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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.


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'Dear White People' Music Supervisor on Soundtrack as 'Statement Piece'
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“I keep a running list of songs that I hope to use,” says “Dear White People” music supervisor Morgan Rhodes. “I'm a little bit old-school because I write them down on Post-It notes and they're all over my office. I'm just completely geeked about ...


Dozens of people hospitalized during 2017 Sunset Music Festival - ABC News

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Dozens of people hospitalized during 2017 Sunset Music Festival
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Dozens of people were hospitalized amid blazing temperatures during an electronic dance music festival in Florida, despite efforts by organizers to keep people cool and hydrated. Tampa Fire Rescue Department public information officer Jason Penny told ...
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Music-focused British series 'People Just Do Nothing' celebrates the 'idiots everywhere' - Los Angeles Times

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Music-focused British series 'People Just Do Nothing' celebrates the 'idiots everywhere'
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Underground club culture gets the “Spinal Tap” treatment in “People Just Do Nothing,” a BBC mockumentary series that just landed in North America via Netflix. On this series, which is structured like the British version of “The Office,” cameras follow ...


Get four months of Google Play Music for free for a limited time - BGR

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Get four months of Google Play Music for free for a limited time
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You know what's better than a free three-month subscription to Google Play Music? A free four-month subscription to Google Play Music. For a limited time, Google is offering new subscribers an additional free month to the free trial of its streaming ...
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Encore: Jingle Writer Explores Decline Of Original Music In Advertising - NPR

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Encore: Jingle Writer Explores Decline Of Original Music In Advertising
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Advertising jingle writer Steve Karmen wrote a number of famous jingles, including Budweiser Beer's, "When You Say Bud," the New York State song, "I Love New York", the Exxon Song and Wrigley Spearmint Gum's, "Carry The Big Fresh Flavor." This story ...


Tale Of 2 Cities: Steel City, Music City Vying For Stanley Cup - CBS Pittsburgh / KDKA

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Tale Of 2 Cities: Steel City, Music City Vying For Stanley Cup
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It's the Steel City versus the Music City in the quest for the Stanley Cup. So, as the Penguins and Predators vie for hockey's most-coveted prize, how do their hometowns stack up? When it comes to the number of professional sports ...

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Hanson's Kids Steal the Show in Their New Music Video for 'I Was Born' - PEOPLE.com

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Hanson's Kids Steal the Show in Their New Music Video for 'I Was Born'
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Hanson has always been a family affair — and now, their kids are joining in on the fun. In celebration of their 25th anniversary as a band, “MMMBop” brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson dropped their new single “I Was Born” along with a music video ...

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Reckless Kelly, '70s hitmakers Orleans to play Arlington fest - Fort Worth Star Telegram

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Reckless Kelly, '70s hitmakers Orleans to play Arlington fest
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ARLINGTON Any press release that begins “music will drown out the sounds of construction” knows how to get to the heart of all us music-lovers and traffic-haters out there (even if the construction isn't totally about traffic), so the release for the ...


Why do we make music? The guys in Molehill surely know - Chicago Tribune

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Why do we make music? The guys in Molehill surely know
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So, you are sitting in a bar or tavern or club — whatever you may call the place you go to unwind, have a few drinks perhaps and partake of some sort of entertainment — and you will see in a corner or on a stage a person or persons making music. Jazz ...


Leftfield review – bone-quaking revival of a dance music revolution - The Guardian

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Leftfield review – bone-quaking revival of a dance music revolution
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