A California jury today acquitted an Atlanta man in the shooting death of rising Atlanta rapper Dolla at a LA mall one year ago Tuesday.

Jurors on Friday rejected prosecutors' contentions that the killing of Dolla, whose real name was Roderick Anthony Burton II, was a callous act of apparent revenge.

Burton and his accused shooter, Aubrey Louis Berry, had been involved in a fight at an Atlanta club less than two weeks before the shooting last May.

Berry hugged his attorney after the verdict was read while Burton's family sobbed.

Berry's attorney had contended the shooting was an act of self-defense, emphasizing that Burton glorified a violent gangster lifestyle in his rap lyrics and online videos.

Source: MSNBC

Janet Jackson abandoned her short hair cut and glued a few pieces back in her hair to give it volume and fullness. Can you blame her? Janet had the blogs buzzing when pictures of her sporting her new wet look cut landed online. It was obvious from the pics that Janet's hair was thinning on the sides and front. Janet attended the London preview screening of 'Why Did I Get Married' at Brixton Ritzy today. Wow she looks hawt!

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According to DC Black Gay Pride organizers, rapper Wale has abruptly pulled out of a Gay Pride concert as headliner.

Apparently, Wale asked the organizers to hide the fact that the event was part of the Black Gay Pride festivities going on in DC that weekend.

It seems Wale didn't mind taking the organizer's cash, he just didn't want it publicized that he was participating in a "gay" event. But I thought Wale was gay?

Earl Fowlkes, the DC Black Pride board member acting as spokesperson for the nonprofit organization, said Wale's decision to cancel his appearance was due to homophobia.

''Basically we had an agreement, and we were very clear to the different parties and agents involved that this was an LGBT event,'' Fowlkes says. ''What happened is that when the first blast went out that Wale was going to be at Black Pride he got cold feet, and his agent first said Wale wasn't available because he had to do family stuff. Then we got another e-mail saying he didn't know what kind of event this was when he agreed to it.''

According to an e-mail from Jesse Kirshbaum, a talent agent representing Wale... his client took the [gig] because it was a local Washington event, but that he was ''mislead.''

''All of the facts of the event were not disclosed with the offer and therefore, he feels mislead and regretfully declines.''
Fowlkes says that is not true. ''We said, 'We told you up front, how could we hide that DC Black Pride is LGBT?''' Fowlkes says. ''They just said he couldn't do it. So it basically is homophobia rearing its ugly head once again, and on our 20th anniversary, it's really sad.''

The White House posted pictures of Beyonce performing at the White House State dinner the other night. Sorry, there were no pics of her rolling across the stage on her back.


Special thanks to the White House photographer for this photo of Barack Obama in his now classic narcissistic posture -- chin up and eyes closed. Now I can retire the other photo.


Actress Halle Berry needed a police escort to get her past the throngs of paparazzi outside the medical center on Bedford Drive in Beverly Hills today. Are you sure you want to be a celebrity?

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Actress Kerry Washington covers the current issue of JET magazine. As you know, Kerry has been unlucky at love. So much so that she even tried dating outside of her race because, like other high profile black women, she devalues black men as not being good enough for her.

Kerry¹s Agenda
Smart, savvy actress talks Broadway, movies and how she¹s not in a rush to have a baby

In her latest film "Mother and Child," acclaimed actress Kerry Washington plays a married woman with fertility issues who adopts a child while her personal life spirals out of control. But in real life, the 33-year-old sexy starlet tells Jet that having a baby is not quite on her radar these days.

That¹s no surprise since within this year she¹s starred in the acclaimed Broadway play, "Race," shot two films and continues her eco-campaigns and advocacy for the arts in public schools. Read more about Kerry¹s agenda and her thoughts on maintaining healthy relationships in this week¹s issue.

Also, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. weighs in on the Arizona immigration law controversy. PLUS, former Olympia-turned-WNBA player, Marion Jones, shares lessons learned from falling from grace.

This issue of JET magazine hits stands nationwide, May 24.

One of celebrity blogger Necole Bitchie's BFF's was busted this morning for grand theft. Now Necole is going into damage control mode to distance herself from her friend.

Apparently, Juanita Crimiel, 26, who passed herself off as a successful celebrity cook named Chef Juanita, befriended Necole who then introduced her to all of her industry friends.

Crimiel, as Chef Juanita, wove an intricate web of lies and deceit in order to scam Necole's industry contacts out of $20,095.21!

One of the celebrity victims who fell for the so-called "Chef" Juanita's lies was BET 106 & Park's co-host Rocsi.

Crimiel's latest caper involved shaving her head bald and pretending to be a cancer patient. Two weeks ago, she used a bogus email account to email me claiming "Chef Juanita" was dying of cancer. Two days later, I received another email from Juanita informing me that "Chef Juanita" was dead.

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Last night I watched the 2-hour finale of Grey's Anatomy season 6. It was my first time watching the hospital drama, and it will be my last.

It's been a long time since I've seen such a ridiculous, unrealistic plot played out in a drama series.

For those who didn't see this mess: a deranged gunman, whose wife died on an operating table, decides to exact his revenge by killing the surgeon and scrub nurse who operated on his wife.

For two hours, this supposedly modern, big city hospital is on "lock down" status while this lunatic roams around freely shooting and killing doctors at will.

Having worked in a few hospitals as a RN, I can tell you that any hospital on lock down status means all doors are automatically locked!

In reality, the gunman would have been limited to a very small area of the hospital and every weapon in the SWAT team arsenal would have been aimed at him! Also, the phones still work on lock down status!

There is a phone in every patient's room and at every nurses station. Yet we watched doctors and nurses helplessly attempting to remove bullets and insert chest tubes with NO ANESTHESIA and no medical supplies because they were supposedly isolated from the world and couldn't get help? What nonsense!!

In reality, life would have gone on in that hospital. There would have been SWAT teams in the OR protecting doctors while they operated and saved lives. It seems as if the writers of Grey's Anatomy don't have a very high opinion of the intelligence level of their viewers.

Episode summary after the break.

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Happy Birthday to Lil Rocko, the son of singer Monica. Lil Rock, real name Rodney Ramone Hill III, turns 5 today! Lil Rocko is an avid reader of Sandrarose.com! He checks the blog every morning before he goes to school. Ladies, lock your daughters up in 10 years!

My regular readers will remember Jai Jai, who gained instant notoriety when rapper Shawty Lo leaked graphic cell phone pics of her to a gossip blog last year.

Shawty Lo hooked up with Jai Jai when she was a streetwise 16-year-old. Despite the fact that he was already in a committed relationship, the two dated on and off for years.

Jai Jai gave Sandrarose.com an exclusive interview shortly after the pics were leaked. Since then she has moved on and up. Click here to read that interview.

We know pseudo-rapper Nicki Minaj is a lie, so watch Jai Jai's promo video above and let me know if you think Jai Jai is the truth.

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Yesterday I confirmed that legendary pop singer Janet Jackson's hair was thinning (most likely due to menopause or premenopausal symptoms).

But some readers begged to differ that Janet was losing her hair (although the photo evidence is stunningly clear).

Loyal reader Kyra T. sent this close up pic of Janet's short hair. But the pic only proves my point that Janet's hair is thinning in some places. That's scalp that you see between the threads of hair still clinging to the sides of her head.

For the majority of women of a certain age, hair loss at the onset of menopause is normal. Usually hormone replacement therapy (HRT) will restore your lustrous locks. That's if you don't have a family history of cancer. In which case, most doctors won't prescribe HRT for you. But there are many natural alternatives to HRT available.

Check back for my Medical Minute post on hair thinning and other symptoms of menopause that will affect most of you as you reach the twilight of your life.

Kyra T. writes:

Good morn'n Sandra,
Here are some better pic's of Janet with short hair and she is not thinning, can you please open your enrollment.

Kind regards,

Kyra T.
HR Representative


The reign of one of Hollywood's biggest box office attractions is apparently over. Today's big gossip news is actress Megan Fox being booted from the cast of Transformers 3.

Her infraction: bad mouthing Transformers director Michael Bay, who plucked her out of obscurity and launched her career,

In an interview last year, Fox told Wonderland Magazine:

"He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he's a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he's not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he's so awkward, so hopelessly awkward."

Bay reportedly forgave Fox for her snide remarks. But that was back when Megan was on top of the world. One movie flop later (Jennifer's Body) and Megan's star quickly fizzled.

It wouldn't surprise me if Bay pretended to be cool with Fox while waiting in the cut until he could publicly humiliate her in a huge way. If so, it worked.

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A loyal reader writes:

Hey Sandra!

Stopped by your site as I always do & I kinda giggled when I saw the pic of Rosa Acosta & her long flowing hair. In April, she spoke with Bossip about how she shaved her hair because of some medical condition & how she's still a sexy, super blah blah blah woman without it. So to see her with 6 packs of Remy #1 is hilarious to me. Even more hilarious...actually sad, is she has a medical condition that causes her hair to fall out yet she continues to get butt shots which I'm sure doesn't help her health in a positive way.

The things people do for fame SMH


A few years ago I discovered that a long lost friend was the tour director for singer Beyonce.

Knowing that she checks in regularly, I'm posting this tutorial hoping that she will see it and pass it on to Beyonce, who seems to have trouble finding good stylists who are proficient at applying wig glue.

Beyonce's hairlines are always a tragic mess, and even I feel sorry for her when I see her struggling with her lacefront wigs.

Again, I am in no way hating on Beyonce. But we should never see hairlines looking a nappy mess like Beyonce's in this day and age with so much technology (and such quality wig glue) available to us.



Source: eHow

According to online reports, actor Terrence Howard got hitched back in January of this year. Howard, who is set to play Nelson Mandela in the biopic Winnie, married Michelle Ghent, 33, a film production worker.

"Terrence is so in love with her and she's a great, down-to-earth girl who really understands and loves him for him," an insider tells UsMagazine.com. "He feels so lucky."

Howard, who has a long history of jungle fever, let the news slip to CNN's Anderson Cooper during an interview at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday.

"To come here and be with my wife, it's the best feeling in the world," he said of promoting his movie, (which co-stars Jennifer Hudson) in the South of France.

Howard split from his wife of 13 years, Lori McComma, in 2005. They have three children together: Aubrey, Heaven and Hunter.

Source: US

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When and if troubled actress Lindsay Lohan finally makes it back home to LA, you can expect to see the largest mob of paparazzi ever assembled at LAX airport.

That is because every paparazzi in town will be vying for that money shot: the one that shows Lohan shackled and being led to a waiting squad car.

In case you haven't been following Lohan's latest misadventures, she was supposed to be in a LA courtroom today for a mandatory progress report on her probation. But Lindsay's reps claim she's stuck in the South of France after someone stole her passport in Cannes where she was attending the film festival this past weekend.

The judge isn't buying Lohan's excuses, and she ordered LiLo to appear today -- or a bench warrant will be issued for her arrest. It probably didn't help LiLo's case that she's been photographed partying hard every night in Cannes since losing her passport (see above pic).

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About 4 years ago, convicted woman beater Chris Brown was interviewed during a live remote by a local radio station. The popular radio jock, who is himself brown skinned, surveyed the room as he and Chris spoke, and then declared live on air, "there sure are a lot of pretty light skin chicks in this room" (I'm paraphrasing). A giggling Chris Brown quickly responded, "YEAH!"

Every Chris Brown fan knows that he has color issues and that he prefers to date only light skinned women. They say that when one impulsively lashes out in anger, they open a window into their true character.

Yesterday, Chris Brown threw open that window giving us a wider insight into his self hatred in a series of tweets attacking the part of me that he despises the most -- my skin color.

Laugh if you want to, but you should know that this is how Chris Brown feels about an entire group of people with brown skin -- not just one.

If you have beautiful brown skin, you should be offended by his "spook by the door" insults and the message he sends to his young fans that it is OK to disparage and ridicule people with darker skin hue than his.

Update:

Chris Brown deleted his offensive tweets about dark skinned people. He then offered up a lame excuse to explain why it's OK for him to make disparaging remarks about skin color in the first place:

...because he made a song about brown skinned girls. Can you believe it? What an idiot.

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Janet Jackson was spotted in London recently wearing her real hair. As you know, for years Janet has worn hair extensions, weaves and lacefronts. It was rare that we ever saw her real hair. And now we see why. It appears that Janet's hair is thinning, and not just her hairline but all over her head! I love short hair on women, but Janet's hairline is killing me. She needs to go back to wearing lacefronts pronto.

Source: TGJ

I've never heard of video vixen Rosa Acosta who hosted the Tuesday night party at the Havana Club last night. So I reached out to a manly man to explain what all the hype was surrounding this chick.

He excitedly informed me that Rosa's meteoric rise to fame was the result of a "stretching video" that "went viral" last year. He said the stretching video featured all the right "erotic" moves and positions, and he said because of that, she was now the new "Melissa Ford of music videos."

After speaking with him, I arrived at the same conclusion that I began with: I don't see any difference between this broad and all the other LSLH botox butt models currently in rotation.

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Oscar winner Sandra Bullock and her adopted son Louis Bardo Bullock, 4 mos., are on this week's cover of US Weekly magazine. Sandra, who is described as a "great mom", dishes about the "secret deal" she made with her estranged husband Jesse James. James recently said "my decision to let my wife end our marriage and continue the adoption of Louis on her own has been the hardest." Somehow I doubt that.

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Loyal reader Liliana writes:

Hi SANDRA,

In honor of Haitian Day, Dirty Money did a photoshoot in Los Angeles with Haitian model, Marvin Bien-Aime. No one was aware that Marvin was an earthquake survivor and at the time of the rescue search was trapped under heavy rubble for 4 days with no food to eat or water to drink!

He was finally found by rescuers and brought in to receive medical treatment for injuries. There were no serious injuries so Marvin was released and decided to come to the states (Miami, Florida) where he was reunited with other family members.

On Marvin's journey back to the states he met with Sean Combs, better known as P. Diddy for a one on one interview to discuss what happened during Haiti's earthquake. After a long interview, word on the streets has it that P. Diddy was moved by Marvin's story and that Marvin is possibly the new face of SEAN JOHN clothing line!!! Yay!! There is always light at the end of a dark tunnel!!!

Marvin is pictured attached with Dirty Money's Dawn and Kaleena.

This is a great story if it's true.

If you spend any time at all on the social networking website Twitter.com then you know that in addition to being a place where information and ideas are exchanged in 140 character bursts, it is also a hotbed of sin and lust -- most of it taking place in the private DMs.

The anonymity and availability of social networking sites like Twitter.com has only heightened the carelessness of your favorite rappers like Bow Wow who use the network's private DMs to stalk their feline prey.

There was a time when paying a groupie cash for sexual favors guaranteed her silence.

Not any more.

These days, groupies often can't wait to log into their Twitter accounts to spread tales about their sexual conquests with rappers in their DMs.

For most of these loose women, it's not about their honor or self respect anymore; it's about their overriding desire to be famous. And that's where I come in.

Take this beauty for example. Her Twitter page is @Hotyella817, and she is already famous in certain circles for her (alleged) sexcapades with your favorite rappers (allegedly).

She lives in Dallas and she claims to be an "aspiring model." You will be hearing more about her in the near future.

More pics after the break...

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I just put up a post about the 2010 BET Awards nominations being announced today, but to be honest, I didn't even look at the nominations.

So it was a surprise to me when I got a call just about an hour ago from an industry exec questioning why Monica wasn't nominated for Best Female R&B Artist?

Here is the category again in case you missed it like I did:

Best Female R&B Artist
Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige
Melanie Fiona
Alicia Keys
Rihanna

How is Beyonce's name on the list with a 2 year old album? I like Melanie Fiona's music, but she isn't even a household name. And Rihanna is clearly a pop artist.

Naturally Monica's followers on Twitter are in an uproar. Many twitterers report BET's Twitter page blocking them. According to the industry exec I spoke with, it seems BET deliberately left Monica off the Female R&B list so as not to appear biased towards Monica since her highly rated reality show, Still Standing, is on the BET network.

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President of Programming and Executive Producer for the BET Awards Stephen Hill, left, posed with rapper and music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs as he announced the nominees and performers for the BET 2010 Awards today in NYC. The 2010 BET Awards air on June 27th. In accordance with a promise that I made last week, I have no further comment on this photo right here.


Rapper-turned-actress Queen Latifah and her longtime lover Jeanette Watkins bought a home together last year. I don't know why anyone is surprised.


Dirty Money stood with their boss Sean Combs on the podium.

See the complete list of nominees after the break

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