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Talks at the Schomburg: Basquiat and Contemporary Queer Art by Schomburg Center Feb 1 6:30pm EST

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Watch Schomburg Center's Talks at the Schomburg: Basquiat and Contemporary Queer Art on Livestream.com. The Very Black Project (Andre Singleton), Dr. Jordana Saggese, Kim Drew and Dr. David Clinton Wills will present a #veryqueer #verybasquiat #verydiasporic #veryblack conversation on the life and legacy of Jean Michel-Basquiat. This program, created by NYU Africana Studies graduate students, Ja'nell Ajani and Ayanna Legros, explores and historicizes the cultural phenomena and life events that laid the foundation for Basquiat's creative genius and his undeniable impact on African Diasporic communities across the globe.

This program is presented in collaboration with Basquiat: Still Fly at 55.

@SchomburgLive | #Basquiat

 

Schomburg Center  –  Join the conversation with the hashtags  #BasquiatStillFly55  #SchomburgTalks

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Taking The Lead: How ECBACC Promotes Positive Images of POC Through Comics

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During a time where a necessity for increased representation of people of color within art, film, and literature is at an all time high, it is important to shine a light on organizations that promote positive images of people of color through the media. I had the opportunity to speak with Akinseye Brown, the Vice President and Events Coordinator for the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC). ECBACC is also the sponsor of the Glyph Comic Awards (GCA), a Philadelphia based annual awards show established in 2006 and founded by Rich Watson, that honors the best in black images and issues in comic book and graphic novels. Some of the award categories include Best Story, Best Writer, Best Artist, Best Male Character and Best Female Character.

Over the past 15 years, ECBACC has grown from a local and community based organization to one with “national and growing international support and awareness.” Brown attributes the growth to the collaborative efforts of both ECBACC and the GCA to “raise the awareness of not only the importance of celebrating positive images of Black heroes, but also the need to recognize the quality and professionalism of creators of these books and stories that come from the very communities that gave birth to ECBACC.”

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The Diary of a Hounslow Girl - Live stream 7.30pm on Wed 25 May
- Black Theatre Live | USA TIMES: 2:30pm ET/1:30pm CT/12:30pm MT/11:30am PT - #HounslowGirl

The Diary of a Hounslow Girl - Live stream 7.30pm on Wed 25 May<br/>- Black Theatre Live | USA TIMES: 2:30pm ET/1:30pm CT/12:30pm MT/11:30am PT - #HounslowGirl | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it

Having trouble viewing the live stream? You can CLICK HERE to watch on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0U1MDv5xGU

Watch on-line on your 'phone, laptop, PC or internet TV.

Black Theatre Live are very excited to announce the live streaming of our current tour The Diary of a Hounslow Girl.

Filmed by our digital partners Pilot Theatre at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.

Join us from 7.20 for live interviews before curtian up for the Live Stream: 7.30pm on Wed 25 May including backstage chat & post-show Q&A. Whereever your are watching you can Tweet or Facebook your questions for the Q&A after the show to ​#HounslowGirl

Ambreen Razia with Black Theatre Live

THE DIARY OF A HOUNSLOW GIRL

You've heard of an Essex Girl or even a Chelsea Girl and now there is a Hounslow Girl, geared up and ready to take on the world...

From traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus... The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is a funny, bold, provocative play told through the eyes of a 16 year old British Muslim.

Starring writer and performer Ambreen Razia, recently featured in Murdered by My Father (BBC Three), No Guts, No Heart, No Glory (BBC 4 / Perth Festival Australia) and The Raz and Deep Show (The Wall of Comedy).

‘a powerful piece of theatre… astonishing and engaging’ British Theatre ★★★★★

‘Smart, astute and funny’ The Stage ★★★★

‘fresh and hilarious… an absolute must see’ Everything Theatre ★★★★

"laugh-out-loud… energetic and passionate.’ London Theatre 1 ★★★★

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The Diary Of A Hounslow Girl - Venue Trailer

Published on May 3, 2016

You’ve heard of an Essex Girl or even a Chelsea Girl and now there is a Hounslow Girl, geared up and ready to take on the world. The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is told through the eyes of a 16 year old British Muslim teenager growing up in West London.

From traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus this is a funny, bold, provocative play highlighting the challenges of being brought up as a young woman from a traditional Muslim family alongside the temptations and influences growing up in London.

A comic story of dreams, aspirations and coming of age.

Book here - http://blacktheatrelive.co.uk/tours/t...

Produced by Black Theatre Live
Supported by Arts Council England

Originally commissioned by Ovalhouse, London.
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African American History Conference (All livestreamed panels of The Future of the African American Past #FutureAAPast)

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May 21, 2016

African American History Conference


American History TV presented coverage from an all-day conference hosted by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and the American Historical Association. Scholars from throughout the country spoke about topics such as African-American religion, politics and culture, historic preservation, and interpretation. The National Museum of African American History and Culture was scheduled to open in September 2016.

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Freedom Summer School

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March 26, 2016


Freedom Summer School


Irene Williams talked about her experiences at the Freedom Summer School program and how that summer changed her life. During the summer of 1964, when Ms. Williams turned 10 years old, volunteers from around the country taught African Americans in Mississippi methods of non-violent resistance and encouraged voter registration. 

C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2016 LCV Cities Tour” in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, from March 24-30 to feature the history and literary life of the community. Working with the Comcast cable local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed. The history segments air on American History TV (AHTV) on C-SPAN3 and the literary events/non-fiction author segments air on Book TV on C-SPAN2.

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African Americans in Congress in the 19th Century

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April 8, 2016

African Americans in Congress in the 19th Century


House of Representatives historian Matthew Wasniewski and House curator Farar Elliott talked the history of African Americans who served in Congress during the late 19th century.

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Dear Jesus: The Complete Series - YouTube

Dear Jesus: The Complete Series - YouTube | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
Enjoy the entire Dear Jesus series from the very beginning in this playlist. You can watch Mercedes story all the way from season 1 to season 4 with The Alexis Show. Enjoy and share.
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Tweet from @DearJesusTV

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After 4 years, 63 actors, 42 episodes and 2 awards we have come to the end of our series. Thank you!
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http://youtube.com/dearjesustv

Thank you for all your support over the years. After much deliberation we have come to the end of the series. You can continue to watch the show here.
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African American Military History Museum

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March 28, 2016

African American Military History Museum


Latoya Norman gave a tour of the African American Military History Museum and highlighted some of the contributes made by African Americans throughout the nation’s history. African Americans have participated in every American military conflict dating back to the Revolutionary War.

C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2016 LCV Cities Tour” in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, from March 24-30 to feature the history and literary life of the community. Working with the Comcast cable local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed. The history segments air on American History TV (AHTV) on C-SPAN3 and the literary events/non-fiction author segments air on Book TV on C-SPAN2.

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The Daily Moth | Top Stories, Deaf News, and Deaf Humor

The Daily Moth | Top Stories, Deaf News, and Deaf Humor | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it

A Deaf Slant on the Universe

We are naturally drawn to light like moths. Under that illumination, we are free to communicate. We can’t hear, but we can feel the vibes of the world and create prisms of color with our hands.
Here, we unleash our own brand of human.


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What is it?
The Daily Moth delivers news in video using American Sign Language. The deaf host, Alex Abenchuchan, covers trending news stories and deaf topics with a twist of humor and deaf culture.

Where can I watch it?
The Daily Moth’s video content in full length is viewable on its Facebook page, YouTube channel and website at www.dailymoth.org. Follow our Twitter and Instagram accounts at @TheDailyMoth. Subscribe to our email newsletter at the front of the website.

How often is content posted?
The Daily Moth posts daily recaps of major news events on its website, social media, and email newsletter during the weekdays.

Can I send stuff to the host for him to post on the next show?
Please do! Contact him via The Daily Moth’s social media accounts below. Or email him at mothdaily@gmail.com

Who designed the logo and banners? The logo was designed by Tim Woodford and the banner was designed by Dexter Jones.
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From http://dailymoth.com/about

What is it? 
The Daily Moth delivers news in video using American Sign Language. The deaf host, Alex Abenchuchan, covers trending news stories and deaf topics with a twist of humor and deaf culture. 

Where can I watch it? 
The Daily Moth’s video content in full length is viewable on its Facebook page, YouTube channel and website at www.dailymoth.org. Follow our Twitter and Instagram accounts at @TheDailyMoth. Subscribe to our email newsletter at the front of the website. 

How often is content posted? 
The Daily Moth posts daily recaps of major news events on its website, social media, and email newsletter during the weekdays. 

Can I send stuff to the host for him to post on the next show? Please do! Contact him via The Daily Moth’s social media accounts below. Or email him at mothdaily@gmail.com 

Who designed the logo and banners? The logo was designed by Tim Woodford and the banner was designed by Dexter Jones.
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The Black Rock Coalition:
Afropunk Before Afropunk

The Black Rock Coalition:<br/>Afropunk Before Afropunk | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
For EBONY.com, Vernon Reid looks back on the Black Rock Coalition’s 30 years of mosh pit madness and on laying the groundwork for Black rock’s American evolution.
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Water crisis continues to poison Flint families

Water crisis continues to poison Flint families | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
It's true: President Obama drank Flint, Mich.'s water. It happened at a press conference in Flint, where lead in the drinking water has created a two-year-long health crisis. As a result, says Flint resident Laura MacIntyre, "Everyone seems to think the water situation is fixed."

No, she says. "It's not fixed at all."
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Five Video Games set in Africa you can play Right Now!

Five Video Games set in Africa you can play Right Now! | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
It wasn’t long ago that gaming and Africa were two words you would almost never see in the same sentence. Fortunately that trend is now a thing of the past with the gaming industry in across Africa beginning to grow at an accelerated pace and developers across the world taking an interest in many of the different cultures across Africa. Although console game development has yet to really take off, we are beginning to see a flurry of mobile and PC games set on the continent.
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Philanthropist Oseola McCarty

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March 28, 2016

Philanthropist Oseola McCarty


Jewel Brantley Tucker and Jim Coll talked about the life of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, washerwoman turned philanthropist Oseola McCarty. Ms. McCarty dropped out of school in the sixth grade and began washing clothes to make money for her family. Despite her meager salary, Ms. McCarty became one of the University of Southern Mississippi’s most well-known benefactors. 

C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2016 LCV Cities Tour” in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, from March 24-30 to feature the history and literary life of the community. Working with the Comcast cable local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed. The history segments air on American History TV (AHTV) on C-SPAN3 and the literary events/non-fiction author segments air on Book TV on C-SPAN2.

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Civil Rights Activist Vernon Dahmer

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March 28, 2016


Civil Rights Activist Vernon Dahmer

Vernon Dahmer, Jr., and Ellie Dahmer talked about the life of slain civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer. They shared the story of the night their home was attacked by members of the Ku Klux Klan in January 1966 and spoke about the impact his death had on the city of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Vernon Dahmer, Jr., is Mr. Dahmer’s eldest son, and Ellie Dahmer is Mr. Dahmer’s widow. 

C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2016 LCV Cities Tour” in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, from March 24-30 to feature the history and literary life of the community. Working with the Comcast cable local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed. The history segments air on American History TV (AHTV) on C-SPAN3 and the literary events/non-fiction author segments air on Book TV on C-SPAN2.

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University of Southern Mississippi Civil Rights Collection

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March 26, 2016


University of Southern Mississippi Civil Rights Collection

 
Jennifer Brannock showed items from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Civil Rights Collection. She displayed letters, photographs, and objects that document the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi following the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision.

C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2016 LCV Cities Tour” in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, from March 24-30 to feature the history and literary life of the community. Working with the Comcast cable local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed. The history segments air on American History TV (AHTV) on C-SPAN3 and the literary events/non-fiction author segments air on Book TV on C-SPAN2.

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Historic Preservation and African-American History

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May 21, 2016


Historic Preservation and African-American History


Panelists talked about historic preservation and the challenges of interpreting slavery and emancipation.

“History, Preservation, and Public Reckoning in Museums” was a session of “The Future of the African American Past,” an all-day conference hosted by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and the American Historical Association. The National Museum of African American History and Culture was scheduled to open in September 2016.

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Cathay Williams, AKA William Cathay, American Civil War soldier - Amazing Women In History

Cathay Williams, AKA William Cathay, American Civil War soldier - Amazing Women In History | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
Cathay Williams (1844 – 1892), a.k.a. William Cathay, was the first known African American woman to enlist in the United States Army, and the only black woman documented to serve in the US army in the 19th century.
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Dear Jesus & The End of A Chapter

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It hurts. Ending a project when you feel there is so much left to say and so much left to achieve. I have won awards and travelled abroad promoting Dear Jesus, but I can’t eat awards. I can’t take my Screen Nation Award to the corner shop and use it to top up my Oyster Card. And whose fault is that? Who is to blame for the fact that so far while producing my web series, I have not made a return on my financial investments? I cannot blame any one of the systems of oppression set up to work against my efforts- I mean look at the examples creatives out there who are using social media platforms to transform their lives and achieve their dreams. Despite the odds, they have achieved greatness. The blame must then lie at my feet. I mean why else would a series that has starred 63 actors, spanned 6 seasons, comprising of 42 episodes fail to garner mainstream attention? It can’t be the content. It must be me. I am the problem. I don’t have the business acumen, the connections, the know-how to make this work.

LOL. Rational me knows this is nonsense. It’s not my fault. There actually is no fault. I am not a failure. I have achieved great things with my series. That being said, I will no longer produce scripted content for YouTube. There won’t be a Dear Jesus Season 5 or The Alexis Show Season 3. For four years now, I’ve been unsuccessful in attracting sponsors, other than contributions from Dean Russell and Tilsa Wright, therefore I have paid for everything. While the costs have been minimal in the grand scheme of productions, when you’re a waitress anything you spend making a web series is too much. I tried Crowd Funding- we raised £75. It was demoralising, this hinterland between where I was and where I wanted to be. This place where people were telling me they loved the show but wouldn’t give me the money to produce it, but asked me everyday when a new series was coming out.
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Cathay Williams was the First African American female to enlist in the U.S. Army

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Cathay Williams

1866: First black female to enlist in the Army
Cathay Williams

Williams enlisted in the Army using the name William Cathay, Nov. 15, 1866. She informed her recruiting officer that she was a 22-year-old cook. He described her as 5' 9", with black eyes, black hair and black complexion. An Army surgeon examined Cathay and determined the recruit was fit for duty, thus sealing her fate in history as the first documented black woman to enlist in the Army even though U.S. Army regulations forbade the enlistment of women. She was assigned to the 38th U.S. Infantry and traveled throughout the West with her unit.
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Jaclyn Jose of the Philippines wins best actress at Cannes for 'Ma' Rosa'

Jaclyn Jose of the Philippines wins best actress at Cannes for 'Ma' Rosa' | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
Jaclyn Jose celebrates on stage after being awarded with the Best Actress prize during the closing ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 22, 2016 (AFP Photo/Valery Hache)

Philippine soap star Jaclyn Jose won best actress at the Cannes film festival Sunday for her mesmerising performance as a mother forced to sell drugs to survive before falling prey to corrupt police.

A tearful Jose said she was "so surprised" as she took to the stage to accept the award for her role in "Ma' Rosa" by director Brillante Mendoza.
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2016 Glyph Comics Awards Winners :: East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention

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Congratulations to the 2016 Glyph Comics Awards Winners

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‘Roots,’ Remade for a New Era

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The stars of “Roots” include, from left, Malachi Kirby, Anika Noni Rose and Regé-Jean Page. Credit Brinson+Banks for The New York Times

ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA. — Cannons boomed, shaking the leaves off 50-foot trees. “Ready, I need fire on that hill!” an urgent voice yelled. Weapons were reloaded. Exhausted infantrymen — black, white, young, old — were splayed around a muddy pit. “Watch your muzzles, gentlemen,” their leader called. “Don’t blow your friend’s face off!”

In a wooded grove in this town near Baton Rouge, La., a television crew was meticulously recreating the brutal Civil War battle of Fort Pillow, for a remake of “Roots,” the seminal mini-series about slavery. The carnage in the fight was significant: After Union soldiers surrendered, the Confederates disproportionately took white soldiers hostage as prisoners of war and slaughtered hundreds of black soldiers, sending survivors into the slave trade. This massacre was not in the original “Roots,” broadcast in 1977, which is exactly why the producers of the new one chose to include it.

It is one of many unexpected historical details put onscreen in “Roots,” which will air over four nights starting on Memorial Day. It will be simulcast on the History, Lifetime and A&E channels, with a sprawling cast that includes Laurence Fishburne; Forest Whitaker; Anika Noni Rose; Anna Paquin; the rapper T.I.; and the English newcomer Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte, the central character. The revival aims to deliver a visceral punch of the past to a younger demographic, consumed anew by questions of race, inequality and heritage. With a crew of contemporary influencers — Will Packer (“Straight Outta Compton”) is a producer; Questlove oversaw the music — the hope is to recontextualize “Roots” for the Black Lives Matter era, a solemn and exacting feat.

“I’d be lying if I said I had zero trepidation and nervousness,” said LeVar Burton, who began his career, indelibly, as the slave Kunta Kinte, and who serves as a producer on the modern version. “But I do believe that we have a lot to contribute to the very important conversation of race in America, and how it continues to hold us back as a society.”
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Free film series celebrates queer royalty in honor of Gay Pride month - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times

Free film series celebrates queer royalty in honor of Gay Pride month - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times | Diverse Books and Media | Scoop.it
The Queer Film Society, in association with The Chicago Public Library present QUEER KINGS & QUEENS, a free series celebrating Victorian era LGBT movies in honor of Gay Pride month.
The series comprises four free screenings taking place on the first four Mondays in June at the Bezazian branch ( 1226 W. Ainslie ) of the Chicago Public Library at 6pm ( doors at 5:30pm ). All the screenings will feature discussion following the film. The lineup for Queer King & Queens presents movies focused on actual gay and lesbian royalty— real and fictional — Sweden's Queen Christina and England's King Edward II. This series contains films with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised.

Monday, June 6

Queen Christina ( 1933 ): Bisexual screen legend Greta Garbo is at the height of her ironic beauty in this MGM classic, as the queen of Sweden, the ruler who wants to remain "a bachelor girl" but who finds herself drawn into an illicit romance.

Monday, June 13

Edward II ( 1991 ): Queer activist/filmmaker Derek Jarman's poetic and highly erotic biography of England's gay king. Tilda Swinton's breakthrough movie!

Monday, June 20

The Girl King ( 2015 ) A widely acclaimed adaptation of the Queen Christina story — this time with the lesbian romance intact. This is the movie Garbo wanted to make.

For more information on QUEER KINGS & QUEENS and other LGBTQ themed events throughout the month of June at the Chicago Public Library please visit www.ChiPubLib.org . In addition, a bibliography of select books about LGBT Americans is available year round on the Library's website and at branch locations.

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