R&B singer Usher performed on ABC's "Good Morning America" in Central Park this morning. Can Usher, chris brown, Mario, Trey Songz, et al, find new dance steps to do and stop biting Michael Jackson?

Pop singer Rihanna was spotted out and about with her younger brother, Rajad, in New York City last night.


Usher also performed live on the CBS Morning Show this morning in NYC.

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I stopped this video after only 10 seconds in. It is disgraceful what some parents think is funny and cute when it comes to their children. The incidences of violence among teens and teenage pregnancy is spiraling out of control in the black community.

You only have to look as far as MTV and BET's 106 & Park to see why: music videos by the likes of Ciara and Nicki Minaj that portray women as sex objects.

Though in BET's defense, they did ban Ciara's "Ride" video from the airwaves for its graphic, sexualized imagery. Kudos to them.

Still, we must do better as a people!

Blame it on: MJ

Fledgling porn star Montana Fishburne once said she got into making sex films because she wanted to be famous like Kim Kardashian.

If you recall, Kim's ex-boyfriend, Ray J, sold the personal sex tape he made with Kardashian to a porn distributor. A judge later slapped Ray J and the distributor with a cease and desist order. But Kardashian rocketed to fame as a result.

And now it looks like the same will happen to Montana, who is the daughter of humiliated Matrix star, Laurence Fishburn.

TMZ has obtained several letters that Fishburne's legal team fired off to a porn star named Brian Pumper -- demanding that his production company immediately stop all sales of "Phattys Rhymes & Dimes 14" ... which features a scene between Montana and Brian.

According to the letters, Montana never signed a release for Brian to use the X-rated material in his video.

As for why Montana agreed to engage in coitus in front of Pumper's cameras in the first place -- Fishburne tells us Brian offered to help her "practice" for her big debut with Vivid Entertainment ... and the footage wasn't supposed to be sold.

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It would seem so after the former Alaska governor rushed to defend talk radio antagonist Dr. Laura, who announced she's leaving her long-running radio show, presumably so she can insult an entire race of people with impunity whenever she feels like it.

Dr. Laura Schlessinger stirred up controversy when she repeatedly uttered the N-word to a black caller during her radio show on August 10. She later apologized, but Palin stoked the fires of controversy once again when she took to her Twitter page and tweeted:

"Dr. Laura: don't retreat: reload! (Steps aside because her first amendment rights ceased to exist thanks to activists trying to silence. Isn't American, not fair)"

It's obvious that Palin's cloudy judgment confuses ignorance and racial insensitivity with Dr. Laura's inalienable rights to freedom of expression.

“Does anyone seriously believe that Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a racist?” Palin asked in a post on her Facebook page. “Anyone, I mean, who isn’t already accusing all conservatives, Republicans, Tea Party Americans, etc., etc., etc. of being racists?”

Dr. Laura and Sarah Palin prove that even high profile rednecks often blur the boundaries of human decency.

The most anticipated movie of the year is Fox Searchlight Pictures' Black Swan, an artsy movie lensed in 16mm film noir style that explores the dark side of ballet's intense competition between two of a ballet company's principal dancers.

Natalie Portman (Star Wars) plays the veteran dancer, Nina, an emotionally troubled loner who is slowly descending into madness.

Mila Kunis (Book of Eli) plays Lily, the cocky, self-assured dancer who is competing with Nina for the lead role in the classic production, Swan Lake -- or is she?

In the opening scene of the movie's trailer, Nina says:

"I had the craziest dream last night... about a girl who's turned into a swan. But her prince falls for the wrong girl... and she kills herself"

And that, in a nutshell, is the theme of Black Swan, a psychological thriller with ballerina protagonists.

The love scene between Nina and Lilly is garnering a lot of press. But the concept of a chick turning into a swan -- à la Jeff Goldblum in The Fly -- is what's most intriguing about Black Swan.

In the film's trailer, Nina repeatedly scratches herself leaving her back covered in long, jagged scars. There is one intense scene where her mother (played by the excellent Barbara Hershey) frantically clips Nina's nails down to the nubs.

The last scene in the trailer shows Nina plucking a black feather out of her back. The whites of her eyes glow a fiery red... just like a black swan!

Does Nina eventually turn into a black swan? I read the script online, so I know the answer, but I won't spoil it for you.

Entrepreneurs Vanessa Simmons, left, and her sister Angela Simmons attended the Pastry Box of Chocolates launch party at CityCenter in Las Vegas yesterday. Loyal reader LaTomya wrote in to rave about Angela's shoes:

Hi Sandra, Can you put up a post on Angela Simmons Light Up Jimmy Choo shoes. She wore them in Vegas for the Pastry line promotion party. They are sooooo HOT!!!!

The cast of The Expendables, L-R: actors Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren and Terry Crews attended the ringing of the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street in NYC today. There is something so unsexy (not to mention suspect) about a male who constantly takes off his shirt to flex his muscles while in the company of other alpha males. Does your man do this?

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From Upscale Hype:

We all know celebs love their Louis Vuitton and Gucci, so I wasn’t surprised to see rapper T.I. over in NYC rocking a pair of Louis Vuitton Brooklyn sneakers ($560) along with a classic Gucci interlocking G belt ($225), which was tucked underneath his purple v-neck sweater. The Brooklyn sneaker made its debut as part of the Summer 2010 collection, and features tw0 tone calfskin leather, large eyelets and a rubber sole.

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Yesterday R&B crooner Usher's camp rushed to put an end to rumor that could potentially derail his successful comeback.

The rumor: that Usher and chris brown was planning to tour together.

After fielding a flurry of phone calls from media outlets and blogs (including Sandrarose.com), Usher's reps crushed the rumor.

“There are no plans at this time for Usher and Chris Brown to tour together,” the singer's reps said in a statement. brown’s reps also chimed in with the statement: “There is no confirmed Chris Brown and Usher tour at this time."

The announcements came as good news to outraged Rihanna fans who were preparing to picket any arena where the convicted woman beater was scheduled to appear.

The false rumor was sparked by music producer Bryan-Michael Cox -- a Jermaine Dupri crony -- who later tweeted that he didn't know if the information was true. ("It would be dope, tho[ugh]," Cox added.)

By the way, I heard from a very credible source in NY that Rihanna is a big fan of Sandrarose.com (hi RiRi!)

I hear that she appreciated all the love and support we gave her during the chris brown crisis.


Earlier this week I posted an email from a concerned reader who asked to remain anonymous. She asked if we could confirm a controversial statement that was being attributed to U.S. president Barack Obama as part of his speech during the Ramadan dinner at the White House.

Of particular concern to my loyal reader was the passage that read -- and I quote:

I have instructed my state department to give the Imam of this 911 Mosque, free travel in a U.S. Gov’t. Jet, paid for by the American Taxpayers, all over the Middle East.

It turns out that the email was a hoax; as those words were not uttered by Obama during the Ramadan dinner. But the above quoted passage is true; Obama has instructed the U.S. State Department to fly the Imam of the proposed NY Mosque to the Middle East - on your dime!

According to the Washington Post, the state department -- which answers to Obama -- is sponsoring a tour of the Middle East for Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the man behind the Park51 Muslim community center and mosque proposed on a site near New York's Ground Zero.

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Keri Hilson's fierce new look is causing a buzz all over the Internet.

Without a doubt, this is singer/songwriter Keri Hilson as we've never seen her! LOVE the blonde hair.

Grammy-nominated, Interscope/Zone 4/Mosley Music Group recording artist Keri Hilson premiered her latest single "Breaking Point" today during the Ryan Cameron Show on Atlanta's V103.

"Breaking Point" is off her upcoming album No Boys Allowed, which basically means: Only grown men need apply for her love. She's riding hard for her women on this one!


The track speaks to single ladies everywhere who tolerate bad behavior from their men when they don't have to, because, well, you hold the power.

"Every woman can be lied to and cheated on," she sings, "but every woman has a breaking point."

   Now ladies, we really should be mad at ourselves
   'Cause see: Some women just tolerate too damn much!
   I know we've gotta choose our battles
   But damnit, every woman has her breaking point!

“Breaking Point” was written by Keri Hilson and produced by superproducer Timbaland. “No Boys Allowed” is slated for a Late 2010 release and a video for the song will be shot in Atlanta early September. The song is about that breaking point that every woman gets to when the excuses given by boys are no longer accepted.

Keri comments “ If you’re not man enough to step to the plate, then keep it moving."

Polow Da Don, Co-Executive Producer of the album and Zone 4 President, adds: "Keri's intense focus on No Boys Allowed has been inspiring to me in and out of the studio. This will definitely be one of the best albums of 2010/2011."

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Big Boi, 35, (his debut solo album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, is out now) shares the 25 things you don't know about him with UsMagazine.com.

1. Kate Bush and Bob Marley are tied for my favorite artist.

2. I love to play myself on Def Jam's Icon video game.

3. Jane Fonda is a good friend.

4. I love the cheesy bread at Red Lobster.

5. I have three kids: my sons, Cross, 9, and Bamboo, 10, and my daughter, Jordan, 15.

6. I have a dog kennel, Pitfall Kennels.

7. I have a room in my house called the Boom Boom Room. It's where all the fun happens.

8. My family loves dancing to "Pants on the Ground."

9. Martha Stewart taught me to cook fried lobster tail.

10. I have a lot of security cameras, so don't try nothin'!

11. I named my dog Halle Berry; she's got a cute face.

12. When my family bowls, we call ourselves the Water Buffaloes like on The Flintstones.

13. My pet shark is named after blues singer Billy Ocean.

14. One of my favorite movies is Iron Man.

15. I like taking my kids to their football games.

16. I have multiple rap personalities.

17. I don't eat beef or pork.

18. I have more than 400 pairs of sneakers. Read more...

Sad news: Kanye West's stellar music career is officially over. Kanye leaked this snippet of a track featuring Drake titled Ghetto University and it sucks worse than a broken vacuum cleaner. What happened to Kanye? At one time I used to fiend for this man's music. Nowadays when I hear his tracks I just change the station or turn the volume down. Sad.


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Loyal reader Tamara M. sent in this pic of R&B Diva and her boo, Shannon Brown of the LA Lakers strolling arm in arm together. A little birdie told me that Shannon recently met Mo's parents Marilyn Best and Rev. Ed Best, and they both loved him!

I also hear that Shannon supports Mo in all her personal and artistic endeavors. The 6-4 guard recently made the decision to return to the Lakers to win a third ring rather than choose a team closer to his lady's heart. Mo's boys, Melo and Lil Rocko love the chris brown look-a-like. Expect a big announcement real soon!

Good Morning Sandra,

I did not know if [you] seen this, Monica look so happy..

Music mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs was spotted leaving the French Connection afterparty at Trousale Nightclub in Los Angeles last night. I had no idea Sean had such bad posture. Puff climbed into a waiting car with two young blondes -- neither of whom were his live-in lover Cassie Ventura. Maybe he got into the wrong car by mistake?

Pharrell Williams was seen leaving Pastis in the meatpacking district of NYC after eating lunch with a friend yesterday. He was wearing loud yellow popsicle shorts from his Billionaire Boys/Ice Cream clothing line which is all the rage with fashion forward Metrosexuals.

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