Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson who is in town shooting a movie, partied at the velvet Room on Sunday night. Here she poses with Alex Gidewon of AG Entertainment. Not shown in the photo is Taraji's close friend Chaka Zulu and the rest of DTP.
Also poppin' bottles in the VIP with Alex Gidewon was rapper Jim Jones
Jim Jones and former Dip Set member Chubbie Baby in the Velvet Room's infamous VIP
Simon Gidewon (Simon Gidewon Music), celebrated his birthday last week with family and close friends. Simon plucked me out of obscurity late one night outside Vision nightclub and helped make Sandrarose.com into one of the most popular photo websites.
A lot of people don't know that Simon Gidewon (under Street Market Music) helped produce one of the hottest tracks on Young Jeezy's album, The Recession, titled "Everything" featuring Anthony Hamilton.
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Simon Gidewon and DJ Infamous
Simon's birthday party was held at a secret location in Atlanta last week. His celeb friends turned out, including Jermaine Dupri (wearing a suit and tie), rapper Fabolous, DJ Infamous and producers Jazze Pha and N.E.R.D. The party was such a huge success that Simon's brother Alex Gidewon decided to continue the private party theme every Thursday night. The private "Secret Society" parties will provide a relaxing atmosphere where visiting celebrities, professional athletes and VIP's can party without the stress of encountering hordes of overzealous groupies or paparazzi. Only so-called "high maintenance" divas who know how to keep their traps shut will be allowed inside. Entry into the private Secret Society parties will require an exclusive "door key" or a personal invite from Alex, Simon or AG Entertainment.
Here's my personal door key
Sarah Chapman (center) and friends attended Simon Gidewon's birthday party
When Barack Hussein Obama travels to Europe this week, he'll be accompanied by an entourge of 500 including 200 secret service personnel. Meanwhile, the First Lady Michelle Obama will travel a little lighter with only 8 assistants at her beck and call.
More than 500 officials and staff will accompany the president on his tour this week - along with a mass of high-tech security equipment, including the $300,000 presidential limousine, known as The Beast. Fitted with night-vision camera, reinforced steel plating, tear- gas cannon and oxygen tanks, the vehicle is the ultimate in heavy armoured transport.
In addition, a team from the White House kitchen will travel with the president to prepare his food. As one official put it: "When the president travels, the White House travels with him, right down to the car he drives, the water he drinks, the gasoline he uses, the food he eats. America is still the sole superpower and the president must have the ability to handle any crisis, anywhere, any time."
US security teams have already carried out three visits to prepare for Obama's first official visit to Britain. The first was a "site survey", the second a "pre-advance visit" which was carried out to pick sites that the president would visit. Finally there was the "advance trip", which took place last week. Its purpose was to set up equipment, sweep venues for electronic bugs, test food for poison and measure air quality for bacteria.
Obama will start his first presidential visit to Europe when he steps down from the US presidential jet, Air Force One, at Stansted airport on Tuesday. The Boeing 747-200B is fitted with its own gym, electronic defence units and shielding to protect its complex communication devices from radiation from nuclear blasts. Among the officials on the flight will be a military officer carrying America's nuclear missile launch codes.
Erykah Badu showed love to her former boyfriend Common during the 4th Annual Jazz in the Gardens at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Fla. on Saturday (3/28). Photo: Wireimage/Getty
Rapper Common, actress Tichina Arnold and singer Anthony Hamilton attended the 4th Annual Jazz in the Gardens at Dolphin Stadium in Miami over the weekend. Photo: Wireimage/Getty
Basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson, his wife Cookie and their children EJ, left, and Elisa, attended the debut of Cookie's clothing line CJ Denim By Cookie Johnson at Nordstrom's in L.A. Saturday (3/28). Time flies. I remember when Magic and Cookie adopted Elisa as a baby and now look at her. Photo: Wireimage/Getty
A radiant Tyra Banks posed with Clay Aikens at the GLAAD Media Awards where she was presented the prestigious Excellence in Media Award at the Marriott Marquis hotel in NYC on Saturday. I don't know what kind of crash diet Tyra was on but it did wonders for her figure! LOVE the tux. As you know, GLAAD stands for Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Photos: Wireimage/Getty
Actor Forest Whitaker's malnourished looking wife Keisha tried to wave away the photographer who took pictures of her with a plate of food becuase she knew the jokes would write themselves on the blogs the next day. Forest and Keisha attended Muhammad Ali's 15th Annual Celebrity Fight Night held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona last night. Photo: Getty Images
Poor Zac Efron was out for a night on the town when some fool made it rain Q-tips on Zac's head. Confused, I performed a quick Google search and found this. So now the meaning of the Q-tips toss is clear. Photo: X17online.net
I can't get into the social networking service Twitter. I have no interest in reading endless twits from self-indulgent individuals detailing what they had for breakfast. They should have named the service 'fritter' instead -- as in frittering away your mundane life online.
But loyal reader S.Joy keeps up with singer Solange Knowles on her Twitter. So she sent me this pic that Solo posted this morning of her boyfriend on Venice Beach. What I find weird -- besides the fact that the boyfriend seems very suspect -- is Solo strangely refers to the boyfriend as "he."
Now I realize today's young'ns have odd ways of expressing their mutual affection for each other, but I always thought objectifying your mate was a male thing? Like when males assign pet names to a woman's body parts. But I guess I shouldn't be surprised: Solo always did seem to have more testosterone pumping through her veins than her sister Beyonce -- though they both have bass in their voices and excessive body hair.
Anyway, Solo seems to be happy with "he". Unfortunately, I don't see this union lasting very long. A strong relationship requires two mature and responsible adults to make it work. And we already know that Solo is neither mature nor responsible.
More proof that Barack Obama and his treasury secretary Tim Geithner are in bed with AIG.
Two weeks ago Barack Obama stood before America and feigned outrage at AIG for doling out millions in bonuses to executives after accepting billions in federal aide. Later it was revealed that Obama and Geithner knew about the AIG bonuses even before blessing AIG with another $30 billion of your tax dollars last month.
Now, according to CNN: One of the people named to Obama's newly formed Task Force on Tax Reform is a member of the AIG board of directors. We're not exactly sure if Obama's task force will accomplish much of anything. But we are sure that more of your tax dollars will disappear into it.
If Barack Obama, aka George Bush II, gets his way, your laptop can be searched for illegally downloaded mp3s or movies the next time you pass through airport security. Even if you don't have illegally downloaded files on your machine, your hard drive can still be searched anyway. Is this the Change you were hoping for? This government sanctioned invasion of your privacy will add another one or two hours to the already lengthy security lines in airports. So make sure you get to the airport at least 4 hours prior to your departure time.
The Obama Administration is currently negotiating the ACTA Agreement with several international partners.
The proposed agreement would empower security officials at airports and other international borders to conduct random... searches of laptops, MP3 players, and cellular phones for illegally downloaded or "ripped" music and movies.
The BBC reports Madonna and her daughter Lourdes are in Malawi where Madonna hopes to adopt a 3-4 year old sister for her adopted son David. "Many people - especially our Malawian friends - say that David should have a Malawian brother or sister," said Madonna earlier this month. "It’s something I have been considering." Not to be outdone, the other celebrity serial adopters, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, have announced their intentions to adopt a child from India. The globe-hopping couple already have 3 adopted children in addition to their 3 biologicals.
Queen Latifah celebrated her 39th birthday with family and close friends in L.A. over the weekend. This is a composite photo of Queen Latifah and her longtime companion/trainer Jeanette Jenkins together. Photos: Wireimage/Getty
Actress LisaRaye, rapper Lil Kim and socialite Kim Kardashian
Auntie Viv struck a sexy pose on the red carpet
Actor Omar Epps and his wife Keisha are a true success story. Their marriage has withstood the test of time (and groupies)
Rapper-turned-actress MC Lyte and Queen Latifah go way back. Lyte looks nice but she doesn't need to lose another pound.