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One day after Barack Obama's boring press conference to push his wasteful $838 billion stimulus bill, the Senate approved the package 61-37.

Meanwhile, skepticism on the part of investors sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbling below 7900 today. And that's not even the half of it.

The reality is this bill won't even begin to benefit families until 2011-2012.

According to the Washington Post:

The Obama administration's economic stimulus plan could end up wasting billions of dollars by attempting to spend money faster than an overburdened government acquisition system can manage and oversee it, according to documents and interviews with contracting specialists.


But there is some good news. Look for Michelle Obama to grace the cover of the March issue of Vogue magazine on newsstands Feb. 17.

It isn't easy to make black reporters mad, especially when you're the first half-white man to be elected president and these same reporters were instrumental in getting you there. But Barack Obama managed to piss them off anyway... naturally.

After the first black president completed his first prime-time press conference, the black press was red hot.
"We were window dressing,” said Hazel Edney, a reporter with the National Newspaper Publishers Association, also known as the Black Press of America. “We were nothing more than window dressing."

As the media filed into the stately White House East Room on Monday night, the reporter was shocked to find herself in the front row. Alongside her were the top news agencies, Associated Press, Reuters; also up front, 86-year-old Helen Thomas, who started covering presidents 50 years ago.

Alongside the most prominent journalists in America was Tiffany Cross from Black Entertainment Television. Like Miss Edney, she didn’t know why she was in first-class while all the television networks - every single one - was exiled to the steerage compartment.

"I really don’t know why I’m up here," Miss Cross said with a shy smile.

While most on the front row got to pose a question to President Obama, the two reporters from the black press did not. Nor did any other black-press reporter, for that matter.

"This was like Reagan, when he'd put all the blacks up front," said another prominent but visibly peeved black-press reporter who asked to remain anonymous. "He ought'a be ashamed." [LINK]

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Queen Latifah was spotted entering a Grammy after party in Hollywood this weekend. I can't help but notice what big spear chuckers she has. I've never noticed that before. The black fingernail polish is not cute.
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Bobby V threw himself an album listening party in NYC last night. The Rebirth is in stores today.
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Beyonce's sister Solange was spotted leaving the Katsuya restaurant in LA following the Grammy Awards on Sunday. I love her '60s Hippie Love Child inspired outfit. I hope that's what that is.
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Notorious star Jamal "Gravy" Woolard got the superstar treatment last night in London where he attended the premiere of his movie. No word on why it took so long for the movie to open over there.
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Actress Tichina Arnold posed at the Los Angeles premiere of "Friday The 13th" at Grauman's Chinese Theater yesterday (2/9) in Hollywood. Love the skirt and shoes, but she can keep the blouse.
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Anyone who reads the blogs knows that you can count on reading multiple versions (mostly BS) of a big story involving high profile celebs.

Such is the case with the over-sensationalized Crhianna domestic abuse incident that blew up in LA over the weekend.

There are countless theories of what bloggers think might have happened to set Chris Brown off and cause him to bite, kick and punch Rihanna into submission early Sunday morning.

The dumbest of all the theories being floated about is that bloggers themselves may have set into motion the violent series of events that led to the breakup of pop/R&B's power couple.

Word is the trouble started when Rihanna accused Brown of cheating on her. The arguing reportedly started on Friday and continued throughout the weekend.

The ridiculous part in all this is that several bloggers are being blamed for planting the seed of doubt in Rihanna's young and impressionable mind. Supposedly, she checks the blogs and believes wholeheartedly everything she reads.

Anyway, I know I am not one of those bloggers. Everything I write on my blog is true to the best of my knowledge. And if it turns out to be false, I will write a retraction.

But I find it interesting that other bloggers rarely retract their misinformation.

Know your sources, people!

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A source close to Tameka Foster-Raymond reached out to Sandrarose.com yesterday to dispute widespread rumors about Tameka's condition following a botched plastic surgery in Brazil.

As you know, this story came to light on Saturday (2/7) when Usher abruptly canceled his appearance at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party to rush to his wife's bedside at a hospital in Brazil following "complications" from plastic surgery.

According to my source, Tameka is not brain dead or brain damaged as is being widely reported on certain blogs. She also did not sustain damage to her face or body during the procedure.

The source said Brazilian doctors performing a "cosmetic procedure" on Tameka had "difficulty waking her up" from the anesthesia following the surgery. She was transported to Sirio-Libanes Hospital in Sao Paulo where there was no neuro specialist on staff.

Cedars Sinai neurosurgeon Dr. Gabriel E. Hunt was flown into Brazil by Usher to consult with Brazilian doctors on his wife's case, which is said to be serious. The source told us that at no time was Tameka deprived of oxygen during the procedure.

There is also no truth to the rumors that Dr. Hunt was flown in to determine the extent of brain damage. "This rumor is false. She's fine." said my source, who refused to say if Tameka was awake and communicating.

She also refused to confirm reports out of Brazil that Tameka suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest during a liposuction procedure.

Usher's publicist, Simone Smalls, released a statement yesterday saying Tameka's condition was "stable" and "the family requests privacy at this difficult time."

It isn't unusual for a patient to react adversely to anesthesia. But as long as the patient isn't deprived of oxygen, and she has access to top quality intensive care, she can make a full recovery.

Many celebs and adult entertainers make the trip to Brazil where expert plastic surgeons perform cosmetic surgery at economical prices.

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I'm so happy I don't live in California. I might get run over by one of these senseless police chases, or even worse -- mugged by a recently-released pot head. Did you hear three judges out there are set to release 1/3 of the prison population into the streets because of overcrowding? Good luck with that Californians.

Last night, a man driving a white Bentley led police on a low speed chase around LA. It was a low speed chase because we're talking about a Bentley which isn't known for its speed.

The chase ended when the perp stopped the Bentley and put a bullet in his own brain.

There are two reasons why this police chase is making the news: 1) because the driver was in a white Bentley, and 2) because rumors swirled that the driver was the popular DJ Khaled out of Miami.

We know now that the driver was not Khaled (or anyone he knows).

How do rumors get started?

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Rapper T.I. is making the rounds trying to promote his new reality show that premieres on MTV tonight.

I won't be watching because reality shows bore me, but I'm sure my readers will let me know how it was tomorrow.

Anyway, T.I. spoke with woman beater Chris Brown on the phone and he tells Carson Daly that Chris is "worried about what's going to happen" to his career. Good stuff.

20-year-old singer Rihanna, who sustained injures during a Pre-Grammy Awards fight with her 19-year-old boyfriend Chris Brown, is now out of the hospital, according to online reports.

LAPD officers, who interviewed the Barbadian beauty in the hospital, say she sustained violent trauma to her face and body, including bite marks on her arms and fingers, contusions, swelling, bruising and a bloody nose.

Rihanna may have inflicted similar damage on Brown as they fought inside and outside his rented Lamborghini near Hancock Park in LA early Sunday morning.

Witnesses heard her screaming and called 911. Brown fled the scene on foot and later turned himself in accompanied by famed attorney Mark Geragos who once repped Michael Jackson, among other notables.

Rihanna's reps say her upcoming 21st birthday bash on Feb. 20 in NY is canceled. And a Malaysian concert is also scrapped as well as appearances at the upcoming NBA All-Star weekend in Phoenix.

The backlash against Brown has already begun. He was unceremoniously dropped from the Wrigley’s gum campaign Monday. And Brown's reps say an upcoming gig in Phoenix is canceled.

The reaction from the industry was swift as well. According to a tipster, Rihanna's brother would love to put his hands on Brown, and other men in the industry would like to "touch" him as well.

Rihanna has made many friends in the industry who reached out to her with offers of protection in the 24 hours since the incident.

Brown's next court date is on March 5th. He is charged with making terroristic threats against Rihanna, who may not be willing to testify against him in open court.

There are rumors that Rihanna and Chris fought like cats and dogs behind closed doors and their handlers knew that eventually the violence would spill out into the open.

It seems the two were obsessed with each other, according to friends. It was the type of obsession that usually leads to violence. One source who is close to both camps told Sandrarose.com how Brown pursued Rihanna and how badly he wanted her before the two ever met.

"Rihanna paid that boy no attention for months," said my source. "Then she finally gave him a chance and realized he was really cool [to be with]."

Brown's mom, who has friends in Atlanta, is already defending her son and telling what she knows about prior incidents involving the couple. If you recall, it was Brown's mom who spilled the beans to friends about Brown's sordid relationship with his much older manager -- a relationship that the manager vehemently denied.

Still, questions remain whether Rihanna was the aggressor in the current incident and if she struck out at Brown first, forcing him to defend himself.

Here are preview clips from the movie being hyped to death by Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry. The title of the movie is Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire. Push is the recipient of both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

Push stars Mo'Nique as the abusive mother of Precious Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), an illiterate, morbidly obese teenager who is raped by her father and bares him two children.

A resentful Monique feels overburdened with caring for the mildly retarded offspring of her daughter and husband. Monique does her usual outstanding job of making you feel her role.

Unfortunately, as an actress, Sidibe is kind of just there on the screen. This role which requires a liitle bit more than one-dimensional acting.

I've never seen a central character weight a movie down like she does (no pun intended). Sidibe says she never acted before and it certainly shows in the previews.

Oprah loves these emotional, over-the-top, innocence overcomes evil type of movies where the central character is a weakling who suddenly finds her strength by the end of the movie. Yawn.

But the surprise of the movie is Mariah Carey, who stars as a sympathetic social worker who attempts to reach out to Precious. Mariah most definitely stepped her acting game up a notch since Glitter, and we are impressed!

Paula Patton and Lenny Kravitz round out the cast of Push which was directed by Lee Daniels.