I realize he's not a celebrity, but Barack Obama's kids, Malia, 11, and Sasha, 8, couldn't contain their boredom at the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House yesterday (April 5) in Washington, DC. About 30,000 people attended the 132-year-old tradition of rolling colored eggs down the South Lawn of the White House.
Sasha reportedly perked up when one of her favorite singers Justin Bieber performed. Also attending the event was actress Reese Witherspoon and her family.
Michael Jackson's oldest adopted daughter Paris Katherine Jackson celebrated her 12th birthday over the weekend. Paris and her brothers Prince and Blanket and their cousins, including Jaafar (in black shirt, the one who tried to stun gun Blanket), celebrated the epic event at a roller skating rink in Glendale, California. Paris bears an uncanny resemblance to her mother who basically sold Paris and her brother Prince to Michael for a couple mil.
Actress Vivica A. Fox and her man Slimm send you their Easter greetings while vacationing in sunny Miami, Florida.
Slimm will be back in the A on Monday (April. 5) to begin preparations for his star-studded birthday festivities all this week leading up to the big birthday bash on Saturday (April. 10) with celebrity guests Vivica A. Fox, Angela and Vanessa Simmons and more!
Check the blog for all the details starting tomorrow.
By the way, Slimm says to tell you that he has a full head of hair under that fitted. So stop hatin'.
Thanks to loyal reader Cinnamon for the video link!
How was your Easter? What did you wear? I wore a crisp, all white pants suit and I carried my Bible in this Louis Stewart crocodile Bible bag. It came with a matching white crocodile backpack that I use to carry my laptop in since it's so beautiful outside that I now blog from a coffee shop like Perez Hilton.
If you like the Bible bag (which is big enough to carry your iPad if you got one this weekend), you can custom order yours in any skin (gator, leather, pony, ostrich, etc.) by emailing louisstewartcollection@Gmail.com! The Bible bags are $500 and up.
Anyway, send in photos of your Easter Sunday best to sandra @ sandrarose.com (remove the spaces). If you don't want your family and friends to know you're addicted to Sandrarose.com and need it first thing in the morning like your first cup of Joe. So you can send in pics of your kids instead.
We have to do better than this chick who wore this hairstyle to church on Easter Sunday. What ever happened to dressing our best for the Lord every Sunday, and not just on holidays?
Thanks to loyal reader Waterlilly_76 for the pic!
Promotional consideration provided by Louis Stewart Collection
If you receive Belk's kids catalogue and circulars in the mail and thought you recognized the little cutie in the middle, you were right! She's Chance Combs, 3, the daughter of Atlanta Socialite Sarah Chapman and music mogul Sean Combs.
Chance is also featured on the front page of Belk.com. As you can see she's a natural in front of the camera and she has a very bubbly, outgoing personality like her daddy (she's a little bossy like her daddy too). Chance loves the camera and she's not shy at all (just like her mommy).
This is Chance's first modeling gig (1st audition, first job).
Chance is only 3, but she's tall for her age. Expect to see more of little Chance modeling. She's a future Top Model!
Zonnique, left, T.I., his daughter Deyjah and Tiny
Yesterday marked the 2nd public appearance of rapper T.I. since his release from an Arkanasas prison last December. The occasion was a birthday party for his stepdaughter and his baby mama Tameka "Tiny" Cottle's biological daughter, Zonnique Pullins, who celebrated her 14th birthday at the Luckie Lounge in midtown Atlanta.
About 100 screaming kids turned out to celebrate with Zonnique, who is a member of the popular OMG Girlz singing group. T.I. arrived very early (around 6:30 p.m.) and stayed for two hours. In addition to the kids, there were several grown T.I. fans from Miami in the house who couldn't resist calling out T.I.'s name for pictures.
It seems that someone at the party (I won't say who) alerted the public to the party by tweeting about it on Twitter.com, which didn't sit well with the party's organizer (yes, even DJs can be groupies).
The Princesss/Rock Star themed event was organized by Grand Hustle's General manager Hannah Kang and her partner Laura Giles, both co-owners of Music Business Politics. The party was filmed for an episode of BET's Tiny & Toya Show.
Shouts to Hannah for the personal invite and to celebrity photographer Prince Williams of ATLPICS.net for the beautiful pics!
Tameka "Tiny" Cottle looked gorgeous! She showed off some of the many gifts she's received from T.I. since his release from prison. Photos by Prince Williams/ATLPics.net
Daddy's girl: Zonnique and T.I.
Tiny and King
Zonnique and her brother, King
The party atmosphere was designed by Hannah Kang and Laura Giles of Music Business Politics. Hannah is a longtime friend of the Harris's and she helps run T.I.'s Grand Hustle empire.
Tiny and T.I. with their son King, 5. I'm told that King wants his hair cut short to look like his daddy's. Little King is so smart. He memorized his parents' and his grandmother's phone numbers by heart.
Ignore all rumors that a wedding date for Tiny and T.I. has been set. If her own family members don't know about any wedding date then how can outsiders know? Lol.
Here are the facts: T.I. and Tiny have not picked any wedding date yet. Tiny has spoken with designers about buying a dress or having one made and they have discussed which colors she wants for her bridesmaids.
The fact is Tiny and T.I. do plan on getting married this year, but no specific date has been set. Tameka is heavy into numerology and so the date she picks will be highly significant to her and T.I. The number of the date is very important to her, and even when it's set it is still subject to change.
Speaking of numbers, an inside source informs me that Tiny may be a victim of identity theft and her cell phone number was either hacked or cloned recently. Meaning, someone likely got a phone with the same number as Tiny's and has been using the phone to run up her phone bill. Anyone with a cloned phone can also intercept her phone calls or listen in on them.
Anyway, for that reason, Tiny's phone is cut off which is why she hasn't been updating her twitter page as frequently. The hacker even had a phone mailed to another state in Tiny's name. The telephone company is on top of it, and hopefully the situation will be resolved soon.
Bow Wow is in love. The diminutive rapper celebrated his 23rd birthday last night at Atlanta's Gold Room with his lady love, Angela Simmons, by his side. The two lovebirds attended a Key Club party hosted by Amber Rose. His actual birthday is today (Mar. 9).
The rapper blushed and a broad smile lit up his face as Angela whispered in his ear in the VIP. Later they sat in a dark corner and she laughed at his corny jokes. Love was definitely in the air!
Bow Wow and Angela, aka Rev. Run's daughter, dated briefly in 2006 after he cast her in his video for his song "Shortie Be Mine." But she was unable to tolerate his lack of maturity, so the two parted ways. Angela later began dating professional skateboarder Terry "TK" Kennedy, and after a rather public break up with him, she began seeing Houston producer Skillz.
Friends say last month Angela Tweeted her break up with Skillz and that's when Bow Wow's timeline heated up with tweets trying to woo back the fledgeling fashion entrepreneur. Angela told friends Bow Wow, real name Shad Moss, impressed her with his newfound maturity. And the pricey gifts he bought her also helped persuade her that he was ready.
Multimedia TV personality and entrepreneur La La Vazquez was spotted out & about in Beverly Hills yesterday with wedding planner, Mindy Weiss, left, and a friend. The ladies were "RING" shopping at XIV Karats in Beverly Hills. La La's fiance and baby daddy is NBA star Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets.
As you know, Carmelo and La La have set their wedding date for July 10th. I have yet to receive my wedding invite, but there's still time. Me and La La go way back.
I've never been married so I have a question: Does a man give his fiancee his credit card to go buy herself a ring? Or does the woman buy her own ring nowadays like La La appears to be doing, and like Kandi Burruss did?
In the old days it was the man who bought the ring and his fiancee never saw it until their wedding day. But I guess things have changed.
Thanks to Interscope Records VP Shawn “Tubby” Holiday, left, for sending over these pics taken at his daughter Alaysia's 5th Princess Birthday party held at the luxury Hilton Garden Inn at Centennial Park in Atlanta. Tubby poses with his daughter Alaysia and music mogul Devyne Stephens.
Invited guests included Christina Milian (posing with Navy, daughter of Nivea and The Dream). Christina is due to give birth to her and The Dream's baby girl on Feb. 28th. Christina carries her baby well. Now we know how she was able to get on that plane to Atlanta in her 9th month. Does she look like she's 9 months along to you?
The Dream couldn't make the flight because he's in a west coast studio working on his album. The happy dad said:
The baby will be here Sunday, no later than Sunday! The baby already has a car, I got a house just for the baby—Christina can't get in the baby’s car. I'm giving all my attention that I usually give to Christina to the baby, all the flowers I usually give Christina, I’m giving them to the baby. It's a girl, Violet will be her first name. I'm not telling you the middle name, you gon' get me in trouble.”
Alaysia's Princess birthday bash was planned and designed by Antonia "Toya" Carter's planning firm, "The Network". And here we thought she was just a reality TV personality and Lil Wayne's baby mama. L to R: Alaysia's mom, Rikya (Toya's hair stylist), Daniel (party planner) and Toya (party planner). Give me a minute and I'll get you guys the contact info so you can begin planning your Princesses' birthday parties!
A wise man once said "The love of money is the root of all evil."
This party should have been themed "Wasteful Extravagance" rather than "Prince of NY". At a time when Haiti earthquake victims are still buried under rubble, one of the entertainment industry's most shameless narcissists, Sean "Diddy" Combs and his first baby mama, celebrity stylist Misa Hylton, threw an over-the-top 16th birthday party for their son Justin Dior Combs over the weekend.
Sean must have known how insensitive this frivolous brag-fest would look so he made a show of presenting Justin with a $10,000 check which he donated to the Haiti relief efforts. But we know that $10,000 was an afterthought because the party itself had to cost ten times that amount.
Justin arrived in a chauffeured Bentley with rapper Nicki Minaj as his date. After the party, Justin left the club in his own $360,000 chauffeur-driven Maybach -- which probably went back to the dealer the next day after being used as a prop like Sean uses his children.
The entire affair was filmed for MTV's Super Sweet 16. It's probably just as well that none of the big name stars who were invited bothered to show up. Who could compete with Sean's enormous ego?
Music Mogul Sean Combs and rapper Lil Kim participated in a Timbaland concert at Irving Plaza in NYC last night. I didn't know Timbaland could sing? Anyway, staying true to his narcissistic form, Sean is planning to throw an extravagant, over-the-top 'King of New York' themed 16th birthday bash for his oldest son Justin, who just turned 16 two weeks ago.
Sean is inviting the world's most conceited artists, Jay Z, Beyonce and Chris Brown to join Snoop Dogg, Lil Kim and others in celebrating the birthday of his already over-indulged son who has a restaurant named after him. Of course, the entire self-serving affair will be filmed for MTV's egocentric "Super Sweet 16" show. A source tells the NY Post that a NYC club will be decorated with images of NY's skyline. Oh, and in lieu of birthday gifts, Diddy is asking his well-heeled friends to donate to the Haiti relief fund. But before you think Sean is teaching the youngster the importance of generosity by foregoing gifts in lieu of charity, friends tell me that Justin already received his presents on his actual birthday, including his biggest gift -- a car.
I know you've seen some of the pics from Sean "Diddy" Combs' ultra private New Year's bash on the lanai of his palatial mansion on Star Island in Miami, Florida (lanai is a fancy word for patio). But you haven't seen these pics yet (I don't think).
I didn't get an invite to the splashy affair (if you don't have at least 5 figures in your checking account, you weren't invited). But I had a spy in the house who gave me the inside scoop. I can't tell you everything all at once. I have to save some news for a later date.
L to R: LisaRaye's asst., singer Brandy, LisaRaye, and Tubby (Sr. VP of A&R, Interscope), who is one of the nicest guys in the biz. I remember Tubby from way back in the day when he started out in promotions. Now look at him running with the big dogs!
Bu and Chris Brown
Devyne Stephens, Akon and his brother Bu
MORE pics after the break!
L to R: Shawn "Tubby" Holiday (Sr. VP Interscope Records), Janice Combs and her son Diddy
Akon congratulates Diddy on his wedding (just kidding!)
Pseudo singer Keri Hilson celebrated New Year's at Karu & Y nightspot in Miami where she gave a middle fanga salute to all her hatahs. Keri was the subject of much hate on the blogs in 2009. So you really can't blame her for giving her haters the For U. Unfortunately, 2010 won't be much better for her unless she suddenly and miraculously learns how to sing in key.
Singer Akon looked so fine in his Armani suit down in Miami when he helped his artist Lady GaGa ring in the New Year.
Former TLC member T-Boz spent her New Year weekend bowling with the Traxx Girls lesbuns at 10 Pin Alley at Atlantic Station. Oh, you didn't hear that T-Boz dumped her linebacker boyfriend Takeo Spikes and tipped over to the other side? Well, you didn't hear it from me.
This is the custom whip that T-Boz pulled up in. I would be lying if I said I didn't envy those rims.
It was a ghey fest on the set of BET's 106 & Park last week as Trey Song and Omarion battled it out for the Teh Gheyest male singer of the year.
Honestly, Trey doesn't help his situation when he takes pics like this.
We don't have much in the way of real celebrities anymore now that psuedo singers and reality TV personalities have just about taken over. The music industry realizes that the genre is dying and have quickly switched their focus to white celebs like Lady GaGa and the newcomer white rapper Ke$ha.
What few celebs we still have left celebrated their New Year in the typical fashion. Beyonce spent the week in St. Barths with Jay Z on the French Riviera. She performed a New Year's Eve concert for the wealthy elite who could afford to be gouged on the ticket prices.
By the way, some of you may recall me mentioning Beyonce's stage manager/tour director(?) Kim Burse whom I had dinner with a while back (follow her on Twitter). Well, Kim is the one who auditioned and hired Beyonce's lesbun lady band. So you can thank her for the guitarist chick with all the crazy tats.
I told you that convicted woman beater Chris Brown would be partying on a private yacht near Miami Beach.
Brown and Bow Wow hung pretty tight the whole weekend.
At one point, Brown's camp got a little nervous and invited a buxom beauty to take pics with Brown to throw off the rumor mongers.
It didn't work
Unfortunately, the other celebs I mentioned didn't bother to show up to the private yacht party.
According to my friend, Akon's brother Bu Thiam, VP of Def Jam, who invited me to Miami for the Lady GaGa concert -- only Brown, LisaRaye, Polow Da Don, and new group The Rich Girls (one of whom is pictured above with Chris) showed up to party on the boat. Bu blamed the cold weather in Miami for the low turnout. But everyone still had fun as much fun as one can have with a convicted woman beater on board.
I also asked Bu about the incident involving Lady GaGa. The tabloids said she took a nasty spill while performing her New Year's Eve concert at the Fountainebleu hotel on Miami Beach. Bu said she did fall, but the blood was fake. "She just be on her artist sh*t. GaGa is an artist. You know how artists are. They just do crazy sh*t. She's all good," said Bu, who hung out with rapper Young Jeezy all weekend in Miami.
Wow, the year 2009 went by so quickly and now 2010 is upon us. We have so much to feel Blessed about here at Sandrarose.com. We wish you and yours a very Happy and joyous New Year, and we want to thank you for continuing to support Sandrarose.com!
Once again, as I did last year, I'm contemplating making some changes to my blog so it will be bigger and better for you in the new year.
Below is a poll listing some of the changes I’m contemplating.
Tell me what you think. You can select more than one answer. I’ll be checking in throughout the weekend from Miami Beach where I'm attending the Lady GaGa NYE party at the Fountainebleu hotel courtesy of Def Jam VP Bu Thiam!
Then on Friday, Bu has invited me to a private yacht party with celebs such as Young Jeezy, Akon, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown.
Please be safe. I want to see you back here next year!
We interrupt our Holiday hiatus to bring you this adorable video! Chance Combs sings "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" on Christmas Eve. Awww, isn't she a cutie? Of course mommy is Atlanta Socialite Sarah Chapman, and daddy is Sean Combs.
Julia here with Devyne Stephens and Upfront Megatainment. Thanks so much for the post - it's great! Please can you correct the picture with Devyne and the little boy. He is not Devyne's son, but a young child from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding Hospital who is suffering from asthma.
Please see blurb below and make amendments as soon as possible...
Fourteen-year-old Antwan “Twan” Watson-Robinson was diagnosed at a young age with asthma and severe allergies. For the past eight years, Twan has visited Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for treatment and now receives immunotherapy injections in addition to his other medications to control his allergy symptoms.
Without these treatments, Twan would likely experience severe breathing difficulties, leading to time in the Children’s Emergency department or even the Children's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
Despite his diagnoses, Twan is upbeat and quick to charm the doctors and nurses at Children’s. A member of the school band and a football player, Twan has not allowed his asthma or allergies to slow him down. Off the field he also excels in the talented and gifted program at his school and hopes to one day become a sports announcer.
I would like to wish my Sandrarose.com family a Happy Holidays! Enjoy your families, eat, drink and be Merry. But most of all, Be Safe! I hope to see you back here on Monday, Dec. 28. But if not, please have a happy and safe New Year!
I can't believe someone uploaded my all-time favorite Christmas song, "Happy Holidays" by the Ohio Players, to YouTube!
My 2nd all-time favorite Christmas song is "Grown Up Christmas List" by the Diva Monica. I know there's a live version of this song out there but I couldn't find it.
Celebrity choreographer turned music mogul Devyne Stephens held his annual Christmas bash on Tuesday night here in Atlanta.
Celebs such as R&B Diva Monica, musicians Jermaine Dupri, Akon, B. Cox, rapper Yung Joc and Mayor Kasim Reed turned out. And, of course celebrity photographer Prince Williams of ATLPICS.net was there to capture all the excitement!
The $50,000 extravaganza included Las Vegas style production, show girls and dance routines worthy of Broadway.
Stephens went all out this year giving $300,000 to a local charity.
Earlier I told you that Usher was planning to throw a birthday party two weeks ago for one of the sons he had with ex-wife Tameka Foster-Glover. I questioned whether he would actually show up because Trampeka would be there. But it looks like he and Tramp buried the hatchet long enough to be civil with each other at Naviyd Ely Raymond's 1st birthday party in Atlanta.
Usher and Trampeka's divorce was finalized last month.
As 2009 comes to an end, a new era of partying has embarked Atlanta. The Gold Room, Atlanta's newest lounge and nightclub, made a huge debut last Monday, as Atlanta's most influential crowd reignited the meaning of "partying". As guests flowed into the modern-styled venue, thoughts of "Old Atlanta" nightlife triggered flirtatious behaviors, unpretentious attitudes, and if you were bottle popping or not, everyone was VIP. Everyone from Jermaine Dupri to Atlanta's top corporate executives created a chemistry of just the right personalities.
On one corner of the room, you could see Kim Porter and Elsa Belia of Elle B Agency celebrating their birthday with close family and friends. As you glance over across the way, you could see champagne flowing between Young Jeezy and Akon as they toast to their 2009 successes and corporate execs mingling with lifestyle influencers such as Kenny Burns and Celebrity Stylist Middleman, both who are known to set trends many follow. Overall, the crowd was lively, friendly, and fly and everyone left with the feeling that Atlanta's nightlife scene had finally revived.
This week will prove to be no different as Alex Gidewon and Jermaine Dupri jumpstart their holiday spirit by hosting their 2009 Christmas Celebration. With complimentary cocktails and musical navigation by The Key Club host Jermaine Dupri and DJ Baby Yu, guests will leave with plenty of cheer and maybe an early Christmas gift!
The Key Club at the Gold Room is brought to you by: Music Business Politics and the Elle B. Agency
Doors open at 10:00 pm. For VIP tables, please call 404 983-1943
It's this time of year when people tend to reflect over the year and realize how Blessed we are. Looking back on his Blessings, Young Jeezy knows how important it is to give back & pay it forward. He chooses to do it through his Non-Profit foundation called *Street Dreamz*. If you look at these pics you'll see that the kids look familiar. You're right, these are the same kids you saw at the Thanksgiving event.
Along with being a Blessing and making sure these kids have a great Holiday season he's also giving the gift that will truly make a difference, being a mentor to these kids. So even after the Holiday season is over he intends to stay involved with them and make sure these kids continue to travel the right path. Last night The event took place at Justin's Restaurant where he shut the restaurant down to have a private party for the kids.
Everyone ate good then burned off the food in a dance contest. Then they all received presents. But for the Snowman, the grind just doesn't stop as South, Ga is all abuzz as he's preparing to shut down a gym, fill it with toys and again make sure those that have not, have this Holiday...
Atlanta's most well-connected key influencers gathered to toast the launch of the exclusive Key Club party at the renovated Gold club in Buckhead on Monday night. Atlanta's premiere promoters Alex Gidewon of AG Entertainment, Hannah Kang and Laura Giles of Music Business Politics joined forces to create a Monday night soiree where the elite of the industry can mingle in a relaxing atmosphere away from the maddening crowds that are so prevalent at other area nightclubs.
The occasion also doubled as birthday celebrations for Alex Gidewon's girlfriend Elsa, right, and former model/Socialite Kim Porter.
There was no VIP area (everyone was a VIP) so Alex gave each birthday girl an entire section of the club to party with her friends. Their well-heeled guests wandered between the two sections all night.
Guests included rapper Rasheeda, 3 Brown Girl Eboni Elektra, Kandi Burruss (RHOA), Sheree Whitfield (RHOA) and the third 3 Brown Girl Nicole Brown.
Elsa and Kim each received many gifts, but Kim wore one her gifts to the party. These thigh high Chanel boots cost someone (Puffy?) $2,500 and there were only 25 pairs made.
Elsa blew out the candles on her Patron cupcakes (yes, the cupcakes were baked with Patron as a main ingredient).
Rich and chocolaty flavors Akon and Young Jeezy were in attendance.
Beyonce helped her man Jay Z celebrate his 40th birthday in the Dominican Republic with a 50s gangster style birthday bash last night. She was the guest of honor along with Jigga's mom Gloria.
According to Marie Claire.CO.UK, his well-heeled guests included Oprah Winfrey, Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, P Diddy, Kate Hudson, Ne-Yo, M.I.A., Kanye West and Lil Wayne. Sean Combs and Kanye performed during dinner and actress Gwyneth Paltrow and rocker Chris Martin of Colplay sent birthday greetings via video.
After dinner, guests were treated to a 40s-style synchronized swimming show followed by a fireworks display.
The only guest missing from the merry shindig was golfer Tiger Woods who has his own problems to deal with.
Guests dined on caviar washed down with expensive Perignon champagne.
There are no pics yet because even the biggest stars were asked to leave their cell phones at the door to prevent them from Twittering pics to Jay Z's fans who helped make him what he is today.
Remember last week I told you about all the drama at Sean "Diddy" Combs' 40th birthday bash in NYC? Many industry insiders who thought they were A-listers were left outside cooling their heels on the sidewalk in the rain.
According to Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411 blog, "...there was no red carpet, oddly, on the outside. VIP guests had to find clever ways of entering the event. Luckily, there weren’t too many of them."
Meanwhile, Diddy held court inside the Grand ballroom of the fabulous Plaza Hotel regaling his invited guests with the magnificence that is Himself.
While many blogs went on and on about his baby mama Kim Porter and his sidepiece Cassie being at the party, no one mentioned that the true love of his life, Sarah Chapman, was also there (she came with Sean's mom Janice Combs).
By the way, Sarah was the reason Cassie left the party early, not Kim Porter who is the mother of 3 of his kids. So why shouldn't she be there?
But back to Sarah. I'm told that she's "dating" but no one's really seen Sarah out on a date.
Then again, this IS Atlanta and there aren't that many straight, unattached men to choose from. Still, such a beautiful specimen as Sarah with no man on her arm should tell you something.
Anyway, I wrote all that to say, Sarah was at the party, and in the VIP with the #1 woman in Puffy's life outside of his daughters -- his mom Janice. So what does that tell you?