Tyra Banks' former assistant wants to be paid. According to TMZ, Richard Thomas claims Tyra owes him $5,820 in back pay. He wants Tyra to pay his back wages plus attorney fees and court costs.

Obviously he doesn't have any dirt on Tyra or he would have taken a different route.

From TMZ.com:

Tyra Banks' former assistant wants a small piece of her fortune -- actually, he wants a small claims court piece.

TMZ picked up a small claims lawsuit filed in L.A County by Richard Thomas, who claims Miss Banks owes him $5,820.

Thomas is suing for back wages plus a little extra. The complaint says Thomas wants the money for "services rendered as assistant and advisor."

We're not sure how much he wants as an advisor.

And this is funny... the legal documents require Thomas to ask Tyra for the money prior to filing suit.

His response to that: "I have not been able to catch [Tyra] while she is in."

Doesn't Tyra have a Twitter account?

Photo: Courtesy of Tyra Banks

If you didn't already know, local rapstress Rasheeda's fifth studio album, Certified Hood Chick, is in stores now!

Don't tell anybody I told you this, but I heard that the last time rapper Nikki Minaj was in the A she had the nerve to try to step to my girl Rasheeda. Whut? She didn't know Rasheeda stays packing heat. But I'm sure she found out!

Unlike that hood rat Nikki Minaj, Rasheeda can actually rap and has had local hits. We here at Sandrarose.com love Rasheeda because she is real. She'll tell you about yourself in a minute. And she is never too big to attend another rapper's parties without demanding or expecting compensation. In other words, she knows how to be a friend and when to be an artist.

Rasheeda doesn't floss or perpetrate like Nikki Minaj either. And unlike Nikki, Rasheeda doesn't wear the same thing EVERY time you see her.

When asked about her nationality (because she does look mixed), Rasheed responds, "I am ghetto, classy, crazy, African American hood chick."

Oh, and, unlike Nikki Minaj, Rasheeda's long, wavy curls are REAL!

Personal stats: Rasheeda is married with children.

Source: www.kacimagesandu.com

I guess struggling R&B singer Trey Song knows who his real fans are. According to online projected sales estimates, only one third of the singer's rabid 300,000+ Twitter followers went out and purchased his album on Monday.

Trey's Ready is expected to push between 100-115K in first week's sales to take the #2 spot on the sales chart. The CD will barely break 100K even with the added advantage of a Monday release. Record labels normally release product on Tuesdays.

The Diva Whitney Houston, who struggled through her live performance in Central Park yesterday, will claim the top spot on the charts next week.

According to HitsDailyDouble, Whitney's Arista/RMG album, I Look to You, boasts an expected sales figure of 250-275k. That's more than double the sales of Trey Song, and she doesn't even have a Twitter page.

Right Wing conservatives are up in arms over a speech that Barack Obama plans to deliver to the nation's shcool children on September 8 -- the same day that Tyra Banks will reveal her natural tresses on national TV (I had to throw that in).

Conservatives accuse the Obama administration of attempting to brainwash or indoctrinate school children into some sort of Youth Zombie Corp that will report directly to him *sigh*.

As evidence, they singled out a Utah teacher for showing a video to her students that conservatives are calling "radical, leftist propaganda."

Children at Eagle Bay Elementary School in Farmington were shown a short video called “I pledge” on Aug. 28. The video opens with an image of President Barack Obama and part of a speech in which he says, “Let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other.

“It’s very inappropriate to show a radical, leftist propaganda piece that political to children,” Gayle Ruzicka said. “If parents want their children to learn about those things and do them in the home, wonderful, fine, but it’s not the place of the school to show a one-sided propaganda piece to children without parents knowing about it.” Read more...

Although the text of Obama's planned speech to the children has not been released, conservatives are in an uproar because the students will be asked, by their teachers, to write a summary detailing what they can do to help Obama in his goal to change America.

I don't see a problem with Obama giving a speech to school children. But then I'm not a conservative either.

In case you didn't know, Transformers actress Megan Fox is the sexiest woman in Hollywood. Word is Megan beat out Beyonce for the coveted spokesmodel gig at Armani Emporium. Fox is a beast and no one is touching her right now.

Fox allegedly got the gig after a fierce bidding war between Versace and Armani. I wonder how much cash the brand laid out on the table for her services?

Megan will replace Beyonce as the face of Armani's fragrance and fashion campaign.

Unfortunately, there was no such bidding war for Beyonce's services. She was simply moved aside to make room for Megan.

I guess this is further proof that Bey is losing her appeal.

Thanks to loyal reader Iesha for the tip!

The late rapper Eric Breed, aka MC Breed ("No Future In Yo' Frontin' "), left behind a talented 14-year-old daughter who is making all sorts of musical noise on the scene. According to her mom Tasha, Alexis Breed is not chasing a record deal. She just wants to know if Alexis should pursue a career in music or not.

"Although it's important to keep up on the latest news, sometimes it's refreshing to see young talented people right here in our area," wrote Tasha in an email to Sandrarose.com.

Tasha also sent this pic of Breed with all of his beautiful children. RIP MC Breed!

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Celebrity turntablist DJ AM checked out of this world last Friday by swallowing a handful of narcotic painkillers, according to a law enforcement source.

The source told People magazine that the popular DJ, real name Adam Goldstein, had one OxyContin pill still in his mouth when his body was found by police around 5 p.m. Friday in his SoHo walk up.

An empty bottle of prescription OxyContin was found nearby. Crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia were found strewn about his body.

According to an autopsy conducted Saturday, eight partially digested and undigested Oxycontin pills were found in his stomach.

"He wanted to die," the source said. "He was going unconscious when he took the last one. He didn't even swallow it."

The source said Goldstein "smoked a lot of crack, barricaded the doors and killed himself." Read more...

The ultimate narcissist -- TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey, appears on every cover of her eponymous publication titled simply O: The Oprah Magazine. It is a magazine that, as the title suggests, is by, for, and about Oprah.

If you're a regular reader, you know how I feel about self-indulgent narcissists like Oprah. But the October issue of O is something special. It's a case study of what happens when one big narcissist meets head-on with another big narcissist. As you know, Oprah interviews Jay Z in that issue.

I must admit I did expect Oprah to put Jay Z on the cover of her magazine. I figured his oversized ego would demand it. But in fact, it took me some time to even find a reference to the Jay Z piece on the cover.

There it is, way down at the bottom right corner of the magazine, tucked under the subheading, "BEHOLD THE $30 BAG."

Jay Z's subheading is set in smaller typeface than the subheading above it -- almost as an afterthought.

Oprah, who makes no bones about her contempt for rappers, queries the rap mogul on his drug dealing past, his marriage to wife Beyonce, on being shot at, and his continued use of the N word:

O: Do you believe that using the N word is necessary?

J: Nothing is necessary. It’s just become part of the way we communicate. My generation hasn’t had the same experience with that word that generations of people before us had. We weren’t so close to the pain. So in our way, we disarmed the word. We took the fire pin out of the grenade.