Many thanks to Towanda and Trina Braxton for taking the time out of their busy schedules to chat live with Sandrarose.com readers! The ladies actually sat down to talk with our readers between breaks while shooting!
Towanda and Trina discussed how their reality show, 'Braxton Family Values', has changed their lives. They said Tamar is really over-the-top in real life, not just on the show. Towanda also revealed her relationship status with her estranged husband, Andre. Trina shares that her marriage with Gabe is still up in the air and they are currently in couple's counseling.
And we found out that Towanda is no longer Toni Braxton's personal assistant. Zo, who helped organize our live chat, is still working for Toni Braxton as her personal assistant. Zo explained what really happened when he burned the plastic in the oven.
Also, Trina's husband, Gabe, makes a cameo during the Live Chat!
Beyonce's sister, DJ Solange Knowles worked the wheels of steel at the celebration of Ferrari's chairman Luca di Montezemolo at Art Basel on Miami Beach yesterday. Also attending the event were singer Janelle Monáe (pictured above with Solo), and rapper Flo Rida (not pictured). Photos by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images North America)
Music producer Pharrell Williams attended the Dior pop-up shop at Miami Design District in Miami, Florida yesterday. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images North America
Singer/actress Brandy Norwood, 32, was spotted leaving a restaurant in Beverly Hills yesterday. The former child star looked shockingly bad, even with a $21K Hermes handbag on her arm.
Singer/songwriter Alicia Keys, 30, attended her "Keep A Child Alive with Alicia Keys" premiere at the Tribeca Grand Screening Room in New York City, yesterday. Also attending the event was legendary rocker Bono (not pictured).
There's a surprising twist in the ongoing child custody battle between R&B crooner Usher Raymond and his ex-wife, struggling celebrity stylist, Tameka Foster. The NY Post reports that Foster's attorneys have demanded that Usher submit to a drug test as part of his response to her petition to strip him of his parental rights to their two sons.
But, according to The Post, Usher flatly refused to take the drug test. Foster's court documents indicate that a drug test was demanded, in part, because of blog rumors that Usher is a well-known nose candy connoisseur.
The custody battle between Usher Raymond and his ex-wife, Tameka Foster, is turning to war: Justin Bieber mentor Usher last week rejected a demand by his ex to submit to drug testing after she alleged he was “in delirium” during a January concert in Germany.
She also filed a request for Raymond to submit to drug testing, claiming she found mysterious pills in his jeans pockets in September 2008, and that she believed he was wasted during the Germany concert, according to court documents.
Video circulated widely online at the time showing Usher meandering onstage in front of the crowd and unable to sing. He apologized to fans, and his reps blamed a respiratory infection for his inability to perform.
Foster, however, alleges he was under the influence of something. “I dated him . . . when he’s had a very serious throat condition and he still performs like a champ,” she said. “ I really feel strongly that something was going on there, and it wasn’t, ‘Oh I have laryngitis.' "
She made a further claim in the deposition: “I believe he gets high. And if he doesn’t then he’d take the drug test, correct?”Source
It's f*ck wit Dre Day over at The NY Times which published an article yesterday ripping the legendary producer's best-selling Beats By Dre headphones.
If you're a black male, you probably own one of these sleek $300 headphones just because you will buy anything a celebrity endorses.
According to a music expert interviewed by The NY Times, the sexy headphones produce way too much bass, which distorts the music, and besides that, they suck.
“In terms of sound performance, they are among the worst you can buy,” says Tyll Hertsens, editor in chief of InnerFidelity.com, a site for audiophiles. "They are absolutely, extraordinarily bad." Source
The Times article goes on to say that back in the day, manufacturers such as Bose "marketed high-priced audio equipment by emphasizing technical merits like frequency response, optimum impedance, ambient noise attenuation and so on."
Nowadays a dude riding the bus doesn't care about the sound quality of the headphones, as long as the big booty chick sitting one seat over sees him wearing the trendy headsets.
Kim Kardashian's oldest sister, Kourtney, is pregnant with her 2nd child, according to E! News and her reality show's producer Ryan Seacrest. The baby's father, Scott Disick, and Kourtney often seemed at odds with each other on their reality TV show 'Kim and Kourtney Take NY'.
In an exclusive statement to E! News, Kourtney says, "Scott and I are so excited to announce that we are expecting our second child and are thrilled to be expanding the love in our family." Kourt first confirmed the happy news to Us Weekly. Source
Kourtney recently launched her Kourtney Mommy's Blog on E! Online where she gives tips on how to raise your kids to be as smart as her toddler, Mason.
Not many people live to be 103 years old. But rather than celebrating her 104th birthday in 3 weeks, Vita Lee worries about staying in her home.
Channel 2 Action News reports that movers hired by Deutch Bank, and sheriff's deputies arrived at the ranch style home yesterday to evict Ms. Lee and her 83-year-old daughter as community activists and Channel 2's Ryan Young gathered outside. But after seeing Ms. Lee in her fragile state, the movers and sheriff's deputies refused to go through with the eviction.
"I saw the sheriffs who came to put them out take off and leave. I gave all glory to God," community activist Michael Langford said.
"This family has been waging a war against Deutch Bank," said community activist Derrick Boezeman.
The eviction action was too much for Ms. Lee's daughter. An ambulance rushed her to Grady hospital as news cameras rolled.
When Ms. Lee was asked if she knew she was being evicted, she said, "No. I knew they didn't know what they was doing. God don't let you do wrong." She added: "You know, the Bible says 'once a man and twice a child'. I'm a child, 104-years-old. Don't put me outdoors at 104."
Young explained that the house and case have been in the court system for years. Ms. Lee and her daughter has shared the home on Penelope Street in Northwest Atlanta for 53 years.
Ms. Lee had one last message for the ruthless bankers: "Please don't come in and disturb me no more," she said. "When I'm gone y'all can come out here and do anything you want to do."
Tameka Foster is currently at home nursing her sick 2-year-old son back to health. We know that because she tweeted a pic of the child stretched out on a sofa today. She wants us to know that she's a good mother. Or she could be posting pics of the baby in order to gain sympathy.
As you know, Foster, 45, has filed yet another legal action in the ongoing child custody dispute with her ex-husband, Usher Raymond, 33.
This time Foster, who still uses her ex-husband's last name, seeks to strip Usher of his parental rights to their two boys. After TMZ broke the story this morning, Foster took to her Twitter page to grouse about the media coverage, and about her ex in particular.
"Haha I love how this guy manages to always be the victim. So masterful. Its amazing," she tweeted. In another tweet, she wrote, "To play innocent victim? Oh. That's crafty... & hilarious."
But wouldn't it be considered "crafty" to exploit your sick child on a social networking site to prove a point?
Vaudeville singer Beyonce was spotted entering her Manhattan office building today. The "Countdown" singer wore spandex leggings, boots with 6-inch heels, and enough makeup to choke a horse. The excess makeup and foundation gave her face a ghostly appearance. Quite frankly she looks ridiculous.
Michael Jackson's unrepentant former personal physician will spend the next 4 years in the LA County jail rather than in prison due to overcrowding in the state prison system.
Earlier today Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor sentenced Murray to the maximum the law allows for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Jackson, who was 50 when he died on June 25, 2009. Murray was accused of giving Jackson an infusion of Propofol, a surgical IV anesthetic that is usually administered only in a clinical setting under close supervision.
Referring to Murray as a "disgrace to the medical profession," Pastor noted that it was irrelevant if Michael might have died in the care of another doctor. He said Jackson died because of the actions of Dr. Murray.
Murray's attorney Ed Chernoff requested that Murray be sentenced to community service. But the judge denied the request. Chernoff said Jackson was a "drug seeker," but he acknowledged that Murray was wrong for providing him with the drugs that killed him.
Last night, following 'Love & Hip Hop' episode 3, VH1 aired a sneak peek of T.I.'s new reality series 'T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle', which premieres Monday, Dec. 5.
The series is based on the post-prison life of rapper T.I., and the different hustles that T.I., Tiny and their children have going on. For instance, T.I.'s son Domani, whom he dotes on, is following in his father's footsteps by picking up the mic.
Tiny's friends, who sometimes travel with the couple on the road, provide the necessary drama in the series. But the focus seems to be primarily on cash money, and T.I.'s drive to keep the cash pipelines open now that his legal problems are over.
"No matter how long it took for me to get it right, it never get wrong again," says T.I. emphatically.
He adds: "The most important thing to me in the world: God, family, hustle, in that order."
Earlier this week we told you about the fires that rapper T.I. ignited when he voiced his opinion on gays and the power they wield in the music industry.
In a cover story for VIBE magazine's end of the year issue, T.I., 30, said "gay people are too sensitive" and he repeated an obscene joke about gay sex made by comedian Tracey Morgan before he too was shut down by the gay elite and forced to apologize.
It didn't take long for the gays to strike back -- and very soon thereafter, less than 72 hours later to be exact, T.I. crumbled under the pressure.
In a phone call to TMZ's Harvey Levin yesterday, T.I. backed down from his earlier statements that one specialty group did not have the right to shut down the opinions of others because censorship is simply un-American.
Instead of sticking to his guns, T.I. allowed Levin to back him into a corner by agreeing that racism and the civil rights struggles somehow correlates with the current gay rights agenda.
Levin quickly put up a post with the headline: "T.I. [Says] Black People Can Be Oversensitive, Too".
We're not attacking T.I. because he supports Sandrarose.com, but the phone call, and its aftermath, were a disappointment to say the least.
Click HERE to hear the audio of the phone call or click the image above.
Usually when completely mismatched couples get together, the fake excitement and passion that they feel for one another is fueled by a brain chemical called Dopamine -- not to be confused with eternal love.
This chemical helps to remove the hesitancy, uncertainty and doubts that one might feel so that they can quickly get to the matter at hand -- hot, passionate, sticky sex in order to populate the earth.
The street drugs cocaine and Ecstasy work in much the same way.
So once that Dopamine stops leaking in their brains, some normalcy is restored and these couples are often left wondering what the heck they saw in each other in the first place.
That's the dilemma that R&B crooner Usher Raymond and his ex-wife, Tameka Foster, faced before they got divorced. To complicate matters even further: they have two sons together.
Now word is spreading around the industry that Usher and Tameka are no longer on speaking terms with each other. They say that if Usher wants to communicate with Tameka he sends word through a liaison.
I also heard that Usher has much more than joint custody of his kids, and that the children are with him more than they are with Tameka. But, according to gossip website TMZ.com, that information appears to be inaccurate -- Usher and Tameka still share joint custody of their boys, but now Tameka wants a judge to strip Usher of his parental rights because he closed her Saks Fifth Avenue card.
An Atlanta business woman has come forward claiming she had a 13-year sexual relationship with GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain.
MyFOX Atlanta reports that "over the Thanksgiving weekend, FOX 5 senior I-Team reporter Dale Russell sat down with Ginger White, who had an amazing story to tell."
"It was pretty simple," White said. "It wasn't complicated. I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship."
Even before White's story was known to the public, Mr. Cain went on CNN today and announced there would be another claim of infidelity made against him. He went on record denying the most recent allegations that had not been made yet.
Here's an excerpt of a statement released by Mr. Cain's Atlanta attorney Lin Wood today. The statement all but concedes that Mr. Cain was involved in a sexual relationship with Ms. White.
I have highlighted the key words in bold for emphasis.
This is not an accusation of harassment in the workplace – this is not an accusation of an assault - which are subject matters of legitimate inquiry to a political candidate. Rather, this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults - a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public's right to know and the media's right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one's bedroom door.
Such a shame. I really had hopes that he would be a contender for U.S. President Barack Obama.
Attention whore Beyonce recently sat down with Katie Couric for an interview on ABC's 20/20 where she basically rehashes what she's already talked about in every other appearance that she's made. It isn't clear why Beyonce hungers for so much attention lately.
Every move Beyonce has made over the past 3 months has been orchestrated to put her front and center, in the national spotlight. This kind of attention-seeking behavior can't be healthy for her.
The rumors must be true that Jay Z ignores Beyonce when they're out of the public eye. And that he spends most of his time in the studio just to get away from her. Can you blame him?
Actress Paula Patton covers the November 2011 issue of JEZEBEL magazine, which is based out of Atlanta. Patton, 35, is in heavy demand these days due to her coveted role as a beautiful secret spy in the action thriller Mission: Impossible, Ghost Protocol, starring Tom Cruise.
Patton says she didn't have much confidence in snagging the plum role. So when she was called in to audition, she told the producers, "Come on, guys, don't waste my time!"
The film hits theaters Dec. 15. The 'Precious' star is well-known in the black community, but this role is expected to place her squarely on Hollywood's A-list.
Despite her many successes, Patton, who is married to R&B singer Robin Thicke, and has a toddler, Julian; reveals she prefers living in a fantasy world, because she "doesn't like reality very much."
This seems strange coming from a woman who, on the outside, seems to have everything. "I love my son; I love my husband; and then I want to take them into my dream world," she told JEZEBEL.
"My dream is Paris, and good food, and beautiful sunsets, and no worries, and no stress and life floating on a cloud!"
JEZEBEL magazine's Nov. 2011 issue featuring the 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans is on newsstands now!
Photography: John Russo Styling by Erica Cloud and Karla Welch for The Wall Group Hair by Robert Steinken for Clouttier Remix Makeup by Jo Strettell for the Magnet Agency
In case you missed last night's episode of the partially scripted Bravo Reality TV show, 'Real Housewives of Atlanta,' you can watch the full episode after the break. I didn't watch the program last night, so I can't fill you in on much. All I know is an infamous Atlanta male stripper by the name of "Ri-DICK-ulous" showed up at Kandi's 35th birthday party and turnt it out.
But what is going on with Kim's lips though? Why are they so puffy?
According to Washington Post political analyst, Joseph Curl, U.S. President Barack Obama doesn't want a second term in office. With less than a year to go before the 2012 presidential elections, Mr. Obama's re-election campaign efforts have been virtually silent.
There are only two ways to look at the Obama re-election campaign right now: Either the upstart candidate who stunned the world when he defeated the Clinton machine to capture the Democratic nomination three years ago has lost every bit of that massive mojo, or the bruised and battered president, after three years in office, just doesn’t want another spin in the Oval Office.
It's obvious from Obama's words and actions over the past two years that Obama is ready to throw the towel in and return to the private sector along with his wife and children.
From the day he was elected, Mr. Obama has made it clear to the American public that all he really wanted was to make history. Obama, who is considered by many to be a narcissist, didn't sign up to work hard or to put up with disgruntled Americans seeking jobs and a stimulated economy.
Democratic strategists Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas Schoen don't want to see Obama run for re-election. "He should step aside,” they wrote, “for the one candidate who would become, by acclamation, the nominee of the Democratic Party: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”
I remember the first time I met the Braxton Sisters, the singing siblings of superstar Toni Braxton. The chance meeting occurred in a hotel suite in Charlotte, NC in 1996. I was there to shoot a music conference for VIBE magazine, and I bumped into LA Reid's brother, Bryant Reid, in the hotel lobby.
At the time Bryant was managing the Braxton Sisters, so he paid me to shoot a party he was having for the girls in his suite that night.
The picture on the right is one that I took in 1996. At the time, the group consisted of Towanda, left, and teenagers Tamar, 19, center, and Trina, 17. They had just released an album, titled So Many Ways, on Atlantic Records.
Last night, BET aired Soul Train Awards 2011 which was pre-taped in Atlanta on Nov. 17. Tamar was the highlight of the night as she sang a rousing tribute to Soul legend Gladys Knight, with Dave Hollister, Kenny Lattimore and Freddie Jackson backing Tamar up as the honorary Pips for the night.
Tamar's performance surprised and electrified social networking sites like Twitter.com, where users compared her sultry vocals to her sister Toni Braxton, and even Beyonce!
Below are just a few of the thousands of positive tweets about Tamar's performance from Twitter.com! By the way, Tamar's sisters, Towanda and Trina Braxton will chat live with Sandrarose.com readers via Ustream right here on Wednesday! So check back for that.
Even though Beyonce is supposedly 8 months pregnant, she has not gained a pound anywhere but in her tummy. But her Stans continue to insist that her nose is spreading. In an effort to put an end to the nonsense that Beyonce's nose is spreading, we placed two photos side by side that clearly shows Beyonce's nose is exactly the same size as it was last year.
In fact, in the picture on the left -- which was taken on Nov. 23, 2010 -- Bey's nose looks pudgier than the in the pic on the right, taken Nov. 20, 2011.
But even with clear photographic evidence, Bey's Stans will still continue to see what they want to see.
Soul legend Mary J Blige performed an intimate concert at the sold out Tabernacle in support of her new album, My Life: The Journey Continues, in Atlanta last night. After the concert, she attended an after party at Luckie Lounge with her celebrity friends Monica, Jeezy, and Devyne Stephens.
Oh what tangled webs we weave, when first we practice to deceive . . .
After months of lies, trickery and deceit, singer Beyonce has released a new video to further manipulate the media and her crazy Stans.
Remember I told you last month that I'd spoken at length with a source who works for a mainstream publication?
Well, according to the source, who begged for anonymity, it was determined through the coordinated efforts of other mainstream publications and photo wire services, that Beyonce has not been seen or photographed entering or leaving a doctor's office for prenatal care over the past 6 months.
We've seen many paparazzi photos of Beyonce entering and leaving several office buildings in NYC, but sources confirm there are no obstetrics or gynecology offices located in those buildings.
Anyone who has ever given birth over the last 100 years knows that prenatal visits are a mandatory requirement for the health of any baby. But even though Beyonce now claims to be 8 months pregnant (lol) -- she has not been seen visiting a doctor's office every week, or even bi-weekly, as is the norm for a woman in the 3rd trimester.
But she has been seen getting on planes and flying in her 3rd trimester, even though there is an increased risk of developing blood clots on airplanes when flying long distances.
This is only the latest in a series of missteps by Beyonce since she surprised the world with her magical "pregnancy" on the MTV VMAs in September.
The self-proclaimed King of the South, rapper T.I., graces VIBE magazine's year end Dec. 2011 issue. It's a good thing this is a holiday weekend or T.I.'s publicists would be working overtime trying to put out the fires that his mouth ignited.
T.I. had a lot to say about The Gays who currently wield the balance of power in the entertainment industry. Most of what the rubber band man had to say about The Gays was selectively edited by VIBE magazine.
T.I. on all Americans having equal rights:
"Man, I will say this, the funniest joke I ever heard [comedian] Tracy [Morgan] say during a stand-up was, ‘C’mon man, I think gay people are too sensitive. If you can take a dick, you can take a joke.’ [Cracks up laughing.] That shit was funny to me. And it’s kind of true. They’re like,‘If you have an opinion against us, we’re gonna shut you down.’ ... That’s not American. If you’re gay you should have the right to be gay in peace, and if you’re against it you should have the right to be against it in peace.’
But T.I., 31, did have some strong words for rapper 50 Cent and others who criticized his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, 36, for not taking the drug charge that sent her man back to federal prison for 11 months.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, families around the country will sit down to feast on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey and all the fixings.
Registered dietician Ellie Krieger has seven superfoods that can help you see better, increase your energy and make your skin look more youthful.
Krieger recently appeared on 'Inside Edition' with Deborah Norville where she explained the benefits of eating healthy by including these 7 superfoods in your holiday meals.
Superfood #1: Kale
"Kale is great for your eyes because it has lutein that can help your eyes and prevent damage from aging." Sauté it or throw it in a salad.
Superfood #2: Dried cherries
"Especially tart cherries. Interestingly, they contain melatonin which has been shown to help regulate sleep patterns." They're great as a snack or toss them in a salad, pancakes or muffins.
Superfood #3: Salmon which is loaded with omega-3 fats.
"Omega-3 fats reduces the inflammation in the body. So inflammation is thought to be at the root of many diseases, including heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, even cancers. Fresh salmon costs about $20 per pound. You can get a can of salmon which will run you about $4 per pound and it has all the omega fats."
This is why we LOVE Keri Hilson. At least one person in Hollywood isn't afraid of Beyonce and Jay Z!
According to celebrity blogger Miss Jia, Keri has once again shaded Bey -- and this time, she left no doubt as to her feelings for the "PArty" singer!
The latest Ultimate Diss occurred during the 2011 Soul Train Awards last week as Juicy magazine was conducting interviews with celebs on the red carpet.
The interviewer asked each celeb to do a verbal "drop" while holding up the current magazine, which featured Jay Z and Beyonce on the cover.
All the other celebrities complied with the request for a drop. But when Keri's turn came, she glanced at the cover and said dryly, "Yeah, who is that?" then she said, "No, I can’t do that. I’m sorry."
It should be noted that Keri went ahead and did the drop -- without holding up the magazine. At least Keri was polite and gracious while declining to acknowledge Beyonce, which she is within her rights to do.
Pictures of singer Justin Bieber exposing his pink underwear are creating a stir all over the Internet. Bieber, who emulates rappers by wearing his jeans sagging low, was spotted with his girlfriend, Selena Gomez, leaving an iHOP Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, CA the day after the American Music Awards.
The paps report that Beiber's pink undies were showing the entire time they were snapping away -- and the "Baby" singer made no attempt to pull his pants up.
British tabloid, the Daily Mail referred to Bieber as a Metrosexual:
Note to Justin Bieber: If you're going to wear your trousers that low... make sure your pants aren't a girly shade of pink!
Singer Akon joined his mother Ms. Kine, President of Akon's Konfidence Foundation to distribute 300 holiday turkeys to Atlanta families in need in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs Of Metro Atlanta yesterday.
Singers Justin Bieber, 17, and Usher, 33, performed this morning on NBC's "Today" in the TODAY Plaza in New York City. Justin is still struggling with his post-puberty voice change. But his fans don't seem to care about his voice.
Fans of The X-Factor contestant Brain "Astronomical Kid" Bradley were shocked at his terrible attitude during last week's results show.
The spoiled 15-year-old threw a mini-tantrum onstage and refused to perform when he landed in the bottom 2. His meltdown was reminiscent of troubled singer Chris Brown's most famous antics. The Brooklyn teen's cocky attitude was an alarming indication of what is to come when he faces real pressure from the music industry.
Astro is a perfect example of a kid raised in the narcissistic street culture of Hip Hop, where they have no morals or values.
Astro, as he's called, apologized to his "fans" and said the X-Factor was "punishing" him for something that occurred "behind the scenes."
"Just look at the numbers" he bragged during a recent interview. “I don’t see how you can have the most followers on Twitter out of everybody in the competition and get voted in the bottom 2. So, I thought something was jiggy."
After judge Simon Cowell scolded Astro for his bad behavior and told him not to disrespect his mother on national TV, Astro revealed that it was his mother who encouraged him to quit the show.