Solid Gold Soul

March 26, 2009

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About Freddie Bell

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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President Obama

President Obama

The Urban League’s annual “State of Black America” report calls on the nation’s first black president to do more in addressing disparities in black unemployment, foreclosures, education and health care.

Despite the progress represented by the election of Barack Obama, blacks are twice as likely to be unemployed, three times as likely to live in poverty and more than six times as likely to be incarcerated, says the report, which was released Wednesday by the civil rights organization.

Obama has said that the way for government to help minorities is by improving things like education, employment and health care for all Americans.

But “we have to be more specific,” said Marc Morial, president and CEO of the 99-year-old Urban League. He told the Associated Press, “The issue is not only (blacks) doing better, but in closing these persistent gaps in statistics in this country. Our index shows that the gap in African-American status is about 71 percent that of white Americans. We will not rest until that number is at 100, and there is no gap.”

The 288-page report includes policy discussions and essays from academics, elected officials and average citizens. Among its 31 specific recommendations:

• Ensure that the stimulus package’s green job creation includes poor urban communities.

• Increase funding for job training and placement for disadvantaged workers.

• Guarantee full-day schooling for all 3 and 4 year olds.

• Expand the school day to account for working parents and families without nearby relatives to help with after-school care.

• Fund mortgage counseling and education programs for minorities.

• Implement universal health care and a “comprehensive” system to provide blacks with health education, prevention and intervention.




Isaiah Washington is reportedly in danger of being tossed from the $3.5 million Los Angeles home he and his wife are currently renting for $20,000 a month.

In unlawful detainer papers filed on March 24, the actor’s former landlord claims Washington is five months behind in rental payments, totaling to $100,000, reports Radar Online.

Washington and his wife Jenisa were recently served with a “3-day notice to pay rent or quit,” according to the Web site. Washington’s original lease agreement, which started in April of 2008, included an option to buy.

The property management company is requesting: “past-due rent of $100,000, reasonable attorney fees, forfeiture of the agreement, and damages at the rate stated in item 11 [$3,333 per day] for each day the defendants remain in possession through entry of judgment.”

TMZ, meanwhile, says this whole thing may be a big misunderstanding, as Washington reportedly had a tiff with his financial planner and was attempting to get the money needed to pay his rent.


Taye Diggs

Taye Diggs

Taye Diggs will play a vampire in his next film, a horror-mystery-thriller titled “Dead of Night.” According to, the star of TV’s “Private Practice” will play a vampire leader.

The film, currently shooting in New Orleans, is based on the best-selling Italian comic book series “Dylan Dog,” created by Tiziano Sclavi.

Brandon Routh (“Superman Returns”) stars as Dylan, a private investigator who is drawn into the world of the undead. Actor Sam Huntington suits up as his sidekick.

The story kicks off when both are approached by a woman claiming to have seen her father brutally murdered by a mysterious creature.


Tom Joyner

Tom Joyner

Yesterday there was an outpouring of love and support for the TJMS through e-mails, texts and phone calls letting us know how much we will be missed on Chicago radio. Many of you were looking for a call to action, and to you I say this: One, thank you for caring enough to take time out of your busy life to let us know how you feel. Two, the most immediate call to action for people in Chicago and anywhere else where we aren’t heard is to listen on – which, by the way, had a record number of people tuning in to hear our show yesterday. Three, support the advertisers you hear on our stations, and let them know you’re supporting them because you heard them advertising on our show. And four, pass this message on to all other community members who want to keep the voice of black radio alive!

What We Are Up Against
Without boring you, I’d like to give you a quick lesson in black radio and what we are up against in this ever-changing world. We face a system that has never worked in the favor of black media. And other factors such as a new ratings system and the country’s horrible economic state stack even more odds against us. The bottom line is black radio will never be what it once was, and there’s absolutely nothing we can do about that. There are and will continue to be radio stations playing urban music, and of those few, the only way they will survive is if they are making money. They make money from the commercials they sell, and that’s based on them being able to prove that the people listening are good candidates for buying their products. It isn’t personal; it’s business. And as much as I appreciate the emotions expressed in the letters, texts and e-mails I’ve gotten, we can only move forward if we recognize the business we’re dealing with.

Like all businesses, the success of black radio is based on supply and demand – not just for the station owners and the advertisers but for the audience too. You know what you want, and you know whether the radio stations you tune in to are providing it. As much as you love to hear R&B music, if that were all you wanted, you could load your iPod with your favorite songs and never tune in to black radio again. But you obviously want more than that, and you have fewer places to get it than ever before. So, the issue is much bigger than which urban D.J. you like better in the morning. The issue is whether the urban format is worth saving.

It Was Black Radio That Empowered Us
The old saying “Give a man fish, you feed him for a day; but teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime” has never rung truer. If it had not been for the urban format, many of us would not have ever known the importance of radio advocacy and how a wrong can be righted with the power of our phone calls, pens, voices and votes. It has helped us to do everything from saving a sitcom from cancellation to electing the first African-American president. It has made us more accountable, more self reliant and more empowered.

In the end, whether there are 50 black radio stations or two, you will have been victorious because you stood tall and lifted your voice. We have black radio to thank for that, and that’s something no man, no format, and no conglomerate can take away. So we move forward stronger, wiser and looking for a better way to do things – and that’s a lot more than play music. Please comment on this at my blog on and for those of you that can’t currently hear the Tom Joyner Morning Show the morning stream can also be found there too.

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March 26, 1872: Thomas J.Martin is awarded a patent for the fire extinguisher.

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Singer Diana Ross is 64.

Actor Ernest Thomas (“What’s Happening”) is 59.

Singer Teddy Pendergrass is 58.

Rapper Juvenile is 33.

Rapper J-Kwon is 22.

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“If you decide to go for it, do it with spirit: Sometimes success is due less to ability than to zeal.” — Charles Buxton

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Freddie Bell
PO Box 390521
Minneapolis, MN 55439