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Did Nicki Minaj really endorse Mitt Romney? Maybe not.

 By Maria Puente, USA TODAY If Nicki Minaj thought she'd send the political world and the blogosphere into an incredulous swoon with her profane "endorsement" of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, well, she was right. Bloggers and politicos have been swooning for hours today and they're still no closer to determining whether Minaj is really for Mitt, or whether it's just another ironic stunt by ...

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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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