Rap artist T.I. entered a minimum security federal prison in Arkansas on Tuesday (5/26) to begin serving a 366 day sentence on federal gun charges.

We learned through interviews that T.I., who is commonly referred to as “Tip” by family and close friends, didn’t want anyone visiting him while he does his time in prison.

According to friend Bobby Ray as told to the Atlanta tabloid Creative Loafing:

“He doesn’t want anyone to see him in prison. I thought about it, I was definitely going to come by a lot. But he doesn’t even want his kids to see him there. He doesn’t want that image implanted in their heads, of him being in jail. I can kind of understand that.” [link]

But three weeks into his 52-week stretch, T.I. couldn’t bare not seeing his baby, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, one more day.

Although T.I. talks on the phone with his children regularly (the smallest ones think he’s away at school), he reportedly told Tiny that he missed her terribly.

So yesterday, Tiny and a friend caught a flight to Arkansas where she visited with her man for the first time since his incarceration. The friend wasn’t allowed in to visit T.I. because her name wasn’t on the approved visitor’s list.

Which brings us to those letters you mailed T.I. that were returned unopened. I learned yesterday through a source close to Tiny that unless your name is on an approved list, your mail will not be forwarded to T.I. My bad for not knowing that before I wrote my post giving you his address.

As you know, Tiny and Lil Wayne’s ex-wife, Antonia Carter, are set to star in their own reality show which will air later this month on BET. The show will focus mainly on family and Tiny’s plans to keep herself busy (and prosperous) while T.I. is incarcerated.

According to an inside source, Tiny’s salon — the one you’ve read so much about on the blogs, is close to opening officially, but there’s still much work to be done. Despite the fact that you will see the salon on her reality show, it isn’t open yet.

But the big news is that Tiny is putting the finishing touches on an as yet unnamed girl group whose members will include Tiny’s daughter Zonnique Pullins (affectionately known as “Meek”), Lil Wayne’s daughter Reginae Carter, 9, and two sisters — one of whom is the daughter of Silk member Jonathen “John-John” Rasboro.

I’ll let you in on a little drama that occurred on the set of the reality show: John’s daughter asked him to attend her audition for the group, but John, who has another family, disappointed her by refusing to show up. I hear the little girl was in tears.

In another touching scene, Tiny’s mom Dianne Cottle-Pope and her dad Charles Pope renewed their wedding vows. Mr. Pope founded the group The Tams.

Tiny, who produced much of the background vocals you heard on the Xscape recordings, is busy writing age-appropriate music for the girls with her former band member Kiesha Miles. I’ll post the group’s pic as soon as one becomes available. Some of you may remember that Zonnique was in another group called QT-Possie a few years back. The other member of QT-Possie, Jasmine, is helping with the group’s choreography.

Tiny is due to visit T.I. again today before she returns to Atlanta tonight.

UPDATE:

I just spoke with a source close to Temeka, who is still in Arkansas visiting T.I. in prison. Tameka said to tell my readers that “anybody can write to Tip.” She said there is no pre-approved mailing list. So get your write on! And make sure you put that you’re a member of Sandrarose.com in your letter so he’ll know to write you back!



  • PAGESINADIARY

    THIS ISNT NEWS, WHY WOULDNT SHE VISIT HIM?

  • Daisy

    Sandra that was a NOVEL of a nothing post. If true good for TI and Tiny.

  • Imalover

    Thanks Sandra… that was a meaty post!

  • http://sandrarose.com ckarinwhite

    :yawn:

  • netta0281

    i dont think that true about the letters i wrote him 2 weeks ago and my letter havent been return yet

  • Daisy

    LOL@Netta

  • anti-PC

    This would have been fascinating if I actually cared.

    But you know I love you, Auntie!!

  • netta0281

    whats up DAISY OUR FAVORITE NBA PLAYER BIRTHDAY WAS YESTERDAY

  • mizzdallas

    Tiny look cute in the 3rd pic!! okay! Next>>>

  • http://myspace.com/shae_camille model_chick78

    I’m excited abuot the show…I need another good reality show to watch (I’m a junkie)

  • coaretained

    How sweet…question though.. why she gotta take a friend EVERYWHERE?? She coulda left her azz back in the A.. she was going to see her MAN.. why bring a 3rd wheel.. unless you’re into thos kinda thangs….

    moving along…

  • LadyJustice

    tiny kinda looks cute in that second picture.

    wonder if that girl group or that reality show will be any good… probably not

  • iscream

    Cute story.

    So if the shop isn’t opened yet and they started filming, I guess the show won’t give her any publicity for the shop. I think that was a stupid move.

    Anyway I guess you all kissed and made up.

    OFF TOPIC

    That Tameeka Twit you did was funny as hell. Why are you keeping the goods from us non twitter people?

  • coaretained

    @iscream… do tell…. what happened now??

  • Daisy

    @Ice I started following Tameka I need to add sandra as well. Please fill us in.

    @Netta you talking about AI?

  • Naima

    I wouldn’t want the same hair stylists as Tiny. I am just saying. What they gonna be doing there quick weaves

  • Krysi J

    Please tell me you are not going to make a post of Tiny everytime she visits Tip throughout his bid…cuz thats just too much.

  • wiggy2272003

    I cannot wait for the show luvs me some Tiny and Naimla I believe its a nail salon I could be wrong tho. Guess I’m not as big of a Tiny stan as I thought. By the way was transferring some songs on my cds to my ipod LoveJones soundtrack has that cute song by them why don’t they do a reunion?

  • ontaya brooks

    @netta0281, what address did you use? Both of my letters came back and I used the address Auntie gave us to use.

  • iscream

    I’m not on twitter but this was in the Ursher post.
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    51 Liyah74 Says:

    Sandra that was funny how you ended your comments on twitter with Tameka. At the rate you’re going you are going to need a bodyguard and she is going to come after you.:

    @TamekaRaymond I have to go now, but I’ll leave you with this: they say how you got him is how you’re going to lose him. Is that true?

    @TamekaRaymond Hey, Meka (I know ur reading this) does Usher’s side piece have a name so we can address her properly? Is her name Karma?

    @TamekaRaymond I asked your husband why he doesn’t follow you on Twitter and he responded “WHO?”
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    Sandra, I love your cattiness. Please don’t leave us non twitters out on the goods.

  • mizzdallas

    @wiggy

    I would like to see Xscape come back and do a reunion reality tv show!!!

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    Darn, I have to change my screen name.

    Sidebar: @Sandra, can you tell Tiny and the members of Xscape to get their azzes back in the studio or hook up with En Vogue and SWV and do a Reunion Tour. We (fans) need some UNDERSTANDING, not another reality show.

  • mizzdallas

    @ice

    I was ROFLR!!! and you are right Sandra is gonna need a bodyguard but hey our girl Wendy Wiliams back in the day she swooped down on your azz!! Go hard or Go home!!

    @Sandra

    I have a twitt account, but I dont check that ish everyday, if your going to be messy please post that ish on your blog, where majority of your loyal readers be at!! We too want to partake in some hysterical laughter!!! You are soooo messy! and I love it!!!

  • mizzdallas

    @attorneymom

    SWV is currently working on there album via twitt Coko!!! So Im soo excited about that. But it will also be nice to see Xscape,SWV,Joedeci & Guy tour together!!

  • Kymystry

    wow … someone cares about this … really

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com TheHigherCall

    @Mizzdallas, I agree. Joedeci & Guy would be great. You might as well add Mint Condition, The Boys, Shai, BBD and Silk.

    Of course, New Edition is in a class all by themelves.

    Just dial it, dial it.

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com TheHigherCall

    Oh hell, I tried to change my screen name and I forgot about my logo. LMAO. This is embarassing. LOL.

  • iscream

    @ Mizz,

    Yes Wendy use to be messy. She has changed a lot though. I guess its age mixed with the tv show… have you saw the tv ads for the show?

    Swv needs to write a book because they went thru some drama. Mainly LeLe I think she was homeless and everything. I read something where she said something along the lines of… sometimes to get over something you have to go thru it. You have to go thru it to get to the otherside…

    Words to live by IMO.

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    For get it, I am attorneymom. I say what I mean and mean what I say. You know who I am. No need to change my screen name.

    Sidebar: I am still embarrassed. LMAO

  • Krysi J

    SWV is currently working on there album via twitt Coko!!! So Im soo excited about that. But it will also be nice to see Xscape,SWV,Joedeci & Guy tour together!!
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    OH gurl please don’t speak on it….HINT HINT, SWV, XSCAPE, JODECI, GUY….get ya MOney mane! I would go all out to buy those tickets!!!

  • netta0281

    @daisy yes A.I

  • netta0281

    @daisy yes A.I. @ontaya brook I went on the bop.gov and found the address

  • coaretained

    thanx iscream

  • Daisy

    @ice you are LATE somebody posted that in another post Fri/sat I thought you were talking about fresh dirt..lol Shoot got me exicited about nothing..lol

  • Kat

    lol @ this long, drawn out post! tiny went to see her man….i’m sure this won’t be the last time!

  • Charles

    WHO GIVES A FUCK!

  • wiggy2272003

    @ iscream I think you’re right A few years back I flew from Laguardia to Atl Airtran and she was on the flight with me. Carrying her own bags and all I was like wtf she doing on Airtran?

  • http://myspace.com/rayne215 spongebobfan

    going to visit someone in jail is so annoying its like a 5 hr process of waiting and searching just for a 30min-hour visit(depending on the day)
    anyway Go Magic they should win on their home court
    F*** the lakers

  • http://myspace.com/thegameoncw Bird

    I guess T.I. has special privilegdes or something. I have seen federal convicts on TV or movies and wrote to them asking things like “What made you do it?” and my letters have gotten through. (I had to cut that our when one wanted to visit me when he got out) If T.I.’s been allowed to put some kind of restrictions on his mail he is getting special treatment indeed. I love that pic of Tiny and T.I. looking out the window and I look forward to the reality show. Make that money gal!

  • iscream

    @ Daisy lmao. I said it came from the other post. Not all of us are here on the weekend. So you’re welcome Coa & Mizz dallas.

    I didn’t know you were on Twitter Daisy? You should know all the dirt. That tweet almost got me to join… almost.

  • Daisy

    @Ice I just follow ppl and I added Meka over the weekend after the drama.

  • http://XSCAPESIGHTINGS.COM crystal

    Like my momma always say you start worrying when people stop talking about you. The members are all working on different projects out side of Tiny and Kandi doing their reality shows, you can check out Tamika Scott in the play “There is a stranger in my house”. Starring Vivaca Fox, clifton Powell and Carl Payne. Latocha Scott is currently working in the studio and did a song with R kelly and is working on a reality show also. For more on the laidies of the R&B Xscape click on my name.

  • http://myspace.com/rayne215 spongebobfan

    We do need a return of the Girl Group.. the ones that pop up cant capure my intrest its one out now with a song with lil wayne i forget how it goes… my EnVouge will forever be my fav girlgroup

  • Daisy

    V Fox co hosted love and relationships last night on V103 about cougars..lol

  • mizzdallas

    what is up with crying baby pic…? Im I the only one disturb bye this!!! lol!!!

  • Daisy

    @MIzz thats what you get for taking a week off. That is the default pic Sandra picked for those who did not upload their own pic.

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    We need a new girl group that really can actually sing like the groups prior to 2000 and not managed by the parent of one of its members.

  • iscream

    @ Attrnymom

    Hate all you want Dc3 & 4 was a good girl group.

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    Daisy Says:
    V Fox co hosted love and relationships last night on V103 about cougars..lol

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    Then afterwards she partied with the young men at the Velvet Room. Go Viv!

  • Naima

    Aunt Viv is doing the chitlin circuit now, she stay working

  • mizzdallas

    @daisy

    Thanks! I take a week off and I miss sooo much!!!

    @attornymom
    They have some girl groups out now, I think Eletrik Red & Rich Girls, and neither one of the memebers parents are managers!

    Can we bury the word “Hate”!!!

  • iscream

    @ Update.

    I think that was really nice of Tiny. My message would’ve been a little different. @ least she supports her man no matter the circumstance. I wonder who is actually reading these comments? Did someone call her & tell her what’s what? Are these comments that important that she had to know before she got back home?

    Anyway, Tiny hold your head high and your man down.

  • MIZZ.I_REP_ATL

    LOL @ this post and that’s all I’ma say!!!

  • wiggy2272003

    me too MizDallas I would so watch. also me too to bury the word hate it’s a bad word anyway I was always to told you don’t hate anybody/anything you disdain them. So from now on Ima say to all you disdainers.

    DC was a good girl group. NoNoNo remix still gets play on my idpod and I only have a 2 gig

  • wiggy2272003

    @Sandra Creative Loafing a tabloid?

    Love your Tweets. like Iscream said almost enough to make me go on Twitter

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    wiggy2272003 Says:
    @Sandra Creative Loafing a tabloid?

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    If the Creative Loafing is not a tabloid newspaper what is it?

  • wiggy2272003

    @ Sandra I don’t know you may be right but tabloid to me is like gossip, or sensationalized. I always thought Creative Loafing like a local happenings,events, coupons ads, etc. Haven’t read it lately but I don’t remember seeing Gossip only actual interview pieces. But hey like I said you are probably right I’m not a journalist and you are.

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    mizzdallas Says:

    @Sandra

    I have a twitt account, but I dont check that ish everyday, if your going to be messy please post that ish on your blog, where majority of your loyal readers be at!! We too want to partake in some hysterical laughter!!! You are soooo messy! and I love it!!!

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    I have no clue what you’re talking about… I post everything on my blog. :\

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    wiggy2272003 Says:
    @ Sandra I don’t know you may be right but tabloid to me is like gossip, or sensationalized. I always thought Creative Loafing like a local happenings,events, coupons ads, etc. Haven’t read it lately but I don’t remember seeing Gossip only actual interview pieces. But hey like I said you are probably right I’m not a journalist and you are.

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    I’m not a journalist either. I’m a blogger. BIG difference. 🙂

  • netta0281

    @SANDRA ROSE

    GUESS WHO ON TWITTER NOW TINY KANDI AND LIL WAYNE EX WIFE JUST CONFIRM IT (TinyMajorMama)IS HER NAME

  • wiggy2272003

    @ Sandra, if you make a living writing pieces as opposed to novels doesn’t that make you a journalist? Again I could be wrong.

  • iscream

    @ Sandra comment 58.

    So are you saying you didn’t tweet that message to Tameeka? (Please don’t kill my dream)

    If so that’s what we are talking about. Don’t leave us out of the loop. We want the jokes and cattiness too.

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    wiggy2272003 Says:
    @ Sandra, if you make a living writing pieces as opposed to novels doesn’t that make you a journalist? Again I could be wrong.

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    I write blog posts, not editorial pieces. But I see what you mean. It seems like I’m a writer, but it’s not the same.

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    iscream Says:

    Don’t leave us out of the loop. We want the jokes and cattiness too.

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    Please keep it on the low. Twitter is almost dead anyway.

  • Daisy

    What do you call a war of words on twitter?

  • Daisy

    @Sandra why do you want it kept on the low now?

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    Sorry, I wrote “For get ” when it should be “forget”.

  • kwallace577

    that post was long as hail.

    good for them tho.

  • candycane

    She looks nice on all those pics. I guess having one hair color at a time helps