This is the last post for today unless another local “rap star” gets shot.

From my family to yours, have a happy, joyful and safe holiday! And if I don’t see you before December 31st, have a Happy New Year! :bye:

Thanks to loyal reader Jonathan for the RuPaul card!

In 2005, Cleveland Browns rookie Braylon Edwards made a promise to 100 eighth graders — a promise that he would keep 6 years later.

Edwards announced that he’d give $10,000 in scholarships to 100 area eighth-graders if they could graduate high school with at least a 2.5 grade-point average and 15 hours’ community service.

According to the LA Times, 79 of those students met the criteria and began their first year of college in campuses all across the country, including Harvard.

“Without this scholarship, I probably wouldn’t be here,” Bowling Green freshman David Gholston told ESPN’s Rick Reilly.

Now, most people would think writing $790,000 in checks would be enough, but Edwards went one step further. In addition to the $10,000, he provided each of the students with a laptop computer.

“I’m supposed to give people a chance like I was given a chance,” Edwards said.

But that’s not the only amazing part of the season. Edwards is now a member of the San Francisco 49ers. His salary for this season? $1 million. In other words, he has donated almost his entire salary this season to help those 79 kids. Source

Thousands of frenzied shoe enthusiasts battled it out in long lines all over the country as they wait to be among the first to buy the new retro Air Jordans X1s. They couldn’t wait a few days when the supplies are replenished because they lack self esteem and they need the hideous shoes to impress their friends and boost their own egos. How pathetic.

There are reports of pepper spraying and fisticuffs as lines queued up for hours, and some for days. According to celebrity gossip blog TMZ.com, from Baltimore to Washington to Atlanta, people waiting in lines for the new Nike Air Jordan shoe are getting CRAZY violent — except at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles.

TMZ spoke with several people at the Bev Center who have been waiting in line for hours … and some for days … and they all seem to say the same thing — it’s been cold, but everyone has been extremely cordial.

It seems to be a sharp contrast from other shoe lines across the country — so far, there have been reports of pepper spraying at a mall in Washington, a brawl in Kentucky and girl fights in North Carolina. Source

The shoes have been re-released numerous times over the years. The $180 shoes quickly sold out after midnight today, and are currently selling on eBay for $400.

Yesterday we posted pics of Gabrielle Union, 39, in a string bikini playing in the surf on Miami Beach with Dwyane Wade’s sons, Zion and Zaire. What we didn’t know at the time was that LeBron James’ baby mama, Savannah Brinson, 25, and her sons, were with Gabby on the beach.

The reason being is that Savannah was covered from head to toe in a grey hoodie with black jogging pants in 80 degree weather.

According to sources in Miami, Savannah took offense at people criticizing her for trying to keep up with her more promiscuous friends who don’t care how they dress in public (such as La La Anthony). Friends say the disapproval stung Savannah and she made a vow never to show her skin in public again — or at least until her sons are fully grown with wives of their own.

We don’t know how true that is, but it does seem that Savannah is dressing more respectfully these days. Good for her!

Photos: Splash News Online

Troubled singer Rihanna premiered her music video for her 2nd single “U Da One” off her album, Talk That Talk. TTT has managed to sell only 320K units after 4 weeks on the charts, despite the fact that Rihanna has over 10 million followers on the social networking website Twitter.com.

The Melina-directed video is more of the same from Rihanna, slutty imagery juxtaposed with elementary lyrics backed by a simplistic track, and Rihanna’s dependency on pot (see screen grab above).

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The late rapper Notorious B.I.G.’s seemingly prophetic song, “You’re Nobody Until Somebody Kills You,” comes to mind as Atlanta’s underground rap scene grieve over the death of rapper Slim Dunkin, 24.

Dunkin, real name Mario Hamilton, was virtually unknown to the rest of us outside of the underground scene, until he was killed.

Police say Hamilton was shot once in the chest — reportedly over a piece of candy at a southeast recording studio on Dec. 16.

Hamilton, who was 6-8, towered over his shorter assailant who produced a gun and shot Hamilton. Friends loaded the mortally wounded rapper into a car and rushed him to Grady hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say about 20-30 people were present inside the recording studio on Memorial Drive when the gun went off. But no witnesses came forward.

On Thursday, police identified Atlanta rapper Young Vito, 28, as the gunman. Police say Vito, real name Vinson Hardimon, is in danger, and he is being urged to turn himself in.

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Angelina Jolie is catching heat for her choice in hairstyles for 6-year-old daughter, Zahara. The little girl recently debuted a head full of weave at a family outing. The hair extensions normally take hours to braid and the procedure can be painful, especially if the child is tender headed.

“If Angelina wants Zahara to be in touch with her roots and have her hair braided then she can do that with the child’s own hair and she doesn’t need to add extensions,” celebrity groomer DaRico Jackson told RadarOnline.com.

“She is far too young for that and Angelina is creating insecurity in the little girl that what she has is not good enough.

“Growing up with siblings who have long flowing hair, Zahara may grow to feel that her own natural hair is not pretty enough, and that without the fake hair she is not beautiful. She should be made to embrace who she is.”

Jackson added: “There are many cute styles that Zahara can have without adding fake hair at such a tender age.”

I agree, but many women in the black community put weave extensions in their daughter’s hair. It’s a matter of convenience for women who don’t have the time or money to take better care of their children’s hair.

Yesterday, T.I. released this trailer for his much-anticipated mixtape titlted F*ck Da City Up. The mixtape drops at midnight on T.I.’s official website, Trapmuzik.com, and on Twitter.com.

I’ve never heard of a trailer for a mixtape, but we’re talking about the innovator, T.I., who sets the standard for these other lessors to try and catch up.

Since it’s so close to Christmas — and I did promise one more giveaway this year — I’ve decided to give away 1 $500 Saks Fifth Avenue gift card to each of the first 2 readers who correctly answers the following 2 questions (you can answer one or both questions).

You must be a registered member of Sandrarose.com blog to enter. The gift cards cannot be redeemed for cash or additonal gift cards. Saks gift cards are good for purchases made at Saks Fifth Avenue stores, OFF 5TH stores or online at Saks.com.

1. What timepiece is T.I. wearing in the pic below.

2. Why do ballers love wearing this particular watch?

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