Tupac Shakur would have been 37 today. His music and heartfelt lyrics touched so many fans around the world. This monument was erected in Tupac Shakur's memory in front of the MARTA Herford in Herford, Germany.

The artist is Paola Chiasera.

Photos by Freddy O Exclusively for Sandrarose.com

One can say Atlanta rap artist and entrepreneur Chris "Ludacris" Bridges has a style all his own. That's because Luda's style can't be defined. He's as comfortable in a Brooks Brothers suit as he is in a pair of high end jeans and retro Jordans.

This particular pair of Jordans set the world on fire when images first hit the net in 2005. Upon release they quickly sold out. These Air Jordan V Retro Fire Red shoes can fetch well over $200 a pair today.

By the way, the belt Luda is wearing features genuine solid gold African Krugerrands sewn into the leather. This belt will set you back over $1000 since a Krugerrand is selling on the open market for about $427 each.

    EDITED:
    Thanks to Simone aka Boss Lady of DrJays.com. I emailed Boss Lady to ask if she knew the brand of jeans Luda was wearing. Boss Lady wrote back: I sure do. They're the Pig Fans Jeans by premium denim brand The Year Of. They sell for $375 and we have them available on our site DJPremium.com.

And Luda's t-shirt is the Sunday Comix Men's T from the Famous Stars and Straps line, $20 (thanks Shunda)

Celeb Style is sponsored by P.Valentine Boutique. Owned by 2 of Atlanta's fashionistas. Sherlita Patton (wife of Antwan "Big Boi" Patton) and Tracy Valentine, P.Valentine remains the true celebrity secret. For more information visit www.pvalentine.com

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From ABC News:

    A 5-year-old Los Angeles boy was fighting for his life today after suffering what police called one of the worst cases of child abuse they have seen, allegedly at the hands of his mother and her live-in girlfriend.

    Police said the boy had countless cigarette burns all over his body, including his genitals, was unable to open his hands because he had been forced to put them flat on a hot stove, and was repeatedly beaten and forced to sit in his own urine.

    "In my time in policing in 27 years, I have never seen anybody with these kinds of injuries that has lived," Los Angeles Police Department First Assistant Chief James McDonnell said. "And this kid must have a tremendous will to live to be able to still hang on despite what he's been through."

    The boy's mother, Starkeisha Brown, 24, was arrested after she turned herself in to police on Friday evening.

    Krystal Matthews, 19, who police described as Brown's live-in girlfriend, was arrested earlier Friday when she showed up for an appointment with the state Department of Children's Services, police said.

Thanks to loyal reader Kay for the tip!

Prince, who recently turned 50, covers the June 16 issue of JET magazine.

    The Evolution of Musical Royalty

    Music has a few kings, but make no mistake, there is only one Prince. His royal badness, who just turned 50, is slated to release his first book, "21 Nights." Inspired by his groundbreaking reign of 21 consecutive performances in London's O2 Center during the summer of 2007, the book will feature never-before-published pictures by acclaimed photographer Randee St. Nicholas, poetry by Prince and a CD, "Indigo Nights," of live after-show sessions.

    The award-winning artist went all-out to celebrate his book release with a private party and surprise concert at his palatial home in the hills above Los Angeles. Among his guests were Eddie Murphy, Babyface and Diddy. "When Prince is in the room, there are no other celebrities. Not when his majesty saunters into the room," said guest Karrine Steffans, whose book cover for "The Vixen Diaries" was shot by St. Nicholas. "He's magnetic and electrifying. The crowd became entranced." (p. 58)

Thanks to Staci R. Collins Jackson, Asst. Vice President of JET magazine's corporate Communications for the photo!

As you know, Kobe Bean Bryant and his Lakers team beat the Celtics to win game 5 of the NBA Finals last night. But after the game, instead of getting congratulations from his kids, he got the side eye from his oldest daughter. :)

Thanks to loyal reader Jessica for this adorable pic!

    EDITED: I just heard from Oowee's girlfriend Porsche who says Oowee, or Walter as she calls him, is not jailed on murder charges. His victim did not die. We regret those errors and have removed them.

We lost another one to the system. I don't think I've ever pulled for anyone harder than I did for Oowee. I met the Atlanta rapper back in 2004 when he hung out in the clubs with the BMF crew.

I don't think the young'un was old enough to drink then, but my camera loved him. He was so polite and sweet. Imagine my shock when I heard Oowee is in a Florida jail awaiting trial?

The story goes: Oowee got into an altercation with a thug down in Florida this past March. Somehow the thug was knifed and left on the ground bleeding from multiple stab wounds. Oowee was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

Earlier I wrote "Hopefully one of his friends will put up the bail to get him out," but Oowee is in jail without bond. It's always sad when young cats get swallowed up by the system, but Oowee has a great attorney working on his case. Hopefully he will be exonerated and he can turn his life around.

Kanye West pissed off the few fans he has left when he showed up at the Bonnaroo gig 2 hours late! They say the delay was caused by Kanye's massive set which had to be assembled while he played Connect 4 in his dressing room.

The reality is Kanye was late because he performed at the Birthday Bash in Atlanta Saturday afternoon and probably missed his flight to Tennessee. Reports are that Kanye, who was scheduled to perform at 2:45AM, hit the stage at 4:25AM Sunday without bothering to apologize to his fans.

The audience did not approve of the delay and some of them started throwing glow sticks at the stage and shouting "Kanye Sucks!" Glow sticks?! Ravers gone wild! Kanye seriously fucked with their Ecstasy roll and they did not appreciate that. Other whores decided this shit was too late for them, so they shuffled off to sleepy time. (Source)

Rihanna attended the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto, Canada yesterday wearing a Couture pilot's uniform. Someone should tell Rihanna just because you're cute doesn't mean you look good in anything.

Forest Whitaker's wife Keisha Whitaker attended the Kira Plastinina US Launch in LA over the weekend. Is it my imagination or does it look like Keisha gained two pounds?

Actress Raven-Symone was looking HAWT at the launch party! Black is your color girl!

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I am disappointed in the outfit Rihanna wore to the 19th Annual MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto, Canada yesterday. The dress is fine, but I'm not feeling the belt accessory that looks like a mobility belt one puts on a special needs kid to help her walk. Or even worse, it looks like a parachute harness. What's up with that?

I also don't care for the new look hairstyle. Hello! The bowl cut went out in the 80s. I'm going to need to have a word with Ri Ri's stylist.

    Celeb Style is sponsored by P.Valentine Boutique. Owned by 2 of Atlanta's fashionistas. Sherlita Patton (wife of Antwan "Big Boi" Patton) and Tracy Valentine, P.Valentine remains the true celebrity secret. For more information visit www.pvalentine.com

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WHY THEY DO T.I. LIKE THAT?

Last year was the first and last time I went to the HOT 107.9 Birthday Bash. That backstage area is what can only be described as controlled chaos. But this year the 13th Annual Birthday Bash went off without a hitch this weekend at the Philips Arena. Ignore those rumors of fights and gunplay (shootings) that occurred after the concert. None of that has been confirmed. But with this concert carrying the unlucky #13, you know there had to be drama. I heard a couple of rap artists got into it backstage (no, not T.I. or Shawty Lo). Then there was the above message proclaiming Shawty Lo the new King of the South.

I'm told Grand Hustle's people weren't too happy about HOT allowing that "new King" message to appear onstage. They felt it wasn't fair to antagonize T.I. like that. You see, T.I. couldn't so much as cough in Shawty Lo's direction or he would violate the terms of his agreement with the feds and begin serving his 5 year bid.

Monica supported her fiance Rocko who also performed at the Birthday Bash on Saturday night.

Young Jeezy and Usher performed at the Birthday bash.

Jeezy brought his son out to the concert.

Jeezy also brought out the new flag that Barack Obama plans to replace the Stars and Stripes with if he takes office this November. You know Jeezy and Obama are roll dawgs.

Photos: Ozonemag.com via Atl Night Spots

Morning Glory is in response to the dozens of complaints from my male readers who say they feel left out when I post the Morning Wood. Challedon "Shy" Saltor is an Atlanta model/actress/singer and songwriter who is originally from Baltimore. Her measurements are 34-26-40.

Please note:

    Ladies, this thread is for the brothers, not for you to critique or criticize the models. If I see any of that going on, I'll delete comments. Thanks.

Shy Saltor's Myspace page

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This goes out to ALL the fathers who take responsibility for their kids! We LOVE you because YOU make our community stronger! Fathers: your sons look up to you even if you can't be there.

My father was there in our home, but he wasn't there for us. So I have little memories of him. There is no difference between a baby father and a father. Shame on you if you don't acknowledge or show LOVE to your seed. RIP to my father.

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Bow Wow gets no respect - even from random video chicks. Yo Shad, just get your weight up, dawg. Show these heifers that big things come in little packages!

Right now, you're like that skinny dude on the beach who gets sand kicked in his face by the big boys. Then he hits the gym and 6 months later, he's back on the beach looking like Hercules with chicks hanging off his biceps! That could be you son. Hercules Hercules!. :)

It took 6 years to bring singer and child molester R. Kelly to justice. But now a juror wants to derail the trial by requesting to go home.

On Thursday, the case went to a Chicago jury for deliberations. One juror - I bet he or she was black - sent a note to the judge after less than an hour of deliberating.

The note said, "I can't take it anymore. How can I be removed and go home? I really need to."

This happens very rarely in a case of this magnitude - which begs the question: did a juror get paid off to cause a mistrial? Why did the juror wait until the middle of deliberations to ask to be removed from the jury?

Thanks to loyal reader Peaches for the tip!

The celebrity trainer and club promoter who was savagely beaten 6 months ago, is severely brain damaged and remains in a coma.

Darius Miller's mom, Patricia Bonhomme, told WSB-TV Channel 2 anchor Jovita Moore that her son, Darius Miller, 41, remains unresponsive to her and doctors. "If you tell him 'Darius, squeeze my hand' he cannot do that," said Bonhomme. "If you say 'Darius, move your legs' he cannot do that.'"

Bonhomme will explain what's next for Miller in her interview with Jovita Moore on WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News at 5 and 6 today. (Source)

I'll post a link to the video when it becomes available.

Miller's family and friends will hold a fundraiser for him next Thursday, June 19, with the proceeds going to offset the staggering costs of caring for Miller. NFL Veterans and 51 Ways Foundation Co-Founders, Takeo Spikes and Carlos Emmons will host Classic, a Speakeasy fundraising event at the private residence of Emmons to benefit Miller.

Miller is the father of a little girl.

Thanks to loyal reader Jovita Moore of WSB, for the tip!

I'm not interested in rap beef at all. That whole T.I./Shawty Lo foolishness smelled like a publicity stunt. And even if there was some validity to it, who cares?

It looks like Shawty Lo isn't the only one jumping on the diss T.I. for publicity bandwagon lately.

According to Miss Info, 50 Cent calls out T.I. on a track titled "You So Tough" from the upcoming G-Unit album Terminate On Sight.

Here's the lyrics. You be the judge:

"Nowadays this rap shit ain't adding up/ How niggas get caught with 10 machine guns, only get 12 months?/Oo-weee, don't talk to me/ If you talking to him, you talking to them.../I got the best lawyers that money can buy/ they say at best they woulda got me 10 or maybe 9./I said, how do you explain how the homie breezed?/They said, you keep your mouth shut or you eat the cheese."

Yea, I know... What can I say? It's a slow news day.
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Tyra Banks has got to be the dumbest most ignorant female in television in any decade. She had this to say about the disparity between dark skin sistas and LSLH chicks who have taken over the entertainment industry:

"I’m more interested in fighting for the racial mix of the cast [of ANTM]. Dark-skinned black girls are usually not famous — if you think of black girls, it’s light-skinned girls like me or Beyoncé or Halle Berry. When I’m casting a dark-skinned black girl on Top Model, I’m sending a message to the little girl watching at home that she is beautiful." (Source)

Hey Tyra, we don't think our little black girls need you to send a message to tell them they're beautiful. If it wasn't for the immature misguided BOYS running this industry you wouldn't be a blip on anyone's radar screen, sugar.

Anyway, here are a few celebrities who don't need Tyra Banks to tell them a dark skin sista is beautiful. They already know! :)

Pictured above: Actor/comedian Anthony Anderson and his wife Alvina met in college. They married in 1995 and have two children together.

CSI: Miami actor Adam Rodriguez squired a pretty young sista to the 48th Television Festival of Monte Carlo in Monaco, France yesterday.

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I know a lot of you ladies out there can relate to this: While Ashanti was doing her lip synch thing on MTV's TRL yesterday, her background dancer had a yaki crisis going on. It seems that she did one too many head whips and lost her ponytail. The poor dancer was forced to finish her routine while gripping her hair piece with one hand.

GHETTO COUTURE
While this style of hooker wear doesn't appeal to me, I must remember that men approve of it. That's more important than what I think about this unholy mess of a get up.

Jennifer Lopez stopped by Sen. Barack Obama's office yesterday. J-Lo wouldn't reveal the reason for her visit, saying she wasn't ready to do press. Although she's married with kids, I would be wary if I was Michelle. Keep your eye on those two, girl. But can we talk about that J-Lo's Hermés Birkin? That $12,000 bag is the real star in this photo. Fierce!

Alicia Keys attended the "We Are Together" premiere on June 12, 2008 at the Director's Guild of America in New York. AK was unfazed when a woman in the crowd told her she was a homewrecker. Her response was, "and a damn good one too!"

SHE THINK SHE A STAR
Singer Amerie Rogers arrived on the red carpet at the The 36th Lifetime Life Achievement Award Presented to Warren Beatty event at the Kodak theater in Hollywood yesterday. As you know Amerie signed a megabucks deal with Def Jam. We're not sure who signed her. But we are sure that exec will be jobless by this time next year.

Tyson Beckford flexed his muscles at the Flying Television 10th Anniversary party in NY on Wednesday.

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    EDITED: to add link to the game highlights.

The Boston Celtics rallied from a 24 point deficit to beat the Lakers 97-91 in game 4 of the NBA Finals. The Celts lead the series 3-1. Game 5 is Sunday at Staples Arena.

If you missed the play of the game, click here. And click here for a nice video of play-by-play action from last night's game

Celebs at court side included Will and Jada Smith, Justin Timberlake, Spike Lee, Davd Beckham, Tobey McGuire, Jack Nicholson and others.




80s R&B crooner Jeffrey Osbourne sang the national anthem



Justin Timberlake thought the game was over at the half



Spike Lee was not a happy camper by the 4th quarter


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The black community is enraged by a comment made by FOX news referring to Michelle Obama as a "baby mama". But few remember when Michelle Obama referred to Barack as her "baby's daddy" on the night he won his Senate seat in 2004.

What's the difference between baby's daddy and baby mama? The only difference I see is that one is grammatically incorrect. But both terms are inappropriate to use in mixed company.

Michelle provided fodder for Fox News when she referred to her husband as her "baby's daddy" instead of as her children's father or her husband. "Baby daddy" is slang derived from the regional hit by B Rock And The Bizz called "My Baby Daddy".

What Michelle said was a play on words using a popular urban slang. Fox news did the same thing. So I guess we can call it even? Touché.

Thanks to loyal reader Valerie for pointing out that Alexis Phifer is not just Kanye West's ex. See I didn't know that. She has her own clothing line called Ghita sponsored by Toyota and Essence. The party I wrote about earlier was the afterparty for Alexis' fashion show and was hosted by Alexis.

Another reader also pointed out this information to me. But she went about it all wrong by coming at me sideways talking about how I lost a reader. Well, unfortunately, she and a couple others will not be joining us for the rest of their lives.

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