Alfonso Ribeiro Injury Update: Will He Moonwalk Like Michael Jackson For ‘DWTS’ Final?

Sources: Inquisiter | Edited By – All Things Michael

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Alfonso Ribeiro’s huge fan base breathed a sigh of relief when he managed to dance through the pain during last week’s episode of Dancing with the Stars, but now they’re probably wondering how his injured back has been holding up since then.

Luckily, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star didn’t aggravate his injury too much. Alfonso recently shared an Instagram message about his back, and it was accompanied by a photo that shows the actor practicing hard for one of his two final performances this week.

“Love this shot by @thecyberathlete of my tap dance for Monday night. My back is getting better. Thank god. @dancingabc”

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Alfonso Ribeiro’s tap routine could give him a slight edge over his competition for the DWTS final. As the Inquisitr previously reported, the creator of The Carlton played the “Tap Dance Kid” on Broadway when he was 13 years old. His past dance experience caused a minor controversy at the beginning of the season because some Dancing with the Stars fans believed that it gave him an unfair advantage. However, Ribeiro contends that he only took a few dance classes when he was younger, and people are incorrect when they label him a professional dancer.

According to Wetpaint, Alfonso Ribeiro is likely practicing tap dance for this week’s freestyle routine on Dancing with the Stars. The remaining four celebrity contestants and their pro partners will be able to pull out all the stops for their freestyle, and this includes “special effects, additional dancers and unexpected surprises.”

Judging from one of Witney Carson’s Instagram photos, it looks like she and Alfonso have enlisted the help of DWTS troupe members Henry Byalikov, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, and Lindsay Arnold. She also listed cut pro dancers Keo Motsepe and Emma Slater as part of Team Witfonso.

“Had these talented peeps in our rehearsal today for Mondays freestyle! We ❤️ you all @henrybyalikov@dance10jenna @lindsarnold @emmaslaterdance@keo_motsepe @sashafarber1 #TeamWitfonso #DWTS@dancingabc”

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Because Alfonso Ribeiro is revisiting his Broadway days by incorporating tap dance into his freestyle routine, perhaps he’ll also pay homage to another huge job he scored as a kid: his Pepsi commercial with Michael Jackson.

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Join UNICEF’s Children Without A Voice Campaign #EveryChildCounts

Sources: Examiner  - By Victoria Poller | Edited By – All Things Michael

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#IMAGINE is a UNICEF initiative uniting millions of people to raise awareness and funds for children’s rights globally.

In collaboration with David Guetta and Yoko Ono, we are bringing the world together to create the largest sing-along ever.

According to Geoff Herbert of syracuse.com, The #IMAGINE project aims to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and bring awareness to UNICEF and its mission. Supporters and participants are encouraged to donate to the organization’s programs for education, health care, clean water and emergency relief for children in more than 150 countries worldwide.

To participate, fans can download the TouchCast app (currently only available via Apple’s App Store). They then record themselves singing “Imagine” along with Lennon and others by tapping the red record button, along with a personal message imagining what a better world for children would be like.

Recordings can also be shared on social media with the hashtags #EVERYVOICECOUNTS and #IMAGINE. Guetta will then mix all the celebrity and individual recordings into a multi-lingual “world” version that will premiere on New Year’s Day in New York City’s Times Square.

Don Jazzy is scheduled to perform with: Idris Elba, Katy Perry, will.i.am, Courteney Cox, Angelique Kidjo and more at The Unicef Imagine Singalong to raise awareness for children’s rights and mark the 25th anniversary of the convention on the rights of the child. The Imagine Project, which also features actor Hugh Jackman and singer Nicole Scherzinger, is being supported by the late Beatles (John Lennon) star’s widow Yoko Ono.

Every voice counts. Especially yours. You’re not the only one. You’re part of an amazing group of like-minded people who believe that every child counts. In the days and weeks ahead, you’ll learn more about how UNICEF, together with caring people like you, is working to create a world fit for children. To find out how to sing along with John and create your own version of Imagine sign up below. We hope you’ll join us.

Sing with John and help UNICEF protect the rights of children.

DOWNLOAD the TouchCast app,

SING #IMAGINE with John Lennon,

SHARE with friends to be a part of the largest sing-along in history. #EVERYVOICECOUNTS

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Michael Jackson – Advocate And Global Ambassador For Children

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All Things Michael believes that the mission of the Imagine campaign falls in line with the vision of Michael Jackson, a long time advocate for children’s rights. In 1992, Michael founded the Heal the World Foundation to make the world aware of the rights and needs of all children around the world and also to help improve the world we live in, without violence and free of diseases.

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The organization built playgrounds, provided immunizations and funded scores of children’s causes around the world. It helped pay for a Hungarian boy’s lifesaving liver transplant and co-sponsored an airlift of more than 46 tons of relief supplies to war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1992.The organization built playgrounds, provided immunizations and funded scores of children’s causes around the world. It helped pay for a Hungarian boy’s lifesaving liver transplant and co-sponsored an airlift of more than 46 tons of relief supplies to war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1992.

Michael’s Heal L.A. project was established to help aid inner-city children after the Los Angeles riots in 1992. The program was intended not only for LA but for urban cities throughout the United States. Michael aid the program was inspired by President Clinton’s call for the nation to unite in recognition that “we must care for each other.”

In 2000, Michael Jackson launched his global initiative for children, ‘Heal The Kids.’

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“Heal the Kids is about making a difference and trying to help adults and parents realize that it is in our power to change the world that our children live in.”

The goal of ‘Heal The Kids’ was to help developing the relationship between parents and children. It educated parents on the importance of giving their children the love, support and devotion that they so badly need, to stop the cycle of neglect and improve the communication within families. It is also devoted to fostering programs that help all children gain the love, attention and quality time they need to prosper and flourish.

As we all know, Michael Jackson was a true humanitarian. He spent his entire life helping children and many others in need. He has visited hundreds of orphanages and hospitals all around the world during tours, to help children, bringing bring them smiles, love, gifts and happiness. His charity work throughout his lifetime has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World records for the ‘Most Charities Supported By A Pop Star.’ He still holds the record to this day.

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Michael Jackson’s Children Bills of Rights

“Children show me in their playful smiles the divine in everyone. These children are a reminder of the preciousness of all life, especially young lives untouched by hatred, prejudice, and greed. Now when the world is so confused and its problems so complicated, we need our children more than ever. The mission of Heal The World, my mission, is healing, pure and simple. To heal the world, we must start by healing our children. Being with them connects us to the deep wisdom of life. This simple goodness shines straight from their hearts. We have to heal our wounded planet. I wrote this song for everyone in our world in an effort to help bring global harmony.”Michael Jackson on ‘Heal The World’.

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Let’s us all continue in Michael’s memory to Heal the World, each and everyday. #makethatchange

Michael Jackson’s Past AMA Video Highlights

Sources: All Things Michael |Billboard – By Jason Lipshultz

There will never be another Michael Jackson. Both he and Whitney Houston hold the record for the most AMA wins in one night, with Michael winning first.

In 1984, the year of Thriller, he walked away with eight trophies, including the Merit Award. Michael was unbeatable. Overall, he’s won a total of 26 awards. See the full list detail below.

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Thriller – 1984

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‘We Are The World’ (1986)

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“It was a song, it was an idea, and it was a prayer that was heard around the world,” Diana Ross told the audience at the 1986 AMAs of “We Are The World,” the African famine relief charity single that was the result of a stunning collaborative effort between pop music’s biggest stars. After honoring Harry Belafonte with a special award of appreciation, a slew of the “World” performers, including Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen, came onstage for a once-in-a-lifetime performance. 

Bad – 1988 (Not in attendance)

Special Achievement Award – 1989

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International Artist Award and Dangerous – 1993

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Favorite male artist – 1996 (Not in attendance)

Artist of the Century – 2002

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Posthumous Awards – 2009

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Year Recipient Award Result
1980 Himself Favorite Male Artist (Soul/R&B) Won
Off the Wall Favorite Album (Soul/R&B) Won
Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough Favorite Single (Soul/R&B) Won
1981 Himself Favorite Male Artist (Soul/R&B) Won
Off the Wall Favorite Album (Soul/R&B) Won
1984 Himself Award of Merit Won
Himself Favorite Male Artist (Pop/Rock) Won
Himself Favorite Male Artist (Soul/R&B) Won
Thriller Favorite Album (Pop/Rock) Won
Thriller Favorite Album (Soul/R&B) Won
Billie Jean Favorite Single (Pop/Rock) Won
“Beat It” Favorite Video (Pop/Rock) Won
“Beat It” Favorite Video (Soul/R&B) Won
1986 Himself Award of Appreciation Won
We Are the World” (with Lionel Richie) Song of the Year Won
1988 Bad Favorite Single (Soul/R&B) Won
1989 Himself Special Achievement Award Won
1993 Himself International Artist Award Won
Dangerous Favorite Album (Pop/Rock) Won
Remember the Time Favorite Single (Soul/R&B) Won
1996 Himself Favorite Male Artist (Pop/Rock) Won
2002 Himself Artist of the Century Won
2009 Himself Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist Won
Himself Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist Won
Number Ones Favorite Pop/Rock Album Won
Number Ones Favorite Soul/R&B Album Won

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The 80 Greatest Moments In The Last 80 Years: The People And Events That Shaped Our World (MJ #49)

Sources: The British Council |Edited By – All Things Michael

Administrator’s Note: Michael Jackson is the only entertainer who made the list, which speaks highly of his impact in shaping our modern world.

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The British Council is celebrating its 80th anniversary

Originally called the ‘British Committee for Relations with Other Countries’, the British Council was founded in 1934. Our first overseas offices opened in 1938.

To mark 80 years of cultural relations, we have taken the opportunity to look back and consider significant changes that have taken place during the period of our organisation’s existence.

We asked a panel of 25 eminent scientists, technologists, academics, artists, writers, broadcasters and world leaders to choose their most significant moments of the past 80 years. We then asked 10,000 people around the world to vote to rank the final list.

The result? A list of 80 thought-provoking moments that provide a snapshot of trends, people and innovations that have shaped the world we live in today.

Discover the full list and join us in the debate: #80Moments

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The work and influence of the German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch, 1940-2009

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The artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapping the German parliament building (the Reichstag) in fabric in 1995

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The continuing influence throughout the 20th century of the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen

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Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot, first staged in 1953

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The influence of the New Wave (Nouvelle Vague) group of French filmmakers in the 1950s and 1960s

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The founding and lasting influence of Amnesty International

Now the world’s largest grass-roots human rights organisation with over three million members, Amnesty International exposes abuses around the world and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977.

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The work and influence of the American artist Andy Warhol, 1928-1987

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The achievements and influence of Norwegian athlete Grete Waitz, who won nine consecutive New York Marathons between 1978-88

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The protest song ‘We Shall Overcome’, popularised by the American folksinger Pete Seeger in 1963

An anthem of the African-American civil rights movement with strong emotional appeal and simple dignity, the song has been sung at rallies and protests worldwide.

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The work and influence of the artist Pablo Picasso,1881-1973

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The achievements and influence of the champion boxer Muhammad Ali, born 1942

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The development of the shipping container

Few items of vast importance are given as little attention as the shipping container. Yet a lot of the things we own and use — from the TV in the living room to fresh flowers on the table — have spent time in one. Find out how this humble box made it to number 69.

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The achievements of the Chinese basketball player Yao Ming

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The work and influence of the Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa,1910-1998

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The black American athlete Jesse Owens, who won 4 gold medals at the1936 Olympics in Berlin

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Discovery of the fossil ‘Australopithecus sediba’ in 2008 in South Africa – a human species thought to be 2 million years old

The six skeletons of Australopithecus sediba give clues to our earliest origins. Dated to two million years old, scientists say they are immediate ancestors of Homo Erectus, from which modern humans evolved.

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The adoption of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the international community

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The invention of the instant noodle, produced and first marketed in 1958

Dreamt up by Taiwan-born Momofuku Ando in Japan in 1958, the instant noodle created a cheap and speedy new food culture. In 2013, 105 billion packets were sold.

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Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition leader who became an international symbol of peaceful resistance in the face of oppression and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991

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The creation in 1970 of the Open University in the UK, the world’s first successful ‘distance teaching’ university

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The first successful cloning of a mammal from an adult sheep’s cell, in 1996

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George Orwell’s novel 1984, published in 1949

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The establishment of the Paralympic Games, first held in Rome in 1960

The second biggest sporting event in the world, the Paralympic Games inspire millions with the achievements of the world’s top disabled athletes.

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The designation of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, which began in 1972

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The growth of low-cost air travel

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The impact of South Africa winning the Rugby World Cup in 1995

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The Gulf War, 1990-91, following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait

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The influence of Walt Disney (1901-1966) on cinema and popular culture

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The move towards greater equality in many parts of the world for gay and lesbian people

The gay rights movement of the 1970s paved the way for anti discrimination efforts in the workplace, same-sex marriage, and a new era of gay visibility and pride. Even so, homosexuality remains illegal in many countries.

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The ‘Bretton Woods Agreement’ of 1944 which led to the creation of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the system of floating foreign exchange rates

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The Live Aid Concerts in 1985 and 2005 for famine relief and action against poverty

Held in London and Philadelphia in 1985, the Live Aid concert was the most ambitious international satellite television venture ever attempted. A global audience of 1.9 billion watched live and raised £150 million to relieve famine in Ethiopia.

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The influence of the life and music of the American singer Michael Jackson, 1958-2009

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The assassination of US President Kennedy in 1963

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The creation of Wikipedia in 2001

For many people, this online reference source is now synonymous with ‘encyclopaedia’. Lyn Robinson, from the Centre for Information Science at City University London, reflects on the impact of this internet phenomenon.

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The 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean which brought devastation to many countries in Southeast Asia and beyond

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The global popularity of football and the football World Cup

Football transcends national, cultural, religious and gender boundaries. More people watch the World Cup than any other sporting event: over one billion people watched the 2014 final between Germany and Argentina.

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The creation of the European Union and the process of integration which followed

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The Long March (October 1934-October 1935) which began the ascent to power of Mao Tse-Tung and the Chinese Communist Party

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The invention of the digital camera

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The invasion of Iraq in 2003 which deposed the government of Saddam Hussein

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China’s hosting of the 2008 Olympics

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The invention of the CT scanner, 1972

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The development of open source software and open licensing, where computer source code is made available to the public with relaxed or non-existent copyright restrictions

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The Cold War, from the 1940s to the 1990s

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The independence of countries that were colonies of European powers

The unravelling of empires and the creation of new countries forever altered the global balance of power. In 1946, the United Nations had 35 member states. By 1970, as former colonies achieved self-determination and joined as newly independent nations, there were 127.

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The invention of the laser in 1960 and its influence on technology

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The invention of the credit card in 1950

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The series of popular protests and uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, beginning in 2010, known as the ‘Arab Spring’

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The eradication of smallpox in 1980

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The emergence of HIV/ AIDS in the early 1980s

Since it was first identified in 1981, AIDS has caused some 36 million deaths, and a similar number live with HIV globally. The development of antiretroviral drugs has helped sufferers manage the condition, but not everyone can access them.

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The US civil rights movement, including Martin Luther King’s speech ‘I have a dream…’ of August 1963

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The influence and achievements of Mahatma Gandhi, who led India to independence and inspired civil rights movements across the world, 1869-1948

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The creation of the state of Israel, 1948

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The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, leading to the reunification of Germany in 1990

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The invention and widespread use of email

From spam to email etiquette, discover how email has changed the way we live our lives today.

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The development of nanotechnology

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The first public television service in 1936

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Space exploration including the achievements of Yuri Gagarin, the first person in space (1961) and the Apollo 11 moon landing (1969)

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Humans have dreamt of spaceflight since antiquity, but it wasn’t until the second half of the 20th century that technological advances allowed us to reach the final frontier.

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The invention of the birth control pill

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The discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA in 1953

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The work and influence of the physicist Albert Einstein, 1879-1955

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The development of nuclear energy

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The invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939, marking the beginning of World War Two (WWII)

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Deng Xiaoping and his ‘Open Door’ policy which from 1978 onwards started the economic transformation of China

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The Human Genome Project, completed in 2001, which mapped the genetic structure of the human body

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The development and widespread adoption of the mobile phone

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The Holocaust in Nazi occupied Europe

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Satellite technology and its impact on the way many people live globally

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The growth and influence of social media

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The spread of English as a global language

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The move towards greater equality for women in many parts of the world

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The invention of the atomic bomb and the explosion of atomic bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima (6 August 1945) and Nagasaki (9 August)

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The break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991

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The influence of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) on South African and international politics and society

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The rise in global awareness of the importance of environmental protection/conservation

The work of scientists and engagement of the wider public in the last 40 years have variously raised the issue of environmental degradation and the role of humans in causing it, putting pressure on political leaders to take collective action. No legally binding or universal agreement has yet transpired but the UN Convention of Climate Change in Paris in December 2015 represents another opportunity for world leaders to agree on action.

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The terrorist attacks of 11th September 2001 on New York (the World Trade Center) and Washington DC; and the emergence of terrorism as a major international phenomenon

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The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

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The widespread availability of home computers

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The discovery of a method of mass production of penicillin, 1943

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The invention of the World Wide Web

The fastest-growing communications medium of all time, the internet has changed the shape of modern life forever. We can connect with each other instantly, all over the world.

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Music And Television Superstars That Came From Boy Bands

Sources: Star Pulse – By Lucille Barilla | Edited By -All Things Michael

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Most boy bands follow a distinct formula. They are brought together by a rich music producer of sorts and taught to sing, dance synchronically and of course, use a multitude of hair products. After progressively releasing three popular albums, they need to “take a break” and soon, their break becomes a longstanding hiatus. Eventually they reunite for a big comeback show, but their fans have moved on and they disappear into the sunset again.

Very few music superstars are able to break out of the boy band mold and make it big in the world of music. A select few become music legends. These 9 music superstars that came from boy bands have been at the top of their game for longer than their bands were in existence. Who would have thought it?

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Michael Jackson (The Jackson 5)

The Jackson 5 signed with Motown Records in 1969 and performed as a group through the early 1980s. But the charismatic lead singer in the band, youngest brother Michael, found that his voice was being pushed further and further into the front. Motown’s producers began to use Michael separately from his brothers and by 1972 he was a full-fledged solo artist. From 1972 to 1975, Jackson released four solo efforts and continued producing brand new material until his death in 2009. He continued to perform sporadically with The Jacksons for many years, but his star would far overshadow theirs.

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Justin Timberlake (‘N Sync)

Known for years as the curly-haired cute one, Justin Timberlake helped bring ‘N Sync to worldwide greatness with his smooth, soulful voice and pin-up good looks. Timberlake was always the standout in the band, despite the charisma of the other members. So when the band took “a break” in 2001 after the release of their album “Celebrity,” Timberlake continued to keep busy in the music industry, releasing his first solo album “Justified” in 2002. The ‘N Sync break never ended and Timberlake continued to churn out new material. He also became a sought-after actor, featured in films like “Friends with Benefits” and “The Social Network.” He managed to reunite the band briefly in 2013 for a brief performance during the MTV Music Awards.

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Donny Osmond (The Osmonds)

Donny Osmond was originally just a keyboard player in the already established Osmond Brothers. The Osmond brothers were a hit on the Andy Williams show in the 1960s and the family sang barbershop quartet songs on the weekly series. Donny made his first television appearance at the age of three and was an instant smash. By the time he was 12, he was a certified teen idol. Throughout the 1970s, Donny Osmond was one of the most popular teenage stars. His fans are still as loyal today as they were 50 years earlier. Osmond continues to be active in show business, playing a long-running Las Vegas show with sister Marie.

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Paul McCartney (The Beatles)

While The Beatles were never really considered a boy band, they are perhaps the best known group of teen idols that ever lived. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were the quintessential teenage girl’s dreams. They were British, played music and were undeniably cute. But none were as cute and charming as Paul McCartney. After almost ten years together, The Beatles disbanded, but McCartney continued to churn out the hits beginning in 1971 with his newly formed band Wings. After Wings disbanded, McCartney embarked on a hugely successful solo career and to this day, still tours and puts out new material on almost a yearly basis.

 

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KING OF SOUND: The Man Who Recorded Michael Jackson (Bruce Swedien)

Sources: IndieGoGo | All Things Michael

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Bruce Swedien is the sound engineer best known for recording Michael Jackson. This is his story…

Who is The King of Sound?

Bruce Swedien is a legend in the music recording business. He has over 50 years experience recording many of the world’s greatest artists but he is best known for recording Michael Jackson’s hit albums including ‘Off the Wall’, ‘Thriller’ and ‘Bad’.  This film is his story – a story of music and love…

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The Story

“Early in my career I met a young dude at Universal Studios in Chicago by the name of Bruce Swedien, who seemed to share my excitement in creating recorded music that originated in our own imagination. We have been kindred spirits ever since” (Quincy Jones)

This documentary film is the story of the man who has been responsible for the sound of some of the greatest pop artists of the last 50 years – Bruce Swedien.

From Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole to Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, George Benson, Chaka Khan and more recently Jennifer Lopez – Bruce Swedien has been the man behind the legends. As America’s premier sound engineer, winner of 5 Grammys and nominated for 13, with a 30 year partnership with the illustrious music producer Quincy Jones, Bruce is the man that major recording artists turn to in pursuit of the distinctive sound that results in top-selling albums.

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It was Bruce, along with Quincy, who mixed and produced the biggest selling album of all time – Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

“I was really impressed at how prepared Michael was. I have never recorded Michael Jackson where he needed the lyric in front of him, it was always from memory. And another little funny thing about Michael – we always recorded in the dark…” (Bruce)

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Bruce was a mentor figure for Michael from the outset and mixed his first adult solo album – Off The Wall. Together they created the unique sound that became Michael’s trademark and ensured his place in pop history.

“Michael was the greatest, I don’t think we’ll ever see anyone like him.” (Bruce)

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Their relationship was not only professional, Bruce and his wife Bea were close to Michael throughout his career and became almost parental figures to him.

“When we met he was 17… he was so timid, he was afraid of his own shadow… he was just such an incredible guy, dear and sweet and the public should know that he was very special.” (Bea)

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“Michael used to call and talk to me about the music, then he would say ‘Is Bea home?’ – and he’d talk to her for two hours!” (Bruce)

Bruce, now 80 and still working with major artists, has been married to Bea for over 60 years and credits her as a fundamental factor in his success. Bea was always part of Bruce’s studio life becoming good friends with many of the musicians and singers. She’s encouraged and supported him since the early days when he first worked with Count Basie at Universal Studios in Chicago. Theirs is a timeless love story.

“She’s made my life what it is and made it possible for me to do what I’ve done.” (Bruce)

“We’ve just had such a lovely time together and it ain’t over yet!” (Bea)

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Bruce grew up an unassuming white, middle-class boy from Minnesota with strong Swedish roots. He began working in a recording studio at the age of 19 and fell in love with making music. His parents were both musicians and instilled in him a love of the art form from an early age. As a result of Bruce’s grounding in classical music, his career went from strength to strength. He soon went on to work with some of the coolest, most cutting-edge musicians and artists from the 1950s through to the present day.

In this film Bruce recounts a wealth of fascinating anecdotes about the seminal musicians he has worked with over the last 50 years. He presents us with a unique insider’s account of how some of the world’s most celebrated music tracks were created. There will be something for everyone to enjoy in Bruce’s unashamed musical trip down memory lane. From jazz and swing to disco, pop and R&B, Bruce’s stories will be illustrated with archive footage, photos and the songs that are the soundtrack to our lives.

We have exclusive access to film Bruce at work in his Florida recording studio. He’s still in hot demand to deliver that special Swedien sound!

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As well as our secured access to Bruce and his wife Bea, we are pursuing access to some the major artists and music professionals that Bruce has worked with.

This film will be a tribute to a remarkable man, his skill and his passion for music.

It’s also the story of how some of the most amazing tracks of all time were created.

It’s a film for fans of Michael Jackson, for fans of jazz, swing, disco, pop and R&B,

it’s a film for fans of music – everywhere.

“Music is the only true magic in life… I love making records… I have had a blessed life, definitely” (Bruce Swedien)

About Gareth Maynard

I am a film editor with numerous broadcast credits in the UK over my 25 year career. Most of my work is with the BBC and independent broadcasters and production companies. I have directed music promos and short documentaries; I have worked in feature film post production as a post production producer with credits on major theatrical releases. Alongside my film and TV work, I record music which is how I became interested in Bruce Swedien. Although I am based in the UK and the subject matter is very much American, the film will be of interest to anyone who loves pop music.

To move forward…

I have already invested a good deal of my own time and money into this project that I’m so passionate about. The funding I need to take this film further will help towards covering filming costs on the west coast of America, post-production costs and importantly licensing of music and archive material.

We have a range of interesting rewards from advance copies of the finished film through to producer status and being directly involved in shaping the final film.

Whether we achieve under or over our goal I intend to have this production completed by summer 2015. The more funds we can raise, the better the final production will look and the more of Bruce’s amazing colleagues and friends can be included.

Risks & Challenges

Bruce and Bea Swedien have welcomed me into their lives and became involved in this project idea with great enthusiasm. I have already filmed extensive interviews and B-roll footage with Bruce and Bea along with other famous friends such as Rod Temperton and Siedah Garrett.

There are a number of willing contributors to the film including some of Bruce’s closest colleagues, but pinning down busy people like Quincy Jones may not be simple. I will gather a small team allowing us to be flexible and mobile. We expect to resume filming in Spring 2015.

Licensing of materials including music, archive videos and photographs will take time and cost money. We are looking to making contact with Sony Music as they own the Michael Jackson catalogue. We will also approach the Jackson estate for their assistance. Bruce Swedien played a big part in Michael Jackson’s career so I am expecting his associates to be sympathetic to our requests.

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Songs Featuring ‘White’ In The Title

Sources: Star Pulse – By Brent Faulkner | Edited By – All Things Michael

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Sometimes one word provides common ground for numerous, unrelated songs. Yes it sounds crazy and probably is, but if the old genre-divided playlist has grown old, it’s time to shake things up. The possibilities that happen courtesy of a randomized playlist using one word as the inspiration is nothing short of magical.  Hence why this playlist, formed by songs featuring the word ‘white’ within their titles, is truly something… 

1) Michael Jackson, “Black or White” (Dangerous)

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Honestly, how can you leave ‘the king’ off of any list, particularly if he has a song that fits? “Black Or White” sits in first place, even if this is a noncompetitive playlist.  “Black Or White” was the sole #1 hit from Dangerous and is certainly one of Jackson’s beloved classics.  A standout lyrical moment –  “Don’t tell me you agree with me / when I saw you kicking dirt in my eye.”

2) Taylor Swift, “White Horse” (Fearless)

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Taylor Swift is a queen who rules the world – we all know this.  Before she began “shaking it off,” Ms. Swift embraced her failed relationships and the missteps involved throughout her songs.  On “White Horse,” Swift tells her former flame he has no shot with her anymore: “Try and catch me now…it’s too late to catch me now.”

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Michael Jackson’s Top Ten Career Highlights: A Look Back At The Amazing “King of Pop”

Sources: About Entertainment – By Ken Simmons | Edited By – All Things Michael

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Here is a list of Michael Jackson’s Top Ten Career Highlights

1. Jackson Five Debuts With Four Number One Hits 1970

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From the album Diana Ross Presents The Jackson Five,  the first single, “I Want You Back,” hit number one on theBillboard  Hot 100 in January 1970. The group’s next singles “ABC” and “The Love You Save” from their ABC  album also hit number one. The following single, “I’ll Be There” from The Third Album, continued their dominance at the top of the charts. The Jackson Five, with eleven-year-old Michael as their lead singer, became the first recording act to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with their first four singles.

2. “Motown 25-Yesterday, Today, Forever” 1983

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One of the most memorable performances of Michael Jackson’s legendary career took place on March 25, 1983 during the taping of the Motown 25-Yesterday,Today, Forever TV special at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. The program aired May 16, 1983 and was viewed by 47 million people.

After Michael performed with his brothers, he commanded the stage solo and electrified the audience. His performance of “Billie Jean,” featuring the debut of his signature dance move, the “moonwalk,” earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.

Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. said, “From the first beat of ‘Billie Jean,’ I was mesmerized, and when he did his iconic moonwalk, I was shocked. It was magic, Michael Jackson went into orbit, and never came down.”

3. Record Eight Grammy Awards February 28, 1984

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Thriller was released November 30, 1982 and became the best selling album in music history selling an estimated 65 million copies worldwide. The album earned Jackson seven Grammys and eight American Music Awards, including the Award of Merit.

He also won an additional Grammy in 1984 for Best Recording for Children, “Someone In The Dark” from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial storybook

Thriller topped the Billboard 200 chart for 37 weeks and was in the top 10 of the 200 for 80 consecutive weeks. It was the first album to contain seven Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles.

Jackson also starred in the fourteen-minute Thriller mini-movie that defined music videos.

Thriller was one of three Jackson albums produced by Quincy Jones. Off The Wall in 1979was the first album with four number one hits: “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” “Rock With You,” “She’s Out Of My Life” and the title tune. Bad in 1987 broke that record as the first album with five number one singles: “Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man In the Mirror,” “Dirty Diana,” and the title tune.

The Bad concert tour spanned 16 months, included 123 concerts witnessed by 4.4 million fans across 15 countries.

1984 GRAMMY AWARDS WON BY MICHAEL JACKSON:

1. Album of the Year-Thriller

2. Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male-”Thriller”

3. Record of the Year-”Beat It’

4. Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male-” Beat It”

5. Best Rhythm and Blues Song-”Billie Jean”

6. Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male-”Billie Jean”

7. Producer of the Year (with Quincy Jones)

8. Best Recording for Children-”Someone In The Dark”

4. Victory Tour 1984

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The Jacksons reunited for the “Victory” stadium tour in 1984 featuring 55 concerts enjoyed by two million people. It was the only tour featuring all six Jackson brothers– Michael, Jermaine, Marlon, Tito, Jackie, and Randy. The tour, which was the group’s final tour with Michael, kicked off July 6, 1984 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri and ended December 9, 1984 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The concerts grossed $75 million and Michael  donated his share of the proceeds, estimated at $3 to $5 million, to charity.

Although it was a group tour, it is best remembered for Michael’s solo performance of his songs from Thrillerand Off The Wall.

5. “We Are The World” Released March 7, 1985

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Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie wrote “We Are The World,” produced by Quincy Jones, which earned $63 million for famine relief in Africa and the United States. The song for the USA For Africa project was released March 7, 1985 featuring 45 stars including Jackson, Richie, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Billy Joel, Kenny Rogers and Diana Ross. It sold 20 million copies and won three Grammys, including the 1985 Song of the Year.

6. Super Bowl 27 Performance January 31, 1993

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On January 31, 1993, Michael Jackson performed the halftime show of Super Bowl 27 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and set the standard for Super Bowl entertainment.

Jackson was the NFL’s remedy for the television audience dwindling during halftime, and he became the first superstar to perform solo during a Super Bowl halftime. It was the first Super Bowl where the ratings increased during halftime.

Jackson sang “Jam,” “Billie Jean,” “Black or White,” and “Heal the World.” The performance catapulted his Dangerous album 90 positions up the Billboard 100 album chart.

7. Grammy Living Legend Award February 24, 1993

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On February 24, 1983 Michael Jackson’s sister Janet Jackson presented him with the “Living Legend Award” at the 35th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. He is one of only fifteen artists to receive the honor which recognizes “ongoing contributions and influence in the recording field.”

8. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 1997 and 2001

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Michael Jackson was inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, first as a member of The Jackson Five on May 9, 1997, and again as a solo artist on March 19, 2001.

In 1997, Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. presented the award to the group. Gordy stated, “They not only had hit records, they were a cultural revolution. For the first time, young black kids had their own heroes in their own image to idolize and emulate.”

Michael said, “I’d like to say to our family, our children and, most of all, our mother and father: You were there to protect us with unselfish love, and because you were there, we are here.”

In 2001, Michael Jackson was inducted into the Hall of Fame by ‘NSYNC member Justin Timberlake who said in his introduction, “There ain’t no stoppin’, there ain’t no enough, he’s the King of Pop, the one, the only, Michael Jackson.”

In receiving the honor, Michael said, “For me, the gift of music has been a blessing from God from the time I was a child.”

9. Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Concerts September 2001

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On September 7, 2001 and September 10, 2001, two concerts celebrating Michael Jackson’s 30th anniversary as a solo artist were taped for a TV special at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Called Michael Jackson: An All-Star Salute, the concerts featured a who’s who of entertainment including Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Marlon Brando,Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, ‘NSYNC, Destiny’s Child, Luther Vandross, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, and Slash from Guns N’ Roses.

The Jacksons performed several of their hits including “ABC,” “The Love You Save,” “I’ll Be There,” I Want You Back,” and “Shake Your Body.” This was the first time Michael sang with his brothers since the “Victory Tour” in 1984. He dazzled the crowd with his solo hits “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “Black or White,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and “You Rock My World.” The show closed with several artists joining him in singing “We Are The World.”

The morning after the final concert, terrorist attacks shocked the United States on September 11, 2001. Jackson responded by helping to organize the “United We Stand: What More Can I Give” benefit concert at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The concert took place on October 21, 2001 and included performances from dozens of artists. Jackson performed “Man In The Mirror” and was joined by all the artists for the finale, “What More Can I Give.”

10. American Music Awards “Artist Of the Century”

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On January 9, 2002, Michael Jackson received the American Music Award for Artist of the Century from comedian Chris Tucker at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. He was previously named The American Music Awards Artist of the 1980s. Jackson is also one of only seven artists to receive the American Music Awards International Artist Award of Excellence. During his career, he won a record 26 American Music Awards.

He is most awarded artist in history. Among his hundreds of awards:

  • 13 Grammy Awards including winning a record eight Grammys in 1984. Also, a Grammy Living Legend Award and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 86 Billboard Awards
  • 26 American Music Awards, more than any other artist. He was named American Music Awards “Artist of the Century” and “Artist of the 1980s.”
  • 31 Guinness World Records including Best Selling Album in History for Thrillerwhich has sold an estimated 65 million copies worldwide.
  • 85 MTV Awards
  • 8 World Music Awards
  • 13 number one singles on the Billboard 100, more than any other male artist
  • First artist to have a Billboard 100 top ten single in five different decades: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s
  • Estimated 400 million records sold worldwide
  • Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a member of The Jackson Five and as a solo artist
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Jackson Five and as a solo artist

Remembering the WORLD’S GREATEST entertainer…The ONE and ONLY KING OF MUSIC!!! BAM!

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