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Confucius say you can tell a man's true character not by what he says but by what he does. In Usher Raymond's case, you can tell his true character by what he doesn't say. As you know, Usher married his longtime jumpoff Tameka Foster who was previously married to clothier Ryan Glover for whom she bore 3 boys.

We know from Usher's relationship with Chilli that Usher was seemingly close to Chilli's son Tron - but caught amnesia once the couple separated.

But to be fair, Usher wasn't married to Chilli so he had no responsibility to her son. Likewise, he didn't owe the boy anything during the relationship or once the union ended.

On the other hand, when a man marries a woman with kids, that man is obligated to at least acknowledge the children during a moment of candor.

In a very telling interview with Parlourmagazine, Usher talks about where he stands as a husband and father, blah, blah, blah. He expresses his love for his wife, his baby son and his fans without any mention of the children that Tameka brought into their relationship. He acted like the boys didn't exist in his world.

Then he goes on to say this:

"I love my son and I love my wife and they’re the supporting foundation of what I’m doing. I love my fans—I thank y’all so, so much for coming back to the party with me. For all you haters, sorry we back on top. [Laughs]

It's very revealing that his haters were on his mind but not his stepsons.

That has to be tough on Tameka as a wife and mother to hear her man publicly express his love for his fans but not for her children. Or maybe I'm making too much out of what he didn't say?


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Blender magazine compiled a photo history of classic old school bling back when jewelry meant a little more than a means to brag about what you have. Back in the day, jewelry was a rapper's one-of-a-kind glittering showpiece created as a image of their self-identity. Today, not so much.

Take for instance the turntable piece above owned by the Mathematiks. "The turntable is built on a spindle and actually has a spring, so if you apply a little pressure, it bounces like a real turntable."

Ever dreamt of having the blinged-out necklaces and medallions that you see flaunted everywhere? While you keep saving for that pipe dream, Maxim.com has compiled a list of the "The Best Bling Ever." From Ghostface Killah to the "King of Bling" himself, Slick Rick, check out your favorite stars showing off their astonishing gold, diamonds, and more right here.

Not to be outdone by Sean Combs' manufactured group, Day 26, Maurice Starr's manufactured group New Kids On the Block are making a return. They still look fantastic after their unintentional hiatus from the music biz.

Unlike band members Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg who parlayed their good looks and talent into successful carers outside of music - Danny Wood, Jordan and Jonathan Knight have struggled to make their marks after the phenomenal success of NKOTB.

Obviously buoyed by the surprise success of Day 26, the Kids are hoping to reignite the stage and clean up financially during their upcoming tour. Details on the tour can be found on their website nkotb.com.

A well-connected industry source says the manufactured relationship between Rihanna and Chris Brown is beginning to fray. The source says Rihanna still has a soft spot for the goofy crooner, but he can't get his manager Tina out of his system.

The source also said Rihhana begs Chris to accompany her to events on both coasts but he always leaves her side and jets off to be with Tina. "[Rihanna] really thinks he's into her but he's acting like a schoolboy chasing after Tina," said the source.


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People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful people in the world issue is set to hit the stands. I have no clue who the person on the cover is. I guess I'm supposed to know her?

Anyway, the Diva Mary J. Blige, footballer Jason Taylor and actress Zoe Saldana are the only people of color who made the cut as World's Most Beautiful. Imagine that.

I'm shocked that Rihanna isn't on the list and I have already fired off an email to the editors in protest.


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I'm told this is the cutie that Bow Wow was keeping score with at the Celebrity Bowling Night at 300 Bowling Alley Sunday night. I hope Melody Thornton of the Pussycat Dolls doesn't read my site. I would hate to break her heart, but Bow Weezy is a MAN, baby. That's how they do you. They turn your pages then toss you to the side like yesterday's newspaper.

By the way, how come I never get an invite to these Bowling Nights?


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According to an insider, Bow Wow and Yung Berg did not engage in fisticuffs at the 300 Celebrity Bowling Night on Sunday, as I was led to believe. The guys were actually discussing their scorecards!


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It was all a misunderstanding and I hear that Bow Wow and Berg had a good laugh after reading it on my site. My apologies for any inconvenience the erroneous posting may have caused. Those guys are such good sports. :)

Read the original post after the break!

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This morning, my host was hit by a DDoS attack which knocked hundreds of sites off line including mine. Once that issue was resolved I found that my site couldn't connect to the database due to the database being corrupted.

After many database backups and MySQL restarts, the host was finally able to get us back online around 8 PM tonight.

If you are a member of our small community, your passwords should still work. The only residual effect is the comments are lost for this morning and yesterday. Thanks for your patience! :)

Budding style icon Zoe Kravitz wore Chanel to a private dinner honoring the Tribeca Film Festival Artist Program last night. I don't like the bag with that dress or shoes, but no one has ever confused me for a fashion plate. Never a starving artist herself, Zoe has that demure Audrey Hepburn look down to a T, doesn't she?

Every time I see the legendary Diana Ross decked out like one of her daughters, I ask myself how old is she again? For those who can't remember, she's 64 and looks fabulous! But I'm hoping she removed the rain galoshes once she got inside.

Actress Joy Bryant heard your criticisms about her not aging well and she doesn't care. She still left her house last night without makeup and with her weaveless hair tucked under a bright neon pink hoodie. She'll show you!

YOU BETTA WALK: Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Thia Eckhardt work it (butt pads and all) at the Australian Fashion Week in Sydney yesterday.

The term jumped the shark was born during an episode of Happy Days when the once cool Fonzie jumped a shark on waterskis.

It's a term that's applied when a once popular show or public figure reaches a point where everything they do is dumb and dumber.

If you haven't been following this ridiculous rap beef between Jay Z and some random DC rapper named Proverb, here's a little background. And here's the answer track by this dude Proverb:

Jay Z's over exaggerated sense of self-importance is bordering on the narcissistic. I mean, jumping in the middle of some basketball beef involving a Soulja Boy diss by LeBron James? Come on, how corny is that?

He wouldn't respond to the charges that he fathered a child and paid the baby mama for her silence, but he'll respond to this nonsense? How low will this guy stoop for attention? How's the water, Jay Z?


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Here's a promo photo of Oprah Winfrey and her guest Tom Cruise from the May 2nd episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show taped this past Friday.

The show's setting was Cruise's luxury hideaway high in the mountains of Telluride, Colorado.

The episode is Cruise's 1st time back on Oprah's show since that electrifying moment on her couch two years ago. Judging from the promo photo, Oprah still looks a little uneasy while Tom looks his usually creepy self.

The surprise is that Oprah let him back on her show at all considering Tom banned Oprah from his high brow wedding to Katie Holmes for questioning his sanity after Tom demolished Oprah's sofa.

But it appears that the two are kindred spirits now that half the country is questioning Oprah's sanity. It will be interesting to see the two of them try to sell each other on their respective cults.


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Yesterday, while I was sleeping, it seems the entire world was in an uproar over a photo of Disney star Miley Cyrus with her back out on the cover of Vanity Fair.

The photo was taken by noted celebrity photographer Annie Liebowitz, whom I idolized in my college days - nowadays, not so much.

Maybe it's due to her advancing age, but lately Annie's photography has taken on the look of painterly movie posters. She's lost that edge that made her work stand out from the crowd - and she's fallen victim to the hype machine that drives a once-thriving industry which now finds itself having to compete with the Internet and blogs for readership.

The "controversial" cover picture of Miley is in fact a smoke screen designed by Vanity Fair editors (and Annie) to attract just the type of attention the picture is now getting.

Are our collective memories so short that we've forgotten the racist LeBron James "King Kong" cover controversy whipped up by these same cohorts?

As you can see from the photo at right, Miley is "wearing" the alleged bed sheet and she's also wearing pants so she is clearly not naked.

Last week I posted a video showing teen rapper Souljah Boy humping on his hype man in a sexually suggestive manner. Where was the uproar over that video which bordered on child porn?

So let's not waste another moment on this non-story about Miley Cyrus and get back to real gossip.


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Just because you're on a tight budget doesn't mean you can't afford trendy maternity clothes just like the stars! Tiny's cute maternity clothing can be found at affordable prices at online boutiques such as Bellablumaternity.com.

Target sells cute jeweled flat sandals for $19.99. Add a pair of stretch denim leggings for less than $100 at Glimpse.com, and anywhere you go, you and your baby will arrive in style!

Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2008 12:02:38
From: [Name removed]
To: sandra@sandrarose.com
Subject: Tiny's Baby Shower

Hey Sandra Rose,

I am a loyal reader of your site, and I wanted to email you to let you know the baby shower that Tiny had was thrown by Kandi Burruss, her former [Xscape] bandmate. I just wanted to make sure that it was known because sometimes the media makes it seem as if these girls do not get along with each other. Both are very very nice people and surely get along. Now those Scott sisters are a different story.

For those of you who indulge in the lifestyles of the rich and famous - unlike myself who shuns material things. Awww, look at Shaniah! Isn't she a cutie? JD is such a good daddy because Shaniah is so not spoiled.

On the other hand, it's interesting to see JD's newest phenom PhatFffat (I like that name, dammit) with her head buried in her laptop and hand held mobile PC. Lawd, I hope that child isn't addicted to the Internets at such a young age.


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Thanks to the Music Man Online, Andrew Silberstein for hitting us up with these images from Lil Mama's next video "What It Is (Strike A Pose)" featuring T-Pain.

Lil Mama's album Voice of the Young People features production by T-Pain, Swizz Beatz, Scott Storch, & The Runners. The album drops tomorrow, April 29th.

The video was shot in New York by Director R. Malcolm Jones and the photos were taken by Photographer John Ricard.


Tiny's daughter Zonnique aka Star is almost as tall as her mom. Photo by Freddyo Exclusively for Sandrarose.com


Baby Romelo and his mom Monica. Photo by Freddyo Exclusively for Sandrarose.com

Family and friends of Tameka "Tiny" Cottle held an elegant baby shower for her yesterday afternoon in Buckhead. The rain didn't dampen the evening as Monica, Kandi Burruss, Tiny's parents Diane Cottle and Charles Pope, Frank and Tanya Ski, Ryan and Kysha Cameron, LaTavia (Destiny's Child), celebrity photographer Derek Blanks, socialite Eboni Elektra, singers Truth Hurts and Sunshine Anderson, Tamar Braxton (Toni's sister), rappers Lil' Scrappy, Diamond, and more showered Tiny with expensive gifts for her unborn baby boy, due next month.

T.I. showed up towards the end to help his fiancee carry her mountain of gifts to the car. Oh, and my photographer Freddy O helped too. He so nice.

Trust me when I tell you that these pictures would not have been possible without the love that Tiny has for the readers of Sandrarose.com - which was the only blog invited to the party. So please show your appreciation and love in return.

Much respect to Tiny and Monica for the personal invite!

More pics later!

LOL @ the other bloggers scared to put these pics up. What y'all scared of? :) I'm going to take a wild guess who he borrowed that sequin dress from.


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You guys are too good! Yes, it's Miss Jackson being chauffeur driven around by her fiance Jermaine Dupri. It's very rare to see JD behind the wheel of a car. Especially after that near-fatal accident he was in a while back that most of you never heard about.

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For those waiting anxiously for the new Rihanna video for "Take a Bow" - it's over now! This video gets a standing ovation.

Shouts to loyal reader Kriss Kringle for the link!


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Naomi Campbell has a little less to worry about these days now that she's losing her hair. It appears the feisty model is suffering from a case of alopcia, a hereditary condition of the scalp that's usually brought on by stress or a stank attitude. Home girl needs to take a chill pill and go away for a long long time.

What the hay happened to Mariah Carey's voice? Tell me why lately Mariah sounds like Mister Ed the talking horse?

She half lip synchs on Good Morning America this morning much to her fans chagrin. And when she wasn't lip synching she was forgetting her lyrics. At one point she told her back up singers, "Stop singing my parts now, bay-bay." What???

Sidebar: cancer survivor Robin Roberts looks fantastic! :)


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Just hours before he was sentenced for failing to pay $5 million dollars in taxes, Wesley Snipes cut several checks for the unpaid revenue and had the checks delivered to court.

The move so surprised federal prosecutors that they at first declined the money. Snipes was still given the maximum 3 years in a federal prison for refusing to pay his taxes over a 10-year period.

"The sentencing court sends the right message to the American taxpayer — you've got to pay your taxes," U.S. Attorney Robert O'Neill told reporters outside the usually quiet central Florida courthouse. "Rich, poor, it doesn't matter. We all pay our taxes."

Snipes, who had previously maintained he had the legal right not to pay taxes, read aloud from a prepared apology, calling his actions "costly mistakes" but never mentioning the word "taxes." (Source)


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The verdict in the Sean Bell murder case is in. I'm not surprised that the cops were acquitted of firing 50 shots into a car killing the unarmed Bell on his wedding day.

There's an unspoken understanding among the rank and file that all male minorities are threatening whether armed or unarmed. So the shootings are always deemed justified regardless of the circumstances. I expect parts of the city will be smoldering by tonight.


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One of my favorite blogs is the Creole Pimp Chronicles owned by none other than the lil' pimp in pull ups himself, Baby Daniel aka Beyonce's nephew.

The kid is only 3 but he has a great sense of humor (not unlike my favorite blogger, the girl Fresh). Among my favorite Baby Daniel catch phrases is, "something in the Similac ain't fresh."

I'm the pimp of all pimps. Baby Daniel AKA Lil' Creole Pimp AKA Masta Smack The Taste Outcha Mouth. You may know me as Solange's son or better yet Beyoncé's nephew. You may also know me as the same dude that pushed Lil' Rock off the jungle gym, but that's another story.

Whoo! I take back everything I said about the little fellow. :) Anyway, in checking his site this morning to see what little gems he dropped on us overnight, I see that he's selling his own line of t-shirts.

So I put in a bulk order of 50 tees that I plan to give away to all my haters in the coming weeks. I think one size fits all haters. :)


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A judge has sentenced actor Wesley Snipes to 3 years in a federal penitentiary for tax evasion.

The feds don't play when it comes to cheating Uncle Sam out of his loot! They don't care who you are, the main goal is to send out a loud and clear message. Never mind that the biggest tax cheats work for the federal government:

Nathan J. Hochman, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Tax Division, said, "Snipes' long prison sentence should send a loud and crystal clear message to all tax defiers that if they engage in similar tax defier conduct, they face joining him and his co-defendants ... as inmates in prison."

Snipes was convicted in February on three misdemeanor charges for not filing his taxes. The government claimed he owed $2.7 mil -- but Snipes' attorneys argued it was just $228,000. No fine was imposed, but the three-year sentence was the max he could have gotten.

Snipes didn't have to turn himself in immediately. The judge ruled he could surrender at a later date. Maybe the judge forgot about the time Snipes fled to Africa last year to avoid capture by the feds. (Source)

Thanks to loyal reader Ludgie for the tip!

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Before today I never knew why Halle Berry won that Oscar for her role in "Monster's Ball." I never saw the movie, but I've seen Halle try to act her way out of paper bags in other movies.

Thanks to the good folks on Thecrusade.net, I got the chance to see once and for all what all the hooplah was about.

I must agree that this was an Oscar worthy performance by Hally Berry - who took faking an orgasm to a whole 'nother level! On the other hand, Billy Bob Thornton was a bore. Halle could have done this scene by herself and she still would have won the Oscar. :)