Reports: Blagojevich Expected to Name a Black Man to Obama’s Senate seat

According to online reports, embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will name a black man to fill Barack Hussein Obama’s empty Senate seat.

In a brilliant chess move, Blagojevich is expected to name former Illinois attorney general (Democrat) Roland Burris to Obama’s seat — and by doing so, Blago challenges the Democrats to unseat one of their own.

Congressional Democrats are already lining up to challenge the appointment by Blago, who is under fire for allegedly trying to sell Obama’s senate seat.

Republicans are also objecting to the appointment. The head of the state GOP issued a statement saying, in part:

“Once again, Blagojevich Democrats have failed the people of Illinois by refusing to strip Rod Blagojevich of his senate appointment power and blocking a vote of the people.”

Personally, I think it’s a smart move on Blago’s part. By naming the 71-year-old Burris to the Senate seat, he shakes up Obama’s power play by not appointing Obama’s choice for the seat.

Blago also puts the Dems in the unenviable position of challenging the appointment of a black man to the seat.


Reader Photos of the Day

Loyal reader Tenia wrote:

Hi Miss Sandra,

How are you doing? Hope all is well, anyways last August when I was leaving Park West night club in downtown Miami, I ran across Angela and her sister Vanessa. Angela came off a little rude at first, but she was willing to take the pic with me. Bow Wow and T-Pain was also in the building, so I figure she went to go meet up with Bow Wow. (Please don’t ask me how I know all of the details lmfao). Can you post my pic up for me pretty please? Thanks!

Merry Christmas, and have a safe New Year.



Loyal reader Hester wrote:

Good Morning,

My name is Hester Beal, and I am a local freelance photographer in Warner Robins,GA. I was at shooting at the Jeezy toy drive in Macon, Ga. I got a picture with him. I would like to put it on your site.

I also have pics from the TI Takeover with Grand Hustle Fam.

Let me know if you are interested.

Hester B.
Social Eye Candi Photography

Loyal reader Shannon wrote:

Hi Sandra,
Just wanted to send you this photo of me and Gerald Levert. RIP. This was taken in Birmingham, Alabama at one of our City Stage Events that he performed at. I got a chance to meet him backstage, get a photo and an autograph.


Loyal reader Jewel wrote:

Hello Sandra, I just wanted to share this pic of me and my godmother Frankie. We took this pic at her Condo before shipping her to L.A. to meet up with KC.

Man Down, Code 10


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Poll: Pick the Best Female Artist of 2008

2009 is just around the corner and it’s that time again to pick the VERY BEST of 2008.

Last year I got a lot of flack for my choice for Best Female Artist of the Year. So this year I’m going to let you vote for your choice for Best Female Artist of the Year.

I will post your winner plus the winners in all categories tomorrow.

Once again, thanks to all my readers for a great year! would be nothing without YOU!


Video: Notorious Movie Trailer Starring Angela Bassett & Taylor Dior

It looks like the new biopic Notorious is headed to theaters on Jan. 16, rather than the DVD bin.

I still don’t see Biggie in Gravy or Puffy in Derek Luke. As an actor, Gravy is just not convincing, and I must remind myself who Luke is supposed to be portraying.

But this movie serves its purpose as a vehicle to document the rise and fall of rap’s Premier GOAT. I just think it would be better suited for HBO or VH1.

In addition to the always spot-on acting of actress Angela Bassett as Biggie’s mom, Voletta Wallace, the film marks the big screen acting debut of little Taylor Dior, who plays Biggie’s daughter, T’yanna.

If you recall, little Taylor’s adult hairstyle unexpectedly thrust her into the national blogosphere spotlight earlier this year (LINK).

Taylor’s mom Chavon is an active member of the community!


Israeli Navy to Cynthia McKinney: ‘Go sit your ass down somewhere!’


The yacht carrying former US Congresscritter and Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney tried to outmaneuver an Israeli navy gunboat off Gaza early Tuesday morning. The yacht rammed into the Israeli gunboat, which then turned it around and sent it back to Cyprus.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said the boat ignored an Israeli radio order to turn back early Tuesday. He said the boat tried to outmaneuver the navy ship and crashed into it, lightly damaging both vessels. The navy then escorted the boat to the territorial waters of Cyprus.

Protest boat organizer Derek Graham said the Israeli ship “rammed” the protest boat.
According to the ‘Free Gaza’ website of the boat’s organizers (which I will not grace with a link), the boat is now headed to ’safety’ in Lebanon. (LINK)


Celebs Out & About: Carmelo Anthony & Kenyon Martin @ The Velvet Room

Denver Nuggets stars Carmelo Anthony and Kenyon Martin partied without their women at the Velvet Room in Tucker Sunday night before losing to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night 109-91.

The win gave the Hawks an eight-game homestand, its longest of the season, with only one loss to Boston.

Its also the first time since the 1987-88 season that the Hawks won 20-games before the New Year.

Still, Carmelo and Kenyon partied like it was 2009 on Sunday night. Well-dressed females hovered nearby hoping for that subtle eye contact that might signal something more after the party. But Carmelo and Kenyon weren’t having it!

Security kept the single women at a comfortable distance, and the guys were on their best behavior — at least inside the club.

Photos by ATL PICS

Carmelo and club promoter Alex Gidewon

Photos by ATL PICS


Who would wear this crap?

Pharrell Williams unveiled his new BBC/ Ice Cream Season 8 Collection with a photo shoot on his blog.

Obviously Pharrell’s clothes aren’t geared toward you or anybody you know. Especially since his pieces comes with a ridiculous price tag attached. Are we still in a recession?

The BBC/ Ice Cream collection is designed to compete with Abercrombie & Fitch and other retailers that appeal to the non-hip hop, skateboard crowd.

Click here to see more from the collection.


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