*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

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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.

Check out Rihanna’s ordinary makeover after the break

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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.”