Yesterday, the Internet was ablaze with news about a sex tape that was being shopped around Atlanta featuring R&B king Usher, 32, and his comely ex-wife, Tameka Foster, 40. The sex tape may have come from the hard drive of one of two Macbook Pro laptop computers that were among a $1 million cache of items stolen from Usher's SUV which was broken into outside a Verizon store near Lenox Square Mall in 2009.
While Tameka embarked on a Twitter rampage against this blogger last night, I received a phone call from a close friend who was acting on a tip from a third party who had a screen shot of Usher for sale (presumably from the sex tape).
She told me that the seller was on his way to her location with the picture and she would describe it for me.
After viewing the photo, the friend called me back and offered up this description of it:
"It wasn't nothing but a picture of Tameka holding [Usher's] penis with her mouth open like she was about to start sucking it. Then you see his hand with the star [tattoo] on it hold[ing] the penis. It wasn't a good picture at all."
After hearing the description of the photo (and realizing it was a photo of Tameka, and not Usher as I had been originally told) I declined to purchase the screen shot.
I should point out here that no mention was made of a sex tape for sale -- just the one screen shot.
Moments later, I received a phone call from another close friend who informed me that celebrity blogger ATLien (owner of Straightfromthea.com) had just tweeted that she was approached by someone offering to sell her a screen shot from the alleged sex tape.
Is it just a mere coincidence that two celebrity bloggers who have had run-ins with Tameka Foster in the past were both approached on the same evening by someone offering to sell a photo from the alleged sex tape?
It's never too late in the day for a little sexy wood. I realize that a lot of you women like your men big and sexy. It is my job here at Sandrarose.com to make you happy.
Comedian/actor Tracy Morgan, 42, was seen wielding a toy sword while topless in freezing weather on the set of '30 Rock' by the East River in Astoria Park, New York City. As you know, Tracy underwent a life saving kidney transplant recently.
A Noticeably chunkier Charles Barkley, 47, was spotted on his way into "The Late Show with David Letterman" in NYC today.
According to sources close to Usher and Tameka Foster's camps, the sex tape that's being peddled to the highest bidder purportedly shows Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster pleasuring him with a strap on device. If you're not sure what that is, Google it.
TMZ was approached several days ago by someone claiming to have the sex tape. The person sent us a short video and two photos. We'll keep this PG-13 and just say ... the people in the video are both givers.
The video and photos are clear -- it's Usher and Tameka.
Sources close to Usher -- without specifically admitting the existence of a sex tape -- tell us they believe this video could have been among the things Usher had stolen out of his car back in December 2009. Usher reported more than $1,000,000 worth of jewelry and electronics taken -- including two laptop computers.
A rep for Usher had no comment.
UPDATE: Foster released a statement to TheYBF.com ... saying, "Would I sanction a sextape being out? Absolutely not. I am a mother and entrepreneur. Sex tapes or pornography would not be my lane. I have no desire to be seen in that way."
If you watched Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" last night, then you saw what happens when you put a bunch of narcissists in a room together and give them a task to complete.
The backstabbing and infighting began almost immediately as NeNe Leakes, Dionne Warwick, Star Jones, Lisa Rinna and LaToya Jackson plotted against each other. Women are easily intimidated by each other. It doesn't take much to make an insecure chick with low self esteem jealous.
When faced with a challenge, it's usually the best narcissist among them who comes out on top. Throw in the fact that every one of these ladies has had some sort of plastic surgery, and you have a recipe for disaster.
A fan couldn't resist jumping in front of Lindsay Lohan after she and her family arrived at JFK airport in NY last night. The troubled 24-year-old actress tweeted:
"I love ny - but the paparazzi @ jfk just gave me an anxiety attack..... i was half asleep! they're such animals well- @ least im with my family in the end.... xo"
Some people took that last part to mean that she's agreed to plead guilty to theft and accept a plea agreement to serve 3 months in prison next month.
Actress and philanthropist LisaRaye, 43, and her longtime beau, music mogul Devyne Stephens, 38, -- who is described as her "Mystery Man" by the press -- were spotted have dinner together in Beverly Hills, CA last night. If you recall, I told you two years ago that LisaRaye and the former choreographer to the stars were an item. Both parties denied the relationship, partly due to the fact that they were both seeing other people. Stephens founded Upfront Megatainment and Upfront records with Akon.
Singer Bobby Brown, 42, was spotted with his wife/manager Alicia Etheridge outside The Roxbury in Hollywood last night. The couple have a 1-year-old son together named Cassius Brown. Bobby has a total of five children by different women, including a daughter, Bobbi Kristina, with his ex-wife, singer Whitney Houston.
Before we get into this "Put 'em on Blast" post, I want to send my condolences to the family of Darrell "Big D" Davis, (pictured above) who is better known as rapper Bow Wow's longtime bodyguard. He passed away last week due to complications from an undisclosed medical issue.
Funeral services were held for Mr. Davis on Friday, March 11 in Stockbridge, GA.
If you are a Bow Wow fan then you are familiar with Big D, who protected Bow Wow from day 1 up until a few years ago when the two men parted ways professionally.
Bow Wow was supposed to attend Big D's funeral but he never showed up. According to inside sources who asked to remain anonymous, Bow Wow, 24, real name Shad Moss, also promised to handle the full costs of the funeral to relieve the hardship on the family.
That promise went from taking care of the full costs to paying half of the costs to paying nothing at all, leaving the family scrambling to come up with the funds to pay the entire bill.
I would love to give credit to the REAL MEN in the industry who stepped up to pay the entire funeral bill for the Davis family, but they do not wish to be identified.
Let's just say that they are very close to Bow Wow. Under normal circumstances, these people would not betray Bow Wow's trust, but what's wrong is wrong. By the way, my inside source drops a scoop in their email to us. Remember where you read it first!
Bodyguard/Security affectionately known as "Big D" passed away on March 3. He'd been battling health issues. His funeral was held today in Atlanta, Georgia. He was Bow Wow's bodyguard for over 8 years. One of the FEW people that was there for him since day one. What's sketchy is how Bow committed to paying for his funeral. Well... paying in full went to HALF and HALF went to him not even showing up at all! Now how in the world does he LIVE in Atlanta and not show up to the funeral!?!? Maybe he was too busy tearing down Babies R Us since he has a child on the way! (Oops! Did I spill that? (And YES, it is a FACT.) Bow Wow is going through all these changes to reinvent himself. He has a new home with Young Money and always talks about how he "helps them" and they help each other... well guess he forgot he agreed to HELP his long time friend. What a damn shame!!
In the video after the break, Bow Wow is Punked by Toure for a segment on BET that never aired. As he leaves the room, you can hear Bow Wow shout, "Big D, handle that!" Big D was always there for Bow Wow. Too bad he couldn't be there for Big D.
Of all the heartbreaking and uplifting stories coming out of quake-hit Japan, the most talked about is the lack of looting even in the hardest hit areas.
We know that there is no looting in Japan because the media, who are painstakingly searching for images of looting among the devastation, are shocked to find that there is none.
Contrast that with the media coverage of the widespread looting in post-Katrina New Orleans that was split down racial lines. The media's coverage of the looting in New Orleans was shamefully biased.
White looters were described as "recovering" basic items necessary for survival -- such as bottled water and detergent, while blacks were portrayed as looters scavenging for beer and cigarettes.
The media never tires of reporting on the looting, pillaging and rapes that continue to plague the Haitian people.
But in Japan, where people generally look out for one another, the media is reduced to settling for images of "solidarity" among the Japanese people. "Perhaps even more impressive than Japan’s technological power is its social strength..." writes a British reporter. "This is quite unusual among human cultures," he adds.
Remember when you and your friends rushed to the polls in 2008 in hopes of electing the first biracial president to the White House? You had high expectations that this president would do more for black people than any other president (except for Abe Lincoln, Kennedy and Clinton).
Well, a controversial decision by the Obama administration has just set black people back a hundred years in Dayton, Ohio.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (under Obama's orders) put pressure on Dayton's Civil Service Board to lower the police recruit exam's passing test scores because too many black recruits were failing the test.
The original passing scores determined by Civil Service required candidates to answer 57 of 86 (66 percent) questions correctly on one portion and 73 of 102 (72 percent) on the other. The lowered benchmark requires candidates to answer 50 of 86 (58 percent) questions correctly and 64 of 102 (63 percent) of questions on the other. Source
Naturally, the citizens of Dayton (whose taxes will pay the salaries of these unintelligent officers) are outraged at the rule change.
Who wants to live in a city where certain members of the police force (regardless of their skin color) can't pass a basic competency exam by at least a C minus? If a D is all that is required to pass the exam, why give the exam at all?
Zachary Williams is among those who are outraged.
Williams, 21, is one of 225 black applicants who took the November police entrance exam. He doesn't know if he passed because the test scores were rejected by Obama and the Justice department due to the large number of black applicants failing the test.
Once the scores were lowered, Williams (pictured above) and the other black applicants were given a 2nd chance to take the exam. But Williams thinks lowering the test scores so that more blacks can pass is the wrong method.
“This isn’t your normal 9 to 5 job," Williams said. "I don’t want to be in a department where I was hired because of my skin color. I want it because I earned it.”
Community leaders agree with Williams and said the Justice Department’s method stigmatizes blacks.
Keith Lander, chairman of the local Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said the lowering of the test score “is a slap in the face to black people.
Yesterday I told you that singer/songwriter Ne-Yo and his baby mama are expecting their 2nd child. In my post, I mentioned that Ne-Yo was "duped" into believing a boy born in 2005 was his. That statement sparked a series of emails sent from anonymous email accounts in defense of the boy's mother, Jessica.
Well, Jessica, who goes by the professional name Phoenix White, has responded via email and her personal Twitter account, Phoenixontwit.
According to her Twitter bio, the gorgeous single mom dotes on her adorable 6-year-old son, and runs her business empire, which includes her own hair collection, in addition to juggling recording, acting and modeling careers.
I don't know about you kids, but I'm impressed!
I was just sent a link to your site. I just wanted to clarify that I did not send you emails with the statement attached. I am an adult, and if I want to promote myself, I do it the right way. I don't need to be attached to Ne-Yo or whatever is going on with him. He knows that I wish him well and congrats to him and his child. As this only breeds ridicule, and unfair judgement by people who don't know either of us. But I refrained from speaking on this years ago, on purpose to protect my child. And that is important to me. Again, with all do respect, I do not have control over others peoples response to what you place on your blog as it relates to me. I am however in control of how I respond to your assumption, that any emails about this situation are from me, my staff, or close friends, as they know that I am passionate about protecting my son. I appreciate whomever is trying to defend me, but I don't condone someone responding on my behalf on such a delicate & personal matter. As I know I have no control over what you and other mediums may post. I would appreciate in all fairness that you include my response to your readers, as I know you have a right to choose not to take it down. As I am doing positive things in my life, and this is not a part of my character.
Isn't it funny how "anonymous" readers seem to get so emotionally wrapped up in a post that has nothing to do with them? This is the third such email I've received today from readers defending "Jessica and her son" who I supposedly posted pics of in my post on Ne-Yo yesterday. For the record, I did not post any pics of the boy.
I know these emails are Jessica's doing. Why won't she just admit it's her?
Jessica (or someone close to her) writes:
I'm reading your post, and I think its extremely whack that you are posting pictures of Jessica and her son. Without having facts, Ne-yo knew from the beginning that the child wasn't his via the LA county courthouse from the moment he was concived. Also it clearly states Ne-Yo had adopted that lil boy, got famous and re-nigged thats why she took him to court because she had to legally. I think its unfair that ppl keep dogging her out, just because she didn't tell everybody. If you recall ne-yo put that statement out 1st saying someone was gonna lie on him.
Anyway I thought you might be interested in knowing that Ne-Yo's ex girl is doing her thing,.... I figured out she changed her name to Phoenix she's pretty and has new song out, I checked out her videos and she's seems to have some talent. I just downloaded it from her mixtape, called ChickMix. Its Free so I figured what the hell.
She damn sure looks better than the other chick he keeps having all those damn babies with.....
I saved some flicks from her Facebook and attached the song if you're interested.
I'm not interested. But here's the song in case some of you are: