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
Be True Photography


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.