Lexus Uncorked Culinary Experience

The LEXUS Uncorked culinary experience was held at the King Plow Arts Center in midtown Atlanta Thursday. Invited celebrity guests included actress Gabrielle Union, socialite Monyetta Shaw, entrepreneur Tameka Foster, actors Tray Chaney (The Wire), Christian Keyes and the cast Of TV’s Saints and Sinners.

Photos by Prince Williams/ATLPics.net

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R&B crooner Usher Raymond filmed ‘The X Factor’ in New York City, then he dined with Maxwell before jetting off to Los Angeles, where he was spotted shopping with his old lady, Grace Miguel on Sunday. The couple did some window shopping on trendy Robertson Boulevard before roaring off on Usher’s motorcycle.

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Yesterday, I posted excerpts from a rather lengthy “Put ’em on Blast” email written by a former employee of Tameka Foster-Raymond.

In the email, Becca Bussert, former manager of Foster’s Estella Boutique, tendered her resignation after being accused of stealing merchandise from Tameka’s shop.

The “Put ’em on Blast” section gives a voice to those in the industry who feel they have been wronged by certain industry execs, celebrities or companies.

The email author is solely responsible for the content of the email.

As always, we give the parties on Blast (and their representatives) the opportunity to rebut the complaint within a reasonable timeframe.

Edited: to add that Becca Bussert did not send the original email or the picture of herself to me. The email author just assumed that she did.

Raechel Taylor writes:

Dear Ms. Rose,

I am a business consultant by profession, hired in March of 2011 to support Ms. Tameka Raymond’s collection of businesses. Ms. Raymond sought my advice prior to taking action against Ms. Bussart for stealing from her store. For the record, Ms. Raymond reacted with integrity and concern when personally witnessing Ms. Bussart removing inventory from the premises without consent, and placing the items in the trunk of her vehicle. When Ms. Raymond approached Ms. Bussart asking why she was doing this, Bussart replied that her intention was to try on the clothing at home. Ms. Bussart should have had the authorities called upon her, yet Ms. Raymond was graceful and did not want to cause a scene.

When I questioned Ms. Bussart’s intentions a day later, she agreed that “that wasn’t the right thing to do.” Ms. Bussart has expressed serious intentions to pursue a career in fashion styling, just like Ms. Raymond has achieved, the reason for her to have sought employment with Ms. Raymond. When Ms. Bussart was caught removing Ms. Raymond’s merchandise without permission, she immediately became indignant, defensive, and retaliatory, considering that a future career in retail for Ms. Bussart could now be at stake.

It is my personal opinion that Ms. Bussart personally submitted her photo, taken in Ms. Raymond’s place of business during company time, to sandrarose.com with the intention of abusing this online portal for her own personal exposure. I am sorry to see that she has abused sandrarose.com’s integrity by submitting a public tantrum in response to her inevitable and impending termination of employment for stealing from Ms. Tameka Raymond. I might add that Ms. Bussart copied me in the original email she distributed with the intention of embarrassing Ms. Raymond, and when I questioned her intentions, she revealed that “when I pressed the SEND button, I did not have a good feeling in my stomach…it was not the right thing to do.”

As a retail consultant, it is my opinion that business owners who hire store managers do so with the intention that the business gets professional support which the owner may not possess. Ms. Raymond has been nothing but humble in her quest to explore the challenge of being a business owner, and maintains the savvy to know when to ask for support. She has sought advice and has accepted constructive criticism with grace and a positive attitude. Ms. Raymond, as of April 2011, can only be accused of hiring an opportunist who took advantage of her trust and patience. Ms. Raymond will be referring the case to the proper authorities, in light of the fact that Ms. Bussart has unlawfully compromised the confidentiality agreement she signed upon her employment with the company.

When reminded of this fact, Ms. Bussart said to me that “if I I had remembered that I had signed that, I would never have done this.”

It is my hope that sandrarose.com post an addendum to this saga, perhaps with the intention to warn others who try to abuse this online portal for their own personal gain.

Sincerely,
Raechel Taylor
Retail Savvy
[Phone # removed]

The manager of Tameka Foster’s Estella Boutique, has just tendered her resignation to Ms. Foster-Raymond. As you know, Foster-Raymond is the baby mama of R&B crooner Usher’s two sons.

In an email sent to industry tastemakers and published on Zeralyn.com, makeup artist Rebecca Bussert (pictured above) writes “I won’t work for a disrespectful, conceited person.”

In her bio posted on her facebook page, Bussert writes: “I value intelligence and integrity in others; I don’t care for flippant, ignorant pigs.” There is no doubt to whom she is referring.

Bussert, who is Caucasian, wrote that Foster-Raymond’s racist attitude and poor management skills is what drove off her prospective clients and employees.

I have observed some ridiculous things during my time working for you, Ms. Foster-Raymond, and I am glad to say that I will no longer work for such a farce as you. I have seen you ridicule potential workers such as Mr. Phil Plunkett, who gave you an estimate for shoe cabinets. After you lauded his work and said that this job would be beneath him, yet you called him to come in and do an estimate, you said that his estimate was way too expensive, and that you could probably ask “the Mexicans down the street” to do the job.

Before applying for the job, Ms. Bussert did her research on Foster’s troubled background and decided to take her chances and work for her anyway:

I have worked for you for just over a month, and after the first couple of days, I can see that the research I did before getting hired gave me ample warning about your character. I only wish I had heeded that research. That fact aside, I can also see that you have no idea how to operate a business or take ownership in it.

In her rather lengthy email, Bussert complained that Foster-Raymond was “an extremely disrespectful, rude, careless individual” to work for. Bussert wrote that Foster-Raymond made unrealistic demands on her time without ever clearly defining her job duties.

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