Solid Gold Soul

Aug. 15, 2008

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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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Director, Malcolm D. Lee

Director, Malcolm D. Lee

Malcolm D. Lee, director of the upcoming film “Soul Men,” had an unspeakably horrible weekend dealing with the deaths of Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes, both of whom starred in his upcoming film, “Soul Men.” “It was surreal,” Lee told ABC News. “It had to be some sort of bad dream that these two giants would die on the same weekend, and both would be in my movie.” “Soul Men”, also starring Samuel L. Jackson, tells the story of two estranged soul singers (Mac and Jackson) who reunite to honor their deceased band leader. Mac, 50, died Saturday from complications relating to pneumonia; Hayes, 65, died Sunday after collapsing at his home near Memphis. Citing paperwork from the singer’s family doctor, the local sheriff’s department said Hayes may have died from a stroke.

Mack, Hayes, Jackson

Mack, Hayes, Jackson

Aleady a classic photo: Bernie Mac, Isaac Hayes and Samuel L. Jackson from ‘Soul Men.’

Though Lee and distributor The Weinstein Co. have announced no changes to the movie or its Nov. 14 release date, the director says he feels the pressure of creating a fitting farewell to both actors. “This isn’t like “Dark Knight,” where Heath Ledger died while editing was in its infancy,” Lee says. “Most of our editing is done. We’ll go back and see if there is anything we can do better. But (Mac) left us with an indelible performance. I think I got him at the top of his game.” Mac plays a wisecracking counterpart to Jackson’s dour character, while Hayes plays himself in “Soul Men.” Lee says both roles “are emblematic, I think, of the men they were.”
Lee, who first met Mac on the set of “The Original Kings of Comedy” (directed by Lee’s cousin Spike), says Mac’s character in “Soul Men” “is eternally positive, and that’s the way he was in real life. (The movie) gave him an opportunity to be extremely raw and showcase his singing and dancing talent.” Hayes, meanwhile, “had to be in the movie,” Lee says. “His impact on music is immeasurable. I’ve listened to his music my whole life; he changed what soul music could be. He’s the man. They both were. I want my movie to be a tribute to both of them.”


Tyra Banks held a fashion event in the streets of New York Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the recent all-black issue of Italian Vogue. The former runway diva was joined by past, present and future black models for a special taping of her daytime talk show. The episode recognized the importance of having women of color in the fashion industry. “Young girls look at magazines and want to see a reflection of themselves and that will tell them that they exist, and that they are beautiful,” Banks said, according to the UK’s Channel 4. “So we need Asians, we need black, we need Latin, we need every culture represented in fashion to show that young girl that she matters, that she exists, and that she is beautiful.” Banks posed for pictures with the models before releasing a bunch of balloons into the Manhattan sky. The episode is scheduled to air on September 11th. In other Tyra news, her reality series, “America’s Next Top Model,” just announced the 14 new contestants who will compete during the show’s upcoming Cycle 11, which debuts Wednesday Sept. 3 from 8 to 10 p.m. on the CW.


Percy Miller released a statement yesterday saying he will no longer answer to the rap moniker Master P. The hip-hop mogul has officially changed his name to P. Miller in an effort to break from his past. “I’m changing my name because Master P is who I used to be,” Miller said. “I call it my childhood and P. Miller marks my manhood. “I wouldn’t change my past because it’s groomed me to be the man I am today. People grow mentally and spiritually through life experiences, but when you come from hip-hop it’s almost impossible to move past the stereotypes associated with it. “I’ve branched out into so many different arenas that range from being the first African-American to have a clothing line at Wal-Mart, to writing books, and speaking on Capitol Hill, but all that gets overshadowed because I come from the hip-hop industry. There’re a lot of people out there, who are afraid to grow up and change, but I’m not and P. Miller is the evolution of me, Percy Miller the entrepreneur, the business man.”

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1862: President Lincoln received the first group of blacks to confer with a U.S. president on a matter of public policy. He urged blacks to emigrate to Africa or Central America and was bitterly criticized by Northern blacks.
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Actor Antonio Fargas (“Starsky and Hutch”) is 62.

Bassist Larry Graham of Sly and the Family Stone is 62.

Actor Carl Lumbly (“Alias”) is 57.

Actress Jackee Harry (“Sister, Sister,” “227”) is 52.

Actress Halle Berry is 42.

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Change is the process of life
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