Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade teamed up with Swizz luxury watch maker Hublot for a limited edition watch, that he named King Power. Wade unveiled his Hublot King Power timepiece in Beijing, China yesterday. The All-Star was also in Beijing to meet the "One Million Dollar RMB Charity Basketball Challenge". The challenge for Wade was to score a maximum number of baskets, each corresponding to a sum of money ($50K, $100K etc.) The proceeds benefited Hublot's One Foundation and Wade's World Foundation.

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Beyoncé Knowles dropped her version of "God Bless The USA" last night on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" -- just days after close family friend, U.S. President Barack Obama, killed the world's #1 terrorist.

The single is now available on iTunes.

Proceeds from the sales of the song will benefit the New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund. Good for Beyonce for showing her benevolent side. She really needs the shine, especially now that the entire industry is whispering about how Kelly Rowland's single, "Motivation", leaped past Bey's "Run The World Girls" on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

You really have to be a hard core Beyoncé Stan not to see that Beyoncé's reign is finally over.

All those stories you heard about R&B singer divorcing her hubby Kendu Isaacs were just that -- stories. Don't believe everything you read on the blogs. The happy couple attended a special concert honoring Mary J Blige and the FFAWN (Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now) scholarship fund at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC last night.

Media personality Lala Vazquez-Anthony attended the Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now ("FFAWN") and Elle Magazine 2nd Annual Mary J. Blige Honors Concert to benefit FFAWN's Scholarship Fund, held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC last night.

Also attending the special event were singers Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Corrine BaileyRae, Jill Scott, actresses Kerry Washington, Ellen Pomeo, and her husband Chris Ivey; actress Evan Rachel Wood (not pictured) and more.

Love comes in all shapes and sizes: Lesbian actress Michelle Rodriguez flagged a cab with her unidentified lover in downtown NYC today. Her girlfriend has never been fat, but she's looking extra crackish in these pictures. I guess the toothpick look is in these days. Lindsay Lohan's ex, Samantha Ronson, isn't much bigger than this chick.

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Comedian and radio host Steve Harvey, 54, danced onstage with his lovely wife Marjorie Harvey during his 2nd annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala at Cipriani's on Wall Street in NYC yesterday (April 4).

Reality TV personality and entrepreneur Angela Simmons, 23, posed with her uncle Russell Simmons, 53, at the 2nd annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala at Cipriani's on Wall Street in NYC yesterday.

Director Tyler Perry, 41, left, and comedian Steve Harvey attended the 2nd annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala at Cipriani's in NYC yesterday. Mr. Perry generously purchased a block of ads on Sandrarose.com a while back. We appreciate him.

Businesswoman Malaak Compton-Rock and her husband, comedian Chris Rock, 46, attended the 2nd annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala yesterday in NYC. Everyone looked so nice!

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Singer Ciara just tweeted this pic of herself rocking a pair of Air Jordan Retro 9's at the Hill Street Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in Atlanta this morning.

Later this afternoon she's off to the 2nd Annual Sprite Step Off Challenge at the Fox Theater in midtown. The step show starts at 5p.m.

I attended this same event last year at the Atlanta Civic Center. If you recall, controversy raged when the 1st prize of $100,000 in scholarships was awarded to the all-white Epsilon chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha out of Arkansas.

The white girls killed it at the majority black competition last year. They electrified the crowd with a dazzling step routine that clocked in at just under 9 minutes. But almost immediately after this video hit the 'nets, accusations of "the fix was in!" began sounding from HBCUs across the country.

Black sorors complained bitterly that MTV (and their sponsor, Coca Cola which distributes Sprite) wanted a step crew winner that was more in line with their targeted demographic.

So what if the white women stole parts of their routines from black step crews? The truth is that the all-black Tau Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha from Indiana University (who came in 2nd last year) should have stepped their game up a notch instead of acting like it was a dance competition.

The Zeta Tau Alpha girls should have been the sole winners because they stayed true to the historical black traditions of intricate stepping, call and response.

Well, to quiet the uproar (and to appease the media who began making inquiries), Coca-Cola announced that due to a "scoring discrepancy," both the The Zeta Tau Alpha girls (white) and the Tau Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha step crew (black), would be recognized as co-winners.

Naturally the outrage and indignation was split along racial lines, with white college students yelling racism right along with the HBCUs. Coca Cola's excuses about scoring discrepancies fell on deaf ears.

"Why won’t they let YT be great!!!!!! I swear black people won’t let white people have anything," was just one of the sampling of comments left on an all-white message board.

Probably due to the 2010 controversy, this year's competition at the Fox Theater has been scaled down.

Instead of V-103's Ryan Cameron hosting (as he did last year) -- they have someone named DJ Rock-T of the Tavis Smiley Show handling the hosting duties.

Ciara will perform during the competition. Lots of tickets are still available at $20.

At one time Beyonce Knowles was the reigning queen of Pop -- until she stumbled and was forced to give up her crown to Rihanna. Apparently she has never fully recovered from that public humiliation. Slowly, the paparazzi who once famously stalked Bey, stopped showing up at her appearances. Now I'm told that Bey's people frequently call the wire services with Bey's schedule, but to no avail. The paparazzi just aren't interested in her any more. These pictures surfaced online over the weekend. They show a pale Beyonce with no makeup walking to her waiting limo with her loyal bodyguard, Julius. These new pictures have ignited old rumors that Beyonce is ill. I hope she's okay.

Socialite Paris Hilton, 30, posed with a black baby at the Starlight Children's Foundation 2011 "A Stellar Night" Gala in Century City, CA over the weekend. Hilton is still reeling from accusations of racism after shocking quotes attributed to her from an upcoming book surfaced online last week.

According to the LA Times, a book entitled "Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Journeys Into Fame and Madness" by Neil Strauss contains an encounter he had with the party loving heiress in 1999. Supposedly, Hilton met a biracial guy at another party the previous evening.

Hilton pointed the guy out to Strauss and said, "We were making out, but then we went somewhere where it was bright and I saw that he was black and made an excuse and left. I can't stand black guys. I would never touch one. It's gross." When Strauss asked Hilton, "How black does a guy have to be?" she allegedly responded, "One percent is enough for me."

Everyone is at odds these days with pop singer Rihanna who has transformed herself from a much-loved international superstar into a bitch with an attitude problem. Rihanna angered billionaire Donald Trump by not showing up to perform at his cancer fundraiser as planned.

The Donald reportedly paid Rihanna a staggering $500,000 to sing for an hour at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on Saturday (Feb. 19). But Rihanna's people canceled the gig at the last minute claiming she was sick with bronchitis and couldn't fly to Florida.

Miraculously, the next day Rihanna recovered enough to give a high energy performance during half time at the NBA All Star game. Later that night she hosted an intimate 23rd birthday party for herself at a posh Beverly Hills mansion for about 100 of her closest friends and family, including Jay Z, Beyonce, Drake, Christina Milian, Young Jeezy, Snoop Dogg, Lil Twist and industry execs Bu Thiam (pictured right with Jeezy at the party) and Shawn "Pecas" Costner (Universal Records).

Jennifer Hudson graciously agreed to take the gig (albeit for far less than the amount The Donald paid Rihanna).

Even though the fundraiser was a huge success, The Donald couldn't resist getting a dig in at Rihanna.

“Nothing was missed. Jennifer’s a beautiful girl," said Trump. "She came on her day off even though she performs almost every night. "She is an unbelievable talent, and her voice is better."

Luckily, my photographer was able to get get some exclusive shots on the inside. No other blog gained access to the party. Above is a pic of Rihanna's ice sculpture. I would post more pics from Rihanna's private birthday party but a national magazine has acquired the exclusive rights to the photographer's pictures.

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Miami Heat Forward Lebron James, 26, and rapper Jay Z, 41, attended their "Two Kings" Dinner & After Party at Craft Restaurant in Los Angeles last night. The "Two Kings" invitation-only dinner takes place annually during the NBA All-Star weekend.

Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade and his girlfriend Gabrielle Union attended the "Two Kings" Dinner & After Party at Craft Restaurant honoring LeBron James and Jay Z'd egos in Los Angeles last night.

Jay Z attended the dinner without Beyonce, which only fueled rumors that the two have separated. But insiders close to Jay Z say the unlikely couple are still together. So we'll see if this is just another publicity stunt the two are pulling together to keep their names relevant.

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Yesterday, Dwyane Wade's concubine, Gabrielle Union, 38, got together with LeBron's "wife" Savannah Brinson, 26, at Montage Beverly Hills for a NBA wives All-Star Brunch benefiting The Step Up Women's Network. I'm assuming that those $300 Beats By Dre headphones were included in the ladies' gift bags.

The other "wives" at the brunch included, left to right: Jada Crawley, Gabrielle Union, Savannah Brinson, Adrienne Bosh and Ayesha Alexander.

Isn't Savannah beautiful? She embodies the type of clean, wholesome, God fearing woman that is hard to find these days because smart men like LeBron take them out of circulation quickly. Savannah and LeBron were high school sweethearts. They're not actually married yet, but they have two sons together, LeBron James Jr., 6, and Bryce Maximus James, 3. LeBron was Savannah's first serious boyfriend.

That's right girl! Show off your $24,000 Hermes bag that your man bought you!

Edited Feb. 21, 2011 @ 1:42 p.m. to correct Savannah and Jada's names

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Here's a positive post that I doubt you will read, since it's a positive post and all...

According to TMZ.com, former mortal enemies, actor Sean Penn, 50, and activist/singer Wyclef Jean, 41, made nice yesterday and buried the hatchet for a good cause.

TMZ obtaned a video shot Friday (Feb. 11) at the "Help Haiti" event at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City -- 'Clef is singing and dancing while Penn signed autographs a few feet away.

The two famously feuded last year when Penn questioned Wyclef's ulterior motives in running for president of Haiti -- and Wyclef retaliated by accusing Penn of drug use, which Sean denied.

Jean eventually lost his bid to run for president of Haiti. Only a fraction of the millions of dollars in donations that Jean took in for Haiti earthquake relief actually reached the people of Haiti.

Musician Kanye West, 33, attended the Giuseppe Zanotti Design Beverly Hills Store Opening cocktail reception yesterday in Beverly Hills. Mr. West looked cool as a cucumber rocking a pair of vintage Alitalia Sport 550 Sunglasses. Kanye is said to be so upset that Nicki Minaj surpassed him in record sales that he immediately went back into the studio to try and top her. His next album is due out this Summer. Good luck to him.

LaLa Vasquez, 31, and singer Kelly Rowland, 29, were spotted bowling for charity dollars at the Lucky Strike Lanes on February 3 in Lakewood, Colorado.

Something about Kelly's hair disturbs my soul in this picture. Is that a patch of her hair missing on the side?

Old school rapper M.C. Hammer, 48, attended The Black Eyed Peas Super Bowl Party presented by Sports Illustrated and Bacardi last night in Dallas.

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Angelina Jolie, long-time supporter of SOS Children's Villages, this week congratulated the first Jolie Legal Fellow, Nathalie Nozile, an SOS Children's Villages alumna.

Ms. Nozile, an attorney, pictured above center with Jolie and Dr. Heather Paul, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages – USA, is an alumnus of SOS Children's Villages program in Santo, Haiti. SOS Children's Villages is a global organization dedicated to providing family-based services for children without parental care.

Ms. Nozile was selected after graduating from the University of Florida's Levin College of Law this past spring.

The Jolie Legal Fellowship, created and funded by the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, supports the Government of Haiti's ongoing efforts to strengthen the Haitian judicial system in the challenging post-earthquake environment. Jolie Legal Fellows are attorneys who will concentrate on the protection of Haiti's most vulnerable children in the judicial system, by serving as special assistants to key Government of Haiti officials. Ms. Nozile leaves for Haiti later this month to begin her work.

"I am thrilled that Nathalie Nozile will be our first legal fellow in Haiti - where the need to enhance child protection is so great," said Angelina Jolie. "Nathalie has a heartfelt commitment to improve conditions in her homeland, and brings to her work the unique perspective of growing up in an SOS Village. There, she learned firsthand the importance to a childhood of a stable and nurturing environment. Now, as a promising attorney, she will draw on her personal experience as she returns to help strengthen the Haitian judicial system. Nathalie will be working to help ensure equal access to justice and the protection of children's rights in Haiti."

Jolie and her life partner Brad Pitt donated $150,000 to the SOS Children's Villlages in 2010.

Additional information about SOS and their involvement in Haiti is available on their website, www.sos-usa.org

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Eddie Murphy's ex-wife Nicole is set to walk down the aisle again. According to online sources, Nicole's longtime fiance, former pro baller Michael Strahan, put a ring on her finger recently. There are no details on when he popped the question. But Nicole is deliriously happy. Good for her.  Photo: The MediaCircuit/INF PHOTO

Meanwhile, the happy couple attended the STIKS Celebrity Video Game Challenge For Charity event in Los Angeles yesterday. Also attending the event was rapper Snoop Dogg and his family, and actors Mehcad Brooks and Codi Jones.

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This warms my heart to see the fortunate few unselfishly enriching the lives of others. A retired lawyer who has been dubbed the 'Skid Row Santa' made his annual visit to a homeless shelter -- handing out $10 bills to thousands of homeless persons who queued up for hours to receive the monetary gifts.

Of course the critics think the homeless would be better served if the donations were made to homeless shelters, but I disagree. The money should go directly to the people who need it the most.

The 69-year-old retired lawyer, who wishes to remain anonymous, said Thursday he’s been giving away $20,000 of his own money every year over the past 30 years at the Midnight Mission.

Dressed in red, the benefactor says he’s always moved by the appreciation and gratitude that homeless people show. He estimates about 3,000 people receive $10 bills every Yuletide.

The donor is one of several who hand out money on Skid Row on certain days of the year.

Singer Akon and his mother, Ms. Kine Gueye Thiam, President of The Konfidence Foundation, personally distributed over 2,000 holiday toys to Atlanta children ages 2 - 12 during The Konfidence Foundation's 3rd Annual Toy Giveaway at Cascade Family Skating Rink yesterday in Atlanta.  Photo by Prince Williams/ATLPics.net

Vanessa Simmons, Ne-Yo and Angela Simmons attended the Compound Foundation's Annual Giving Tour at the Boys & Girls Club of Atlanta yesterday. Ne-Yo has donated over $66,000 worth of toys and bicycles to needy children in several cities. Good for him.  Photo by Prince Williams/ATLPics.net

Hunky singer/actor Tyrese Gibson took his daughter, Shayla Iylana Gibson, out & about over the weekend. It looks like he might have had a slight run-in with the paparazzi. Too bad his daughter had to witness him losing his cool.

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On-again-off-again celebrity couple Ashanti and Nelly attended Nelly's 5th Annual Black And White Christmas Ball at Chase Park Plaza in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri yesterday. Performers included Ashanti and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels of Run DMC.

Last week Rap-Up TV caught up with the rapper and asked him why he’s waiting so long to marry Ashanti. “I think you really have to be friends first. It’s not about how long it takes,” he explained. “I’m not a person that wants to get married more than once. If I’ma do it, I’ma do it. You’re dying if you leave me.”

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Last night, Atlanta’s Hot 107.9 hosted ­A Very Keri Christmas listening party for 100 contest winners at Harlem Nights Ultra Lounge, where Keri previewed tracks from her upcoming No Boys Allowed album (in stores Dec. 21). Keri showed the crowd how to "Pretty Girl Rock" and explained the inspiration behind each song. Several fans walked away with autographed merchandise and one lucky winner won a Panasonic sound system. ~ Saptosa Foster. Photos: Jazmyne Simmons

Actress Vivica Fox was a guest on the Wendy Williams Show yesterday. She was there to promote her new lacefront line and to discuss her 'Cheaper to Keep Her' tour with Brian McKnight in New York City.

The paps showed Viv's man, Slimm, no respect by cutting him out of all her pics. They didn't have to do him like that. Slimm is a well-known club promoter here in Atlanta. Photos by: Roger Wong/INFphoto.com

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According to TMZ.com, pharmaceutical mogul Steve Rahr donated up to $700,000 today to buy back the lives of Alicia Keys, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Usher and other narcissistic celebrities on social networking websites.

Celebs such as Ryan Seacrest, Khloe K. and La La Vazquez participated in the 'Dead Celebrities' campaign by taking ghoulish portraits lying in open caskets.

The stars logged offline on Tuesday, Nov. 30, and vowed not to sign back on until $1 million had been raised for the 'Keep A Child Alive' cause. Keys and the other stars hoped that their fans deemed them worthy enough to cough up the cash within 24 hours.

But 18 hours postmortem, Alicia Keys arose from the dead to leave a tweet on her Twitter account nudging her followers to go donate. Her followers responded with anger and complaints that Keys had broken her vow to stay offline.

By this morning, the donations reached the $200,000 mark and appeared to stall there until Rahr's generous donation.

Singer Alicia Keys attended a screening of "Biutiful" hosted by the Cinema Society with Miuccia Prada, Sandra Brant & Ingrid Sischy at the Lighthouse Theater in New York City last night.

Keys was widely criticized by her followers on Twitter.com yesterday after she broke her own vow not to tweet until she had raised $1 million for AIDS research.

Other celebs such as Kim and Khloe Kardashian also broke their vows to stay off Twitter yesterday. Keys tweeted a number that her followers could text to "buy" her life back. But apparently, few of her followers cared if she came back to life or not. Keys deleted her tweets once her followers protested.

The poorly received 'Dead Celebrities' campaign, featuring stars such as Usher, Serena Williams and Ryan Seacrest lying in open caskets, has raised less than $100,000 so far.

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Happy Thanksgiving to my SR family! I am thankful that you read my blog even though some of you don't always agree with what I write. :) If you are at home or on the road visiting family, or even if you're working today, have a Blessed holiday and be safe!

Here are pics of local celebrities and VIPs donating turkeys and volunteering their time to persons in need.

The Konfidence Foundation and The Gidewon Foundation took time out to enjoy the experience of giving to others yesterday. Pictured are local club owner Alex Gidewon, far left, Mayor Kasim Reed, 2nd from right, and Akon's mom, Ms. Kine Gueye Thiam, President of the Konfidence Foundation, 3rd from right.

Syndicated radio host Steve Harvey, center, his wife Marjorie, left, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Medical student Eudoxie, left, and her man Ludacris attended the The 4th Annual Zone 4 Inc, Foundation Focus and Ludacris Foundation Thanksgiving Carnival hosted by Big Boi in Atlanta on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

Photos by Prince Williams of ATLPics.net.

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Kudos to rappers Waka Flocka and Gucci Mane and So Icey Entertainment for giving back to their community.


Did the volunteers come straight from the club to help out?

Hey Sandra,

Earlier today, Debra Antney and Mizay Entertainment with DTLR and Hot 107.9 held their annual Turkey Giveaway Dinner Event in Forest Park, GA. People of all ages lined up getting Turkeys from all of the artists signed to Mizay including Waka Flocka Flame, Frenchie, Cartier Kitten, Muff Mommy, Cartel, Kebo Gotti, as well as Gucci Mane stopping by and helping some of the senior citizens by carrying turkeys and vegetables to their vehicles. Here's a few photos, and there's more on my site.

Thanks...

Bernadette Truell
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Burlesque dancer and studio singer Beyonce Knowles hosted the launch event for the Lorraine Schwartz "2BHAPPY" Jewelry Collection, held at the LAVO Night Club in NYC last night. After a night of partying, Beyonce's curly hair went limp. Noticeably missing from the party was Beyonce's husband, rapper Shawn Carter, who rarely supports his wife unless he's sharing the spotlight too.


R&B crooner Usher was spotted wearing a full beard while shopping near his home in West Hollywood, CA yesterday.


Socialite Paris Hilton caused quite a ruckus when she bent over to pick up her bunny rabbit while shopping at Madison store in Beverly Hills, CA yesterday. That's when the paparazzi realized that Paris was wearing nothing under her sheer stockings.

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The Collective Renaissance Guild (CRG) in partnership with Ford Motor Company and Perennial Sports and Entertainment will hold its 3rd Annual Winter Ball on Saturday, December 4 at the Delta Air Heritage Museum in Atlanta, GA. Winter Ball 2010: Phoenix Rising, will honor Grammy-Award Winning artist Toni Braxton for her community service with Autism Speaks and the American Heart Association and Martin Luther King III for his global humanitarian efforts and work as President of the King Center.

20 tickets (10 pairs) will be given away to the first 10 Sandrarose.com readers who email Angela Watts of AW Media Group at pr@awmediagroup.com!

*Do not email me for tickets*

Winners will be approved to walk the red carpet and take photos with celebrities!

Phoenix Rising is a tribute to Atlanta as well as the honorees who have all demonstrated resilience and an ability to thrive in challenging times. Hosted by V-103's Nina Brown, the black-tie gala will begin with cocktails sponsored by Belvedere Intense at 7:00 PM followed by a special presentation at 9:00 PM.

The Winter Ball is CRG's main fundraiser and all proceeds will benefit the organization's 2011 programs. Board Chair, Christine White states, "For the last two years, we have organized our premier holiday event for Atlanta's Power Generation. To partner on this effort with Ford Motor Company is an extraordinary privilege." White continues, "We rely on the Winter Ball to raise critical funds needed to further our mission of infusing arts, philanthropy and social change into the cultural fabric of the Power Generation."

In only its third year, CRG Winter ball has attracted a diverse and culturally savvy crowd. Past honorees and attendees include: Ambassador Andrew Young, Joseph E. Lowery, Dr. Cornel West, Big Boi of Outkast, Mayor Kasim Reed, V-103's Rashan Ali, Ryan Cameron, and Frank Ski, Actor Jamie Foxx, Hip Hop Artist Ludacris, Personality Kenny Burns, Actress Nicole Ari Parker, and Rainforest Film's Will Packer and Rob Hardy.

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According to celebrity blogger Tami of Talkingwithtami.com, singer/songwriter Ne-Yo and his fiancée bestie, Monyetta Shaw, delivered a baby girl on Friday (Nov. 12). Congrats to them!

Update:

According to People.com, the baby's name is Madelyn Grace Smith, and she already has a nickname: it's "Maddie" for short.

Monyetta's baby shower was scheduled for today -- and I was told that she did not attend.

From what I understand (from People.com), Maddie is 2 months premature, which means she can't breathe on her own and requires a ventilator to assist her breathing. She will remain in neonatal intensive care at least until she is able to breathe on her own -- and that's if she has no other medical complications.

That is sad news for Ne-Yo and his bestie, Monyetta. Rumor has it that Ne-Yo and Monyetta have an agreement. Sort of like a surrogate mom.

Anyway, Monyetta used the loot to open a high end clothing boutique in Buckhead. I don't care what anyone says about Monyetta: she's a smart cookie for thinking long term and investing that money in a business.

Maddie's birth - which wasn't expected for another 2 months -- occurred while Ne-Yo was hosting an exclusive private shopping event at David Yurman's jewelry boutique inside the upscale Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta on Friday.

According to Tami:

Ne-Yo welcomed everyone but stated that he couldn’t stay long because his fiancée was in labor. Later I found out he had a baby girl, congrats to Neyo and Monyetta! The event was a success and for a good cause!

According to online reports, former president Bill Clinton gave $500,000 to actor and humanitarian Sean Penn for Haiti for continued earthquake relief efforts.

It's important to note that Clinton didn't even consider giving that money to singer Wyclef Jean who has proven himself to be an opportunist.

The Clinton Foundation gave $500,000 to Penn's charity, J/P Haitian Relief Organisation.

The donated money will be used to provide bridge funding for a camp in Petionville, which is run by the organisation.

Penn, 50, told People.com: 'The support of President Clinton and the Clinton Foundation is an extraordinary boost in our organisation's ability to continue its work in Haiti. [link]

Former presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush were among the first dignitaries to visit Haiti after the earthquake.

"From the beginning the Clinton Foundation staff and leadership have generously shared expertise and essential logistical support," said Penn who spent 6 months helping out in a refugee camp.

Meanwhile, Wyclef, who failed at his attempt to get his hands on Haiti's money as its president, is off somewhere making music videos and faking hospital visits for attention.

Tameka "Tiny" and Clifford "T.I." Harris hosted a private luncheon at Luckie Lounge on Sunday, Oct. 3rd. All proceeds went to benefit T.I. and Tiny's For The Love of Our Fathers Foundation to continue the fight against Alzheimer's disease.

Guest speakers included Tiny Harris' mom Diane Cottle, who is the primary caregiver for Tiny's dad Charles Pope who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.


As some of you know, T.I.'s dad, Clifford Joseph Harris Sr., passed away from Alzheimer's. So working with the foundation is a labor of love for T.I., Tiny and Diane.

There were performances by Tiny's group the OMG Girlz and Jazmine (QT Jazz).

For more info, visit www.fortheloveofourfathers.org

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Loyal readers Emma and Frederick are the lucky winners of tickets to T.I. and Tiny's Alzheimer's Foundation luncheon this Sunday at Luckie Lounge!

Special guest speakers at the luncheon include Tiny's mom, Diane Pope, who is the main caregiver for Tiny's dad, Charles Pope, who has Alzheimer's.

Additionally, there will be special performances by Xscape Members cough*TINY*cough, as well as OMG GIRLZ and Qt Jazz!

To those of you who are interested in attending the luncheon on Sunday, RSVP Shashicka@aol.com to reserve tickets. Luncheon tickets are $100.

Thank you so much to every one who submitted their touching stories of the loved ones they lost to this terrible disease. I was very much moved by your emails and I wish I could give you all tickets to the luncheon.

Loyal reader Emma writes:

Hi Sandra,

My name is Emma _________ and I am 50 years. My dad died of Alzheimer three years ago July 23rd in Chicago. He was 87 years old. He spent the last 5 years of his life in a nursing home, but he was very bless because he was showered with love from his family.

I can so relate to Tiny and her father. When I watch the show it brings tears to my eyes, because it like I am looking at our life on the TV. I relocated to Atlanta from Chicago in 2003 and my sister Shawn was left with a big part of the responsibility of taking care of Dad and she did a wonderful job without complaining. My sister moved here about a year ago and it would be a privilege for us to attend the Alzheimer Luncheon.

Thanks

Emma

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A cereal company is recalling limited edition boxes of Chad Ochocinco Toasted Oats cereal after charitable donors who thought they were calling a charity got connected to a sex line instead.

The number on the box is supposed to connect callers to an organization called Feed the Children.

But instead of being connected to the charity organization, the callers hear a steamy seductress offering services that are far from charitable.

Feed the Children receives a certain percentage of the proceeds from sales of the cereal.

Ochocinco told a local station that the number printed on the boxes was clearly a mistake.

But I don't know about that. Chad has been known to pull other attention grabbing stunts in the past.

Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. said Thursday it was pulling all Ochocinco cereal boxes from its grocery shelves because of the error. Some local stores had them on special display after the launch about a month ago.

Tara Sands of Reading, Ohio, told WCPO-TV and the Cincinnati Enquirer that her family called the number on the box hoping to learn more about the charity.

"We don't need anything to give our Bengals a bad name, especially Chad," Sand told WCPO. "He's obviously trying to do something great by doing this [for] 'Feed The Children.' "

It's hard to believe that no one checked the number before the boxes were sent to stores.

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If you have lost a loved one to Alzheimer's disease, you can win a chance to attend a private luncheon this weekend given by T.I. and Tiny for their Alzheimer's foundation.

Just email me with your story at sandra @ sandrarose.com (remove the spaces).

Two winners will be selected on Friday (Oct. 1). Winners may bring one guest each. Please do not enter this contest if you do not live in the Atlanta area and are unable to attend.



Troubled rapper Kanye West and his Muse Selita Ebanks attended the 2010 New Yorkers For Children Fall Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in NYC last night. Kanye's reps continue to insist the couple are "just friends," but Kanye is doing his best to put forward the notion that there is more than just air between them.

We've been through this song and dance before, back in 2008 when rumors cropped up that they were dating.

Selita posed with Honoree Keith Bullock of the NY Giants at the black tie charity affair.

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