Joe Israel


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La Fuenta tasty, but doesn’t offer much else

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The battle for Mexican restaurant supremacy rages on. With a plethora of eateries in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area offering quality Mexican dishes, it’s hard to decide who will emerge as the frontrunner. Enter La Fuente.

Skin care tips for dudes

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Zero hour is upon us. Winter is almost here, and Jack Frost will be out in full force. Skin care in the winter time can be a pain, so I’ve compiled a list of five great skin care tips to make sure that the sexy is preserved and your situation is moisturized.

Argiero’s Italian Restaurant: Terrific service, OK food

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Besides our neighbors south of the border, Italians may have the best food anywhere in the world.
Whenever I eat Italian food, I become akin to a hungry child who can’t wait to sit down and chow down.

Is it time for America to legalize the use of marijuana?

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Two days ago, voters in three separate Michigan communities had the final say in deciding whether or not local police would arrest recreational marijuana users.

La Fiesta Mexicana brings the feeling of Mexico to Ypsi

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Located at 529 W. Cross St. in Ypsilanti, the restaurant has withstood economic uncertainty and has prevailed as a small business in a time when many in the area are folding.

‘That’s My Work 2’ is lazy and uninspired

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It’s still easy to see that the world loves Snoop Dogg, but for how much longer?

Writer examines top 10 Halloween hip-hop songs

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I love Halloween. Not so much for the costumes, but for the candy, the Devil’s Night pranks and in anticipation of what the girls’ costumes will look like. Who doesn’t love curling up with some apple cider with a splash of vodka, and watching “Friday the 13th”? The energy is really dope though and it has me thinking of some great horror themed hip-hip songs. So here we go, without further ado, my top 10 hip-hop songs for Halloween.

The renegade style of ‘The Counselor’ shines

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“The Counselor” is a lurid, violent and introspective film depicting a lawyer’s decision to enter the world of drug trafficking.

Sushi restaurant serves costly-but-satisfying meals

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Sushi is a cornerstone of lunchtime meals and a healthy part of Japanese cuisine. It gives college students an alternative to the mundane experience of college cafeteria food.

Detroit rapper Rizzy fails to impress

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Rizzy is an upstart, an enterprising rapper who hails from Detroit. He writes, sings, raps and produces. I won’t lie – he has skills, but if he’s looking to get a deal based off of the strength of these particular songs, it might be time to find another line of work.

Hip-hop moved north

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When the culture of hip-hop music was birthed 35 years ago, many individuals had mixed emotions about this new trend. Let’s be honest – the DJs plugging their Technic 1200s and their mixers into the lamp post for power was incepted just to become a hobby. It was meant to diverge from the harsh realities of urban decay that were impossible to ignore in New York City in the late 1970s.

To pay or not to pay

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To pay or not to pay? That is the question.

Up-and-coming hip-hop artist set to release album

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Around this time last year, a skinny kid from South Central Los Angeles with brave fashion sense and a penchant for lyricism released the best rap album of 2012. His name was Kendrick Lamar Duckworth.

Why Miguel Cabrera is a man among boys

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Jose Miguel Cabrera Torres is simply a man among boys. If anyone has had the fortune – or, depending on where you reside and whom you root for, the misfortune – of watching him play baseball, it’s difficult not to share the same sentiment. Since exploding onto the scene in 2003 at age 20, he has changed the sport in a time where performance enhancing drugs (PED) and steroids run rampant. Ryan Braun or any other major leaguer couldn’t even afford all the PEDs in the world it would take to hit the ball like “Miggy” can.


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