GIRL HUSH! You know you can't sing! Ashanti screamed performed during "The Wiz" At Encores! Summer Stars Series in NYC yesterday. Aren't you glad you weren't there?

Rap artist T.I. attended game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Lakers and the Nuggets at the Staples Center last night. I'm told T.I. and Tiny held that 1st birthday party for their baby son Major Philant at their manse in Atlanta on Sunday instead of in Miami on Saturday so all of their friends and family could attend. Wasn't that nice of them?

Actor Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta cheered on Kobe Bean and the wack azz Lakers during last night's fixed Western Conference Finals game 1 at Staples Center. Does the National Basketball Association issue whistles to ALL the referees on the floor or just one? I've never seen so many blatantly missed calls during a basketball game! Of course, Kobe got all the help he needed from the refs to beat the Denver Nuggets. The NBA is determined to make sure that Kobe meets LeBron in the Finals.

Super producer Timbaland sat courtside at the game with his wife, former publicist Monique Idlett. I'm sure she's waving at the referees for looking the other way and letting Kobe Bean get away with all those fouls. Monique wouldn't be laughing if she knew what I know about her man though.

Legendary actor Jack Nicholson looks like he's telling the Nuggets' Chauncey Billups, "The fix is in son!"

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According to Page Six, the mystery man Rihanna was seen locking lips with at the strip club on Sunday was up-and-coming rapper Drake. *Yawn*

Page Six claims the two were at it again last night at the Lucky Strike lanes in Manhattan. I'm not even going to post the blurb from Page Six because, unlike some bloggers, my eyes are trained to recognize a publicity stunt from the few legit stories that the Post publishes.

I realize that Page Six editors must continue to entertain this sort of nonsense if they want to continue receiving exclusive scoops from certain publicists in order to pay their staff in these sad economic times. I'm glad I don't have those types of problems because I will always have a real job to fall back on.

Besides that, I would hope Rihanna has better taste in men than Drake and Chris Brown who both look like they stepped out of a Saturday morning cartoon.

By the way, I wonder what Drake's current flame Bria Myles has to say about being forced to sit on the back burner while her man gallivants around town with Rihanna trying to get some shine for himself?

R&B Diva Monica and rapper Rocko have a love that has withstood the test of time. It doesn't matter if they are married or not, their relationship demonstrates the mutual respect and maturity that bonds two people together and makes a relationship strong.

And let's not forget that the two children produced by the union are well taken care of.

Rocko recently shot a video for his track "Finesse" off his album Self Made in Atlanta. Accompanying him on the set and in the video were his fiancee Mo and their children Rodney III and Romelo.

Visit ATLPICS.net for more pics from the set!

I think it's tacky for a man to expose his skivvies in public -- I don't care how expensive the drawls cost or whose name is on the waistband. It's tacky.

Anyway, who do you think wore it worse: Flo Rida or Jermaine Dupri? Both look kinda gay, but only one has a mammoth tattoo of Janet Jackson etched into his torso. At least he'll be easy to identify if he's ever found face down in a ditch somewhere.

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T.I. speaks on Atlanta rap artist Dolla who appears with him in this video which was filmed earlier this year. Meanwhile, there are more questions than answers in the aftermath of the senseless murder of the young rapper whose life was cut short yesterday in Beverly Hills.

The following is mostly speculation, so please do not quote from this post.

[hidepost]Friends say Dolla "got into it" with his traveling companions who left Atlanta with him on board a flight to L.A. on Monday where he supposedly was working on his album.

Dolla's traveling companions allegedly included Aubrey Berry, 23, of Snellville (who was later taken into custody at LAX), an unidentified female and Scrapp Deleon, who originally called himself Lil Scrappy but changed his nick after he was told another Atlanta rapper had the same name.

Scrapp, his little brother SAS and their cousin Dolla were members of the teen group Da Razkalz Cru based out of Atlanta in 2001. Dolla lived with Scrapp, SAS and their mother for a time in Stone Mountain, GA.

Friends say Dolla was a well-mannered boy growing up, but he couldn't escape the lure of the streets. He became known as a young thug with a reputation for violence and starting fights in nightclubs from Atlanta to Chicago. Friends recall a recent altercation between Dolla, his crew and the management of a popular Atlanta nightspot. The brawl cleared out the nightspot after Dolla and his crew started throwing glass and bottles.

After arguing on board the flight, the travel companions allegedly split up upon landing. Friends say a male and female followed Dolla and a friend, DJ Shabazz, to the upscale Beverly Center mall where there was an altercation. Witnesses say the female produced a gun, and with deliberate malice shot Dolla once in the head in the valet area of the mall.

The police have not confirmed if a female was the shooter, but according to the LA Times, witnesses saw a female firing a handgun at Dolla.

All 3 travel companions were taken into custody at LAX. Police recovered a loaded 9mm handgun -- of the type police carry -- in Berry's waistband. Berry is currently being held on $1 million. The male and female remain in custody but have not been charged.

Friends question how Berry came into possession of the 9mm handgun so soon after landing in L.A. and whether or not he passed through Atlanta Hartsfield security checkpoint with the gun undetected.

Again, most of this is speculation so please do not quote from this post.[/hidepost]

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Rihanna really has stepped her style game up tremendously! LOVE the throwback suede Nike hi tops! Some of you art students will recognize the pattern on her jacket as inspired by the works of late artist Keith Haring whose "Radiant Baby" and "Barking Dog" graffiti transformed the grimy subways of New York into works of art.

According to the New York Post, Rihanna and six friends made it drizzle at FlashDancers strip club in New York last night. RiRi's crew took over a VIP area and spent $2,500 on liquor and lap dances before leaving the spot at 3:30am.

A source says, "Rihanna didn't get any lap dances herself, but she was tipping the girls a lot. And she was definitely with one of the guys in her group and kissing him all night."

I'm not mad at Rihanna for taking in the beautiful sights at a New York strip club! We don't believe for one minute that Rihanna didn't treat herself to a few lap dances. That above quote sounds like something a publicist would say.

Rihanna's ex-boyfriend Chris Brown was also spotted in New York City a couple days ago. We wonder if he's stalking her? Just a thought.

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Songstress Kelly Rowland was out & about in L.A. yesterday looking lovely indeed. We can see why Beyonce ousted her from Destiny's Child: she was the true beauty in that group.
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R&B crooner Ginuwine brought his fine self to The Velvet Room on Friday night. He must have an album about to drop? The ladies were BE-side themselves when Ginuwine walked in. But he behaved himself 'cause he knows he's got a good woman at home.
Photos of Ginuwine by ATLPics.net

This is that good hair that the ladies swoon over but pretend not to notice. These are the same chicks who will say, "ALL hair is good hair." Meanwhile, they wear weave down to their butts.
Photo by ATLPics.net

This child hurt my feelings the other day at the mall. I spotted rap artist and TV personality Lil Mama at Lenox Square Mall two weekends ago. She was surrounded by fans so I waited my turn to introduce myself. As I approached her I thought I noted a gleam of recognition in her eye. But it must have been the overhead lighting, because when I told her who I was she responded, "WHO?" Then I mentioned Sandrarose.com and she replied, "What is that? A lifestyle blog?" Then to add insult to injury, she turned to her companions and said. "she runs a gossip blog like Concrete Poop and Y B Fake."

OK, she didn't describe those blogs in those exact words, but she did name them as if my blog wasn't even in the same stratosphere. Feeling a little dejected, I walked back over to my good girlfriend (who couldn't care less about meeting Lil Mama) and I told her what happened. "SO???", she responded icily. "She doesn't know your blog because she's from New York! That shows how out of the loop she is!" Anyway, Lil Mama was in town to host a party at ESSO nightclub last week.
Photo by ATLPics.net

Busta Rhymes (who usually gets no love on Sandrarose.com) partied with his folk at Dreamz nightclub over the weekend. I'm told Busta is on high alert due to the fact that bodies are dropping all around him, and he sees the writing on the wall. Thanks to Prince Williams of ATLPICS.net for the hawt pics!

Ever since Keyshia Cole and rapper Young Jeezy parted ways early last year, the big question on everyone's minds has been who is Keyshia dating now? Well, these pics snapped exclusively in Chicago by Prince Williams of ATLPICS.net has ended the speculation. Your boy Prince Williams gets ALL the exclusives because he's always in the right place at the right time. Prince, who is based out of Atlanta, is everywhere!

Judging from these pics, it looks like Keyshia and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel "Boobie" Gibson are an item and they are very much in love. The couple walked arm in arm, staring lovingly into each other's eyes as they left Keyshia's sold out concert at the Chicago Theater in Chicago, Illinois on May 15. The night before that, Prince snapped KeyCo and Boobie together backstage at Keyshia's show in Wisconsin.

Boobie has plenty of time to hit the road with Keyshia now that his Cavs, led by Lebron James, breezed through the First round and the Eastern Conference semifinals 8-0, earning themselves a much deserved 8 days of rest and relaxation.

We don't know how long Boobie has been romancing Keyshia, but hopefully he will put a ring on her finger soon -- a NBA championship ring. The Cleveland Cavaliers will dispense of Orlando quickly to reach the Finals where they will hopefully play Kobe and the Lakers, who struggled against the Houston Rockets before taking game 7 to win the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday.

Keyshia is currently on the road touring with Keri Hilson, Bobby V and The Dream. The tour stops in Atlanta at the Fox Theater on Thursday, May 21 and will wind its way through another 12 states before wrapping up in Las Vegas on June 21.

Photos by Prince Williams ATLPics.net

You know R&B Diva Keyshia Cole is always on top of her bag game! Celebrity photographer Prince Williams of ATLPICS.net snapped these exclusive pics of Keyshia and her man Daniel "Boobie" Gibson of the Cleveland Cavaliers following her performance at the Milwaukee theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin over the weekend.

Keyshia is wearing a hawt Louis Vuitton handbag that isn't available in any store in Atlanta (trust me, I checked). The bag is the LV Shopper Monogram Etoile and it retails for $3,500.

This is one totally hawt bag! Ladies you will have to put in overtime with your man (or girlfriend) to get them to splurge on that bag for you -- if you can find it!

Photos by Prince Williams ATLPics.net

Atlanta rapper Roderick Anthony Burton II, aka Dolla, was shot and killed in LA today. Some of you may recall Dolla as a member of the boy group Da Razkalz Cru back in 2001. Dolla signed to Akon's Konvict Records in 2007 and seemed to have a bright future ahead of him with the release of his debut single "Feelin’ Myself". But he could not escape the violence that permeates the Hip Hop community.

From the LATimes.com:

The man shot at the Beverly Center mall this afternoon was identified as Atlanta-based rapper Dolla, whose real name is Roderick Anthony Burton II, according to his publicist, Sue Vannasing. She said Dolla was shot in the head around 3:10 p.m. while he and another rapper, D.J. Shabbazz, waited in the area after shopping at the popular Westside mall. A friend who was with the rapper at the Beverly Center also confirmed his identity to The Times.

About two hours later, Los Angeles police detained a “person of interest” as he attempted to board a plane out of Los Angeles International Airport. The man allegedly drove his silver Mercedes SUV from Beverly Center to the airport.

Vannasing said Dolla had gotten into an altercation with other passengers on a flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles, but it's unclear if that was related to the violence.]

[Updated at 5:15 p.m.: Police have arrested one "person of interest" in connection with the shooting but were looking for a second suspect.]

[Updated at 5:40 p.m.: The arrested suspect, who fled from the mall in a silver Mercedes, was detained at Los Angeles International Airport while trying to board a flight. Police said the shooting took place in the valet waiting area of the mall].

The shooting occurred just after 3 p.m. at the La Cienega Boulevard entrance to the popular Westside shopping center. All entrances and exits to the popular Westside shopping mall were sealed off as police swarmed the scene.

LAPD officials said that officers were sent to the mall on a report of a group fight, possibly involving a knife. LAPD Sgt. Ronnie Crump said two suspects ran in the direction of Beverly Hills.

At a Chipotle restaurant in the mall, several people were eating when the shots rang out.

“The customers were yelling 'close the store, close the store, because somebody is shooting,' ” said Elsa Hernandez, general manager of the restaurant.

An employee who was behind the restaurant, near the mall’s valet parking service, saw the tail end of the dispute, Hernandez said. “He saw a lady ... shooting a handgun,” Hernandez said.

Can somone explain to me why we're bringing up old news and why are my readers emailing this old news to me?

For example, didn't we already know that actor Shia LaBeouf's people cooked up a fake story about him dating Rihanna, but no one believed the story so they dropped it? Why is he bringing this up again?

“It never got beyond one date,” he says. “The spark wasn’t there. We weren’t passionate about each other in that way, so we remain friends.” [link]

Correction: If it happened at all the way he says it did, I'm sure SHE wasn't passionate about him in that way. I mean, she probably thought she was going on an innocent lunch date with the nerdy looking guy. I'm sure she wasn't planning a lifetime together with him based on one date.

And speaking of nerdy looking guys and stories that should never see the light of day: why are we talking about these two again? She's nothing spectacular and neither is he. SO they're dating? So what? Don't we already know that? Haven't we talked about them for going on two years now? Am I missing something here?

Thanks to loyal readers Brenda and Shana for bringing this to my attention. But I don't see the big deal.

Naturally people were pretty confused yesterday when on the Washington Times' website a story about dead kids ran with a picture of the Obama children. Time for the editor John Solomon to say he's sorry or pass the blame potato:

    Solomon says that no human individual paired the pic with the story, that a technological foul-up was to blame, and that the paper is tweaking its photo selection software to make sure this doesn't happen again.

    "The theme engine, through automation, grabbed a photo it thought was relevant, and attached it to the story," Solomon says, acknowledging that the photo had gone up without a person seeing it. "There was no editorial decision to run it. As soon as it was brought to our attention, we pulled it down."

    Solomon also conceded that the automated system the paper has in place to pick photos doesn't have a tight enough screening process, and said steps were being taken to fix that. "We regret that the technology has let us down in this case," he said, "and are working to make sure that the [photo] matches are more relevant in the future."

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Sandrarose.com member mjoylaw left this comment in this post: "They say LaLa is an aggressive lipstick…"

Well, they also say there's a kernel of truth in every rumor. MTV VJ La La Vazquez upset all the femmes and set tongues a wagging when she attended a recent Hawks game in Atlanta with this cute Dom by her side (her name is Candice Dixon for those of you who were wondering).

Anyway, I totally ignored the rumors since I had never heard such a thing about La La -- and me and La La go way back so if anyone should know about her going that way it should be me, right?

When this question was brought up in certain circles that I run in, I defended La La by asking a simple question: can't a beautiful woman sit beside a cute Dom at a basketball game without sparking unnecessary rumors about her sexuality? What do you guys think?

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T.I. posed with the LSLH Nuvo water girls at his going away party in Miami at a private mansion (I guess all the black chicks were busy working other gigs). I wish I had thought of packagaing filtered tap water in pretty bottles and selling them. I would be sitting on a beach in Saint-Tropez right now sipping Reisling wine instead of reading all this hate mail while blogging on Sandrarose.com.
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This is how Tameka "Tiny" Cottle always rolls when she's on the move: With a chick on either side of her. Don't front, you know you would love to be Lil mama for one day! Tiny attended her man T.I.'s going away party at a private mansion in Miami over the weekend. I heard the party was well-attended by industry folk.
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Kevin Liles attended T.I.'s party with Erika Jones -- who has a lot in common with Gabrielle Union. Why is it that wealthy black men have a hard time distinguishing golddiggers from honest, decent hard working black women? If you recall, Erika once dated NBA player Shawn Marion, who almost put a ring on her finger (luckily, he came to his senses). Then she sort of bounced around the industry until she landed a Wall Street tycoon by the name of Londell something. He quickly sent her packing, and now she's biding her time with Kevin Liles' wallet.
Photo by ExclusiveAccess.net


No ma'am! Who does Eva Pigford think she is, Rihanna? Eva's stylist should be brought up on charges for doing this to her!
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Am I the only one thinking naughty thoughts about this picture of the lovely Dania Ramirez and industry bicycle Gabrielle Union?
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WHERE'S CASSIE?
Chick magnet Sean "Diddy" Combs hosted the "Ultimate Daylife Affair" party at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday. Wouldn't you love to be Diddy for a day?
Photo: Getty Images

Don't get it twisted. I'm only posting two pics of Diddy from the same event because those kicks he's wearing are tight.
Photo: Getty Images

Bloggers LT, aka Gyant (he named himself after a blog) and Kodak Boi (right) of KiddUNot.com attended T.I.'s going away party in Miami as well. Some of you may recall LT from this post I wrote up on him. At the time he was gainfully employed at SOHH.com, and thought he was the shit. Now he's unemployed and still thinks he's the shit.

Madonna looked fly as she escorted adopted son David Banda to services at the Kabbalah Center in Manhattan on Saturday. I would rock that entire outfit that Madonna has on if I could afford it.

Actor Hugh Jackman (X-Men Wolverines) and his adopted son Oscar took a stroll through Manhattan over the weekend. Hugh and his wife also adopted a daughter after she suffered two miscarriages.

Comedian/actress Rosie O'Donnell attended Z100's Zootopia 2009 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ with her adopted son Parker, 14, over the weekend. Rosie and her life partner Kelli Carpenter together adopted 2 other children. A fourth child was born to Carpenter through artificial insemination. And an adopted daughter was removed from the couple's home after Florida enforced it's own law prohibiting same sex couples from adopting.

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Doesn't Keyshia Cole look like she's saying, "Come get some," in this pic? Keyshia is back on the road performing with Keri Hilson, The Dream and Bobby Valentino. Her 'Different Me' tour hit Wisconsin and Chicago this weekend. I hear she's traveling with her steady boyfriend who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. I wonder which one he is? No, it isn't Lebron! Savannah has him on lock. She put that love stick on him and he isn't going anywhere!
Photo by ATLPics.net

Keyshia Cole brings her show home to Atlanta on Thursday (5/21) where she will perform at the fabulous Fox Theater. I'll be there! I just need to find someone to go with me since my few good friends are married with children.
Photo by ATLPics.net

PR Diva Sherri Riley (GLUE, Inc), left, attended Dallas Austin's annual black tie foundation benefit dinner at a private residence over the weekend. That's Dallas (center) with his Aunt Clary Austin, right.
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Chilli, who has a son with Dallas Austin (Tron) attended the benefit and posed with Jazze Pha, who some of my readers have a huge crush on. They just won't admit it, but they know they LOVE them some Jazze!
Photo: Getty Images

I realize Michelle Obama is not a celebrity, so please hold your emails. The First lady had a ball at the recent University of California Commencement ceremonies. I wish I could say the same for the other tired folks around her who look bored out of their minds.
Photo: AP

Don't you want to say, "wake up sleepy head!," when you look at this photo of MTV VJ La La Vazquez? She's so adorable. Hopefully the Lakers fans will be kinder to her in the stands than those horrid Mavs fans were last week. La La's man Carmelo and his Denver Nuggets take on Kobe Bean in the first game of the Western Conference Finals tomorrow night at the Staples Center. We don't think the Nuggets have much of a chance against the Lakers, but we're rooting for the Nuggets anyway!
Photo: Wireimage/Getty

I'm trying to figure out why the ladies (young and old) LOVE them some Soulja Boy so much. Is the little homie using sign language to tell us that he is packing something serious? Soulja Boy performed during Z100s Zootopia '09 concert over the weekend.
Photo: Wireimage/Getty

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Obamaholics, please pass on this post. I get sick and tired of reading your e-mails and your comments whenever I am critical of your boy, and I am afraid this is going to be one of those times.

~quote borrowed from Field Negro
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According to Politico.com, some on the left are beginning to sour on Barack Hussein Obama. We here at Sandrarose.com wonder what took them so long?

Sandrarose.com voiced our opinions about Obama's glaring lack of leadership qualities even before he took office. Way before he promised to uphold the constitution of the U.S., we knew he wouldn't. And when he lied through his teeth and said he would provide relief to the Americans who lost their homes, we called him out on his lies. When Obama stood on his platform of Change and said, "Yes, we can," Sandrarose.com knew he couldn't.

Sandrarose.com also knew that Obama didn't have the qualifications to run a McDonalds restaurant much less an entire country. His inexperience is very evident in his recent flip flopping on important issues. And let's not forget he bowed down to another foreign leader!

Every day I field hostile emails from the uninformed asking me why I hate on a half black man. Rarely do I waste my time responding because these same readers would be up in arms if he was a white president flip flopping all over the place and spending your hard earned tax dollars on photos of a plane!

For liberals who viewed Obama as something of a savior after eight years of Bush, the discontents are piling up.

He has pushed gun control to the back burner, used the state secrets privilege to try to quash lawsuits over warrantless wiretapping, opposed a “truth commission” to investigate alleged torture and sought to deny some legal protections to detainees in Afghanistan.

And he’s made clear he’s in no rush to do immigration reform or repeal the military’s ban on openly gay servicemembers.

A growing number of organizations, bloggers and pundits, many of whom kept quiet about slights in Obama’s first few months, are now going public with their disillusionment.

“On torture, change we wanted to believe in feels like more of the same,” the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch said in a joint statement Friday.

On issues like the wiretapping suits, some critics have suggested Obama is even worse than Bush. READ MORE...

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HERE COMES THE HAWT STEPPER
Rihanna was spotted leaving the trendy NYC eaterie Da Silvano restaurant on Saturday with one of Jay Z's bodyguards in tow. We can't put it into words how happy we are to see Rihanna come back from the depths of hail to reclaim her past Glory (at the expense of Beyonce who tried hard to step into RiRi's vacant spot while she was gone, didn't she?) We LOVE RiRi's sense of style. Only she could pull off this look with those ugly boots and a huge snakeskin bag. I'm none too happy that her bag is made out of boa skin instead of the skin of the more unpredictable pythons. Hopefully that's a fake boa skin bag. I'm told that RiRi is a fond reader of Sandrarose.com (who isn't?), and if she ever wants to join my bustling, energetic -- but rather small community, she is welcome!
Photos: JustJared.com

They said Supermodel Tyson Beckford was in town last week but I thought it was just a rumor. Leave it to Prince Williams' crew over at ATLPICS.net to find him! Tyson attended a fashion Show afterparty at Luckie Lounge on Thursday (5/14). As you know, Tyson stars in his own reality TV series "Make Me a Supermodel." I've only seen two episodes and that was a month ago. I wonder who won?
Photos by ATLPics.net

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This past weekend, my attorney Precious Anderson, celebrated her upcoming nuptials (and the end of her single woman status) at a roaring twenties style themed bridal shower held at a private home in the exclusive Ansley Park area of Midtown Atlanta.

Ms. Anderson is the owner of The Anderson Firm which specializes in sports, business and entertainment law as well as certain civil litigation matters.

Special thanks to Prince Williams of ATLPICS.net who captured the elegant event in all its splendor. Prince is available to shoot your bridal shower, wedding, or any special occasion. He can be reached at (404) 664-9725 or email Prince at info @ atlpics.net (without the spaces).

Please enjoy these beautiful pictures!


Precious Anderson's bridal shower was held at a private home in the exclusive Ansley Park area


That's Precious standing 3rd from the right in the yellow sun hat. Aren't the ladies beautiful?


Precious (in yellow sun hat) and her friends had tea on the covered porch

MORE pics after the break!

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Yesterday I told you that Barack Hussein Obama flip flopped on releasing the terrorist torture photos. Well, now he's flip flopped again -- this time on the Gitmo terrorist trials.

You may recall that even before Obama took office in January he announced plans to halt the legal proceedings at the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Obama was worried that the civil rights of those murderous terrorists were being violated. Remember that?

Remember how you sided with Obama and reached for whatever excuse you could pull out of the air to defend his crazy policy decisions? Well, hold onto your cups of Kool Aid because Obama has flipped again!

It's kind of hard to defend the guy when you don't know what side of the fence he will land on tomorrow.

President Barack Obama was today accused of a major U-turn after he decided to keep the controversial military commissions set up by George Bush to prosecute terror suspects.

The surprise White House announcement reversed Mr Obama’s campaign pledge to rely on America’s conventional criminal court system.

It was the president’s second U-turn this week after he changed his mind and pledged to try and block the court-ordered release of damning photographs showing US soldiers abusing prisoners.

Last night’s move led to an outcry from shocked human rights campaigners who thought Mr Obama intended to dismantle the terror tribunals after calling them ‘an enormous failure’ during last year’s presidential campaign. READ MORE...

Here's part 3 in the popular YouTube series, How To Style Your Own Hair. This video is for those of you who, like me, have no clue what the term "quick weave" means.

Dade County Florida's Geisha breaks the process down for us in simple layman's terms so we can all understand -- and maybe make a little fast cash on the side by quick weaving our friend's hair.

In addition to being a kitchen quick weave specialist, Geisha is also a female emcee which kind of goes hand in hand with each other, doesn't it?

Barack Obama is asking Congress to pass a credit card reforms bill that would strengthen protections for Americans who are behind on their credit card bills.

A few of the restrictions being placed on what Obama calls "abusive credit card practices" are: a ceiling on credit card interest rates, a 30-day advanced warning before raising interest rates, and requiring CC companies to mail bills at least 21 days before the payment is due instead of the 14 days as they do now.

The reforms in Obama's bill are expected to save Americans $15 billion each year on penalties and fees. "This is not free money; it's debt," Obama said. "And you shouldn't take on more than you can handle."

Oh really? Then why is that Obama has already tripled the budget deficit since taking office? This video breaks down how much of your money Obama has spent recklessly since becoming president. Please get your calculators ready.

Supermodel Iman, who knows a thing or two about great beauty, says Michelle Obama is not one. I totally disagree! We all know that the fashion world's standard of beauty is not a realistic one. And Iman should be ashamed of herself for applying that same standard of (artificial beauty) to the First Lady, who in my opinion is quite lovely.

"Mrs. Obama is not a great beauty,” Iman tells Parade.com. “But she is so interesting looking and so bright. That will always take you farther."

"When you’re a great beauty, it’s always downhill for you," she explains. "If you’re someone like Mrs. Obama, you just get better with age."

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I almost typed "Star Jones" while captioning this picture of Jennifer Hudson, who appeared on The Today Show this morning. That would have been so wrong of me. It would have been equally as wrong for me to say anything out of the way about J-Hud's outfit which she paired with those Broadway showgirl wedge heel sandals that would look better (or worse) on Beyonce.

And it wouldn't be fair for me to say anything at all about her fiance Punk, of whom so much has been said already.

Photos: Splash News Online

As most of you know, Grand Hustle artist Alfamega didn't make the trip to Miami for T.I's going away festivities because he was terminated by the diminutive rap boss for lying on his job application.

Here's what was told to me by an inside source: It seems that Alfamega got pinched by the feds back in the 90s for pushing weight in Florida (for real, unlike Rick Ross who lied about being a coke dealer). Alfa ended up doing way less time than he ought to have done because (allegedly) he started singing like a caged bird.

The song he was singing must have sounded like music to the feds' ears, especially when he started crowing about the celebrities he was dealing coke to. Next thing you know, Alfamega is a free man, but still living large on his federally funded lifestyle (allegedly).

In short order, Alfamega started kicking it with rap crews again. Recording rap demos and partying hard with individuals who apparently were too dumb to notice anything odd about him, such as where he was getting his ends from. And why his associates were getting busted around him while he remained unscathed.

So fast forward to the early 2000s, and Alfamega sets up shop in Atlanta where he hooks up with Atlanta rap crews, including T.I. at Grand Hustle. I don't know why "Block" of Block Entertainment's name keeps coming up in all of this. But they say that Block did time with the same bodyguard who is responsible for T.I.'s gun troubles. That bodyguard was supposedly referred to T.I.'s camp by Block.

In light of all this recent drama, people are now saying Block is a federal snitch. But I don't believe that for one minute though. Peep what Block's disgruntled artist Yung Joc -- who is suing Block for past due royalties -- had to say about him in an interview with AllHipHop.com yesterday:

A lot of people don’t like to do business with him. Block don’t even go out in Atlanta; a lot of people don’t even know his face. And when you’re trying to do business, you can’t be a boss if people don’t f**k with you.

Now they say once a federal snitch, always a federal snitch. Soon after Alfa's arrival in Atlanta, certain rappers and industry execs started getting busted by the feds left and right, and no one was the wiser. Especially T.I., who seems to be a very trusting sort. Bless his heart.

Anyway, now that Alfamega's cover is blown, AHH's purveyor of gossip, Ill Seed theorizes that the feds had to ghost Alfa out of town expeditiously. So Ill Seed claims the feds concocted a scheme to bust Alfamega publicly so he could go deep under cover into the witness protection program. Ill Seed's theory sounds reasonable to me. That's exactly how they do it in the movies.

The Smoking Gun, which exposed the DEA connection to former Grand Hustle rapper Alfamega, has set it's guns on Jay Z and his unreasonable backstage rider demands at last month's University of Arizona concert.

Let's not forget that Jay Z was supremely embarrassed when ticket buyers for that same concert failed to materialize and the promoter was left holding the bag, so to speak.

When Jay-Z headlined last month at the University of Arizona, the rapper banked a whopping $750,000 for his set. But the chart-topping performer did not get every perk requested in his concert rider, since the school does not provide artists with alcohol, tobacco, or $400,000 luxury vehicles. As seen on the following pages from his 2009 concert rider, Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter) demands that promoters provide him with ground transportation while he is in town performing. Specifically, the rap star requires a late-model black Maybach (either the 57 or 62 model) with tinted windows.

Carter's dressing room (72 degrees, please) must be stocked with Sapporo beer, vodka, tequila, and two bottles of $300 Champagne. Oh, and the 39-year-old performer also needs two bottles (at $200 apiece) of 2004 Sassicaia, which his rider helpfully describes as a "Red, Italian Wine from Bolgheri Region." Additionally, Carter requires "Good Quality" peanut butter and jelly, one martini shaker, 12 shot glasses, and a pack of Marlboro Lights.

I'm surprised he didn't ask for a pack of Camel lights. I thought those were his favorites?

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Former lovers, rap icon Q-Tip and radio personality Angie Martinez (Hot 97), reminisced at the Home Cooking Thursdays event in NYC last night.


Actor/singer Tyrese Gibson cut a dashing figure at the Hollywood premiere of Warner Bros. "Terminator Salvation" at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre yesterday. They should name a candy bar with dark creamy chocolate and nuts after Tyrese.

R&B singer John Legend performed live at S.O.B.'s last night with the biggest fraud in Hip Hop, Rick Ross, who had the nerve to sport a Louis Vuitton belt after he was publicly backslapped by LV for wearing bootleg LV shades on the cover of XXL. We hope the belt was the genuine article for his sake.


Speaking of Louis Vuitton, British singer Estelle wore a LV scarf from the Stephen Sprouse collection to S.O.B.'s with shredded jeans, a cropped leather jacket and platform sandals. We're glad to see that Estelle has curtailed her habitual Twittering over the past few days. We might even start following her again.



LOVE the shoes Estelle! Too hawt!


Old school rap legend Kwame, left, and Metrosexual DJ Unique attended the Friends Of Doe Celebrity DJ Series in NYC last night.

Actor Forest Whitaker dined with his daughter Sonnet Whitaker and anorexic wife Keisha at the "Mandela Day" Awareness Event at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills yesterday. If Forest took his wife to such dinner events 7 nights a week, maybe she would gain a few pounds. It's just a thought.

Unemployed music mogul Jermaine Dupri made a few dollars spinning at T-Mobile's Launch party in Houston for their new Sidekick LX 2009. Some of you know that I took off half a day on Wednesday to pick up my new SK LX 09 after dealing with the old LX's crappy sound for 6 months. The new SK LX is a major improvement over the old one. Though the sound quality remains an issue with these phones. I still hear an echo in my phone when I'm on it. But the new features, including the free apps (mapping, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter), the 3G network, and the faster web surfing make up for the sound quality. I still don't think the phone is worth $450 though.

Rapper T.I. (standing) and comedian Lil Duval chill at the poolside of T.I.'s rented manse in Miami last night. The manse owners could have at least cleaned out the pool for him. As you know, T.I. is throwing hella parties down in Miami this weekend before he enters the federal prison system later this month. A little birdie told me that T.I. will also host a private birthday party for his youngest son Major Philant, who turns 1 on Saturday. Photo: Twitpic

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