Sylvia Williams Greene, is an 80 year old mover and shaker, activist, artist, and leader in the Freedman (predominantly African-American neighbourhood) of Lenoir, North Carolina.

Sylvia Williams Greene
Sylvia Williams Greene

Sylvia Williams Greene, is an 80 year old mover and shaker, activist, artist, and leader in the Freedman(predominantly African-American neighbourhood) of Lenoir, North Carolina. Because of her efforts, she has triumphed at actualising a project to establish landmarks throughout the Freedman Community; landmarks that commemorate the contributions of once flourishing and successful African American businesses. With the help of a special committee and the attention of Mayor Gibbons, May 22, 2015, marked the groundbreaking ceremony of the Freedman High School Memorial Celebration.

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The Freedman High School Memorial Celebration Tribute of Lenoir, North Carolina,  which occurred on May 22, 2015, is a preliminary process that kicks off a movement to recognise and historically confirm via landmarks the significance of the contributions of the African American population of Freedman, Lenoir, North Carolina.   In earlier times, Freedman was the home of successful, flourishing African American owned businesses.

 ((Photos courtesy of Lenoir News Topic  David Prewitt Photographer))

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Kim Heirston Art Advisory

Kim Heirst

Kim M. Heirston
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Kim Heirston is a private art advisor and founder of Kim Heirston Art Advisory LLC. For more than twenty years, she has worked with clients worldwide to develop post-war and contemporary art collections for private residences, corporate headquarters, hotels, and foundations.

Heirston received a BA in Art History from Yale University in 1986. Following her undergraduate studies, she held positions in prominent New York City galleries, including Pace and the Robert Miller Gallery. At the time, Pace represented the estate of Mark Rothko, along with blue-chip contemporary artists, John Chamberlain and Chuck Close. At Robert Miller, Heirston engaged closely with the work of Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, Lee Krasner, and Joan Mitchell.

In 1989, Heirston became the Director of Stux Gallery in New York. There, she coordinated international exhibitions of the gallery’s artists, presenting early shows by Andres Serrano, Doug and Mike Starn, and Vik Muniz in cities from Tokyo to Madrid. She also co-organized the gallery’s group invitational exhibition that took place every January. Regarded as a showcase for emerging international talent, this presentation became a highly anticipated annual event.

Heirston established herself as an independent art advisor in 1992. During the advisory’s early years, she placed works by then-emerging, acclaimed artists Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, and Damien Hirst. Kim Heirston Art Advisory has since expanded its scope from contemporary art to include modern and post-war masters such as Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Francis Bacon, and Andy Warhol.

In addition to advising, Heirston has undertaken a number of curatorial projects. On the occasion of the 20th G7 Summit in Naples, Italy, she commissioned artists from the forum’s seven countries to create site-specific works for a Neapolitan villa. Heirston’s work has also been featured in the media as part of curated sets for the popular television series, SEX AND THE CITY.

Heirston continues to advise a broad base of international clients, from Jeddah to Warsaw, Moscow to Mumbai. She travels extensively to international art fairs in such destinations as Abu Dhabi, Basel, Berlin, and Hong Kong, as well as to major exhibitions including the Venice Biennale and Documenta in Kassel, Germany.

Affiliations

  • International Director’s Council, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1992-1996)
  • Photography Program Initiative, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1993-1996)
  • Auction Committee, Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation, New York (1994-2005)
  • Board Member, SculptureCenter, New York (2006-2010)
  • Advisory Board, Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF), New York (2010-Present)
  • Arts Editor, AS IF MAGAZINE (2013-Present)

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Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project

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Spanish-born Equatorial Guinean Bisila Bokoko is the founder and chairperson of The Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project (BBALP), non-profit organization whose mission is to promote literacy among the African people. She has focused her efforts on organizing people and resources to build modern libraries in Africa.

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Interview on Africa Trending with Bisila Bokoko March 20 2015
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The 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival Brought to you by The Brooklyn Links

The 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival Brought to you by The Brooklyn Links

The 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival brought to you by The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, now opens its Call for Entries

MISSION & OBJECTIVE To showcase films which are centered around the theme of Linkages: Women, Their Families, Neighborhoods, and the Global Community, and to support the artistic development of Women filmmakers of African Descent by providing a supportive exhibition platform, offering stipends to participants, and seeking industry opportunities that will help to expose the filmmakers’ works and further their careers.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL The Women of African Descent Film Festival (WADFF) is celebrating its 14th Anniversary in 2015. The media constantly bombards us with negative images of people of African descent. Our positive accomplishments, uplifting experiences, and gifts to humanity get little attention. The Brooklyn Chapter believes it is vitally important that our legacy be maintained, nurtured and preserved and it is our responsibility to shape the public’s perception of who we are as a people. Through the medium of film, filmmakers of African descent document and relay the stories of our past, present, and future. They have become the new historians –“preservers of our legacy.” The Brooklyn Chapter realizes that many societal misconceptions start with how we are portrayed in the media. To counteract the adverse portrayal of African Americans in the movies and media, the Brooklyn Chapter in 2002 initiated Linkages: Women of African Descent Film Festival. By choosing and screening films that depict the positive linkages women of African descent have to their families, neighborhoods and communities, the film festival is able to effectively influence peoples’ perceptions through the medium of film.

GENERAL RULES & SUBMISSION GUIDELINES All films must be produced, written or directed by a female filmmaker of African descent, and must have been completed on/or after June 1, 2010. Submission deadline is Friday March 13th. Jurors Choice Awards and stipends will be presented to the particpating filmmakers.

Filmmakers are encouragesd to submit both a DVD screener as well as a digital screener.* Please note: there is no submission fee, and films will not be returned to you unless you include a self-addressed padded envelope. With your playable DVD submission, please include a synopsis, crew list, press kit and any stills you would like to appear in the program and/or advertisements.

Please send all films to:

The Brooklyn Chapter of the Links Inc.

P.O. Box 50013

Brooklyn, NY 11205-0013

Attn: WADFF

If you have an online version of your film on a site such as Vimeo or YouTube, please submit that link to wadffbklyn@gmail.com

THE EVENT The festival will take place Saturday May 2nd, 2015 at LIU Brooklyn, Media Arts Department, Spike Lee Screening Room, 10am-6pm.

THE LINKS Formed in 1952, The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links is dedicated to the support of educational, civic and cultural activities in Brooklyn. It is a chapter of The Links, Inc. an international, not-for-profit corporation, whose membership consists of 12,000 professional women of color in 276 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The Brooklyn Chapter works under the guidelines of its national organization in providing services to its Brooklyn Community in five mission areas: The Arts, Services to Youth, National Trends and Services, International Trends, and Health and Wellness. A focus of the Chapter’s arts programming is to empower women and youth by lending support and encouragement to emerging artists – with a particular focus on filmmakers for the past 14 years.

Please contact wadffbklyn@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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Holiday Shopping Guide to Etsy Black Owned Businesses

The 2014 holiday season is in full swing and many Black shoppers are stimulating the economy and buying Christmas and Kwanzaa gifts. A 2014 Nielsen Company study reported that African Americans will have $1.1 trillion in collective buying power by 2015 (increasing to about $1.3 trillion by 2017). Sounds good right? Unfortunately, the NAACP has reported that only 2 cents of every dollar an African American spends goes to Black owned businesses.

So, why not do something different this holiday season and forego the meandering lines? Etsy, an online shopping mall, offers you a chance to spend your money at the many Black owned and operated Etsy stores.

Shopping on Etsy allows you to support Black businesses globally, as there are Black owned Etsy stores in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, from numerous countries in Europe, and from across the African continent.

On Etsy you can buy everything from jewelry, accessories, natural beauty products, clothing, to art and home furnishings; and these products are often custom and handmade. There is another bonus to shopping on Etsy, and that is that you are able to speak directly to and build relationships with the designers and creators of the products that you are purchasing.

Check out the list below and make note of the holiday sales and discounts that these shops are offering.

Feel free to let us know any of your favorite Etsy stores that we may have missed in the COMMENTS.

Jewelry & Accessories

The Maasai Shop, based in Kenya, showcases very affordable handmade jewelry and accessories.

Salone Starr also offers a plethora of jewelry and accessories. Many made with Ankara wax fabrics.

Soul Art

Soul Art sells a wide and eclectic array of custom made jewelry and art. Seriously there is much to choose from here.

Ini Vibez offers a variety of afrocentric accessories. Want to make a statement with your wardrobe, then check them out!

House of Ofola is a London based Store offering affordable Ankara wax fabric accessories.

Afrique La Chic features African inspired accessories with a tribal vibe. Looking for something different? Check them out.

Face of Nubia offers handmade jewelry and custom woodburnings, that can only be described as wearable art.

Monabbey, based in Athens Greece has eye catching jewelry and accessories that are really affordable.

Bella Duafe has a lot of colorful and versatile accessories. The shop is offering FREE shipping on all orders in the U.S. through December 20, 2014 with code: freeshipping.

Need an eye-catching statement necklace or other accessories? Check out Ear Jeans.

Do you like to wear bold accessories? Check out Dare Accessories.

Looking for a unique gift? Check out the wearable art pieces at Peace Images. Discounts are available to those subscribed to their website. Subscribe at peaceimages.fanbridge.com

Lunaversoul offers just that. Soulful accessories that make a statement!

Razondalee Artistry features handmade knit beanies, tams, hats, caps, and more; providing the perfect gifts for staying warm this winter.

Boabw House is the place to go for handmade and hand-painted accessories. Which are painted in painstaking detail in vibrant colors, shapes, and patterns.

Ankara Statement

Ankara Statement is the place to go to pick up distinctive jewelry and accessories.

Eclectic Life offers just that, an eclectic mix of eco-friendly, repurposed, and handmade accessories. The shop is offering 20% off of all items until December 31st. Use code: BLACK2014.

Clothing

GyvMeBody is a line of swimsuit, made for Real women with Real bodies. Accommodating sizes Small to 4X. The store is offering 20% off during the holiday season using code: SAVE20.

Infinite Art Tees offers unique and artistic shirts and more. They are offering 20% off all items this holiday season.

Kwaibas Fashion Place showcasing sleek clothing designs is offering 10% off any purchase (Tgiving14) or %15 off purchases of $100 or more (Giving15).

Sovereign Garments has unique winter ready handmade knit garments.

Aziza Shopping offers very fashionable clothing that has an afrocentric style.

Looking for a gift for a fashionista, but do not want to break the budget? Check out Diyanu.

Accra Ghana based Zoharous offers an array of colorful tailored clothing that would complement any wardrobe.

House of Afrika, based in Purely England, boasts eclectic clothing designs. The store is offering discounts with code: GF001.

There is only one way to describe the designs at Toronto Canada based ZNAK, Stylish!

Gitas Portal, based in London, is a true fashion house offering gorgeous custom made clothing with an afrocentric flair.

Jaalyi a modern African clothing line has some fabulous crafted and well-tailored clothing.

Tribal Groove is a fashion house offering custom made clothing in a colorful array of African wax print fabrics.

Ms Alaba features some of the most stylish designs, which can of course be made to order.

Need a gift for a fashionable naturalista on the shopping list? Check out Three Little Birds Tees. They are offering 25% off all items for their holiday sale. Use code: HOLIDAY14.

Design of Diaspora, based in Toronto, is a fashion house featuring chic afrocentric fashions.

Fabrics

Are you more creative than most? Well then perhaps, you are just looking for great fabric to create your own masterpieces and gifts. Well check out the offerings from these stores.

Tambo Collection has a plethora of fabrics to choose from. You can find wax prints, tribal prints, Ankara and more.

Art & Home Furnishings

Looking for items to celebrate Kwanzaa or other afrocentric home furnishings? Well then drop in on Heavenwood and peruse their custom wood pieces.

My Junky Trunk features funky, fun, and beautiful art prints, which would make Great gifts. The store is offering a BOGO Christmas Sale. (Buy one item at regular price and get the other one FREE), oh and shipping is FREE too! Do the following in order to take advantage of the sale: Just select and purchase any print at regular price, then when checking out in the shopping cart, specify which FREE print you would like.

DynaSmiles offers personalized party invitations, wall art, and stationary gifts. Their works of art, are sure to make you smile.

The talented designer at Afrikards creates highly detailed works of art – Afrocentric note cards and prints.

Soapbox Theory has some of the most charming prints and other items that would be perfect for the little girl(s) on your holiday shopping list. The store is offering 10% off all items through December 20th. Use code: blacklove.

thatArtista shop has striking art prints that would be sure to make any art lover on your shopping list happy.

Nikkis Grove, based in Paris France, has some of the hottest AFROlicious art prints and cards! Even more amazing are the prices.

The Bazaars

Looking for a gift for someone whose style is bold, daring, and provocative? Then head on over to Forever Audacious, which boasts a number of unique items.

Tribal Immunity is a store where one can find re-mastered and hand-painted clothing, accessories, and home furnishings.

Art by Cleatress offers a funky mix of handmade accessories and art prints

Soul Seed Apparel is a place to head for unique gifts. The store’s holiday sale includes

Check out Baobab Tree Jewelry Designs, which offers more than just jewelry, for affordable gifts with an afrocentric flair.

Zabba Designs has custom made clothing and jewelry, crafted shoes, and even an assortment of fabric to choose from. The store is offering 30% off the entire shop and $5 earrings and bangles during its holiday sale.

The Ila Designs, based in Trinidad, offers handcrafted beaded jewelry, hand painted clay earrings, handbags, and more items displaying the shop’s distinctive “AfroCrochet” style.

Menogu Designs

Menogu Designs features handmade clothing and accessories made from African kente and ankara fabrics.

Beauty Products

Royal by Nature features 100% natural hair, body, and face products that contain no artificial preservatives, colorants, or fragrance oils. The products contain 100% essential oils and the ingredients are sourced locally when available. All for amazingly affordable prices.

Nakia Amour

Nakia Amour offers handmade, all natural hair products that are extremely affordable.

Cherise

Cherise Charleswell is a self -and- internationally published author and writer, activist scholar, radio show host and producer, as well as a model; who openly and actively pursues these various interests and endeavors due to her refusal to be placed “in a box” or limited by societal labels. She is currently working on the book projects: “The Link Between Food, Culture, & Health Inequities in the African Diaspora” and Walking in the Feminine: A Stepping into Our Shoes Anthology”.

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Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2014 – A List of Our Own©

In 2010 the Black Women in Europe™ Blog released its first Power List naming 58 women across Europe in 6 categories. To commemorate our fifth list this year we name 5 women the following categories: Advocacy, Culture, Lifestyle, Politics, and Sports.

This list, presented in alphabetical order, is intended to acknowledge powerful black women in Europe and to inspire others to reach their full potential.

What constitutes power?

Power is defined as the ability to act or produce an effect.

Methodology:

The list does not aim to assess rank but rather to showcase influential women who, in some cases well known and in others, are up and coming stars.

Tina Turner Bach

Tina Turner Bach

Tina Turner was Born in Brownsville, Tennessee, and raised in Nutbush, just like the song says, and was in recording sessions as early as 1953 when she was barely a teenager.

In 1958 she married guitarist and bandleader, Ike Turner, and in the 1960’s they recorded a string of hits, including “A Fool In Love” and “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine”.The recording of the ground breaking “River Deep, Mountain High” with producer Phil Spector was a monster hit in Europe and the start of Tina’s superstar status.

The 70’s brought hits such as “Proud Mary” and Tina’s self-penned “Nutbush City Limits”, but the marriage was disintegrating due to Ike’s abusive behaviour and after starring in The Who’s 1976 film of “Tommy”, Tina was ready to strike out on her own.

As the massively successful film “What’s Love Got To Do With It” would later depict, she had to haul her way up a mountain of debts and disinterest but in 1982 she landed a solo deal with Capitol Records and by the summer of ’84 the album “Private Dancer”, with its acclaimed singles “Let’s Stay Together” and “What’s Love Got To Do With It”, was on its way to world sales of 11 million and 4 Grammys.

Since that time the successes have just kept coming: a starring role in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome; duets with Bryan Adams, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger and Italian superstar, Eros Ramizotti amongst others; a best-selling autobiography, ‘I, Tina'; which was made into the critically acclaimed film “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, chronicling her life and receiving two Academy Award nominations; a string of hit albums and awards; and sell-out world tours; including:

the 1986 “Break Every Rule” album and world tour. Tina entered the record books when she performed in front of the largest paying audience ever to see a single performer -186,000 spectators at the Macarana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro;

the 1989 “Foreign Affair” album and tour, spawning hits such as “Steamy Windows” and “The Best”;

the 1995 “Wildest Dreams” album and extensive world tour, breaking box office records in 12 countries; and

in 2000 the phenomenally successful “Twenty Four Seven” millennium world tour, the highest grossing US tour of the year.

In 2004 Tina released her last album, a compilation of Greatest Hits with the newly recorded single “Open Arms”. It was a worldwide hit, debuting at #2 in the US charts.

In 2005 Tina was honoured as one of Oprah Winfrey’s legends, African-American women who broke barriers through their work, and ended the year as one of the recipients in Washington DC of the Kennedy Center Honors, the highest form of recognition of excellence in the arts in America.

In February this year, Tina performed with Beyonce at the 50th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. She electrified the audience and received a standing ovation for her performance and duet with Beyonce, and garnered highly positive reviews in the press. It was due to this overwhelming reaction, and requests from fans all over the world to perform live once again, that she has decided to do some select concerts in North America and Europe.

With sales of 170 million albums and a phenomenal number of hit records to her career;

River Deep, Mountain High, Proud Mary, What’s Love Got To Do With It, Better Be Good To Me, Typical Male, What You See is What You Get, Steamy Windows, We Don’t Need Another Hero, Goldeneye, The Best … Tina Turner is the most successful female rock artist of all time and the undisputed Queen of Rock N Roll.

Source: Tina Turner Live website
http://tinaturnerlive.com/bio/

Cecilia Gärding

Cecilia Garding

Cecilia Gärding is Swedish and South African and was born in Sweden. Her background is both in academia and the arts. She has a Bachelor of Arts in ethnology and a Master’s Degree in political science, where her main interest is integration and diversity issues. She is a film producer and director and a member of the band Khumalo.

Her essays have focused on youth and integration policy and education issues. She worked for the Ministry of Justice in 2006 for then Integration Minister Jens Orback as a political expert focusing on the labor market, education and youth.

She continues to developing cultural projects that strengthen vulnerable groups in society and also create international projects in countries with conflict zones to use culture as a means of conflict resolution. Cecilia created “Innovate4peace” as a forum for innovation in peace and reconciliation work where partners together with industry and other stakeholders are using innovation for a better society. Cecilia was name one “Women Inspiring Europe 2014 and is the ADYNE Ambassador for Sweden.

Sources: ceciliagarding.se and wearelikeoranges.org
http://www.ceciliagarding.se
http://www.wearelikeoranges.org

Alice Bah Kuhnke

Alice Bah

Alice Bah Kuhnke is the Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy since October 2014, a former television presenter, Board Professional and one of the founders of the think tank Sektor3. On October 3 she was elected to Minister of culture in the Löfven Cabinet, just three days after becoming member of Miljöpartiet (the Green Party of Sweden).

BioBah grew up in Horda in Småland, Sweden with her father from Gambia and Swedish mother. She went to a track and field athletics oriented high school in Växjö, and was one of the country’s best female sprinter runners in the late 1980s, with 200 meters being her speciality. Her television career began in 1992 with SVT’s Disney Club. Between 1998-99, she had her own talk show at TV4 and many other television assignments including current events show Kalla fakta.

After she left television to study political science, and has, among other things, been Director of the Department Ideas for life at insurance giant Skandia. In 2004-2007 she worked as Secretary General of fair trade organization Rättvisemärkt.

She was a member of the Swedish Church synod 2006-2010, member of the Board of Dramaten Theatre, as well as Vice President of YMCA-YWCA Sweden.

In September 2009 she started as the Environmental and Corporate social responsibility manager at ÅF. Alongside her job at ÅF, she also serves as a board member for internet consultancy firm Doberman.

Source: Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Bah_Kuhnke

Gloria Mika

Gloria

Gloria Mike is a model and human rights advocate living in Greece. She is the founder of “School Up”, a global initiative which aims to promote Global Education and give students the opportunity to have their say and advocate for educational programs leading to the development of a global consciousness and a more responsible global citizenship.

She is also the founder of “The Guardian Angels” (Les Anges Gardiens du Gabon) a citizen watch initiative which aimed to foster a culture of citizenship and empower civil society to be key actors promoting peace while monitoring elections. She fought for a free & fair transitional electoral process in Gabon in 2009 before the son of former President Omar Bongo Ondimba takes over through an electoral coup.

Gloria is an active member of ADYNE, a platform in the making, dedicated to the development of an official network that shall enable us to represent the interest of the African Diaspora Youth living in Europe and work on strategies to strengthen the development of a constructive dialogue between European and African societies.

Source: Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/GloriaMikaOfficialPage/info

Shanaze Reade

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Shanaze Danielle Reade is a professional British Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racer and track cyclist whose prime competitive years began in 2002. She has won the UCI BMX World Championships three times.

Reade began racing in 1998 at the age of 10, at Tipkinder Park in Crewe. A local track operator named Bob Field, whose son also raced at the time, became her mentor. She was influenced by BMX professional racer, Jamie Staff, who was also from Crewe and raced at Reade’s home track before Reade’s career and during its early stages. She bought her first BMX bike for £1. She was previously a Track & Field enthusiast but apparently got bored with 100 metre sprint running and the Shot Put after five years in those sports before discovering BMX.

She won her first professional race in the Girls Pro at the American Bicycle Association (ABA) Winternationals in Phoenix, Arizona on 1 April 2006. She also won the following day. In 2006 she became British National No.1 in 19 & Over Elite Men after racing the National series with men all year, despite being only 17 at the time. She won the World Championships in Brazil in August 2006 despite an earlier injury to her foot.

Her BMX victories at junior level include three World, eight European and five British BMX championships. Reade is also a champion track racer, riding on Velodromes. In July 2007 she became the Women’s Senior UCI BMX World Champion and at the 2007 UCI Track World Championships, she won the gold in the women’s team sprint with Victoria Pendleton. It was only her second track race ever. Not only was she the first ever to win a track championship in her rookie year, she completed the feat after only six weeks of training. She had originally taken up the sport to keep her fit for BMX competition.

Reade went on to take first place in Team Sprint at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Palma de Mallorca along with Victoria Pendleton. It was also the first ever Women’s Team Sprint Gold Medal title in that event. At the 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester, she again won the gold in the women’s team sprint with Pendleton. Reade was named one of the “Magnificent 7″ by the Daily Mail in 2005, and on 20 November 2007 Reade was named The Sunday Times Young Sportswoman of the Year.

Source: Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanaze_Reade

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