Actress Zoe Saldana was spotted on the set of ‘Nina’ in Los Angeles, CA on Thursday. Saldana, 34, was chosen to play the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone from a list of more qualified actresses and singers. Saldana has not responded to the furor over her attempts to look more ethnic by darkening her skin with makeup and wearing afro wigs to simulate Nina’s tight curls. Saldana’s father is Dominican and her mother is Puerto Rican.
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R&B singer Chris Brown showed up at the 50th birthday party for Elton John’s husband without on-again girlfriend Rihanna or his mistress Karrueche. Brown, 23, was seen arriving in a leased $750,000 Lamborghini at the party for Elton John’s husband, David Furnish at the Belasco Theatre in Downtown, Los Angeles, Thursday night. If you recall, Brown was driving a similar leased Lamborghini the night he pummeled Rihanna into submission in 2009.
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Loyal reader James writes:
Hey Sandra. I read the blog all the time and sometimes I see you post pictures of your readers who happen to sight a celebrity/ public figure.
This weekend, I went to go see Tyler Perry’s new movie, “Alex Cross”, at Atlantic Station. It was a wonderful movie–despite the low box office numbers.
As I was entering theater, I noticed a woman with an incredible body and when I looked at the woman’s face, I saw that it was Joseline from ‘Love & Hip Hop.’ I asked for a picture and she obliged. She was incredibly kind and seems very likable. God Bless!
Over the weekend I received angry emails from readers concerned about photos of actress Zoe Saldana wearing a nappy afro wig and dark makeup in her role as the late jazz singer Nina Simone.
The 34-year-old ‘Colombiana’ star was chosen for the part from a list of dark skinned singers and actresses who were more qualified for the part.
Fans of Nina Simone have begun circulating a petition in hopes of garnering enough signatures to present to the filmmakers.
“Playing Nina Simone could be one of the more definitive roles as far as biopics go–it’s not that Saldana a talented actress, but it’s hard to imagine there isn’t another Black actress out there who couldn’t evoke a better Nina,” writes Hellobeautiful.com.
A Twitter user uploaded these cell phone pics of singers Chris Brown and Rihanna partying together in LA Saturday night. In one pic, Brown appears to rub Rihanna’s belly. And, in another pic, the lovebirds appear to kiss.
Brown, 23, dumped his long-suffering girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, for Rihanna after the dated secretly for over a year. A source close to Rihanna’s camp tells Sandrarose.com that Brown and Rihanna will make a “Surprise announcement” after RiRi’s album drops Nov. 19.
Carmelo Anthony’s wife La La Anthony was spotted dining with friends at Toast in West Hollywood on Friday. La La, who started her career deejaying at Hot 107.9 in Atlanta, has joined the cast of the new film “Baggage Claim” starring Paula Patton, Derek Luke and Adam Brody
Pregnant singer Rihanna arrived at a Los Angeles recording studio at 2 a.m. wearing sweats and using her Gucci handbag to cover her tummy.
So far Rihanna and her camp have been tight-lipped about Rihanna’s bun in the oven — and for good reason. RiRi is reportedly very upset that word leaked about her pregnancy. She had planned to announce her pregnancy as part of the promotion for her new album. But those plans have been scrapped.
Instead, she and the baby’s father, Chris Brown, will make a “special announcement” after the album drops.