ItsJudyTime & ThatsHeart Palette Launch

On Saturday, December 7th in Hollywood, CA popular YouTube vloggers Its Judy Time and Thats Heart simultaneously launched makeup palettes for BH Cosmetics. These particular vloggers were new to me so I was not aware of their popularity or the fact that almost 2,000 people would stand in line for hours for a chance to meet them and purchase their palettes. My mind was soon to be blown!

Some of those in line

The event started at 1 p.m. and you would have thought Miley Cyrus was in town with the line that was wrapped around the building. I arrived with fellow blogger, Naturealessence, and when we saw the line we were going to head home but it seemed to be moving pretty fast so we figured we would give it 30 minutes and then head home if it did not work out. Well, thirty minutes turned into 3 hours!

While in line we chatted it up with some Its Judy Time's fans as they filled us in on her background and YouTube history. It was absolutely fascinating because I had never seen this kind of affinity for a vlogger before. Like any true fan these girls not only knew about all things Judy but they knew about her husband, her daughter, her pregnancy with twins, her best friend, her husband's best friend, where she lived and all about her three YouTube channels. The fans in line were just as excited as they let out screams when any of Judy's entourage made an appearance.

After three hours in line we were able to purchase the palettes and some other makeup but we missed the one-on-one photo op with Judy herself as she is pregnant and was exhausted after a long day of signing autographs and taking pictures. Rebecca and I were satisfied with our makeup purchases so we called it a day.


If you were able to attend the BH Cosmetics makeup launch please leave comments about your experience and enjoy my pictures of the day below.

Kasheera is another YouTube vlogger extraordinaire that I had the pleasure of meeting when she moved to out California. I was already subscribed to her channel so it was nice to meet her in person and to learn about her natural hair journey.

How long have you been natural?

I've been natural for 4 years and 8 months!

What made you decide to go natural? 

At the time I was living in a predominantly White area and there were no Black hair salons around. I started straightening my hair by myself but as my roots grew in, my hair kept getting bigger and bigger. Then one day I started thinking about why I relaxed my hair anyway, so I did a Google search on "black women and relaxers" and a forum on black women and self hate came up. As I looked over the different responses in the forum I thought to myself well I don't hate myself but then I also still couldn't answer the question of why I was relaxing my hair. It just seemed like something I was used to doing and never considered anything else. 

So after giving natural much thought as well as finding a whole community of naturalistas on YouTube, I decided to do away with perms and go natural!

How long did you transition or big chop?

I transitioned for 18 months and transition chopped in Oct. of 2010. Dealing with the two textures was definitely a lot of work. I don't know why I waited so long. 

What was your families’ / friend’s reaction to you going natural? 

Well, my family didn't understand why I wanted to go natural at first, I got a couple responses like, "Why you wanna walk around with nappy hair?" But overtime they've come to embrace my decision, they are always complimenting my hair now! Now if only I can get some of my sisters to go natural next. lol

 Anything surprise you?

Well, I've always had thick hair even when I was relaxed, but I can really see the thickness after going natural. People tell me all the time they wish they had thicker hair but it's definitely more work. Hey I say love what you have! I've received so much positive feedback from all kinds of people. When I go from a wash and go to a twist out, people are so confused as to why my hair looks so different. I think it's hilarious!

What would you say to someone that is considering going natural? 

I say do it, and especially do it with confidence. I can't tell you how much wasted emotional energy I've spent worrying about what other people would think or whether I would still be beautiful. I had nothing to worry about. This is the hair we are born with and the way it was meant to be. There is absolutely nothing wrong with embracing it, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

What are your hair goals for the next 6 months to year? 

Actually, I'm about to do a 4 month hair growth challenge. A few years ago during my relaxing days I used a home relaxing kit, it must've gone bad because as I went to shampoo it out I could see my hair coming out. After it was blown out and flat ironed it looked really fragile. Over the course of about 2 weeks, the hair from the top back of my hair all the way down gradually started falling out, until the entire top and back of my hair was half an inch short. I went from like 16 inches to an inch. However the front of my hair wasn't affected at all. I've noticed on my journey that the back of my hair doesn't grow as fast, the front is at 18in and the back at only 14in. So I'm going to be exploring all the tips and tricks to jumpstart my hair growth particularly in the back of my hair but all around as well. I'm going to be doing DC treatments, hot oil treatment and also trying out black castor oil. Check my channel to join in on the challenge!!

How did you get started making YouTube videos? 

I actually started singing covers on my YouTube channel but after I went natural the hair journey kind of took over. lol

Tell us about your jewelry business Wild Heart Bliss? 

I make hand painted and hand crafted earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. There are different colors and styles for everyone, my style keeps evolving as I like to keep my designs new, fresh and exciting.

What are your current goals for your business? 

My goals are to eventually get my jewelry into fashion boutiques as well as to have a successful online store presence as well.

You recently moved to Southern California. How is CA treating you? 

I love it! I wish I'd gotten the memo that it does get a little chilly in the winter though as I left all of my winter clothing and coats at home thinking it would be paradise all year. lol I love how spacious it is and I'm a foodie so I love the variety of food options! 

Where can we connect with you online? 

Follow me at the links below:


My Online Jewelry Store-







Thank you, Kasheera for the great interview! 

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Tiffany is a YouTuber known as SpiralsAndLife that vlogs about life, family and natural hair. I had the pleasure of reconnecting with her at the recent Afrolicious Hair Affair Expo in Los Angeles when I asked her for an interview so here it is!

How long have you been natural?

I gave up the relaxer in 1999. For ten years I was addicted to my flat iron. I considered myself a 'straight natural'. In 2009, I chose to embrace my curls.

What made you decide to go natural?

I was browsing YouTube for different styles I could try on my straight hair. After a few tutorials I came across a few curly haired ladies that changed my world.  TiffanyDarlyn, Taren Guy and MlleCafeAuLait are amongst the many!

How long did you transition or big chop?

I transitioned for a year. I then decided to chop off about 10 inches and was left with a shoulder length blunt cut.

What was your families’ / friend’s reaction to you going natural?

At the time of going relaxer free, it wasn't a big deal because I was still ironing. But the reaction after going curly was mixed. I was embraced, congratulated and shamed.

What have you discovered about yourself and your hair since you’ve gone natural? Anything surprise you?

I've discovered that embracing my natural texture has made me more carefree!! Of course I still pay attention to details, but now I don't care what others think about them. I was totally surprised by that!!

Since you have a daughter do you think it is important that she be daughter?

I think it's very important my daughter remain natural. I hope to be an example to her in all aspects of life. Teaching her to care for her curls is a small part of the 'Love Yourself ' mentality  I hope to instill.

What would you say to someone that is considering going natural?

Go for it!! You can always go back to relaxers. You may even realize that you don't need the full strength or you can go a few more weeks between processes. But you'll never know until you give your hair what it needs. A break!!  For me, that's what being natural is. A break from constant styling, appliances and worry.

What are your hair goals for the next 6 months to year?

I'd like to cut off the rest of my bleached ends and finally be able to retain some length. I've been inspired to experiment more with hairstyles too. Styling is my weakness, and nothing ever "looks good".  I'm also looking forward to happy, healthy hair!!

How did you get started making YouTube videos?

Being a stay at home mom isn't soap operas and Bon Bon's. I never had any "Tiffany" time and started to neglect myself. After browsing YouTube and not seeing many women with my texture, I decided to share my journey with the world!! ☺

How did you become Our Lady Lourdes?

I needed to create a log in in order to comment on a video. It seemed everyone was naming their channel something they were interested in. I'm a Catholic Christian. I chose Our Lady Lourdes to show my love of the Virgin Mary. Although I will forever cherish my start up name, I've become SpiralsAndLife now on YouTube.

Where can we connect with you online?

Thank you, Tiffany for letting us in on your natural hair journey! If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comments below.

Jana'e Holmes blogs about natural hair and plus size fashion on her blog Natural Kinky Curly and plans natural hair events, meetups and demonstrations as 1/8 of the Ladies of Untamed.

How long have you been natural?

I've been natural since February 4, 2011, so I'll be celebrating my 3 year Natural Anniversary in February 2014. I can't believe it's been 3 years already.

What made you decide to go natural?

About a year before I officially went natural I had been dealing with a lot of breakage. I tried everything to get my hair healthy again. From going to the salon at least 2-3 times a month, I wore braids and weaves but my hair just wouldn't grow. One side of my hair was healthier than the other but I just couldn't get it under control. I actually didn't know about the vast natural hair community at the time and didn't have a clue what the Big Chop was, but I knew that I had to make change. I think after years of getting my hair relaxed, my hair decided it was time for something different. After work on February 4, 2011 I stopped by a barber shop and asked for my hair to be completely cut off to remove all of the relaxed hair, thus my Big Chop.

Did you big chop or transition?

I felt that I had to big chop because my hair was so damaged. It was scary but it was one the best decisions that I made for my hair.

What was your families’ / friend’s reaction to you going natural?

It's funny, I really thought that I would have support from my friends and family, but everyone wasn't very happy with my decision and few people said some hurtful things. My husband was my champion! He has had locs for a while and wanted me to get them too, so when he saw that I cut my hair, he was super excited and supported me. My coworkers were more supportive than my family and friends which was completely opposite of what I thought would happen. I just knew that when I walked into work on Monday morning that I would get stares and questions, but no. Nothing but support from my work family.

What have you discovered about yourself and your hair since you've gone natural? Anything surprise you?

When I first did the big chop, my first discovery was that I could no longer hide behind my hair. It was gone and there was nothing that I could do about it. So, it helped to bring me out of my shell. I discovered a new confidence that had been hiding for so long. I felt amazing with my low hair cut and knew that it was the beginning of a new me. In the beginning, I was learning so much about my hair because I had been getting relaxers for so long that I didn't know my true texture. That's when I went online and notice that there was a huge natural hair community and gained so much knowledge and tips on how to care for and style my TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro). 

How did you get start blogging?

I started blogging because I wanted a platform to document my natural hair journey. I also thought that it would be a great way to share my experience with my family and friends so they could see that going natural is a beautiful journey. I also noticed that there were not a lot of blogs and vlogs with natural hair that had my same texture and I knew that I wasn't alone so being able to reach woman with a true 4C texture or very kinky coily hair was my mission. I had a great response because so many women had my texture and didn't know what or how to care for their hair and my blog spoke directly to them.  How long have you been natural?

What would you say to someone that is considering going natural?

I would tell them that it's been the best decision that I've made for my hair. In the 3 years since going natural, my hair is healthy, strong and hasn't been the length that it is since I was about 4 years old, which is when I started getting relaxers. Working with your natural hair is a process, but it's so rewarding because you will see health and growth, it's also better for your health wise because you are no longer putting chemicals in your hair. 

What are your hair goals for the next 6 months to year?

My goals are to keep my hair healthy by properly caring for my texture. I plan to trim within 6 months and use protective styling to keep my ends as healthy as possible. I'm all about healthy hair and not necessarily length. I think that if you care for your hair and focus on health, then the growth will come. 

Please tell us about your Ladies of Untamed?

The Untamed Hair Tour is a group of 8 women all with natural hair, but each with a different texture and experiences to share with the public. We each have our backgrounds that we bring to the table as well. The ladies range from Entrepreneurs, Chefs, Fashion Stylists, Marketing, film production, event planning and business. We host a range of events such as Natural Hair Demonstrations and meetups, styling workshops, business and marketing workshops/seminars, and event planning. Be sure to check us out at for tour updates!

What are your current goals for your blog?

My blog has evolved over the years to not only include natural hair, but we also talk about fashion within the plus size community as well as beauty tips. I want to continue to grow and reach audiences world wide. My blog will also be a platform to bring women together to give back to the community. 

I want to host a Naturally Curly Kinky Volunteer day, where women from across the globe will volunteer in their local area wearing the NCK Signature Tee (coming soon) and post pictures so we can encourage everyone to give back to your local community. If we all did something to give back, can you imagine the difference we could make?    

I also plan to use the blog to promote local Natural Hair meetups in the Los Angeles area to bring all of these local naturals together. Since I've entered the fashion blog world, I'm planning to travel and cover fashion events across the globe. I have big dreams for Naturally Curly Kinky and I try to take a step closer to fulfilling those dreams each and everyday.

Where can we connect with you online?

You can find me all over the social media scene, check me out at: 


Thank you to Jana'e for taking the time to interview with us. If you have any questions or comments for her please leave them in the comments below.

I met this week's interviewee, Ms. JGray by attending one of her Curly Cartel events. Besides being very nice she has a great head of hair so I had to interview her about her natural hair journey.

How long have you been natural?

My story is a bit different from the rest. I have always been natural. I've never had a perm or any major heat damage. I just never knew, or better yet understood the beauty in my natural hair so I covered it up with society…aka a weave.

What made you decide to go natural?

I woke up one day and just thought to myself that I wanted to think I was beautiful and not rely on someone else’s affirmations. I never was a fan of a weave but because the world said it made me beautiful I believed it. I guess I just grew into who I truly was.

Did you big chop or transition?

I transitioned. When I stopped pressing my hair and wearing a weave I would wear a high bun often. Every few weeks I would find myself trimming any pieces of my hair that did not curl. My hair is still uneven to this day, but when your hair is healthy it being uneven is the least of your concerns, lol.

What was your families’ / friend’s reaction to you going natural?

Surprisingly coming from a family of women who wears weaves everyone embraced and loved my hair in its natural state. A think every women in my family tried to wear their hair natural hair at some point during my journey. My boyfriend was huge support in my transition. He would remind me how beautiful I was everyday and would actually encourage me to rock my high bun during my transitioning period.

What have you discovered about yourself and your hair since you've gone natural? Anything surprise you?

I had no idea I carried so much of my grandmother’s (she is Creole) genes when it came to my hair. Although it’s much thicker than hers my curls are super defined and manageable. I can get away with a water bottle and coconut oil any day. I love my hair so much now that I understand it. I have grown so much as a women. It takes courage and high self esteem to love things about your self that the masses don’t like or agree with. It’s been 15 months on my journey and I believe I learn something new about who I am everyday.

What would you say to someone that is considering going natural?

Go for it….if and only if you are being true to who you are. This isn't the latest trend. 

What are your hair goals for the next 6 months to year?

Now that my hair is at the healthiest state I can remember it ever being in I am going to challenge my self to retain 3 inches of length in the next 6 months. I’ll be posting my results on social media.

We always seem to hear of natural hair events across the rest of the country but it seems events have been slow to come to CA. How do you feel the Los Angeles natural hair scene is progressing?

Yaaaas! This is so true and one of the main reason my co-founder and I created the Curly Cartel. I honestly believe when Hollywood fully accepts Naturals so will all of California. 

What is the concept behind the Curly Cartel and how did you come up with it?

The Curly Cartel was created as a body of empowerment to encourage women to embrace their natural beauty. We challenge women to let go of the societal norms, allowing them to focus on their uniqueness, embracing their individuality.  We are building a community to be a dynamic force in supporting, growing and celebrating a natural lifestyle.

What are your current goals for the Curly Cartel?

Aside from the illustrious events, I hope to add a 501 c3 sector to the organization and start a mentoring program for younger women who are struggling with self acceptance and self esteem. There are so many reasons and ways society tells our youth they aren't beautiful, I feel it’s time for someone to tell them the opposite.

Where can we connect with you online?

I can be reached on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MsJGray or my website I love to chat and connect so reach out! 

Thank you, Ms. JGray for the great interview! 
We're (meaning For the Love of Curls and Naturealessence) are back again with another giveaway to thank you, our subscribers for your loyal support! This giveaway will feature our Fall Favorites. I am loving a few things thus far for Fall and I wanted to share them with you so that you can enjoy them too.

My Fall favorites include shampoo, conditioner, hair milk and oil from the Eden Bodyworks Jojoba Monoi line and Blackberry Cotton Candy Artisan Soap, Honeyed Green Tea & Hibiscus Toning Moisturizer, Green Tea & Hibiscus Black Castor Oil, Hazelnut Latte Coffee Butter, Lavender Verbena Brightening Deodorant Creme from Cream and Coco.

Naturealessence Fall Favorites are bundled together and include:

Almond oil
 Rose Water


For wash day:

Aunt Jackies Knot on my watch
Obia Natural's Shampoo Bar
Tresemme Naturals conditioner

BONUS ROUND!!! We are also hosting a giveaway on Instagram. Find us: @naturealessence & @4theloveofcurls to enter :)

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This week's Interview with a Curly features makeup artist and YouTube vlogger, Ckey Beauty.

How long have you been natural? 

I have been natural for over 18 years, but I started my healthy hair journey in September of 2011

What made you decide to go natural?

 I started my journey because I noticed how damaged my hair was from lack of maintenance especially during the time I wore weaves.

Did you big chop or transition? 

I transitioned, I never did the big chop

What was your families’ / friend’s reaction to you going natural? 

When I decided to no longer wear weaves and stay away from the flat iron so much, they most definitely doubted my commitment. I also received comments such as “ you look more glamorous and luxurious with your weaves, I have to get used to this”.

How do you feel about shrinkage since you were used to long flowing hair for long?

I HATE shrinkage with a passion lol

What have you discovered about yourself and your hair since you've gone natural? Anything surprise you?

 I have discovered that my hair isn’t as bad and hard to manage as I thought it was. My curls have most definitely surprised me, I didn’t know they were in there lol.

How did you get started making YouTube videos? 

I watched YouTube for over a year before I decided to get in front of the camera. I realized I learned so much about my hair and makeup through trial and error, as well as watching others. Therefore, I wanted to help people like I was helped. I just wanted to give back.

What would you say to someone that is considering going natural? 

Go for it, you may fall in love with your hair, but be consistent and take time to learn your hair. Also, be prepared because your hair is just that YOUR HAIR not any one else’s, so it may respond to products differently and that’s ok 

What are your hair goals for the next 6 months to year? 

I would love to be full bsl (bra strap length)

When did you fall in love with makeup and how long have you been a makeup artist? 

I fell in love with makeup in 2008 and I have been a professional makeup artist since about 2010. I got tired of trying to find a makeup artist every time I needed my face beat lol. I started purchasing products, watching videos, and practicing on friends and family and there you have it!

What are your current goals for your channel / blog? 

The goal for my channel is to Encourage, Educate, Engage, and Empower women. I want women to know that they are beautiful. I love makeup of course, but I want to unlock the inner beauty of all I come in contact with.

Where can we connect with you online? 

YouTube - 
Facebook - 
Instagram - @ckey_beauty 
Twitter - @ckeybeauty

"I hope you enjoyed this interview as much as I did. If you have any questions for Ckey please comment below and be sure to check back every Friday for the next Interview with a Curly."

For the Love of Curls welcomes natural hair enthusiast and entrepreneur, Elisa M. Harry owner of the natural products company Curly Queen.

How long have you been natural?

Let’s see…it was the Spring of ’07 when I cut that big chopped, so almost seven years.  Wow!

What made you decide to go natural?

I had tried to embrace my curls for a year and a half, but I couldn't handle the shrinkage.  So I found this hair stylist on the internet that said she specialized in “healthy relaxers”.  I took my financial aid check and paid $275 in Beverly Hills and relapsed back to the creamy crack after being natural for about 5 years (I had been down this road before). 

My hair was super cute for about three months with plenty of hang time (whoop whoop!)… until it started to break off… again.

I had seen a sorority sister of mine with her hair natural and I literally could NOT stop staring at her.  It was sooooo beautiful to me.  After seeing her, I had been toying around with the idea and simply wearing my hair drenched in conditioner and moose to embrace my curls for about a week or two.  Then the incident happened….Lol.

I broke up with the guy I was dating and totally had a ‘Waiting to Exhale’ moment.  I was so upset over the breakup that I decided to chop everything off.  I came home from step practice and saw that I only had a few little strands that were giving my hair “length”.  I thought to myself, “WHAT IS THE POINT??” I was lying to myself to keep those little strands of straight hair just so that I wouldn’t look like a “chicken head”.  I was so upset and I couldn’t find a pair of scissors to save my life—so I used finger nail clippers!  I chopped it off, and never looked back….

Did you big chop or transition?

My last touch up with the “healthy relaxer” was in January of ’06, and I had my little bathroom incident with the fingernail clippers a little over a year later.  So I guess you could call it a transition…and then a big chop!

Spring ’07 The BIG CHOP!  Me literally in the bathroom

What was your families’ / friend’s reaction to you going natural?

My friends took to it much better than my family.  In college I totally embraced the “Pro-Blackness,” but my family is West Indian and they were not havin’ that!  Lol.  I hid my curls from them for about 2 years, and even then wore it straight most of the time they would see me.  I got a few crazy looks from my dad, sister, and my mother was like, “When are you gonna blow dry your hair???” 

See, my family is Dominican.  In Cali people really don’t know about it, but on the east coast the Dominican blowout is EVERYTHIG. Everyone says, “Oh you want your hair done, go to the Dominicans.”

December 18, 2010.  My first two-strand twists…ever!

And here are my sister’s comments

What have you discovered about yourself and your hair since you’ve gone natural? Anything surprise you?

First of all, what girl doesn’t grow up with something that they are self conscious about or some sort of body issue?  With natural hair, I learned that you just have to ROCK IT.  When I would go out in public at first, sometimes I would feel self conscious, or not wear my natural hair to certain events because I thought it might not be “appropriate”.  But how can being myself and wearing my hair in its natural state not be appropriate??? 

I learned that you’ve gotta rock that hair like it was your crown and let everyone know you are the queen (with two snaps).  Walk around like you are Beyoncé and kinks and curls are the new water. Honey, if you don’t know you better ask someone!

As far as my hair is concerned, I learned that it WILL GROW.  GROWING YOUR HAIR DOWN YOUR BACK IS POSSIBLE.  Take care of your hair like you would your Mercedes.  

2007 Shortly after my BIG CHOP.  Lesson I learned: When it dries, shrinkage WILL HAPPEN

2009 in DC at the Inauguration.  The first time my mom saw my hair “natural” 

Fresh out the shower just before my most recent cut

Feb 2013 CurlyQueen visits Bronner Bros in ATL

What would you say to someone that is considering going natural?

DO IT!!! (says the seasoned curly). No, it’s not going to e easy.  Yes, you will go through a lot of product.  Yes, there will be lots of trial and error.  Yes, there will be days when your hair looks a little kray-kray, but hey, no one will mess with you in line at the grocery store, right?

Most importantly, what works for someone else, may not work for you.  Like up with some other naturals for support and tips.  Oh yea, and YouTube is your new BFF!

2013, Shrinkage is still #thestruggle

What are your hair goals for the next 6 months to year?

I really want to go BLONDE! Let’s see if they have more fun…

Please tell us about your product line and how you developed it?

My father is a chef so there have always been all kinds of kitchen gadgets around my house growing up.  I studied Biology and BioChem in college.  I decided to put that degree to use to help my love for my hair and CurlyQueen was developed.  I got sick of paying what seemed like a car note on products that were not even all natural.  I said to myself, I can probably do this… and I did. 

The good thing about CurlyQueen is that it can be used on conjunction with other products, as mixing brands is almost a religion naturals live by.  

2010 O-Chem Lab.  This is not a game!

Who / What is CurlyQueen?

CurlyQueen was started in 2012 right here in Los Angeles.  Not only is it all natural hair products for the natural girl, but it’s also tutorials, hair accessories, T-shirts, and tips on over-all healthy living to be the best natural you.  Healthy hair starts with a healthy lifestyle.

What is used to make CurlyQueen products?

CurlyQueen products are made with 100% natural products and do not contain preservatives.  Ingredients include: 100% Natural Shea Butter, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 100% Organic Coconut Oil,  Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil,  Sweet Almond Oil Vitamin E and now Argan Oil.

Who can use CurlyQueen?

Anyone!!!  It’s all natural, so unless you are allergic to one of our ingredients, then you can use it. This is exactly why all of the hair products are also safe for your body.  Though you may not have “curly” hair, the products offer a great variety of benefits for keep your body moisturized and skin feeling soft.  Though we pride ourselves on giving tips to the girl who is ready to care for her natural hair, most of the tips for healthy hair and living can be applied to anyone.

I love your “99 problems but a perm ain’t one” t-shirt. What was behind that concept?

My friends and I would always make fun about having 99 Problems and ____ wasn’t one.  For me, a perm was it.  That’s something I don’t need to worry about ever again.

What are your current goals for your business?

I have seen the promised land…. and it is a spot on the shelves in Tar-gét!

Where can we connect with you online?


I will be at the Afrolicious Hair Affair Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center on November 10th.  I hope to see everyone there. ;-)

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