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RADIOSCOPE RAW Podcast: Our Uncut 1989 Interview with Robert ‘Kool’ Bell of Kool & the Gang




Robert “Kool” Bell of Kool & the Gang

*It’s a bittersweet month for Kool & the Gang founder and bassist Robert “Kool” Bell, also known by his Muslim name Muhammad Bayyan.

As the musician celebrates his 70th birthday today, October 8th, the date falls one month and one day after the death of his brother Ronald Bell, aka Khalis Bayyan.

Kool & the Gang signed their first record deal in 1970, but it wasn’t until their fourth album in 1973, “Wild and Peaceful,” that they found radio success with the singles “Jungle Boogie” and “Hollywood Swinging.” The addition of singer James “J.T.” Taylor in 1978 brought even more fame with the albums “Ladies’ Night” in 1979, “Celebrate!” in 1980, and their highest selling album “Emergency,” which went double platinum in 1984. Their hit singles during this period included “Ladies’ Night,” “Too Hot,” the US number one “Celebration,” “Get Down on It,” “Joanna,” “Misled” and “Cherish.”

For the third episode of our new podcast Radioscope Raw, we’re giving you our unedited 1989 interview with Kool, which took place one year after James J.T. Taylor left the band to pursue a solo career. The then 39-year-old talked to one of our writers about the group’s new album “Sweat,” and the addition of new lead singers Sennie “Skip” Martin and Odeen May. Bell also spoke about the exit of J.T. Taylor, his brother Ronald, and original member Spike Mickens; and how their departures would affect the band’s sound going into a new decade.

The episode also features Lee Bailey’s October 2015 interview with Bell, where he reflects on the band’s 50th anniversary at the annual “Radio and Record industry Legends” event in Los Angeles.

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Showtime Announces Return of Beloved Serial Killer ‘Dexter’ for Limited Miniseries




*Showtime has announced the return of “Dexter” for a limited miniseries.

The network shared the exciting news with a bloody teaser on Twitter (see below).

“Dexter” ran for 8 seasons and centered on a serial killer who kills other serial killers. The dark comedy will pick up eight years after  the widely panned finale episode. Michael C. Hall is returning for the titular role. 

“Dexter is such a special series, both for its millions of fans and for Showtime, as this breakthrough show helped put our network on the map many years ago,” Showtime President Gary Levine told The Hollywood Reporter. “We would only revisit this unique character if we could find a creative take that was truly worthy of the brilliant, original series. Well, I am happy to report that Clyde Phillips and Michael C. Hall have found it, and we can’t wait to shoot it and show it to the world.” 

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Hall previously revealed he wasn’t all that crazy about the “Dexter” finale, but defended the writers in a 2014 interview. 

“Given what [Dexter] had been through,” Hall explained, “and his attempts to have his cake and eat it too in regards to indulging his compulsion to kill AND have a more authentic life, his self-imposed exile did resonate. I think Dexter came to believe that… anything he touched would eventually be destroyed and so he felt he needed to let it all go. Of course, Dexter is also a pragmatist and a self-preservationist so he didn’t do himself in. But rather put himself on hold.”

He also had this to say about fan encounters: “Some people have volunteered to be a victim! And when I met Morgan Freeman, he said “Congratulations on your whole life.” It was as if I were being invited to heaven by God himself!

Showtime expects the “Dexter” miniseries to debut in fall 2021.

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Family of Army Specialist Vanessa Guillén on ‘Red Table Talk: The Estefans’ – TODAY on Facebook Watch



Gloria Estefan & Gloria Guillen

*In the upcoming fourth episode of Red Table Talk: The Estefans, premiering this Wednesday, October 28 at 9amPT / 12pmET on Facebook Watch, the Estefans are joined by the family of Army Specialist Vanessa Guillén, including her mother Gloria Guillén and her sisters, Mayra and Lupe, for an emotional conversation about the tragedy at the Fort Hood army base in Texas.

In April, 20-year-old Army Specialist Vanessa Guillén was found dead outside a Texas Army Base. Now, her devastated family are coming to the Red Table to demand justice and seek answers. Vanessa’s heartbroken mother sits down for an emotional one-on-one conversation with Gloria and reveals why she feels there is more to the story surrounding her beloved daughter’s death. Vanessa’s impassioned sisters share their gut-wrenching journey and the important work they’re doing to ensure this never happens again.

  • Series Description: A new addition to the “Red Table Talk” franchise on Facebook Watch, “Red Table Talk: The Estefans” features music icon and Grammy winner Gloria Estefan, her daughter and rising musician Emily Estefan and her niece and Daytime Emmy Award-winning Lili Estefan – three generations of women coming together for a new series of candid conversations with family, celebrity friends and more. No topic is off-limits as the women bring their own opinions and life experiences to the iconic table and to their communities.
  • Production: “Red Table Talk: The Estefans” is produced by Westbrook Studios, with Jada Pinkett Smith, Gloria Estefan, Ellen Rakieten & Miguel Melendez serving as executive producers.





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*Ava DuVernay’s non-profit ARRAY ALLIANCE is launching its second ARRAY Drive-in screening event on Friday, Oct. 30 and Sat. Oct. 31.

This latest cinema experience is a community empowerment activation featuring two Oscar-winning films: SELMA amplifies the importance of voting to activate change as we approach the upcoming presidential election. GET OUT is the perfect psychological horror thriller to screen on Halloween.

In addition to the films, the open to the public screenings in ARRAY’s Historic Filipinotown/Westlake neighborhood will include on-site voting booths provided by LA Vote mobile voting center, on Friday, Oct. 30. Attendees can vote in person or drop-off their ballots.

Friday, Oct. 30 – SELMA, directed by Ava DuVernay and on-site voting via’s mobile voting center

Saturday, Oct. 31 – GET OUT, directed by Jordan Peele

Ticket Information: First come, first serve entry with advance ticket registration at

Follow Us on Twitter and IG: @ARRAYNow

Founded in 2011 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, ARRAY is a multi-platform arts and social impact collective dedicated to narrative change. The organization catalyzes its work through a quartet of mission-driven entities: the film distribution arm ARRAY Releasing, the content company ARRAY Filmworks, the programming and production hub ARRAY Creative Campus and the non-profit group ARRAY Alliance.





Sharon Liggins


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