Throwback/ Old School

Never Seen Photos of Young Whitney Houston

Thanks to loyal reader Kimberley H for the link to these never-before-seen photos of a young Whitney Houston in her lesbian stage, before the makeover, and before the record label introduced her to Bobby Brown in the hopes of changing her sexuality.

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D’Angelo is Back – and He’s Still Hawt (Video)

Remember when your mom and aunty used to lose their minds over D’Angelo back in the day? It wasn’t just his smooth vocals that made the ladies lose it, it was his hard, beefcake bod too! There was no doubt about it; D’Angelo was a good looking man. Plus, he had the confidence to go…

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Rumor Control: Tiny’s Dad is Alive and Well

This morning I received an urgent call from former Xscape singer Tameka “Tiny” Harris’ mom, Dianne Pope, asking me to inform my readers that Tiny’s father, Charles Pope, is alive and well. Tiny’s fans were introduced to Mr. and Mrs. Pope on Tiny’s reality show, Tiny & Toya on BET in 2009. It seems that…

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T-Boz and Bow Wow are flat broke

Do you kids recall when I posted this Blind Item from the NY Post: Which hip-hop artist drove up to his agent’s office in a $200,000 car, wearing a $50,000 wristwatch, to beg for money because he’s “dead broke” and needed $5,000 for child support? . . . It turns out that the Blind Item…

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Tamar Braxton performs Gladys Knight Tribute on Soul Train 2011

I remember the first time I met the Braxton Sisters, the singing siblings of superstar Toni Braxton. The chance meeting occurred in a hotel suite in Charlotte, NC in 1996. I was there to shoot a music conference for VIBE magazine, and I bumped into LA Reid’s brother, Bryant Reid, in the hotel lobby. At…

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Rare footage of 2Pac confronting a future thug

Here is rare footage of late rapper Tupac Shakur confronting a cute baby on the streets of New York during an interview with BET’s Rap City. At one point a white man bends down to kiss the boy and Tupac’s crew erupts with laughter. “Tell him back off! You ain’t no punk! This yo’ block”…

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Heavy D was on weight loss program when he died

According to published reports, rapper Heavy D was on a weight loss program when he died suddenly last week at the age of 44. The rapper had begun a weight loss plan and kept a regular workout regime, according to EURweb.com. Tony Wisniewski, the rapper’s trainer at the Ultra Body Fitness gym in Los Angeles,…

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R.I.P. Heavy D

From TMZ.com: Rap legend Heavy D — one of the most influential rappers of the ’90s — died earlier today … TMZ has learned. Heavy D — real name Dwight Arrington Myers — was rushed to an L.A. hospital around noon today … and was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1 PM. He was…

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Taylor Swift Brings Out Nelly (video)

Taylor Swift continued her outreach program for African American fans by bringing out rapper Nelly (who has fallen off considerably) during her Speak Now concert in Houston. “We’ve got a special treat for you tonight, Houston. Nelly’s here!,” she said as the audience applauded politely for the “Tip Drill” rapper. Taylor and Nelly then performed…

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fanMAIL: Review of Watch The Throne Concert in Atlanta (video)

Ignore all those breathless Stan reviews of the Kanye and Jay Z Watch The Throne opener in Atlanta last night. A loyal reader who attended the show told Sandrarose.com that the tour’s 1st stop in Atlanta started 2½ hours later than the 7:30PM time stamped on the tickets. The sound system was crappy. The show…

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