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Aug. 13, 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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Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

An original comedy “king” is being mourned by the Queen of Soul. Aretha Franklin released a statement Monday expressing sadness over the passing of her friend, comedian Bernie Mac.
“It was so stunning and almost unbelievable to hear about Bernie Mac,” she said. “He was at the pinnacle of success and legendary status. He was such a beautiful and fun guy and loved and appreciated by so many. He will truly be missed and I watched him at bedtime almost nightly.”
She continued: “He got on my tour bus once in front of the Trump Hotel in New York and talked to myself and [a] group about the injustices of the world of TV concerning his show, but that he intended to stand firmly in his principles concerning the creative aspects of his script.”
Mac, 50, died Saturday from what his publicist said were complications from pneumonia. He had the inflammatory lung disease, sarcoidosis, but it had reportedly been in remission since 2005.
Franklin suggests that men use Mac’s death as a reminder to pay attention to their own health issues. “Gentlemen of the world, please disband the practice [of not getting] regular check-ups, it’s far better to know sooner than later, because later, many times, is too late,” she says. “If you take care of self, self will take care of you most of the way. God bless and blessed Bernie Mac.” A funeral for Mac is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 15, at an undisclosed location. The family requests that donations be made to the Bernie Mac Foundation for Sarcoidosis, 40 E. Ninth St., Suite 601, Chicago IL 60605.


Patti Labelle

Patti Labelle

Tributes for the late Isaac Hayes have been pouring in following his sudden death on Sunday.
The music icon, 65, was found unconscious near a treadmill at his Memphis home. He died an hour later at the Baptist East Hospital. Listed below are statements issued from some of Hayes’ friends and colleagues regarding his passing.

• Dionne Warwick: “I’ve lost one of my best buddies and it is not easy to reckon with…I know one can never put a question mark where GOD puts a period, so I will not question the Almighty’s decision to call him home…He was my “family”…He will be a part of my musical life each time I sing the song “Déjà Vu” as this was a birthday gift to me from him…My family and I send sincere heartfelt condolences to his family for their enormous loss, and we will hold them in continuous prayer.”

• Aretha Franklin: “It was so sad to hear about Isaac Hayes. So musically advanced and timeless in his compositions. He was loved and appreciated by so many. He was an enduring symbol of the struggle of the African-American man and was a shining example of soul at its best. God bless.”

• Patti LaBelle: “I last saw Isaac a while back in Washington, D.C. at a concert where we were both performing. Although he was under the weather, he was still performing. He was the man—he had ‘the show must go on’ spirit. In his absence, he will be remembered through his great music. He will forever be in our hearts and souls. God bless his family.”




With his mama newly returned as his manager, Usher has been announced as one of the performers set to kick off the 2008 NFL season with a free Sept. 4 concert at New York’s Columbus Circle. The show, also featuring country star Keith Urban, will precede the NFL season opener between the Super Bowl champion New York Giants and the Washington Redskins at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., reports Billboard. John Mellencamp, Faith Hill, Kelly Clarkson, Hinder and Keyshia Cole performed at last year’s NFL Kickoff concert in Indianapolis.


Kwame Kilpatrick, Detroit Mayor

Kwame Kilpatrick, Detroit Mayor

Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick may find himself back in jail after a prosecutor accused him of violating the bail terms of his assault case by spending time with his sister, one of 11 witnesses listed by authorities. According to the Associated Press, Kilpatrick and Ayanna Kilpatrick were together at their mother’s house Saturday, a day after he was released from jail for violating bond in a separate perjury case, said Doug Baker of the Michigan attorney general’s office.
Kilpatrick’s defense team, however, believes the mayor did nothing wrong. Attorney Jim Thomas said Magistrate Renee McDuffee clarified Friday that Kilpatrick was allowed to have contact with his sister. Thomas has accused state Attorney General Mike Cox, a Republican, of trying to play politics with the latest filing against the Democratic mayor. Judge Ronald Giles is scheduled to hold a hearing on the matter today. On Thursday, Giles threw the mayor in jail for violating his bond conditions in a perjury case involving Kilpatrick and a former top aide. Kilpatrick traveled to Windsor, Ontario, for city business July 23 without first notifying authorities. Kilpatrick was released Friday after a higher court, acting on an appeal, set his bond at $50,000.

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1873: Actor and co-composer of “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” J Rosamond Johnson, was born
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Songwriter Kenny Gamble of Gamble and Huff is 65.

Drummer Chris Dave (Mint Condition) is 40.

Rap DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad (Lucy Pearl, A Tribe Called Quest) is 38.

Rapper Chris Kelly of Kris Kross is 30.

Singer J-Boog (B2K) is 23.

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Wait for spirit to speak to your heart

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Minneapolis, MN 55439


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