This is the most sense I've heard U.S. President Barack Obama make since he was elected. While I empathize with the little people who will be affected if the NFL lockout occurs today, Obama was right when he said, "the fans" are the ones who allow for all that money they're making. And it's the fans who are worrying "about making the mortgage and, you know, paying for their kids’ college education."
Why should the president of the United States intervene when greedy people can't decide how to divvy up millions of dollars between them?
Here's the full text of Obama's statement:
We’ve got owners, most of whom are worth close to $1 billion; you’ve got players who are making millions of dollars. My working assumption at a time when people are having to cut back, compromise, and worry about making the mortgage and, you know, paying for their kids’ college education, is that the two parties should be able to work it out without the president of the United States intervening.
I’m a big football fan, but I also think that for an industry that’s making $9 billion a year in revenue, they can figure out how to divide it up in a sensible way. And be true to their fans, who are the ones who, obviously, allow for all the money that they’re making. So my expectation and hope is that they’ll resolve it without me intervening, because it turns out I’ve got a lot of other stuff to do.
Rapper Da Brat told TMZ.com that she was the Most Wanted lesbun while she was incarcerated for 3 years in a rural Georgia prison.
As you know, Brat was sentenced to 3 years for beating the living daylights out of a cocktail waitress with a rum bottle at JD’s now defunct Studio 72 nightclub in Decatur.
Da Brat, real name Shawntae Harris, 36, said she did NOT strike up a romance with another female inmate during her time behind bars ... though she insists everyone wanted a shot at her "goodies."
That's probably because her most frequent visitor -- her longtime Bosnian girlfriend (pictured above) -- kept everybody in check. I forget the chick's name, but I'm told she was there front and center during visiting hours putting her goodies on the glass for Da Brat to admire -- this, according to my confidential informant.
I probably could do a little digging into my archives to recover her name -- if I really cared -- which I don't, because she totally ignored my request when I asked her to pour some tea when Da Brat first got locked up a few years ago.
Even though she fit the profile of a ride-or-die chick, my sources tell me there might be a little trouble in paradise.
It seems the bodyguard that Da Brat hired to shadow her girlfriend while Brat was locked up, has been conspicuously missing from the scene for the past 6-8 months. My source said Brat's girlfriend has been solo dolo in the clubs every weekend.
That could mean anything from Da Brat running out of cash to them breaking up and Da Brat no longer needed the bodyguard's services. If you recall, rapper T.I. also hired a bodyguard to keep an eye on his future wife, Tiny, the first time he was locked up in 2009.
We'll find out if they're still together when Da Brat is released from house arrest in 3-6 months, at which time she plans on "making it rain at a club" with Jermaine Dupri's leftover Janet Jackson money.
The "charred" body of a 3-year-old boy was found inside an oven in a Greenville, MS apartment by police responding to a disturbance call in the early morning hours on Thursday. The child's mother, Terrie Robinson, 24, was charged with his murder.
According to Washington County Coroner Methel Johnson, Tristan Robinson sustained head injuries and other trauma that occurred sometime before he was placed inside the hot oven. Police say the body was "Still warm to the touch" when it was removed from the oven just after midnight.
The toddler may have been asleep when he was placed inside the oven. Johnson said an autopsy would be conducted Friday to determine the exact cause of death.
Police also found a little girl who was uninjured inside the Greenville, MS apartment. She was placed in the custody of Mississippi Department of Human Services.
News of the child's horrific death sent shockwaves through the community. Terrie Robinson's twin sister, Sherrie Robinson, feared the public was rushing to judgment without hearing all of the facts.
"She was a great parent, a good person. We don't know what's wrong," said Sherrie in an interview with WXVT-TV. "We don't know what happened. Do not sit there and call her a bad mom cause that's not what she is."
Yesterday I reported that rapper and entrepreneur Chris "Ludacris" Bridges' restaurant Straits failed its last inspection in January with a score of 67. We're happy to report that Straits was re-inspected today by the health department and it passed the inspection with a score of 98!
PR Guru Liz Lapidus writes:
Hi Sandra!!! Just wanted to let you know that Straits was re-inspected today and scored a 98 out of 100. Guess someone at the Fulton Co Dept of Health and Wellness must read your blog!!
Aren't you glad there are still a few morally intact bloggers left who don't sensationalize every false story that comes along? Your auntie ignored the hysteria that erupted yesterday when images surfaced online of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter, Bobbi Kristina supposedly snorting cocaine.
Bobbi, who turns 18 next week, is a mature, intelligent young lady who would never break her parents' hearts by abusing drugs. The budding actress turned to her Twitter page today to clear her name.
I believe her:
The pictures_a former very dear person to me did this. Set me up to make it look exactly what it looks like. God will smite them yes..But it’s really not what it looks like.. People will do anything for money which is extremely sad, and I’m very hurt by this.Thing’s people do these days to hurt others is a shame. All I can do now, is keep my head up high, keep looking towards the lord.All the lord is telling me is be still. That’s all, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. #BeStill.
I love my family so much. My mom just comforted me to the max, and I’m so thankful for her. Thank you so much lord for blessing me with an Phenomenal family and incredibly phenomenal mother. Thank you for giving me the strength to move forward and put things in the past.
And the person that did this was a result of a horrible relationship that went sour. I was in love_ he was in love with money. I’ve learned My lesson. I’m so much greater and blessed for it today, and I believe nothing less. That is the last I will speak of this, let’s praise god And be greatful and thankful for your family, and people that truly love you, strength, courage, and life lessons learned. GodblessUall
This morning, while perusing my Twitter timeline, I spotted this story about a Middle Tennessee basketball player's roommate being charged with her murder. The first thing I thought was a lover's quarrel had gotten out of hand. I intended to write a post this morning, but it completely slipped my mind. Thanks to loyal reader Nicole B. for refreshing my memory.
Rutherford County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Lisa Marchesoni said 18-year-old Shanterrica Madden was charged with first degree murder in Stewart's death. She is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning.
Police spokesman Kyle Evans said Madden stabbed Stewart during an argument.
Two others were ruled out as suspects after police interviewed them.
The 21-year-old Stewart had multiple wounds when authorities found her, Evans said. She was taken to Middle Tennessee Medical Center and was later pronounced dead.
Middle Tennessee president Sidney McPhee, who spoke with Stewart's father, said at a news conference that the entire university is grieving over the death of "a wonderful, talented and vibrant young woman." McPhee said Stewart had spent the past three Thanksgivings with his family because she could not return home for the holiday.
"The anguish I feel as a father and a president ... but personally as a father with a daughter about the age of Tina cannot adequately be expressed with words," McPhee said.
Counselors have been alerted to help on campus.
Athletic director Chris Massaro was emotional at the news conference.
"This is an unspeakable tragedy to one of our family members," Massaro said. "Our biggest concern is with Tina and her family. The team is devastated, but we'll work through this together ... one step at a time."
A loyal reader took umbrage at a statement that I wrote yesterday about singer Chris Brown being provoked into beating down his ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. While I don't condone violence against women, the reality is that some women can (and do) provoke men to violence. Even a normally calm man will swing wildly at a female who punches him in the mouth (see photo above).
I stand by my statement that Rihanna probably provoked the savage beating she received at the hands of Chris Brown. I doubt that she sat there silently while he tattooed her face with his fists without provocation. We know now from Rihanna's increasingly erratic behavior that she is quite capable of making a man snap. But I guess some people will never find it in their hearts to forgive him.
Dear Ms. Rose:
It was with serious disappointment and alarm that I read your post on Chris Brown today, hailing his "successful" comeback to the music scene following his brutal assault on Rihanna. You then go on to say that "we" were "misled" into believing he had assaulted her, when, in fact, she "provoked" him. Are you serious? Did you see the same pictures the rest of us saw?
Chris Brown had a dot on his lip that he was calling an "injury"; Rihanna had her face rearranged.
I don't know how old you are, but please grow up. Feud with the girl all you want. Call her names and make fun of her forehead, if you have too. But do not make uninformed and ignorant comments like that on your blog. As you know, you have a very public forum. And people are impressionable. It is NEVER alright for a man to beat a woman like Chris Brown did to Rihanna.
There is no "provocation" sufficient to incite someone to violence like that. By saying that she provoked him, you are saying that what he did was alright. IT WAS NOT. I have seen enough women abused and hurt in my life to know that anything can serve as a "provocation" for a violent man -- a look, a sound, a "tasteless" meal, a telephone call, anything!
We have enough issues in our community without glossing over what this convict did. There is no excuse for Chris Brown. I don't begrudge him trying to earn a living; but, I, for one, will never spend another cent on his records or products.
R&B singer Monica's fans are in an uproar this morning after 'American Idol' host Randy Jackson seemed to diss the legend with his over-the-top praise for the off-key performance of 'American Idol' hopeful, Ashton Jones.
I didn't catch the episode last night, but loyal reader Trevino Allen did, and he caught me up to speed with what happened:
Did you see American Idol last night and how Randy tried to diss our girl Monica? One of the girls did "Love All Over Me" and Randy said that it's a good R and B song for Monica but he thinks that the girl is way bigger than a Monica record. I was pissed off for real. Then Randy and Jennifer go on to say that she (the girl) is like a Diana Ross. She couldn't even sing! Please!!!!!!! Randy Jackson don't know music. He just happy he still got a damn job. How you gone be on the show 10 years and you still making less money then the other 2 judges.
In just little over a month, pop singer Rihanna has gone from being the most loved to the most hated entertainer in the biz. She has come under fire from A-listers like Donald Trump, and most recently she irked Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan, who called her performances "filthy" and her fans "swine."
Concerned that the criticism combined with her hectic tour schedule would further erode her fragile mental health, Rihanna's mentor Jay Z has ordered her to take a break.
According to Look Magazine (as quoted by MTV UK), Jay-Z is worried that the 23-year-old is being overworked and that her current schedule is causing her health to deteriorate.
"[Jay-Z] told her to take a holiday for a week –- she's been working flat out and needs to get over the bronchitis, which he's sure she's developed as a result of stress," the source continued. "He told her she'll be all right, but to keep her head down." Source
Last week I told you that Def Jam held a meeting to discuss Rihanna's damaged public image after Britain banned her controversial music video for her lackluster single "S&M". The label was worried that Rihanna was spiraling out of control after rumors surfaced about her self harming behavior and her sexual promiscuity with male and female groupies.
Shemar Moore was spotted out & about in Beverly Hills, CA yesterday. The 40-year-old closeted actor has spoken out about the lack of black actors being highlighted at the Oscars. Photos: Splash News Online
Sean "Puffy" Combs got arrested? Don't we wish?
The Music Mogul played a bad guy getting arrested on the set of 'Hawaii Five-O' at the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, HI yesterday. Arresting P. Diddy are cast regulars Alex O'Loughlin, Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim.
There are still a few ladies left who love rapper Plies and his triple XL baggy jeans down around his ankles. That look doesn't do it for me or any grown woman that I know. This post is devoid of beautiful Decatur Flavors for a good reason. There were none to be found in Plies' VIP section. Instead, Plies was surrounded by the hard legs who he's fond of.
Apparently, their motto is: never let a woman come between them? Anyway, Plies, who doesn't have a record out that I know of, hosted Obsession Sundays at the world famous Velvet Room this past Sunday.
Ludacris' publicist, the esteemed Liz Lapidus, reached out to Sandrarose.com with Ludacris' personal response to my post from earlier today entitled: "Ludacris' Restaurants Straits Fails Health Inspection."
Unfortunately - yes, our most recent health inspection score is unacceptable. Serving fabulous food in a clean and welcoming environment is a top priority for us. While we scored 91 on our 2010 inspection, the codes have since changed and thus we were sited for breaking new codes such as permits posted 15-feet from entrance instead of 19-feet and not having actual "no smoking" signs posted in the building. Our kitchen remains spotless and cleanliness is a huge priority for us. We have fixed all of the violations and are waiting for a new inspection. We will report the results accordingly.
Liz just emailed again to add: "the health inspector comes back this week for a re-inspection that we expect to ace!!"
Guess who was spotted hugging and kissing professional dancer Chelsie Hightower, 21, in a parking lot today in West Hollywood? The answer will surprise you considering who his daddy is. Hint: he's on the rebound after a failed attempt to become the next Kobe Bryant.
In addition to being a tenured professor at Mississippi Valley State, Oprah Winfrey's first cousin, Jo Baldwin, is also an ordained minister who preaches at two churches every Sunday.
Oprah knew that Ms. Baldwin was a deeply religious woman when she hired her to be her speechwriter shortly after the enormously popular Oprah Winfrey Show debuted. Later she promoted Baldwin to VP of her company Harpo Inc, according to Gawker.com.
"When I received my PhD in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Oprah asked me where I was going to work," said Jo Baldwin in the summer of 2010. "I said I would be applying for a position at Ebony magazine as a copy editor. Oprah said she did not like Linda Johnson Rice [owner of Ebony] and I should come to work for her instead. So I did."
"I was to work for her for three years, but she fired me without notice after two years... I heard from someone later that she got rid of me because she got tired of me talking about Jesus all the time... Oprah preferred the teachings of Shirley MacLaine's books, such as Dancing in the Light and Out on a Limb, which Oprah made me read but I didn't think much of."