Solid Gold Soul

April 1, 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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Ryan Moats

Ryan Moats

NFL player Ryan Moats said Monday he accepts the apology offered by the Dallas cop who stopped him at gunpoint in a hospital parking lot while his mother-in-law was dying inside.

The Houston Texans running back said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he hopes Officer Robert Powell was sincere in his apology.

Powell stopped Moats’ SUV outside Baylor Regional Medical Center in suburban Plano on March 18 after the vehicle rolled through a red light. Moats’ wife, Tamishia, and other relatives were also in the car.

The officer drew his gun and threatened Moats with jail as the player pleaded to be allowed to go inside the hospital. Moats’ mother-in-law died before he got there while Powell wrote Moats a ticket and lectured him.



Halle Berry says she’s mentally prepared to take on some more children, but not as many as the Octomom, Nadya Suleman.

During an appearance on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” Monday, Berry confirmed that she wants another child, but says she would stop way before it reached double digits.

“I hope I don’t have like 14 more,” quips Berry, who is mom to 1-year-old Nahla Ariela.

Still, the Oscar winner isn’t ruling out that a brother or sister could be in the future for her daughter with model Gabriel Aubry. “My mind says yes,” she tells DeGeneres, “but the rest isn’t up to me so we’ll see.”


Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

As he prepares for his 50 concert dates in London this summer, Michael Jackson is reportedly considering Leona Lewis to pinch-hit for his sister Janet Jackson during performances of their duet, “Scream.”

“Michael has a list of singers he feels could do Janet justice – and Leona is top,” a source tells Britain’s Sun newspaper. “He hasn’t approached her yet but he’s a big fan of everything she has achieved. She’s massive all around the world and he feels this duet would give both their careers an even bigger boost.”

Meanwhile, a publicist for late TV personality Jade Goody is denying reports that Jackson will attend her funeral on Saturday (April 4) in London.

Jackson reportedly reached out to the “Big Brother” star, who came to world attention when she showcased her cancer battle through TV and magazine deals, and offered her words of comfort after her illness was deemed terminal.

However, Goody’s publicist Max Clifford has dismissed reports that Jackson plans to attend the service – insisting the singer didn’t want to detract attention from Goody on the day of her funeral.

Clifford tells Sky News, “Michael was never, ever coming, it was never on the agenda. He also feels the focus of the funeral should be about her and her family. But he has sent a lovely message of condolence to her family, that she was a brave girl and that her message will save a lot of lives, and he will be sending flowers.”


Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan told a film Web site that his forthcoming update of the “Karate Kid,” from producer Will Smith, will carry a different name in order to avoid unfair comparisons to the original.

“They don’t want to call it ‘Karate Kid’ any more,” Chan told “They want to call it ‘The Kung Fu Kid.'”

The Web site said further, “[Chan] quickly changed topics and unfortunately didn’t add any more as to why this change was being made. Our guess is that since this remake is a Chinese co-production and being shot in Beijing, it’s much more relevant today to use kung fu as opposed to karate (which isn’t as popular as it was back in the 80’s) and also more appropriate considering karate actually has its historical roots in kung fu. As in, story updates and Chinese influence caused them to change the title to be more culturally relevant and accurate.”

As previously reported, Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment is remaking the 1984 film with his son Jaden in the lead role originated by Ralph Macchio, and Chan replacing the late Pat Morita as Mr. Myiagi. Harold Zwart, helmer of “Pink Panther 2,” is reportedly in line to direct.


Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye

In the 50th anniversary year of Motown, April 2 will mark the 70th birthday of its legendary artist Marvin Gaye. Sadly, April 1 will also mark the 25th anniversary of his death the day before his 45th birthday.

Noting the milestones of his birth and passing, Motown/UMe will issue a special digital-only album today (March 31), “Marvin Gaye: Then & Now,” a 14-track set of rarities highlighted by the previously unreleased “Soulie” (pronounced “sue-lee”), a 1966 recording recently unearthed by Motown’s New York-based producer Mickey Gentile, and a hot funk 2009 remix of “I Want You,” Marvin’s No. 1 hit from 1976, by the renowned John Morales of M+M Productions.

Other tracks making their online debut are: “It’s Your Party,” and his two super-rare late ’50s Chess recordings with Harvey & The Moonglows (“Mama Loocie,” “Twelve Months Of The Year”). Rounding out this special collection are Marvin’s earliest, pre-hit Motown singles (“Witchcraft,” “Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide” and more).

Motown/UMe is also issuing a vinyl-only edition of “United” (Motown/UMe), Gaye’s classic duet album with Tammi Terrell, on April 14. Gaye and Terrell first teamed on the 1967 album that included “If I Could Build My World Around You,” “Your Precious Love” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

In addition, the ongoing, acclaimed “Motown 50” podcast series will feature special episodes on Marvin Gaye’s life and music; Gaye is also well represented on the deluxe 10-CD box set Motown: The Complete No. 1’s, which kicked off the year long celebration for Motown’s 50th anniversary. Both The Real Thing, a DVD collection of his greatest television and concert appearances, and Gold, a 2-CD overview of his career, have recently been certified Gold.

Gaye will also figure prominently in a two-hour documentary about Motown produced by the label’s founder, Berry Gordy.

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Mar. 31, 1850: Massachusetts Supreme Court rejected the argument of Charles Sumner in the Boston school integration suit and established the “separate but equal” precedent
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Musician Herb Alpert is 72.

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