Solid Gold Soul

Feb 13, 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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Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama may be on a quest to become the next Commander in Chief, but a wax figure of the Illinois senator is finding a place with likenesses of rap icons Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. at Madame Tussauds Washington DC. The Obama figure, which sits behind the famed Resolute Desk in Madame Tussauds’ replica of the Oval Office with fellow Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton on one side and John and Jackie Kennedy on the other side, was unveiled to the public for the first time (Feb. 11). “Barack Obama has certainly earned his place among the political icons represented at Madame Tussauds Washington D.C.,” said Janine DiGioacchino, general manager of Madame Tussauds New York and Washington D.C. “Madame Tussaud’s is proud to add the Obama figure to the Spirit of Washington D.C. gallery where he will join other figures that have shaped the history of our nation.” The unveiling comes as Obama and Clinton square off in today’s Potomac Primaries. Obama goes into the primaries with a wave of momentum after sweeping Democratic primaries and caucuses this past weekend in Maine, Louisiana, Nebraska, Washington and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Despite her opponent’s showing, CNN estimates state that Clinton is slightly ahead in amount of delegates she has collected. The former first lady has 1,148 delegates, while Obama currently holds 1,121 delegates. To secure the Democratic presidential nomination, 2,025 delegates are needed. On a lighter note, Obama bested Bill Clinton on Sunday (Feb. 10) by earning a Grammy award for best spoken word album for the audio version of his book The Audacity of Hope. We’ll have the results of the so-called Potomac primaries tomorrow.



Natalie Cole can’t understand how the Recording Academy can award a leading five Grammys to Amy Winehouse when the troubled singer has spent years abusing drugs and alcohol and only recently entered rehab to address her addiction. “I don’t think she should have won,” Cole told People magazine at Sunday’s Warner Music Group post-Grammy party. “I think it sends a bad message to our young people who are trying to get into this business, the ones who are trying to do it right and really trying to keep themselves together. We have to stop rewarding bad behavior.” “I’m sorry. I think the girl is talented, gifted, but it’s not right for her to be able to have her cake and eat it too,” Cole continued. “She needs to get herself together.” Cole, who has had her share of substance abuse battles in the past, said she fears Winehouse may carry on her destructive ways if the industry continues to look past it and reward her talent. “I mean, she could die. This isn’t something that’s cute and fun just to throw around in the press,” said Cole. “The girl really has a problem, and I think for those of us who have been in the business long enough, we know the sacrifice it takes. This is about discipline and hard work, and you don’t get to just do your drugs and go onstage and get rewarded.”



We hear from a source within the “Girlfriends” writing camp that the CW has decided to cancel the series immediately instead of bringing it back for a ninth season. While no official announcement had been made as of press time, we were told the CW will not even film this season’s remaining nine episodes that were suspended during the writer’s strike. Ironically, news of the show’s cancellation comes just as the strike has ended and the writing staff was preparing to return to work. We were informed by one of the writers yesterday that Monday night’s one-hour block of new episodes served as the show’s last. “Girlfriends” became the longest-running live-action comedy series currently on network television with the debut of its current season in October 2007. The writers strike suspended production after only 13 of 22 ordered episodes were completed. The series, created by Mara Brock-Akil, was consistently the No. 1 show in black households since its Sept. 11, 2000 debut. Original cast members Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia White and Jill Marie Jones starred as a group of close friends dealing with life and love in Los Angeles. Jones left the series in at the end of Season 6.



Along with today’s release of Michael Jackson’s 25th anniversary edition of “Thriller” comes a video just released by the King of Pop in which he thanks fans for the album’s original success following its November 1982 release. “It’s hard to believe that 25 years ago Quincy Jones and I embarked on an album named `Thriller,'” Jackson said in the video message released Monday by his record company, Sony-BMG. With Black Eyed Peas producer working on a new studio album from Jackson, the singer dropped hints that his recording career is far from over. “There is still much to come for Michael Jackson,” he said. “My passion for music has never stopped. … It’s my hope that `Thriller’ continues to live on for each new generation to discover.”



Sunday’s Grammy ceremony had a little impromptu moment involving country star Vince Gill and rapper Kanye West. Gill and West were album of the year nominees along with Amy Winehouse, Foo Fighters and eventual winner, Herbie Hancock. During West’s acceptance speech for rap album of the year, he looked at Winehouse’s producer Mark Ronson in the audience and said that Ronson and the British singer deserve the top album award for their collaborative effort “Back to Black,” but only if the rapper fails to get the win himself for his album, “Graduation.” Cut to Vince Gill accepting his country album of the year award from presenter Ringo Starr. Gill looked at Kanye in the audience and said: “I just got an award given to me by a Beatle. Have you had that happen yet, Kanye?” Reporters were quick to jump on the comment during Gill’s visit with the press backstage. He told reporters that the comment was all in good fun and that he has not triggered a new music beef. “No, he was laughing,” Gill said. “I’m a smartass. You know, I can’t help it. He seemed to think that he and Amy were the only ones worthy of the album of the year tonight. And I was just having some fun. He laughed, so it was all in good spirit.”

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Feb. 12, 1900: For a Lincoln birthday celebration, James Weldon Johnson writes the lyrics for “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” With music by his brother, J. Rosamond, the song is first sung by 500 children in Jacksonville, Fla. It will become known as the “Negro National Anthem.”
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Singer Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers) is 56.

Actor-talk show host Arsenio Hall is 53.

Keyboardist Keri Lewis of Mint Condition is 37.

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Miracles happen daily!
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Freddie Bell
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