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"Life through the eyes of a misrepresented and misunderstood African Girl Abroad" - This is a weekly podcast hosted by Stella Damasus, an award winning Actress and Entrepreneur. Through this platform, she will share her experiences and challenges, as well as her thoughts on different topics; ranging from Politics to Religion, Sex, Business, Entertainment, Human Rights and everything about life as we know it.
EP 38 - The Truth About Africa and Refugees
In This Episode: When you speak of refugees, you often think of people fleeing their countries to seek refuge in America or Europe. But did you know that according to the UNHCR, “Sub-Saharan Africa hosts more than 26 percent of the world’s refugee population” !!! Yet, we are made to believe that Africa is so horrible and so much of a sh**hole continent that no one would ever want go to there. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Filipo Grandi: http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/the-high-commissioner.html 2. UN: http://www.un.org/en/index.html 3. 2015-2016 Refugee Crisis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_migrant_crisis 4. South Sudanese & Congolese Conflicts: https://reliefweb.int/report/democratic-republic-congo/underlying-tensions-south-sudanese-refugees-and-pathways-conflict 5. UNHCR: http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/ Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/
06:47
July 6, 2018
EP 37 - Can Your Kids Survive?
In This Episode: I was watching a documentary a few weeks ago and was surprised when I found out that a lot of children between the ages of 9 & 13 could not tell the time on an analog clock, only on a digital clock. It made me wonder whether the advancement in technology is doing our children more harm than good. Growing up in Africa, we are taught to handle things with and without the assistance of technology. This is what informed the quote ‘Throw an African man anywhere and he will learn to adapt’ to life. Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/
05:02
June 22, 2018
EP 36 - Gender Neutrality
In This Episode: About a week ago, my daughters went to an ‘anti-prom party’ in the city and they had a blast! However, of all the memories they made that night, the one that would probably never leave her mind was when she had to use the bathroom only to realize that the bathrooms at the venue were gender neutral. I believe that everyone should be allowed to live their truth and be themselves freely, but do you think maybe allowing young boys and girls, who are in the stage of discovery and curiosity; use the same bathroom at the same time might just be taking it too far? Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Anti-Prom Party: https://www.nypl.org/education/teens/anti-prom 2. NYC Public Library: https://www.nypl.org/ 3. Gender Neutral Bathrooms: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unisex_public_toilet Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com
05:42
June 15, 2018
EP 35 - Teaching Your Kids Your Language
In This Episode: I am talking about the importance of teaching your children how to speak your local African language, especially if you live outside of the continent of Africa. It is important that our children stay connected to their roots because there would come a time where the world would turn back to Africa, and you do not want them to be considered the lost ones when that happens. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Pidgin English: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English-based_pidgins 2. Igbo Language: http://aboutworldlanguages.com/igbo 3. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ 4. Obyno Daddy Muna: https://www.instagram.com/obynodaddymuna/ 5. ESL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_as_a_second_or_foreign_language Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican Instagram: https://w
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June 8, 2018
EP 34 - Saying "I Love You"
In This Episode: Growing up, I rarely heard my parents say the words ‘I love you’ to themselves. I knew they loved each other, I saw it in their interactions and the respect they had for each other. However, they would hardly ever say those 3 words. Over the years, I got very curious so I put out a question on social media “Did you or have you ever heard your parents say I LOVE YOU to each other?” and from the responses, I realized that it wasn’t just my parents but the parents of very many Africans. Could it be a thing of their generation? Or could it have to do with culture? Join me on this episode, as I speak about what I have learnt about Africans and saying the words ‘I Love You” Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/
08:03
June 1, 2018
EP 33 - Being Proud of Your Work
In This Episode: Having lived in Nigeria for over 30 years, I visited the USA quite a lot and I had this impression about what kinds of jobs are considered prestigious or not. However, after living in the USA for some years, my mindset has totally changed. I have come to the realization that as long as the work you are doing is legal, there is no such thing as prestigious work when it comes to making money, paying your bills and taking care of your family. The American system makes sure that as long as you have a certain amount of money, you are able to have the necessities and live a certain kind of lifestyle. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Laundromat: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-service_laundry 2. Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/ Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican
07:19
May 25, 2018
EP 32 - The 4c Natural Hair
In This Episode: There has been a lot of controversy around 'Natural Hair' and how you choose to wear it or protect it. Some black women seem to think that other black women who choose to wear wigs and do several different protective styles do not 'embrace their kink and curls'. So I decided to share my thoughts on this issue. I hope to hear from you after you listen Mentioned In This Episode: 1. 4c Natural Hair: https://www.naturallycurly.com/hair-types/coily 2. Protective Styling: http://madamenoire.com/199722/breaking-down-the-point-of-a-protective-hairstyle-what-exactly-should-you-be-protecting/ 3. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/ Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-
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May 18, 2018
EP 31 - American Schools
In This Episode: A lot of American School Students are very privileged and sometimes, I think some take it for granted. We have some very great schools in Africa, but a majority of the schools, especially those funded by the government; aren’t the best. So you can imagine my shock when I heard that some students in this First World Country complained about ‘their rights being violated, and the school authorities not caring about them’ because their SODAS had been reduced, and they were given more vegetables at their FREE lunch. Sometimes people need to see what others are going through in other parts of the world so that they can value where they are and the privileges they have. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com/ Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemy
06:54
May 11, 2018
EP 30 - The African Narrative
In This Episode: Since the release of Black Panther, there has been a massive increase in the love and appreciation of African Culture, African Fashion, African Music, and African Dance. As a matter of fact, more people have gotten their DNA tested to determine their Ancestry, and people now celebrate whatever percent of African they have in them! We are very happy to see all the love people have for Africa, but we can’t help but wonder when the AFRICAN PEOPLE would receive as much love and acceptance as AFRICA. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Black Panther: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1825683/ 2. Dashiki: https://www.dashikipride.com 3. Wakanda: http://marvel.com/universe/Wakanda#axzz5DBadyKla 4. Amazon Queens of Dahomey: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahomey_Amazons 5. Mansa Kankan Musa: https://www.history.com/news/who-was-the-richest-man-in-history-mansa-musa 6. An African Girl Abroad: https://www.facebook.com/AnAfricanGirlAbroad/ 7. Mon Afrik TV: https://www.monafriktv.c
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April 20, 2018
EP 29 - Tourism & Africa
In This Episode: When you speak of Tourism and vacations, very few people look to Africa and when they do, they only go to the same places. Which is why in this episode, we are going to introduce you to The Obudu Ranch and Resort located in Nigeria. It is a wonderful vacation destination with amazing sights and lots of family-friendly activities. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Obudu Ranch and Resort: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obudu_Mountain_Resort Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/
03:54
April 13, 2018
EP 28 - Winnie Mandela
In This Episode: She was a woman of strength, she was a woman of courage, she was a woman who fought for her people. She was an anti-apartheid activist, a politician and she was the mother of South Africa. Winnie Mandela, a true African woman. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Winnie Mandela: http://www.sahistory.org.za/people/winnie-madikizela-mandela 2. African National Congress (ANC Party) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_National_Congress 3. Nelson Mandela - https://www.nelsonmandela.org/content/page/biography 4. South Africa - http://country.southafrica.net/country/us/en Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/
05:31
April 6, 2018
EP 27 - Gun Control & The African
In This Episode: According to CNN.com, “We're only 11 weeks into 2018, and there have already been 17 school shootings (in the USA) where someone was hurt or killed. That averages out to 1.5 shootings a week”. Also according to CNN.com “American’s own nearly half (48%) of the estimated 650* million civilian-owned guns worldwide. Africa has constantly been referred to as a third-world continent, some people even say we are “backward in our thinking and actions”; but I think that when it comes to Gun control, America has a thing or two to learn from our continent. Allowing any and every one to have such a powerful weapon in their possession, is something I feel is worth rethinking. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Gun Control: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_control Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitte
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March 23, 2018
EP 26 - The Dahomey Amazons
In This Episode: The Dahomey Amazons were some of the fiercest women to walk this earth! In the spirit of Women’s History Month, we will be sharing the story of these fearless women who went above and beyond to defend their people, leaving their mark in history as the greatest all-female military regiment. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. International Women's Day: https://www.internationalwomensday.com 2. Black Panther: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1825683/ 3. Dahomey: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahomey 4. Viola Davis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_Davis 5. Lupita Nyong’o: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupita_Nyong%27o 6. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/ 7. FBI: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Bureau_of_Investigation 8. KGB: https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/KGB Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: ht
18:32
March 16, 2018
EP 25 - Breaking The Glass Ceiling & Women
In This Episode: It’s Women’s month and we are dedicating this month to celebrating amazing African Women who are doing extraordinary things. In this episode, I would introduce you to Angel Vendeline Namshali, a Tanzanian woman who withstood the barriers of being deprived of an education because she is a ‘girl child’; to become the first woman (worldwide)to run a resort that is managed and run by an all-female staff. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. International Womens Day: https://www.internationalwomensday.com 2. Press For Progress: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Theme 3. Angel Vendeline Namshali: https://www.asiliaafrica.com/meet-the-angel-of-the-serengeti/ 4. Usambara Mountains: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usambara_Mountains 5. Asilia Africa: https://www.asiliaafrica.com 6. Tanzania Dunia Camp: https://www.asiliaafrica.com/east-africa-safari/tanzania/serengeti/dunia-camp/ 7. Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Websi
09:05
March 9, 2018
EP 24 - Black Panther, Hollywood & The African
In This Episode: “The African and Hollywood”; this was the idea that birthed Excuse My African. When I started this podcast in 2017, Hollywood was at a point where they weren’t ready for MY kind of ‘African’. In the exact words of a Casting Director, I am not “African Enough”. Fast forward to February 2018 and Black Panther, a movie that praises and glorifies the beauty of Africa; is currently the number 1 movie in the whole world. However, this hasn’t changed the tune of Hollywood. In this episode, I will tell you about a very recent experience I had with an agency. This time it wasn’t about my looks, it was about my accent. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Black History Month: http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month 2. UN: http://www.un.org/en 3. Women’s Month: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_History_Month 4. Black Panther: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1825683/ 5. Dialect Coach: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dialect_coach 6. Gringo: http://www.im
12:05
March 2, 2018
EP 23 - Africa Before The Slavery PT. 3 "The Benin Empire"
In This Episode: As the Black History Month Celebration comes to an end, we have decided to share with you, the oldest surviving kingdom in the world, The Great Benin Empire which is located in Nigeria, Africa. This year, our aim during Black History Month was to educate and remind people about African history before the slavery. Even though this month is coming to an end, we must not forget to continue celebrating Black History and the beauty of Africa and Africans. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Edo State: http://www.edostate.gov.ng 2. Benin Empire: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin_Empire 3. Oba Ewuare: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ewuare 4. Harlem: https://www.nycgo.com/boroughs-neighborhoods/manhattan/harlem 5. The Great Wall of China: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Wall_of_China 6. James Robert Phillips: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Robert_Phillips 7. Queen Idia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idia 8. Queen Iden: http://www.edoworld.net/Queen_Iden_of_Benin_
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February 23, 2018
EP 22 - Africa Before The Slavery PT. 2 "Queen Amina"
In This Episode: Still, in the spirit of celebrating Black History Month, we are going to take you on a journey through the life of one of the greatest and most courageous African Queen's to walk this earth, Queen Amina of Zazzau. This month, we are celebrating the history of the times before slavery, the Black History we should never forget to celebrate. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Queen Amina: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amina 2. Zazzau (Zaria): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zazzau 3. Queen Bakwa: http://www.whenweruled.com/?p=84 4. Turunku: http://allafrica.com/stories/200607170777.html 5. Amina Walls: http://digest.bellafricana.com/tourist-attractions-in-nigeria-part-2/ Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/ Face
06:42
February 9, 2018
EP 21 - Africa Before The Slavery
In This Episode: Welcome to Black History Month! Usually what people celebrate during this period are the achievements of African-Americans after the slave trade, or how they persevered through the slavery. However, a lot of people do not know about the great things and great people that lived in Africa before the slave trade. So in honor of this year's celebration, we have decided to take you back in time to the days before slavery. The days of the African Kings and Queens, the Black History we should never forget to celebrate as well. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Black History Month: http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month 2. Kush: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Kush 3. Axum: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axum 4. Black Panther Movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1825683/ 5. Hollywood: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_the_United_States 6. King Mansa Musa: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musa_I_of_Mali 7. Niger City: https://en.w
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February 2, 2018
EP 20 - Unsung African Heroes : "Abebech Gobena"
In This Episode: When you speak of ‘Heroes’ in Africa, you immediately think of people like Nelson Mandela, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Desmond Tutu and others. However, Africa has a lot of other Unsung Heroes. Today, I will introduce you to Africa’s Mother Teresa; Abebech Gobena. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Abebech Gobena : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abebech_Gobena 2. Agohelma : http://agohelma.org 3. Ethiopia : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia 4. Mother Teresa : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Teresa 5. Africa : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Africa 6. Google : https://www.google.com 7. Addis Ababa : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Addis_Ababa Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/ Facebook: https://www.fac
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January 26, 2018
EP 19 - "S***hole" Africa
In This Episode: I woke up a few days ago to hear that some certain individual, had referred to my beautiful continent Africa and Haiti as a s***hole continent and country. Instead of getting angry, I decided to respond with positivity. Which is what I have decided to do all of 2018. I will not give power to people who try to bring me down, and that’s exactly what we African’s need to do too. I’m proudly African, and I love my s***hole continent! Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Africa : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Africa 2. Haiti : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiti 3. Michelle Obama : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Obama 4. Excuse My African : http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ 5. David Oyelowo : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Oyelowo 6. Lupita Nyong’o : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupita_Nyong%27o 7. Uzo Aduba : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uzo_Aduba 8. Chiwetel Ejiofor : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiwetel_Ejiofor 9. O.T. Fagbenle : https://en.wikipe
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January 19, 2018
EP 18 - Africa in 2017
In This Episode: Happy New Year and welcome to 2018! Before we continue to take you on a journey through Africa and tell you about all her amazing countries and people. We decided that for our first episode of 2018, we will take you back in time and tell you about 5 amazing and historic things that happened in 2017. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. George Weah - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Weah 2. Liberia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberia 3. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Johnson_Sirleaf 4. Wizkid - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wizkid_(musician) 5. Afrobeats - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afrobeat 6. Royal Albert Hall - https://www.royalalberthall.com 7. Coachella- https://www.coachella.com 8. Hello Rain- http://www.okayafrica.com/hello-rain-is-an-afrofuturistic-short-film-based-on-nnedi-okorafors-hello-moto/ 9. Nnedi Okorafor - http://nnedi.com 10. Hello Moto - https://www.tor.com/2011/11/02/hello-moto/ 11. CJ Obasi - ht
06:29
January 5, 2018
EP 17 - Stop Being Ignorant
In This Episode: For a long time there have been so many myths about the beautiful continent of Africa, and till this day there are people that still believe these outrageous stories. Today I am going to debunk all these crazy myths and beliefs. People need to stop being ignorant. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Kenya - http://www.magicalkenya.com 2. Safari - http://www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com/triptypes/safaris 3. Nigeria - http://www.nigeria.gov.ng 4. Lamborghini - https://www.lamborghini.com/en-en/ 5. Ferrari - https://www.ferrari.com/en-US 6. Land Rover - https://www.landroverusa.com/index.html 7. Range Rover- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Range_Rover 8. Limousine- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limousine 9. Cadillac - http://www.cadillac.com 10. Wole Soyinka - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wole_Soyinka 11. Professor Chinua Achebe - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinua_Achebe 12. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - https://www.chimamanda.com 13. New York - http:
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December 22, 2017
EP 16 - My Africa
In This Episode: Africa has a very rich History, that goes way beyond slavery and poverty. Civilization, Education, and even one of the wealthiest Kings in all of history can be linked back to Africa, but unfortunately, people do not know this. I will take you on a journey back in time to My Africa, the Africa that the whole world should know. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Ethiopia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia 2. Harpoon Points - http://alligator-hunting-equipment.com/harpoonpoles.html 3. Katanga, Zaire (Republic of Congo) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Katanga 4. Hematite Mine - http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5421/ 5. Swaziland - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swaziland 6. Adrian Boshier - http://africanicons.co.za/blog/tag/adrian-boshier/#sthash.B2lb5Lmb.dpbs 7. Ishango Bone- http://www.math.buffalo.edu/mad/Ancient-Africa/ishango.html 8. The Great sphinx of Giza- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Sphinx_of_Giza 9. The Ancient Egyptian
11:20
December 15, 2017
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