Beyonce

In a desperate bid to save husband Jay Z's struggling TIDAL music streaming app, Beyonce released a new track, "Die With You," exclusively on TIDAL.

The track with its tempting lyrics sang over lifeless piano chords was released on Saturday to coincide with Beyonce and Jay Z's seventh wedding anniversary.

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Jay Z

Music mogul Shawn "Jay Z" Carter enlisted the aid of his powerful celebrity friends to exert pressure on you to dish out $20/month (in addition to your cable and Netflix bills) to stream music from his new music service.

The aging rapper teamed up with celebs such as Kanye West, Rihanna, Madonna, and his long-suffering wife Beyonce to promote his new TIDAL music streaming service to their fans.

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Antonio Brown vs Louis Vuitton

An Atlanta-based shoe designer is suing Louis Vuitton for trademark infringement, the AJC reports.

Antonio Brown says he wants the prestigious fashion house to pay up for stealing his trademark design -- a toe plate on the front of his LVL XIII (Level Thirteen) designer shoes.

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Hip Hop mogul and businessman Clifford "T.I." Harris stopped by Miami's top urban retailer, Cool Js 183, to check on his Akoo Clothing display and sign a few autographs on Thursday. Cool Js also carries the latest gear from urban clothing line such as 8and9, Billionaire Boys Club, DIEM, and Raw & Uncut. If you're in the Miami Garden's area, stop by Cool Js at 71st and Biscayne Blvd to pick out your AKOO outfit, sneakers and backpack.

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Carol's Daughter Files for Bankruptcy

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the urban beauty products brand Carol's Daughter filed for bankruptcy protection from its creditors. Carol's Daughter founder Lisa Price disputes the report.

The Wall Street Journal reports that CD Stores LLC, formerly known as Carol’s Daughter Stores LLC, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Manhattan bankruptcy court.

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Celebs Attend Hollywood Star Ceremony For Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds Jennifer Lopez Leaves Power 106 Studios In Los Angeles

Rap tycoon Sean Combs, aka Puff Daddy, was locked in a bitter bidding war with ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, for the rights to acquire Fuse TV.

Puff, who hates to lose, was outbid by J-Lo and the NuvoTV network -- the media outfit that ponied up the cash for the purchase. Puff Daddy badly needed Fuse TV's viewership to boost the ratings of his own Revolt TV. Fuse TV is seen in 74 million homes while Revolt TV is only in 22 million homes.

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Ming Lee

Smash-and-Grab ATM thieves struck the upscale Snob Life salon near downtown Atlanta early Friday morning. The hapless thieves were foiled when they discovered the ATM was bolted to the salon floor. The thieves hit the popular salon, owned by Atlanta socialite Ming Lee, around 6:40 a.m. Friday, police told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Snob Life is a salon that caters to Atlanta's entertainment scene. The stylists are regulars on music videos sets. Their clients include reality TV stars and rappers.

“I feel violated,” salon manager Erin Wales told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We did not expect this at all.”

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Rick Ross sued by jeweler

Last year the timepiece of choice for the hip hop set was Audemars Piguet (because rappers like Jay Z favor the brand). This year, the timepiece of choice seems to be the legendary Rolex. So much so that jewelers can't keep the pricey watches in stock.

Rapper Rick Ross has always had a taste for finer things since the days when he punched a clock as a corrections officer in Florida. But a jeweler is suing Ross for absconding with about $90,000 worth of Rolexes that he didn't pay for. Read on.

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Jay Z is now officially a licensed NBA agent

Rap mogul Jay Z has all the right connections. The self-professed "business, man" is now licensed by the NBA to represent NBA athletes, according to a report on ESPN. The news was first reported by Sports Business Journal.

Jay Z, who has zero experience as a sports manager, signed NY Yankee Robinson Cano and NY Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz after forming Roc Nation sports management agency with his business partner Juan Perez (pictured left). He later signed WNBA player Skylar Diggins. But professional athletes are not rappers, and insiders are questioning whether Jay Z has the skills to negotiate major sports contracts and endorsements for his clients.

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Jay Z Beyonce TI and Tameka attend 4040 Club 10th Anniversary

Rap stars, actors, wealthy socialites, reality TV stars and professional athletes joined rap mogul Jay Z and his wife Beyonce to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Grand Opening of Jay Z's 40/40 Club and Sports Bar in NYC on Monday, June 17. Sharply dressed stars attending the shindig included rapper T.I. and his wife Tameka Harris; singers Maxwell, Adrienne Bailon, Kylie Minogue and Jessica Sanchez; women's tennis superstar Serena Williams; NY Knicks star Amare Stoudemire and his wife Alexis Stoudemire; and Jay Z's recent sports signees Robinson Cano and Victor Cruz, among other celebrity elite.

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7-Eleven stores raided

Nine owners of 7-Eleven stores in Long Island were arrested in a human smuggling scheme that exploited and abused illegal immigrants. The feds also plan to raid an additional 40 7-Eleven stores in NY and Virginia, The NY Times reports.

9 people -- 8 men and 1 woman -- were taken into custody in NY, and charged with wire fraud, identity theft and other charges. Among the arrested were alleged ring leader Farrukh Baig, left, and his wife, Bushra Baig.

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The Biggest Selling Vogue Cover

The increasing dominance of the Internet over mass media has caused wholesale changes in the way publishers select magazine content, including who graces the coveted covers.

Gone are the days when magazine editors solicited Hollywood starlets for glamorous covers to help sell their magazines. Nowadays the biggest-selling magazine covers are more likely to be reality TV stars or burlesque singers, such as Beyonce.

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Cheerios Stands by Biracial TV Commercial

General Mills drew attention to hundreds of ignorant comments under its Cheerios TV ad featuring a biracial family by disabling the comment section on YouTube.com.

This isn't the first time that a biracial couple has been featured in national television ads -- and it won't be the last time. In fact, 90% of black children featured in television ads today are actually biracial or mixed. So what's the big deal, you ask?

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Reebok Drops Rick Ross

Reebok has dropped Miami rapper Rick Ross amid protests over his rape rap lyrics, the NY Times reports.

Ross, a former corrections officer, came under fire when he quipped about drugging a woman's drink so he could have his way with her on the track "U.O.E.N.O. (You ain't even know)" by Atlanta rapper/producer Rocko Da Don.

    Put molly all in her champagne
    She ain’t even know it
    I took her home and I enjoyed that
    she ain’t even know it

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Alois Bell Applebees receipt

An Applebee's waitress is out of a job for publicly humiliating a cheapskate pastor who refused to leave her a tip.

Pastor Alois Bell apologized to her congregation and called it a "lapse in my character and judgment" to write, "I give God 10% Why do you get 18" on her receipt after dining at a St. Louis Applebees.

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Karrueche launch party

Chris Brown's other woman, Karrueche Tran, is set to launch her clothing line 'The Kill' at a party in Atlanta tonight. The only problem is her clothing line doesn't really exist -- except in boxes in a storage facility somewhere in LA.

Aside from the fact that Brown has withdrawn his support of her clothing line -- on orders from Rihanna -- The Kill is already a registered brand. But threats of lawsuits doesn't matter to someone like Karrueche when a club promoter is waving dollars under her nose.

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Karrueche Chris Brown

Yesterday, 12/12/12, was supposed to be the launch of Karrueche's clothing line. Karrueche, best known as Chris Brown's other girlfriend, had been promoting the launch for the past few weeks. She even flew to Paris to promote the launch of the line with her boyfriend, Chris Brown, who also promoted the clothing line by wearing pieces from Karrueche's line on his current concert tour.

Karruche tweet

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Last night Bravo TV aired a special featuring Atlanta celebrity hair stylists Derek "J" Johnson and "Miss Lawrence" Washington dishing on their RHOA co-stars. As you know, Derek J is a friend of the blog who was kind enough to sponsor a Total Makeover giveaway for my readers. So it pains me to reveal the shocking information that was passed on to me by a reader who I thought was being messy.

The reader emailed me to inquire about Lawrence's source of income since, she said, he was not allowed to practice in Georgia without a license.

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Comments Off on fanMAIL: Derek J Total Makeover Winner Wendy

Loyal reader Sherese writes:

Hi Sandra,

Wendy went to see Derek J and the Jspot salon crew today and she had an amazing experience. They are a good crew. Here are the pictures from her experience and we cant thank you enough for this opportunity. I am still happy!!

Many thanks to Derek J, Lisa McCall, and J Spot Salon!

New York State Senator Marty Golden (R) has canceled a planned event to teach women how to present a more feminine appearance in the workplace.

The event called Posture Deportment and Feminine Presence was part of a Summer series on career development focusing on "business etiquette" and "social protocol skills."

But critics chose to zoom in on Golden's plan to teach women how to act like ladies.

The media sparked a furor among feminists by calling attention to Senator Golden's plan to teach women “the art of feminine presence,” including tips on how to “sit, stand and walk like a model” and “walk up and down a stair” and shake hands more elegantly.

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Unlike Sean Combs, I bet rapper 2 Chainz pays his bills. The rapper was wrongly detained by New York's finest when they mistook 2 Chainz's rap accessory for a dangerous weapon at NY's LaGuardia airport.

2 Chainz, formerly Tity Boi, was released after the po-po examined the 4-finger ring chain, which police assumed was an illegal pair of brass knuckles.

"They tried to assassinate my character, they tried to assassinate my swag," 2 Chainz told MTV News in an exclusive telephone interview. "It was just a negative dilemma earlier where someone misconstrued a piece of jewelry for a weapon and stuff."

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Last week, a vexed hair stylist sashayed into the Buckhead hair salon owned by reality TV personality Derek J. The stylist had words with another stylist, after which he drew a weapon and fired a single bullet into the floor before running off. Normally, the gheys fight with knives, but now they're packing heat?

Police have launched a citywide manhunt for the gun slinging stylist, who they identified on Tuesday. The suspect, Corwin C. Pledger, 24, faces aggravated assault and terroristic threat charges, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

If you know where Corwin is hiding, contact Crimestoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477). You can remain anonymous and you may receive a reward up to $2,000.

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If you're an aspiring writer and you are considering writing a book in hopes of obtaining riches, be careful what you ask for. There are many hidden fees buried deep within book contracts that you may not be aware of if you (or your attorney) don't go over that contract with a fine tooth comb.

The emergence and growth of social networking websites such as Twitter.com and Facebook has given book publishers new sources of revenue by fleecing unsuspecting authors.

Shanae Hall, who authored the book "Why Do I Have To Think Like A Man?", writes:

Good Morning Sandra,

My name is Shanae Hall, I am the author of the book "Why Do I Have To Think Like A Man?" This was the book that gave Mary Harvey the courage to speak up. I'm sure you remember. Anyways I am writing you because I need your help putting our publisher (Farrah Gray publishing, who has also published Don Lemons, flavor flav and a few others books) on BLAST!! He has refused to pay us a dime or give us our rights back to our book, prior to the law suit we requested that he sign back our rights to us and that he could keep the money that he stole. Initially he agreed to do so, but later backed out of the release agreement. The primary reason for this law suit is because he billed us $92,000 for tweets and facebook fans that he said we acquired because of the book. When proof of expenses paid were requested of course nothing was sent over to back these extraordinary charges. And second because our royalty statements were grossly inaccurate and incomplete. We currently have a law suit pending in Los Angeles that he doesn't want to be served the paper work for (I have attached the law suit paper work as well as the fee sheet proving the bill for tweets and Facebook fans, and [?]) . As my mother/co-author Rhonda Frost explained to him. "You are stealing from two single mothers we are not going to let this go away w/o a fight." Thank you for helping me/us put his lying, want to be a celebrity, fraudulent ass on blast.

Shanae

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As some of you may know, singer Kelly Rowland and her manager, Devyne Stephens, parted ways last week. According to an industry insider, Kelly's boyfriend, Tim Weatherspoon, made her fire Devyne.

It seems that Weatherspoon (pictured at right and below with her) didn't get along with Devyne, who celebrated his 40th birthday in grand style last night in Atlanta (more on that later).

"Tim was co-managing Kelly with Devyne," said my source. "If you notice, he's always in pictures with her. A lot of people may not know [he's her boyfriend] because he's more like an average Joe. He's not well-known. But she really loves him."

Kelly has been riding a wave of newfound fame fueled by her #1 hit single, "Motivation", featuring Lil Wayne. Although she is a superstar in the U.K., Kelly wasn't as popular here in the states as she was when she sang backup for Beyoncé in Destiny's Child.

Industry insiders believe Kelly Rowland's renewed popularity in the U.S. is the reason why her boyfriend pushed for Kelly to dump Devyne.

"He wants them to be like Jay Z and Beyonce," said my source, who believes "a little jealousy" may have precipitated Tim's decision.

"That's a battle that Devyne couldn't fight," he said. "He can't go up against that. [Tim] is with Kelly everyday. They sleep together, etcetera."

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Yesterday, I posted excerpts from a rather lengthy "Put 'em on Blast" email written by a former employee of Tameka Foster-Raymond.

In the email, Becca Bussert, former manager of Foster's Estella Boutique, tendered her resignation after being accused of stealing merchandise from Tameka's shop.

The "Put 'em on Blast" section gives a voice to those in the industry who feel they have been wronged by certain industry execs, celebrities or companies.

The email author is solely responsible for the content of the email.

As always, we give the parties on Blast (and their representatives) the opportunity to rebut the complaint within a reasonable timeframe.

Edited: to add that Becca Bussert did not send the original email or the picture of herself to me. The email author just assumed that she did.

Raechel Taylor writes:

Dear Ms. Rose,

I am a business consultant by profession, hired in March of 2011 to support Ms. Tameka Raymond's collection of businesses. Ms. Raymond sought my advice prior to taking action against Ms. Bussart for stealing from her store. For the record, Ms. Raymond reacted with integrity and concern when personally witnessing Ms. Bussart removing inventory from the premises without consent, and placing the items in the trunk of her vehicle. When Ms. Raymond approached Ms. Bussart asking why she was doing this, Bussart replied that her intention was to try on the clothing at home. Ms. Bussart should have had the authorities called upon her, yet Ms. Raymond was graceful and did not want to cause a scene.

When I questioned Ms. Bussart's intentions a day later, she agreed that "that wasn't the right thing to do." Ms. Bussart has expressed serious intentions to pursue a career in fashion styling, just like Ms. Raymond has achieved, the reason for her to have sought employment with Ms. Raymond. When Ms. Bussart was caught removing Ms. Raymond's merchandise without permission, she immediately became indignant, defensive, and retaliatory, considering that a future career in retail for Ms. Bussart could now be at stake.

It is my personal opinion that Ms. Bussart personally submitted her photo, taken in Ms. Raymond's place of business during company time, to sandrarose.com with the intention of abusing this online portal for her own personal exposure. I am sorry to see that she has abused sandrarose.com's integrity by submitting a public tantrum in response to her inevitable and impending termination of employment for stealing from Ms. Tameka Raymond. I might add that Ms. Bussart copied me in the original email she distributed with the intention of embarrassing Ms. Raymond, and when I questioned her intentions, she revealed that "when I pressed the SEND button, I did not have a good feeling in my stomach...it was not the right thing to do."

As a retail consultant, it is my opinion that business owners who hire store managers do so with the intention that the business gets professional support which the owner may not possess. Ms. Raymond has been nothing but humble in her quest to explore the challenge of being a business owner, and maintains the savvy to know when to ask for support. She has sought advice and has accepted constructive criticism with grace and a positive attitude. Ms. Raymond, as of April 2011, can only be accused of hiring an opportunist who took advantage of her trust and patience. Ms. Raymond will be referring the case to the proper authorities, in light of the fact that Ms. Bussart has unlawfully compromised the confidentiality agreement she signed upon her employment with the company.

When reminded of this fact, Ms. Bussart said to me that "if I I had remembered that I had signed that, I would never have done this."

It is my hope that sandrarose.com post an addendum to this saga, perhaps with the intention to warn others who try to abuse this online portal for their own personal gain.

Sincerely,
Raechel Taylor
Retail Savvy
[Phone # removed]

The manager of Tameka Foster's Estella Boutique, has just tendered her resignation to Ms. Foster-Raymond. As you know, Foster-Raymond is the baby mama of R&B crooner Usher's two sons.

In an email sent to industry tastemakers and published on Zeralyn.com, makeup artist Rebecca Bussert (pictured above) writes "I won't work for a disrespectful, conceited person."

In her bio posted on her facebook page, Bussert writes: "I value intelligence and integrity in others; I don't care for flippant, ignorant pigs." There is no doubt to whom she is referring.

Bussert, who is Caucasian, wrote that Foster-Raymond's racist attitude and poor management skills is what drove off her prospective clients and employees.

I have observed some ridiculous things during my time working for you, Ms. Foster-Raymond, and I am glad to say that I will no longer work for such a farce as you. I have seen you ridicule potential workers such as Mr. Phil Plunkett, who gave you an estimate for shoe cabinets. After you lauded his work and said that this job would be beneath him, yet you called him to come in and do an estimate, you said that his estimate was way too expensive, and that you could probably ask “the Mexicans down the street” to do the job.

Before applying for the job, Ms. Bussert did her research on Foster's troubled background and decided to take her chances and work for her anyway:

I have worked for you for just over a month, and after the first couple of days, I can see that the research I did before getting hired gave me ample warning about your character. I only wish I had heeded that research. That fact aside, I can also see that you have no idea how to operate a business or take ownership in it.

In her rather lengthy email, Bussert complained that Foster-Raymond was "an extremely disrespectful, rude, careless individual" to work for. Bussert wrote that Foster-Raymond made unrealistic demands on her time without ever clearly defining her job duties.

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