While Sen. Barack Obama has pipe dreams about redistributing other people’s wealth, his own aunt and uncle are destitute and living hand to mouth in Boston.

These are the same family members that Obama wrote about so fondly in his book Dreams From My Father. So it isn’t like he’s not aware of their situation.

Barack Obama has lived one version of the American Dream that has taken him to the steps of the White House. But a few miles from where the Democratic presidential candidate studied at Harvard, his Kenyan aunt and uncle, immigrants living in modest circumstances in Boston, have a contrasting American story.
Zeituni Onyango, the aunt so affectionately described in Mr Obama’s best-selling memoir Dreams from My Father, lives in a disabled-access flat on a rundown public housing estate in South Boston.

A second relative believed to be the long-lost “Uncle Omar” described in the book was beaten by armed robbers with a “sawed-off rifle” while working in a corner shop in the Dorchester area of the city. He was later evicted from his one-bedroom flat for failing to pay $2,324.20 (£1,488) arrears, according to the Boston Housing Court.
The US press has repeatedly rehearsed Mr Obama’s extraordinary odyssey, but the other side of the family’s American experience has only been revealed in parts. Just across town from where Mr Obama made history as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, some of his closest blood relatives have confronted the harshness of immigrant life in America. (Source)

TMZ.com reports that T.I. found a “loophole” in the voting law that allowed him to cast his vote as a convicted felon yesterday.

But T.I. would have already voted if he was a regular reader of SR.com! I pointed out here that even convicted felons can vote as long as they aren’t on probation or on parole.

For a convicted felon, T.I. is pretty damn good at reading the fine print of the law — ’cause the rapper found a way to VOTE after all!

T.I. — who pleaded guilty to weapons charges last year — found a loophole in the Georgia law book, which allows a convicted felon the right to vote IF they’re not currently serving probation or a prison sentence.

Because T.I. isn’t expected to be sentenced until next year, dude still can exercise his civic duty.

And before authorities could change their mind, T.I. hit a polling place in Atlanta to lock in his ballot … cause like he says, in America — you can have whatever you like.

[UPDATED: Oct. 30, 2008, 12:13 am]

According to CBS2 Chicago, a handgun has been found in a vacant lot near where the body of Jennifer Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, was found in a white SUV:

Sources say police arrived at the scene at about 1 p.m. Wednesday after getting a tip that the white SUV was seen driving through the vacant lot over the weekend, and someone saw a gun being thrown from the vehicle.

“When I heard it on the news, I said Kolin — that’s where I saw the truck come and park,” said Lawndale resident Amanda Archie.

CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports that Amanda Archie is one of several Lawndale neighbors who report seeing the SUV drive through the neighborhood throughout the weekend.

“I was sitting right there on the corner, they turned and went toward Roosevelt road and when I looked in my mirror a few minutes later, the truck was coming back,” Archie said.

“We was just scared at first cause the first time it drove past, it stopped and looked at us, then went back around the second or third time,” said Lawndale resident Destiny Jones.

Area residents told CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker that they saw the SUV in the area three or four days ago, but did not connect it to the case. They also said they saw two men inside the SUV. (Source)

Beyonce or Sasha Face was spotted strolling through JFK airport in New York City. Normally I would take the opportunity to point out the fact that Beyonce’s hair looked a hawt screaming mess! But I LOVE those shoes she’s wearing! Those are HAWT! Therefore, she gets a pass for those shoes. 🙂

Actress/singer Jada Pinkett was spotted in New York giving sleeping daughter Willow a lift. She’s a good mom. I love Jada’s full length black trench coat and her zebra striped heels and Willow’s patent leather Chanel boots! So stylish!

One of our favorite actresses Regina King was spotted out in LA walking her pony today. Oh wait, that’s a dog. We’re happy to see that Regina is confident enough in her natural beauty that she doesn’t feel the need to throw on a lacefront wig every time she leaves her house.


Loyal reader Cyndie is still doing it up in NYC. You may recall Cyndie bumped into Kim Kardashian last week while shopping at the Christian Louboutin boutique at Barney’s.

Cyndie must be a celebrity magnet because she ran into Supermodel Chanel Imani just a few minutes ago while having lunch at the Blue Fin in Times Square. Cyndie said Chanel is the “baddest bitch on the runway” right now.

Chanel is allegedly dating Ryan Leslie who is the producer behind one-hit-wonder Cassie’s only hit.

Cyndie said she got a bite to eat at the Blue Finn after having her hair done by the Dominicans in Harlem for only $30. I told her that’s a great price because beauticians here in Atlanta charge a car note for that same service! 🙂

Email your photos with your favorite celebrities to sandra (at) sandrarose (dot) com!

Sen. Barack Obama doesn’t know his black sitcoms. Clearly he wasn’t exposed enough to his black roots while growing up white in Hawaii.

Obama was in Raleigh, N.C. stumping for votes, when he made this gaffe:

“If Senator McCain is elected, we’ll have another president who wants to privatize part of your Social Security. Could you imagine if you had your Social Security invested in the stock market these last two weeks, these last two months? You wouldn’t need Social Security. You’d be having a — like, what was it, Sanford and Son. I’m coming Weezie!” (Source)

Weezie was the wife of George on “The Jeffersons”. How embarrassing. A brotha would have known that. 😕

According to one my SR.com roving reporters, there’s drama unfolding at the Pryor Road Polling Place at this hour.

My reporter, who has a bird’s eye view of the situation, says it might be a bomb threat. She took this photo of anxious voters milling about outside the polling place.

She said voting has been going on at the station all day and lines were pretty orderly until the building was evacuated about 15 minutes ago.

If you know someone who is headed to the Pryor Road polling station to vote, you might want to tell them to call ahead for information.