Rihanna performed her hit singles "S&M" and "Only Girl in the World" live on NBC's "Today" show in Rockefeller Plaza. As I told you earlier Rihanna, will host the grand opening of the new Vision nightclub in Atlanta in July.

Keep it right here on Sandrarose.com for more details on this historic event! The new Vision will be the crown jewel of nightclubs in the South. And, of course, your favorite blogger (and 2 lucky readers) will be in the house!

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A retired MTA worker in New York is so confident the world will end next Saturday that he has spent $140,000 -- his entire nest egg --- on MTA advertising to assist his fellow New Yorkers in preparing for the rapture.

"I'm trying to warn people about what's coming," said 60-year-old Staten Island resident Robert Fitzpatrick, who retired from the MTA in 2006. "People who have an understanding [of end of times] have an obligation to warn everyone."

"Global Earthquake! The Greatest Ever - Judgment Day: May 21," the $50,000 - $90,000 ads literally shout from bus shelters, subway trains and subway platforms all around the city.

The Metro Transit Authority is happy to take his money, although critics wonder why the MTA is feeding into the May 21 hysteria.

"It's an individual's prerogative to spend their money as they see fit," said MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz.

Fitzpatrick is a loyal follower of California evangelist Harold Camping, who used a complex mathematical formula to predict the exact date of Judgment Day when Jesus Christ returns to Earth to book Final passage for all believers, and non-believers.

Camping also predicted a previous Judgment Day -- on Sept. 6, 1994. But that was just a dry run.

"It'll start just before midnight [May 21st], Jerusalem time: It'll be instantaneous and global," said Fitzpatrick. "There are too many scriptures talking about 'sudden destruction.'"

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Former Xscape member Tameka "Tiny" Cottle is preparing to see her hubby, T.I. again this weekend. Tiny visits her man every other Sunday and Monday at the Forrest City Correctional facility in Kansas where he's serving time for a probation violation.

If you recall, an incident of an intimate nature occurred during Tiny's last visit to her husband at the Forrest City prison Correctional facility in Kansas.

According to Tiny, T.I., 30, was reprimanded and his liberal access to the prison phones and email were cut off. Tiny didn't know when she would be allowed to visit him again before his release date sometime in August or September. But luckily, the prison didn't ban her from visiting T.I.

Yesterday she tweeted this on her Twitter page: "One of my steps of getting ready to see my man is changing my hair color. I'm always trying to do the impossible! So creative it is. #faith"

According to an inside source, Tiny, who was hospitalized recently, is planning a big Mardi Gras style event this weekend at her nail salon, Tiny's Nail Bar at 3540 Walt Stephens Road in Stockbridge. Business is good so Tiny wants to thank her many faithful fans and Twitter followers by slashing prices for nail designs! If you mention Tiny's Twitter page, you get 2 free designs with your pedicure!

If you don't have anything planned this weekend you should stop by.

Singer Ciara just tweeted this pic of herself rocking a pair of Air Jordan Retro 9's at the Hill Street Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in Atlanta this morning.

Later this afternoon she's off to the 2nd Annual Sprite Step Off Challenge at the Fox Theater in midtown. The step show starts at 5p.m.

I attended this same event last year at the Atlanta Civic Center. If you recall, controversy raged when the 1st prize of $100,000 in scholarships was awarded to the all-white Epsilon chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha out of Arkansas.

The white girls killed it at the majority black competition last year. They electrified the crowd with a dazzling step routine that clocked in at just under 9 minutes. But almost immediately after this video hit the 'nets, accusations of "the fix was in!" began sounding from HBCUs across the country.

Black sorors complained bitterly that MTV (and their sponsor, Coca Cola which distributes Sprite) wanted a step crew winner that was more in line with their targeted demographic.

So what if the white women stole parts of their routines from black step crews? The truth is that the all-black Tau Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha from Indiana University (who came in 2nd last year) should have stepped their game up a notch instead of acting like it was a dance competition.

The Zeta Tau Alpha girls should have been the sole winners because they stayed true to the historical black traditions of intricate stepping, call and response.

Well, to quiet the uproar (and to appease the media who began making inquiries), Coca-Cola announced that due to a "scoring discrepancy," both the The Zeta Tau Alpha girls (white) and the Tau Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha step crew (black), would be recognized as co-winners.

Naturally the outrage and indignation was split along racial lines, with white college students yelling racism right along with the HBCUs. Coca Cola's excuses about scoring discrepancies fell on deaf ears.

"Why won’t they let YT be great!!!!!! I swear black people won’t let white people have anything," was just one of the sampling of comments left on an all-white message board.

Probably due to the 2010 controversy, this year's competition at the Fox Theater has been scaled down.

Instead of V-103's Ryan Cameron hosting (as he did last year) -- they have someone named DJ Rock-T of the Tavis Smiley Show handling the hosting duties.

Ciara will perform during the competition. Lots of tickets are still available at $20.

The last time singer Lauryn Hill performed live in Atlanta, she left her most loyal fans feeling frustrated and unimpressed.

According to an industry insider who attended the concert for free at Atlanta's Center Stage theater in January, the 35-year-old mother of 5 hit the stage 3 hours late for her advertised 9 p.m. show.

Lauryn promptly confused her fans by announcing that she was tired of "playing the same music night after night." Hill told the shocked audience that she wanted to play something different. She then instructed her band to speed up the music, which rendered her classic hits unrecognizable.

The insider said Hill urged the audience to sing along, saying, "I want crowd participation."

"But nobody could participate because NOBODY knew the music!," said the fan. "Everybody was looking around like 'WHAT SONG IS THIS???'"

"It was new music completely," the frustrated fan continued. "The lyrics were the same, but you had to be on ecstasy to follow the music!"

Well, Lauryn Hill and her road manager, Atlanta's own sexual chocolate, Bumni, heard all the complaints and they want to make it up to enraged Atlanta fans. When Lauryn Hill hits the stage tonight in Atlanta, she promises to be on time and drama free.

Hill tweeted the following message to her followers on Twitter.com yesterday:

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Rapper Foxy Brown, 32, was among the C and D-list celebs attending BET's Rip the Runway 2011 at The Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC on Saturday (Feb.26). Also in attendance was singer Miguel and rapper Fabolous, who looked so out-of-place amongst the trannies and cross dressers who found fame on reality TV shows and on the Internet.


This is what passes for quality entertainment these days.

Gorgeous singer Kelly Rowland showed a little leg while getting out of her limo in Milan, Italy yesterday. That MCM pouchette is ca-yute!

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Rick Ross, 35, hosted the launch of Social Studies at CREAM Ultra Lounge in Atlanta on Wednesday (Feb. 16). The occasion was also a birthday celebration for Grand Hustle's OG Dean of The Hustle, Clay Evans. Social Studies Wednesdays is taught to you each and every Wednesday by Music Business Politics and Botchey Entertainment. Class is in session from 10PM to 4AM.

Photos by Prince Williams/ATLPics.net

Actresses Syr Law and Vivica A. Fox, 46, attended the Candy Ice Pre-Grammy Affair For Breast Cancer event at the Supperclub in LA on Wednesday. I don't care what anybody says, Miss Vivi is HAWT. By the way, Syr Law emailed me this morning. Hers was one of the emails that I sent straight to the trash bin without reading it (I have to stop doing that). I immediately fished the email out of the trash once I saw her picture. You'll be seeing more of her on this blog.

Singer Neyo, 31, right, hung out with actress Michelle Rodriguez, 32, rapper Killa Mike, 31, aka Mike Bigga, and comedian Cedric the Entertainer, 46, at the Westwood One Radio Remote room yesterday in LA. Also attending the event were rapper Yung Berg, singer Mya, among others.


Singer Omarion, 26, attended the Bacardi presents The Black Eyed Peas Peapod Benefit at The Music Box in LA yesterday.

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Singer Keri Hilson, 28, attended the Westwood One Radio Remote at The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center in LA yesterday. Doesn't she look HAWT?

Rapper Lil Mama, 21, gave the kids FEVER at a pre-GRAMMY event at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Hollywood yesterday. I hope she ignores all the people who call her names. They're just jealous of her success!

Pseudo-celeb Amber Rose, 27, attended the GRAMMY Style Studio a couple of days ago in LA. She had the 'net going nuts yesterday after she leaked nude cell phone pics of herself online.

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According to Rap-Up.com, burlesque singer Beyonce, 29, is set to headline England’s Glastonbury Festival this Summer.

If you recall, her husband Jay Z, 41, headlined the festival last year. Expect ticket prices to be higher this Summer than they were last year. After all, Beyonce has a bigger stage show than Jay Z, tens of stage hands, plus all her baggage that she carries (physical and mental).

“This really is the biggest festival in the world and I cannot wait to perform there," said Bey. "Everyone who attends is really appreciative of music and is in such a good mood that entire weekend,” said Beyoncé. “I’m pumped just thinking about that huge audience and soaking up their energy.”

Pop Diva Janet Jackson, 44, announced her intimate concert tour on Monday (Jan. 3). Janet will play smaller venues and allow her rabid fans the opportunity to choose the songs she performs.

But all of that intimacy and privilege comes at a steep price that most fans simply can't afford.

Miss Jackson's "Up Close and Personal Tour" kicks off in Houston, Texas, on March 4. She will play 20 dates in 14 states. The ticket prices range from $122 for the nosebleed section to $600 for prime orchestra seats.

Loyal reader Nevesnana writes:
Hey Sandra,

This is NEVESNANNA. Hope all is well with you. (Happy New Year). Question...and answer...because your opinion is important :-)....Is Janet Jackson SERIOUS WITH THESE TICKET PRICES? I went on line to look at purchasing tickets for her show when she comes to DC ... IS SHE SERIOUS WITH THIS SHYT? The least expensive ticket is $122.00 and its damn near on the ROOF of Constitution Hall!

http://hallboxoffice.com/ResultsTicket.aspx?evtid=1541154&event=Janet+Ja