Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2008 19:47:46
From: SPEARLE
To: sandra@sandrarose.com>
Subject: RE: Obama

Sandra, thanks for including that clip from Tavis Smiley's show on your site. I hadn't seen that. Unlike 99% of your readers, I agree with everything that they said. And, maybe I missed it last night, but, in the movie they showed of Barack's life before he spoke, I don't remember seeing any pictures of his Kenyan family, even though I've seen pictures of them all over the Internet. He seems to take pride in the fact that he's interracial, but yet only wants to highlight the white side of the family, while pretty much denying anything about him that is black or African.

People are saying Barack is going to be the president of all America, so he shouldn't address black issues. But, for as long as I can remember, white Democrats running for president have been asked to tell what they are going to do for the black community. How many times did I hear this year people asking what have Hillary and Bill Clinton done for the black community to "deserve the black vote", or what have Republicans done for blacks?

Before McCain spoke before the Urban League, the director of the UL said he would ask McCain what he was going to do for the black community. Why is it, if you're a white candidate, you're expected to kiss up to the black community, but if you're a black candidate, you can just ignore our issues and pretend we don't exist?

Oh, yeah, it's because Obama has the black vote in his pocket. Because, we saw how he pandered to the Latino community to get their vote. Once again, blacks getting taken advantage of by the Democratic party. Things will not change if Barack gets elected; he'll continue to pretend we don't exist, except to perform for him.

And, Michelle IS the brains in that family. Anyway, keep up the good work!

This is an excellent comment because it is short but sweet, and it speaks to why black people should not vote for a candidate based on his race or emotions.

ELove says:
Do I want OBAMA to win? YES
IS my life going to change once he’s elected? HELL NO
IS he the perfect candidate? NO ONE IS
Will HE make a significant change? Doubt IT

Aug 29, 2:08 PM — Video: Obama Democratic Party video

Some of you say you are voting for change. But if Barack Obama is elected, Congress still wields the power to VETO any change he attempts to make - and trust that they will!

I'm not saying vote for McCain. I'm just saying that the president does not run this country. If McCain wins he can't make changes either without the full approval of the House and Senate. That's why you should be worrying about your local elected officials who become representatives of both the House and Senate.

Don't forget it was The House of Representatives that stole the election from Al Gore and gave it to Bush in 2000. :)

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain announced his choice for VP this morning. I was just as surprised as you were to learn he picked a woman. I was even more surprised to learn that Sarah Palin is against abortion and everything else we hold sacred.

But with her on the ticket, McCain will probably win the election in a landslide. Being a presidential VP doesn't mean much -- only that she's next in line for the presidency if McCain should suddenly croak while in office.

We heard rumors that Rihanna - who is only 20 - and the geek Chris Brown might be engaged, but we just know that Rihanna is not that stupid to ruin her life for that boy (Yes, we see the rock but we're ignoring it).

According to online reports, RiRi and CB have been spotting shopping for a new home together. We don't care if they shack up since they're probably are already. But we are worried that Rihanna might be rushing into something that she is not prepared for.

By the way, we were wondering what the hell does RiRi have all over her skin? Bronzer?

Photo: Wireimage/Getty

Celebs were out & about in full force last night in Atlanta. Fantasia (who's no longer Dro's boo) and pals Tiny and Kandi Burrus partied at The Velvet Room. While Keyshia Cole showed off her new look at Club ESSO.

But while her friends partied the night away, where was songstress Monica? I spoke with someone very close to Mo yesterday and I'm told that Mo's fiance Rocko surprised Mo with the gift of a lifetime - but I can't tell you what it is.

I also heard a snippet of one of the 4 songs Monica recorded with Super-producer Ne-Yo last week at his Compound studio. The song sent chills up and down my spine! It's a slow ballad along the lines of "Still Standing" - but better!

I was also told that unlike other producers, Ne-Yo is not a diva in the studio. Other producers - who shall not be named - are very diva-like. They slow down and disrupt the recording process by demanding perks like imported lobster and fresh-cut flower arrangements (I wish I could tell you who did that, lol).

They also demand first-class plane tickets and thousand dollar per night hotel suites for them AND their entourages! No wonder the music industry sucks right now.

Mo will be out & about all weekend performing at various venues. Make sure you listen to V-103 and Hot 107.9 for more details on where she'll be.

If you missed Barack Obama's Democratic Party acceptance speech last night, click here.

This video is a semi-biography that serves as a campaign vehicle for Obama. Note that there are very few images of black people in this video. Has Obama ever been to the hood? Because I don't see that reflected in this video.

This video makes it painfully clear that Obama is not campaigning as a black presidential hopeful - he is campaigning as a president for all people - which we know is an oxymoron in itself since "all people" don't see themselves in Obama...

I don't see myself in Obama either. If I was an American citizen I wouldn't vote for Obama until he shows me who he is - campaign rhetoric aside. It seems funny that when Bill Clinton was running for president he was more "black" than Obama will ever be.

After being stricken with a deadly heart infection, Toni Braxton's will to live was too strong. She has regained her health and come back in a big way! Toni previously canceled her Las Vegas show at the Flamingo due to the grueling nightly schedule.

But entertainment is in her blood. TMZ.com caught up with Toni as she left 'Dancing With The Stars' practice yesterday. She looks great!

I have just received word from a confidential source at Hot 107.9 that the A-Team Morning show was abruptly let go today.

Word is comedian Rickey Smiley has been installed as the new Morning show host at Hot 107.9. That is sad news, but the new Arbitron Portable People Meter (PPM) has every radio programmer in Atlanta shook.

Hopefully the morning show jocks will land new gigs at other stations in the area.

Solange speaks on "that ridiculous news clip" yesterday. I don't know about y'all but I accept her apology. Solange also slams FOX News and TMZ.com for their -- [she stopped just short of saying racist] - agendas.

Kelly Rowland motivates a runner with sexy gyrations in her new Nike commercial promoting Nike's Human Race. The commercial will be shown in the European market. Kelly could definitely motivate me to lace up a pair of Nikes and ride along with her on that cart... jus' kidding. :)

The Nike Human race takes place simultaneously around the world on August 31st. Kelly is set to perform at the Paris event.

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The world's most famous golfer Tiger Woods was in Dubai on Tuesday promoting a multi-billion dollar golf course named after him. The Tiger Woods Dubai course was designed by Woods and features a spa and a $600 million dollar hotel.

Over 75 mansions and 100 villas (similar to the miniature scale models above) will dot the carefully manicured gardens surrounding the golf course. The plans also include over 10,000 trees imported from around the world.

It must be nice!

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A source close to the Knowles camp told Pop Tarts that Solange had an embarrassing media moment yesterday because she received "no media training" and is spoiled by the label.

According to Roger friedman of Fox News 411 gossip column, Solange had attitude problems with other FOX news affiliates yesterday.

A source close to Solange told Pop Tarts that the songstress hasn't really had any media training, is "coddled" by her label and is spoiled to the point that she gets whatever she wants.

We've also been warned that quite a few FOX outlets have gotten an attitude from Knowles as she apparently isn't a fan of the network, but is still willing to use us to promote her album. (Source)

I don't know what I was thinking when I said Solange had changed. After all, she is Beyonce's sister.

Yesterday, Jay Z announced the sale of "his" Las Vegas 40/40 sports bar less than a year after it opened.

In reality, Jay Z never really owned that club. If he was the owner he wouldn't need partners. He would hire people to run the club for him. Instead, he is simply the mouthpiece for the real owners of the club who are probably wishing they never hooked up with him in the first place. Reports are that the establishment never turned a profit.

Jay Z also announced he and his "partners" will open other 40/40 clubs in Chicago, Tokyo and Macau. But let's see if that actually happens. You couldn't get a penny out of me as an investor if one of your establishments failed so famously. Look for the NY location to be shuttered next.

Anyone who thinks Jay Z (lol) is a business man obviously has no clue of what an endorsement deal is or the nature of big business. Anyway, let Wooohah.com tell it:

While the official press release spins the sale of the 40/40 Club as a good thing for Jay-Z, numerous business publications reveal that the sale was a necessity due to heavy financial losses that the Palazzo and Jay were both taking. The reality is that the Palazzo Las Vegas bought out the lease from the 40/40 so that they could finally turn a profit on the space and turn it into a restaurant and race and sports book facility.

Not everyone is taken in by the smooth talk and the fancy press releases.

Comments Off on When is it appropriate for a man to kiss another man’s wife?

The first time I saw Barack Obama kiss Jill Biden on the lips (above) it raised my curiosity a little. But last night's kiss was clearly inappropriate. I'm not the only one who noticed how awkward that kiss looked.

Despite what any of you saw, Obama caught at least part of her lips - whether it was intentional or not, it was inappropriate and unsanitary.

Whatever happened to the friendly hug or handshake? Or have we forgotten how easy it is to contract herpes in the wild?

Kissing when it is done as part of an exchange of greetings, should be kept within the family or between mafioso. Does Obama kiss every female on the lips or just Jill Biden?

Also, show me where I attacked Obama's daughter? All I wrote was it might be time for Malia to check Obama again on his inappropriate greeting.

Thank God I live in a country where individuals have the constitutional right to express their opinions.

He wasn't supposed to appear until today (Thursday) but Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama just couldn't wait to revel in his historic accomplishment of becoming the first biracial man to lead a major party.

But let's talk about this for a moment. After Obama walked out on stage to thunderous applause, he approached his VP Joe Biden whose wife Jill was by his side. Out of the blue, Obama planted a wet kiss full on Jill Biden's lips! Is it appropriate for a man to kiss another man's wife full on the lips with all these diseases running amok out there?

After all, she doesn't know where his lips have been. Does Obama need 10-year-old Malia to tell him what greeting is appropriate for the wife of his running mate?

Even the anchor woman paused in the middle of her sentence like WTF? :?

Hits Daily Double which normally posts close to accurate first-day sales of albums sold in U.S. markets, didn't even mention Solange Knowles' CD which went on sale yesterday. This does not bode well for Solange who is probably looking at around 10K in first week sales.

The first-day sales are usually an indicator of how well an album does it's first week out. After reading the comments I have to agree that Solo should have held checked herself instead of checking that anchor woman today. She really showed her true colors and that's a shame because she was doing so well.

Solange goes OFF on a news anchor who dared to tie her in with Jay Z's failing establishment (I'm guessing it's the one in NY where his staff is very unhappy with the Jigga). Solange asserted herself in a professional and mature manner.

She was absolutely within her rights to ask that the interview relate to her album "Sol-Ange And The Hadley Street Dreams" which is in stores now.

This video doesn't show what set Solange off exactly. But hopefully we will get to see the full video soon.