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The rise, fall and rise of R&B singer Sara Stokes

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Sara Stokes’ story reads like the cover of a tabloid magazine.

The Port Huron native’s highest highs came with a rush of fame. She ascended from a childhood riddled with abuse to win an MTV singing competition, “Making the Band 2,” in 2002. Stokes became a singer in a hip-hop group called Da Band, going on tour and producing an album, “Too Hot for T.V.,” in 2003 with Sean (P. Diddy) Combs.

But when she fell, Stokes plunged to subterranean lows — with suicide attempts, drinking excessively, and engaging in abusive behavior herself. It was at Stokes’ most fragile point — when she was in the St. Clair County Jail two years ago on a domestic violence conviction involving her husband, Tony Stokes — that producers of a BET Centric reality show called “From the Bottom Up” approached her about the possibility of a comeback.


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