Solid Gold Soul

Aug. 8, 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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My sources tell me that Kings of Comedy and Radio personality Steve Harvey is taking steps to sell off Texas property including the house in which his ex-wife, Mary Lee Harvey lives. In asking the courst to unseal the divorce documents, Harvey also appears to be positioning himself to take full custody of the former couple’s son. Harvey has been ordered to pay millions of dollars in divorce settlements but to date has not fulfilled on that order. Stay tuned for more details. Mary Lee Harvey is claiming that she was conned into a quickie separation of marriage devised by the entertainer and his attorney, Ricky Anderson — who allegedly sought to keep private details about the comic’s adultery, poor and neglectful parenting, and “physical and mental abuse” of his ex-spouse.

According to documents made available at, the former Mrs. Harvey filed a lawsuit on Nov. 20 claiming that she was defrauded by the comedian and the couple’s longtime attorney, who represented both sides in the November 2005 proceedings. Talk about a raw deal.

The result was her being unaware of her rights to independent counsel and being severely shortchanged when it came to alimony, division of community property, and child support – which amounts to a paltry monthly payment of $1,000 for the couple’s son.

Meanwhile Harvey, who hosted the nationally syndicated variety show ‘Showtime at the Apollo’ and fronted other TV shows throughout the years, is now maried to another woman, Majorie Bridges. 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.


Morgan Freeman & Myrna Colley-Lee

Morgan Freeman & Myrna Colley-Lee

Morgan Freeman and his wife of 24 years, Myrna Colley-Lee, have filed for divorce, according to the actor’s longtime business partner. Bill Luckett, who co-owns a restaurant and blues club in Clarksdale, Miss. with Freeman, says the split was in the works way before Freeman’s Sunday night car crash with female passenger Demaris Meyer, 48. A tabloid reported that Freeman, 71, and his wife have been separated since December 2007. The National Enquirer claims Colley-Lee consulted a divorce attorney after hearing that Freeman cheated on her with “a close family friend.” “Myrna was terribly upset when she heard Morgan had become intimate with a woman who had been her friend,” a source told the National Enquirer. Yesterday, Luckett told USA Today that he and the actor have been friends with Demaris “for some time.” Freeman was driving her Nissan Maxima when he lost control of the vehicle and it flipped over several times before landing in a ditch near his home in Tallahatchie County, Miss. Bill Rogers, a retired police officer who was the first to arrive at the scene, said Freeman managed to relay that he and Meyer were headed to his home in Charleston, a small town some 90 miles south of Memphis.
“He said that they were friends and she had offered him a ride home and she didn’t really know the way and so he was going to drive the vehicle,” Rogers told the Associated Press Tuesday. “They said they were coming from Clarksdale.” Freeman and Luckett’s Ground Zero Blues Club and Madadi restaurant are in Clarksdale. Norris, the manager of Ground Zero, said Wednesday that Freeman had not been there the night of the accident. No one at Madadi was available for comment, according to the AP. Freeman suffered a broken arm, broken elbow and minor shoulder injuries during the crash. He had surgery Monday on his left arm and hand, but his recovery is expected to take months. Luckett says Freeman will have to wear a neck brace for six to eight months, and his arm will take several months to heal. Luckett also said earlier reports of Freeman having a severed nerve in his arm were not true. “Nothing was severed. A nerve can be bruised or stretched. It was injured but not severed,” he said. Freeman could be released in the next few days from the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis.


Whoopi Bringing in the Bank

Whoopi Bringing in the Bank

Just call Whoopi Goldberg “The Fixer.” After bringing some much-needed stability to ABC’s “The View,” the veteran actress has helped to boost ticket sales of Broadway’s Xanadu ever since joining the cast on July 29. According to Variety, the musical’s box office jumped by more than $75,000 to $316,205, and drew audiences that reached 87% of capacity. That’s the highest jump of the season, and good news for a musical that has never quite caught fire despite strong reviews and Tony nominations. Goldberg’s six-week turn as evil sister Calliope ends on September 7. Her Broadway resume includes a Drama Desk and Theatre World Award for her 1985 Broadway solo show Whoopi Goldberg. She has also starred on Broadway in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and another solo show Whoopi.


According to news reports, Detroit’s troubled mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick has been put in lockdown for a night. But, according to the Wayne County Sheriff’s office, he will be allowed visitors. According to The AP, his honor is to be photographed and issued a green Wayne County Jail jumpsuit and will be housed alone in a restricted area of the jail because of his high profile.
Judge Ronald Giles revoked Kilpatrick’s bond after he found the mayor violated the terms of his bond by going to Canada and not informing the court. The mayor, who is required to alert the court to all travel plans, went across the border last month to push the sale of the city’s half of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. The ruling Thursday came after the mayor apologized to the court, saying it won’t happen again. Judge Giles says he would have given the same treatment to any criminal defendant. Kilpatrick faces perjury and other charges, which he has denied.


Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Author Maya Angelou and TV producer Norman Lear have been chosen to receive the 2008 Marian Anderson Award, which honors artists whose leadership benefits humankind. The pair will receive their awards, as well as an accompanying $100,000 honorarium, during a ceremony to be held Nov. 17 in Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, reports the Associated Press. Angelou, 80, has written more than a dozen best sellers including “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” as well as three Grammy-winning spoken-word albums, poetry, plays and children’s books. She also has written for television and film, serving on the board of the American Film Institute and as a member of the Director’s Guild. Lear, 76, was creator, producer and writer for such television classics as “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Jeffersons” and “Maude.” In its 10th year, the annual Marian Anderson Award is named for the famed contralto and Philadelphia native, who died in 1993 at age 96. Previous recipients include Harry Belafonte, Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor, Oprah Winfrey, Sidney Poitier and Richard Gere.


Do you know any Black males who are seniors in high school who want to go to college out of state for “FREE”? Several Black Colleges are looking for future black male teachers and will send them to universities/colleges for 4 years FREE. The ‘Call Me MISTER’ program is an effort to address the critical shortage of African American male teachers particularly among South Carolina ‘s lowest performing public schools. Program participants are selected from among under-served, socio-economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities. The Call Me MISTER program combines the special strengths and resources of Clemson University with the individualized instructional programs offered by four historically black colleges in South Carolina: Benedict College, Claflin University, Morris College and South Carolina State University. To provide even greater opportunity and access, students have the option of first attending one of our two-year partner colleges before transferring to one of the four-year institutions to complete their baccalaureate degree. In addition, the project has limited enrollment in the middle school Master of Art in a teaching program.

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1948: Alice Coachman becomes the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the high jump during the Summer Games in London.
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Singer Herb Reed of The Platters is 80. Singer Harold Hudson of The Commodores is 59. Actor Harold Perrineau (“Lost,” “Oz”) is 45.

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There is no such thing as failure without recourse.
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Freddie Bell
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