This is my only post with pictures from last night’s Oscars telecast because I’m sure you’ve seen them all already on other blogs.

I’ll just post the obvious ones that if I don’t post will result in the inevitable “why haven’t you posted” emails. We begin with the obligatory Beyonce photos from her lip sync performance with Hugh Jackman (pardon me while I stifle a yawn).

Taraji P. Henson lost the Best Supporting actress nod to Penelope Cruz, who used to model for Sean Jean Women. Unfortunately for Taraji (and Viola Davis), Barack Obama ruined her chances to win. In fact, blacks were shut out of the Oscars this year. I can guarantee you it would have been different had Obama not won the election. But he did win, so now the Token black quota for any prestigious honor is filled for at least the next 4 years. But at least Taraji’s name is firmly affixed to the Hollywood A-list, which is the important thing!

Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith don’t get enough props for being the hawtest black couple in Hollywood. Jada wore the hail out of this Robert Cavalli white beaded over-the-shoulder gown at the Vanity Fair After Oscar Party last night!

Oscar winner Halle Berry looked gorgeous in this gold on black embroidered gown, but nothing can top the gown she wore to the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon last week.

At first glance I thought this was Beyonce wearing the same fuchsia gown she wore last week to something or other. Tanika Ray did her best Bey impression last night at the Vanity Fair After Oscar party. Who is Tanika Ray and how did she get an invite into this A-list-only party?

Alicia Keys, who like Beyonce, will never be considered for an Oscar for acting in her lifetime, showed up at the Vanity Fair After Oscar party with a white boy on her arm. I guess Alicia said she would show y’all after that public drubbing you gave her over that Mashonda/ Swizz Beatz mess.

Penelope Cruz walked away with Taraji Henson’s Oscar for Best Supporting actress last night — and we all hate her for that. We also hate this gown she wore to the Vanity Fair After Oscar party. Normally you can’t go wrong in white, but Penelope managed to do it.

Actress Viola Davis showed up with her man at the Vanity Fair party last night. Her gold dress would have been perfect if not for that distracting brown mop on her head.

Everyone raved about Freida Pinto’s blue embroidered gown, but I thought it was ghastly looking – especially that one sheer embroidered sleeve. They should have just knocked it out with both sleeves or no sleeves. But what do I know about fashion.

Photos: Wireimage/Getty

The pre-buildup pomp and circumstance is over and the 81st Annual Academy Awards is finally underway.

We’re all pulling for Taraji P. Henson to win the Best Supporting Actress Award for her touching portrayal as Queenie, Brad Pitt’s mother in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

In the weeks leading up to the Oscars, Taraji teased us with one fabulous gown after another. We had such high hopes as we waited in anticipation to see what she would wear on this, her biggest night of the year.

As recently as Saturday, Taraji had not decided on the gown she would wear to the Oscars. She admits that she has no sense of style, and sadly it shows.

Taraji also says she relies on her stylist, Sherri Hoke, to tell her what’s “in.” That’s too bad. Because her stylist has no clue what’s in either.

Hoke finally settled on a shrimp-colored strapless uneven tiered dress and a train by Roberto Cavalli. She completed the look with an oversized 19th-century diamond flower necklace by Fred Leighton and a clutch that, ironically, resembles a dollop of shrimp cocktail sauce.

Photo: Wireimage/Getty

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Now that Barack Obama has announced tax increases on businesses and the wealthy, analysts are predicting the stock market will crash on Monday.

Those investors who haven’t done so already, are expected to join a mad rush to sell off stocks, which usually leads to a Wall Street collapse.

Hold on to your hats ladies and gentlemen: it’s going to be a rough ride!

We now know the name of Amber Rose’s Dom ex-girlfriend. Of course you know Amber is Kanye West’s new arm trophy, beard, etc.

According to my source (who requests complete anonymity so she can keep feeding juicy info) Amber’s ex-girlfriend is Trevon or Tre, aka Tiffany, who was featured in that popular DVD “Aggressives” some years back. They broke up when Amber dumped Tre for Kanye.

It saddens me to hear that Tre is in the Bronx “totally fuming/depressed” over the fact that she lost Amber to a man. It must be even worse knowing that the “man” is Kanye West. Money or no money, what does she see in him? Tre is so much cuter!

I also hear that Amber used to be a stripper at some strip clubs called Sue in NY and Delilahs in Philly.

Anyway, Amber, sweetie, if you’re reading this, please email me at sandra @ (without the spaces) so we can talk about some things. 🙂

I spotted this vibrant artwork on It’s supposed to depict POTUS Barack Obama standing regally with arms folded across his puffed out chest, while Hip Hop stars gesticulate behind him.

I see Jay Z and Jeezy on the right. But the two figures on the left resembles Bobby Brown and comedian Eddie Griffin.

The artist loses points for putting pink lipstick on Obama. Maybe that’s a subtle reference to Obama’s “lipstick on a pig” remark that he made during the hotly contested presidential campaign last year? I’m just guessing.

In light of the news that paid $62,500 for that police evidence photo of Rihanna, her fans have started a petition urging TMZ to apologize to the singer.

To Staff,

This petition is addressed to editors of who have posted a photo of injured Rihanna in the eve of her 21st birthday. We – the fans all around the world – feel that this action was very unethical and TMZ showed no respect to Rihanna’s privacy in these troubled times.

Media nowdays does everything to increse their popularity and often use actions against all moral and ethical principles. We want to prove that we do not support this.

Rihanna is a young and innocent woman and we do not understand why TMZ or anyone who has spread the pictures taken by LA police department, has decided to punish her by posting this violent material in order to gain publicity.

We demand from TMZ editors to post on their website an apologize to Rihanna and her fans for their disrespectful behaviour.


The Undersigned

I’m shocked that TMZ paid that much for the photo. I was just telling an industry friend yesterday that I thought the asking price was $25,000.

Supposedly, a snitch within TMZ leaked the price tag for the pic. But I think the purchase price was leaked deliberately (blogging is a competitive business and you do what you can to get traffic).

Was TMZ within their rights to pay for the photo? I think so. Everything has a price these days.

I fault the police employee who sold the photo — not TMZ. They say TMZ gave the cash to a relative of the employee so the money can’t be traced back to the employee. I hope that employee is caught and punished to the full extent of the law.

Thanks to for the link!