Publicist Gina Torres of PMG Media Group writes:

Hey Sandra!

I hope all is well! Let me know if you can use any of the photos below for the site. Have a great weekend!

On Thursday night in NYC, SMOOTH Magazine celebrated it's 10 year anniversary and latest issue with a star-studded red carpet event hosted by entertainment mogul 50 Cent. The entire groundbreaking "Warrior Princess" issue, which is currently on newsstands, was shot entirely by 50 Cent over four days, with 50 working 10-12 hour days behind the lens. Celibrities in the house included 50 Cent, Maino, Tony Yayo, Cardi, Ron Dealz, Omarion, Basketball Wives star Jennifer Williams; Mashonda, Misa Hylton-Brim, models Tahiry and Dolicia Bryant, and Flavor of Love's Buckeey.

Photos: Camron Potts, Greg Green, Nigel D.

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Miss Universe 2011, Leila Lopes of Angola made her press rounds in New York for her first official duties as the newly crowned beauty queen. Her first stop was at the U.S. embassy to pick up her VISA so she can earn a paycheck and support her family while she's here.

Ms. Lopes was photographed with her mom and siblings at the poolside on Friday. Leila already seems wary of the swarming NY paparazzi.

Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles was spotted attending a party in West London early Friday morning. She rocked a curly afro wig from her sister's collection of exotic hair pieces and lacefronts and a canary yellow gown.

Photos: Splash News Online

The Internet is buzzing about Lady Gaga's hair stylist suddenly quitting after accusing her of being a devil worshipper -- which is what everyone thought she was anyway. Michael Pooter, who cut Gaga's hair since January 2010, took his family and went into hiding after making some wild accusations about the pop star.

Pooter said he decided to quit because he couldn't take her staring at him anymore. He said in an interview for "Stylists of the Whores" magazine that when he confronted her about the staring, she told him she would eat his children if he ever told anyone

"She was usually liquored up on cheap whiskey when she came in for treatment. One day, when she was mumbling more than normal, which I found out later was her actually speaking in tongues, I saw the number 666 on her scalp and I quickly asked for God to protect me. She rose up out of her chair and floated 3 feet above the ground while yelling....."


Will these new revelations cause you to stop listening to her music? Or will you assume that her hair stylist is very likely a paranoid schizophrenic with religious persecutions?


Back in the '80s, before Chastity Bono thought she was a guy, she attended the same high school with a young Jennifer Aniston, who would later go on to achieve fame and glory as the star of a little TV show called Friends.

Both were students at the prestigious New York City High School Of Performing Arts in 1987, according to British tabloid The Daily Mail.

Aniston is now 42, with long blonde hair. And Bono, now 41, is no longer a lesbian after legally changing her gender to a male. Bono is one of the most controversial contestants on the 13th season ABC's Dancing With The Stars, which premieres Monday, Sept.19.

As you know by now, Rihanna's camp recently held an intervention of sorts for the singer in hopes of getting her off the substances she had become addicted to.

A source tells us the intervention was spearheaded by Rihanna's longtime personal assistant, Jennifer Rosales (pictured above). If you recall, it was Rosales who Rihanna called in a panic on that fateful night in 2009 begging her to contact the police after her then-boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, punched, kicked and bit her in a fit of rage.

Sources tell that the 23-year-old still smokes a little chronic here and there, but she has cut back drastically on "other drugs" including alcohol. The source says Rihanna has no coping skills, therefore, without the substances that she once used as a crutch, she has fallen into a deep depression.

Even her most loyal fans can tell the difference in the Bajan beauty's once bubbly personality.

In these paparazzi pics taken earlier today, Rihanna covered her face with Rosales's hoodie as she made her way through the airport at Sao Paulo, in Brazil where she has a concert on Saturday as part of her world tour. Observers said she looked "very tired" after her long trip from Los Angeles.

Photos: Splash News Online

"Anything (To Find You)" wasn't working out for R&B Diva Monica Brown. So she just released a new track titled "Until It's Gone" that everyone is raving about.

Is this the hit Monica needs to regain the respect of radio?

Monica's 7th studio album, New Life, drops November 29.


When Barack Obama was sworn in as America's 44th president in 2009 he began earnestly pushing his green jobs and clean energy agenda.

In a speech at George Mason University in Virginia President Obama promised to "modernize 75 percent of federal buildings" and "improve the energy efficiency of two million American homes, saving consumers and taxpayers billions on our energy bills.”

Obama pledged strong backing for clean energy and the development of renewable energy technology -- bankrolled by taxpayer funded loans to the tune of billions of dollars.

In 2009 the Energy department -- with the blessings of President Obama -- doled out truckloads of cash to unproven and untested renewable energy companies such as Solyndra.

An early beneficiary of President Obama's clean energy initiative was George Kaiser, already one of the richest men in the country. Kaiser ran the now bankrupt solar-panel company Solyndra, which received a $535 million loan from the Obama administration in 2009.

It took a little more than a year for Solyndra to burn through $500 million with nothing to show for it.

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Have you been experiencing headaches, dizziness, muscle cramps or unexplained hair loss lately? It could be the apple juice you're drinking, according to a nationally renowned TV doctor.

Television host Dr. Mehmet Oz has come under fire by the Food and Drug Administration for his claims that the apple juice we consume is dangerous for our health.

Dr. Oz announced on his TV show Wednesday that testing by a New Jersey lab found "troubling" levels of arsenic poison in many brands of the apple juice we drink.

The FDA loudly denied Dr. Oz's claims in press statements, which of course made headlines around the country. The resulting media coverage led some people to wonder if that glass of apple juice they drink every morning could really kill them.

"There is no evidence of any public health risk from drinking these juices. And the FDA has been testing them for years," the agency said in one press statement.

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According to gossip blog TMZ, T.I. was released from an Atlanta federal lock up back to the same halfway house where staffers snitched on him to the feds about his reality TV series.

As you know, the bureau of prisons sent T.I. back to prison on September 2nd for breaking their rules regarding contact with the public while in transit on a luxury bus from an Arkansas facility to the halfway house in Atlanta.

T.I.'s lawyer, Steve Sadow, tells TMZ, "We have good reason to believe that this favorable result was reached because of the proactive and assertive approach taken to protect T.I.'s rights by providing B.O.P. officials and the media with reliable and accurate information and that T.I. did not intend to violate his transfer furlough or any other B.O.P. rules en route from the prison facility in Arkansas to the halfway house in Atlanta."

Sadow adds, "T.I. will be released from custody on Sept. 29, and then will be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for a period of 1 year."

Hopefully T.I. can put this sorry chapter of his life behind him and get back to doing what he does best.

Are these videos the definitive proof that rapper Drake prefers hard legs and hairy backs? It sure looks like it. We don't know why Drake won't just up and admit it instead of leaking personal videos of Serena Williams dropping it low so his boys can think he hit that?

Not that his closet status changes the way we feel about the dope MC. He is still the #1 rapper in hip hop until someone challenges his crown.

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It is hard to ignore all the crazy rumors about the sudden death of Cathy Koreana White at age 28 from a burst aneurysm in her brain.

According to, the industry publicist supposedly was the mistress of Jay Z. He allegedly gave her the same ring as the one he gave his wife Beyonce.

But our sources tell us that those rumors are ridiculous. They say Jay Z would never be that dumb -- he would have given her a different diamond ring.

Yet ever since the news of Cathy's death, loyal readers have been asking us to investigate her untimely passing and how it fits in with the surprise announcement of Beyonce's baby.

I'm a blogger, not an investigative reporter. It is not unusual for a young woman to die of a burst aneurysm. It happens every day. I personally know of 3 industry women who died in the past year of a brain aneurysm.

An aneurysm is a tiny blood vessel in the brain that weakens and bursts leaking blood into the brain.

Death is usually immediate, depending upon the location of the aneurysm. It would be difficult for, let's say, an assassin to cause an aneurysm to burst in someone's head without other signs of trauma being present about the head and face.

For instance, if Ms White had been shot in the head, the coroners report would have noted that her aneurysm was precipitated by a gunshot wound.

According to a loyal reader, who begged anonymity, one of Jay Z's closest friends, Emory Jones (pictured above right), is somehow tied into White's death. I don't know how she arrived at that conclusion.

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Alicia Keys had that "What? Me? Worry?" look on her face as she attended the Proenza Schouler Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC yesterday. Alicia is aware of all the rumors of her husband Swizz Beatz's infidelities -- and she doesn't care. She knows that you groupies just want what she has. Alicia has lived her whole life in a state of blissful entitlement, which protects her fragile ego from the awful truth. Why should she change now? Bless her heart.
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Usher was spotted arriving at Le Bain Night Club in NYC after attending the Cinema Society, Dior Homme & GQ screening of "Restless" at Landmark Sunshine Theater in NYC. Men you should always keep your hand jewelry to a minimum. A nice watch, one ring and a tasteful bracelet are all that's necessary. Leave the pinky rings and the over-accessorizing to the pimps and the women.
Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images North America

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Singer Melanie Brown is just like you. Melanie, aka Mel B, shopped for baby supplies with her daughter Angel Murphy-Brown just days after giving birth to her third daughter Madison in Los Angeles, California. Angel's daddy is comedian Eddie Murphy who didn't see this child until she was almost 2.

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade proudly tweeted this pic of his oldest son Zaire who won his first basketball game yesterday. Let's hope he doesn't put too much pressure on the kid to follow in daddy's footsteps.

Angela Simmons, the daughter of Rev. Run Simmons, attended the Rachel Roy Spring 2012 presentation during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week on September 12.

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It's been 10 years since rapper Nas Ethered his rival Jay Z on wax by implying that the illest MC was gay and a narcissist. But last night the two men, who magnanimously settled their feud years ago, came together to celebrate Nas' 38th birthday at Catch in New York City.

La La and her husband Carmelo Anthony looked very classy and respectable last night. Ladies, pay attention: this is how you dress when you're with your man in mixed company. Exposing your cleavage when you're with your man around other men is never acceptable under any circumstance.

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The North Carolina MC has premiered a clip from the Clifton Bell-directed video for 'Can't Get Enough.' The song, which features Trey Songz on the chorus singing, "She said I heard you got a main chick, a mistress and some hoes/ You be up to no good and everybody knows," comes on the heels of his single 'Work Out.'

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The Hip Hop community is being blamed for ruining yet another high-priced alcoholic beverage.

If you recall, the folks at Cristal said "no thanks" to rappers who used to spit lyrics about the expensive wine on rap records. Rap mogul Jay Z was so infuriated by the winemaker's diss that he threw the full weight of his swag behind Ace of Spades, thereby helping the cheap bubbly gain a strong foothold in Hip Hop circles.

But now Moscato is fast becoming the favored beverage among rappers who routinely drop the brand name in their songs.

"Moscato d’Asti used to be a fun, simple, adaptable dessert wine," writes Gil Kulers, Access Atlanta's Wine Curmudgeon. The wine taster objected to the idea of Hip Hop thugs consuming the Moscato "in the back of a limo or as refreshment on the dance floor and certainly not with nonsweet portions of the meal."

"Where in the name of André Tchelistcheff did kids in their 20s get the idea to raise the roof with a bottle of Moscato d’Asti!?" Kulers gripes.

Kulers goes on to list the lyrics of Trey Songz’ song “I Invented Sex” as an example of the ruination of Moscato:

    It’s a celebration
    Clap clap bravo.
    Lobster and shrimp and a glass of moscato ...
    finish the whole bottle.

What irritates Kulers most is the unforgivable misuse of the wine, which is considered blasphemy in wine circles.

"Moscato does not go with lobster and shrimp and ranks among his last choices for a celebratory drink," wrote Kulers, who added: "It’s not the Wine Curmudgeon’s job to point out that “moscato” and “bottle” don’t rhyme."

According to the NY Daily News, troubled rapper Gucci Mane was sentenced to 6 months in prison for pushing a female out of his slow moving Humvee earlier this year.

Authorities in suburban Atlanta say rapper Gucci Mane will serve six months in jail after pleading guilty to battery and other charges.

DeKalb County Solicitor-General Sherry Boston said Tuesday that Mane, whose real name is Radric Delantic Davis, pleaded guilty to two counts of battery, two counts of reckless conduct and one count of disorderly conduct.

A police report said Davis pushed 36-year-old Diana Graham out of his Hummer as it rolled down a suburban Atlanta street on Jan. 28.

State Court Judge Eleanor Ross sentenced the rapper to serve six months in custody followed by several months on probation.

The judge also ordered him to complete 12 weeks of anger management classes; pay $5,091 in restitution to the woman for her medical bills; and pay a $3,000 fine.

Hopefully Radric will get the mental health treatment that he needs while he's locked up.

Tweets are talking about music producer Swizz Beatz's extravagant birthday gift that be purchased -- not for himself, but for his wife, Alicia Keys.

The gift, an expensive Lotus automobile, is reminiscent of the sparkling 7 carat diamond ring valued at $4 mil that NBA superstar Kobe Bryant bought his wife Vanessa after allegations surfaced that he cheating on her with a hotel desk clerk.

By sheer coincidence, rumors are now swirling that Swizz cheated on his wife with at least 2 thirsty groupies. It would seem that men are not so complicated to figure out when it comes to matters of the heart.

Someone who is more intimately familiar with the ways of cheating men is Dallas socialite Zeralyn who has had her share of married ball players and rappers.

Zeralyn wrote on her blog: "Maybe it’s just me, but twice people have cheated on me and bought me a vehicle. So, im going to have to go with he admitted to her something."

Swizz looks guilty from where we're standing.

Of course broke this story wide open back in 2007. But and Star magazine think they have the exclusive:

Jay-Z is not about to become a father for the first time, it turns out, as the Girls Girls Girls singer has a secret son with a Trinidadian model, according to the father of the man originally identified as the love child's father, who sat down for an exclusive interview with this week's edition of Star.

The world gasped last month when the Big Pimpin' singer's wife, Beyonce Knowles, showed off her baby bump at the MTV Video Music Awards, but Andrews exclusively told Star the Empire State Of Mind rapper gave Trinidadian model Shenelle Scott a baby bump some nine years before.

Andrews, the father of Shenelle's ex-boyfriend Malik Sayeed, told Star exclusively that "at the time [he] was born, my son Malik thought he was his child, but they did DNA tests. "It's been determined that [the child is] Jay-Z's baby."

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Grand Hustle Records unveiled the cover of rapper T.I.'s new fictional book titled Power & Beauty was unveiled on his website just a few moments ago.

What do you think about the cover? Will you buy the book?

As we mentioned a couple weeks ago, T.I. recently linked up with publishers Harper Collins for a new book titled Power & Beauty. Today we unveil the cover to the fictional story about two friends who grew up on the dangerous streets of Atlanta. The novel was written by T.I. along with David Ritz and will hit stores in October. Check out the various pre-order options below!

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T.I., who is currently serving out the remainder of his 11-month sentence in an Atlanta federal prison, is expected to be released on September 29.

Loyal reader Erika writes:

Hey Sandra

I know you're on an unofficial "is she or isn't she pregnant" baby bump watch with Beyawnce, so here's a picture I thought you'd like. I saw it on today.

Looking at her pic in the reflection, her belly looks flat, no? Personally, I don't care one way or another, but I thought that some of your readers may be interested.

Aspiring supermodel Ali Lohan, Lindsay Lohan's gorgeous 17-year-old sister, is the subject of vicious rumors acusing her of having plastic surgery and starving herself to achieve a nimble runway figure.

Ali's mom, dad, sister and reps have all rushed to Ali's defense saying she has never had plastic surgery a day in her life. Big sis Lindsay is fed up with all the rumors and she's not going to take it anymore.

Lilo took to her Twitter page last week to slam blogs and other media for picking on her sister.

"I love how haters pick on my sister yet every runway model is just as thin," she tweeted from her Twitter account last week. "My sister is gorgeous and I'm so proud of her and her career!!!"

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After being sharply criticized by blog fashionistas for dressing like a bum these past few weeks, Barbadian singer Rihanna glammed it up for a night out at Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica last night. Rihanna wore an oversized jacket with patent leather sleeves (Burberry?) and a Fendi clutch. She completed her outift with a cute pair of strappy, open toe heels.

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Singer Ciara was spotted leaving her hotel in New York City yesterday wearing a chic black and white ensemble. We hear that a reality TV show is in the works for CiCi but we don't know any of the details. As soon as we find out, you will be the first to know before the other blogs do!
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Rapper Nicki Minaj, 29, attended the Oscar De La Renta Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City yesterday. Nicki never ceases to amaze us with her attention-grabbing skills.
Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images North America

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Rapper Nicki Minaj, 29, was bored during a recent shoot for GLAMOUR mag, so she decided to start a new trend similar to the asinine 'planking' trend that swept a few months ago. This new trend is called 'fridging' -- and just as the word implies, you strike odd poses, preferably inside your mother's refrigerator.

Nicki demonstrated the new trend for her Twitter Stans, who happily followed her example by tweeting their own 'fridging' pics. One Stan even tweeted a pic of her cat fridgin.

See more lunacy after the break!

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Loyal reader Angie writes:

Good day Sandra,
my name's Angie I am a frequent reader of your blog for about a year now. I truly enjoy your daily outlook and commentary on todays celebs thru your blog as well as a follower of your Twitter page. Recently you Morning Wood section has caught my eye as a great place for the creative people we are around often to receive the spotlight and recognition they deserve.

My submission is in regards to my friend and a leader Jai Okoli. born of African descent he currently resides in the city of Dallas, TX. He has years of model experience as well as a fashionista in his own right and has recently turned that talent into a styling company he has named Fashion Junkie Styling Co.

I have been so lucky to be asked to be a part of his movement. As a an up and coming stylist he has turned his passion into something that he could include all artist within the fashion/beauty industry together as a team for success. He isn't only a kind person but he is truly an artist I have been able to absorb from. I could go on and on but I think his portfolio speaks for itself. To his and his company work go to FashionJunkieStyling or follow him on Twitter


Reader for Life

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The oldest of the two teens charged with assaulting a transgender female at a Baltimore county McDonald's will spend the next 5 years in prison for her crimes.

19-year-old Teonna Brown was 18 when she and a 14-year-old female accomplice pounced on Chrissy Polis outside the McDonald's women's restroom. The beating was captured on cell phone video by a McDonald's employee who was on duty at the time. The employee could be heard laughing on the video, and at one point he urged the attackers to flee before police arrived. That employee was terminated but no charges were brought against him.

Vicki Thoms, an elderly woman who tried to stop the assault was punched in the eye. The Baltimore County prosecutor is calling the unprovoked attack a hate crime.

“I don’t really care who the victim is,” said prosecutor Scott Shellenberger. “This wasn’t about a political statement. This was about prosecuting people for a heinous crime that they committed.”

Brown was convicted of a hate crime and first degree assault during a tense hearing yesterday in a Maryland courtroom. She was sentenced to 5 years in prison. Brown's 14-year-old accomplice is being held in a juvenile facility until she is 18.

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