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.


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."


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?

Photos: Wireimage/Getty

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.
Photo by ExclusiveAccess.net

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.
Photo by ExclusiveAccess.net

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!
Photo: Wireimage/Getty

Am I the only one thinking naughty thoughts about this picture of the lovely Dania Ramirez and industry bicycle Gabrielle Union?
Photo: Wireimage/Getty

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.