From Press Release:

    March 13, 2009

    NASHVILLE, TN (March 13, 2009) – Grammy Award winning Gospel superstar, BeBe Winans, has released the following statement amid allegations of assaulting his ex-wife:

    “To be accused of these allegations, which arose out of a child custody right dispute and my desire to spend time with our children as court ordered, is nothing less than heart wrenching. Since I choose to say nothing negative about my children’s mother, I will make no comment other than to say the allegations are inconsistent with my character and the foundation upon which I was raised and I am prayerful that the matter is straightened out very soon for the sake of our children.”

    Source: Patti Webster | W&W Public Relations, Inc.

From Press Release:

    Former “106 & Park” host Free appeared on the show for the first time in four years to discuss the importance of Teen Domestic Violence. She opens up on her blog on GlobalGrind.com, excerpts below – to read the full blog and view the video please visit Globalgrind.com

    “Personally, I can tell you from experience that abuse, whether mental, verbal, sexual or physical, affects your self -esteem your spirit and your soul. It takes work, patience, love and support to recognize and get through a bad and unhealthy situation. So, before we go I would like to once again identify the top 5 signs of abuse.

    Controlling Behavior – does your partner keep you from seeing friends or family, constantly check up on you or try and control where you go?

    Belittling Behavior – Does your partner humiliate, criticize or yell at you? Put you down or embarrass you or blame you for his/her own abusive behavior?

    Fear – Do you feel fear in your partner’s presence, fear speaking your mind or find your self jumping when they make the slightest move thinking that he/she will hit you?

    Threats – Does your partner threaten to hurt or kill you or your family members, children or animals when angry or threaten to commit suicide if you leave? Force you to have sex or destroy your belongings?

    Jealousy – Does your partner exhibit abnormal amounts of jealousy? Constantly accuse you of cheating when your not or prohibit you from speaking to members of the opposite sex?”

    Source: Sweta Shah | 5W Public Relations

Loyal reader Beverly Garrett is a friend in my head — as Wendy Williams would say. Bev emailed me today to suggest a Medical Minute post about doctors over-prescribing medications especially to seniors.

This week I discussed this same subject with two of my close friends whose older relatives are feeling the ill effects of taking multiple medications.

I suggested they put all their meds in a bag and take the meds with them to their next doctor’s appointment. That way the doctor can see all the meds they’re taking and see if any combination of drugs are causing adverse interactions.

Forget about taking a list of meds because often times the doctors act like they’re too busy to look at the list.

    Sandra,
    It’s not just celebrities being inundated with unnecessary prescriptions, it’s more the norm than the exception.

    I’ve had several doctors who prescribed something for every single symptom. And, I know other people whose doctors have done the same thing. That’s a big problem for senior citizens as well. That’s why the hospital I work at has a monthly “brown bag” seminar for seniors. Once a month seniors can bring all their meds in a brown paper bag to a clinic and have someone look over all the prescriptions. Many medications counteract others or aggravate other symptoms.

    I’ve gotten really sick from taking meds too close together and/or the side effects were symptomatic. Twice I could have sworn that I overdosed and was dying. On top of that I’ve got a draw full of unfilled prescriptions. After the last accidental overdose 2 years ago, I will not take more than two prescribed pills a day. If there’s still an underlining symptom that isn’t controlled, then I tell the doctor we need to find the cause not keep treating the symptoms.

    Love your blog,
    Beverly Garrett
    Pittsburgh, PA

Comedienne Roseanne Barr isn’t joking in her latest blog about the Chrianna mess. In her opinion, both Rihanna and Chris Brown’s careers are over.

If Chrianna’s people have any sense at all they will pause for a minute and pay attention. Fans tend to live their lives vicariously through their idols, and nobody wants to live on the edge like these two.

At this point there’s nothing either of them can say to reverse the damage that’s already been done to their careers. Neither one of them can sing worth a damn anyway.

So let’s pour a li’l liquor out for both of them, and get on with our lives.

From Roseanne World blog:

    Rihanna is violent too and that is one of the reasons why she is back with chris brown. She thinks she has him right where she wants him now. His career is over, and he is working her to help him get it back. She thinks that since he needs her and has shown some contrition, that she can call the shots now. Violent people are control freaks, and she thinks she is in control right now. Violent couples also have passionate make up sex, and that keeps a lot of battered and beaten women hooked. Once she realizes that her fans and their parents are going to write her off completely and end her career as well as his if she stays with him, that might convince her not to do that. Her publicists and agents and lawyers and producers are all telling her not to risk she and brown’s tandem endorsements (they don’t care if she lives or dies, as long as they get their money). She is being played and used and isolated from her father. Her greed and her participation in violence, plus not wanting to cross Diddy, who wants her to put her life on the line, are powerful lures to stay in hell with a monster. I hope she lets go of her need to control other people. I hope she thinks about the horrifying message she is sending to young women and young men. She will never survive choosing brown over her dad.

Grammy Award Winning artists Estelle And Pop Star/Fashion Icon Solange brought their National tour to Atlanta’s Center Stage last night. The house was packed with R&B connoisseurs who love Estelle and Solange’s unique blend of pop/R&B music and eclectic fashion sense.

Thanks to Tracy Nguyen of IPR for leaving the tickets at the call window for me, but my guest and I decided to buy our tickets — even though the ticket prices are ridiculous nowadays!

Props to celebrity photographer Prince Williams for these hawt shots of the concert and backstage! Shout out to Atlanta socialite Eboni Elektra who was holding it down backstage with the industry elite.

I feel obligated to tell you that HoneyMag.com is the exclusive media partner for their tour.

    With long standing brand awareness and a strong loyal following, HoneyMag.com is celebrating the site’s re-launch by joining International star and Grammy Award winning artist, Estelle on her headlining national tour with special guest, pop star and fashion icon Solange. Providing exclusive backstage access, via one-on-interviews, Twitter and blogging, HoneyMag.com is the exclusive media partner for the tour delivering content in a manner synonymous with their distinct and unique editorial style. For tour dates and exclusive coverage, visit www.HoneyMag.com.


Solange and Juelz conduct an interview backstage


Singer Janelle Monáe and Solange



Atlanta socialite Eboni Elektra and DJ Trauma


You thought Janelle Monáe was joking about all that equestrian gear in her closet?

All photos by ATLPics.net

Last night Solange Knowles breezed through the ATL to perform with British chanteuse Estelle at Center Stage.

Celebrity photographer Prince Williams of ATLPics.net was able to persuade little Daniel, aka Juelz, to stop running around backstage long enough to take a pic for Sandrarose.com. Prince said lil Juelz told him, “anything for Sandra Rose!”

OK, I kid! More pics in a minute!

Comments Off on Sen. Gregg Calls Obama’s Budget Forecast a Lie

Now we know why Senator Judd Gregg withdrew his nomination as Barack Obama’s 2nd choice for Commerce Secretary last month: unlike Obama, Sen. Gregg actually has scruples.

Yesterday, Sen. Gregg gave Obama’s flailing Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner a good dressing down by calling his budget forecast a lie.

If you recall, Obama’s first choice for commerce secretary was forced to withdraw due to an impending investigation for taking kickbacks.

Unfortunately, good honest men like Sen. Gregg and CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta would rather not be a part of Obama’s administration.

From MSNBC:

    It was obvious to most Capitol Hill insiders why President Obama wanted Republican Judd Gregg as a member of his cabinet: He’s one of the sharpest money-minds in Congress.

    But instead of getting Gregg’s counsel within the administration, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner found himself today of the receiving end of Gregg’s fiscal conservative wrath.

    In a hearing before the Senate Budget Committee Gregg dressed down Geithner with facts, figures, and charts. While always keeping his cool, the exchange was somewhere between a mother’s scolding, a drill sergeant’s questioning and an attorney’s cross examination.

    In his opening statement, Gregg politely called the administration’s budget forecast a lie.

    “The argument that it cuts the debt in half in four years is, ahh, is truly spurious,” he told Geithner.

    President Obama himself gives Gregg’s comments a sense of stinging credibility. When the president introduced Gregg as his nominee for Commerce Secretary last month, he said Gregg is known for is fiscal discipline.

I’m not sure why it took so long to arrest this character for prescription abuse. It’s about time law enforcement start cracking down on unscrupulous doctors who finance their lavish lifestyles by taking cash to fill unnecessary prescriptions for their wealthy patients. I wish I could have seen Howard K. Stern’s arrogant face when they slapped the cuffs on him.

From NY Daily News:

    Anna Nicole Smith’s boyfriend Howard K. Stern and two psychiatrists supplied the former Playboy playmate with excessive amounts of drugs before she died of an accidental overdose two years ago, authorities said Thursday.

    The 40-year-old Stern, Sandeep Kapoor, 40, and Khristine Eroshevich, 61, were hit with felony counts of conspiracy, obtaining fraudulent prescriptions and unlawfully prescribing a controlled substance.

    California Attorney General Jerry Brown said they “furnished thousands of prescription pills to Ms. Smith, including opiates, benzodiazepines, and other controlled and noncontrolled substances, often for no legitimate medical purpose.

    “There is ample evidence that Dr. Eroshevich and Dr. Kapoor violated their ethical obligations as physicians, while Mr. Stern funneled highly addictive drugs to Ms. Smith,” Brown said.

    The doctors falsified prescriptions for Smith and were guilty of “obtaining, delivering and administering these prescription drugs,” he said.

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It wasn’t that long ago when we were laying Andre 3000’s clothing line to rest. But then he got a shovel and dug it back up again.

Last week Dre launched his wack clothing line over the border in Toronto, Canada. But the interesting part came when he was asked him why his sales were nonexistent. Apparently, Dre really does wish he was white:

From Page Six:

Someone at the party asked the musician about his biggest challenge moving into fashion. First, he said, being an African-American was a challenge, as there’s a perception out there that “hip-hop stars will just throw their names on anything.” Then he added, “I’m not a gay man.” Says Canadian columnist Shinan Govani: “Basically the OutKast star says his challenges included a) being black, and b) not being gay.”

Photo: Wireimage/Getty

Former BET 106 & Park co-host, Free, returned to the show yesterday to sound off on domestic abuse.

Vin Diesel cut a dashing figure on the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of his new movie “Fast & Furious” held at the Gibson Amphitheatre last night.

Producer and N.E.R.D. frontman Pharell Williams attended the Los Angeles premiere of “Fast & Furious” held at the Gibson Amphitheatre last night.

Actress Bai Ling looking normal for once last night at the Los Angeles premiere of “Fast & Furious” held at the Gibson Amphitheatre.

All photos above: Wireimage/Getty


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I realize Michelle Obama is not a celebrity, so hold your emails please.

The First Lady read to the children in Miss Mattie’s class at the Prager Child Development Center during a trip to Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina yesterday. Afterwards, she sat down for a televised chat with “Good Morning America,” Anchor Robin Roberts.

Michelle photos by AP

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