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Pop Icon Lady GaGa searched her closet for her Sunday best to wear to her interview on 'The View' today. Lady GaGa was dressed in Houndstooth from head to toe, literally. Every surface of her body was adorned in the familiar black and white checked pattern -- including her fingernails and sun shades!

When singer Usher Raymond wants to know how his money is working for him, he goes to Wall Street to see for himself. I'm kidding. Usher rang the opening bell during MTV's 30th Birthday celebration at the New York Stock Exchange this morning in New York City.
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Loyal reader, and this past weekend's Morning Glory, Shay Elise, writes:

Greetings Sandra!

I just wanted to reach out to you once again, and express my deepest gratitude! The feedback from you posting me as your "Morning Glory" has been overwhelmingly positive and inspirational. I'm still in shock that you chose me, but I'm so honored you did! Your readers are great, positive people, who have reached out to me just to say, "Keep Grinding!" God Bless you Sandra.

I'm forever in your debt;)

Best Regards,
Shay Elise

P.S.- I saw a couple people ask about the tattoo on my chest. It's of me and mother when I was a baby, it represents the hardest times in my life. And it reminds me who helped me get through those. I wanted her forever close to my heart.:)

Songstress Mariah Carey-Cannon loves everything about her Marriah Carey Collection. The Diva spent 8 hours on the Home Shopping Network hawking her wares earlier this week. Some say she was drunk on live television, but it may just be that Carey was drunk off the sweet smell of success? Her exclusive collection of Target-style clothing, shoes and fragrances are selling quite well, thank you.

Anyway, Rich over at fourfour blog (he also writes for the VH1 entertainment blog) put together this 5-minute clip of the hundreds of times Carey mentions the word "love" during the show. Enjoy.

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Singer Ashanti recently tweeted her plans to release her fifth studio album on her own label (Written Entertainment). Her last album, 2008's The Declaration, spawned the singles "The Way That I Love You", "Good Good" and "Body On Me" featuring Nelly and Akon. The Declaration sold 89K n the first week and has yet to go gold.

Yesterday, Ashanti, 30, released her album artwork for the as yet untitled project. Ashanti luxuriates on a beach wearing a parachute dress and her weave upswept in a dookie braid bun. She looks beautiful. Ashanti is doing a great job keeping herself relevant.

MORE Ashanti Morning Glory pics after the break! (Some pics may not be safe for work!)

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So So Def rapper Da Brat recently revealed her feminine side in a 'Summer Chic' shoot for VIBE.com. The Chicago native, born Shawntae Harris, 37, maintains that despite her usual tomboy style, getting girlie is second nature to her.

Was it uncomfortable transitioning into a "sex symbol" or is this just another side of you that we never see?

I'm such a fucking lady. I loved to get glammed up. I love manis and pedis. I like to go to Vicky Secrets and La Perla because I like lace and bikinis. I'm such a P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thug)

What is your favorite body part?

I don't have just one. I love all parts of my body! But on a man, I love the Adonis line. It's just so sexy!

Source: Saptosa Foster | The 135th Street Agency

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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Rihanna was spotted outside her New York hotel wearing denim cutoffs and a plaid button down shirt. It's amazing how you can see all of a woman's flaws when you no longer like her. Rihanna's legs look like meat hooks. Not sexy at all. :no:

Nicki Minaj was spotted in Miami on her way to open up for Britney Spears in concert on Friday (July 22). Nicki makes sure she is no longer photographed with her loser boyfriend, Safaree Samuels, the one who bashed her in the mouth with her suitcase 2 weeks ago. He still travels with her though. But he carries his weed and drug paraphernalia in his own suitcase. Yes, that's a Louis Vuitton bag she's carrying. The shoes are hawt!

Photos: Splash News and INF PHOTO

Deion “Primetime” Sanders, 43, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame recently. So the former Florida State alumni and Atlanta Falcons standout came to back to Atlanta, where it all started for him, to celebrate his milestone achievement.

According to Tami of Talkingwithtami.com, Primetime's wife, Pilar, reality star Chilli, and numerous football players, past and present, came out to support their friend. The gala was held at the 200 Peachtree venue in downtown Atlanta, where red and black attire (Falcons colors) were a "strict" dress code requirement.

Deion and his stunning wife Pilar were decked out in coordinating outfits. Deion wore a burgundy shirt, black pinstriped suit with red buttons and a red, paisley-print tie. Pilar wore a black, flowing, backless evening gown with black designer stilettos. The mother of 3 looked fabulous!

In keeping with Deion's infamous overinflated ego, a boxing announcer stood on the red carpet to (loudly) announce the arrival of Primetime and his large entourage of family, friends and staff, who showed up on a decked out custom bus. Also in attendance were former Atlanta Braves great, Brian Jordan, and his expectant wife; TLC singer Chilli and her latest catch; and R&B singer Keith Sweat, who performed at the event.

Photos by Talkingwithtami.com

Reality TV star and entrepreneur Khloé Kardashian-Odom is a big fan of Sandrarose.com. Remember I told you that Khloé missed her friend Monica's wedding because she had to fly back East for personal reasons? Well, while in New York, Khloe found the time to attend the HPNOTIQ Harmonie launch party. She wore an Alexander McQueen Jacquard Butterfly cap-sleeve dress (retail: $1,275). This black, blue, and white kaleidoscopic butterfly body fitted dress features a rounded neckline and capped sleeves.

Source: UpscaleHype

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Just as I predicted, mentally unstable Casey Anthony learned today that she will not walk free from prison after being acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony. Judge Belvin Perry, who is black, gave the baby killer the maximum sentence for lying to authorities -- 4 years. With time served, Anthony will spend another year in her cramped 6x9 prison cell.

“As a result of those four separate and distinct lies, law enforcement expended a great deal of time, energy and manpower looking for young Caylee Marie Anthony,” Judge Belvin Perry said Thursday. “This search for her went on from July through December — over several months — trying to find Caylee Marie Anthony. Four distinct, separate, lies. Just as the jury spoke loud and clear on counts one, two and three on their verdict they also spoke loud and clear on the remaining counts.” Source

The media (and most Twitter users) believed Anthony would walk free today after receiving credit for time served. But luckily, Judge Belvin wasn't a bleeding heart liberal who believes in giving baby killers second chances.

When Anthony was acquitted of murdering her daughter, she wore a smartly tailored button down shirt by Lauren by Ralph Lauren. The Eunice long sleeved ruffled shirt is made of 100% cotton, with pretty ruffles at the front and elegant French cuffs with a shirttail hem.

I know all of this because I purchased the same shirt at Macy's just before Easter, at full price ($89.50). I was dismayed to see the same shirt on the sales rack for $44.99 less than 2 weeks later. It's still there if you want to own a piece of history, so to speak.

Update: according to a court clerk, Casey Anthony will be released from jail on July 13. But we haven't heard from the judge yet. So, we shall see.

Last week, loyal Sandrarose.com member April Lamons (BlackBarbie404) held a launch party for her new online business, GLAMSHOPOnline.com, at the M Bar in Atlanta. The event was sponsored by Seraphic, and the SR family came out to support. Some of my loyal readers didn't want to be identified (I'm not sure why), but eastpointvet, Suga Shay and Diva Mama were in the house!

From Press Release:

Women, picture yourself walking into your favorite retail outlet where your fashion couture taste buds are savoring because you find everything to your liking feeling you could roll your bed up in there and call it your closet. Well now you can do just that with GlamShopOnline.com – an online boutique featuring chic items for women that are both trendy and beautiful. From dresses, shoes, blouses, shorts, purses, jewelry and even hair pieces, Glam Shop Online will eliminate the broker offering the savings onto the customers who will be paying a fraction of what is paid for in current retreated fashion stores. Glam Shop Online will make sure that all items sold are current with the latest fashion trends, styles and forthcoming seasons all at an affordable cost while giving the ultimate online shopping experience.

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There is no doubt that singer Chris Brown influences the fashion style and trends in today's popular culture. I can't go anywhere with my MCM Visetos Cognac backpack, like the one Chris Brown has, without being stopped by young thugs asking me where I got it. I had to stop wearing it! Will Brown do the same for the brand new backpack from the Louis Stewart Collection?

The Rockstar backpack comes in black nubuck with leather pockets and leather trim, accessorized with Swarovski Crystals! Brown was spotted wearing the hawt backpack on the set of his new music video yesterday in Los Angeles. Every bag in the Louis Stewart Collection is handmade and custom ordered to your specifications and comes in a variety of colors and skins, including Ostrich and Gator!

This backpack can be yours if you hurry over to www.louisstewartcollection.com before it's sold out!

Thanks to Alex Thomas for the pics!

Kanye West recently signed 2 Nigerian artists to his G.O.O.D. Music label. One of them is D'banj, who, according to Upscale Hype, attended the 2011 BET Awards styled in a pair of Christian Louboutin Mika Raja flats ($2,395) from the Spring/Summer 2011 Collection. I would rather see a man dressed like D'banj than one dressed like those untamed beasts who roam the urban landscape with their pants hanging off their butts, like Lil Wayne and that ilk. We have to do better.

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In case you were wondering who dressed Hosea Chanchez for the BET Awards, wonder no more. AKOO styled the star of BET's 'The Game' for his red carpet appearance at the Shrine Auditorium in Hollywood.

From PRWeb.com:

Ralph Reynolds, Creative Director for AKOO Clothing and Vice President of RP55 Group, was commissioned to design a custom suit to be worn by Hosea Chanchez during his BET Awards presentation debut on June 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. “I’m honored that Hosea reached out me, I’ve been a big fan of his and the show The Game for quite some time,” states Reynolds. One of the unsung heroes and predecessors of urban fashion, Reynolds is responsible for launching brands such as RP55, Azzure Denim and Indigo Red. Currently, the RP55 Group ships over $20 million of apparel and accessories annually, including AKOO, Play Cloths and G-Shock. “Although urban fashion is what I’m known for, it’s a little known fact that men’s formal wear and luxury accessories are a passion point of mine. I’ve been designing custom garments for a select clientele for years. I enjoy working with Hosea because he exudes the AKOO mantra. He’s a confident and talented individual with a passion for community empowerment,” explains Reynolds.

Hosea Chanchez, star of BET’s hit sitcom The Game, is the founder of the WATCHMEWIN Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of urban youth through mentorship, leadership development, encouragement and empowerment. From actor, philanthropist and fashion trendsetter, Hosea is truly today’s modern man who wants to wear clothes that reflect his passion, personality and lifestyle.

Chris Brown doesn't care what any of you think. The troubled singer won the BET 2011 Fashion Disaster Award hands down for this outfit. I died laughing!

The concept behind singer Mary J Blige's frock started out well. But the design crashed and burned shortly after leaving the drawing board.

Actress Nia Long was simply glowing last night. But I am of the opinion that pregnant women shouldn't walk red carpets. There's nothing you can style them in that doesn't resemble a car cover.

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According to the NY Times' fashion writer Cathy Horyn, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade was perched in the front row today at Yves Saint Laurent show in Paris, France. She said he was "as friendly as he could be." But it was the snapshot above of Dwyane and her description of his attire that piqued our interest. She said, "I loved the splashy effect of his scarves against his light blue suit."

Splashy effect? Scarves? Light blue suit? She could have been describing Clay Aiken instead of the manly star guard. Is it any wonder that other bloggers have drawn their own conclusions that Dwyane Wade has tipped on over to the other side?

Isn’t he fresh off a break up with Gabrielle Union? Perhaps between that and the loss of the championship has caused him to wander around looking extra. As a single father, I’m sure he doesn’t have time to dress his self.(SARCASM) Obviously, he was dressed by a stylist. This suit is light blue. Yes, I said light blue and I don’t know about you guys but this looks suspect. Perhaps I’m reaching I tend to date guys in white tees so maybe I’m jaded.

Photos: Splash News Online and Cathy Horyn/NY Times

Style icon Kanye West posed with NBA superstar Dwyane Wade backstage at the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2012 show as part of Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France yesterday. Kanye sat next to singer Michael Stipe (of the band R.E.M.) at the show. Yeezy was a guest of Marc Jacobs who runs LV. Yes, I also thought Kanye and Louis Vuitton had a falling out, but I guess not. Singer Monica landed in Paris, France early this morning. Hopefully we'll see Mo attending some of the Paris fashion week events.

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Multimedia personality La La Vazquez is not a fan of the boughetto VH1 TV series 'Basketball Wives'. La La covers the premiere issue of Pynk magazine.

According to Cocoandcreme, Pynk magazine is "positioning itself as a glossy for trendsetting women whose love for urban music and culture inspires her style and in that vein, Lala Vazquez is a great fit."

It may be her style and above level intelligence that didn't mesh well with the type of women who would lower themselves for a little attention.

“I was offered a spot on the show. I turned it down. I have absolutely nothing against basketball wives, the show Basketball Wives, or anything like that. But I pride myself in being more than just a basketball wife. I understand that’s something that I am, but that’s not a title that I want to define me. I’d rather be known as a mom, a businesswoman, a producer, an actress, a TV host. I just felt like that didn’t fit who I was and where my career was trying to go.” Source

NBA superstar Dwayne Wade and his former girlfriend, actress Gabrielle Union, are still friends. As you know, the former lovebirds quietly split up a few months ago. But their breakup came to light when she didn't attend game 6 of the NBA Finals in Miami. In fact, trouble at home was believed to be the reason D. Wade didn't give his all on the basketball court. But Wade and Union sent each other lighthearted tweets today on the social networking website Twitter.com. Wade, 29, is in Milan, Italy with his stylist attending Milan Fashion Week events, while Gabby, 38, is off somewhere in the deep woods of the midwest filming a movie.

Photos: Wireimage.com

They say whatever happens in Dreamland stays in Dreamland. The ultra modern, Sandy Springs mansion is co-owned by music moguls Akon and Devyne Stephens. The men don't actually live in the mansion, they just hold memorable parties there. Such as the star-studded, Polynesian style, Fantasy Island bash that Devyne threw for his 40th birthday extravaganza on Sunday.

Dreamland's living room floor is transparent allowing guests to see the lush landscaping below.

Celebs in attendance included singers Akon, Ciara, Kandi Burruss, Timothy Bloom and V Bozeman, pictured above with actress LisaRaye ("Single Ladies"); rappers Too $hort and Yung Joc, Ron Devoe (New Edition) and his wife Shamari Fears (Blaque); Lakers star Ron Artest; Kasim Reed, the Mayor of Atlanta and more! I told you why singer Kelly Rowland wasn't there. But in case you missed that, click here. Devyne made his usual grand entrance, landing on his front lawn in a helicopter!

Hurry over to lifestyle blog Talkingwithtami.com and let Tami fill you in on what happened at the party!

Photos by Prince Williams of ATLPics.net and Talkingwithtami.com.

Did Kelly Rowland's estranged father suddenly figure out who she was? According to online reports, Kelly's biological dad, Christopher Lovett, who abandoned her when she was 7, wants to reunite with his daughter after 23 years.

Kelly, 30, whom everyone assumed was Mathews Knowles' spawn, remembers her real father as being abusive towards her mother.

"I remember my dad being drunk and aggressive towards my mom but not me," said the "Motivation" singer in a recent interview. "I don’t know if he knows who I am or what I’ve done. He must be hiding under a rock if he doesn’t.”

I told you in an earlier post that I once lived in the same apartment complex as Kelly's mom here in Atlanta. She was an older woman, in her 60s, with very short, salt and pepper hair. She would sit on her porch near the complex's front gates and wave as I drove by. It all makes sense now that I've seen a picture of Kelly's father.

At 65, Kelly's dad is no spring chicken himself. Decades of hard drinking has taken its toll on him. He walks with a stiff gait and a permanent foward lean as he cradles a framed photo of the grown woman he's never known. The old gent has apparently watched his daughter's meteoric rise out from behind Beyonce's shadow to worldwide superstar.

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Beyoncé, 29, landed at Nice airport in France yesterday to rehearse for her upcoming concerts there. Bey wore a striking black & white outfit from head to toe. She accessorized her outfit with a pair of sharp looking Gianmarco Lorenzi.

But it was her gaunt, sickly appearance that caught the attention of her fans in Europe and stateside. Beyoncé looked shockingly thin! A confidential source tells Sandrarose.com that Bey is worried sick about her new album, entitled '4'.

Her concerned fans took to blogs and message boards yesterday to discuss her sudden weight loss.

Even though she's half the woman she used to be, Beyoncé tried to put on a game face for her European fans.

According to a Columbia records source, the release date for Bey's fourth studio album has been pushed back to add a couple of dance tracks in hopes of appeasing her gay fans who are unhappy with the current product. The new release date will be announced sometime this week.

Originally posted on June 13, 2011 @ 9:10 a.m. This post was revised to reflect the following correction: in the original post, Beyonce's shoes were incorrectly identified as Versace.

If you've been wondering who influences the fashion tastes of the NBA's Big Three, Amar'e Stoudemire, LeBron James and Chris Bosh; meet their stylist, Rachel Johnson.

Johnson is a six-foot tall sista who parlayed her impeccable style and taste into a successful career as a personal shopper to celebs, such as Jamie Foxx, Puffy, Keyshia Cole, Ne-Yo and the Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire.

A quick Google search reveals that Johnson, 36, has put in her time picking out ties and matching socks for her friends and well-heeled clients:

After over a decade of working on countless photo shoots, videos, commercials and red carpet appearances, Rachel launched the Thomas Faison Agency with the goal to provide stylistic freedom for just about anyone who seeks it. She and her accomplished team of wardrobe visionaries “view style as intensely personal and a reflection of the individual.” Source

In this video, Rachel gives you an insider's peek into the closet of the Miami Heat's LeBron James. Watch as LeBron, who always has to have everyone's attention focused on him, interrupts Rachel repeatedly as she explains her styling techniques. Narcissists are annoying

Follow Rachel on Twitter @LovingRachel.

Photographers LOVE singer Kelly Rowland's classic beauty! They say Kelly inherited her regal features from her daddy, Mathew Knowles. But if that's the case, shouldn't her half sister Beyoncé look even half as gorgeous as she does?

I told you this morning that, according to a record label source, Beyoncé's '4' album release date was pushed back.

The latest rumor on Twitter.com is that Beyoncé pushed her album release back to July 26 to coincide with the same release date as Kelly's album! This is great news for fans of both singers. But you know that sibling rivalry can be intense!

Check out more photos from the Derek Blanks photo shoot here.

VIBE magazine's 'Sexy' issue continues the self-hating black male's obsession with all things LSLH (light skinned, long hair). VIBE's 'Sexy' issue, which hits newsstands in July, features Puffy Combs' concubine, Cassie, and pseudo-model Eva Pigord in monotonous, half nude photo spreads.

In my opinion, neither of these women are particularly sexy. Yes, they're cute, but they are not sexy by any stretch of the imagination.

Superstar Kelly Rowland is enjoying worldwide success as one of the most beautiful and gracious singers in the biz. Kelly was recently named one of the judges of British show 'X Factor'. She replaces Cheryl Cole who was fired last week. Kelly made her first official public appearance as a 'X Factor' judge at the Birmingham, England auditions for the wildly popular show yesterday. I was the only blogger who predicted that Kelly would one day be bigger than Beyonce. I want my props.

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A 16-year-old who won her modelling contract in a competition has been announced as the new face of Louis Vuitton, according to London's Daily Mail tabloid.

The naturally beautiful Zimbabwe-born Nyasha Maronhodze started modeling just two years ago after winning the UK Elite Model Look competition in London in 2009.

The tomboy was discovered by a fashion scout in the street in her Northamptonshire hometown and invited down to London to take part in the contest.

The schoolgirl, who arrived for her first casting wearing her school uniform - experienced a meteoric rise through the echelons of the fashion industry, with an impressive debut season that saw her walking for shows including Louise Gray, Clements Ribeiro, Jonathan Saunders during London Fashion Week SS11 as well as Loewe, Emanuel Ungaro, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and Louis Vuitton in Paris.

And now, the industry newcomer models couture clothes from Louis Vuitton's latest collection in a slick advertising campaign art directed by the label's creative head, Marc Jacobs and shot by world-renowned fashion photographer Stephen Meisel. Source

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Socialite Kim Kardashian and her fiance Kris Humphries attended their first event together since announcing their upcoming nuptials. The happy couple attended the Amber Fashion Show held at the Meridien Beach Plaza in Monte Carlo, Monaco yesterday.

Word coming out of R&B singer Rihanna's camp is that she's feeling a little flustered about her upcoming hosting gig at the new Vision nightclub and lounge Grand Opening in midtown Atlanta in July. I'm told she's nervous about hosting such an Epic event. She needn't be worried; I'm sure she will do a great job. The new Vision nightclub is the crown jewel of AG Entertainment's expanding portfolio. The nightclub and adjoining lounge will feature state of the art lighting and a sound system that rivals Las Vegas show venues! Requests for tickets are pouring in from as far away as NY and LA! If you know Alex or Elsa Gidewon, get on their guest lists now. Don't wait until tickets go on sale next month. Keep it right here on Sandrarose.com for more details on the new Vision grand opening!

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Sephora was the scene of the launch of the Carol's Daughter Spokesbeauty Monoi repairing collection on 34th street in NYC yesterday. Celebs such as Mary J Blige, Solange Knowles, Selita Ebanks and Puffy's concubine, Cassie Ventura, graced the red carpet as flash bulbs popped. Carol's Daughter's founder and CEO Lisa Price and Steve Stoute sparked controversy when they selected Solange, Selita and Cassie to be the spokesmodels for their hair care line.

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