Solid Gold Soul

Aug. 11, 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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(One of my Favorite cuts from Issac Hayes!)

The two following stories record the passing of the legendary Issac Hayes and Comedian Actor, Bernie Mac. has featured Guest Books for Mr. Isaac Hayes and Mr. Bernie Mac on its site. Here is a way for you to express your condolences. You may find the Guest Books at and, respectively.

Bernie Mac’s Guest Book has drawn hundreds of photos and thousands of Guest Book entries already. No doubt the same will happen for Issac Hayes. Later this week I’ll share memories of my personal encounters with these two giants.


Bernie Mac

It’s a sad day in the entertainment world. Chicago comedian Bernie Mac has died at age 50.
“Actor/comedian Bernie Mac passed away this morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital,” his publicist, Danica Smith, said in a statement from Los Angeles. No other details were immediately available and the family asked that their privacy be respected.
Mac suffered from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease that produces tiny lumps of cells in the body’s organs, but had said the condition went into remission in 2005. He recently was hospitalized and treated for pneumonia, which Smith said was not related to the disease.

(Forgive the rough language!!)

Ironically, it was just just last weekend that rumors flew around that he had passed away. Unfortunately that rumor became reality this morning. Bernie Mac was also in te news recently when he was heckled during a surprise appearance at a July fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate and fellow Chicagoan Barack Obama. Toward the end of a 10-minute standup routine, Mac joked about menopause, sexual infidelity and promiscuity, and used occasional crude language. The performance earned him a rebuke from Obama’s campaign.
Mac started his comedy career at age 8, with a standup performance at a church dinner. In 1977, at age 20, he took that act to comedy clubs in Chicago. His film career started with a small role as a club doorman in the Damon Wayans movie “Mo’ Money” in 1992. Mac went on to star in the “Ocean’s Eleven” franchise with Brad Pitt and George Clooney and his turn with Ashton Kutcher in 2005’s “Guess Who?” — a remake of the Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn 1967 classic “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” — topped the box office. Mac also had starring roles in “Bad Santa,” “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” and “Transformers.” The comedian drew critical and popular acclaim with his Fox television series “The Bernie Mac Show,” which aired more than 100 episodes from 2001 to 2006. The series about a man’s adventures raising his sister’s three children, won a Peabody Award in 2002. At the time, judges wrote they chose the sitcom for transcending “race and class while lifting viewers with laughter, compassion — and cool.”

The show garnered Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Mac. He also was nominated for a Grammy award for best comedy album in 2001 along with his “The Original Kings of Comedy” co-stars, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley and Cedric The Entertainer. In 2007, Mac told David Letterman on CBS’ “Late Show” that he planned to retire soon. “I’m going to still do my producing, my films, but I want to enjoy my life a little bit,” Mac told Letterman. “I missed a lot of things, you know. I was a street performer for two years. I went into clubs in 1977.”
Mac was born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough on Oct. 5, 1957, in Chicago. He grew up on the city’s South Side, living with his mother and grandparents. His grandfather was the deacon of a Baptist church. In his 2004 memoir, “Maybe You Never Cry Again,” Mac wrote about having a poor childhood — eating bologna for dinner — and a strict, no-nonsense upbringing. Mac’s mother died of cancer when he was 16. In his book, Mac said she was a support for him and told him he would surprise everyone when he grew up. “Woman believed in me,” he wrote. “She believed in me long before I believed.”

Later this week, I’ll share a couple of personal encounters I had with Bernie Mac.


Issac Hayes 1942-2008

Isaac Hayes, an Oscar- and Grammy-winning music icon who helped to usher in the disco era, died Sunday afternoon after he collapsed near a treadmill, authorities said. He was 65.
The entertainer was pronounced dead at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis an hour after his body was found by a family member, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said. The cause of death was not immediately known. Sheriff’s office spokesman Steve Shular said authorities received a 911 call after Hayes’ wife, young son and his wife’s cousin returned home from the grocery store and found him collapsed in a downstairs bedroom. A sheriff’s deputy administered CPR until paramedics arrived. “The treadmill was running but he was unresponsive lying on the floor,” Shular said. Hayes was preparing to record a new album for Stax, the soul record label he helped build to legendary status. And he had recently finished work on a movie called “Soul Men” in which he played himself, starring Samuel Jackson and Bernie Mac, who died on Saturday.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Isaac Hayes, a true historic world music figure,” said the Reverend Al Sharpton, in a statement to EUR, who was to dedicate his Sunday night radio program to the late artist. “Isaac Hayes was the first African-American to win an Oscar for a music score but never lost sight of his commitment to his community and the betterment of mankind. He was more than an artist he was a trailblazer, He was an innovator. He was a creative genius. I shall never forget how in the height of his career he still had time to work and lend his celebrity to those of us much younger and at that time who were totally unknown. Even in his later years he never hesitated to appear for a cause or endorse something that he felt was for the good of mankind. He will be sorely missed.” With his trademark shades, bald head and deep baritone, Isaac Hayes laid the groundwork for not just disco, but also what came to be known as urban contemporary. He co-wrote the Sam and Dave hits “Hold On I’m Coming” and “Soul Man.” He reached his commercial peak in 1972 when he won an Academy Award for his No. 1 hit “Theme from ‘Shaft.”‘ Younger audiences are more familiar with Hayes as the voice of Chef on Comedy Central’s animated series “South Park.” But he left the show a few years ago because he disagreed with its attacks on Scientology, the religious movement to which he belonged.

Hayes was born in 1942 in a tin shack in Covington, Tenn., about 40 miles north of Memphis. He was raised by his maternal grandparents after his mother died and his father left when he was 1 1/2. The family moved to Memphis when he was 6. Hayes wanted to be a doctor, but those dreams ended and were replaced with musical aspirations after he won a ninth grade talent contest by singing Nat King Cole’s “Looking Back.” He released his debut album, the poor-selling “Presenting Isaac Hayes,” in 1968. He broke through the following year with “Hot Buttered Soul,” which contained just four songs but sold over a million copies. His work on director Gordon Parks’ urban crime drama “Shaft,” a project he had hoped to star in, was the first of many forays into movie soundtracks. He got in front of the camera for the 1974 cult classic “Truck Turner” and had kept busy with film work ever since, recently appearing in the hip-hop drama “Hustle & Flow.” Community activist Najee Ali says a candlelight vigil for Hayes, as well as Bernie Mac, will be held at 6 p.m. tonight in Los Angeles at 5th Street Dicks coffeehouse in Leimert Park (4305 Degnan Blvd.)


Danny Glover

Danny Glover

Will Danny Glover’s character in “Lethal Weapon” get to say his famous “I’m too old for this s***” line one more time? Word from is that a spec script for “Lethal Weapon 5” has been written by Shane Black, the same screenwriter who penned the first film in the lucrative series. The Web site also says Black contacted franchise producer Joel Silver, who expressed a desire to move forward with the film. Most importantly, Glover and his on-screen partner Mel Gibson are also reportedly willing to return, although no deals have been signed.
According to, the new script has Riggs (Gibson) about to retire, when he pulls Murtaugh (Glover) out of retirement to solve one final case before they both officially call it quits.


A diamond ring on the wedding finger of pop star Rihanna has triggered rumors that she and her boyfriend, fellow pop singer Chris Brown, are headed to the altar. Although both artists claim only to be good friends, numerous photos of the two kissing and frolicking together on vacations have surfaced for months, the latest coming last weekend from a joint trip to Ocean City, Maryland. New paparazzi photos on the Web Thursday show a diamond ring on Rihanna’s left hand.


Carl Lewis

Carl Lewis

In a year that saw Marion Jones and the 2000 US men’s 4x400m relay squad stripped of their Olympic medals because of positive drugs tests, track champ Carl Lewis is challenging athletes competing in the Beijing Games to carry the onus in the fight against doping. “The athletes need to step up and decide that they want to stop the drug problem in their own sport. Until they do that it’s going to be an issue,” Lewis told AFP. “If the athletes don’t want it (doping), they can’t stop it but they can eliminate a lot of it.

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African American inventor William C. Carter patented an umbrella stand (U.S. patent#323,397). Aug. 9, 1936: Jesse Owens wins four gold medals in the Berlin Olympics. Aug. 10, 1981: The Coca-Cola Bottling Company agreed to pump $34 million into black businesses and the black community, ending a national boycott called by PUSH.
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Singer Airrion Love of The Stylistics is 59.
Country singer Jamie O’Hara is 58.
Rapper Kool Moe Dee is 46.
Singer Marsha Ambrosius of Floetry is 31.
Actress Countess Vaughn (“The Parkers,” “Moesha”) is 30.
Rapper Kurtis Blow is 49.
Singer Whitney Houston is 45.
“Today” co-host Hoda Kotb is 44.
Rapper Mack 10 is 37.
Singer Al Alberts of The Four Aces is 86.
Actor James Reynolds (“Days of Our Lives”) is 62.
Singer Patti Austin is 60.
Singer Neneh Cherry is 44. Singer
Aaron Hall is 44.
Singer Lorraine Pearson of Five Star is 41.
Singer Michael Bivins (Bell Biv Devoe, New Edition) is 40.
Singer Nikki Bratcher of Divine is 28.

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