Valentine's Day is the one day out of the year when real men go all out to express their love for their faithful and submissive women. But rapper T.I. doesn't wait for valentine's Day, he expresses his love and gratitude for Tiny all year 'round. So what does a man give as a Valentine's gift to his wife who already has everything? Why not give her roses that are taller than she is, that are only grown in specific parts of the country and must be flown in on ice?
In addition to the flowers, T.I. also hired a musician to serenade Tiny at an intimate dinner at home. And he filled the house with flowers, as well as gifts from Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and other high end shops. Isn't LOVE Grand?
Floyd posted on Twitter Monday night that the only reason why Knicks breakout star point guard Jeremy Lin is getting attention is because he’s Asian. I’m going to attempt to play advocate for Floyd for a second. There are a very small number of Asians in the league. That’s true. Obviously Yao Ming was a superstar. There was Wang Zhi-Zhi, Sun Yee and maybe a handful of others.
I agree with Floyd and Jill. I'm glad I don't live in New York where the media overhypes everything. I watched Lin play and I don't see the big deal. He is a typical ball hog who misses more shots than he hits, rather than passing the ball to the open man.
Judge a player by his season stats, not over 6 games against weak opponents.
“When a person disappears without a trace, often the most critical information is hidden in their actions and words in the days before they vanished,” says the narrator of ID Channel’s TV series ‘Disappeared‘.
According to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office, Stacey Nicole English, who was reported missing in December, died of hypothermia. Her death has been ruled accidental.
Hypothermia is a clinical term that means prolonged exposure to external cold temperatures, which causes internal body temperatures to drop dangerously below normal.
"Based on a combination of information sources including the autopsy, the sequence of events and circumstances, toxicology results, medical and mental health records, and statements of witnesses and acquaintances, the most likely cause of Stacey English’s death is cold exposure complicating underlying neurological and psychiatric disorders," the statement reads.
The Atlanta Journal reports that "English's badly decomposed body was found, nestled in a hole created by an uprooted tree, on Jan. 23 by two men searching for scrap metal." Her body was found less than a mile from where English's Volvo was left abandoned in a business park near Lakewood Amphitheater. The Volvo's engine was still running when police found it.
According to Radar Online, "Bobby Brown is expected to be in the pews Saturday at an invitation-only memorial service at Newark, New Jersey’s New Hope Baptist Church for his ex-wife Whitney Houston, despite the bad blood brewing between he and the singer's family."
When reading the various gossip blogs, it is important to have a good dose of common sense so you don't believe everything you read.
For example, there was a rumor that Whitney's mother, Cissy Houston, banned Bobby from seeing his daughter, Bobbi Kristina, in California. I guess it didn't matter that Cissy Houston was in New Jersey, not California.
That rumor was floated hours after Bobby himself released a statement to ABC News asking for privacy for his daughter, whom he said was "doing much better." So obviously they have been in contact.
Actress Gabrielle Union and playwright/director Tyler Perry attended the Premiere of his "Good Deeds" film at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live in Los Angeles, yesterday. Also attending the premiere were actresses Thandie Newton, Rebecca Romjin; rapper Flo Rida, former supermodel Beverly Johnson, and more.
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It is a well-known fact in the music industry that pop icon Whitney Houston was involved in a long term lesbian relationship with her personal assistant, Robyn Crawford, before she met Bobby Brown. It was whispered that Whitney and Bobby's relationship was initially arranged by her record label to dispel the persistent lesbian rumors.
In addition to introducing her to Bobby, Houston's tomboyish image was also revamped, and she was asked to wear wigs, in an effort to soften her image and make her appear more feminine.
According to the Daily Mail, gay rights activist Peter Tatchell said her marriage to Bobby Brown was a smokescreen.
"It’s important to tell the truth about this aspect of her life," he told the Daily Star.
It's a well-known fact that Whitney's lover, Robyn, and Bobby often clashed over Whitney's increasing drug use. Friends say Whitney was into drugs before she met Bobby, but once they got together, her drug use escalated out of control.
The Grammy Recording Academy saw fit to reward troubled singer Chris Brown with a trophy on Sunday. But that doesn't mean he has been redeemed in the eyes of the industry.
Rihanna's management has reportedly urged the singer to keep her distance from the techno junk singer.
"Her management don't want Rihanna's career to suffer. She seems to be out almost every night and people fear it's no coincidence that she and Chris have turned up at the same venue more than once," a source told Closer magazine.
"Rihanna seems to still feel a connection with Chris ' even though he has a girlfriend."
Rihanna's team are reportedly becoming increasingly worried about the star. Insiders say they are pleading with the beauty to take time out of the spotlight.
"She seems to have forgotten what a toxic relationship she and Chris had, and calls him the love of her life. People are becoming increasingly worried," the source added.
In a recent interview with Out Magazine, Kyd stood by her fellow Odd Future band member, Tyler The Creator, who has been criticized for his anti-gay rap lyrics.
"Most of the homos I know use homophobic slurs, and it's never a problem unless someone who's not a part of the group is using the word," Syd says. "But a lot of people take things out of context, and you've got to understand that there is a difference between saying, ‘Hey, you faggot' and 'Hey, faggot.' When Tyler says 'faggot,' he's not referring to gays, he's referring to lame people. And in our vocabulary, that's what the word 'faggot' means. I'm not offended by the word 'faggot' — and I am one."
This didn't sit well with Mindy Abovitz, editor of Tom Tom Magazine, who recently canceled a piece on Syd after taking offense at Kyd's music video in which she tossed her lesbian lover out of a moving vehicle for falling asleep.
Cartoon rapper Nicki Minaj covers VIBE magazine's Feb/March 2012 issue. The magazine hits newsstands this week. Minaj is still reeling from the fallout of her controversial appearance on the 54th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday.
VIBE: You were heavy on the fashion scene last year around Fashion Week with Anna Wintour. Do you feel like you’ve been accepted by the fashion world?
NICKI MINAJ: Yeah, I realized more recently that even if it’s for a fashion magazine, I’m not gonna change who I am. When I was doing photo shoots last year, I kept on being told, “This is what we want your hair to look like and this is what we want you to look like,” and it really, really stifled my creativity. So the other day I was talking to a photographer, and he said, 'You know what, I like your everyday looks so much better than when you do photo shoots for magazines.' And I was like, 'So do I, you’re absolutely right.' I’d been getting more and more frustrated for a while. But I’ve made up my mind that when you see a Nicki Minaj magazine cover from now on, it’s really going to reflect me and it’s going to be something that I creatively had a hand in, because I don’t have to do it anymore. I don’t have to do things just to please people. It’s okay to do what I love because what I love, my fans love. And they’re really the only ones that should matter. The fashion world will have to come to Nicki Minaj, as opposed to Nicki Minaj trying to go to the fashion world.
TMZ.com is reporting that Whitney Houston's family asked the city of New Jersey to cancel plans for a public memorial at a 18,000 seat arena. The family plans to hold a private viewing and invite-only funeral for family and friends on Saturday, Feb. 18, at New Hope Baptist Church.
A rep for the Mayor's office tells TMZ, "The Houston family has no plans to set up a public viewing at the Prudential Center this Friday" -- despite several reports claiming there was going to be a massive public ceremony ... in addition to previously-scheduled private funeral arrangements.
The rep claims the family specifically asked the city NOT to plan a memorial event -- adding, "In compliance with the family’s wishes the city is not moving forward with any public ceremony."
Janet Jackson was Anderson Cooper's special guest this week on his daytime talk show, Anderson. The superstar discussed her feelings about the sudden death of Whitney Houston, and offered advice to Whitney's daughter Bobbi Kristina.
Anderson: What advice do you have for her family for her kid. For her child? Janet: It's a very very tough time. Even though it’s still a loss. I lost my brother, she lost her mother. There's still a difference, even though there's a still a loss to a family, I don't know what that's like being so young. It was hard for me. It was very very difficult for me. I didn't want to accept it, it's very difficult. You have to come to terms at some point, you have to actually give it up to God and it sounds so mean but you have to move on you can't hold onto that because it can be very devastating. Sometimes therapy is the best thing.
Anderson: TV People always use that word closure when they are talking about loss, as someone who has lost family members as well, I don't think there is such a thing as closure. I think that's a made up TV word.
Janet: No, I don't think there is either, but you have to go on with life. You figure out a way to move on. It's always right here. There's never a day, not one day has gone by where I don't think about my brother and my other brothers and sisters say the same thing.
Watch video clips of the interview after the break. Tune in to Anderson on Monday, Feb 20, for the full interview.
Someone had to be the voice of reason in a town where "no" is a foreign language. That voice of reason was R&B legend Chaka Khan, who slammed Clive Davis for not canceling his annual pre-Grammy party, which was held in the same hotel where Whitney Houston's body lay in rigor mortis on the 4th floor.
Chaka made her statements on Piers Morgan's show on CNN last night. She said: "Knowing Whitney, I don't believe that she would have said 'the show must go on.'" Chaka added: "She's the kind of woman that would have said, 'uh huh! Stop everything! I'm not gonna be there."
Chaka told Piers,
"I thought that was complete insanity. I don't know what could motivate a person, to have a party, in a building, where the person, whose life he had influenced so enormously, and whose life had been affected by her...I don't understand how that party went on." Source
In the 2nd video, after the break, Chaka alluded to the "riff raff" and "dangerous people" (Ray J) who dragged Whitney to parties in the week before the party. "I wouldn't have done that," said Chaka.
Preliminary blood test results revealed the presence of benzodiazepines in singer Whitney Houston's system after she died, according to Radar Online. The benzodiazepines found in Whitney's system -- Xanax, Ativan, and Valium -- are sedatives prescribed for high anxiety and stress disorders associated with depression. Some benzodiazepines are highly addictive.
Houston, 48, was found unresponsive in the bathtub of her luxury suite at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday. She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics at 6:55 p.m. EST.
A law enforcement insider told RadarOnline.com: "The final toxicology results will reveal the specific sedative(s) that she ingested, and the level. Those final toxicology results should be in later this week."
The law enforcement source also corrected a fallacy that is commonly quoted to the media by coroners -- that toxicology test results take 4-6 weeks to come back.
"Toxicology testing and results don't take 4-6 weeks to come back. Look at how quickly toxicology screening tests are done in hospital emergency rooms when someone comes in with an overdose. The Coroner and the Beverly Hills Police Department have placed a security hold on the case, so it will be a few weeks before the results are revealed publicly."
Actress Gabrielle Union attended the PUMA Motorsport event at the Performance Motorsports Garage in Las Vegas, Nevada, yesterday. Sources say Gabrielle "deeply regrets" walking the red carpet before Clive Davis' dinner at the Beverly Hilton where Whitney Houston's body lay in rigor mortis on the fourth floor. She's telling friends that if she had to do it over again, she would have bypassed the red carpet because the fallout from her lack of good judgment wasn't worth it.
Insiders whisper that party organizers had to beg celebs to pose on the red carpet in front of the "walk-and-repeat" backdrop so the big money sponsors wouldn't get upset. Some celebs were reluctant to pose, while others flatly refused to walk the red carpet.
Radar Online reports that police and the coroner's office were instructed NOT to remove Houston's body from her hotel room while Davis' party was ongoing.
The reason given was that Davis and other party organizers didn't want a coroner's van mingling with the arriving limos and luxury vehicles.
Most narcissistic celebs wait all year to be seen at Davis' grandiose annual pre-Grammy party. They say Davis' party is the hottest ticket in town -- where you can find the biggest gathering of self-centered snobs in one room. Photo: STARPICZ / Splash News
British superstar Adele, who picked up 6 Grammies last night, covers the March 2-12 issue of US Vogue magazine. The 23-year-old chantuese, who was born Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, talks about how her life has changed since her multi-platinum 21 was released, and how she has had to adjust since throat surgery threatened to end her career.
A Pittsburgh man is behind bars for savagely beating his girlfriend's 11-year-old son to death for nine hours. According to the Daily Mail, Cynthia McKee returned home from work Saturday to find her son Donovan bloodied and barely breathing on the floor.
Another two hours went by before McKee called police to her apartment at Rochelle Towers on Knox Avenue at 11:45 p.m.
Donovan was taken to Mercy hospital in uptown Pittsburgh, and later to Children's hospital in Lawrenceville, where he was pronounced dead. The coroner concluded he died of multiple injuries to his head and body.
McKee told police that her boyfriend, Anthony Bush, 29, told her to say Donovan fell from an open window.
Bush was arrested and charged with homicide and child endangerment. Bush - who is six feet five inches - told police he beat Donovan for nine hours with a belt and three sticks as punishment because the boy refused to vacuum the apartment.
Bush told police, "I did it. I did it. It's my fault."
Rihanna was a big hit on the otherwise boring 54th Annual Grammy Awards last night. After performing at a paid gig at The House Of Blues on the Sunset Strip, Rihanna partied at Greystone Manor nightclub in West Hollywood wearing a houndstooth dress and black hooker boots. Photo by: SPW / Splash News
The spray on hair fad has been made more popular by celebrities such as rapper Flo Rida and Chicago Bulls star Carlos Boozer. Boozer rocked his spray on hair during a recent televised basketball game.
There is an entire line of spray on hair that is dedicated to bald men or men with receding hairlines who want to look young again.
Barbers have used spray on hair dye to spruce up their clients' heads for years. Spray on hair is big business on Amazon.com where a bottle of Hair Color Thickener sells for just $7.37. That's cheaper than hair plugs or hair pieces.
The spray on hair craze is fueled by vanity, or the growing obsession with our own self-image. So if women can wear weave to bolster their self-image, why can't men wear spray on hair to improve theirs?
One of music's most respected living legends has weighed in on the sudden death of pop icon Whitney Houston at age 48.
TMZ reports that Celine Dion isn't waiting for a coroner's report to confirm the obvious. Dion called into Good Morning America this morning and told Robin Roberts, "Whitney has been an amazing inspiration for me ... It's just really unfortunate that drugs, bad people or bad influence took over. It took over her dreams. It took over her love and motherhood."
She went on to say, "When you think about Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse, to get into drugs like that, for whatever reason. Is it because of the stress and bad influence? What happens when you have everything?"
It's interesting that she should ask "What happens when you have everything?" I tell people all the time that you get what you ask for but you may not be ready for it.
Everyone wants to be rich (and some want to be famous) but they never think about the heavy burden that comes with the riches and the fame.
Life is about the struggle. As infants being born, we struggle to get here, and life continues to be a struggle. The struggle doesn't get any easier with money. It's a sobering reality when you achieve your dreams and there is nothing left to achieve. You have every materialistic thing you could ever want, but you have nothing else to look forward to.
There's a line in one of my favorite movies that goes, "When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to conquer."
The true meaning of life is in the struggle. The happiest people I know live from paycheck to paycheck. Once you reach the top, there is nowhere left to go but down. Be careful what you ask for, kids.
Outraged Catholics are calling for a boycott of CBS network following rapper Nicki Minaj's bizarre Grammy Awards performance last night.
The talentless Minaj, 29, arrived at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards dressed in a red satin Versace cape with a Caucasian man dressed as the Pope on her arm. Later in the telecast, Minaj acted like a woman possessed -- performing her single "Roman's Holiday" with bizarre satanic rituals which included levitation and an exorcism onstage before a shocked Grammy audience.
"Nicki’s disturbing performance at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards was a blatant attack on the Catholic church," wrote one outraged blogger.
If the stage was set as a Jewish Holocaust, or a black slavery set or some kind of mockery of Muhammad and Islam glorifying slave owners, there would be outrage. But because its the Catholic church that Minaj is mocking, somehow it’s allowed.
Other blogs are calling for the boycott of CBS and its sponsors, saying the Grammy's are increasingly relying on shock and vulgarity to attract more viewers to the show.
The Catholic League was also not amused by Minaj's performance.
“Perhaps the most vulgar was the sexual statement that showed a scantily clad female dancer stretching backwards while an altar boy knelt between her legs in prayer,” Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League told CBS New York.
“None of this was by accident, and all of it was approved [by] The Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammys. [Whether] Minaj is possessed is surely an open question, but what is not in doubt is the irresponsibility of The Recording Academy. Never would they allow an artist to insult Judaism or Islam,” Donohue said.
According to celebrity gossip website TMZ.com, pop icon Whitney Houston was already dead before her head slipped under the water in a hotel bathtub Saturday. TMZ had previously reported that Houston, 48, drowned in the tub after ingesting a cocktail of prescription anti-anxiety pills mixed with alcohol already present in her system.
But a family member has confirmed to TMZ that, according to the LA coroner's office, Houston died of a prescription drugs overdose. This is the same cause of death that was told to Sandrarose.com exclusively by a family friend in the hours following Houston's death.
The record label exec, who was on his way to Houston's hotel to be with the Houston family, reached out to Sandrarose.com to correct misinformation that was in the news media. Specifically, he wanted our readers to know that Houston's leech, Ray J, was not with her when she died, and that Whitney died of a drug overdose.
It's hard to say what cartoon rapper Nicki Minaj was thinking when she chose this particular outfit to wear to the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. Nicki strode into the Staples Center wearing a satin red Versace cape dress escorted by a 'Pope' on her arm. We're truly embarrassed for her.
Photos by Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America
Singer Kelly Rowland lost points when she cheesed and grinned at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy dinner at the same hotel where Whitney Houston's body lay in rigor mortis Saturday. But she looked glamorous on Sunday wearing a nude Alberta Ferretti gown at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.
Rihanna turned heads wearing a Giorgio Armani black silk custom gown which she accessorized with Christian Louboution PVC accented pumps and a gold clutch. Rihanna shared her big night with her father and her little brother.
Photos by Larry Busacca/Getty Images North America
Troubled singer Chris Brown lip synced during the 54th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center for the first time since beating the crap out of his former girlfriend, Rihanna, in 2009.
Brown's performance was made possible by a sympathetic judge who lifted his restraining order last year at the request of Rihanna's legal team. Brown lip synced a techno junk medley of his songs "Turn Up The Music" and "Beautiful People" much to the delight of his fans who squealed when he came out onstage in tight grey skinny jeans.
According to gossip website TMZ.com, R&B singer Bobby Brown has left the New Edition Reunion tour to fly to LA to be with his daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
Bobbi Kristina, 19, has been hospitalized twice since her mother, Whitney Houston, was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel Saturday.
With the death of ex-wife Whitney Houston, and his daughter Bobbi Kristina in the hospital, sources close to Bobby Brown tell TMZ he is on his way to Los Angeles be with his daughter ... and skipping a concert to do so.
According to our sources, Bobbi Kristina has not been alone since her mother passed -- she's had Bobby's family by her side the entire time.
New Edition has a concert tonight in Nashville, but we're told Bobby will skip the show so he can get to Los Angeles to be with Bobbi Kristina.
The ordeal of a NJ concert promoter and his son being held captive in Angola is far from over.
The NY Daily News reports that concert promoter Patrick Allocco, 51, and his son Patrick, 22, of Morristown, NJ, are still being held against their will in a seedy motel "in a nightmarish dispute with a furious Angolan promoter and his gun-toting henchmen."
According to the paper, Nas, along with budding female rapper Jemiah Jai, reportedly pocketed $315,000 in advance — but never boarded a plane to perform New Year’s shows in Luanda, the Angolan capital.
"That they’re being held for something that somebody else did is preposterous," said worried wife and mother Abby Allocco.
The moment the Allocco's discovered that Nas was not coming to Angola on New Year's they attempted to flee, but their driver stopped at a store, claiming he had to meet someone. Fearing they were being set up, the father and son jumped out of the taxi but they were quickly surrounded by armed thugs toting AK-47s on the orders of Angolan promoter Henrique Miguel.
Various media outlets have reported that pop icon Whitney Houston drowned in the bathtub of her hotel suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel after mixing a deadly cocktail of prescription drugs and alcohol. Houston is seen leaving her doctor's office on Tuesday (Feb. 7) in the photo below.
According to gossip website TMZ.com, Houston, 48, was found unresponsive in the bathtub. Her stylist, hairdresser and two bodyguards were among the people in the room at the time. The entourage reportedly grew concerned when Houston didn't emerge from the bathroom after an hour.
The hairdresser, a female, entered the bathroom and screamed when she saw Houston's face under the water. A bodyguard ran in and pulled Houston's lifeless body out of the tub. The source described Houston's body position as "legs up" as if she slid down the back of the tub under the water.
Her body was reportedly "very cold" when she was pulled out of the tub. Paramedics were called to the room but they were unable to resuscitate the singer. She was pronounced dead at 6:55PM EST.
TMZ.com reports that bottles of prescription anti-anxiety drugs Lorazepam (Ativan), Valium, Xanax and a sleeping medication were found in the hotel room. It is believed that Houston had an adverse effect to the prescription drugs that were mixed with the alcohol already in her system after bingeing on alcohol for two nights in a row.
Of all the celebrities who attended Clive Davis' Grandiose Pre-Grammy party at the Beverly Hills hotel last night, singer Alicia Keys was one of the few who had the common decency to bypass the red carpet while the body of the late Whitney Houston lay upstairs in her room at the same hotel. According to reports, Houston died Saturday of unknown causes at age 48.
A somber Keys arrived at the hotel's rear entrance in a chauffeured limo with her husband, Swizz Beatz. Davis greeted Keys with a hug as she exited the limo. Inside the party, Keys posed for pictures with Sean "Diddy" Combs and his longtime girlfriend, Cassie. Surprisingly, Diddy also bypassed the red carpet.