Solid Gold Soul

June 17, 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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Nineteen-hole playoff with Rocco Mediate caps a tournament for the ages.
*Tiger Woods overcame a bum knee and a 19-hole playoff Monday to win the U.S. Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines over Rocco Mediate.


Mogul forgoes own relationship with CBS TV Distribution and picks Sony.
*Oprah Winfrey has chosen Sony Pictures TV to distribute a talk show hosted by heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, a frequent guest on her own program and a contributor to her “Oprah and Friends” channel on XM Satellite Radio.


Actress Scarlett Johansson, who made headlines last week after it was revealed that she and Sen. Barack Obama exchange e-mails on a regular basis, is reportedly upset with media reports that call her support for his campaign a “crush.” “She is a surrogate. They’re not exchanging love letters,” her rep told the New York Daily News. “Everyone seems to be forgetting that she’s engaged [to actor Ryan Reynolds]. Kal Penn is also a surrogate, and no one says he has a crush on Obama.” The actress’ twin brother, Hunter, just so happens to work for Obama’s campaign. The position he holds is not clear. The whole media uproar was sparked by Johansson’s interview last week with, where she spoke of offering Obama advice by e-mail and admitted being “amazed” that he finds the time to reply to her. “Someone like the senator, who is constantly traveling and constantly ‘on,’ how can he return these personal e-mails?” she said to Politico.


The New York Post is reporting that Al Sharpton and his National Action Network group squeeze money out of corporations by threatening to march on their businesses and boycott their services if they don’t pay up. A rep for General Motors said it had been turning down NAN’s repeated requests for contributions for the past six years, beginning in August 2000. Then, in December 2006, Sharpton threatened to call a boycott of the carmaker over the closing of an African-American-owned GM dealership in The Bronx, and he picketed outside GM headquarters on Fifth Avenue. Last year, General Motors gave NAN a $5,000 donation. It gave $5,000 more this year, a spokesman said, calling NAN a “worthy” organization. In November 2003, Sharpton marched on DaimlerChrysler’s Chicago car show and threatened a boycott over alleged racial bias in car loans. “This is institutional racism,” he said at the time. In May 2004, Chrysler began supporting NAN’s conferences, which include panels on corporate responsibility and civil rights and a black-tie awards dinner to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Last year, Sharpton gave Chrysler an award for corporate excellence. Also in 2003, Sharpton targeted American Honda for not hiring enough African-Americans in management. “We support those that support us,” wrote Sharpton and the Rev. Horace Sheffield III, president of NAN’s Michigan chapter, in a letter to American Honda. “We cannot be silent while African-Americans spend hard-earned dollars with a company that does not hire, promote or do business with us in a statistically significant manner.” Two months after American Honda execs met with Sharpton, the carmaker began to sponsor NAN’s events – and continues to pay “a modest amount” each year, a spokesman said. Almost 50 companies – including PepsiCo, General Motors, Wal-Mart, FedEx, Continental Airlines, Johnson & Johnson and Chase – and some labor unions sponsored Sharpton’s National Action Network annual conference in April, according to the Post. Sharpton says none of them were pressured for cash. “That’s the old shakedown theory that the anti-civil-rights forces have used against us forever,” he told The Post Sunday. “Why can’t they come up with one company that says that? No one has criticized me.” “His way of doing things was, ‘If we’re going to support you and you’re not going to support us, then we have to focus on telling the African-American community not to spend their money,'” said La-Van Hawkins, a partner in Hawkins Food Group, which owns and operates fast-food franchises nationwide. After Hawkins lost an attempt to sue Burger King in 2000 for denying him franchises, he sent Sharpton, attorney Johnnie Cochran and a Miami lawyer to meet with the company’s top execs. BK ended up settling with Hawkins for $31 million. Sharpton did not get a cut, but Hawkins Food Group paid him an annual $25,000 fee, Hawkins said. He said he has donated “over $1 million” to NAN.
Within months of threatening to boycott Pepsi in June 1998 because the company’s ads did not portray African-Americans, the company hired him as a $25,000-a-year adviser until 2007.
Sharpton made the same complaint against Macy’s in 1998. The company appointed Sharpton an unpaid adviser on diversity, but also funds NAN’s annual conference. Last week, Macy’s Senior Vice President Ed Goldberg praised Sharpton as “the kind of guy you can sit down and talk to.”


Best Female R&B nominee Rihanna, last year’s Best Male R&B winner Ne-Yo, Viewer’s Choice nominee Keyshia Cole and Best Gospel Artist nominee Marvin Sapp have joined previously announced performers Usher, Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys, Chris Brown and Young Jeezy for BET AWARDS ’08. In addition, LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Gabrielle Union, Mary Mary, Lauren London and Kevin Hart have been added as presenters and Jill Scott has been confirmed to perform a special tribute to legendary R&B Icon Al Green, who is receiving BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Quincy Jones, celebrated producer/arranger/composer, is also being honored this year with BET’s prestigious Humanitarian Award for his outreach to young African-Americans through the Listen Up Foundation. Hosted by actor and comedian D.L. Hughley, BET AWARDS ’08 premieres live from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium on Tuesday, June 24 at 8:00 pm*.

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1957: Tuskegee boycott begins. Blacks boycotted city stores in protest against act of state legislature which deprived them of municipal votes by placing their homes outside city limits.
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Singer Kevin Thornton of Color Me Badd is 39.

Actor-rapper Herculeez of Herculeez and Big Tyme is 25.

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Remain diligent
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Freddie Bell
PO Box 390521
Minneapolis, MN 55439