Tameka Tiny Harris and Zonnique Pullins

Tameka "Tiny" Harris, right, and her daughter, Niq Niq, catch a few Z's on a private jet during a whirlwind promotional tour for T.I.'s new album, Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head, in stores Dec. 18. Stay tuned for more info on T.I.'s 12 DAYS of CHRISTMAS Giveaways Exclusively on Sandrarose.com!

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Last Friday, Khloe Kardashian's husband, Lamar Odom, was almost traded to the New Orleans Hornets NBA franchise. Mr. Odom unleashed a series of angry tweets on Twitter.com, before claiming his Twitter page had been hacked into.

Then, during a moment of male bonding between Lamar and uber macho ESPN radio jock Stephen A. Smith, the 6 ft 10 in, 230 lb Odom dissolved into tears. Lamar's emotional response to this event might be due to the early stages of male menopause.

Emotional changes are one of the signs and symptoms of low testosterone in men that occurs when a male is going through "the change". Hormonal changes are a natural part of aging for both men and women. Though women experience more changes than men when hormone levels drop due to aging.

What exactly is male menopause?

According to the Mayo Clinic, male menopause is "sometimes used to describe decreasing testosterone levels or a reduction in the bioavailability of testosterone related to aging."

Male menopause occurs after age 30 on average. By about age 70, the decrease in a man's testosterone level can be as much as 50 percent. One of the first signs of male menopause in a man is weight gain around the midsection, aka pot belly.

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Hopefully OK! magazine can recoup the $300,000 they lost, er, spent on this cover. Lol, they had to put Kim Kardashian on the cover if they had any hope of selling more than 100 magazines.

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom’s publicity stunt wedding has finally reached its climax.

After shelling out $300 000, the upcoming issue of OK! mag offers all the details on the ceremony, from interviews with bridesmaids/sisters Kim and Kourtney Kardashian to dish on the wedding dress, ring and cake.

The issue — which strangely also features Kim and Khloe — hits shelves tomorrow. The wedding production airs on November 8 on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. (Source)

I did a double take when I saw this magazine cover on another blog. I had to make sure that I was seeing the words "Life & Stye" instead of "OK! magazine", which reportedly shelled out $300,000 in cold cash to Khloe Kardashian and her mama for the exclusive rights to Khloe and Lamar Odom's wedding.

Yet there she is laughing it up on the cover of Life & Style magazine in her white Vera Wang wedding dress -- and OK! magazine's editors are not amused!

Not only did Life & Style get the wedding dress money shot, but so did X17online.com's paparazzi as well as numerous helicopter bound paparazzi in the skies above the Beverly Hills mansion where Khloe's quickie marriage to NBA star Lamar Odom took place on Sunday.

According to ContactMusic, the magazine bosses are furious at Khloe for allowing her wedding to turn into a 3-ring media circus. But that's what media whores DO, and OK! magazine should have already known that!

No doubt, the Kardashians made a few side deals in addition to the one they had with OK! mag. At this point, Khloe Kardashian needs to stack as much loot as she can because her sister Kim Kardashian -- the other media whore in the family -- wants her spotlight back.

In the meantime, OK! mag is out $300,000 and clear pictures of Khloe in her wedding dress are all over the Internets.

A guest at the wedding told OK! mag, "There were so many helicopters overhead, you couldn't hear the vows. The Kardashian family had assured OK! the ceremony would be at a secluded location, but in the end it was a circus."

Speaking of magazine covers, First Lady Michelle O covers Prevention magazine this month. Inside she says, "Life really gets good when you're 40 or 50." I bet she'll sing a different tune when she starts going through menopause!

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A few celebs and ball players turned out to attend Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom's sham made-for-TV wedding yesterday. It's a shame that public figures have to resort to publicity stunts to stay relevant now because they have no known talent. The bride wore a Vera Wang dress and the groom wore Armani. OK! magazine has the exclusive on the wedding pics. I hope those pics are worth the $300,000 the mag shelled out for that exclusive.


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Former Cheetah Girls member Adrienne Bailon

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I found this interesting comment (among many) in an earlier post I wrote about black men who think LSLH/white women were a better catch. The responses in that post were mixed, with most women defending other sistas for raising today's men to be the sorriest crop of brothas in history.

The old adage used to be, you can't turn a ho into a housewife. So the question for today is: is it now OK to turn a ho into a housewife since Kanye West, Lamar Odom and just about every rapper is doing it?

Loyal reader Nichelle Walker writes:

Most of them do these days –- look at Kanye with Amber. Men now [would] rather have a stripper than a hardworking woman. It has taken over even with Khloe: she has been with at least 5 men I know of This year alone yet she can still get married. Men don’t value themselves any longer. So I don’t agree. I believe black men have set their standards low, it was a point where a man wouldn’t dare try to turn a hoe-into-a housewife but now that’s what they want damn a good woman…

You know how I feel about this subject.

We have all seen the disaster that's resulted from black women raising black men alone in the last 30 years.

The bottom line is: It takes a man to raise a man. A female is not a proper substitute for a man in a boy's life. We need to do better.

If you're a single woman raising black boys, it is imperative that you have a man in their lives. You don't have to be sleeping with the guy -- he could be their uncles or male family members or just a friend. But he has to be there regularly in your sons lives to teach them how to be men. That means showing an interest in what they do, calling often to check up on them, taking them to ball games every weekend, etc.

In case you missed it: A female is not a proper substitute for a man in a boy's life. And ladies, it would help if you stop putting black men down in front of your sons.

I found a quote on a left-wing urban blog and it got me to thinking: do black men date and marry outside of their race because they believe women of another race are a better catch than black women?

Zabeth of Zabeth's blog asks why couldn't Lamar Odom "marry his former girlfriend of 10 years, who is also the mother of his 3 children but, somehow has the balls to marry the childless woman he's only known for 1 month!"

She goes on to say that "Khloe (and any children she may have with him) will reap ALL of the legal benefits, priviled[ges], and guarantees of being a wife while [high school sweetheart] Liza Morales will get child support."

But isn't that the image we see portrayed over and over in rap music videos? Black women are cast as "bitches", "hoes" and "baby mamas" who always have their hands out for child support, while the childless LSLH/white women are cloaked in furs and diamonds.

It should come as no surprise then that the black community leads the nation in single family homes headed by black women.

It wasn't always that way though. At one time, the black man was proud of his black woman. In 1966, for instance, 85% of black households were headed by black men. Today, it's more like 29%.

As Zabeth concludes, "[We don't] need to spell out the implications and lessons learned here."

TV personality Khloe Kardashian apparently found the time to read all the blogs and she is aware of the rampant skepticism surrounding her impending stroll down the aisle with her fiance Lamar Odom.

Khloe writes on her blog:

“Hi dolls, I’m thrilled to finally be able to tell you that the news is true… Lamar and I are getting married on Sunday!!! I couldn’t be happier and I’m so excited that I can finally share the news with all of you.

“Your well wishes have meant the world to me and I am truly so blessed to have such amazing fans, family and friends during this incredible time in my life.”

Khloe's friends tell E! Online that despite the wedding being planned in just two weeks, it's still going to be a classy affair.

Whatever.

L.A. Lakers Pau Gasol, teammate of Lamar Odom, joined NBA TV via phone last night from his native Spain and was asked about the upcoming nuptials of Odom to Khloe Kardashian. Below is the transcript of Gasol's answers. Here is a link to the interview CLICK to watch.

And here is the transcript of the call:

NBA TV host Marc Fein: "Did you get an invitation?"

Gasol: "No I didn't, some of my teammates don't have my Spanish number, and that could be a reason. Because they only have my American number which doesn't work here because Verizon don't have that kind of coverage. But maybe that's the reason. What teammate is it?

NBA TV analyst Steve Smith: "Lamar Odom is the guy they're tweeting about, but it's just a rumor."

Gasol: "Well, that's a rumor right? If it's true, I'm happy for him, but I don't think it is, because I find it hard to believe. But, if it is, (I) wish him, wish him the best."

How much are you willing to bet they call the 'wedding' off at the last minute?

Lamar Odom's baby mama Liza Morales is just as surprised as we are that the NBA star is tying the knot with TV personality Khloe Kardashian. Morales is clueless as to the reason behind Lamar and Khloe's mad dash to the alter (she's not pregnant, so they say).

Morales, who was once engaged to Odom, told E! Online in an exclusive interview that she got the news in a text message from a friend so she thought it was a joke. "I knew they were dating, because, like everybody else saw, they were going all of these places they could be seen. So that's how I found out they were dating. It's just really, really shocking," she tells E! News. "Everybody, and I quote, 'everybody' is shocked by this."

Morales said she would not be attending the weeding, but her daughter Destiny has met Khloe while her son declined to meet her.

Odom, 29, began dating Liza Morales when they were both just 17, and they've had three children together: Destiny, 11, Lamar Jr., 8, and Jayden, who died of SIDS at age 7 months in 2006. The high school sweethearts split two years ago.

Morales, who now lives in New York City with the two children, says Destiny has met the E! star, but Lamar Jr. "chose not to." The family won't be making a last-minute trip to California to witness the union.

"I would definitely say it is moving too fast," Morales says. "I think that marriage is a life commitment and it is not something you rush into. You can't think about the wedding. You have to think about the marriage and what that consists of. This is not a fabulous pair of shoes, or a fabulous custom-made suit we are talking about. So I would definitely say he is acting on impulse."

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