Freddy O's cousin Christian, 13, made it all possible for us to get these photos!


From WSBTV.com:

    Atlanta native and Grammy award-winning superstar Usher is taking a break from signing autographs to help sign up young voters.

    Usher's New Look foundation, established to empower youth from underserved communities, partnered with civil rights activist the Rev. Joseph Lowery to kick off "I Can't but U-Can," a community wide voter registration drive, at Georgia Tech Sunday.

    Most of the participants in Usher's annual two-week New Look foundation summer camp are too young to vote, which is why the voter registration effort is titled "I Can't but U-Can." However, the R&B superstar is hoping his roster of campers will encourage their parents, older siblings, and others to register to vote because the campers' futures are at stake, too.

    "It affects everything from the campers' education to economic future," said Shawn Wilson, president of Usher's New Look foundation.


Photos by Freddy O Exclusively for Sandrarose.com

Nothing on Solange matches, but this is one of those times when I don't really care because she looks so HAWT! I love, love, LOVE the sandals!

Nelly's girlfriend, singer, Ashanti was the musical guest on BET's 106 & Park on Friday. Ashanti was just on BET's 106 & Park 3 weeks ago and again three weeks before that. But who's keeping count, right?


Tocarra attended a private bowling party in Miami, Florida on Friday. I guess If you got it flaunt it... I guess.

Rapper Lil' Jon made a rare appearance at the Ed Hardy Swimwear Fashion Show in Miami, Florida. I remember when Lil' Jon was JD's A&R back when Jon was a DJ spinning at hole-in-the-wall clubs. Jon was the 2nd industry person to hire me to shoot a party in the early 90s.

Ne-Yo attended a private party at the Dune in Southampton, NY on Friday (7/18). Ne-Yo's publicist sent me "vacation" shots of Ne-Yo last week. She neglected to send shots of him in his Speedos or at least an obligatory pool side shot.

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Today's Medical Minute is dedicated to the narcissists among us like Angel Laws who owns the popular Concrete Poop blog, which I like to refer to as Ass Kissers Anonymous. AKA is a sort of self-help group for fellow brown nosers who worship celebrity narcissists like Knaye West and Jay Z.

On Friday, Laws composed a long rambling email in response to my post about her. I wrote back that I wasn't reading all that BS -- but trust that I would see her at the Blogging While Brown Conference later this week, and she could tell me then.

It should not be too hard to spot Angel: she'll be the only elephant in the room with a bad weave and an equally bad attitude.

All this week leading up to the conference, I plan to dedicate a post to Laws and her camp. Yes, I realize it's juvenile, but she started it and I'm finishing it.

So without further ado:

In my opinion, Angel Laws is the epitome of a narcissist which simply means one who possesses a morbidly over-inflated sense of self importance. Some celebrities (and bloggers like Laws and that punk Brian) display the characteristics of a narcissist which is why they seek out the limelight so they can be celebrated by those deemed less worthy or beneath them -- that would be you.

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BET's 106 & Park Terrence J almost got bitch slapped on Friday. According to a loyal reader (or a publicist), Terrence was hosting a party Friday night at the White Lounge in Chapel Hill when a heckler called him out. Terrence tried to get buck but security saved his scrawny azz from the heckler. I just want to see a picture of the chick who was heckling him. :)

Thanks to loyal reader Roddrick for the flick! The text is mine.

Denzel Washington and his family were spotted vacationing in Saint-Tropez, France on Friday (7/18). Except for his lovely wife Pauletta, I don't know who is who in these pics. But according to Wikipedia, Denzel and Pauletta have 4 children: John David 23, Katia 20, and twins Olivia and Malcolm, 17.

Photo: Splash News

Choppy cell phone video of a confrontation between Lil' Wayne's SUV and some Crips in L.A. The Crips spotted the Lollipop man and his entourage creeping through their neighborhood in two black SUVs. The gang members blocked the trucks in with their vehicles. As the goons crip walked around the trucks, Weezy and company stayed put inside.

We don't know for sure if Lil' Wayne and Baby were actually in the SUVs (all you see is a bodyguard step out). But if the Crips say they were in the trucks, I for one believe them! :lol: Poor Lil' Wayne almost got his dreadlocks cut off and handed to him! See where talking all trash on records gets you?

Thanks to loyal reader Edward for the link!

A Boston firefighter on permanent disability was ordered to return to work after he was caught competing in a bodybuilding contest. Albert Arroyo, 46, filed disability claims for a back injury he said resulted from an accidental fall on the job on March 21. Arroyo's doctor backed up his claims, writing that Arroyo was "permanently disabled."

The firefighter collected his full $68,000 annual salary tax-free for six weeks while hoisting iron in preparation for bodybuilding competitions. Arroyo's doctor wrote that Arroyo couldn't perform his duties as a building inspector due to his disabling back injury.

Arroyo placed eighth in the May 3 competition — two months after falling on the job and severely injuring his back, according to MyFOX Boston.

Arroyo's lawyer told The Globe Friday that his client should not be forced to return to work because bodybuilding helps him cope with the "rigors" of his work.

But Fire Commissioner Roderick Fraser disagreed: "It is common sense when you look at Mr. Arroyo that he is in better shape than most of the guys in the Boston Fire Department," Fraser told MYFox TV last week. "To say that he can't physically be an inspector in my opinion is ludicrous."

Arroyo is expected to report to work today (7/21). (Source)

Rapper Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent showed up for his child custody court date in a Suffolk County courthouse in Central Islip, New York today looking GQ fresh in a crisp white shirt, black dress slacks and a white brim.

Jackson obviously dressed to impress the judges and the media who leaned in to get photos of the music mogul as he strolled inside the courthouse.

50 Cent's baby mama Cruella Deville Shaniqua Tompkins arrived looking salty as usual. The two are currently in a custody dispute over their son Marquis. Their case is being heard by Family Court Judge David who will consider how to proceed on two motions: a protective order granted to Tompkins last month, and a petition to enforce Curtis Jackson's visitation rights.

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All day today I've received emails from readers begging me to let them register to comment on this blog. Can someone explain the thought process behind this type of request?

If I visit a blog and I disagree with what the blog owner writes, I don't email him/her venting my rage. I just click the back button and keep it moving. Why can't you?

What is that sense of urgency that compels you to be rude to a complete stranger even though you gain no benefit from your actions?

I very rarely leave a comment on a blog and I will never register to do so. The thought of begging a blog owner to allow me to register is completely foreign to me. I had a reader offer me her 1st born child if I open registration. I realize she was just joking, but still...

XXL magazine's 11th Anniversary issue is a double cover. XXL Photoshopped the hell out of the cover of rapper Foxy Brown. My question is why put an ex-felon has-been on the cover? Don't they want to sell magazines?

On the other hand, Young Jeezy's XXL cover is standard thug fare. The photographer chose to go with a close up of Jeezy's face half-lit. The effect is dark and menacing yet arresting.... oops, did I say arresting?

I heard about these hard thugs giving it up in prison but always assumed it was just talk. Not so according to this prisoner doing hard times. "In prison, botty is more important than food," he says in an interview with MSNBC.

This video might be difficult to watch for those of you ladies whose men have been on lock down.

Thanks to loyal reader 2bme for the link!


Photos: Taj Washington and Wireimage

Back when I was a young nurse working at a hospital in Miami, I overheard a conversation between my co-workers. In hushed tones, they discussed the erratic behavior of the father of one of the patients. One co-worker, who was normally very sweet, whispered, "God forgive me, but I don't like him."

From the pained expression on her face I could tell she was sincere when she asked God to forgive her for saying a disparaging word about another person. But in the case of Angel Laws, it doesn't pain me at all to say I don't like the bitch.

Three years ago, Angel emailed me begging me for a list of hosts when her blog was under heavy DDoS attack which took it offline for over a week. I gave her some suggestions because she seemed like a nice enough kid. But some kids are ungrateful and tend to forget when you're there for them.

Now she's on her wack blog calling me out my name because I wrote a post suggesting that her God, Knaye West, utilized the services of a Ghost blogger. Anyone with half a brain knows that dude has help with his blog. Then Angel had the nerve to call me a crab in a barrel. Well if I'm a crab in a barrel, you are right in there with me, sister. It tickles me when ass kissing gossip mongers like Angel have anything to say about anyone else.

I chuckled when I read the comments from her Kentucky Fried biscuit eating, no man having readers. Bitches cant even afford a two-piece chicken dinner - just the biscuit. Half of them already emailed me begging me to let them register on my blog. I may look a hot mess, but I clean up nicely if I throw on a tight lacefront wig and a little makeup. Angel looks a hot mess even with her lacefront wig and makeup on.

Normally an unfortunate looking creature like herself would have a nice personality to fall back on, but she doesn't even have that. Anyway, this has taken up way too much of my time. I'm sure I'll bump into Angel at the Blogging While Brown conference next week in Atlanta. It'll be interesting to see what she has to say when I'm standing right in front of her.

Rihanna has added yet another crowning achievement to her growing list of awards and accolades this year. In Touch magazine has named the style queen's mane the Best in Hollywood. Rihanna beat out Hollywood starlets such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Anniston for top hair honors!

Unfortunately, Beyonce didn't make the cut because only candidates with real hair were considered. Maybe In Touch magazine will decide to run a best Weave or Lacefront Wig contest?

The Top 5 Best Hair Styles in Hollywood are:

1. Rihanna

2. Gwyneth Paltrow

3. Jennifer Aniston

4. Vanessa Hudgens

5. Isla Fisher

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The LA Times has finally dumped Chuck Phillips, the controversial Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who fabricated a story accusing Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs of having had something to do with Tupac Shakur's death.

The LA Times was later forced to retract the article after The Smoking Gun exposed Phillips' lies and half-truths. Phillips also wrote an earlier article for the LA Times alleging the Notorious B.I.G. was responsible for Tupac's death.

In an earlier post I wondered how Phillips was able to get away with such glaring falsehoods in his reporting. It's obvious Phillips did half-assed research and made up the other half.

Phillips can be compared, at least in part, to former Washington Post reporter Janet Cooke, who returned her Pulitzer prize after it was determined she fabricated the story that earned her the top honor in journalism.

Sean Combs and rap music mogul Jimmy `Henchman' Rosemond, who was also accused in the LA Times piece on Tupac, threatened to sue the paper for damages.

According to online reports, Lifetime has given the green light for a reality series featuring Kim Porter, ex-partner of Sean 'Diddy' Combs and mother to three of his children. The unnamed show will follow Kim as she adjusts to new life as a single mother in Los Angeles.

Actor Blair Underwood is tapped to produce the series. We wonder if Sean Combs will completely dominate this show as he has done with every other show he's in? We also wonder why Lifetime thinks Kim is worthy of her own reality show?

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Whoopi Goldberg and fellow co-host of the view, conservative Republican Elisabeth Hasselbeck, go head to head over blacks' use of the n-word. Whoopi felt that Elisabeth didn't "get it" that the word has a different meaning when blacks use it as opposed to when other cultures use it. The heated exchange brings Elisabeth to tears: “How are we supposed to move forward if we keep using words that bring back that pain?,” she sobs.

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Shout outs to loyal readers Helen, Trina Fan and Jemila for answering the question: Who's that girl in the Trina video? It turns out the beautiful model with the flawless chocolate mocha complexion is Trick Daddy's wife Joy. I don't know what Joy does for a living (if she even works) but she should think about doing a lot more videos in the future.

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Yesterday, there was a little controversy surrounding Kanye West and whether he updates his own blog (he doesn't). To highlight this fact, I wrote a post about Marcustroy.com, a young brother out of Canada who offers his ghost blogging services to other blogs.

Someone in Ye's camp sent 'Ye a text message alerting him to my post and 'Ye responded by posting photos on his blog "revealing that he can lean over a computer, focus his eyes in the direction of the screen and gently touch the keyboard," as Prohiphop.com so brilliantly put it.

But what I found more interesting than who updates Kanye's blog is the fact that Prohiphop.com and others have accused Team Kanye of regularly jacking content and graphics from other blogs without crediting the source or linking back. With all that traffic Kanye's blog gets, one would think they wouldn't mind sharing the wealth. But that's typical of Kanye to be selfish and unoriginal.

We're all in this blogging thing together as urban blogging is still pretty new. So linking back is considered a courtesy as well as a shout out to other bloggers for a job well done. But apparently Team Kanye doesn't agree since they routinely rip and jack content from smaller blogs without linking back or giving shouts. So Team Kanye gets the middle finger for Blog jackin'.

But Prohiphop.com said it best:

"If you guys like that stuff so much why don't you credit the folks that turned you on to it?

Lame-ass jackers."

Rev. Run and his wife Justine's adopted baby Miley Simmons is introduced in the Season 5 premiere of the highly rated Run's House on MTV last night.

In Season 5, Rev. Run signs a deal with a European production company to record a rap album. He also goes on tour with rapper-turned-rocker Kid Rock.

While on a business trip to NYC, Vanessa lounges in her parents' guest room and checks out "celebrity gossip" on sandrarose.com. Note the Louis Vuitton on the nightstand?

Rev. Run sends Jo Jo to L.A. to help his sisters set up a video conference with Solomon Dabah, dir. of marketing for Vida Shoes which manufactures the wildly successful Pastry shoe line.

Sol is also hooking the girls up with a new clothing line. So be on the lookout for the launch of the line.

Rev. Run has a talk with Russy (Russell Simmons II) about being too hands on with his baby sister Miley...

...which causes Justine to feel she's a bad mother to the baby. Russy apologizes to Justine and promises to tone it down a little.

Entrepreneurs Angela and Vanessa Simmons are now living in a posh apartment in L.A.

Season 5 follows the sisters on a whirlwind tour across the country to promote their Pastry shoe line which has grossed over $50 million in sales.

Vanessa, who moved out to the west coast to pursue a career as an actress, thinks her sister is too dependent on her and needs to get a life. The sisters fake a fight which exposes the major flaw in the show: its scripted dialog. The "fight" was more distracting than dramatic.

Awww, I had to put up one more screen shot of the star of the show, baby Miley! She's a fashion plate in her Burberry bib. :)

Miami's baddest chick Trina recently shot a video for her new single, "Look Back At Me" Feat. Killa Mike in Miami. By the way, who is that model behind Trina (see arrow)? She is hawt. I'd love to do a Morning Glory post on her. We need more models like her in music videos so we can start watching BET again.

Thanks to Ryan Hobb's for the flix!

Damian Dame was the first group signed to LaFace Records. The duo consisted of Debra Jean "Deah Dame" Hurd, who died in a car accident on June 27, 1994. And Bruce Edward "Damian" Broadus who died of complications related to AIDS on June 27, 1996 - 2 years to the day Hurd died. Damian Dame's New Jack Swing hit "Exclusivity" was LaFace's first #1 hit.

Exclusivity Remix ft. Whodini & LBC Crew

You may have heard the rumors about rapper 50 Cent buying movie co-star Val Kilmer an expensive collector's automobile. In this interview with MTV, Kilmer speaks on Fiddy's extravagant gift and how it came about. Kilmer totally loses me with this explanation. Maybe someone can translate it for me:

It was quite shocking. It's a 1965 Impala convertible. He knows how close I am with my kids. And it was actually cruel that he would take over as the centerpiece of their affections with an object. [Jokingly addressing 50:] You may have been shot nine times and you may be the #1 rapper on Earth, but I know where you live. I'm going to wait until you're asleep, and you're going to wake up screaming, buddy. He's still got a slug in his tongue. And yet he gets up in the morning and makes a living speaking. Amazing.

Kilmer also praised Curtis Jackson's acting skills, saying, I'd have to say he's a better actor. He's very effective. He's a real genuine, kind man. He made a song for my kids.

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Big Kuntry King is the first member of Grand Hustle's P$C to go solo. Despite the fact that Big Kuntry King did his ex-girlfriend wrong in that Ozone mag interview, he's still one of my favorite rappers. When he's not dissing ex-girlfriends, he's the nicest guy. This is the first single off Big Kuntry King's upcoming solo album titled My Turn To Eat. Grand Hustle president T.I.P. makes a cameo in this video.

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Last week Access Hollywood ran a 4-part series on presidential candidate Brack Obama's home life with his wife Michelle and two daughters. The show succeeded in portraying Obama as a loving husband and dad, but unfortunately he also came across as a milquetoast whose wife and daughters ran roughshod all over him. Changes had to made.

Now comes word that Michelle Obama has decided to sharply curtail her duties on the campaign trail to stay at home with her daughters. According to Drudgereport.com, Mrs. Obama will not accompany her husband on his tour of Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, and Europe.

"Nor will she have a policy role in the Obama administration; she will be raising their daughters," states Drudge in a posting on his website.

This is a developing story. NY Times reporter Patrick Nealy will have more on this story in the coming days.

In the above graphic, Jermaine Dupri likens himself to Christopher Columbus discovering America. Except that JD and Q, the 1st artist of his boutique label TAG Records, are sailing to a new frontier atop a vintage Cadillac. We know that JD has an extremely high view of himself, but Christopher Columbus?

Click here to see the graphic in all its glory.

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Below is a vid of Q doing his thing in NYC yesterday. I believe Q is the first real Thug JD ever signed.


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Shout out to Drew Reports for alerting me to this post on Kanye's blog. Supposedly Kanye has something to prove by posting this post of mine on his blog and defacing the image of Marcus Troy - who some say is Kanye's Ghost blogger.

In these photos, Kanye can be seen checking out this blog and hard at work writing that post on his blog - which contains no text, only a screen shot of my post.

Yeah, sure Kanye. We believe that you wrote that post if that's what you want us to believe. By the way, nice jacket. :)

V-103 jock Greg Street has the biggest sneaker collection in Atlanta. His impressive collection, which inlcudes $12,000 custom Dunks, is second only to Jermaine Dupri's shoe collection. But even Greg Street can not get his hands on these new Nike Big Nike Kobe MVP's.

The new special edition kicks are the latest in Nike products that honor Kobe Bryant's MVP award. I would go into the details of this shoe, but why bother - you'll never be able to buy it. Sneakerology101 blog, says only 100 pairs were made and those went to friends and family of Kobe Bryant. I wonder if Shaquille O'Neil got a pair?