Solid Gold Soul

Aug. 22, 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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Stephanie Tubbs-Jones

Stephanie Tubbs-Jones

Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first black woman to represent Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives, died Wednesday after suffering an aneurysm, medical officials said. She was 58.
Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Ohio, suffered an aneurysm Tuesday evening.

1 of 2 Tubbs Jones, a Democrat in her fifth term representing parts of Cleveland and its suburbs, suffered the aneurysm Tuesday evening while driving in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, her staff said. She was rushed to East Cleveland’s Huron Hospital, where a team of doctors determined Wednesday morning that she had “very limited brain function,” said Dr. Gus Kious, the hospital’s chief of staff. Wednesday afternoon, before Tubbs Jones died, Kious said that the aneurysm “an inaccessible part of her brain” and that she was in critical condition.
She died at 6:12 p.m. ET Wednesday after her condition declined “throughout the course of the day and into this evening,” according to a joint statement from her family, Huron Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic. The congresswoman had a full day of activity Tuesday, according to a statement from her office, “including planning for an upcoming forum on electoral reform, scheduled for September 4, 2008, at Cleveland State University.” Elected in 1998, Tubbs Jones built a reputation in Congress for speaking out. In 2003, she was the only Ohioan in Congress to vote against a resolution supporting U.S. troops in Iraq.
She said she voted “no” because the resolution connected Iraq to the September 11 terrorist attacks and declared that Iraq poses a continued threat to the United States. She said that neither of those claims had been proved. “Our veterans deserve better than lip service,” she said. She stepped up her national political role in 2004, assisting the presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry, especially in battleground states. She also helped shape her party’s platform, traveling the country as a co-chair of the Democratic National Committee. In early January 2005, Tubbs Jones led an unsuccessful fight against certifying Ohio’s tally in the 2004 presidential election, citing voting irregularities. Lawmakers voted down the challenge, allowing President Bush to carry the state by about 70,000 votes and sealing his 286-251 victory in the Electoral College. Tubbs Jones was one of the most ardent supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s 2008 run for the White House. After Clinton bowed out of the race in June, she endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, now the presumptive Democratic nominee. Tubbs Jones, a superdelegate, had been scheduled to attend the Democratic National Convention next week in Denver, Colorado.

Born in Cleveland, she started public life as a municipal judge in 1981. She also had been a trial court judge and, for the seven years before her election to Congress, a county prosecutor.

Her husband, Mervyn, died in October 2003 of a heart attack. The couple had one son.

by Freddie Bell

Prominent Africans Americans seem to be leaving us at a record pace. We were stunned to hear of Bernie Mack’s, 50, passing last Saturday morning. For at least two decades Mack had been battling a nagging lung disease while maintaining a hectic schedule. Taping TV shows, filming movies and making audiences laugh across America took a heavy toll on him.

The next day, Black Moses died. Issac Hayes’, 65, life was apparently taken by a stroke while he exercised on a treadmill in his home. Ironically, he and Mack had recently finished shooting Soul Men with Samuel L. Jackson.

To loose a pair of prominent stars in one weekend was devastating. To remember these legends people across America were pulling out their copies of the Theme From Shaft, and replaying South Park clips featuring Chef, the character to whom Hayes lent his incredible voice, and watching The Kings of Comedy in which Bernie Mack was at his best.

If their deaths weren’t enough, the Glory Train pulled through again early this week and claimed Pervis Jackson of the Spinners as one its passengers. On another whistle stop Wednesday evening, the Glory Train claimed Ohio’s first Black Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a strong Hillary Clinton supporter, who died of a brain aneurysm. Whew!

God’s plan is larger than I can imagine. Certainly the lives of these people and the memories they created for us can serve as valuable lessons of perseverance, dedication and living a purposed life.


Fox has announced that “The Wendy Williams Show” will follow up its six-week, four-market trial run with a nationwide launch via the Fox Television Stations group in mid-2009. The daily one-hour talk show, distributed by Debmar-Mercury, will end its preview run Friday in the cities of Los Angeles (KTTV), New York (WNYW), Dallas (KDFW) and Detroit (WJBK). Ordering 30 episodes of “Wendy Williams” and airing it on a cross-section of stations allowed Fox to test the waters on an expensive national launch before committing millions of dollars on a 52-week order. Since the show’s July 15 debut in those four key markets, “Wendy Williams” boosted key time period ratings significantly over comparable May sweeps performances. Average viewership was up 80% in the target demo of women 25-54, for example, and 200% among femmes 18-34, reports Variety. Broadcast live from New York, “Wendy Williams” features the shock jock’s commentary on celebrity gossip and news events, interviews, and fashion and advice segments.
In other Wendy Williams news, Danity Kane singer Aubrey O’Day was recently on the show and lamented about how “people tend to focus on certain things about my character.” Williams said, “Yeah, the plastic surgery, the blond hair and the black men.” O’Day shot back, “No plastic surgery. Definitely the black men and the blond hair. I’ve had no plastic surgery at all.”


Johnny C. Taylor

Johnny C. Taylor

Don’t surf the web, drive it. That’s the mantra of search engine
The site, created by Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., is a web search engine, dedicated to placing the requests and perspectives of African American first. “Folks have described us as the black Google,” Taylor said. “It’s the first of its kind search engine for our community. It’s not a website – a search engine. It is a place where we can come and find anything that we currently get from Google, Yahoo, and MSN. You can now find it at a place that’s made for us, by us. It’s a hot new product. We have all the jobs in the world – we crawl the World Wide Web for jobs and cutting-edge news, not just black news, but the latest news.”

A corporate lawyer by trade, Taylor is giving his testimony for RushmoreDrive to pretty much anyone who will listen. The exec hopes to get the word out about the new search tool specifically targeting the African American web user.

“We’re on a promotional tour. We started in Chicago went to Nashville, Atlanta, Cincinnati, L.A. Things are good, God is good,” Taylor told EUR’s Lee Bailey who caught up with him while in Los Angeles at casting director Robi Reed’s annual shindig.

“We can spread a rumor in a second. It’s time to spread some good news,” he added about getting the word out about RushmoreDrive. “And the good news is we finally have our own search engine. I’m pleased to say, at the end of our second full operating month we had 800,000 unique visitors, so business is good, but we need more of ‘em.”

The idea of RushmoreDrive came up when Taylor himself was doing a little web research. His father (no, not the late R&B/blues singer) was suffering from prostate cancer and Taylor turned to the Internet to find information about cancer and African American issues.

“The notion came upon me that anybody can search, but I was having great difficulty finding things that matter to us,” Taylor said. “You’d like to think things like cancer are race neutral, but cancer is black or white. How we get it, the things that impact how black people deal with the treatment regimen – all that is different. I looked for it, but there is really nothing that spoke to how black men deal with [it]. So I said, ‘Gosh, it would be great if we could merge all the stuff from the National Cancer Society, the National Institute of Health, all the right places, the authorities, but also get that information that is specifically relevant to black people because then we are making a difference. Knowledge is power. I really believe that.”

Taylor continued that the basic idea behind the site was to give users everything the web has to offer, but elevate search returns most relevant to African Americans.

“Google has much of the information that we have, but it’s on page 50, it’s on page 100, it’s on page 1,000. What we do is elevate the black results to the first three pages, which differentiates us,” Taylor explained.


Spike Lee, Director

Spike Lee, Director

Speaking to an international business conference in Singapore, filmmaker Spike Lee said America’s pop culture has made the United States the most powerful country in the world, and not nuclear weapons as some folks insist. “The reason why America has been the most dominant country in the world is not because America has more nuclear arms than anybody else,” Lee told the Global Brand Forum, according to AFP. “Has anyone seen exactly where a nuclear arm influenced how other people dress, the way they talk, the way they think?

“America is dominating the world because of culture – movies, television, Levi’s, Coca-Cola, Disney, rock and roll, hip-hop. That’s power – when you influence how people think, how they dress, how they talk … not because we could blow the sh*t up.”


Halle Berry and her man, Gabriel Aubry, got a musical surprise Thursday night while attending a Robin Thicke performance at Hollywood’s House of Blues.

At the end of his show, Thicke told the crowd that a very special lady is in the audience and she’s celebrating a birthday.

The entire crowd looked to the Oscar-winning actress as the R&B star serenaded her with the “Happy Birthday” song.

Berry, who turned 42 that night, was invited to the concert as Thicke’s special guest along with Sean “Diddy” Combs and Britney Spears.

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1619: Twenty Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, aboard a Dutch ship. They are the first blacks to be forcibly settled as involuntary laborers in the North American British Colonies
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Today” show weatherman Al Roker is 54.

Rapper KRS-One is 43.

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Remember your blessings
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