses. Obama is projected to win 15 delegates to Clinton’s 9, capping off an Obama sweep of this weekend’s contests. Barack Obama has won nearly twice as many states as Hillary Clinton. He won a Red State, Purple State, and Blue States this weekend – showing he has broad national appeal and can win in every corner of this country. Obama has now won 20 contests to Clinton’s 11; he’s won a larger share of the popular vote; and he’s projected to more than triple his current pledged delegate lead since Super Tuesday from 27 pledged delegates to 84, a net gain of 57 pledged delegates. This weekend’s net gain of 57 pledged delegates represents more than the 42 delegate net gain that Clinton won in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Tennessee and Arizona – combined. While Obama’s victories demonstrate his broad national appeal, he still faces an uphill battle in every upcoming contest because the Clintons are far better known and have a political machine that’s been honed over two decades. But the more voters get to know Obama and his message of change, the more they support him, which bodes well for the upcoming primaries.

Obama’s victories reflect what a recent Time poll confirmed the other day – that he is the candidate best suited to win Independents, play well in Red States, and beat John McCain in November. As the nominee, Obama will also help down-ballot Democrats get elected to Congress across the country, especially in those Red States where Democrats haven’t fared well for decades. So Obama won’t just win an election, he’ll win a new majority for change, so we can finally solve the problems we’ve been talking about for decades.

Sen. Barack Obama swept the Louisiana primary and caucuses in Nebraska and Washington state Saturday night, slicing into Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s slender delegate lead in their historic race for the Democratic presidential nomination. The Illinois senator also won caucuses in the Virgin Islands, completing his best night of the campaign. …”Today, voters from the West Coast to the Gulf Coast to the heart of America stood up to say ‘yes we can”’ Obama told a cheering audience of Democrats at a party dinner in Richmond, Va. [He said] the election was a choice between debating the Republican nominee-in-waiting ”about who has the most experience in Washington, or debating him about who’s most likely to change Washington. Because that’s a debate we can win.” …Obama’s winning margins ranged from substantial to crushing. He won roughly two-thirds of the vote in Washington state and Nebraska, and almost 90 percent in the Virgin Islands.

It also appears that after an early decision to cease playing Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered at campaign rallies has been reversed, at least at the Jefferson Jackson dinner in West Virginia Saturday night.
Both Hillary Clinton and Obama spoke at the dinner this past weekend. Hillary was first to address the audience and before she could exit the hall, no doubt she heard the chants of “Obama, Obama!” from the capacity crowd. Greeted by those boisterous cheers, an obviously pleased Obama began his remarks shortly after news services had declared him the victor in the Nebraska, Washington and Louisiana primaries and caucuses. Obama’s address, largely his stump speech, was punctuated with local references, jabs at both Clinton and republican candidate John McCain as well as an appeal for support in the Maine primary on Tuesday. Now that the campaign has regained its swagger, the Stevie Wonder single, Signed, Sealed, Delivered surprisingly surfaced following a notable absence during a stop in Minnesota before a rally totaling 20,000 people. The Obama campaign temporarily suspended use of the song after finishing second to Senator Clinton in the New Hampshire primary last month.

WILL KANYE WEST HIT THE STAGE AT THE GRAMMY AWARDS?

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Multiple Grammy Award winner Kanye West is back for more this year, as he’s been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Rap Album — but the jury is still out on whether or not the Louis Vuitton Don will hit the stage for a performance at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards this Sunday, February 10th in Los Angeles. According to an inside source, West will indeed perform and he’s planning something very special. Some of the other artists slated to perform are Fergie, John Legend, Beyonce, Herbie Hancock, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, and Mary J. Blige. Chris Brown, Solange Knowles, and Ludacris are all slated to present awards during the show. The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is also slated to make an appearance during a special tribute.

Pop star Rihanna will perform her Grammy-nominated international hit “Umbrella” onstage during the 50th Annual Grammy Awards presentation in a brand-new way. The Barbados-born singer will sing the hit in a unique mash-up version with ’80s band The Time, which is reuniting with its original members for the first time in more than two decades.

Singer and songwriter Raheem DeVaughn says he’s looking forward to attending Sunday’s (February 10th) 50th anniversary Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, where he’s a nominee in the best R&B male vocal performance category for his single “Woman.” The nominated tune is from his sophomore CD, Love Behind The Melody. Said DeVaughn: “I didn’t expect it so early in my career, you know, an accolade so huge but I accept it, you know, it’s humbling, you know, ultimately it’s a blessing. And I’m looking forward to going to the Grammys this year as a nominee. I’ve been in the past, in the last two or three years as a spectator and now I’m going as a nominee. And you know, it’s an honor.”

British singer Amy Winehouse will not attend the Grammy Awards on Sunday (February 10th), after being denied a visa to enter the United States — but she might perform on the show via satellite. On Thursday (February 7th), Winehouse’s publicist released the following statement, “Amy Winehouse will not be performing at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony. The singer has been invited to appear at the event on Sunday (February 10th) after receiving an amazing six nominations for the prestigious awards. Unfortunately, her application for a visa to enter the United States of America has been rejected at this time by the American Embassy in London.”

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards will air live from Los Angeles Sunday (February 10th) on CBS, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Kanye West leads the field with eight Grammy nominations. Amy Winehouse follows him with six nominations. Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, and T-Pain each have five nods, and Akon, Dierks Bentley, Daughtry, Feist, Tim McGraw, John Newton, Ne-Yo, Rihanna, and Bruce Springsteen all have four.


JAY-Z AND MARY J. BLIGE TO LAUNCH ‘HEART OF THE CITY’ TOUR

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Hip hop heavyweight Jay-Z and R&B singer Mary J. Blige have decided to join forces for the Heart of The City tour, which kicks off on March 22nd at Miami’s American Airlines Arena. Allhiphop.com reports that tickets for the 25-city tour will be available starting on February 15th through livenation.com.

Heart of the City tour dates (partial list):

March 22 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
March 26 – Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena

March 27 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
March 28 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
March 30 – Philadelphia, PA – Wachovia Center
April 2 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
April 3 – Boston, MA – TD Banknorth Garden
April 5 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
April 6 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center

April 16 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl

In other Jay-Z news: has only been out of work for a month since leaving his post as president of Def Jam Records but it appears the rapper is ready to get back in the mix. In addition to rumors that he’s launching a digital label with Apple, new reports have surfaced that Jay-Z may be re-uniting with Lyor Cohen and launching a new label through the Warner Music Group. The new label would be called the Carter Music Group. An insider told New York’s Daily News, “The reason Jay left Def Jam was less about money than about freedom. He didn’t want to come to the office every day. And he had so many outside projects — his chain of 40/40 clubs and the hotel he’s building in Chelsea. But he wouldn’t mind having a small label for the talent he discovers. He might just put out three or four records a year. He’d let somebody else do the heavy lifting.” Jay-Z still owes Def Jam Records one album and a greatest hits set.


AUTHOR GETS ESSENCE AWARD

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Author Terry McMillan received a lifetime achievement award from Essence magazine in recognition of her best-selling novels about the everyday struggles of modern American black women. Her works include How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting To Exhale, which were both made into movies, as well as Disappearing Acts, which was made into a cable TV movie. Other works include Mama and The Interruption Of Everything.

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In 1894, Congress repealed the Enforcement Act, which made it easier for some states to disenfranchise African-American voters.
In 1925, Marcus Garvey entered federal prison in Atlanta. Students staged a strike at Fisk University to protest the policies of the white administration.
In 1944, Harry S. McAlphin became the first African-American to be accredited to attend a White House press conference.
In 1960, “Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop” by Little Anthony & the Imperials peaked at Number 24 on the pop chart.
In 1965, the Supremes released “Stop! In The Name Of Love.”
In 1968, Officers killed three students during demonstration on the campus of South Carolina State in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Students were protesting segregation at an Orangeburg bowling alley.
In 1969, “This Girl’s In Love With You” by Dionne Warwick entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1975, “Express” by B.T. Express entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1975, “Fire” by the Ohio Players peaked at Number One on the pop chart.
In 1975, “Get Dancin'” by Disco Tex & the Sex-O-Lettes peaked at Number 10 on the pop chart.
In 1978, Leon Spinks defeated Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight boxing championship. Ali regained the title on September 15th and became the only person to win the title three times.
In 1981, “Celebration” by Kool & the Gang was the theme song of the 1981 Super Bowl and was played for the 52 American hostages upon their return to the U.S. from Iran.
In 1984, Born To Love by Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack was certified gold.
In 1986, Oprah Winfrey became the first African-American woman to host a nationally syndicated talk show.
In 1986, Figure skater Debi Thomas became the first African-American to win the Women’s Singles of the U.S. National Figure Skating Championship competition. She was a pre-med student at Stanford University.
In 1986, “Superbowl Shuffle” by the Chicago Bears Shufflin’ Crew peaked at Number 41 on the pop chart.
In 1986, “Baby Talk” by Alisha peaked at Number 68 on the pop chart.
In 1986, “When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going” by Billy Ocean peaked at Number One on the U.K. pop chart.
In 1988, “Parents Just Don’t Understand” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince was released.
In 1989, “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul was certified gold.
In 1990, Andy Rooney, a CBS 60 Minutes commentator, received a 90-day suspension from work because of racist remarks about African-Americans attributed to him by Chris Bull, a New York-based reporter for The Advocate, a bi-weekly national gay & lesbian news magazine published in Los Angeles. Bull quoted Rooney as having said during an interview: “I’ve believed all along that most people are born with equal intelligence, but blacks have watered down their genes because the less intelligent ones are the ones that have the children. They drop out of school early, do drugs, and get pregnant.”
In 1991, Johnny Gill’s self-titled album was certified double platinum.
In 1991, “The Star Spangled Banner” single and video by Whitney Houston was released.
In 1991, M.C. Hammer made his acting debut, playing himself and Reverend Pressure on Amen.
In 1992, “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)” by Mint Condition entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1993, “Freak Me” by Silk was released.
In 1995, Members of Jade made their acting debuts, playing themselves on Beverly Hills 90210.
In 1997, Whitney Houston picked up three honors at the NAACP Image Awards, including Best Soundtrack and Best Gospel Artist for The Preacher’s Wife.

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Gary Coleman, actor (Different Strokes), 40
Alonzo Mourning, member of the Miami Heat, 38
Ron Tyson, member of the Temptations, 60

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Freddie Bell
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