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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So yesterday I met up with an old friend who brought along her Louis Vuitton messenger bag to our lunch date. Inside the bag was her brand new iPad.

She happily told me she wasn't following the crowd because she had resisted the initial onslaught of overhyped iPad ads for at least a month before she finally gave in after reading on my blog that her favorite singer Monica had an iPad. She said she loves it.

Me, on the other hand, I still have no use for an iPad. I already have a MacBook Pro (which I'm typing this post on) and a HTC smart phone, which I hate, but it serves my purposes when I want to browse the Internet while out & about.

I simply can't see myself dragging that monster iPad out of a bag just to check the sports scores -- unless I just want the people around me to see that I have an iPad -- and I am not that vain.

US president Barack Obama probably feels the same way. He doesn't own an iPad either.

Obama told the graduating class of Hampton University today (April 9) that the iPad is just another useless invention that will only lead them to distraction as they try to find work in a dismal job market.

Last week Apple CEO Steve Jobs bragged that his iPad sold over 1 million units. With over 300 million people in the US, I am not impressed.

Besides, that figure doesn't include all the replacement iPads exchanged by clumsy owners who dropped and broke their first units.

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R&B Diva Monica is currently on a plane flying from the west coast to her next promo stop in Oklahoma where she's performing at Langston University tonight!

Monica's gold selling CD Still Standing is flying off the shelves, and Mo is in high demand right now.

But she knows how much you guys love her. So before she boarded her flight, Monica logged into the comments section to drop you a note to let you know how much she appreciates you!

Photos Courtesy of Prince Williams/ATLPics.net

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Prince Williams of ATLPics.net sent these images of R&B Diva Monica on the set of a commercial for her new reality TV show. Sorry, I don't know the title of the show. But thanks to RoJay of www.MonicaSoul.com for always keeping us updated with the latest Monica news!

Monica is tended to by her stylist Shun Melson

And now she's ready for her close up!

Mo' and Rocko's children Lil Rocko and 'Melo, rockin' the new gear from Monica's clothing line for boys, Regions of Rock. That's Monica's brother Montez on the right.

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From ContacMusic:

R&B singer Monica is hitting the gym and rethinking her diet after learning she suffers from high blood pressure.
The Boy Is Mine hitmaker admits she was stunned when her doctor had to prescribe her with medication to help combat the health concern and she is determined to change her lifestyle to bring her blood pressure down.

She tells Sister 2 Sister magazine, "It's me now wanting to exercise and just learn to eat better; it's not for vanity purposes. I'm changing my eating patterns. I was addicted to Lawry's Seasoning Salt on my soul food - addicted to Old Boy seasoning. That stuff was killing me slowly. I ain't even been around long enough yet!"

Monica confesses it will be a struggle to maintain a regular workout schedule but she has no choice if she wants to avoid following in her family history.

She adds, "I can't stay in the gym. I'm going to have to though, because I just found out that I have high blood pressure. I'm 28 years old!

"And it's hereditary; it's on both sides (of my family). My mum has it, my grandmother had it, my father has it and diabetes, and his mother had both."

A rough looking Halle Berry took in a WNBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles yesterday. She's definitely seen better days. The WNBA players looked more feminine than she did.
Photo: Splash News Online

I'm only posting this pic because Monica is in it.


Disgraced singer Chris Brown posed on a video set with Omarion, Keri Hilson, Monica and producer Polow Da Don in L.A. last night.
Photo: Splash News Online

Could one-hit wonder Cassie be the next Rihanna? Only in her dreams. Cassie stepped out last night to attend the New York screening of "The September Issue" with her man Sean Combs (though they walked in separately). Did I tell you that Cassie's family and friends have no clue why she's with a man old enough to be her uncle?
Photo: Ray Tamarra/ Getty Images

MORE Celebs Out & About pics after the break!

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R&B Diva Monica released another track from her upcoming CD Still Standing. There's been so many leaks from that album that I feel like I've heard the entire thing already. I'm going to reserve my opinion on this track. But I will say I wish producer Missy Elliott would STFU and stop screaming all over Mo's records. Missy, hon, you are not Sean Combs! And when was the last time you produced a hit?

Oh, by the way, I had an interesting conversation last week with one of Monica's close family friends about Monica's flamboyant makeup artist, who calls himself Christian Belanciaga or Geisha Boii.

It seems that this family friend has never seen Christian with his full makeup on. She was shocked when she ran into him at a recent party. She claims she never knew he was even gay! How many times have I heard that?

Apparently Geisha Boii (picture above) knows just when to butch up and act manly (after all, this is Atlanta where over half the population is gay or down low).

The family friend told me, "I see him over at Marilyn's [Mo's mother's] house when he comes for dinner and he looks nothing like that!"

The friend theorizes that Geisha Boii would never disrespect Miss Marilyn -- the wife of a pastor -- by parading around her home in full homolicious regalia. The family friend also thinks Geisha Boii is just putting on for the cameras: Monica just wrapped shooting on her reality TV series over the weekend.

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The Velvet Room was the spot to be on Sunday night! Celebrities and pretty ladies packed the Velvet Room to party with Diddy, who celebrated the birthday of his first daughter earlier that day. Photos by Prince Williams/ATLPICS.net

Diddy celebrated the birthday of his first daughter Chance with her mom Sarah Chapman

MORE pics after the break!

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