I'm really warming up to Solange. I can't believe I used to diss her. Solange is not at all like her sister. She's personable and friendly. She seems to have an easy going free spirit - and she shows love to the paparazzi, so she gets points from me for that.

Solange was spotted in London today wearing a Fendi bag and trendy Christian Louboutin pumps. Solange's album Sol-Angel and The Hadley Street Dreams drops on August 26. Solange was named as the new ambassador for Armani Jeans.

"Armani Jeans expresses my vision of a young, independent, casual lifestyle with a strong and cool, fashion sensibility. Solange epitomises this style perfectly and brings to it that swing so evident in her new single, I Decided," said Armani in a press release.

Photo: Splash News Online

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Legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor is in critical condition on life support, according to online reports. Taylor, 75, had been plagued with health problems for years.

The star was diagnosed with pneumonia and congestive heart failure - the latter is a cardiac condition which causes the lungs to fill with foamy fluid restricting blood flow into the heart. This condition makes it very difficult for some patients to breathe without mechanical assistance.

The British actress was the biggest star in the world in her heyday. Taylor was made an honorary dame by the Queen of England. (Source)

Monica celebrated the premiere of her reality series on Peachtree TV entitled "The Single: Monica". Keyshia Cole was among the stars in the house. Of course both ladies styles were right on point.

Mo is wearing a D&G skirt matched perfectly with a Diane Von Furstenburg blouse. Her outfit is completed by a Prada ruffled bag and of course the high heel pumps are Christian Louboutin (what else?)

KeyCo looks too cute in her causal top and jeans.

Fashion icon Rihanna looking pretty as a picture on her way to see BFF Chris Brown perform at the Nokia Theater in NYC yesterday. The bag she's wearing is a Louis Vuitton City bag in Epi leather. That particular piece set RiRi back almost $1,600.

By the way, Rihanna keeps breaking records! The Barbadian beauty becomes the fourth star in Billboard history to have two concurrent hits in the top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart! "Take a Bow" sits at #2 and "Disturbia" jumps 11 spots to #4!

Photo: Splash News Online and Freddy O

Celeb Style is sponsored by P.Valentine Boutique. Owned by 2 of Atlanta's fashionistas. Sherlita Patton (wife of Antwan "Big Boi" Patton) and Tracy Valentine, P.Valentine remains the true celebrity secret. For more information visit www.pvalentine.com

"Real Housewives of NY" was my show! I might even buy the entire season on DVD - it was that good! The 'wives' of NY were real. They weren't afraid to show their human side and emotions. I could identify with them even though our lives were worlds apart.

Not so with "Real Housewives of Atlanta" which premiered on BRAVO network last night. I missed the premiere, but loyal reader Morgan Mathews says the show was "horrible". I can only imagine what the first episode was like. Atlanta sisters are unlike any I've encountered anywhere else.

The sisters on 'Real Atlanta' were probably more concerned with showing their perfect homes, cars and weave, rather than showing their flaws. I'm sure I won't identify with any of these "real" sisters.

    Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 05:42:04
    From: Morgan Matthews
    To: sandra@sandrarose.com
    Subject: The Real "Embarrassment" of Atlanta

    Hi Sandra:

    I couldn't WAIT for you to post about that horrible show last night. I can NOT believe the BRAVO couldn't find any other beautiful, intelligent, classy women to represent Atlanta. WOW!!!!! I think the show would be a better fit for another network and I am sure there will be viewers...but I surely hope BRAVO doesn't expect the same ratings they received from The Real Housewives of Orange County & The Real Housewives of New York.

    If I had to vote .......DeShawn Snow was DEFINITELY a beautiful person. Her internal humble spirit came through like a light!

    Have a great day & I can't to see what you and other viewers have to say.

Ludacris attended the HEPA luncheon in Beverly Hills yesterday. Luda didn't seem affected by all the hooplah surrounding Sen. Barack Obama denouncing his lyrics. Luda called himself writing a song in support of the presidential hopeful. But all he got for his troubles was condemnation from Obama's camp for calling one of the most recognizable white women in America, a bitch.

Monica celebrated the premiere of her new reality show The Single: Monica which airs August 5th on Peachtree TV. Yung Joc and Trey were just two of the stars in the house to support Mo. More pics latah!

I hear that College Hill Atlanta's Shavon and Dorion made a special announcement at Mo's party last night! I wonder what it was? :)

Fashion icon Rihanna made the scene in NYC last night with friends and admirers (note the man in the back).

Photos: Splash News, Freddy O, Splash News Online and Wireimage/Getty

I'm told this is the cover art for LL Cool J's upcoming CD Exit 13. The album is due to drop on August 26. It took me all of 27 seconds to process the fact that there's a gigantic microphone rammed into the asphalt.

But where's LL Cool J? Is it a good marketing idea to release an LL Cool J album without a steamy pic of LL's ripped abs?

The fast single off Exit 13 is "Baby" featuring Dream. Click here to watch the music vid.


No doubt about it: pseudo-singer Cassie owes her career to the Stunt Meister, Sean Combs. All that publicity stunt hype has paved the way for the release of Cassie's new single featuring Lil' Wayne entitled "Official Girl".

I'm pouring out a little liquor for the brain cells I lost while listening to this hot steaming garbage. I should have known better: the girl can't sing a lick AND Lil' Wayne is on it. Double strike!

Jacob the Jeweler, real name Jacob Arabo, will report to a federal prison in January to begin serving his 30-month sentence for money laundering and other federal offenses. But until then, Jacob is calling in all favors and moneys owed by his celebrities friends.

Jacob doesn't have much time, so he's suing customers who fail to ante up the cash they owe for jewels they bought but never paid for. One such customer is rapper/producer Wyclef Jean whom Jacob says owes him approximately $300,000 in unpaid jewelry purchases.

In a lawsuit filed in a Manhattan court Tuesday (7/29), Jacob and Company Incorporated claims between March 2002 and January 2006, the 35-year-old musician purchased $765,100 worth of assorted ornaments, including several watches, but only paid half of the price. Jean apparently still owes the company $319,680 despite "repeated demands for payment."

At least we know Wyclef's bling is the real deal.


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Not all rappers are dumb as doorknobs. Rapper Ludacris, real name Chris Bridges, knew exactly what he was doing when he called Sen. Hillary Clinton the B-word on his new track in support of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

"Hillary hated on you, so that bitch is irrelevant," declared Luda on the track titled "Politics: Obama is Here" As you can imagine, the track is causing quite a commotion in the offices with the high glass ceilings.

Obama's camp was swift to denounce the lyrics contained in the song. But Luda knew that would happen. I'm sure he counted on the media to jump all over the lyrics -- which they did. Mind you, these are the same misogynistic lyrics rappers have been using to describe their Nubian sisters for at least 3 decades.

"I hope Senator Obama has the presence of mind to denounce and distance himself from Ludacris," Sen. Clinton's former national finance co-chair, Yashar Hedayat wrote in an email to the Huffington Post.

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton released a tersely worded statement condemning Ludacris and all rappers like him who use offensive language under the guise of "artistic expression":

"As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today too often perpetuate misogyny, materialism, and degrading images that he doesn't want his daughters or any children exposed to. This song is not only outrageously offensive to Senator Clinton, Reverend Jackson, Senator McCain, and President Bush, it is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear. While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics."

Ashamed? No. Paid? Yes. After all, who cares about mothers and children when it comes to the pursuit of the almighty dollar.

Oh, and expect Luda's publicist to issue a carefully worded prepared statement apologizing for his "unintended" offensive lyrics in 5...4....3...2...