As you probably know I have a friend that was put into a coma on December 25, 2007. Many of you have inquired of his condition via email, in person & some have called. I want to let those know I really appreciate your thoughtful words & concerns but this battle is still going. Unfortunately he is still in coma & it has really bothered me that I can't do anything physically for him but continue to pray & affirm his quick recovery. My friend Amber mentioned a few weeks back to gather all his friends & family on a certain day & time for prayer but this is not easy due to everyone's schedule. After some careful thought I want to make Tuesday, January 29, 2008 THE DARIUS MILLER & FAMILY NATIONAL PRAYER DAY.I know most on my list do not know him but I ask you join us because prayer is real. Despite your religion prayer never fails. I ask everyone that reads this please forward to your family, friends & coworkers. Life is real people. It will only take about 60 seconds of your time tomorrow.
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Former Public Enemy front man Chuck D released a venomous response to the news that Universal Records would not be replacing ousted president Jay Z with him or anyone else. "Its sort of expected, and a primary reason why the music business has collapsed," said Chuck D.
Chuck D placed the blame for the demise of Hip Hop squarely on the shoulders of 10-15 "buzzards" who are "trusted" by the clan of execs who really run Hip Hop (Jews and Israelis). In his statement, Chuck D went further calling the inner circle of usual suspects "incestuous."
The same thing that happened to MOTOWN is DEF JAM's fate. In my opinion, the fact that 10 -15 individuals in the guise of hovering buzzards are given keys to the culture based on their alliances with these corporations, is a partial reason for the troubled condition it's in. Hence music, and especially this urban, black, whatever you wanna call it, is an incestuous inner circle of usual suspects that are financially trusted over black culture by a select 'other few.' It's evident that we are not the same people.
Chuck D didn't name the 10-15 "buzzards" who are eating off the rotting flesh of Hip Hop, so I decided to give it a crack myself:
SEAN COONS, SEAN JOHN, PUFF, or whatever the hell he's calling himself these days
As I told you earlier, there will be no replacement for Jay Z at Def Jam. You read this here first because, as you know, the same industry people who work closely with Jay are loyal Sandrarose.com fans who whisper in my ear on the low low.
The move not to replace Jay Z is "disappointing," according to Chuck D who (lol) thought he was in line for the position. Island Records president of Urban Music Jermaine Dupri who was out of the country when Chuck D released his statement, was also rumored to get the top job.
The reality is L.A. Reid decided not to replace Jay Z with his arch nemesis Damon Dash because Jay's fragile ego couldn't take the resulting snickers from the industry - and L.A. needs Jay in his corner - so this might end up being a sound business decision for all involved.
Is Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton a racist? The answer to that question depends on who you ask. Hillary would probably say no, but her history of verbal mishaps tell a different story.
Senator Clinton was roundly criticized in 2004 when she joked that Mahatma Gandhi used to run a gas station in St. Louis. She later apologized, saying it was "a lame attempt at humor." Clinton drew similar criticism 2 years ago when she told a mostly black audience at a Harlem church that Republican leaders ran the House "like a plantation". Again, she apologized, sort of.
Clinton recently came under fire again when comments she made appeared to diminish the contributions Martin Luther King Jr. made to the civil rights era. Her aides expressed outrage at the media for even suggestion Hillary is a racist. But is Hillary really that clueless and do we really want another openly racist president in the White House?
The fact that Hillary is married to the honorary first black president of the Untied States hasn't helped her case with the black community. Especially since now it seems her husband Bill might be a closet racist himself. To many blacks who supported Bill Clinton through two elections, that revelation is a bitter pill to swallow.
Why is everyone expressing shock at the revelations that Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick carried on an illicit affair with his sexy chief of staff, Christine Beatty? That should have been a no brainer (so to speak). All women should know if you are married to a handsome man who is in a position of power - expect your man to cheat.
You can face the facts or you can live in constant denial. If you find your man irresistible, chances are other women do too. It isn't always your man's fault: it is preordained that a man cannot reject the advances of a beautiful woman. When God said man should be fruitful and multiply, he wasn't talking about growing crops.
According to the Detroit Free Press, text messages show Kilpatrick and his chief of staff, Christine Beatty, lied at the whistle-blower trial when they testified last summer they did not have a sexual relationship.
Apparently a few of the Mayor's male staff members blew the whistle on the couple. Kilpatrick emphatically denied the allegations that he behaved improperly with Beatty. "I think it was pretty demoralizing to her -- you have to know her -- but it's demoralizing to me as well," he said then. "I think it's absurd to assert that every woman that works with a man is a whore.
But the text messages prove otherwise:
"I'm madly in love with you," Kilpatrick wrote on Oct. 3, 2002.
"I hope you feel that way for a long time," Beatty answered. "In case you haven't noticed, I am madly in love with you, too!"
Beatty: "And, did you miss me, sexually?"
Kilpatrick: "Hell yeah! You couldn't tell. I want some more. "
Remember ladies: it's in a man's nature to lie about the other woman even to the point of accusing others of lying on him. But your instincts never lie.
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick kisses his wife in Florida yesterday. Click image to enlarge.
On Wednesday a well-dressed woman was spotted wearing this Louis Vuitton print handbag at the Paris Fashion Week Spring / Summer fashion show by Jean-Paul Gaultier. Are there any LV experts among you who can tell me if this bag is for real?
I questioned the appointment of Marc Jacobs to be LV's head designer when I saw some of the pieces he designed. First the monstrosity worn by Beyonce and now this mess? I'm not feeling the new direction that LV is going in.
According to a local producer who was tapped to produce tracks on Britney Spears' new CD, Britney is hearing voices. The producer who has worked with some of the biggest name in the business is telling friends that the scheduled studio sessions with Britney are canceled indefinitely.
"Britney has some serious problems. It's worse than what you think," said a source in the producer's camp. "She's hearing voices. That's why she has a British accent now. She's not just playing crazy."
The source revealed Britney recently made several visits to Atlanta to work on tracks with the well known producer.
The source also said Britney believes she's possessed by a British princess whose spirit has taken over Britney's body.
According to the AP, the masseuse who found Heath Ledger's body called his girlfriend Mary-Kate Olsen a total four times – not twice as was widely reported by the media.
Masseuse Diana Wolozin spent nine minutes, making three phone calls to Olsen – and waiting more than a minute between each call – before ever dialing 911, then called Olsen a fourth time after paramedics arrived at Ledger's New York apartment, the AP reports.
Wolozin first called Olsen on Ledger's own phone using the speed dial after the masseuse was unable to wake up the actor.
The additional calls were discovered when police took a closer look at phone records, according to AP.
Publicity reps are paid to dupe the unsuspecting public into believing whatever line they feed us. When a celebrity is in need of damage control because of persistent rumors such as he is sleeping with his manager who is old enough to be his mama - they usually resort to the manufactured relationship.
Hollywood has been faking celebrity relationships since the early days of moving pictures. Remember Rock Hudson who dated many Hollywood starlets so the public wouldn't find out that he was gay? And who can forget the totally unbelievable relationship between Ciara and Bow Wow? Honestly, who did they think they were fooling?
Now we have Rihanna, the new Hollywood IT girl who we're supposed to believe is dating the prince of R&B, Chris Brown. It would be cute if it were true, but unfortunately it isn't. Good try though, Tina.
Among the many hopefuls who attempt to make it big in the music industry, only a chosen few obtain the goal. Even more elusive are those who exceed it. They’re the ones who have that elusive "it" quality – the ones whose genuine talent and ability to engage an audience and deliver a song with a matchless style sets them apart from the masses. The ones like London. Armed with years of preparation and an abundance of talent, this burgeoning singer-songwriter is destined to stand out in a sea of “next big names” in R&B music via his Universal/Motown debut, Man of My Word.
A native of Oakland, California, London’s talent for singing was initially discovered as a child. He sang in his church choir and he eventually joined them. As an adolescent London set his sites on a career in music but like many of his peers in the hip-hop generation, singing didn’t strike him as a particularly masculine hobby. Instead, he opted to make his professional foray into the industry as a rapper as a member of the eight-man crew Keep It Clean. The group had begun to see moderate success but sought to add an element that would give them that unique edge. Read more »
Kenny Burns and producer Jazze Pha were tapped to record a new track for Tyler Perry's House of Payne. Kenny and Jazze reworked the classic old school hit "Love Jones" for this new track. Esther Dean sings back up.
Reality show contestant-turned entrepreneur Deelishis was the in-studio guest on Porsche Foxx's show today. Besides surprising Porsche with her own custom jeans from her D Cut clothing line for women with unusual gluteal measurements, Deelishis dropped a bomb that she believes Flava Flav is still abusing drugs. Read more »
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 From: Stephanie Abdullah To: email@example.com Subject: Bobby Brown rumor
Hi Sandra,My name is Stephanie Abdullah. I do publicity work with Bobby Brown. I've been made aware of the viscious hateful rumor about Bobby that is posted on your site. I'm asking that you please remove it. Bobby Brown is not only NOT dead-he's fully alive and vibrant and very excited about his new reality show Gone Country, which premieres on CMT tomorrow. Your cooperation is appreciated.
All Good Thoughts and Unceasing Blessings!!!!!
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I normally don't post when idiot rappers get themselves arrested but it's happening so frequently now, how can I ignore it? Either the police are actively seeking indictments against rappers or rappers really are that stupid. It's easy to point the finger of blame at the cops who don't make a fraction of the salaries of these clowns but rappers make it so easy nowadays.
According to TMZ.com, Lil' Wayne's tour bus was pulled over somewhere in Arizona yesterday. After the obligatory search of the bus he was busted for possession of cocaine, ecstasy and other drug paraphernalia.
Wayne, real name Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, bonded out of jail today and signed autographs for waiting fans.
Here's my take on the Heath Ledger story: I have to admit I was not familiar with the actor whose promising career was cut short by his untimely death. Someone reminded me that Mr. Ledger played a gay cowboy in the movie 'Brokeback Mountain'. I never saw the movie.
For those of us who are unfamiliar with him, we can't escape the wall to wall news coverage of his death. One of the troubling aspects of his death was his masseuse's claims that she attempted CPR on Mr. Ledger when she found him unresponsive.
According to Nancy Grace, Ledger was found face down in his bed. Any masseuse should be trained in basic CPR 101 which teaches you to move an unresponsive person off the bed and onto the floor before initiating CPR. If you're unable to move the patient, then a board or other hard surface should be placed under his back.
At any rate, the patient must be face up before any attempt at CPR can be made. If paramedics found Ledger face down in his bed, then no attempt at CPR was made.
The other troubling aspect is why the masseuse called actress Mary-Kate Olsen twice before calling 911? And did the actress send her security to the apartment to remove incriminating evidence? Lastly, if 911 was called 15 minutes after the masseuse heard Ledger snoring then she or the company she works for could be held responsible for not acting swiftly enough to save his life.
Grand Hustle rapper Young Dro, whom I consider to be a very handsome and charming young man who is always nice to me when he sees me out - may not have 3 women on the side as I earlier reported. He may only have two now that Shavon has taken herself out of the lineup. I can't tell you how many friends she has enlisted to email me on her behalf.
Today I received an email from my friend Jay Reid of Bad Boy South. In his email was a message from Shavon which I posted after the break. Read more »
UPDATED: Def Jam Chairman LA Reid is in town to attend this party tonight. They say there will be no replacement for Jay Z for months. I think I will stop through the party to get the info straight from the horse's mouth
Wednesday's night most memorable and star studded exclusive party known as "The Hollywood Hide Out" has come to an end at the spot that Mr. Plush of Plush Blue Ent and Juan Farmer aka Jebron F. Kennedy from Rowdy Records, made famous - "The Royal Lounge" in Atlanta, GA.
Mr. Plush and Juan Farmer were killing it on Wednesday nights - but it ain't over!
From the expensive cars and stretch limo's, huge stars to the most exclusive parties with entertainers from Nas, Terrance Howard, Tony Rock, Chris Tucker, AKON, Allen Payne, Keyshia Cole, Jermaine Dupri, Young Jeezy, Chingy, Joe Johnson, NSYNC, New Edition, The Dream Listening party, the Glenn Twins Lingerie b-day party with Rich Boy and Slim Thug in attendance, Chris Webber & Evan Ross just to name a few have all been spotted partying with Mr. Plush & Juan Farmer at the Royal on Wednesday nights.
I guess you can say that the Hollywood Hide out just outgrew the Royal Lounge.
The Good news is, the party has been moved to the new, sexy and more spacious spot NOIR Lounge on Peters Street. NOIR has two rooms - an all white room and a separate VIP Lounge and it's right up the street from Royal Lounge on Peter St. Word is, NOIR is now the new spot on Wednesday's starting this Wednesday (1/23) for the grand launching of the Hollywood Hde Out.
This Wednesday's Grand Launching will be hosted by Jermaine Dupri and the entire Def Jam family. Rumor has it Ludacris and Jeezy will also be in the house along with several other major stars.
Ronald Davis, the suspected trigger man in the murders of two women and their babies in Indianapolis made a court appearance in a Marion county courtroom today. Two of his co-defendants, Donte Hobson and Jasper Frazier made statements placing the murder weapon in Davis' hand the night of Jan. 14.
According to a police affidavit, officers responding to a report of gunfire at the home found the two women and their children in a back bedroom on the floor between a bed and a wall. Each victim had been shot multiple times. Only Charlii was still breathing.
According to the affidavit, an officer carried Charlii from the back bedroom and handed her to a paramedic through a window. Charlii was later pronounced dead at Methodist hospital. A blood trail from the back bedroom to the front room was later determined to be Charlii's. 10 shell casings were found in the back bedroom of the home the two women shared.
STRONG WARNING: Images from the funeral after the break. Do not click the link if funeral pictures disturb you. Don't email me because you were warned. Read more »
UPDATE: Spoiler ahead. Don't read any further if you haven't seen episode 4 yet!
By Now you know that hitman Chris Partlow assassinated Co-op leader Proposition Joe on orders of Marlo Stanfield on the 4th episode of The Wire last week. I don't watch much TV but I've been addicted to The Wire since Season 4. Yet that last scene in episode 4 was a shocker.
How ungrateful is that psychopath Marlo? Prop Joe basically treated him like a son but Marlo wanted Joe out of the way because the greeks respected Joe.
In honor of Prop Joe, I am posting the Young Prop Joe Prequel which shows little Joe hustling and cutting side deals even as a youngin on the schoolyard.
Quick, when was the last time our country was in a recession? If you don't know the answer to that question then the impending recession won't affect you so much. Analysts predict a recession looming on the horizon and the wrong people are worrying about it. The Chicken Little syndrome ("the sky is falling!") is in full effect because our people watch too much CNN. Folks who don't even know the definition of recession are talking about pulling their last $20 out of the bank.
The truth is the recession doesn't affect black people so much because, hell, we're always in a recession. What's the difference to us between a recession and just being black in a white man's world? Aren't we always the last hired and first fired? Aren't the words "laid off" as familiar to us as "chicken and waffles"? Don't we already get stuck with the highest interest rates on anything we buy? Are bankers lining up to give us loans?
The last recession was in 2001, albeit a mild one, but the point is most in the black community don't remember it. Last night a friend of mine said there hasn't been a recession in the last 28 years - and yes, he's black and educated.
Not to make light of a situation that has many white people nervous and checking their stocks every 5 minutes - but, do you own stocks? Do you own a plot of land that doesn't have a lien on it? Do you have over $5000 in the bank? Do you have at least one major credit card that isn't in the red? If you made the minimum payment on that credit card over the next 20 years would you pay the balance off?
If your answer to those questions are mostly no, then you have nothing to worry about. You'll be just fine.
Would it be messy of me if I posted these pics of Dro's other woman knowing that Fantasia reads my blog? Oops, maybe I should have asked first. Well, don't blame me because my readers are all up in these celebrity's business!
According to my loyal reader Jasmine, Dro and Shavon, a single mother of one who works at Hooters, have been dating for over a year now. In fact, Shavon is still in his top ten friends on his Myspace page. Hooters certainly has its benefits! My loyal reader wanted me to know that Dro is an equal opportunity brother who dates light skinned and dark skinned sistas. But we already knew that.
Thanks to RAZZI, my stylish friend who runs the urban fashion blog stylerazzi.com. She did a little research and found a link to one of Tank's other baby mama's, a radio DJ named Alysse Stewart who holds the midday spot at WBAV in Greenville, South Carolina. This is the other name dropped by my loyal reader truth08 in a comment in an earlier post on Tank.
Razzi points out that Alysse conveniently posted an interview with her baby daddy Tank on her website.
Meanwhile, another reader emailed me to suggest that maybe truth08 is one of the other women in Tank's life. Who knows. I'm just happy that Amy Winehouseis finally in rehab.
Sexy R&B singer Tank, real name Durrell Babbs, is a very busy man! Yesterday I posted a cute baby picture of the newest addition to Tank's growing family. I say "growing family" because it has come to my attention that Tank has spawn everywhere from several side pieces.
A woman will do this for several reasons, one of which is the man told her she was a side piece and she can't accept it because she convinced herself that she was the main one. According to my loyal reader truth08, Ms. Foster is not his girlfriend, she simply "gave herself the title" but he spent New Year's Eve with his main woman ([pictured above) and the two even went to church together that same night.
You can read the full text of her comment after the break. Read more »