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Freddie Bell

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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Taraji Henson, "Benjamin Buttons"

Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson received their first Oscar nominations this morning and will compete against each other in the supporting actress category for their performances in “Doubt” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” respectively. “I didn’t sleep all night. I screamed in my husband’s ear and drank some champagne,” Davis told Variety shortly after her name was called. “When you’re acknowledged like this, you feel confident that you’ve reached people and you’re on the right path. That’s a basic need of any human being, especially when you’re living out a dream like I am.”
Nominations for the 81st Annual Academy Awards were announced Thursday morning from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Other actresses in the supporting category are Penelope Cruz for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” Amy Adams for “Doubt” and Marisa Tomei for “The Wrestler.”

Henson’s nomination is one of a leading 13 for “Benjamin Button,” which also earned a best actor nod for Brad Pitt, best director for David Fincher and best picture.

Other best picture nominees are “Frost/Nixon,” “Milk,’ “The Reader” and Slumdog Millionaire.

Also of note, Robert Downey Jr. received a supporting actor nomination for his role as a white actor playing a black soldier in the comedy “Tropic Thunder.”

The 81st Annual Academy Awards will be presented one month from today on Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. EST (5 p.m. PST) and broadcast live on ABC. Here are the nominees in the top categories:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married)
Angelina Jolie (The Changeling)
Melissa Leo (Frozen River)
Meryl Streep (Doubt)
Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road)

Richard Jenkins (The Visitor)
Frank Langella (Frost Nixon)
Sean Penn (Milk)
Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)

Viola Davis (Doubt)
Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
Amy Adams (Doubt)
Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler)

Josh Brolin (Milk)
Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt)
Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road)
Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)

David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon)
Gus Van Sant (Milk)
Stephen Daldry (The Reader)
Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)

Frozen River
In Bruges

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany)
The Class (France)
Departures (Japan)
Revanche (Austria)
Waltz With Bashir (Israel)

Kung Fu Panda


Aaron McGruder, suggest The President isn't Black

Aaron McGruder, suggest The President isn't Black

Richmond, Indiana’s is reporting that Aaron McGruder, creator of “The Boondocks” comic strip and animated series, left an audience at local Earlham College a little upset over comments he made about President Barack Obama. Appearing at the college Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, McGruder answered questions posed by the audience and by associate professor James Logan. On the topic of race and ethnicity, McGruder said that to him, Obama is not black because he is not a descendant of a slave.
“The person who is one of us in the White House is Michelle Obama and her momma,” McGruder said. Obama’s father was Kenyan; his mother white. McGruder, a Howard University graduate, went on to express an overall pessimistic view of the incoming Obama administration. “I don’t think you’re going to see any dramatic change from Barack Obama,” said McGruder, who wore a “Boondocks” T-shirt over a black long-sleeve shirt and jeans. “I’m hoping he proves me completely wrong.”
McGruder bases his opinions of the U.S. presidency on the 2000 election and how nothing has been done since then to change the election system. “It was a sham then … It’s got to still be a sham,” McGruder said. “I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but it’s what I tend to do.”


In response to the above story, Aaron McGruder has issued the following press release:
“For a long time now, I have tried to keep my opinions on the election and Barack Obama to myself. I occasionally do speaking engagements, which are not open to the press, and unfortunately some of my comments have been twisted around in a silly manner. The claim that I asserted our new President was not Black is categorically false. “I have seen an endless stream of Black pundits on TV pontificating about the significance of President Obama’s election – many of them making reference to the 3/5th’s clause in the constitution regarding slaves. The point I was making is that this is not an accurate comparison.

“Barack is the son of an immigrant, not the descendant of slaves. It’s like comparing a half-Japanese man to the oppressed Chinese who built the American railroads. Yes, they are both Asian, but it is not an honest or accurate comparison. We all share the common experiences of being Black in America today – we do not all share a common history. A history that in part makes us who we are – and in some cases (as with the psychological damage that still lingers from slavery) holds us back. These are not, I believe, insignificant distinctions.


Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson has been booked to perform at the Grammy ceremony next month, one of a handful of public appearances she’s scheduled to make since the October slayings of her mother, brother and nephew.
The 27-year-old is nominated for three Grammy awards: best R&B album for her self-titled CD, best female R&B vocal performance, and best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocals for her duet with Fantasia, “I’m His Only Woman.” The 51st Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. on CBS. The Grammy performance will take place one week after she is scheduled to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. As previously reported, Hudson is rumored to be on the guest list for Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy bash on Feb. 7., as well as the Super Bowl in tampa, Florida.


James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones

In the days before he is due to accept a Life Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild, James Earl Jones took a moment to express awe over his chosen craft. “What fascinates me is that every actor is given a charge, a task,” Jones, 78, told the Associated Press, “no matter what your motive was in taking the role, even if it’s just to pay the bills. “You’re the only person who will be able to present to an audience what that character is all about! You’re the public face of all the other work that’s gone into it. Your job is to create a performance that NO ONE else would have thought of. “And that,” Jones sums up with a boyish grin, “is FUN!” Long recognized as an actor’s actor, the rural Mississippi native has voiced the iconic character of Darth Vader in “Star Wars” and declared authoritatively, “This is CNN.” His credits include “The Hunt for Red October,” “The Lion King,” “Dr. Kildare,” “King Lear,” and a guest shot on “Two and a Half Men.” “The 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards” will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS, Sunday at 8 p.m. EST.


Ashford and Simpson

Ashford and Simpson

Now that Barack Obama is our 44th president, songwriting couple and recording artists Ashford & Simpson is releasing a single version of ‘Solid (As Barack)’, a remake of their popular # 1 single ‘Solid (As A Rock)’ originally released in 1984. The single is a tribute to President-Elect, Barack Obama. ‘Solid (As Barack)’ is available as a free ringtone and by digital download. The demand has been overwhelming since a recent airing of a version of the song on Saturday Night Live.

That version was performed by the comedic cast of the series. This new version, complete with expanded lyrics for the entire song, is a reverential tribute to Barack.

Download ‘Solid (As Barack)’ Now!

**For a free ringtone of ‘Solid (As Barack)’ text ‘aands’ to 66937!

Ashford & Simpson
Ashford & Simpson: The Real Thing – Available January 27th
Burgundy Records / Sony Music

Superstar singer songwriter powerhouse couple Ashford & Simpson will release a definitive collection of their Greatest Hits, Ashford & Simpson: The Real Thing on CD, DVD and DVD Blu Ray (Burgundy Records / Sony Music). The first-ever live in-concert audio and video recordings are performances by the duo of the hit songs they have written for themselves as well as those made popular by other major music artists. The release date is January 27, 2009.

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Jan. 22, 1800: Leader of the Virgina slave revolt, Nat Turner, was born.
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Rap DJ-actor Jazzy Jeff is 44.

Singer Marc Gay of Shai is 40.

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Don’t be limited by the thoughts in someone else’s mind.


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