Ricardo “Ricky” Bell (born September 18, 1967), also known as Slick, is an American singer best known as one of the founding members of R&B/pop group New Edition, and the lead singer of Bell Biv DeVoe. Asa solo artist, Bell released the album Ricardo Campana, in 2000.
The youngest of eleven children, Bell was born in Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in the Orchard Park Projects. He began his career singing with close friend, Ralph Tresvant in a group called “Ricky and Ralph.” Later, Bell, along with Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, and Ronnie DeVoe became New Edition. The group began a career in 1983 that has spanned more than 30 years. After the departure of Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill joined the group in the mid-1980s. Before Gill joined the group, Bell was originally the oldest member of New Edition. After recording the Heartbreak album, Ricky was given the chance to be a solo artist but opted instead to form Bell Biv DeVoe.
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Although Bell had primarily performed as a backup vocalist with New Edition, during the 1990s he emerged as one of the most utilized voices on singles released by the group. With the exception of the ensemble songs, “Hot2Nite” and “Hit Me Off,” and the Brown-led “You Don’t Have to Worry,” Bell performed lead or co-lead on the remainder of the group’s charting singles. “I’m Still in Love With You,” which also featured Ralph Tresvant, was so successful that a Spanish-language version was recorded, “Siempre Tu,” and “One More Day” has the distinction of being the only New Edition song with a solo member appearing in the video.
Other recordings featuring Bell’s vocals include Red Bandit’s 1990 single “Please Don’t Cry,” backup vocals on “Pretty Little Girl” from Bobby Brown’s 1992 album, and, with Ralph Tresvant, on LL Cool J’s 1997 song “Candy.”
With Bell Biv DeVoe and New Edition, Bell has over two dozen television and film performances including Knight Rider, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, New York Undercover, Family Matters, the movie Krush Groove, and numerous music, variety, and awards programs.
In 2004, in a double wedding with Tresvant, Bell married actress Amy Correa. Ricky and his wife Amy currently have no children.
Bell sung the hit song “Poison” along with Ne-Yo in the 2009 BET Awards.
TERRI ELLIS-EWING is a graduate from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism. Early in her career She pursued her television career and appeared in several commercials for a public relations campaign for The State of NJ. She also starred in a children’s tv show on a Fox affiliate station. Terri later appeared in a Georgia Department of Transportation commercial, starred in several TV pilot drama series and Wade Ford automotive commercials.
In addition she has produced, starred and directed automotive marketing campaigns with The Motor Trend Certified Vehicle Program, as well as an Internet show on Ehow.com a Tyra Banks internet company as a Lifestyle Etiquette Host.
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She resides in Atlanta as Vice President of Wade Ford, with her husband Steven Ewing where they both own and operate one of the largest Ford Dealerships in America. In her spare time she has volunteered as a Program Director for a children’s non-profit organization Jack & Jill of America, a Former Board Member for the Frank Ski Kids Foundation in Atlanta, Former Board member for the PTA & Lovett School Parent Association, Co-Founder of the Caring In Motion Foundation, President/Founder of The Atlanta Girls Book Club, and She presently serves on the Board of The Auditory Verbal Center in Atlanta. She is also a member of The Links Inc. of America.
Terri has also been named one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Atlanta by Rolling Out magazine.
Litterial Green is one of the most recognizable athletes to ever emerge from the state of Mississippi.
In 1999-2000, Green was voted as “One of the 50 Greatest Athletes in the State of Mississippi in the
20th Century” (#37) by Sports Illustrated.
He began his basketball career at Moss Point High School in Moss Point, MS.
While in high school he was a Consensus-Prep All-American, McDonald’s All-American and Parade
As s high school senior, Green Led the Nation in Scoring. He averaged 39.5 points, 9.5 rebounds
and 8.6 assists during his senior year in high school. Green was named First Team All State in
Mississippi two consecutive years. (1987-1988).. His Senior Year, Green Was Also Voted
MISSISSIPPI HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE YEAR by the ATLANTA TIP-OFF CLUB.
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Green was a four-year starter for the Georgia Bulldogs and in just his 2nd season, he led the Georgia
Bulldogs to the schools 1st Southeastern Conference Championship in the UNIVERSITY’S
HISTORY. Green was named to the ALL-SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE TEAM FOR 4 consecutive
years. While at the University of Georgia, Green became the 12 all-time leading scorer in the
HISTORY OF THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE. Currently he is the University of Georgia ALLTIME
LEADING SCORER IN CAREER POINTS (2,111), THREE POINT FIELD GOALS MADE (215), and
SECOND in ASSIST (566) surpassing Dominique Wilkins and Vern Fleming’s records respectively.
Mr. Green is the only player in the University of Georgia’s basketball history to score over 2,000
points. Green’s most prestigious collegiate accomplishment occurred during his senior year and
still remains 20 years later. Green is 1 of 3 players in SEC History to score over 2,000 points and
record over 400 assists. Pete Maravich, Litterial Green and Alan Houston.
Green Entered The NBA in 1992. HE was drafted by the World Champions Chicago Bulls, the 39th
overall pick, Green played 7 Seasons in the NBA 1992-1999. In July 1992, Green was traded to the
Orlando Magic, where he teamed with Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway from 1992-1995. In
1995-96, Green Signed to Play Professionally in Le Mans FRANCE. There he averaged 16.5
points and 8.7 assists per game. In 1996-97, Green returned back to the NBA and signed with the
Detroit Pistons teaming with Grant Hill and Joe Dumars. In 1998-99 Green signed with the
Milwaukee Bucks. There he teamed with Ray Allen and Glen Robinson. His Final Year In the NBA
was in 1999, after the NBA LOCKOUT, Green Signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers for one year. In
2000 Green returned to Europe and Played in Italy, Poland and Turkey respectively. In
2003, While Playing in Turkey, he had a Career ending knee injury during a game, which soon
after ended Green’s Basketball career.
Mr. Green serves on the board for numerous foundations. He’s the recipient of the NAACP Lifetime
membership award. Mr. Green is currently the Executive Director For (ABI COLLEGE PREP) the
American Basketball Institute in Atlanta GA. He also served as a consultant for the Detroit Pistons
and the Philadelphia 76ers under Head Coach Doug Collins who coached Green with the Detroit
Pistons in 1996-97. Mr. Green is an active member of the NBA Retired Players Association.
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