According to Freshalina of Crunktastical.net, R&B singer Keyshia Cole's biological mom, Frankie Lons, filmed a video for her new dance single called "The Frankie Leg" -- just before jetting off to Hawaii to attend her daughter's second wedding to husband, Booby Gibson. Keyshia and Booby had a second wedding for their new reality series that comes out in the Fall. Their first wedding was held in Las Vegas a few months ago.
Frankie showed the youth her fancy footwork, and she also schooled the youngsters about respecting their elders. That message seems to be lost on our youth of today who have no respect for their elders or themselves. It's good to see Frankie doing so well.
According to TMZ.com, comedian Eddie Griffin waltzed down the aisle with his Tameka "Tiny" Harris look-a-like bride Nia Rivers.
It seems Griffin couldn't wait for the formalities -- or the headache of shelling out cash for an extravagant wedding. So he and his boo rolled into the Vegas Weddings chapel on Thursday afternoon -- where they took the plunge in front of 4 guests.
A source tells TMZ the Griffins splurged on the Cherish Package -- which includes limo transportation, a bouquet for the bride, a boutonniere for the groom and 9 photos.
They certainly look happy in their wedding pics. That's what love is all about: knowing when it's time, and not worrying about impressing your friends.
We found many people paying homage to Michael Jackson in honor of his birthday. From die hard fans leaving flowers on Michael Jackson's star on Hollywood Blvd to stars like Flo Rida, Ne-Yo and their celebrity friends. Flo Rida explained he was in a festive mood due in part to the release of his latest single "Good Feeling" which was released on Michael Jackson's birthday and debut on top 100. We caught up with Flo Rida in the studio working on his Only One Rider Part II album. Source
Actress Halle Berry enjoys the best of both worlds. When her actor boyfriend Olivier Martinez is out of the country, she slips between the sheets with her personal assistant/lover whom we first introduced you to here.
Halle celebrated her 45th birthday by frolicking in the surf with her girlfriend as they lapped up the gorgeous California sunshine on a beach outing yesterday in Malibu.
Halle, who looked stunning in a peach bikini and colourful sarong, stood no chance as her mischievous chum leapt on her back and dunked her in the cool Malibu sea.
The Monster's Ball star saw the funny side of things, though, and was seen roaring with laughter as her pal - who was fully dressed in jeans and a vest top - engaged her in a rough and tumble.
Also joining them was Halle's little daughter Nahla, who gave her mummy and affectionate birthday hug as they whiled away the afternoon on the beach. Source
Artist manager and music executive Phillana Williams celebrated her birthday at Salon Millesime last night in New York City. As you know, Phillana started out as Ciara's manager. But before that she was an assistant at the now defunct LaFace Records in Atlanta. LaFace is responsible for establishing the careers of so many movers and shakers in the music industry! Many of whom came out last night to support Phillana!
WAIT, STOP THE PRESSES!
Phillana's artist Miguel chose last night as a coming out of sorts for his longtime girlfriend (whose name is being withheld for now). Isn't she pretty? We're told that the two lovebirds have been together for some years now, and my inside sources ASSURED us that she IS his real girlfriend. So this ends all specualtion about Miguel's sexuality once and for all.
The Golden State Warriors' star guard Stephen "Steph" Curry is off the market. Well, he's been off the market for years now, but he finally made it official when he married his childhood sweetheart, Ayesha Alexander, this past Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
According to Jill, the star crossed couple met in a church youth group when they were teenagers (he was 15 and she, 14).
Ayesha, who carefully documented their decade long relationship on Twitter.com so the groupies would know he's taken -- couldn't contain her excitement as the big day approached.
You know it's true love because the Dopamine rush wore off years ago. Congrats to the happy couple!
The name on everyone's lips this past weekend was Alex Gidewon, the uber successful club promoter with a string of lucrative nightclubs in Atlanta. Tonight, Gidewon, who co-owns AG Entertainment with his brothers, will celebrate his 40th birthday at the newest jewel in his crown of nightclubs: Club Reign.
Most holders of invitations to Alex's private party at Reign believe they will gain admission to the Ultra private bash at Dubai Lounge next door to Reign, but unfortunately, they will not.
Please be clear: there are NO invitations to Alex Gidewon's Ultra private bash at the exquisitely appointed Dubai Lounge tonight. If you are an A-lister, a baller or a shot caller in Atlanta, your name speaks for itself. Your aura of sophistication is all you will need to get inside Dubai. If the doorman has to ask who you are, you will be pointed down the sidewalk to Club Reign.
But don't be embarrassed: you won't be alone -- you just won't be inside Dubai Lounge sipping champagne with the rest of the ballers.
The stunning Moroccan styled Dubai Lounge was designed by Michael Habachy of Habachy Designs, Inc.
Happy birthday, Alex! Have fun tonight!
We corrected this post to reflect the fact that Michael Habachy of Habachy Designs, Inc. designed both nightclubs.
According to Black Celeb Kids blog, R&B songstress Lauryn Hill, 36, gave birth to a bouncing baby boy on Saturday:
"Mother and baby are fine,” says the source, who adds that Hill and family “had a little scare because the baby came out the womb with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. All is well now and everyone is happy.”
I guess the only question remains, who's the baby daddy? According to her other baby daddy, Rohan Marley, the baby isn't his. And just so you know Rohan isn't just making up lies to get attention, his girlfriend took to her Twitter page to profess her love for the Rastafarian womanizer.
It wasn't just another party for reality TV star Kim Kardashian last night at Tao in Las Vegas. It was a celebration to mark the end of her troubled history as a single woman who had problems keeping a man.
After running through half the eligible bachelors on both coasts, the 30-year-old silicone Queen decided New Jersey Nets star Kris Humphries, 26, would do nicely.
Kim threw her Bachelorette shindig -- complete with midget exotic strippers -- at Club Tao in Vegas with her mom, Kris Jenner, sisters Khloe and Kourtney, and friends such as La La Vazquez-Anthony, 32, in attendance.
According to TMZ.com, San Diego Charger tight end, Antonio Gates, married LaLa Vazquez... Well, not Lala, but he did marry an exact copy of her -- a model-turned-business owner, Sasha Dindayal, on July 9 during a lavish ceremony at the Grand Del Mar hotel in San Diego.
The "model-turned-business owner" title is important to separate her from the other LSLH groupies who position themselves in team hotels and outside locker rooms in hopes of being the next Mrs. so and so. Hey, a chick has to eat and get her hair and nails did.
Speaking of wedding pics, did you see this photo of Monica's bridesmaids that she posted on her Twitter page? Aren't they beautiful? It's troublesome to my trained photography eye that the picture is so dark. I wonder why that is?
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.
The Insider and one other national media (I forget which) had the exclusive on singer Monica's wedding to NBA star Shannon Brown over the weekend! As you know, the happy couple renewed their vows in front of 300 family and friends in Los Angeles on Saturday (July 9). The couple previously said "I do" in a private ceremony at their home in November 2010.
When asked what Shannon whispered in her ear at the alter, Monica said, "he asked me was I his forever, and I answered.. a lot of good stuff." She added: "I'm glad you couldn't hear."
Among the invited guests were Shannon's best man, and former teammate, Kobe Bryant, and Kobe's wife Vanessa, who arrived early and helped out doing things as Mo's bridesmaid, since Khloe Kardashian dropped out at the last minute due to a death in the family.
Monica's good friend La La Vazquez told The Insider's Kevin Frazier, "Oh my God! Love was in the air. It was beautiful! I LOVE weddings!"
Check out the video after the break! (Video will automatically play when you click the link)
As you know, Lil Wayne's baby mama and reality TV star Antonia Carter got married to her boyfriend, Mickey “Memphitz” Wright, over the weekend in Atlanta.
While most of you are talking about Lil Wayne's other baby mama, Nivea, getting arrested for a DUI after the reception -- the industry is wondering whether the wedding was even real.
According to my confidential informant -- an invited industry insider -- no one knew until they arrived that the wedding would be filmed for an upcoming episode of Carter's BET reality TV series, “A Family Affair”.
My informant said BET producers angered the guests by telling them they couldn't bring their cell phones into the wedding, and making them sign release forms. "People were pissed!" said my source. She said none of the guests knew the wedding was being filmed until they arrived. "The invitations said the wedding was in Alpharetta, but it was in Milton, Georgia," she said.
"The seating was staged to accommodate the TV cameras," she said. "Monica Brown came with her husband Shannon, and Tamar Braxton was there with her husband. Tameka [Tiny] was the maid of honor."
"It was raining. They made everyone huddle in a little guest house foyer for an hour until they got it together. We had to sign release forms."
A plethora of Hip Hop stars hit Miami Beach this 3-day weekend to partake in the Memorial Day festivities. On Saturday, rappers Lil Wayne and his homie Drake spent roughly $50,000 between them at Miami's #1 strip club, the King of Diamonds.
Weezy partied at King of Diamonds while his current girlfriend, Dhea (in grey dress) chatted with his stylist, Marissa Flores.
Congratulations to R&B singer Keyshia Cole and hubby Daniel "Booby" Gibson! The couple got married in Cleveland, Ohio last night, and apparently, they flew off to their honeymoon in a helicopter! Keyshia, 29, and Booby, 25, are parents to Daniel, Jr, 1.
Keyshia revealed her wedding plans exclusively to her "Diamonds" (Twitter followers) on Friday night (May 20) on blogtalkradio before flying to Cleveland (Click to listen).
Both Keyshia and Boobie tweeted their nuptials announcement on their Twitter pages around 2:30 a.m. this morning eastern time.
So the World ain't end. Not yet.. But a brand new world for me and my family has just Begun! #Blessed Wedding Pics coming 2morro! B E Z
Congratulations to @keyshiacole Wishing u guys a lifetime of happiness
Booby, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, will tweet photos from their wedding later today on his Twitter page.
By sheer coincidence, Keyshia and Booby got hitched on the 6 month wedding anniversary of their friends, Monica and Shannon Brown, who wed secretly in their LA home on Nov. 22, 2010. Only Mo and Shannon's parents witnessed their blessed union. But Mo, 30, and Shannon, 25, plan to say say their "I do's" for a second time in front of a larger audience next month in LA. Shannon is a guard for the LA Lakers. Congrats to both of these beautiful couples!
Eudoxie Agnan, aka Fab, is a married woman -- according to her updated Facebook account.
But her longtime boyfriend, rapper Ludacris, continues to deny that any nuptials took place at the end of last year. Additionally, his friends say if it was up to his mother, Roberta Shields, who manages his Ludacris Foundation, there would be no marriage taking place at any time in his near future.
What does this all mean? Why wouldn't Luda want Fab as his bride? According to his close friends, Ludacris likes Fab so much because she minds him. "It's rare to find a light skinned girl who minds, unless she's foreign," said the friend.
Luda helped Fab celebrate her 24th birthday at Compound nightclub on Saturday night in Atlanta.
In case you're one of the millions of Americans who slept soundly at 4 a.m. when Britain's Prince William took Kate Middleton to be his bride, here is a quick update.
Kate Middleton will now and forever be referred to as "Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge" (unless a series of tragic deaths befalls members of the royal family, at which time she will be bestowed as Queen of England).
Kate, I mean, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, turned 29 on January 9th. She is the eldest of 3 children.
Kate, oops, I mean, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was given Princess Diana's engagement ring to have and to own. But her new hubby made it clear early on that he intends to go ringless.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge decided to do her own makeup because she wanted to add a little normalcy to the pomp and circumstance surrounding the wedding of the century.
Although she thought it was lame, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge practiced "the wave" for hours in the mirror until she got it right.
Actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith attended the White House Easter egg roll with their children, Jaden and Willow Smith yesterday. Willow performed for the children of invited guests, while U.S. President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their girls, Sasha and Malia sang along.
Is this a boy or a girl kissing hugging Willow Smith? It's so hard to tell these days. How confusing it must be for the children. EDIT: A loyal reader emailed me to say that the boy is a member of a group called Mindless Behavior.
According to publicist, Saptosa Foster, a group of lucky NYC teens kicked off their Easter weekend on Saturday at a
special screening of Disney's upcoming film PROM (www.disney.com/prom),
hosted by heir to Diddy's empire Justin Combs, Grammy-nominated singer Karina Pasian.
Attendees included Justin's mom, stylist Misa Hylton; WayneBarrow (Bystorm Entertainment), TeenDiaries founder Aeshia DeVore Branch, Def Jam's Al Branch, Chris Nadler (Hot 97/Emmis Communications), CNN's Keisha Lamothe and JUICY senior editor Taiia Smart Young, and their children. PROM is in theaters April 29. Photos by: Jerome Shaw
The new Columbia Pictures film 'Jumping the Broom' produced by Tracey Edmonds and Bishop T.D. Jakes is a romantic comedy that explores today's difficulty in abstaining from sex until marriage.
Bishop Jakes fuses religion and comedy to challenge the film's audiences to explore the option of abstinence before marriage.
The film asks the question how easy is it to abstain from sex until you jump the broom? And which guy would make you want to Jump The Broom?
Laz Alonso and Paula Patton play Jason Taylor and Sabrina Watson, a young couple who decide to spend the rest of their lives together in Holy matrimony. But when their two families from opposite ends of the tracks converge on Martha's Vineyard for their dream weekend wedding, problems crop up and threaten to derail the happy event.
After meeting with Bishop Jakes for a counseling session, Taylor makes the decision to abstain from sex until his marriage to Watson.
In addition to abstaining from sex, Watson has to deal with her parents (played by Angela Bassett and Brian Stokes Mitchell) who have problems in their own marriage and appear on the brink of divorce.
And Taylor faces pressure from his friends who scoff at the idea of abstaining from sex until marriage.
'Jumping The Broom' also stars Mike Epps, Loretta Devine, Meagan Good, Tasha Smith, DeRay Davis, Julie Bowen, Romeo Miller, Gary Dourdan, Pooch Hall, and Valarie Pettiford.
'Jumping The Broom' opens everywhere on May 6, 2011.
Promotional consideration provided by Columbus Pictures
Kim Kardashian is known for her love of anything extravagant. Kim loves anything that's big -- including her diamonds and her men.
But for Valentine's Day, she wants the simple things in life. The entrepreneur and reality TV star told People.com what she's looking forward to the most for her special V-Day with NBA star Kris Humphries.
For Valentine's Day, "I like a long card," the reality star, 30, told PEOPLE at a QVC fashion week event in NYC Friday. "Write me your feelings – it’s all about the feelings and the card." (Did you get that, Kris Humphries?)
Her sister, on the other hand, is hoping for something a bit more sparkly.
"For me, diamonds will do the trick," says Kourtney, 31, with a grin.
The sisters, who live in Los Angeles and shoot their spin-off series in New York, are on the move again for Valentine’s Day.
Young Money rapper Lil Twist celebrated his 18th birthday on Saturday night (Jan. 15) at Dream Nightclub on S. Beach with his boss, Lil Wayne, actor Terrence J, Rocsi (106 & Park), his manager, Cortez Bryant, and record label exec Michael Kyser (Atlantic Records).
Lil Wayne let the entire club know what Lil Twist wanted for his birthday... "New Pussy," and he let all the girls know he would help Lil Twist get his wish (ewww). The bash was hosted by BET 106 & Park co-host Terrence J, who is definitely feeling himself since making his star turn in BET's sports-themed sitcom, The Game.
This Christmas, it wasn't the thought that counted, it was the diamonds!
Pop star Rihanna reportedly gave her best friend Melissa a sparkly diamond ring for Christmas!
Judging from these pics taken last night at the 'Models & Bottles' party at the Ship Inn Club in Barbados, it's obvious that Melissa is thrilled to have Rihanna back in her life! Rihanna is spending the Christmas holidays in Barbados with her family and friends.
The besties dressed alike and rarely left each other's side as the crowd sang along with every song on Rihanna's LOUD album.
"They're not lesbian lovers," said my source via phone. "They have the same kind of relationship as Gayle [King] and Oprah."
Yesterday, US Weekly magazine confirmed the split between Rihanna and Dodgers star Matt Kemp.
Word is that the insecure baseball star felt threatened by the close bond between the two women. As you know, Rihanna and Mel frequently shared beds hotel rooms while on the road -- and Matt wasn't having that.
Eventually, Rihanna got tired of Matt's whining and she sent Melissa back home to their native Barbados.
Many of Rihanna's fans wondered what happened to the ever-present Mel who was a staple in paparazzi pics with RiRi. Friends say Rihanna missed Melissa terribly while she traveled on tour with the moody Kemp.
Though Mel was out of the picture temporarily, she still received a weekly stipend from Rihanna as her personal assistant. Meanwhile, RiRi hired another personal assistant to travel with her and Matt.
Dejected music producer Kanye West watched the LA Lakers lose to the blazing Miami Heat yesterday at the Staples center in Los Angeles. Kanye had two reasons to be depressed: the Lakers lost to Miami, and he just heard that rap newcomer Nicki Minaj's debut album Pink Friday will outsell his critically acclaimed CD by another 100,000 copies. That's got to be hard on a narcissist.
Dwyane Wade's fashionable concubine, Gabrielle Union, was spotted entering the arena with a friend. Gabby looked fly coming and going.
R&B Diva Monica tweeted this pic of herself and Kanye during the game yesterday. Monica's children, Melo and Rod (formerly, Lil Rocko), spent Christmas Eve with their dad, Rocko Da Don, taking pictures with Santa Clause at Lenox Mall in Atlanta before the kids flew to LA with Mo to spend Christmas day with their stepdad, Shannon Brown. I hear that Rocko is spending a lot more time with his kids lately. He's a great dad.
I LOVE Monica's short haircut! I've noticed more and more sistas discarding the horse weave for cute, short haircuts. This short hair trend is inspiring.
Happy Holidays to everyone from Sandrarose.com! If I don't see you before January 1st, have a Happy, healthy and Prosperous New year! Enjoy your families. Eat, drink and be Merry, but most of all, Be Safe! I hope to see you back here on Monday.
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.
I thought picking 10 winners out of the 200+ submissions would be easy, but it was a lot more difficult than I imagined! I read some heart wrenching stories and I had to make some tough decisions. It came down to who answered the questions correctly AND submitted the photo that I requested.
Congratulations to the winners! Each of you will receive a $400 Toys R Us gift card for your child! In addition to that, you and your children will get the chance to meet Grand Hustle artists Young Dro, Lil Duval and the OMG Girlz!
You will be contacted by someone from Grand Hustle later today or tomorrow morning. The shopping spree location will be given to you at that time. The shopping spree is between 7 and 9 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 21, at a Toys R Us in Atlanta.
If you are a winner and you know you won't be able to make it tomorrow, please email me at sandra @ sandrarose.com, or your GH contact no later than 12 p.m. tomorrow and let us know.
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.”
Rapper Nicki Minaj celebrated her 35th birthday with her celebrity friends, Lil Wayne, Baby, Cassie and Amber Rose, among others gathered at TAO Nightclub at the Venetian in Las Vegas last night.
There was some confusion as to Nicki's actual age. The confusion was compounded by the fact that there were no candles on her Barbie-themed birthday cakes to count.
But industry insiders have been whispering for months that Nicki, who claims to be in her mid 20s, is actually 35. I don't care how old she is, I just hope she won't be around next year because I'm tired of looking at her.