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Step by Step Step by Step Marquez “Quezzy” Johnson is just a working class kid who turned hip-hop fascinations into a career November 28, 2019
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    Marquez “Quezzy” Johnson is just a working class kid who turned hip-hop fascinations into a career
      Supported by gung-ho team din and Technotronic’s “Pump Up the Jams,” Marquez “Quezzy” Johnson saunters to the plate, grins wide, and pops a hip-hop dance move. Bases loaded, the green team pitcher backs up, deliberates a second or two and underarms a fast bouncy one toward home plate.
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    Crafty beauty from Tucson’s dark crevices
      A profile of Mario Patino, who creates astonishing miniatures from his memories of growing up on Tucson’s south side.
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  • Harmony and Twang
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    Seven decades ago, LaVerne Davis defied gender roles to become Tucson’s first child singing star
      We dig into Tucson music history to tell the story of LaVerne Davis Lawrence, a child country-western star back in the 1950s.
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    Ever wonder about the voice in a drive-thru speaker?
      Hannah talks about her mom and stops, a rare breath between difficult subjects. She continues: “It’s an injustice for people to assume others aren’t going to change just because they used to be a certain way. My mom cleaned up and was getting her life together and it was so beautiful.
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    Some mother’s daughter
      Brain Smith tells the story of Darlene who spends her days with her broken bike and shopping cart in the sun.
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