Solid Gold Soul

May 20, 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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Comedian Steve Harvey isn’t the only one smiling now!
The Ransbergers of Watauga also have big smiles on their faces. This weekend, they conducted an auction of more than 600 high-end items once owned by Harvey and his ex-wife, Mary. The couple, who were based in the North Texas area while they were married, divorced in 2005 and Mary is running the pieces she received in the settlement through the Ransbergers’ self-named auction house, at 6000 Denton Highway in Watauga.

The items include a pair of life-size bronze lions, Baccarat and Daum crystal and a 25-carat wedding ring. It’s definitely a change of pace for the Ransberger clan, who typically sell antiques, guns and collectibles.

“We’ve never done anything on this level before,” says auction house owner Jim Ransberger. “We’ve just entered a whole new playing field.”

Ransberger estimates the items, as a whole, are worth close to $1 million. “If not, it’s pretty close to it,” he says. “The engagement ring alone is probably worth somewhere between $200,000 and $400,000.”

Dozens of pieces of imported furniture — some old, some new — are in the mix as well, along with more than 40 fur coats.

“There’s a mink in there that belonged to Steve personally,” Ransberger says. “His name is on it.”

Each item will come with a letter of authenticity, proving it came from the Harvey estate.

Mary says she heard about the Ransbergers through a sister-in-law who attended one of their auctions a few years ago. Mary, too, is smiling now.

“You have no idea what a sigh of relief it will be to sell this stuff,” she says. “Not only because it is tied to Steve and my marriage to him, but also because of the upkeep involved with owning so many pricey things. You gotta be careful holding this, cleaning that; don’t sit on this, don’t sit on that. I can’t wait until it’s all gone.”

Mary and Steve were together for nearly 20 years, and married for nine. Mary says they met while she was working in the cosmetics department in a shop at Six Flags Mall. Harvey, then a struggling unknown comic, came in one day and asked her on a date.

“He took me to a comedy club, where we sat and talked for a while,” Mary says. “Then he said, ‘I’ll be right back,’ and all of a sudden he was on stage. I had no idea.”

Harvey’s career eventually took off. He has starred in several movies (including Kings of Comedy, You Got Served and Johnson Family Vacation,) and TV shows, including his own WB sitcom, The Steve Harvey Show. He currently hosts his own syndicated morning-radio show.

Mary says she and Steve admittedly went a little overboard on their purchases.

“We bought way too much stuff,” she says. “We just bought and bought and bought. But now I’m ready to let it all go. In a way, I think it’ll be therapeutic — it’ll make it easier to put everything behind me and start over.

“I’ll see you at Ikea.”


It looks like Barack Obama’s got his groove back. It also appears that his Jeremiah Wright troubles are behind him, at least for now. And after responding strongly to George Bush and John McCain over their comparisons of him to Nazi appeasers, he’s got a serious spring in his step these days. Things seem so rosy for the all but officially named presumptive Democratic presidential nominee that a whopping 75,000 supporters turned out in Portland on Sunday to hear what he had to say. The Illinois senator was in the city as part of his campaign in the Oregon Primary tomorrow. Kentucky is also holding their primary, but apparently Obama’s strategy doesn’t include spending any time there. When asked if he has given up on that state’s primary, where Hillary Clinton holds double-digit lead in the polls, Obama said he doesn’t give up on anything. “I don’t give up on things, we’ve gotta make choices and we can’t be everywhere at once,” Obama told reporters after making a local stop for ice cream with his family. From Obama’s advisor’s point of view, May 20 will be a pivotal day for the campaign because they will have gained the majority of elected pledged delegates. Even though Obama said he will not declare victory on Tuesday, he said he will have a stronger case to present to superdelegates. “We will have the majority of pledged delegates at that point and obviously are going to make the argument to any superdelegates remaining that we should be the nominee,” Obama said. The Portland speech, as reported by The Swamp blog, was Obama’s standard stuff – about 30 minutes long despite the sun beating down on him. He added a few Oregonian flourishes, drawing big cheers when he said the country can learn from Portland’s commitment to mass transit and bicycle lanes. The biggest applause came when he denounced the Iraq war; Oregon is a hotbed of anti-war activism.


An audience at the Cannes Film Festival gave Mike Tyson an extended standing ovation following a screening of “Tyson,” a documentary directed by his old friend James Toback.
The film blends old video footage, TV interviews and reflections from the former heavyweight boxer himself in chronicling his climb from an impoverished childhood to the pinnacle of his sport and his dramatic fall. “I lived a wild and extreme life,” the one-time champion told reporters Saturday. “I used drugs. I had altercations with dangerous people. I slept with guys’ wives that wanted to kill me. I’m just happy to be here, you know. It’s just a miracle.” In the movie, Tyson talks about being humiliated and beaten up by bullies as a child growing up in Brooklyn. Constantly ridiculed for his distinctive high lisp, he suffered from repeated attacks – until he was discovered by veteran boxing trainer Cus D’Amato. Tyson, 41 gets emotional in the film when reminiscing about his late trainer, who helped to channel his unchecked aggression and transformed the troubled teenager into a world-class champion. In the movie, Tyson goes into detail about his sex life, and covers his career’s low points, like biting Evander Holyfield’s ear in 1997. He admits to many, many bad decisions, but continues to proclaim that he did not commit the 1991 rape of an 18-year-old beauty queen for which he served three years in prison.

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