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Little Baby Bum has billions of views on YouTube — and just sold for millions

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Did you know that a near hour-long collection of children’s nursery rhymes set to 3D animation is the 20th most popular YouTube video ever?

The video, with over 2 billion views and counting on the site, was created by the YouTube channel Little Baby Bum

And the husband-and-wife duo behind the popular channel just sold Little Baby Bum, likely for millions of dollars.

The exact sale price is confidential, but a social media marketing firm told Bloomberg that the London couple likely made between £6 million to £8.5 million ($ 7.8 million to $ 11.1 million).

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It’s time to get serious.

You’re finally making some green. You know your money needs to do more than just supply you with fun memories and Cheeto-dusted fingers. Heck, your parents have been hounding you to start investing.

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In case you’ve been under a rock, there’s big news in the cannabis industry.

It’s not just for Cheech and Chong wannabes hanging out and listening to Phish songs anymore.

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Currently 29 states allow doctors to prescribe cannabis for medical purposes. This is big news for patients with chronic pain, those receiving chemotherapy and for a number of other medical issues.

Cannabis use is gaining popularity outside of medicine as well. Industrial uses, such as producing hemp for fabrics and textiles, are helping to keep the market flowing.

Cannabis retail sales in the United States are expected to hit nearly $ 10 billion this year, reports Marijuana Business Daily. That number could billow up to as much as $ 22 billion by 2022.

The budding industry needs cultivators, packagers and dispensaries for medical marijuana. That’s just a small part of what keeps this industry puffing along.

All of these emerging businesses could provide opportunities for investors looking to boost their portfolios.

We can’t ignore the elephant-shaped smoke cloud in the room: This business is still illegal in some of the country. Cultural attitudes and political battles make its future a bit uncertain. Add that to the potential risk of any investment, and, well, you just have to weigh your options wisely.

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Off the market! Janel Parrish married her longtime boyfriend, Chris Long, in Hawaii on Saturday, September 8.

“We feel so lucky we found each other in this crazy world,” the Pretty Little Liars alum, 29, tells Us Weekly exclusively in a statement. “Marrying my dream man in my home of Hawaii surrounded by family and friends was a dream.”

The bride looked stunning in a mermaid Inbal Dror gown with a sweetheart neckline, corset bodice and long, feathered train. The pair exchanged self-written vows during the ceremony. Parrish’s sister served as her maid of honor while Long’s brother officiated.

Glenn Nutley and Leslie Fair ensured Parrish and her bridesmaids had flawless hair and makeup. Vintage and Lace Weddings handled planning, coordination and design while 37 Frames Photography captured stunning portraits of the happy couple, who walked down the aisle to a song the actress penned for Long. Abby Co. Design Calligraphy and a local band called The Green also had a hand in the big day.

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Pretty Little Liars cast and crew, including Brendan Robinson and Marlene King, were in attendance as well as the bride’s Bratz: The Movie costars Logan Browning and Natalia Ramos. Guests dined on fish, bacon smoked macaroni and cheese, fried rice, Hawaiian sherbet and buttercream cake.

Parrish opened up to Us about her relationship with Long in August. “He just is my person. My soul knows him, I feel like. He’s my best friend in the entire world. And no matter what, if I’m having the worst day ever, I feel like I have somebody who understands me. And even if he doesn’t quite understand me at that moment, he tries to,” she raved at the time. “And that feels so nice.”

She added that she was most looking forward to “making him my husband” and “putting a ring on his finger” when the couple tied the knot.

Parrish — who will next appear in Tiger this fall and Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists in 2019 — paid tribute to the chemical engineer on August 29. “This guy right here is the epitome of strength, kindness and love no matter what the circumstance,” she gushed on Instagram. “I’m super lucky I found him and get to marry his ass.”

The To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before star celebrated a relationship milestone the week before the pair’s wedding. “Two years with you and I still can’t get enough,” she captioned an Instagram video of the duo on Monday, September 3. “Happy Anniversary, @c_long. Soon you’ll be my HUSBAND.”

Parrish counted down to her nuptials with a bachelorette party in San Diego last month. The actress and her friends hung out at Mission Bay Beach and dined at Lionfish Restaurant.

The Dancing With the Stars alum announced her engagement on Instagram in October 2017: “Went to the park for a stroll with Klee and came back with a fiancé. I get to marry my best friend and I’m over the moon. I love you @c_long.”

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The Unsung Story of How the ‘Little Rock Nine’ Came To The Stage

In September 1957, nine African American high school students faced the fury and intimidation from an angry white mob of hundreds as they sought to attend Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. These students came to be known as the “Little Rock Nine.” The reaction to the first class to desegregate an institution considered one of the top schools in the South became so raw in its intensity that President Dwight D. Eisenhower was forced to order U.S. Army paratroopers to serve as escorts. In the face of death threats, bullying, and countless acts of humiliation, that determined cadre of pupils would not be denied their right to a quality education.

The world watched their display of courage and resilience against a campaign of massive resistance incited by the state’s chief executive: white supremacist Gov. Orval Faubus. It was clear that Little Rock would be among the first big tests of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared school segregation unconstitutional.

That seminal moment in civil rights history has been re-created in the spirited performances of an off-Broadway play. Aptly titled Little Rock, this musical drama has been seen throughout the summer at Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in downtown New York. The production, which runs through Sept. 8, is not only a powerful re-enactment for multicultural and multigenerational audiences but it also denotes the entrepreneurial journey of Harvey Butler, global head of Supplier Diversity at Barclays, who invested close to a decade of sweat equity and roughly $ 2 million over that same period to bring Little Rock to the stage.

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“It’s been a labor of love for sure. Quite the experience,” he enthuses. “Little Rock was a hard story to tell. It was a hard story to stage. It was one if not given the oxygen to breathe it would not have been birthed the way that it was.”

At a time of digital storytelling, Butler decided to give audiences “a three-dimensional immersion in which you are not only an observer but living the moment like its 1957.”

SHARING THE INTEGRATION CRISIS TO A NEW GENERATION

“It’s hard to watch what those children went through but it’s equally important to recognize that no community is a monolith. We had folks that were opposed to integration on both sides, black and white,” says Butler.  “At the same time, we wanted to show them as human beings trying to be kids. Some were boy crazy; others loved music or dreamt about being Shakespearean actors. They faced evil forces that sought to keep them from achieving something that would create a paradigm shift in the way in which black people thought about themselves, being able to compete on par with white students to achieve the same end result of matriculating into a college environment and pursuing a professional career. It was important to draw audiences, regardless of race, by creating more empathy to their challenge.”

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Harvey Butler (far right) with Ernest Green and some of the actual Little Rock Nine. (Photo: Russ Rowland)

No one knew the sacrifices made by the Little Rock Nine like Ernest Green, a member of that group Butler and his team consulted to ensure an authentic and accurate portrayal. Green, 76, who went on to become Assistant Labor Secretary during President Carter’s administration and one of BLACK ENTRPRISE’s Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street during his stints in public finance, maintains that the play offers vital lessons in today’s “Living While Black” era.

“I think the value of telling the story is that the next generations understand that the struggle is still in front of us. They watch the news to find out the president’s quips about figures like LeBron James and others, and it is hard for this generation to understand the resentment about black achievement,” he told BE in an exclusive interview. “I’m part of a generation that wanted to fight to open up these doors so that you have achievers. The reason for the Nine to go to Central due to the fact that it had better facilities, better equipment and a better connection to the future which is what the African American community has always had to fight for.”

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As a youngster in the 1950s, the Eagle Scout was inspired to act by the example of his parents as well as figures such as emerging civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., groundbreaking baseball legend Jackie Robinson, civil rights attorney Thurgood Marshall, and Daisy Bates, head of the local NAACP branch who guided and advised Green and his classmates through their harrowing ordeal. “The play goes to the heart of the issue … to go against the resistance you have to fight it at all points. I find this generation gets confused sometimes that you have to continue to fight. Simply because we got to the point that we had an African American president; that was unthinkable when I grew up. That was as far as going to the moon, and now we have done both. But that’s not enough regarding the individual achievement and that of us as a group.”

For those reasons, Butler was driven to create—and complete—the production. “It was the perfect project to get involved with. I benefitted from the integration crisis. I was among those who integrated New York Public Schools through busing and at times, being pummeled. It was tough but not anywhere near to the degree of the Little Rock Nine,” asserts the Brooklyn-raised executive, recalling the challenges of meeting his parents’ mandate during the late 1960s and 1970s to attend the best schools in the borough. “Gaining an understanding of my right to a quality education, I knew I had to tell this story.”

WHAT IT TOOK TO PRODUCE LITTLE ROCK

It took well over a decade to prepare Little Rock for off-Broadway. At the same time, Butler’s unyielding dedication and strategic process can serve as a primer for those who seek to develop their own theatrical production.

A corporate veteran who had worked in finance and supplier diversity for JPMorgan Chase, Nabisco Foods Group, and Eastman Kodak, among other firms, he was initially reluctant to become a producer. “Being engaged in the theater was not something that I sought,” he says. In fact, he recalls the event in which he first met Little Rock’s writer and director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj at a ceremony in which he was accepting an award on behalf of Chase— his employer at the time—for its support of the arts.

At that event, he was struck by the young talent’s brilliant presentation of the reading of the Broadway classic, Damn Yankees, in which the author deftly reset the play in The Negro Leagues. During a conversation after the performance, Butler shared his ideas with him and others on the financing of black-oriented productions through business investors instead of non-profit foundations, which he had had been told was the common practice. He offered that more commercially viable productions may gain the interest of African American executives and entrepreneurs, including CEOs of the BE 100sthe nation’s largest black-owned businesses.

A year later, Maharaj invited Butler to dinner to share his next project—you guessed it, Little Rock. The eager writer-director said he sought to take the production to Broadway and wanted him to serve as its producer. At first, Butler bluntly told Maharaj, “No…that’s not my world.” After much persistence and his growing interest in the medium, Butler eventually agreed to help him get the production off the ground.

Butler drew on his background in financial analysis, product marketing, and enterprise building to bring new business sensibilities to theater production. First, he incorporated his production company, Rebel Theatrical Management L.L.C. Next, he learned as much as he could about the business. As such, he joined the intensive program at the Commercial Theater Institute, which is usually reserved for industry professionals but Butler gained entry by convincing its administrators to allow him to participate, in part, due to the fact that “he wanted to bring more blacks to the theater” and that his relationships with executives and business owners could attract new funding sources for productions. As he gained training from veteran producers, the self-proclaimed “theater nerd” would spend hours immersing himself into the income statements of theatrical productions and learning the lingo. He even conducted a competitive analysis of the box office performance of plays with themes—including Fences and Radio Golf, two dramas by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson—that could potentially draw similar audiences to Little Rock. He used all his research to develop a comprehensive business plan for the production. Butler was also an investor in the 2011 production of Stick Fly, which was presented to Broadway by songstress-producer Alicia Keys.

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Among his revolutionary approaches was leveraging his corporate contacts to create a series of readings of the play. Beginning in 2012, he convinced corporations such as Chase and Morgan Stanley to pay $ 40,000 to $ 50,000 for such performances as part of corporate Black History Month programs and the like. Over the past few years, Butler says that his ensemble has engaged in roughly 15 such productions. “My objective was to create data points and lay the groundwork through proper preparation to attract investors,” Butler says of his detailed process.

Another aspect of the groundwork was perfecting the script and gaining feedback through workshops at Palo Alto, California-based TheatreWorks, which paid for performances presented to Silicon Valley audiences. “It was a great proving ground to develop the piece,” says Harvey, who used some of his own funds for incremental expenses.

Understanding the value of relationships and access, Butler became a member of Princeton, New Jersey-based McCarter Theater Center, which had a reputation for bringing new works to the stage. Through a contact and the strength of the work, the innovative producer was able to successfully get Little Rock placed on the 2014-2015 schedule at Passage Theater in Trenton, New Jersey. Under that arrangement, Butler licensed the book to the theater’s management team which, in turn, placed them “in the driver’s seat” related to control of the production.

It was another step, Butler said, in building momentum for future investment. And it proved to be one of his most valuable moves. In 2015, Little Rock received The Barrymore Award—the highest theatrical honor in the Philadelphia market—for “Outstanding Ensemble Cast”—the production’s single category nomination.

“After that win, we engaged in more readings through 2015 ad 2017. [A representative from] The Sheen Center fell in love with the script,” says Butler, whose company licensed the theater for the most recent summer production.

ONE BE 100s CEO’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE OFF-BROADWAY PRODUCTION

Among Butler’s toughest challenge was raising funds for the production, tapping his array of corporate and business contacts. Although many were “earnest in making verbal commitments,” he maintains that conservative investors became “gun shy” when it eventually came time to pony up dollars.

Butler, however, found major financial support from a leader among the BE 100s: David Steward, CEO of St. Louis-based World Wide Technology Inc. (No. 1 on the Top 100 with revenue of $ 10.7 billion): “Steward shouldered the underwriting of the show. He knew the importance of the show, having gone through a similar experience [as the Little Rock Nine]. He also followed my journey in getting the play made.”

Now as the play enters its final performances at the Sheen Center, Butler asserts the journey of Little Rock is far from over. His destination remains the same: The Great White Way. “Broadway is on the continuum,” he says. “Before we do that I want the playwright to mature the piece. We will sign other theaters to help us get it ready for Broadway. In fact, we are looking at the West End in London. There could be an appetite there. We will do all of this to attract Broadway investors and come back to New York.”

But one aspect of the off-Broadway performance that will be etched in the memories of both Butler and Green: Assembling and acknowledging the Little Rock Nine during opening night. Says Green, the oldest of the Nine who became the first black graduate of Central High in 1958, “I am very proud to be part of the group and what Harvey Butler and the rest of the staff did with this great production. But most importantly, the play will indicate to young people our role and our struggle.”

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Like lots of designers, Zac Posen wears many hats. In fact, he says it shakes out to 16 collections a year. He designs for Brooks Brothers; recently updated the uniforms at Delta Air Lines; released a cookbook; judges on “Project Runway,” and released a documentary. But it was his namesake label that started it all.
To present that collection for spring 2019, Posen is once again forgoing a traditional runway show — something he has done for several seasons — in favor of images and a film. The difference this season is that the film has a more narrative- and character-driven feeling. Gia Coppola shot the piece, with Maya Thurman Hawke as muse. To Posen, Hawke was more than just a subject — both she and Coppola are close personal friends, and Hawke, who was looped in and confirmed while he was still designing the collection, helped to influence his designs for the season. So spring 2019 was a family affair.
“The original Zac girl is a creative free spirit. When I think of my early muses, this collection has almost come full circle to that idea. It’s not grande dame, or overt glamour, there is a new side to it,” he

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Little Known Black History Fact: Los Pobladores

On this day in 1781, the “Los Pobladores” – a collective of 11 families – helped establish the town of Los Angeles. According to many reports, the pobladores were composed of Mexicans of African descent.

The Spanish Empire controlled “Las Californias,” and the governor of the region of what would become California’ established secular settlements. More than half of the new settlers were of African or mixed race. Two of the men, Luis Quintero and Antonio Mesa, were of full African descent based on records, and married women who were “mulatto” mixed with Black and Spanish.

According to a 1995 article from The Los Angeles Times, the city placed a plaque inside El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Historic Park in the ’50’s, which mentioned the race and names of the families, but was removed by unknown figures. In the ’70’s, the plaque returned and honored the city founders but failed to mention them by race. In 1981,  a final plaque was placed and produced due to the efforts of Miriam Matthews, the city’s first Black trained librarian. Matthews made certain to mention the names, sex, race and ages of the pobladores.

By the turn of the century, 2,200 Black had residents flocked to the region and helped add to the diversity of the growing community.

 

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Loosely based on the life of author Louisa May Alcott and her three sisters, Little Women has proven to be an enduring literary classic. It tells the story of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March as they pass from childhood to adulthood. The original novel has inspired more than a dozen film and television adaptations.

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Jackie Robinson’s barrier-breaking moment in Major League Baseball on April 15, 1947 still stands as one of the most stirring moment in sports. That same year, Dan Bankhead made history this week by becoming the first Black pitcher in the majors, but his promising career swiftly turned sour.

Bankhead was born on May 3, 1920 in Empire, Ala. He began his playing career in the Negro Leagues for the Birmingham Black Barons and the Memphis Red Sox in 1940, and was one of the best hitting pitchers in the league. The marine and World War II veteran was recruited in 1947 by Brooklyn Dodgers executive Branch Rickey, who gave  Robinson his first shot.

Unlike Robinson, who had the mental toughness to withstand death threats and racist taunts, Bankhead wilted under the pressure. In a New York Times profile, accounts from Bankhead and others note that the hostile white crowds robbed Bankhead from taking the mound with confidence. On August 26, 1947, Bankhead hit a homer but also pitched one of the worst games of his career.

He was then sent to the minor leagues finishing out the rest of his professional career in the low-profile Mexican leagues as both a player and manager, but dalliances with multiple women and fathering children across the country led to Bankhead living hand to mouth in his final years. He eventually worked a job delivering groceries in Houston before cancer overtook him in May 1976 at the age of 55.

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College coaches and athletes have faced more severe punishments than the three-game suspension Ohio State handed its head football coach, Urban Meyer, on Wednesday evening. For less serious offenses. Tennessee once fired basketball coach Bruce Pearl for lying to investigators about hosting recruits at a cookout, since such niceties are NCAA violations. This month, nine football players from the University of North Carolina, which like all major college programs does not pay its football players a market wage despite the millions of dollars those players deliver their school, were suspended for four games for selling team-issued shoes.

But Meyer got just three games, even though an independent investigation led by former prosecutor and Securities and Exchange Commission chair Mary Jo White found that the Ohio State coach failed to properly handle domestic violence allegations against a former assistant coach.

Meyer also told a whopper of a lie to the public on June 24, when he said at Big Ten media day that he was unaware of 2015 domestic accusations against assistant coach Zach Smith, made by his ex-wife Courtney Smith. Meyer later apologized “for the way I handled those questions” at the media event, insisting that he “was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media.”

At a press conference at Ohio State Wednesday night, White said that while Meyer’s denials about his knowledge of the 2015 domestic violence allegations against Smith “were plainly not accurate, Coach Meyer did not, in our view, deliberately lie.”

Put aside, if you wish, the believability of Meyer accidentally fibbing about a serious, straightforward issue: his knowledge of domestic violence allegations against one of his coaches. (White’s report itself says “we cannot logically square Coach Meyer’s responses on Big Ten Media Days broadly denying knowledge of the 2015 events regarding Zach Smith with his extensive knowledge of those events in 2015,” but then goes on to note that Meyer “sometimes has significant memory issues” and “has also periodically taken medicine that can negatively impact his memory, concentration, and focus”).

All in all, Meyer got off pretty easy. He did not lose his job. Sure, after missing games against Oregon State and perennial Big Ten weak link Rutgers — both of which Ohio State should win — Meyer will have to sit out Ohio State’s game against No. 16-ranked Texas Christian University in Arlington, Texas. Still, he’ll coach the bulk of the season. He’s missing just one Big Ten conference game. He can even run practice before the Rutgers and TCU games. He can coach against arch-rival Michigan on Nov. 24.

But in watching Wednesday night’s press conference in Columbus, Ohio, after Ohio State President Michael V. Drake announced Meyer’s suspension (and the suspension of Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith from Aug. 31-Sept. 16 for management failure), you never would have known that Meyer got a slap on the wrist. His body language, and responses to reporters’ questions, sent a message that he felt he was the aggrieved party.

He rushed through reading a pre-written statement, robotically going through the motions. He sometimes asked reporters to repeat their questions, as if he couldn’t be bothered to pay attention. Meyer often appeared disengaged. When a reporter asked Meyer if he agreed with Drake’s decision to suspended him, Meyer pointedly didn’t say “yes.” Instead, he replied “I trust and support our president.” He clearly doesn’t believe he should have been suspended. Meyer believes he followed the proper internal reporting protocols about Smith’s behavior.

“I’m fully aware that I’m ultimately responsible for the situation that has harmed the university as a whole and our university athletics program. I followed my heart, not my head,” Meyer said at the press conference. “I should have done more, and I am sorry for that.”

None of Ohio State leaders at the press conference — Drake, Gene Smith, and Meyer — offered direct words to Courtney Smith, who shared text messages with college football reporter Brett McMurphy showing bruises and her 2015 communication with Meyer’s wife, Shelly Meyer, alerting her to the alleged abuse. (Zach Smith has denied the accusations of domestic violence). At the end of the press conference, a journalist gave Meyer an opening. “What message do you have for Courtney Smith?” he asked.

His reply was strikingly impersonal. “Well, I have a message for everyone involved in this,” Meyer said. “I’m sorry we’re in this situation.” He stared blankly at the reporter for a beat. “I’m just sorry we’re in this situation.”

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Bypassed by superyachts and ignored by paparazzi, the little town of Sainte-Maxime across the bay offers a classy French Riviera break without the glitz and high prices

There are more bakers and butchers than nightclubs and nail bars in Sainte-Maxime, just north of Saint-Tropez in Provence’s Var département. And colourful fishing boats land the day’s catch right on the harbour.

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Little Known Black History Fact: Georg Olden

Graphic designer Georg Olden broke a race barrier in the art world on this day in 1963. The award-winning artist became the first Black designer of a postal stamp, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Olden was born November 13, 1920 in Birmingham, Ala., and attended Dunbar High School in Washington. D.C. He then went on to Virginia State College, dropping out just after the Pearl Harbor attack. He joined the Office of Strategic Services, the organization that precedes the CIA, as a designer, working under a colonel who would later become vice president of CBS’ television division. The colonel brought Olden on and the union was fruitful.

Eventually, Olden, one of the few Black people working in television, lead his own staff but moved on in the early ’60’s. His push for innovation in design work earned him several awards, including being a seven-time winner of the Clio Award, which he designed, and a two-time winner of the Art Director’s Club of New York Award.

The five-cent stamp Olden designed featured a broken Black chain on a blue background with white borders. That same year, Olden joined the firm of McCann Erickson, which let him go in 1970, citing economic downturn. Olden suspected otherwise. In the ’70’s, Olden brought a class-action lawsuit against McCann and just as he was making headway with the case, a live-in girlfriend shot him dead in February 1975.

The girlfriend was later acquitted of the charges. Olden was 54.

Olden is the father of author Marc Olden and Georg Olden Jr., a former child actor and real estate professional.

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A Little Bird Tells US… Artist Lucy Sparrow’s set up shop in Downtown LA

The fully felt Sparrow Mart is home to 31,000 individual works, and they’re all for sale.

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Her first pop-up was a Corner Shop in London’s East End, stocked with familiar products made from felt and funded by a Kickstarter campaign but, since that initial installation, artist Lucy Sparrow’s projects have just got bigger and better. And as nowhere is more familiar with large-scale consumerism than America, that’s where she’s been setting her sights.

Having sold out her 8 Till Late bodega in New York in record time – it shut a week earlier than it was due to, as the store cupboard was quite literally bare – Sparrow has spent the past year stitching 31,000 (yes, you read that number correctly) individual pieces to sell in a new pop-up shop. This time, she’s set up Sparrow Mart, a 1980s-themed (in)stall(ation) at the Standard Hotel in Downtown LA, and the locals are going mad for it.

One of our artrepublic family of artists, Sparrow is known for her felt sculptures that depict everything from bathroom cabinets to sushi sets, domestic cleaning products to famous sweet treats. Sparrow Mart pulls together the themes from her smaller-scale works, to stock an entire store – from the vegetable aisle and deli meat counter to packaged convenience foods and even an ATM. Everything is for sale, with items priced from $ 5 upwards, making it affordable as well as experiential art. Even street artist Shepard Fairey, aka Obey, couldn’t resist stopping by to take a spin round the aisles.

If you’re not in LA and can’t make it to Sparrow Mart (which is open throughout August from 11am – 9pm daily, but closed on Mondays), why not drop into our Brighton gallery to see some of Sparrow’s other sculptural work. We have two of her editioned Cabinet series on display; the bathroom-based ‘His N Hers’, as well as ‘Such A Sad Time’, whose shelves are lined with familiar processed foods (all made out of felt, of course). The innocent-looking soft sculptures are almost guaranteed to make you rethink the way you consume (and potentially hoard) goods.

Outside the States right now, and beyond the realms of the LA supermarket sweep, artrepublic Brighton is one of the few places you can stock up on Sparrow’s editioned pieces. Find out more by calling us or visiting the gallery to speak to one of our Art Advisors.

 

To view our  Lucy Sparrow felt art, call into our Brighton gallery, where our Art Advisors will be happy to help. Tel. 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com.

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Little Known Black History Fact: Alfred Sam

Alfred Sam was a mysterious figure from West Africa who arrived in America to spearhead what became a failed back-to-Africa movement in 1914. Although he claimed to be a chief from a Gold Coast royal lineage, Sam, was twice accused of fraud and many who invested into his venture lost everything.

Sam was born in the West Akim district of what is now known as Ghana some time in 1880. He was a trader of rubber and other goods, and arrived to America around 1914 to preach the virtues of African-Americans returning to their “ancestral land” and leading the charge. Sam was accused of fraud twice in his time by the United States and United Kingdom and was cleared each time.

His quest to lead the emigration of American Blacks back to Africa came with the promise of fertile lands and riches, and encouraged them to offer a $ 25 investment in his Akim Trading Company – a steep cost for many poor Black residents at the time. Because his promises were that enticing, many of the residents sold all of their possessions just to join in the quest.

By August 1914 and after months of planning, 60 Black men and women set sail on the S.S. Liberia from Galveston, Texas en route to West Africa. Along the way, the ship was detained in Barbados and re-routed to Sierra Leone, a costly diversion that led to many passengers on the ship to exhaust their food and supplies. Further, some passengers succumbed to diseases such as malaria in the long trek.

In 1915, the Liberia landed in Saltpond and the passengers were initially welcomed but soon after, it became clear that Sam’s promises of open land were false. African rulers at the time were not keen to let foreigners inhabit their lands so many found their way back to America while others spread across Liberia and other African nations.

Sam, who died sometime in the ’30’s, reportedly returned to trading and became a notable cocoa buyer but not much of his life after the failed emigration is readily known.

 

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The Weekend Reset: A Little Stephen King and a whole lot of the Basque Country.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

DRINK: 2016 Bodegas Aizpurua Txakoli

This is a wine I recently discovered at a Basque eatery. On a triple digit evening, noshing on tapas, this was the perfect companion. Txakoli (pronounced CHOC-O-LEE), made from the Hondarrabi grape, is grown in the Basque country and it comes in a few varieties. We enjoyed the white (called zuri), which has a low alcohol content, is mildly effervescent and is crisp and dry.  Bodega Aizpurua is the second oldest Txakoli winery in the world, dating back to 1834. I recommend checking out their website for a history of the winery.

 

STREAM: It’s Stephen King’s world. We just live in it.

Yes. This is another Stephen King sourced TV series. Only, this is different. It is based on characters he has created and shared in stories going all the way back to the beginning of his career. They take place in a fictional town called Castle Rock which has been the locale for many of his past works. So far, this is fantastic stuff. Bill Skarsgård who was brilliant as Pennywise in the recent IT movie, plays an altogether different sort of creepy guy here. And the supporting line up is equally fantastic – Sissy Spacek, Scott Glenn and J.J. Abrams (who produce the series and can do no wrong in my book) favorite Terry O’Quinn are among the best. It is available on Hulu.

 

READ: Life and stories from a Basque village

I discovered this book when it was published. Living in a region of the country with a large Basque population, I have always been curious about the culture. This book was originally written in the Basque language (this happens less than you might think) and translated for those of us who don’t read or write Euskara. It have since re-read it several times and have given it as countless gifts. It’s all about the story, or in this case, the stories. They resemble Russian nesting dolls in terms of how they reveal themselves and it is a wonderful piece of writing.

 

EAT: Pintxos are your friends. Your delicious, delicious friends.

Chances are you have heard about tapas. They are how Spain does appetizers. And they come in a wonderful array of varieties. Also called pintxos, they make a great addition to your party planning skills. This recipe book does a great job of describing the different kinds of tapas, shares the history, and provides a great selection to try for yourselves. To learn more about the book, head on over here.

 

DRINK2: Get to know the Kalimotxo.

Better yet, have one on a hot summer night hanging out with friends. It is simply cola and red wine. That’s it. Sometimes called Poor Man’s Sangria, this is a Basque favorite and even I, who positively scoffed at the notion of trying one, fell victim to its charms. But be warned – they are sneaky, go down easy, and can wreak havoc with you the next day. It’s a great way to make use of that bottle you didn’t finish. What do you mean that never happens?

Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He’s currently undergoing a Tim Improvement Project™ (Version 4.0) and he understands that this is a life-long endeavor. 


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5 Easy Ways to Feel Stunning in Your Swimsuit (with a Little Help From Self-Love Advocate Sarah Sapora)

Not feeling yourself when you look in the mirror lately? Sarah Sapora wants to change that.

The wellness advocate, whose Instagram has more than 150,000 followers who love her positive messaging, is helping women find self-love by leading by example.

“I realized that if I could share my stories, which has always come really easily and comfortably for me, then I could help create a safe space for others to have their experience,” she tells PEOPLE.

Sapora’s journey of personal growth began in 2015, when both of her parents ended up in the hospital at the same time. Sapora, then 360 lbs., could barely walk the city block to  the hospital without feeling extreme pain.

“That was the moment where it flashed in my head like a neon light; I had two parents with serious heart disease and I had to do something,” she says. “Not only did I feel my career was stalling, but my life felt like it was stalling out. I knew I needed to find out what my dream was and what was meaningful to me.”

Eventually, she did some soul-searching and started to work out. “I made a promise to myself, ‘I’m willing to begin this journey without knowing what it’s going to look like,’ ” she said.

Although she ended up losing about 95 lbs., her goal was never about the scale. “I don’t want to make the number the emphasis of my journey … I wanted to be healthier and happier when I turned 40 than I did when I turned 30,” says Sapora, who hits the milestone in September.

Sapora also found her passion – helping and connecting to other women – along the way. She has since organized an annual Body + Love workshop, a “size-inclusive retreat for persons of every age, shape, and color to connect and learn tools to rise into an empowered life.”

Sapora says she feels no pressure to lose more weight, in fact her ultimate objective is to “bang down the door of the industry for women of size.”

“It’s not my goal to chase skinny. It’s to be the most powerful, aligned badass version of Sarah that I can be,” she says. “And I feel a sense of duty to create a safe space for other people. Every time I go somewhere and I’m the only person of size there, I look around and if the room is filled with slender, very athletic, caucasian young people, I say ‘man, I can’t wait for there to be more body types in here, more colors, more ages’ — and it fuels me.”

In celebration of self-love this summer, Sapora is sharing her favorite five tips below for feeling body confident in your bathing suit.

Take your swimsuit for a test drive.
“Wear your bathing suit around the house, in your backyard, when you are alone or with family. Get comfortable in it before you venture out to a public place like the pool or beach. Spend a day in your bathing suit while doing tasks that have nothing to do with swimming —watch TV, cook, clean, talk on the phone. Doing this will help you get over anxiety about wearing the suit and how your body feels in it in small steps.”

Curate your social media.
“Think of your social media feed as the online equivalent of your inner monologue. Negative self-talk makes you feel the pits while positive stuff uplifts you. Edit your social feed accordingly. Unfollow accounts that make you feel self-conscious and add feeds that inspire you. Consider following influencers in a variety of shapes, sizes, ages, colors and abilities. Observe other people living fearlessly in their skin as it is.”

Do what feels great.
“The better you physically feel in your body, the more comfortable you will be in your swimsuit. Now is not the time to crash diet (honestly, it is never the time to do that!). Instead, learn holistically what makes you feel amazing. Do you love to stretch? Does dancing liberate you? Do you feel lighter on your feet when you lay off the oily foods and eat more naturally? Take time and listen to what your body wants!”

Stop comparing yourself to others.
“You literally have no idea what they are experiencing in life and what their individual body journey is like. The only person you can stack yourself up against is you.”

Be honest about what makes you anxious.
“Get specific. What are you scared of? Are you worried people will look at you funny? Be unkind? Name it and then say, ‘So what?’ So what if someone looks at you? That is a reflection of them. So what if someone says something unkind? That only shows they are nasty; dismiss it and keep going! The stuff that scares you is probably all stuff you literally cannot control. Show up, be you as fully as possible and let other people do their own thing while you make memories!”

 


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The Cubs Hooked Up This Little Kid After Someone Took His Foul Ball

A gentleman appeared to help himself to a baseball intended for a young kid at a Chicago Cubs game on Saturday night.

Outfielder and first base coach Will Venable threw the ball to a small kid with a great seat during the Cubs-Cardinals doubleheader game, which the Cubs won handily.

But it wasn’t an easy catch for the boy, and the ball dropped under his feet and into the hands of a fan in the row behind him, who scooped it up and flaunted the ball in the air with great celebration.

Not to worry though: the team tweeted that the boy received not one but two baseballs used in the game. They even saw to it that Javy Baez signed them.

It certainly looked like that Cubs-fans-steals-ball-from-a-kid scenario. But for those who criticized the widely circulated ball-scooping move, David Kaplan of Sports Talk Live said that the guy seen in the video helped the kid catch a foul ball earlier in the game.

This is not the first time an errant piece of sports equipment has appeared to have been wrongfully snatched from its intended fan in a viral video. Puck girl forever.

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Another Supreme Court nomination by a Republican president, another attempt to use cynical scare tactics by the Empire State’s own version of Chicken Little. An executive order signed last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a knee-jerk attempt to protect his left flank from his current rival and newly minted “democratic socialist” Cynthia Nixon. In…
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Little Known Black History Facts: Beatriz Nascimento

Beatriz Nascimento was a key figure in Brazil’s “Movimento Negro,” or widely know as “The Black Movement of Brazil.” Through her studies, Nascimento raised awareness of “Quilombos,” settlements that housed and even served as sanctuaries for Afro-Brazilians like herself.

Nascimento was born on this day in 1942 as one of 10 siblings. The family was raised in the Cordovil neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. In 1971, Nascimento graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with a degree in history, which became the hallmark of her academic career and activism.

While at university, Nascimento became involved in “Movimento Negro,” and worked as an intern for the country’s national archives while studying at Fluminense Federal University. She married Jose do Rosario Freitas Gomes and the pair had a daughter. It was during this period that Nascimento began looking into Quilombos, which loosely translates into “camp site” or “slave hut,” which have long existed in Brazil as havens of African culture and preservation,

Nascimento famously noted in her research that the settlements were far more than havens for Afro-Brazilians but that they were “autonomous spaces of Black liberation.”

As her profile rose, so did Nascimento’s distaste for the racism of the Brazilian Academy of the Sciences.  She began a long career as an outspoken advocate for non-Anglo women across the African diaspora. In 1989, the documentary Ori focused on Nascimento, the movement and the importance of women within in it.

Nascimento’s life was tragically ended in 1995 ]when she was murdered by a man who suspected Nascimento of telling his wife to leave him. She is remembered in academic circles as one of the first prominent Afro-Brazilian women to speak on the history of Black people in the South American nation.

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Tori Roloff: Zach and I Aren’t Leaving ‘Little People, Big World’

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Tori Roloff and Zach Roloff with baby Jackson.

Staying put! Tori Roloff assured fans that she and husband Zach Roloff will continue filming Little People, Big World amid news of Jeremy and Audrey Roloff’s departures.

“We’re not going anywhere!” Tori announced on her Instagram Story Tuesday, July 10. The 27-year-old then engaged in a chat with fans, answering their questions about the TLC reality series.

“Will Z & T be staying with LPBW?” one Instagram user asked.

“YAS! And J too,” Tori replied, referring to the pair’s son Jackson, whom they welcomed in May 2017.

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Another fan asked why the couple — who wed in September 2014 — chose to stay on Little People, Big World. Tori responded: “Because we feel like we’re not done telling our story.”

The reality star reiterated this sentiment when she wrote that her favorite part about filming is “getting to share our story with our fans.”

Jeremy, Zach’s twin brother, and wife Audrey announced on Tuesday they are leaving Little People, Big World. “After 14 years, over 300 episodes, and 17 seasons, the time has come. A year ago, I made the decision that this season would be our last,” the 28-year-old wrote on Instagram. “It has been an amazing run, and I can’t say thank you enough to all of you who have watched and supported us along the ride. We have the most loyal fans on TV and we appreciate every one of you. You are what made doing this so fun. We will still be supporting the family as they carry the #LPBW torch onward. This is a decision concerning Audrey and me specifically — the show much go on!”

He added: “That being said, we’re not disappearing. We have a lot of exciting stuff in the works and are eager to continue the world that the Lord has called us to!”

“We wish Jeremy, Audrey, and Ember the best, and are excited to continue to keep up with other members of the Roloff family when Little People, Big World returns next year,” TLC told Us Weekly in a statement.

Meanwhile, Tori told her more than 700,000 followers that sharing their lives with the world can be weird, but the family does not hold back. “Our philosophy is if we aren’t willing to share something with others we probably shouldn’t be doing it,” she wrote. “Plus something we’re going through can ultimately help others (even though that still baffles me today).”

The TLC star also opened up about what it was like to join the series in 2011: “I was honestly scared. I didn’t want to be the girl who broke Zach’s heart. Once I knew how serious we were I was more open to it because it was a part of his life.”

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Stephen Colbert played a little game or two watching Trump’s nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court.

During Tuesday night’s monologue on The Late Show, Colbert revealed his winning “Trump nomination bingo” card, after the president named Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy.

Pulling the card from of his pocket, Colbert said, “You see, all the squares say ‘white guy’.”

After calling Kavanaugh a “cover model for Generic Dads Monthly,” Colbert said he also played a drinking game during the nomination event. 

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Little Known Black History Fact: Richard Allen

Bishop Richard Allen, the founder of the A.M.E. Church, was a hero to many and a bust erected in his honor in 1876 is thought to be first of its kind created by and for African-Americans. The monument was unveiled in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park during the Centennial International Exposition of 1876, the first official “World’s Fair.”

Allen was born into slavery on February 14, 1760, and though details of his place of birth have been heavily debated, some saying Delaware is his birth state. After hearing a white Methodist preacher rail against slavery, Allen converted to Methodism at 17, and was later able to buy his freedom for $ 2,000 to relocate to Philadelphia.

In 1799, Allen became the first Black ordained minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in 1816, with the help of other Black Methodist churches, founded the African Methodist Episcopal church. Bishop Allen was a vocal opponent of slavery who inspired enslaved and free Black people who shared his passion to see all people free.

The bust of Allen was on display at the exposition but later ended up in the hands of Wilberforce University in Ohio into where it sat, neglected and in storage. In 2010, Wilberforce loaned the bust out for a ceremony marking Allen’s 250th birthday at the First District A.M.E. headquarters.

 

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Chrissy Teigen just raised a VERY important question about The Little Mermaid on Twitter, and the movie will never be the same again

Chrissy Teigen just raised a VERY important question about The Little Mermaid on Twitter, and the movie will never be the same again


Chrissy Teigen just raised a VERY important question about <em>The Little Mermaid</em> on Twitter, and the movie will never be the same again

We’re pleased to report that Chrissy Teigen has broken the internet yet again. Thanks to her humor, frankness, and penchant for Twitter rants, Teigen is of our favorite people to follow on social media. Remember when she live-tweeted her disastrous experience flying to Tokyo? Or her savage tweets about Jesus Christ Superstar Live? Well, Teigen’s latest Twitter rant — which happens to be about The Little Mermaid — might be our favorite one yet.

On Sunday, June 10th, the supermodel and cookbook author took to Twitter to raise a VERY important question: “How does Ariel know what ‘reprimand’ means but not ‘feet?’” And now, we don’t think we’ll ever see The Little Mermaid the same way again.

Teigen is, of course, referring to lyrics from the song “Part of Your World.” While wondering about life above the water, Ariel sings, “Bet’cha on land, they understand / Bet they don’t reprimand their daughters.”

We always knew that Ariel didn’t know the words for a lot of objects on land. At various points during The Little Mermaid, she doesn’t know the word for a fork or a pipe, opting instead to call them a “dinglehopper” and a “snarfblat,” respectively. But Teigen pointing out that Ariel DOES know such a big word (you know, relatively speaking) like “reprimand” makes us see the movie in a new way.

We don’t know what prompted Teigen’s Twitter rant about The Little Mermaid — maybe she was watching the movie at home with Luna and Miles? But however she arrived at this thought, we’re grateful that she shared it with us.

Can’t argue with this logic.

In the end, Teigen decided that maybe Ariel just isn’t the brightest Disney princess of the bunch.

After all, the mermaid has lived a pretty sheltered life.

Oh, Chrissy. Never stop tweeting your trains of thought, okay?

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Little Known Black History Fact: Sojourner Truth

On this day in 1843 at the age of 52, Isabella Baumfree became Sojourner Truth and devoted the next 40 years of her life into liberating her people and spreading the gospel.

Born in New York State presumably around 1797 as Isabella Baumfree, she was bought and sold for much of her young life. In 1815, she met and fell in love with a slave from another farm, Robert, and had a daughter, Diana. The pair would never see each other again, and Baumfree was forced to marry another slave, Thomas. The pair eventually had three children.

New York was close to passing a law to abolish slavery in 1826 when Baumfree’s owner denied her the freedom he’d promised. She escaped with her daughter that year. Her five-year-old son, Peter, was illegally sold to a man in Alabama and Baumfree successfully sued to gain her son’s freedom, one of the first instances of such success.

Baumfree converted to Christianity and moved to New York City with her son in 1829. She did domestic work for a church and alleged cult leader, enduring hardships and accusations that she poisoned a popular rival church leader. Truth successfully sued the couple who brought the false claims. After losing her son a second time in 1842 when he took a job on a whaling ship, she began life as Sojourner Truth in 1843.

Embracing the ideals of Methodism and the abolition of slavery, Truth joined an abolitionist society and connected with great minds of the movement such as Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison.  At the 1851 Ohio Women’s Rights Convention, Truth delivered her famous “Ain’t I A Woman” speech which cemented her as a leader in the women’s rights movement.

Truth worked tirelessly into her old age to continue to help liberate free or escaped slaves while focusing on prison reform, women’s suffrage and other causes.

Sojourner Truth passed in 1833 at the age of 92.

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Some house problems are obvious from the get-go—for instance, you know you’re in trouble when raw sewage starts backing up in your basement shower. Other problems, however, are not as apparent. They creep up on you, silently wreaking havoc in your home while you remain blissfully unaware. The best time to address any problem is while it’s still small, so the longer a house problem stays hidden, the more likely you are to end up with costly repair bills. Keep your eye out for these 10 easy-to-overlook signs that could signal a big problem up ahead if you don’t act quickly.
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Little Known Black History Fact: Freedom Riders

Freedom Rider George Raymond

The goals of the courageous “Freedom Riders,” a collective of Black and white civil rights activists who rode buses into the deep South to protest segregation on bus lines, faced major odds in the early ’60’s. On this day in 1961, 27 riders were arrested amid a warning from then Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy to consider another option.

The group of riders made their way from Montgomery, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi with measurable support despite efforts by law enforcement to break their ranks. The riders were arrested at the Jackson bus station and detained at Parchman, an infamous maximum-security prison in the city. According to reports, the judge in the matter famously turned his head as the riders offered their defense. Ultimately, the NAACP appealed the convictions all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and had them all overturned.

Kennedy’s statement carried a sense of foreboding as protesters and counter-protesters alike gathered between Alabama and Mississippi. He noted that racial tensions were high and all of the media fervor about the protests would also attract unwanted attention from bystanders not partial to either cause. In his statement, Kennedy wrote “a mob asks no questions” in reference to the potential for violence that did occur.

Despite the best efforts of whites who resisted the Freedom Riders movement, the Interstate Commerce Commission, with broad support from the administration of President John F. Kennedy, prohibited the segregation of interstate transit terminals in the fall of that year.

 

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DENNIS BASSO

Backstage before his New York Fashion Week show at St. Bart’s Church on Park Avenue, Dennis Basso, the king of fur for many a Trump (he’s a family friend) and rich New York City lady, revealed he was celebrating 35 years in the fashion business.

“It went by in a snap,” Basso said in his gravely timbre. And to mark the milestone, it was time for a change. This collection included sportswear, he said, not just fur. Watch out for evening dresses and leather, he said. Even denim. “I love fashion,” he said of having no plans to retire. “It doesn’t feel like work.”

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These little baby milestones are breaking this new mama’s heart

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Jamie Reed

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This morning I woke up to baby giggles. Not dream whimpers, not cries of discomfort, not even yells of hunger. Just sweet baby giggles and chatter. My 5-month-old was awake and was entertaining himself until I woke up. As precious as it was, I couldn’t help but feel a tiny twinge of sadness at the sight of my happy baby boy. He looked so big.

smiling baby

What was once a little baby (as little as an almost 9-pound baby can be), is now growing into a kid, and it’s so strange to see these changes take place. I’m certainly not complaining about my wake-up call, but it’s all a little hard to take sometimes.

There have been the milestones we were expecting, like sleeping through the night and rolling over for the first time, but there have been so many others, little skills and actions, otherwise insignificant moments that have surprised me and reminded me that my baby is growing up.

baby feeding himself with bottle

It’s in the way his tiny hands now reach up to hold his bottle. Those little hands that love to grasp my fingers and play with my hair, now are figuring out how to feed him and attend to his own needs.

The way he now pushes his legs to stand up. He grunts and groans until he’s up in the air and then grins so proudly. It’s adorable and wonderful and terrible all at once, this independence he’s longing for.

When he loses his pacifier but quickly finds it again, all on his own.

When he cries in the night but comforts himself before I can even reach for him, putting himself back to sleep.

All things he should be doing. All things I wanted him to do. All things that at some point in the middle of the night when he was a newborn I hoped and prayed he’d figure out so we could all sleep and function one day.

All things that are now slowly breaking my heart a little.

No one told me about these little milestones. The ones you don’t write down in the baby book, or even photograph. But I guarantee you, the first time I saw him hold his bottle on his own is forever etched in my memory.

These moments are so bittersweet. Of course I want him to grow and develop, and become more independent of me. But each new skill, each new milestone, is one step closer to my baby not being a baby anymore.

Everyone told me how fast time would go. How “the nights are long, but the years are short.” How right they were, and we’re just getting started! I blinked, and my little baby got not-so little anymore.

We’ll be approaching the 6-month mark soon. He’ll turn a year old in a heartbeat and I’ll blink a few more times to see he’s graduating high school and leaving my care. Which is just how it should be. But I think I’ll rock him a little longer tonight, just the same.

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These Very Wet Kentucky Derby Fans Won’t Let a Little Rain Ruin Their Race

The Kentucky Derby quickly turned into a muddy affair as rain poured on Churchill Downs Saturday

However, thousands still came out to watch the Run for the Roses. The weather also brings in an interesting element for those betting on the race as some horses run better on mud than others.

It seems like many Kentucky Derby-goers weren’t betting on rain though, and many were clad in ponchos over suits and summery dresses. Umbrellas also aren’t allowed at the Kentucky Derby to prevent obscured views.

It’s forecast to continue raining through the 144th Kentucky Derby’s post time of 6:34 p.m. on Saturday – making a likely repeat of last year’s soggy derby in which Always Dreaming won.

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Sean M. Haffey—Getty ImagesA fan looks for shelter as it rains prior to the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky
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John Minchillo—AP/REX/ShutterstockCurt Schuman of Louisville looks at a program before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Ky on May 5, 2018
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Segregation Was Never Good For Black People. Not Even A Little Bit [Opinion]

Segregation was never good for black people. We were not better off during Jim Crow. Not even a little bit. Those who wax nostalgically about how we thrived during segregation and leveraged it to our economic advantage to support and sustain healthy, strong black communities are just straight-up wrong.
We need to stop romanticizing life for African Americans before integration. The overwhelming majority of black people were trapped in abject poverty (or at best, a fragile subsistence), locked out of nearly every profession or industry where they could gain access to significant income and wealth, regardless of their level of education or social-economic status. We were also excluded from Wall Street and other centers of capital and investment. (In fact, for much of America’s history prior to integration, not only could we not acquire stock and commodities—we were counted as livestock ourselves). As recently as the 1950s, the rare African American with a Ph.D. could hope for no better than a job as a teacher or minister.
And the great black entrepreneurs in the age of segregation operated with absolutely zero legal protection or civil rights, essentially deprived of any legal means of protecting their assets/wealth. Laws both civil and criminal were set up so that white people could take property, money, land, etc. from black people with impunity. And what they couldn’t take, they would destroy—the devastating 1921 race riot that destroyed Tulsa, Oklahoma’s “Black Wall Street” is the best known, but far from the only example of this truth. Countless black people, including (maybe especially) the educated and relatively wealthy—including many WWI veterans who tasted freedom in Europe—were lynched (concurrent with the establishment and rise of the Ku Klux Klan) in order to eliminate them as a source of economic competition and as a way to use terror to keep blacks “in their place.”
The vast majority of people who talk today about how much better off black people were during segregation have lived most, if not all of their lives, in the post-segregation era. I’ve interviewed many people who actually lived through Jim Crow segregation (most are now in their 80s or 90s or older), including my late grandfather, who died at age 97 in 2008 less than six months before Barack Obama was elected to the U.S. presidency. I can’t remember any of them wishing to go back to the way things were during segregation. Today, we operate with unequal protection and access as black people; they operated with zero protection and access. If any of us black people born after 1960 were magically transported back to 1921, 1931 or even 1951, most of us wouldn’t last a month.
No matter how much we struggle with injustice and racism today, our better is in pushing forward, not going back to a nostalgic, selectively imagined, segregated past.
Editor’s Note: Opinion pieces are solely the opinions of the author and not representative of Black Enterprise.

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To the little jerks on the school bus, I’m watching you

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Whitney Barthel

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I never thought I would be the type of mom that would want to bite someone — especially a child’s — head off. But, here I am ready to lose my mind on a bunch of 7-year-olds.

Why is there such a disconnect in child temperament these days? I feel like back in the day kids were kids, sometimes one kid was an angel and other times that same kid was a jerk. It kind of evened the universe out. We had a very well-rounded population of mediocre children. It was great.

And, these mediocre kids rode the bus and went to school and everyone was happy.

School bus behavior

Now, it seems, we have the kids that are usually angels and the kids that are unfailingly jerks.

Trust me, I am no stranger to good kids acting like jerks. I have four boys. And while deep down I know they are good kids (I mean, they cried when the grandma died in Trolls), I am not delusional in thinking they aren’t capable of acting like a bunch of a-holes.

However; here are my thoughts on how you can tell if a kid is a good kid, or not. Good kids generally reserve their bad behavior to take out on their siblings and parents.

After several recent incidents I am starting to suspect there might be a couple of not-good kids (I hate to say bad without 100 percent certainty) riding the same school bus as my boys. Just yesterday Frankie calmly told me that he “gave” his favorite toy car to a big kid on the bus because the big kid simply told Frankie he felt like keeping it for himself.

I will be the first person to note when my kids are being naughty and my boys are definitely not the most gracious sharers amongst themselves, but they would never take another child’s toy and refuse to return it saying it is theirs now…because that’s what they feel like.

And if they did? Well, they would surely feel the wrath of God.

While I am definitely not missing the 97 cent Matchbox car from Walmart, we have more than plenty, I am contemplating marching my buns on that bus and demanding it be returned — not because I want one more car to step on, but to show this little turkey that you don’t get what you want out of life by taking it from someone else.

If no one else will teach these kids to be normal, mediocre little runts and do normal kid things like talk too loudly and argue over whose dad is the strongest, I guess I will just have to.

So, to the “big kids” on the school bus who insist on teaching the “little kids” how to use their middle finger, or what swear words make adults most angry, and talk them into ponying up their toys, I will be watching you.

And to the parents and adults reading this, If you hear about a lady who was arrested for losing her mind on a bunch of 8-year-olds, it was probably me.

 

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Crazy happened, which means Little Caesars is giving away free pizza.

Pizza chain Little Caesars launched the “If Crazy Happens” promotion to give away free hot-n-ready lunch combos if a #16 seed beat a #1 seed in the March Madness college basketball tournament. The combo include four slices of Little Caesars Deep! Deep! Dish pizza and a 20 oz. Pepsi product.

And crazy happened Friday, March 16, when #16 seed University of Maryland-Baltimore County beat #1 seed Virginia 74 to 54. The historic win may have thrown off some brackets, but it can also come with a free lunch.

To get the deal, you have to place your order between 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. on April 2. If you’re planning on getting the deal in person, the order has to be placed by 1 p.m., even if you were already in line. The offer is only available at participating stores in all 50 states and Washington D.C. Only one combo is available per family.

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Little Known Black History Fact: Warren Stanley

Since he was a boy, Warren Stanley said he wanted nothing more than to work for the California High Patrol, the largest state law enforcement agency in the nation. Now after working over three decades with CHP, Stanley can now be proud of becoming the agency’s first Black commissioner.

Stanley, 56, is a native of Dos Palos, California in the state’s central valley region and has 11 siblings. After graduating from the CHP academy in 1982, Stanley reportedly has held every ranking officer position for the agency over the course of his career. The hard work had certainly been recognized after he served as acting CHP commissioner since 2017.

In an interview with local outlet KCRA, Stanley expressed joy in earning CHP’s top cop spot and promises to build a firm foundation within the agency.

“I’m very excited about it, but I’m very humble because I know the people that have held this position have come before me. They’ve been great commissioners and I hope to follow in their footsteps and leave my own path,” Stanley told the outlet in a recent chat.

Stanley is a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice.

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Michelle Obama Met The Little Queen Who Fell In Love With Her Portrait

Remember the little girl who was mesmerized by the  portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama?

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Well, she finally got to meet her idol in person on Tuesday, as the sweet moment between the two was captured on camera.

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“Parker, I’m so glad I had the chance to meet you today (and for the dance party)!,” Obama wrote on her Instagram page. “Keep on dreaming big for yourself…and maybe one day I’ll proudly look up at a portrait of you!” A second video shows the two dancing to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.”

Two-year old Parker Curry stole hearts and minds when she was captured gazing at Amy Sherald‘s portrait of the former First Lady. The photo went viral and was also posted by Sherald on her account. The moment was a real-life actualization of Obama’s speech during the portrait’s revealing, where she mentioned she hopes the imagery will inspire young Black young girls to reach their fullest potential.

During a xx interview with CNN, Parker’s mother Jessica, echoed the importance of moment.

“In further discussion with (Parker) yesterday and today, I realized that she believes Michelle Obama is a queen, and she wants to be a queen as well,” Curry said. “As a female and as a girl of color, It’s really important that I show her people who look like her that are doing amazing things and are making history so that she knows she can do it.”

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Little Known Black History Fact: Andrew Clayton Powell, Jr.

On this day in 1967, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. was barred from his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on allegations of corruption and office misconduct. Supporters of the popular New York congressman believed the act was due to his race as well as a ploy to derail Powell’s political power.

Powell, born November 29, 1908 in New Haven, Connecticut, followed in the footsteps of his father, activist and preacher Adam Clayton Powell Sr., yet moved into politics in the mid-40’s en route to a stellar career that stretched nearly three decades. Assuming office officially in 1945, Powell rose quickly, running on the promise of bringing civil rights to Black New Yorkers. He also had the ability to cross the aisle to his Republican counterparts.

Powell’s career was altered by scandal after allegations he misused funds for personal trips and other expenditures, including traveling with two young women. The House overwhelmingly voted to bar him from his seat, prompting his supporters to rally around him and suggest that racism was behind the move. Similar allegations that hovered over white Congress members had never led to a loss of their seat.

In a special election weeks later, Powell regained the seat but instead of returning to Congress, he took his case all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1969, the justices ruled in favor of Powell agreeing that Congress did not have the right to remove Powell from a seat he was voted into. Despite his victory in the courts,  Powell quietly left politics and retired to the Bahamas.

In April 1972, Powell died after suffering from prostatitisHe was just 63 years of age. He had two sons who both shared his name, III, who is a notable journalist, and IV, who also became a politician.

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Little Known Black History Fact: Malcolm X

With the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, once more Nation of Islam leader Min. Louis Farrakhan has come forth to deny any wrongdoing. Malcolm X was once a fiery leader and spokesperson for the NOI, but many allege the group had him killed after he split with the group citing philosophical differences.

Born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925, the future civil and human rights activist found Islam in prison by way of a fellow prisoner. Becoming a dutiful student of then NOI leader, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, he changed his name to Malcolm X to reflect his teachings and do away with his “slave name.”

Malcolm X quickly rose in the NOI ranks, weaving between his rapid-fire intellect and sharp oratory skills to present a Black nationalist agenda framed under the umbrella of religion. However, Malcolm X discovered Sunni Islam, an orthodox form of the religion, and changed his stances after making the pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca as required of many Muslims.

Returning home as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, he still maintained a nationalist bent but leaned towards a humanist approach as expected of those in his religion. This split from the NOI was allegedly criticized and rumors persisted that the group wanted to end his life. Two days before his assassination, Shabazz reportedly told legendary photographer Gordon Parks that the NOI was looking to kill him.

On February 21, 1965 at Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom, Shabazz was set to address a crowd of guests on behalf of his Organization for Afro-American Unity group. Despite being surrounded by bodyguards, a lone gunman from the crowd produced a shotgun, shooting the leader once with two other assailants finishing the deed. In all, Shabazz was shot 21 times.

Over the years, Min. Farrakhan has been pegged as the mastermind of the plot but has taken pains to deny the charge. This week alone, Farrakhan took to Instagram to strike down the claims and demanded that the federal government release files on the matter to the public to quell the chatter around the unfortunate death of one of Black America’s greatest figures.

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February is Heart Month – spread the word with Elizabeth Banks’ “Just a Little Heart Attack”

Leave it to Elizabeth Banks to make heart attack awareness funny. Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for women. Women have worse outcomes after a heart attack than men and many women cannot recognize the symptoms of a heart attack. We have serious work to do when it comes to protecting our hearts. Cheers to Elizabeth Banks for giving us a way to spread the awareness with humor!

Learn more about women’s unique heart attack symptoms and the fascinating history of heart disease research and how it has harmed women’s health here: http://womenshealth.com/greatest-health-threat-american-women/

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DENNIS BASSO

Backstage before his New York Fashion Week show at St. Bart’s Church on Park Avenue, Dennis Basso, the king of fur for many a Trump (he’s a family friend) and rich New York City lady, revealed he was celebrating 35 years in the fashion business.

“It went by in a snap,” Basso said in his gravely timbre. And to mark the milestone, it was time for a change. This collection included sportswear, he said, not just fur. Watch out for evening dresses and leather, he said. Even denim. “I love fashion,” he said of having no plans to retire. “It doesn’t feel like work.”

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Oh No Ma’am! Little Caesars Shut Down After Rat Poop Was Found in a Customer’s Pizza Crust [Photos]

A Little Caesars in Indianapolis, IN, was shut down by health inspectors earlier this week after a couple found rodent poop baked into the crust of their pizza.

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Johnathan McNeil said he and his girlfriend bought the pizza from the chain restaurant and left. Once they started driving home, his girlfriend noticed something was wrong.

“She looked at the pizza and realized there was like doo-doo looking stuff on the pizza,” McNeil said to FOX 59.

McNeil said they turned around and went back to the restaurant for an explanation, but the employees claimed to not know what it was.

“All of them were looking at my pizza dumbfounded as if they didn’t know what’s going on,” said McNeil, “I said ‘That’s mouse doo-doo on the bottom of my pizza.’”

He called the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and contacted the Marion County Health Department upon police suggestion.

Once the health inspector arrived, an emergency inspection was conducted, resulting in the closure of the restaurant.

“We did find that there were rodent droppings and violations that warranted us doing a license suspension,” said Janelle Kaufman with the Marion County Health Department to FOX 59.

The Little Caesars pizza restaurant had been dealing with a mouse issue since August 2017, FOX 59 reports. The restaurant had been cited four times since the summer for mice-related problems, but was never closed. Before the restaurant was given an all-clear in October, it had received seven violations in 2017 alone, according to the Public Health Department’s website.

McNeil hopes others don’t suffer the same fate as he and his girlfriend.

“I just want people to check their food and be very cautious about what they’re eating,” said McNeil.

The pizza chain was re-opened Wednesday morning after a follow-up inspection.

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My 5-year-old has started asking me if we can give her sister to another family. I’m sure this is in the range of normal behavior…right? I remember thinking my life would be better without my little sister in it, too. A couple of years ago she was asking me if she could move to another family.

She’s seen her best friend’s family morph over the years with adoptions, fostering, and welcoming “bonus” children, so her concept of family is pretty fluid. I like that. But our family isn’t that fluid and her littler sister is here to stay.

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I get it. Right now Vivi sees Evie as competition for my time. And she’s not wrong. If the little ones aren’t napping their needs make themselves known, sometimes at full throttle. And Vivi’s chorus of “look at me,” “look at what I made,” or “look at what I can do” gets drowned out.

I feel so torn. Spending time with my cool little kid is fun for me too. I want to invest in the special relationship I have with Vivianne, but get frustrated when she doesn’t acknowledge the time I do give to her. She’s only 5, I get that, but a little validation for the efforts I’m making would help me feel like my energy isn’t going into this vast empty space of want and need.

Some days aren’t so frustrating. Some days we can get away or both babies stay napping and we can sneak in a kitchen picnic like the one Vivi prepared the other day. She set out the cups, I poured the apple juice and she got out frozen Go-gurt, bananas, and apples to eat.

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Last week she got off the bus in tears and immediately complained that her ear was hurting. She’d been in pain since lunchtime, but was afraid to go to the nurse. I called her doctors office and snagged the last appointment of the day and was advised to give her some ibuprofen for the pain.

She snuggled into me while we waited for the pain medication to work. As we snuggled, Evie woke up, hair asunder, and joined us on the recliner. Then Annie let out a mighty cry and everyone was shuffled as I went to pick her up.

The babysitter came and I took Vivi to her appointment. The clinic wasn’t far from her dad’s work and he came and joined us. The doctor spoke to Vivi about her ear and her cough. She said, “My cough sounds like a car not starting.” I looked at Tré, amazed at her metaphor.

She kept saying funny things like that. I wondered if I was missing these parts of her personality at home because I was so busy with the babies. At home she’s one voice straining against the others. Here, I was bearing witness to this clever, smart little human alone, really focusing on what she was saying. It was amazing! And no, I’m not just biased because I’m her mom. I swear.

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Slipping in a 20-minute picnic is sometimes all the time I have to give. Some day she’ll be older and be the one not having time for me. I want to to stop what I’m doing when I can to give her all the attention I can. Like shutting off the TV when a conversation is taking place; I want her to know that our relationship is important.

As a family of five we will probably always worry about having enough time for each other. But someday the shoe will be on the other foot. I hope she remembers this when it’s her turn to stop what she’s doing and have a kitchen picnic with her children.

How do you fill up your older kids love tank?

Photos by Kelly & Tré Wilbanks

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There’s little less glamorous than an East Coast winter, all road salt stains and cinder-flecked snow banks. I live in DC and it’s about this time every year that any interest I have in layering and boots and obnoxious winter coats wanes and I just want to be comfortable again. The antidote for the East Coast in January? The French Riviera in June, when the Cannes film festival has been held annually since 1946 (with a few breaks).

At Cannes in the 1960s and 1970s, audiences bore witness to the rise of the French New Wave and subsequently the adoption by American film-makers of auteur theory–basically the idea that a film’s director, rather than screenwriters or studios, is the driving force in a film. Directors like Jean-Luc Godard and Michelangelo Antonioni gave their own style to films like Breathless and Blow-up, which had outsize influence on the broader film industry, fashion, style, and the wall decor in your first apartment. Later, Americans like Francis Ford Coppola and Dennis Hopper came to Cannes to screen their films for the jury and international audiences, to be in the same limelight as Truffaut or Jacques Demy.

Meanwhile, actors and producers strolled the waterfront by day, and photographers stalked starlets on the beach. At night, screen icons like Jean Paul Belmondo, Cary Grant, and Sidney Poitier wore their best and partied.

To look at style at Cannes in the 60s and 70s is also to look at the evolution of film style, from perfect black tie to safari jackets to open-shirted, bell-bottomed counterculture, and from Hitchcock to Scorsese. 

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Gene Kelly (in an OCBD) entertains the press at Cannes (in 1959).

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Kelly again, in a polo and jacket.

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Cary Grant in a great tux with a perfect bow tie.

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An older Grant, but same tux?

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Jean Paul Belmondo on the waterfront in the high-risk, low-reward leather sportcoat.

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Connery relaxes at Cannes.

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My favorite print shirt wearer Elliott Gould.

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Malcolm McDowell moves 70s-ward in a velvet dinner jacket.

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McDowell again in a turtleneck and safari jacket.

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Paul Newman–the first man to wear a turtleneck and sportcoat with jeans?

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DeNiro in tonal corduroy while promoting Taxi Driver.

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Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson, and Dennis Hopper at Cannes for Easy Rider.

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Writer Henry Miller in perfect old guy style at Cannes.

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