I found this video on AOL Black Voices blog. The video is a deep discussion about the different ways to God according to Oprah Winfrey.

The lively discussion took place on Oprah's "After Oprah" show on the Oxygen channel. I've never seen Oprah's audience go in on her the way this audience does. Her critics claim Oprah is denying Jesus in this video. That's not my interpretation. What I hear is Oprah explaining that there are other religions in the world other than Christianity.

Rihanna revealed a stunning new look in Milan on Monday. After flying in from her concert performance at the 3rd Annual Thisday Africa Rising music festival, Rihanna sat down with her stylist who hooked her up nicely! We love the new short do!

According to RiRi, everyone wants to copy her short style. She told InStyle magazine:

The first time I heard people were asking for the Rihanna, it was really flattering and maybe a little strange. It caught be by surprise, but now I feel it’s a very cool thing. I don’t feel the pressure to change it up again at all. I like it, as they like it.

If there is a hotter celebrity than Rihanna on the planet, please point her out 'cause I haven't seen her! I'm on my way to my stylist to get the Rihanna today. :)

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Just last month I was talking with a friend about federal takeovers of failed banks. I advised my friend to put his money in two banks instead of one - just in case a bank closes its door without warning. I told him I've seen it happen twice - and it's not a pretty site to see people fighting to get their money after a bank has been shuttered.

Last week, branches of Pasadena-based IndyMac bank were seized by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and closed without warning. The good news is bank customers' accounts are insured by the FDIC up to $100,000. The bad news is customers have to wait in line for hours or sometimes days to get their money out of a failed bank.

Yesterday, at least three police squad cars showed up as tempers flared outside the San Fernando Valley branch. Cops threatened to arrest customers who didn't remain calm as they stood in line waiting to get their money.

Imagine that: threatening customers whose life savings are tied up in a bank.

My advice to you guys is to take your lunch break to go open up another account at a different bank. the AJC has just announced it will lay off 200 staff members due to dwindling advertisement sales and rising fuel costs. The immediate future looks bleak and banks are usually among the first institutions affected by a bad economy.

Djimon Hounsou and Kimora Lee Simmons pose with Kim's adorable daughters at her launch party in NYC yesterday.

Angela Simmons, Keri Hilson and Vanessa Simmons met up at MTV's TRL yesterday. The enterprising sisters have so far grossed over $53 million in sales of their Pastry shoes. Congrats to them!

Pharrell W. brought his skateboard style to MTV's TRL yesterday. We love the cardigan but not with that t-shirt.

Mashonda and Olivia share the red carpet at Kimora Lee Simmons "Fabulosity" Launch Party at Hiro in NYC yesterday.

Gabrielle Union was also in attendance at Kimora Lee's party. The dress is not working for me. But at least Gabby's ponytail extension matches her natural hair color perfectly. Kudos to her hair stylist.

Actress Tichina Arnold blows a kiss to us at the Klipsch Audio ESPY Pre-Party in Los Angeles yesterday.

Football player Terrell Owens told me he loves Sandrarose.com but he hates Lipstick Alley. I can't say I blame him.

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Natalie Cole's representative has confirmed that Natalie Cole was diagnosed with hepatitis C. Cole was forced to pull out of a concert in California last week due to the chronic illness.

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne disease which means it is spread through contact with infected blood such as blood transfusions, using dirty needles, body piercings, tattoos, or in Natalie's case, by snorting cocaine. Sexual transmission of hep C is rare except in cases where an individual is infected with HIV.

Hepatitis C is usually diagnosed by accident since most patients don't show symptoms until the liver is affected. Chronic Hepatitis C (longterm infection) can cause inflammation of the liver (hepatitis). Most people stricken with hepatitis C show no symptoms sometimes for many years. Those who do show symptoms have advanced to cirrhosis of the liver and ultimately, liver failure.

About one third of patients infected with hepatitis C develop conditions like portal hypertension (increased pressure in the liver) which leads to esophageal varices (distended veins in the esophagus, the tube which delivers food to the stomach). This condition manifests itself in projectile vomiting of pure blood when the varices burst and blood fills the stomach.

Signs and symptoms of hepatitis C are usually vague. They include:

  • fever
  • fatigue (feeling sleepy all the time)
  • abdominal pain
  • ascites (abdominal swelling)
  • jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin)
  • itching
  • nausea and vomiting

Consult your personal physician if you experience any of these signs/symptoms or if you have any questions. This has been your medical minute.

Nicole Kidman and her husband, country singer Keith Urban are turning down millions for photos of their newborn baby, Sunday Rose. I saw this story two days ago on another blog but I yawned and kept it moving. Until I found out that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were offered $16 million for photos of their newborn twins.

It's kind of hard for any celebrity to top $16 million for exclusive rights to photos of their kid. I'm sure egos are being bruised all over Hollywood. As you know, most celebrities are a narcissistic bunch. If they can't command top dollar for their baby then no one sees the pics.

Anyway, Nicole's publicist claims the couple simply want to preserve their child's privacy. I doubt that seriously. According to the NY Post's Page Six, Nicole's publicist says, "A number of publications called to offer money, but [Nicole] never considered it." Well, a number of publications also called Usher and Tameka with offers for pics of their baby. But since the offers never got any higher than $50,000 - they didn't consider it either.

So I was browsing my favorite blogs yesterday when I happened upon this post by Necole Bitchie. It seems one of Necole's sources threw her a bone claiming Keri Hilson was pushing up on Terrence J when she sat in for the vacationing (or suspended) Rocsi on BET's 106 & Park.

Was Terrence's publicist Necole's source? Lol, I kid, I kid... well, not really.

Not for one second do I believe Keri Hilson would be interested in Terrence "corny is my middle name" J. For one thing, Keri is a different stature and status than Terrence, meaning he's not in her league. And the other thing is those pesky rumors about TJ's extra-curricular activities just won't go away.

Well I have sources of my own who tell me that this whole thing is a publicity stunt (as I told you earlier). In fact, I received an email from someone within Rocsi's camp (or was it TJ's camp?) who gave me the real skinny. I posted a bit of the info in my Photo of the Day post yesterday.

Here's the rest of the email:

Hi Sandra... I just wanted to let you know that Rocsi is on a planned vacation for this week. Next week Terrance will be on vacation. They are still cool... it is a ratings thing. We were ALL in Miami kicking it @ the Fifth in Miami for her BFF/ assistant Chantel's Bday party late last Friday night & Zo' Summer Groove Weekend. Terrance & Rocsi were at the game together... search for some pictures. Take Care.

So there you have it. If this "beef" is not a publicity stunt, then Terrence won't go on vacation next week and he will announce his engagement to Keri live on the show. :)

I know you don't really believe Kanye West updates his blog several times a day while chasing skirts and displaying his astounding ignorance all over the world? Hopefully you're not that naive.

Sure Kanye wrote that one outburst on his blog, but no, he doesn't find all those neat gadgets or post those videos and photos from the road. Someone else does all that for him.

That someone else is Marcus Troy, Kanye's "Ghost Blogger" - a term Marcus coined to describe the service he provides for a few celebrity blogs. Remember those Huffington Post blogs that were supposedly written by Jermaine Dupri? Come on, you didn't really think JD had that kind of smarts, did you?

If you ask Marcus whether he ghost writes for Kanye, of course he'll deny it. Because that's what ghost writers do: they stay in the cut while giving others the glory.

As Marcus explains it on his own blog:

"In the rap game if you don’t write your own lyrics (like Diddy) you hire a “Ghost Writer” to do your penmanship for you." The reason why they say “ghost” is because this person's identity is usually kept private and you can use their material and pass it off as your own and the real writer essentially remains a ghost (unless they get mad, and call you out).

Well, in blogging it's the same concept. Celebrity bloggers like Perez Hilton can travel the country doing guest appearances, radio shows, television interviews and the like all while his blog is being updated 24/7 due to ghosts like Marcus who do all the real work for no credit.

So drop Marcus a line and let him know his work on Kanye's blog is appreciated. He won't admit it, but he'll thank you for it.

Despite insinuating that good pal Omarion might be gay, Bow Wow says there's no beef between the two friends. We can take this info two ways: either Bow Wow doesn't want his buddy O mad at him for exposing his alternate lifestyle, or Bow Wow suddenly realized that the light he shined in O's closet also reflects back on him.

If you recall, Bow Wow's verse on Hot Stylez remix of "Lookin' Boy" went like this: “Damn them jeans is tight. You a ol' Omarion lookin’ boy”. Anyway, Bow Wow says any talk of beef should be squashed immediately.

He says,

"It just shows you how uptight people are about certain things. The song is a joke record... People always hate on me, but they're always in tune to what I'm doing. In a way, I get the last laugh.

"O (Omarion) is my homeboy, and I even joke with O about how tight he wears his jeans. He knows how tight his jeans are. That's my homeboy. Everybody knows how tight Omarion wears his pants. It's not a secret. So why is everybody jumping on me? It's a fact. Plus, it's a joke. So why wouldn't I joke on my homeboy?"

Yeah, it's just jokes until someone's feelings get hurt, right Bow Wow?

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Just when we thought that whole TAG Body spray deal with Jermaine Dupri was a publicity stunt, word comes now that TAG Records has revealed its first artist. Normally I wouldn't mention this because I'm not trying to run free ads for TAG or Proctor & Gamble. But anyway, the rapper's name is Q. Get ready to hear a lot more about Q as TAG rolls out the red carpet for its first signee and convinces suckers like me to give TAG Body spray free advertising.

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Do you know what's in that bottle of Dasani water you're drinking? Coca Cola, the manufacturers of Dasani bottled water says you do. In fact, just recently, a company spokesperson was able to convince a consumer advocate's group that it wasn't necessary to label their bottles of Dasani as tap water because you - the consumer - already know that.

Well, do you? Apparently, full disclosure is only necessary if it doesn't hurt the bottom line of a giant corporation like Coca Cola. That explains why the label of Dasani water says everything but "tap water" on it.

In Atlanta magazine's June issue, there's an excellent article on Dasani water and Coca Cola's attempts to cover up the fact that they are bottling Atlanta municipal city water and selling it to us as "fresh" and "pure" water.

"The FDA's definition of purified water does not require [that we label it with] the source," argues Coca Cola. "We believe consumers know what they're buying."

My grandmother (RIP) used to say, "if you ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies." In Coca Cola's case, if you visit Dasani.com or call the company headquarters, they will tell you you're drinking city water -- they just won't say so on the bottle.

Last year, Think Outside the Bottle, a consumer advocate group based in Boston, pressured Pepsi to put the words "Public Water Source" on it's bottles of Aquafina. TOB then turned its sights on Coca Cola which so far has refused to put similar wording on its bottles of Dasani. Instead, the bottling giant placed the words "salt" and "reverse osmosis" on its bottles to explain the filtering process it uses to filter city water. The "salt" part is added at the end of the process to give the tap water its "fresh" taste.

Coca Cola argues that the wording it uses should suffice because the consumer is not confused as to Dasani's source. To test that theory, Atlanta magazine interviewed people spotted drinking Dasani water at downtown's Peachtree Center and SunTrust Plaza to see if they knew what the source of Dasani water was. Over two days, not one person who was asked knew that Dasani was tap water.

In case you're wondering why all the fuss about city water vs. bottled water: city water contains fluoride, a necessary and vital mineral for the health of our teeth. If all you drink is bottled water, don't expect to have any teeth left in your head by the time you're my age.

South Florida rappers Rick Ross and Trick Daddy are beefing over an accusation Trick Daddy made that could adversely affect Rick's career.

According to Trick Daddy, Ross was once a corrections officer in South Florida. Not so says Ross, who claims a photo circulating the Internets of him wearing a corrections uniform is a Photoshopped fake. I believe Rick. The photo looks like his high school picture was Photoshopped on someone else's body (note the curly hair that doesn't match Ross's hair texture).

As you know, rappers rely on their (real or assumed) street cred to sell records. The harder they appear (on paper) the more records they sell -- or at least that's what they believe. So being affiliated with law enforcement in any way is like career suicide to a rapper. Rappers take accusations like that seriously. Trick Daddy might want to watch his back.

I was a huge Martina Navratilova and Gabriela Sabatini fan as a student at N. Miami Beach high school in Miami, Florida. The volatile Navratilova was my favorite because she hated to lose. Women's tennis was immensely popular in the 80s due to superstars like Billie Jean King and the golden girl Chris Evert.

In those days, Venus and Serena were just little kids whupping up on all the other kids on the junior tennis side. I never thought they would amount to anything. But, as usual, I was wrong. Venus should have been the star of the family. Her tall lanky frame was much better suited for tennis than her younger sister. But it was Serena who showed promise by winning her first tournament at the tender age of four and a half.

Serena Williams is today's Morning Glory by request.

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Poor Cassie. That publicity stunt with Sean Combs failed because bloggers such as myself refused to fall for it. Now she's walking around NYC looking dazed and confused. But at least she's in style! We love Cassie's outfit which we're sure was inspired by fashion icon Zoe Kravitz's eclectic Bohemian style of dress.

Cassie is wearing a Rihanna! t-shirt paired with stone washed jeans and custom Nike shoes. Her nails are painted a bright fluorescent orange and her bag is the special edition "GUCCI Hearts NY" purse! As you know, Rihanna was just named the new face of Gucci so we are sure you will spot more artists wearing Gucci in the coming months.

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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Singer D. Woods (Danity Kane) blows us a kiss from Alex Rodriguez's party at the 2008 MLB All-Star Week in NYC last night. Cute shape!

Rapper LL Cool joined singer Tiffany Evans on BET's 106 & Park yesterday. The show will air today. Supposedly, Rocsi is on vacation from BET for a week and Terrence J will be on vacation all next week. As I told you earlier, this whole "beef" was a publicity stunt for ratings. AJ and Free did the same thing in 2005 or '06. When will it end?

Madonna's current lover Alex Rodriguez met up with Madonna's ex-lover Ingrid Casares at his party at the 2008 MLB All-Star Week in NYC last night. Maybe they were comparing notes?

Kimora Lee Simmons was spotted out & about in NYC last night with her pet pooch.

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According to online reports, Jesse Jackson expressed more than his wish to castrate Sen. Barack Obama when he supposedly didn't realize his mic was hot on Fox News last week. According to James Mtume, co-host of the Open Line Show on KISS FM in NYC, Jackson also called Obama a "f*cking half breed nigger".

Lord knows I'm all for Free Speech, but not when it is hateful, ignorant, racist and morally wrong. If it's true that Jesse Jackson referred to Barack Obama as a "f*cking half breed nigger", then he has to step down from his position as head of Operation Push. Jackson is no longer effective as a spokesperson for the black community.

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In addition to her many accomplishments this year, Rihanna is set to be the new face of Gucci UNICEF!

The 20-year-old Barbados native will appear in ads for the ‘Tattoo Heart’ campaign, after Frida Giannini saw her at a UNICEF fundraiser earlier this year, and sought her out to be a part of the drive to raise funds for children’s rights.

A special limited edition selection of Gucci products will be sold to support the charity, with 25 per cent of sales being donated.

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They're saying the bidding war for exclusive rights to first photos of the Jolie-Pitt twins is raging on as I type this. The final price tag might come in right around $15 million. Just thought some of you might want to know what A-list celebrity babies are going for these days.

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According to online reports, rapper Jay Z faces more damaging claims from current employees of his 40/40 nightclub. Employees say Jay Z's manager, Desiree Gonzalez, is forcing them to sign a waiver releasing the club from damages in the ongoing class action lawsuit against Jay Z and the club.

Any employee who refuses to sign is threatened, according to documents filed in a Manhattan court today. Federal Judge Loretta Preska agreed that Jay Z violated his employees rights by denying them overtime wages, among other violations.

Meanwhile, Jay Z reportedly treated his entire entourage to a lavish $20,000 meal after he performed at a concert in Paris, France, last week. We wonder if Jigga ever took his employees out for a fancy meal - or does he consider their minimum wage salaries and meager tips to be all the compensation they need?

If that wasn't wasteful enough, Jay paid a grip to have a watermelon (a watermelon!) carved in the likeness of Beyonce (or Rihanna's) breasts this past weekend. The watermelon breasts were delivered to Jay's $5,000-a-night hotel room after his concert at the 3rd Annual Thisday Africa Rising Music Festival.

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Artist and photographer Freddy O poses with Congressman John Lewis at the African-American Heritage Arts Festival on Saturday. Fred is holding a print of his original artwork titled "I Can Dance". Rap artist Gorilla Zoe and Rico Brooks of Block Ent stopped by on Friday. The Heritage Arts Festival at Underground Atlanta ends tonight at 9 PM.

SR community member ATLien stopped by to purchase artwork from Freddy O! ATLien also runs the StraightFromTheA blog so go check her out!

One of Atlanta's more famous artists Selma Glass (right) sold prints of her artwork which is in demand.

Rep. John Lewis posed with artist Addison who created that Tupac artwork on his shirt

Tiyonda poses with Freddy O after purchasing a print.

The Newton family stopped by to check out Fred's work

Special thanks to all who stopped by and purchased Fred's work! To purchase Freddy O's artwork, please visit FreddyO.com or click here.

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Allen Iverson aka AI, is considered one of the sexiest men in the NBA. His thug personae associated with his numerous tattoos makes him even more appealing to the ladies. Oh, and his fat wallet and genuine diamond bling doesn't hurt his image either.

We here at Sandrarose.com love AI because he shows us love. My photographer Freddy O is the only photographer allowed to shoot AI while he's partying in the clubs of Atlanta.

That's because AI knows we won't have him out there looking crazy. And trust, we do have some crazy looking pics of AI. But due to the love he shows us, we will never post those.

AI is our Morning Wood by request.

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Why is everyone offended by this New Yorker cover depicting Sen. Barack Obama wearing his ancestor's traditional clothing? Can we find a worthwhile battle and stick with that instead of jumping all over the place on this racist media issue? We already know the media's coverage of the presidential campaign will be saturated in racist imagery.

I told you that they would come for Obama because he's a biracial man running for president. Get over it and focus on the positive instead of the negative.

Let's close our eyes and imagine a world before Lauren Hill lost her damn mind behind somebody else's twig and berries. A world where Lauren Hill was the answer AND the question that left no doubts. In a perfect world, Lauren would be queen and Tupac Shakur would be king. Now open your eyes...

I never knew twigs and berries could be that addictive.

Man, that Kabbalah Center must be some cool place for kids. I've never seen children so happy to be attending a meeting at a radical religious organization. When I was a kid my mom took my brothers and I to a church ran by the Salvation Army in the Bronx, NY.

Talk about oppression.

The rigid nuns who ran the church considered logical reasoning and free thinking to be tools of the devil. Within no time I was booted out of Sunday school and asked never to return. My mom eventually found a new church home for us where questions were encouraged in Sunday school.

Maybe Kabbalah is the same way. They're doing something right in there 'cause Madonna's kids look downright giddy - like they're going to Disney World. I wonder how much of Madonna's finances is tied up in the Kabbalah. Can anyone just walk in off the street and attend whether they have money or not?

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