I don't get it... I thought Barack Obama winning the election was supposed to bring the country together and unify the races?

Could someone send a memo to this guy and tell him to get with the program?

Thanks to loyal reader Sharon for the pics!

Rapper John Forte is one of 16 people to receive a pardon or reduced sentence from George Bush before he leaves office January 20, 2009.

Forte, 33, a first-time offender, was convicted of possessing the 31 pounds of cocaine with intent to distribute and was sentenced to a minimum of 14 years at Fort Dix, N.J. (Forte's Web site)

With the commutation, Forte will be released Dec. 22, after serving just over seven years. He still faces five years of supervised probation.

Among vocal advocates on Forte's behalf have been singer Carly Simon, along with her son James, and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

"Now is the perfect opportunity for John to be given the chance to provide positive benefits to society through his considerable musical talents," Hatch wrote to Bush in a January 2007 letter. Source

Thanks to loyal readers LAA'IQA and Sybil!


Royal couple Li'l Scrappy and Diamond look so cute together. I'm invited to their wedding so stay tuned for those pics!


Rapper Shawty Lo with his baby mama and daughter


Rapper Common and singer Monica


I didn't even recognize ex-Danity Kane member D. Woods. I actually love her outfit. It's not too revealing and she mixes a little couture in with that courtesan flavor.


PR Diva Tahira J. Wright, who made all of these pictures possible

Photos by Freddy O

[EDITED: Nov. 26, 2008 12:51 PM]

Shawty Lo posed with his daughter and T.I. performed with his artist Young Dro shortly before the 2008 Dirty Awards was halted by violence last night.

Grand Hustle rappers Big Kuntry King and Alfa Mega were among those arrested after police shut down the 2008 Dirty Awards at the Georgia International Congress Center.

Digital Soul/Radio One captured the fisticuffs between members of T.I.'s camp and Shawty Lo following Shawty Lo's performance.

Photos: Wireimage/Getty

Video spotted at FreddyO.com

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.

For more info, check out Dblaq's Myspace page

November 24th, 2008 at 11:16 pm

dblaq Says:

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.


Monica and Trina at the Dirty Awards last night


From left: Shavon (College Hill ATL), Rapper Diamond with her makeup artist Jai Jai (Dream Face) in the rear


Rapper Trina looking very regal at the Dirty Awards


The Royal couple, Rocko and Monica


Young Dro and Li'l Scrappy are Fresh and Clean


Mr. Shad Moss


A smartly dressed Yung Jock and always elegant Monica


They should have known not to invite Shawty Lo


Rap legend Doug E. Fresh made his entrance


Trey Songz

Photos by Freddy O

Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2008 11:02PM EST
From: daricanchulo@yahoo.com
To: sandra@sandrarose.com
Subject: Beyonce steals again!!! (Proof Inside)

Hi Sandra,

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLJPow-V06E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZDG3AXBovU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA3yxPydP24

P.S. I'm not a hater. I love Beyonce. I just wish that she would be more original nowadays.

-Lorenzo

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.

This is a developing story...

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.

Photo: Reuters