Vanessa Bryant could count her cash for a week and still leave piles of money untouched. So why doesn't she leave her womanizing husband, Kobe Bryant? The simple answer is: status.

In a recent interview, Vanessa gave a glimpse into her pampered lifestyle that made it abundantly clear why she stays with a man who continuously cheats on her.

"I’ve been with Kobe since I was 17, so I’ve seen plenty of players, and plenty of wives, come and go," she said in an interview with New Yorker magazine. "And I think that’s why the Lakers as an organization give me the access that I have -- that other wives don’t have.” She's talking about her access to the tunnel that leads to the locker room that the other wives can't access. She has all of Kobe's money, but her exclusive access to the team tunnel is priceless.

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Loyal reader Demarco writes:

What up Sandy,

Love your site... Just passing along a few pix from Gabby's Instagram account. For all of the ignorant haters choosing to hate on a kid's hair during competition, she is hooked up with Ted Gibson of I never heard of dude but seems as if he's in the fast lane in his field based on his website. Take Care.

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  • Rihanna arrives at Tokyo Narita airport on Thursday. Rihanna will perform at one of the biggest stadium event, Summer Sonic, in Tokyo and Osaka. Rihanna spends most of her days quoting scriptures on social networking website Rihanna's obsession with religion is similar to that of mental patients who are not taking their meds as directed. Increased religious obsession usually means worsening depression. Hopefully Rihanna will get the help she needs.
    Photo: Edo Kat / Splash News

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    Whitney Houston was poised to make a comeback with her role as a single mother in Sparkle, starring Jordin Sparks and Derek Luke. But, sadly, Houston passed away in February at age 49, just days after wrapping her final movie. Whitney's passing was difficult on her fans who poured their hearts out in emotional tributes on social networking websites.

    Screenings of Sparkle is evoking emotional responses from audience members who fight to hold back tears during Whitney's scenes.

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    Loyal reader Hot African writes:

    Hi Sandra I am your loyal read by name Hot African.

    I read your blog and I like the fact you have Morning Glory. I will love for you to feature Dencia. Just like me, she is from West Africa, Cameroonian/Nigerian-born and raised. Long story short, she has been in America 5 years and has done really good for herself and she has given alot of us hopes. Dencia is very hard working and has inspired me and many others. She is a model/actress/singer based in California and she is doing good in Africa with her work as well,I have plans in following her foot steps and hope I can make it like her.

    Oh, she is also a designer and has designed for your fav Hollywood celebrities too.

    Thanks Sandra

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    Singer Usher Raymond's family -- including his mother, grandmother and brother -- arrived in court today to show support for the 33-year-old singer. Usher is seeking full custody of his two young sons with ex-wife Tameka Foster-Raymond, who called him a "control freak."

    According to my confidential source, Foster-Raymond's attorney Lisa West spoke first. In the dramatic closing argument by attorney West, she said "Why are we here? Why are we here? We are here for Usher's latest performance."

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    President Barack Obama is in the fight of his political career. His poll numbers are dwindling, as are his financial coffers due to lackluster donations to his reelection campaign.

    And then there's the Biden problem.

    The president finds himself in the uncomfortable position of defending his vice president's most recent gaffe. "They gonna put y'all back in chains," said Biden of GOP challengers Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

    Obama said Joe Biden misspoke -- that what Biden really meant to say was the Romney/Ryan ticket would put voters back in "restraints."

    "In no sense was he trying to connote something other than that," said Obama in an interview with People magazine on Wednesday.

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    According to a confidential source, both sides rested in the Usher Raymond vs Tameka Foster-Raymond child custody case. Closing arguments for both sides will begin tomorrow. The case will go to the judge for her her decision at the end of closing arguments.

    Usher, 33, filed for full custody of his two sons with Foster-Raymond, citing her unstable mental health. Foster-Raymond testified Tuesday, accusing Usher of being a "control freak," and citing her concerns for her children's safety after a stalker was arrested outside Usher's home last month.

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  • Ne-Yo's good friend Monyetta Shaw tweeted pics of their two adorable children Mason Evan, 10 mos., and Madilyn Grace "Madi" Smith, 20 mos. In 2005, Ne-Yo's friend gave birth to a boy she named Chimere. Ne-Yo later found out the by wasn't his. He's been writing sad songs ever since.

    Ne-Yo, real name Shaffer Chimere Smith, 32, will release his 5th studio album titled R.E.D. on Nov. 5.

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    An off-duty Chicago motorcycle cop is under investigation after he shot and killed an angry dad after hitting the man's daughter with his motorcycle.

    According to the NY Daily News, the officer "ditched" his motorcycle when he saw Taniyah Middleton run into his path. But the motorcycle slid into the 4-year-old and her 18-year-old cousin John Passley, who had rushed to help her.

    Taniyah's father, Christopher Middleton, ran out of a nearby restaurant to help his daughter. Witnesses told the Chicago Sun-Times that Middleton was "visibly upset" when he saw Taniyah's bloody face. Witnesses say that when the 34-year-old, eight-year police veteran identified himself as a cop, Middleton punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground.

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    Thanks to Angela Watts, of AW Media Publicity, for sending these pics from ATL Live on the Park in Atlanta, Tuesday.

    Angela writes:

    "ATL Live on the Park Explodes into August with a Special Performance by Teddy Riley and the Return of Blackstreet!!

    Devyne Stephens and ASCAP introduce sneak performances by American actor Wayne Brady, Mishon, Amber Bullock, Brittnee Camelle, Saint Nick, and Marques Anthony.

    The August Edition of ATL Live on the Park was EXPLOSIVE as show producers Shanti Das and Marlon Nichols partnered with Entertainment Mogul Devyne Stephens and the city of Atlanta to honor Grammy Award winning producer, singer-songwriter Teddy Riley! Music-lovers also witnessed a once in a lifetime performance between Riley and his band mates, Blackstreet."

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    Miami Dolphins coach sacked troubled NFL star Chad Johnson less than 24 hours after he was arrested for assaulting his wife, Evelyn Lozada.

    Head coach Joe Philbin previously warned the arrogant wide receiver about his behavior after Johnson dropped multiple F-bombs during a media interview at the Dolphins training camp. During that same interview with HBO, Johnson, 34, said he would be arrested soon.

    On Tuesday, Lozada, 42, filed in Miami to dissolve her 40-day marriage to Johnson -- though no marriage certificate is on public file in Miami.

    In his first public statement since his arrest, Johnson said he loved Lozada to death. Both Johnson and Lozada have serious issues that should be resolved in private. Hopefully we won't see either of them on television again.

    Watch the video after the break, courtesy of Black Sports Online.

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    Thanks to Saptosa Foster, of 135th Street Agency, who sent these pics from Tuesday's SPARKLE premiere in New York City.

    She writes: "Busy night in NYC last night! First, Tri Star Pictures hosted a red carpet screening of the upcoming 'SPARKLE' film at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in Soho. The cast was on hand: Jordin Sparks, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Derek Luke, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick and executive producer Debra Martin Chase. A slew of celebrities hit the carpet as well: Russell Simmons, Gabby Sidibe, Olympic medalist Cullen Jones, Steven Baldwin, Valerie Simpson, June Ambrose, Rutina Wesley, S. Epatha Merkerson, Q Parker, Adrienne Bailon, and pop/R&B newcomer Austin Brown."

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    Day 2 of the second phase of Usher Raymond and Tameka Foster-Raymond's bitter child custody hearing continues today. Foster-Raymond took the stand yesterday to give stirring testimony about Usher's controlling behavior. Foster-Raymond also said she fears Usher's deranged stalker will harm their children, according to my confidential source.

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    According to former 'Football Wives' star Chanita Foster, music producer Teddy Riley proposed to his longtime girlfriend Tuesday night at the ATL Live in the Park music event in Atlanta. Riley, 44, already has 6 kids (four daughters and two sons) ranging in age from 25 (Nia Riley) to 7 (Samar Riley).

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    Less than a month after the death of her 3rd born son, Usher's ex-wife, Tameka Raymond, returned to a Georgia courtroom today to give explosive testimony about Usher's controlling behavior. Tameka's son, Kile Glover, 11, died on July 21 after being taken off of life support at a local hospital. A judge denied Usher's request to delay the child custody hearing due to the child's death.

    Tameka Raymond said the Usher's sympathy for her son was "bogus." She called the 33-year-old singer a "Control Freak" who only filed for custody of their two sons because he believed she was going to file first.

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    According to, New York Magazine was the first to spot this photo of President Obama taken by AP photog Carolyn Kaster at an Obama rally in Iowa. The photo of the president, seemingly holding the sun in his bare hands, has gone viral online, and turned into a Wizard-themed meme.

    See the original photo here, and create your own "Wizard Obama" meme at the meme Generator.

    See my "Wizard Obama" meme after the break. Thanks to loyal reader Ernest O. for the tip!

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    I hate to say I told you so... According to published reports, Evelyn Lozada filed for divorce from troubled NFL star Chad Johnson. Lozada and Johnson tied the knot on July 4 in St. Martin.

    It was obvious from the start that Lozada would find a way to end the fraudulent marriage to Johnson. Most women marry for love. Evelyn Lozada married for fame and money.

    Whether Johnson, 34, was in on the scheme to defraud the public is unknown. There is the possibility that Lozada, 42, fooled Johnson -- just like she fooled the public -- before her scheming literally blew up in her face.

    Karma is real.

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    Loyal reader Teana Portis is from Port Huron, MI. She wrote that she would love to be featured in my Morning Glory section.

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    C-list reality TV star Evelyn Lozada, 42, finally spoke out on the publicity stunt that literally blew up in her face. After lying to the public for 2 years about her fake relationship and marriage to troubled NFL star Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson, 34, Lozada wants the public to believe her side of the story.

    Evelyn tells TMZ, “I am deeply disappointed that Chad has failed to take responsibility for his actions and made false accusations against me."

    Lozada and Johnson supposedly fought in their car outside their Davie, Florida home Saturday night. A neighbor who called 911 said Johnson "hit" Lozada in the face, resulting in a linear 3-inch gash on her forehead which is not consistent with a head butt. That's the problem when dealing with reality show actors -- it's very difficult to believe anything that comes out of their mouths.

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    Thanks to Def Jam's Kadife for sending us this exclusive new track by R&B prince Jarvis, featuring Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star Lil Scrappy. "Wait 'Til You See Me" is off of Jarvis's upcoming mixtape, Heartache, hosted by DJ Scream & DJ Sense.

    Heartache drops next month. Jarvis's new single "Make A Little Room" (which you heard first on is currently playing on 22 stattions, and the BTS to the "Wait Till You See Me" single and music video featuring Lil Scrappy will be coming soon!

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    Follow Jarvis on Twitter: @JarvisTheArtist
    Follow Lil Scrappy on Twitter: @theRealLilScrappy

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    You never know what's crawling around in the ceiling tiles above your head as you sit in class listening to a boring lecture. The students at Costa Rica University of Peace had their peaceful sleep disturbed by a feral cat that fell from the ceiling and dropped at the feet of a sistah who was giving the lecture. Kudos to the sistah for keeping her composure, and not leaping over the table to get away from it like I would have.

    Watch the video after the break!

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    Singer/songwriter Shaffer Chimere Smith, aka Ne-Yo, has been battling pesky gay rumors since the days when he wore lipstick and eyeliner to perform with his boy band on Showtime at the Apollo.

    Now that he has 2 children with good pal Monyetta Shaw, the rumors continue to persist. There is no escaping the rumors for sensitive industry men like Ne-Yo who has learned to simply ignore them.

    “There’s so many more important and positive things going on in my life, the last thing I’m going to do is focus on somebody that’s still on some ignorance with the whole gay rumor thing,” Ne-Yo told S2S Publisher Jamie Foster Brown. “If that’s what y’all want to feel about me, by all means do so. Pay no attention to the fact that I got two kids and a beautiful woman at my side. ... Buy the album, though.”

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    I guess the domestic violence groups got to VH1. According to Joi Marie, of

    "Due to the unfortunate events over the weekend and the seriousness of the allegations, VH1 is pulling the series 'Ev and Ocho' from its schedule and has no current plans of airing it," the network said in a statement to ABC News Radio.

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    The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that two women have been arrested after brazenly targeting Atlanta area police and firefighters in an alleged ID theft scheme.

    Atlanta PD spokeswoman Kim Jones told the AJC that Cintia Ximena Pedone, 30, and Dawnetta Patrice Underwood, 23, were arrested Friday and charged with multiple counts of identity theft and racketeering.

    The two women pulled off their identity theft scheme by masquerading as insurance agents for AFLAC insurance, which holds contracts with the city of Atlanta.

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    Michael Phelps didn't waste any time cashing out his Olympic gold for big dollar endorsements. Not even 24 hours after the close of the London Olympic games, Phelps was featured in his first post-2012 Games ad campaign for Louis Vuitton.

    Phelps stares seductively while luxuriating in a bathtub in his Speedos and swim goggles. A Louis Vuitton Monogram carry all bag sits near the tub, most likely holding his stockpile of 22 Olympic medals, including 18 golds.

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  • If you're an octogenarian whose ultimate goal (other than waking up every morning) was to meet legendary music producer Quincy Jones, you are about to be disappointed.

    Jones, 79, was spotted strolling arm-in-arm in St. Tropez with his current girlfriend. Initially, the paparazzi assumed the younger woman was Jones' nurse. Reports are that his health is declining after suffering a series of mini-strokes last year. But, apparently, Jones has the stamina to keep up with the sexual demands of his young lady love. Good for him.

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