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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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The disaster movie Contagion beat The Ten Commandments to the top of the FandangoNow top 10 film countdown list this week.

Director Steven Soderbergh's 2011 hit movie Contagion is still topping pay-per-view movie charts in the U.S. as film fans try to make sense of the coronavirus pandemic.

The film, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne and Kate Winslet, has led FandangoNow's Top 10 Catalog Films countdown for the past two weeks and now tops beloved religious classic The Ten Commandments, which movie goers are paying to rent and buy on the streaming platform with Easter approaching.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is America's third most-watched non-new-release movie this week, ahead of Trolls and Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone.

Shrek, Selena, Home, Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets, and Spider-Man: Homecoming complete the top 10.

Meanwhile, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence's Bad Boys sequel has ended The Invisible Man's reign at the top of FandangoNow's overall video-on-demand service.

Americans on lockdown raced to view Bad Boys For Life over the weekend, giving the action comedy the edge over another new release, Sonic The Hedgehog.

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Christmas is a holiday tradition filled with joy and laughter. But it can also be a very stressful time for many, especially women.

Studies show that half of all women in America say they feel stress or anxiety during the Christmas holidays. Increased stress puts our health at risk.

Almost half of the women manage their stress by eating and drinking to excess. This excess can lead to extra pounds gained after the holidays.

Here are 10 simple tips to eliminate stress and get you through the holidays so you can be merry and light.
 

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1. Exercise

If you feel the stress of shopping, cooking and cleaning over the holidays, just stop, drop and take a little time to exercise the stress away. Exercise reduces anger, tension, fatigue and confusion by lowering your body's stress hormones such as cortisol. Exercise also releases endorphins which help to improve your mood and acts as natural painkillers.
 

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2. Squeeze your stress away!

Squeeze your stress away with stress balls. Stress balls work by keeping your hands busy so your mind will relax your body. If you don't have a stress ball, you can make your own stress balls from common household items.

In traditional Chinese medicine, the fleshy spot between your index finger and thumb is called the hoku spot. Apply pressure there for 30 seconds to relieve tension in your upper body.
 

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3. Hug your stress away!

Our arms were designed for hugging. Hugging relieves stress and anxiety by releasing a hormone in our bodies called Oxytocin. Researchers call Oxytocin the "cuddle hormone" because levels of the hormone rises when we hug. Oxytocin not only relieves stress, it also lowers blood pressure and decreases the stress hormone norepinephrine. If you're feeling a little stressed, hug it out!
 

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4. Light a candle

Burning essential oils or a scented candle can put us in a relaxed mood and reduce our feelings of stress. There are many varieties of candles and scents that calm and sooth our nerves and relieves stress. Aromatherapy can also improve sleep. Some of those scents include:

  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Bergamot
  • Roman chamomile
  • Frankincense
  • Sandalwood
  • Orange or orange blossom
  • Geranium
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    5. Reduce your caffeine intake

    We can reduce stress by watching what we eat and drink. Some food and beverages increase our anxiety because they contain stimulants. Caffeine is a stimulant that can wreak havoc in our bodies. If you're feeling jittery, anxious or your hands tremble, you're probably consuming too much caffeine and other stimulants. To improve your stress levels, avoid coffee, tea, chocolate, and energy drinks during the holidays. Try drinking water, almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk instead.
     

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    6. Chew gum

    Chewing sugarless gum is a quick and easy way to relieve stress. Studies show that people who chew gum have a greater sense of calm and well-being.
     

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    7. Spend time with family and friends

    Having a strong family support system can help you get through the stressful holidays. If you don't have family, there are many organizations where you can volunteer, such as children's hospitals, nursing homes, rescue animal shelters, etc.
     

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    8. Laughter

    They say laughter is the best medicine. Laughing helps to relieve stress by relieving tension in your muscles. Laughter also helps your immune system. A study of cancer patients found that patients who laughed experienced more stress relief than those patients who were simply distracted. If you're feeling stressed over the holidays, watch the comedy film Coming To America or a funny TV show. Or hang out with family and friends who make you laugh. Laughing is good for the heart too. No one ever actually dies laughing.
     

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    9. Learn to Say No

    You're probably the responsible family member who saves your money - and everyone knows it - so they come to you for money to buy Christmas gifts or pay their credit card bills. Juggling other people's problems is very stressful and unfair to you. The next time a family member or friend asks you for a "loan," just say "no." Saying "no" helps to relieve your stress in the long run.
     

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    10. Stop procrastinating!

    Procrastinating increases your stress levels by forcing you to scramble to catch up to pay that late bill, which causes stress. Stop procrastinating. Take control of your life by planning ahead and setting goals. Stay on top of your priorities. Buy yourself a notepad or a dry eraser board and keep track of your bills, doctor's appointments, yearly mammograms (if you're over 40), etc. Give yourself easy tasks to do. Make a to-do list and then go down the list and check things off as you complete them. Always give yourself time to complete the to-do list.

    Merry Christmas!

    Sources: Belmar Pharmacy, Healthline.com

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    Cardi B is the only female rapper on the list of Rappers Who Fell Off in 2019. The list includes Chance the Rapper, Blueface, Lil Yachty, A$AP Rocky, Lil Pump, Quavo (Migos), The Game, Sheck Wes, and more.

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    The 27-year-old rapper was once at the top of her game. It’s hard to think of another rapper - male or female - who dominated the music industry faster than Cardi B. And she did it on the strength of just one song ("Bodak Yellow")

    She was destined for rap legend status - until Lizzo and Megan Thee Stallion came along and stole her thunder.

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    Cardi B was almost unrecognizable as she went makeup free. She seemed deep in thought while doing a little Christmas shopping at Miami's Aventura mall on the last weekend before Christmas.

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    She wore a blue button down sweater minidress with black sandals. Her stops included Louis Vuitton, Ferrari, Foot Locker, Gucci, a baby clothing store and a bakery. The rapper was seen talking on her cell phone while being flanked by her security escort.

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    2019 was an amazing year for Cardi. She won 40 major music awards including a Grammy Award, four American Music Awards, four BET Awards, eleven BET Hip Hop Awards, and an MTV Award.

    She also appeared in her first big screen film Hustlers with Jennifer Lopez and Lizzo.

    Question: Do you think Cardi B fell off? What can she do to revive her career?
     

     

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    Black Excellist compiled a list of the most affluent Black communities in the United States. Atlanta is not mentioned on the list even though Atlanta has a plethora of high-net-worth individuals (HNWI) who live in thriving, affluent majority Black communities (such as Cascade).

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