G’morning to the lucky ones who have to work today! I’ll be here for a couple of hours and then I’m going to hit the mall to buy gift cards for my family and call it a day.

Today is the best shopping day of the year because retailers are slashing prices like crazy to move Christmas inventory out the door! Hopefully the mall won’t be too crowded so I can get in and get out quickly.

Anyway, this track is my favorite Beyonce song ever. Not that I’m an expert on Bey songs. “Hello” is the only Beyonce song that I like enough to listen to — not just all the way through, but repeatedly.

Bey’s oversinging is annoying and distracting, but the lyrics and the backing track are beautiful.

Beyonce hails from the school of oversinging where singers are taught to scream if they don’t have the vocal dexterity to hit those high notes.

A real singer would have done this song some justice.


L to R: The Gidewon Foundation’s Alex Gidewon, rapper T.I. and Gidewon Foundation’s Simon Gidewon

The Gidewon Foundation invited platinum rapper T.I. to attend their 4th Annual Christmas Holiday For kids event at the Cascade Skating rink yesterday.

The Gidewon Foundation donated over $30,000 worth of toys and food for over 300 kids!

T.I. arrived with his children Messiah, Domani and Major. He was ambushed at the door by the excited children and their mothers.

No, Tiny wasn’t there. She was out shopping for Christmas dinner with her other children.

Photos by ExclusiveAccess.net


T.I. always brings his sons Messiah and Domani to charity events to experience the joy of giving


T.I.’s 3rd grade teacher surprised him at the event


T.I.’s mom, Voletta Morgan, and baby son, Major, attended

The Gidewon Foundation’s Alex “Deep Pockets” Gidewon made it all possible by donating $30,000 worth of toys and other gifts for the kids


Grand Hustle rapper Young Dro love the kids!


BET’s Toure followed T.I. around all day for a special he’s shooting for BET

Photos by ExclusiveAccess.net

*Bumped*

[Originally posted Dec. 22, 2008]

Earlier today I spoke with popular radio personality Porsche Foxx who reached out to Sandrarose.com to talk about her very successful coat and toy drive, which I will get to in a minute.

Porsche didn’t want to discuss her reasons behind her controversial exit from V-103, but I persisted by asking the right questions.

Porsche Foxx’s departure from V-103 came to light when her boss Reggie Rouse sent out an email announcing her termination from the “People’s station.” The email was forwarded to people outside the station who had no business reading it, and that sparked wild rumors which Porsche says are unfounded.

On Thursday and Friday of last week, Porsche joined Elizabeth Omilami of Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry and Homeless to hold her 9th Annual Porsche Foxx Community Force Coat & Toy Drive at the Kroger at 6055 Old National hwy.

Over 1800 coats and toys were collected to benefit the Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry and Homeless Program. This is the first year that Porsche held her coat drive without the support and reach of V-103.

Porsche was very emotional as she talked about her former listeners who stopped by and took the time to donate toys and coats especially in a spiraling economy when they can barely make ends meet themselves.

“I really appreciate the people coming out and supporting me and giving,” she said. “We’re in a recession. It really brought tears to my eyes. A lady came up to me and said, ‘hey, I lost my job and I don’t know what I’m going to do for my kids for Christmas but we want to give you coats’. And that just really warmed my heart because I feel like most of the people who gave are really experiencing hard times themselves. That’s why I think this year’s coat and toy drive probably spoke the loudest out of all of them. God has been good. I really want to send a big thank you to Miss Scott and Miss Whipple in community affairs at Kroger and the entire Kroger staff.”

In response to my endless questions about the drama that went on at V-103, Porsche sighed and said emphatically, “You know, if anybody read the AJC, drugs or alcohol had nothing to do with this! Absolutely nothing! I think it was a matter of each of us wanting to go in a different direction. I’ve never been one to chase rumors because, in that case, I would spend all of my time trying to address rumors. I really appreciate all of my fans. They kept me number one in a city this size. That really says a lot!”

In a very revealing and emotional moment, Porsche said she found a lump in her left breast last month. “Anybody who experiences that and you don’t know what it is, it’s challenging.” Porsche said she found solace and comfort in the words of former WSB Anchor Jacquita Williams, who also found a lump in her breast and successfully completed chemotherapy treatments.

“I want to thank Jacquita for her encouraging and strengthening words. Thank God the lump is benign, but I will have it removed on January 26th.”

Porsche said the ordeal of the diagnostic testing and multiple doctor visits wore on her emotionally and mentally. But she never let on to her V-103 family about her cancer scare. She revealed the news only to close personal friends and family.

Still, she said a conflict arose when station management [Rick Caffey] asked her to cancel one of her doctor’s appointments and she refused. Porsche said the station was not supportive of her during that time.

But she defended the program director, Reggie Rouse, with whom she said she shared a good working relationship.

Porsche indicated that Caffey’s request to cancel her appointment was the last straw.

“That was the biggest conflict with V-103 and I,” Porsche said. “It was part of the procedure to schedule to have [the lump] removed and I refused to cancel it.”

Porsche said the conflict with station management over her doctor appointment was around the time she was let go from V-103. She said there was no indication of problems leading up to her dismissal from the station.

“We had a conversation and that led to us deciding to go in different directions. But that was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me!”

Porsche said she didn’t want to dwell on the negative. She asked everyone to keep her in their Prayers when she goes in to have her lump removed on Jan. 26. “I want to encourage women to continue their breast exams because that’s how I found it — in the shower. I wasn’t even thinking about stuff like that!,” she said. “Women don’t need to wait until their 40 and 50 to start thinking. That was a old myth.”

Porsche alluded to the fact that she might be back on the air in this market very soon: “I’m excited about the many opportunities that are presented to me,” she said. “I’m excited about what I do. I’m passionate about what I do and I am committed to the community. I even expect to venture into TV. That’s what I love to do!”

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I’ll be here for a little while on Christmas eve. But if I don’t see you, as T.I. would say, “MURRAH CRIMMUS EVERYBODY!” Happy Holidays and be safe!

Loyal reader Nay (above, left) wrote:

Good morning Sandra,

My name is Nay and I am one of the owners of So Exquisite (a new event planning company ready to dominate the south so be on the look out). I am a huge fan of your website and I was laughing when I saw the post about the mail you received on 12-18. I work for the customer service line 1-800-ASK-USPS and its amazing the kind of things these mail carriers do and some get away with it. As my customers say “Only The Government”. LOL. But I like the way you handled the situation. Instead of calling and complaining, you took matters into your own hands. Everybody listen: if you want something done about your issues with USPS follow Sandra example. LOL (but I am serious). Ne ways the main reason I’m writing is because I wanted to share this picture with you. I ran into and got the privilege of kicking it with Mr. Independent himself Webbie when he came thru the mile high city. I know he was disappointed cuz there wasn’t really a crowd, but hey, he got paid to stand around and look fly. I know that the other fans were disappointed cuz they paid $30 to look at him. But me and my G.U.C.C.I girls had fun.

But keep up the good work and Happy Holidays.

So Exquisite

Nay


Loyal reader Kristy wrote:

Hey Sandra!

Love your site :) I was on South Beach in Miami and ran into Gangsta Boo at Mango’s!

Happy Holidays,
Kristy Wilson


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Is it my imagination, or does Jeezy’s new goatee make him look scrumptious?

    Grammy Nominated Hip Hop Star Young Jeezy continues to give back with his annual toy and clothing giveaway in his homestate. Last night Jeezy handed out toys, bikes, skateboards and Adidas sneakers to underprivileged children in Macon, GA at the Frank Johnson Recreation Center. Tomorrow on Christmas Eve he will personally be going door to do drop off gifts to select kids living in the Bedford Pines Housing projects on Wednesday, December 24th.

    Currently on the road across the country to promote his critically acclaimed third major label release, The Recession, Jeezy has made uplifting underprivileged communities his highest priority. Through ongoing events that include a Back 2 School giveaway for young children in need of clothes and school supplies to organizing early voter registration events to help elect Barack Obama as President and appearances at food drives across the country, Jeezy continues to pave the way through his ongoing community service.

    Source: Tracy Nguyen | IPR + MKTG

    Photos by ExclusiveAccess.net

The man convicted of gunning down T.I.’s longtime friend and assistant was sentenced to 66 years in prison today:

Hosea Thomas was sentenced today (December 23) to 66 years in prison for the murder of Philant Johnson, best friend and assistant to Atlanta superstar T.I.

In May 2006, assailants stalked T.I.’s entourage following an after-hours party at the Club Ritz, located in the Roselawn section of Cincinnati, Ohio. (LINK).

Thanks to loyal reader and member Iyonah for the tip!

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Loyal reader LaShowne wrote:

Hi Sandra I was in ATL this week and I hung out at the bowling alley called “300”. I think that was the name of it, and Jazzy Pha was there hanging out he was so cool and really nice. Please post on your site. I love ATL!


Loyal reader and member Peachizz wrote:

Hi Sandra,

It’s me, Peachiz!!! I was going thru my EMF 2007 pics, and came across this pic with me (black/white polka dots), my good friends Johanne (pink shirt) and Tanya black shirt) and Keith Sweat.


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