Rapper T.I. was spotted wearing Gucci flip flops and socks with long cargo pants at Reagan National Airport in Washington DC, after screening his new movie "Takers". Why do men wear flip flops with socks and cargo pants? Is that supposed to be sexy? Don't you have to keep pulling the pants leg up to keep it from dragging on the ground? I understand most men don't have the most attractive feet, but flip flops and socks with cargo pants in 80-degree weather is not the biz.

By the way, that's Clay Evans in the white tee: he's T.I.'s road manager, and my readers' favorite chocolate dip.


Fading pop star Rihanna was seen leaving her NYC hotel yesterday.

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I thought you guys said Fantasia's gigolo, Antwaun Cook, worked at T-Mobile where they met?

According to loyal reader Aisha R., Cook is a real estate agent who works for Keller Williams Realty.

According to Cook's bio on his website, he's been selling homes since 2003:

I am a proud father of two sons, Christian and Jackson. I graduated from East Carolina University in 2001, with a Bachelor's degree in Business. I grew an interest in real estate originally from the investing side, and have continued in real estate from many different angles for the last 7 years.

So did Cook really meet Fantasia in a T-Mobile store, or is it more likely that they met while he was showing her real estate properties?

According to Aisha, when Fantasia's rep claimed Cook took Fantasia to a home where he lived apart from his wife, he may have actually taken her to an uninhabited model home that was for sale and fully furnished.

Aisha writes:

Take a closer look at your man Mr. Cook. In the statement that was made by Fantaisa's rep, he took her to his home. It wasn't his home...it may have been a Keller-Williams home fully furnished. If that was the case, he needs to be put up on charges of trespassing and fraud.

http://antwauncook.yourkwagent.com

Update I, 11:12 am ET:

According to Aisha and Raye P., Cook is the manager of a T-Mobile store. Here's more info.

Update II, 12:12 pm ET:

Loyal reader Kim T. says she attended college with Antwaun Cook and he owns two homes. She also writes that he wasn't into dark skinned chicks until he met one who was a baller.

Hi Sandra,

You should know that in college he was a pretty-boy Kappa who would not even LOOK at brown skin or dark-skinned women back in our college days. He dated my cousin who was light-skinned and would often tell her, "We're looking for those red-bones." He would often say that he only dates light-skinned women and would praise my cousin for her complexion. That is why it's ironic that he's dating Fantasia.
Have a good day

K


Do you recall back in 2008 when I told you that fading R&B singer Ciara was being blacklisted in the industry?

Well, nothing has changed much in two years; Ciara's career is still on pause. And now comes word that Ciara's vocals are being scratched from an Usher track off his upcoming EP. The reason, Ciara's stank attitude -- what else?

Singer-songwriter Nire AllDaihas has dampened the hopes of Ciara fans everywhere by implying it’s highly unlikely they will ever hear Usher’s new single ‘Hot Toddy’ with the singers vocals on it.

She claims that Ciara “murked it” on the song, and cited music “industry politics” as the reason why the song may never get released. “To those who are asking about the Ciara version, sadly it will probably never be released” she explains with much regret “I happened to be in the lab the weeks they were mixing the song”.
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This is confirmation that the R&B songstress DID contribute to the song and her version was set to appear on Usher’s EP ‘Versus’. The tracklisting cited both Ciara and rapper Jay-Z as having features on the track. However, it was later confirmed that Ciara would no longer be appearing on the cut, disappointing fans in the process. Those who were hoping the song would appear in a remix could very well be in for a rude awakening. You read it here first!  Read More...


Yesterday, rapper young Jeezy responded to the speculation among rap fans that he dissed his label mate, Rick Ross, in a scathing track off his latest mixtape.

Jeezy dropped "Death B4 Dishonor" (B.M.F. Remix) on Monday, sending the Internets atwitter with rumors about a rap beef. But in an exclusive inteview with MTV.com, Jeezy says it wasn't a diss.

"It's not a dis," Jizzle told MTV News via phone from ATL. "First of all, I'm not gonna get nothing out of dissing that guy. That's one. What am I gonna get out of dissing him? I think sometimes people can read into things too deep. They trippin', man. They crazy out there. Basically, if homie takes that as a dis, he's insecure. Read More...

Meanwhile, both Jeezy and Rick Ross have now dropped the name of the South's preeminent club owner, Alex Gidewon of AG Entertainment Group, in their raps.


Ross, who has become a staple at Alex's clubs, kicked the honor off first with this line in "MC Hammer" off his Teflon Don CD: "Puchi puchi money long/ Now we call him Alex."

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According to WREG in Tennessee, the wife of slain NBA player Lorenzen Wright, Sherra Wright, was evicted from her Collierville, TN home.

The home is up for foreclosure and will be sold on the courthouse steps later this month.

According to neighbors, Sherra Wright and her 6 children moved into the home that she rented last November. The Wrights also have two other homes that fell into foreclosure, leaving Sherra Wright with a debt of $2.5 million.

Sherra Wright's attorney, Gail Mathes, says she is moving her kids to live with one of Lorenzen Wright's parents, Herb Wright, or Deborah Marion in Southeast Memphis.

Mathes says the children, especially the older boys, are having a hard time dealing with the death of their father and the allegations that their mother could be involved.

Mathes says, "They are trying to have privacy. The children are in a lot of pain. The more family support they have, the easier they will have it."

Sherra Wright has also taken her children out of their school.

Meanwhile, we now know what police were looking for when they conducted a search of the home last weekend.

Court documents show that police searched the home for paperwork on two guns that Wright was believed to own, as well as ammunition and cell phones.

The documents indicate Wright could have been shot with his own weapons because "shell casings of different calibers were recovered with Wright's body."

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According to a report published on RadarOnline.com, troubled R&B singer Fantasia was rushed to a N. Carolina hosiptal following an attempted suicide, not an accidental overdose.

According to a report filed with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, officers responded on Monday evening at 8:43 p.m. to a suicide attempt call at a home on Bevington Place, Charlotte.

Police sources and sources close to the investigation say Barrino was found in the closet of the Glynmoor Lakes neighborhood home and she was taken to Mercy South Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville.

Joseph Barrino, Fantasia's father, told RadarOnline that his daughter was "doing fine."

Fantasia, who was accused of being a home wrecker by her boyfriend's estranged wife, ingested an unknown quantity of medication and suffered "internal injuries" as a result.

Paula Cook, pictured above with one of her children, accused Fantasia of introducing her husband, Antwaun, to a lavish lifestyle that she could not compete with. She also alleged in court papers the existence of illicit recordings of Fantasia and Antwaun having sex. But Cook's close friends say there are no such tapes.

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Didn't I tell you Fantasia had mental problems?

Troubled singer Fantasia Barrino was rushed to a N. Carolina hospital last night for treatment of a "medication overdose."

This news comes on the heels of a suit filed by Paula Cook naming Fantasia at fault for breaking up her marriage. Paula Cook included the words 'sex tape' in the legal documents, but Paula's friends say there is no such sex tape.

Fantasia and Mrs. Cook's estranged husband, Antwuan Cook, have carried on a very public affair for almost a year.

Yesterday, Fantasia's reps rushed to deny the accusations against Fantasia, painting her as next to godly with the heart of a pure Saint. Sometime later, Fantasia swallowed the pills.

Im not surprised that Fantasia took such drastic action. Some people with Borderline personality Disorder will swallow just enough pills to make themselves sick in a desperate bid to gain sympathy.

I'm not saying this is the case with Fantasia. We here at Sandrarose.com wish Fantasia a speedy recovery.

According to the report, Barrino was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville around 8:55 PM ... the report says her condition was not life-threatening.

According to the report, it's unclear whether the OD was intentional or accidental.

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Thanks to loyal reader Tamara for the tip!


Confucius once said, "Fools and their money are soon parted." It's just a matter of time before someone finds a way to associate this with the Illuminati.

According to TMZ.com:

TMZ has obtained this exclusive photo of LeBron James in a business meeting earlier today with Rabbi Yishayahu Yosef Pinto ... a man known around New York as the "Rabbi to the Business Stars."

Sources involved with the meeting tell us LeBron had hired Rabbi Pinto for spiritual guidance for a "big merchandising meeting" that took place on a private yacht somewhere off the coast of NY just hours ago.

Rabbi Pinto -- a 37 year-old-man who speaks only Hebrew -- has met with all sorts of business moguls in the past ... and is considered by some to be a "spiritual guide" who consults on business matters.

We're told LeBron paid in the neighborhood of 6-figures to get Rabbi Pinto to sit in on today's meeting... in which LeBron heard presentations from several "big time" retail execs.

Wow. LeBron couldn't find a business/spiritual advisor who charges less than 6 figures for a one hour consultation?

According to a press release, Linda Johnson Rice, chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, Inc. (JPC), announced today that Desirée Rogers has been named chief executive officer of JPC.

As you know, Rogers was unceremoniously discharged from her White House Social Secretary post earlier this year after a scandalous security lapse that allowed a reality TV couple to attend a White House state dinner.

JPC publishes Jet and Ebony magazines and is the world's largest black owned publishing company. JPC's other brands includes Fashion Fair Cosmetics and Ebony Fashion Fair.

”Desirée has a proven track record of successful business leadership,” said Linda Johnson Rice. “She is a longstanding confidant and a savvy businesswoman who is committed to the strategic growth of Johnson Publishing Company. I look forward to working side by side with her as we embark upon this next phase for the company.”

Rogers will oversee the day-to-day operations of the company. She will be responsible for aligning core business strategies for all brands.

A flight attendant was arrested yesterday after he queened out on a Jet Blue flight, cursed the passengers, popped the emergency chute, launched himself down the chute and fled the airport in his car.

Steven Slater, 39, was arrested at his Queens home and charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and criminal trespass, according to the Queens District Attorney's Office.

Slater was upset over being accidentally hit in the head with a falling bag following a dispute with an airline passenger.

According to CNN:

The incident took place just after the Jet Blue flight landed [at JFK Airport] when a passenger stood to remove a bag from the overhead bin while the plane was still taxiing, a law enforcement source with direct knowledge said. A flight attendant exchanged words with the passenger, and the conversation escalated.

Slater picked up the intercom and used expletives directed at the passengers, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation. The source said that when the plane at stopped at the gate, Slater then grabbed some beer from the beverage cart before deploying the emergency slide and using it to leave the plane.

According to passengers, Slater got on the intercom and said, "I've been doing this for twenty years and I'm out of here."

The FAA is investigating the incident, although they claim none of the passengers were in danger.

The used emergency chute will cost the low budget airline $50,000 to replace.


Yesterday Young Jeezy dropped a new track titled "Death Before Dishonor", which is a remix to Rick Ross' B.M.F. (Blowing Money Fast).

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The track goes hard with Jeezy throwing lyrical barbs at Ross like, "Got damn hoe/ You got dem massive titties/ might as well roll with me/ to Magic City."

Apparently Jeezy is irritated by Ross' false machismo boasting about his bogus affiliation with the Black Mafia Family whose leader, Big Meech, is currently incarcerated in a federal pen for life.

   How you blowin' money fast?
   You don't know the crew
   Are you part of the fam?
   Shit I never knew

Obviously Jeezy isn't feeling Rick Ross' latest fairy tale. But is he also going in on the South's preeminent club promoter Alex Gidewon (pictured above right with Jeezy)?

Minutes after Jeezy dropped his new track, phones started blowing up all over the ATL as friends of AG wondered aloud if there was beef between the two friends. (I'm told there is no beef).

   Kept the lights on in Visions
   N*gga, Alex know
   Made him famous
   F*ck you think they call him Alex for?

And here I thought I made Alex Gidewon famous? :shrugs:

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Thanks to loyal reader Michelle for sending these pics of multimedia personality LaLa Vazquez modeling a string bikini at her Malibu beach house.

Michelle wrote, "She looks AMAZING!!!!" -- and I totally agree.

LaLa has put on some weight in all the right places! It's clear that she has hit the gym hard the last few months. Her body is bangin'! At first I thought she might have had butt injections, but after reading up on her workout regimen, I now see that her figure is all natural!

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LeBron James baby mama Savannah has come into her own as a lover and confidant to NBA King LeBron James.

Savannah exudes confidence in everything she does, from the clothes she wears to the weave that she doesn't wear.

She literally has the world's most famous basketball player by the gonads.

That's a great position to be in because it means that she rules the purse strings as well as his puppet strings.

Savannahl is profiled in the current issue of Haper's Bazaar magazine. Here's what she has to say about issues that don't really concern her:

On Miami Groupies affecting her relationship:
I’m not worried. We’re good. Our relationship is good.

Her mom adds:
Don’t you think he knows the difference between ruthlessness and love? If LeBron was going to do something shady, he can do that around the corner. He doesn’t have to go to Miami.

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Maia Campbell, the once beautiful star of LL Cool J's "In the House" is now incarcerated in the big house.

The 33-year-old daughter of author BeBe Moore Campbell, starred in numerous TV sitcoms and bit roles in movies such as Poetic Justice alongside Janet Jackson and Tupac. Like most washed up young stars with no job skills, Maia briefly dabbled in porn and then street drugs.

Maia was arrested on July 5th in Santa Monica, CA after being videotaped in a drug-induced haze. She remains incarcerated on $40,000 bond at the same facility where actress Lindsay Lohan was jailed. This is her 2nd arrest. It is believed that Maia suffers from bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.


Thanks to loyal reader Shana for the tip!

Loyal reader Morgan writes:

Hello, Miss Sandra

Im a huge fan of your website.

This weekend LIl' Kim performed in front of a sold out crowd of 15,000 people at Tanzania, Africa.

She did all of her hits and was joined on stage by African superstar "Nature na zali".

I've also enclosed a Black and white photo of LIl' Kim and From the love of Ray-J's "Lil' B ", on the way to the venue.

Check out more Lil' Kim pictures and videos at:

www.lilkimfanclub.com

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My nephew, Sam, from across the pond writes this piece about Trey Songz's failed reality TV show on BET. I have nothing to add personally to Sam's assessment, because I just don't care about this dude.

After a somewhat promising start back in June, the show’s ratings have dropped to dismal depths – with this week’s episode bringing in an embarrassing 0.461 million viewers (this despite it being aired nationally).

Worse still, the disastrous figures landed the show in last place among all Cable shows on the day of its airing (August 4th).

This will no doubt come as a blow to BET, Songz, and his team – who sources say had been lobbying for another season of ‘My Moment’.

With ‘My Moment’, however, it is unavoidably clear from the get-go that the objective is to present Songz as superstar. Yet with only one Gold album to boot (out of three) and a fanbase who appear to be more concerned with what’s in his trousers than his talent (an image Songz cultivated for himself), it’s not surprising to see such plans falling through. Matters aren’t helped by the fact Songz has as much personality as a loaf of bread, either.

The big news in the blog stratosphere over the weekend was the continuing trials and tribulations of "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino, who is being sued by a woman for breaking up her marriage.

You all know the story that the mainstream media has just caught a whiff of due of the aforementioned lawsuit.

Here's CNN's take on the story:

Paula Cook, who separated from her husband, Antwaun Cook, in June, filed the documents -- seeking child custody, alimony and other monetary support -- Wednesday in Mecklenburg County District Court.

The documents allege Antwaun Cook began the affair with Barrino, 26, in August 2009 after the pair met at a Charlotte-area T-Mobile store where Cook is employed.

Barrino... treated Cook to a lavish lifestyle, flying him to Atlanta, Georgia; Miami, Florida; New York; Los Angeles, California; and Barbados, the documents allege.

The pair "have at times recorded their illicit sexual activity," according to the documents.

I know you are growing wary of me throwing around the N-word. But you should know that 90% of the celebrities that you worship are narcissists -- and the reason our society (YOU) place celebrity narcissists on a pedestal is because we are a nation of narcissist enablers.

Narcissists belong in the category of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), or Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). This means that while most of them are beautiful and charming, they are deep down rotten to the core and there is no treatment for what ails them. So how do you deal with one?

You don't.

You avoid them like the plague -- but first you have to learn to recognize them, which is why I'm here to teach you what to look for.

How do you know when you're dealing with a NPD/BPD? -- they move quickly to 'own' you.

Shortly after meeting one, they decide your lives should merge and you should move in together. If the NPD is a man, he will propose to you within 30 days after meeting you. If the NPD is a woman, she will pressure you to marry her after a week. This is not normal behavior -- and no matter what you think you feel: you are not in love.

No matter what you think you feel, you will never be happy in a relationship with a NPD. You will always be 'on edge' or waiting for the other shoe to drop. If you somehow manage to find a little happiness, your narcissist will make it their priority to make you miserable.

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Musician Wyclef Jean lashed out at actor Sean Penn for questioning his motivation behind running for president of Haiti.

Penn, who spent the last 6 months helping out in a Port-au-Prince refugee camp filled with earthquake survivors, told CNN that he hasn't seen Jean in 6 months.

In an interview with Oprah's bff Gayle King today, Wyclef Jean defended his absence in Haiti, saying "I have sweat in my blood."

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"He hasn't seen me for six months—I've been going to Haiti for over five years. I am not absent in Haiti, maybe the tent city you're in, maybe I'm absent in that.

My country is not a city of tents, meaning I can't use the excuse of people living in tents to say that I'm going to make Haiti a better place. I would like to tell Sean Penn I do not react on emotions when it comes to the Haitian people.

I do not have to sacrifice my life and live inside of the tents to prove I am for the Haitian people."

Huh?

Wyclef opens his mouth and removes all doubt that he's ignorant. I guess you don't have to be in Haiti or help out in refugee tents -- or even speak the native language to run for president of Haiti?

Maybe Sean Penn should run for president since he's clearly doing more for the Haitian people than Wyclef who is all mouth and little action.


L to R: Alex Gidewon (AG Entertainment Group), Elsa Belai, Christina Milian and Shawn Costner (Universal)

Singer Christina Milian is in Atlanta shooting a movie for a month.

As you know, Christina was dumped by her estranged husband, The Dream, while she was in labor. But Christina hid her shame well, even publicly supporting her baby daddy's album for months after he filed for divorce.

But the ish hit the fan when paparazzi photos hit the blogs showing The Dream frolicking with his assistant on vacation while Christina was at home with their baby.


Well, now comes word that Christina may have a new man who's making her forget all about Terius. Last night, Christina and her mom popped into Elsa Belai's Secret Society party at Aurum in Atlanta.

With her was the man that she's allegedly boo'd up with now: Universal Music exec Shawn Costner.


Now I'm not saying that the two are a couple, so please don't quote me. But that's the word Im hearing. Christina is known to only date influential industry men who can further her singing career. Costner is The Dream's best friend and this might be CM's way of getting back at him.

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Rihanna was seen leaving her Toronto, Canada hotel and going for a walk before heading down to her concert. There's something different about RiRi but I can't put my finger on it. During her walk she stopped for fans to sign autographs and take pictures yesterday. Credit: O'Neill/White/INFphoto.com


R&B crooner Usher attended his New Look Foundation Powered By Service Day yesterday (August 5) on the campus of Spelman college in Atlanta, Georgia.

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That's what friends are for:

Laurence Fishburne's friends tried to do him and his family a solid by buying up all of daughter Montana Fishburne's porn DVDs for a million dollars ... and they hired famed attorney Yale Galanter to make the offer to Vivid Entertainment.

Sources tell TMZ, Galanter -- fresh off his Charlie Sheen victory -- reached out to Vivid honcho Steve Hirsch with the million dollar deal. But, we're told, at the time Galanter reached Hirsch ... the DVDs had already shipped out.

Galanter would neither confirm nor deny the story to TMZ.

When we contacted Hirsch he said, "It's true that we had several conversations with Mr. Galanter. We would have stopped shipment but it was too late. We continue to have the utmost respect for all involved." Read More

If you waited with heated anticipated for the world premiere of Kanye West's over ambitious video treatment for his track "Power", you were among the millions who were hoodwinked and bamboozled by this narcissist.

He said it was a painting, didn't he?

Last night I was on the phone with a friend as the video premiered on MTV at 11:01 PM. My friend considers himself an unapologetic fan of the troubled producer/rapper.

"Wow. This is hawt!," he exclaimed excitedly as the strains from the opening seconds of the video emerged from his television in the background.

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Musician Wyclef Jean formerly announced his intention to run for president of Haiti on CNN's Larry King Live last night.

Wyclef's only qualification to run for president of Haiti seems to be the fact that he was born there. But, as critics point out, Jean is rarely present on the island and he can't even speak the native language: creole and French.

Jean, a classic narcissist who has been accused of misappropriating funds designated for Haitian relief, said: "Now that our country has toppled, it's a chance to rebuild from the bottom on up."

But not everyone is thrilled that he's in the running for election.

Outspoken actor Sean Penn, who has lived in Haiti for the past 6 months helping to rebuild the earthquake ravaged Port au Prince, wonders aloud where Wyclef has been.

"What the Haitian people need now is a leader who is genuinely willing to sacrifice," Penn said. "I haven't seen or heard anything of him in these last six months that I've been in Haiti. I think he's an important voice. I hope he doesn't sacrifice that voice by taking the eye off the very devastating realities on the ground."

Penn mentioned past allegations that Jean mishandled funds from his nonprofit organization Yele Haiti and used some of the money donated for Haitians.

"He claims he didn't do it. That has to be looked into it," Penn said. "I've been there. I know what $400,000 could do for these people's lives."

In addition to paying himself and a friend over $400,000 in donated funds from his charity Yele Haiti, Wyclef, who is married, also paid a mistress $105,000 with funds from the charity.

According to The Smoking Gun, the IRS recently hit Wyclef with $2.5 million in liens.

ATL’s Club King Alex Gidewon (of AG Entertainment) gives singer Akon Of Konvict Music, Devyne Stephens, CEO Of Upfront Megatainment; Fesh Of Bahlna Productions, and Dj Armageddon (East Coast Sound Patrol), a behind the scenes tour of the New Vision Night Club in Atlanta.

The Grand Opening of the new Vision is right around the corner. Check back for more details!


Disgraced singer chris brown was spotted shopping at Barney's in Beverly Hills hours before he walked the red carpet at the TAKERS premiere in Hollywood yesterday.


CB wore a pink cat pendant with ladies denim capris, blue ankle socks and Vans deck shoes.


In a desperate bid to stay relevant, unemployed beard Amber Rose tweeted pics of herself wearing an assortment of wigs. I'm surprised that Amber can't find any down low male celebrities who are in need of her beard services. Maybe she should give chris brown a call?

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