Many thanks to Towanda and Trina Braxton for taking the time out of their busy schedules to chat live with Sandrarose.com readers! The ladies actually sat down to talk with our readers between breaks while shooting!
Towanda and Trina discussed how their reality show, 'Braxton Family Values', has changed their lives. They said Tamar is really over-the-top in real life, not just on the show. Towanda also revealed her relationship status with her estranged husband, Andre. Trina shares that her marriage with Gabe is still up in the air and they are currently in couple's counseling.
And we found out that Towanda is no longer Toni Braxton's personal assistant. Zo, who helped organize our live chat, is still working for Toni Braxton as her personal assistant. Zo explained what really happened when he burned the plastic in the oven.
Also, Trina's husband, Gabe, makes a cameo during the Live Chat!
You can watch the video below the break!
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Beyonce's sister, DJ Solange Knowles worked the wheels of steel at the celebration of Ferrari's chairman Luca di Montezemolo at Art Basel on Miami Beach yesterday. Also attending the event were singer Janelle Monáe (pictured above with Solo), and rapper Flo Rida (not pictured).
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Music producer Pharrell Williams attended the Dior pop-up shop at Miami Design District in Miami, Florida yesterday.
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Singer/actress Brandy Norwood, 32, was spotted leaving a restaurant in Beverly Hills yesterday. The former child star looked shockingly bad, even with a $21K Hermes handbag on her arm.
Singer/songwriter Alicia Keys, 30, attended her "Keep A Child Alive with Alicia Keys" premiere at the Tribeca Grand Screening Room in New York City, yesterday. Also attending the event was legendary rocker Bono (not pictured).
There's a surprising twist in the ongoing child custody battle between R&B crooner Usher Raymond and his ex-wife, struggling celebrity stylist, Tameka Foster. The NY Post reports that Foster's attorneys have demanded that Usher submit to a drug test as part of his response to her petition to strip him of his parental rights to their two sons.
But, according to The Post, Usher flatly refused to take the drug test. Foster's court documents indicate that a drug test was demanded, in part, because of blog rumors that Usher is a well-known nose candy connoisseur.
The custody battle between Usher Raymond and his ex-wife, Tameka Foster, is turning to war: Justin Bieber mentor Usher last week rejected a demand by his ex to submit to drug testing after she alleged he was “in delirium” during a January concert in Germany.
She also filed a request for Raymond to submit to drug testing, claiming she found mysterious pills in his jeans pockets in September 2008, and that she believed he was wasted during the Germany concert, according to court documents.
Video circulated widely online at the time showing Usher meandering onstage in front of the crowd and unable to sing. He apologized to fans, and his reps blamed a respiratory infection for his inability to perform.
Foster, however, alleges he was under the influence of something. “I dated him . . . when he’s had a very serious throat condition and he still performs like a champ,” she said. “ I really feel strongly that something was going on there, and it wasn’t, ‘Oh I have laryngitis.' "
She made a further claim in the deposition: “I believe he gets high. And if he doesn’t then he’d take the drug test, correct?” Source
It's f*ck wit Dre Day over at The NY Times which published an article yesterday ripping the legendary producer's best-selling Beats By Dre headphones.
If you're a black male, you probably own one of these sleek $300 headphones just because you will buy anything a celebrity endorses.
According to a music expert interviewed by The NY Times, the sexy headphones produce way too much bass, which distorts the music, and besides that, they suck.
“In terms of sound performance, they are among the worst you can buy,” says Tyll Hertsens, editor in chief of InnerFidelity.com, a site for audiophiles. "They are absolutely, extraordinarily bad." Source
The Times article goes on to say that back in the day, manufacturers such as Bose "marketed high-priced audio equipment by emphasizing technical merits like frequency response, optimum impedance, ambient noise attenuation and so on."
Nowadays a dude riding the bus doesn't care about the sound quality of the headphones, as long as the big booty chick sitting one seat over sees him wearing the trendy headsets.
Kim Kardashian's oldest sister, Kourtney, is pregnant with her 2nd child, according to E! News and her reality show's producer Ryan Seacrest. The baby's father, Scott Disick, and Kourtney often seemed at odds with each other on their reality TV show 'Kim and Kourtney Take NY'.
In an exclusive statement to E! News, Kourtney says, "Scott and I are so excited to announce that we are expecting our second child and are thrilled to be expanding the love in our family." Kourt first confirmed the happy news to Us Weekly. Source
Kourtney recently launched her Kourtney Mommy's Blog on E! Online where she gives tips on how to raise your kids to be as smart as her toddler, Mason.
Congrats to Kourtney and Scott!
Not many people live to be 103 years old. But rather than celebrating her 104th birthday in 3 weeks, Vita Lee worries about staying in her home.
Channel 2 Action News reports that movers hired by Deutch Bank, and sheriff's deputies arrived at the ranch style home yesterday to evict Ms. Lee and her 83-year-old daughter as community activists and Channel 2's Ryan Young gathered outside. But after seeing Ms. Lee in her fragile state, the movers and sheriff's deputies refused to go through with the eviction.
"I saw the sheriffs who came to put them out take off and leave. I gave all glory to God," community activist Michael Langford said.
"This family has been waging a war against Deutch Bank," said community activist Derrick Boezeman.
The eviction action was too much for Ms. Lee's daughter. An ambulance rushed her to Grady hospital as news cameras rolled.
When Ms. Lee was asked if she knew she was being evicted, she said, "No. I knew they didn't know what they was doing. God don't let you do wrong." She added: "You know, the Bible says 'once a man and twice a child'. I'm a child, 104-years-old. Don't put me outdoors at 104."
Young explained that the house and case have been in the court system for years. Ms. Lee and her daughter has shared the home on Penelope Street in Northwest Atlanta for 53 years.
Ms. Lee had one last message for the ruthless bankers: "Please don't come in and disturb me no more," she said. "When I'm gone y'all can come out here and do anything you want to do."
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Tameka Foster is currently at home nursing her sick 2-year-old son back to health. We know that because she tweeted a pic of the child stretched out on a sofa today. She wants us to know that she's a good mother. Or she could be posting pics of the baby in order to gain sympathy.
As you know, Foster, 45, has filed yet another legal action in the ongoing child custody dispute with her ex-husband, Usher Raymond, 33.
This time Foster, who still uses her ex-husband's last name, seeks to strip Usher of his parental rights to their two boys. After TMZ broke the story this morning, Foster took to her Twitter page to grouse about the media coverage, and about her ex in particular.
"Haha I love how this guy manages to always be the victim. So masterful. Its amazing," she tweeted. In another tweet, she wrote, "To play innocent victim? Oh. That's crafty... & hilarious."
But wouldn't it be considered "crafty" to exploit your sick child on a social networking site to prove a point?
Vaudeville singer Beyonce was spotted entering her Manhattan office building today. The "Countdown" singer wore spandex leggings, boots with 6-inch heels, and enough makeup to choke a horse. The excess makeup and foundation gave her face a ghostly appearance. Quite frankly she looks ridiculous.
Photos: Splash News Online
Michael Jackson's unrepentant former personal physician will spend the next 4 years in the LA County jail rather than in prison due to overcrowding in the state prison system.
Earlier today Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor sentenced Murray to the maximum the law allows for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Jackson, who was 50 when he died on June 25, 2009. Murray was accused of giving Jackson an infusion of Propofol, a surgical IV anesthetic that is usually administered only in a clinical setting under close supervision.
Referring to Murray as a "disgrace to the medical profession," Pastor noted that it was irrelevant if Michael might have died in the care of another doctor. He said Jackson died because of the actions of Dr. Murray.
Murray's attorney Ed Chernoff requested that Murray be sentenced to community service. But the judge denied the request. Chernoff said Jackson was a "drug seeker," but he acknowledged that Murray was wrong for providing him with the drugs that killed him.
Last night, following 'Love & Hip Hop' episode 3, VH1 aired a sneak peek of T.I.'s new reality series 'T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle', which premieres Monday, Dec. 5.
The series is based on the post-prison life of rapper T.I., and the different hustles that T.I., Tiny and their children have going on. For instance, T.I.'s son Domani, whom he dotes on, is following in his father's footsteps by picking up the mic.
Tiny's friends, who sometimes travel with the couple on the road, provide the necessary drama in the series. But the focus seems to be primarily on cash money, and T.I.'s drive to keep the cash pipelines open now that his legal problems are over.
"No matter how long it took for me to get it right, it never get wrong again," says T.I. emphatically.
He adds: "The most important thing to me in the world: God, family, hustle, in that order."
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Earlier this week we told you about the fires that rapper T.I. ignited when he voiced his opinion on gays and the power they wield in the music industry.
In a cover story for VIBE magazine's end of the year issue, T.I., 30, said "gay people are too sensitive" and he repeated an obscene joke about gay sex made by comedian Tracey Morgan before he too was shut down by the gay elite and forced to apologize.
It didn't take long for the gays to strike back -- and very soon thereafter, less than 72 hours later to be exact, T.I. crumbled under the pressure.
In a phone call to TMZ's Harvey Levin yesterday, T.I. backed down from his earlier statements that one specialty group did not have the right to shut down the opinions of others because censorship is simply un-American.
Instead of sticking to his guns, T.I. allowed Levin to back him into a corner by agreeing that racism and the civil rights struggles somehow correlates with the current gay rights agenda.
Levin quickly put up a post with the headline: "T.I. [Says] Black People Can Be Oversensitive, Too".
We're not attacking T.I. because he supports Sandrarose.com, but the phone call, and its aftermath, were a disappointment to say the least.
Click HERE to hear the audio of the phone call or click the image above.
Usually when completely mismatched couples get together, the fake excitement and passion that they feel for one another is fueled by a brain chemical called Dopamine -- not to be confused with eternal love.
This chemical helps to remove the hesitancy, uncertainty and doubts that one might feel so that they can quickly get to the matter at hand -- hot, passionate, sticky sex in order to populate the earth.
The street drugs cocaine and Ecstasy work in much the same way.
So once that Dopamine stops leaking in their brains, some normalcy is restored and these couples are often left wondering what the heck they saw in each other in the first place.
That's the dilemma that R&B crooner Usher Raymond and his ex-wife, Tameka Foster, faced before they got divorced. To complicate matters even further: they have two sons together.
Now word is spreading around the industry that Usher and Tameka are no longer on speaking terms with each other. They say that if Usher wants to communicate with Tameka he sends word through a liaison.
I also heard that Usher has much more than joint custody of his kids, and that the children are with him more than they are with Tameka. But, according to gossip website TMZ.com, that information appears to be inaccurate -- Usher and Tameka still share joint custody of their boys, but now Tameka wants a judge to strip Usher of his parental rights because he closed her Saks Fifth Avenue card.
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An Atlanta business woman has come forward claiming she had a 13-year sexual relationship with GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain.
MyFOX Atlanta reports that "over the Thanksgiving weekend, FOX 5 senior I-Team reporter Dale Russell sat down with Ginger White, who had an amazing story to tell."
"It was pretty simple," White said. "It wasn't complicated. I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship."
Even before White's story was known to the public, Mr. Cain went on CNN today and announced there would be another claim of infidelity made against him. He went on record denying the most recent allegations that had not been made yet.
Here's an excerpt of a statement released by Mr. Cain's Atlanta attorney Lin Wood today. The statement all but concedes that Mr. Cain was involved in a sexual relationship with Ms. White.
I have highlighted the key words in bold for emphasis.
This is not an accusation of harassment in the workplace – this is not an accusation of an assault - which are subject matters of legitimate inquiry to a political candidate. Rather, this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults - a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public's right to know and the media's right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one's bedroom door.
Such a shame. I really had hopes that he would be a contender for U.S. President Barack Obama.
Attention whore Beyonce recently sat down with Katie Couric for an interview on ABC's 20/20 where she basically rehashes what she's already talked about in every other appearance that she's made. It isn't clear why Beyonce hungers for so much attention lately.
Every move Beyonce has made over the past 3 months has been orchestrated to put her front and center, in the national spotlight. This kind of attention-seeking behavior can't be healthy for her.
The rumors must be true that Jay Z ignores Beyonce when they're out of the public eye. And that he spends most of his time in the studio just to get away from her. Can you blame him?
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