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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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You + 1 Guest Are Invited...To A Private Advanced Screening of LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA This Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 - 7PM at FRANK SKI'S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, 2110 Peachtree Road in midtown Atlanta.

You, the cast of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, and other VIPs, will be among the first to screen the premiere episode of LHH Atlanta before it premieres next Monday, June 18!

RSVP IS REQUIRED! You will be turned away at the door if you don't have an invite. If you are my lucky winner please plan to arrive promptly at 7PM. If you're late you won't get in!

To win a private invite, leave a comment in this post and tell me why you think you should win the invite! Good luck!

Special thanks to MusicBusinessPolitics.com for the invitations!

You can be one of 10 lucky readers to win an autographed copy of Monica's New Life CD! New Life is Monica's seventh studio album, which is in stores tomorrow (April 10)!

All you have to do to win Monica's New Life CD is be a registered member of Sandrarose.com, and correctly name the make of the watch that Jay Z is wearing in the pic after the break. The first 10 registered SR members who correctly name the make of the watch wins (you don't have to know the model of the watch). Those of you who date ballers will instantly recognize the distinctive bezel and end pieces on the watch's band.

Blue Ivy's parents Beyonce, 30, and Jay-Z, 43, were spotted while on holiday near Nikki Beach in St. Barth over the weekend. Beyonce made news last week when she launched her personal Tumblr page featuring pictures which were supposed to clear up the pregnancy rumors. But the pictures only succeeded in muddying up the waters even more. The pictures that I saw on another blog shows Photoshopped pics of Bey's belly, or pics of her in silhouette. clearly she thinks her Stans are as stupid as she is. It doesn't matter how many pics Beyonce posts on her Tumblr page: she was never pregnant with Blue Ivy. Now, what she should do is cut the crap and put up the pics of her surrogate.

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Yesterday, Tameka "Tiny" Harris' publicist reached out to Sandrarose.com with the great news that Tiny is expanding her successful Tiny's Nail Bar to a new location.

"We are so excited about the success of Family Hustle and especially proud of Tameka as a business woman, mother, wife, producer and executive producer," wrote Tenisha Ramos of Somar Entertainment in an email.

"As an entreprenuer giving back to the community Tameka is looking for 10 nail technicians and a Spa Manager," she announced.

Tameka is also announcing the winner of her Family Hustle giveaway February 6, 2012 on her Twitter page for the best Family Hustle story. People can register by going to www.tinysnails.com or www.hypehair.com.

Above is an exclusive photo of Tiny by celebrity photographer Nicky Woo from Tiny's feature in EBONY magazine this month.

Also, congrats to Crystal (loyal SR member Twilight), who was named Tameka's new media manager!

Yesterday, T.I. released this trailer for his much-anticipated mixtape titlted F*ck Da City Up. The mixtape drops at midnight on T.I.'s official website, Trapmuzik.com, and on Twitter.com.

I've never heard of a trailer for a mixtape, but we're talking about the innovator, T.I., who sets the standard for these other lessors to try and catch up.

Since it's so close to Christmas -- and I did promise one more giveaway this year -- I've decided to give away 1 $500 Saks Fifth Avenue gift card to each of the first 2 readers who correctly answers the following 2 questions (you can answer one or both questions).

You must be a registered member of Sandrarose.com blog to enter. The gift cards cannot be redeemed for cash or additonal gift cards. Saks gift cards are good for purchases made at Saks Fifth Avenue stores, OFF 5TH stores or online at Saks.com.

1. What timepiece is T.I. wearing in the pic below.

2. Why do ballers love wearing this particular watch?

Source

Loyal reader BK2ATLMAN wrote in to let us know all about his experiences at T.I.'s "A King Of Oneself" Birthday Brunch on Sunday, October 2nd!

Hey Sandra.

I just wanted to thank you again for the tickets. It was a great event. Before I tell all the details, I also wanted to give a shout out to Hannah Kang, who welcomed me and my business partner, made sure we had our table and was just an overall great person. Cute smile too...

She even made sure T.I knew I was the winner and brought him to my table to chop it up a bit. Also it was recorded for his [reality] TV show.

The Good:

The place was beautiful, everything was setup perfect. There was an open Ciroc bar, so that was one of my best friends throughout the day. Can't believe everyone was getting sauced that early in the day. The food was good, except for some egg seafood thing that just wasn't the business. The chicken breast was the bomb, but after a couple bites it was done.

More Good:
My table was the bomb, on the left of me I had the A&R from badboy and on the right side of me I had Shawn Holiday from Interscope, who I already knew. I made tons of new connections and might have to cut you a check in the near future.. lol.

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Congratulations to loyal reader BK2ATLMAN!

BK2ATLMAN and a guest will dine with T.I. and other invited guests at the 1st Annual "A King Of Oneself" Brunch hosted by T.I. and Amar'e Stoudemire this Sunday (Oct. 2) at a private location! He will receive a bottle of Ciroc courtesy of Sean "Diddy" Combs. He will also be measured for a special gift from T.I.'s AKOO clothing line. This brunch will be an event that he will never forget!

Special thanks to Grand Hustle, Ciroc, Beats By Dre and MusicbusinessPolitics!

Rapper T.I. was released from an Atlanta halfway house this morning where he finished up a 11 month sentence for violating his probation. T.I. turned 31 last weekend, but he plans a series of parties to celebrate his birthday. The BET Hip Hop awards is also this weekend in Atlanta and there will be parties all over the city. But the biggest tickets in town are the ones to T.I.'s parties.

On Sunday, Oct. 2, T.I. will join his family and friends for a private brunch hosted by T.I. and NY Knicks star Amar'e Stoudemire!

The brunch is sponsored by AKOO, Ciroc, Beats by Dre and MusicBusinessPolitics. Sandrarose.com was given two VIP invites for one lucky reader and a guest to attend T.I.'s AKOO brunch on Sunday!

To win the VIP invites, just follow these simple steps:

  • Follow @TIP on Twitter.com
  • Follow @MsHannahkang on Twitter.com
  • Copy & paste the following tweet on Twitter.com
  • @sandrarose is giving away two VIP invites to @Tip's AKOO brunch on http://sandrarose.com

  • Leave a comment listing your 5 favorite T.I. songs in this post
  • Make sure you list your Twitter name so I can check to see if you followed the instructions!
  • The contest ends at 8p.m. tonight (Sept. 29). The winner will be selected using Random.org and announced tomorrow morning (Sept. 30). So you have Friday and Saturday to pick out your outfit!

    Sorry, but this contest is only open to Sandrarose.com readers who are registered on this blog.

    Good luck! :)

    Last night was the season premiere of "Dancing With the Stars" on ABC, featuring the first transgender dancer and TV's favorite defense attorney.

    Following the first round of dances, Nancy Grace, Ron Artest of the LA Lakers, Khloe's younger brother Rob Kardashian, and transgender Chaz Bono are all tied for dead last in the competition. One of them will go home tonight.

    It''s hard to say which one out of the four was the worst dancer. But since they are all novices at it, they deserve kudos for at least stepping up to bat.

    Chaz's introduction was a slap in the face to the supporters who said children wouldn't know whether she was a male or female.

    As the producers flashed a cute pic of her as a little girl, Bono mentioned that she was born a female, and now thinks she's a man, despite retaining her female productive organs.

    Good luck explaining that one to your kids!

    Watch the videos of the first dances after the break.

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    Our lucky Louis Vuitton winner, Keysha Willis, stopped by Lenox Square Mall over the weekend to claim her Louis Vuitton Montorgueil PM handbag. My apologies to Keysha for the runaround this weekend. We initially told her to meet us at Atlantic Station at 2pm. Then we changed the time to 3 and 4, and finally we called Keysha and asked her to meet us at Lenox where we were doing last minute shopping for Alex Gidewon's ultra private birthday party tonight.

    Keysha was a good sport, and she was so happy when she saw her bag! She said, "Thank you! Oh wow! Oh my God, this bag is thousand dollars? This is really nice! I like Keysha. She deserves this bag because she cares about others and puts others first! Bless you Keysha!

    Thank you to Prince Williams of ATLPics.net for the pics!

    Photos by Prince Williams/ATLPics.net

    Thank you so much to all of my caring readers who shared their stories of empathy and compassion for those of us who are less fortunate. I received over 100 submissions for my Louis Vuitton handbag giveaway! I wish I could award a LV bag to everyone who entered, but there can only be one winner.

    Despite the fact that only one of you will win the bag, just know that you are ALL WINNERS in the hearts of the people and loved ones that you have touched with your kindness and generosity!

    The submissions for the Louis Vuitton handbag giveaway were the most enlightening and heartwarming I've ever received. Some of the emails broke my heart.

    It was difficult to choose just one winner from the many great entries, but I decided to give the handbag to Keysha Willis!

    Keysha's heartwarming story of unselfish compassion for her adopted sons touched my heart, and I hope it touches yours as well! I have included her letter after the break.

    Keysha will have 24 hours to claim her prize by emailing sandra @ sandrarose.com! If we don't hear from Keysha, a new winner will be announced tomorrow.

    Thanks again to everyone who entered and may you continue to enrich others through the joy of giving! There will be another giveaway in the coming months, so please check back!

    Special thanks to Tavius Elder at Louis Vuitton!

    Update: We we were contacted by our winner yesterday. Here's an excerpt of what she wrote:

    It was great reading all of the well wishes from your readers! One of them even sent me a facebook message to tell me I'd won and to hurry up and contact you! LOL!!

    Keysha Willis

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    This contest has ended and the email box has been disabled. No more essay submissions will be accepted. A winner will be chosen on Friday, July 29!

    Thank you to everyone who entered! We wish we could choose more than one winner from the amazing submissions! The lucky winner will be announced on Friday, July 29, right here on Sandrarose.com! The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize. If the prize is not claimed, an alternate winner will be chosen.

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    I have a winner for my Sandrarose.com Pays Your Car Note Contest! The lucky winner is loyal reader Kandrea C.! Kandrea's May 2011 car payment will be paid in the amount of $434.71.

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest! If Kandrea doesn't claim her prize by submitting her PayPal info within 24 hours, the prize will go to the next runner up.

    Here is the contest question again:

    In light of the fact that Muslim men have 2 or more wives who are obedient, fruitful and multiply; should American wives go back to being submissive if their husbands go back to being providers for their families?

    And here is Kandrea's thoughtful answer:

    While there are many women who have no problem with staying at home and being the sole household provider, I believe that women can be submissive to their men without giving up their independence so men can be providers. Women do not have to stay at home to be obedient, fruitful and multiply. In a marriage or relationship, one should be submissive to their partner as a form of respect to the other.

    Partners have to be submissive to each other because not one person will be all knowledgeable in one aspect of the relationship. Husbands/fathers should feel obligated to provide for their families because they are the patriarch and foundation. Also this is not the age of “June Cleaver and Donna Reed” where women are supposed to spend their days cooking, cleaning, and joining women leagues. If we are going back to being submissive in the household, we might as well sleep in the same room in twin beds.

    Share your world with someone who deserves to be in it

    UPDATE:

    The contest has ended. Thanks for entering! Any emails received after this point will be deleted. The email box has been disabled.

    Most of you splurged heavily on Mother's Day gifts for your moms or that special lady in your life yesterday. So the last thing you need to worry about is a car note payment this month, right?

    As our way of saying thanks for being a loyal Sandrarose.com reader, we will pay a one (1) month car note or car lease payment for one lucky reader (subject to the conditions as set forth in these official rules) not to exceed $500 (five hundred dollars).

    To be eligible to win, you must be a Georgia resident who lives within a 25 mile radius of Atlanta (sorry, that's for legal purposes).

    You must submit via email a copy of your next car loan or car lease payment due, such as from a car payment book issued by a valid bank, credit union or car dealership that operates within Atlanta, Georgia, with the next payment due date falling between May 1, 2011 and June 15, 2011.

    Send your entry to carnote @ sandrarose.com (remove the spaces). You may enter only one time during the contest period.

    The contest begins today, Monday, May 9 at 12 noon ET, and ends today at 5pm ET. The winner will be chosen from a random drawing on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. The winner will be notified via email on Wednesday, May 11.

    No purchase is necessary, and you don't have to be a registered member of this blog in order to enter the drawing.

    Click here to read the terms and conditions.

    Good luck!

    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.