CELEBRITY MEDIA CORESPONDENT BRANDEE KURVY J STILL MAKING HEADLINES AS SHE HEADS TO NYFW 2018

 

CELEBRITY MEDIA CORESPONDENT BRANDEE KURVY J STILL MAKING HEADLINES AS SHE HEADS TO NYFW 2018
The Kurvy Ambassador has been tapped to Judge & Present at Miss Fashion Week New York 2018

San Diego, CA–New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is quickly approaching and among the many fabulous and delightful exhibitions of style and glamour is the Miss Fashion Week New York 2018 event, which Celebrity Media Personality “Brandee J” has been asked to present and judge.  For the Kurvy CEO of Luxe Kurves Magazine/TV this is truly an honor, as one of the founders of NYFW Plus, fashion holds a special place in Brandee’s heart.
While in New York City Brandee J will also be sitting down with a few of the Kurvy Models from this seasons hit Lifetime show “Project Runway”.  For the first time in the shows history they’re featuring amazing Kurvy Models and Brandee J is excited to bring the viewers her exclusive.  However, Fashion Week isn’t fashion week without covering amazing events like Style Fashion Week Shows, Couture Fashion Week Show, Selly Djap’s Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Show, Blogger and Brand Fashion Week Panel Event, NYFW Academy of Art University Fashion collection Show, the Galtiscopio, Dan Liu and Jarel Zhang Showings.
Brandee J is on a mission to be among the top influencers in the Kurvy space and she is clearly on the right path. Recently signed to the Celebrity PR/Management Team MNS Media Group, as well as becoming the new official media corespondent for the San Diego Kings (ABA Basketball League), the opportunities are pouring in.  Top brands Tramps Fashion Compression Hoosiery, Wink and Twinkle Lashes, Curvy Sense Trendy Plus Size Clothing, Nevaeh Virgin Hair and Eyani Couture has signed on to be Brandee J’s official sponsors for NYFW 2017..
This trip to NYFW will be the wind-down to her Model casting tour in San Diego, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Brandee J plans on continuing the search to discover and publish natural plus size beauties yet discovered, with some new casting tour dates soon to be announced for 2018.  So with all this on her plate what’s next for the queen of understated elegance Brandee J? “Actually, she will be heading to Los Angeles on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 to present THE TRUE PLUS AMERICAN GIRL powered by Luxe Kurves Magazine.” THE TRUE PLUS AMERICAN GIRL event will be hosted by Television Personality/CEO of The Luxe Kurves Brand Brandee Kurvy J joined by panelist NIKKI RICH OWN Ambassador/Media Oprah Winfrey Network, Mallory B. Richardson- 2017 Face of #FFFWeek, SAM BLANCHARD- Plus Industry Advocate & Singer, Lauren Carter- Plus Model, Lindsey Z- Fatvocate Curvy Girl Fever Brand Ambassador, Janina J- The Curvy Plus Model & Q&A Correspondent for the event Naija Vixen– Actress/Influencer/Blogger
Brandee J’s New York Fashion Week trip will be shown on Luxe Kurves T.V. which airs on Nu Network on Roku and Apple TV Saturday Nights at 7:30 PM.
To view the latest issue of Luxe Kurves Magazine please go to www.luxekurves.com
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From Prison to Corporate- The Chris Williams Story

Chris Williams served 7 years in prison from 2007-2014 for a burglary crime. Chris was released without any funds or resources, but made a way to live the straight and narrow. He had to do a few odd jobs and then was given the opportunity to give away free government phones to low income families and that is when Chris formed his own company “CEO Executives”.

Chris In The Office Writing for Film

One day Chris impressed a Russian Man with his great work ethic and this man endorsed him $5,000 to start his own marketing company. Chris was so deserving of this break since he had just gotten out of prison and wanted to do things the right way this time around. Chris employed and hired people in the community to work for him that wouldn’t have normally received the opportunity that he gave them.

When I met Chris, I was in fact still homeless at the time couch surfing with a friend. I have only lived in Los Angeles for several of years and still had a lot of living and learning to do here. I did not know who I could trust or talk to when things were really bad for me. Chris was the one who gave me rides when I needed it, the contacts to help me form my own business and Chris was the first person to ever give me my own office in Downtown Los Angeles overlooking the L.A. sky rise.  Chris Williams is such a kind and caring man that would give his last to save another person.

Chris Williams In the Office with The Official AO and Cold Mountain Management of Atlanta, GA

The Criminal that Chris is labeled was nothing like the Chris Williams friend I knew and to hear that he was sent back into the system has been devastating to his community. Chris has employees that depends on him for income and job opportunities to give to their families and friends. Chris is just not your ordinary man. He is a father, hardworking citizen and a caring person. Chris deserves another chance at life and another chance to make his community better. We hope that Chris’s voice is heard fairly and not looked at as just a criminal, because Chris is so much more than his past and still has greatness ahead of him. Chris William’s story is still left unwritten and he needs a chance to right all of his wrongs and create his legacy that he is so capable of doing. Let’s give Chris the chance he deserves.

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Mya Cullins Is A Powerful Force in Business Who Gets the Job Done

Mya Cullins is a Business Woman, A Mother, An Author, A Speaker, A Wife, A Woman of God and A Prominent Community Leader of Greensboro, North Carolina. As a woman of color in business, Mya represents what every strong ambitious woman deserves in life. Mya Cullins has written her first book “Behind The Veil” that will be on the big screen very soon and speaks to her community about Ambition, Women Empowerment and Entrepreneurship.

A Little about Changing Phases Inc:

Changing Phases Behavioral Support, Inc. (CPBS) is a professional organization that is known for providing Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services since February 2006. Changing Phases has experience in providing everything from Residential Treatment , Substance Abuse Groups, Individual Counseling and Assessments in North Carolina. Changing Phases also currently provides Community Based services in the Greater Atlanta Area. Changing Phases recently decided to incorporate outpatient opioid treatment services as another measure to successfully address ongoing opiate dependence. Changing Phases takes great pride in maintaining the values, mission, and direction of the organization. Changing Phases always provides a comprehensive treatment experience resulting in a desire for the best outcome possible for all persons served.

There were only 5 clients before the true success and moving to North Carolina proved more success to Mya and Quinten Cullins where they could best serve their community as the services were desperately needed. Mya is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Human Services and is very strategic in balancing her personal life and career so that neither will spill into the other.

 

The Official AO recently Interviewed Mya Cullins, the Co-founder of Changing Phases Inc.  As a family woman, Mya wants the best outcome for not only her family, but also her community.

The Official AO: What Inspired you to Write “Behind The Veil”?

MC: I was inspired by my family and marriage. The book is based only on real life experiences.

The Official AO: In your Opinion, What are the 3 keys to success?

MC: Have a vision, Fulfill vision, and Never give up.

The Official AO: What Can We Expect Next?

MC: My book, “Behind the Veil” to be on the big screen and Major Network offers for our own Reality Television show.

The Official AO: Why do you love serving your community so much?

MC: I enjoy giving back and making a difference in the lives of others that are in need. Giving back in something that was inspired by the acts of my great grandparents, grandmother..etc. This is what led me to start my own non-profit organization Sarah Jettie Community development Corp @ www.sjcommunitydevelopment.org

Mya Cullins is an inspiration to the ones who feels like there is no way out especially in mental health where leadership is greatly needed in all of our communities. We are deeply appreciative of such the leader you are to your community in North Carolina and communities world-wide. All of the compassion that you give to the youth and families, you are a perfect example of how we all should serve our people.

To stay updated with everything Mya Cullins is doing for her community and a chance to purchase her book “Behind The Veil” please check out her website below.

www.myaspellercullins.com

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What About Us: Missing DC Girls

This article may step on a few toes, but this needs to be said… apparently everyone isn’t seeing the bigger picture in this situation. These girls are someones: daughter, sister, cousin and is MISSING as we speak. Why is this not getting the media attention that it deserves? Every time something like this happens they tend to sweep it under the rug and try to forget it, but this time they can’t do that. This needs to be brought to everyone’s attention, because mother’s can’t keep passing out flyers to find their child. A flyer can only do so much and reach so far without proper media, but in this case most of the media are turning down the story for some odd reason. Now lets say these were white girls I`m pretty sure there would be amber alerts in every state and all over the news interrupting our favorite shows just to inform us. I’m not trying to pull the race card, but let’s be honest this happens all the time.

A few celebrities have spoken out about this situation such as Chaka Khan, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Taraji P. Henson, but we need more of them to speak up about it. We should also call up a community meeting or start a Facebook page about it and go to your local news station and spread the word. These girls matter whether we know it or not and each girl meant something to someone. Imagine, your child is missing and being held hostage at an unknown location. See this from the parents  perspective and tell me how you’d feel ?  We need to get it together and fast! Every minute were not looking for them these girls are being taken somewhere else and farther away. So lets get to work and help find our girls.

Currently, 15-year-old Jacqueline Lassey, 13-year-old Yahshaiyah Enoch, 15-year-old Antwan Jordan, 15-year-old Juliana Otero, 15-year-old Dashann Trikia Wallace, 13-year-old Aniya McNeil, 15-year-old Dayanna White, 16-year-old Talisha Coles, and 15-year-old Morgan Richardson are all still missing.

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Office to Fitness Model, Brittany Dixon Talks About Leaping for her Dreams

Brittany Dixon

Who is Brittany Dixon and how do you inspire women in the fitness industry?

That’s a really good question…”Who is Brittany Dixon” the funny thing is, I’ve been on a self discovery journey to find out exactly who I am, what I stand for and what truly makes me happy. I had to step out of my comfort zone to find out. I discover the good, the bad and the ugly. Most of all, I finally found the beauty within me. I was able to tap into a piece of my brain that I was afraid to unleash out of fear. Once I let those fears go I was able to live and have piece of mind. I free’d my mind, and it’s a feeling like no other. I feel heroic as if I can concur anything. So to answer your question,  I am a woman of happiness, positivity, a go-getter and a woman of “yes” who isn’t afraid to say no. I am a brave woman, but most of all I am a woman. A woman that can relate to other women.  At first, I believed posting my fitness videos inspired women to workout, (which it did), but since I’ve stepped out of my comfort to pursue my passion of becoming a fitness model, I’ve gained a new following of women (and men) wanting to purse their passion but afraid to take that first step. I think the fitness videos is that extra value to your lively-hood of feeling good and looking good…it totally builds confidence and gave me the energy I needed to not give up. Working out gave my day structure and taught me discipline. I learned results don’t happened over night and to stay consistent. I applied every mental challenge from fitness into making my dream come true.  I am living proof of what it means to be fearless, take that first step to reach your goals, believe in yourself, put in the work, there will be blood, sweat and tears but the reward is so worth it if its what you really want.

What are your goals when it comes to teaching in health and fitness?

My goal is to push the importance of happiness and piece of mind.  Use fitness as a way to release stress, tension and toxins from the body and use healthy eating habits to nourish, repair, and fuel your body. These are what kept me going and keep a positive mindset.

What drives you to continue to inspire young women?

Sometimes I feel I’ve been brainwashed as to how a female is suppose to think, look, and act. I’ve lowered myself, my value, and thoughts just to fit in the box of what a woman have been painted to be.  I’ve been told “girls can’t play sports”(Although I received a track scholarship), treated like an object, and deemed “psycho” because I’m single. Ummm, that doesn’t even make sense! This nonsense and unfair treatment is what drives me to inspire young girls…because it drives me crazy!

What are some of your biggest achievements in your career thus far?

My Biggest achievement would actually be doing my very first fitness modeling job for Silk Almond Milk. I call it my biggest achievement because, I quit my job to chase my dream of becoming a fitness model. I put in the hard work, gave it my best and it worked! Even though I was only shown for seconds at a time…I can truly say I am a working fitness model and ready to continue building my portfolio.

How did fitness help you keep a balance on your mental health and what did the beginning struggles look and feel like to you before transitioning over to becoming a professional fitness model?

Fitness was and has always been my escape zone…It was my mental and physical therapy and it helped with getting in rhythm with my body and making sure I kept breathing. Yes, breathing! Breathing is super important in fitness, when you properly breath in rhythm with your body, your able to execute the exercise much easier.  If I feel stressed, I stop to take three deep breaths to get back in tune and think clearly. The biggest struggle when I first started modeling was not knowing when or if I would get an audition and/or booked.  Going on auditions are nerve wrecking, because you don’t know what the casting director wants…especially when image is everything. Before ever audition I do my breathing exercises “Three big inhales and exhales”. Transitioning into a fitness model was exciting and I was eager to go on any audition I got. My first audition was for “REAL VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS” and I never played 1 day in my life…so I had to fake the audition to the best of my ability. The casting director saw right through it and gave me a look of “please leave” lol. I learned after that not to lie about your talents, practice the requested skills (if you can), never look unsure, always look confident and just be yourself. The best part of being a fitness model: it is my job to stay in shape, so I’m able to distress on a daily basis.

With all of your accomplishments in TV Production and Entertainment do you ever aspire to keep with it and combine both fitness and production together?

YES, ABSOLUTELY!!  It is my dream to merge wellness and entertainment together. I have written so many ideas and shows that I could have my own channel worth of content. I have a few videos on my youtube channel all professionally shot by an Atlanta based production company and produced/created by me.  However I would like to have my own production company where my work is being cranked out 24/7 and produce content for others.

How has following your passion in fitness lead you into a happier and more fulfilling life?

I can truly say nothing is impossible and words are powerful.

What advice would you give to young women today if they came to you and said, “My mother wants me to do this, but my real passion is…” What would you tell them?

I would say never disregard advice, but make sure you’re happy. I was fortunate enough to have a supportive Mom who at first feared my career jump from the office to model, then later embraced it, then got inspired to do her own thing once she saw my success. Now she is making extra money from a company she built in less than a year just by taking a leap of faith and believing in herself. My mother warned me of the things that could go wrong, but never of the things that could go right. We were taught to fear. So, I would tell that girl to listen to your mother and be prepared for the challenges ahead, but know yourself worth and make sure you’re happy, you never know who you may inspire.

Do you have any events or classes coming up for young girls to join and support?

Yes, I am currently putting together a fitness and women empowerment event later this year. I will give you all the details soon.

How can people watch you online and follow you on social media?

You can follow me on Instagram @Brittanynicole.fit

Twitter & SnapChat @BrittNicole_Fit

YouTube: brittanynicoledixon

you can follow my career switch journey on my blog at www.brittanynicole.fit

Thank you so much for this interview, I am truly horned!

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LAUREN QUATAVIA OF “THE WALKING DEAD” SAYS THERE WAS NO SHADE TOWARD MOONLIGHT.

‘The Walking Dead’ is under fire for whitewashing iconic ‘Moonlight’ poster
http://fusion.net/story/388801/the-walking-dead-moonlight-poster/?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=exchange

 

ACTRESS/MODEL LAUREN QUATAVIA ‘WALKING DEAD’ SEASON 7

 
Actress/Model Lauren Quatavia, featured as one of Negan’s wives on the hit horror-drama AMC TV series The Walking Dead, states that she doesn’t believe the show had racist intentions when putting out the poster.  To me it was paying respect to Moonlights accomplishments.
 
I’ve been on the set for days and I was treated with the utmost respect by my cast members and even the producers.  Although I am the only African American out of seven of Negan’s wives and a featured actress on the show, they have really included me in show activities including the Wrap Party and some really fun events.  
 
I look forward to continuing to work with the amazing cast and ask that all the fans of the show continue to support us.

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OPEN CASKET!!! 80’S BATTLE RAPPER SPARKY D FIRES BACK @NICKI MINAJ AND REMY MA

The Roxanne Wars is a well-known series of hip hop rivalries during the mid-1980s, yielding perhaps the most answer records in history.  One of the better battles was the one between Roxanne Shante & Sparky D called  “Sparky’s Turn” (Roxanne, You’re Through).

Well now it seems Sparky is ready for another battle.  She has once again jumped into a battle that is pretty intense right now.  Check out the Diss track against @NICKIMINAJ AND @REMYMA exclusively on TheOfficialAO.com

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Viola Davis Wins Best Supporting Actress for “Fences” at The 2017 Oscars

Viola Davis won The Best Supporting Actress Role in “Fences” at the Sunday’s 89th Annual Oscars in Los Angeles, CA. Viola Davis is such an inspiration to us all and she shows us what it takes to be an African American woman in Hollywood who doesn’t take NO as an end all.. What a wonder woman! Viola was nominated amongst the elite in Hollywood and did not let that stop her.

The greatest quotes of Viola for the night was, “People ask me all the time, What Stories do you want to tell, Viola? and I Say, “Exhume those bodies, Exhume those stories of the people who never saw those dreams to fruition”.

That’s just it, what about the ones who didn’t get to make it and be heard? As an artist, how will your music or craft speak for those unspoken for? Viola Davis does an AMAZING job at getting those voices heard loud and clear. Viola, our hats goes off to you and congratulations once again! Keep making dreams come true as you are a true inspiration to all of the creative world and beyond!

“I became an artist — and thank God I did — because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life,” Davis said during her acceptance speech. “Here’s to August Wilson, who exalted the ordinary people.” – Viola Davis

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TYLER PERRY’S FINAL SEASON OF  “LOVE THY NEIGHBOR” PREMIERES SATURDAY, MARCH 4
SERIES AIRS ITS 100th EPISODE ON SATURDAY, MARCH 11

The final season of Tyler Perry’s popular comedy series “Love Thy Neighbor” will premiere its fourth season on Saturday, March 4 with back-to-back episodes at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. The series will air its 100th episode on March 11 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
http://www.oprah.com/own-love-thy-neighbor/An-All-New-Season-of-Love-They-Neighbor-Returns

ABOUT “LOVE THY NEIGHBOR”
Tyler Perry’s “Love Thy Neighbor” returns to OWN for its fourth season. A lot has happened since season one. Linda’s married. Danny’s married. Linda’s still pregnant, or at least she starts off that way. Drew is still in love with Danny. Sam is still in love with Danny, in a guy sort of way. And Floyd is still a pain in everyone’s rear end as the attitudinal restaurant host by day who moonlights as a landlord by night. It is against this backdrop that the laughs begin to fly as Hattie Mae begins to delve into every situation to meddle in it, complicate it, mess it all up, or in some cases, fix it… or something like that. This season opens with Sam and Drew desperate to fix their broken friendship with Danny. As the friends find common ground, Danny and Troy settle into married life. Troy seems to finally cement her role in first position as the wife, although not everyone is happy about it. Danny finds time for the others, but Troy is finally his priority. In dramatic fashion, as only “Love Thy Neighbor” could do it, the gang help Linda bring a new baby into the world. They help her literally. Mama Hattie saves the day as the infant is born in the most unlikely of places. Linda and Phillip are delighted as they settle down as happy parents of a healthy baby girl. As for Sam and Drew… well their lives take a zany, unexpected, and somewhat creepy turn. All in all… problems get fixed, lessons are learned, and as always love wins the day. Love Thy Neighbor Season 4 promises to be the funniest ever… only on OWN.

“Love Thy Neighbor” is written and executive produced by Tyler Perry. The series is produced by Tyler Perry Studios. Join the conversation on Twitter using #LoveThyNeighbor.

About Tyler Perry Studios
Tyler Perry Studios (TPS) was formed by actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry in the fall of 2008. The studio develops and produces motion picture films, in addition to drama and comedy television programming for the multi-platform U.S. television market. The 200,000-square foot studio lot is situated on the former Delta Airlines campus of more than 30 acres in the Greenbriar area of southwest Atlanta. The studio consists of five sound stages, a post production facility, a pond, a back lot, a 400-seat theater, a private screening room, and designated areas for entertaining and hosting events. Since its opening, Perry and the studio’s 400 Atlanta-based employees have been hard at work in production of over fifteen films and five television series, with over 90 total episodes per year. In 2015 TPS announced plans to expand operations with the acquisition of Fort McPherson, adding another 330 acres to create another major movie production studio lot.
About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand – and the magnetism of the channel.  Winfrey provides leadership in programming and attracts superstar talent to join her in primetime, building a global community of like-minded viewers and leading that community to connect on social media and beyond. OWN is a singular destination on cable.  Depth with edge.  Heart. Star power. Connection.  And endless possibilities.  OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications.  The network debuted on January 1, 2011.  The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com.
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CHICK-FIL-A CEO DAN CATHY TO RECEIVE FILM ADVOCATE AWARD FROM THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION, FEB. 28 AT ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER

Business and Community Leader to Be Recognized for His Contributions to Georgia’s Booming Film/TV Industries

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) is pleased to announce Dan T. Cathy as the recipient of the 2017 AAFCA Film Adovate Award. Given to a corporate entity or individual who promotes the growth and well-being of the cinematic arts, AAFCA has selected Mr. Cathy for the pivotal role he and his family foundation, WinShape, have played in the growth and nurturing of Georgia’s burgeoning film and TV production community.
As chairman and chief executive officer of his family’s multi-billion dollar fast food empire, Chick-fil-A, Mr. Cathy is one of the state’s most respected businessmen. Because of that stature, Cathy was able to play a pivotal role in attracting and establishing Pinewood Atlanta Studios in 2013. An important entity within the global film business, Pinewood, best known for its iconic James Bond franchise, has been essential in expanding Atlanta’s film imprint internationally. And that has come largely through the Pinewood partnership with Disney that has resulted in several Marvel properties filming in the Atlanta area.
Mr. Cathy’s role in the expansion of the film industry in Georgia is a personal one. “We’re experiencing incredible growth in Georgia’s film and entertainment industry. It’s an opportunity to share creative stories to global audiences,” he says. “Pinewood Atlanta Studios is the largest studio complex in the United States outside of Hollywood,” he adds proudly referring to the 700-acre full-service studio just south of Atlanta. “We’ll continue to celebrate all that Georgia has to offer and sharing it throughout the world.”
“We are delighted to recognize Mr. Cathy’s contribution to the amplification of the Atlanta film industry and the business at large,” AAFCA co-founder/president Gil Robertson says. “Because of Pinewood, Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy and Spiderman have filmed here. And the highly- anticipated movie Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o and more with Ryan Coogler directing, is currently filming. None of this would be possible without Mr. Cathy’s vision and leadership. These films have not only brought much-needed jobs to the area but have also served as an industry-wide blueprint on how diversity in front of and behind the camera benefits us all.”
This Special Achievement installment of the 8th Annual AAFCA Awards honoring Mr. Cathy will be held February 28 at the Swan Coach House at the Atlanta History Center from 11:20 am to 1 pm before an invitation-only audience.
For more information, please contact Jeaunine Askew @ 323-878-2399.
ABOUT AAFCA
The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) actively reviews cinema at-large, with a particular emphasis on films which include the Black experience. The organization creates a platform for movies with universal appeal to the African-American community, while highlighting films produced, written, directed and starring, persons from the African Diaspora. Our members are also involved in our advocacy work that includes programming for students interested in film criticism and journalism.
AAFCA members are a geographically diverse cross-section of journalists, covering all genres of the cinematic arts, while representing multiple mediums – including print, TV, radio broadcast and online. Collectively, they have reached a worldwide audience in excess of 100 million
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