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MWN Author Feature~ Erica Coleman

On saturday, August 25th I had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing the beautifully talented author, Erica Coleman. This local Detroit author has penned her first novel Dying To Be Loved, a book whose message is relevant and on time for the hour such as this.

Who is Erica Coleman? 

Erica Monique Coleman was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Erica graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Her creative talents as a writer, model, actor and spokesperson have enabled her to communicate and befriend large groups of men and women “who all have a story to tell.”  Writing has been her passion for many years, but her focus has mainly been on women’s’ life issues, as featured on her Blog titled, “Girl Let Me Tell You.”  She currently resides in Detroit, MI with her son whom she hopes will follow in her creative footsteps.  Dying To Be Loved is her first novel with hopes of many more to follow.

Listen in on our fun-filled interview to learn more about Erica and her new novel Dying To Be Loved.




















Author website:

Dying To Be Loved Facebook fan page: Dying To Be Loved


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PODCAST: #MichLit w/Authors: Antoinette Davis & Felecia Berry #mwn #motownlit #blogtalkradio

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May 23, 2012 Guest Backgrounder
1.  Guest: Antoinette Davis              Call-in Time:  5:30 p.m.
Antoinette Davis bio:
ANTOINETTE MARIE DAVIS is a native of Michigan. In addition to writing, she loves math, which led her to pursue a career in mathematics. She enjoys teaching mathematics to her students. Overall, Antoinette is a woman who loves the Lord and she sees him as a consistent source of strength in her life.
She is an alumnus of Lake Michigan College, Oakwood University, and Wayne State University. She has earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Secondary Education, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics, and a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Mathematics. She currently serves as a university instructor while she pursues Doctoral study in the area of Instruction/Administration with a specialization in Mathematics Education.
About the book  Lessons on Church Folk Volume 1 & 2:
Lessons on Church Folk is a two book series. Volume 1 was written so that people are able to see that every church has issues. Even when you switch churches, you will see some of the same issues that you saw at your previous church. In any event, the church is a hospital where people come to get help for their issues. Only God can free us from the things that constantly stress us out. Life will be stressful but giving your stress over to God will allow you to be free to experience the love and happiness that he desires for all of his children.
Volume 2 was written so that people can see that church members of any faith are the most unique group of people around. These members come to church with various issues and they aim to let go of their issues through prayer within the community of believers. But the question is: Do they hand their issues over to God? or Do they hold on to them so that they can handle them on their own? In life, it is always better to hand over your issues to God because you cannot handle your issues on your own. Overall, we need to accept the fact that we are humans and we all make mistakes. But even when we make mistakes, we have to know that God is always ready and willing to forgive us of our sins.

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2.  Guest: Felicia Berry              Call-in Time:  5:45 p.m.
Guest summary: A survivor. A victor. A living testament of grace. Felecia Berry LMSW shares what she went through to become all three in her poignant memoir The Desires Of Thine Heart.
Felicia Berry bio:
Felecia Berry LMSW earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Marygrove College and her Masters Degree in Social Work from Wayne State University. As an undergraduate student intern, Felecia implemented Hamtramck Harvest, a feeding program, in the city of Hamtramck. She has professionally worked in the Alzheimer’s Association, Big Brother/Big Sister, My Sister’s Place, the Children’s Center, St. John Open Arms and Neighborhood Services Organization.
Felecia has provided clinical interventions and treatment to a diverse population of individuals, families and groups impacted by trauma such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, suicide ideations and attempts and grief and loss. She has provided trainings in schools, conferences, churches and community mental health agencies.
About the Book, The Desires of Thine Heart:  
In The Desires of Thine Heart ,Felecia is brave in her honesty to share what proves to be the darkest and most painful part of her life. She was exposed to insufferable hardships at a very young age: she lost her father when she was only three years old and, at nine, she lost her innocence forever when she became a victim of sexual abuse by a brother of a classmate. Very soon her life spiraled into a cesspool of drugs, alcohol, abusive relationships and suicide attempts- all desperate but futile efforts to disavow her pain.

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PODCAST: #MichLit Show w/Poets @tmillerpoetry & Honeycomb!


1. Guest:  Tawana Honeycomb Petty        

Interview time: 5:30

Guest summary: Tawana Honeycomb Petty is a poet, activist, and host of Guerrilla Nights poetry series. Her book is Introducing Honeycomb.


Guest bio:

Tawana Petty, a mother, poet, author and activist is best known as “Honeycomb” on stage. She has been featured at many prestigious events, including but not limited to the 1st Annual Focus Hope Black Marriage Day Celebration, the International Black Expo, the 2008 Ribs n Soul Festival in Detroit, the 175th Annual Emancipation Day Festival in Canada, the 2008 Literary Arts Gala at The Charles H. Wright Museum, the 2010 African World Festival and at Lakeshore Economic Coalition Celebrating 10 Years of Freedom with Yusef Bunchy Shakur & Friends: “Granting the Formerly Incarcerated A Second Chance”. Hosted by Reggie Reg Davis, with Keynote Address by Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee.


Honeycomb has also performed at the 1st Annual I Am Woman Expo, opened for HBO/BET’s Punany Poets, was the featured artist at Wayne State University’s “A Tribute to Harlem” Showcase and performed at MTV’s Quest Mcody’s “Quest for A Cure” event, just to name a few. She has been a spotlighted poet on AM 1440, FM 107.5, The Writer’s Block on, Comcast channel 20’s Mix’n It Up with Barry Ross as well as Dr. John Telford’s show. Honeycomb has also been a featured speaker and is a regular guest on Dave Marsh’s national program the “Land of Hopes and Dreams” radio program on channel 127 on SiriusXm Satellite and is the former co-host of Poetic Vibrations radio program on 88.1 FM. Honeycomb has also been the featured artist at venues in and outside of the City of Detroit, including but not limited to the Artist Village, L!V Resto Lounge, They Say, The Key Club, The Upper Room and The Legendary Cliff Bells and Bakers Keyboard Lounge. She is the current host of Guerrilla Nights weekly poetry open mic series, held every Saturday evening  at the Urban Network Cyber Café located at 5740 Grand River, Detroit, MI 48208.


2. Guest:         T. Miller

Guest summary: T. Miller is a writer, performance poet, author, publisher, activist, producer, actress and motivational speaker.

Guest bio:

Natasha Miller is the voice of wounds exposed, and the healing balm of poetry applied to the human spirit. The passionate 26 year-old Detroit, MI native is a writer, performance poet, author, publisher dedicated activist, producer, actress and an aspiring motivational speaker. Since her debut, just over four years ago, Natasha has proven to be a poetical powerhouse. After one year on the performance circuit, in 2007, she was crowned Detroit Poetry Slam team’s Grand Slam Champion, and has been a member of four National Poetry Slam teams. She has also been a Women of The World Poetry Slam top five finalist three out of the last four years once ranking as high as the third female slam poet in the World. Natasha continued her impressive record by leading and coaching her own slam team to a championship at the 2010 Midwest Rustbelt Poetry Slam, where she also came out ranking #2 overall in the individual competition.


Natasha has awed audiences across the country at universities, festivals and numerous venues including slams and shows like the famous Nuyorican Poets Café in New York, Vancouver Poetry slam, Seattle poetry slam, Girl Fest Hawaii and Chicago’s Green Mill. She has premiered on stages with celebrity actors and comedians Oscar award winning Mo’nique, Star of the movie “Paper Hearts” Charlyne Yi, Brandon T. Jackson, actor Malcolm Jamal Warner, legendary poet Jessica Care Moore, hip-hop artist Talib Kweli, and many more. Mo’Nique, impressed, personally invited Natasha to feature on her radio show.  In 2010, she starred in a national commercial campaign for Sprite. In the same year, she released her solo spoken word album “Poetry for Change,” and featured in the stage play “The Revolution’s In The Ladies Room” produced by Jessica care Moore.


Natasha is currently ranked as the number 5 female slam poet in the World. She now produces the popular “Its Not About You” Poetry Slam Series. Recently she started her own publishing company “All I Wanna Say Publishing”, in 2010 she published her first book of quotes “Dreams Of A Beginner”, and in 2011 she published her second book “Coming Out of Nowhere” a Social Networking Memoir that allows readers to mentally and emotionally “log-in” to their favorite websites (Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube) and view the opinions of others on love, hate, suicide, tragedy, politics, religion, cyber-bullying, entertainment, mental illness, freedom of choice, homophobia, and all other things surrounding homosexuality by simply turning a page. She is currently working with popular video director Erica D Hayes on a documentary that focuses on prostitution and placement in the transgendered community. Natasha uses her words to enlighten, create equality, imbue life, and most importantly spread love and peace in the tradition of great leaders before her.



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Podcast: MichLitRadio Show for Jan 4,2012: Authors, Bianca Eugene & Deolis Allen #mwn

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!! ENJOY!!!! 🙂

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Jan. 4, 2012 Guest Backgrounder

1.  Guest:         Bianca Eugene                                                               

Guest summary:

Bianca L. Eugene was born in Detroit, Michigan. She studied journalism at Wayne State University. She has written for several publications including The Southfield Observer and Eccentric and Wayne State University’s student newspaper, The South End.

At Last, is her first work of fiction. She is in the process of completing her second novel, the sequel to At Last, Here and Now due for release Spring 2012.

Becoming a published author is her dream come true. She hopes to touch and inspire readers with her words and characters.

Bianca resides in a suburb of Detroit with her husband.

About the book At Last:

When the search of love leads to the discovery of oneself……

Keisha Morgan is caught in a whirlwind. Between raising a child on her own, maintaining a relationship with her daughter’s father and trying to focus on her career she is dangerously burning the candle at both ends. Without notice, tragedy strikes. A lover from her past returns with promises of a new beginning. But will promises be enough to secure a happy ending?

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2. Guest:         Deolis Allen              

Guest summary: Deolis Allen is the author of three books, The Last 48, Test of Love and his most recent book, World Orphan Presents: Children of the Residue.

About the book World Orphan Presents: Children of the Residue:

Children of the Residue is a fiction based on actual people used to capture the tragedy of broken homes effects on whole communities. The broken home is stimulated from failed relationships, drugs and economic disparity. In turn the children of the home seek love and strength in all the wrong places. Through their travels they learn contempt for the world.

This read is a sharp blade journeying through the forgotten pockets of America’s ghetto. Set in the 1990s of Detroit’s west side, the reader will learn the effects of the crack epidemic from both sides of the fence. The fictional adolescents in this novel are only mirror glimpses into today’s adults. This novel illustrates the subtle decay of morals, transformation of values and ill imprisoned thought processes that made us what we are.

Corzell is a child nurtured by abandonment, rape and hate. Corzell’s naturally good heart becomes poisoned by the conditions of the ghetto norms and society’s iron handed justice. Power in Corzell’s mind is perversely realized when he successfully pulls his first breaking and entering. Corzell graduates to dope dealing, drug trafficking and armed robbery.

Book 2 illustrates how young men, especially, evolve from being junior high boyfriends to high school predators (players). This piece shows the vulnerability and insensitivity in women that many men overlook in their immaturity. Book 2 demonstrates how the high school hallways for education become arenas of conquest.

While Antwaun Bishop learns his art of manipulation and seduction from his big shot lawyer father, Sharon Stuard’s home is off balance and marred in tragedy. These two children find one another and compliment their loneliness. Neither of them ever reach an understanding of the feeling they believe is love.


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Theater, Arts & Entertainment for Metro Detroit by Shawn P. Entertainment

November/December 2011


Words from Shawn…

CeCe Winans, Nat Morris, and Shawn P

WOW!!  I can’t believe we’re wrapping up our 2nd year of publishing this newsletter.  I want to thank Octavia and her staff for keeping me on track and focused.  Thank you to everyone for your submission of bios, fliers, reviews, comments, and events.  The Lord willing, I will see quite a few of you at my December 10 birthday party and hopefully in the new year.  Let’s commit to being more focused and driven to get to the next level in 2012.  May God continue to bless and keep you.

Keep Drama in Your Life,

Shawn P.

BTW – I’m still seeking gainful employment, so if you hear of something, keep me in mind. And yes, I know Lord will continue to provide.

Actress of the Season…Chiquetta Bunts

Chiquetta Bunts, a native of Muskegon, Michigan started singing in the church choir at the tender age of five. When she received her first lead at nine, she was convinced that God wanted her to sing.  She was later introduced to dance and acting, making her a triple threat.  Chiquetta has demonstrated her talents in dance recitals, church productions and community theater productions (Auntie Ronnie and I’m in Love with a Stripper). She has also sung with female Christian group, Nu Luv and starred as Dorothy in The Wiz.  Chiquetta’s goal in life is to be a blessing to others by giving the very best of her talents.

Producer of the Season-Paul Johnson, Jr.

Playwright, actor, singer, and master barber – Paul Johnson, Jr. is a man of many talents.  Paul has always had a passion for the arts.  “At the age of eight my dad gave me a 4-track recorder and a small keyboard.  At that moment I was convinced that I’d be doing music all my life.  That was the platform.”  At 13, Paul became a youth praise leader at Evangel Ministries.  He also joined the drama and theatre ministries.  Paul participated in Redford High School’s ensemble, male vocal and concert choirs.  Paul studied business at Wayne State University and has become an entrepreneur. He is the founder of Uncle Pauly Productions and 313 Soul Entertainment.  Both ventures are geared toward revitalizing music and theatre in Detroit.  As an actor, Paul has landed roles in Kwame a River, Life of Sam, Boss Lady, and many more.  As a playwright, he has written multiple plays including A Distant Past, Young Boys, and Drastic Measures.  If interested in appearing in a production, please send your headshot and bio to

 Producer of the Season…Janaya Black

Janaya Black is a woman who thrives in the capacity of wearing many hats.  A passionate writer at heart, she seamlessly blends her creative drive and aspirations into the many other facets that make up her impressive resume.  In 2004, Janaya wrote and published her first fiction novelThe Breaking Point, followed by her second release in Novmeber 2006, As Told by the Other Woman, and the third and final installment of the “Prison Chronicles” series Beautiful Rage: The Break of Dawn in 2008.

With the release of her first book followed the spark that ignited her love for the art of independent filmmaking.  After teaming with her husband Rockey Black, president of Goldline Films, to create trailer for The Breaking Point, she then went on to write, direct and produce four other short film projects, released her first feature length film, Till Death…Do Us Part to DVD in 2009, and is now in production for a comedy called Why Do Men Cheat that is scheduled to be released later this year.

Janaya serves as President/CEO of Black-Smith Enterprises, which is an entertainment infrastructure she created to house all her creative projects.  Black-Smith Enterprises is currently in negotiations to turn The Breaking Point into a feature length film, among several other projects that are in development.  She is also a managing partner and founder of the Trinity Film Coalition, which is a Michigan-based film organization that is dedicated to the advancement of independent film.

Janaya is the proud mother of two beautiful children, a community advocate and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, playing sports, and reading.  For more information about Janaya Black, please visit,,

Actress of the Season…Sarah Wilder

Sarah Wilder is a native of Detroit, Michigan who has been diligently working in the theatre community since her early 20s.  She has performed with various theatre companies that include: Parables Entertainment, Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company, Matrix Theatre Company, and the Farmington Barn Players.  In addition to acting on stage, Sarah created The Curve Project, a theatrical experiment focused on celebrating women of all sizes.  This groundbreaking play, which featured female writers from all over the nation, was part of her final Masters of Arts degree project at Wayne State University to improve the quality of roles of plus size women in the entertainment industry.  Her second play, Girls Like Us, was featured in the 2010 Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company’s Second Annual Staged Reading Festival and as part of the New Playwright Series for The New Theatre Project in Ann Arbor.  While Sarah has many credits on stage, off stage and in film, her current role is in a cutting edge web series entitled Aliah as the main character’s sister, Ayo.  This web series from Commonality Productions is best described as, “…a family-orientated show about an American Muslim living in post 9/11 America forced to make life choices.” Sarah’s commitment to the development of quality entertainment has motivated others to realize the strength and potential within our own communities.

Actress of the Season…Johanna Lidgren

Johanna Lidgren is a 25 year old native of Sweden.  She has been living in Detroit for close to three years and has acquired a great appreciation for the city.  All forms of art have always interested her, however, Johanna has found theater to be her latest niche.  She recently participated in the 2011 Vagina Monologues presentation (My Vagina is My Village), produced by Shawn P. Entertainment and radio personality, Frankie Darcell as well as the stage play  Mother Church (Shawn P. Entertainment).

 Book Review: In The Pink

(A Woman’s Guide to Being a Girl) by Ramona Prater

I had the privilege of watching Ramona Prater bring the words of her book to life when I heard her  speak at an event a few months ago.  What stood out to me was that she had a very different view point than that which we are use to hearing when it comes to women.  The common message is usually that women should be strong and independent.  While her book doesn’t necessarily say that this way of thinking is wrong, it definitely shakes up the idea by addressing some very powerful truths.

It all boils down to us being honest with ourselves.  Many of us say we don’t need a man, and technically this may be true, but at the end of the day, most of us want a man, want a healthy relationship and want a marriage that works.

Throughout the book there are several instances where she forces us to be honest with ourselves by making bold statements and observations about our behaviors and choices as women.  The first statement that caught my attention in her speech and then again in her book was when she said, quite simply, “…No man wants…another man.” This statement was in reference to the idea that feminine freedom means that we are so strong and powerful that we don’t need a man, yet we continue to date men while simultaneously asserting these beliefs.  A partnership is all about balance and while two people in a relationship may not necessarily need one another to survive, it’s definitely nice to share your life with someone that adds value to it.

In her chapter entitled, “Damsels in Distress” Ramona makes mention of something that several people think, but rarely say, “There are women who have decided on their own that they will take on ‘motherhood’ without the consent of a man, you know who you are…and you should be ashamed of yourself.” This bold statement brings light to a situation where women often take on the role of victim.  Her words almost dare them instead to take responsibility for their choices.  This is just one of several examples where she calls us out on our stuff.

The two quotes that I’ve shared with you are merely a taste of how In the Pink is a feisty, daring and powerful read.  Ramona Prater is not afraid to make bold and powerful statements of truth that make us really take inventory of what it means to be a woman.  It makes me think of something that I heard someone say in a relationship workshop that I’ll never forget.  The instructor said something to the effect, “All men aren’t dogs.  If we’ve been in several relationships that have failed, we are the only common denominator in all of those relationships.  So maybe it’s time to take a look at ourselves.”

This is exactly what Ms. Prater’s book does…she forces us to take an honest look at ourselves as women.  As you read her book you will be challenged to think about what you really want, what you really need and what you really need to do to get those things.  She explores the power of practicing silence, our tendency to enable our sons to the point where they can’t reach their full potential as men, submission and self-care.

This is a quick read, yet powerful book that I think all women should read.  Whether you agree or disagree with her way of thinking, this work is thought-provoking and would make for a great catalyst for discussion among women, as well as between men and women thus making it an excellent book club selection.

For more information, or to purchase the book, visit Review courtesy of Monica Marie Jones ( for Motown Writers Network.

I Said It, Now What – Year End Review

Well fellow Smurfs, if the calendar is any indication, we are fastly approaching the close of another theater season and year. But what a ride it has been, wouldn’t you agree? This year, I was blessed to have experienced a number of stage productions: some well-written, some well-performed, and some that needed a little work. But that’s neither here nor there because our productions, much like ourselves, are all works in progress.

I reminence over 2011 and I am reminded of various life lessons. For instance Cheatersengage in Affairs and become Entangled in all kinds of dangerous Deception that can lead to sliced tires and broken windows.  I have also learned that if I’m not careful I might unknowingly invite the Enemy in My House which can contribute to Spirits in My Bedroom.  As most of my girlfriends are women of a certain age, we might be consideredCougars with interesting Vagina Monologues of our own – shhh – a lady never tells. It certainly costs to be the Boss Lady which often leads to Drastic Measures in the game ofHustle and Love.  It can have you seeking companionship on a Chatline while you Wait for Love. However, if you’re deligent and manage to avoid being Tainted by all the distractions of living, it’s possible to experience the very best life has to offer.  Of course there’s going to be times when you want to declare, “I’ve Been Through Too Much Already” and it feels like The Color Black is the worse thing to be – but I have learned there’s always something to hope for. Maybe it’s the joy in a child’s laughter, the beauty of a rainbow, or the kind words of a friend. To my fellow playwrights, keep writing and keep the faith. In the game of Rock, Paper, Scissors you don’t always win or lose, but if nothing else, the anticipation of the outcome should keep you believing in your dreams.

I look forward to your 2012 stage presentations, TV series, and film projects. We all have greatness on the inside and the best is yet to come, so  Til Death Do Us Part, give the world your best, suck everything you can out of life, and keep reaching for the next level!

This article and subsequent reviews are courtesy of a local Detroit playwright aka The Writer.

Upcoming Events…


Hello Shawn,
I hope you can come out and see “Rock,Paper,Scissors”.  Marygrove College produces an event titled “Dramafest” where we do staged readings of new & original plays by emerging and established playwrights. Maybe someone you know would be interested. We’re looking for plays for our April Dramafest Program.
(Leslie Love)
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Great newsletter Shawn!
(Actress Sonia Miller)
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Thanks for the newsletter. Very comprehensive, excellent leads.
(David Rambeau)
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PODCAST: Michigan Literary Network Radio Show Oct. 12, 2011 with Author, Quincy Lewis & Passion Fruit Poetry Event Rep #mwn #blogtalkradio

1.  Guest:         Quincy Lewis        Interview Time:  5:30 p.m.      

Guest summary:  Quincy Lewis is a journalist, blogger, radio show host, owner of the publishing company Flipside Ink, and author of the new book, Off the Block.




Q. Lewis is a writer, also from Detroit, who began his career as a journalist for a college newspaper.  He is a journalism program graduate from Wayne State University Now, though he started out majoring in computer science.  Now with Black Enterprise Magazine, Metro Times and countless website articles on his resume, Lewis shares his ideas and views about society, culture, and politics from an urban American point -of- view with his new compilation of poetry and social criticism, “Off the Block.”

About the book:

Off The Block contains poetry heavily influenced by the Harlem Renaissance as well as 14th century classic literature.  The combination of the two produces a concept rich in history as well as revolution.  The social commentary is a scope of real world issues from the urban American view-point. Poetry plus social commentary equals the formula for self-awareness and community growth.

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2.  Guest:   Andre Royster                                 Interview time:  5:45 p.m.


Guest summary:  Andre Royster is the resident DJ for the Echoverse Poetry Series, and he’s with us to talk about the upcoming Echoverse Passion Fruit 7.0.



About Passion Fruit Festival


The seventh annual Passion Fruit Festival is The EchoVerse journey through erotic visual verse. An annual festival that showcases the creativity of notable and emerging poets, musicians, performance, visual and literary artist from Southeast Michigan and beyond. In 2011, Passion Fruit Festival 7.0 will be held in The Knight Suite of the Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center in Detroit’s Paradise Valley (Harmonie Park).

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 And congrats to Author, LA Jefferson for winning tickets to Passion Fruit! see her website at:

If you’d like to be a guest on our show, please contact us

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