Sandrarose.com community member Dblaq wrote this comment in response to my post on the violence that marred the 2008 Dirty Awards last night.
Dblaq is an industry veteran who has worked with many of today's artists. In addition to owning his own modeling agency, radio station (e411 Radio), and specializing in web developing and graphic design, he also manages Mz. Kitti of XM Satellite Radio 66, one of the hottest radio personalities in the country.
In his spare time, Dblaq runs a yearly Camp in the Bay Area where NFL players and coaches take time out of their busy schedules to mentor and teach 200 kids the game of football.
I worked with the Dirty Awards when Marsha [Meadows] was in charge. She created it. What really pissed me off as with all the other Ghetto ass Hip Hop awards shows is the lack of respect.
I remember where we all artists, nominees, etc. had to sign agreements that there won’t be any weapons, weed, cussing, etc. Marsha asked everybody to be on good behavior because they were giving the tickets away to the general public and there were kids in the audience and they suppose to tape the show for DVD and TV show.
However, the first asshole, Big Boi, went on stage and said, "I am going to Strokers to look at some Pu$$y," as he got his award and he said it more than twice. Then everybody just started cussing, Gorilla Zoe ramble some ish as the new BNDH member “F**K with me or F**k you”. In the front, all the artists started smoking weed. I went to the bathroom people were getting arrested in the bathroom.
I say this, I am by no way squeaky clean, but I have respect for people especially when they are trying to do something positive for us. Marsha spent a lot of energy in creating these awards every year for the same assholes that disrespected the show and her by not following the stipulations. She put them in place not to be a square but to respect the children and parents. They have sponsors that endorse the awards so that they can happen. We brought Hip Hop so far, where it created a billion dollar empire and it was used everywhere, NOW they managed to discredit and destroy 20 years of work by primitive and ignorant behavior. If you are claiming your hood, you a killer, sell drugs, stay your ass in the hood and kill ya self. Don’t f*ck it up for those that eat from this business because we live, breathe and sleep this business and trying to excel and build a reputable name so that it can be passed down.
I own a web development company as well and I CAN’T even show our portfolio of a lot of HIp HOp projects because they will reject us as a candidate because of our involvement. Now we can’t get the same sponsors, advertisers and supporter that we have gotten in the past because of our Hip Hop involvement. We have to create 2 totally separate brand and images for corporate and for entertainment which we never had to do. So yeah this whole thing is bullshyt.
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2008 11:02PM EST
Subject: Beyonce steals again!!! (Proof Inside)
I'll start off by admitting that I am a fan of Beyonce's work. But as of lately, I've noticed that her originality is gradually fading.. Her performance at the American Music Awards most recently caught my attention. Through out her "Single Ladies" performance, I couldn't help but notice that her dramatic dances, movements and animated facial expressions were easily influenced by performers in the gay ball room scene. But at the end of the performance, Beyonce blatantly ripped off the trademark "ponytail grip" that legendary ballroom performer Leyomi Mizrahi is known for. Beyonce actually channeled many different Leyomi elements during her performance. If you take a look at the YouTube clips below, you'll clearly see what I'm talking about.
The 4th Annual Dirty Awards ended abruptly tonight when violence erupted at the Georgia International Congress Center near downtown Atlanta.
The 2008 Dirty Awards presented by Radio One's HOT 107.9, started off without a hitch tonight as rap stars T.I., Ludacris, Rick Ross, Trina, Rocko and singer Monica, Diamond & Li'l Scrappy, Common, and others walked the red carpet.
My spies tell me T.I. and Shawty Lo showed a unified front backstage before the event. The two rappers even took pictures together.
But problems began during Shawty Lo's performance when he asserted his ownership of the South. Next thing you know, a chair flew onstage and police rushed forward to restore order.
T.I. promoted non-violence and Peace during his performance. He ended his speech with, "AND YOU KNOW BANKHEAD RUNS THIS!" Just then, Shawty Lo's crew rushed the stage and fists flew. Attendees jumped on top of tables to avoid small fights that broke out near the stage.
According to sources, the police pepper sprayed bloodied Grand Hustle rapper Alfa Mega in order to subdue him. The thick clouds of mace sent guests running to the exits.
Barack Obama has yet to attend church since winning the election on Nov. 4.
On the three Sundays since his election, Obama has instead used his free time to get in workouts at a Chicago gym.
Asked about the president-elect's decision to not attend church, a transition aide noted that the Obamas valued their faith experience in Chicago but were concerned about the impact their large retinue may have on other parishioners.
"Because they have a great deal of respect for places of worship, they do not want to draw unwelcome or inappropriate attention to a church not used to the attention their attendance would draw," said the aide.
Both President-elect George W. Bush and President-elect Bill Clinton managed to attend church in the weeks after they were elected. Source
Rumor has it that Obama very rarely attended Rev. Wright's church either, which would explain why he never heard Wright make any controversial statements.
First and foremost, congrats again to Bow Wow! (Call me, Teresa!)
Oh, just to save you some time, Karrine Steffans just keeps the drama going in this video because that's what insignificant people do when they have nothing else going for them.
Anyway, did you hear 50 Cent interviewing Bow Wow on his Shade 45 show on XM radio last night? Fiddy was hilarious! He kept clowning Shad, talking over him and wouldn't let him say his piece. You recall that Bow Wow used to shag Fiddy's current girl Ciara. You ladies don't know that men gossip worse than females. Some guys are inquisitive and like to ask the chick who was better in bed and whatnot. Fiddy sounded like he was hurt last night. He really sounded like a woman scorned.
But Bow Wow held his own despite all the hate from the G Unit crew. Bow Wow said he opened a shoe store in downtown Atlanta called Prestigious (I think). Anyway, Bow Wow is diversifying his portfolio which is very smart thing to do when you're a man in his situation!
While his points were duly noted, I informed Mr. Owens that we here at Sandrarose.com tend to infuse a little dry humor into some of our posts. Some readers get the humor, but a lot don't.
I'm still at a loss to understand why people take my blog so seriously.
At first I wasn't going to post Mr. Owens' email, but since it contained such interesting information, I decided to post it:
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2008 12:26
From: Bob Owens | firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Factual inaccuracies in your assault rifles article
My name is Bob Owens, and I own the site you linked to regarding the increase in "assault weapon" sales. I was hoping that you would update your post to correct some things you got wrong. I ask this as something of an authority on firearms, as a someone who writes about them, who once sold them, and who legally carries one concealed.
"Assault rifles are the weapons of choice for hired killers, terrorists, the KKK, rappers and other like-minded individuals."
Only in the movies. In the real world, according to FBI statistics, so-called "assault rifles" are very rarely used in crimes. Most crimes are committed with handguns and cut-down shotguns, weapons that can easily be concealed. Loaded "assault rifles" weigh in around 9-12 pounds and are too difficult to conceal.
The people that actually buy the semi-automatic rifles you call "assault rifles" (real military assault weapons having been used in exactly 2 violent crimes since 1934 and one of those was by an Ohio cop) are typically collectors, hunters, and target shooters, with the AR-15 (the look-alike of the military M-16) being very popular target rifles with it's own dedicated shooting competitions. So who are buying these firearms? Generally, most are middle-aged, middle-aged suburban and rural white guys. None have criminal records or they couldn't pass the NICS background check. In short, the people buying them aren't those you should be worried about.
Denzel Washingon was seen out riding his bike with his handsome daddy in L.A. over the weekend.
Jada Pinkett-Smith is in London, England promoting her new film Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. The movie also stars Chris Rock and Ben Stiller. Photo: Splash News Online
Sean Combs was spotted at JFK bundled up against the cold NY air wearing a pair of Adidas flip flops and black socks. I have the same pair of flip flops and I kid you not, I was going to wear my flip flops and socks to the mall yesterday in 45 degree weather. But then I decided against it because I didn't want to be the only fool at Lenox mall wearing flip flops in the Winter.
Brothers Chance (left) and Real were spotted leaving a L.A. nightclub with two chicks that they were trying hard to convince they were reality tv stars. It doesn't look like the ladies believe them.
Barack Obama surged into the highest office in the land on a wave of lies -- the main one being that he would hike taxes on 5% of the population who made over $250,000. Only the Kool Aid drinkers believed him, and only the Kool aid drinkers will continue to make excuses for him even as he raises their taxes -- which is inevitable:
President-elect Barack Obama may consider delaying a campaign promise - to roll back tax cuts on high-income Americans - as part of his economic recovery strategy, two aides said on Sunday.
David Axelrod, the Obama campaign strategist who was chosen to be a senior White House adviser, was asked if the tax cuts could be allowed to expire on schedule after tax year 2010 rather than being rolled back by legislation earlier. “Those considerations will be made,” he said on "Fox News Sunday." Source
Meanwhile, the federal government has just promised Citibank -- a privately held company -- another $300 BILLION of your tax dollars! We're still awaiting the bailouts for the millions of Americans who have lost their homes or are at risk of losing their homes.
While shopping at Lenox mall this weekend, I ran into rapper Diamond and her friends Jai Jai (left) and J. Marie (right). The ladies were doing a little shopping of their own in preparation for the Dirty Awards going down tonight in Atlanta.
Oh, you didn't know the Dirty Awards were tonight? I didn't either until Diamond told me. In fact, no one I spoke to yesterday knew the Dirty Awards were tonight. That means Hot 107.9 isn't doing such a hot job getting the word out.
They say Tahira Wright isn't in charge of publicity this year. That would explain it. Tahira is really good at what she does and her PR skills are a direct testament to the success of the Dirty Awards over the years.
Anyway, back to the original topic. Diamond told me her man Li'l Scrappy was also in the mall shopping for something to wear tonight. She gave me a copy of her hot new mixtape Ms. Boojhetto Bitch Musik Vol. 2. I begged the girls to take a picture with Santa Claus, and at first they were open to the suggestion -- until they saw the line. So I snapped a pic of the trio with my new Sidekick LX with the help of Jai Jai, who couldn't believe I didn't know how to take a photo with my cell phone (what professional photographer shoots with a cell phone?)
Jai Jai is a celebrity makeup artist who counts Diamond among her celebrity clientèle. She's also rapper Oowee's baby mama (they could pass for sister and brother). J. Marie is a very soft-spoken model who was in town visiting from St. Louis.
Diamond's solo album is due out in the first quarter of '09.