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Celebrating Black Cartoonists and Illustrators: Amplifying Diverse Voices in Art

As an art enthusiast and avid follower of cartoons and illustrations, I find myself drawn to the works of exceptionally talented Black cartoonists and illustrators. Their creations captivate my imagination and serve as powerful reminders of the significance of diversity and representation in art. These artists have enriched the industry through their unique perspectives and creative expressions, breaking barriers and reshaping narratives. Join me on this journey of celebration as we delve into the remarkable contributions of Black cartoonists and illustrators, amplifying their diverse voices and acknowledging the indelible impact they have made in the realm of art.

Illustration has always held a special place in my heart, igniting a passion that knows no bounds. From a young age, I was captivated by the vibrant energy of the comic section in the Daily News, where the urban bustle of life came alive through simple yet expressive one-panel cartoons. As I grew older, my tastes evolved, and I discovered the sophisticated charm of illustrations in The New Yorker, each piece a masterpiece of wit and elegance. These diverse influences sparked a desire to create my own one-panel comic series, "Doc & Pre," where I could weave together my observations of daily life with a touch of humor.  However, it wasn't until I encountered the works of Black comics and illustrators that my true inspiration blossomed. Aaron McGruder's iconic creation, "The Boondocks," left an indelible mark on my artistic journey. His fearless storytelling and the unapologetic representation of Black culture through illustrations showed me the power art can wield. It was a revelation that shattered my self-doubt about my potential as an illustrator. McGruder's work served as a guiding light, assuring me that I, too, could contribute to the world of illustration and tell stories that resonate with people from all walks of life.  I hope others, especially aspiring illustrators from marginalized backgrounds, witness my journey and that of artists like Aaron McGruder. I want them to realize that the art world is not exclusive, and their voices are essential in shaping the artistic landscape. If my creations can inspire even a fraction of the inspiration I derived from others, I will consider my mission as an illustrator fulfilled. The love for illustration that burns within me compels me to share my work and encourage fellow artists to embrace their unique perspectives, ultimately enriching the art community with diverse and vibrant creations.   Celebrating Black Cartoonists and Illustrators: Amplifying Diverse Voices in Art  Cartooning and illustration have long been powerful storytelling and artistic expression mediums. From political satire to children's books, cartoons and illustrations can capture attention, evoke emotions, and convey complex ideas. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the need to amplify diverse voices in these fields, including the incredible contributions of Black cartoonists and illustrators. This article aims to shed light on some remarkable Black artists who have significantly contributed to the world of cartoons and illustrations, enriching our cultural landscape.  1. Jackie Ormes: One of the pioneers in the field, Jackie Ormes, broke barriers as the first known African American woman cartoonist. In the 1930s and 1940s, she created comic strips like "Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem" and "Patty-Jo 'n' Ginger," which tackled issues of racial and gender inequality with wit and grace. Ormes' work was groundbreaking, using her platform to challenge stereotypes and give a voice to African American communities.  2. Aaron McGruder: Best known for his widely acclaimed comic strip and animated television series "The Boondocks," Aaron McGruder is a prominent figure in contemporary Black cartooning. With sharp political commentary and a unique art style, McGruder fearlessly tackled race, social justice, and popular culture issues. "The Boondocks" brought a fresh perspective to mainstream media and became a platform for thought-provoking discussions.  3. Jerry Craft: Jerry Craft, an award-winning author, and illustrator, has significantly contributed to children's literature. His graphic novel "New Kid" became the first graphic novel to win the prestigious Newbery Medal, highlighting the experiences of a young Black boy navigating a predominantly white private school. Craft's work addresses themes of identity, friendship, and belonging, providing representation for young readers.  4. Chris Priestley: Chris Priestley is a renowned British illustrator and author known for his haunting and atmospheric illustrations in children's books. His work often incorporates horror and gothic fiction elements, captivating readers of all ages. Priestley's contributions have enriched the world of illustration with his distinct style and storytelling abilities.  5. Robb Armstrong: Robb Armstrong is the creator of the comic strip "JumpStart," syndicated in newspapers since 1989. The strip revolves around an African American family and addresses various social issues with humor and warmth. Armstrong's relatable characters and engaging storytelling have made "JumpStart" a beloved comic strip, inspiring readers across generations.  The work of Black cartoonists and illustrators has played a crucial role in shaping the landscape of cartoons, comics, and children's literature. Through their art, these talented individuals have challenged stereotypes, highlighted social issues, and provided representation for marginalized communities. By celebrating their contributions, we recognize their talent and creativity and promote diversity and inclusivity in art. It is essential to continue amplifying and supporting Black voices in cartoons and illustrations, ensuring a more vibrant and inclusive artistic community for future generations.

Illustration has always held a special place in my heart, igniting a passion that knows no bounds. From a young age, I was captivated by the vibrant energy of the comic section in the Daily News, where the urban bustle of life came alive through simple yet expressive one-panel cartoons. As I grew older, my tastes evolved, and I discovered the sophisticated charm of illustrations in The New Yorker, each piece a masterpiece of wit and elegance. These diverse influences sparked a desire to create my own one-panel comic series, "Doc & Pre," where I could weave together my observations of daily life with a touch of humor.  However, it wasn't until I encountered the works of Black comics and illustrators that my true inspiration blossomed. Aaron McGruder's iconic creation, "The Boondocks," left an indelible mark on my artistic journey. His fearless storytelling and the unapologetic representation of Black culture through illustrations showed me the power art can wield. It was a revelation that shattered my self-doubt about my potential as an illustrator. McGruder's work served as a guiding light, assuring me that I, too, could contribute to the world of illustration and tell stories that resonate with people from all walks of life.  I hope others, especially aspiring illustrators from marginalized backgrounds, witness my journey and that of artists like Aaron McGruder. I want them to realize that the art world is not exclusive, and their voices are essential in shaping the artistic landscape. If my creations can inspire even a fraction of the inspiration I derived from others, I will consider my mission as an illustrator fulfilled. The love for illustration that burns within me compels me to share my work and encourage fellow artists to embrace their unique perspectives, ultimately enriching the art community with diverse and vibrant creations.   Celebrating Black Cartoonists and Illustrators: Amplifying Diverse Voices in Art  Cartooning and illustration have long been powerful storytelling and artistic expression mediums. From political satire to children's books, cartoons and illustrations can capture attention, evoke emotions, and convey complex ideas. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the need to amplify diverse voices in these fields, including the incredible contributions of Black cartoonists and illustrators. This article aims to shed light on some remarkable Black artists who have significantly contributed to the world of cartoons and illustrations, enriching our cultural landscape.  1. Jackie Ormes: One of the pioneers in the field, Jackie Ormes, broke barriers as the first known African American woman cartoonist. In the 1930s and 1940s, she created comic strips like "Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem" and "Patty-Jo 'n' Ginger," which tackled issues of racial and gender inequality with wit and grace. Ormes' work was groundbreaking, using her platform to challenge stereotypes and give a voice to African American communities.  2. Aaron McGruder: Best known for his widely acclaimed comic strip and animated television series "The Boondocks," Aaron McGruder is a prominent figure in contemporary Black cartooning. With sharp political commentary and a unique art style, McGruder fearlessly tackled race, social justice, and popular culture issues. "The Boondocks" brought a fresh perspective to mainstream media and became a platform for thought-provoking discussions.  3. Jerry Craft: Jerry Craft, an award-winning author, and illustrator, has significantly contributed to children's literature. His graphic novel "New Kid" became the first graphic novel to win the prestigious Newbery Medal, highlighting the experiences of a young Black boy navigating a predominantly white private school. Craft's work addresses themes of identity, friendship, and belonging, providing representation for young readers.  4. Chris Priestley: Chris Priestley is a renowned British illustrator and author known for his haunting and atmospheric illustrations in children's books. His work often incorporates horror and gothic fiction elements, captivating readers of all ages. Priestley's contributions have enriched the world of illustration with his distinct style and storytelling abilities.  5. Robb Armstrong: Robb Armstrong is the creator of the comic strip "JumpStart," syndicated in newspapers since 1989. The strip revolves around an African American family and addresses various social issues with humor and warmth. Armstrong's relatable characters and engaging storytelling have made "JumpStart" a beloved comic strip, inspiring readers across generations.  The work of Black cartoonists and illustrators has played a crucial role in shaping the landscape of cartoons, comics, and children's literature. Through their art, these talented individuals have challenged stereotypes, highlighted social issues, and provided representation for marginalized communities. By celebrating their contributions, we recognize their talent and creativity and promote diversity and inclusivity in art. It is essential to continue amplifying and supporting Black voices in cartoons and illustrations, ensuring a more vibrant and inclusive artistic community for future generations.

Illustration has always held a special place in my heart, igniting a passion that knows no bounds. From a young age, I was captivated by the vibrant energy of the comic section in the Daily News, where the urban bustle of life came alive through simple yet expressive one-panel cartoons. As I grew older, my tastes evolved, and I discovered the sophisticated charm of illustrations in The New Yorker, each piece a masterpiece of wit and elegance. These diverse influences sparked a desire to create my own one-panel comic series, "Doc & Pre," where I could weave together my observations of daily life with a touch of humor.  However, it wasn't until I encountered the works of Black comics and illustrators that my true inspiration blossomed. Aaron McGruder's iconic creation, "The Boondocks," left an indelible mark on my artistic journey. His fearless storytelling and the unapologetic representation of Black culture through illustrations showed me the power art can wield. It was a revelation that shattered my self-doubt about my potential as an illustrator. McGruder's work served as a guiding light, assuring me that I, too, could contribute to the world of illustration and tell stories that resonate with people from all walks of life.  I hope others, especially aspiring illustrators from marginalized backgrounds, witness my journey and that of artists like Aaron McGruder. I want them to realize that the art world is not exclusive, and their voices are essential in shaping the artistic landscape. If my creations can inspire even a fraction of the inspiration I derived from others, I will consider my mission as an illustrator fulfilled. The love for illustration that burns within me compels me to share my work and encourage fellow artists to embrace their unique perspectives, ultimately enriching the art community with diverse and vibrant creations.   Celebrating Black Cartoonists and Illustrators: Amplifying Diverse Voices in Art  Cartooning and illustration have long been powerful storytelling and artistic expression mediums. From political satire to children's books, cartoons and illustrations can capture attention, evoke emotions, and convey complex ideas. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the need to amplify diverse voices in these fields, including the incredible contributions of Black cartoonists and illustrators. This article aims to shed light on some remarkable Black artists who have significantly contributed to the world of cartoons and illustrations, enriching our cultural landscape.  1. Jackie Ormes: One of the pioneers in the field, Jackie Ormes, broke barriers as the first known African American woman cartoonist. In the 1930s and 1940s, she created comic strips like "Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem" and "Patty-Jo 'n' Ginger," which tackled issues of racial and gender inequality with wit and grace. Ormes' work was groundbreaking, using her platform to challenge stereotypes and give a voice to African American communities.  2. Aaron McGruder: Best known for his widely acclaimed comic strip and animated television series "The Boondocks," Aaron McGruder is a prominent figure in contemporary Black cartooning. With sharp political commentary and a unique art style, McGruder fearlessly tackled race, social justice, and popular culture issues. "The Boondocks" brought a fresh perspective to mainstream media and became a platform for thought-provoking discussions.  3. Jerry Craft: Jerry Craft, an award-winning author, and illustrator, has significantly contributed to children's literature. His graphic novel "New Kid" became the first graphic novel to win the prestigious Newbery Medal, highlighting the experiences of a young Black boy navigating a predominantly white private school. Craft's work addresses themes of identity, friendship, and belonging, providing representation for young readers.  4. Chris Priestley: Chris Priestley is a renowned British illustrator and author known for his haunting and atmospheric illustrations in children's books. His work often incorporates horror and gothic fiction elements, captivating readers of all ages. Priestley's contributions have enriched the world of illustration with his distinct style and storytelling abilities.  5. Robb Armstrong: Robb Armstrong is the creator of the comic strip "JumpStart," syndicated in newspapers since 1989. The strip revolves around an African American family and addresses various social issues with humor and warmth. Armstrong's relatable characters and engaging storytelling have made "JumpStart" a beloved comic strip, inspiring readers across generations.  The work of Black cartoonists and illustrators has played a crucial role in shaping the landscape of cartoons, comics, and children's literature. Through their art, these talented individuals have challenged stereotypes, highlighted social issues, and provided representation for marginalized communities. By celebrating their contributions, we recognize their talent and creativity and promote diversity and inclusivity in art. It is essential to continue amplifying and supporting Black voices in cartoons and illustrations, ensuring a more vibrant and inclusive artistic community for future generations.

Illustration has always held a special place in my heart, igniting a passion that knows no bounds. From a young age, I was captivated by the vibrant energy of the comic section in the Daily News, where the urban bustle of life came alive through simple yet expressive one-panel cartoons. As I grew older, my tastes evolved, and I discovered the sophisticated charm of illustrations in The New Yorker, each piece a masterpiece of wit and elegance. These diverse influences sparked a desire to create my own one-panel comic series, "Doc & Pre," where I could weave together my observations of daily life with a touch of humor.  However, it wasn't until I encountered the works of Black comics and illustrators that my true inspiration blossomed. Aaron McGruder's iconic creation, "The Boondocks," left an indelible mark on my artistic journey. His fearless storytelling and the unapologetic representation of Black culture through illustrations showed me the power art can wield. It was a revelation that shattered my self-doubt about my potential as an illustrator. McGruder's work served as a guiding light, assuring me that I, too, could contribute to the world of illustration and tell stories that resonate with people from all walks of life.  I hope others, especially aspiring illustrators from marginalized backgrounds, witness my journey and that of artists like Aaron McGruder. I want them to realize that the art world is not exclusive, and their voices are essential in shaping the artistic landscape. If my creations can inspire even a fraction of the inspiration I derived from others, I will consider my mission as an illustrator fulfilled. The love for illustration that burns within me compels me to share my work and encourage fellow artists to embrace their unique perspectives, ultimately enriching the art community with diverse and vibrant creations.   Celebrating Black Cartoonists and Illustrators: Amplifying Diverse Voices in Art  Cartooning and illustration have long been powerful storytelling and artistic expression mediums. From political satire to children's books, cartoons and illustrations can capture attention, evoke emotions, and convey complex ideas. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the need to amplify diverse voices in these fields, including the incredible contributions of Black cartoonists and illustrators. This article aims to shed light on some remarkable Black artists who have significantly contributed to the world of cartoons and illustrations, enriching our cultural landscape.  1. Jackie Ormes: One of the pioneers in the field, Jackie Ormes, broke barriers as the first known African American woman cartoonist. In the 1930s and 1940s, she created comic strips like "Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem" and "Patty-Jo 'n' Ginger," which tackled issues of racial and gender inequality with wit and grace. Ormes' work was groundbreaking, using her platform to challenge stereotypes and give a voice to African American communities.  2. Aaron McGruder: Best known for his widely acclaimed comic strip and animated television series "The Boondocks," Aaron McGruder is a prominent figure in contemporary Black cartooning. With sharp political commentary and a unique art style, McGruder fearlessly tackled race, social justice, and popular culture issues. "The Boondocks" brought a fresh perspective to mainstream media and became a platform for thought-provoking discussions.  3. Jerry Craft: Jerry Craft, an award-winning author, and illustrator, has significantly contributed to children's literature. His graphic novel "New Kid" became the first graphic novel to win the prestigious Newbery Medal, highlighting the experiences of a young Black boy navigating a predominantly white private school. Craft's work addresses themes of identity, friendship, and belonging, providing representation for young readers.  4. Chris Priestley: Chris Priestley is a renowned British illustrator and author known for his haunting and atmospheric illustrations in children's books. His work often incorporates horror and gothic fiction elements, captivating readers of all ages. Priestley's contributions have enriched the world of illustration with his distinct style and storytelling abilities.  5. Robb Armstrong: Robb Armstrong is the creator of the comic strip "JumpStart," syndicated in newspapers since 1989. The strip revolves around an African American family and addresses various social issues with humor and warmth. Armstrong's relatable characters and engaging storytelling have made "JumpStart" a beloved comic strip, inspiring readers across generations.  The work of Black cartoonists and illustrators has played a crucial role in shaping the landscape of cartoons, comics, and children's literature. Through their art, these talented individuals have challenged stereotypes, highlighted social issues, and provided representation for marginalized communities. By celebrating their contributions, we recognize their talent and creativity and promote diversity and inclusivity in art. It is essential to continue amplifying and supporting Black voices in cartoons and illustrations, ensuring a more vibrant and inclusive artistic community for future generations.

Illustration has always held a special place in my heart, igniting a passion that knows no bounds. From a young age, I was captivated by the vibrant energy of the comic section in the Daily News, where the urban bustle of life came alive through simple yet expressive one-panel cartoons. As I grew older, my tastes evolved, and I discovered the sophisticated charm of illustrations in The New Yorker, each piece a masterpiece of wit and elegance. These diverse influences sparked a desire to create my own one-panel comic series, "Doc & Pre," where I could weave together my observations of daily life with a touch of humor.  However, it wasn't until I encountered the works of Black comics and illustrators that my true inspiration blossomed. Aaron McGruder's iconic creation, "The Boondocks," left an indelible mark on my artistic journey. His fearless storytelling and the unapologetic representation of Black culture through illustrations showed me the power art can wield. It was a revelation that shattered my self-doubt about my potential as an illustrator. McGruder's work served as a guiding light, assuring me that I, too, could contribute to the world of illustration and tell stories that resonate with people from all walks of life.  I hope others, especially aspiring illustrators from marginalized backgrounds, witness my journey and that of artists like Aaron McGruder. I want them to realize that the art world is not exclusive, and their voices are essential in shaping the artistic landscape. If my creations can inspire even a fraction of the inspiration I derived from others, I will consider my mission as an illustrator fulfilled. The love for illustration that burns within me compels me to share my work and encourage fellow artists to embrace their unique perspectives, ultimately enriching the art community with diverse and vibrant creations.   Celebrating Black Cartoonists and Illustrators: Amplifying Diverse Voices in Art  Cartooning and illustration have long been powerful storytelling and artistic expression mediums. From political satire to children's books, cartoons and illustrations can capture attention, evoke emotions, and convey complex ideas. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the need to amplify diverse voices in these fields, including the incredible contributions of Black cartoonists and illustrators. This article aims to shed light on some remarkable Black artists who have significantly contributed to the world of cartoons and illustrations, enriching our cultural landscape.  1. Jackie Ormes: One of the pioneers in the field, Jackie Ormes, broke barriers as the first known African American woman cartoonist. In the 1930s and 1940s, she created comic strips like "Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem" and "Patty-Jo 'n' Ginger," which tackled issues of racial and gender inequality with wit and grace. Ormes' work was groundbreaking, using her platform to challenge stereotypes and give a voice to African American communities.  2. Aaron McGruder: Best known for his widely acclaimed comic strip and animated television series "The Boondocks," Aaron McGruder is a prominent figure in contemporary Black cartooning. With sharp political commentary and a unique art style, McGruder fearlessly tackled race, social justice, and popular culture issues. "The Boondocks" brought a fresh perspective to mainstream media and became a platform for thought-provoking discussions.  3. Jerry Craft: Jerry Craft, an award-winning author, and illustrator, has significantly contributed to children's literature. His graphic novel "New Kid" became the first graphic novel to win the prestigious Newbery Medal, highlighting the experiences of a young Black boy navigating a predominantly white private school. Craft's work addresses themes of identity, friendship, and belonging, providing representation for young readers.  4. Chris Priestley: Chris Priestley is a renowned British illustrator and author known for his haunting and atmospheric illustrations in children's books. His work often incorporates horror and gothic fiction elements, captivating readers of all ages. Priestley's contributions have enriched the world of illustration with his distinct style and storytelling abilities.  5. Robb Armstrong: Robb Armstrong is the creator of the comic strip "JumpStart," syndicated in newspapers since 1989. The strip revolves around an African American family and addresses various social issues with humor and warmth. Armstrong's relatable characters and engaging storytelling have made "JumpStart" a beloved comic strip, inspiring readers across generations.  The work of Black cartoonists and illustrators has played a crucial role in shaping the landscape of cartoons, comics, and children's literature. Through their art, these talented individuals have challenged stereotypes, highlighted social issues, and provided representation for marginalized communities. By celebrating their contributions, we recognize their talent and creativity and promote diversity and inclusivity in art. It is essential to continue amplifying and supporting Black voices in cartoons and illustrations, ensuring a more vibrant and inclusive artistic community for future generations.

Illustration has always held a special place in my heart, igniting a passion that knows no bounds. From a young age, I was captivated by the vibrant energy of the comic section in the Daily News, where the urban bustle of life came alive through simple yet expressive one-panel cartoons. As I grew older, my tastes evolved, and I discovered the sophisticated charm of illustrations in The New Yorker, each piece a masterpiece of wit and elegance. These diverse influences sparked a desire to create my own one-panel comic series, "Doc & Pre," where I could weave together my observations of daily life with a touch of humor.  However, it wasn't until I encountered the works of Black comics and illustrators that my true inspiration blossomed. Aaron McGruder's iconic creation, "The Boondocks," left an indelible mark on my artistic journey. His fearless storytelling and the unapologetic representation of Black culture through illustrations showed me the power art can wield. It was a revelation that shattered my self-doubt about my potential as an illustrator. McGruder's work served as a guiding light, assuring me that I, too, could contribute to the world of illustration and tell stories that resonate with people from all walks of life.  I hope others, especially aspiring illustrators from marginalized backgrounds, witness my journey and that of artists like Aaron McGruder. I want them to realize that the art world is not exclusive, and their voices are essential in shaping the artistic landscape. If my creations can inspire even a fraction of the inspiration I derived from others, I will consider my mission as an illustrator fulfilled. The love for illustration that burns within me compels me to share my work and encourage fellow artists to embrace their unique perspectives, ultimately enriching the art community with diverse and vibrant creations.   Celebrating Black Cartoonists and Illustrators: Amplifying Diverse Voices in Art  Cartooning and illustration have long been powerful storytelling and artistic expression mediums. From political satire to children's books, cartoons and illustrations can capture attention, evoke emotions, and convey complex ideas. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the need to amplify diverse voices in these fields, including the incredible contributions of Black cartoonists and illustrators. This article aims to shed light on some remarkable Black artists who have significantly contributed to the world of cartoons and illustrations, enriching our cultural landscape.  1. Jackie Ormes: One of the pioneers in the field, Jackie Ormes, broke barriers as the first known African American woman cartoonist. In the 1930s and 1940s, she created comic strips like "Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem" and "Patty-Jo 'n' Ginger," which tackled issues of racial and gender inequality with wit and grace. Ormes' work was groundbreaking, using her platform to challenge stereotypes and give a voice to African American communities.  2. Aaron McGruder: Best known for his widely acclaimed comic strip and animated television series "The Boondocks," Aaron McGruder is a prominent figure in contemporary Black cartooning. With sharp political commentary and a unique art style, McGruder fearlessly tackled race, social justice, and popular culture issues. "The Boondocks" brought a fresh perspective to mainstream media and became a platform for thought-provoking discussions.  3. Jerry Craft: Jerry Craft, an award-winning author, and illustrator, has significantly contributed to children's literature. His graphic novel "New Kid" became the first graphic novel to win the prestigious Newbery Medal, highlighting the experiences of a young Black boy navigating a predominantly white private school. Craft's work addresses themes of identity, friendship, and belonging, providing representation for young readers.  4. Chris Priestley: Chris Priestley is a renowned British illustrator and author known for his haunting and atmospheric illustrations in children's books. His work often incorporates horror and gothic fiction elements, captivating readers of all ages. Priestley's contributions have enriched the world of illustration with his distinct style and storytelling abilities.  5. Robb Armstrong: Robb Armstrong is the creator of the comic strip "JumpStart," syndicated in newspapers since 1989. The strip revolves around an African American family and addresses various social issues with humor and warmth. Armstrong's relatable characters and engaging storytelling have made "JumpStart" a beloved comic strip, inspiring readers across generations.  The work of Black cartoonists and illustrators has played a crucial role in shaping the landscape of cartoons, comics, and children's literature. Through their art, these talented individuals have challenged stereotypes, highlighted social issues, and provided representation for marginalized communities. By celebrating their contributions, we recognize their talent and creativity and promote diversity and inclusivity in art. It is essential to continue amplifying and supporting Black voices in cartoons and illustrations, ensuring a more vibrant and inclusive artistic community for future generations.

 





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