I totally agree with loyal reader S S who writes in to ask “does [Seal have] anger towards black women?” It’s quite clear that Seal has unresolved issues by the way he manhandles baby Lou in public. He is never careful with that child. Where in the baby handbook does it say it’s okay to pick up a 1-year-old baby by her arm?

Loyal reader S S writes:

I really thought you were being overly critical of Seal and his daughter. I don’t like to accuse people of stuff like that unless I am certain. However, after careful consideration and more than one photograph he seems unusually angry, annoyed, and too aggressive with his handling of her. I don’t see the same aggression attached to his sons. It is disturbing to say the least and the look on his already scary face is heart breaking. Do you think it is because he has anger towards Black women? I sincerely hope he is not mistreating or abusing her. I will pray for that baby. If he treats her roughly she will think it normal when others do it as she gets older. Not fair.

Have a Fantastic Day!

Rihanna and her BFF Melissa Forde were pictured frolicking on Sandy Lane Beach in Barbados with friends while on holiday. Doesn’t it warm your heart to see Rihanna and her BFF back together again? I bet Matt Kemp is somewhere kicking himself for not being man enough to treat Rihanna like a lady. By the way, I know some things that I wish I could tell you, but I’ve been sworn to secrecy. That’s the flip side of being friendly with celebs and their camps. In 2011, that will change.

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When is singer Seal going to learn how to hold his baby daughter Lou the correct way? This makes the fifth time that Seal has been photographed holding Lou in an unsafe manner. Heidi Klum (not pictured) and Seal took the kids to the Coldwater Park in Beverly Hills, CA yesterday.

Singer Keri Hilson joined pals Alex Gidewon, left, Polow Da Don, right, and Teyana Taylor (pictured below) to celebrate her album release at Compound nightclub on Saturday night in Atlanta. No Boys Allowed is in stores now.

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Teena Marie, known as ‘Lady T,’ died suddenly in her sleep last night at her Pasadena, CA home. Teena’s daughter, Alia Rose, found her body. Ms. Marie was 54.

The body was transported to the L.A. County Coroner’s office where an autopsy will be performed today to determine the cause of death.

Hours before she died, Teena Marie tweeted this on her Twitter page: Sarah Vaughan “May You never grow old, and may I never die”…

According to TMZ, Teena had a seizure earlier this month, and friends say she had been in and out of the hospital recently.

Marie was nominated for a Grammy four times. Her first top ten hit was “I’m Just a Sucker for Your Love.” She was best known for her classic hits “Lovergirl” and “De Ja Vu (I’ve Been Here Before)” – a song about reincarnation.

According to the Atlanta Journal: “The R&B legend revered and fully immersed herself in black culture — and in turn was respected and adored by black audiences.”

“Overall my race hasn’t been a problem. I’m a Black artist with White skin. At the end of the day you have to sing what’s in your own soul,” she told Essence.com in an interview last year while promoting “Congo Square.” That album would turn out to be her last.

Tributes from Around the Web

Teena Marie, known as ‘Ivory Queen of Soul,’ dies – AJC

Singer Teena Marie dead at 54 – CNN

R&B Star and ‘Lovergirl’ Singer Teena Marie Dead at 54 – PopEater

R.I.P. Teena Marie: Celebs Remember The Legendary Singer On Twitter – VIBE

‘Lovergirl’ Singer Teena Marie Dies Huffington Post

Remembering Teena Marie: A few choice jams from the ’80s funk – LATimes Blog

Pitchfork: Teena Marie R.I.P. – Pitchfork

Farewell To Teena Marie, The ‘Ivory Queen Of Soul’? – NPR

‘Lovergirl’ Singer Teena Marie Dead at 54 – TMZ

R.I.P. Teena Marie – Rap Radar

Soul Singer Teena Marie Dies at 54 – Rap-Up.com

Blue-Eyed Soul Singer Teena Marie Dies – The Root

R&B Superstar Teena Marie Dead at 54 – BlackAmericaWeb

Songs That Sample Teena Marie – The Urban Daily

Singer Teena Marie Dead At 54 – Hello Beautiful

Teena Marie & Rick James “Fire And Desire” LIVE – The Life Files

R&B Legend Teena Marie Found Dead – RandB

Dejected music producer Kanye West watched the LA Lakers lose to the blazing Miami Heat yesterday at the Staples center in Los Angeles. Kanye had two reasons to be depressed: the Lakers lost to Miami, and he just heard that rap newcomer Nicki Minaj’s debut album Pink Friday will outsell his critically acclaimed CD by another 100,000 copies. That’s got to be hard on a narcissist.

Dwyane Wade’s fashionable concubine, Gabrielle Union, was spotted entering the arena with a friend. Gabby looked fly coming and going.

R&B Diva Monica tweeted this pic of herself and Kanye during the game yesterday. Monica’s children, Melo and Rod (formerly, Lil Rocko), spent Christmas Eve with their dad, Rocko Da Don, taking pictures with Santa Clause at Lenox Mall in Atlanta before the kids flew to LA with Mo to spend Christmas day with their stepdad, Shannon Brown. I hear that Rocko is spending a lot more time with his kids lately. He’s a great dad.

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I LOVE Monica’s short haircut! I’ve noticed more and more sistas discarding the horse weave for cute, short haircuts. This short hair trend is inspiring.

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Actress Regina King (‘Boondocks’ and TNT’s ‘Southland’), spent the holidays with her son Ian Alexander Jr., left, and her boyfriend, actor Malcolm Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show). They enjoyed a leisurely walk on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on Friday. King filed for divorce from Ian’s dad on November 8, 2006, citing “physical abuse, drug use, and extramarital affairs.” I’m sure Warner is a better man.

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Last week, struggling R&B singer chris brown, left, and rapper Fabolous bonded while sitting court side during a recent NBA game.

chris was rocking the Strivers Row “Redeemer” jeans, which you can purchase online at www.striversrowUSA.com as of next week, or at the Strivers Row flagship store in Atlanta [774 N. Highland Ave. NE | tel 678-973.0045], and the Atrium in NYC.

To preview the Strivers Row Fall/Winter 2010 collection, check out this post by HypeBeast.

Stay tuned to Sandrarose.com for details on how you can win a Strivers Row shopping spree after the New Year!

Say goodbye to grandma and grandpa.

U.S. President Barack Obama is reenacting the controversial end-of-life Medicare provision contained in the original ObamaCare bill which sent shockwaves through the elderly community last year.

Recall that Obama used his own dying grandmother to illustrate the need to cut waste in Medicare spending by denying expensive medical procedures to the elderly.

The provision, which called for ‘death panels’ to recommend cheaper end-of-life alternatives to doctors and their elderly patients, caused such an uproar in 2009 that Democrats removed it from the final healthcare bill.

Well, it’s back.

Under the new policy, outlined in a Medicare regulation, the government will pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care, which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment.

Congressional supporters of the new policy, though pleased, have kept quiet. They fear provoking another furor like the one in 2009 when Republicans seized on the idea of end-of-life counseling to argue that the Democrats’ bill would allow the government to cut off care for the critically ill.

(Please read that last paragraph again.)

After learning of the administration’s decision, Democrat Earl Blumenauer, the author of the original end-of-life proposal within ObamaCare, urged supporters not to crow about it.

In an email he sent out to his supporters in Congress, Blumenauer wrote: “While we are very happy with the result, we won’t be shouting it from the rooftops because we aren’t out of the woods yet,”

The e-mail continued: “Thus far, it seems that no press or blogs have discovered it, but we will be keeping a close watch and may be calling on you if we need a rapid, targeted response. The longer this goes unnoticed, the better our chances of keeping it.”

Naturally, advocates for the elderly are appalled — and rightfully so.

“The infamous Section 1233 is still alive and kicking,” said Elizabeth D. Wickham, executive director of LifeTree. “Patients will lose the ability to control treatments at the end of life.”

You’re probably asking what’s the difference between this new law and advanced directives that are already discussed with patients who are admitted to hospitals?

Well, hospital staff aren’t being paid incentives to discuss advanced directives with you. But the Obama administration wants to pay outpatient doctors to “aggressively” discuss advanced directives with you and your Medicare-eligible parents/ grandparents during regular doctor office visits.

And you know what happens when greedy doctors smell money: say goodbye to grandma and grandpa.

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