Our Jams

Hey Glossy Ones,

We realized that it has been awhile since we share our current favorite songs. Here we go!

“…In This Club” by Usher is number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts this week and Joyful Radiance can’t get enough of it. We are just patiently waiting to see how hot the official video will be.

Joy also loves how Lil Kim freaks the “Sensual Seduction”remix with Snoop Dogg.

Mix Maven loves the whimsical tune by Mariah Carey, “Touch My Body.” The song reminds her of Mariah circa 1995 (and that is a good thing!!)

An oldie, but goodie, Mix picks Janet Jackson’s “20 Foreplay.”In the video, she is channeling Dorothy Dandridge. The song is sweet and sexy, which is Ms. Jackson’s persona.

Speaking of Janet, Sensual Element loves the dance groove of “Feeback.”

Sen also loves “American Boy”by Estelle featuring Kanye West.

Sen just couldn’t leave out Raheem DeVaughn’s “Customer.”

Joyful Radiance’s Christmas Wish List

Happy Holidays Glossy Ones!

We certainly hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving.  My family spent the day with my husband’s family and we all had a blast eating my mother-in-law’s delicious food – turkey, pot roast, dressing, mac and cheese, green beans, potato salad, yams, rolls, sweet potato pie, lemon pound cake and carrot cake.  Whew!  We all played Scene It – The Television Version on DVD and it was so much fun.  I am still full!!!!

This week, the Ladies of Pumps and Gloss will be sharing their Christmas Wish Lists.  Let the fun begin!

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Outside of peace, love and unlimited credit, I want the 8GB Apple iPod Nano in Red.  I love that half of the proceeds go to help women and children in Africa.  Go Red!

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I have always wanted a Coach Picture Frame Keyfob.  Wouldn’t pics of my hubby and puppy be cute? 🙂

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Gift cards in any amount from Starbucks (A great stocking stuffer or gift for a coffee drinking co-worker), Target (isn’t that little dog cute!) or iTunes (for my new iPod!) would be sweet.

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Now that I am back to work – yes, yours truly is back in full effect in the busy field of HR – I need to step up my wardrobe game.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any pics of suits that I like.  Nuts!  Tahara is my all time fave, so suit and work looks will have to come in another post.  However, I do love these Coach Jilly Travel Ballet Flats.   Perfect for my commute to and from work.  Scuffing my pumps just won’t do.  I love all the colors, so any pair would be perfect.

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I certainly cannot be seen walking into the building with a plastic bag containing my lunch and shoes.  So not fly.  I must get a fabulous tote bag, perferably one that will coordinate with my purse.  I love the size of this Coach Signature Studded Gallery Tote.  I would likely get the black on black one.

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In order to keep in touch with Mix and Sen during the day, I have to upgrade my cell phone.  This Palm Centro from Sprint is just what I need – access to Messenger! 🙂

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The Simpsons Movie comes out on DVD December 18th.   Mmmmmmmmmm……movie!

I need some new music a.s.a.p.!  I would love Jill Scott’s new CD, “The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Volume 3” featuring “My Love” (above) and Kanye West’s “Graduation” featuring “Flashing Lights” with Dwele (below).  Get hip to Dwele yall – he is true neo soul at its best.

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You can never have too much Bath and Body Works.  This Luxury Bath gift basket is the perfect gift for the bath lover in your life.  Love it!

Next week, I will show you glossy ones what I plan on getting for my parents.  Mom is easy, but Dad is so difficult!  Ugh!

It is more blessed to give than to receive. ~ Acts 20:35

Have a great week!

~Joy

P.S.  I will also take anything from my luxury posting! LOL!

And I just adore this Mutts comic that ran in Sunday’s paper. 🙂

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 It says, “If the only prayer you say in your life is thank you, that would suffice.”  Meister Eckhart

Remembering Dr. Donda West

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From Yahoo! News

By JACOB ADELMAN, Associated Press Writer Sun Nov 11, 6:49 PM ET

LOS ANGELES – Donda West, mother of Kanye West and former chairwoman of Chicago State University’s English department, has died, a spokesman for the rapper said. She was 58.

Donda West died Saturday night in Los Angeles, said the spokesman, who asked for anonymity because not all family members had been notified.

“The family respectfully asks for privacy during this time of grief,” the spokesman said.

A cause of death has not been released.

Donda West was known for the strong bond she shared with her son, by whose side she was often seen at parties and award shows.

Kanye West, 30, often spoke of his close relationship with his mother, who raised him alone after her husband left when Kanye was 3.

She was the inspiration for the song, “Hey Mama,” on Kanye West’s 2005 album “Late Registration,” in which he sings: “Hey Mama, I wanna scream so loud for you, cuz I’m so proud of you … I appreciate what you allowed for me. I just want you to be proud of me.”

Donda West frequently defended her son against critics who accused him of penning misogynistic lyrics and other purported transgressions.

“I support my baby,” she said in a Chicago Sun-Times interview. “He is telling how he feels and he is speaking the truth as he sees it.”

In May, she published the book “Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Star,” in which she paid homage to her famous son.

Donda West served as chief executive of West Brands LLC, the parent company of her son’s business enterprises, and as chairwoman of the Kanye West Foundation, an educational nonprofit that works to decrease dropout rates and improve literacy.

Kanye West told the Associated Press in August that he and his mother worked together to devise the foundation’s first program, “Loop Dreams,” which helps public school students get involved in music.

“Me and my mother were discussing ways to give back and came up with the concept,” he said.

Donda West worked in higher education for 31 years, before leaving academia in 2004 to help manage her son’s career, according to a biography on the Kanye West Foundation’s Web site.

She began working at Chicago State University in 1980 and eventually chaired the school’s English department, according to the site. She started her teaching career in the early 1970s as an instructor at Brown College in Atlanta.

Kanye West’s writing partner Rhymefest lamented Donda West’s death Sunday in an appearance on Chicago radio station WCGI.

“She was everyone’s mom,” Rhymefest said. “A spirit never dies, a spirit lasts forever.”

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Listen to Dr. Donda West talking about her book, “Raising Kanye” HERE.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Kanye and his family at this difficult time.