The historic nomination of Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic nominee for president of the United States has sparked a healthy debate over whether Obama is the first black or biracial Democratic nominee.

My answer will always be that Obama is the first biracial man, or person of color, or African American, to be chosen the Democratic nominee. Obama is the product of two races therefore I respectfully acknowledge both races.

To those who say the white man calls biracial people black, my response is that the white man calls black people niggers too. Are we going to accept that or should we educate them?

Some people will vote for Obama based upon his qualifications to run this country, and not based on the color of his skin. But the media is always going to make his skin color the focal point right up until the general election in November.

Do you often see odd looking comments in your comment section and wondered what they were? If you do, it means you are not familiar with trackbacks/pings and you are not taking full advantage of the trackback's traffic building opportunities.

Don't worry, you're not alone. When I first started this blog, I didn't know what those odd comments were either. I used to delete them regularly because I thought they were spam. I began allowing trackbacks once I figured out that the blog owners were simply notifying me when they linked to one of my posts.

In my case, new comments are moderated, so all trackbacks/pings must be approved by me. But when comments are not moderated, trackbacks will show up unless the blog owner turns off trackbacks.

Trackbacks are a great way to build traffic through linking. If you use trackbacks the right way, it isn't necessary to request link exchange links (who looks at Blogrolls anyway?). When you send a trackback to a blog, your link, along with a brief summary of what you wrote will appear in their comment section.

Learn how to trackback after the break...

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Kat DeLuna attended the National Puerto Rican Day Parade festivities in NYC on Sunday.

Ne-Yo and his girlfriend attended the National Puerto Rican Day Parade after party in NYC on Sunday.

Usher flashes the Peace sign upon his arrival in Tokyo, Japan yesterday. But all may not be peaceful on the home front. In a magazine interview, Usher said he has to make a "conscious decision" to stay faithful to his wife daily. Ouch!

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Awhile back I told you about some credible information I received from a source who indicated Usher was still the same ol' Usher as far as the ladies are concerned.

But I decided not to reveal the information to spare loyal reader Tameka Foster-Raymond the pain of knowing that her man is out there doing what a man does naturally.

Usher seemed to confirm as much when he spoke to Cosmopolitan magazine recently: "I’m good at making love, but I’m not good at being in love. It’s a conscious decision every day to love the person you’re with."

In my opinion, once a man makes the noble gesture of taking a bride, he shouldn't have to make a conscious decision or an effort to be faithful to his wife. That should come naturally if he really loves her. His wife should be the center of his Universe. I'm from the old school of thought that says people marry for love and commitment.

It takes a level of maturity to put down the toys and be a man. And Usher has proven that he is not up to the challenge.

Sorry, Tameka.

Sorry ladies, but my male readers are complaining and I can't say as I blame them. I'm not too keen on seeing the beef jerky either. I don't want to alienate the last few straight guys in Atlanta who visit my blog.

So after receiving numerous complaints from my male readers, I have decided to suspend the Morning Wood posts and get back to what my readers really want to see: news and photos.

Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2008 08:06:52 -0700
From: [Name withheld]
To: sandra@sandrarose.com
Subject: Morning Wood

Sandra
How are you doing. I wanted to let you know that I'm regular reader of your blog site. I enjoy reading the latest updates on all of the material that you write on. I have been reading regularly for the past three to four years, and loved every moment of it, until recently within the past month or so I notice that you have been posting pictures of half naked men. This is really a turn off to have to scroll past several pictures of half naked men just to get to the new. I just wanted to see if you could take those pictures and incorporate them into your website in another manner (maybe on the picture side, as you do the events) so that the real stand up guys that view your blog do not have to see this.

Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2008 12:52:42
From: GregW
To: sandra@sandrarose.com
Subject: Morning Wood

Sandra, for all of the 100% heterosexual men out there. PLEASE PUT THAT ON A LINK.

Thanks,
Greg

Halle Berry is getting out more now that she feels comfortable leaving baby Nahla Ariela with a nanny. She was spotted leaving her dentist's office with no visible signs of support for her mammoth mammaries. Also, Halle appears to be holding her stomach in. Not that it's important.

I'm not judging Halle, but I feel it is my duty to point out that any woman with sagging breasts who leaves her house without a good support bra should be cited for indecent exposure. You're not 30 anymore, Halle.

(Photo source)

Remember that phrase "it's a black thing, you wouldn't understand?" Well that phrase appropriate for this situation.

The media scrambled to understand what the fist pound between Sen. Barack Obama - who had just clinched the Democratic nomination - and his wife Michelle was about.

Maybe if the mainstream media hired more black people they wouldn't be scratching their collective heads trying to figure out what a fist pound was.

Here's a clue CNN and Fox News: It's like a high five but with a closed hand.

And I'm mad at Patrick Riley for claiming not to know what a fist pound was! I practically raised that boy before he moved to NY from Atlanta in the 90s. Stop fronting, Patrick! :)

Fellow celebrity blogger STYLE RAZZI doesn't feel I show enough Thug Love in my Morning Wood posts. So she sent along these pics of a real thug, Webbie's brother Derrick Marquis.

RAZZi says:

I don't know what gets most women going but my girl's and I would rather see a nice man tatt'd up with a "jail build" than a suspect brother with a sock in his draws anyday!!!

Derrick's swagger can't be denied. In addition to running his promotions companies, Derrick also models on the side.

Holla at Derrick on his Myspace page.

More Morning Thug after the break!

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BIG THINGS POPPIN'
Buxom beauties Kym Whitley and LisaRaye on the red carpet at The 6th Annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, California on Sunday.

If you're wondering when Gary Coleman's 15 minutes will be up - don't hold your breath. Gary isn't letting any dust settle on his 15 minute clock. The newly divorced 40-year-old actor was back on the prowl at the TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, California on Sunday.

WORK IT OUT
Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice working up a little sweat for a great cause as she lead the warm up to kick off the 19th annual Susan G. Komen Race for The Cure in Washington DC on Sunday.

Jay Z met with business partner Steve Stoute at Cipriani's in NYC last night. The two men announced yet another tax shelter business venture, an advertising agency called Translation Advertising. Who's running all of these companies while Jay Z globe hops and spends Beyonce's money?

Byron Allen and his new wife Jennifer Lucas [insert self-hating rant here] arrives for an early dinner at Nobu in Malibu on Sunday.

More pics after the break!

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I don't normally post Blind Items because that's Myra Panache's thing.

But several sources have verified this information, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to help halt the spread of STDs within the music industry.

This bicoastal entertainment industry playboy is well known at all the posh nightclubs in NY, ATL, Vegas and California. He never lacks for dates and is regularly pursued by all the hot models and video vixens on the come up. There was a rumor awhile back that this playboy was the boy toy of an NFL player, but those rumors were never substantiated.

Word is the playboy has Herpes and is knowingly spreading the germ amongst the Industry elite. LSLH or Chocolate mocha - this brotha doesn't discriminate.

Despite the fact that he's (allegedly) spreading Herpes left and right, the ladies are literally lining up. Lots of girls fall into his trap because he tells them he works on Wall Street and he has the light skin pretty boy clean cut look that some girls like. He has been known to associate with video model Melyssa Ford and socialite Claudia Jordan. Although it isn't clear if he ever dated them.

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The Hot Mess known as Khia is still pissed off at V-103's midday Diva Porsche Foxx for clowning her on the radio last week.

Khia has taken to her popular Myspace blog to air Porsche out, saying, among other things that Porsche torched her own home for the insurance money:

Why didn’t you wanna talk about that Poor-sha????? Why didn’t you wanna talk about that felony drug possession, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and expired tags Poor-sha????? Let’s talk about that!!!!! Let’s talk about how the last time you tried the Queen…. You lost your job and your house…. In less than 30 days!!!!! Oh….. I forgot….. You did have another video…. The video of your house burning down after you intentionally set it on fire for the insurance money!!!!!!! Chile boo!!!!! Let’s talk about it Poor-sha!!!!!!! Why you in there hollering security…..Tryna make the listeners think that I was in there acting like a damn fool…

Outrageous accusations aside, Porsche Foxx didn't make Khia look bad during the interview - Khia did that all by herself. How can a woman who calls her a "Ghetto Miss" have anything to say about anyone else?

I would post Khia's rambling rant but I object to a sistah referring to another sistah as a b*tch. I reserve the b*tch word for men who act like b*tches because they can't be real women.

Thanks to loyal reader Chloe Almond for the link!

Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers were swept by the Boston Celtics last night. Okay, so I jumped the gun a little.

In a nail biter that saw the Celtics eek out a win in the final seconds, the NBA's #1 defense beat the #1 offense 108-102 in game 2 to take a 2-0 in the Finals.

Kobe Bryant and the misfiring Lakers didn't have an answer for Kevin Garnett, the NBA's defensive player of the year. Everybody knows Kobe can't handle the pressure of a close game. When Kobe gets rattled he has to hire a private detective to find his jump shot.

Unfortunately for Lakers fans, the Lakers have never overcome a 2-0 deficit in the NBA Finals. So the Celtics will sweep the Lakers in game 4 in LA on Thursday. You can bet your mortgage on it because.....

Actress Jessica Alba gave birth to a baby girl in LA over the weekend according to Us magazine.

    Jessica Alba and her husband Cash Warren have welcomed a baby girl.

    She was born this weekend at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

    Alba's father was overheard saying "she's beautiful." Warren -- in a T-shirt, jeans and baseball cap -- was spotted carrying food into the maternity ward Sunday.

    She and Warren got engaged after announcing their baby news.

    They quietly wed in the Beverly Hills courthouse's ceremony room on May 19. (Source)

Jessica and Cash have lots of room to raise their baby. The newlyweds recently moved into a $4 million Beverly Hills home with their three dogs.

All I can say is wow! Omarion needs a ladder to meet his girlfriend halfway. Either he's standing in a hole on the red carpet or she's an amazon.

Anyway, a friend of mine just called to tell me he's signing Omari who, as you know was unceremoniously dropped from Columbia Records not too long ago.

I'll bring you more details as they develop.

    UPDATED:
    Click the above photo to be redirected to a page where you can watch the video. Part two is also on the same page.

Many of you are emailing me about the hilarious interview between V-103's Porsche Foxx and the hot mess known as Khia.

Khia goes off on Porsche, but Khia didn't know - Porsche is not the one! Check out the video.

From MSNBC.com:

    The tragic death of a South Carolina 10-year-old more than an hour after he had gone swimming has focused a spotlight on the little-known phenomenon called "dry drowning" — and warning signs that every parent should be aware of.

    “I’ve never known a child could walk around, talk, speak and their lungs be filled with water,” Cassandra Jackson told NBC News in a story broadcast Thursday on TODAY.

    On Sunday, Jackson had taken her son, Johnny, to a pool near their home in Goose Creek, S.C. It was the first time he’d ever gone swimming — and, tragically, it would be his last.

    "We physically walked home. He walked with me," Jackson said, still trying to understand how her son could have died. "I bathed him, and he told me that he was sleepy."

    Later, she went into his room to check on him. "I walked over to the bed, and his face was literally covered with this spongy white material," she said. "And I screamed."

Ladies, before you start panicking and keeping your children out of the pool (or the bathtub), this phenomenon is extremely rare.

It seems a few important details were left out of the article. For example, was the little boy sick or in any respiratory distress after he got home? It sounds like he was because mothers don't normally bathe their 10-year-old sons, do they?

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Photos by Freddyo Exclusively for Sandrarose.com

Monica cut a fabulous figure last night at the Screen on the Green movie showing at Centennial Park last night. Monica wore a glorious red dress (12th Street by Cynthia Vincent, $328) and a Giant pearl Balenciaga Weekender which complimented her classy Giuseppe Vanotti crystal toe thong sandals.

The Giant bag was a gift from Lil' Rocko, who was out of town last night without mommy for the first time in his life!

Product details are below.


GUISEPPE ZANOTTI black patent crystal toe ring sandals $359


BALENCIAGA GIANT WEEKENDER:
Soft vintage crafted lambskin • gold plated metal hardware • top zip closure • hand stitched handles 5.9'' drop • front zip pocket • leather framed hand mirror • fine textile lining • interior zip pocket with Balenciaga embossed leather tag • protective metal feet • 19.3'' x 15'' x 7.1'' • lightweight 3 lbs • made in Italy.

$1,995.00

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The big marketing push is on to make an Internet singer a worldwide Phenom.

Island/Def Jam Records has fired up the marketing machine and put 21-year-old Dondria Nicole aka Phatfffat, on the front burner.

According to a press release from the tireless Amina Elshahawi over at ThinkTank Marketing, Dondria's YouTube fanbase is north of 27,000 subscribers, with more than 1.3 million channel views under her belt.

No doubt Island Urban president Jermaine Dupri is a proven Star maker, but can he work his magic with Dondria? "I have never witnessed an Internet-driven phenomenon that even comes close to this in my entire career," said Mr. Dupri, who discovered Dondria online. "We are on the threshold of exposing a naturally gifted singer to the world as a result of YouTube’s penetration into every corner of society – and that is a genuinely exciting prospect for the future."

That's all well and good but, personally, Dondria's music does nothing for me. She can sing but, again, she's no Monica whose dramatic melodies and sultry restraint stirs emotions in her fans.

It's one thing to belt out covers of other people's music while you sit in front of a computer, but does Dondria's talent translate to success on a stage grander than the acoustics of her small bedroom?

Quickly, I have a $100 bet with a friend who says the singer Santogold is all female. I say Santogold is hiding his candy - and hiding it well!

I need an answer fairly quickly. My friend needs to pay up before he leaves town today. Yes or no answers only, please. We don't want to unnecessarily scar a young Shim for life. I placed a couple of visual aids on the photo to help guide you in the right direction.

Also, click here to see what a well put together Shim looks like. :)

Composite photo: Wireimage/Getty

My grandmother (RIP) used to tell me it's easier to do evil when evil resides in your heart. I feel for the family of Jay Din, the 4-year-old boy who was beaten to death 2 years ago.

I also feel sorry for the family of his accused killer, Herbert Warren, who reached out to me yesterday with an impassioned plea to hear their side of the story.

I wrote back that I'm not interested in his side of the story. He needs to tell it to the judge. If Warren was so innocent, the FBI would not have had to track him down.

There are two types of people in this world that I hate: liars and people who can't control their urges (such as pedophiles, rapists and murderers). I'm not saying Warren went around beating down children for sport. In fact, I also heard from a loyal reader yesterday who admitted she had a relationship with Warren who didn't harm her child.

We have all had our moments with children who wreck our nerves. Sometimes it takes the patience of Job to keep from snapping. But it takes a person with pure evil in his heart to snap on a child with extreme violence.

Read the email from the family of Herbert Warren after the break...

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In addition to shooting Peachtree TV’s THE SINGLE: MONICA, the Atlanta-born, multi-Grammy winner will be on-hand tonight at Peachtree TV’s Screen on the Green at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park to introduce the Martin Lawrence comedy Big Momma’s House. The movie is scheduled to begin at sunset (approximately 9 p.m.), following a music set by DJ Aaron Pittman.

Source:
Sarah Schmitz
Peachtree TV

(Photo Source)

I don't have the full story, but once I get all the details I will update. Once again an innocent baby has lost his life and a mother mourns the loss of her child - all because of a no good man she met in some bar.

The mother, Timika Martin told police she left her 4-year-old son in the care of her boyfriend while she ran errands. When she returned home, her baby was unresponsive. The boyfriend, Herbert Warren, said the baby fell off a chair. However, police say the injuries the child sustained were not consistent with a fall from a chair.

Warren was released on bail and then disappeared. But thankfully, detectives tracked him down at a friend's home in Buckhead. Warren is now in jail with no bond.

Hopefully the "friend" was arrested too for harboring a fugitive.

It's funny that my white nursing friends who are single mothers won't allow their dates to meet their children much less babysit them!


Al B Sure celebrated his 40th birthday (for the second time in as many years) at R&B Live in Hollywood last night. Sons Quincy (by Kim Porter) and Lil Al B Conceited also attended

Bobby Brown's son Landon was feeling himself as usual

Lil Al B Conceited made sure everyone knew he was in the house

COUGAR LOVE
Telma Hopkins couldn't contain her excitement at Al B Sure's party

Model Tyson Beckford is a hawt TV personality now. Tyson attended the 1st Bravo's A-List Awards in NYC last night.

Photos: Wireimage/Getty

Photos by Freddyo Exclusively for Sandrarose.com

Do you know this man? My photographer Freddy O said you would know him. He's the only R&B artist on Block Entertainment. Apparently JC is the next big thing in R&B. We'll see.

    EDITED:
    Erika from Block Entertainment sent along this audio track by JC called "Nobody Gotta Know" ft. Gorilla Zoe. Erika said after you take a listen, you won't need any further introduction!

    LISTEN:
    Nobody Gotta Know ft. Gorilla Zoe

Akon drove up in his new Lamborghini aka the poor man's Ferrari


Ashley R leaving the set after announcing, "I'm through with this!"


Dorion on the set of JC's video

If your man doesn't have the latest cut like a Caesar or Beijing, your man ain't saying nuthin'

MORE PICS AFTER THE BREAK!

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Monica left a new voicemail message on her SayNow private line for her fans. Monica revealed the title of her new reality TV show, Monica: The Single, on Peachtree TV which premieres in August.

Of course, I knew all of this already, but I couldn't reveal the details because my friend at Turner Entertainment asked me not to.

Monica has a gift not only for singing but for communicating effectively with people from all walks of life. She talks about her new children's line Regions of Rock and her new album. But Monica also gives advice on dealing with the negativity in life that all of us can relate to.

Visit Monica's SayNow page to hear the audio, or call 1-(818) 836-6505 and leave your number so she can text you when she leaves a new message!

Photo by Freddyo Exclusively for Sandrarose.com

Is Perez Hilton the Internet police or a private investigator ala Shaqulle O'Neil? Why would Karrine Steffans be texting him at 4:47 AM begging for help?

According to Perez, Karrine sent this text message to him:

"It's Karrine. U have to help me. My boyfriend just tried to run over me with his car. [I] Just made a police report. In August, he placed me in a choke hold at a strip club on my birthday. There's a report and photos of that. There was another choking I never reported but is now being investigated. I lied to the city attny to save his ass but I'm DONE. He'll kill me if I go on with this. YES…Eddie Winslow from Family Matters! I have to give you this story. Pls!"

This is bizarre and I hope I don't have to add Karrine's name to my Hollywood Coon file along with Sean Combs, Andre 3000, and others. Does Karrine not know that Perez Hilton's readers are racist and don't give a damn about her or her domestic issues?

Next time, Karrine, send a text message to your friend Jawn Murray who has a lot more pull with mainstream media and more collective readers than Perez does.

Thanks to loyal reader Chloe for the link! Composite photo: Wireimage/Getty

A controversial art exhibit was raided and shut down before it could be viewed in NYC yesterday.

According to the NY Times blog: Cityroom, Boston-born performance artist, Yazmany Arboleda, tried to set up a provocative art exhibition in a vacant storefront on West 40th Street in Midtown Manhattan with the title, "The Assassination of Hillary Clinton/The Assassination of Barack Obama".

The artist thought his racist views were protected under the Constitution because he was expressing himself through his art. Wrong.

Not 30 minutes after Arboleda set up the gallery across the street from the New York Times building, police, feds and secret service swooped in to shut the art exhibit down. While police covered the offensive storefront window with brown paper, Arboleda was led away in handcuffs to be "interrogated".

Arboleda, 27, learned the hard way that freedom has its limits. Later, in an interview, he said: "It’s art. It’s not supposed to be harmful. It’s about character assassination — about how Obama and Hillary have been portrayed by the media." He added, "It’s about the media."

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Victoria Secret model and socialite, Selita Ebanks isn't crying in her coffee since breaking up with actor Nick Cannon. She's too classy to admit she laughed her arse off after hearing Nick married Mariah Carey a mere two months after meeting her: "I have not spoken to Nick in such a long time, but I am truly happy for him," she said in an interview for Atlanta PEACH magazine's June issue (on stands June 9).

Selita told writer Isoul Harris she thought it was "amazing" that the two lovebirds found each other. "It's a very blissful thing, and they are Blessed. You can't hate on love."

She plans to congratulate homeboy when she sees him: "We are cordial. If I see him, I will high-five him and tell him, 'You go, boy!'"

Selita also confirmed she's still dating NY Giants player Osi Umenyiora, although there are no wedding plans on the horizon.