Fabuliscious Review for Notorious: Biggie Smalls Bio-Pic Arrives on DVD- GO OUT AND GET IN DROVES EVERYONE! Represent!


  Notorious

 DVD Review by Kam Williams

 

 

            Christopher Wallace (1972-1997) aka Biggie Smalls aka Notorious B.I.G. was a Brooklyn-born gangsta’ rapper who passed away at just 24 years of age, a casualty of the infamous East Coast-West Coast turf war which first claimed the life of his primary rival Tupac Shakur (Anthony Mackie). Tupac had dissed Biggie by claiming in a song to have slept with his wife, fellow hip-hop star Faith Evans (Antonique Smith). Neither Biggie nor Tupac were exactly altar boys, with both boasting openly about their yay-long rap sheets.

But the bloody feud was much bigger than these two icons. On one side, you had L.A. producer Suge Knight (Sean Ringgold) and his stable of artists at Death Row Records; on the other, there were the upstarts from New York who Sean “Puffy” Combs (Derek Luke) had recently signed to his new label, Bad Boy. And although everybody knew that their crews were packing heat and hated each other, the murders went unsolved, probably because of the “no snitch” mindset adhered to by these thugs as a code of honor.  

  Unfortunately, Notorious sheds little light on the mystery of who killed Biggie and Tupac. Nonetheless, director George Tillman, Jr. has crafted a very absorbing, cradle to the grave bio-pic which does vividly recount exactly how a latchkey kid being raised by an immigrant single-mom (Angela Bassett) in the slums of Bed-Stuy could have overcome the odds only to be slain at the height of his fame in a seemingly senseless drive-by shooting in Hollywood.

Much credit for the success of the flick must go to Jamal Woolard who makes an impressive screen debut in the title role here. The talented rapper-turned-actor achieves no mean feat in fully humanizing a fatally-flawed figure who could’ve easily come off as a one-dimensional monster instead of a charmer. After all, except for the fact that he made it in the music business, there isn’t a lot about Biggie worth emulating.

Neither approving nor judging, Notorious simply presents the gluttonous Biggie in all his materialist glory, allowing the audience to decided what to make of his train wreck of a personal life. A relentlessly-unapologetic immorality play about a bona fide ghetto gangsta’ apt to entertain even Joe Six-Pack.  

 

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated R for nudity, drug use, graphic sexuality, ethnic slurs and pervasive profanity. 

Running time: 129 minutes

Studio: Fox Home Entertainment

3-Disc DVD Extras: Widescreen theatrical feature film, unrated director’s cut, Wolverine theatrical trailer, Valkyrie, S. Darko, The Wrestler, Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy, commentary by director George Tillman, Jr., screenwriters Reggie Rock Bythewood and Cheo Hodari Coker, and editor Dirk Westervelt, commentary by with Biggie’s mom Voletta Wallace, and his manager Wayne Barrow, Behind the Scenes: The Making of Notorious, I Got a Story to Tell: The Lyrics of Biggie Smalls,  Notorious Thugs: Casting the Film, Biggie Boot Camp, Anatomy of a B.I.G. Performance, Party & [Expletive] (never before seen footage), The B.I.G. Three-Sixty, Directing the Last Moments, It Happened Right Here, The Petersen Exit, The Shooting, The Impala, The Unfortunate Violent Act, The Window, 9 Deleted Scenes,  4 extended/alternate concerts, trailers from: Secret Life of Bees, Gospel Hill and Slumdog Millionaire, digital copy.

 

To see a trailer for Notorious, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDDv6pAbN_U

DISILGOLD.COM WEBSTORE WORLDWIDE BOOKSTORE MEDIA ADVISORY: Bertha M. Davis has published Knowing God Beyond Lifes Winter Season


Attention bookstores, with the surge of people now more than ever losing their homes, jobs and livelihood, along comes an inspirational author whose beautiful imagery of hope beyond  every day circumstances catapults the reader with spiritual uplift and is just the kind of book today’s reader will enjoy and give as a gift to loved ones. I highly suggest Bertha M. Davis new book, Knowing God Beyond Life’s Winter Season for review and stocking onto your bookstore shelves this spring and beyond. Ms. Davis’s work has been honorably selected to debut on the Disilgold Webstore at www.disilgold.com along with many fine works from authors heavily referred to the community from all genres and thus, a satisfying experience for shoppers. Disilgold.com presents the official worldwide release of Knowing God Beyond Life’s Winter Season. Please contact author directly for bookingm interviews, radio requests and to enhance your programming. Knowing God Beyond Life’s Winter Season is just one of Bertha M. Davis’ glorified works at www.Disilgold.com. Please visit for upcoming interview with one of our very popular authors since 2001. Enjoy.

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EDITORS:  For review copies or interview request, contact:

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Email Address:  gbbertha@att.net

 

 

 

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, – Local author Bertha M. Davis has published Knowing God Beyond Life’s Winter Season, a powerful, uplifting, and soul stirring book which inspires as much as it entertains.  Real life antidotes’ during the winter season of one’s life that will take you to the wilderness, where safety can be found in God.

            Bertha’s Rocky Mountain trials and her adaptation to spiritual independence can be seen through her personal testimonies, and the testimonies of men in the Bible.  Though her gripping and enduring experience is a unique one, Bertha faces many storms which are icons of the challenges we all face. The reader’s strength can be renewed, as God’s Holy Word comes alive that are found within the pages of this powerful book.

            The book powerful etches is ultimately a testament to every individual’s undying potential.  Through the waters, it will not overflow you, and through the fire, it will not burn you.  Know who you are in God and don’t be intimidated by the DEVIL anymore, but put on the whole armor of God, stand firm, as the fiery dots of Life’s Winter Season are being thrown to disassemble the Christian’s faith in God. 

            Knowing God Beyond Life’s Winter Season is now available in bookstores in the U.S., www.amazon.com, Ingram Distribution, or order from Author’s websites: www.berthabooks.com.

 

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WESLEY SNIPES TO INTRODUCE NEW SCI-FI FRANCHISE -Zulu Mech- 1 AT THE 2009 AFRICAN AMERICAN PAVILION AT BOOKEXPO AMERICA


WESLEY SNIPES TO INTRODUCE NEW SCI-FI FRANCHISE 

“Zulu Mech 1” AT THE 2009 AFRICAN AMERICAN PAVILION 

AT BOOKEXPO AMERICA

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New York, NY – , 2009 – “Zulu Mech 1”, a breakthrough African sci-fi adventure series co-produced by Wesley Snipes, will be unveiled on May 30th at The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America. The press conference is scheduled for 12:00 noon in the African American Pavilion Meeting Room 1C01-1C02 at the Jacob Javit Convention Center, New York City.

An innovative combination of animation, music, movie techniques and fine art paintings called a “Cinema Graphic Novel,” “Zulu Mech 1” is an adventure designed to promote literacy, hope and world peace.  Creators Mshindo I and Gregory Walker, aka “Brother G,” the award winning author of the “Shades Of Memnon” historical adventure series, will be on hand to introduce their epic, as will Snipes, star of the Blade movie trilogy, who serves as “Zulu Mech 1” co-producer and voice talent, also scheduled to appear is Jonathan Woods, animation director and music composer.

Then at 1:00 p.m., activities will shift to the African American Pavilion stage for a presentation entitled “African Legends Past And Future” that closes with a screening of the first “Zulu Mech 1” adventure. Upcoming episodes will soon be available on Apple Itunes.

I think “Zulu Mech 1″ is a grand adventure,” said Snipes. “Everybody knows I love sci-fi, I am always looking for a hot new property and I think I found it! If the fans liked the stuff we did on the Blade series, they are gonna love this. “Zulu Mech 1″, as written by Brother G and illustrated by the amazing Mshindo brings a fresh, untapped perspective to scifi. I think the world will be pleased. Our hope is to develop ZM1 into one of the hottest franchises around.”

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VIBE MAGAZINE SWAGGER JACKED MY CHRIS BROWN AND RIHANNA INFORMATION AND NOW MY LITERARY FASHION AND BEAUTY PUBLICATION AT WWW.DISILGOLD.COM


Who ever wrote that Chris Brown story, I got proof that you took information from an article I had released on my site word for word. Now where is my damn money for every word. I am the one who said that Chris Brown and Rihanna will cut a record and WRITE A BOOK TOGETHER. Going to get my twin Babe Charisse Worthington from my hot seller, TEKILA NIKA over at www.LiteraryDiva.com.

 Um,hum.. it’s okay… I’ll get you back and when I see your new publication THE MOST coming soon to newsstands, let’s see how many copies make it off the shelves! Dont let me have to give a booksigning in front of the stand so no one can buy your new fashion and beauty magazine you swagger jacking macker fackers.

 I’mma tell Mr. Quincey Jones what’s going on. Write your own stories. AND AR, ER IR, OR, AR your story on the hottest dances missed quite a few from back in the days. I didn’t see THE SMURF, and THE HEATHER, that’s right. They use to do a dance in tribute to me and I don’t know how it got called The HALLE BERRY! That is some foul nonsense. It’s alright VIBE. I am releasing DISILGOLD VIBE next week. U dun messed with the wrong DIVA! And finally, no one invented the moonwalk. It was created by the Hip Hop break dancers in the Big Park in Eastchester. It started with the Skate Key and folks dancing backwards and they decided to take off their skates and do the sliding motion backwards with socks late nights. The news spread, then it hit the clubs and some choreographers commercialized the dance in groundbreaking box office hit breakdancing  movies. I dont mind people getting credit for their work, btu don’t forget to give props to those project kids who invented a lot of stuff and never got credit.  The only reason why I didn’ return my VIBE issue with Rihanna is that the articles are very lengthy and I liek real long articles.  Keep the good work.

Get the flying tree out of here right now! Wait until you hear this news.


Silly man was yawning and a seed from a tree blew into his mouth with the wind. Of course, he swallowed it and don’t ask me why, but a few months later, he reported pains and a limp on his body. The story goes that he was xrayed and that bump was an actual tree with roots growing on a man’s lungs. I told you trees were humans. Poor things. Some folks just didn’t turn out like we humans. We should all be grateful that we aren’t human trees.  I mean look at your arms folks and fingers and legs and toes. You look like a tree. The stomp is your torso and the hair on your head were once  leaves.  I am just passing the information on. Don’t get TESTY with me!

U.S. Can’t Celebrate So fast. 3 More Ships attacked!


The ship that saved the captain on the ship that was hijacked by some pirates was on its way back to Kenya to unite the captain with his sailors, and three more ships at sea were attacked.  Now dig this, the Navy ship goes to help the ships out with the captain on board and they attack the Navy ship, lodge a rocket bomb in its engine base and shoot at it, but the U.S. attacks back. Oh my, hope the captain makes it home. Never traveling by sea on any boat. If the darn Navy ship can be attacked, just imagine a  crummy old cruise ship. There goes U.S. tourism unless they can guard the sea straight down a specific path as in be able to strike any ship that comes near that route meant for U.S. traveling some where down the line. I am being very specific because folks have to feel safe and if I don’t feel safe, no one in the world does.

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Shaun Robinson on OMG reflecting makings of her new book, Exactly As I Am- Celebrated Women Share Candid Advice with Todays Girls


I gotta to thank Shaun for inviting me to her personal myspace group where she talks about self-esteem and pride issues for teens. I think Shaun thinks I am a teen. Isn’t that cute. A few weeks ago, I got an invite from Random House for her Barnes and Noble Booksigning on a date I already had booked for an event, but  made sure to find out how all went and it looks like Shaun’s book is a hit and sure bet contendor for a NAACP IMAGE AWARD.    She’s doing her thing and I am recommending her book for everyone to read because for one, what other celebrated journalist is holding it down on tv for years without any controversy and just as beautiful as ever and secure in herself. Shaun is a true role model. Little girls will be inspired to go after their dreams with Shaun’s over all leadership. A classy lady is going to the top and is now a celebrated author.

Here is an article from OMG that I began reading:

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — She’s won an Emmy, written columns for popular magazines and of course, is the weekend co-host and a correspondent for Access Hollywood, but when Shaun Robinson sat down to write her first book, she decided to not pen her manuscript about the glitz and glamour of the entertainment world.

“People are asking me, ‘Is there any scandal in the book?'” Shaun explained to AccessHollywood.com about the curiosity surrounding “Exactly As I Am: Celebrated Women Share Candid Advice with Today’s Girls on What It Takes to Believe in Yourself,” out today on Ballantine Books. “And I said, ‘Nope, sorry, no scandal. That’s a book somebody else can write.”

VIEW THE PHOTOS: Shaun Robinson

Instead, after receiving questions from young women across the country who desperately want to be like their celebrity idols in television and film, Shaun decided to write a book offering self-esteem boosting words of wisdom from her own life and with the help of a host of celebrities.

“Girls today are so influenced by what they see on television and in magazines, film and media across the board and I began to realize how those images affect girls and how they feel about themselves,” Shaun explained. “That’s really nothing new, but I think the topic has taken on more of an urgency because there’s becoming more of an emphasis on looks. With all these messages of female empowerment, girls are still feeling incredibly, incredibly inadequate.”

To find out more about Shaun Robinson, visit her site at www.ShaunRobinson.com.

I’m Going to Cry, I am Going to Die!-Lil Kim on Dancing With the Stars


Persistence pays off. Lil Kim steals the number one spot in Dancing with the Stars. Lil Kim and her dance partner  scored a perfect ten across the board this week. She is sucha sweetie. She goes on national air, “I’m Going to Cry, I’m Going to Die!” Now that should be ona t-shirt as the ultimate form of expression. Her big sis, Queen Latifa was there to support. Well, that’s it for my  LITERARY DIVA rant and raving tonight. Congrats Lil Kim. Does anyone know when her next album comes out. Email Disilgold@aol.com

OH MY, MY,MY, JUST IN, JAMIE FOXX DISSOs MILEY CYRUS!


Looks like Jamie Foxx got caught up in paparazzi frenzy when asked what he felt about Miley Cyrus ruining Radio Head’s career on Sirrius Radio. He responded, “What, Miley is going to take Radio Head’s career.. go do some hero— like Brittney.”

 That equals a  big disso to Brit and Miley, America’s pop tarts. Miley handled the brash statement from Jamie Foxx hungry for attention for his new movie by simply stating, “If you don’t have anything to say, don’t say it at all!” Get him Miley. How dare Jamie be so rude to a minor, but it does give both of them publicity. After all, Miley Cyrus had better make all of the moneyshe can now while young because those baby boomer fans get fickle as soon as they wake up and find out their favorite teen idols are all grown up. I would let her father handle this matter. This controversy is not over. Jamie has put a big FOXX in his mouth. He is so great in movies and then he goes back to his bad biy ‘ole self in his music and when he opens his mouth.

You can take the hood rat out of Hollywood, but you can’t put him back in the ghetto. Ouch, that statement has got to be a blow to Miley’s self-esteem.-Heather Covington

Bo Obama is here!


Given as a gift by Senator Kennedy, Bo Obama got approval from Sasha and Malia today as the white house dog. Bo is a full breed Portuguese Yorkshire and amazingly all black with white paws. The dog has been trained to keep its feet of the president’s shoes. The president’s wife, Michelle, is already thinking about placing a fence around her tomatoes. Let’s see how long Bo lasts. He looks really active and like he’s ready to get into a lot of trouble.

The Resurrection of Me: A Spiritual Memoir by Tonya Blount Signing. COME OUT!


Please join us for a book reading and signing by VOW member Tonya Blount and author of “The Resurrection of Me: A Spiritual Memoir.” This event is for persons who identify as female: survivors, advocates, family and friends. “The Resurrection of Me: A Spiritual Memoir,” will be on sale at a cost of $14. A portion of the proceeds from the sell of each book will be donated to VOW to help support survivors as they continue to fight to improve the systems survivors and their children turn to for safety and justice.

www.TonyaBlount.com

The Guys are calling Steve Harvey a Traitor for Revealing Secrets to the Ladies


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What Men Really Think about Love

Relationships, Intimacy and Commitment

by Steve Harvey

Amistad/Harper Collins Publishers

Hardcover, $23.99

240 pages

ISBN: 978-0-06-172897-6

                         

Book Review by Kam Williams

 

“I want every woman who truly wants a solid relationship… to forget everything she’s been taught about men—erase the myths, the heresy, everything your mother told you, everything your girlfriends told you, all the advice you’ve read in magazines and seen on television—and find out here, in these pages, who men really are… If you’re tired of being played with, then I want you to use this book as a tool—to take each of the principles, rules, and tips in this no-nonsense guide and use them to anticipate a man’s game plan.

No matter how good you are to a man, no matter how good you are for him, until you understand what his makeup is, what drives him, what motivates him, and how he loves, you will be vulnerable to his deception and the games he plays. But with this book, you can get into a man’s mindset and understand him better, so that you can put into play your plans, your dreams, and your desires, and best of all, you can figure out if he’s planning to be with you or just playing with you.”

n      Excerpted from the Introduction (pages 6-7)

 

            Stand-up comic/sitcom star/TV show host/stage performer/movie

actor/radio DJ/producer Steve Harvey was already a true Renaissance Man before he recently added relationship advice guru to his bag of tricks. After its release in January of this year, his book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think about Love Relationships, Intimacy and Commitment skyrocketed to #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list, and still enjoys that lofty spot as we go to publication (see http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/19/books/bestseller/besthardadvice.html).

            Apparently, the secrets about men he reveals on the pages of this much-needed how-to-tome are resonating with frustrated females of every demographic. As a result, Steve is not only making the rounds of the top talk shows like Oprah and Ellen, but expanding his own entertainment empire as his eponymous, nationally-syndicated morning radio show enters new markets, most recently replacing Tom Joyner in Chicago.

            Let’s face it, Steve Harvey is a juggernaut who’s on quite a roll. And this critic is not at all surprised by this decvelopment, given that I’ve immensely enjoyed his last two stand-up DVDs and have also found the brother to be both hilarious and insightful every time I’ve had the opportunity to interview him.

As for the content of Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the title drops a big hint as to the sort of common sense advice inside. Still, every bit as important as the tough-love brand of relationship advice Steve has to share is his folksy, down-home tone which practically leaps off the pages in Technicolor, because he has convincingly translated his trademark charismatic anecdotal style to print despite the inherent limitations of the literary format.

But the big question remains: will the book deliver on its promise of helping you land Mr. Right? I’m not comfortable speculating about that, after all, I’m not a woman and thus not really a part of the target audience. That disclaimer aside, I’d say that he does have guys pegged, so his ideas at the very least are likely to prove valuable to impressionable young ladies who have been raised without a father figure in their lives, since Steve’s basic function here is to shed light on the difference between what men say and how they behave.

Traitor.

 

To see an excerpt of Steve Harvey on Oprah, visit:

http://www.oprah.com/media/20090312_tows_steve-harvey-video-2

Oh no, The Soloist is also playing at the movies on April 24th with my boy Jamie Foxx


 

Everyone knows I love Jamie Foxx. He is a fool if I’ve ever known one, but you can’t take away this man’s talent.  (Referring to his real talk in interviews lately on the radio for his  new album). My fav song is “Blame It.”  Have you been following the comedian who turned In Living Color  produced by the Wayan Brothers into a hit show. Don’t get me wrong, all of those Wayan brothers are hilarious including David Allen Grier who just couldn’t hit it off with the judges on Dancing With the Stars.  You would think that Jamie Foxx can’t do a serious movie like this one he’s starring in called The Soloist.

Now let me give you the scoop on The Soloist for those of you want to see a tear jerker. It is based on this mentally challenged man, Nathaniel Ayers (played by Jamie Foxx), who was homeless and had a split personality.

 This guy could be normal one minute and then flip on folks with a violent rage the next. His sister didn’t know what was wrong with him and folks just left him alone, but the man was gifted as in able to play the chello like no one’s business. So  Steve Lopez (played by Robert Downey, Jr.), and something like an angel, observes him on the streets of Skid Row one day playing his chello and earning money, and so he invites him to be an instructor to  major orchestra ensemble. Folks respect him and treat him like a king, but his split personality returns. The whole story is based on a true-to-life story and kind of reminds me of a modern day My Fair Lady, but from the perspective of a hopeless man given a chance to make something out of his life. I love movies like this where triumph conquers circumstances.

 I have to see Jamie in this movie and so I am checking out both Obssessed featuring Beyonce and Jamie Foxx in the Soloist on April 24th. I’ll be back to let you know who was a better actor and yes, we can compare a female’s acting ability to a man’s acting ability. Why the double standard? Either Jamie Foxx or Beyonce’ is winning Best Actor of the Year. Don’t forget Disilgold SOUL Magazine’s Annual YOUnity Reviewers Guild of America nominees loading soon for the Best Actor of the Year Award and loading soon.

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AreYouObssessed.com Website for new Beyonce’ Movie on April 24th in Theaters Everywhere!


For those of you who understand the importance of opening  day box office sales for movies, one day can make a difference from a hit or flop.  Jennifer Lopez bombed so many times at the Box Office it was a sheer travesty for a singer turned actres and why I am hoping this movie is a hot. That Bey is really working hard for her 80 million. I am sure I was watching a Nintendo commercial and the person playing on the game just like a little girl was Beyonce. Will someone call me and let me know if that was her or am I blind?

As popular as Beyonce’ is she has some swift competition at theaters on April 24th. Kids are going to see Hannah Montana over and over and over again . Obssessed is a grown folks movie, so it will be interesting to see how many young folks come out to support.  The website is www.Areyouobsessed.com. Mark your calendar. This may be Beyonce’s Oscar winning performance. Wouldn’t that be ironic? Her movies with her singing may not have earned the nod, but a movie with her real acting talent and no hype may just put Beyonce’  on the map as the next top grossing actress.  That acting is going to be top notch with all of the haters hating on Beyonce’ and her turning negativity into productivity.  If that was me on the set, that other actress would need stiches. Oh will this movie hurry up and arrive!  Can’t wait to see Bey kick some auzz in this movie. Way to go Bey. It’s about time.

Disilgold SOUL Magazine Candid Interview With New Movie Producer Morris Chestnut on www.disilgold.com


 

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Morris Chestnut Discussses Makings of  New Movie, Not Easily Broken  w/ Celebrity Interviewer Kam Williams

I remember Morris Chestnut in the movie, Boyz in the Hood, one of my favorite movies. I always said, Morris Chestnut would be an exceptional actor along the lines of Denzel Washington, Laurence Fishbourne and Westley Snipes, but it was a shocker to find out that he  produced the movie, “Not Easily Broken,” with an all star cast. Kam really gets candid with Morris Chestnut who we hardly hear anything about, but now you’ll find out why.I can respect Morris for this interview and will be looking out for the movie on BLU-RAY to further support this producer on the rise. I know producers are dissecting this interview right now and actors because it is quite interesting to get into the mind of an actor turned producer. You never know one’s potentional. People use to  tell Steven Spielberg to move over while riding the train and look at him today. All I can say is Morris Chestnut’s new movie is classy and for the title alone and cast, I am supporting it.”- Heather Covington- Editor-in-Chief of Disilgold SOUL Literary Review- www.disilgold.com.

 

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Born in Cerritos, California on New Year’s Day in 1969, Morris Chestnut was a student-athlete in high school but focused on finance and drama at California State University. Although he made his big screen debut in 1991 opposite Ice Cube in John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood, he really found his breakout role eight years later as the groom-to-be in Malcolm Lee’s The Best Man. Since then, the handsome hunk has been a staple of romance-themed, urban-oriented fare, appearing in such hits as The Brothers, Two Can Play That Game, Breakin’ All the Rules and The Perfect Holiday. Chestnut has also displayed his versatility by successfully crossing over into mainstream flicks, appearing in everything from Half Past Dead to Like Mike to Confidence to Ladder 94 to The Game Plan. A very private family man, Morris keeps a low profile in suburban L.A., where he lives with his wife, Pam, and their son and daughter. Here, he talks about both producing and performing in Not Easily Broken, a romance drama based on a novel by Bishop T.D. Jakes. The modern morality play which co-stars Oscar-nominee Taraji Henson is just being released on DVD after opening in theaters back in January.

MC: Hey, what’s up Kam?

KW: Thanks for the time, Morris. MC: No problem, man.

KW: How did you like my review of Not Easily Broken? I gave it four stars.

 MC: Thank you very much. I appreciate that.

KW: What interested you in making this movie?

MC: It was a couple of things. First of all, I’ve been married thirteen years now, so, I related to my character, Dave. I saw it as a great opportunity to have a platform, at this time in our society when a lot of people have money and marital problems, to make a statement that everything worth having takes some work. When people are courting, many of them think that when they get married, that’s it, and everything will be on Easy Street. But you really have to work even harder once you’re married, because the challenges are that much greater. Another part of my interest was the opportunity to step behind the camera to executive produce.

KW: Well, you made an excellent choice in terms of material, an adaptation of a morality play by Bishop T.D. Jakes which is both entertaining and has several worthwhile messages to deliver.

MC: That’s what we wanted, and Jakes would concur with everything I’m about to say about the picture. We wanted it to be entertaining, because if you’re not entertained, you won’t be engaged, and then you’ll miss the subtle messages. Jakes didn’t want folks watching it to feel like they were being preached to as if they were just getting a sermon. He wanted people to be entertained, and if they also get the messages, then the movie will have fully served its purpose.

KW: I thought it was innovative for this genre of film that the other woman [played by Maeve Quinlan] was white.

MC: Quite frankly, I have white, Asian and Hispanic friends in real life. And in the movie, we didn’t make it a big deal that she was white, just like it wasn’t a big deal that my best friend [played by Eddie Cibrian] was white, either. We tried to make it as seamless as possible.

 KW: Yes, the colorblind casting was handled very well, in a way which I think reflects changes in the culture.

 MC: The culture definitely has shifted

. KW: How was it working opposite Taraji Henson as your wife? This has certainly been a big year for her with the Oscar nomination for Benjamin Button.

MC: We were so excited for her when she got the nomination. But back when we cast her for this movie, we didn’t know what quality role she had in Brad Pitt’s movie. And that wouldn’t have made a difference anyway. We already knew that she was a very talented actress who just hadn’t been given the opportunity to play those roles yet. We knew that she could play a professional woman, although she had previously played mostly street-type characters. That was part of what was exciting about giving her the opportunity to play Clarice. And she ripped it.

KW: How about the rest of the cast?

MC: Once we had Taraji, we thought teaming her with Jenifer Lewis to play her mother would definitely enable the audience to empathize with what my character would be feeling. As far as casting Kevin Hart, I just called him. Kevin’s a friend of mine, and we’ve done a couple of things together in the past. The deal with Kevin is, you know you’re going to get something funny, you just don’t know what he’s going to pull out of his big bag of tricks. I actually also called Wood Harris on the phone, and asked him, “Hey man, can you come do this?” It was tough to get him, but we were glad we did, because he delivered a standout performance. Same with Eddie Cibrian. I called him and asked, “Can you do this with me?” It was challenging putting it all together and getting it done, but we feel very fortunate about the outcome.

KW: When I interview actresses, I ask them what actor they’d like to act opposite as a romantic lead, and your name comes up more than anybody’s.

MC: Oh really? That’s something. [Chuckles] KW: Who has been your favorite leading lady from your movies?

MC: Wow! Man, I can’t answer that. [Laughs] I couldn’t pick just one favorite. What I will say is this. Every leading that I’ve worked with has, for the most part, been professional. They came to work on time, knowing their lines, etcetera. Obviously, when you’re working with fine actresses, you’re going to have a few diva moments in there, but all of the women have come to work ready to go, so I’ve been fortunate to have had positive experiences across the board, pretty much. KW: So, what actresses that you haven’t worked with before would you like to have play your leading lady in the future?

MC: Wow, there are so many great actresses out there. I would love to do something with Angela Bassett. She’s so strong. Or Viola Davis. Her scene in Doubt was phenomenal. KW: You seem to be cast as an athlete in a lot of your movies. How do you keep in such great shape for that?

MC: You know what? I’m a weekend warrior. I try to come out and play sports and keep as active as I can.

KW: When did you first develop your interest in acting? MC: It goes back to high school. I wanted to win a scholarship to play football in college. But when that didn’t pan out, I figured I needed to find something else to do. I went to see a friend of mine in junior college who was in a play, and I thought that might be something I could get interested in. From there, I just started pursuing it.

KW: Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would?

MC: That’s a good question. I’m kind of a private person, and sometimes it’s like pulling teeth to get me to talk. I actually have to get myself up for these types of situations. So, no, there’s probably not one particular thing that I want people to know that I’m not being asked about.

 KW: The Columbus Short question: Are you happy?

MC: Am I happy in life? I think overall, yes, but I’m not satisfied. Obviously, I can’t complain. 99% of the people in the world would say there’s something that they’d like to change about their lives, because nothing’s perfect, and nobody’s perfect. I suppose I could look at the glass half-empty instead of as half-full. Would I like to do bigger budgeted movies, and have more diverse casts? The answer is yes. But by the same token, I have to feel grateful when I look at people who haven’t been as fortunate as I have been. So, there are always things I’d like to improve on, but at the end of the day, I can’t complain.

KW: The Tasha Smith question: Are you ever afraid?

 MC: [LOL] Yeah! Of course. Look at the economic situation right now, people have worked their entire lives to amass a nest egg, expecting to retire, only to have someone like Madoff swindle them out of their money, and suddenly they’ve lost it all and have to start over again. That let’s you know that anything can happen in life. So, yeah, I do get afraid.

KW: The bookworm Troy Johnson question: What was the last book you read?

MC: I’m not an avid reader, but the last book I read was How to Play Omaha Poker. I like to play poker, maybe a little too much, but I definitely enjoy it.

 KW: The music maven Heather Covington question: What music are you listening to nowadays?

MC: That depends. I’m an R&B and Hip-Hop type guy. When I work out, which I do at least four or five times a week, I love to get the latest Hip-Hop because it really pumps me up and inspires me to get that workout on.

KW: What was the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome?

MC: Ooh, my shyness. That’s something I have to overcome every time I audition for a job or even do an interview. I’m not really an outgoing type person. My friends are always telling me I have to get out of the house more. Just doing an interview with you takes a lot out of me.

KW: The Rudy Lewis question: Who’s at the top of your hero list?

MC: My parents, Shirley and Morris Chestnut, Sr. As a child, I couldn’t really appreciate all the struggles and trials they had to go through in life, and the sacrifices they had to make while raising me. But now, as an adult and parent myself, I do. They’re at the top of my list, because they are the reason I am where I’m at today. I’m a product of their efforts.

KW: Where in L.A. did you grow up?

 MC: I was raised in Orange County, which is about 40 miles outside of Los Angeles.

KW: “Realtor to the Stars” Jimmy Bayan wants to know, where in L.A. you live now?

MC: I live in The Valley, which is about 20 miles away.

 KW: Teri Emerson would like to know when was the last time you had a good belly laugh?

MC: [Laughs] Last time I had a good belly laugh? When I was on the phone with my boys. Me and my friends have these conference calls at least three times a week where we talk mostly about sports and tease each other when your team loses. A lot of my buddies are a lot more creative than I am, and they come up with some very funny jokes.

KW: Who do you like in the NCAAs?

MC: Well, I’m a USC fan, but we were one and done. There are still some storylines I’m looking forward to. These rules violations by Connecticut are making it a little more interesting. I’ve always liked North Carolina because of their colors, that powder blue and white.

KW: The Laz Alonso question: Is there anything your fans can do to help you?

 MC: They can help me by continuing to support me. If I’m in a restaurant, and you see me eating and you want to come up, that’s cool. I get it, I understand, because I have fans who don’t miss a movie and can quote some of my characters’ lines. I appreciate that.

KW: Thanks again for the interview, Morris, and best of luck with all your endeavors.

MC: Thank you.

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WWW.DISILGOLD.COM- LITERARY EVENT ADVISORY: COUNTDOWN TO AFRICAN AMERICAN PAVILION AT BOOK BEA- MAY 29-31


Wesley Snipes Headlines The 2009 African American Pavilion at BookExpo America
Exhibit at the Largest Book Trade Show in the World, The 2009 African American Pavilion at BookExpo America at The Jacob Javits Convention Center, May 29-31, 2009, New York City
 hosted by HEATHER COVINGTON
Editor-in-Chief of Disilgold SOUL Magazine
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African American Pavilion at BEA

National (BlackNews.com) – Starring Wesley Snipes, Blade and the new film Zulu Mech 1; Zane, New York Times Bestselling Author; Sybil Wilkes, The Tom Joyner Show, Sybil’s Book Club (Live Interviews) in The Pavilion; The Tom Joyner Foundation, Thomas Joyner, Jr.; Mary B. Morrison, New York Times Bestselling Author; Omar Tyree, New York Times Bestselling Author; Brenda L. Thomas, Essence Bestselling Author; Carol Mackey, Black Expressions Book Club; Terrie Williams, Essence Bestselling Author; Wade and Cheryl Hudson, JUst Us Books; George Fraser; Max Rodriguez; Irene Smalls; Dante Lee, along with Brother G., The Shades of Memnon Book Series and Co-Creator of Zulu Mech 1; Mshindo Kuumba 1, Co-Creator of “Charles the Chef” and Co-Creator of Zulu Mech 1, Featuring Buffie The Body, Vixen Icon; Mildred Muhammad, Scared Silent-The DC Sniper; West Coast Biz, The Latin Temptress, The Divine Expressions Book Club, Beverly Johnson, Freedom Speaks Diaspora, Kevin Weeks, Dawayne Williams, Raji Cooler, Sherri Glover, Shayla Price, Robin Ayele.

 

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN PAVILION AT BEA MAY 29 – 31, 9AM – 5PM – EXHIBITORS, BOOKSIGNINGS & GIVEAWAYS SPONSORED BY: Amber Communications Group, Inc.; Amber Books; Adrienne Ingrum, LLC.; The Tom Joyner Foundation; Lift Every Voice Books; BlackNews.com / Diversity City Media, Inc.; QBR The Black Book Review / QBR.com; Disilgold.com and The Tushe Group BookExpo America, the largest book trade show in the world provides independent African American book publishers, self publishers, authors, African American imprints at major publishing houses, distributors, literary agents, publicists, librarians, and bookstore owners with exposure to more than 80,000 book buyers and booksellers from across the world. With over 25,000 BEA attendees crossing up and down the Pavilion aisles. There will be huge opportunities to learn, share, educate, buy, sell and network, and the African American Pavilion provides our exhibitors the lowest discounted booth prices at the BookExpo America. Now in its sixth year, the 5,500-square feet of joint exhibit space showcasing on the main exhibit floor/hall, African American books, authors, products and publishers, is the market place for thousands of African American publishing industry professionals. Influential exhibitors and book buyers form a community of unprecedented strength. “The African American Pavilion is a growing presence at BEA,” says Exhibitor, ZANE, Publisher, Strebor Books International, LLC/Simon and Schuster, National Best-Selling Author of several New York Times and Essence Best-Selling titles and the 2008 African American Pavilion Awardee, “The Distinctive Voice and Publisher Award”, “There will be great opportunities to learn, educate, sell, and network and it’s making African American history a vital, visable part of the 108-year history of BookExpo America/American Booksellers Association.” The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America was founded in 2004 by: Executive Director, Tony Rose, Amber Communications Group, Inc., Adrienne Ingrum, Adrienne Ingrum, L.L.C. and Niani Colom, Genesis Press.

 SEMINARS IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN MEETING ROOM #1C01/1C02

 Marcella Smith, Barnes & Noble, How To Get Your Books Into Barnes & Noble, May 29 – 10-11am
* Malaika Adero, Up South, Inc., Voices and Visions of New American Dreams, May 29 – 2-4pm;
* Yvonne Rose, Quality Press, How To Self Publish Your Book, May 30 – 11-12noon;
* Herbert Harris, LifeSkill Institute, Inc., Wealth Building In Trying Times, May 30 – 11-12noon;
* Darnell & Therez Smith, Marketing Your Website, May 29-12-1pm-May 31 – 10-11am
* Thomas Joyner, Jr.; Wil LaVeist; Neil Foote; The Tom Joyner Foundation,
How To Prepare For College, Presented by Tom Joyner, May 30 – 10-11am MORE TBA

 

 

 2007, 2008 and 2009 AFRICAN AMERICAN PAVILION EXHIBITORS INCLUDE: African American Books On Tour; Africa World Press/Red Sea Press; African American Literature Book Club (AALBC.com); African American Expressions; Afrikan World Book Distributors; Alight! New York Grit Books; Amber Communications Group Inc.; Amiaya Entertainment; AmmPublishing; Annie Busby; Aphesis Publishing; Arc Type Press; Around the Way Books; Asta Publications; Aya Press; Aspicomm Media; Avo Publishing; Austin Publishing/Kaden Publishing; Baby Daddy Publishing; Baker Publishing Group; Barry Nix; The Beckham Publications Group Inc.; Big Door Presentations and Publications; Big Time Studios; BIS Publications; Biz-E-Bee Publications; Blacast Entertainment/ Urbanbooksonline.com; Black Americans In Publishing; Black At Work.com; BlackBoard Entertainment Media Group; Black Issues Book Review; BlackListed, LLC.; Black Print Publishing; Brand Nu Words; Brooklyn Christian Center; BroSis Publishing; Brown Erotic Publishing; Career Voices; C&B Books Distribution; Chocolate Angel Publishing; Chocolate Pages; Creative Wisdom Books; Christian Nations Center; Connie Leon; Color Bridge, LLC; Cultured Expressions; Delores Quinerly Press; Destiny Publishing; Disilgold Soul Publishing; Diversity City Media, Inc.; Divine Expressions Book Club; Emida International Publishing; Eugene LaCorbiniere; Every Generation Media, LTD; Expressions of Love Publishing; firebrandpublishing; First Black Autos-The Story of Charles C.R. Patterson; FYOS; Gary Braxton; Genesis Press; GhettoHeat; G reen Olive Tree Publishing; GS Publishing Group; Gumbo For The Soul Publications; Harobed House: Hilton Publishing; Imperious Publishing; In and Out the Dugout; In the Note of C; Irene Smalls; It’s Time For Bed; Jewels Publishing; Just Like Me Books; Just Sisters Publications; Just Us Books, Inc.; Kaden Publishing; Kandour Publishing; Ken Hudson & Associates; Kidding Around Entertainment; K Harris Publishing, Inc.; Kija Entertainment; Kingdom Kids Clubs; Kinship Press; Kymber Jae Publishing; Late Bloomer; Lefall and Company; Le’Femme Fatale Productions; Lift Every Voice Books; Lighted Mansions; Literally Speaking Press; Literamed Publications; L.T. Publishing; Mad Parent Publishing; M&E Abrams Publications; Maria Falconer; Mahogany Star Publishing; Melodrama Publishing; Mind Candy; MomoWilly, Inc.; Mirror-Gibbs Publishing; Mosaicbooks.com; Ms. Gail’s Books; Naphtali Books; Nay-jay Publishing; Nefrawerks Diversified; Nega Fulo Books; Nile Publishing; Nunes Productions; Outskirts Press; Papa Lemon; Papyrus Publishing; Pathway Publishing; Paul L. Woodring; Parker Publishing; People Skills International; Pond View Press; Power Play Books/Life Changing Books; Prodigal Son Ministries; Publishing Associates; Q-Boro Books; QBR The Black Book Review/Harlem Book Fair; Quick Qwest Publications; Relentless Content, LLC; RJ Publications; Renaissance Media Sales & Distribution; River Maverick Publishing; Ruby Burke; S.E.L.F. Publishing; Seker Nefer Press; Shawn Ryan; Sheryl Walker Press; Silver Maple Publications; Strebor Books International; Sun Cycle Publishing; Tate Publishing; The Cartel Publications; The Elevator Group; The Healing Tree; The Pilgram Press; The Street Life Series by Kevin Weeks; The Tom Joyner Foundation; Third World Press; Triple Crown Publications; 22nd Century Press; Urban Ministries; Urban Touch Entertainment; White Men Can’t Hump; Wisdom Books, Inc.; Who’s Who Publishing; W. James Richardson; Walk Worthy Press; Writing for the Lord Ministries; Written Magazine. More TBA FOR EXHIBITING INFORMATION CONTACT: AMBERBK@AOL.COM – 520-568-6692 http://www.AMBERBOOKS.com http://www.AFRICANAMERICANPAVILION.com CONTACT: Tony Rose 520-568-6692 amberbk@aol.com

Guess who is the highest paid female celebrity? Unscramble these letters – yonceBe


 

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WOW! Heather texted the base with this long auzz message via several texts so we’re posting it as instructed….Heather is in her studio doing some kind of instructional video about Disilgold.com that she mentions she’s releasing by 12 midnight tonight. Oh, and you are probably wondering who are the members of DisilgoldSOUL staff. We are pretty mysterious and love it.

We know is it hard to believe that Beyonce’ almost made as much as  her hubby Jay Z, whose HIP HOP albums folks are now starting to realize are a work of art worth collecting so these stats maychange. For now, Beyonce’ steals the top spot with back to back albums that rule among the female R&B artists. You just can’t compare Beyonce lyrically and vocally to any female artist out there.  Her work is universal and sound timeless. How do you know this? The Kids know who Beyonce is and that’s what counts! Congrats to Beyonce.’ And it is true, we were told at the B-Day Bash years ago by her own team that she would pose for DisilgoldSOUL Magazine first before any of the other media got pics like ET, Insider, VH1 and MTV. She gave a black media girl a break and I haven’t stopped talking about this since. Beyonce’ not only posed once, but three times and got her copy of Literary Divas before we all headed inside the event at the 40/40 club. It just shows that celebrities are very conscious about suppporting up and coming media. Now look at Disilgold. And I can’t thank Beyonce’s team enough for helpingme out during my YGA Multi-Industry live award show with a ton of celebs. The security from her team really helped create a safe and professional event.  They even guarded me while doing a controversial signing of my poetry book, PerSOULnalities: Poems For Every Kind of Man which wound up with a man trying to attack me for my comments about some men.  The crazy guy took my book of poems and analytical essays very personal. I signed with photographer Bea Joyner who is the author of  Don’t Need No Soaps, My Life is Soap Enough. I had no idea she would go on to create celebrity photogalleries. My signed autograph and copy of Literary Divas is in her Hall of Fame Exhibit celebrating people of excellence among folks I adore like Susan L Taylor. As a result of that signing, I was asked to come back and sign with this guy called Dr. Ian Smith and I was like who is this doctor. I respectfully declined because I got a controversial book and just didn’t see the connection. A few months later, I found out who Dr. Ian Smith was. At the time he wrote The Blackbird Papers novel. So I am just shedding light on the history of Beyonce’ taking that pose for little DisilgoldSOUL magazine. Aw! I wish her 80 million more dollars. Post all of my texts. Thx.

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Steve Harveys Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man bestselling book encourages The Literary Diva to rerelease PerSOULnalities: Poems for Every Kind of Man


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by Disilgold Staff

When Heather Covington’s Disilgold SOUL Magazine team was personally invited to attend Steve Harvey’s premier launch party for his new morning show, she knew his show would take off. Here we had a King of Comedy converting his career to radio talk show host and as a result, the morning commute has never been the same for radio listeners.  She never forgot congratulating the debonair dressed Steve Harvey who sported his own fashion line of suits and even mentioning that he should write a comedy book. With all of the cameras and lights flashing from heavy media at the event, Heather wasn’t sure if Steve Harvey heard Heather Covington’s suggestion, but what is evident is that several years later Steve Harvey is America’s new Relationship Guru of America  and he’s funnier than ever with his stomach turning advice women are taking seriously. After all, he’s with a third wife, so she must be what today’s man is looking for and  who every women can learn from, since the worth of a woman is the man she can keep by her side these days.

A lady who gains inspiration from mentors in literature she announced that her past book, PerSOULnalities: Poems For Every Kind of Man from 2003 would make a comeback in 2009 in a big way bringing rise to the first Poetical Handbook of Bad Boy personalities women  should be forewarned. The book  may share parallel themes evidenced in Steve Harvey’s new book, but from a female perspective which could open up a debate on issues.  Heather Covington  believes that a relationship guru is only as effective as his ability to face his female counterparts on issues as he discusses. Heather adores Steve Harvey’s new books, but says nothing is wrong with today’s woman in relationships, but its today’s man who needs to own up to his personalities and realize that not every woman is going to accept their most menacing caricature traits that tend to make up excuses for why  some ladies can’t find truly good men.

Her quest is to expose the ideals of  today’s men as authors like Steve warns women about, but pay tribute to those traits that bring these bad boys to life who have literally gotten off of the hook, but not anymore now that Heather Covington plans to release her video diaries on the most controversial relationship issues on her author site at www.Literarydiva.com. Readers can get a headstart on issues underway by reading the first poetical relationship handbook guide to today’s bad boys by Heather Covington. Who is ready to talk on real issues one-to-one with the most controversial voice in poetry now exposed?

Stay tuned for Heather Covington’s counteract battle punches on steve’s eloquent relationship advice to women, but this time for the men! JUST IN: Heather Covington’s self-hep poetical handbook sales are up just from this article posting over at www.BronxPoetryDiva.com, the direct store site Heather Covington promotes while on tour and relatively easy to find. Her shocking handboook is also, available at www.DisilgoldBooks.com and your favorite online bookstores.

Just some controversial issues Heather addresses in her poetry and essay handbook are arriving on her official author site video diaries at www.LiteraryDiva.com.

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Disilgold.com Slum Dog Millionaire Review: This Years Best Picture Oscar Winner Out on DVD


Slumdog Millionaire

 DVD Review by Kam Williams

 

 

 

Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) was just one correct answer away from winning 20 million rupees on India’s version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” when the police decided to question him about his extraordinary string of luck. After all, no one ever lasted this long on the TV game show before, and the producers doubted that this dirt-poor, uneducated orphan from the teeming slums of Mumbai could have achieved his unlikely feat without cheating.

Therefore, the night before his return for his final appearance on the program, they arrange for the authorities to drag the innocent 18 year-old down to the station for a little Abu Ghraib-level interrogation away from the public eye. But despite being tortured by a couple of sadistic cops (Irfan Khan and Saurabh Shukla), Jamal matter-of-factly explains exactly how he came to acquire the answers to such seemingly obscure trivia questions.

For, all the unfortunate lad has to share is his sorrowful autobiography, an endless tale of woe which he reveals via a kaleidoscope of colorful flashbacks. Surprisingly, it turns out that he’s actually less concerned with taking home the grand prize than with using his TV publicity as a means of finding his long-lost love, Latika (Freida Pinto), a fellow street urchin and fan of the popular quiz show.

This is the engaging premise of Slumdog Millionaire, the independent flick from India which swept this year’s Academy Awards, garnering eight Oscars in all, including Best Picture. Credit co-directors Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan for cleverly interweaving the three non-simultaneous strands of Jamal’s life story into an absorbing, genre-defying romantic thriller.

Will the industrious protagonist die behind bars while being interrogated or will he give the right answer to that final question, win the loot and be reunited with his sweetheart? A dizzying and delightful spectacle well worth the investment for the kaleidoscope of colors from the Subcontinent alone.   

 

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated R for violence, profanity and disturbing images.  

In English and Hindi with subtitles.

Running time: 120 minutes

Studio: Fox Home Entertainment

DVD Extras: A dozen deleted scenes, two commentaries, “The Making of” documentary, and a music video of the Oscar-winning song “Jai Ho.”

 

To see a trailer of Slumdog Millionaire, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIzbwV7on6Q

 

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