Actress Gabrielle Union, girlfriend of Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, says her man couldn't sleep the night before winning the NBA title Thursday.

He stayed at the gym until 1:30 a.m., working out with a trainer. Then he showered and went home, where Wade and Union watched game film from last year's loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Afterwards, around 4 a.m., they went to bed. But Union says Wade tossed and turned until 8 a.m., when he rolled out of bed and called his teammate LeBron James.

"What they wanted to do today, more than anything, was to play a complete game of basketball," Union told Sports Illustrated magazine.

She said the two best friends drew up a blueprint over the phone for game 5, detailing exactly how they were going to lead their team to victory.

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It took 9 long years but LeBron James finally has his first ring!

The Miami Heat were the underdogs going into the NBA Finals series against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. But the Thunder didn't have LeBron's steely determination or his fiery will to win.

"Happiest day of my life," said LeBron after the Heat defeated the Thunder 121-106 to win the NBA title Thursday night in Miami.

"It means everything," James said after the game. LeBron hoisted the NBA trophy before accepting his Finals MVP award. "I made a difficult decision to leave Cleveland but I understood what my future was about. I knew we had a bright future... This is a dream come true for me. This is definitely when it pays off."

After the game, an emotional LeBron embraced his fiancee Savannah Brinson and their children LeBron James Jr., 7, and Bryce Maximus James, 5.

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The blazing hot Miami Heat have a date with destiny tonight in game 5 of the NBA Finals. And the hapless OKC Thunder have a flight to catch back home to Oklahoma City.

The Miami Heat, led by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, are just one win away from the NBA championship.

The Heat have a commanding 3-1 lead over the Thunder in the best-of-seven series. LeBron, 27, and Dwyane Wade, 30, have experience (total 18 years combined), talent and destiny on their side.

The young upstart Kevin Durant, 23, has only been in the NBA for 5 years. The Thunder don't have an answer for the big 5: LeBron, D.Wade, Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier. And no other team has come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals since the NBA adopted the 2-3-2 format.

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Sean Combs's eldest son, Justin Dior Combs, 18, graduated from a prestigious private high school yesterday in New York. Combs, aka Puff Daddy, couldn't be more proud of his first born's achievement.

While other parents frown at the news that Justin, an All-Star Senior prep athlete, was awarded a $54,000 scholarship to play football at UCLA in California, Combs shrugs off the criticism.

A classic narcissist, Combs believes that his son is entitled to everything in life -- even if it comes at the expense of others who are more deserving.

Justin wasn't exactly born with a golden spoon in his mouth when broke party promoter Puffy knocked up girlfriend, Misa Hylton-Brim. The golden spoon would come later.

Little Justin, who has restaurants named after him, soon lived the good life, with all the trappings of success, after Combs struck it rich with with his imprint Bad Boy Records.

An insecure man with rumored, shall we say, shortcomings, Sean Combs lives to brags about his riches.

And the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

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Superstar Rihanna debuted her new natty dreads hairstyle Wednesday night during the 2012 American Idol Final Results show. Rihanna whipped her butt length dreads back and forth while performing her hit single "Where Have You Been" during the Finale.

Earlier, Rihanna tweeted a pic of her new dreads extensions, shocking her fans who doubted she was really making the transition to dreads.

Rihanna told her fans on Twitter.com she long wanted dreads since she was 14, but her mother wouldn't allow it. Another follower asked Rihanna if her new hair was heavy. Rihanna responded: "as Goliath's balls."

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Singers Pink and Joe Jonas slammed Chris Brown on Twitter.com for lip syncing his way through his song "Turn Up the Music," during Sunday night's live television broadcast of the 2012 Billboard Awards.

Pink took to her Twitter page Sunday night and tweeted:
"One day if i lipsync i hope i do it as well as him…"

After getting raked over the hot coals by Brown's immature Stans, she tweeted again, "Oh my lord, its so easy…its so damn easy. Keep it coming people, this is some good reading…"

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Bobbi Kristina will take part in a tribute to honor her mother Whitney Houston during the upcoming 2012 Billboard Music Awards.

The program, which airs Sunday at 8/7c, will feature a musical tribute, and Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina is scheduled to participate. As you know, Bobbi Kristina is working on an upcoming album and she will likely perform one of her mother's hit songs during the tribute.

Bobbi Kristina, who reportedly dropped her father's last name, will also appear in a reality show on Lifetime network featuring members of the Houston family including Whitney's mother Cissy Houston.

Whitney passed away on February 11 of a drug overdose and heart disease.

LeBron James Jr. may be youngest NBA exec in history, according to USA Today. The 7-year-old, nicknamed "Bron Bron" by his parents, was given a front office job with his dad's Miami Heat NBA franchise. The distinction was awarded with a court side seat in the NBA executives' section of the American Airlines Arena.

Junior was sitting court side when his dad, LeBron, accepted his Most Valuable Player trophy during the game 1 victory over the hapless Indiana Pacers in the 2nd round of the playoffs on Sunday. The youngster who turns 8 on October 6 looked snazzy in a tailored suit and tie. It still isn't clear what Bron Bron's title is (or his pay scale), but it probably involves a lot more than just pushing paper clips around his desk. Good for Bron Bron!

Last week People magazine named struggling singer Beyonce the most beautiful woman in the world, and now the person who is most criticized for stealing other writers' music wins a journalism award. Wtf?

Something called the 'New York Association of Black Journalists' recognized Beyonce for an article she probably didn't even write. That organization's credibility is now shot. All true journalists who have ever been recognized by this organization should return their awards in protest of this mockery!

From Page Six:

The superstar’s Essence magazine cover article, “Eat, Play Love,” won her first place in the Arts & Entertainment category of the New York Association of Black Journalists awards.

Beyoncé wrote about taking time away from the studio to enjoy the day-to-day pleasures of life.

“Simple things like play with my nephew, pick him up from school, visit museums, go to concerts, see some Broadway shows . . . and spend time with my husband,” she wrote.

Here are more pics from Beyonce's People magazine cover shoot. Beyonce looks stiff and plastic in the overly Photoshopped images. Beyonce is a far cry from the World’s Most Beautiful Woman in these images. In the cover story, Beyonce revealed she is filming a new movie, ‘A Star Is Born' later this year, after she performs a three-night stand at New Jersey’s Revel Resorts (May 25th, May 26th and May 27th). She is also recording the movie's soundtrack. Bey probably won't get to see much of her 3 month old daughter Blue Ivy. It's a good thing she has nannies.

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After performing at TIME Magazine's insufferably boring 100 Most Influential people gala, Rihanna was spotted arriving back at her hotel wearing a cute lingerie outfit with a big red bow. The paparazzi informed RiRi that People magazine named Beyonce Most Beautiful Woman -- and Rihanna laughed out loud at that one.
Photo by: Turgeon/Steffman/Splash News

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Rihanna, 24, was seen heading out of her hotel wearing a fuschia dress on her way to attend the Time 100 gala in NYC tonight. Rihanna was named one of Time's 100 most influential people, despite the fact that she smokes marijuana trees, and drinks and cusses like a sailor. Clearly the Time editors don't count character or morals when they pick their honorees.

Rihanna's mother flew in from Barbados to attend the gala with her troubled daughter.

Photos by: Jackson Lee/Splash News

Actress Meryl Streep pulled an upset win over "The Help" star Viola Davis when she took home the Oscar for her role in "The Iron Lady," at this year's Academy Awards.

As a small consolation, Streep donated $20,000 in cash to 2 of Davis' favorite charities.

According to the Chicago Tribune:

The Oscar winner wrote a check for $10,000 to Upward Bound to honor Davis, the program's director Mariam Z. Boyajian confirmed to TheWrap.

Boyajian said it was the largest donation in the organization's history.

"I was writing to her when you called," Boyajian told TheWrap. "I wanted to give her a chance to settle down from the hectic weekend before I gave her the good news."

Streep followed up that donation with a separate $10,000 check to Segue Institute for Learning, according to the Providence Journal.

Both Davis and her sister Dolores Davis Grant attended Upward Bound, a federally funded program that prepares low-income high school students for college.

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America

^^^ That was the headline on People.com last night during the telecast of the 84th Annual Oscar Awards last night.

I was shocked and taken aback when I read that gratuitous headline.

The article went on to mention how "completely comfortable" Viola Davis looked wearing her own "rich reddish crop" of hair offset by the "emerald-hued Vera Wang dress and glamorous green earrings." How shameful and embarrassing is it that in 2012 -- with a black president occupying the White House -- we as a human race make headlines for being "comfortable" wearing our own hair?

Offsetting her rich reddish crop with an emerald-hued Vera Wang gown and glamorous green earrings, Davis looked completely comfortable — and totally stunning — as she walked down the carpet to take her seat in the theater as a best actress nominee for The Help. Says the star of changing up her style, “It gives me flavor. It makes me feel like I’m spicing up my life a bit.”

Wow. She's spicing her life up by wearing her natural hair? We should all bow our heads in disgrace at how far we've come.

Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America

I stopped watching the Academy Awards almost 30 years ago when I found out that the narcissistic pageantry was rigged and almost everyone knew who was going to win.

Deadline.com's writer Nikke Finke wrote: "The Oscars suck every year! And this year the Oscars are gonna suck worse than ever! Because we all know who’s going to win the marquee categories without a single envelope being ripped open."

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According to a loyal insider who begged for anonymity, up-and-coming singer Rita Ora is being positioned to steal Rihanna's spotlight. According to my source, who is well-connected on the west coast, Rihanna begged her former abusive boyfriend Chris Brown to jump on her "Birthday Cake" remix to divert attention away from Rita, who has also been in the studio with Brown.

They say Rihanna is very nervous and constantly looking over her shoulder to see how far Rita Ora is behind her.

Read the email from my informant after the break!

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For the 2nd day in a row, American singer Rihanna, 24, was mobbed by the British media in London as she partied at Mahiki nightclub following the 2012 Brit Awards. What could cause the normally staid, composed British media to react to Rihanna in this way? Just 2 days ago, the "Birthday Cake" singer rode the subway, where she was virtually unrecognized just like a normal commoner.

Rihanna won the Best International Female Award at the 2012 Brit Awards held at the 02 Arena yesterday. She also performed a medley of her songs. Afterwards, Rihanna partied with a few friends, including Rob Kardashian (Khloe's brother), who sneaked into Mahiki nightclub to party with RiRi.

Rihanna reportedly left the Mahiki nightclub with a woman's lipstick stain on her neck. Through good detective work (and a few phone calls), we were able to match the lipstick stain on Robyn's neck to the woman standing directly behind her in the above pic. Everyone knows RiRi is a freak. But who is this chick that was freaking on her?

All this attention Rihanna is getting could be due to the fact that she is back together with her abusive boyfriend, troubled singer Chris Brown. Maybe the British media believes Rihanna will be beaten to within an inch of her life when she returns to America -- and they may never see her again? :shrug:

Update:

According to loyal reader @MissFeven, the woman in the photo with Rihanna is Sarah Jane Crawford, a radio presenter in London.

Photos SPLASH News Online and Dave Hogan/Getty Images Europe

Actress Octavia Spencer slipped and fell inside the the press room at the 43rd NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, early this morning. Spencer fell as she approached the press with her NAACP image award. The award-winning 'The Help' actress landed on her back, but she was unhurt as her co-star, Viola Davis, helped her up.

Spencer, 40, has complained in the past about having to wear uncomfortable shapewear to awards shows to conceal her weight. On a recent visit to the 'Ellen Show,' Spencer told Ellen: "I triple-Spank. Which is not good. Spanx really, really work, but you don't need to overdo it."

Viola Davis won an Image Award for lead actress and Octavia Spencer won the supporting actress trophy for 'The Help'.

Photos: IOS/London Ent / Splash News

According to sources, troubled rapper Nicki Minaj, 29, and her longtime, abusive boyfriend/hypeman Safaree Samuel no longer live together. Samuel was conspicuously missing from Nicki's side at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday. Another man occupied Safaree's seat at Nicki's elbow in the star-studded audience.

Safaree's Twitter timeline didn't explain his absence. But a follower on Twitter tweeted that Safaree was bodily thrown out of the Staples Center by Grammy security for fighting.

Nicki was seen in NYC today where she promoted her new Viva Glam lipstick for MAC line on 'Good Morning America' this morning. Safaree was once again noticeably absent. This should come as good news for Nicki's fans, who fear Nicki may have sabotaged her career with that bizarre Satanic ritual performance during the Grammy telecast.

Photos: Jackson Lee and Jennifer Mitchell/ 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.

Source: Dimp Zone

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.

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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

The 3rd Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Music reception was held at Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles yesterday. Celebs such as Regina King, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Ne-Yo, and more graced the red carpet!

Photos by: Amelie Mucci / Splash News

Octavia Spencer should be on top of the world. Her many accomplishments over the past year make her the envy of her peers. But the 41-year-old actress, renowned for her portrayal of a sassy southern maid in 'The Help,' is worried, despite all the accolades.

"I am not healthy at this weight," said Spencer to the media assembled backstage at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where she won a best supporting actress trophy.

"Any time you have too much around the middle, then there is a problem. [And] when you reach a certain weight, you are less valuable," she said, referring to Hollywood's strict physical standards.

Spencer says that Hollywood should be more accepting of actresses of different sizes, including those who are thin.

"I feel for the overly thin women as much as I do for the overweight women. It ... has to change," she said.

Ms. Spencer indicated that her problem may stem from the fact that she overeats when she's feeling down: "If more women ate, they would be a lot happier. Let me tell you, I am a lot grumpier when I don't eat."

This is what you’ve been waiting for all year: my BEST of 2011 Awards! Deciding which artists made an indelible impression on 2011 was very difficult (mainly because T.I. was locked up), but I was able to narrow down the choices and finally arrive at a winner in every category.

HAPPY NEW YEAR everybody! Be safe, eat healthy and drink wisely. We’ll see you back here on Monday!

:party:


Album of the Year Award
Adele - 21 (even though she destroyed her golden voice, Adele's 21 managed to sell 6 million in the U.S. alone)

Single of the Year Award
Drake "Marvin's Room" (everybody and their grandmother remixed this emotional ballad about a rapper drunk dialing another man's woman)

Best Video of the Year Award
Adele - "Rolling In The Deep"

Best Collaboration of the Year Award
Kanye West and Jay Z - Watch The Throne (who else?)

Best New Artist Award
(Tie) Meek Mill - "Ima Boss", and Mitchell'l "Only A Few"

Best Female Artist R&B Award
Adele

Best Female Artist Hip Hop Award
Nicki Minaj (even though I can't stand her, she did her thing in 2011)

Best Male Artist Award
Drake

Best Male Artist R&B Award
Drake

Best Male Artist Hip Hop Award
(Tie) Drake and Lil Wayne

Most Underrated Artist Of The Year Award
(Tie) Melanie Fiona and Miguel

Best Comeback Artist of the Year Award
T.I. (with the midnight release of his reclamation mixtape, F*ck Da City Up, T.I. put all rappers on notice that he is the one to dethrone)

Mixtape of the Year Award
Ludacris - 1.21 Gigawatts (it was certainly the most talked about mixtape of 2011)

The Please Go Sit 'Cho Azz Down Somewhere Award
Beyonce's collapsible baby bump, aka Pillow Carter

Most Played Out Artist of the Year Award
(Tie) Rihanna and Beyonce

Worst Single Of The Year Award
Willow Smith ft. Nicki Minaj - "Fireball" (the video was cute, but the song was just plain bad)

Flop of the Year Award
Rihanna - Talk That Talk (what can I say that hasn't already been said about this wack album?)

The Most Fake Bling Award
Soulja Boy (The boy is broke. Even an arrest on weapons and drug charges couldn't save his flop of a career)

The Most Authentic Bling Award
T.I. (his diamond encrusted $100K Audemars Piguet timepiece is a thing of beauty)

Most All-Around Fake Award
Beyonce (who else?)

Jump Off of the Year Award
Chrissy Lampkin (for waging a reality TV campaign to force aging rapper Jim Jones to marry her. How desperate is that?)

Best Sandrarose.com commenter (Female)
(Tie) KDub and Anna

Best Sandrarose.com commenter (Male)
(Tie) Man, I just don’t care™ and eastpointvet

BEST Urban Blog
Rhymeswithsnitch.com

BEST Blogger
Michelle Brown (Straightfromthea.com)

And my list would not be complete without the …

Most Overrated of the Year Award
Kim Kardashian (for her over-the-top wedding to a gullible man who was dumb enough to fall for her narcissistic ways)

In 2005, Cleveland Browns rookie Braylon Edwards made a promise to 100 eighth graders -- a promise that he would keep 6 years later.

Edwards announced that he'd give $10,000 in scholarships to 100 area eighth-graders if they could graduate high school with at least a 2.5 grade-point average and 15 hours' community service.

According to the LA Times, 79 of those students met the criteria and began their first year of college in campuses all across the country, including Harvard.

"Without this scholarship, I probably wouldn't be here," Bowling Green freshman David Gholston told ESPN's Rick Reilly.

Now, most people would think writing $790,000 in checks would be enough, but Edwards went one step further. In addition to the $10,000, he provided each of the students with a laptop computer.

"I'm supposed to give people a chance like I was given a chance," Edwards said.

But that's not the only amazing part of the season. Edwards is now a member of the San Francisco 49ers. His salary for this season? $1 million. In other words, he has donated almost his entire salary this season to help those 79 kids. Source

Jyoti Amge of India has been recognized by Guinness Book of World Records as the world's shortest woman. Jyoti was known as the world's shortest teenager until she turned 18 this year. Guinness said in a statement Jyoti has grown less than one centimetre (0.4 inch) in the last two years and will not grow any taller due to a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia.

The teenager stands at 24.7 inches tall - 2.76 inches shorter than the 22-year-old American who had held the title since September. She weighs about 10 lbs.

She receives a lot of support in her hometown of Nagpur, India, where she is treated like a minor celebrity. Jyoti lives with her parents and her 3 siblings. She attends school where she studies at a tiny desk made especially for her.

Jyoti burst into tears after receiving her plaque, and sharing a birthday cake with friends.

“I have put Nagpur on the world map. Now everyone will know where it is," she said.

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