Armchair Conversation [POWERFUL] “Trailblazing the Path for the Next Generation of Women” with Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey

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The White House Council on Women and Girls hosted the United State of Women Summit on June 14, 2016 , which brought together more than 5,000 people at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., to discuss issues important to women — from equal pay and reproductive health to economic independence and civic duty.

Among the speakers: Billie Jean King, Jen Welter, Kerry Washington, Amy Poehler, Patricia Arquette, Connie Britton,  Cecile Richards, president, Planned Parenthood, Vice PresidentBiden and President Obama.

(Oh‚ and Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama had a little girl talk center stage aboutMichelle’s time in the White House.)  

This discussion is one of the best.

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First Lady Michelle Obama & Founder/CEO OWN Network Oprah Winfrey 
“Trailblazing the Path for the Next Generation of  Women”
White House Summit on the United State Of Women_June 14, 2016
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The president may be a little grayer than he was eight years ago, but he’s what a feminist looks like. (NCM Blog post below)

That’s what President Obama said in his State of Women address, in which Obama quotedAudre Lorde in describing how women should be: “Deliberate and afraid of nothing.” The president also highlighted the accomplishments of American women. “Our country is not all about the Benjamins,” Obama said.It’s about the Tubmans, too!”

Having found a rhythm and getting tremendous feedback from his audience, Obama pressed on:“Rosa Parks wasn’t a seamstress who sat down by accident. She was a civil rights leader!”

Once again, Obama threw his support behind presumptive Democratic presidential nomineeHillary Clinton, which also drew enormous cheers, and said he’s not ready to become a lame-duck president until after the country has elected a suitable successor.

NCM Blog
August 13. 2016
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Hillary Clinton Anti-Trump Speech in Reno, Nevada [FULL SPEECH Aug. 25, 2016]

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That’s a really fantastic speech. No equivocating. No decoding. Forceful, fact-based, clear. 

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Please Note:  There are several very brief commercial ads interjected during  Hillary Clinton’s speech.
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 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at 
Truckee Meadows Community College Reno, NV, August 25, 2016
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August 25, 2016
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In which she tells the truth about Trump, or put another way, kicks ass and takes names. Amazing. As a Bernie supporter in the primary, I commend Secretary Clinton for defending our nation from a domestic enemy, Donald Trump. I highlighted a few things, but it is worth taking the 10 minutes and reading it all.
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NCM Blog
August 20, 2016
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Be the Media!
Camille

To Debate or Not to Debate?…That is the Question

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Hello Everyone:
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In 2008; I created Artists for Barack Obama which were fundraisers for then Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign,  
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Subsequently, I was the host sponsor for all of the 2008 presidential debate watches ordering pizzas and Subway sandwiches.
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In 2012;  I was the host sponsor for the 2012 presidential debate watches with sponsor 1917 American Bistro making available healthy appetizing buffet dinners and a delicious buffet breakfast for the second Inauguration of President Obama.

2016
With the unpredictability of Donald Trump to attend the debates  with Hillary Clinton; I decided not to host any of the 2016 presidential debate watches.  Mr. Trump demands to change the dates and possibility the debate moderators make planning chaotic.

Below please find the debate schedule as it stands today, August 20th.  You will be able to meet up with your candidate’s debate watches at their state and/or city campaign offices or one of their supporters’ home,

Presidential General – Election Debate Schedule 

The first general-election debate will be held Sept. 26, 2016, at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.   
Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, will host the only Vice Presidential
debate on Oct. 4, 2016.
Washington University in St. Louis will host the second general-election debate on Oct. 9, 2016.

The final presidential debate will be hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on Oct. 19, 2016, 

Volunteering for Hillary Clinton

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NCM Blog
August 20, 2016
Performances by:  
Broadway stars, Lady Gaga, Sheila E & Pete Escovedo, Lenny Kravitz, Carole King, Alicia Keys and Kathy Perry
August 5, 2016
Main Speakers:
Michelle Obama, first lady, Bill Clinton, former president, Joe Biden, vice president, Tim Kaine, vice president nominee, Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, Michael Bloomberg, former governor of New York,Khizr and Ghazala Khan, Gold Star family, Barack Obama, presidentand Hillary Clinton, presidential nominee
August 4, 2016
Main Speakers:
Melania Trump, wife of Donald Trump, Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey,Ted Cruz, senator from Texas, Donald Trump, GOP presidential nominee 
July 23, 2016
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Camille

Tale of Two Economies: Dueling visions of Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump – FULL SPEECHES

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.  ~Charles Dickens author of A Tale of two Cities
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City of Light (glass half full)
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Spirit of Detroit 

Detroit among 5 cities leading the way in urban innovation

Detroit, which emerged from bankruptcy in 2014, doesn’t have a lot of money for revitalizing all of its neglected areas. So it is trying something more radical: setting aside areas where normal development rules don’t apply.

In Michigan, Hillary Clinton Calls Donald Trump Enemy of ‘the Little Guy’ – Article

City of Darkness  (glass half empty)
Gotham City
The portrayal of Gotham is that of a dark and foreboding metropolis rife with crime, grime, corruption, and a deep-seated sense of urban decay.
A common theme in stories set in Gotham is the rampant and recurring corruption within the city’s civil authorities and infrastructure, most notably within the Gotham City Police Department.
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August 5, 2016
Performances by:  
Broadway stars, Lady Gaga, Sheila E & Pete Escovedo, Lenny Kravitz, Carole King, Alicia Keys and Kathy Perry
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August 4, 2016
Main Speakers:
Michelle Obama, first lady, Bill Clinton, former president, Joe Biden, vice president, Tim Kaine, vice president nominee, Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, Michael Bloomberg, former governor of New York,Khizr and Ghazala Khan, Gold Star family, Barack Obama, presidentand Hillary Clinton, presidential nominee
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Melania Trump, wife of Donald Trump, Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey,Ted Cruz, senator from Texas, Donald Trump, GOP presidential nominee 
July 23, 2016
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Bonjour!
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Camille

President Barack Obama Says, “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like”

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Hello Everyone:
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President Obama wrote and essay for that ran last week in Glamour (News and Politics). The essay is based on a speech the president gave two months ago at the White House Summit on the United State of Women.
There’s a lot that’s been done by and for women and girls, but there’s still plenty to do. Convened by the White House, the United State of Women Summit will rally all of us together to celebrate what we’ve achieved, and how we’re going to take action moving forward. Covering key gender equality issues, we’ll make a powerful difference in our collective future.  Click on video link below.

The Perk of a “45-Second Commute” The President has spent “a lot more time” watching Sasha and Malia grow into women. Meeting “Mac” the turkey November 2014
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Glamour.com

Barack Obama

August 4, 2016


There are a lot of tough aspects to being President. But there are some perks too. Meeting extraordinary people across the country. Holding an office where you get to make a difference in the life of our nation. Air Force One.

But perhaps the greatest unexpected gift of this job has been living above the store. For many years my life was consumed by long commutes­—from my home in Chicago to Springfield, Illinois, as a state senator, and then to Washington, D.C., as a United States senator. It’s often meant I had to work even harder to be the kind of husband and father I want to be.

But for the past seven and a half years, that commute has been reduced to 45 seconds—the time it takes to walk from my living room to the Oval Office. As a result, I’ve been able to spend a lot more time watching my daughters grow up into smart, funny, kind, wonderful young women.

That isn’t always easy, either—watching them prepare to leave the nest. But one thing that makes me optimistic for them is that this is an extraordinary time to be a woman. The progress we’ve made in the past 100 years, 50 years, and, yes, even the past eight years has made life significantly better for my daughters than it was for my grandmothers. And I say that not just as President but also as a feminist.

In my lifetime we’ve gone from a job market that basically confined women to a handful of often poorly paid positions to a moment when women not only make up roughly half the workforce but are leading in every sector, from sports to space, from Hollywood to the Supreme Court. I’ve witnessed how women have won the freedom to make your own choices about how you’ll live your lives—about your bodies, your educations, your careers, your finances. Gone are the days when you needed a husband to get a credit card. In fact, more women than ever, married or single, are financially independent.

So we shouldn’t downplay how far we’ve come. That would do a disservice to all those who spent their lives fighting for justice. At the same time, there’s still a lot of work we need to do to improve the prospects of women and girls here and around the world. And while I’ll keep working on good policies—from equal pay for equal work to protecting reproductive rights—there are some changes that have nothing to do with passing new laws.

In fact, the most important change may be the toughest of all—and that’s changing ourselves.

This is something I spoke about at length in June at the first-ever White House Summit on the United State of Women. As far as we’ve come, all too often we are still boxed in by stereotypes about how men and women should behave. One of my heroines is Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, who was the first African American to run for a major party’s presidential nomination. She once said, “The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, ‘It’s a girl.’ ” We know that these stereotypes affect how girls see themselves starting at a very young age, making them feel that if they don’t look or act a certain way, they are somehow less worthy. In fact, gender stereotypes affect all of us, regardless of our gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Now, the most important people in my life have always been women. I was raised by a single mom, who spent much of her career working to empower women in developing countries. I watched as my grandmother, who helped raise me, worked her way up at a bank only to hit a glass ceiling. I’ve seen how Michelle has balanced the demands of a busy career and raising a family. Like many working mothers, she worried about the expectations and judgments of how she should handle the trade-offs, knowing that few people would question my choices. And the reality was that when our girls were young, I was often away from home serving in the state legislature, while also juggling my teaching responsibilities as a law professor. I can look back now and see that, while I helped out, it was usually on my schedule and on my terms. The burden disproportionately and unfairly fell on Michelle.

So I’d like to think that I’ve been pretty aware of the unique challenges women face—it’s what has shaped my own feminism. But I also have to admit that when you’re the father of two daughters, you become even more aware of how gender stereotypes pervade our society. You see the subtle and not-so-subtle social cues transmitted through culture. You feel the enormous pressure girls are under to look and behave and even think a certain way.

And those same stereotypes affected my own consciousness as a young man. Growing up without a dad, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out who I was, how the world perceived me, and what kind of man I wanted to be. It’s easy to absorb all kinds of messages from society about masculinity and come to believe that there’s a right way and a wrong way to be a man. But as I got older, I realized that my ideas about being a tough guy or cool guy just weren’t me. They were a manifestation of my youth and insecurity. Life became a lot easier when I simply started being myself.

So we need to break through these limitations. We need to keep changing the attitude that raises our girls to be demure and our boys to be assertive, that criticizes our daughters for speaking out and our sons for shedding a tear. We need to keep changing the attitude that punishes women for their sexuality and rewards men for theirs.

We need to keep changing the attitude that permits the routine harassment of women, whether they’re walking down the street or daring to go online. We need to keep changing the attitude that teaches men to feel threatened by the presence and success of women.

We need to keep changing the attitude that congratulates men for changing a diaper, stigmatizes full-time dads, and penalizes working mothers. We need to keep changing the attitude that values being confident, competitive, and ambitious in the workplace—unless you’re a woman. Then you’re being too bossy, and suddenly the very qualities you thought were necessary for success end up holding you back.

We need to keep changing a culture that shines a particularly unforgiving light on women and girls of color. Michelle has often spoken about this. Even after achieving success in her own right, she still held doubts; she had to worry about whether she looked the right way or was acting the right way—whether she was being too assertive or too “angry.”

As a parent, helping your kids to rise above these constraints is a constant learning process. Michelle and I have raised our daughters to speak up when they see a double standard or feel unfairly judged based on their gender or race—or when they notice that happening to someone else. It’s important for them to see role models out in the world who climb to the highest levels of whatever field they choose. And yes, it’s important that their dad is a feminist, because now that’s what they expect of all men.

Ladies First:  “Michelle and I have raised our daughters to speak up when they see a
double standard,” says the President.  With his family at the March 2016 Canadian
State Dinner for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
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It is absolutely men’s responsibility to fight sexism too. And as spouses and partners and boyfriends, we need to work hard and be deliberate about creating truly equal relationships.

The good news is that everywhere I go across the country, and around the world, I see people pushing back against dated assumptions about gender roles. From the young men who’ve joined our It’s On Us campaign to end campus sexual assault, to the young women who became the first female Army Rangers in our nation’s history, your generation refuses to be bound by old ways of thinking. And you’re helping all of us understand that forcing people to adhere to outmoded, rigid notions of identity isn’t good for anybody—men, women, gay, straight, transgender, or otherwise. These stereotypes limit our ability to simply be ourselves.

This fall we enter a historic election. Two hundred and forty years after our nation’s founding, and almost a century after women finally won the right to vote, for the first time ever, a woman is a major political party’s presidential nominee. No matter your political views, this is a historic moment for America. And it’s just one more example of how far women have come on the long journey toward equality.

I want all of our daughters and sons to see that this too is their inheritance. I want them to know that it’s never been just about the Benjamins; it’s about the Tubmans too. And I want them to help do their part to ensure that America is a place where every single child can make of her life what she will.

That’s what twenty-first-century feminism is about: the idea that when everybody is equal, we are all more free.

Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States.

The following 2 minute video is from a montage of a larger performance by Ms. Keys at the DNC that conveys the essay and video above by President Obama,
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(This song ends with a surprise)
Bonjour!
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ENJOY 9 Inspirational Musicians Performances at the Democratic National Convention – Debate schedule included

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Following are some of the musical performances at the Democratic National Convention.  I was pleased that the songs were positive and inspirational with top notched performers.  
Needless to say; the Republican National Convention event was not up to par and Donald Trump disavowed his involvement any planning of his convention and subsequently fired the event planner.  
If you missed some of the main DNC speeches last week–just click on the link belowNCM Blog for access.The Democratic National Convention was a Breath of Fresh Air.  
Main Speakers:
Michelle Obama, first lady, Bill Clinton, former president, Joe Biden, vicepresident, Tim Kaine, vice president nominee, Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, Michael Bloomberg, former governor of New York, Khizr and Ghazala Khan, Gold Star family, Barack Obama, president  and Hillary Clinton, presidential nominee.

Broadway stars sing “What the World Needs Now is Love” (audience chants “Love Trumps Hate” after song)
Lady Gaga at a DNC private event sings “Come Together”
“Fight Song,” produced by Elizabeth Banks, Bruce Cohen and Mike Thompkins, features actors, musicians and supporters singing their support for Hillary Clinton to Rachel Platten’s Fight Song. 
The acappella video is inspired by the Pitch Perfect films, which are produced by Banks.
Musicians, actors & supporters sing
“This is Our Fight Song” 
Sheila E. and Pete Escovedo perform ‘La Cuna’
Lenny has spent the last several years opposing the government. He has constantly toured being a “citizen of the world ” because he’s that disheartened by the system. But he agreed to come support Hillary. Now that is a statement.
Lenny Kravitz performs “Let Love Rule!”
Carole King sings You’ve Got A Friend”
Watch the two performances of Alicia Keys because the second one really part of the first one at the DNC
Alicia Keys performs “Superwoman” & “In Common”
Alicia Keys sings “Girl on Fire”
(This song ends with a surprise)
Katy Perry sings “Rise and Roar”

Presidential General-Election Debate Schedule
The first general-election debate will be held Sept. 26, 2016, at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.   
Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, will host the only Vice Presidential 
debate on Oct. 4, 2016.
Washington University in St. Louis will host the second general-election debate on Oct. 9, 2016.
The final presidential debate will be hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on Oct. 19, 2016, 

Official Event Fri., Aug. 5th
Volunteering starts Sat., Aug. 6th
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Main Speakers:
Michelle Obama, first lady, Bill Clinton, former president, Joe Biden, vice president, Tim Kaine, vice president nominee, Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, Michael Bloomberg, former governor of New York,Khizr and Ghazala Khan, Gold Star family, Barack Obama, president, and Hillary Clinton, presidential nominee.
August 4, 2016

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Camille Mitchell
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The Democratic National Convention was a Breath of Fresh Air – [Incl. schedule of the general-election debates]

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Hello Everyone:

I know many of you watched the Democratic National Convention last week.  For those who couldn’t watch it; here are some memorable videos of mostly the main speakers.  (I can appreciate Bernie Sanders’ campaign and speech’ however, he is not the nominee.)

Needless to say; the event, videos. speakers and musicians were a hundred times better than the Republican National Convention two weeks ago..
I could have easily included a dozen more speeches; however, I settled on the ones below.

I included the introductory video for First Lady Michelle Obama, Former President Bill Clinton. Vice President Joe Biden. President Barack Obama and future president Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The introductory video is included in future Vice President Tim Kaine’s speech and is also included in Khizn andGhazala Khan’s video which honors their son.
Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s video which was “spot on” and humorous and Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s takes on Donald Trump.

Day 1 – First Lady 

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First Lady Michelle Obama greeting the delegates before her DNC speech_July 25, 2016
 
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Former President Bill Clinton speaks during the second the 
Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia
July 26, 2016
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Joe Biden spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 27, 2016
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Day 3 (cont.) The Next Vice President
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Senator Tim Kaine addresses DNC to accept of Hillary Clinton’s Vice President_July 26, 2016 
Day 3 (cont.)Our Commander in Chief
After President Obama’s masterful speech making the case for 
Hillary Clinton to succeed him as president; Hillary comes out
on stage to greet the president with a warm “Thank You”.
July 27, 2016
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Day 4 – Former Democratic Governor of Michigan
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Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm absolutely
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Day 4 (cont.)  Former Republican Mayor of New York City; now an Independent 

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Watch Michael Bloomberg’s full speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention – 12 min. Video

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Former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg takes on 
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Day 4 (cont.) Gold Star Family
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Khizr Khan with his wife Ghazala Khan gives a moving and 
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Day 4 (cont.) – The Next Commander in Chief
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Hillary Clinton savors the historic moment of becoming the first woman nominated for president of the United States
July 28, 2016
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Presidential General-Election Debate Schedule
The first general-election debate will be held Sept. 26, 2016, at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.   
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Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, will host the only Vice Presidential 
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Washington University in St. Louis will host the second general-election debate on Oct. 9, 2016.
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The final presidential debate will be hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, onOct. 19, 2016, 

Official Event Fri. Aug. 5th
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