*Loyal reader Shay Elise writes:

Greetings Sandra!

My name is Shay Elise and I read your blog faithfully everyday. I love how you express your mind no matter the outcome. I've always noticed the 'Morning Glory' post, and would love to be added. I'm 26 from Springfield, Massachusetts and I'm 6'1 without heels, lol! I've been modeling for about two years now, and I love it. I just want to make it without being seen solely as a sex object. Before I started modeling, I was an athlete. I'm an All-American in basketball who played throughout high school and community college before receiving a full scholarship to the D1AA school Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. I'm a hard worker, poet, and currently learning how to work from BEHIND the lens!

I've been told I'm too tall, too skinny, too fat, too many tattoos, and the list goes on! Being beautiful is a full package, and it should NEVER go on looks alone. What about the personality, charisma, and loyalty? All traits that we look for in someone whom we may want to get to know or love. We can be runway, editorial, high fashion, commercial models, yet no one looks to models to be ROLE models? I'm starting to see too many vixens and not enough Imanis, Tyras, and Evas. The most editorial photos I've seen lately have come from singers, i.e. Kelly Rowland, Brandy, etc. Where are the models that have the edge but can still be fashionable? Where are the models that can still be naked, and it's actually called Art instead of eyecandy? By no means, shape or form am I saying that I'm top notch, I'm just a girl with a dream. But the view as "models" as black women have got to change...that's all I'm saying :)

Thanks for staying true to self no matter what!

Best Regards,
Shay Elise

P.s. I'm not big on Twitter but I have a facebook: www.facebook.com/ShayElise23

*Email edited for clarity and length

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Hi Ms. Sandra, I hope you've had a marvelous week! I'm contacting you because I have a few words to share with you, if you care to read.

I've been a fan of your blog for a while now because I sincerely value your opinion and your writing style. But, I have to say that over the past few months you have only been able to hurt my heart so much only because I love your site so dearly.

It's no new fact that you and many people are no big fans of Beyonce, but lately your attacks against her seem more spiteful and hurtful from a deeper place. In NO way do I mean to criticize but you being a successful African-African woman, I don't see why you have to spend so much of your time hating her and praising Kelly when both are supportive of each other, beyond what the media recognizes. I don't want to spend my time defending her but I just don't understand why she receives so much hate from SR. Beyonce has even promoted Kelly's album and she still receives spite.

Only because of you did I purchase Kelly Rowland's album this past Wednesday, but if I had read the crtics' reviews first I certainly would not have. The album is very shallow and almost every song is about sex; no growth or originality like the critics said...so I gave it away to a friend on Thursday. I will continue supporting Kelly because I want her to be successful but in no way can she become an international "superstar" with this album or her one hit. Only a London superstar as you said.

I love you sister and I hope you weren't offended by this message but as a loyal reader, I had to share this with you as I find myself drowning in hate when I visit SR nowadays.

I'm praying that God gives you a softer heart and that you sow more seeds of positivity. Even though you have thousands of other readers, I'm going to take a short break from reading your site for a while for a mental cleansing.

Much love sister,
Soleil, Naomi

Kelly Rowland's runaway train of success can not be stopped! She's on a roll! The "Motivation" singer snagged yet another magazine cover. Kelly covers the September 2011 issue of Fearless magazine. (Is it September already?)

Meanwhile, tongues are still wagging about how Kelly kicked the chair out from under former bandmate Beyoncé and ran off with her crown laughing! Bey was a guest on 'The View' yesterday. We didn't get a chance to watch the clip, but we're sure she talked about her hubby Jay Z and how she makes sure he keeps his Viagra prescription filled on time.

Watch Beyoncé's interview after the break!

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Superstar Lady Gaga was spotted leaving the Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood before her performance on the 'Jimmy Kimmel Live Show' yesterday. The "Born This Way" star rocked a long, flowing blond lacefront wig that would have made Beyonce proud! Gaga also wore a long black frock with a plunging neckline that was held together by bits of string that barely kept her breasts in check.

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Grieving fans of singer Amy Winehouse who passed away on Saturday were rewarded for their loyalty to the star. The fans, many of whom held a vigil outside Amy's $4 million flat for 6 days straight, watched yesterday as her parents, Mitch and Janis and her brother Alex, entered Amy's flat to begin clearing out her possessions.

But instead of putting everything up on eBay, the fans were stunned when Amy's dad emerged from the flat with an armful of clothes - and began giving the items away.

"These are Amy's T-shirts. This is what she would have wanted - for her fans to have her clothes," said Mitch as he distributed the clothing to Amy's surprised fans.

According to The Sun, Londoner Brigitte Pividal, 52, was left clutching one of the Back To Black singer's red vests. She said: "I will cherish this for the rest of my life."

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Actress Nia Long, 40, and her ex-NBA boyfriend, Ime Udoka, 33, were spotted strolling in West Hollywood after having lunch at Boa restaurant on Wednesday. The couple are expecting a bundle of joy soon. Nia, who has a history of dating mostly NBA players, also has problems holding onto men. We'll see how long this union lasts. Nia has a son with an actor.

Source: Jill

Rihanna's Stans turned on her in droves yesterday for admitting she starved herself for a magazine photo shoot.

The troubled 23-year-old singer tweeted the following message to her fans on Wednesday, admitting she gave herself wax treatments and starved herself in a desperate attempt to lose weight for the cover of Esquire magazine, which she shot Tuesday.

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Thank you so much to all of my caring readers who shared their stories of empathy and compassion for those of us who are less fortunate. I received over 100 submissions for my Louis Vuitton handbag giveaway! I wish I could award a LV bag to everyone who entered, but there can only be one winner.

Despite the fact that only one of you will win the bag, just know that you are ALL WINNERS in the hearts of the people and loved ones that you have touched with your kindness and generosity!

The submissions for the Louis Vuitton handbag giveaway were the most enlightening and heartwarming I've ever received. Some of the emails broke my heart.

It was difficult to choose just one winner from the many great entries, but I decided to give the handbag to Keysha Willis!

Keysha's heartwarming story of unselfish compassion for her adopted sons touched my heart, and I hope it touches yours as well! I have included her letter after the break.

Keysha will have 24 hours to claim her prize by emailing sandra @ sandrarose.com! If we don't hear from Keysha, a new winner will be announced tomorrow.

Thanks again to everyone who entered and may you continue to enrich others through the joy of giving! There will be another giveaway in the coming months, so please check back!

Special thanks to Tavius Elder at Louis Vuitton!

Update: We we were contacted by our winner yesterday. Here's an excerpt of what she wrote:

It was great reading all of the well wishes from your readers! One of them even sent me a facebook message to tell me I'd won and to hurry up and contact you! LOL!!

Keysha Willis

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Pictures of Lauryn Hill's as yet unnamed newborn son, born July 23, have hit the 'net a lot quicker than we anticipated. Didn't she take a month to name her firstborn child? Thanks to Rhymeswithsnitch via Blackcelebkids for the pic of the newborn, who you can see after the break.

Also, after the break is the first clear, close up photo of Lil Wayne's other son with actress Lauren London. That pic comes to us courtesy of Straightfromthea.com. Reportedly, Lauren London's people threatened Michelle with all kinds of lawsuits if she didn't take the picture down. But my protégé's have learned well, and they know their rights.

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Question: has anyone ever seen a photo of Beyoncé with cooking utensils in her hands? How many times have we seen Beyoncé and her husband, Jay Z, dining out and stuffing their faces in public places?

Beyoncé herself admitted she's a "disaster" in the kitchen. In an interview last year, she said she orders the best food from local restaurants whenever she has friends over.

So why would anyone believe rumors that Beyoncé is releasing a cookbook of all things? It should be obvious that neither one of them knows their way around a kitchen.

A rep for the star denied the latest ridiculous rumor, telling USA Today that the cookbook rumor is simply "untrue.”

Comedian Katt Williams was spotted in Beverly Hills yesterday wearing the latest in hip hop jewelry around his neck and wrists. Blame Kanye West (and the soaring price of gold) for the hip hop community's interest in wearing Egyptian themed gold chains and beaded bracelets.

NBA star Carmelo Anthony got up close and personal with this baby panda during his trip to China. Carmelo tweeted the cute pic on his Twitter page this morning.

Rapper Nas was photographed chatting with a lady friend while waiting for his car at the valet stand after having lunch at Urth Cafe in Los Angeles yesterday.

Photos: Splash News and INF PHOTO

Terrence J has announced he's leaving BET's 106 & Park -- but only for a month. The popular music countdown show host is taking a hiatus from 106 & Park to work on an upcoming film.

Terrence J, real name Terrence Jenkins, saw his stock rise sharply with the ladies following his acting gig on BET's "The Game" this past Winter. Terrence's smooth ladies man role on "The Game" earned him more offers of work, including a starring role in the upcoming film, Think Like A Man.

The movie, which is based on the best selling book written by Steve Harvey, host of the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show, is about a group of women who uses Steve's book to figure their men out.

Think Like a Man's all-star cast includes Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson, Meagan Good, Kevin Hart, LaLa Vazquez-Anthony, Keri Hilson, Chris Brown, and Morris Chestnut.

Terrence J explained his role to writer Insanul Ahmed for Complex magazine:

“I play Michael. Michael is a mama’s boy. All of those guys I mentioned, we’re all best friends. We end up discovering that they know about the book and then we use the book against them. So it’s a really hilarious romantic comedy. The way it uses the book with Steve Harvey is really interesting and creative. It’s going to be a great date movie.”

Kelly Rowland's latest album, Here I Am, is set to sell only 70-75K copies in the United States, according to industry estimates based on one-day sales figures. But Kelly already knew her album wouldn't sell many copies in America, and she isn't worried. Kelly knows she's a Superstar over in England where her most loyal supporters are. Her album will exceed sales expectations in England which is why she promoted her project almost entirely across the pond instead of in America where fans are mostly bandwagon jumpers. Kelly knows what side her bread is buttered on, so she doesn't care whether her album sells well over here or not.

Here I Am is in stores now!

Photos: Scope

A not-so-loyal reader sent us images of video vixen Kameron Dash under the subject line "Stacey Dash's cousin" -- knowing that we would quickly open the email to see what any cousin of the "Single Ladies" star looked like. The email author didn't count on us to do our research.

It turns out Kameron is not a cousin of Stacey Dash. They're equally gorgeous (though Stacey has at least 25 years on Kameron) they're not even in the same blood line. But Kameron's natural curves do qualify her to be today's Morning Glory.

MORE pics of Kameron Dash after the break!

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The aggressive former McDonald's manager who punched out a customer on July 12, was arrested Monday after 2 weeks on the lam.

When the Cobb County Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant to arrest Tiffany Denise Allen for assault, they couldn't lay hands on her right away. That is because Allen had hastily packed up and fled the area after hearing there was a warrant out for her arrest.

The fugitive was arrested Monday by Sheriffs in New Hanover County, North Carolina.

“She was taken to the New Hanover Sheriff’s Department and is currently in their custody,” Nancy Bodiford, Cobb County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, said in an email to the Atlanta Journal Wednesday.

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Bishop Eddie Long fought the good fight when allegations of sexual misconduct were lodged against him by four young male members of his church last year. Long vigorously denied any and all accusations of sexual misconduct, and he swore that he would clear his good name -- that was before his fifth accuser came forward and changed everything.

Centino Kemp is his name, and with his cross-dressing, Rihanna wig wearing, flamboyant, fiercely gay persona -- Kemp presented a major problem for the Long defense team.

According to FOX 5 Senior I-Team reporter Dale Russell, who broke the story of the 5th accuser, Kemp has Eddie Long's name tattooed on his wrist. And that's just the beginning.

The decision was made by Eddie Long's attorneys to settle quickly, and push the entire sordid affair under the proverbial rug, with signed confidentiality agreements to ensure that whatever went on in Eddie Long's bedroom would stay in Eddie Long's bedroom.

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Poor Young Jeezy: his victorious comeback TM 103 promo concert in New York City drew such Hip Hop heavyweights as Jay Z and Kanye West to the stage on Monday. But his big comeback was marred by an incident that occurred 2 days before the concert. According to celebrity blogger Michelle of Straightfromthea.com, the Thug Motivation rapper was pulled over and almost arrested in upscale Buckhead (an Atlanta suburb) on Saturday, July 24.

Michelle posted these Exclusive pictures of Jeezy being harassed by the Atlanta PD. Jeezy seems to be taking it well as he calmly explains his situation to the cops. We don't know the details of Jeezy's traffic infraction, or if he was even ticketed. It's almost a routine occurrence to be pulled over if you're driving while Black in Buckhead. Especially if you're behind the wheel of a brand new $150,000 Ferrari California.

According to Rodney Ho of the Atlanta Journal's Radio & TV Talk Blog, the Mo'Nique Show has been canceled. That's too bad. We never got the chance to watch it...

Earlier today, I heard that “The Mo’Nique Show” had been axed. I had sent an email out to various BET publicists to ask what was up. No word back.

At about 1:30 p.m., I called Rodney Perry, who was Mo’Nique’s sidekick on the show. He said he was running into a meeting and didn’t answer my question. While I was at lunch over at the mall court, at 1:40 p.m. EST, he texted me: “I was told indefinite hiatus.”

That’s a euphemism for canceled.

In an interview I did at 2:40 p.m., the stand-up comic said he enjoyed the experience working with Mo’Nique. “I’m selling out shows now,” he said. “That’s a win.” He heard the news from Mo’Nique’s husband but hasn’t spoken to the Oscar-winning actress yet. (He wouldn’t say when he knew about this, implying he has known for awhile.)

The trailer for the sci-fi action flick Battleship has hit the Internets, featuring singer Rihanna in her first acting role. First of all, you only see a fleeting glimpse of Rihanna wearing her battle fatigues after the 1:10 mark (if you blink, you miss her); and secondly, Battleship is clearly targeted to the hormone-driven, online gaming crowd under the age of 16.

There's nothing to see here.

Source: RR via Joblo

Singer Keri Hilson was spotted outside the New York offices of Elle magazine yesterday. Is it just us or does Keri look distraught? Yesterday we reached out to Keri Hilson's camp to offer words of encouragement after she was unmercifully dragged all over the social networking site Twitter.com for tweeting an insensitive message about deceased singer Amy Winehouse.

If anyone knows how it feels to be brutally ripped apart on Twitter for no reason, it's your auntie. Unfortunately, we couldn't get through to anyone in Keri's camp, but we'll keep trying. Hold your head up, girl!

Photos: Wireimage.com

Kim Kardashian was spotted leaving the Agent Provocateur store in Los Angeles, California yesterday with a huge gold shopping bag full of goodies. The store accommodated the soon-to-be wife of NBA star Kris Humphries by opening up after hours just so she could shop in peace (and spends thousands of dollars in reality TV show cash).

One of rap mogul Sean Combs' concubines, Kim Porter, was seen leaving the Villa Blanca restaurant in Beverly Hills, CA where she dined with friends yesterday. The 45-year-old beauty spends her days leisurely shopping for trinkets while her brood are in school. Porter and her kids live in a 9,655-square-foot, six bedroom mansion that Combs purchased for her in Toluca Lake, California.


Songstress Mariah Carey-Cannon loves everything about her Marriah Carey Collection. The Diva spent 8 hours on the Home Shopping Network hawking her wares earlier this week. Some say she was drunk on live television, but it may just be that Carey was drunk off the sweet smell of success? Her exclusive collection of Target-style clothing, shoes and fragrances are selling quite well, thank you.

Anyway, Rich over at fourfour blog (he also writes for the VH1 entertainment blog) put together this 5-minute clip of the hundreds of times Carey mentions the word "love" during the show. Enjoy.

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They were with her 'til the end: Amy Winehouse's five bodyguards took turns guarding her while she was alive. But they couldn't save her when Winehouse, 27, died of a drug overdose early Saturday in her $4 million London flat. Yesterday, the day of her funeral, the 5 men joined together one last time to accompany her body to the Golders Green crematorium where she was cremated, per Jewish custom. Afterwards, they posed with a box containing her ashes.

The man in the center of the photo is Andrew Morris, the bodyguard who found Amy's lifeless body in her bed on Saturday. He's the one who called for an ambulance, though no one could save her. An autopsy performed on Winehouse the day after her body was found was inconclusive.

Source: TMZ

It's a wonder how singer Lauryn Hill and Rohan Marley, the father of her 5 children, managed to stay together all these years. They seem to be two extremely immature, self-centered individuals. Marley, who is seeing someone else now, has always denied being the father of Hill's latest seed. And several days after Hill, 36, gave birth to her sixth child -- a boy -- Marley, the son of reggae legend Bob, took to his Twitter page to congratulate his baby mama -- and to fan the flames of speculation:

“I’m forwarding all well wishes to Ms. Hill on the birth of her new son. I’m sure she’ll appreciate the love being sent to her RASTAFARI R.M.

Two days later, Hill took to her Twitter page to respond to the rampant rumors and innuendo with a message that only added to the confusion:

Mr. Marley and I have a long and complex history about which MANY inaccuracies have been reported since the beginning. To speculate without the facts can only cause people to form WRONG conclusions. We both value privacy and for that reason defend and preserve our right to it. Contrary to the numerous reports, Mr. Marley did not abandon me while pregnant with his child. We have had long periods of separation over the years but our 5 children together remain a joy to both of us. Thank you for your concern and I appreciate all of the well wishes regarding the birth of my new son. Until next time, Ms. Hill.”


Kelly Rowland's CD, Here I Am, is in stores today, and the sexy siren covers the August/September issue of Vibe magazine! Inside, she discusses spicing up her sensual side by visiting sex shops, and and her split from her former manager, Beyonce's father Mathew Knowles.

When you walked away from that last meeting with Mathew, did you feel an “exhale” moment?
I did, but I also felt like, 'Oh my God, what have I done?!' I stayed in the house for two days. I was sad. It was like a funeral. I had to deaden that situation in order to start fresh. That’s a very long time to have the same manager and the same label.

What about your personal relationship with Mathew Knowles. Do you still talk to him?
Mathew sent me flowers for my birthday!

But do you talk to him?
It’s... I respect him above anything.

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I searched the entire Internet and finally found the full episode of Single Ladies, episode 8 for you Single Ladies fans.

“Single Ladies” was filmed on location in the Atlanta area, and stars LisaRaye McCoy (Keisha), Stacey Dash (Val) and Charity Shea (April).

In episode 108 entitled "Can't Hide Love," April bribes a local radio station DJ (played by singer Kelly Rowland) with clothing from Val's high end boutique in exchange for radio spins for her artist Reed Durham. Val (Stacey Dash) throws an intimate party for four where Keisha catches her man, Malcolm (D.B. Woodside), possibly cheating on her.

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Paparazzi over in Saint Tropez snapped photos of newlywed honeymooners Chris Bosh and Adrienne Bosh at Club 55 today. The couple were married in a private civil ceremony earlier this year but they made it official at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach last week with a splashy $300,000 wedding in front of 300 guests. Congrats to them.

So men really don't care that their women's cakes are as fake as all get out?

Photos: INF PHOTO and Twitter.com

The White House today released uncensored, personal photos of the Obama family as they look ahead to their return to life as ordinary private citizens next year. It has been a tense 2 weeks in Washington for President Obama. The photos show the strain of the debt ceiling crisis etched on his face. Earlier today, alarming poll numbers confirmed Obama has lost his core base (young White voters) who helped put him in the White House.

Source: DM

Update: Raquel Nelson, who was convicted by a jury this month of vehicular homicide for jaywalking when her son was killed by a hit-run driver, was given probation and 40 hours of community service today. Nelson could have received a 3-year prison sentence, which was a stiffer sentence than the 6 months the driver was given. (Thanks LaTechGrad02 for the tip!)

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