Mahershala Ali

New dad Mahershali Ali won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in the gay coming-of-gay film Moonlight.

As he took to the stage, the 43-year-old Oakland native made sure to give a special shout out to his wife Amatus Sami-Karim, the mother of his newborn daughter Bari Najma Ali, who was born on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

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2015 Miss Universe Pageant - Show

This is the celebration we missed when the Miss Universe 2015 Pageant ended abruptly due to a colossal mixup between host Steve Harvey, the teleprompter guy, and the cue card.

The cue card that Steve Harvey should have read from correctly named Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach the winner of the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant. But Steve read from the teleprompter which named Miss Colombia the winner. The correct winner was eventually crowned but the show ended abruptly because it ran over its allotted time slot due to the mixup. The 2015 Miss Universe Pageant was taped live at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Sunday, December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Photos: PG and Admedia/ Splash News

Oscar nominations

The Academy Award nominations were announced live this morning to much fanfare. Oprah's vanity film 'Selma' received an unlikely Oscar nod. Click the link to see if your favorite actor or movie was nominated. By the way, fan favorite Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, was snubbed by the Academy for a Best Picture nom.

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Common and John Legend

The Golden Globes of the past have always been stiff, snobby, pompous affairs. Though no one really believed Oprah's vanity film 'Selma' had a chance of winning a Golden Globe award last night, rapper Common and singer/songwriter John Legend pulled off something of an upset by winning Best Original Song for the truly forgettable "Glory" off the 'Selma' soundtrack.

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Iggy Azalea Wins

Iggy Azalea Wins

Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea won the American Music Award for Best Rap/Hip Hop Album over more deserving rappers Drake and Eminem during the live telecast last night. Iggy also won Favorite artist Rap/Hip-Hop. It was one of those moments in music history that galvanized the hip hop community against one artist.

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12 Years a Slave wins Best Picture Oscar

Steve McQueen's slavery-themed film 12 Years a Slave won the top honor at the 86th Annual Academy Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles.

Actor Will Smith, who was awarded a Razzie on Saturday for worst actor in a flop (After Earth), presented the Best Picture Oscar Award to 12 Years a Slave.

Director McQueen said: "Everyone deserves not just to survive but to live... I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today."

It was another "end of white guilt" moment for the Oscar Academy who have conditioned audiences to believe that black actors are only at their best when they portray slaves or humble domestic help.

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Amber Riley and Derek Hough win Dancing With The Stars

'Glee' star Amber Riley and her dance partner Derek Hough won the coveted championship trophy during the Dancing With The Stars Finale on Tuesday. Riley's surprising footwork and her inspiring enthusiasm helped boost the season 17 ratings 17%, according to USA Today.

Riley said she had no hopes of even making it through to the final round when the season began.

"When I first started, I just didn't think there was any way that I could win. It wasn't a thought for me. It was just like, 'Go and do your best, do your best,' " she said after Tuesday's finale. "With every week, I kind of wanted it a little bit more and toward the end, I was just like, 'Man, it's actually possible. I'm in the finals.' Getting through to the end was a reward in itself, but the trophy was the cherry on top."

Watch Amber Riley and Derek Hough's Samba and Quickstep (Fusion) dance after the break.

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For the first time in her 24-year recording career, singer Tamar Braxton has gone platinum! Tamar's "Love & War" single was certified platinum. The announcement was made via the Tamar and Vince Show Twitter page. Tamar joins her Grammy-winning sister, Toni Braxton, in a very exclusive category.

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Mikayla Clark breaks world record

A Westlake high school cheerleader has broken the Guinness Book of World Records for the most consecutive back handsprings at 44. Mikayla Clark, 16, broke the previous record of 36 consecutive back handsprings. Clark accomplished the amazing feat at her school's homecoming game.

"I'm very proud of her," said her high school coach, Ashley Clark.

Congrats to Mikayla! Watch the video after the break.

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2013 BET Awards Press Conference

L-R: Comedian Chris Tucker, rapper Kendrick Lamar, singers Tamar Braxton, Charlie Wilson, Chris Brown, and BET Exec Stephen Hill attended the BET Awards 2013 Press Conference at Icon Ultra Lounge in Los Angeles, California, on Tuesday, May 14. Pregnant reality TV star Tamar Braxton ("Tamar and Vince") is nominated for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, and Chris Brown is nominated for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist.

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Tameka "Tiny" Harris was honored last night at the ASCAP Awards held in Atlanta. She arrived in a grey Bentley (a gift from her husband Tip Harris), wearing a fitted black and white dress and Gucci mink trimmed sandals, according to celebrity blogger Tami Reed (Talkingwithtami). Tiny flew into town from Los Angeles just to attend the event. She was in LA with her group the OMG Girlz who are recording their album.

Congrats to Tiny!

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Times have certainly changed! First America elects a half black man as president of the United States, and now a black woman has been chosen Homecoming Queen at the University of Mississippi!

"I am still in shock, but I am definitely very excited,” said Courtney Pearson, a 21 yr. old senior English secondary education major. Ole Miss has a long history of racism on its storied campus, where students still proudly affix confederate flag stickers to their bumpers.

2 years ago riots erupted on the Ole Miss campus "over student led actions to remove traditions associated with the Confederacy and segregation (source)."

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Rappers Young Jeezy and Rick Ross, who both own homes in Atlanta, got into a shoving match backstage at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards, according to sources who witnessed the wild encounter.

Witnesses say the BET staff didn't clear the hallway fast enough after Ross got off the stage, which resulted in a bottleneck of Jeezy's people and Ross's entourage near both men's dressing rooms backstage.

The hallway was already crowded with male and female groupies when both entourages converged in the hallway and words were exchanged between Jeezy and Ross.

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Atlanta's glitterati attended ASCAP Rhythm & Soul ATL Legends Mixer with Honorees TI, Michael Maldin, Kendall Minter, Noontime, Pebbles, and Hosted by Devyne Stephens. The event was presented By Hennessy Black.

WHAT: In honor of the music legends who have given back to the Atlanta community, ASCAP Rhythm & Soul and Hennessy Black will bring together the brightest minds in music and charity for a night of conversation and music.
Photos by ExclusiveAccess.net

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Sept. 25 is rap mogul T.I. Harris's 32nd birthday, and his birthday celebration will coincide with the taping of BET's 2012 Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta!

The biggest stars in Hip Hop will be in town to attend the taping of the BET Hip Hop Awards, and many of them will attend T.I.'s birthday party. Sandrarose.com was given the honor of hosting the red carpet for T.I.'s star-studded birthday bash this year!

To make sure Sandrarose.com's readers gets the up-to-the minute info from the party, I am looking for a fresh young face to host the red carpet and interview celebrities for Sandrarose.com's live video Ustream from the event!

UPDATE: I've just received word that TAGS Boutique, co-owned by local entrepreneur and reality TV star Kandi Burruss ("Real Housewives of Atlanta", "Kandi Factory"), will dress the winner of the Sandrarose.com Red Carpet Hostess Search!

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From a press release (AW MEDIA GROUP):

"On Monday, September 10th, rolling out Magazine, the premiere urban weekly covering music, politics and culture, in a partnership with CVS/Pharmacy Beauty Club, premiered the 2012 Mirror Mirror Beauty Awards in Atlanta, GA. The exclusive VIP reception and award ceremony honored Atlanta's trendsetters and leaders in the beauty industry, as well as several pop culture beauty and fashion icons.

The 2012 Mirror Mirror Beauty Awards honorees included Grammy-award winning singer/actress/spokesperson Chilli, Supermodel Cynthia Bailey (BRAVO/RHOA); Grammy-award Winning songwriter Kandi Burruss (BRAVO/RHOA); songwriter Tiny Harris (VH1/The Family Hustle); NY Times Best Selling Author and TV Personality Toya Wright, President/CEO of Bronners Bros., Bernard Bronner, Fashion & Entertainment Blogger Tami Reed and a host of other beauty trendsetters and leaders."

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Just as important as who walked the red carpet at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards was what they wore. Leading fashion blogs Upscale Hype and Red Carpet Fashion Awards have all the deets on the fashion hits and misses at the Staples Center on Thursday!

My readers weren't impressed with the fashion choices made by Wiz Khalifa or his pregnant fiancee, Amber Rose. Khalifa strolled the red carpet in a pair of Vintage Cartier Vitesse sunglasses and black Vivienne Westwood blazer ($1,415).

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Wednesday's TV ratings for TLC's blockbuster hit reality series, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo trumped Bill Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention. The numbers aren't in yet for President Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night -- which went head-to-head with the MTV Video Music Awards. So we don't know if MTV defeated the pesident in the ratings race.

'Honey Boo Boo' pulled in 2.4 million viewers on Wednesday, and despite a 20% drop in ratings from the previous week, the precocious 6-year-old still tied with Clinton in the TV ratings.

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Congrats to Baylor women's basketball star Brittney Griner who took home the Best Female Athlete of the Year trophy during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre in LA on Wednesday. The 6-8 center was also named the AP Player of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, among her many accolades.

Griner led Baylor to the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship in April. The Texas native wears a men's 17 or 18 shoe size. And in case you're wondering, the answer is yes.

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America

Troubled singer Rihanna, who was named Woman of the Year by Vogue magazine, tweeted Thursday that she was the cover girl of the current issue of Harper's BAZAAR magazine. VIBE Vixen has the pics of the photo layout featuring 24-year-old Rihanna wearing an off-white Calvin Klein fitted white frock.

In her interview Rihanna talks about the drawbacks of not having an ample butt to fill out her dresses. She also discusses taking a break from dating for awhile, being a chronic love addict, her drug and alcohol issues, and being rebellious.

The August 2012 issue hits newsstands July 17th.

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These pictures of Monica Brown and Taraji P. Henson at the 2012 BET Awards circulated widely on Twitter.com last night, as users assumed singer Monica Brown was shading the actress when she walked behind her on the red carpet.

But ask yourself, why on earth would Monica throw shade at Taraji? That is not even Monica's style.

Update:

Monica tweeted this earlier today on Twitter.com:

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The victorious NBA champs Miami Heat celebrated their NBA title with a parade in front of cheering crowds in Miami, Florida Monday. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, their families and teammates partied despite the rain from Tropical Storm Debby after their momentous 4-1 championship win over the Oklahoma City Thunder last week.

The team and their families and friends rode through the streets of South Beach on double decker buses and flat bed trucks.

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