Some of you will remember that post I did on Bow Wow's close friend Bart Borders who was locked up in a federal pen last year on undisclosed charges.

Well, Bart was released in November to the same halfway house that T.I. will report to later tonight, the Dismas Charities West facility within walking distance of the Fulton County Airport, aka Charlie Brown airport.

I spoke with Bart by phone today and he had a lot to say about the halfway house that T.I. will call home for at least the next 2 months (T.I. has a March 2010 release date).

Bart, who is out on work pass until 10:30 p.m. on weeknights and 11:30 p.m. on weekends, said the facility holds about 120 male inmates and 20 females -- yes, females! "But they have to stay on their side," said Bart. "The only time we get to interact with (the females) is around meal time."

He said the halfway house has two TV rooms and two living rooms, and the food there isn't worth writing home about. "The food ain't worth nothing. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches," he said. "But T.I. has his own money, he can order out."

Bart, who manages rapper T. Waters, a So So Def artist, said T.I. probably won't be able to leave on work release until after the New Year. But even then, he's not allowed to work for himself or for his family. So he can't work for Grand Hustle or any company he owns.

"If I see him when I get there I'll tell him wherever he work at to make as least money as possible, because they getting 25% of his gross."

All they really want is their money there," said Bart. "They're real unprofessional over there. You can't let all black people run anything. If [the staff] ain't gay, they're old women - there's nothing in between."

Bart spoke kindly about his friend, rapper Bow Wow, who took good care of Bart's two-year-old daughter and his family while he was locked up out of state.

You hear horror stories about rappers and other celebs (like Sean Combs) who leave their friends in the dust once they're locked up. But, according to Bart, Bow Wow was always there for him.

"He just got back from Africa and he's coming [to visit] for Christmas," said Bart.

Bow Wow visits Bart regularly at the halfway house and even tried to visit him at the prison but was barred from visiting for security purposes. "He put a decent amount of money on my books. He came to the Atlanta jail to see me by himself -- no security. He paid all my bills, my rent, made sure my daughter was alright."

Bart said he taught Bow Wow -- who grew up in suburban Columbus, Ohio -- everything he needed to know about surviving the streets. "I had him in the middle of the hood, him and JadaKiss. He had on all his jewelry. Don't nobody come through there like that besides Jada and them 'cause that's their hood."

On the other hand, So So Def CEO Jermaine Dupri has not visited Bart in prison or the halfway house (JD also hasn't visited his artist Da Brat who is in a Georgia prison on assault charges).

Still, Bart wouldn't say anything foul about JD (I tried to get him to throw JD under the bus but he refused). "He's a good person. He did more than enough," said Bart.

When asked if he would attend the upcoming Hot 107.9 Jingle Bash, Bart laughed and reminded me of his curfew at 11:30 p.m. on weekends.

Bart says he is scheduled to be released from the halfway house on March 9th -- the same day as Bow Wow's birthday. He's planning a big bash of his own.

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

Source: Angela Watts of A W Media Group

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This key unlocks the door to events where you can party amongst your peers.
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Beyonce has fallen off so badly in the past 6 months that even pop singer Rihanna still gets more shine than her despite the fact her latest CD didn't sell as well as expected.

Still, NARAS saw fit to Bless Beyonce with 10 Grammy nods -- while the legendary Diva Whitney Houston got none, zero, zilch!

The folks overseeing the Grammy Awards at the Academy couldn't even come up with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Whitney to show some respect? This is a glaring oversight.

Even the dreadful rapper Drake got a Grammy nod for ‘Best Rap Song’ for that horrible track "Best I Ever Had". Are you kidding me?

Obviously there is some foul play at work here. Some under the table pay offs or back room dealings or something.

Whitney's album 'I Look To You' has been certified Platinum by the RIAA, meaning she sold over 1 million copies of her comeback album. I would rather listen to Whitney than Beyonce's screeching any day!

Can we get a recount of the ballots?


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Special thanks to Angela Watts of AW Media Group for giving Sandrarose.com readers a chance to win tickets to the 2009 Winter Ball honoring actors Nicole Ari Parker, Boris Kodjoe and Rainforest Films’ director/producer Will Packer and Rob Hardy.

There are 4 tickets up for grabs. Each ticket will admit the winner and one guest.

WHAT: The Collective Renaissance Guild (CRG) will honor Nicole Ari Parker, Boris Kodjoe and Rainforest Films' Will Packer and Rob Hardy for their artistic innovation and contributions to film.

WHEN: Saturday, December 5, 2009. Doors open at 8pm and program starts promptly at 9pm

The event will be hosted by former Hot 107.9 on air personality Rashan Ali with DJ Trauma & DJ E-Clazz providing the sounds. It's an event you don't want to miss!

In order to qualify for the tickets, you must answer this question:

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As you know by now, Kanye West's beard girlfriend Amber Rose is coming to Atlanta this weekend to host a party. This will be Amber's first time in Atlanta. As I told you in an earlier post, she was supposed to host parties here before but her modeling agency nixed those appearances. I'm not sure why.

On Friday, Amber will host a star-studded bash at Primal nightclub. We know she'll be there because the promoters have already paid a sizable down payment on her reported $20,000 appearance fee(!)

And, yes, she's bringing her girlfriend (I forget the chick's name) as well as a large entourage (weed carrier, stylist, manager, etc.)

I'll be at the club on Friday as well getting my drink on. I was promised a teeny section in the VIP, as well as a few free shots of Patron (no bottle service, unfortunately). So me and my date will be good and wasted by the time Amber and her girlfriend get there.

Speaking of which, these two were all hugged up on the streets of New York on Friday (11/20).

I don't know what kind of man Kanye is allowing his girlfriend to shamelessly parade around the streets with her side piece. If I'm buying a chick Louis Vuitton, MCM bags, Prada shoes and jetting her around the world on my dime, she'd better not ever let me catch her with another woman.

But then why should Knaye care? He's probably hugged up with a man as I type this.

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After a brief hiatus from the music industry, Monica is back in the spotlight with an intimate, provocative docu-drama that takes a look at her day-to-day world in the new original BET series. To celebrate the many sides of Monica, BET Networks, Upscale Magazine and Hennessy Black have joined together to present a three part celebration to kick of Friday, October 23, 2009 for her birthday and conclude Sunday, October 25th for a series preview/ cover affair.

In the "Still Standing" series, Monica will open her heart and life to viewers every week and take them on her personal journey of survival and enlightenment. Viewers will have the chance to experience the many facets of Monica's life as she balances family, deals with her own body and health challenges, creates her fifth album and tackles the hardest job of all -
being a full-time mother of two young sons.

"It was very scary stepping into the type of situation that would expose me and my life," said Monica. "But I think that there are so many kids now that are aspiring to do exactly what I've done and I felt like that was worth me putting myself on the line so they would really understand what it's like to try and juggle both a music career and personal life."

Join Monica and her celebrity friends as they celebrate her birthday on Friday, October 23, 2009 on the heated top deck of Luckie Food Lounge from 10:00pm - 2:00am. Monica's celebrity friends help her cut the cake and toast to another year of success.

Don't miss the series premiere. Tune in Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Source: Nicole Garner | Garner Circle PR

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It's that time again for the annual Frank Ski Kids Foundation Wine Tasting & Live Auction held at Frank Ski's opulent Sandy Springs mansion.

The anticipation for this year’s Sixth Annual Frank Ski Celebrity Wine Tasting & Live Auction on December 13, 2009 benefiting the Frank Ski Kids Foundation is overwhelming.

This event will be co-chaired by Ambassador Andrew Young, Kevin Liles, Sean P. Diddy Combs, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Scott Selig.

Last year’s event was sold out and over 200 people were left without tickets. Due to the capacity, we anticipate the response to be even greater this year with the inclusion of several major confirmed celebrities.

This year Sandrarose.com will send a member (and your spouse) to represent Sandrarose.com at the prestigious Wine Tasting that is the most talked about event of the year! Check back for details on how to win a ticket.

For those of you who are interested in purchasing tickets, please visit www.frankskikids.org to complete your credit card purchase of your tickets through the secure pay pal button. All sales for a reduced price ticket must be completed by November 1, 2009, 5pm.

For sponsorship opportunities, additional information or to purchase tickets by cashiers check, cash or money order please call the Frank Ski Kids Foundation office at (404)870-0230.


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As some of you know, the all new Compound Nightclub reopens with a bang this weekend. The Grand Reopening party is hosted by rapper Nelly and producer Polow Da Don. But the question on everyone's mind is, will Tameka Foster stalk Nelly at Compound this saturday?

I hear that Tameka Foster has the hawts for Nelly and she's been calling his cell phone like his child support check is late. As Usher would say, she's got it bad! You already know she's getting her weave and press on nails did for this special occasion. So we'll see if she shows up! I'll have my spies all up in the club on Saturday night!