Obama and Mckayla Maroney

If you're planning to attend President Barack Obama's 2nd inauguration in January, you will have no problem booking a hotel room in DC. The phones have been fairly quiet in DC hotels compared to 2009 when they were ringing off the hook.

According to the AJC, DC hotels are less busy for Obama's 2nd inauguration.

"Very few hotels are actually sold out at this point, so there's a lot of availability," said Elliott Ferguson, CEO of the tourism bureau Destination DC.

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Beyonce records PSA

Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Conan O'Brien, Chris Rock, Carmelo Anthony, Jennifer Aniston and others recorded a PSA for gun control. The PSA was released today, one week after the tragic Sandy Hook, Connecticut, shooting that left 20 children dead. Ironically, the National Rifle Association (NRA) held a press conference today. Among his idiotic statements, the NRA spokesman suggested that the Sandy Hook shooter could have been stopped if the teachers in the school were armed.

As you watch the PSA video, remember that political donations from millions of NRA members helped shape the course of politics in America. Don't expect any 'meaningful' gun law changes any time soon. Obama is bought and paid for.

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Facebook charges 1 dollar for messages

They say change is good but not for the addicted who prefer consistency in their day to day rituals. Any news of changes on Facebook is often met with contempt and even anger by Facebook users who are resistant to change. Now comes news that Facebook plans to charge a small fee of $1 to send a message to the inbox of a user who has not befriended them on Facebook.

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Actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith take great pride in not having to raise their own children. Willow, 12, and Jaden Smith, 14, practically raise themselves without the input of meddling adults telling them what to do or forcing them to attend school to learn how to read and write. Here we see Jaden and Willow jetting off on vacation without their parents.

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Christina Milian and Rihanna

Singer Christina Milian stood by her statements that Chris Brown and Karrueche are lovers and Rihanna is the desperate, needy 3rd wheel. Milian should know: she's friends with Rihanna, and she's one of the insiders who wonder why RiRi won't get on with her life.

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Fantasia still cannot spell

Fantasia's poor attempt to promote her new single, "Lose to Win", backfired horribly on her. Fantasia, who earned her high school diploma at age 25, continues to struggle with illiteracy. But she's not alone. 24% of the American population are functionally illiterate.


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  • Jay Z Christmas

    The scammers and con artists aren't the only ones exploiting the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy for their own selfish benefits.

    From Page Six:
    That Jay-Z and Coldplay are teaming up to support Newtown, Conn., after the Sandy Hook tragedy. The rapper and Chris Martin’s Brit rockers are auctioning off four VIP seats to their New Year’s Eve concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center plus the chance to go backstage and meet the stars. Proceeds will benefit Newtown Youth & Family Services, a local nonprofit mental- health clinic. Bidding is open at Charitybuzz.com . . .

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  • TI hosts Hawks vs Bulls

    Update: The contest is over and the winners have been chosen using Random.org. The winners are listed per their prize preference. Please respond to the emails you received by noon tomorrow or alternate winners will be chosen. Thank you to everyone who submitted entries in this contest!

    Concert tickets winners

    Terrence S.
    Trevarius W.
    Khiry C.
    Patrick S. F.

    Concert and Suite seats

    Shenita D.

    Suite Seats

    Ebony B.
    Tamara E.
    Kevin M.

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    T.I. Mike Vick Tiny Harris

    Rap mogul Tip "T.I." Harris hosted a release party for his CD Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, PA, last night. Joining him were his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, and their good friends Philadelphia Eagles QB Mike Vick and his wife, Kijafa Vick.

    T.I. Mike Vick Tiny Harris

    Yesterday I posted a contest giving my readers a chance to win tickets to T.I.'s concert at the Tabernacle on Friday and box seats to the Hawks vs Bulls game at the Philips Arena on Saturday. The response was so overwhelming that Grand Hustle's GM Hannah Kang allotted more concert tickets for my readers to win. So instead of giving away 4 pair of tickets, I will give away 14 pair of tickets! That's 24 chances to win tickets to T.I.'s concert at the Tabernacle on Friday (Dec. 21)! Sadly, only 4 pair of tickets are available to meet T.I. in his Suite at the Philips Arena on Saturday.

    There is still time to submit your Trouble Man CD photos! You have until 3 PM today.

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  • Morning Wood: T.I.
  • Tiny Addresses Your Comments and Her Upcoming Book: How To Love a Black Man
  • Tiny & Zonnique Cover Hype Hair
  • In Case You Missed It: T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, Episodes 11 and 12
  • Photos: Gilbert Carrasquillo/Splash News

    Djimon Hounsou

    Single father Djimon Hounsou was spotted with his son Kenzo shopping at the Grove in Hollywood, CA today. Hounsou and his baby mama Kimora Lee separated last year. Insiders wondered what took Djimon so long to realize he was with an emasculator who treats men like objects.
    Photo: Zodiac / Splash News

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    Alicia Keys

    Songbird Alicia Keys was all smiles as she stepped out for some shopping in SoHo in New York City on Wednesday. Keys, 31, looked sharp in black leather biker jacket, a pair of skinny black jeans and white wedge sneakers. Her single "Girl On Fire" is the subject of a lawsuit. A songwriter claims Keys stole elements of a song he wrote in 1962. Maybe Keys thought no one would notice the similarities between her single and a song written before she was born?

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  • Jermaine McNeal

    Hi Sandra,

    I would like to Nominate a model-crush of mine for your morning wood collection.

    Jermaine is from Houston, Texas and is gorgeous!! He's funny, fashionable, loves socks, and is very down to earth. He is a Leo and is truly a KING! This man is my eye-candy everyday! He's a model/actor. He was on a web series called "ANACOSTIA - The Series" and has made a few cameo spots - he even has a IMDB page!

    I have supported him and have been a huge fan for a long time!
    I hope you pick him for a Morning Wood spotlight!

    Here is his Bio from his website www.jermainemcneal.com (it also has his social media links)

    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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    Chris Brown Rihanna kiss

    Everyone knows that troubled singer Chris Brown is using his old flame Rihanna to get him back in good with music consumers. So why doesn't Rihanna get it or get on with her life?

    Yesterday, Brown, 23, posted the above pic on his Instagram page along with the caption:

    "...Always started with Breezy like the Letter B."

    Brown quickly deleted the image, but not before it was saved to the desktops of hundreds of his followers.

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    Trooper body cavity search

    A female trooper who conducted invasive body cavity searches on two women during a traffic stop has been suspended, CBS News reports.

    Body cavity searches are normally conducted inside jail holding cells or in prisons -- not on a roadside in full view of passing motorists.

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    From Press Release:

    Last night, a slew of Atlanta tastemakers descended upon the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema to catch a sneak preview of the upcoming film DJANGO UNCHAINED, which stars Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson. "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" personality Stevie J and WE tv "Braxton Family Values" star Trina Braxton hosted the screening, which was attended by Kandi Burruss (RHOA) and her boyfriend Todd Tucker, Egypt Sherrod (HGTV personality), Joseline Hernandez ("Love & Hip Hop Atlanta"), Roger Bobb (Bobbcat Films), Chaka Zulu (DTP Records), Towanda Braxton (WE tv/"Braxton Family Values"), WNBA stars Swin Cash and Chamique Holdsclaw, Dr. Heavenly Kimes dentist/entrepreneur), Fonzworth Bentley, actress Faune Watkins, V103's Ryan Cameron, Art Terrell and Cynthia Young from KISS 104, 11 Alive's Karyn Greer, Funky Dineva, Michelle Brown (StraightfromtheA blog) and many more.

    DJANGO UNCHAINED opens in theaters on Christmas Day.

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    TI Trouble Man

    Tameka "Tiny" Harris tweeted this inspirational message from the liner inside hubby T.I.'s new Trouble Man CD. Her caption reads: "Look at that sexy man there! @troubleman31 is #1 on my list! This album will be too! If u ain't already got it..u missing out on some of the greatest work this guy has done yet! 4real!!!"

    Stay tuned for details on how you and a friend can win tickets to see T.I. perform live in concert on Friday Dec. 20 AND mingle with StraightfromtheA.com winners in T.I.'s private SUITE at the Philips Arena to watch the Hawks take on the Bulls on Saturday!!

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    Eagle snatches baby

    UPDATE: The sleuths over at Gawker.com debunked the viral video of an eagle snatching a baby. The baby is a rag doll and the bird is not even an eagle, it's a falcon.

    Statement by renowned bird expert Kenn Kaufman:

    "'A golden eagle tries to snatch a baby in Montreal,' and the video goes viral. But it's faked. Golden Eagle is a scarce visitor in the Montreal area, but the bird in the video is not a Golden Eagle, nor anything else that occurs in the wild in North America. This was clearly a setup: using a falconer's bird, and probably a fake toddler for the distant scene. With all the ignorance about nature that's out there already, the last thing we need is this kind of stupid garbage."

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    Obama TIME Person of the Year cover

    President Barack Obama is TIME magazine’s iconic Person of the Year. This is the president's 2nd time gracing the cover. TIME's managing editor Rick Stengel unveiled the cover Wednesday on the TODAY Show.

    “He’s basically the beneficiary and the author of a kind of a New America, a new demographic, a new cultural America that he is now the symbol of,” Stengel said.


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  • Rap mogul Chris “Ludacris” Bridges surprised 150 kids at the Thomasville Center of Hope Recreational Center with warm coats, toys, games and arts and crafts yesterday. Thomasville Center of Hope is part of Mayor Kasim Reed's initiative to provide children with academics, sports and character-building programs.

    “Every child is receiving a toy and coat," said Luda's mom Roberta Shields, President of the Ludacris Foundation. "While it's wonderful to see smiles when they receive the toys, as a parent I am most grateful that through the Ludacris Foundation’s LudaCares Warm Coat [program], we are helping parents keep kids warm this winter."

    Some of you old heads may remember Waka Flocka's mom, Debra Antney (not pictured), organized this event for the Ludacris Foundation for years. Target and DTP donated cash and items for the event this year.

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    Obama Booker

    Politicker.com reports that Newark Mayor Corey Booker has thrown his hat into the presidential ring. In 2010, Mr. Booker's fundraising advisor Bari Mattes registered the following websites for her boss: BookerForSenate, BookerForGovernor, but most notably in March she registered the website CoryBookerForPresident.com.

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    Elle Varner covers Vibe Vixen

    I have no idea of who Elle Varner is, but she looks HAWT on the cover of this month's Vibe Vixen magazine.

    Below are excerpts from the interview:

    Fans cry at your presence these days. How does that feel?
    "It’s nuts [laughs]. I feel, honestly, that you have to constantly remind yourself that you are just like everyone else because everyone is treating you like you’re not. People are making you their savior, their role model, their idol. People actually love you, and it’s crazy. They’re like, ‘Don’t change’ [laughs] but you have to in a way. There’s no way not to. But you still want to keep the part of you that is pure."

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    Jourdan Dunn Cooks Chicken Wings for Jay Z

    In this episode of “Well Dunn,” supermodel Jourdan Dunn invites Jay Z's Life + Times into her Midtown Manhattan apartment to cook him some tasty chicken wings. Dunn's easy-to-follow instructions comes in handy for men who don't know their way around a kitchen but want to surprise their loved ones by serving tasty wings during the holidays.

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    Emails

    A reader emailed to express his opinion on this post dated Monday December 17.

    From: Ronnie McCarthon ronnie.mccarthon@hotmail.com
    To: sandra@sandrarose.com
    Subject: Obama shameful photo op

    The pictures on your site were released by the individuals who took them, those pictures were NOT a photo op. The White House did not release any pictures of the trip to Conn. Those families were happy and grateful to have the president there and he by all means should be able to smile with children without being accussed of doing something shameful. Your article is shameful.

    Sandrarose.com's readers are encouraged to contribute to our online community via emails. Please keep your emails brief and relevant to the subject. Hate mail will be censored to edit profanity and offensive language. All threats will be reported.

    Comments Off on Morning Glory: Christina Marie

    Christina Marie

    Loyal reader Christina Marie writes:

    Hi Sandra,

    My name is Christina Marie, from Marina Del Rey, CA. I am an aspiring model and I have recently relocated to Atlanta, GA to pursue a career in modeling. My interests include staying fit, eating healthy in order to maintain an optimum physique, singing, dancing, and I am very sociable, and fun-loving. I would very much appreciate the opportunity to be featured in the Morning Glory post. My photographer is L. Cruz. I learned of Sandra Rose by being a follower of the very popular website. I have included several photographs for your consideration.

    Ladies, submit your photos: If you think you have what it takes to be considered for a Morning Glory post, email your best studio quality photos and bikini shots to sandra @ sandrarose.com (remove spaces).

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    UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball

    Celebrity blogger Tami of Talkingwithtami.com attended Mayor Kasim Reed's Mayor's Masked Ball held at Atlanta Marriott Marquis inside The Atrium over the weekend. Notables in the house included former Atlanta mayors Andrew Young and Bill Campbell; actor/comedian Chris Tucker, singer Jennifer Holiday, comedian Jonathan Slocumb, actress Terri Vaughn, radio personality Egypt Sherrod (V-103); broadcast journalist Jaquitta Williams, local businessman Walter Jackson (RHOA), celebrity attorney Precious Anderson-Scott and her husband KK Scott, and more!

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    Hublot Atlanta Ice week hosted by Chaka Zulu

    Hublot Atlanta Boutique opened its doors in upscale Phipps Plaza last month. On Friday the store held an event for Atlanta's tastemakers to celebrate Ice Week. Hublot, which is owned by LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy Group), already has 5 boutiques around the United States. 3 more boutiques are planned as part of its expansion into the U.S. over the next 3 years.

    The event was hosted by rap mogul Ludacris' manager and business partner Chaka Zulu (CEO, DTP Records and Ebony Son Entertainment). The event was also sponsored by Conjure Cognac. Ludacris stopped by to show his support.

    Ludacris, above left, is pictured with Rick Delacroix, President of Hublot America, and Chaka Zulu. Luda is wearing his $85K iced out Hublot King Power watch, a gift from Hublot. Hublot is the preferred timepiece of rap mogul Jay Z and NBA star Dwyane Wade, among others.

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