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October 21, 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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Don Cornelius

Don Cornelius

Don Cornelius, the former host of the television show “Soul Train,” was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, police said Saturday. Police were called to his Hollywood Hills home late Friday after someone reported a domestic dispute, Officer Sam Park said. The 72-year-old producer was taken to jail, where he was booked for investigation of felony domestic violence, Park said. He was released on $50,000 bail and ordered to appear in court next month.
Park said he did not know whom Cornelius was suspected of assaulting. A call to Cornelius’ production office was not immediately returned. Cornelius started “Soul Train” in 1970 to showcase black music and culture, introducing television audiences to such legendary artists as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Barry White. The series spawned a franchise that includes the Soul Train Music Awards, the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards and the Soul Train Christmas Starfest. Cornelius stepped down as “Soul Train” host in 1993.


Colin Powell (Ret)

Colin Powell (Ret)

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced Sunday that he will be voting for Sen. Barack Obama, citing the Democrat’s “ability to inspire” and the “inclusive nature of his campaign.” “I think he is a transformational figure, he is a new generation coming onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I’ll be voting for Sen. Barack Obama,” Powell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Powell said he was concerned about what he characterized as a recent negative turn of Republican candidate Sen. John McCain’s campaign, such as the campaign’s attempts to tie Obama to former 1960s radical Bill Ayers. “I think that’s inappropriate. I understand what politics is about — I know how you can go after one another, and that’s good. But I think this goes too far, and I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrow. It’s not what the American people are looking for,” he said. Powell, a retired U.S. general and a Republican, was once seen as a possible presidential candidate himself. Powell said he has some concerns about the direction of the Republican Party, adding that it has “moved more to the right than I would like to see it.” Read a transcript of Powell’s remarks. In regard to the financial crisis, which Powell called the candidates’ “final exam,” Powell said McCain appeared unsteady in dealing with it, while Obama had excelled in handling the situation.
“Obama displayed a steadiness, an intellectual curiosity, a depth of knowledge,” Powell said. “He has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president,” he said. During the campaign, Powell has met with both candidates and said he has a lot of respect for McCain. He said Sunday that he thinks both candidates are qualified to be president. “It isn’t easy for me to disappoint Sen. McCain in the way that I have this morning, and I regret that,” Powell said. Speaking on Fox News Sunday, McCain said he respects and admires Powell, and the announcement “doesn’t come as a surprise.” “I’m also very pleased to have the endorsement of four former secretaries of state — Secretaries [Henry] Kissinger, [James] Baker, [Lawrence] Eagleburger, and [Alexander] Haig — and I’m proud to have the endorsement of well over 200 retired Army generals and admirals,” McCain said. Obama called Powell on Sunday and thanked him for his endorsement, communications director Robert Gibbs said. In their 10-minute conversation, Obama said he looked forward to taking advantage of Powell’s advice in the next two weeks and hopefully over the next four years, Gibbs said.
Powell served as Secretary of State under President Bush from 2001 to 2005.
The possibility of a Powell endorsement has been rumored for several months.
On August 13, Powell’s office denied a report on Fox News by commentator Bill Kristol that Powell had decided to publicly back Obama at the Democratic National Convention.
Powell himself brushed off queries on any potential presidential nod but told ABC News in August that he would not be going to Denver, Colorado, for the convention.
Back in February, Powell told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he was weighing an endorsement of a Democratic or independent candidate. Powell has offered praise for Obama, calling him an “exciting person on the political stage.” “He has energized a lot of people in America,” said Powell. “He has energized a lot of people around the world. And so I think he is worth listening to and seeing what he stands for.” The former general, who has largely steered clear of politics since leaving the Bush administration, noted that the next president will need to work to restore America’s standing in the world. Powell gave the keynote address at the Republican National Convention in support of George W. Bush in 2000. Powell said Sunday that he has no plans to campaign for Obama.


Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Senator Hillary Clinton is coming to Minnesota for a rally with area Democrat politicians.
Here are the details:

WHAT: Senator Hillary Clinton joins Al Franken for a “Two Weeks Out” rally
WHEN: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21 — doors open at 3:30 pm, rally begins at 4:30 pm
WHERE: McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street Southeast
(Parking available at the Washington Ave. parking lot or on the street)

This will be a FREE event — and if you’d like to come, please RSVP by email at or call him at 952-905-8126.


Janet jackson

Janet jackson

The Janet Jackson ‘Rock Witchu’ tour came through the ATL’s (her new hometown) Phillips Arena Sunday night with Jackson in full regalia and with plenty of energy to spare.

She had been dogged by numerous show cancellations, causing much speculation, reportedly due to a temporary medical condition that caused her to experience vertigo. she silenced the ‘crazy talk’ by playing a full 2+ hour set, breezing through her arsenal of hits and signature dance moves like the seasoned pro she is.

There was no show opener, which some had thought would be LL Cool J, but a DJ set the mood right before Janet took the stage. The modestly full arena gave her a very warm welcome home, to which she responded, “It’s so good to be home…I LOVE Atlanta!” She was nearly brought to tears.

Janet’s three most recent albums have been sales disappointments, but based on her repertoire of hits, it’s easy to forget that fact. She took full advantage of all she had at her disposal by lip synching (you did realize that, right…?) her way through everything from ‘Rhythm Nation,’ ‘That’s The Way Love Goes,’ ‘Black Cat,’ ‘Escapade,’ ‘When I Think of You,’ ‘Funny How Time Flies,’ ‘So Much Betta,’ and the list goes on, but she stopped to perform ‘Never Letchu Go’ (Discipline album) live. She even threw in rare tracks “You’ll Never Find (A Love Like Mine)” and “Young Love” from very early in her career.

The bulk of the show was pretty much standard Janet and her troupe of dancers (with heart stopping pyrotechnic additions here and there), but the temperature rose pretty quickly in Phillips when she naughtily performed ‘Discipline’ to a dominatrix style set, using an unsuspecting — and ulitmately very happy — audience member as a prop. Black leather, whips, suspension apparatus…you get the picture. If THAT’s what Jermaine gets at home, I’m sure there will be much pushback from him on those splitsville rumors; stay tuned…

Janet delivered a performance that certainly met fan’s expectations and she showed no signs of trouble in paradise.


Dawn Richard, Danity Kane

Dawn Richard, Danity Kane

Dawn Richard of Danity Kane continues to deny rumors that she is on the verge of leaving the group to become a solo act for label head Sean “Diddy” Combs. During Tuesday’s live finale of “Making the Band 4,” Diddy fired Aubrey O’Day and D. Woods from the group, leaving speculation over the fate of remaining members Richard, Shannon Bex and Aundrea Fimbres.
She told Essence magazine: “It’s so interesting how the media chooses to interpret or report things. I have never said that I was pursuing a solo deal. I told someone that I have waited so long for my dream, and singing is my dream and has been for so long. I have done nothing on the side as far as solo projects. I’m not sidestepping.”


Venus Williams

Venus Williams

Venus Williams got the best of unseeded Italian Flavia Pennetta to win the Zurich Open women’s final Sunday 7-6 (7/1), 6-2, earning her second title of the year, reports the Associated Press.
Pennetta was looking for her fourth consecutive win over Williams, after beating her in Bangkok in 2007 and at Roland Garros and Moscow this year. But Venus, playing in her 60th final, took home her 38th title and added to the Wimbledon trophy she earned in July.

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Oct. 20, 1898: John Merrick starts the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, the first to be owned by an African American.
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Rapper Snoop Dogg is 37. Actress Jennifer Nicole Freeman (“My Wife and Kids”) is 23.

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Don’t ever give up!
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