It's a shame that fashion, dance and soul Diva Jody Watley has never gotten her props for influencing many of today's artists. As kids in the 70s, we watched Jody dance her butt off with Jeffrey Daniel on the Iconic "Soul Train" music TV series. Later, when Jody and Jeffrey joined Shalamar (with Howard Hewett) we grooved to their hit music in the clubs. When Jody went solo the hits continued. She scored 6 Top Ten Hot 100 singles on Billboard, 3 #1 R&B hits and 15 Top 40 R&B hits.

A lot of kids today don't realize that Jody Watley influenced Janet Jackson's moves. Or that Jeffrey Daniel taught Michael Jackson how to do the moonwalk (which Black and Hispanic kids called the 'backslide' in the 70s).

No one today can touch Jody Watley in terms of style and originality. Beyonce's ponytail? She stole it from Jody Watley. We LOVE Jody Watley and we are happy that she reads Sandrarose.com! Read Jody's email to us after the break!

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We're not sure where this footage was filmed but we are surprised to see that rapper Diamond has Caucasian fans who know who she is. Diamond gave a fan a sensual lap dance, ironically, to Kelly Rowland's smash hit "Motivation". As you recall, Rowland shocked her fans when she received a lap dance from Chris Brown in Atlanta last week.

Watch the raunchy video after the break, courtesy of WSHH!

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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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The woman most responsible for the rise of Hip Hop as an internationally recognized music genre has passed away. Sylvia Robinson died of congestive heart failure at 6:28 a.m. today in a New Jersey hospital. She was 75.

Ms. Robinson is best known for producing both Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" and Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five's "The Message" on her independent Sugar Hill Records label.

The beautiful founder and CEO of Sugar Hill Records was also a noted singer in her own right. Her singles "Pillow Talk" and "Love Is Strange" were both staples on urban radio in the seventies.

Her unconventional use of sampling in "Rapper's Delight" led to Ms Robinson being known as the "mother of hip-hip." Ms. Robinson opened the door for many black women in the music industry. Because of her, black female executives dominated the urban music industry in the 80s and 90s.

Watch Ms. Robinson perform "Pillow Talk" on Soul Train after the break

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Our hearts were saddened when we heard about the untimely passing of R&B Diva Vesta Williams. At this time, there are no details about the cause of death.

From Eurweb.com:

EUR is deeply saddened to hear that singer Vesta Williams has passed away. Details are sketchy at this time, but it’s being reported that the singer’s body was found in a Los Angeles hotel room.

The cause of death is unknown. She was 48

According to her listing in Wikipedia, Williams in 1963 in Coshocton, Ohio. She was originally credited by her full name, but she has also been billed as Vesta since the 1990s.

Although Williams never had any albums certified gold and never had any Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, she scored seven Top 20 R&B hits from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s.

Update I, 12:57 pm: according to E! online, Ms. Williams, was 53 or 54, not 48 as has widely been reported.

Thanks to loyal reader Bridgette S. for the link.

The tweets are talking about a knock down drag out slugfest between rapper Fabolous and Brandy's little brother, Ray J.

If you recall, Ray J came to prominence when he came in appeared with his ex-girlfriend Kim Kardashian in that viral video a few years back. Well, the tweets are saying that Fabolous rocked Ray J's world last night. Ray J phoned into Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club this morning to address the rumors, and things didn't go well. :yawn:

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Back in the '80s, before Chastity Bono thought she was a guy, she attended the same high school with a young Jennifer Aniston, who would later go on to achieve fame and glory as the star of a little TV show called Friends.

Both were students at the prestigious New York City High School Of Performing Arts in 1987, according to British tabloid The Daily Mail.

Aniston is now 42, with long blonde hair. And Bono, now 41, is no longer a lesbian after legally changing her gender to a male. Bono is one of the most controversial contestants on the 13th season ABC's Dancing With The Stars, which premieres Monday, Sept.19.

It is hard to ignore all the crazy rumors about the sudden death of Cathy Koreana White at age 28 from a burst aneurysm in her brain.

According to Bossip.com, the industry publicist supposedly was the mistress of Jay Z. He allegedly gave her the same ring as the one he gave his wife Beyonce.

But our sources tell us that those rumors are ridiculous. They say Jay Z would never be that dumb -- he would have given her a different diamond ring.

Yet ever since the news of Cathy's death, loyal readers have been asking us to investigate her untimely passing and how it fits in with the surprise announcement of Beyonce's baby.

I'm a blogger, not an investigative reporter. It is not unusual for a young woman to die of a burst aneurysm. It happens every day. I personally know of 3 industry women who died in the past year of a brain aneurysm.

An aneurysm is a tiny blood vessel in the brain that weakens and bursts leaking blood into the brain.

Death is usually immediate, depending upon the location of the aneurysm. It would be difficult for, let's say, an assassin to cause an aneurysm to burst in someone's head without other signs of trauma being present about the head and face.

For instance, if Ms White had been shot in the head, the coroners report would have noted that her aneurysm was precipitated by a gunshot wound.

According to a loyal reader, who begged anonymity, one of Jay Z's closest friends, Emory Jones (pictured above right), is somehow tied into White's death. I don't know how she arrived at that conclusion.

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It's been 10 years since rapper Nas Ethered his rival Jay Z on wax by implying that the illest MC was gay and a narcissist. But last night the two men, who magnanimously settled their feud years ago, came together to celebrate Nas' 38th birthday at Catch in New York City.

La La and her husband Carmelo Anthony looked very classy and respectable last night. Ladies, pay attention: this is how you dress when you're with your man in mixed company. Exposing your cleavage when you're with your man around other men is never acceptable under any circumstance.

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über couple Will Smith, 42, and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith, 39, were spotted shopping in Malibu, CA on Thursday. Will was wearing a big smile and grey Dolce & Gabbana jeans, according to fashion blog Upscale Hype. The happy couple didn't seem to have a problem in the world.

Will Smith was spotted shopping in Malibu, California with his wife Jada Pinkett wearing a black cap, black tee, grey Dolce & Gabbana Gold Dirty Gabardine pants ($558) and a pair of Nike sneakers. Also, Jada was carrying a Louis Vuitton Monogram Bag.

The much anticipated Sony Pictures action movie Colombiana opens in theaters everywhere today. Colombiana stars actress Zoe Saldana, 33, in the leading role as a beautiful trained assassin, who, as a child, witnessed the murder of her parents.

The trailer for Colombiana is a tour de force of revenge, retaliation and butt kicking action. I'm sure Colombiana will have the same empowering effect on your little girls as the films Foxy Brown and Cleopatra Jones had on my friends and me in the 70s.

Pam Grier starred in 1974's Foxy Brown, as a gorgeous, big breasted, vigilante killing machine. And at 6 ft 1 in, Tamara Dobson was every black girl's heroine in 1973 as Cleopatra Jones.

Unlike Colombiana, who has an arsenal of high powered weapons at her disposal, Cleopatra Jones and Foxy Brown used their hands and feet to karate chop their attackers (mostly men) down to size.

As much as black girls were inspired and empowered by the sight of these powerful black women kicking butt on the big screen in the 70s, the NAACP informed us we were being exploited.

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Today the Hip Hop world remembers our fallen Angel, Aaliyah Dana Haughton, who died 10 years ago today in a fiery plane crash on August 25, 2001 in the Bahamas after filming the music video for her single "Rock the Boat".

The music video was directed by Hype Williams, who, at the time was accused of overloaded Aaliyah's chartered aircraft with excess film equipment which caused the plane to crash on takeoff. It was later revealed that the pilot had traces of cocaine and alcohol in his system. Still, Williams' once thriving video directing career never fully recovered from the industry blackballing.

By the way, the iconic photo above of Aaliyah and Left Eye was taken by your auntie. I made the mistake of uploading this photo (and others) to the Internet back in the late 90s when I didn't know much about watermarking and copyrighting my work.

As you can see, this is the original photo without the dark shadowing like the photo you see all over the Internet. I have this photo blown up to poster size and hanging on my wall. It is one of the few rare images of Aaliyah and Left Eye together before they died.

The photo was taken at Lance "Un" Rivera's birthday party at the Atrium nightclub on Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Left Eye was supposedly dating Lance at the time. Lil Kim was there that night too.

No one could have imagined that these two young ladies, who were so full of life, would die tragically within a year of each other.

R.I.P. Aaliyah!

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