un.fade.able - a reading honoring the life of Sandra Bland
Jul
16
7:30 PM19:30

un.fade.able - a reading honoring the life of Sandra Bland

un::fade::able is an effort to keep Sandra Bland's voice & legacy alive through education, music, and poetry, all revolving around topics of: the safety of black lives, the criminal justice system, and police brutality. This is the second chapter in our Sandra Bland requiem which began in 2016. Art Share LA will host this poetry reading series and workshops, curated by F. Douglas Brown, Rocio Carlos, and BA Williams. They are assisted by a team of educators, community organizers, poets, and musicians who will never forget the events that took the life of Sandra Bland, and that continue to scourge our communities. In her name, we act.

For more information: http://www.fdouglasbrown.com/sandra-bland-reading-series/

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The Release Series: Origins featuring Sara Borjas (co-hosting)
May
25
7:30 PM19:30

The Release Series: Origins featuring Sara Borjas (co-hosting)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!! The RELEASE SERIES is Hollywood’s newest reading series which celebrates and focuses on the Book Release of one artist while celebrating the entire writing community in L.A.

It combines the mentorship skills of The Table Reading Series and the fire of Dirty Laundry Lit.

LA Weekly has said Dirty Laundry Lit is "more like a raucous, all-inclusive party, than a reading series" and this will be the heartbeat of the RELEASE SERIES. Held at The Virgil in Hollywood, its vision is to welcome a club full of folks on a Saturday night for books.

The RELEASE SERIES will bring both mentorship and support, beginning by welcoming one of most successful mentee-producing teams from The Table: Bridgette Bianca and Sanura Williams.

Curated by Natashia Deón, this OMG! slate of readers have 5 minutes to read, and include one newcomer writer and one veteran writer working toward publication.

The hotness that is DJ Shai will be spinning on stage and the passion that is Randa Jarrar and Bridgette Bianca are our hosts with the most!

Books will be sold and signed, and merchandise will be highlighted by My Lit Box (created by Sanura Williams), while author and volunteer support will be streamlined by producer, Darlene Kriesel.

Our first featured writer is poet SARA BORJAS for her new book release of HEART LIKE A WINDOW, MOUTH LIKE A CLIFF.

COME! It’s for you.

The Slate of Superstars:

Angela Aguirre
Jeff Eyres
Reggie Juarez
Jessica “Yellawoman” Gallion
Charles Jensen
Yennie Cheung
Marcus Omari
Rocío Carlos
Lady Narrator
Amanda Fletcher

Featuring Sara Borjas

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WCCW Reading Series: Critical Intuition (co-host)
May
9
7:30 PM19:30

WCCW Reading Series: Critical Intuition (co-host)

Presented by Nina Rota & Bridgette Bianca
Max 50 participants. Free.

The WCCW Reading Series is a quarterly literary reading series organized by Nina Rota and Bridgette Bianca. The readings are thematically linked with WCCW programming which, for summer 2019, is the idea of CRITICAL INTUITION as presented in the work of Audre Lorde.

Jessica Gallion, Chenel King, Tamala Whittley, Sarah Wheeler

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT BEGINS AT 7:30PM.

This event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. We will provide drinks and light snacks.

Jessica Gallion aka YELLAWOMAN Is a writer, poet, mother, friend, from Natchitoches, Louisiana, raised in Los Angeles, California where pen and poetry became her best friend. She is the author of Can’t No Woman Woman Like Me, published by World Stage Press in Leimert Park. She is also the creator and facilitator for Creatin’ After Hours (a guided writing night cap) at The World Stage. She has performed for Compton College, various high schools in Los Angeles County through The Living Writers Series, Cafe Con Libros, The Pasadena Lit Festival, un::fade::able, The Table Lit Readings, La Palabra, and many other venues around Los Angeles. Jessica is the 2016 champion of the Spoken Word Voices Heard Poetry Slam and a graduate of the Community Literature Initiative. Her work takes you on a journey through self discovery and affirmations, colorism, singlemotherhood, and trials and overcoming with a cayenne cultural thread of “sho ya right.” A second book is in the works. Find her at @_yellawoman on Instagram.

Chenel King was raised in a family led by Black women and her father. She has dedicated her writing to exploring, expanding, complicating and acknowledging their everyday lives. King has a few degrees but the best learning has come from the Black women before and around her. King is currently finishing her novel and performing her poetry in and around LA.

Tamala Whittley is a writer and educator born and raised in Los Angeles. She is currently shopping her first novel , The Ghosts of Central Avenue, and is already hard at work on her next. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading, or trying to draw and paint. *has no social media presence I believe.*

Sarah Wheeler is a poet, playwright, and performer from North Carolina who currently resides in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (with a minor in English Lit.) from Wake Forest University. Sarah moved to Los Angeles in 2015 to attend the Art of Acting Conservatory where she wrote and debuted her first one-woman show, /Once Again to Z/, which later ran in the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Currently, Sarah is writing her first book and is enrolled in the Community Literature Initiative (CLI) publishing program based out of USC. As a poet, Sarah has featured at both /The Backyard LA/ and /Beatnik Café/, and has read her work at various open mics including /Da Poetry Lounge, The Worldstage, PS Poets’ events,/and/Rattle Reading Series/. Sarah is also a creator of erasure poetry, which can be found on her Instagram *@littlegoldenblackoutpoems.*

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Accessibility: WCCW has a 36” wide ramp at our front entrance and a stairway with 8 steps and a rail. There are 2 gender neutral restrooms. One restroom is wheelchair accessible, with a handrail. We provide scent free soaps and encourage guests to attend our events scent free. If you require ASL interpretation, CART, interpretation for a language other than English, supervised childcare, or have any other access needs or questions, please contact info@wccw.us at least two weeks in advance. It is our practice to do everything we can to create a safe and accessible space.

Parking, Accessibility & Transportation Info: http://womenscenterforcreativework.com/visitor-info/

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National Poetry Month Event at Mar Vista Library
Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

National Poetry Month Event at Mar Vista Library


Send off National Poetry Month with three local poets of color!

Bridgette Bianca is a poet and professor from South Central Los Angeles. She has performed her poetry all around Southern California, including features at the World Stage, the SoCal Poetry Fest, LA Lit Crawl, LitFest Pasadena, the Table Lit, and the un::fade::able Reading Series. She is one half of the literary curating team, Making Room for Black Women, with Sanura Williams of My Lit Box. Bridgette Bianca’s work as a writer and an educator seeks to serve the people and moments most forget or ignore. Her first book of poetry will be released by Writ Large Press in 2020. 

Michael A. Reyes is a graduate student in English at Cal State Los Angeles. He's a poet and children's literature writer, with scholarships from VONA, Home School, Anaphora Writing Residency at Otis College of Art and Design, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, PEN America LA, UCLA Writers' Program, and the LA Review of Books. 

Cynthia Guardado is a Salvadorian-American poet and Professor of English at Fullerton College. She is the managing editor of LiveWire: A Literary Arts Journal at Fullerton College. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from California State University, Fresno and her debut poetry collection, ENDEAVOR was published in  2017 by World Stage Press. She was also the winner of the Concurso Binanical De Poesía Pellicer-Frost (UTEP/S-Mart). Cenizas is a collection of poems centered on El Salvador and grief, and it is currently under review.

Hosted by Brian Dunlap

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The Free Black Women's Library - L.A. Launch Party & Highlight Night
Apr
27
6:00 PM18:00

The Free Black Women's Library - L.A. Launch Party & Highlight Night

Join us for an intimate evening celebrating our introduction to Los Angeles and the amazing Black women poets in our city - Amoni Thompson-Jones, bridgette bianca, Camari Carter, Iman Miller, Jessica Gallion aka YELLAWOMAN, Nadia Hunter Bey, Shakira Peterson, and Shonda Buchanon. Located at Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen.

6:00 p.m. - Social / Boogie Hour

7:00 p.m. Readings

8:00 p.m. Integrative Q&A on storytelling, authenticity, and Black womanhood.

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Dymally International Jazz & Arts Festival
Apr
27
1:00 PM13:00

Dymally International Jazz & Arts Festival

Music and art represent the talents of many people and cultures.  The Dymally International Jazz & Arts Festival will showcase a wide range of global music and artistic works.  Representing global music, performed on two stages, will be Gerald Albright, Nestor Torres, Moonchild, Rocky Dawuni, Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, Parlor Social, Lira, Maxi Priest and Kem.   Representing the literary art form, will be Poets B.A. Williams and bridgette bianca. Visual art, curated by Pamela Bright-Moon, will include artists Sam Pace, Kenny Gatewood, Michael Massenburg, Allyson Allen and Patrick Henry Johnson.  Art will be available for sale and auction with a portion of the proceeds going to the Cal State Dominguez Hills Philanthropic Foundation.

The festival is a fundraiser to support the recently opened Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute at Cal State Dominguez Hills. The institute is the brainchild of its namesake and is a non-partisan public center. 

The purpose of the Institute is to study the history of African American elected officials, business, and community leaders.  The MDAAPEI will work to build institutional memory through oral history projects, and to study and debate the effects of public policy on African Americans and the communities in which they live.

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¡Presente! Transnational and Local Womyn Writers of Color
Apr
17
3:05 PM15:05

¡Presente! Transnational and Local Womyn Writers of Color

WED | APRIL 17
3:05 - 4:20 • Los Angeles Room 

Come listen to the poesίa and prose of four womyn writers--Karina Alma, Bridgette Bianca, Cynthia Guardado and Olga Garcia Echevarria--whose verses transverse local and international fronteras. From Centro América to México to Los Angeles and beyond, ¡Aquί estamos! This is the last event in the year-long CLS 5Oth Anniversary events.

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Cal State Fullerton's National Poetry Month Celebration
Apr
16
11:30 AM11:30

Cal State Fullerton's National Poetry Month Celebration

Please join us for a series of poetry readings open to the campus community and public. Light refreshments will be served at each event.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Reading by Bridgette Bianca (11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.)
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Location: Pollak Library, PLN-130
Admission: Free and open to the public
Parking: Normal campus rules apply

ABOUT THE POET

Bridgette Bianca is a poet and professor from South Central Los Angeles. She has performed her poetry all around Southern California, including features at the World Stage, the SoCal Poetry Fest, LA Lit Crawl, LitFest Pasadena, the Table Lit, and the un::fade::able Reading Series. She is one half of the literary curating team, Making Room for Black Women, with Sanura Williams of My Lit Box. bridgette bianca’s work as a writer and an educator seeks to serve the people and moments most forget or ignore.

For more information regarding the program, visit: https://www.library.fullerton.edu/visiting/programs/2019-poetry-month.php

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Notes from The Ovary Office at LA Times Festival of Books
Apr
14
10:30 AM10:30

Notes from The Ovary Office at LA Times Festival of Books

“Notes From the ‘Ovary Office’: A Celebration of Wombin” features black female poets who read strong, activist-based, shameless poetry that places the pussy, front and center (so to speak.) The poets read in a “court-like” setting bringing up “witnesses” or demanding “order in the court.” These Wombin, lifting their own voices, are not asking permission because they’ve birthed every world into existence. Come honor and listen to your mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, teachers and the Gawd that speaks through them. The Ovary Office was founded by V.Kali, the poetry director at The World Stage.

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YAY! LA Magazine Relaunch Party
Apr
5
8:00 PM20:00

YAY! LA Magazine Relaunch Party

Have you heard the news? Yay! LA is getting a big relaunch at the end of March! Come celebrate its past and usher in its exciting future with this FREE, open-to-the-public shindig in DTLA on Friday, April 5th. There will be lots of lovely art on display, live music and comedy, plus complimentary drinks and tacos! Sure to be a night to remember, especially with all of you there.

Featuring performances by:
- Alicia Blue (music)
- Bridgette Bianca (poetry)
- Sofiya Alexandra (comedy)
+ special guests!

Featured Artists:
- Torlin Torgersen
- Erin Garey
- Annie Terrazzo
- Britt Harrison
- Monique Kimberly Sugar
- Illma Gore
- Jennifer Korsen
- SEPTERHED
- Sean McIll
- Cecilia Paints
- Beah Romero

Event runs 8pm-11pm, performers begin at 9:30pm.

NOTE: This address is not listed outside of the building. Using this address will bring you to NAVEL, located on the second floor of an industrial building. You can find the first floor entrance in the alleyway of off Venice Blvd. between Hope and Flower, there's a black door closest to Venice with a small metal logo on the right side.

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Book Release: (the other house) by Rocio Carlos
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

Book Release: (the other house) by Rocio Carlos

(the other house) is a book-length poem of response; a map; a thread of hauntings, a reconstructed memory of loss and the body, language and desire.

Please join The Accomplices, Civil Coping Mechanisms, Writ Large Press and the Los Ángeles poetry community in welcoming Rocío Carlos’s newest work. This night will also feature the bold and necessary voices of Bridgette Bianca and T.K. Lê.

Rocío Carlos (she/they) attends from the land of the chaparral. Born and raised in Los Ángeles, she is widely acknowledged to have zero short term memory but know the names of trees. She is the author of (the other house) (The Accomplices/ Civil Coping Mechanisms), Attendance (The Operating System) and A Universal History of Infamy: Those of This America (LACMA/Golden Spike Press). Her poems have appeared in Chaparral, Angel City Review, The Spiral Orb and Cultural Weekly. She was selected as a 2003 Pen Center “Emerging Voices” fellow. She collaborates as a partner at Wirecutter Collective and is a teacher of the language arts. Her favorite trees are the olmo (elm)and aliso (sycamore).

Bridgette Bianca is a poet and professor from South Central Los Angeles whose work as a writer and an educator seeks to serve the people and moments most forget or ignore. Bridgette Bianca is a graduate of Howard University and Otis College of Art & Design and has performed her poetry all around Southern California. She is one half of the literary curating team, Making Room for Black Women, with Sanura Williams of My Lit Box. Her first book of poetry will be released by Writ Large Press in 2020.


T.K. Lê is from Westminster, California. An alum of the VONA Voices summer writing workshop, she has shared her work on KPCC’s Take Two, as well as on stage for ALOUD and Tuesday Night Project. Her essay “Part of Memory is Forgetting” appears in the W. W. Norton anthology Inheriting the War. She is currently a PEN America Emerging Voices fellow.

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un.fade.able - a reading honoring the life of Sandra Bland
Mar
19
6:30 PM18:30

un.fade.able - a reading honoring the life of Sandra Bland

un::fade::able is an effort to keep Sandra Bland's voice & legacy alive through education, music, and poetry, all revolving around topics of: the safety of black lives, the criminal justice system, and police brutality. This is the second chapter in our Sandra Bland requiem which began in 2016. Art Share LA will host this poetry reading series and workshops, curated by F. Douglas Brown, Rocio Carlos, and BA Williams. They are assisted by a team of educators, community organizers, poets, and musicians who will never forget the events that took the life of Sandra Bland, and that continue to scourge our communities. In her name, we act.

For more information: http://www.fdouglasbrown.com/sandra-bland-reading-series/

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NEA Big Read: A Lesson in Poetry at Central
Mar
9
2:00 PM14:00

NEA Big Read: A Lesson in Poetry at Central

Join artists and poets Librecht Baker, Bridgette Bianca, and Shameka Cunningham for a discussion on the dynamics of poetry, performance art and the importance of black visibility in the arts. 
Librecht Baker is the author of vetiver (Finishing Line Press, 2017), writer in The Vagrancy’s Playwrights’ Group, a Sundress Publications' Assistant Editor, and an English Professor. Baker has an MFA from Goddard College. 

Bridgette Bianca is a poet and professor from South Central Los Angeles. She has performed her poetry all around Southern California, including features at the World Stage, the SoCal Poetry Fest, LA Lit Crawl, LitFest Pasadena, the Table Lit, the un::fade::able Reading Series and much more. 

Shameka Cunningham is a writer, poet and performance artist. She is from Los Angeles. She has performed around the country and abroad. She is a Watering Hole Poetry Fellow and is obsessed with poetry, ice cream and road trips.

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Celebrating the Black Aesthetic Through the Written Word
Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

Celebrating the Black Aesthetic Through the Written Word

Celebrating the Black Aesthetic through the Written Word

To conclude Black History Month of 2019, this reading will feature a host of poets and writers who will discuss the genius, the necessity, and the future of the Black artist. This reading celebrates the Black imagination and how it manifests as inspiration for social movements as well as art. This is not an ART-for-ART's-sake reading. Whether they are African American or not, these poets will explore the vast and complex contributions of African Americans, and how African American exceptionalism is daily and not a one month or once a year phenomenon.

F Douglas Brown - opening remarks

Readings and Performances by the following
Shameka Cunningham
Micah Bournes
Armond Kinard
Alyssa Matuchniak, Poet.
Jessica Ceballos Y Campbell
Prince of the Ghetto
Mike Sonksen
S Pearl Sharp

**Short Intermission**

Krystle May Statler
Niki Billingslea
MIYA KING
Chenel King
Terry Robinson
Conney Williams
Bridgette Bianca
Nikia Chaney
Lynne Thompson

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un.fade.able - a reading honoring the life of Sandra Bland
Feb
12
7:30 PM19:30

un.fade.able - a reading honoring the life of Sandra Bland

un::fade::able is an effort to keep Sandra Bland's voice & legacy alive through education, music, and poetry, all revolving around topics of: the safety of black lives, the criminal justice system, and police brutality. This is the second chapter in our Sandra Bland requiem which began in 2016. Art Share LA will host this poetry reading series and workshops, curated by F. Douglas Brown, Rocio Carlos, and BA Williams. They are assisted by a team of educators, community organizers, poets, and musicians who will never forget the events that took the life of Sandra Bland, and that continue to scourge our communities. In her name, we act.

For more information: http://www.fdouglasbrown.com/sandra-bland-reading-series/

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Dream It: Reimagining MLK, Legacy Dinner
Jan
19
6:00 PM18:00

Dream It: Reimagining MLK, Legacy Dinner

We associate some of the most powerful shifts in American society with MLK and the dream he cast forever into the collective conscious on August 28, 1963. We remember him as a compassionate trailblazer and resolute champion of justice and humanity. How has his legacy endured in the hearts of our community? What does MLK mean today? Through the creative interpretation of poets, filmakers, musicians, scholars, and artists we will respond to the call made more than 50 years ago by Dr. Martin Luther King in his "I Have a Dream" Speech. We are thrilled to feature creatives from the Inland Empire and beyond to celebrate community and honor humanity.
This event will feature a KayJo Creatives Original Short Film, Music Performances, Poetry Reading, and Dinner
Dress Code: Gold & Black

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Dec
22
7:00 PM19:00

Lyrical Flames (Christmas Special)

Join us on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 7:00 pm, for our Holiday edition of Lyrical Flames!! We have a fantastic show planned for you!! It is my honor to celebrate you guys, and thank you for another outstanding year!! Featured guests include Bridgette Bianca, and Lee Boek!! The classic and beautiful Allison Warren will provide music for us!! Open-Mic guests past and present are welcome! I also hope to see some previous features to celebrate, and enjoy the fun!!
Thank you everyone for providing your hard work, talent, and grace every time!! Much love to you all!

Pizza can be purchased from next door. Coffee, wine, & beer will be served, as well as hot chocolate!

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OUT LOUD Event
Oct
7
4:00 PM16:00

OUT LOUD Event

“This event is coming to the OC in one month. You should come to be both entertained and inspired. The line-up of artists is stellar. Marcus OmariBridgette BiancaNatalie J Graham; Audrey Brooks and Jason Chu are going to speak to the heart of what matters. Reggie Goodjoin's trio will bring passion through song and Nick Williams' live visual art will add depth and meaning to this social justice event. Stay tuned for more info.” - From Darlene Kriesel

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Closing Reception for Kim Abeles Exhibition
Sep
29
4:00 PM16:00

Closing Reception for Kim Abeles Exhibition

Armory Center for the Arts is pleased to present Valises for Camp Ground: Arts, Corrections, and Fire Management in the Santa Monica Mountains. This exhibition features ten small, mixed media travel suitcases (also known as "valises") created during a long-term collaboration between artist Kim Abeles and the female inmates of Camp 13—a correctional facility in the Santa Monica Mountains for women who are trained and deployed to fight forest fires throughout the region.

Armory Center for the Arts is located at 145 North Raymond Avenue in Pasadena, CA. The Armory's Community Room Gallery is open daily 12:00 to 5:00 PM (closed Tuesdays and holidays). Admission is always free.

POETRY READING

A closing reception is scheduled for Saturday, September 29, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM and will feature readings by seven local poets reflecting on wildfire, community, wilderness, and memory. Poets include Bridgette Bianca, Yvonne M. Estrada, Eric Howard, Beverly Lafontaine, Alicia Vogl-Saenz, AK Toney, and Terry Wolverton. The poetry reading will begin at 4:30 PM. Both the reading and closing reception are free and open to the public.

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Black Writers at The Table - a reading
Aug
26
3:00 PM15:00

Black Writers at The Table - a reading

Join us as we make room for more Black Writers at The Table! Celebrate and support the work of contemporary poets in Los Angeles at the historic Hollywood Hotel. Stop in early and grab a drink from the hotel’s Route 66 Bar & Lounge, pick up some goodies from the My Lit Box table, and settle in for a literary feast. Admission is FREE, however, we encourage a $5 donation to support. RSVP HERE

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Spellcast Open Mic Expressions featuring Conney Williams & bridgette bianca
Aug
11
8:00 PM20:00

Spellcast Open Mic Expressions featuring Conney Williams & bridgette bianca

Spell Cast is blazing August with legendary L.A. poet/author Conney Williams and beautiful,talented poetess Bridgette Bianca, along with special guest hostess LaLa DeVille. You know how we always do; SPELLS WILL BE CAST on our one year anniversary!!!!

DATE: August 11th, 2018

TIME: 8:00PM-11:00PM

LOCATION:
KRST Unity Center
7825 S. Western Ave, L.A. Ca
90047
At the corner of Western & 78th Pl ( Entrance though parking lot on 78th Pl and proceed to two story building on the right.)

COST: $5.00

GUEST HOST: LaLa Deville

RULES:
Open Mic: Two pieces with 5 minute time limit

Features: 6 pieces or 20 minutes.

Very limited profanity and absolutely no vulgar or obscene pieces.

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