Long after her career is over, pseudo-singer Ciara will be remembered for elevating the status of Tranny chic. Ciara looked fierce on the red carpet at the Grand Opening of Lavo's nightclub in NYC last night. And as the kids would say: her face was beat!

Rapper T.I. turned out to support R&B singer Trey Songz at a groupie-filled listening party for Trey's album Passion Pain & Pleasure Ventanas Rooftop in Atlanta last night.


T.I. and DJ Don Cannon (who used to break former stripper Brook Lynn Carter's back) at the listening party for Trey Songz's Passion Pain & Pleasure at Ventanas Rooftop in Atlanta.

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R&B singer-turned-socialite Brandy is pictured without any makeup arriving at rehearsal for 'Dancing With The Stars' yesterday in Los Angeles.

Is she pregnant or did she just have lunch? I don't want to start any pregnancy rumors like the chick who runs the Your Beyonce Forever blog. Anyway, why are Brandy's eyes so puffy like she hasn't slept in days?


Singer Debra Cox, left, socialite Solange Knowles and her wild afro wig attended the Luca Luca Spring 2011 fashion show today at Lincoln Center in NYC.

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So 'Precious' star Gabourey Sibide made the October cover of ELLE magazine, but instead of celebrating that remarkable achievement, critics choose to complain that the cover was Photoshopped to make Gabby light skinned.

So what? Doesn't Beyonce Photoshop her skin to look lighter all the time and she's not even dark skinned?

...there’s something off in Sidibe’s cover photo. Sidibe’s skin is noticeably lighter than usual. Elle clearly couldn’t handle Sidibe’s real skin color, and traded away her actual color for something dramatically lighter.

It’s a common, tired practice, and the routine is well-practiced: beauty companies and fashion magazines regularly lighten women’s skin (and darken the faces of black men), pissed off consumers shout back, and sometimes an apology is issued. But come the next fall collection or election season, photo retouchers are inevitably back to trying to make women of color more attractive by lightening them, and darkening the skin of men of color to make them seem more dangerous and suspect. Color, still, is everything.

The writer also disparages ELLE magazine for "cropping Sidibe's cover photo so close" in order to hide her full-figured body, which the writer called a "travesty."

I guess it doesn't matter that ELLE bucked a longstanding fashion industry tradition of treating dark skinned heavy set women like they didn't exist.

I choose to celebrate the fact that Gabby -- a dark skinned, full-figured woman -- made the cover of ELLE. Especially after shock jock Howard Stern famously announced that Gabourey Sidibe would never work again because she was "the most enormous fat black chick" he'd ever seen.

Good for Gabby! :cheer:

According to X17online, a company called Pipedream has fulfilled every clueless man's wet dream by manufacturing a blow-up doll in the likeness of Socialite and reality TV personality Kim Kardashian.

The doll is called "Kinky Kim Filthy Love Doll" -- but before you think that Kim K would actually co-sign a more plastic version of herself: the model on the box is not Kim.

But she does bear a striking resemblance to the botoxed beauty eating a burger with sauce dripping down her chin. The cover pic is reminiscent of Kim Kardashian eating a sexy salad in her infamous 2009 Carl Jr. commercial.

Therein lies the problem: Carl Jr. didn't give Pipedream permission to use their commercial concept -- or their salad -- on the box. The company is considered its legal options.

Meanwhile, if you think the front of the box is scandalous, here's what's on the back of the box.

"Meet Kinky Kim, the busty bubble-butt bimbo who’s had more dark meat in her than a bucket of fried chicken! No one really knows what she’s famous for—except cellulite and her insatiable appetite for filthy sex! This dirty lil’ diva wants you to stick it in her face and get it all over the place.”

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A man who torched a Qur'an while off-duty was fired from his job as a New Jersey transit worker, according to the NY Daily News.

Derek Fenton, 39, tore pages out of a Qur'an and lit the Muslim Holy book on fire in front of the planned NY mosque near ground zero on the anniversary of Sept. 11.

Fenton told reporters that he was protesting the planned construction of the controversial mosque.

After burning the Qur'an, Fenton was escorted to jail by police. "He said, 'This is America,' and he wanted to stand up for it, in a Tea Party kind of way," a police source said.

But police say Fenton looked like he was having second thoughts about his actions after being released from jail.

"He looked nervous, like he was starting to think it wasn't such a good idea," the police source said.

On Monday Fenton learned he was terminated from his job after 11 years at NJ Transit.

NJ Transit said Fenton was fired but wouldn't give specifics. "Mr. Fenton's public actions violated New Jersey Transit's code of ethics," an agency statement said.

"NJ Transit concluded that Mr. Fenton violated his trust as a state employee and therefore [he] was dismissed." [read more]

According to the Daily News, neighbors in Fenton's town described him as a "family man" who "loves his kids and he loves trains."

"Good for him for burning the Koran," neighbor Jacqui Marquez, 40, said.

"Everybody's entitled to their opinion," she added. "By firing him, they're sending a message that there's no freedom of speech. They're completely wrong for doing this."

Pseudo-singer Ciara showed up to the Betsey Johnson fashion show in this hooker outfit yesterday complete with thigh high hooker boots. At least if Ciara falls off she has other options to make a living.


As you can see, the tranny look is very much in these days


Troubled musician Kanye West attended the Rodarte Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Dia: Chelsea today. Kanye is wearing the same black suit that he wore to the Phillip Lim men’s fashion show last week. And last night he wore the same red suit to the Jay Z concert. Where they do that at?

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Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles attended the Grey Goose presents Rising Icons event in NYC last night. I was just on the phone with a friend who is very impressed with Solange's new style. I have to agree. Solange should be a model. She has a bland face, and a thin frame with long, graceful legs that are suited for the runway. What do you kids think?

NBA star Dwyane Wade's concubine, Gabrielle Union was spotted out & about in New York City wearing a 1930s-style flapper style dress. Union is attending the Mercedes Benz Fashion week shows. There's a rumor that she's starting her own clothing line for full figured women.

This is how singer Lady Gaga dressed to walk through JFK airport yesterday. Gaga shocked travelers with this ridiculous getup, which included a chain and a pair of handcuffs dangling from a belt around her waist.

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Aging rapper Jay Z and Eminem brought out Drake, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Beyonce to rock Yankee stadium during the "Home to Home" tour.


Jay Z, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj


Jay Z and his human blow up doll

If this kind of thing interests you, there are more pics from the concert after the break.

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According to CNN, the owner of the NY Jets has apologized to a female TV reporter who was the victim of sexual harassment by Jets personnel.

Ines Sainz, a former Miss Spain who now works for popular Mexican network TV Azteca, told CNN's Rick Sanchez that Jets owner Woody Johnson called her on Monday to apologize for the team's inappropriate behavior. She said she accepted his apology.

On Saturday, Sainz tweeted that she was “dying of embarrassment,” after players began hooting and hollering and an assistant coach threw footballs at her as she stood on the sideline during a team practice.

“To be quite honest, it didn’t bother me," said Sainz in an interview with TV Azteca. "I took it as a joke, and none of the footballs actually hit me.”

Then, when she entered the locker room to interview Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, she said she heard players discussing her.

"I try not to hear anything, try not to pay attention. My cameraman told me, 'Don't look on the right, don't look at the left," she said. "But I really feel the noise and all the environment was talking about me."

Sainz said that a colleague later told her what the players said about her in the locker room.

"One colleague – one female colleague – came with me and [told] me, 'I'm so sorry. It mustn't happen. It's not OK,'" Sainz said. "So I tried to calm her. … I really know that she [heard] something that I didn't hear, and the rest of the media … heard things that I didn't really hear. So I really appreciate the concern about it."

Sainz said she thought no more of it until the next day when she learned the incidents were the talk of the NFL.

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Jamie Foxx dined at BOA restaurant on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood last night. The always stylish comedian and radio host wore Gucci from head to toe.


Banned from the VMAs because his ex-girlfriend Rihanna was there performing last night, struggling R&B singer chris brown instead braved the pouring rain to dine at the newest restaurant and nightclub in New York called 'Lavo', where he grabbed drinks with friends.
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Beyonce found a new lacefront wig to wear to the Tom Ford fashion show during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week last night in NYC. Is it just me, or does Beyonce bear a striking resemblance to a blow up doll?


I see Bey's sister Solange Knowles got that nappy afro wig under control. She actually looks very nice here. Classy.


Singer Fefe Dobson attended the Second TIFF Dipnight After Party with Special Guest Will.i.am hosted by BlackBerry at Ultra in Toronto, Canada on Saturday. The the following evening she attended the Victoria's Secret Gifting Suite during the 35th Toronto International Film Festival at Four Seasons Hotel.

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Over the weekend I received some credible intel that R&B crooner Ne-Yo was shacking up inside the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills with a honey while he was in town for the MTV Video Music Awards.

Thanks to ATLPics.net's west coast paparazzi connect, we have the Exclusive pictures of the undercover lovers leaving the hotel yesterday.


The chick quickly split away from the group as soon as she realized the paparazzi was serious about getting her pic. But Ne-Yo called her back to his side.


The unidentified woman rejoined the group but she appeared to be very nervous. R&B singer Pleasure P, far left, was also apart of the group with Ne-Yo.

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The MTV people constructed a white carpet winter wonderland scene for the 2010 VMAs.

Nicki Minaj made a very unremarkable debut on the MTV VMAs. This chick is famous for no reason at all. She has no hit record, no album, no movies, nothing. Not surprisingly, she didn't win for Best New Artist.


Ciara looked stunning. I really can't front; I would lower my standards for her if she always looked the way she did last night. It's too bad she performed during the pre-show rather than the live telecast when most of America was watching.


Singer Lady Gaga looked surprisingly tame during the pre-awards show. But then she cracked everyone's faces when she strolled into the green room wearing a meat dress with meat booties. The folks over at PETA still haven't fully recovered from the shock!

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Did hyperactive rapper Nicki Minaj have a little accident onstage during the MTV Video Music Awards live telecast last night? Is that a wet spot I see in her crotch area?


it certainly appears so judging from these photographs. She's not sweating. So either her butt injections sprang a leak or she got a little too excited from being so close to Katy Perry. But I hear that Nicki Minaj doesn't get butt injections any more due to the medical dangers associated with the shots. Now she wears butt pads.

Anyway, the big controversy of the evening was rapper/songwriter Will.I.Am performing alongside Nicki in blackface. Some celebrities irk me just by breathing, and Will.I.Am is one of them. You can look at some of them and easily tell which ones didn't get enough attention when they were kids.

Peep the video of their dreadful performance after the break.

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Burlesque singer Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay Z, attracted a small crowd of curious onlookers and paparazzi outside Lure restaurant in Soho, NY, where they dined yesterday. From the looks of Beyonce's toned gams, she must be hitting the gym pretty hard. If so, good for her. Beyonce's hips were beginning to spread wide like her mama Tina's. That's not a good look since Bey is still in her mid-30s.

Okay, I'm tired of seeing celebrities wearing dirty couture, ripped jeans. It was cute three years ago when Lenny's daughter Zoe started the trend. But now it's tired and played out. I don't care how expensive it is. Those jeans look like they smell. :hurl:

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Loyal reader Cherry wrote in because she strongly objects to the outfit that Rev. Run's daughter Angela Simmons is wearing in the above picture.

Maybe it's my eyes, but I don't see anything wrong with Angela Simmons' form-fitting attire. Everything seems to be covered up. Nothing is flapping loosely in the wind. So what's the problem?

Cherry writes:

Hey Sandra, I found this pic on another site so you may not be able to use it, but I still wanted to share my opinion...I was very disappointed when I saw this picture. Maybe it's b/c I have babysat little girls for years, or I know how imperishable minds can easily be changed to think something is cute or cool. When did Angela Simmons start dressing so slutty? Her sister still looks classy yet shows her sex appeal. I just think it's a shame that this is how some women feel they have to display themselves in order to get attention or feel pretty or whatever. Buy screw them, think about the girls who look up to them. Wasn't/Isn't she a spokes person for The Girls Scouts? I just am glad my self-esteem never depended on how someone else portrayed themselves, but there are many out there who's does, and people really should remember that. That is all.

Disappointed in Richmond

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It seems that troubled Metrosexual producer Kanye West has a LSLH fetish. Kanye escorted former Pussy Cat Doll’s singer Melody Thornton to Fashion’s Night Out in NYC earlier this week. Earlier that day he was seen crossing a NYC street with an unidentified leggy LSLH chick. No one believes Kanye is actually dating any of these chicks he's spotted with. He needs more people. He dresses fly though.


Ciara is still trying hard to hold on to her former past as an A-list singer. The D-lister was spotted on the set of her "Gimme Dat" video wearing a skimpy pair of daisy dukes, Converse All Star Chucks with clear platform heels and a gigantic block letter "FLY" belt. Photo: Upscale Hype

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Rapper Fabolous is the latest celebrity to join the Louis Stewart movement! Here he is wearing a custom grey python skin Jet Pack. The wildly popular Jet Pack is the newest addition to the Exclusive Louis Stewart Collection.

All Fab could say when he saw the Louis Stewart Jet Pack was "Just throw it in the Bag!!! The Louis Stewart Jet Packs retail for $2,500 and are available by custom order only. There are a variety of colors, skins and fabrics to choose from.

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On March 3rd, R&B Diva Keyshia Cole and Cavaliers star Daniel "Boobie" Gibson welcomed their first child, a boy named Daniel Hiram Gibson, Jr.

A few weeks later, Keyshia reached out to her favorite blog, Sandrarose.com (via her publicist Tresa Sanders) to say she would give Sandrarose.com the first Exclusive look at baby Daniel!

6 months later Keyshia has kept her promise to introduce her son to the world on Sandrarose.com! Keyshia Cole is officially on Twitter now! Follow her at Twitter.com/KeyshiaCole

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Yesterday, the social networking site Twitter.com was abuzz with word of the passing of former NFL great Warren Sapp's wife. But in reality, it was the wife of Gospel star Marvin Sapp who had died. (Warren and Marvin are not related.)

According to online reports, Dr. MaLinda Sapp died Thursday after a prolonged battle with colon cancer. She was 43.

According to a message on her husband's website, MaLinda's cancer went into remission earlier this year and she given a clean bill of health.

But by August the aggressive cancer had returned and quickly spread to her other internal organs.

Marvin Sapp is best known for his Grammy-nominated single "Never Would Have Made It." His single "The Best in Me" was a no. 1 hit on the Gospel charts.

According to the AP, MaLinda Sapp was a "limited license" psychologist who taught at Grand Rapids Community College.

She also held a Doctorate of Divinity and was a professional counselor and administrative pastor at her husband's Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The former MaLinda Prince and Sapp were childhood sweethearts who knew each other since grade school. The couple wed in 1992 but MaLinda described their first year of marriage as "devastating."

"It was like the crash of the fairy tale," she says. "I had the ideal marriage in my head -- he'd come home from work at 5, we'd kiss, we'd have dinner, there'd be a dog. That didn't occur." Instead, there were lots of long-distance phone calls.

"I had to wrap my head around what our marriage was -- not what I thought a marriage should be," she says. "We really struggled that first year." [link]

Sapp eventually asked his wife to be his manager so they would never be apart.

"She said, 'I want nothing to do with the music business,' " he recalls. "I said, 'I don't want anybody else. I trust you. I love you.'"

MaLinda Sapp is survived by her husband and their three children, Marvin Jr., 14, Mikaila, 11, and Madisson, 9.