Here's a sneak peek at the cover of Ne-Yo's upcoming follow-up to his platinum album Because of You. Year of the gentleman is Ne-Yo's third studio album - and judging from the 2nd single, "Miss Independent", 'Gentleman' is sure to be another multi-platinum success for the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter. Do your thing Ne-Yo!

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An exuberant crowd greeted American Democratic presidential candidate as if he was a rock star yesterday in Berlin, Germany. Obama acknowledged the criticism surrounding his tour of Europe as an American presidential candidate. "I speak to you not not as a candidate but as a citizen. A proud citizen of the United States, and a fellow citizen of the world," said Obama. "I know that I don't look like the Americans who've previously spoken in this great city."

A British music publishing company filed a lawsuit against Lil' Wayne, his management and record label for altering a track originally recorded by the Rolling Stones. Abkco Music Inc which owns the rights to the song "Play With Fire", filed suit against Wayne et al in a U.S. court Thursday. The suit accuses Weezy and company of altering the lyrics to the song without permission.

In its lawsuit, Abkco noted that Lil Wayne's "Playing with Fire" is a "clear derivative of the Rolling Stones song with the original lyrics and music altered in a recognizable way."

Abkco cited one example of altered lyrics where Wayne raps, "But you can't blame me if I set this stage on fire." In the original version of the song the line goes, "'cause you're playing with fire." The publisher's reps also objected to Wayne's use of "explicit, sexist and offensive language" which could lead the public to believe the company and the Rolling Stones approved of and authorized the new lyrics.

Abkco's lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan seeks unspecified damages.

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Will publicity stunts never cease? According to Star magazine - which doesn't have a reputation for fabricating stories - the two has-beens are engaged and headed to the chapel. The question is: will Kim Porter be Sean's best man?

The bachelor father of six is quietly telling close friends and family that he and singer Cassandra "Cassie" Ventura are heading to the chapel.

"He told everyone to keep it extremely quiet because he didn't want it to get out, but you could tell he was excited," says a source. "Diddy said they hadn't set a date yet, but he wanted his family to hear the news first."

Diddy revealed his engagement to the Connecticut native at his son Justin's eighth-grade graduation ceremony in Riverdale, N.Y., on June 5. The hip-hop megastar met 17-years-younger Cassie after signing her up to his label, Bad Boy Records, in 2006.

Diddy ended his 10-year relationship with model Kim Porter last July. (Source)

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Nelly's successful Pimp Juice brand is set to take over the world. According to online reports, the multimillionaire rapper-turned-entrepreneur is expanding his line of "energy" fruit drinks to the European market with a launch in France and Sweden.

Nelly and manufacturer Fillmore Street Brewery, released French Pimp Juice last week. A star-studded party will follow at Le Bus Palladium in Paris.

Pimp Juice makers are also in talks to partner with the French basketball leagues as its sponsor.

Fillmore Street Brewery president William Wooten tells AllHipHop.com, "We expect much success in France due to its lively hip-hop scene and love of basketball."

French Pimp Juice is currently being offered in stores and in Paris with further distribution to occur in September to coincide with Nelly's next album release, Brass Knuckles.


I had to show a close up of the fresh kicks! Photo: Wireimage/Getty

TMZ.com has the surveillance video from the Atlanta area Waffle House fight between Kid's entourage and a lone black male customer who probably wanted a refund from Kid Rock's concert earlier that evening.

Anyway, Kid Rock, who was no doubt feeling bolstered by the fact that his 300-pound bodyguard was standing right there, jumps up on a booth and Supermans that hoe starts throwing 'bow's.

The dude, finding himself outnumbered by rednecks, hightailed it to the bathroom with Kid and his goons in hot pursuit. Anyway, some say the video is proof that Kid Rock is a racist.

Kanye West is still feeling the sting of being booed at the Bonnaroo music festival last month. The "Stronger" singer plans to make sure the odds are stacked more in his favor at the Global Gathering music festival in the UK this weekend.

Knaye is filling 18 coaches with over 1000 members of his entourage to occupy the first 4 or 5 rows at the main stage where he will perform on Friday. Kanye hopes his friends' cheers will drown out the boos that are sure to fill the stadium when he hits the stage.

The rapper is also having his own stage built - which he used as an excuse to explain why he was two hours late appearing at the Bonnaroo festival last month.

A source told Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "A huge amount of planning has gone into Kanye's performance and fans won't be disappointed.

"To ensure the show goes to plan, no-one else will perform on the main stage on the Friday night.

"It is being built especially to his specifications. There will be 18 performers and £100,000 ($200,000) worth of lights put in place."

Photos of talk show demigoddess Oprah Winfrey and playwright/director Tyler Perry vacationing in Italy, made the cover of the National Enquirer last week. The headline blared, "OPRAH BETRAYS STEDMAN: Her romantic vacation with new man". But a source says the vacation photos of the two friends were staged.

Oprah, who normally shuns the paparazzi, allowed herself to be used by Perry out of the kindness of her heart, claims the source, who notes that Oprah has yet to release a statement denying the rumors that she and Perry are dating.

According to my source, Oprah felt pity on her pal Tyler Perry who whines incessantly about the paparazzi ignoring him. It seems Perry, who calls Atlanta home, bought a mansion on the west coast in hopes of attracting the attention that he craves from the paparazzi and the mainstream media. Perry's successful plays and films made him a millionaire many times over. But so far, the attention and the fame has eluded him.

"He just kept complaining to Oprah that he's this successful film director and yet the paparazzi ignore him," said a source close to Perry's camp. "So [while on vacation in Italy] Oprah took him by the arm and said, 'come on, let's go take some pictures.'"

According to the source, Oprah made sure the paps got all the shots they needed of the pair while they vacationed with Oprah's BFF Gayle King in Portofino, Italy last week.

"Apparently, he complains a lot to Oprah because she did the same thing for him while they were in L.A. together last year," said the source.

The source says Perry ran that same guilt trip on talk show diva Tyra Banks who also agreed to stage photos of them together on a "date". But Perry took things too far, according to the source who said Banks was unhappy with the way Perry kept dropping hints to the media that the two of them were dating.

The source said Banks flew to Atlanta last year to "have it out" with Perry and his staff at the film director's offices. "She went into his private office and they had words. Then she came out and started yelling at the staff. She was slamming doors and cussing," said the source, who asked to remain anonymous. "[Banks] won't have anything to do with [Perry] anymore."

Perry, who is dogged by rumors of rampant homosexuality, has said in the past he is in a long distance relationship with a woman in NY. But that woman was nowhere to be found while he vacationed with Oprah and Gayle in Italy.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama scores another national magazine cover -- this time with his family. Obama and his wife Michelle allowed People magazine to take a rare glimpse into their family life at his Chicago home.

    Some highlights:
    - The girls have rules to follow, such as making their beds, setting their own alarm clocks, keeping the playroom toy closet clean and lights out at 8:30.
    -They get a $1 per week allowance from Dad for doing their chores, like setting and clearing the dinner table.
    -They receive no birthday or Christmas presents from Mom and Dad, who spend "hundreds" on birthday slumber parties and, as Barack puts it, "want to teach some limits." Says Michelle: "Malia says, ‘I know there is a Santa because there’s no way you’d buy me all that stuff.'"
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According to People, the interview with Obama and his family this Summer was conducted before the controversial interview with Access Hollywood aired.

The magazine hits stands tomorrow (7/25).


CNN's Soledad O'Brien, seen at the Lorraine Motel, near the spot where Martin Luther King, Jr was mortally wounded.


Well, after watching yet another purposeless, pointless and distorted view of black America, here's what we learned: that beautiful educated black women with everything going for them, can't find a good black man. So what do they do? They turn to white men, of course.

We also learned that our black children are dumber than any other developing country. And we now know that even if a black man accepts the responsibility of being a single father and raising his kids alone - he still can't keep a job or pay his bills on time.

And why did CNN feel the need to tap Soledad "I'm black by way of my great, great grandmother on my mammy's side" O'Brien? You mean CNN couldn't find one black reporter on its staff to host this show? The minuscule part of O'Brien that is black does not speak for me or to me as a black woman.

Raise your hand if you felt O'Brien was pandering to the blacks on the show?

Anyway, here's a link to view the entire 2-hour program which aired on CNN last night.

INFPhoto.com has pics of Halle Berry sucking her tummy in while out shopping in Beverly Hills this weekend. As you know, Halle gave birth to daughter Nahla in March. But since then, she's struggled to get rid of her excess belly fat.

We know she's holding her tummy in because JustJared posted pics of Halle from this weekend showing her protruding belly.

Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with a woman holding her tummy in. But at the same time it does seem shallow and smack of deceit. I know of a man who divorced his wife after learning she'd been sucking her tummy in for years.

Anyway, I felt it was my duty to point out Halle's one flaw since she's so perfect in every other way -- and with me being a hater and all...

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CNN's much hyped 6 part series titled "Black in America", premieres tonight. I always cast a cynical eye towards a major network that feels the need to remind us that we're the downtrodden and forsaken. Then you look at the racial makeup of their newsroom and it's never balanced. Where's the CNN specials on Jewish in America or Asian in America? Is anything going to change other than CNN's coffers growing fat off the commercial revenue?


Frankie celebrated her 84th birthday at a special party hosted by Porsche Foxx, Monica, Frankie's daughters Neffe and Keyshia who arrived late from Indianapolis. Keyshia surprised Frankie who thought she wasn't coming. When Frankie saw Keyshia she burst into tears. 3/4 of the club had already gone home by the time Keyshia arrived. Also helping Frankie to celebrate were Kandi (Xscape) and Snoop Dogg


Frankie's son Sammy proudly wears his LV man purse. It's great to see confident young men with a sense of style.


Frankie celebrates with her 24-year-old boyfriend

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Recently I found myself flush with cash (hi JD!), so I decided to splurge on the white Louis Vuitton Damier canvas print backpack that Kanye West is wearing in the photo. It goes against my nature to be wasteful, but I just had to have that backpack. Plus, my photographer Freddy O said I deserved it.

Yesterday, Fred went to the LV store at Lenox mall to see if they had the backpack in stock. He called me from the store once he got there and this is what he was told: The backpack is custom made for Knaye West who ordered every piece of LV luggage in that color.

The backpack is available to the public by custom order only. To place an order, you are required to pay half of the $15,000 cost up front. The backpack ships directly from Rome, Italy and takes 8 months to make.

$15,000??? :o Even if I had $15,000 I wouldn't spend it on a backpack! But hopefully Knaye will be in my neck of the woods soon wearing that backpack. I hear he doesn't travel with bodyguards... :)


Killa Mike and Trina on the set of the much-anticipated "Look Back At Me" video



Video director Alex Purifoy (right) and co-director Antwan Smith

My source on the set of Trina's new video for "Look Back At Me", sent more pics from behind the scenes. This video is shaping up to be one of the hawtest videos of the year! Have you ever seen so many beautiful sistahs in one music video? This is truly a landmark moment!

My source knows how much my readers loved the last pics I posted. My source also promised me that Sandrarose.com readers would see the much-anticipated video for "Look Back At Me" first before MTV, BET, Worldstarhiphop, etc.

So keep it locked here because the preview will most likely happen around Midnight of that day. Then the video will premiere later that day on BET. Anyway, I'll give you the heads up when I get it. Maybe I'll password protect the post so just my community members can see it. :)

Since comedian J. Anthony Brown showed us some love on The Tom Joyner Morning Show today, I thought I would return the favor by posting this hilarious video of one of his stand up routines.

You might want to check around your cubicle to make sure your boss isn't lurking because you will be laughing out loud. :)

WARNING: Adult content.

Cristal Bubblin, SEA's 2006 #1 Female Radio Personality, writes: "Rihanna the swagger jacker? I know that's ya girl but this is pretty compelling...FeFe used to rock hard too."

Ya well, I don't see any evidence that Rihanna is copying FeFe's style. Two women can't have the same hairstyle? FeFe may have rocked hard, but where is FeFe now?

Rihanna is on top because Rihanna is a talented artist who knows her market. FeFe tried to infiltrate the rock market but failed to put a dent in that wall put up by white people to protect the sanctity of their precious rock music.

Yet Hip-Hop -- which is supported mostly by urban white kids amused by lyrics about blacks killing each other -- is dead.

Photos of J. Anthony Brown's artwork by Freddy O Exclusively for Sandrarose.com

Comedic genius and multi-talented J Anthony debuted his art collection in Atlanta, Georgia, Saturday July 19, 2008 at both locations of Gladys Knight and Ron Winans Chicken & Waffles.

JAB is currently a radio personality on the nationally syndicated radio program The Tom Joyner Morning Show based out of Dallas, Texas.

"I want to go into the schools, pick out the J. Anthony Brown in the schools and tell them they can be so much more than a class clown," he says. "They can be a modern day renaissance man like myself. I am a writer, producer, comedian, actor, fashion designer, visual artist and businessman."

On his bustling website Janthonybrown.com, Brown sells everything from jewelry to hot sauce to African bee honey. But perhaps the least known of all his talents is J. Anthony's artistic side. A creative artist and talented visionary, the comedian also sells his sketching work on the website. His artwork has been featured in an art exhibit alongside renowned artist Annie Lee in Washington, D.C.

Samples of the J Anthony Brown's art will be available for sale July 24 - 27, 2008 in the Lifestyle Pavilion of the National Black Arts Festival inside of the Georgia World Congress Center, and his Hot Sauce will also be available for taste and purchase during the National Black Arts Festival in the food court. Please go out and support J. Anthony Brown!

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Yesterday, a loyal reader who asked to remain anonymous, sent these photos of BET's 106 & Park co-host Terrence J and his BFF Fred on vacation. I'm not trying to start anything, but I am going to speak my mind on what I see. And what I see is a grown man kissing another grown man on a crowded dance floor. Were they just happy to see each other?

Last week I posted another email from an inside source who told me that Terrence would be on vacation all this week. I guess my source was right because yesterday Mario stood in for TJ alongside the show's other co-host Rocsi who returned from her week-long vacation after storming off the set 10 days ago.

Now that we know this was all an elaborate publicity stunt, how about BET pumping new blood into the production by replacing both of these tired hosts?

My suggestion for new hosts are: Teyana Taylor and Bow Wow or Angela Simmons and Tyrone from the So So Def camp. Ty has the swagga that the ladies fight over. I think Ty and Angela Simmons would be a perfect match for the show.

So everyone else was right and I was wrong -- that's about par for the course. I'm almost always wrong which is why I don't understand why anyone takes what I say seriously. This is the reason Hip-Hop is in the sorry state that it is because rappers are a bunch of fake, pathological liars and wanna-be gangsters hiding behind their false persona's. And this is who the young kids idolize and try to emulate.

Please don't get me wrong. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with a black man making an honest living. I'm saying there's something wrong with a genre of music, or a subculture which seeks to undermine the ideals and goals of black men who make an honest living.

Anyway, The Smoking Gun has the irrefutable evidence supplied by the Dept. of Corrections:

Department of Corrections (DoC) records show that Ross, whose raps detail the Miami gangster lifestyle and his supposed days trafficking cocaine, did, in fact, work as a correctional officer for 18 months. Ross (real name: William Leonard Roberts) was appointed a prison guard in December 1995 at a salary of $22,913.54, according to the below personnel record, which was provided to TSG by Jo Ellyn Rackleff, a DoC spokesperson. The rapper's social security number is identical to that of the jail guard. According to the official document, Ross was earning $25,794.34 when he left the department in June 1997.


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JustJared posted these first pics of Halle Berry's baby, Nahla Ariela Aubry. We don't get to see the baby's face but what we do see has tongues wagging. Some say Halle Berry wanted a white or light skinned baby but ended up with a baby darker than herself.

From the rumors I've heard, Halle has no love for black men due to her bad experiences with them over the years. Halle, whose mother is white and father is Dominican, did not want a dark skinned baby to remind her of her painful past.

When she began dating Gabriel Aubry, she hurried up and got pregnant hoping to produce a blond haired blue eyed baby. Rumor has it that Halle is suffering from post-partum depression and her shape is going to pot as a result. To add insult to injury, her baby daddy spends more and more time on the east coast - away from his baby mama and daughter. We hope Halle gets herself together for her baby's sake.