Music producer Swizz Beatz (center) invited rappers and OG’s to the launch of his new Reebok shoes and clothing line in Las Vegas on Monday. Celebs included rappers Rick Ross and Tyga (pictured above right), and ballers Allen Iverson (pictured above left), NBA legend Dominique Wilkins, and more.

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Tameka Foster-Raymond won a small victory in court on Monday. Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane found singer Usher Raymond, 33, in “willful contempt” of court for violating provisions of a 2009 settlement agreement concerning his two sons with ex-wife, Foster-Raymond.

According to court documents obtained by Hip Hop Enquirer blog, Judge Tipton Lane found that Mr. Raymond traveled with their two boys outside of Georgia without Foster-Raymond’s permission, and that he refused to inform her of the children’s whereabouts.

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Nike is selling LeBron James’ new basketball shoes for $315. No, that’s not a typo. Nike blames the absurd price on the “increased costs of materials” such as cotton and shipping costs. The ‘LeBron X Nike Plus’ shoes debuted during the USA vs Spain gold medal game at the 2012 London Olympics.

LeBron’s 1st sneaker release was in 2003. That shoe sold for $110. The price increase comes as Nike continues its free-fall in the stock market. Nike’s margins are now lower than most of its direct competitors, including rival Adidas, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Critics of Nike’s price increases are taking to social networking websites to urge others not to buy the high-priced sneakers.

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Loyal reader Asia asks an interesting question about the Smith family’s youngest member, Willow Smith. Asia wonders what would compel young Willow Smith to post a handwritten letter on Instagram begging the late rapper Tupac Shakur to come back from the dead so her mother, Jada Pinkett-Smith, can be happy.

Asia questions why a 5-year-old would be so concerned with her mother’s past love life and not her current love life. If Jada is that unhappy with Will Smith maybe she should get a divorce and find someone — who is preferably breathing — whom she can be happy with.

Obviously this is yet another shameful attempt by young Willow to bring attention to herself. Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith have failed as parents.

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Over the weekend, R&B Diva Monica Brown tweeted pics from her husband Shannon Brown‘s Wood-Star Music Festival in Chicago. The 3-day Wood-Star music festival was founded by Shannon and includes entertainment, empowerment and culture with proceeds benefitting the Shannon Brown Foundation. Celebs taking part in the music festival included Fantasia Barrino, Slick Rick, Doug E Fresh, Ed Lover (Yo! MTV Raps) and more!

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Loyal reader Omar writes:

Hi Sandra, everyday when i get into the office, I have to check your site. Yes, I know, as a dude it seems a little funny that I check your site everyday but, you have all the good info and topics that I like to read about. I am an up and coming Actor from Brooklyn, NY and I’m hoping that you can post my pics as part of your “Morning Wood”. I would appreciate it very much! I also have two monologues that can be found on my Youtube channel “Omartop1“.

MEN: If you would like to be considered for MORNING WOOD, please email 5-6 of your best studio quality photos, including shirtless shots, to sandra @ sandrarose.com (remove spaces).

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