Solid Gold Soul

Aug. 25, 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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Gene Upshaw, the longtime head of the N.F.L. players association and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died late Wednesday night at his home in Lake Tahoe, Calif. The cause was pancreatic cancer, the union said. He was 63. The union said Upshaw died surrounded by his family, but his illness was a well-kept secret in football circles. Only recently, he had insisted that he wanted to stay on the job until the completion of the next round of contract talks with team owners. His death was so unexpected that earlier this week, the union scheduled a news conference for him on Sept. 4 in New York to discuss the labor situation. Jeffrey Kessler, the union’s outside counsel, said Upshaw did not learn the diagnosis until late Sunday or early Monday morning, when he entered the hospital.
“Nobody knew and it happened very quickly,” Kessler said. “It’s devastating.”
His death leaves a void at the top of the union at a difficult time. In May, league owners opted out of the current collective bargaining agreement, forcing the sides back to the bargaining table in an attempt to avoid playing the 2010 season without a salary cap and having a work stoppage in 2011.
“The union will go on,” an emotional Kessler said. “Gene built an incredibly strong legacy. He’s led this union to the greatest heights they’ve ever achieved. I know the players will pull together.”


Leroi Moore, Dave Matthews Band

Leroi Moore, Dave Matthews Band


Saxophonist LeRoi Moore, a founding member of the Dave Matthews Band and a key part of its eclectic jazz-infused sound, died yesterday at the age of 46. But the band played on last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
A statement on the band’s website reads, “We are deeply saddened that LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of Dave Matthews Band, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, August 19, 2008, at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles from sudden complications stemming from his June ATV accident on his farm near Charlottesville, Virginia. LeRoi had recently returned to his Los Angeles home to begin an intensive physical rehabilitation program.”
According to reports, LeRoi was seriously injured in an ATV accident June 30 outside Charlottesville. He had a punctured lung and broken ribs. He was later discharged and had recently returned to his Los Angeles home to begin a physical rehabilitation program when complications forced him back to the hospital on July 17.
Saxophonist Jeff Coffin, who played with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, had been sitting in for Moore during the band’s summer tour. The band is scheduled to perform at the Staples Center again tonight.


Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae



Prince showed up to Janelle Monae’s show Tuesday night at L.A.’s Viper Room, but he never stepped foot inside the club. According to E! Online, his limo pulled up an hour late and just sat outside, where Monae eventually joined him in the back seat. The meeting was said to be completely platonic. A source said Prince is a huge Janelle Monae fan and just wanted to give her some “career advice.” Meanwhile, E! Online’s Marc Malkin wrote: “I’m told on Monday night a bunch of folks headed to Prince’s house after Monae’s show with Raphael Saadiq at the Roxy. The little get-together also included one of Prince’s signature living-room jam sessions.”
Among those who were seen at Monae’s two club gigs this week were Sean “Diddy” Combs (he signed her to his Bad Boy Records), Eddie Murphy, and Ne-Yo. Monáe has been touring in support of her new album, “Metropolis: The Chase Suite.”


Filmmaker Michael Moore is begging Caroline Kennedy to throw her hat in the ring as a potential vice president for Barack Obama, should he win the election in November.
The daughter and only surviving child of former president John F. Kennedy currently heads Obama’s VP search committee. In an open letter to Kennedy via his blog, Moore says that she – and not frontrunners Tim Kaine, Joe Biden or Evan Bayh – would be the perfect choice.
Moore wrote: “What Obama needs is a vice presidential candidate who is NOT a professional politician, but someone who is well-known and beloved by people across the political spectrum; someone who, like Obama, spoke out against the war; someone who has a good and generous heart, who will be cheered by the rest of the world; someone whom we’ve known and loved and admired all our lives and who has dedicated her life to public service and to the greater good for all.
“That person, Caroline, is you. I cannot think of a more winning ticket than one that reads: ‘OBAMA-KENNEDY.'”

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Nat Turner, a brilliant minister, led the first slave revolt of magnitude in Southampton County, Virginia. Some 60 whites were killed before his capture on October 30.
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Actor-filmmaker-writer Melvin Van Peebles is 76.

Actor Clarence Williams III (“The Mod Squad”) is 69.

Actress Loretta Devine (“Boston Public”) is 59.

Singer Kelis is 29.

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Don’t under-estimate FAITH
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Freddie Bell
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