Siblings Brandy Norwood and Ray J stepped out last night to celebrate Ray J’s birthday party in Hollywood. Ray J is enjoying mild success with Season 2 of his reality TV show ‘For the Love of Ray J’. Brandy, on the other hand, needs to step her game up before people start calling her Ray J’s sister.
I wish celebrities like Queen Latifah would remember that wearing her grandfather’s hand me downs while traveling is not the biz because the paparazzi stake out all airports in major cities. Just because she’s in a smaller airport like Dulles just outside of Washington DC doesn’t mean the paps aren’t there too.
The Queen looked stunning today when the paps caught up with her outside the Rockefeller Center where she made an appearance on the Today Show in NYC. It even looks like she’s shed a few pounds recently.
On the right is how Latifah looked on Friday (Jan. 15) on her way to the BET Honors taping. As you can see she upgraded nicely wearing the same coat with a fuschia dress, black hosiery and peep toe shoes. But the oversized men’s trousers, the old worn basketball shoes and the ill-fitting Gucci skull cap were simply unforgivable.
Singer/songwriter Keri Hilson got down at Timberland’s concert at Irving Plaza in NYC last night. Don’t you love her sense of style? I love to see sexy women in casual wear because it symbolizes their supreme confidence. Just because you got it doesn’t mean you have to flaunt it in public. Save the Goodies for that special someone who appreciates it more.
Rapper Lil Kim performed at Timberland’s concert at Irving Plaza in NYC last night. Aren’t we glad she stopped bleaching her skin and now looks like the Lil Kim of old?
Disgraced woman beater Chris Brown is still in Europe attending Fashion Week events. It looks like he fired his stylist after his Pee Wee Herman look made him the butt of jokes on every blog — even the ones that don’t care about him.
Music Mogul Sean Combs and rapper Lil Kim participated in a Timbaland concert at Irving Plaza in NYC last night. I didn’t know Timbaland could sing? Anyway, staying true to his narcissistic form, Sean is planning to throw an extravagant, over-the-top ‘King of New York’ themed 16th birthday bash for his oldest son Justin, who just turned 16 two weeks ago.
Sean is inviting the world’s most conceited artists, Jay Z, Beyonce and Chris Brown to join Snoop Dogg, Lil Kim and others in celebrating the birthday of his already over-indulged son who has a restaurant named after him. Of course, the entire self-serving affair will be filmed for MTV’s egocentric “Super Sweet 16” show. A source tells the NY Post that a NYC club will be decorated with images of NY’s skyline. Oh, and in lieu of birthday gifts, Diddy is asking his well-heeled friends to donate to the Haiti relief fund. But before you think Sean is teaching the youngster the importance of generosity by foregoing gifts in lieu of charity, friends tell me that Justin already received his presents on his actual birthday, including his biggest gift — a car.
Singers Rihanna, Maxwell and Wyclef Jean appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show today to talk about relief efforts in Haiti after the devastating earthquake.
As usual, Wyclef Jean tried to make the show all about him, saying, “I’m from Haiti. I’m willing to go to Haiti. I need a task force and if they put me in charge of the airport with the U.S. I can help facilitate… get the stuff to the people.”
Why would the U.S. put Wyclef in charge of anything when he couldn’t even run his own charity organization, Yele Haiti?
After witnessing him demoralize and put down former Fugees lead singer Lauren Hill right in front of me back in 1996, I have a very low regard for Wyclef (as I do for all narcissists). He thinks everything is about him.
Rihanna and Maxwell performed their singles “Redemption Song” and “Fistful of Tears” which are now available for download on Oprah.com, iTunes and the artists’ websites.
Disgraced singer Chris Brown attended a dinner party in his honor at Fashion Week in Milan, Italy yesterday. Somebody should tell him that only chicks and girly men wear their pants legs inside their boots.
Eve was spotted out & about with her boyfriend in West Hollywood earlier this week. Eve’s old boyfriend Stevie J really messed her up for life when it comes to black men.
Pop singer Alicia Keys appeared on a Spanish language TV show in Spain yesterday. She fills out her jeans very nicely.
The Internets are buzzing about Trey Song axing his former management team who are now spreading rumors that he is gay.
Well, if you read any of the blogs you know that the gay rumors were being spread way before Trey axed his management team. So what’s really going on?
Well, word is that Trey hired former Def Jam exec Kevin Liles to help boost his struggling career. But before that, Trey’s management team hooked up with a local blogger to spread lies and misinformation about Trey’s love life and when that failed — they even asked her to manufacture a fake relationship with him.
Talk about desperation?
From what I’m told, the blogger was paid for her services, which included advertising and other perks. All she had to do was keep up the charade and convince Trey’s gullible fans that he was strictly into females.
All that lying failed to stimulate sales though. Trey’s album dropped and flopped last year. Today, with over 500,000 followers on twitter, his album has yet to go gold.
But back to the gay rumors.
I hear that Trey’s label, Atlantic Records, is now very desperate to save Trey’s career and image as a ladies man. That’s why his team was dismantled and a new team put in their place. The new management team turned over a new leaf by emailing me (of all people) with exclusive images of Trey Song, which I declined to post.
If his old manager is talking to the blogs about Trey’s alleged homosexuality, is it more likely that he’s telling the truth since he has nothing left to lose?
Anyway, I just received an incriminating photo of Trey Song and Brandon Hines together (not sexually, but incriminating none the less). I reached out to Trey’s publicist for comment since it’s getting serious (something I rarely ever do). But because his PR has been so kind and supportive of Sandrarose.com in the past, I feel it’s only right to let him know that the other shoe is about to drop.
One week after a earthquake shattered his homeland, Haitian-born singer/songwriter Wyclef Jean stood before assembled journalists at a press conference with tears falling down his cheeks, and lied his azz off.
Wyclef called the press conference to defend his so-called charity, Yele, from accusations of sloppy record keeping, money mismanagement and self-profiting from the misfortune of others.
“Have we made mistakes? Yes,” Jean said Monday. “Did I ever use Yele money for personal benefit? Absolutely not.”
Wyclef went on to recount how he helped pick up dead bodies from the ravaged streets of Haiti. Yet the day before the press conference, while his people were still buried alive under rubble, Wyclef was basking in the glare of hot lights on the sunny beaches of Miami shooting a video to beg for even more money for a charity that doesn’t even have a staff or the resources to help with disaster relief.
Wyclef spent only 2 short days in Haiti before returning to the states on Saturday (Jan. 16). He hasn’t been back to Haiti since.
Today, Oprah will air a one hour special on Haiti with performances by Rihanna and Maxwell. Wyclef will talk about his couple of days there and beg for more money.
On Friday, Wyclef will shoot a two-hour telethon with celebrities such as George Clooney, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J Blige, Justin Timberlake and CNN’s Anderson Cooper who helped save a wounded boy from a mob in Haiti this week.
The money will be divided up between Yele and other charity organizations already on the ground in Haiti helping the people.
Flo launches Amber across concrete. Remember the first season of Bad Girls Club with local stripper Lee Lee and a mostly black cast? Now the chicks are white, and the fights are all scripted and fake. My how times have changed.
Republican Scott Brown’s historic Senate win in Massachusetts yesterday sent a clear message to Democrats in Congress: you’re next.
Brown’s win means the Democrats in the Senate are no longer filibuster-proof and they don’t have the 60 votes necessary to push the troubling healthcare bill through Congress.
Brown’s win in Massachusetts was astounding because Massachusetts had not elected a Republican to the Senate since the 70s. During the presidential elections, U.S. president Barack Obama won Massachusetts by 29 points.
But Obama will not go down without a fight. Obama’s former campaign manger, David Plouffe, added on ABC’s “Good Morning America”: “I’m very confident we can pass health-care reform.”
Well, good luck with that. Yesterday, Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, a Democrat, released a statement calling for a suspension of further votes on health care legislation until Senator-elect Brown is seated. It is likely that more Democrats will follow his lead now that they are no longer burdened with being the 60th vote.
Democrats have good reason to be worried. Martha Coakley, who was a shoo-in for the Senate seat vacated by the late Ted Kennedy, lost to a come from behind candidate who never would have had a chance were it not for healthcare reform.
Make no mistake about it: Coakley lost the Senate seat because of healthcare reform, not because she ran a losing campaign. In October, Coakley led Brown by 55 to 29 percent in the polls. It was assumed she would win by a landslide. But that was before Obama, Pelosi and Barney Frank decided they would ram their healthcare bill down the public’s throats.
A win for Republicans in Massachusetts signals a changing tide in American politics. A growing public revolt driven by angry Americans who were promised Hope and Change and instead got more of the same.
Sen.-elect Scott Brown said on Tuesday night, “[Democrats] will be challenged again and again across this country. When there’s trouble in Massachusetts, there’s trouble everywhere. And now they know it.”
Last night, Massachusetts made it clear that Americans do not want a one-party government running this country.
Singer/songwriter Keri Hilson drops a new video for her track “Change Me” featuring Akon. It’s an international single to follow up her #1 single “I Like” overseas in Germany and other territories. I had to grit my teeth while listening to this track. The vocals are not quite stellar, but Keri and Akon are both easy on the eyes which makes this video worth watching. I did promise not to say anything negative about my girl Keri who shouted me out on her album credits.
“Change Me” is not for us, it has an international flavor. Which makes sense because Akon is an international superstar.
Kim Tumey, the publicist for Vivica A. Fox and a myriad of other top shelf Hollywood stars, sent a terse, brief response to LisaRaye’s dig at her client in an exclusive interview I posted earlier today.
Referring to paparazzi photos posted on Sandrarose.com first of Vivica in the arms of her boy toy Slimm, LisaRaye said:
“Here’s my thing, you would never catch me like that. You know what I mean? Because that ain’t my style. I mean, like the pictures that they did of Vivica kissing and hugging on that boy. You would never catch me doing that.”
In response, Kim Tumey writes:
I apologize for having to waste your time by responding to LisaRaye’s comments. However, LisaRaye is the last thing on Vivica’s mind, with all of the catastrophic events going on today in Haiti who has time to be simple. This just goes to show you that an idle mind is an unproductive mind. Please make sure you donate to the victims of Haiti.
I don’t know what went on between these two great actresses, but there’s obviously bad blood between them. We’ll get the exclusive lowdown when LisaRaye’s touches down in Atlanta next week — unless I can get Vivica on the phone tonight to get her side of the story. Stay tuned!
A loyal reader scanned through my Exclusive interview with LisaRaye. My reader sent over these pics of LisaRaye posing at her birthday party with local club promoter Slimm who is currently dating Vivica A. Fox. In her email, she writes: “LisaRaye says she’s not a Cougar, but isn’t this Vivica’s man that she’s pushing up on in some club?”
I emailed her back and let her know that its not unusual for a celebrity to pose with the promoter who booked her. I see nothing Cougar-ish about these photos. I swear some females can be so messy.