LilMissRed Says:

WELL I'm in the A and my Boo aka my hubby would love to win a free dinner with Amar’e & Grand Hustle!

‘We’ deserve this prize because between the 2 of us we manage a household with 4 kids (2 mine from a prev marriage13 &10, 1 his from a prev relationship (10) and 1 of our own (8 mos) hell after dealing with them, we need an outing LOL I cant tell u the last time we had ‘date nite’!!

My hubbys not from Ga,and with the economy the way it is and taking care of our household on the day-to-day. I haven't been able to really show him how the ATL gets down… anywho I think this would be a great start

Good Luck to all participating!!!


Trustee Says:

My Boo deserves to win because after all the trials and tribulations I’ve experienced in past relationships that has made me to have major trust issues regarding men and relationships, he has been able to ignore my b**chazzness and love me for who I am! He has really rehabilitated this sista!


luvly1957 Says:

I think me and my boo should win because he is such a good man he takes care of our son who is three and with the economy the way it is is when he lost his job my baby went out and got a job at Mrs Winners to keep some kind of income coming into the house. He cooks and cleans and never complains. I know that he feels bad because he can’t do more but like I tell him all the time we are a TEAM and as long as I’m working and can pay for everything him doing what he does is enough for me. You know how your family can try and tear you down, I don’t let that happen cuz I know how times were before and like I told him as long as you love me and I love you we got this!!!! So I would love to win the tickets to take him somewhere that might let him feel good.


cutiechica Says:

Good Morning SR Family,

I truly feel that my husband deserves to accompany me to this private dinner. My husband is currently protecting us all and has served 19 long courageous years as a Submariner in the US Navy. As a Chief Petty Officer my boo works very hard with long hours at times to keep us all safe. He tough on the outside, but an absoulute sweety at home. He takes care of his children, in addition to being a mentor for his son’s younger brother whom is not his child. He will not provide for his son without making sure the little brother is included. I love him for that and thinks he deserves a real treat since he has been putting in double duties at work from the 1st of the year. Tons of work with no play:-( If we are chosen, I know he would be greatful and truly enjoy himself to such an event. Thanks:-)


jrzy_girl Says:

I would love to win this dinner date - not to only be around celebrities but to play “grown-up” for a night and just do grown folk stuff. I have two kids of my own and went through a BITTER-BITTER divorce about 2 yrs ago. Did I mention BITTER. X-hubby would not work, eventually lost house, car repo’d etc…he takes off cause I’m trippin that he cant get it together and leaves HIS daughter here. So I still have her. Anyhoo.. its been 2 yrs and I’m slowly bouncin back. Got a friend now that who has hung in there with me since we met without a complaint. Dont care about my past - just cares about me and mines. So I would love to show my appreciation to him by just going to a nice dinner (without my 3 kids and his 2) for once!!. Thx


Thanks for participating everyone! Good luck to all! My only request is PLEASE take pictures with your generous hosts Amar'e Stoudemire, Laura Giles and Hannah Kang! If you don't know the ladies, ask for them when you get there.

Many single women complain that there are no available men. When, in reality there are plenty of available men that women pass by in their pursuit of thugs. Some of you just need to lower your unrealistic standards a little bit.

On the other hand, some of you should elevate your standards drastically. It's a shame that there women out here fighting other women for a no good dog who doesn't want either one of them. The devil sure is busy in our community.

* Bumped*

Yesterday I received an invite to Amar'e Stoudemire/Grand Hustle's Private Dinner at a secret location on Saturday night (1/24).

Normally I politely decline invites, but yesterday I thought to myself, why not give my readers an opportunity to see how the other half lives?

By "other half", I mean that glitteratti of industry professionals who stay in the background and shape the careers of big time celebrities.

This is that type of private industry event that takes place, and the next day people ask, "why wasn't I invited?"

Well, Saturday night you and your man will get the chance to have dinner with Phoenix Suns center Amar'e Stoudemire, his celebrity friends, and the industry elite.

Following the dinner, Amar'e will host The Union Party at Dreamz nightclub. It's all brought to you by MusicBusinessPolitics, Grand Hustle, Botchey & Zae, Above Currency Management, The Investment Club, and Certified Crunkness.

Here's what you have to do to win: since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, leave a comment detailing why you feel your boo deserves to accompany you to this private dinner.

At 12 Noon I'll post a poll for my readers to vote on the best comment. The winner will be notified by email later today.

Good luck!

I was just over on Ed's blog Dream Hustle and I noticed he wrote a post about an ad that's been popping up on a number of urban blogs.

The ad contains a "What's Poppin" style photo featuring a young brother flashing a fist full of ones.

A reader emailed me soon after that ad disappeared from my blog a couple weeks back. He wanted to know if I still had the information so he could get some of that government cheese like the dude in the photo.

But Ed explains that anyone with time on their hands can go to grants.gov and get that government cheese for themselves:

What I really want to get at is the ad itself and what they trying to sell. They are basically trying to sell something that you can do yourself for free and that is apply for government grants. Anytime you see anything other than the US Government talking about ‘grants’, it should be assumed to be full of ish. The fact this ad is showing a brotha walking around with grant money with that stupid look should give a red flag. Trust me, if this image portraying him showing off federal grant money in this fashion, his ass would be getting a visit from the FBI with a warrant for his arrest and that’s real talk. Read More....

The calls are flooding into designer Luke Song’s hat shop from hat lovers seeking the crown that our queen Aretha Franklin wore when she sang “My Country ‘tis of Thee” at POTUS Barack Obama’s inauguration.

The 36-year-old designer has been besieged by calls from all over the world from hat aficionados who know a great crown when they see one! "They want the same hat, but they understand, it’s for the ‘Queen’ only,” said Song. "Ninety-nine percent said ‘that’s fine. I’ll get the next best thing.'"

Song said Re Re has been a valued client of his for over 20 years and she practically designs her own hats.

The design for Franklin’s $500 grey felt hat with gigantic bow studded with rhinestones actually came from two different hats.

"It was Ms. Franklin’s idea," he said. “She walked through the shop and said ‘I want that bow (put) on that hat.'"

“We even have a lot of men calling to get it for their wives, mothers and grandmothers,” he said.

Hats are kind of a big deal over in London where I hail from. And the love for fancy, bodacious hats extends to Detroit where Aretha lives.

Some couldn't wait to order their hats as That B*tch points out on her blog!

Emotionally troubled singer Kanye West unveiled his personally designed Louis Vuitton sneakers with the help of flamboyant Louis Vuitton designer Marc Jacobs at the Louis Vuitton fashion show during Paris Fashion Week Menswear Autumn/Winter 2009 yesterday (1/22) in Paris, France. I'm sure this is just for show because In this economy, those shoes won't sell. And someone should whisper in Kanye's ear and tell him that his LV handbag doesn't match his shoes.

Meanwhile, later that evening across town, Kanye unveiled the grey version of his shoes at the Wallpaper Design Awards Reception at Boucheron yesterday (1/22) in Paris, France. I wish I had a friend at LV because I would love to cop those! But I'm not dropping $600 on a pair of sneakers just for the brand name.

Photos: Getty Image

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Fox News host Sean Hannity interviewed conservative right wing radio personality Rush Limbaugh for a piece that aired last night (LINK).

During the interview, Limbaugh said his distrust of POTUS Barack Obama is not due to Obama's race. Limbaugh equated Obama's supporters to victims waiting for Obama to make everything right.

I'll tell you, you know, a lot of people right now just — they're absorbed in the historical nature of this, first black president and so forth. Well, that is wonderful. That's great. But I got over that months ago after he won the election.

I mean, Sean, he is our president now. And he's not black, he's not from Mars, he's not — he's our president, he's a human being. We're a country comprised of human beings that the Democrat Party and the left have attempted to arrange into groups of victims, and that's who he appeals to, and the victims are the people waiting around for some grievance to be resolved.

Limbaugh also expressed his concern that America, under Obama's leadership, will lose its greatness and become average.

Now I look at the things that he has said, and I'm very much concerned that our greatness is going to be redefined in such a way that it won't be great, that we're just going to become average. You cannot have this large of government role in the private sector with so many people thinking that just because they're Americans they're entitled to things, that this guy is going to pass them out and keep this country great and innovative, full of entrepreneurs, and — these things concern me.

Part two of Hannity's interview with Limbaugh airs tonight on Fox News at 9 PM.

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The Academy Awards nominations were announced this morning, and Taraji P. Henson was nominated for best supporting actress for her role in Benjamin Buttons!

We know Taraji is going to win but we shudder to think what she's going to wear. We'll just keep thinking happy thoughts and hope the Lord Blesses her with an Oscar and a good stylist for that night.

If anybody deserves that Oscar, it's Taraji. She played her ass off as Brad Pitt's mom. But she's going up against some stiff competition including another sistah, Viola Davis (pictured left).

In the movie "Doubt", Davis plays a woman who learns that her son may be the victim of sexual abuse by a priest at his school. I haven't seen "Doubt" but I am familiar with her work and Davis is a great character actress.

The other nominees for Best Supporting Actress are: Amy Adams (Doubt), Penélope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), and Oscar winner Marisa Tomei.

Taraji Reacts!

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My regular readers know I don't get caught up in mess. So I didn't post this hateration when it first hit the nets. People need to leave Lil' Kim alone. Y'all know "Notorious" producers Voletta and Faith portrayed Lil Kim in the worst possible light while making Faith out to be the most innocent skank of all time. And y'all know "skank" and "innocent" don't even go together.

Anyway, too bad thick and lovely Charli Baltimore got caught up in this mess. Isn't she gorgeous?

Actress Angela Bassett must be an A-lister now that the paparazzi recognize her. The renowned actress who played Biggie's mom Voletta Wallace in "Notorious", was seen at LAX airport earlier today.

Singer Mario was spotted at LAX airport returning from D.C. where he participated in the many inauguration events. He is too cool with one hand in his jeans pocket while carrying no less than 5 objects in his other hand. Let's see now, there's a banana, a computer magazine, a PDA, his car keys, and a bottle of water. Oh, and let's not forget his way cool Louis Vuitton canvas backpack.

See kids, Flava Flav really does wear his giant clock face everywhere he goes. Its a tradition dating back to his Public Enemy days when he used to ask his audience, "Do you know what time it is?!" Too bad our people today don't know what time it is.

Latoya Jackson was spotted at the "Thriller Live" premiere over in London yesterday. Remember back in the day when Latoya was black and beautiful?

Photos: INF DAILY

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Oops, it looks like POTUS Barack Obama will have to retake the oath for a third time.

In administering the oath to Obama yesterday for a second time -- after flubbing the 1st take -- Chief Justice Roberts forgot to use a Bible. Thus making Obama the first president in history to take the oath of office without laying his hand on a Bible.

Saturday Night Live couldn't have written a better skit than this.

Yesterday I posted a quote from a speech given by T.I. in which he thanked God for touching his life. Here is the full video of the speech T.I. gave during an inaugural event in D.C. I hope you agree that the quote sounds different when shown in its proper context.

Thanks to loyal reader (and client) Hannah for the video link!

Gorgeous actresses Sanaa Lathan and Taraji P. Henson skipped the chaos in D.C. to attend the Svedka "The Future Starts Now" Inauguration Party on Tuesday (1/20) in LA. I'm not trying to start any rumors mind you, but don't they look cute together?

WHO WORE IT BEST?

They both looked a hawt mess! Rihanna especially. She's my girl and all, but lately she's been copping attitudes with the press -- specifically the photographers. Some celebrities get to where they are and they forget who helped get them there. Before she was a star she wished photographers would notice her. That's why I love Monica because she's humble and she's nice to everyone -- even if she's tired and doesn't want to be. That's called professionalism and discipline. Being a celebrity is a job, and as with any job a little professionalism is required. Everybody has a job to do including those photographers. They have to eat too. A lot of these young celebs could learn a little something about professionalism from the veterans.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson and a youthful looking Michael Jordan attended Jordan's Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament At The One & Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas yesterday (1/21). Be careful guys! Bodies have been dropping in the Bahamas lately. I don't know if it's something in the water or what. But if I hear of one more celebrity dying in the Bahamas... Did you hear John Travolta is being extorted by a Bahamian ambulance crew? They're attempting to sell pictures of his dying son to the highest bidder. Shameful!

Actors Boris Kodjoe and Idris Elba also attended Jordan's golf tourney yesterday. Wouldn't you love to be sandwiched between these two hunks?

Someone needs to whisper in Chris Tucker's ear and tell him his jeans are way too tight. Love the LV belt.

Sexual chocolate Omar Epps arrived at the "House" 100th episode party in his Audi last night in LA. That's his tag number gold diggers. You know what to do. :wink:

Photos: Wireimage/Getty


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Bill O'Reilly and Dennis Miller are in rare form dissin' my husband Young Jeezy and Jay Z like it ain't no thang. I don't care what O'Reilly says about Jigga, but leave Jeezy alone!

Jeezy can't help it, he just got caught up in the rapture like the other Kool aid drinkers. Hopefully, Jeezy will accept O'Reilly's overt invitation to appear on his show. Publicity Diva Tracy Nguyen can make that happen!

By the way, the Inaugural rap by Jeezy, Jigga and others was taped at Alex Gidewon's Inaugural Bash at LOVE nightclub in D.C. "Deep Pockets" Gidewon and AG Entertainment did it up big for the Inauguration!

This unusual peanut butter cookie is being auctioned off on eBay (LINK). The current bid is $3.99. What's so special about this cookie you ask? It supposedly features POTUS Barack Obama's likeness.

I don't see Obama in that cookie. But then again, I don't suffer from Obama Derangement Syndrome either.

Here's another pic below. Maybe you can spot him better than I can.

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After fumbling the oath of office yesterday, Barack Obama took the oath again at the White House tonight without the pomp and circumstance of yesterday's affair.

Amid Constitutional concerns, Chief Justice Roberts was ushered into the Map Room of the White House at 7:35 PM where he administered a second oath to Obama in front of the press pool.

A White House official said:

"We believe that the oath of office was administered effectively and that the president was sworn in appropriately yesterday. But the oath appears in the Constitution itself. And out of an abundance of caution, because there was one word out of sequence, Chief Justice Roberts administered the oath a second time," (LINK)

It is the first time in history that a new president had to retake the oath of office.

UPDATED:

According to some of my readers, two previous presidents -- Calvin Coolidge and Chester Arthur, retook the oath before Obama.

Photo: Getty Image

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Comments Off on Obama’s 1st Order as POTUS: Suspend trial of 9/11 mastermind (I guess that was a priority)

Barack Obama's 1st order of the day as POTUS was to suspend the trial of 9/11 terrorists, included the mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

A judge today granted a request by Obama to halt the trials at the Guantanamo Bay war crimes court for 120 days.

I guess that was a more pressing matter than helping Americans who lost their homes.

Well, Obama did promise to bridge the gap between the terrorists and America.

No need to comment. I just thought you'd like to know.

Posted in Crime, Law and Order

The Lord touches our lives in mysterious ways...

"I want to thank God for somehow … I know he perfect. So I’mma thank him for everything. I’mma thank him for making me drop out of school. I’mma thank him for making me run the streets. I’mma thank him for making me sell crack. I’mma thank him for making me have shoot-outs. I’mma thank him for allowing me to watch my partners die in my arms, So I’d be fearful enough for my life and paranoid enough to go out and cop machine guns and silencers so I catch a fed case and I have to put up $3 million for my bond so I have to spend seven months of my life in my house, so I have to spend a year of my life in prison just so I be validated enough to get out there and touch the youth because they know that I done been through it, and if I say it, it means something. You know what I’m saying?" (LINK)

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Leave it to comedians to trump the mainstream media and expose the truth -- even if you don't want to hear it.

A loyal reader, who asked to remain anonymous, wrote:

Hey Sandra:

I am a DC native, and I read your blog at least twice a day no matter what is going on in my life :-) In the spirit of you being more positive in 2009, I wanted to share some positive information with you (the home team) about your "favorite" Atlanta couple... Tameka and Usher that I ask that you share with my Sandrarose blog peeps. Me and my close girl friend were shopping in the shoe department of Saks Fifth Ave in Tyson's Corner Galleria on Monday, January 19 around 3:40pm. We were sitting and my friend was admiring this woman's blush seated in the couch across from us when she realized that it was Tameka.

Besides me and my friend, Tameka and this man (we assumed to be her assistant) were the only people in the shoe department. She was extremely friendly while we chatted with her. At one point I was telling her that we attended the Lincoln Memorial concert (more on that in the next email) and that Usher's peacoat was so FLY... so the next thing I know, Usher walks up on our conversation, and I'm surprised.

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Tameka "Tiny" Cottle has never looked so radiant! Tiny and her man T.I. strolled down the red carpet at a high brow Inaugural ball last night in Washington D.C.

While Tiny danced the night away, I received an email from a family member who probably wondered why I didn't call about the Internet rumors that Tiny was pregnant.

I knew if the family didn't call me, then the rumors weren't true. I know better than to believe anything regarding Tiny that doesn't come from the family.

By the way, said family member is now a member of our exclusive community (which is growing smaller by the day).

Tiny is never one to let stupid rumors get her down. She looks beautiful!

And, yes she is filming a reality show with her close friends Toya, Kandi Burruss and Joy Bounds. But as far as I know, the series hasn't been picked up by a network yet.

I'll keep you informed of any new developments.

Photos: Splash News Online

Loyal reader Aikandy points out that while singer Usher worked his fingers to the bone volunteering at a school in one of D.C.'s poorest areas -- Beyonce, predictably, didn't volunteer for sh*t.

And before you say, 'maybe they didn't ask her to volunteer?' Since when does anyone with a kind heart have to be asked to volunteer?

Hi auntie,

Can you post something about that country bumpkin NOT volunteering?

On Nov 5, "I'm there. I can't wait. I feel like all of us, we're ready to do whatever we have to do. Whatever they want - if they need me to volunteer, they need me to sing, I'm there, and I'm ready," a giddy Beyonce said in an interview the day after Barack Obama made history in becoming the nation's first elected black president.

It looks like all she really wanted to do was "sang" and was unavailable for anything else. Usher put his time where his mouth was, volunteering at a school in SE DC - arguably the roughest part of the city - and from where I came. Go Usher. Go H.O.B.s.

Loyal reader,
Aikandy

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Jennifer Hudson looked happy while shopping for a bed last week in Florida. J-Hud and her fiance Punk made Florida their home.

J-Hud is preparing for her big gig at the Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida on Feb 1st.

According to a source, J-Hud steered clear of the hype and hysteria in Washington D.C. She obviously knew Beyonce and other celebs would hog the cameras and make the Inauguration all about them.

Photos: INF DAILY

Pop legend Janet Jackson finally ditched the baggy clothing after it became apparent that no one with any common sense believed she was pregnant.

JJ was spotted over in London last night looking fit and trim. Maybe these pictures will finally lay to rest any silly rumors that she's pregnant.

But this post is not about Janet's occasional pranks on lame bloggers, this post is about that bag!

All I can say is Janet's Hermes 35cm calf leather Birkin is HAWT! It retails for only $13,999 and goes nicely with Jan's casual black outfit and knee high lace up leather boots!

She knows how to step it up a notch when she has to. THIS is the Janet that we know and love!

Photos: Faded Youth

    Kicked in the door waving the 44,
    All I heard is poppa don’t hit me no more!

Fox/ Searchlight pictures managed to keep this story under wraps. According to The New York Post, 'Notorious' star Jamal "Gravy" Woolard has a criminal past.

The rapper who plays Notorious B.I.G. in new biopic "Notorious" recently caught a case for beating down his wife in a domestic dispute.

court paperwork obtained by the New York Post apparently shows the new star was charged with misdemeanor assault, menacing and harassment after a domestic incident last September (08).

A source tells the publication that Woolard's spouse, Trina Younger, phoned emergency services after the pair had an altercation when Woolard returned home late.

But Younger's mother, who is currently living with the couple as Woolard promotes the film, is adamant there was no violence involved.

She says, "I know he wouldn't hit her. He's not like that. Most definitely, they have a good relationship. That's impossible, I think it's made up. He's a loving husband and I never heard of anything like that before in my life."
The couple has been married for seven months and together for five years. (link 1) (link 2)

2009 is not shaping up to be Rihanna's year. First she comes down with a probable case of Herpes, and now this:

Islamic leaders in Malaysia are pressing ahead with calls to ban Rihanna from performing in the country - just weeks after she promised to tone down her forthcoming live concert.

The Malaysian government has strict rules when it comes to female performers, and artists are required to cover up from their shoulders to their knees.

The PAS has urged authorities who issue concert permits in the primarily Muslim country to reject the organizer's application.

The organization, which has launched protests against the U.S. over its support of Israel in the ongoing struggle in the Middle East, has also warned that ticket buyers are contributing to the United States' economy.

PAS youth wing leader Kamaruzaman Mohamad tells Malaysian newspaper the Star, "Whether Rihanna realizes it or not, we know that the taxes she has paid also contributed to the war in Gaza." (LINK)

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According to the LA Times, the unsightly Inaugural ball gown worn by Michelle Obama cost $1,500 and was designed by 26-year-old Jason Wu.

Some bloggers expressed disappointment at Michelle's fashion sense (again). But the LA Times raved about the frock:

The gown is an unusual choice. Obama is wearing white in the winter and white at night. (President Obama's white bow tie and tux combo is even more unusual.) The gown could even be a wedding dress. But Michelle Obama is rewriting the fashion rules and she looks every inch the style icon she is becoming. The one-shouldered style is sexy and the powdery hue reflects the trends we saw on the Golden Globes red carpet. And won't it look nice in the Smithsonian alongside the other first lady gowns? (LINK)

I said I wasn't going to be so opinionated in the 09, and I'm sticking to my promise. So I will keep my opinions on the dress to myself.