Smokey Robinson visits Duke Ellington students

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Students shrieked and cheered when Robinson appeared onstage and the enthusiasm didn’t die down when he lectured them to make sure they didn’t neglect their other studies for their art or give in to peer pressure.

Robinson said he grew up in a house of 11 kids and was raised by his sister after his mother died. Some of his close friends were “gangsters,” he said. But he said he refused to join them, when they asked him to help rob a gas station.



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