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Join NYT Best-Selling Author and Side-Eye Sorceress, Luvvie Ajayi, as she rants on all things pop culture and business. Her unique brand of loving judgement, hilarious shade and necessary truth-telling will keep you wanting more. Plus, her all-star guests stay dropping gems!
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In this episode of Rants and Randomness, Luvvie is having a conversation with Gabrielle Union - actress, activist, and author. She's been speaking out about injustice throughout her career, as a leader and advocate for inclusion in the Entertainment industry. She is also a champion of breast health and combating sexual violence. Gabrielle talks about being a Black woman in Hollywood – why those big hit movies early in her career didn’t change much for her career trajectory and what her experience as a judge on America’s Got Talent taught her about the projects she will choose going forward. Luvvie and Gabrielle also talk about what it’s like to be a parent and stepmom and how Gabrielle is crushing that role.You can follow Gabrielle on Twitter (@itsgabrielleu) and Instagram (@gabunion)Follow @Luvvie everywhere – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual!Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company
A white woman feels challenged or uncomfortable about something a Black person said or did. Instead of using her words, she cries. Instantly. No matter what the initial catalyst of the situation is, she ends up being appeased, pacified, and pampered.In this bonus episode of Rants and Randomness, Luvvie is revisiting a previously published piece that starts getting shared on social every time another Becky weaponizes her tears against a Black person.READ: About the Weary Weaponizing of White Women TearsFollow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness and follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company
In this episode of Rants and Randomness, we’ve got a little bit of a twist. Instead of Luvvie doing the interviewing, she’s the one begin interviewed. After being a guest on his Influential Personal Brand Summit and podcast, Luvvie wanted to share this interview from Brand Builders Group Co-Founder Rory Vaden. Rory and his team at Brand Builders Group specialize in helping people get clarity on their purpose and uncover their uniqueness so they can use that to serve the world. Luvvie is talking all about her 17 year journey as a writer and speaker and shares all the things she has learned with Rory and with you.If you want to take your personal brand to the next level, take Rory and his team up on their special offer for Rants listeners for a FREE brand strategy call. Visit freebrandcall.com/luvvie and get signed up for your free call to get clear on how to build more influence, impact and income.Follow @Luvvie everywhere – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual!Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company
In this episode of Rants and Randomness, we’re sharing an interview that was so good, it needed to stand on its own. Today, Luvvie is talking with Courtney A. Kemp. Courtney is a television writer and producer. In 2014, she created the Starz series, Power, the most-watched original series on Starz with millions of viewers. She was also a writer on shows like The Bernie Mac Show, The Good Wife, and Beauty and the Beast. Courtney is one of the most powerful women in television. In this conversation with Luvvie, Courtney dropped so many gems that this interview needs to stand alone. Be sure to listen and share.So, also check out our other standalone interviews that I've done on this podcast. Rich Dennis (Episode 20), Yvette Noel Shure (Episode 23), and Thasunda Brown Duckett (Episode 29).You can follow Courtney on Twitter (@courtneykemp) and Instagram (@courtneyakemp)Follow @Luvvie everywhere – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual!Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company
In this episode,, Luvvie is feeling good about learning on Instagram that one of her followers sharing that named her daughter after Luvvie. She rants about finding out that we are learning in the wake of COVID-19 that hand washing was not happening for far too many people, and gives a PSA to WASH YOUR HANDS. And since we need some good trash TV to watch right now, Luvvie is spotlighting Love is Blind on Netflix in case you need some can’t-look-away, bingeable TV while you're socially distancing. Luvvie’s guest this week is fashion designer, author, celebrity stylist and unicorn, June Ambrose.You can follow June on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@juneambrose)Follow @Luvvie everywhere – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual!Get a FREE audiobook on Audible, on us! CLICK HERE!Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company
In this episode of Rants and Randomness, Luvvie is feeling good about Renegade dance creator Jalaiah Harmon getting the props she deserves for creating the dance and is loving seeing her perform everywhere from the NBA All-Star Game to Ellen. She rants fighting the FOMO that pops up when we think we need to be on all the social media platforms. Luvvie is pointing her random spotlight on her favorite apple juice – Martinelli’s – because it’s the best and she loves it. (not sponsored – it’s just that good) And this week, she chats with Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx.You can follow Kim on Twitter (@KimFoxxforSA) and Instagram (@kim_foxx)Follow @Luvvie everywhere – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual!Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company
In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about Hair Love winning the Oscar for Short Animated Film and that Parasite was the first non-English language film to win Best Picture. She’s also feeling good about getting to write a piece in The New York Times. She rants about disinformation and how we're so quick to spread fake news and news that's not accurate or well thought out. And it’s critical to be aware of this in an election year. Meanwhile, Luvvie is spotlighting the Netflix documentary She Did That (featuring Luvvie and four other amazing Black women entrepreneurs). Finally, she chats with educator, organizer, NBC Contributor and writer, Brittany Packnett Cunningham.You can follow Brittany on Twitter and Instagram @MsPackyettiFollow @Luvvie everywhere – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual!Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company 
We forget that life is short. Until something reminds us that life has to be lived loudly and urgently. That waking up and starting a new day each morning is a privilege. And we need to treat each other better. On this bonus episode of Rants and Randomness, Luvvie walks through The Five Stages of Social Media Grief when a celebrity dies. There are so many ways we can do better in this space and this episode is here to start a conversation around how we can do better.READ: The Stages of Social Media Grief of Celebrity DeathsFollow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness and follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company
Good group trips don’t just happen. They're planned. And Luvvie is adept at planning trips from 3 people to 30.In this BONUS episode of Rants & Randomness, Luvvie is partnering with Airbnb and breaking down the do's, the don'ts and the crucial things you must remember to plan an amazing group trip with friends or family, where people don't end up hating each other.(And when you've got that trip planned and you're ready to start packing, check out Luvvie's Travel Essentials page to get the full list of her travel must-haves from our previous bonus episode).Read: 10 Airbnbs Luvvie Ajayi Jones is Loving, Not JudgingFollow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness and follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company
In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about the holiday season finally being here! She rants about the over-glorification of homeownership and the pressures we put on ourselves to buy. She speaks of the benefits of renting and how we can all afford to take a second look at our finances to see the options that work best. Meanwhile, Luvvie is spotlighting Humans of New York. Finally, she chats with influencer, public speaker, media personality and entrepreneur, Tai Beauchamp.You can follow Tai (@taibeau) on Twitter and Instagram.Follow @Luvvie everywhere – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual!Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company
In this episode, Luvvie is feeling good about her second book deal, The Fear-Fighter Manual! In this follow up to her first book, I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual, Luvvie will tackle fear and expose the life limiting havoc this emotion can inflict on our lives when it goes unchecked. She rants about how oversaturated the TV streaming services market is, Disney+ being the latest culprit. Luvvie gives a special shout out to Lit Brooklyn, one of her fave candle companies. And, she steps into a fascinating conversation with Jessamyn Stanley, Author, Activist and Founder of The Underbelly Yoga. Jessamyn’s classes provide a body positive approach to yoga, encouraging her to students to ask, “How do I feel?” rather than “How do I look?”You can follow Jessamyn Stanley on Twitter and Instagram! And, learn more about her industry disrupting fitness app, The Underbelly Yoga.Follow @Luvvie everywhere – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual!Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions! Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company
In this episode, Luvvie is feeling great about being the cover girl for Munaluchi Bride Magazine’s fall 2019 issue. She rants about tantrum-throwing adult-toddlers that feel the need to announce when they “officially unfollow” someone. And she spotlights the Podcasting 101 video series she’s hosting with Sean Rameswaram, in partnership with Google and PRX. She then dives into an amazing conversation with Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche, award-winning teacher of financial education and founder of The Live Richer Academy. Tiffany’s work in empowering women to lead financially healthy lives is game-changing.Follow Tiffany on Twitter and Instagram (@thebudgetnista)! Check out her Live Richer Academy, and The Budgetnista website!This episode is brought to you by Queen & Slim, a film by Lena Waithe and Melina Matsoukas. In theaters everywhere on Nov. 27!Follow @Luvvie everywhere – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Check out her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual!Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness. Also, follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter! Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback or questions!Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company
Luvvie is back and is now a wife! In this episode, she talks about how she married her favorite person, in two ceremonies in one day. It was a whole production, and in this episode, she answers questions people have about how she and Mr. Jones were able to pull all that off. Her guest is the wedding planner extraordinaire, Akeshi Akinseye, CEO and Creative Director of Kesh Events. The two take a deep dive into the process, discussing budget, realistic planning and how Akeshi makes magic happen, like she did for the #LuvvJones wedding.Follow Akeshi and the Kesh Events team on Instagram (@KeshEvents) to keep up with their work!Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness and follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with feedback and questions!Recorded at: Chicago Recording CompanyWedding Vendor ListPlanning/décor/design: @keshevents | Cinematography: @yameanstudios | Photography: @keshalambert | Bridal stylists: @segungele @andrea_pittercampbell | Groom’s escort/stylists: @ijaysanchez @ldellyoung | Bride and Groom’s traditional clothes: @bimmms24 | Bride’s gown: @pantorabridal | Groom’s tux: @garconcouture | Reception dress: @topefnr | Makeup: @jazzemakeup | Bride’s hairstyling: @lovingyourhair | Bride and Groom barber: @illustrious_cuts | Stationery: @bydamistudiosnyc | Music: @djbonsu | Bride’s entrance song: @cynthiaerivo | Saxophonist: @yinkasax | Violinist: @nktheviolinist | Gele: @omogeadumaradan | Alaga: @ceceliapeters_ | Jewelry: Priti Design Co. | Catering: @blackfoxceo @africanamobilekitchen | Yogurt: @sweetkiwiyogurt | Chocolates: @Phillipashley | Mambo sauce: @capitalcityco | Rental: @ellierosechicago | Roses: @tessacorp.roses | Venue: @moonlightstudioschicago
In this special tribute to the legend Toni Morrison, Luvvie explores the impact Ms. Morrison had on her as well as the life-changing effects the book Sula had on her as a young eighth-grader. Luvvie pays homage to the utter glory we share by being alive in a time where Ms. Morrison’s truth-telling gift elevates us all to do better. And so, Luvvie takes a moment to honor Toni Morrison: First of Her Name. Architect of Words. Acclaimed Author. Teller of Truths. Shifter of Culture. Netter of Nobel Prize. Writing Domino. Legendary Laureate.Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company
In this BONUS episode, Luvvie talks travel and fun with her 11 key essentials for pre-packing. With so many things to see, do, and discover, people can forget how to travel well. Whether you’re a seasoned globetrotter or a first time traveler, having a detailed travel packing list can make all the difference in preparing for your trip. As an avid traveler, Luvvie has optimized the routine of packing to a science and is ready to share the secrets to avoiding the worst-case scenarios.Take a look at Luvvie's Travel Essentials page to get the full list and names of her travel must-haves from the episode.Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness and follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company
In this exciting episode, Luvvie and former Teen Vogue Editor-in-chief, Elaine Welteroth herself are in conversation about her new memoir, More Than Enough. An instant New York Times bestseller, Elaine unpacks lessons from childhood and her journey to find herself and inspire the next generation. From growing up with interracial parents, to being in an on-again, off-again relationship and her strong-willed quest to land a magazine internship, Elaine drives the conversation on race, humility and transformation.Follow Elaine Welteroth (@elainewelteroth) on Instagram and Twitter to keep up with her story!Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company
In this special episode, Luvvie has a candid conversation with coach, facilitator, speaker and consultant, Jovian Zayne. Nothing shy of living a purpose driven life for herself, Jovian shares childhood stories of holding spaces for others even at times when it was not convenient. A recognized thought leader, Jovian shares with Luvvie the things that have driven her to inspire people of all generations to celebrate and active the power of their purpose.Follow Jovian Zayne (@Jovianzayne) on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin to follow her story!Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.Have you joined LuvvNation? It’s a safe space in a dumpster fire of a world. In this digital Wakanda, the boldest, most awesome community on the interwebs support each other, give loving side-eyes and are generally just amazing! When social media is not doing its best, LuvvNation is where you can go exhale!And check-out Luvvie’s eSchool, The Do-Better Academy. It’s where she will be sharing actionable tips on how to level-up your professional life. Her first course, The Public Speaking Master Class just closed, but stay tuned for updates on other offerings. Sign-up now at Dobetteracademy.com!Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company
In this BONUS episode Luvvie reflects on the passport privilege of being a United States citizen. With it, she can travel to 185 countries without drama. Yet as a dual citizen who also holds a Nigerian passport, she knows first hand what it means to have a passport that gives way more challenges. Luvvie also shouts out the often terrifying, sad and just plain wrong tales from her digital community (known as LuvvNation) about the sacrifices and drama they have faced with getting visas or negotiating how the world will treat them with non-US passports. This episode is a must-listen for anyone who travels or is impacted by travel.Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness or post at the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questions!Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company
New York Times best-selling author, writer, podcaster and speaker Luvvie Ajayi** announces the launch of her eSchool, The Do-Better Academy (DBA). DBA will focus on teaching people how to thrive in business and career, through a series of courses with the mission of giving students actionable and concrete takeaways they can use to level up professional. Her first series, on Public Speaking launches May 29!You can get first dibs on doing better at an incredible price for the value. New topics and courses will be introduced and all courses include lifetime access and a private course-based community within Luvvie’s online social network, LuvvNation.Sign up for the waiting list at DoBetterAcademy.com.Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.Recorded at: Chicago Recording Company
In this episode, Luvvie and Academy Award winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter have a conversation about what it really takes to be the best in your field. Ruth shares stories about her grind, her grit and the glow up. Her work ethic and ability to be a good listener are just a few of the foundations of the career she built over the years that bought her home an Oscar for costume design in 2018 for the blockbuster, Black Panther.Follow Ruth E. Carter on Instagram (@therealruthecarter) and Twitter (@iamruthcarter).Follow @Luvvie everywhere on social – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Buy her New York Times best-selling book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual.Have thoughts about the episode? Share on social media using the hashtag #RantsandRandomness and follow the official podcast Twitter or Instagram accounts. Email LuvvieRants@gmail.com with thoughts and questionsRecorded at: Chicago Recording Company
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Evelyn Wande

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Feb 13th
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Loice Erambo

Enjoyed this!

Feb 9th
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Ejiro mary

Jes just spoke my mind about yoga!

Nov 26th
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Woody Collins

I loved this episode, Passport Privilege is Real.

Jun 29th
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Carmen Jones

Thasunda is on my new list of (s)heroes! She said so many wonderful things that I needed to hear.

May 20th
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Ellen OJ

When she said you rent your title and own your character....wooooo wheeee!!!! Also, just shared this ep and currency conversations with my village. #eachoneteachone

May 2nd
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Emme Dee

Wow, I never heard of her. Where have I been? Wonderful interview!! Inspirational!!

Feb 28th
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Emme Dee

Was confused on your use of the word "divest" when talking about Black owned brands. We want to invest these brands and divest in the ones that don't value us, right?

Feb 28th
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faith bwire

Am so inspired God bless love that Lisa Price was able to pace us from Kenya and I really love your show. Congratulations too you too on your engagement

Dec 24th
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Taide Argelia

WOW! You hit a cord with me when you mentioned "information hording." I don't understand WHY people feel threatened, I believe, if they share information or refer another person to someone or something that will make the other person's life a bit easier. Sometimes I feel like they must think "I had it hard so I'm not gonna make it easier for any other person. They need to struggle just like me." You know what that attitude does for you? It isolates you because eventually no one will EVER want to deal with you. Sharing could have gotten more people talking about you. Plus, sharing information does not take a penny out if your pocket. There is more than enough room at the table for all of us because we serve an INFINITE SOURCE. Then again, your doubt and fear to share makes me question "who are you serving?" Hmm! Thanks, Luvvie, for being so open and forthcoming with your knowledge. God bless.

Oct 10th
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April Moyo

your thoughts on lacroix ... #facts

Sep 20th
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Rikki Millett

Loved this episode! Going to work on my morning routine.

Jul 1st
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Queen Ja Z - Jennifer Zapata

really good for all ages.

Jun 11th
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Queen Ja Z - Jennifer Zapata

I love this! As a 45y/o chicana, it is real. Made me me look at myself.I have always said that I have always call myself of a black girl trapped in a white girls body. I was blesses to be raised chicana around a black crowed that looks white. I am all things to all men or women.

Jun 11th
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Shawna-luve Looney

Great episode!

Jun 5th
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Christine Budell

I am so glad I am subscribed to your podcast. real talk, real emotions, real insight.

Apr 7th
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