City to deposit $20 million in Chicago’s last black-owned bank


The last black-owned bank in Chicago is set to receive a $20 million deposit of city funds.

City Treasurer Kurt Summers on Monday announced the deposit into Illinois Service Federal Savings and Loan Association.

Founded in Chicago in 1934 to help give the black community better access to credit, ISF Bank is one of just more than 20 black-owned banks in the country, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

The deposit is meant to help drive economic development in the city’s neighborhoods, Summers said.

“It’s about being a community bank,” said Summers, noting that his office works to invest in the city’s neighborhoods and institutions. “Community banks are a great opportunity for that because they are designed for the sole purpose of reinvesting in their local area.”

Though the Bronzeville bank survived the financial crisis and remains the last black-owned bank standing in Chicago, it has seen recent overhauls.

Ghana’s Nduom family, which has a conglomerate that spans West Africa and the United Kingdom, invested $9 million into the bank in June 2016. The family brought plans to make services more efficient, among other changes.

Now, the bank is in a more stable position, and the time was right for the city to make the deposit, Summers said.

On average, the city keeps between $300 million and $700 million on deposit in banks. In order to receive deposits of city funds, financial institutions must go through a special certification process.

The deposit at ISF Bank, which went through the certification process, is the first the city has made with the intent to bolster a community bank, Summers said.

This newest deposit will strengthen the bank’s financial foundation, Chairman Papa Kwesi Nduom said in a news release.

It will ensure “that we can strengthen the economic base of our communities and help people fulfill their dreams,” he said.

The push to invest in black-owned banks and by extension the community is nothing new. The idea is that with money on hand, institutions can improve surrounding communities with loans to individuals and small-business owners.

One of ISF’s competitors, Seaway Bank and Trust, ran a local version of a national campaign known as Bank Black that encouraged people to bank at black-owned institutions. Some industry experts, however, have questioned whether opening new accounts at black-owned banks would turn around neighborhoods affected by lack of investment and jobs.

Seaway was closed by regulators early this year and after two sales is now part of North Carolina-based Self-Help Federal Credit Union.






47th Annual Legislative Conference



The CBCF Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) is the leading policy conference on issues impacting African Americans and the global black community. Thought leaders, legislators and concerned citizens engage on economic development, civil and social justice, public health and education issues. More than 9,000 people attend 70 public policy forums and much more. Join subject experts, industry leaders, elected officials and citizen activists to explore today’s issues from an African-American perspective.



Thomas Lee Lyle, son of musician Bobby Lyle, passes away


MESSAGE FROM BOBBY LYLE: My family and I are mourning the loss of my beloved son Thomas Lee Lyle who passed away Sept. 8th 2017 from diabetic complications. He had just celebrated his 50th birthday Sept. 1st.

We will be having a memorial service on Friday Sept. 22nd at the Angelus Funeral Home 3875 Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca 90008 to celebrate Tommy’s life and talents. The viewing is scheduled for Thurs. Sept. 21st. from 2 to 8 pm. also at Angelus. Rev. Michael Beckwith of the Agape Truth Center will officiate.

I will be leaving facebook for awhile in order to grieve and be with my family, but on behalf of my surviving children, Robin, Amaani and Ashley, as well as my Doggett/Woodard Memphis family, I want to thank you all for your prayers and condolences in this difficult time. Amaani and I will remain in LA until Tues. Sept. 26th.



Happy Saturday & Happy Independence Day Mexico

Mexican Independence Day, or El Grito, is celebrated every year on Sept. 16 and this year it falls Saturday. A lot of people in the United States confuse Cinco de Mayo — celebrated on May 5 to mark the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867) — with Mexican Independence Day.

Mexicans from all over the world are all set to celebrate El Grito — the day when Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, known as the father of Mexican independence, launched the revolution that led to Spain’s departure from Mexico. This day is celebrated with parades, parties, and bell-ringing. On the eve of Sept. 16 each year, Mexico’s president rings the bell of the National Palace and repeats the patriotic cry, “¡Viva México!” three times, which literally means “Long live Mexico.”

To celebrate the independence, people indulge in traditional and delicious Mexican dishes like Chiles en Nogada, Oaxacan Black Bean Soup, Pork Tinga, Tamales de Puerco and Birria de Borrego.


In honor of the day, Mexico city streets are decorated with flags, flowers, and lights matching the country’s flag colors.

There are plenty of cities in the U.S. that observe El Grito with parades, festivals, and parties, including New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Houston. This year, in Las Vegas, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Carlos Santana, Marc Anthony, comedian Gabriel Iglesias among other celebrities will perform at the events that feature everything from art to celebrated Mexican cuisine.

Here a few fun facts about the Mexican Independence Day and its history:

1. In 1810, Hidalgo gave his famous Grito de Dolores, or Cry of Dolores, asking fellow Mexicans to come together to end the 300 years of Spanish rule in Mexico.

2. Hidalgo’s speech was heard by thousands of Indians and mestizos, who joined Hidalgo’s army and marched to Mexico city to start the war.

3. In 1821, Spanish Viceroy Juan de O’Donojú signed the Treaty of Córdoba, granting Mexico its independence from Spain.

4. Mexican Independence Day marks the start of the long war for independence, not the end.

5. Schools, federal buildings, and most workplaces in Mexico are closed on Sept. 16.

Here are some quotes in Spanish, along with translation in English, to mark the day.

1. “Siendo contra los clamores de la naturaleza vender a los hombres, quedan abolidas las leyes”–Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (Being against the cries of nature to sell to men, the laws are abolished.)

2. “La lengua guarda al pescuezo” –Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (The tongue holds the neck.)

3. “El indulto es para los criminales, no para los defensores de la patria” –Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (Pardon is for the criminals, not for the defenders of the homeland.)


4. “¡Viva la independencia! ¡Viva la América! ¡Muera el mal gobierno!” –Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (Live the independence! Long live America! Bad government died!)

5. “Sin importar el tamaño de la ciudad o pueblo en donde nacen los hombres o las mujeres, ellos son finalmente el tamaño de su obra, del tamaño de su voluntad de engrandecer y enriquecer a sus hermanos” –Ignacio Allende, Spanish Army’s captain in Mexico who sympathized with the Mexican independence movement. (Regardless of the size of the city or town where men or women are born, they are finally the size of their work, the size of their will to enlarge and enrich their brothers.)

6. “Cuando el pueblo salta sus barreras, casi ningún esfuerzo es bastante poderoso para detenerlo”–Guadalupe Victoria, the first president of the Mexican Republic. (When the people jump their barriers, almost no effort is powerful enough to stop it.)



Women – Reveal Your True Beauty – Flawless by God’s Design Annual Women’s Conference

We ALL have scars that we thought diminished the true beauty within. However only God can take what was meant to destroy us, the scars of our past, and make them beautiful! (Girl, you don’t look like what you’ve been through!)
All things work together for the good leaving you flawless!
Come out to Flawless by God’s Design Annual Women’s Conference. It will be LIFECHANGING!
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TODAY IN HISTORY: Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombed – Four Girls Killed, 1963


The evil and hatred of racism was unveiled for the world with the tragic killings of four young girls who died when the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed on September 15, 1963.  Addie Mae Collins age 14, Denise McNair age 11, Carole Robertson age 14, and Cynthia Wesley age 14 age died at the hands of four Ku Klux Klansmen who placed a bomb under the steps of the church.

The explosion at 10:22 a.m. took the lives of the young girls and injured over 20 others at the church. The innocence of youth was scarred that Sunday morning in Birmingham as the children were preparing for the church’s “Youth Day”.

With its large African-American congregation, the 16th Street Baptist Church served as a meeting place for civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr., who once called Birmingham a “symbol of hardcore resistance to integration.” Alabama’s governor, George Wallace, made preserving racial segregation one of the central goals of his administration, and Birmingham had one of the most violent and lawless chapters of the Ku Klux Klan.

The church bombing was the third in Birmingham in 11 days after a federal order came down to integrate Alabama’s school system. Fifteen sticks of dynamite were planted in the church basement, underneath what turned out to be the girls’ restroom. The bomb detonated at 10:19 a.m., killing Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Addie Mae Collins–all 14 years old–and 11-year-old Denise McNair. Immediately after the blast, church members wandered dazed and bloodied, covered with white powder and broken stained glass, before starting to dig in the rubble to search for survivors. More than 20 other members of the congregation were injured in the blast.

When thousands of angry black protesters assembled at the crime scene, Wallace sent hundreds of police and state troopers to the area to break up the crowd. Two young black men were killed that night, one by police and another by racist thugs. Meanwhile, public outrage over the bombing continued to grow, drawing international attention to Birmingham. At a funeral for three of the girls (one’s family preferred a separate, private service), King addressed more than 8,000 mourners.

A well-known Klan member, Robert Chambliss, was charged with murder and with buying 122 sticks of dynamite. In October 1963, Chambliss was cleared of the murder charge and received a six-month jail sentence and a $100 fine for the dynamite. Although a subsequent FBI investigation identified three other men–Bobby Frank Cherry, Herman Cash and Thomas E. Blanton, Jr.–as having helped Chambliss commit the crime, it was later revealed that FBI chairman J. Edgar Hoover blocked their prosecution and shut down the investigation without filing charges in 1968. After Alabama Attorney General Bill Baxley reopened the case, Chambliss was convicted in 1977 and sentenced to life in prison.

Efforts to prosecute the other three men believed responsible for the bombing continued for decades. Though Cash died in 1994, Cherry and Blanton were arrested and charged with four counts of murder in 2000. Blanton was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Cherry’s trial was delayed after judges ruled he was mentally incompetent to stand trial. This decision was later reversed. On May 22, 2002, Cherry was convicted and sentenced to life, bringing a long-awaited victory to the friends and families of the four young victims.



TINA The Musical: Curtain Opens 2018



TINA The Musical, will hit London’s West End in 2018. A special website has been launched for the occasion: TINA The Musical. Check it out & subscribe to the mailing list!
Moreover, here is a message from TINA herself:

We have been working on the musical for over a year now and today I am delighted to be able to share our news as we begin the next chapter of our journey. It has been wonderful to collaborate with Katori and Phyllida and to have my story nurtured by such an amazing creative team is thrilling. London has always had a very special place in my heart and it’s wonderful to be back.

From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new stage musical reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race.

One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, Tina Turner has won 11 Grammy Awards and her live shows have been seen by millions, with more concert tickets sold than any other solo performer in music history.

Featuring her much loved songs, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical is written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall and directed by the internationally acclaimed Phyllida Lloyd.

Presented in association with Tina Turner.

Stage Entertainment confirmed December 16 that it is developing a new musical based on the life of music legend Tina Turner. In fact, multiple Grammy winner Turner has joined the creative and producing teams in London at a workshop presentation of the new piece.

Collaborating on this world premiere are writer Katori Hall (The Mountaintop), with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins; director Phyllida Lloyd (Mary Stuart, Mamma Mia!); set and costume designer Mark Thompson; choreographer Anthony van Laast; and musical supervisor Nicholas Skilbeck.

In a statement Turner said, “We have been working on the musical for over a year now and today I am delighted to be able to share our news as we begin the next chapter of our journey. It has been wonderful to collaborate with Katori and Phyllida and to have my story nurtured by such an amazing creative team is thrilling. London has always had a very special place in my heart and it’s wonderful to be back.”

Tali Pelman, group creative director, Stage Entertainment, added, “It’s been an honour for us all to collaborate so closely with Tina Turner on this project. Tina is a music legend and her iconic songs are matched only by the power and inspiration of her remarkable and moving story. We are delighted to be working with Katori Hall, whose writing has a heart and humour that beautifully captures Tina’s life story, and to have the extraordinary director Phyllida Lloyd at the helm of such a talented creative team. It’s been exciting today to see the project move into its next phase.”

Broadway actor Adrienne Warren, a Tony nominee for her performance in Shuffle Along, is playing Turner in the workshop, according to Warren’s manager. Neither casting nor a timetable has been announced for the stage production.

Tina Turner’s life was also explored in the film What’s Love Got to Do With It, which cast Angela Basset as the famed singer; and River Deep, A Tribute to Tina Turner, a musical inspired by Turner’s autobiography I, Tina, that played The Peter Jay Sharp Theatre in July 2006. Tina Turner is the recipient of numerous Grammy Awards and the Kennedy Center Honors. Among her many hit tunes are “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” “Let’s Stay Together,” “Private Dancer,” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It?”


tina-turner-musical-london-2018TINA TURNER

Winner of eight Grammy Awards and numerous Billboard, American Music and MTV Music Video Awards, Tina Turner is internationally recognised as one of the most successful and influential female artists of the 21st century, and the global ‘Queen of Rock and Roll’. Born in Nutbush, Tennessee, Tina began her career in the mid-1950s alongside the infamous Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm – soon catapulting the band to stardom as lead singer of the reformed group, The Ike and Tina Turner Revue. Following a string of chart topping hits around the world, Tina’s well documented tumultuous relationship with Ike led her to finally leave the duo in 1976; allowing her to relaunch an international Rock and Roll solo career in the 80’s, parallel to no other.

Alongside establishing herself as one of the most cutting-edge artists of her time, Tina also took on successful film roles, including appearing as the ‘Acid Queen’ in The Who’s musical Tommy, and starring alongside Mel Gibson as ‘Aunt Entity’ in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Tina was inducted into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ in 1991, awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has three singles (River Deep-Mountain HighProud Mary and Simply The Best) inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

In 2005, she was celebrated as a prestigious Kennedy Centre Honors recipient, with Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford and then President George Bush amongst the many paying tribute. The late great David Bowie and rock legend Mick Jagger are also amongst her many notable co-performers and advocates. With a career spanning five decades, Tina holds the Guinness World Record for selling more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history, and has sold more than 200 million albums and singles worldwide to date, making her one of the biggest selling female artists in music history. 

In 2008, Tina returned from semi-retirement to embark on her critically acclaimed Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour, which went on to became one of the biggest selling shows of that year. An inspiration to masses across the world with her music and trailblazing career, she is still adored by fans globally and emulated by male and female contemporary pop and rock artists today.





Greenleaf star, Deborah Joy Winans to receive Drama Icon Award

Deborah Joy Winans, Skillman CEO among honorees for Full & Fabulous 35th Anniversary Gala


Deborah Joy Winans, co-star of the OWN drama series “Greenleaf,” will be among special honored guests at the Full & Fabulous Image Awards at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at The Henry Hotel Autograph Collection, 300 Town Center Drive in Dearborn.

The inaugural program celebrates the 35th anniversary of Full & Fabulous, Michigan’s oldest independent non-profit for promoting healthy lifestyles and self-esteem in “curvy” girls and young women. The Full & Fabulous Image Awards will celebrate ladies of all sizes, shapes and professional backgrounds for their success as role models in personal and community achievement. The event will also feature a fashion show to include the new fall clothing line, eleven60, from the young gospel icon awardee and Metro Detroiter, Kierra Sheard.


“We’re thrilled to have this event, the first of its kind in Detroit, to inspire girls in our program and throughout the area,” says Sharon DuMas, founder of Full & Fabulous. “The women we honor in categories ranging from entertainment to philanthropy and neighborhood development are shining examples of how all young ladies can overcome bullying, body image issues and other challenges to gain personal excellence.”

Through weekend workshops and a school-based program promoting nutrition, beauty and techniques for improving self-image in ages 10 through 21, Full & Fabulous works to reduce obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and other illnesses. Participation in the non-profit program is free.

An actress from a world-renowned, musical Detroit family, Deborah Joy Winans has gained a following as the character Charity, co-starring in the OWN series “Greenleaf.” Winans will receive the “Drama Icon” award at Full & Fabulous’ 35th anniversary gala.

“Health and a positive body image are part of my personal values,” Winans says. “I’m grateful to receive the Full & Fabulous award and I look forward to the event.”

Other honorees include Tonya Allen, who’ll be recognized as the “Leadership Icon.” The architect of the Skillman Foundation’s impactful, 10-year neighborhood investment program has won Detroit News“Michiganian of the Year,” among other honors. More information is available online

ABOUT Deborah Joy Winans 

Actress and singer Deborah Joy Winans stars in the OWN family-drama series Greenleaf from Executive Producer Oprah Winfrey. The series, from Craig Wright (Lost) and Lionsgate, focuses on the world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis mega-church. Deborah Joy stars as Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee, the youngest daughter of the powerful Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David) and Lady Mae Greenleaf (Lynn Whitfield). Second season returns summer of 2017. Deborah Joy lent her voice to the Greenleaf Soundtrack and the single, The Master’s Calling went into top 20on the Gospel Billboard Chart after two weeks of its release.

Winans and her brother Juan starred as their real-life aunt and uncle, Cece and Bebe Winans on stage in the musical Born for This. The play, written by Bebe Winans and Charles Randolph-Wright (Motown) was performed in Atlanta and Washington DC at The Arena Stage.

Deborah Joy starred in the Angela Bassett directed television movie, Whitneyalso portraying her real-life aunt, Cece Winans. She starred in the short Fighting the Battle and in the feature film Fragile World. Winans was a guest voice-over artist for several Grammy award-winning projects such as Mary Mary’s The Sound and Kelly Price’s audio book.

Winans was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and is part of the renowned gospel Winans family. Contrary, to her family’s musical legacy, she was passionate about acting and the singing came later at the age of 18 when she was asked to act and sing in a church theatrical production. Deborah Joy received her BFA from Wayne State University and Moscow Art Theatre School. She also holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

Deborah Joy previously toured the USA with the Women of Faith Conference to inspire and empower thousands of women through a weekend of bonding and conversations.
Deborah Joy is married to attorney and community activist, Terrence Williams, who is the owner of the West Michigan American Indoor Football team, The West Michigan Ironmen. Together with his partner, Nick VandenBosch, they founded the WV Foundation. The foundation provides scholarships, mentorship programs and internships to students in Muskegon, MI. Muskegon is a city faced with high crime and poverty therefore the foundation’s efforts have been met with overwhelming joy and given the community renewed energy and hope.  Deborah Joy joins him in these efforts to provide better opportunities for underserved youth.  Learn more at




Black British Business Awards announce finalists


The Black British Business Awards has announced its finalists for a series of categories to celebrate trailbrazing members and rising starts of the black British business community.

The awards have set out to find “exceptional performance and outstanding achievements of black entrepreneurs and professionals”.​

Melanie Eusebe, chair and co-founder of the Black British Business Awards, said: “We are thrilled to be celebrating both the launch of our research paper and the wealth of talented exceptional business people as finalists of the 2017 awards this month.

“From creative entrepreneurs to seasoned bankers, the awards continue to uncover a healthy pipeline of role models who are breaking through stereotypes and changing the game for UK Industry.”

There are categories across business, including financial services, consumer and luxury, professional services, STEM industries, arts and media, and for entrepreneurs. The judging panel is chaired by Sophie Chandauka, executive director of Morgan Stanley’s legal and compliance division in EMEA.

Previous winners of the Black British Business Person of the year include Chi Chi Nwanoku, the founder of The Chineke! Foundation, who won last year; Gary Elden, chief executive of SThree, and Margaret Casely-Hayford, the chairman of Action Aid UK.

The Telegraph is a media partner for the awards, which are being sponsored by Baker McKenzie, Bloomberg, BNP Paribas, Barclays, Cisco, JP Morgan, MDC Group, MediaCom, Thomson Reuters and Virgin Money.

The winners will be announced during a ceremony at London’s Grange St Paul’s Hotel on Oct 19.

Stella Nwimo, finalist for the Arts & Media Leader of the Year

The finalists

Arts & Media Rising Star

  • Tolu Farinto, Founder and Programme Director, LFA and Operations Manager, The Sunshine Company
  • Addy Frederick, Senior Corporate Communications Manager, Bupa
  • Kymberlee Jay, Founder and Director, DoodleDirect

Arts & Media Leader of the Year

  • Dr Gus Casely-Hayford, Curator & Cultural Historian
  • Adrian Grant, Producer, Baronet Group
  • Stella Nwimo, Film Producer, Boudica Films

Consumer & Luxury Rising Star

  • Chrissa Amuah, Founder and Creative Director, AMWA Designs
  • Emeka & Ifeyinwa Frederick, Co-Founders, Chuku’s
  • Lenique Louis, Jewellery Designer, Lenique Louis Jewellery

Consumer & Luxury Leader of the Year

  • Sandra Federighi, Global Chief Financial Officer, Stella McCartney
  • Melanie Grant, Luxury Editor, 1843 Magazine at The Economist
  • Winnie Kagunya Muriithi, Senior Manager, British American Tobacco PLC
  • Andrew Ramroop OBE, Managing Director and Creative Director, Maurice Sedwell Ltd

Entrepreneur Rising Star

  • Benjamin Ackim, Managing Director, Sports City London
  • Martin Ijaha, Co-Founder and CEO, Neyber

Amma Mensah, Founder and Executive Director, Beyond the Classroom

Elliott John Reid, Founder and Director, Revitalize Clinic

Femi Oguns, a finalist for entrepreneur leader of the year

Entrepreneur Leader of the Year

  • Jessica Huie MBE, Founder and Director, JH Public Relations
  • Frederick Jude, Managing Director, Adelaide Care Ltd
  • Femi Oguns, CEO, Head Agent and Principal, Identity Agency Group and Identity School of Acting

Financial Services Rising Star

  • Bernard Adjei, Lead Project Manager, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Ugo Eboh, Senior Credit Risk Strategy Analyst, Virgin Money PLC
  • Jack Kuali, Associate Director, Credit Analysis, Standard Chartered Bank

Financial Services Leader of the Year

  • Paul Asare-Archer, Head of Compliance, Telefonica UK
  • Sharon Blackman, Director and Deputy General Counsel (non-US), Citi
  • Albertha Charles, Partner, PwC
  • Jennifer Thomas, Head of Internal & Financial Communications, Direct Line Group

Professional Services Rising Star

  • Jeremy Boon, Chief of Staff, Analytics & Information Management, Deloitte
  • Yindi Gesinde, Senior Associate, Baker McKenzie
  • Shaun Scantlebury, Director, EY
  • Andrew Sekandi, Associate Director, KPMG

    IYindi Gesinde, a finalist for the Professional Services Rising Star award

Professional Services Leader of the Year

  • Sarah Davis, Former Group Commercial Legal Director, Guardian Media Group PLC
  • Carolann Edwards, Global Director of Learning and Organisational Development, Norton Rose Fulbright

Dennise Hilliman, Director and Education Leadership Consultant, The Leadership In Education Services Ltd

STEM Rising Star

  • Dami Awosanmi, Project Manager – Gas Turbines, Rolls-Royce
  • Oluwaseye Odukogbe, Founder, Cycle to Class
  • Siobhan Titre-Johnson, Clinical Trial Manager and PhD Candidate, University College London

    Andrew F. Alalade, a finalist for STEM Leader of the Year

STEM Leader of the Year

  • Andrew F. Alalade, Neurosurgeon, NHS
  • Olutayo Arikawe, Superintendent Pharmacist, YPG Project
  • Derrick Dunkley, Asset Management Development Manager, National Grid
  • Paul Morrison, Education Sector Lead UK&I, Hewlett Packard Enterprise



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