I've never been a fan of Solange Knowles' singing. It's been so long since I've heard one of her songs. I had totally forgotten what she sounds like. But, thanks to my loyal reader, Krystal, I can say I am a new fan of her music!

Feel good music is making a resurgence and I'm really feeling this song! I could listen to this all day.

"God Given Name" is about Solange's desperate attempts to crawl out from her sister Beyoncé's shadow and make a name for herself.

Thanks to loyal reader Krystal for the link!


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Blaque is back with their own reality show called "Blaque in the House". Blaque consists of Shamari DeVoe, Natina Reed, and Brandi Williams. It isn't clear if the show has been picked up by a network yet. The show's setting is the home of TLC group member T-Boz who acts as their group's mentor.

The show features guest appearances by Chris Tucker, Ronnie DeVoe of New Edition (husband of Shamari DeVoe), rapper Kurupt (ex-fiance of Natina Reed and father of her son, Tren), T-Boz, Lil Mama, Snoop Dogg, and Johnny Wright (manager of Blaque, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake & Jonas Brothers).

I don't watch reality shows anymore so I won't be tuning in. But good luck to the ladies on getting their own show!

Thanks to Karen Wheeler for the link!

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Oprah's always starting some mess. Is Oprah turning her flock away from God and Jesus? Oprah is using her considerable influence to make others aware that there are hundreds of religions in the world and no one God is superior over any other religion's God. She has started an online class based on the teachings in a new book titled Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth.

Oprah teaches that God is a "feeling experience" and not a "believing experiencing." I don't know what that means. You either believe or you don't, right?

Thanks to loyal reader Angela Watts for the link!

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The first time I laid eyes on the Vogue cover featuring NBA wunderkinder LeBron James and model Gisele Bundchen, I said to myself, King Kong and Fay Wray.

The cover has become one of the most controversial in Vogue history with everyone from comedians to supermarket stock boys weighing in on the racist imagery the cover projects.

Did famed photographer Annie Liebowitz (who shot the cover) and editor Anna Wintour really mean to stir up controversy with this cover?

Of course they did.

Anyone who suggests otherwise is not being honest with themselves says Cord Jefferson, of Queerty.com.

The Vogue cover is inexcusable for this reason: Even if the photo was not intentionally alluding to the ape imagery of yesteryear, Annie Leibovitz and Anna Wintour, “experts” on imagery that they are, should have been able to look at that photograph and realize what sorts of feelings it would evoke in the public. At worst, the picture’s racist, at best, it’s evidence of glaring ineptitude.

I totally agree. Do you think Vogue magazine - the purveyors of mainstream fashion imagery - could have found something a little less menacing to dress LeBron in than all black? Or would dressing LeBron in all white be a little too much like all right?

LeBron doesn't see a problem with the cover. But then again, he's not considered the brightest bulb in the NBA anyway. LeBron's just happy to be the first black man to bounce a basketball on the cover of Vogue magazine while holding a sexy white woman. Can you blame him?

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Last week, a fellow blogger called me to tell me that Lloyd T. Dinwiddie aka Gyant, had "lost his mind". The friend said LT had written terrible things about me (mostly untrue) on his broke down website that he took out of mothballs for the sole purpose of putting me on blast.

I told my friend that I wasn't interested in reading or responding to that foolishness. I added that whatever LT wrote is nothing compared to what has already been written by my other haters.

Then he read the worst of what LT/Gyant wrote:

"But on a side note to the lonely lesbian who lives with her mother. Your protection at least from me is over. If someone jumps you, or threatens to jump you in my presence I will step aside and let the ass whooping commence. This time though, I will probably just take pictures."

Wow. After all I've done for him, he would wish physical bodily harm on me? He would take pleasure in photographing my broken body as I lay unconscious in the street?

Whatever reservations I had about continuing the beef evaporated when I heard that.

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Sad news to report in the music world: Sean Levert, the younger brother of R&B singer Gerald Levert and son of Eddie Levert of the O'Jays, has died. Levert was rushed to a hospital after collapsing at the Cyahoga County Jail where he was being held for non-payment of child support.

    Levert, 39, died at 11:57 p.m. at Lutheran Hospital after being transported to the facility from the Cuyahoga County Jail. Sean Levert had gone to the jail infirmary complaining he was sick.

    It was in November that Sean Levert started singing again. He talked with NewsChannel5 about finishing a project -- bringing the group back together -- that his brother started.Gerald Levert died Nov. 10, 2006. He was found dead in his bed at his Newbury home. (Source)

I have to say this about a justice system that locks up too many good black men: They need to find another way to deal with the child support problem because locking up brothers is not the answer. We have too many black men in jail who are put there by vindictive women who don't get it that a man doesn't want her any more.

Yes, you have some shiftless, no good men out there. But most brothers would support their kids if it weren't for the baby mama wylin' out on them. Any woman who has dealt with her man's ex-baby mama knows what I'm talking about. How does a man pay child support if he's in jail? How does locking him up solve the problem?

R.I.P. to Sean Levert. Our prayers are with the Levert family.

According to popular urban blogger Necole Bitchie, Beyoncé's people had her blog temporarily suspended for posting B's leaked track called "Beautiful Nightmare".

I didn't even know Beyoncé had a new song out. Where was I when it leaked? I bet if a Rihanna track leaked I would have heard about it within minutes! But a Bee track leaks and all you hear are crickets.

Oh, wait a minute, I just saw this message from Bee on KISS FM Seattle blog:

Yesterday, "Beautiful Nightmare," a demo I’ve been working on for possible inclusion on my next album, leaked on some websites. I want to thank all my fans for the positive response to the song, but I want to tell you that this is just a work in progress. It is not my time to put out new music. If you really want to hear some really great music now, you have to support my girls Kelly, Michelle and my sister Solange. Kelly just re-released her album digitally in the US, so check out "Ms. Kelly: Diva Deluxe." Michelle is about to put out the first single, "We Break The Dawn," from her album and Solange’s single, "I Decided," is already one of my favorites.

Not for one minute do I believe this track wasn't leaked intentionally.

Why is anyone still checking for Beyoncé anyway? Is she still relevant somewhere? Didn't she get the memo that Rihanna is the new IT girl? Or does someone need to forward the memo to her?

Note to Necole and other urban bloggers: the labels are gunning for us like never before. They fear us because they can't control us. Please back up your site files and databases every night so if you are shut down, you can be up and running on another host within 24 hours.

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I like the Kids Choice Awards. It's probably the only awards show I watch because it's all about the kids and not about being fake. Speaking of fake: This is a cute pic of Usher and his wife Tameka Foster-Raymond and her kids with clothier Ryan Glover. Tameka's smile is completely forced in this photo. Maybe that's because Chilli told her about how Usher got close to her kid and then dismissed him once the relationship is over. By the way, I received a juicy tip last night about ol' Ush who's apparently returned to his old ways. Stay tuned. ;)

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Well, all those rumors of a possible break up between Janet Jackson and her music mogul boyfriend Jermaine "JD" Dupri have been put to rest - again. Without a doubt, Janet loves her man. Janet makes it perfectly clear that she is comfortable with JD being in charge of every aspect of her life, and she's not going anywhere anytime soon!

Jermaine and his daughter Shaniah sat in the audience while Janet presented an award at the 2008 Kids Choice Awards at UCLA on Saturday (3/29).
In this video posted on JD's YouTube channel, Janet tells her fans that she is still recovering from a severe case of bronchitis with a touch of pneumonia.

"I feel a lot better," JJ tells the camera as JD directs the video. "I was very ill... for three weeks. I was on all kinds of [medicine]."

The video also offers us the first glimpse into the relationship Janet has with JD's daughter Shaniah. It's a cute moment with Janet urging Shaniah to bust a move for the camera. Shaniah politely declined. Oddly enough, Shaniah appeared to be shy around Janet - observing her from across the room as if she was meeting the legend for the first time.

If you recall, Shaniah's mother, Pam Sweat, told my readers in an exclusive email that she had never met Janet personally, but that Janet treated Shaniah "very well."

"At the end of the day, that's all that matters to 'mommy,' " Pam wrote.


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It looks like Lil' Mama snuck into Rihanna's dressing room, stole her beautiful dress and totally destroyed it by pasting rhinestones all over it! Jaws dropped as the rapper sashayed down the red carpet at the 2008 Kids Choice Awards wearing Rihanna's dress. She looked a flaming Bar-B-Que ribs with hot sauce mess!

Thanks to loyal reader LiL.MiSS.EBONi for the tip! :)

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Just when I thought I was done posting for the day: According to MTV News, rapper Papoose and convicted gun moll Remy Ma, have been lovers all along - despite denials to the media.

Wait, that's not all: in light of Remy Ma's conviction on assault with a deadly weapon charges, Papoose plans to ask for Remy's hand in marriage.

"We always wanted to keep our personal lives personal, so that’s why we never went public with our relationship," he wrote in an e-mail to MTV News. "Right now, I just feel like she gotta live through me. Yes, we were scheduled to be married on a yacht April 27th. But due to circumstances beyond our control, we are now making arrangements to be married in prison." READ MORE...

Papoose and Remy will have to wait a long time to consummate their marriage. Remy is facing 25 years in prison.


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40-year-old rapper Jay Z is the new face of an upcoming Fendi marketing campaign:

    According to Dr.Jays, Jay-Z was recently seen with Fendi head Karl Lagerfeld at a New York Fendi photo shoot. But Jay wasn't there to watch the shoot...he WAS the shoot. Apparently Jay-Z will be actually be a model for Fendi's upcoming marketing campaign. I bet Beyonce is mad jealous. No word yet when the campaign will launch. (Source)

Meanwhile, a U.K. concert promoter says the rapper is not to blame for poor ticket sales at a U.K. music festival. Jay was blamed for low ticket sales for this summer's (08) Glastonbury festival. But Glastonbury festival organizer Emily Eavis insists tickets are down from last year's figures because of the bad weather at the festival in recent years.

Yeah, that's it. A little rain always keeps die hard fans away from a huge concert event. (Source)

After spending her first fitful night behind bars, rapper Remy Ma is said to be holding up well. According to insiders, prison officials placed Remy, real name Remy Smith, on a modified suicide watch.

Corrections officers removed anything from Remy's cell that she could possibly use to hang herself. But rather than issuing her a paper jumpsuit - standard procedure with inmates on suicide watch - she was allowed to keep her prison jumpsuit.

The first few nights in prison are always the hardest for a celebrity. But eventually Remy will settle into a normal prison routine, and before she knows it, she will be a 50-year-old woman tasting freedom again as the prison gates clang shut behind her.

Meanwhile, Remy Ma's attorney says he plans to appeal his client's guilty verdict on assault charges, weapons possession, and attempted coercion.

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The paparazzi spotted rapper Bow Wow leaving Club Goa in Hollywood last night with an entourage of hard legs in tow. We wonder if these are the same hard legs his former friend Ashley R made mention of in her drunken tirade at Luckies Lounge in Atlanta a couple nights ago.

The paps pestered Shad with questions which he understandably refused to answer. The paps say Bow Wow's faithful but fearsome bodyguard Big D cleared a path through the photogs for Bow Wow who climbed into a waiting vehicle without mumbling a word.

For the record, we here at Sandrarose.com don't believe Mr. Moss is gay. But we wish he would defend his manhood by releasing a statement or something.

Yesterday I spoke with R&B diva Keyshia Cole by phone. She said the video she shot with the ATL hip hop trio C-SIDE was ready.

This video was part of the 4 videos I told you she filmed last month. But the videos weren't all shot in Hawaii as I originally thought. "Boyfriend/Girlfriend" was filmed in Venice Beach, CA.

The song is called "Boyfriend/Girlfriend" and it is making an impact on the charts. The group first gained notoriety on their Myspace page fueled by their hit “myspace.freak”. The song racked up over 1 million plays on Myspace.com. No doubt Keyshia and her manager Manny Halley took notice of their undeniable talent.

The video for "Boyfriend/Girlfriend" featuring Keyshia Cole will premiere on BET next week.

Ciara was too sweet to help her backstabbing friend Ashley R find a date on Room Raiders. This is the episode that some of my readers referenced in the comments. Here's the summary of the episode:

    Ashley teams up with Ciara to go through the rooms of Harley, Andre, and DJ, in what both girls describe as a haunted house, at least from the outside. After breaking the guys mailbox, Ashley and Ciara go through the rooms, with Ashley picking model Harley over snake saving Andre and bedless, mosquito infested DJ. Ciara leaves before Ashley makes her choice, so we don't get to go through her room to see her goodies. (Source)

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Thanks to loyal reader Lawashington for the link!

Island Records just released the remix to Mariah Carey's hot track "Touch My Body" featuring Rick Ross and The Dream. The remix is available for sale on iTunes and fans can pre-order the album, E=MC², due in stores April 15.

I have to say a word about this pathetic promo photo. It's obvious that it's the same photo I posted earlier showing MC's armpit cut off.

The label's attempt to Photoshop the feather duster over her once missing armpit is glaringly obvious (see the circles). And where is the rest of her elbow? Lol. Please tell me this is the work of a volunteer intern in the art department? I know little kids on Myspace who can do a better job of Photoshopping than this. :)

What's going on in the Island Records art department? First, Janet Jackson's album cover, which left much to be desired - and now this?

Gorrilla Zoe comes up with yet another creative way to describe the female anatomy in this video for his second single off his sophomore album "Don't Feed The Animals". The track features label mate Yung Joc.

Smh @ the obligatory LSLHs in the video. Record labels are so predictable and clueless. You think their record sales would go up if they showed more love to Nubian sistahs who represent the greater majority of our community?

"Don't Feed The Animals" is set for a July release. Big Ups to Rico Brooks for the link!

The other night, I spoke to Dorian of BET's College Hill by phone. He's such a charming young man. He and I are going to become fast friends.

Anyway, young Dorian hipped me to the fact that his fellow cast member Shavon had emailed me once. He said I also posted her pics on my site.

For some reason I could not recall ever writing about her. He tried his best to help me remember, but I kept drawing a blank. Then last night I did a search on my site and found this.

I had no clue that Shavon on College Hill was the same young lady who some say allegedly dated rapper Young Dro in the past.

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Atlanta rapper T.I. plead guilty to three weapons charges in federal court in Atlanta on Thursday. T.I. will remain on house arrest until his sentencing hearing a year from now.

If T.I. abides by the conditions set forth in his plea agreement, he will receive a prison sentence of one year plus one day. Because the sentence is longer than one year, Harris will be eligible to earn 15 percent time off for good behavior. Harris also was fined $100,000.

T.I. was accompanied to court by his pregnant girlfriend Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, and his entire Grand hustle family. Comedian Lil' Duval and a few others exited the court house with fists raised in victory. T.I. appeared relaxed and relieved as he spoke to the assembled media outside the court house.

The fact that their boss won't spend the next 10 years in jail has lifted the funeral parlor atmosphere around the Grand Hustle facilities.

T.I. puts a protective arm around his fiancee Tiny as they arrive for court today

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Diva Mary J Blige recently bought a newly-constructed house for a reported $12.3 million in Saddle River, NJ. I didn't know Mary J Blige was stacking chips like that. Blige's new 4.2-acre digs originally went on the market last year for $17 million. Blige's home boasts a fitness center, hardwood basketball court. The mansion features a spiral staircase and an elevator. It's modeled after a French country manor and is equipped with a gourmet kitchen and wine tasting room.

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It didn't take long for a Manhattan jury of her peers to find gangsta rapper Remy Ma guilty of assault Thursday. She faces up to 25 years in prison. She got off lucky. She should have been charged with attempted murder which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years to life. (Source)

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It's confirmed. Ciara and rapper 50 Cent are very much in love according to a source within Ciara's camp. Despite his denials in the media - it's true.

The source of this information couldn't be closer to Ciara than Ciara herself. I have written much about fake celebrity relationships where celebrities are conveniently coupled up for the purpose of manipulating the media. But this is not a manufactured relationship. It's the real deal.

Why am I having such a difficult time believing it? Look at him... now look at her. Ciara seems to be too smart to end up with a simpleton like him. It's really not my place to judge a woman's choice in men, but this one defies all logic.

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Just when a close friend of Bow Wow pronounced Bow Wow free of any homosexual tendencies, Ashley R of BET's College Hill Atlanta, forever shattered every young girl's dream by confirming the pint size rapper's sexual orientation.

Ashley, who on any given night is probably the sweetest thing, was in rare form last night at the Hot 107.9 Anniversary party - which, incidentally, I wasn't invited to.

A source spotted Ash in the crowd and brought up Bow Wow's reaction to a post I made about her and Bow Weezy. After dropping a few unpleasantries about your favorite blogger that I won't repeat, Ash set about clearing the air on the whole Bow Wow affair.

"That was two years ago!," she shouted. "Bow Wow is GAY! That's why he was in there with all those hard legs in the room calling me a b*tch and a h*e! I am NOT a h*e!"

"This my man right here (pointing to Michael Gordon of the group Once Chance). This is the man I love! But thank [Sandra] for plugging me and giving me a boost although she didn't check her sources! That's irresponsible journalism!," she said dryly.

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If you recall, I told you that R&B chanteuse Keyshia Cole recently spent a few days in beautiful Hawaii shooting 4 videos. The first of those videos is "Heaven Sent," directed by Benny Boom.

The day before she landed in Hawaii, Keyshia shot a video with Trina in Miami. Is Key Key the second hardest working diva in music?
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