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Hip-hop legend YoYo shares craft with metro Detroit youths

Sabrina Shellman has spent her whole life dreaming about becoming an actress. So when she heard Grammy-nominated rapper Yolanda (YoYo) Whitaker was bringing her School of Hip Hop to Highland Park, Shellman could not wait to attend. "It's in me and I want to bring it out and show the world," Shellman said about acting. "YoYo taught me so much about acting and life so I know this is something I'm going to do. ...

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No alcohol, drugs in Seau’s system

The full autopsy results were released by the San Diego County medical examiner's office in a 16-page report for the former NFL linebacker who was found by his girlfriend with a single gunshot wound to his chest. Seau did have Zolpidem, often found in the sleeping aid Ambien, and traces of the anti-inflammatory drug naproxen in his system when he died that were ''consistent with therapeutic use,'' wrote Dep ...

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Breezy, tuneful ‘Sparkle’

The 1976 version of the movie “Sparkle” is often connected to an Aretha Franklin album featuring Curtis Mayfield songs — even though the Queen of Soul isn’t in the film. The new “Sparkle” greatly improves on its source material: screenwriter Mara Brock Akil keeps and adds depth to the characters, while director Salim Akil gives the movie visual flair while letting the songs propel the story forward. While “ ...

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The moment is finally here

The moment is finally here - the first day of public school in Broward and Palm Beach counties. If you forgot, unlikely, the hundreds of yellow school buses clogging the roadways will be a good reminder that summer is over for more than 425,000 students. Some of the routines and people will be familiar, like it was in early June. But numerous schools have new leaders, new teachers and in some cases, a few n ...

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