From 11Alive.com:

Police said that Apollo Holmes, 24, wanted in connection with last week's assault on fitness trainer Darius Miller, turned himself in Monday morning.

Atlanta police spokesman James Polite said Holmes turned himself in at the Fulton County jail about 8 a.m. Monday. A warrant charges Holmes with aggravated assault in the attack on Miller. Polite said more arrests are possible.

Miller, 41, was beaten after trying to stop a group of men from videotaping a group that included Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin's daughters, Kai Franklin Graham and Kali Jamilla Franklin outside of the popular Atlanta nightclub Verve around 2:50 a.m. Wednesday, according to a police report.

Polite said Miller remained in critical condition in a coma Monday at Emory Crawford Long Hospital. (Source)

NBA star Antoine Walker is so perturbed at a Chicago blogger that he unleashed his attorneys in an effort to force her to stop exposing his dirty laundry.

LaShonda Matlock who runs the popular E-Biz blog, was served with a cease & desist letter today from Walker's attorney after she ran a series of eye-opening posts like the one below:

The NBA star is due to appear in Chicago Cook County Circuit Court today with his charity organization "The 8 Foundation" due to breech of contract. Antoine, who hired and still employs convicted felons to handle his payment arrangements for the staff and contracted security firm, seemed to "forget" to pay some people mainly-security.Also, Antoine has been rolling with some more "bad" people.

One person in particular, his "best friend" Reginald Potts . Reginald, who attended all of Antoine's Chicagoland All-Star Classic weekend events this year and was spotted driving around in a white Bentley (wearing a white linen suit/white knit cap to nightclub Excalibur on August 12th 2007) is currently being held on first-degree murder charges in the death of 28-year-old Nailah Franklin! (Source)

Some of you may recall Walker was recently the victim of a violent home invasion in Chicago. Now it seems the home invasion may not have been so random after all.

Happy New Year to my loyal readers! Thank you for making Sandrarose.com so successful without any email blasts, promotions, marketing or spamming message boards and chat rooms. I owe all my success to you guys! Have a safe New Year and I will see you next year! Be Blessed :)

This year I decided to make an end of year awards list just for fun and because everyone else is doing it. I borrowed some of the categories from Young Sam over at Thatgrapejuice.net. Anyway, without further ado, here's my list of winners (and losers) for 2007:

Album of the Year
Ne-Yo - Because of You

Single of the Year
Rihanna - Umbrella

Best Video of the Year:
Rihanna - Umbrella

Best Collaboration:
Nas & Chrisette Michelle - Can't Forget About You

Best New Artist:
Chrisette Michelle

Best Female Artist:
Rihanna (She's everywhere right now)

Best Female Artist R&B:
Mary J. Blige

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The Janet Jackson hype machine has started in high gear with the release of her first single "Feedback" off her upcoming CD. One of the first of many prints interviews is this exclusive interview for Hong Kong's Prestige magazine.

Janet talks about her... wait for it... struggles with weight, and her struggles with her boyfriend Jermaine Dupri in the studio:

But if there is something that we both feel differently about, it just should really be talked about and that's the way we've always done it. Except this time around I see Usher and Mariah [Carey] coming out of the studio and I say, "Okay, wait, aren't you supposed to be working on my stuff? We're supposed to be doing our stuff together." And he goes, "Well yeah," and I'm like, "Why are they here, don't I come before them when it's time for the album to be released?" Not because I'm his girlfriend [laughs], but for the release of the album. Mine has to be released first, so doesn't it make sense to get me out of the way first? But it's all good.

(Source)

Expect to see saturation coverage of Janet on magazine covers and media interviews as Island Records markets Janet as an aging Britney Spears. She looks beautiful in these pics - and it isn't Photoshop either. Janet looks fabulous for her age in person as well as in pictures.

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I've been telling my readers for months that former Roc-A-Fella founder Damon Dash would be named president of Def Jam once Jay Z's contract expired. It just makes sense, doesn't it? Damon Dash made Jay Z and taught him everything he knows about the business. Without Dame there would be no Jay Z.

Jay Z repaid Dash's loyalty by orchestrating a hostile takeover of Rocafella and abandoning his former mentor. But if Dash felt the industry had turned its back on him - all of that is about to change. Dash's name is at the forefront of names to succeed Jay Z as president of Def Jam, including Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond, Damon Dash, Chuck D and Jermaine Dupri.

A recent lawsuit filed against Dash is being seen as a last ditch attempt to thwart Dash's chances of getting the top job. A lawsuit filed by Jamie Roberts, of Atlanta, alleges Damon Dash exposed his genitals to her three years ago resulting in an acute case of schizoprenia that has developed into active psychosis.

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Atlanta police on Friday issued a warrant for the arrest of a 24-year-old Georgia man in connection with the savage beating of a popular celebrity fitness trainer last weekend. Darius Miller, 41, was attacked by a group of men after he asked them to stop videotaping the mayor's daughters outside D'Jangos lounge.

The warrant charges Apollo Holmes in the attack, according to police spokeswoman Judy Pal. Holmes' whereabouts were unknown on Sunday but police are expected to name more suspects.

The beating left Miller in a coma and he is listed in critical condition at Crawford Long hospital. The hospital has seen a steady stream of high profile clients of Miller's including Keisha Knight Pulliam, Ma$e, Usher, Takeo Spikes, who has visited everyday, and Takeo's girlfriend T-Boz, formerly of TLC.

Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin, who is on a ski trip with her 8-year-old grandson, issued a couple of tersely worded statements that were highly critical of the media's coverage of the case. In both statements she referred to a "media frenzy" which prompted one Fox 5 news reporter to ask another, "Do you know anything about a media frenzy?"

In issuing those written statements, the mayor hopes to deflect attention away from her daughter, Kai Franklin Graham's legal troubles. Earlier this month, Franklin-Graham copped a plea deal to a federal charge of accepting drug money from her ex-husband, convicted cocaine trafficker Tremayne Graham.

In return for her cooperation in the ongoing investigation of her ex-husband's associates, Franklin-Graham will be sentenced to three years of probation - three months of which will be home confinement.

Any woman who has embraced the single life and learned to love herself unconditionally (independent of a man), can relate to the premise behind Trina's new single & video "Single Again."

As I told you last week, Miami's "Diamond Princess" Trina was shooting a video for her independent ladies anthem "Single Again." In the video, Trina is so content with married life that she literally floats on water.

Trina also embraces the single life by taking a solo stroll down the aisle to extol the virtues of being single.

Of course reality is always more exciting than fiction. Word is, Trina and NBA star Kenyon Martin are a new couple - and Trina doesn't care if his wife Heather Martin knows it.

But Heather Thompson Martin is no stranger to cheating: a buddy who grew up with her in California alleges Heather cheated on her first husband with Kenyon. The buddy says Heather even left her 3 daughters with her first husband in Carson when she got knocked up by Kenyon.

Supposedly, her oldest daughter wasn't even her husband's but she left her with him anyway. Wow, that's cold. And I thought Atlanta women were trifling!

Thanks to loyal reader and fellow blogger Showtime for the exclusive pics! See more pics from the video shoot at www.thatott.com.

R&B princess Ciara arrived in Atlanta today fresh off her European tour. The first thing she wanted to get off her chest were the rumors floating around about a sex tape featuring herself and rapper Chingy. Personally, I didn't know there was a rumor about a sex tape, but apparently Ciara stays on top of these rumors, I guess.

Ciara told a friend she has not nor will ever be in a sex tape with Chingy. And furthermore, why would she be in a sex tape with Chingy? I concur.

Ciara was also asked what her plans were for New Year's Eve, but Ciara said she won't know where she will ring in the New Year until Sunday.

Thanks to my friends at Sincerelyciara.com for the pic!

There are strong rumors about a real sex tape floating around featuring a well-known actress (not Ciara) giving head to a male friend.  Certain well-placed sources in Atlanta have seen the tape and a copy of it is currently in the hands of the Atlanta police.

The B-list actress does not live in Atlanta but she spent time here recently.  And word is she may have been drunk when the tape was made.  I'm told the B-list actress is pulling out all stops to make sure this tape does not hit the Internets.  The problem is, the police are emailing the tape to each other and to friends against department policy.

The only reason I'm posting this is out of curiosity; I just want to see the tape :).  If anyone has a copy of that tape and doesn't mind forwarding it to me, I will treat it with the utmost decency and decorum.  You can trust me officer.

UPDATE:

My bad, this photo of Lil' Kim was taken at Dreamz in Decatur. To the people emailing me: how was I supposed to know that? The site where I got the photo said it was Nigeria.

Anyway, this is Gucci Mane performing with her, and he looks like he needs a bath! But I guess this is how women in the South like their men to look. Men don't know any better. They need to be trained on how to dress proper in the company of a lady. It's a matter of respect. So when women continue to co-sign this madness - men will continue to think this is appropriate dress.

Thank God laws have been passed in Georgia to curb this type of style so at least we decent women don't have to be subjected to it in public.

Jay Z Stans fans who received the special casino slot machine invites to his NYE bash at the 40/40 are disappointed this morning. For instance, Ne-Yo was showing off his invite which adorns his desk at his studio. Sources reveal exclusively to PerezHilton.com that Jay-Z's new 40/40 club in Las Vegas did not pass their inspection.

That's too bad for Jay Z and his Stans fans. I'm sure some hotel in Las Vegas will be happy to cancel someone's New Year's Eve plans to accommodate the jigga and BeYaki who had planned a concert to ring in the New Year. Pardon me as I stifle a yawn. This is all very boring, but some of you care so I'm posting this story.

The venue won't open as previously planned, throwing a major curveball to the rapper and entrepreneur."Unless Jay-Z and his team miraculously come up with certain licenses and certificates by Sunday, then they won't be able to go on with their New Year's Eve party plans," a source familiar with the situation tells us.

Not only that, Jigga and his team have to refund all tickets for the opening, which will add even more costs to their starting on the wrong foot Sin City venture.

(Source)

I like Jia. Years ago Jia and I used to spar on the Black Voices boards where she was a very popular poster. If you're not familiar with Jia, she's an ex-porn star - well, I don't know about the ex part, lol - and she lives in Atlanta.

In this video from her Jia TV channel on YouTube, Jia speaks the truth on the sordid Raz B affair. Thank God there are a few people out there who can see through the bulls*t.

Caution: strong language.

In 2008 it's going to be harder for America's Most Wanted criminals to disappear in a crowded city. The FBI and Clear Channel have teamed up to display images of criminals on Clear Channel's digital Billboards in 20 major cities across America.

The 200 billboards will display 3-story high images of fugitives' mugs, missing children, or public safety info in real-time in cities such as Atlanta, Miami, New Jersey, LA and Las Vegas. (Source)

Reverend Run, 43, and his wife Justine Simmons adopted an American-born baby girl in September, who they named Miley Justine Simmons. Miley was one month old when they brought her home and will make her debut on the family's MTV reality series, Run's House, in January.

(Source)
Awww, she's adorable!

Now that Calvin has a hit reality show, one of his secret kids has been revealed. "I should be with him on the show, but I'm not," his secret son, nine year old Julian Corrie Broadus tells Star Magazine which acquired the exclusive rights to the story of Snoop's other baby mama, thirty-four year old Laurie Holmond.

Laurie tells Star magazine: "We had a great relationship-until June of 1997, when I suddenly heard on the radio that he had gotten married. Calvin told me I wouldn't understand, and he was right, I wanted nothing to do with him," Laurie tells Star Magazine.

But three months later Laurie ended up back in bed with Snoop. The two hooked up at the Le Reve Hotel in Hollywood, and nine months later, Julian was born.

"When I told Calvin I was pregnant, he said, 'I don’t know how I’m going to tell Shante.' But when Julian was born, Calvin was right there, and he took responsibility like a man." (Source)

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Reports are that actor Eddie Murphy and his fiancee, producer Tracey Edmonds will tie the knot in Tahiti tomorrow. As you know, Tracey and about 14 of her close friends celebrated her upcoming union with a bachelorette bash held at TAO Asian Bistro on December 8 at The Venetian Hotel and Casino.

A 20 ft. tall Buddha statue presided over the party as the ladies dined on Chilean sea bass, lobster wontons and slices of a sugar rose-covered cake. Tracey proudly flashed her 8-carat yellow diamond engagement ring as she twirled on the dance floor.

Murphy and Edmonds, who divorced singer/songwriter Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds in June of this year, want a casual ceremony on the South Pacific island. An insider says, "They’re getting married on 28 December in Tahiti. The wedding will be intimate, with just immediate family and a few friends."

(Source)

Word has reached my ears that Hip Hop's "Diamond Princess" Trina is going around Miami introducing NBA star Kenyon Martin as her new boyfriend. This must be news to his wife and baby mama Heather Martin. I hadn't heard that they got a divorce. Which probably explains why Trina's name is nowhere on the invitation.

My sources tell me Trina is busy organizing a big New Year's bash (which also doubles as her new boo's birthday party) at a spectacular mansion in Miami. Believe me I tried to get in there to get all the exciting shots for you but I was informed Trina already hired "a camera crew."

If you're thinking about heading on down there, you should be aware that the event is invite-only. I'm told Kenyon is flying all his NBA and Hip Hop pals down to Miami. Hardly anyone outside of his tight circle of friends are invited. So the only way you're getting in is if you are on the arm of a baller.

But there is another way you can attend: Trina is going to great pains to make sure this NYE bash goes off without a hitch. So to that end, Trina has taken out ads on Craigslist and Ethnicity Talent advertising for models who are willing to put up with NBA ballers and rappers feeling them up all night for $200-300.

Of course, this is all hush hush and you didn't hear it from me.

Trina "The Diamond Princess" & Kenyon Martin NEED MODELSModels needed to host new years party in Miami.

Submit your pictures to the email above and selected submissions will be redirected to the event website.

Good Luck!!! (Source)

Remember Ohsoadd who posted this video on YouTube in response to B. Scott's gettin' dirty to Janet's "Feedback"? Well, he's back and he's pissed. His name is Michael and he wants my readers to know he is a gay man - not a tranny boo boo.

Michael wants to correct my statement on why your men don't come home at night. He makes sense but sometimes a woman can do everything right at home and her man will still creep.

Oh, and I want to welcome B. Scott to my blogroll! He emailed me today and I told him I am a big fan of his. Double kisses B. Scott!

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Congratulations are in order for the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige whose brand new album GROWING PAINS lands at #1 on the Billboard R&B charts scanning an impressive 629,000 units.

She came in at #2 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart. (Source)

Jada Pinkett Smith will be honored during Essence magazine's 1st Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon during Oscar Week on February 21 in Los Angeles.

The event will honor three of Hollywood's finest who have helped to change and inspire positive images of Black women in television and film -- both in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes.

Jada Pinkett Smith, will be one of the three African-American women honored during the event, and will receive an award in the Film category.

The other honorees will be announced at a later date. (Source)

The photo circulating the Internets of former Miss USA and successful actress and author Kenya Moore in a wedding dress is from a scene in a movie called "Haitian Nights" currently being filmed in LA and Haiti. Remember, if you don't see it on Sandrarose.com it probably isn't true.

From a press release:

Kenya will play the role of Nadine Casey, a beautiful and accomplished MBA who has developed her own cosmetics line. She captures the heart and eye of Rudolph Lézard, a high-powered and successful Haitian American Attorney and business man. Once married, Nadine discovers Rudolph was unfaithful during their courtship with the daughter of a Voodoo Priest. Although kind, strong, and compassionate, Nadine's love for Rudolph is tested as she battles for her life and her love for her new husband when they try to destroy the couple.Director Marc Cayce adds, "I've been trying to get Miss Moore on one of my films for years now. As our leading lady, Kenya brings a certain unexpected refinement and dignity to the character and to the film. She has fierce drive and determination to take direction well and make great choices that drive the character. She loves creating many complicated and interesting layers for her role. I believe this project will really highlight how much she has grown as an actor. She's amazing!"

Source:
Barry L. Florence and Katena Keno

Raz B finally recanted his vicious allegations against his former manager Chris Stokes. No doubt he feared being sued for libel, slander and ruining a man's reputation. I'm sure the producers of their reality show didn't want to be sued either.

Let this be a lesson to you all that you can't believe everything you hear. The moment you heard the words "reality show" you should have known what was up. If Raz B was in a court of law he would be found guilty of perjury. There was NO evidence to support his claims and he didn't go to the police with his allegations because he knew he was lying!

How does going on YouTube benefit child victims of molestation? You don't go to YouTube with serious allegations such as this, you go to the police.

Raz B is a troubled young man who has made outlandish statements in the past. And because of his prior actions, he has zero credibility. I am dismayed that so many of you got caught up in this lie especially when you consider the 2nd video was edited to make Chris sound like he was confessing.

None of you questioned why they edited out the part leading up to what he said. Thank God none of you are working as prosecutors - you would put a lot of innocent people behind bars.

Honestly, if I were Chris Stokes I would go ahead with a lawsuit against Raz B and his brother for defamation of character.

The very first celebrity home featured on MTV Cribs was the Buckhead digs of Jermaine Dupri who sold it and moved into another Buckhead manse in 2003. Boxer Vernon Forrest bought the home but he has since moved out and put it back on the market. The 5 bedroom, 7 bath house can be yours for only $1.6 million.

Don't have the cash to buy it outright? You can make a modest $320,000 deposit and your monthly payments would only be a mere $7,624.

UPDATED:

Darrius Miller, a well known local celebrity trainer to such stars as Ciara, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Takeyo Spikes and Terrell Owens, is hospitalized in a coma after being viciously beaten by a gang of thugs. The beating occurred in the early morning hours of Wednesday outside popular restaurant D'Jangos.

Police say about 7 members of a group calling themselves 01 Entertainment attacked Miller, 41, as he walked Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin's daughters Kai and Kali Franklin, and 2 other women to their car. Witnesses say the men came out of Verve nightclub and began videotaping the women who protested the taping. The men responded by calling the woman derogatory names.

Mr. Miller attempted to intervene when the men turned on him and beat him unconscious. According to witnesses, the women pulled the attackers off of Miller while other men stood watching but did not offer assistance. Mr. Miller went into cardiac arrest upon arrival at the hospital. Celebrities such as T-Boz and Keisha Knight Pulliam visited Mr. Miller who is on a respirator in ICU. Doctors think Mr. Miller may have sustained brain damage.

Visit Darius Miller's Myspace page.

While the world is in a tizzy because Britney Spears' little sister is knocked up at 16, we are reminded that BeYaki's little sister Solange Knowles also got pregnant at 16.

Solange took time off from recording her new album to take her son Daniel shopping in West Hollywood last week. (Source)

Photo: Sandra Rose/Sandrarose.com

A Cleveland judge admonished Yung Joc for being late to his arraignment on Wednesday afternoon. But the judge allowed the rapper to remain free on $100,000 bond pending a hearing on a felony gun charge.

Yung Joc was arrested Sunday morning and charged with carrying a concealed weapon after attempting to board a Delta airlines flight with a loaded gun in his carry-on bag. Joc has said he wasn't aware the gun was in his bag. The concealed weapon charge carries a minimum 18-month sentence according to the prosecutor's office.

An inside source said there was a miscommunication between Yung Joc and his Cleveland-based attorney and Joc believed he didn't have to make a personal appearance before the judge on Wednesday morning.

Yung Joc's next hearing is scheduled for January 25. Joc's album "Hustlenomic$" is almost platinum.

Remember the pics of Michael Jackson inside the Barnes & Nobles bookstore with surgical tape all over his face? Now he claims his son Blanket caused the injuries to his face while they were play fighting. The injuries were serious enough to require "emergency surgery." Somebody put in a call to Don King because the kid has a great future in boxing if we're to believe Michael.
(Source)

Trey Songz pulls a T.I. on a fan who threw ice at him during a performance in a nightclub. Unlike T.I., Trey jumped into the audience and delivered an R&B ass whuppin'. Afterwards, Trey apologizes to the ladies for his ungentlemanly behavior. Good for Trey.

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Omarion has released a statement calling former band member Raz B a liar. Of course you will believe what you want to but I choose to believe Omarion.

There is no evidence to support the allegations made by Raz B - a man who has made outlandish allegations in the past.

It's amazing to me that the same people who are calling for Chris Stoke's head will run to buy a concert ticket to see R. Kelly who video taped his criminal acts upon a minor.

The official statement from Omarion's publicist 5WPR:

Below please find a statement from Omarion regarding the accusations against Chris Stokes made by Demario "Raz B" Thorton and Ricardo Thorton."I want to be on the record as saying that "Raz B" Thorton and Ricardo Thorton are lying regarding Chris Stokes. Chris is a father figure to myself, and many others in the industry. He's guided us, helped raised us and is nothing more than an inspiration and someone I respect to and look up to. I have spent countless hours, days, weeks and months with the man since the age of 5 and have never once seen him behave inappropriately. He's married to my aunt and I know this man very well. I stand behind him with no question whatsoever," said Omarion.

"I have grown up around Chris and this is crazy to me. These people have damaged me, and my reputation and I won't stand silent and will do all within my means to speak the truth about this matter," said Omarion. (Source: PR Newswire)

Ciara's new video featuring Monica and Lil' Jon was universally panned by fans but Ciara wasn't fazed. Here she is performing at the Wembley Arena in my birth place, London, England over the weekend. Rihanna also performed.