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Happy New Year! A special shout out goes to those of you who have stuck with me since I started my blog journey in 2007.

2020 changed our lives forever, as politicians and globalists figured out how to use fear mongering to control Americans and force their agendas.

Thanks to local lawmakers here in Georgia (Republican and Democrat) who refused to impose draconian restrictions such as lockdowns and mask mandates on Georgia residents.

Georgia is one of a handful of states that remains open during the Corona flu outbreak.

More people died from suicide, drug abuse, alcoholism and loneliness than from the pandemic itself in 2020.

As we say goodbye to 2020 and usher in 2021 with sadness and hope for a brighter future, free from tyranny and oppression, here are Sandrarose.com's most popular posts of 2020.

George Floyd made my Top 10 list twice. Floyd's death, at the knee of a Minneapolis police officer in May, became a flashpoint for Black Lives Matter riots and looting over the summer.

My number 1 most popular post in 2020 will surprise you!
 

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10. Coroner: George Floyd Died from Combined Effects of Coronary Artery Disease and Hypertensive Heart Disease

A Minnesota medical examiner has determined that George Floyd died from the combined effects of Coronary Artery Disease, hypertensive heart disease, and a knee pressed against his neck and back. READ MORE
 

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9. How Keyshia Cole dealt with Nick Cannon showing up 45 minutes late for her talk show (Video)

Keyshia Cole appeared on The Real daytime talk show that aired this week. Keyshia, 38, was there to promote her own talk show, One On One With Keyshia Cole. READ MORE
 

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8. Milwaukee mass shooting gunman made multiple complaints about racism at Miller Coors brewery

A 51-year-old man who went on a shooting spree at Miller Coors brewing company in Milwaukee complained repeatedly to HR about racism and harassment in the workplace. READ MORE
 

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7. Open Post: Future & Lori Harvey are back on the market

Welp, that was quick. After a whirlwind courtship that included all-expenses paid trips to Dubai and exotic island locales, hip-hop's most unlikeliest couple has called it quits. READ MORE
 

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6. Open Post: Pastor Jamal H. Bryant Welcomes a Son

The Rev. Jamal H. Bryant, pastor of DeKalb County's New Birth Baptist Church, welcomed a baby with a church parishioner. Update: This story was debunked. READ MORE
 

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5. Open Post: Did Jeezy really slide into ex-girlfriend Jasmine Sanders' DMs?

Jeannie Mai's fiancee Jeezy has some explaining to do. His ex-girlfriend Jasmine Sanders is tired of Jeezy sliding into her DMs to rekindle their romance. READ MORE
 

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4. George Floyd's fiancee speaks out, says people should forgive cop who killed him

George Floyd, the unarmed Black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis on Monday, was a "gentle giant" to those who knew him, says his fiancée. READ MORE
 

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3. Snoop Dogg apologizes for threatening Gayle King After Susan Rice Threatened to Send an Army

Rapper Snoop Dogg reluctantly apologized to television journo Gayle King after Susan Rice, Barack Obama's former national security advisor, warned him to "back off". Rice, 55, warned Snoop to "back the **** off" after the aging rapper threatened King... READ MORE
 

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2. CNN's Don Lemon calls out Oprah, Sean Combs, Drake for ‘sitting in their mansions doing nothing'

CNN anchor Don Lemon called out America's Black, wealthy elite for "sitting in their mansions doing nothing" while cities burned across America. READ MORE
 

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1. Dr. Ben Carson says 98% of coronavirus cases recover and 'we can't operate out of hysteria'

White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Ben Carson says the U.S. government can reopen the country in 3 weeks and the U.S. "can't operate out of hysteria." Carson says that 98 percent of all coronavirus cases will recover. READ MORE

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A biracial college student says he doesn't regret sharing a video of a white high school classmate uttering a racial slur because she should have known better.

Mimi Groves was excited after earning her learner's permit and was sitting in traffic when she dropped the N-bomb in a video.

Groves, who was 15 at the time, said, "I can drive, n*****s," in the video.

The high school student from Leesburg, Virginia sent her video to a friend on Snapchat, where classmate Jimmy Galligan, 18, spotted it, The Sun reports.

Galligan reportedly saved the video for a year before he posted it on social media right when he knew that Groves, now 19, had chosen to attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in June.

She was kicked off the University of Tennessee cheerleading squad and eventually withdrew from the school under pressure from admissions officials, according to The NY Times. They told her they'd received hundreds of emails and phone calls from outraged alumni, students and the public asking them to revoke its admission offer.

Groves, the cheerleading captain on her high school team, was mortified. She had just been accepted to the university's cheer team when the video dropped -- right around the time of the George Floyd protests.

Groves had urged her friends and followers to "protest, donate, sign a petition, rally, and do something" in support of Black Lives Matter.

One of her social media followers responded: "You have the audacity to post this, after saying the N-word."

Groves said that, at the time, she "didn't understand the severity of the word, or the history and context behind it."

"I was so young," Groves said. She added that the slur was in "all the [rap] songs we listened to, and I'm not using that as an excuse."

She said her entire family was struggling with the public shaming.

"It honestly disgusts me that those words would come out of my mouth," Groves said. "How can you convince somebody that has never met you and the only thing they've ever seen of you is that three-second clip?"

Galligan was unmoved by Groves' tearful apologies.

"I wanted to get her where she would understand the severity of that word," Galligan told the New York Times.

He added: "If I never posted that video, nothing would have ever happened" to her.

Feeling proud of himself, Galligan said he will always remember he "taught someone a lesson."

Galligan is now enrolled in his freshman year at Vanguard University in California while Groves lives at home, taking online classes at a nearby community college.

One of her friends, who is Black, said Groves apologized to her long before the video went viral.

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A Minnesota judge dismissed a murder charge against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was charged in the death of George Floyd in May.

Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill's dismissed a third-degree murder against Chauvin, who now faces two counts of second-degree murder and manslaughter.

Judge Cahill also denied defense requests to dismiss the aiding and abetting counts against three other former Minneapolis officers, Thomas Lane, J. Jueng and Tou Thao.

Chauvin was released from jail on Oct. 7 after posting a $1 million non-cash bond.

Chauvin, who was arrested on May 31, was charged in the death of Floyd, an unarmed Black man who is seen pleading for his life in a viral video.

Chauvin's defense attorney argued that his client did not intend to assault or kill Floyd during an encounter on May 25.

All four former cops are awaiting trial set for March 8, 2021.

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Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on George Floyd's neck until he died, has been released from jail.

Chauvin was released from jail after posting a $1 million "non-cash bond" on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The former cop posted a non-cash $1 million bond signed by A-Affordable Bail Bonds of Brainard, Minnesota around 10:34 a.m. Wednesday, FOX9 reports. He left the jail at 11:22 a.m. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Chauvin, who was arrested on May 31, had been held in segregation at the maximum security Oak Park Heights, Minnesota Prison where he was transferred following death threats from inmates at the county jail in Minneapolis.

Chauvin was charged in the death of Floyd, an unarmed Black man who is seen pleading for his life in a viral video. He was charged with second-degree manslaughter. Three other former officers who were at the scene were also arrested and have since been released.

All four are awaiting trial set for March 8, 2021.

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The "woke" cancel culture has come for the Black chef on the box of Cream of Wheat porridge mix.

B&G Foods, which owns Cream of Wheat, announced it will remove the iconic image of the Black chef from its packaging because the image of a Black chef is "racially insensitive".

The company became the latest "woke" corporation to drop a popular Black brand logo that they claim was stigmatized as a "racial stereotype" after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.

B&G Foods issued a statement explaining its decision.

"For years, the image of an African-American chef appeared on our Cream of Wheat packaging. While research indicates the image may be based upon an actual Chicago chef named Frank White, it reminds some consumers of earlier depictions they find offensive."

But some Blacks accuse corporations of intentionally using the civil unrest in the U.S. to remove the iconic images of Black people from their packaging.

Soon there will be no more iconic Black images left in advertising. And some Black activists believe that's by design.

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Four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd were mobbed by protesters as they left the Hennepin County courthouse on Friday.

The four attended a pre-trial hearing where their attorneys filed motions to dismiss the charges against them. Judge Peter Cahill ruled he would not rule on the defense motions to dismiss the charges.

The judge also declined to rule on motions to combine the four cases into one trial.

Former officer Derek Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death on May 25.

Viral video captured Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for over 8 minutes until he expired. The footage sparked violent protests in Minneapolis and around the country.

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Three former officers J. Alexander Kueng, Tou Thau and Thomas Lane (pictured above) were fired from the police force and later charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

Chauvin is the only former officer still in police custody while awaiting his murder trial.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman was disqualified from participating in the prosecution because he was present at an interview with a medical examiner, KHOU reported.

The judge also denied motions to allow two of Floyd's earlier arrests into the record to be used as evidence.

No date was given for any additional pre-trial hearings.

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George Floyd cried and pleaded with Minneapolis police not to shoot him after they tapped on his car window with a flashlight.

London's Daily Mail exclusively obtained the full 8 minutes of leaked police body cam footage that shows Floyd's arrest on Memorial Day.

The footage shows former officers Thomas Lane and Alex Kueng ordering Floyd to show both hands.

At least one officer drew his service weapon and pointed it at Floyd, who began pleading with the officers not to shoot him. "I got shot the same way before," he said, as the cops ordered him to put his hands on the steering wheel.

"Please don't shoot me Mr. officer, please don't shoot me man," Floyd said as he grabbed ahold of an officer's hand. "I just lost my mama."

Minutes later, Floyd would die an agonizing death under the knee of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, who is currently in jail awaiting trial.

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A special education teacher at Cedar Grove High School near Atlanta was terminated after he wrote a Facebook post urging a Black Lives Matter supporter to kill a white child.

Brian Papin made the comment after he viewed a viral photo of a BLM supporter named Isaiah Jackson kneeling on a screaming white baby's neck in a viral photo.

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Papin wrote: "Again! Your [sic] doing it wrong! One knee on the center of the back one on the neck and lean into it until death! You saw the video! Get it right or stop f***ing around!"

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The photo was a recreation of the infamous video of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck until he died.

Jackson was later arrested on a probation violation.

A DeKalb County Schools spokesperson confirmed Papin was no longer employed at the school following the public backlash.

"The teacher is no longer employed with DCSD. Again, there is no place for racism or abuse in our school district," DeKalb Schools tweeted on Friday.

Papin resigned his position at the school, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.

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Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who is already facing charges in the death of George Floyd, is also facing multiple felonies after he and his wife underreported their income for years.

According to CBS Minnesota, Derek and his wife Kellie - who are in the midst of divorce proceedings - were charged with nine counts of felony tax evasion.

The Chauvins reportedly worked multiple side jobs over the years - and earned over $400,000 between them. But their side hustle income was not reported according to the feds.

Kellie filed for divorce following Chauvin's arrest on murder charges in May. The action was likely taken to protect the couple's assets.

Investigators began looking into the Chauvins in June, 2020 for failing to file Minnesota individual income tax returns on time from 2016 to 2019, and for fraudulently filing tax returns from 2014 to 2019.

The investigation began after the feds overheard recorded jail phone calls between the two.

In one call, Derek was overheard telling Kellie someone was looking into their tax returns. He suggested she contact the person who handled their taxes. That person turned out to be his father.

According to the complaint, the Chauvins failed to file income tax returns or pay state income taxes. They also allegedly underreported and underpaid taxes on income from various employments each year.

The Chauvins own homes in Minnesota and Florida. They also own a 2019 BMW that was registered in Florida - where there are no state taxes - but the car was serviced 10 times in Minnesota.

The felony tax evasion charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the Oakdale Police Department. The couple faces a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison and/or a $90,000 fine each.

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput noted: "When you fail to fulfill the basic obligation to file and pay taxes, you are taking money from the pockets of citizens of Minnesota.

"Our office has and will continue to file these charges when presented. Whether you are a prosecutor or police officer, or you are a doctor or a realtor, no one is above the law."

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The 2020 BET Awards featured several mentions of the recent Black Lives Matter protests, sparked by George Floyd's death, including rapper DaBaby's performance in which he is pinned to the ground by a police officer's knee on his neck - a reference to the killing of Floyd, 46, in Minneapolis, Minnesota last month.
 

 

Rapper Lil Wayne closed out the 2020 BET Awards by saluting the memory of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died alongside his teenage daughter, Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash in January.

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In the awards ceremony's In Memoriam segment, Weezy performed his 2009 song "Kobe Bryant" as footage from the basketball icon's career flashed on the screen.

Lil Wayne previously honored the sportsman on his album Funeral earlier this year - one track, "Bing James," included 24 seconds of silence - a nod to Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers number 24.

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Host Amanda Seales paid tribute to the late Rock-n-Roll singer Little Richard. She made references to Breonna Taylor, the emergency medical technician who was killed when police officers raided her apartment during a wrong house no-knock warrant.

Seales also poked fun at all the well-meaning and opportunistic white folk who passionately support the Black Lives Matter movement.

"I must admit, this BET Awards is a little different," Seales said. "The main thing is it's virtual. We're getting real in touch with being real inside. Because outside is on one. It's got COVID and cops... It's like we hated on 2019 so much, it called its brother, 2020, to come through and provide a collective Molly whop. And that's precisely why we had to do the awards, because we deserve a break.

"And when I say 'we', I mean all us black folks watching the kneeling... the 'I take responsibility' vids, and saying to ourselves, 'Wow, Y'all goofy...!' America is acting brand new about racism, like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was doing all the speeches for album interludes...

"We been out here in these streets marching, and this new eruption of consciousness has been beautiful. But keep it real though, some of y'all was only at the protest because the club is closed."

The full list of BET Awards winners

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist - Lizzo

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist - Chris Brown

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist - Megan Tee Stallion

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist - Da Baby

Best New Artist - Roddy Ricch

Best Group - Migos

Best Collaboration - No Guidance by Chris Brown feat. Drake

Video of the Year - Higher by DJ Khaled feat. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend

Video Director of the year - Teyana 'Spike Lee' Taylor

Album of the Year - Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial by Roddy Ricch

Best Gospel/Inspirational Award - Just For Me by Kirk Franklin

BET Her Award - Brown Skin Girl by Beyonce feat. Blue Ivy Carter, Wizkid & Saint Jhn

Viewers' Choice Award - Hot Girl Summer by Megan Thee Stallion & Nicki Minaj

Best International Act - Burna Boy (Nigeria)

Best New International Act - Sha Sha (Zimbabwe)

Best Movie - Queen & Slim

Youngstars Award - Marsai Martin

Best Actor - Michael B. Jordan

Best Actress - Issa Rae

Humanitarian Award - Beyonce

Sportswoman of the Year - Simone Biles

Sportsman of the Year - LeBron James