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    Missy Elliott praises Rhode Island woman’s karaoke version of ‘Work It’

    Missy Elliott.
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    Missy Elliott.

    WEST WARWICK, R.I. — A Rhode Island woman’s karaoke version of Missy Elliott’s hit song ‘‘Work It’’ has become an internet sensation, even drawing praise from Elliott.

    Mary Halsey, of West Warwick, recently performed a version of the 2002 hit at an outdoor party at a park and posted the performance on her Facebook page.

    Elliott reposted Halsey’s video on Twitter and Instagram and wrote: ‘‘I just found out I have a FUNKY WHITE SISTER.’’

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    She added that Halsey ‘‘straight killed’’ the song.

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    Halsey’s video had been shared more than 140,000 times and had 7.1 million views as of Thursday.

    Halsey, a recreation assistant at a nursing and rehabilitation facility, says she knew the video would be big ‘‘but I had no idea it would be this big.’’