Talk show Diva Tyra Banks is biting Oprah again after Oprah made a headline grabbing announcement that her popular talk show would end its run in 2011 (two years from now).

Tyra, who has been accused of biting Oprah’s ideas such as her popular “favorite things” show, is now announcing the end of The Tyra Show.

“This will be the last season of The Tyra Show,” Banks tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I’ve been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past 5 years.”

Wrapping at the end of its fifth season in the spring of 2010, it will be lights out for the show that brought viewers memorable weave-exposing, cellulite-revealing and tear-jerking moments.

Banks will focus on the launch of Bankable Studios, a N.Y.-based film production company currently reviewing possible projects. Sticking to her mission, Banks aims to bring “positive images of women to the big screen,” says an industry insider.

“My next huge steps will allow me to reach more women and young girls to help us all feel as fierce as we truly are,” Banks says. Read More…

Apparently, Tyra misses life in general and is tired of the daily grind of a TV talk show. There’s no mention of her ratings as the primary reason for her show’s ending.


The world media assembles outside the posh, multi-million dollar former London residence residence of terrorist bomber

For some reason, the world media has decided to connect US president Barack Obama with the Nigerian terrorist who attempted to bring down an American airliner with a semtex bomb strapped to his thighs last week.

The suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23-year-old son of a wealthy former Nigerian banking official, was arrested and charged with attempting to detonate a bomb on board Northwest Flight 253 on Christmas Day as it approached Detroit for a landing. Abdulmutallab tried to light an explosive strapped to his thighs by injecting a liquid detonator into it. But the bomb didn’t explode as expected. Instead, the flaming liquid dripped under the seat setting the man’s legs and the carpeting on fire.

Passengers said they saw a flash of light and heard what sounded like a firecracker going off inside a pillowcase. An alert passenger jumped over seats and other passengers to subdue Abdulmutallab who was taken to the first class section where his pants were ripped off of him.

Bot the bomber and hero sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns.

The quiet, unassuming baby faced student lived like royalty in a posh $3 million London townhouse. Former college friends say he was a loner who didn’t have a girlfriend. His parents financed his lavish lifestyle, but after graduating from a London University, Abdulmutallab moved to Yemen and broke ties with his family.

His father Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, a former Nigerian minister and chairman of the First Bank of Nigeria, warned the US about his son’s extremist views but Abdulmutallab was granted a US travel VISA anyway. Abdulmutallab’s name was added to a terrorist database but apparently he was not given “no-fly” status.

This story has topped the world headlines for days and has received 24-hour wall-to-wall coverage on US news networks. But why attach Obama’s name to the incident?

Some say Obama has so far ignored calls to suppress Al Qaeda cells in Yemen where Abdulmutallab allegedly received the bomb and his instructions. Many members of Al Qaeda have fled the war zones and moved to Yemen and Somalia, both Muslim countries that Obama is wary of criticizing.

Obama has already promised $70 million to the Yemen government in its fight against terrorist groups. But some say that’s not nearly enough.

As Sen. Joe Lieberman told Fox News on Sunday, “Iraq was yesterday’s war. Afghanistan is today’s war. If we don’t act preemptively, Yemen will be tomorrow’s war.” [link]

The call has gone out for Obama to consider preemptive (military) action in Yemen and other Muslim countries harboring Al Qaeda terror cells. But so far Obama has resisted.

According to a British paper, Abdulmutallab bragged to the FBI that there are “25 more” terrorists just like him ready to bomb commercial airliners in the US.

Twitter was all abuzz this weekend with the news that legendary singer Mary J Blige put the smack down on her husband Kendu Isaacs for eyeballing waitresses at her album release party last week.

Page Six gossip column was the first to report the blow up, but MJB’s camp quickly went into damage control denying the slug fest ever occurred (which makes you wonder if they were there to witness the fisticuffs?)

If the punch out really did go down, it’s about time that an industry wife put her foot on her man’s neck and checked his azz in public. Rumors abound about Kendu’s roving eye and the fact that he’s a cheater. Mary J don’t play that! Maybe this will send a warning to other industry husbands to toe the line or get some of what Kendu got. How embarrassing for a man to be b*tch slapped by his wife at an industry party.

Hip Hop fraud Nicki Minaj and sexy singer Tyrese partied at an Atlanta nightspot after the Hot 107.9 Jingle Jam, which I heard was a huge success. Lmao, Nicki looks like she borrowed her lacefront wig from Necole B.

I like the fact that Nicki poured out expensive champagne and Patron liquor for her fans who paid to party with her. That was a nice touch. Maybe she’s not so bad after all. I wonder why none of these other so-called ballers thought of giving back like that?

They say Lil Wayne, the Young Money Clique, Usher, Keri Hilson, Trey Song, Nicki, Young Dro, Plies, and more, all turned the Jingle Jam out!

Sorry, I don’t have a concert recap for you guys because the promoter only gave me a single ticket even though I asked for an additional ticket for my good girlfriend. So we left after standing in the cold night air for over an hour. What was I supposed to do, pay for her ticket?

The good news is the promoter came through with tickets for my readers. So, it’s all good!

Hi Sandra,

Julia here with Devyne Stephens and Upfront Megatainment. Thanks so much for the post – it’s great! Please can you correct the picture with Devyne and the little boy. He is not Devyne’s son, but a young child from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding Hospital who is suffering from asthma.

Please see blurb below and make amendments as soon as possible…

    Fourteen-year-old Antwan “Twan” Watson-Robinson was diagnosed at a young age with asthma and severe allergies. For the past eight years, Twan has visited Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for treatment and now receives immunotherapy injections in addition to his other medications to control his allergy symptoms.
    Without these treatments, Twan would likely experience severe breathing difficulties, leading to time in the Children’s Emergency department or even the Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
    Despite his diagnoses, Twan is upbeat and quick to charm the doctors and nurses at Children’s. A member of the school band and a football player, Twan has not allowed his asthma or allergies to slow him down. Off the field he also excels in the talented and gifted program at his school and hopes to one day become a sports announcer.

Kind regards and Merry Christmas :)

Julia Huie-Martin | Upfront Megatainment

I would like to wish my Sandrarose.com family a Happy Holidays! Enjoy your families, eat, drink and be Merry. But most of all, Be Safe! I hope to see you back here on Monday, Dec. 28. But if not, please have a happy and safe New Year!


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I can’t believe someone uploaded my all-time favorite Christmas song, “Happy Holidays” by the Ohio Players, to YouTube!

My 2nd all-time favorite Christmas song is “Grown Up Christmas List” by the Diva Monica. I know there’s a live version of this song out there but I couldn’t find it.

Celebrity choreographer turned music mogul Devyne Stephens held his annual Christmas bash on Tuesday night here in Atlanta.

Celebs such as R&B Diva Monica, musicians Jermaine Dupri, Akon, B. Cox, rapper Yung Joc and Mayor Kasim Reed turned out. And, of course celebrity photographer Prince Williams of ATLPICS.net was there to capture all the excitement!

The $50,000 extravaganza included Las Vegas style production, show girls and dance routines worthy of Broadway.


Stephens went all out this year giving $300,000 to a local charity.



Monica and Mayor Kasim Reed


Singer Akon and Devyne Stephens

MORE pics after the break!

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I found Mr. Unknown Wood above on Twitter.com last night (click the image to see his goodies). I would give you the twitter page I got the pic from, but there’s some question as to whether that’s actually his profile or some dude just stole his pic to entice the ladies (or the mens).

Check out more X-Mas Morning Wood after the break!

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Rapper Ke$ha’s debut single “Tik Tok” knocks Alicia Keys and Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind” out of the top spot on charts.

Both tunes are club favorites, but “Tik Tok” has a beat that makes you want to get up and move something. “Empire” slips to 2nd place after ruling the top of the charts for five consecutive weeks.