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June 16, 2009

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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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Academy Award winner Denzel Washington offers up his character acting in the new film “The Taking of Pelham 123.” Washington plays Walter Garber, a subway dispatcher whose regular day at work becomes a thrill ride. The film also stars John Travolta, who has pledged to take revenge on the New York City by holding the Pelham train and its passengers hostage.

The film, which debuted this past weekend at number 3, with $25 million, is listed as a remake of the 1974 thriller starring Walter Matthau, “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three,” but the film’s director Tony Scott, writer Brian Helgeland, and Washington told reporters that the film isn’t so much a remake as it is inspired by. While the lead characters of both films share the name (Garber) and both plots feature armed men hijacking a New York City subway train and hold hostages for ransom, that’s pretty much the extent of the similarities.

“I don’t think it’s a remake,” Washington said bluntly. “I think that it’s basically a story of a hostage situation on a train in New York City. I think that’s what the two films have in common. I don’t know that my character and the character that Walter Matthau played are that similar. And I don’t know why anybody would re-make a film – the literal definition of the word – to re-do it the same way.”

Scott chimed in explaining that the films are similar, but the characters, the villain and the hero, have very different motivations.


Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant’s finally done it. He’s won his fourth NBA championship without Shaquille O’Neal and brought the title back to the city of Los Angeles.

Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers earned their 15th title Sunday night in Orlando as the superstar guard scored 30 points and forward/center Pau Gasol added 14 and 15 rebounds in a 99-86 Game 5 win over the Orlando Magic.

Bryant, who averaged 32.4 points and was named finals MVP, said the can-he-win-without-Shaq talk annoyed him.

“It was like Chinese water torture,” he said. “I would cringe every time. I was just like, it’s a challenge I’m just going to have to accept because there’s no way I’m going to argue it. You can say it until you’re blue in the face and rationalize it until you’re blue in the face, but it’s not going anywhere until you do something about it.

“I think we as a team answered the call because they understood the challenge that I had, and we all embraced it.”

O’Neal, now with the Phoenix Suns, was glad to see Bryant win another title.

“Congratulations kobe, u deserve it,” O’Neal said on his Twitter page. “You played great. Enjoy it my man enjoy it.”

Meanwhile, Bryant’s coach, Phil Jackson, now stands alone. Jackson, who won six league titles in the 90s with Michael Jordan in Chicago, now has won four with Los Angeles and broke a tie with legendary Boston coach Red Auerbach as the winningest coach in finals history.

“I’ll smoke the cigar tonight in memory of Red,” Jackson said. “He was a great guy.”

Jackson, who once called Bryant “a selfish player” now sees the soon-to-be 31-year-old in a far different light.

“He’s learned how to become a leader in a way in which people want to follow him,” Jackson said. “That’s really important for him to have learned that because he knew that he had to give to get back in return, and so he’s become a giver rather than just a guy that a demanding leader. That’s been great for him and great to watch.”

Nothing was going to stop Bryant, who spent the postseason scowling, snarling, baring his teeth and all but breathing fire at anything in his path. For weeks, the All-Star has worn his game face. His daughters called him Grumpy. Only when the victory was his in the final seconds did he allow himself to smile.

“I was just completely locked in,” he said. “I was grumpy for a while and now I’m just ecstatic, like a kid in a candy store.”

Meanwhile, exuberant fans and just plain knuckleheads are using the Lakers’ victory as an excuse to act a fool.


Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman is firing back against the woman who was in the passenger seat the night he crashed his car in Mississippi, saying she was partly to blame for the near-fatal accident.
The woman, Demaris Meyer, is suing the 71-year-old actor in U.S. District Court in Oxford, Miss., claiming he was negligent when the car he was driving ran off the side of a road in the Mississippi Delta and flipped several times.

Freeman’s attorney, Jack H. Hayes Jr., responded to the lawsuit Friday in a four-page court document denying almost all the allegations or saying Freeman doesn’t know enough about them to form an opinion, reports the Associated Press.

The film star admitted driving the car, and that it left the road and “sustained significant damages.” The filing said he “would show (Meyer) is comparatively negligent,” though it did not describe what that means.

Both Meyer and Freeman were seriously injured in the August crash, which happened on a two-lane highway about five miles west of Freeman’s home in Charleston.

Meyer, who lives in Memphis, Tenn., sued Freeman in February for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, permanent disability and property damage. The lawsuit alleged Freeman was drinking that night, though it stops short of saying he was intoxicated. No charges were filed.


Queen and First Lady

Queen and First Lady

After her first meeting with Queen Elizabeth II made headlines over inappropriate royal hugging, Michelle Obama returned to Buckingham Palace last week so that her daughters, Sasha and Malia, could view the historic residence.

The queen granted Mrs. Obama and her girls permission for a guided tour of the palace, according to Huffington Post.

They were shown around the queen’s official residence and its gardens and the queen herself greeted them afterward, according to a royal source who spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.

In April, during a visit to Britain with her husband, Michelle Obama made a warm impression on the queen – so much so that the monarch ignored protocol and briefly wrapped her arm around Mrs. Obama in a rare public show of affection. The first lady kindly returned the gesture.

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Congress passed bill equalizing pay, arms, equipment and medical services of black troops.
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“Don’t spend your precious time asking ‘Why isn’t the world a better place?’ It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is ‘How can I make it better?’ To that there is an answer.” — Leo F. Buscaglia


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