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Pint-sized Jackson 5, tiny rapper part of Dayton talent showcase


Anecia Burns’ talent is multifaceted.

“I’m a singer. I’m a dancer. I’m an actor. I’m a fashionista,” the bubbly Horce Mann PreK-8 School student said.

Burns’ talent will be put to the test during the ninth annual Family Affair “Biggest Talent Show in the Midwest” at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton

The competition is at 8 p.m. Friday, May 9, for high school students and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, for elementary and middle-school age participants.

Among the 64 dancers, instrumentalists, singers, rappers and poets are a positive 8-year-old female rapper and pint-sized Jackson 5 impersonators.

Admission is $10 each night.

“It is not just a talent show; it is a life show,” said Tommy Owens Jr., the showcase’s co-organizer.

Students had to meet an academic requirement and present a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or principal to participate.

They practiced two months for the showcase of local talent.

Marlon Shackelford, the event’s other organizer, said the show is a way to support a violence-free summer.

“We are teaching these young people to be drug free, crime free, violence free, hate free — which will equal stress free,” Shackelford said. “We are expecting these young people to make a difference.”

Contact this blogger at arobinson@DaytonDailyNews.com or Twitter.com/DDNSmartMouth


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