Solid Gold Soul

Aug. 1, 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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Cedric The Entertainer is rumored to be joining the cast of Broadway’s upcoming revival of “American Buffalo.” The 1976 play by David Mamet follows a team of men who are conspiring to steal a coin collection from a wealthy man. The New York Post is reporting that Ced may sign on as one of the four men, junk shop-owner Don. The character sold a nickel to a man for much less than what it was worth. Out of revenge, he and his friend-in-training, Bob, plan to steal the man’s coin collection after suspecting that he went away for the weekend.” John Leguizamo has already been cast in the play.


The Obama campaign had to release a statement yesterday denouncing lyrics from Ludacris that call his former Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton the b-word and also disparages John McCain, President Bush and the Rev. Jesse Jackson. The track, titled “Politics: Obama is Here,” includes the line: “Hillary hated on you, so that b*tch is irrelevant.” Clinton backers on the Web erupted with calls for Democratic nominee Barack Obama to criticize the rapper. “I hope Senator Obama has the presence of mind to denounce and distance himself from Ludacris,” wrote Yashar Hedayat, Sen. Clinton’s former national finance co-chair, in an email to the Huffington Post. “In May, when Father Pfleger made those horrible remarks about Senator Clinton at Trinity United, Senator Obama didn’t do much to defend her and John McCain was the first to rush to her defense.”


Comedienne Sommore will present “The Queen Stands Alone,” a film version of her stand-up act, on Comedy Central Saturday, Sept. 13. The film will be released the following Tuesday (Sept. 30) on DVD/Home Video via Vivendi Universal and CodeBlack Entertainment. “This is a show that I’ve waited oh so long to do,” explains Sommore. “Over the years, I had other offers, but I turned them down because I felt that I wasn’t ready at that point in my career. Comedy Central is a perfect fit. I really challenged myself with this special. I produced it and it is just fabulous.” The 41-year-old New Jersey native was last seen on TV in VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp.”


Candy giant Mars decided to pull its UK TV ad for Snickers after receiving complaints in the U.S. that the spot, featuring Mr. T harassing a male speed walker, was offensive to gays. The commercial features Mr. T in the back of a flatbed truck barreling through a quiet suburban neighborhood to catch up with the speed walker, a white male dressed in tight yellow shorts.
“Speed walking? I pity you fool. You a disgrace to the man race. It’s time to run like a real man,” Mr. T yells at the man before shooting Snickers bars at him with a huge machine gun mounted on the truck. The ad closes with Mr. T saying: “Snickers! Get some nuts!” The commercial, by ad agency AMV BBDO, does not air here in the States, and has barely ruffled feathers in the U.K. The country’s Advertising Standards Authority received just two complaints since its debut on July 13 and did not investigate the commercial for a possible breach of the advertising code.
However, the ad caused an uproar on U.S. soil. The Human Rights Campaign criticized Mars for perpetuating “the notion that the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community is a group of second class citizens and that violence against GLBT people is not only acceptable, but humorous”. Mars said that the ad was supposed to be “fun,” that it never intended to cause offense and has pulled the campaign. “This ad is the second in a series of UK Snickers Ads featuring Mr T, which are meant to be fun and have been positively received in the UK,” said a Mars rep. “However, we understand that humor is highly subjective, and it is never our intention to cause offense. Accordingly, we have pulled the Mr T Speedwalker ad globally.”


Chuck Berry says thanks for the concern, but he is in “perfect” health despite rumors to the contrary after he pulled out of two sold-out concerts in Spain at the 11th hour and without explanation. As previously reported, the “Johnny B Goode” singer was scheduled to perform in Estepona on Spain’s Mediterranean coast Saturday, and in the northern city of Leon the following night. British newspaper Daily Mail quoted an unnamed source close to the entertainer as saying ill health may have been the cause. It wasn’t, according to Berry’s rep, who told the sudden cancellation had to do with “contractual and financial problems” with the presenters of the shows. Berry will be playing the Long Beach Blues Festival on August 31 as planned.

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1874: Patrick Francis Healy was inaugurated as president of Georgetown University, the oldest Catholic University in America, and became the first African American to head a predominantly white university.
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Actor Wesley Snipes is 46.

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Freddie Bell
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Minneapolis, MN 55439