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June 25, 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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Shaquille O’Neal apparently is not over his rift with former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant. The Phoenix Suns center jumped on stage at a club in New York Sunday night and spat an anti-Kobe freestyle that ridiculed his team’s loss to the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals, and blamed the league MVP for ruining his marriage. “I’m a horse, Kobe ratted me out, that’s why I’m getting divorced,” rapped Shaq, likely referring to Bryant’s words during his 2003 rape case, when he told Colorado police that he “should have done what Shaq does … Shaq would pay his women not to say anything.” O’Neal went on to rap about Kobe’s inability to help the Lakers win another championship without him. He spat: “Check it/You know how I be/Last week Kobe couldn’t do without me.” The chorus stated: “Kobe…Tell me how my a** tastes.” Later Monday, Shaq told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that he meant no harm by the rhyme. “I was freestyling. That’s all. It was all done in fun. Nothing serious whatsoever. That is what MCs do. They freestyle when called upon. I’m totally cool with Kobe. No issue at all. And by the way, don’t forget, six albums, two platinum, two gold. Anybody who knows me knows I’m a funny freestyler. Check the NBA DVD when I was rapping about Vlade Divac during my first championship run. Please tell everybody don’t make something out of nothing.”


Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Keyshia Cole, Usher, Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, Kanye West, Nelly, Marvin Sapp, and Young Jeezy are all on board to perform at BET AWARDS ’08. In addition, LL Cool J, Samuel L. Jackson, Ice Cube, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Gabrielle Union, Mary Mary, Lauren London and Kevin Hart will be on hand as presenters, and Jill Scott will 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 p.m.est. Tagged as “the hottest ticket on television,” BET AWARDS ’08 brings together the biggest stars in music, sports and entertainment for an electrifying evening.


Jill Scott is apparently hearing wedding bells again. According to, the songstress was performing at Carnegie Hall over the weekend when she announced her engagement to Jon Roberts, the drummer in her band. According to Parlour, Scott had performed several encore songs when Roberts presented her with a bouquet of flowers and a kiss. She told the crowd about their engagement and was met with wild cheers and applause. Afterward, she gave the audience another encore. This time last year, Scott was in the midst of divorce proceedings with her husband of five years, Lyzel Williams, a DJ and graphic artist. They dated for seven years before exchanging vows in the fall of 2001 in Hawaii. Williams was the source of inspiration for many of Scott’s songs, including “He Loves Me.”


Alfre Woodard, last seen on the small screen in ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” returns to television opposite Christian Slater in NBC’s new Jekyll and Hyde-themed drama series “My Own Worst Enemy.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, Slater plays a mild-mannered suburban dad, named Henry, whose alter ego, Edward, is a suave spy. Woodard will play Edward’s tough and astute boss at Janus HQ. She also has an alter ego, who gets to interact with Henry.
Woodard is the last major cast addition to “Enemy,” joining Slater, Mike O’Malley, Yara Martinez and Saffron Burrows. The project is slated to air Mondays in the fall at 10 p.m. Woodard received two Emmy nominations in 2006, for her yearlong stint on “Desperate Housewives” and for the miniseries “The Water Is Wide.”


Barack Obama’s fashion sense is apparently all the rage at Milan’s fashion week, while the designer of a dress worn by his wife, Michelle, is still trying to deal with the item’s sudden demand. In Milan, Donatella Versace used the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee as inspiration for her Spring-Summer 2009 collection presented Saturday evening. Calling Obama “the man of the moment,” Versace said the new line was designed for “a relaxed man who doesn’t need to flex muscles to show he has power.” Meanwhile, in New York, designer Donna Ricco said she had no idea that Michelle Obama would be wearing her black-and-white leaf-print dress, which is available for $99 on her Web site, but was picked up by Mrs. Obama at the White House Black Market store for $148. Apparently she just bought it off the rack,” Ricco tells the New York Daily News. “I didn’t realize until people started calling me, and then I watched the show on YouTube.” Many White House Black Market stores across the country sold out of the dress. In New York, shipments were arriving just in time for next-day demand. Ricco is frantically trying to make 3,000 more for a late-summer delivery.
“She is so classy and so put together,” Ricco says of Michelle Obama. “I try to design dresses that can flatter every woman and every shape, and of course Michelle is in great shape, but for her to just grab that off the rack and have it look so great on her, that’s a real compliment.”


Like Tina Turner, the Time is using a performance on February’s Grammy Awards to help launch a concert comeback. All the original members of the 1980s hitmaking Minneapolis R&B ensemble — Morris Day, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Jesse Johnson, Jellybean Johnson, Monte Moir and Jerome Benton – will reunite for 15 shows in Las Vegas at the Flamingo from June 24 to Aug. 2. While Day has performed with a revamped Time for years, the original lineup last worked together in 1990. Both groups are still performing. Ticket information is available at


Just before Naomi Campbell pleaded guilty Friday to assault, French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent issued a statement announcing that the supermodel will front its new autumn-winter 2008-2009 advertising campaign. Photos for the effort, headed by YSL designer Stefano Pilati, were taken in March, about a month before her incident at London’s Heathrow airport. The 38-year-old is also part of Italian Vogue’s all-black July issue, joining models Iman, Alek Wek, Mounia and other black models in the publication’s stand against racial discrimination in the fashion world. Campbell was sentenced to community service in London on Friday for assaulting police on board a British Airways plane. She was also ordered to complete 200 hours of community service and pay over $5,000 in fines.


Don’t look here for a story on Don Imus’ stupidity. I will report when he retires.

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1936: Mary McLeod Bethune, founder-president of Bethune-Cookman College, was named director of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration. She was the first black woman to receive a major appointment from the federal government. The educator held the post until January 1, 1944.

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Actor-director Georg Stanford Brown is 65.

Reggae singer Derrick Simpson of Black Uhuru is 58.

Actress Danielle Spencer (“What’s Happening”) is 43.

Singer Solange Knowles is 22.

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Forget the dumb stuff
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Freddie Bell
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Minneapolis, MN 55439


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