Solid Gold Soul

May 15, 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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Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes and her wife, Alex, are the proud new parents of newborn twins, according to

The couple, who were married on Oct. 25, 2008, welcomed daughter Olivia Lou and son Lucas Claude on April 27, the magazine reported.

The comedian’s wife gave birth to the babies. Olivia weighed in at 6 lbs., 7 oz., and was 19-inches long, while Lucas debuted at 7 lbs., 9 oz., and was 20-inches long.

“All are happy and healthy and at home,” says Sykes’s rep Danica Smith.


Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Billboard magazine has crunched the numbers and found that Michael Jackson could pocket more than $50 million from his much-anticipated 50-night stand at London’s O2 Arena, his first shows in 12 years.
Tickets average about $115 and capacity will be about 15,000 per show, taking the gross for the run to about $90 million. Premium and VIP packages and secondary market sales will boost the gross to more than $100 million. Merchandise sales could bring in another $15 million, Billboard reports.

The deal is set up where Jackson shares in net ticket revenue which, according to Billboard calculations, would make Jackson’s take on ticket sales alone north of $50 million, though producer/promoter AEG Live would not confirm this.

AEG Live has spent $20 million on the production, details of which have not been disclosed. However, CEO Randy Phillips says to expect a multi-media experience that would be “the most cutting edge ever employed on a tour. We’re using technology that’s never been used before in live entertainment.”

“Originally we tried to keep the show down to 90 minutes, but Michael has so many must-do songs in his repertoire that the shows now will be two-plus hours,” Phillips tells Billboard.

Jackson is now working out specific songs, though a top-to-bottom dress rehearsal won’t be ready for a month.

“Michael’s in incredible physical shape, he’s got tremendous stamina, he’s been working out aerobically preparing for this, and he is totally engaged,” Phillips says. “He sounds like Michael Jackson. He is laser-focused on making this the greatest entertainment event that fans have ever seen.”

The King of Pop has been holding concert rehearsals for the past four weeks at a Burbank, Calif. soundstage in preparation for the concert run that begins July 8. He is once again working with choreographer/producer/director Kenny Ortega, who created and designed Jackson’s Dangerous World Tour 1992-1993 and HIStory World Tour 1996-1997.

The pair have been rehearsing four days a week for six hours a day with ten dancers — eight men and two women out of a field of 700 who auditioned in Los Angeles last week.

According to gossip blogger Janet Charlton, Jackson and Ortega “are developing a secret new move that will be as distinctive as his moonwalk. One of the more enticing rumors about the show is that Jackson will do a duet with his oldest son Prince Michael.”


Jay Z and Ciara

Jay Z and Ciara

Jay-Z and Ciara are in the planning stages of a summer tour that will include stops in Las Vegas, Connecticut and Atlanta, so far.

The news first broke Monday night when Ciara revealed on Twitter: “I will say it because the information has been leaked. Me and Jay-Z will be doing a 10-city tour run together! More details coming soon! [sic]”

A rep for Jay-Z confirmed the tour to, but says it will not be a 10-city jaunt. She wouldn’t say if there were more dates or less.

So far, stops are scheduled for July 3 and 4 at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas, July 10 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut, and July 12 in Atlanta.

Before the Jay-Z trek, Ciara will support Britney Spears on the European leg of the “Circus” tour in June.


Al Sharpton

Al Sharpton

Following his meeting last week with President Obama regarding the racial gap in public education, Rev. Al Sharpton will host a mass education rally on Saturday (May 16) in Washington D.C.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be present, as will civil rights leaders, activists, educators, young people, William T. Coleman, lead strategist and coauthor of the Brown v. Board of Education brief and Minnijean Brown Trickey, member of the “Little Rock Nine” at Central High.

Billed as “Close the Gap: Equality in Education Day,” the event is a call to action on the 55th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, which overturned segregation in public schools. Our nation’s public education system, however, continues to deny African American, Latino, and Native American students good teachers and schools. This creates an achievement gap that makes education equality the civil rights issue of our time.

The rally will take place at the White House Ellipse beginning at 10 a.m.

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May 14, 1963: Arthur Ashe, at 22, becomes the first African American to make the U.S. Davis Cup tennis team.
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Lip-syncher Fabrice Morvan of Milli Vanilli is 43.

Singer Raphael Saadiq (Tony! Toni! Tone!) is 43.

Singer Shanice is 36.

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Know that you are an incredible creation of God.


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