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Loyal reader Roxanne wants to know:

Hey Sandra,

Love your site! Absolutely adore it! You keep it 100 at all times. I was browsing your site a couple of minutes ago and came across the photos for the Annual Luda Foundation Fundraiser hosted by RL. Just checking to see if you can get the name of the designer who makes those banging shoes on the chick in the now “infamous” yellow dress! LOL! You can just click reply if you want to send it to me direct or, I’m sure folks have already asked, so, I’ll check your site to see if you have an update on them. Hope to hear from you soon!

Oh, and one more thing…GIRL, I get mad as hot coals when “they” mess with you. You say what others want to, but can’t, because of fear, intimidation and the almighty DOLLA! Continue exercising your right to free speech, keeping it real and laughing at them haters!

Now let me get my tail back to work! LOL!!!

Roxanne

Hey Roxanne, I have no idea. But I’ll ask my friends over at UpscaleHype blog (Sarah Chapman is out of town).

Update:

According to loyal readers Carl Ayers, Editor-in-chief of Obvious magazine and Sarah (not Sarah Chapman), the sandals are from the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2009 collection. But I also received an email from someone claiming to be the lady in the yellow bandage dress herself (she didn’t give her name). She said she bought the shoes at BeBe in Phipps plaza last year. But does BeBe sell Louis Vuitton shoes?


Ludacris (center), Andrew (far right) and his friend (far left)

Hey Sandra,

I would like to express my deepest appreciation to you. Thank you for presenting your readers with the opportunity of a life time. It was a very special moment just being able to converse with they many people I did. The items I purchased were nice. It feels great being able to having something I never thought I would own. The limited edition polo tie its self has its own meaning that I cannot express in words. I love the tie. I would like to Thank Chaka Zulu (Ceo of DTP), Ludacris (Ludacris Foundation), Gabrielle Union, Jamal Coleman, and Sandrarose.com . I will continue to do well in school and perform exceptionally well academically, in athletics, and in my community.

Thank you,
Andrew

Photo by Prince Williams/ATLPics.net

Last night, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges held his annual Ludacris Foundation fundraiser at the high end Ralph Lauren Purple label boutique inside Lenox Square mall in Atlanta.

Celebrities included Gabrielle Union, who co-hosted with Luda; actresses Keshia Knight Pulliam and Mari Morrow, singer Bobby Valentino, football great Warrick Dunn, Kim Zolciak’s ex Lee “Big Poppa” Najjar, my winner of the $500 shopping spree Andrew Palmer and more!

Ralph Lauren’s top executives flew in from New York for the event. Everyone who attended the event donated to the foundation through purchases from the boutique. Everyone bought something, even if it was a decorative candle. 15% of the purchases went to the Ludacris Foundation.

My lucky winner Andrew Palmer, a student at University of South Georgia, was able to meet Ludacris and Gabrielle Union and take pictures with them. Then Andrew, whose username is “Acemaster” on my blog, went shopping for clothes with his winnings! Thanks again to Ludacris, The Ludacris Foundation, Jamal Coleman of J Coleman Presents and Chaka Zulu for making that happen for him!


Ludacris and his fiancee Eudoxie


My winner Andrew Palmer greets actress Gabrielle Union

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Remember when U.S. president Barack Obama promised he would not raise taxes on middle class families who earned below $250,000? Well, as usual, he lied.

Get ready for the VAT tax. It’s the same tax system that Europeans are under. If you think your local state tax is bad, wait until the VAT tax takes effect.

President Barack Obama suggested Wednesday that a new value-added tax on Americans is still on the table, seeming to show more openness to the idea than his aides have expressed in recent days.

After Obama adviser Paul Volcker recently raised the prospect of a value-added tax, or VAT, the Senate voted 85-13 last week for a nonbinding “sense of the Senate” resolution that calls such a tax “a massive tax increase that will cripple families on fixed income and only further push back America’s economic recovery.”

Many European countries impose a VAT, which taxes the value that is added at each stage of production of certain commodities. It could apply, for instance, to raw products delivered to a mill, the mill’s production work and so on up the line to the retailer. Read more…

What this means is, instead of assessing a tax on the final product (such as coffee beans for instance) we will now be assessed a tax on growing the beans, the manufacturing of the coffee beans, the shipping of the coffee beans, in addition to the local tax when we buy the beans in the store.

That’s more taxes than any of us have ever paid in our entire lives. It won’t do anything to revive the economy if most of us are on the unemployment line. But isn’t that what you wanted when you elected a Socialist president to the White House?

By the way, the article I linked in this post has over 6,800 comments left by angry Americans who finally get it. Welcome to Socialist America.

ABC Nightline asks the question ‘why can’t successful black women find a man?’ I changed the title to ‘husband’ because most successful black women don’t have trouble finding a man. There are plenty of black men in our community who don’t mind being kept lavishly while spending her money. I can think of a handful of them right off the top of my head.

The problem is that these successful women can’t land a husband because doing so takes a lot more work and effort than they are willing to put out. That’s because most successful black women believe they are above black men. It’s sad but true. Society has devalued black men to the point where our women don’t even respect them any more.

Haven’t you wondered why there is such a proliferation of lesbians in our community within the past two decades?

Last week, ABC gathered together the cream of the crop within the black Entertainment industry to try and tackle the troubling question from the inside.

I have no clue what’s going on, but I’ve been hearing whispers about why Tiny took her girls Shamra and Keisha (along with her daughter Zonnique) to NY with T.I., but not Toya or Reginae. Whatever it is, I hope it’s not serious and the girls can work things out peacefully between them. I love their friendship.

Loyal reader Layla writes:

Hi Sandra, Just wanted to first say that i love your site . Its My Guilty Pleasure LOL. My question is i haven’t been seeing any tweets from Antonia Toya Johnson Carter directed to Tameka ‘ tiny’ Cottle, Keishababi or Shamrastar for the last week or so , They girls usually tweet regginae but they havent in a while ! hmmmmm ‘ . They usually tweet each other faithfully. The OMG GIRLZ are in New York doing shows but without Regginae . Now Toya is tweeting about Regginae Attending Acting Classes in Atlanta. Toya Seems to have some things on her chest for the last few hours! What’s Really Going On?”

XOXOXOX
Layla


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Beyonce looked ridiculous in this loose fitting get up as she and Jay Z were leaving the Coachella Valley Music festival in Indio, California yesterday. The only thing that saved her were those fly azz shoes! You can tell a classy woman by the shoes she wears — not by how her stylist dresses her. Beyonce would be soooo lost without a personal stylist to put her look together for her. What a mess!

According to TaSH: the bag is Balenciaga and the Alexander McQueen “Military Inspired” Fatigue Peep-Toe Booties retail for $1295. They can be purchased online or at Neiman Marcus.

Rapper T.I. flew his baby mama Tiny, her friends and most of his Grand Hustle staff to NYC earlier this week for business (and pleasure). He was spotted outside his hotel today wearing a classic large monogram Christopher Louis Vuitton backpack.

This particular backpack debuted in 2005 and quickly sold out. The Christopher backpack is favored among urban celebs such as Jay Z, Kanye West, Nick Cannon, Chris Brown and Usher (pictured below with his).

There are a ton of knockoffs available online for as low as $30. But men who desire only the best will be lucky to find this bag on eBay or Craigslist.com since LV no longer sells it.


Photo (T.I.): INF Photo

I’m on the phone right now with someone who knows Drake’s sexy arm piece Maliah Michel personally. Maliah is a well-known stripper at Dreams in Houston, Texas. In fact, she’s the top shelf dancer there and her image adorns all of the club’s flyers.

According to my source, Maliah is, shall we say “on loan” to Drake from her sugar daddy, a Houston businessman who owns strip clubs in the city. Apparently, this is a normal practice within the entertainment industry for pimps/sponsors promoters to “book” their girlfriends to go out of town with rappers and professional athletes.

I won’t name the dude, but my source said Maliah has been dating this man for years. She recently saw them together and as far as she knows, they haven’t broken up. But this is typical of rappers who hire voluptuous beards to cover up their secret down low lifestyles. Of course, I’m not saying this is the case with Drake, who attended the BMI Urban Showcase with his arm candy last night in Atlanta.

Brandy is one of my favorite singers and it saddens me that she threw away a stellar recording career to follow the pack of has-beens who star in reality TV shows. Brandy was spotted in NY’s West Village yesterday on her way to an event.

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Oscar winning actress and comedienne Mo’Nique is not very happy with talk show maven Oprah Winfrey right now. As you know, Mo’Nique’s brother Gerald Imes appeared on Oprah’s show on Monday where he recalled molesting his younger sister when he was a teenager.

Siblings molesting each other is nothing new to the black community. For most black families it’s a shameless secret that no one wishes to discuss publicly. Rarely does the police or social services get involved since the acts of incest often go unreported until the young victims confide in outsiders.

When I worked as a nurse at a juvenile facility, roughly 50% of the detainees there were incarcerated for molesting their younger sisters and brothers.

But according to Radaronline.com, Mo’Nique denies the molestation ever ocurred — at least not the way her brother recalls it.

Winfrey – who also suffered sexual abuse – wanted to make sure that the Precious star fully understood what her estranged brother would say after he originally approached her to appear on the show. On the show – which aired on Monday – Imes confirmed that the molestation continued for a year or two, starting when he was 13 and Mo’Nique was 7 or 8.
But Mo’Nique believes her brother lied on the show and didn’t convey the full extent of what he did to her. As a result, her relationship with her brother and her parents, who also appeared on the show, is worse than ever.


Source: RO

Photos: JustJared.com

Last night, BMI Atlanta held it’s 13th annual BMI Unsigned Urban Showcase at the Havana Club with rapper Drake performing with a live band. Industry types and celebrities flew in from around the country to pack the former car dealership.

Local talent Nicoya (above) won Unsigned Artist of the Year Award. And Travis Porter and Big Boi also took home awards. I have no beef with BMI staff, just with Catherine Brewton, the woman who runs the Atlanta office. In my opinion, she’s not nice. In fact, Ms. Brewton looks down her nose at people when she feels you’re not worthy of her time.

Obviously no one ever told her “a smile goes a long way” or to be kind to everyone on your way to the top because you will meet those same people on your way back down.

Even though Ms. Brewton and I have never had words, I tend to remember people like her — not by name — but by her stank attitude.

True leaders get to the top not by being ruthless or disrespectful to others, but by treating everyone with respect and dignity regardless of their status in life. Back in the day when I was just a lowly photographer, I was hired to take pictures at the palatial mansion of Ted Turner and Jane Fonda.

At the party, Mr. Turner approached me several times and engaged me in conversation as if he had known me for years. He even playfully pretended to jump off his balcony so I could get a good shot of him. That’s how you make a lasting impression on others so people remember your name.

Treat everyone with respect and people will feel ashamed to talk bad about you.


Drake and Baby performed with a live band


Sexy Bu (Co-CEO of Konvict Muzik and VP of Def Jam)


Handsome singer/songwriter Sean Garrett looking pensive


Singer Lloyd (“Bedrock”) and his mom who looks a lot like Stacey Lattisaw

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More pics of Drake at the Gold Room in Atlanta last night. L to R: Rapper Drake, music producer Jermaine Dupri (Who also DJ’d the party), rapper Titti Boi, producer B. Cox and rapper Bow Wow (far right). Drake will perform with a live band at Club Havana tonight! So get there early. You already know the line will be ridiculous!

Bu (Def Jam A&R), Alex Gidewon (AG Entertainment Group) and Drake


Bow Wow and Drake

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This morning, before I had even seen any pics from Canadian rapper Drake’s packed Key Club party at the Gold Room last night, I received a call from a source within Drake’s camp who assured me that Drake’s coupling with infamous butt model/video chick Maliah Michel was the real thing — and should not be distorted by me as some type of staged publicity stunt designed to deflect gay rumors.

I told him his points were duly noted, but I decided to wait for the pics to see for myself. Well, I know Drake was an actor before turning to a career in rap, but I am convinced!

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