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Emotions run high as McNally Smith College of Music graduates final class - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Facts about Betty Kresin, Eminems grandmother


Betty Kresin, Eminem's grandmother from the maternal side , got married at the age of 14. She got six children from 3 different marriages. She first married Bob Nelson. She gave birth to her daughter Debbie in 1955.She accuses her first husband, Bob Nelson, of being verbally abusive. Both moved to Warren, Michigan, to be closer to Betty's stepmother .Despite the problems the couple esperienced, she gave Bob two more sons, Todd and Steven.They divorced in the early 60's and Betty came back to her hometown St Joseph, where she met Ron Gilpin, her second husband.She had two more children with him. One of them is Betti Schmitt (Eminem's aunt and Debbie's half sister), who is still in touch and in good terms with Eminem. Ron Gilpin was an alcoholic who used to beat up his whole family. Violence was part of their daily life. Ron left his family in 1968.Dramas surrounded Betty's family. In 1991, Todd Nelson killed his brother-in-law, Mike Harris in self defense case. He was sentenced to jail for 8 years.Betty 's sixth child from a third marriage, Ronnie Polkingharn , was Eminem's uncle and closest friend. He committed suicide in 1991.

Eminem grew up for a while at his grandmom's home. She talks about his harsh conditions of living in Detroit :

It was a poor school and they wanted his shoes. He was one of the only white children going to this segregated school. And one time they took the shoes off his feet and he had to come home in a snowstorm with no shoes on. But the story people keep asking me - "he was unconscious and almost died and all these doctors...", now I know nothing about this and I'm his grandmother.

People should think twice before calling Marshall a racist.

Betty was angry with Marshall because he never attended to Ronnie's funeral. In fact, Marshall went depressive and swallowed a bottle of Tylenol and survived to another suicide attempt. He was unable to go to Ronnie's funeral, his pain was too immense.But Betty didn't know what happened during this period.


"I was kind of bitter about him writing about my dead son, because the last five years of my deceased boy, Marshall had not even seen him. Marshall - Eminem - and my son Ronnie were very close. He idolised Ronnie and Ronnie loved him. He never even came to Ronnie's funeral and he has never put the first flower on Ronnie's grave. He doesn't do anything - he won't go near the grave. The chain that Marshall wears around his neck, the dog-tag - that was Ronnie's. I gave him the dog-tag, he makes duplicates, he sells them now, and that really broke my heart because this is something sacred to me that I gave the boy. If my son could speak to you today from the grave he would say, "Marshall stop some of the garbage, make up with your family, life's too short"."

Marshall had a good relationship to his granny until he wanted to use Ronnie's voice on a tape. He intented to do this as a tribute to his deceased uncle, but Betty thought he was disrespectful towards her son. In 2002 , both reconciled. Betty Kresin is currently writing a book on her grandson which shall be entitled The Tie That Binds .

Betty says she's proud of her grandson and that she stands on his side.


Minneapolis Star Tribune

Emotions run high as McNally Smith College of Music graduates final class
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Graduations always hold the promise of new beginnings, but this time, it also meant the end. Thirty-three graduates of McNally Smith College of Music gathered Saturday at the History Theatre for the downtown St. Paul school's final commencement, just ...
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Despite storms, 20k music fans enjoy 'Day for Night' festival - KHOU

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Despite storms, 20k music fans enjoy 'Day for Night' festival
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HOUSTON - The Day For Night music festival ended outdoor performances early because of severe weather that moved into the Houston area Saturday evening. "It's December in Houston,” said one festival attendee. “You never know what the weather's going to ...
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Net neutrality's end may have negative impact for music fans and musicians - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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Net neutrality's end may have negative impact for music fans and musicians
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About 60 demonstrators gathered earlier this month in Washington, D.C., to protest FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plans to scrap Obama-era net neutrality protections. On Thursday, the FCC voted, 5-3, to end net neutrality. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty ...

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Does Christmas Music Turn You Into The Grinch? « CBS Philly - CBS Philly

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Does Christmas Music Turn You Into The Grinch? « CBS Philly
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PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — Does Christmas music put you in the spirit of giving or turn your heart two sizes too small? If you find yourself relating to a hairy, green, holiday-hating beast known as the Grinch when your ears are filled with the sounds of ...
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Aging rockers reign atop the first In Bloom Music Festival - KTRK-TV

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Aging rockers reign atop the first In Bloom Music Festival
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Beck, Queens of the Stone Age, Incubus, Explosions in the Sky, and Broken Social Scene. All due to play along a bayou without threat of a rainstorm. Hopefully. In an attempt to exorcise the stigma and the misfortune of having a rained out event in ...


10 Best Uses of Music in Movies in 2017 - Variety

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10 Best Uses of Music in Movies in 2017
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Music and film formed a potent partnership over the past 12 months, whether it was Hans Zimmer's jarring score for Christopher Nolan's “Dunkirk,” which served as another character in providing the on-screen tension, or the choreographed mayhem of Edgar ...

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Inside The Anthem, and the unlikely story of how it came to be - CBS News

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Inside The Anthem, and the unlikely story of how it came to be
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The Anthem, a new music venue in Washington, D.C., just opened in the city's revitalized Wharf district. It's an unlikely independent success story in an industry filled with global entertainment companies. CBS News' Alex Wagner took a tour of the new ...


Topeka Ramada to offer variety of music for annual New Year's celebration - Topeka Capital Journal

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Topeka Ramada to offer variety of music for annual New Year's celebration
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“Then we have in the grand (ballroom) Ghost Town Blues, and there's really an undercurrent in this year's talent that is really the bayou.” Accompanying some of the acts, Kramer said there's a drum line and a horn line — they're pulling out all the ...


Hayley Taylor's musical family sparked early interest in music - The Gander Beacon

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Hayley Taylor's musical family sparked early interest in music
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GAMBO, NL – For the Taylors of Gambo, music is a family affair. Mike Taylor plays bass and guitar, as does his father, who also plays mandolin and is now learning to play the accordion. “It's just right through the family,” said Mike. “It's something ...

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Humble Cinderella: The 8 Best Classical Music Moments of the Week on YouTube - New York Times

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Humble Cinderella: The 8 Best Classical Music Moments of the Week on YouTube
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