Solid Gold Soul

May 23, 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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Several Hip-Hop pioneers are coming together with officials in the birthplace of Hip-Hop to celebrate “No Profanity Day” on Friday, May 23, following a unanimous resolution passed by the New York State Assembly last week. On that date, a number of Hip-Hop greats, lead by Minister Kurtis “Blow” Walker, will gather in the Bronx for a groundbreaking concert, the No Profanity Hip-Hop Anniversary Tour, at Utopia’s Paradise Theater. Promising three hours of Hip-Hop with no profanity, the concert will feature performances by some of the most recognized names in the culture’s early history, including Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force, Grand Wizard Theodore, Grandmaster Mele Mel, Lovebug Starski, and Kurtis Blow. “I’ve always been a stickler for being more conscious of the lyrics in Hip-Hop,” Kurtis Blow told “Not only do I think it’s important to support no profanity in Hip-Hop and rap music, but also it’s more important to support no profanity in everyday life because in our society, most violence starts with the way we talk to each other.” Kurtis Blow got an official copy of the resolution on the steps of the Bronx Supreme Court House at Bronx Borough Hall.


Days after rapper Nas changed the name of his forthcoming album, the Rev. Al Sharpton is applauding the move, as he credits efforts from the National Action Network’s Decency Initiative for playing a role in motivating the New York emcee’s change of heart. Nas confirmed his decision to abandon the album’s original title, N***er, on Monday (May 19). “Clearly, putting their [NAN’s] focus and pressure on the companies and not engaging in a fruitless pursuit of chasing a never ending and ever changing roster of artists has proven to be smart,” Rev. Sharpton said. “The record companies and retailers have the power as this Nas matter shows. Had not the [NAN’s] Decency Initiative and other groups put the pressure on, this change of title on Nas’ album would never had been a corporate concern.” Last year, NAN joined forces with the children of soul icon James Brown to lead a march on various record labels, including Universal, Sony and Warner Music, in New York City.


Jay-Z and Usher are celebrating the joys of being married to their respective wives in a new duet titled “Best Thing.” [Scroll down to listen.]
“Of course, with the talk of both of us now being newlyweds, there is a question as to why, and is it real?” Usher told MTV Base of the song, which is produced by Janet Jackson’s beau Jermaine Dupri. “Well, if you hear that [song], you’ll understand what [Jay-Z] meant when he says, ‘Seeds becomes plants/ Boys become men/ You’ve got to grow up, not down.'”
The song opens with Jay-Z speaking of a bachelor who doesn’t think marriage is for him: “Can’t give a ring up/ I couldn’t give a f—, how could I give a finger?/ Let alone half baths and closets/ So claustrophobic, in fear of close objects.” Usher, meanwhile, playing an unfaithful boyfriend, sings: “Listen, is there any chance that you remember me being any more than just a horrible man? And would you consider pullin’ this trigger and taking a second shot at romance?/ Oh baby, I want the days when you were my girl and I was your man/ Know I took you for granted/ But it wasn’t until now I see how much I miss you.” Jay-Z, 38, married Beyoncé Knowles, 26, in April. Usher, 29, married stylist Tameka Foster, 38, last August.


Wesley Snipes must begin serving his federal prison sentence on June 3rd unless he can convince a judge to grant him bail while he appeals his three federal tax convictions, reports the Associated Press. U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges last month sentenced Snipes to three years in prison, but the actor’s attorneys plan to argue before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Hodges erred in several ways before and after his February conviction. Snipes’ attorneys argue that Hodges gave the jury bad instructions and should have granted them an expanded pretrial hearing on their request to move the proceedings. For bail to be granted during the appeal, the 45-year-old film star must prove that he has a substantial issue to raise and isn’t a flight risk. Prosecutors said Snipes had no major issues to raise and has demonstrated he could flee. In a Monday filing, U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill said Snipes told the probation office he had less than $10,000 in liquid assets, but the actor surprised the government by producing $5 million in payment for back taxes at his sentencing. “His apparent lack of candor about his assets, combined with trial evidence that he has transferred millions of dollars offshore, show some risk of flight,” O’Neill wrote.


Charles Barkley of TNT’s “Inside the NBA” told viewers Monday evening that he has paid back the $400,000 he owed the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas after a criminal investigation was launched against him. The Las Vegas Sun reported last week that Barkley, an avid gambler, was being investigated by the District Attorney’s office after it was contacted by Wynn regarding the debt. Wynn filed a lawsuit against Barkley, claiming the money had been lent to the former NBA star in four $100,000 markers on Oct. 18 and Oct. 19. Barkley told “Inside the NBA” host Ernie Johnson that he had “screwed up” by not paying back the $400,000 earlier. “It was 100 percent my fault,” he said, adding that the incident has caused him to want to stop gambling. “I’m not going to gamble anymore,” he said. But by the end of his discussion with Johnson, he’d backpedaled, saying he wouldn’t gamble for “the next year or two.” Barkley told Johnson he had paid back the $400,000 in full. But that was news to Chief Deputy District Attorney Bernie Zadrowski, who oversees the bad check unit, which is handling the case. Zadrowski said Wynn officials had informed him that, as of 5:30 p.m. Monday, about 15 minutes after Barkley’s remarks, the casino had not received any money from Barkley. And for prosecutors to drop the criminal case, Barkley must not only repay the Wynn, he must also pay a 10 percent fee — $40,000 — to the bad check unit. A Wynn rep confirmed to yesterday that Barkley’s check for $440,000 was sent to the Las Vegas D.A.’s office for processing.

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1966: Bill Cosby becomes the first African American to receive an Emmy for best actor in a dramatic series, for his role in I Spy.
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