Alarming new poll figures confirm President Obama’s Democratic base is crumbling.

“More than a third of Americans now believe that President Obama’s policies are hurting the economy, and confidence in his ability to create jobs is sharply eroding among his base,” the Post reports.

Strong support among liberal Democrats for Obama’s jobs record has plummeted 22 points from 53% down below a third. African Americans who believe the president’s measures helped the economy have plunged from 77% to barely half.

Obama’s overall job approval on the economy has slid below 40% for the first time, with 57% disapproving. And strong disapprovers outnumber approvers by better than two-to-one.

Who do you guys think will be the next president of the United States?

Beyoncé shocked everyone this morning by promoting former bandmate Kelly Rowland’s new CD, Here I Am, on her Facebook page about an hour ago! *Checking the sky to see if it’s falling*

Beyoncé (or someone in her camp) wrote:

Summer just got better: Kelly Rowland’s new solo album, ‘Here I Am,’ joins Beyoncé’s ‘4’ on store shelves and at iTunes today. Congratulations to Kelly! Get your copy now: http://bit.ly/n4E4JV

Now let’s see if Bey will also cross promote Kelly’s CD on her Twitter page as well.

In episode 8 of VH1’s scripted series BBQ Wives (Thanks Eb!), the ladies’ trip to Italy explodes as Tami’s feud with Meeka reaches its’ boiling point. The episode aired last night on VH1. This is the episode that spawned Meeka’s frivolous civil lawsuit against Tami Roman. Last night was also the taping of the BBQ Wives Reunion show.

Gif spotted over at RWS

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Singer Ashanti recently tweeted her plans to release her fifth studio album on her own label (Written Entertainment). Her last album, 2008’s The Declaration, spawned the singles “The Way That I Love You”, “Good Good” and “Body On Me” featuring Nelly and Akon. The Declaration sold 89K n the first week and has yet to go gold.

Yesterday, Ashanti, 30, released her album artwork for the as yet untitled project. Ashanti luxuriates on a beach wearing a parachute dress and her weave upswept in a dookie braid bun. She looks beautiful. Ashanti is doing a great job keeping herself relevant.

MORE Ashanti Morning Glory pics after the break! (Some pics may not be safe for work!)

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Singer/songwriter Keri Hilson offended and upset her 1.4 million Twitter.com followers yesterday when she displayed amazing insensitivity about the passing of British chanteuse Amy Winehouse.

On July 23 — the day Winehouse died of a drug overdose — Hilson tweeted:

Shocked Winehouse fans took offense at the words “self destructive state.” Even though it was true, they thought it was too soon.

Then last night, the singer tweeted a pic of herself posing with a drag queen along with the caption:

*gasp* Amy Winehouse resurrected to party w/ me!!!

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Grant Ruffin Hayes and his wife Amanda Perry Hayes were arrested Monday and charged with the grisly murder of Hayes’ ex-girlfriend.

The partial remains of Laura Ackerson, 27, were found in a creek near Richmond, Texas, outside Houston. Police believe Grant Hayes, 32, and Amanda Hayes, 39, murdered Ackerson in Wake County on July 13, then drove her body to Texas where they hacked her to pieces and disposed of her remains in a creek.

Hayes was the father of Ackerson’s two sons, Grant, 3, and 1-year-old Gentle. The children were the subjects of a tense custody battle dating back to 2010 when a judge granted Mr. Hayes temporary custody of the boys. Ackerson had the boys on the weekends.

The judge found Ackerson to be an unfit mother because she was unemployed and still lived with Mr. Hayes’ parents. She was scheduled to attend a hearing on August 15, at which time she planned to ask for joint custody of her sons.

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The new Disney/Touchstone Pictures movie ‘The Help’ was screened in Atlanta a few weeks ago. The movie, which hits theaters August 10th, is getting rave reviews for its talented cast who handle the movie’s sensitive subject with poise and grace.

‘The Help,’ adapted from the book of the same name, is about an author who writes a book from the perspective of Black maids in the deep South.

“Get ready for ‘The Help’ to hit the box office like a tornado,” writes Roger Friedman of ShowBiz411.

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Hollywood’s hottest mommy, Angelina Jolie-Pitt, was seen leaving the London Aquarium with her large brood, daughters Zahara, 6, Shiloh, 5, and twins Vivienne and Knox Jolie-Pitt, 2. Zahara is quite a pretty young lady. We just wish she would smile more.

Over 700 marriage applications were filed Sunday in New York City — the first day gay marriages were legally recognized in the Empire state.

Mishan Moore left, 39, exchanged vows with her partner Jacqueline Rodriguez, 34, during their wedding ceremony at Queens Borough Hall in New York on Sunday. NYC becomes the sixth in the U.S. to embrace same-sex marriage.

Meanwhile, according to Splash News, thousands of gay marriage opponents marched on Sunday in protest of the new law. They called on lawmakers to allow a vote on gay marriage on the next ballot.

Additionally, a conservative group filed a lawsuit against gay marriage. Members of the Leaders of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms asked the courts to halt gay marriage ceremonies while the case is heard. They also want any of the hundreds of same-sex marriages performed in New York over the past 48 hours to be declared void.

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According to a loyal reader who asked to remain anonymous, Akon’s brother, Def Jam VP or A&R Bu Thiam, not only A&R’d probably the biggest album of the year (Watch The Throne), but he’s also a rapper!:

I’m a runner at a local Atlanta studio and loyal reader of your blog. I saw Bu in our studio a few weeks ago with Verse Simmonds, who records here faithfully. I never really cared for Verse until he dropped that BooThang record with Kelly Rowland and apparently his features just keep on getting better. Last night some engineers were fixing a mix on one of his songs, I’m guessing for his new mixtape and as they were playing it over and over I realized that its BU rapping on the 3rd verse of this song! The track is attached, I downloaded it before the engineers closed out their session.

Apparently music runs in his family because he actually sounds pretty good, he’s doing the adlibs too. If your interested in posting this I would like to be anonymous as I could lose my job for this. But I wouldn’t want any other blog to get ahold of it.

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So So Def rapper Da Brat recently revealed her feminine side in a ‘Summer Chic’ shoot for VIBE.com. The Chicago native, born Shawntae Harris, 37, maintains that despite her usual tomboy style, getting girlie is second nature to her.

Was it uncomfortable transitioning into a “sex symbol” or is this just another side of you that we never see?

I’m such a fucking lady. I loved to get glammed up. I love manis and pedis. I like to go to Vicky Secrets and La Perla because I like lace and bikinis. I’m such a P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thug)

What is your favorite body part?

I don’t have just one. I love all parts of my body! But on a man, I love the Adonis line. It’s just so sexy!

Source: Saptosa Foster | The 135th Street Agency

Bow Wow’s mom, Teresa Caldwell, whose clothing boutique was shuttered last year for non-payment of state taxes, took to her Twitter page this morning to respond to today’s NY Post Blind Item:

That article was in the NY post & had nothing to do with Bow. Y’all know that I will never sit back & let Bow not take care of his daughter. I will never sit back & allow my son not to take care of his responsibility & if he couldn’t I would work my butt [off] to make sure she was [straight]

Just so you know: We spoke with an intern for the NY Post this morning, and she gave us certain information that we can’t repeat about today’s Blind Item. We can not confirm the validity of any Blind Item that does not originate on Sandrarose.com. You can rest assured that your auntie would never post content just to increase pageviews like other blogs do. Thanks for reading!

According to Black Celeb Kids blog, R&B songstress Lauryn Hill, 36, gave birth to a bouncing baby boy on Saturday:

“Mother and baby are fine,” says the source, who adds that Hill and family “had a little scare because the baby came out the womb with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. All is well now and everyone is happy.”

I guess the only question remains, who’s the baby daddy? According to her other baby daddy, Rohan Marley, the baby isn’t his. And just so you know Rohan isn’t just making up lies to get attention, his girlfriend took to her Twitter page to profess her love for the Rastafarian womanizer.

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As we told you last week, the official release date of the Watch The Throne collaboration LP by Kanye West and Jay Z might be pushed back. Today it was announced the set will be released on August 8 on iTunes, instead of August 2nd. It now makes sense that the super secret listening party for ‘The Throne’ will be held on August 1st at an undisclosed location.

Of course, yours truly was invited to attend the private listening session by our friends at Def Jam. We were assured that both Hip Hop Kings, Kanye West and Jay Z, would be in attendance (we really want to meet Kanye!).

When we asked (twice) if any other bloggers would be attending the private listening session, we received no response. So it is assumed that other bloggers are invited, and they just don’t want to reveal who. (Not that it matters.)

In addition to the release date, a tour was also announced to support the much-anticipated project, which Def Jam execs are already calling a classic. The 21-city ‘Throne Tour’ kicks off in Detroit, Michigan on September 22, 2011, with a stop in Atlanta on October 9 at the Philips Arena.

Watch The Throne is available for pre-order at Watchthethrone.com.

Click the link for more tour dates

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