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