As I start to prepare for the school year in a month or so, I realize how important my role is as an educator is to the young people I teach. This new music video from Aloe Blacc only highlights that innate responsibility.
As I start to prepare for the school year in a month or so, I realize how important my role is as an educator is to the young people I teach. This new music video from Aloe Blacc only highlights that innate responsibility.
Like the New Always #LikeAGirl campaign, John Legend has appealed to the innate beauty and strength of all girls and women in his new music video “You & I”. Play this video for your mother, aunt, sister, grandmother, girlfriend, cousin, best friend. She will thank you IMMEDIATELY!
If you thought proponents of birth control were taking a back seat in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that allows for-profit companies to refuse coverage of contraception for religious reasons, think again.
In the most creative, delightfully shady and crafty way, women who are deemed less human than corporations (and their supporters) have taken to Hobby Lobby’s own crafting material to send a clear message.
Get the fuck out of our wombs.
It started with the picture above, one simple message designed with letter blocks at a Hobby Lobby Maryland branch by Policy Mic’s Adam Peck.
“It just seemed like a perfect opportunity to stage a kind of a silent protest, and the chance to use Hobby Lobby’s own products to do it was just too serendipitous to pass up,” Peck told Policy Mic. “I certainly don’t want to encourage other people to ransack their local…
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#GoMarlins! Let’s take a break from the insistent #LebronWatch! He’ll make a decision when HE IS ready! Let’s move it, people!
MIAMI (AP) — Henderson Alvarez’s outstanding stretch has already put him in the Miami Marlins’ record books, but it’s not sending him to the All-Star game.
The Marlins are looking for an 11th straight win with Alvarez on the mound as he attempts to continue his dominance of the New York Mets in the opener of a three-game set at Citi Field on Friday night.
Alvarez (6-3, 2.27 ERA) is fourth in the NL in ERA, including a 1.04 mark over his last nine outings while going 4-0. His last 10 starts have ended in Marlins victories, the longest active streak in the majors and a team record.
“I’ve always wanted to be a leader,” the 24-year-old right-hander said through a translator. “I’m just focused on being a pitcher.”
Despite his tremendous run, Alvarez was snubbed for his first All-Star appearance. However, he’ll likely be an option as a replacement…
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Kelly Ripa appeared on NBC’s Tonight Show on Wednesday and challenged Jimmy Fallon in answering questions about pop culture—while sitting under water balloons and wearing pointed hats.
The game was simple: Whoever answered the most questions wrong would get a giant water balloon popped over their heads.
“This is terrible,” Ripa said at one point during the game. “You’re supposed to ask me stuff I know!”
Watch the clip above to find out who got soaked.
LOS ANGELES — The fantasy saga “Game of Thrones,” defying the Emmy Awards’ grudging respect for genre fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series.
The meth kingpin drama “Breaking Bad” was next in line with 16 bids for its final season, including best drama and best actor nod for star Bryan Cranston.
Other top nominees included a pair of ambitious miniseries, “Fargo,” with 18 bids, and “American Horror Story: Coven,” with 17. The AIDS drama “The Normal Heart” received 16 nominations, including best TV movie.
The nominees for best actor in a television drama series announced Thursday morning are: Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”; Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”; Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”; Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”; Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”; Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards.”
The nominees for best actress in a television drama series announced Thursday morning are: Lizzy Caplan…
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Could you imagine, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell and Sarah Palin all at the Hot Topics table on “The View?”
According to rumors and reports, this could very well be the new look when the show begins its new season in September.
TMZ is reporting that the left-leaning O’Donnell has just finished negotiations and will join Goldberg as the lone two confirmed co-hosts . She originally left the ABC program in 2007 after a huge on-air fight with right-leaning co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
TMZ says ABC will make the official announcement of Rosie’s return “shortly.”
Rosie’s hiring follows the departure of Barbara Walters from the program in May and the announcement that both Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd are leaving.
Meanwhile, ET is reporting that Palin is in early discussions to be on the show, but she is just one of many being considered. Some on the production believe she might be…
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Democrats push Obama’s immigration package, Brazil suffers a stunning World Cup defeat, and more
1. Obama urges approval of $3.7 billion plan to handle child-immigration crisis
Senate Democrats vowed to move quickly on passing a $3.7 billion package President Obama proposed to confront a wave of thousands of children illegally pouring across the Southwest border. President Obama urged Congress to approve the spending, which would pay for caring for the children but also swiftly deporting them. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he aimed to finish a bill by Congress’s August recess, but many Republicans withheld support due to what they called Obama’s failure to secure the border. [The Hill, The New York Times]
2. Brazil stunned in historic World Cup loss
Germany humiliated Brazil in the World Cup semifinals on Tuesday, eliminating the host team 7-1…
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A South Florida marine who was jailed in Mexico after he said he accidentally crossed the border with firearms will get a chance to tell his side of the story.
Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, from Weston, has a hearing Wednesday with a judge for the first time. In a phone interview with CNN on Tuesday, Tahmooressi said he was optimistic about the outcome of the hearing.
Tahmooressi served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. He moved to San Diego for treatment.
While driving to meet up with a friend on March 31st his nightmare began. He made a wrong turn and ended up crossing the border, with all his belongings, including legally purchased U.S. guns, in his pick up truck.
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“I was going to call them after I drove off the exit, but…
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Then maybe I need to join . . . hmmmmmm.
Ava DuVernay, an award-winning writer, producer, director and distributor of independent films, was recently inducted into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., as an honorary member.
Presiding over the formal induction was Alpha Kappa Alpha’s International President Attorney Carolyn House Stewart.
In making the announcement, Stewart explained that an honorary membership is the highest membership category the Sorority presents. “Those who are inducted,” she said, “represent the highest standards of character, courage and womanhood. Through her creativity, trailblazing work in film, and her passion towards her craft, Ava DuVernay embodies the Alpha Kappa Alpha ideal. Most of all, through her work, she serves the worldwide community. This commitment is captured in Alpha Kappa Alpha’s credo: ‘Providing service to all mankind.’” Stewart stressed that service is the core mission upon which the Sorority was founded in 1908.”
DuVernay’s achievements make her an ideal candidate for honorary membership. She has gained worldwide…
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Britney Spears has been defended by star producer William Orbit after a leaked sound clip from new track Alien left her sounding like a strangled cat.
Orbit, who produced Brit’s track Alien defended her auto-tune free warbling and insisted the pop princess has simply been warming up.
‘I’d like to affirm that ANY singer when first at the mic at the start of a long session can make a multitude of vocalisations in order to get warmed up,’ he wrote on Facebook.
Britney Spears during her Las Vegas residency (Picture: AP Photo/Caesars Entertainment, Denise Truscello)
The 57-year-old said it was ‘generous’ of the 32-year-old mum-of-two to put something down for producers and said she was probably just having a cup of tea at the time.
‘Whomever put this on the internet must have done so in a spirit of unkindness,’ he blasted…
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YMCMB’s very own helped celebrate America’s birthday with a stellar performance at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia last night. Following performances of Aloe Blacc, Jennifer Hudson, and Philly native The Roots, the rap Barbie took the stage by storm at the 4th annual free concert, which aired live on VH1.
The leader of the Barbz showed plenty of skin in a black & gold bra with black leather sweatpants, while opening up with “Super Bass.” She then proceeded with her new single “Pills N Potions” off her upcoming album The Pink Print. Her Barbz didn’t hesitate to sing along when she performed “Yasss Bish!!!” & Nicki threw in some of her classics, “Did It On ‘Em” and “Beez In The Trap.”
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Americans love to wax histrionic about young people, and it would be cruel for me to deprive them of a beloved national past-time hours before Independence Day weekend. So if you’re gonna get gloomy about Millennials, here’s how to do so responsibly.
Stop talking about basements. Start talking about money.
In the last decade, the face of twentysomething Americans has been righteously slapped by the recession, according to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. The number of young adults making less than $25,000 has increased by six million; the number of young adults making more than $25,000 has declined by almost two million.
It’s not like there’s one economy for young people and another sparkling economy for everybody else. There’s…
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Olivier Rousteing , creative designer at Balmain returned to the modeling world after last season Rihanna was the one starring in the shots of the ad campaign .
With this new ad campaign shot by Mario Sorrenti , Rousteing is touching a sensitive subject in the fashion world : diversity . And with this diverse cast of models he just did it very well. At the end he is “a black guy in a very important French House,” as the designer himself comments. Supporting this cause just makes sense.
Stylist of the campaign became the very famous Katie Grand while Paul Hanlon took care of the hair, and Lucia Pieroni , makeup.
Valentino Resort 2015 collection 2015 is a masterpiece of elegance and fun audacity. A world of colors, flowers, lace, decorations, set for day and night, work and leisure. There is everything and more in a collection that is a tribute to one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, Frida Kahlo.
A little ‘gipsy and a little’ bohemian, Valentino’s resort 2015 woman. A mood 70s, there are indeed references to a parade of ’73. Colors are so well-matched and expertly printed on luxurious fabrics.
“Individuality remains a central point in our stylistic path,” Chiuri said, with Piccioli adding, “We are fascinated by the figure of the female artist, a character able to live following her own schemes and rules, not subjected to any kind of protocol.” ( Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli , creative directors at Valentino )
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With so many becoming victims of the various abuses, sometimes we just need to post reminders of the warning signs to help people identify the signs and avoid these abusive relationships. Remember that many abusers can be very deceitful with their words, but their actions will speak louder than their words. Watch how they act. Do not be deceived.
Warning Signs of Abuse
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Jennifer Love Hewitt has a new job. The I Know What You Did Last Summer actress has landed a role on the crime drama Criminal Minds.
According to CBS, who announced the latest addition to the cast on Tuesday, Hewitt will be a series regular on the long-running show, playing an undercover agent, Kate Callahan, who worked for the FBI before landing a spot with the Behavioral Analysis Unit.
“We’re thrilled to introduce a new special agent by adding the very talented Jennifer Love Hewitt to our amazing cast,” showrunner and executive producer Erica Messer said about the hire in a statement. “Many of us on the show have enjoyed working with her over the years and look forward to again. We have exciting storylines planned for her character and the entire BAU team as we head into our 10th season.”
Though Hewitt is no newbie to television…
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I agree! There have been charter schools popping up all over South Florida and it’s parents’ responsibility to do their homework about their children’s educational institute. Some schools are very reputable but there are a few that ARE “scams”!
The following article is by Patricia W. Hall, chair of the League of Women Voters Education team in Hillsborough County, Florida. It was originally published by La Gaceta in Tampa, Florida. The state League of Women Voters recently published a one-year study of charters across Florida.
Charter School Explosion: Follow the Money
Patricia W. Hall
Although charter schools must, by Florida law, be overseen by a non -profit board of directors, there are many ways in which for-profit organizations have begun to highjack the charter school movement. For-profit management companies frequently provide everything from back office operations including payroll, contracting with vendors for food services, textbook, etc., to hiring principals and teachers and curriculum control; so what was sold to parents and children as a local public education innovation now looks more like national charter-chains, the “Waltmartization” of public education. According to education expert Diane Ravitch, “nearly half of all…
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I love the comedic genius that is Melissa McCarthy and her fearlessness in the roles she chooses! I will DEFINITELY be supporting this new project this weekend! #tammy
A well-meaning personal project that never rises above the level of amiable mediocrity, “Tammy” feels like the kind of picture that can happen only when a major talent — here, the unsinkable Melissa McCarthy, who wrote the script with her husband and director, Ben Falcone — has amassed enough clout to try something different. Not that it looks all that different, initially: Playing a disgruntled Midwesterner who impulsively goes on a road trip with her boozy floozy of a grandmother (Susan Sarandon), McCarthy delivers another one of her patented loser-girl comic showcases, all coarse displays of temper, aggression and flailing ineptitude. That the performance and the movie ultimately aspire to something richer — a compassionate look at midlife malaise and cross-generational female bonding — turns out to be more admirable in theory than enjoyable in the execution by the end of this middling misfire.
Still, the fact that the public…
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This has such a WONDERFUL message for girls, women, boys and men about what it means to be #LIkeAGirl! #GirlPower
It’s no secret that First Lady Michelle Obama is extremely passionate about higher education, and this month she explains more to ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. Bush.
A major ingredient in the recipe for success has to do with nurturing resilience in our children, Michelle explained.
“I know I tell my kids all the time that they shouldn’t shy away from difficult things, because that is the point at which you are really growing. It’s not just about grades or test scores. Today our kids may shy away from applying to college if they think they don’t have the right grade or test score. But the truth is that the kids who succeed and go on to be successful professionals are the ones who know how to work hard,” says Mrs. Obama.
However in order to even get that far, the First Lady explains that children have to see education…
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President Barack Obama, flanked by Attorney Holder Eric Holder, left, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, left, speaks about a report from “My Brother’s Keeper,” an initiative to expand opportunity for young men and boys of color, Friday, May 30, 2014, during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
More than two dozen community and faith-based women leaders have signed a letter addressed to President Barack Obama in support of the administration’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative geared toward men and boys of color. The coalition, loosely naming itself the National Women Leadership Supporting My Brother’s Keeper, features prominent Black leadership across several organizations and churches nationwide and signed the letter as a collective.
President Obama’s bold initiative has been largely met with support for the marginalized group of boys and men who often…
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Chicago rapper Common is hard at work promoting his upcoming album “Nobody’s Smiling.” The second track to be lifted from it is the Biggie-sampling “Speak My Piece.” The song finds Common just trying to knock some sense into the wild youth of the Windy City.
While the song does talk about the drama going on in Chicago, the song isn’t solely focused on the negativity plaguing the city. Common calls his daughter Omoye his pride and joy, while making sure we all know he and Kanye West have been friends longer than we think. Ultimately, he conveys the fact that he will rep Chicago until the death of him.
Take a listen to the song below. Will you be picking up a copy of Common’s “Nobody’s Smiling” when it drops July 22nd?
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OMG! Magic Mike 2, you better watch your back! #TGIF
So I had an interview with some cast members of Joe Manganiello‘s new documentary La Bare.
These guys left nothing to my imagination as they talked about the life and culture of being a dancer at a very popular male strip club in Dallas.
La Bare is the most popular male strip located in Dallas, Texas and has been entertaining ladies from all over the world for decades. I sat down with Channing, Cesar, and J.D – three real life entertainers who work at La Bare and star in this documentary.
I started off asking Channing, who is the youngest of the three, his experiences becoming an exotic dancer and what a rookie can expect when they enter the business.
It’s more than just women, money, and a good time, like the famous line from Magic Mike; these men train and diet like professional athletes, promote themselves like…
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Call me a feminist sentimentalist. After spending the first of what would be four years researching the ascent to TV news superstardom of Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and Christiane Amanpour for my forthcoming book, The News Sorority, and discovering what these women were initially up against, I felt, in March 2010, like a hiker who’d vicariously reached a happy summit. Who’d have thunk it: Two out of the three 6:30 network solo anchors and one out of three Sunday news round-up anchors were female.
Three out of six. Half.
Five years before that, zero women had ever been in those roles. In early 2010, Christiane Amanpour had just been appointed the first female solo anchor of a modern network Sunday talk show (This Week). Katie Couric had been at CBS Evening News since September 2006, the first-ever 6:30 PM female solo anchor. After a rocky start…
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I love me the Weeknd!
By Shannon Carlin
The sexiness factor for 2014 was just upped, thanks tothe Weeknd’slatest song”Often” ? his first official solo track of the year.
On “Often,” the Weeknd?real name, AbelTesfaye?lets us know that he’s sexing on a pretty regular basis, bragging that he’ll make that p—y pop, rain anddo it how he wants to. Often, of course.
“Oooh, the sun’s rising up / The night’s almost done / But I see your eyes / You wanna go again / Girl, I’ll go again,” he coos.
But as sexy as the Weeknd is, this time around he sounds a bit sleepy. As if maybe all this sexual healing is reallymore trouble than it’s worth and as he says in the first line of the song, he might preferto just sleep alone.
Tim Burton’s new movie Big Eyes comes with a twist – it doesn’t feature a dead thing, a gnarly tree or Johnny Depp. That happens to be the only twist, and the true story plays out exactly as spelled out in the trailer. Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), the artist known for her horrible paintings of saucer-eyed children, marries a fraudster named Walter (Christoph Waltz), who takes credit for every single creepy painting.
Apparently these paintings were hugely popular in the 1950s, but god knows why. To quote Jason Schwartzman’s character: “Who would want credit?” The pictures are tacky, gaudy and empty – and so is this film. Perhaps Burton sympathises with a woman ridiculed for churning out the same stylised tripe again and again, and it’s not surprising to learn that he owns a collection of Keane’s work – the man clearly has no taste, as evidenced by his friendship with David Cameron.
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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) — For a 90-year old South Florida man, feeding the homeless in a public park is an act of charity but in Fort Lauderdale it’s a crime.
Arnold Abbot and two South Florida ministers were arrested last weekend as they handed out food. They were charged with breaking a new ordinance restricting public feeding of the homeless, and each faces up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.
“One of the police officers said, ‘Drop that plate right now,’ as if I were carrying a weapon,” Abbott said.
The conflict pits organizations with charitable intentions against residents and businesses who don’t want their neighborhoods to become magnets for the homeless.
Fort Lauderdale is the latest U.S. city to pass restrictions on feeding homeless people in public places. Advocates for the homeless said the cities are fighting to control increasing homeless…
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MIAMI (AP) — Pablo Sandoval hit a three-run homer off one of his favorite foils, and the San Francisco Giants beat the slumping Miami Marlins 9-1 Friday night.
All-Star Madison Bumgarner (11-7) allowed one run in six innings.
The Marlins lost their fifth game in a row, while San Francisco emerged from the All-Star break looking determined to end a prolonged scoring slump.
The Giants began the night averaging less than three runs per game in July, worst in the majors, but they’ve totaled 17 runs in their past two games.
Sandoval’s 12th homer ended Nathan Eovaldi’s night in the Giants’ five-run fifth. Sandoval improved to 8 for 11 lifetime against Eovaldi with nine RBIs.
Brandon Crawford hit the 11th pitch he saw for a two-run homer in the second inning. Buster Posey and Michael Morse each had three of San Francisco’s 13 hits.
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Freedom Side, a collective of young activists of color, are launching a multi-state effort inspired by the efforts 50 years ago by the Freedom Summer campaign during the height the Civil Rights Movement. Comprised of young men and women from various organizations already on the ground fighting for racial and social justice, the new campaign has a specific aim in highlighting the mass criminalization of young people.
One year after the shocking verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, the Freedom Side collective hosted a press conference in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday and held a silent march Saturday as well. Freedom Side members wore prison jumpsuits and black tape over their mouths in a solidarity protest in the city, which the Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private prison company in the United States, calls home.
Friday’s 11 a.m. CST press…
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2004-Elton John opens a five-night run at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
2004-Rush drummer Neil Peart’s autobiography Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road is optioned for a film. Ghost Rider is the tale of Peart’s 55-thousand-mile journey on his motorcycle after his wife and daughter both died.
2000-Elton John performs in Liverpool for the first time since 1982. He dedicates his show to John Lennon and opens with his Lennon tribute “Empty Garden.”
1995-Geddy Lee of Rush sings “Oh Canada” before baseball’s All-Star Game at Baltimore’s Camden Yards.
1993-Rock The Vote president Patrick Lippert dies of AIDS. The organization’s annual MTV-sponsored awards show for music business activism, which takes place the evening before the Grammys, is named after Lippert.
1985-The Live Aid concerts, organized by Bob Geldof of The Boomtown Rats to help starving people in Africa, are held in Philadelphia and London. The day-long shows, which…
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LGBT Center’s 26-Year-Old First Black Chair Faces Racial Hostility
According to North Carolina’s Charlotte Post, the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte has elected Ranzeno Frazier as its youngest and first African-American chair of its board of trustees. But not everyone is happy about his groundbreaking role. Frazier’s selection was met with both positive and negative responses, with naysayers taking issue with his age and experience, the paper reports. Most disturbing: Some explicitly attacked the 26-year-old with race-based insults, according to the paper. Read More.
Florida Cops Fired For KKK Ties
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is expected to release the details of an investigation into two former Fruitland Park police officers who may have ties with the Ku Klux Klan. An FBI investigation named Deputy Police Chief David Borst and Cpl. George Hunnewell as Klansmen. Borst resigned Thursday while Hunnewell was fired on Friday. Police Chief Terry Isaacs said an FBI confidential…
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Khloe Kardashian, it’s really important to close the Lamar Odom chapter of your life in a way that’s positive and not just brush it under the rug. I witnessed you drinking and partying nonstop on Keeping Up With The Kardashians during the July 13 episode, and that’s not my Khloe! Even your own family is very worried about you and they event confronted you about your new party girl ways on the show. Although the reality show is just a glimpse into your life, it’s obvious you’ve been moving in the fast lane not long after you and Lamar split. I think it’s incredibly important to live by your motto of “live life to the fullest,” but you still…
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