Jamie Foxx was a no-show at an event to promote school attendance in Newark on Thursday.
Due to a snafu by his Jamie Foxx Foundation, the star kept 750 students at University High School — plus Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson and even Newark Mayor Cory Booker — waiting.
“Jamie was scheduled to come to University as a surprise guest,” explained a source. “The Jamie Foxx Foundation approached the school directly, and a lot of planning went into the event. The foundation had meeting after meeting for this.”
The source said that on Thursday, “Mayor Booker was in attendance,” as well as “Anderson, members of the school board and 750 students, who were actually missing class to attend this event.”
But “They ended up sitting around for over an hour. The whole time the Foxx Foundation people were saying [Jamie] was coming. It was a hot day, so everyone was sweating.”
Finally, word came he wouldn’t make it, so “Mayor Booker and Superintendent Anderson huddled together to become the special guests” and speak about Newark’s new Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow campaign.
Although Foxx’s appearance was to be a surprise, word had leaked, and a student tweeted, “@iamjamiefoxx I go to university high school .?.?. rumor has it we’re having a celebrity guest .?.?. is it you?”
But a Foxx rep explained: “[Foxx’s] Foundation was told last Saturday that his production schedule on ‘Annie’ had changed, and to inform the school he couldn’t make it. The school knew ahead of time that he couldn’t make it. At the school presentation .?.?. the [Foxx] Foundation donated [Reebok] sneakers for all the kids, and .?.?. a check to the school.”
Booker tweeted after the event, “So much gratitude to the Jamie Foxx Foundation.”
Apparently there were other goodies, too. One student tweeted to Foxx, “We appreciate the sneakers, cupcakes & supplies .?.?. University High School lubs [sic] you.”