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Natasha SC Mulenga

Freelance journalist, Showbiz News Producers, Author of books 100% Unofficial Lizzo and 100% Unofficial: More Idols of K-pop. Host of A Soulful Storm podcast.

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John Cleese says farce best in theatre as he brings 'Fawlty Towers' to stage

British actor John Cleese poses with cast members from the play Fawlty Towers at the Apollo Theatre in London, Britain, May 2, 2024. From left are: Anna-Jane Casey (Sybil), Hemi Yeroham (Manuel), Adam Jackson-Smith (Basil), Victoria Fox (Polly) and Paul Nicholas (The Major). REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett Purchase Licensing Rights New Tab , opens new tab Item 1 of 5 British actor John Cleese poses with cast members from the play Fawlty Towers at the Apollo Theatre in London, Britain, May 2, 2024. Fro

The Rose Is Forging Their Own Path

The sky is cloudy, the air is warm and the atmosphere is bright when The Rose takes to the stage at British Summer Time (BST) Hyde Park on Sunday (July 2). The band may be looking at the crowd emersed in pink, after all, BLACKPINK is the headlining act for the night, but their fans certainly make their presence known. The Rose is as charismatic as they are talented, being personable with the crowd and even taking technical difficulties in their stride

Tinashe Is Playing by Her Own Rules

Backstage at BST Hyde Park, the pop star talks about her outstanding performance, new music, and being inspired by Janet Jackson and Beyoncé It was evident that the audience was in for a good time from the second that Tinashe, 30, appeared on the stage of British Summer Time (BST) Hyde Park on Sunday (June 25), in a large flamboyant blue hat and matching two-piece crop top and trousers. It takes a huge level of confidence, bubbly energy, and a good catalogue to win over a British stiff-upper-lip crowd, but with her riotous chart hits such as “All My Friends,” “2 On” and “Bouncin” Tinashe powered through. The Kentucky-born singer didn’t even appear to break a sweat despite a choreography-heavy set.

India Amarteifio is the Quiet Storm Taking Over Bridgerton Spinoff "Queen Charlotte"

India Amarteifio has studied Shakespeare in drama school, she’s acted in period pieces, she’s been a devout fan of theatre. Still, she’s never had her hair done the way it is in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story: intricate, ornate, but still wholly embracing her natural curl pattern. “[We’re] reestablishing the fact that our hair is beautiful in whatever texture it is, you don't need to straighten it for it to be classy, for it to be sophisticated, for it to be elegant. Whatever your hair text...

'Queen Charlotte': 'Bridgerton' character gets her own spin-off

Cast members India Ria Amarteifio and Golda Rosheuvel attend the world premiere of the Netflix show 'Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story' in London, Britain, April 21, 2023. REUTERS LONDON, April 21 (Reuters) - Regency-era London took over the British capital's Leicester Square on Friday as the "Queen Charlotte" cast premiered the first spin-off from hit Netflix (NFLX.O) period drama "Bridgerton" dedicated to the fan favourite character. "Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

Wakanda Forever's Dominique Thorne First Wanted This Black Panther Role

Dominique Thorne is living proof that rejection can sometimes be a blessing. The 25-year-old actor, who begins her Marvel career this week in Black Panther sequel Wakanda Forever, previously auditioned for the role of Shuri (now played by Letitia Wright), years ago. She made it to the final four, but she remembers hearing the voice of God tell her that she would not be getting the role. When she didn’t, she refocused on school and graduated from Cornell with a degree in human development and...

Sampa the Great Is Ready to Be Her Freest Self

Two things become clear when talking to Sampa the Great. One, her unwavering national pride in being Zambian. Two, the infectious energy that carries into her music. Over Zoom, we greet each other in our native language of Bemba and then burst into a fit of giggles. “It was interesting to hear Zambians say ‘this can't be in Zambia,’" she says, talking about her NPR Tiny Desk (Home) performance from February 2021. “And that was the point — that we can do stuff like this in Zambia.

The Fearlessness of Hyolyn

Born and raised in South Korea, the musician grew up with her parents and sister and had an upbringing filled with family gatherings. Driven by her love of music and singing, Hyolyn, now 30, has spent over a decade making her mark in the music industry, first as a member of Sistar, who were known as the ‘Summer Queens’ in K-pop. After the group disbanded in 2017, Hyolyn would reintroduce herself to the public by setting up her own label, Bridge Entertainment, and releasing the sensual, jaw-dropping song single “Dally.”
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Black History Month: Community reflects on living in a 21st Century Britain

BBC Essex has spoken to people from the black community who have reflected on what it was like being black and growing up in 21st Century Britain. Miss Mulenga said diverse representation is really important because while growing up she remembers walking into a supermarket and not seeing anyone who looked like her being photographed in magazines. She said: "Being a kid walking through the magazine section of any shopping centre, you'd look at magazine and don't see anyone who looks like you. B

‘Where is the moral compass?’: Black women on monarchy’s treatment of Meghan

Ros Griffiths, a 57-year-old community organiser in London, was initially hopeful when Meghan Markle married into the British royal family. She regarded their wedding and Meghan’s initial acceptance into the family as a step in the right direction for the institution. “That’s what I thought initially. Then it went all downhill very quickly,” said Griffiths. “I think [the documentary] further compounded what I suspected all along – that this family that lives off the public purse is not reflecti

Meghan Markle has accused the British Royal Family of racism. Journalist and podcaster Natasha Mulenga gave her opinion.

I joined live from Essex in the United Kingdom and Natasha, who's a freelance journalist and podcaster Natasha. Thank you so much for joining me today here on a news. Thank you for having me pleasure. Could we start by I gotta stop asking what is your reaction to the the interview? That's that's been broadcast. I believe is now being broadcast in the UK. Yes, it has my reaction. Was one of There was elements of shock, extreme disappointment and then horror

'She almost embodies what they fear': black women on treatment of Meghan

Chanel Ambrose was swept up by the sea of excitement around Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. The 33-year-old loved how much Meghan tapped into her culture and heritage for the event: from the choir, the preacher, to her mum, with her natural hair, standing by her side. She hoped the wedding and what it would symbolise might lead to a greater acceptance of black women across all sectors of society. Instead, as far as Ambrose is concerned, Meghan has faced a torrent of abuse from the me

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Who Is Cynthia Nixon's Wife? All About Christine Marinoni

Cynthia Nixon may be famous for her relationships in Sex and the City, but her real-life marriage with her wife, Christine Marinoni, is even more special. The And Just Like That actress first met her future wife in 2001. The two became close friends and eventually started dating after Nixon finalized her 2003 divorce from ex-husband Danny Mozes. The pair got engaged in 2009. Nixon and Marinoni enjoyed a long engagement, waiting until same-sex marriage was officially legalized in the state of New York

No, Megan Thee Stallion & Pardi Are Not Engaged

Megan Thee Stallion is currently planning quite a few things: her upcoming Hottieween party in Los Angeles, whatever she has going on with Stranger Things 5. However, a wedding is definitely not one of them. Earlier this week, the rapper and her boyfriend Pardison "Pardi" Fontaine celebrated their two-year anniversary together. On the day of their anniversary, Meg tweeted: “My man so obsessed with me … love that for me.”

Rachel Zegler Called Out Troll Who Said Halle Bailey Shouldn’t Be Ariel

It's great to see the upcoming Disney princesses looking out for one another, but one does wonder how long this will go on for. Ever since the first teaser trailer of The Little Mermaid was released, racist people have continued to use the hashtag #NotMyAriel, edited Halle’s face to make her look like a white woman, and tried to create theories as to why “historically” Ariel would not have been a Black woman. Why do we keep having to remind adults that mermaids aren’t real?

Cardi B Received the Sweetest Gift From Beyoncé

Who doesn’t love to receive surprise gifts, especially when the bearer of those gifts is none other than Beyoncé? On September 19, Cardi B took to Twitter to share that she had received an unexpected present from Queen B. The gift was a vinyl of Beyoncé’s latest no. 1 album Renaissance. It also came with a handwritten note from the “Alien Superstar” singer: “Hard working, beautiful, and talented queen. Thank you for always supporting me. Sending so much love to you and yours.” “Look what Beyon

Quinta Brunson Forgave Jimmy Kimmel, But She Deserved More

In this op-ed, Natasha Mulenga argues that Jimmy Kimmel disrupted Quinta Brunson’s historic Emmy win, and criticizes his decision to lie onstage during her acceptance speech at the Emmys 2022. The 74th annual Primetime Emmys were a night of firsts. Squid Game was the first non-English drama to win for an Emmy for directing. Sheryl Lee Ralph deservedly won her first Emmy after 30-plus years in the business. And last night was the first time we’ve seen a white man lie down on the stage and refuse to move when a winner received their award.

Harry Styles Joked About "Spitting" On Chris Pine

No, Harry Styles did not spit on Chris Pine — but he does have enough of a sense of humor to crack jokes about the whole thing. ICYMI: Earlier this week, a video of the cast at the Venice International Film Festival premiere of Don't Worry Darling sent social media into a tail-spin when it appeared to many that the film's leading man, Harry Styles, spat on his co-star Chris Pine. (More on that here.) A day later, a rep for Chris Pine fervently denied that the actor had been spat on

Florence Pugh Opens Up About Zach Braff Breakup

Florence Pugh and Zach Braff have split after almost three years of dating — the actress confirmed their breakup in a new interview. While speaking to Harpers Bazaar for their Icons Issue, Florence revealed that she and Zach, who began dating in 2019, ended their relationship earlier this year. “We've been trying to do this separation without the world knowing, because it's been a relationship that everybody has an opinion on,” she said.

Halle Bailey Reacts to Racist Backlash Over Her Ariel Casting

In a new interview with Variety, Halle Bailey opened up about her reaction to the racist backlash over her being cast as Disney's Princess Ariel, and how she coped with receiving hate. Despite the magnitude of Disney's global storytelling, in the 99-year history of the institution, there has been only one Black Disney Princess: Princess Tiana, who arrived on our screens in 2009 with the New Orleans-set tale The Princess and the Frog.

Dozens of Celebs Attended Bey’s Secret NYC Renaissance Party

What does Beyoncé do when she’s managed to stop the world with her music (again)? Throw a secret party with an A-list roster of celebrity guests, of course. It's been a little over two weeks since Beyoncé dropped her seventh studio album Renaissance. The record paid homage to house music and Black ballroom culture — and made us want to quit our jobs — and now she’s getting the celebration she deserves by hosting an exclusive listening party.
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Becky G Opened Up About the “OG BG” Look That Makes Her Cringe

Since bursting into the scene over a decade ago, Becky G has come a long way — and so has her fashion sense. To accompany her Teen Vogue September cover story, the Mexican-American superstar sat down with us for her own Fan Survey video and took the chance to take a walk down (sartorial) memory lane. If you've been keeping an eye on Becky G's style for a while, you'd know she started from the ground up. That means she has also encountered some bumps in the road to finding her style, which most

Megan Thee Stallion Says She's Giving Her Hair a Break

Megan Thee Stallion understands there is a time for a myriad of wigs and there is a time to let your natural hair breathe. Case in point: The Hot Girl shared that she's going to give her hair a break with a make-up free selfie on Instagram. On September 5, Megan Thee Stallion took to Instagram to share a couple of cute pictures with her followers. Her signature bangs or multi-colored wigs were nowhere in sight. Instead, we got pretty pictures of the Houston rapper's bared face with her natural hair

Doja Cat's Eyebrow Art Is Encouraging People to Get Creative

Whether it’s in her music, stage performances, or her fashion, Doja Cat gives out fun, quirky vibes. Now she’s putting a creative spin on her eyebrow makeup and the internet is following suit. On August 5, Doja Cat shocked the world with her brave decision to debut her new bald look and went on to shave off her eyebrows on Instagram live. Since making this style choice, Doja Cat has been showing off the full extent of her artistry with her bold eyebrow designs.

Jisoo Added a Cute Pop of Color to Her OOTD With Hello Kitty

It’s no secret that the ladies of BLACKPINK are fashion royalty. Whether they are casually rocking Crocs or turning heads at Paris Fashion Week, the BLACKPINK members know how to dress for all occasions. Even their phone accessories are impressive. In fact, Jisoo’s latest OOTD featured a fun pop of color: her Sanrio phone case. The “Kill This Love” singer, who is also an ambassador for Dior and Cartier, took to Instagram to share some delightful photos of her summer look.

Halsey Wore a Dreamy Baby Blue Corset With a Matching Skirt

If there is one thing we know about Halsey, it's that they are known to make a major fashion statement. From sporting sparkling gemstones at the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards to depicting the Virgin Mary for the album cover art of If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, the artist has had some iconic looks in the past. We now have another one to add to the books. On July 22, the “Without Me” singer took to Instagram to share some pictures of their outfit for the launch party of their new beauty bra

We’re Still Not Over Jack Harlow’s Lil Nas X Shirt at the BET Awards

The BET Awards 2022 took place in Los Angeles's Microsoft Theatre on June 26 and it was certainly eventful — on the fashion front and otherwise. For the second year in a row, the festivities were hosted by Oscar-nominated actor Taraji P. Henson. Needless to say, the ceremony was filled with many memorable moments including Jack Harlow bringing Brandy on stage with him (after the fiasco of not knowing she was Ray J's sister), and Mariah Carey being given her flowers by Lotto.

We Can’t Get Enough of Sydney Sweeney’s Lace Bustier Gown

It's no doubt that Sydney Sweeney is one of our favorite fashion-forward celebrities. Whether she is recreating a classic scene from The Princess Diaries, sporting Y2K fashion at the MTV Movie Awards, or dressed as a country singer, she is always giving us something to look forward to. Case in point: the see-through lace dress she sported on her latest Instagram post. On June 20, the Euphoria star took to Instagram to plug Armani Beauty’s lipstick LipPower 104.

Fans Think BTS's RM Might Have a New Tattoo

After dropping their new release Proof, BTS leader RM has their fans, ARMY, wondering if he got a new tattoo. On June 10, the leader of BTS posted a picture of a tattoo on his Instagram Stories. The artwork, which was placed just above the ankle, appears to be the number seven and that number holds special significance to BTS. There are seven members in the group who are revered not only for their music but also for their loyalty to one another.

Rihanna Was at the Met Gala After All... Just Not How We Imagined

Over the years, Rihanna has established herself as one of the musts of the Met Ball. Although she didn't attend the Met Gala 2022 and thus, we got no red carpet look from the star, you best believe Robyn Rihanna Fenty will always find a way to make her presence known — whether it is in the flesh or immortalized in marble. Since she's in the third trimester of her pregnancy, the 34-year-old singer and beauty mogul missed out on this year’s Gilded Glamour festivities.

BTS’s V Says The Group Might Get Matching Tattoos

What better way to celebrate long-lasting friendship than matching tattoos? Well, BTS seems inclined to think so. Aside from being famed for their artistry, philanthropy, and being one of the biggest pop acts in music history, BTS is also heralded for their friendship and genuine affection for one another. While interacting with fans on Weverse on April 6, V shared that the septet is considering getting matching ink.

I Never Knew I Needed '70s Tom Holland in My Life

Ever wondered what Tom Holland would look like if he lived in the 1970s? Well, you don't have to anymore because the actor was just spotted in a very '70s outfit. On March 31, Tom was seen working on location in New York alongside co-star Sasha Lane. The Spider-Man actor is in the midst of filming his upcoming anthology series The Crowded Room. The Apple TV+ production, which also stars Amanda Seyfried, will feature inspirational stories focusing on discussions of mental illness. Tom Holland’s
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BLACKPINK at BST Hyde Park 2023: The seven best moments from the K-pop megastars headline set

BLACKPINK is no stranger to wearing the mantle of first, and opening doors that were previously closed off to Asian artists]: the first K-pop girl group to perform at Coachella, the first K-pop girl group to win a VMA, and the first K-pop girl to be recognised by RIAA. So, it came as no surprise that Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa made history as the first K-pop group to headline a UK festival when they performed at British Summer Time (BST) Hyde Park on Sunday (July 2).

BLACKPINK Announce New Album & “Largest World Tour” for 2022

After an almost two-year musical hiatus, BLACKPINK will be back in your area. On June 6, a representative from the group’s parent company YG announced that the quartet — made up of Lisa, Jennie, Jisoo, and Rosé — is in the final stages of recording their new album. Per Soompi, the agency also shared that the group will soon embark on “the largest-scale world tour in K-pop girl group history" until the end of 2022, coinciding with their comeback.

BTS Makes Triumphant Return to Seoul with Permission to Dance Concert

BTS has finally returned to their home stage. While it's only been three months since the septet performed at their sold-out shows at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California, it has been nearly two and half years since they performed in front of a live audience in Korea. On March 10, the band performed the first night of their three-show Permission to Dance On Stage concert series in Seoul, South Korea. However, BTS' reunion with their Korean fans comes with some strict guidelines.

The 10 Best K-pop Songs of 2021

At a time where the world was riddled with uncertainty, the music coming from the Korean music industry was a balm to many and the bright lights served as a beacon of hope from the darkness. Many K-pop soloists and groups continued to push the boundaries of sound and expectation; with BTS and Blackpink being a consistent presence on the Billboard Hot 100 and TWICE landing their entry with “The Feels.” The innovation of online concerts, and unexpected collaborations with juggernauts in global music, such as Ed Sheeran and Coldplay. We even witnessed a viral moment that ushered in the resurgence of Brave Girls after four years.

The Best K-Pop Songs of 2021

For Teen Vogue's second annual Best K-pop list, we decided to focus on the music we loved this year. In this often bleak, tumultuous time, the best K-pop songs of 2021 gave us a rare light: Energy! Chaos! New words! Meanwhile, the artists who created them continued to outdo themselves with one immaculate performance after another. Last year, we wrote about the complexity of calling K-pop a genre: "Can K-pop be considered a ‘genre’ in the traditional sense? Is it a way of pinning household name

BTS Permission To Dance In L.A: An Emotional Reunion

The air was crisp, there’s a slight fog and the grey in the sky would make one think that they’re in London and not Los Angeles, but the weather did not dampen the atmosphere of Day 3 of BTS’s Permission To Dance concert that a 50,000 strong ARMY were about to attend. Honouring BTS’s signature colour purple in the form of masks, clothing, braids, and BT21 merchandise, fans from across the globe united to hail BTS’s return to in-person concerts after two long years.

13 Best Moments From BTS's "Permission to Dance On Stage" Concert

Almost exactly a year ago, BTS held their Map of the Soul ON:E concerts. Originally intended to be both an online and offline concert, the two-day event was relegated to the virtual space to abide by government guidelines in light of the pandemic. We all hoped more in-person concerts would be safe a year later, but whether they’re performing to a stadium of cheering fans or a massive online audience, BTS still brings one of the most moving live experiences of any musician performing today. Their
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Jungkook, Taemin & More K-Pop Stars Make “Cameos” in Disney Show

There are many places one can spot BTS’s Jeon Jungkook on an average day: on an awards show stage, modeling for Louis Vuitton, maybe even on Beyoncé’s website receiving birthday wishes. The maknae of BTS has proven to be so influential, that it should no longer come as a surprise to see his likeness anywhere. Case in point? Jungkook recently inspired a character on the animated Disney Channel show The Owl House, along with other K-pop idols Taemin, Jessi, and G-Dragon.

Simone Ashley Exits “Sex Ed”: “I’m a Bridgerton Girl Now”

Dearest Reader, we have some bittersweet news for Sex Education fans — Bridgerton star Simone Ashley has confirmed that she is not returning for Season 4 of the Netflix teen dramedy. On April 12, Simone appeared on U.K. network ITV’s This Morning. When asked about the future of her role in the sex-positive series, Simone revealed that she would be leaving the show. “I get asked that all the time,” said Simone. "No, I'm a Bridgerton girl now."

A New “Proud Family” Theme Song Is Here & We’re So Ready for the Reboot

Raise your hand if you can’t wait to hear the famous Proud Family words, "My name is Penny Proud, I’m cute and I’m loud, and I got it goin’ on!" More than 20 years after it first aired, The Proud Family is set to return to our television screens on February 23, and there's a new trailer to cue all your nostalgic feelings. The reboot will mix a little bit of old with a little bit of new. Case in point: rising R&B singer Joyce Wrice will be singing the theme song.

The Golden Globes Will Reportedly Have No Celebrities in Attendance

Golden Globes 2022: no red carpet, no television broadcast, and now, no celebrities in attendance. Amid ongoing criticism of the Golden Globes and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a new report from Variety alleges that talent bookers were unable to get celebs to agree to give out the awards on Sunday, January 9. CNN also confirmed there will be no red carpet this year. The news comes after years of criticism around the lack of diversity among HFPA members and the stars and projects they

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Halle Bailey and H.E.R. Join “The Color Purple” Movie Musical

There's just no stopping Halle Bailey’s rising star. The 21-year-old singer, who is part of the Grammy-nominated duo Chloe x Halle, is currently acting in the fourth season of Freeform's Grown-ish and is the star of the upcoming live-action adaption of The Little Mermaid. Now, she's adding another credit to her acting résumé: The Color Purple. On February 3, Vanity Fair officially announced that the “Do It” singer would be joining an all-star cast in the musical film adaptation of Alice Walker’

The Golden Globes Will Reportedly Have No Celebrities in Attendance

Golden Globes 2022: no red carpet, no television broadcast, and now, no celebrities in attendance. Amid ongoing criticism of the Golden Globes and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a new report from Variety alleges that talent bookers were unable to get celebs to agree to give out the awards on Sunday, January 9. CNN also confirmed there will be no red carpet this year. The news comes after years of criticism around the lack of diversity among HFPA members and the stars and projects they

“Itaewon Class” Star Park Seojoon Is Joining “Captain Marvel 2"

After months of speculation, it has finally been confirmed that Park Seojoon will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The South Korean star is making his Hollywood debut in Marvel’s upcoming Captain Marvel sequel, The Marvels. Rumors of Park Seojoon’s involvement in the film started in June 2021 but had received “no comment” from his agency. On September 3, Awesome ENT announced that the 32-year-old had flown out of South Korea that day to film the sequel, which stars Brie Larson

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Quinta Brunson Forgave Jimmy Kimmel, But She Deserved More

In this op-ed, Natasha Mulenga argues that Jimmy Kimmel disrupted Quinta Brunson’s historic Emmy win, and criticizes his decision to lie onstage during her acceptance speech at the Emmys 2022. The 74th annual Primetime Emmys were a night of firsts. Squid Game was the first non-English drama to win for an Emmy for directing. Sheryl Lee Ralph deservedly won her first Emmy after 30-plus years in the business. And last night was the first time we’ve seen a white man lie down on the stage and refuse to move when a winner received their award.

Jane Campion’s Oppression Olympics Are Peak White Feminism

In this op-ed, writer Natasha Mulenga explores the white feminist implications of director Jane Campion’s comments about the Williams sisters at the 2022 Critics Choice Awards. When Power of the Dog director Jane Campion accepted her 2022 Critics Choice Award for Best Director, she decided to use her precious seconds onstage — time that could have been spent sharing something inspiring to other women directors — to randomly undermine the accomplishments of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams...

There’s No Excuse for Jesy Nelson’s Blackfishing Music Video

In this op-ed, writer Natasha Mulenga reflects on former Little Mix member Jesy Nelson’s new music video, “Boyz.” As I watched former Little Mix member Jesy Nelson’s new music video for her debut solo single “Boyz,” I tried to figure out what made me so uncomfortable. Was it the white guys in poorly done cornrows? Was it the concept — the mostly white neighborhood of “Perfectville” being disrupted by people dressed as if there was a B2K reunion with a white woman from Dagenham, Essex,

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