Crooner Q Parker, of the 90s R&B group 112, covers Beyoncé's "1+1" with his own emotional rendition. It's a beautiful song, but Beyoncé's forceful oversinging ruins the track for most listeners. Q actually sounds better than Beyoncé, who, I'm told is having a "nervous breakdown" of sorts. My sources (yes, more than one source) tells Sandrarose.com that Beyoncé and Jay Z, who co-manages her, strongly believe that Beyoncé's avid Stans will save her by buying multiple copies of her upcoming CD, 4. And to ensure that they do, the label will take a page out of Lady Gaga's book by slashing the price of the album to 0.99 cents! They might change their minds at the last minute, so please don't quote me.
Q Parker and his handsome son, Quinnes Jr., covers the May/June 2011 issue of Urban Lux magazine.
Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan is getting stir crazy while serving out her one-month house arrest in her $2.25 million 3,000-square-foot Venice beach house.
Lohan's house arrest comes to an end on June 29. So to commemorate the latest chapter in Lohan's lawless life, she sat down for an intimate interview with Life & Style magazine.
“I’m a very social person, and I like being outside, especially in Venice Beach. I’d like to get out more — just going out and having dinner,” Lindsay told Life & Style.
Lindsay says she misses her party animal days, but she doesn't miss her alcohol fueled nights.
So what does she do all day, aside from tanning on her rooftop? “I’ve been having a lot of work-related meetings. Sometimes my friends come over. And I get to see my sister, Ali, which is nice,” Lindsay says.
So if she can’t go to the party, does the party come to her? “When my friends come over, they’re not drinking,” she says. ”Alcohol is not in my house, so it’s just not a part of my life.” But when Lindsay is released on June 29, it won’t necessarily mean the end of nightclubs for her. “I don’t think you should ever say never.” Source
There's no turning back now. Beyonce and Columbia records execs are bracing for a big bomb, according to the NY Post's Page Six.
I told you earlier that my source at Columbia Records indicated Beyonce's upcoming album, 4, would be pushed back for "retooling". But following a series of "emergency" meetings in New York, the decision was made (by Jay Z and Bey) to release the record on schedule on June 28.
My source said Jay Z, who A&R'd the album, takes it as a personal insult that Columbia execs are questioning his decisions. "[Jay Z] and his boys are A&R'ing Beyoncé but they're not doing a great job at it. This has been the worst rollout I've ever seen on Beyoncé," said my source.
According to Page Six's sources, Columbia Records executives fear Beyoncé's new album, "4," could be a dud after she refused to return to the studio to re-record new tracks. This, despite the fact that Beyonce initially recorded 72 songs for the project. My confidential source told me that top level execs at Sony are all in agreement: "This is the worst Beyonce album ever."
"They're very nervous about Beyoncé's new record," an industry insider told Page Six. "It doesn't have the hit songs that her fans are used to. They asked her to make changes, but she said no."
Bracing for the worst, Columbia suits are strategizing in case of slower sales and have had "quiet discussions" about the reunion of Destiny's Child.
"Beyoncé's career has stalled a bit," a source told us. "Columbia seems to think they can get some mileage out of a comeback record with all of the girls." Another source tells us Destiny's Child could start recording together as early as October, with a suggested album title "Family Reunion."
Jail spokesman Tracy Flanagan did confirm that an unidentified inmate was shot once in the hand by a fellow inmate. This report conflicted with an earlier statement from a sheriff's deputy inside the jail who told the AJC that the inmate was shot three times.
The alleged shooter was identified as Kortez Hurt, who has an extensive rap sheet, including 14 prior convictions for felony murder, aggravated assault, drug possession and theft charges.
Flanagan did not say how Hurt was able to obtain the small caliber handgun that was "no bigger than a mobile phone."
According to the AJC, a sweep of the jail turned up 20 cell phones, in addition to other contraband, which the inmates are not allowed to have. (The AJC later edited its website to remove any mention of the cell phones.)
NBA superstar Dwayne Wade and his former girlfriend, actress Gabrielle Union, are still friends. As you know, the former lovebirds quietly split up a few months ago. But their breakup came to light when she didn't attend game 6 of the NBA Finals in Miami. In fact, trouble at home was believed to be the reason D. Wade didn't give his all on the basketball court. But Wade and Union sent each other lighthearted tweets today on the social networking website Twitter.com. Wade, 29, is in Milan, Italy with his stylist attending Milan Fashion Week events, while Gabby, 38, is off somewhere in the deep woods of the midwest filming a movie.
Nicki Minaj's performed live in concert in Los Angeles yesterday. Her outfit was a far cry from her usual flamboyant style. Maybe she's turned over a new leaf? I doubt it. Photo: Splash News Online
Pop icon Madonna, 52, was spotted landing at London's Heathrow airport today with her sons David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie, 6, and Rocco Ritchie (not pictured). David has grown up to be so handsome! Madonna adopted him as a baby in October 2006. Photo: INF PHOTO
The two daughters of U.S. President Barack Obama landed in Africa with their mom, first lady Michelle Obama earlier today. Obama's beautiful daughters, Malia and Sasha, looked worn and exhausted after their long transatlantic flight from America. Feeling a little chilly in the night air, the girls draped themselves in South African flags.
Michelle Obama plans to meet with South African President Jacob Zuma’s wife Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma in Pretoria and visit the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg today. Then tomorrow she will deliver the keynote address to a Young African Women Leaders Forum in Soweto. She will also visit Botswana and Cape Town during her tour of Africa. Mr. Obama didn't make the trip.
This post was revised to reflect the following correction: in the original post it was noted that Malia and Sasha disrespected the South African flag. In fact, the flags were blankets given to the girls as gifts. We regret the error
Tongues were wagging at the wedding of Antonia "Toya" Carter and her fiance Memphitz, as guests wondered aloud why only one of her 4 brothers showed up for their sister's special day.
The wedding, which was held on Saturday in Milton, Georgia, was attended by Toya's friends and family, including her mom, Nita Johnson and her brother Rudy. But brothers Walter, Casey, and Josh were noticeably absent.
What would keep the Johnson brothers away from such a momentous occasion, you ask? -- especially when it was all being filmed for Toya's "Family Affair" reality show on BET?
The answer is: the long arms of the law.
A loyal reader, and close friend of Toya's who asked to remain anonymous, writes:
Please keep my identity confidential. This is regarding the cast of Toya's Family Affair. Toya's brother is in the Orleans Parish Jail in New Orleans. His name is Casey Johnson. For verification, please visit opcso.org and click inmate inquiry.
The lady LaTosha who is married to Walter Trielon Johnson was in jail. Please google her name. She was arrested on credit card fraud.
Toya's brother, Rudy was just released on a stolen car [charge]. You can verify this with Orleans Parish Prison...
They say whatever happens in Dreamland stays in Dreamland. The ultra modern, Sandy Springs mansion is co-owned by music moguls Akon and Devyne Stephens. The men don't actually live in the mansion, they just hold memorable parties there. Such as the star-studded, Polynesian style, Fantasy Island bash that Devyne threw for his 40th birthday extravaganza on Sunday.
Dreamland's living room floor is transparent allowing guests to see the lush landscaping below.
Celebs in attendance included singers Akon, Ciara, Kandi Burruss, Timothy Bloom and V Bozeman, pictured above with actress LisaRaye ("Single Ladies"); rappers Too $hort and Yung Joc, Ron Devoe (New Edition) and his wife Shamari Fears (Blaque); Lakers star Ron Artest; Kasim Reed, the Mayor of Atlanta and more! I told you why singer Kelly Rowland wasn't there. But in case you missed that, click here. Devyne made his usual grand entrance, landing on his front lawn in a helicopter!
Hurry over to lifestyle blog Talkingwithtami.com and let Tami fill you in on what happened at the party!
Jill Scott is unlucky at love. We know the emotional singer's husband left her, but now we know why: she wasn't a very good cook. Scott recently spoke to Contact Music about her husband, Lyzell Williams' distaste for her cooking:
One of the reasons my ex-husband and I broke up is that he stopped eating my food. He was pissed (off) for other reasons, but the best way to show me was by leaving what I’d made for him uneaten for days on the kitchen counter. It was a smack in the face.
In addition to not being a good cook, Scott wasn't very clean either.
What wife leaves dirty dishes on the kitchen counter for days? I hope she was only joking because this reflects more poorly on her than it does on him. It seems that Jill Scott's biggest problem with men is her lack of home training.
Beyoncé is featured inside this month's Time magazine. According to a record label insider, Beyoncé's upcoming album, 4, is her worst album to date. The CD has caused turmoil and divisiveness at Sony/Columbia.
My source, who begged to remain anonymous, said Jay Z and Beyoncé both want the album released on schedule. But label execs don't think Bey's fans will embrace the album due to Jay Z's incompetent A&R.
"This is the worst Beyoncé album ever!," said my source from his home in New York.
"[Jay Z] and his boys are A&R'ing Beyoncé but they're not doing a great job at it. This has been the worst rollout I've ever seen on Beyoncé. She never put out this... I mean, granted, not everybody can put out great singles. But, this is the first time she put out back to back to back bad singles. None of them are working! At least when Mathew was here, he would have put the brakes on it, you know... Sometimes the saying goes: if it's not broke, don't fix it, you know? Mathew might have made some bad judgment calls on his personal life, but as a manager... he was a great manager.
As some of you may know, singer Kelly Rowland and her manager, Devyne Stephens, parted ways last week. According to an industry insider, Kelly's boyfriend, Tim Weatherspoon, made her fire Devyne.
It seems that Weatherspoon (pictured at right and below with her) didn't get along with Devyne, who celebrated his 40th birthday in grand style last night in Atlanta (more on that later).
"Tim was co-managing Kelly with Devyne," said my source. "If you notice, he's always in pictures with her. A lot of people may not know [he's her boyfriend] because he's more like an average Joe. He's not well-known. But she really loves him."
Kelly has been riding a wave of newfound fame fueled by her #1 hit single, "Motivation", featuring Lil Wayne. Although she is a superstar in the U.K., Kelly wasn't as popular here in the states as she was when she sang backup for Beyoncé in Destiny's Child.
Industry insiders believe Kelly Rowland's renewed popularity in the U.S. is the reason why her boyfriend pushed for Kelly to dump Devyne.
"He wants them to be like Jay Z and Beyonce," said my source, who believes "a little jealousy" may have precipitated Tim's decision.
"That's a battle that Devyne couldn't fight," he said. "He can't go up against that. [Tim] is with Kelly everyday. They sleep together, etcetera."
As you know, Lil Wayne's baby mama and reality TV star Antonia Carter got married to her boyfriend, Mickey “Memphitz” Wright, over the weekend in Atlanta.
While most of you are talking about Lil Wayne's other baby mama, Nivea, getting arrested for a DUI after the reception -- the industry is wondering whether the wedding was even real.
According to my confidential informant -- an invited industry insider -- no one knew until they arrived that the wedding would be filmed for an upcoming episode of Carter's BET reality TV series, “A Family Affair”.
My informant said BET producers angered the guests by telling them they couldn't bring their cell phones into the wedding, and making them sign release forms. "People were pissed!" said my source. She said none of the guests knew the wedding was being filmed until they arrived. "The invitations said the wedding was in Alpharetta, but it was in Milton, Georgia," she said.
"The seating was staged to accommodate the TV cameras," she said. "Monica Brown came with her husband Shannon, and Tamar Braxton was there with her husband. Tameka [Tiny] was the maid of honor."
"It was raining. They made everyone huddle in a little guest house foyer for an hour until they got it together. We had to sign release forms."
Troubled singer Chris Brown experienced another career-threatening meltdown at a local nightclub following his less-than-stellar performance at Hot 107.9's Birthday Bash concert on Saturday. Brown, who was clearly wasted, ordered his goons to harass the local media.
A loyal reader, who prefers to remain anonymous, writes:
I really was not feeling Chris Brown's behavior and how he treated the media last night. If he had a problem with taking photos why did he show up at such a high profile event in the first place? The young man MUST realize that he is a public figure and that he owes it to his fans that were in the building as well as the many that could not make it to the event to provide some level of humility when dealing with the media.
What was the purpose of hiring a publicist to invite media to cover the event if you don't want your image taken? While we appreciated the invite by the event publicist, it is foolish for any celebrity to think that they are exempt from having their photo taken. To add insult to injury, he instructed his "mechanical dummies" aka security guards not to allow photographers to use their camera flashes. Where they do that at?
We suppose his reasoning was because there may have been a few underage drinkers in his VIP section he didn't want us to get on camera. In any event, unless he changes his narcissist ways he will never rise to the level of a superstar.
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Tongues are wagging about how GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), otherwise known as the gay mafia, seems to have comedian Tracy Morgan by the cojones.
Ever since his homophobic rant during a standup comedy routine in Nashville earlier this month, Tracy has embarked on a gay apology tour -- bending over backwards to appease the gays.
During his comedy show 2 weeks ago, Tracy made reference to the media's preoccupation with gay teen suicides: "Gays need to quit being p**sies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying."
He also said he would stab his own son if the lad ever admitted he was gay.
In response to vigorous protests from GLAAD, Tracy issued a slew of apologetic statements to the media. He quickly followed up with a personal appearance at a homeless center for gay youth in NY last week. Today he plans to visit Nashville -- the scene of his homophobic meltdown -- where a GLAAD member says he will issue a "big statement."
While Morgan seems sincerely remorseful, some are saying his ongoing "Gay apology tour" is really just a ploy to expose GLAAD's heavy handed tactics. They say one apology was enough, and they worry that GLAAD is overstepping their boundaries and infringing upon Tracy's right to free speech.
"Tracy Morgan's gone overboard," 'The View' and HLN host Joy Behar tweeted on Twitter last week. "First he apologized and did a PSA. Now he supports gay marriage. What's next, a quiet weekend with Barney Frank?"
An NBC insider told Popeater's Robert Shuter, "Tracy has been highjacked by the gay movement. He did a stupid thing and now has ended up as the poster child for gay rights. This isn't a position anyone ever thought he would end up in."
After I posted this story about actress Gabbrielle Union's "new man", she quickly took to her Twitter page to clarify the situation. It seems that the man photographed shopping with Gabby in the "Meatpacking" district of NY is actually a close friend of hers, who just happens to be gay.
Unfortunately, I don't spend a lot of time on Twitter, so Gabby's tweet to me got lost in the clutter that is my timeline.
"I love tht my "new man"...has a man! Yeahhhh...I guess the TRUTH aint get in the way of a good story! Lol Come on son...LAME ...my "new man's" BOYFRIEND is hot & they're a proud out couple RUMOR! My FRIEND is happily engaged 2 his boyfriend"
We here at Sandrarose.com pride ourselves on our credibility and integrity. If we report something that is inaccurate we take immediate steps to correct it. We apologize to Ms. Gabrielle Union and her friend, and we regret the error.
Beyoncé's husband Jay Z, 41, was spotted leaving Nello's on the Upper Eastside after eating dinner with friends in New York City last night. I'm so happy to see this grown man finally pulling his pants up. Hopefully, his misguided fans will follow suit and stop acting ignorant on commercial airliners.
My confidential source at her Beyonce's record label tells me that Bey is "having a fit" over her fans' negative response to her new album, entitled '4'. I told you earlier that, according to the same source, the CD's release date was pushed back so the album could be retooled with more dance tracks for the gays. But, according to Columbia Records' Twitter page, the release date of June 28 still stands. We'll see what happens.
“This is the most exciting time in our lives,” Long and Udoka tell PEOPLE in a statement. “Words can’t explain how thrilled we are by the new addition to our family. We feel truly blessed and appreciate all the well wishes and prayers.”
Ime Udoka has previously played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trailblazers, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs.
Long is already mom to son Massai, 10, from a previous relationship, while this will be Udoka’s first child.
The couple was first spotted together in January of this year after the Golden Globes
According to a rock solid source, who asked to remain anonymous, celebrity blogger Michelle Brown of Straightfromthea.com, and Sheree Whitfield's ex are dating now. I wonder how Sheree feels about this? Remember where you heard it first.
Hey Sandra, ATLien and Bob Whitfield, Shereè's ex from 'Real Housewives [of Atlanta]' are an item. They were out at Kashim Reed's bday party and Tupac's party last night. They've been flirting for at least a year. You didn't hear this from me though. They both like each other. They've been on several dates - talk damn near every day. You know Michelle doesn't do political events. He took her to the mayor's party. I hope you're well. Have a great weekend and talk to you later.
On February 6, 1995, the late poet, actor and rapper, Tupac Shakur was sentenced to serve 1½–4½ years in Clinton Correctional Facility in New York for a sexual assault. In one of many letters that Tupac penned to family and friends from his prison cell, he shared his thoughts on someday finding that elusive wife who only existed in his dreams.
In long, run on sentences, Tupac wrote:
"I am forever in search of her. I have been with many married women from wives of powerful drug lords to the wives of broke everyday Joes to the wives of quite a few very famous and rich singers/actors and seeing their wives hungry for someone else has shown me that only by being able to completely satisfy a woman in every way, shape & form can I truly find a happy & trusting faithful relationship."
The day before Tupac was to be sentenced in the sex assault case, he was ambushed by several men who shot him five times and robbed him as he entered the lobby of Quad Recording studios in New York.
In the same letter, written to Sistah Souljah, and later published in the book Tupac: Resurrection; Tupac described his injuries and the aftermath of the shooting:
"My health is fine. I truly feel blessed that other than mentally I have no other scars or lasting problems from my "ordeal". I still have the complete use of every nerve, limb and muscle and more surprisingly I can still make love and have babies after taking a shot to my scrotum!"
Kelly Rowland is gorgeous, and she knows it. Unlike so many of her peers who bleach their skin or rush to the plastic surgeon -- Rowland is confident and comfortable in her own beautiful brown skin.
“It took a long while for me to know that I’m beautiful,” she said in a piece she wrote for Essence.com. “I remember going through this phase when I was younger of wanting to pass by mirrors and not look at them. That was so ridiculous.”
Kelly said that if you don't know your value, "you don't know how fantabulous you are," and it will be hard for others to see your natural beauty. “Being appreciative of self, is beauty to me,” she said.
“One of my beauty icons is Oprah Winfrey. I love that fact that she’s so comfortable with herself. One of my favorite episodes of her show was when she showed millions of people how she woke up in the morning with no makeup on. That was so selfless and revealing. She’s very real and genuine and I love that.”
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick attended the grant store opening of PNK Elephant on South Street in Philadelphia yesterday. PNK Elephant accessories store is co-owned by Michael Vick's fiancee Kijafa Frink and Blair Sandlain (not pictured).
Singer and socialite Nicole Scherzinger stepped out of her South Beach hotel as she headed to 'The X Factor' auditions in Miami Beach, Florida yesterday. Photo: INF PHOTO
I don't follow troubled R&B singer Rihanna on Twitter. So I missed it when she categorically denied being in a relationship with rapper Drake -- as if we didn't already know that.
Meanwhile, Drake tweeted a subtle dig to Rihanna on his Twitter page, which I spotted, but at the time I wasn't aware that he was sub tweeting Rihanna.
Anyway, I wrote all that to say, Drake finally came out of the closet last night at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 42nd Annual Induction and Awards at The New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in NYC. There's no denying it now. Drake wore a black, swoop neck ladies top under his men's tailored jacket. His poses on the red carpet were decidedly feminine -- and he didn't care who noticed.
Most of us who live outside of New York couldn't pick Jessica White out of a lineup. But she makes headline news in NYC practically every day. She's a model, but I can't tell you why she's famous. She must have slept with somebody famous, or maybe she was on a reality show that got canceled?
Anyway, Ms. White was arrested last year for allegedly slapping one Vanessa Kia during an argument over a cab, according to the NY Post's gossip column, Page Six. The alleged beat down occurred after a long night of drinking and partying.
White was told by a Manhattan judge Wednesday that charges against her would be dropped if she stays out of trouble, does community service and attends anger-management courses, according to Page Six.
Even though her charges were dropped, the Victoria's Secret model is more cautious when she parties nowadays. She now employs a female bodyguard, Ervin Jones (that's not a typo), to protect her from troublemakers when she's out.
White, far left, and her muscular (but soft around the edges) female bodyguard, Ervin (center), were spotted out last week attending a sporting event with reality TV star Kelly Bensimon.
White told Page Six, "When you're successful, you're a victim. People see you... and they try to antagonize you."
Come to Atlanta, Jessica. I promise you, nobody will recognize you.
Actress Gabrielle Union didn't waste any time rebounding from her old flame, Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat. I told you last week that the star and her longtime boyfriend split up. Gabby was noticeably absent from game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals in Miami -- and now we know why!
Friends and fans of Union, 38, inundated my email Inbox with denials and excuses for her -- the main excuse being that she was out of the state making a movie -- as if planes don't fly on Sundays.
Has the movie wrapped already?
Gabby was seen out shopping with her new man in the "Meatpacking district" of New York City yesterday. The unidentified man seems to be a gentleman. He was very attentive to her, carrying her bags, opening doors for her and such. These are things you rarely see men do for women nowadays. Yes, he is a little on the geeky side. But it makes perfect sense. When you're Gabrielle Union -- a woman who requires a lot of attention -- it's hard to date a man who gets more attention than you do. Gabby's new dude is not flashy (get it?).
More on this story as it develops. Remember where you read it first!