Bad news, ladies. Shaun T, right, the creator of 'INSANITY' Workout DVD has married his longtime boyfriend, Scott Blokker, left. Thenewcivilrightsmovement.com blog writes that Shaun T was a dancer for singer Mariah Carey.

I know this is shocking news for some of you women. I'll give you a moment to pull yourselves together...

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Rap mogul Tip "T.I." Harris celebrated his 32nd birthday at a private birthday bash held at the posh $19 million mansion of local businessman Lee Najjar. Celebrities in the house included Tip's wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, who hosted the party; Sean Combs, Young Jeezy, Miguel, Kevin Liles, Mike Kaiser, Terrence J, Nelly, Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks and her husband, Apollo Nida; Yo Gotti, Trae the Truth, Josh Smith, Lil Duval, Big Boi, Bobby V, Mimi Faust, Ariane (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta), Erica Davis, Jazze Pha, Ed Lover, Funk Master Flex, DJ Drama, Green Lantern, DJ MLK, Jarvis, Trina, Karen Civil, BET Hip Hop Awards executive producer Stephen Hill; V-103 GM Reggie Rouse, local club promoter Big Mike, and more!
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The decision wasn't easy, but after reading through the emails sent in by my readers, one email stood out apart from the rest. The winning essay was written by EJ Flemmon! EJ will receive a $300 AKOO gift card and an invite to Tip Harris' private birthday bash on Saturday.

But that's not all. In addition to dressing EJ in a wardrobe by AKOO, T.I. also threw in a pair of Beats By Dr Dre Solo HD headphones! Click the link below to read EJ's excellent winning essay!

Thank you to everyone who sent in essays!

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Sept. 25 is rap mogul T.I. Harris's 32nd birthday, and his birthday celebration will coincide with BET's 2012 Hip Hop Awards Weekend in Atlanta!

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 searching for a fresh young face to interview celebrities for Sandrarose.com's live video Ustream from T.I.'s birthday bash!

The winner will receive a free wardrobe from Kandi Burruss' TAGS Boutique, hair and face whipped to perfection by Derek J's J Spot Salon, and more!

T.I. didn't want to leave the men out. One lucky male Sandrarose.com reader will receive a $300 AKOO gift card that is redeemable online!

The response has been great so far! Click the link to see some of the video submissions!

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The anticipation is building for T.I. Harris' official birthday celebration at a private location next weekend. T.I.'s birthday bash will coincide with BET's 2012 Hip Hop Awards Weekend in Atlanta!

The search is on for a fresh young face to represent the Sandrarose.com brand on the red carpet. The winner will receive a free wardrobe from Kandi Burruss' TAGS Boutique!

T.I. didn't want to leave the men out: one lucky male Sandrarose.com reader will receive a $300 AKOO gift card that is redeemable online!

To win the $300 AKOO gift card, just send an email to info @ sandrarose.com explaining in 400 words or less why you should win the new AKOO wardrobe worth $300!

Please read the Sandrarose.com Contest Rules & Conditions. Good luck!!

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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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Today would have been Whitney Houston's 49th birthday. To celebrate the passing of an icon, the cast of her last movie, SPARKLE -- Omari Hardwick, Derek Luke, and Mike Epps -- sang Happy Birthday to Whitney, at the request of former Atlanta madam, CJ, of Bossip.

SPARKLE opens nationwide on August 17.

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Last night, R&B Diva Monica Brown threw a surprise party for her mom, Marilyn Best's 61st birthday! Mrs. Best was beautiful, and she doesn't look a day over 40! Monica invited family and friends to Aria restaurant in Buckhead to celebrate the elegant occasion. Mo said her mom was "excited and super surprised" to see everyone.

Mo writes:

Hey Sandra, last night I gave my mom a surprise birthday party at Aria. She turned 61 years old. We had an amazing time and she was excited and super surprised. We as a family are very close but it was ultra special that my step father came after having surgery just yesterday as well. She was surrounded by love !!! Here are some of the pictures in case you wanted to post.

Rocko & Romelo's Mommy

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Who else thought Bobby Brown and his manager/baby mama, Alicia Etheridge were already married? The lovebirds made it official during an intimate ceremony in Hawaii over the weekend. Bobby's son, Bobby Jr. tweeted this pic on Instagram.

According to E! Online, all of Bobby's children, except his estranged daughter Bobbi Kristina, attended the ceremony. Bobbi was reportedly shooting scenes with her boyfriend Nick Gordon in New York for her forthcoming Lifetime reality series, The Houston Chronicles.

BK reportedly stopped talking to her father after the sudden death of her mother Whitney Houston on Feb. 11 in Las Vegas.

Bobby and Alicia have one son together, Cassius, 3.


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  • Photo: Instagram

    Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, 28, married his longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, in a secret ceremony at their $7 million Palo Alto, CA home on Saturday -- one day after his Facebook IPO made him $10 billion dollars richer.

    But the Zuckerbergs' honeymoon is already over.

    Just 2 days after Facebook's Wall Street underwriters scrambled to purchase over 300 million shares to keep Facebook's IPO afloat at $38, the stock opened 2 percent lower in pre-market trading this morning.

    The social network made history with it's initial public offering on Friday, but Morgan Stanley, Facebook's chief underwriter, was forced to buy millions of shares to keep the stock at it's opening price. While that type of stock manipulation may sound illegal, it is perfectly legal according to Wall Street analysts.

    Now there are new concerns that Facebook stocks will start trading at below it's IPO value when the bell rings on Wall Street at 9:30 a.m. If that happens, small time investors who purchased the stock on Friday will lose big.


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  • Rapper Gucci Mane celebrated his 32nd birthday last night at Dream Nightclub in South Beach. Gucci celebrated his birthday with rapper Busta Rhymes and a bevy of beautiful groupies. The birthday celebration was presented by The S/E Groupe.

    According to sources, Gucci is undergoing painful laser treatments to have that ice cream cone tattoo removed from his face. Kudos to Gucci Mane for getting his grown man on!

    Photos by Urbanpartylife.com

    Valentine's Day is the one day out of the year when real men go all out to express their love for their faithful and submissive women. But rapper T.I. doesn't wait for valentine's Day, he expresses his love and gratitude for Tiny all year 'round. So what does a man give as a Valentine's gift to his wife who already has everything? Why not give her roses that are taller than she is, that are only grown in specific parts of the country and must be flown in on ice?

    In addition to the flowers, T.I. also hired a musician to serenade Tiny at an intimate dinner at home. And he filled the house with flowers, as well as gifts from Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and other high end shops. Isn't LOVE Grand? :yes:

    Photos source: Instragram

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    Actress Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, will renew their wedding vows after 17 years of marriage atop the Empire State Building on Monday, reports Page Six.

    Celebrity event-and-wedding planner Colin Cowie, who designed the couple’s 1995 LA nuptials, will also coordinate the private affair.

    When Holly hits the red carpets in Hollywood, she is often photographed with only 3 of her children; Ryan, 12, Robinson, 7, and Roman, 5.

    Holly and Peete are also parents to an autistic child, RJ, 13, who was diagnosed when he was 3. RJ is Ryan's fraternal twin.

    The Robinsons said RJ's diagnosis hit them both very hard.

    Holly said: “We went through this emotional connection, and we just cried in each other’s arms. We didn’t know what the hell this autism thing was. We were both in denial for a few weeks.” Rodney added: “I stayed angry and blamed the doctor and was still in denial—while Holly basically rolled up her sleeves and did what needed to be done.”

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    Miami Heat basketball star Dwyane Wade celebrated his 30th birthday at the Setai Hotel in Miami Beach last night. The point guard who is hobbled by a nagging ankle injury was joined by his longtime girlfriend (and part-time babysitter) Gabrielle Union; his teammates LeBron James and Chris Bosh; singer Kelly Rowland, rappers T.I., Rick Ross, Flo Rida, and about 400 family and friends.
    Photo: Keshishian / London Ent./SPLASH

    If you're a regular reader, you know I'm big on body language. Could Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade's bodies be more in tune with each other? See how their bodies mirror each other, and their eyes are closed. Their body language reveals a couple who are in complete bliss without a care in the world at that very moment.

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    V-103 morning show co-host Frank Ski threw a birthday bash for his wife, Tanya Rodriguez on Saturday at his popular Frank Ski Restaurant & Lounge in midtown Atlanta. Celebs such as Antonia Wright and the Braxton sisters (Braxton Family Values) stopped by to wish Tanya a happy 30th birthday.

    We were surprised to see Trina Braxton accompanied by her husband, Gabe Solis (far right), after she caught him cheating online. Maybe Trina accepts the fact that most men are genetically pre-wired to cheat in order to further the human species (but that's for another blog post).

    Frank Ski's Restaurant & Lounge is located at 2110 Peachtree Rd. in NW Atlanta. The restaurant offers Southern food and features outdoor patios and private dining as well as a bar and lounge area.

    See more pics at ExclusiveAccess.net!

    Photos by ExclusiveAccess.net

    LeBron James celebrated his 27th birthday on New Year's Eve by proposing to his longtime girlfriend, Savannah Brinson, at the Shelborne Beach Resort in Miami Beach, Florida.

    According to SPLASH News, this is the cake that was made for NBA player Lebron James' 27th birthday. The call was made 2 days before the party. The instructions: make a birthday cake that is fit for a King. The baker, Alethea Hickman, (pictured above with her royal creation) was promised publicity for her bakery Hickman's Passion for Pastry. The Shelborne would receive the $3,000 cake as a freebie in exchange.

    But Hickman was surprised to see a different cake in photos tweeted worldwide on Twitter.com on Jan. 1. After getting in touch with James' people, Hickman was told her work wasn't fit for the king: "It just wasn't what was expected. When LeBron's people saw it, they just didn't want to use it and decided to bring their own cake."

    The cake is ugly, but at least she got the free publicity.

    Photo: Splash News Online

    Legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin, 69, is set to walk down the aisle for a fourth time. According to published reports, the Queen of Soul, who has a spotty history with men, is engaged to her "longtime friend" William “Willie” Wilkerson.

    “We’re looking at June or July for our date, and no I’m not pregnant, LOL!,” Franklin said in a statement.

    We checked public records and we found out that Mr. Wilkinson is only 54 years old. It's clear from Ms. Franklin's previous relationships with younger men that she tends to fall hard for smooth talkers who escort her down the aisle and later waltz out of her life with a substantial alimony check.

    Ms. Franklin suffered a medical setback in January of last year after allegedly undergoing weight loss surgery. She later released statements denying the weight loss surgery rumors. But according to Beverly Hills-based surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Koplin, in an interview with Fox News, such a drastic weight loss is next to impossible without surgical intervention.

    'Braxton Family Values' star Tamar Braxton, 35, and her husband, Vincent Herbert, were spotted celebrating the New Year in Times Square, NYC. As we previously told you, Vince is unable to travel or leave New York because he is still receiving outpatient treatment for a blood clot in his lungs. No doubt Vince is thankful to be alive after his ordeal.

    According to a source close to their camp, Vince is living temporarily in a hotel close to NY Cornell hospital where he receives blood thinners and gets his therapeutic blood levels checked daily. As a result of his illness, Vince reportedly lost over 50 lbs. But it looks like he gained most of it back.

    Tamar, who has a home in Atlanta, visits Vince in New York often. The couple will star in their own TV series on the WE tv network titled 'Tamar and Vince'. The show begins production in March.

    Photos: Splash News Online

    Miami Heat star LeBron James, 27, popped the question to his high school sweetheart and mother of his two boys, Savannah, 26, during a private dinner in Miami last night. The couple, who've been together for 8 years, did it the right way: by waiting until they knew it was the right time for both of them.

    Most marriages fail because couples mistakenly believe that great Dopamine-fueled sex means they are compatible for life. But once the chemicals stop flowing in their brains, they realize they have nothing in common, and they are left wondering what they ever saw in each other in the first place.

    Singer Katy Perry and actor Russell Brand said the reason their 14-month marriage failed was because "it just wasn't there any more." Katy and Russell are a classic example of immature people who confused great sex for love.

    Women are especially at fault because a woman believes any man is her "property" as soon as he hits it. True love is more than just great sex. Intelligent men and women know better than to trust their emotions when making life changing decisions.

    Actress Gabrielle Union and Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade are another couple who have chosen to wait before jumping the broom.

    LeBron and Savannah shared their big night with their oldest son, Bronny, 7.

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    NBA star LeBron James brought in the New Year with a bang by proposing to his high school sweetheart, Savannah Brinson, tonight, according to a tweet by radio host Angela Yee.

    Yee updated her tweet with an Instagram photo showing an emotional Savannah accepting a ring from LeBron, who popped the question during dinner at the SL nightclub in Miami.

    LeBron, 27, and Savannah, 26, have two boys together, Bronny, 7, and Bryce, 4. The family moved into a $9 million mansion in Coconut Grove, a suburb of Miami, after LeBron signed as a free agent with the Miami Heat in 2010.

    In recent months, Savannah made a noticeable transition from the sweet, demure, wholesome girl that LeBron had crushed on as a star high school jock in Ohio. Savannah began to act out in public by wearing revealing, provocative clothing.

    Most recently, Savannah had tongues wagging when she tweeted a pic of herself attending a Miami Heat game wearing an eye-catching black miniskirt. I guess all that acting out worked: LeBron proposed 3 days later.

    All jokes aside, we here at Sandrarose.com are very happy for Savannah, and we extend our heartfelt congratulations to the happy couple! :}

    Photo: Angela Yee

    According to Z1079, singer Keyshia Cole Gibson celebrated her 30th birthday with her hubby, Daniel Gibson, and friends over the weekend in Cleveland, Ohio. The happy couple celebrated Keyshia's birthday with an 80s-themed bash at Tavo Martini Loft last night.

    The pics from the party look like they were taken with somebody's cell phone. But you can see the rest of the photos here.

    Michael Jackson's three children, Paris, 13, Prince, 14, and Michael Joseph, Jr., aka Blanket, 9, introduced singer Beyoncé at their father's "Forever Michael" tribute concert in Cardiff, England yesterday.

    The kids were brought onstage by comedian/actor Jamie Foxx, accompanied by their uncle Jermaine's sons, and auntie LaToya Jackson, 55.

    "We're very happy to be here on this special night to honor our father," said Paris, who, along with her bothers wore outfits inspired by the King of Pop.

    "She's always pushing the envelope with her boundless energy and talent," she said of Bey, who wore an afro wig and phoned her performance in from an undisclosed location in the U.S.

    Paris, right, plays in her brother Blanket's hair

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    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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    "T.I." Harris and his wife Tiny Harris attended his AKOO Clothing And Grand Hustle Entertainment First Annual "A King Of Oneself Brunch" held at the luxury Mansion hotel on Peachtree street in Atlanta on Sunday, Oct.2nd. The occasion was also the celebration of T.I.'s 30th birthday.

    "T.I." Harris, his mother, Violeta Morgan, and rapper Nelly attended T.I.'s AKOO Clothing First Annual "A King Of Oneself Brunch" brunch held at the Mansion hotel in Atlanta

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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!