Last night I spoke with a friend who informed me that the president of the NAACP was on my site yesterday. She told me how outraged he was by some of the comments he read. For some time now – years, in fact – I have held the opinion that the intellectuals among us do not leave comments on urban blogs.

Point in fact, the president of the NAACP didn’t leave a comment even though he was moved by what he read. The reason for this is people like him don’t want to wade through ignorant, juvenile comments just to find a spot where his comment makes a difference. And people like him know that his comment will be passed over for the ignorant comments that are most popular on urban blogs.

I rarely leave comments on urban blogs for that very reason. This year I have only commented on 2 urban blogs: Necole Bitchie and Style Razzi, because they have elevated their game beyond writing posts which encourages buffoonery in their comment sections.

A new day is dawning: for the first time in history, a biracial man is about to be chosen the democratic nominee. We have to do better on urban blogs because all eyes are on us now.

I realize that as the blog owner, I have a responsibility to set the tone for the comments on my site. So in recent weeks, I have checked myself to make sure that I include more positive posts. I convince myself that there ARE positive thinkers who read my site daily.

When someone whom I respect and admire calls me to complain about the comments, it makes me rethink my reason for converting Sandrarose.com to a blog in the first place. Most of my regular readers remember the old site where there were no comments.

Contrary to popular belief, I do not make money off comments – and neither does any other blog that I know of. We make money off the ads that you see. And regardless if there are 1 or 100 comments – we still get paid (sorry to burst your bubble). The fact is, advertisers don’t care about comments – they care about stats/traffic.

Thank you to independent thinkers like Bird, 2BMe, 2thick, Smokie (even though you’re a hata, lol), Shhh, and others who don’t follow the crowd, and who help to bring balance and thought-provoking ideas to my site. I would like to encourage more independent thinkers to join in.

So to that end, I have banned the ringleaders who I feel are responsible for most of the negativity on my site. Members who attack the opinions of others will also be banned. While I don’t agree with censorship, I do believe that people don’t have the right to disrespect others. If that means there are less comments on my site, then so be it. To those who have been banned: don’t take it personal. Remind yourselves that you didn’t like me anyway, and have a nice day.

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Rocko and Island Urban Records want you to design your very own MySpace page layout, showing yourself off, whether it be in your freshest outfit, hottest whip, or even just in an everyday situation doing something you love.

The best MySpace layout will win an iPod Touch preloaded with Rocko’s new album, Self-Made, as well as a pair of Gucci sneakers from the latest 2008 line. The two runner-ups will each receive a Rocko poster and an autographed copy of Rocko’s new album, Self-Made, in stores March 18.

How To Win – On March 18th, when the contest ends, Rocko will check out all the entries and choose his three favorite layouts based on creativity and promotion of Self-Made. He will then email the winners individually and announce them on his MySpace page.

Rocko will also feature his favorite layouts on his MySpace page every week until the contest ends.

For more info, check out Rocko’s official MySpace page – http://www.myspace.com/rockodadon.

According to Hits Daily Double, the industry estimates for 1st week sales of Janet Jackson‘s new album were far too generous. She was expected to push 200-270k in 1st week sales, but one-day sales reports from major retailers puts that figure at 180k. If there’s any consolation, at least Janet will be #1 for the first time in ages.

Look for Michael Jackson’s little sister Janet to enter next week’s chart at #1, with her new IDJ album Discipline headed for 180k in sales, give or take, based on one-day sales reports from our retail minions. Universal Motown’s neo-soul stalwart Erykah Badu is a lock for #2 (hey, that rhymes) with between 125-135k. Three-time chart-topper Jack Johnson’s Brushfire/Universal Republic album will fight it out for #3 with 70k alongside Asylum’s Webbie, Canvasback/ Columbia’s resurgent Oscar winner Once and J’s Alicia Keys, with a Target circular slot, all between 60-70k. Rhino’s Juno should see a nice bump from awards activity to 50-55k, while Asylum’s Shawty Lo will see a debut in the area of 30-35k. Overall, the market was down 19% vs last week, down 13% vs same week last year and now down 12% year-to-date. Keep on chooglin’, people. (Source)


Photos spotted on: MWZA.com

Rihanna enjoyed a spot of bowling while taking some down time prior to performing during the BRIT Awards in London last week. In case you’re wondering: the reason Rihanna is so loved the world over is because she is sweet and humble and doesn’t aloow her fame to go to her head like some other singers we know.


Photo: Splash News

Kanye West, his fiancee Alexis Phifer and Italian designer Roberto Cavalli at the grand opening of the new Roberto Cavalli store in Paris, France yesterday.


Photo: Splash News

50 Cent dressed up as a mad scientist to hawk his Vitamin Water on the side of a van in SoHo, NY yesterday.


Photo: Splash News

Remember how you used to cry and faint whenever you saw Mista performing on BET or in your town? Well, they’re back sort of. The group got together to watch former member Bobby Valentino perform during the R&B Live Presents Disturbin’ the Peace at Spotlight in New York last night. The guys have remained tight friends over the years.

(Photos spotted on Drewreports.com)

Reports are circulating wildy around the Internets that Keyshia Cole has left Jeezy and run to the arms of boxer Floyd Mayweather. I just spoke to Jeezy last night, and he was in very good spirits. He didn’t sound like a man who let a great catch like Keyshia Cole get away.

I’m on it y’all. Let me make a phone call.