Sunday, September 18, 2016

#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: DANAI GURIRA On ATLANTA MAG!!!


Chocolate-Covered ATLANTA-Resident/Playwright/Actress/Producer DANAI GURIRA is awash in a sea of color for the FALL STYLE Issue of ATLANTA Magazine!!!

DANAI GURIRA portrays the multi-layered character MICHONNE in the wildly popular AMC Network series, The WALKING DEAD.

DANAI also had just enough time for an interview with ATLANTA MAG Journalist ERRIN HAINES WHACK.

Here are some interview interludes:

Errin Your character Michonne on The Walking Dead is a survivor. Part of her strength is her vulnerability. Why do you think she resonates so much with viewers?
Danai I think from the get-go [executive producer] Robert Kirkman created a very fascinating woman on the page. Right down to her dreadlocks—you don’t see that type of hair on TV very often. Down to the fact that she has this stunning Japanese weapon of war as her weapon of choice.
I love the fact that she is a complex human being. She contains a certain degree of mystery. She also has a very big heart. That only starts to come out as she’s progressed through the seasons.
Errin It seems that portraying strong women is really important to you. It’s also a theme of the play you wrote, Eclipsed, which starred Lupita N’yongo.
Danai Plays are definitely my vehicle. [They are] really my manifestation of how I want to see and hear African women. I was born in the United States but raised in southern Africa, which is where my parents are from, where my family’s from, and what my heritage is. [Eclipsed] is something I started to create because I couldn’t find those stories about African women. I couldn’t find the complex narrative that allows the African woman to be seen front and center on a stage and her story to be given as much value as anyone else’s.
Errin You recently signed on to Marvel’s Black Panther superhero film, which stars four black leads. I think this really has the potential to break the internet. What was it like to get that offer?
Danai I was like, “Really? Me? Oh. Oh, that’s amazing.” I was surprised.
Errin Why?
Danai Because I never imagined I would be asked to do this. When I met with [director] Ryan Coogler, whom I deeply respect and admire, I was floored by his vision and by his heart, his energy, his power, his intellect, and [his] ability to tell a story. I was really amazed by the parallels [between the story and] the things that I try to do as a storyteller in theater.
Errin You’re also playing another high-profile role, Afeni Shakur, in All Eyez on Me, about the life of Tupac Shakur. How much did you know about her before you took the role?
Danai I’m a researcher. I’m a playwright. I’m an academic. I read Jasmine Guy’s book [about Afeni Shakur], which is basically her talking about her life [in] first-person, very vividly. You really get a feel for her voice there through that narrative. How she made [her son] such a special human being.

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#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: #BLACKGIRLSROCK - RED CARPET @ 2016 PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS!!!


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Earlier this evening in HOLLYWOOD, #BLACKGIRLMAGIC cast its mysterious spell as  The 68th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS took place at the MICROSOFT THEATER in LOS ANGELES!!!

Feast, Salivate, Lick Your Lips and watch #BLACKGIRLSROCK as one of our favorite CRAZY COOL GROOVY Glamorous Gems carry their Candy Cakes down the 2016 PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS RED CARPET.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: #BLACKGIRLSROCK - SARAH JONES On SETH MEYERS!!!

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Tuesday, September 13,  on NBC, Chocolate-Covered OBIE and TONY AWARD-winning Actress/Playwright/Poet SARAH JONES was 30 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA for an appearance on NBC late night talkfest LATE NIGHT With SETH MEYERS!!!

During their session, SETH and SARAH discussed her being a student at the UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, her longtime history/how she prepares to verbalize different voices, and her new one-woman Broadway show BUY/SELL/TRADE, in which she portrays 19 different characters.

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BRUINS, COUGARS, TIGERS, & WOLVERINES On SPORTS ILLUSTRATED MAG!!!


Especially since the 2016 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON is already underway; Yours Truly CCG offers his most apologizes for being so tardy with this post!!!

UCLA Quarterback #3 JOSH ROSEN, HOUSTON COUGARS Running Back #1 GREG WARD Jr., CLEMSON TIGERS Quarterback #4 DESHAUN WATSON, and MICHIGAN WOLVERINES Defensive Back/Safety #4 JABRIL PEPPERS are the four covers for the 2016 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW ISSUE of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Magazine!!!

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I LOVE 2 EAT #127: HOW To MAKE MOUTH-WATERING SHRIMP TACOS From PLAYBOY MAG!!!



















Thanks to the really good people at PLAYBOY Magazine, you too can LET SUMMER LIVE ON With these MOUTH-WATERING SHRIMP TACOS!!!

Press PLAY and ENJOY!!!

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BANKS & STEELZ Perform GIANT On JIMMY FALLON!!!

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PAUL BANKS is BANKS, RZA of WU-TANG CLAN is STEELZ, and together; they are the group BANKS & STEELZ!!!

BANKS & STEELZ were recently at 30 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA for an appearance on NBC late night talkfest The TONIGHT SHOW Starring JIMMY FALLON to perform their single GIANT, from their debut album, ANYTHING BUT WORDS!!!

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#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: #BLACKGIRLSROCK - NICOLE BYER On CARSON DALY!!!

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Chocolate-Covered Comedian/Actress/Writer NICOLE BYER is the star of MTV's LADYLIKE,  LOOSELY EXACTLY NICOLE, and she was recently at OHM NIGHTCLUB on HOLLYWOOD BLVD. for an interview with CARSON DALY on NBC late night talkfest LAST CALL: CARSON DALY!!!

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MALCOLM NANCE On AL SHARPTON!!!

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2016, marked the 15th ANNIVERSARY of the SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, TERROR ATTACKS On The TWIN TOWERS Of The WORLD TRADE CENTER/PENTAGON!!!

Former U. S. INTELLIGENCE Officer/ Current MSNBC Terror Analyst MALCOLM NANCE was an eyewitness and First Responder to the PENTAGON ATTACK, is the author of new book DEFEATING ISIS, and via satellite on Sunday morning; he had an interview with Rev. AL SHARPTON on POLITICS NATION With AL SHARPTON.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

GINA RODRIGUEZ On LATINA MAG!!!




WB sitcom JANE The VIRGIN star GINA RODRIGUEZ stars in forthcoming film DEEPWATER HORIZON, and she covers the October 2016 HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH ISSUE of LATINA Magazine!!!


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MAC MILLER Ft ANDERSON.PAAK w/ JON BATISTE & STAY HUMAN Perform DANG! On STEPHEN COLBERT!!!

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Last night on CBS, PITTSBURGH-native Rapper/Producer MAC MILLER was at the ED SULLIVAN THEATER in NYC for an appearance on The LATE SHOW With STEPHEN COLBERT!!!

MAC MILLER brought along Singer/Rapper ANDERSON.PAAK, and was joined by LATE SHOW Bandleader JON BATISTE to perform his single DANG!!!, from his newly-reelased album, The DIVINE FEMININE.

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#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: LUPITA NYONG'O On VOGUE MAG!!!


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Chocolate-Covered ACADEMY AWARD-winning Actress LUPITA NYONG'O says, "I WANT To CREATE OPPORTUNITIES For PEOPLE Off COLOR...", as she travels to her family farm in her homeland of KENYA, and; she covers the October 2016 FALLING IN LOVE Issue of VOGUE Magazine!!!

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KAP, DOLPH, LUCCI, SAVAGE, ZAYTOVEN, & MIGOS On ROLLING OUT MAG!!!

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HIP HOP Artists KAP G, MIGOS, 21 SAVAGE, YOUNG DOLPH, YFN LUCCI, and Producer ZAYTOVEN put out some of the hottest music for the summer of 2016, and justly so, they all cover the SPECIAL EDITION: SUMMER '16 Issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine!!!



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KAP G

Kap G, the newest, emerging Mexican-American hip-hop artist, has everyone taking photos with other people’s girlfriends this summer. His hit song “Girlfriend” has been commanding the airwaves all summer. Celebrities such as Draya Michelle, Bow Wow and Kylie Jenner have made Snapchat videos jamming to Kap G’s viral single. According to Kap, he was surprised at how fast the single took off. 

KAP G says;
“When I saw it hit a million views in only a month and a half, I was like geez. Before I even put it out, everybody had already told me it was a hit. I’m just happy it’s doing what it’s doing.” 



21 Savage

21 SAVAGE

21 Savage just recently emerged on the hip-hop scene, and has already accomplished more this summer than many others. He recently dropped his Savage Mode project, a collaboration with ATL-based producer Metro Boomin, which includes his summer hit single, “X” featuring Future. The undeniable fan-favorite track relates to anyone who has ever been in a toxic relationship that they’re now free of. After all, what better way to get over an ex than catchy lyrics and a dope beat. One can’t help but to wonder if Savage made that song about someone from his past. “It’s not about anyone in particular, it’s about all them h–s,” says 21 Savage. “X” has been moving up the charts since he released it earlier in the summer.

21 SAVAGE says;
“I knew the song was taking off when I looked at iTunes and saw the numbers and all the views,” 



Young Dolph

YOUNG DOLPH

Young Dolph, who many refer to as “The King of Memphis,” has had quite a few hits during summer 2016. Stepping back a year ago, everyone grew to love his verse on the remix of O.T. Genesis’ song “Cut It,” which was one of the biggest songs of the summer of 2015, peaking at number 35 on Billboard Hot 100. He also received praise for his singles “Get Paid” and “Royalty,” which took over the streets this summer. Dolph explained that “Royalty” was the fastest song that he recorded.

YOUNG DOLPH says;
“I recorded the whole album in three days. When I did ‘Royalty,’ out of all the songs, it was the fastest song I did. When I heard the beat, I knew the beat was lit. When I came out the booth, it came out like a painting. I was dropping a lot of game, and it was just hard.” 



YFN Lucci

YFN LUCCI

YFN Lucci has definitely had an eventful summer. The Atlanta native was a special guest on the “Parental Advisory” tour with Kodak Black and Lil Uzi. It was there that Lucci won over the crowd with his hit single, “Key to the Streets.” During the Atlanta show, he brought out Migos and Trouble, who are featured on the song. Their collaborative performance had everyone singing along word-for-word. According to Lucci, he knew that “Key to the Streets” was going to be a hit. 

YFN LUCCI says;
“I think all of my songs [are] hits, because that’s what I’m aiming for; when I go in the studio, I’m not just trying to make a regular song,”



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ZAYTOVEN

Unlike everyone else selected to be on the cover, Zaytoven is not an artist — he is a producer. However, Zaytoven is not just any producer. He’s a super-producer, who has, in fact, produced songs for almost all of his cover mates. His most recent work, in collaboration with MikeWillMadeIt, for Gucci Mane’s Everybody Looking album, is what earned him his spot as most influential producer of summer 2016. Zaytoven has always had a close relationship with Gucci Mane, so according to him, working on Gucci’s new album was a no-brainer. Over the years, Zaytoven has solidified his place as one of the key players responsible for elevating Atlanta’s music scene. Zaytoven’s sincere and unmatched style and sound links back to when his music career started in the church, where he learned to play the keyboard as a boy.

ZAYTOVEN says;
“I started off playing the drums. My daddy is a preacher; my mom was the choir director. Every little boy in the church wanted to play the drums, so that’s what made me move over to the keyboard. At first, I didn’t want to be in the forefront, but I know now for me to grow and make more money and brand myself, I’m all for it,”


Migos

MIGOS

Off Set, Take Off, and Quavo, better know as Migos, have been dominating the charts for quite some time now. In 2013, they awoke the competition with their top-charting hit single “Versace”, which definitely went down in the hall of fame for best summer song. In 2014, Migo’s rendition of Jermaine Dupri’s song “Welcome to Atlanta”, had fans falling in-love again with the most popular city in the South. In 2015, everybody was “piped up” and now, the Migos have everyone turning up to their latest singe, “Say Sum,” which has a different tone from their typical trap vibe. Still, it’s obvious that the Migos have consistently delivered hits, and we aren’t expecting them to slow down. Their most recent project, “3 Way” is now available online.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: I LOVE 2 EAT #126 - MONICA GARNES Is ONE Of The MOST INNOVATIVE WOMEN In FOOD & DRINK For FOOD & WINE MAG!!!

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Chocolate-Covered MONICA GARNES is Vice President of PRODUCE for the KROGER SUPERMARKETS, and; is #3 on the list of 2016 TOP 20 MOST INNOVATIVE WOMEN In FOOD & DRINK in the September 2016 BEST OF ITALY NOW Issue of FOOD & WINE Magazine!!!


Locavores across America have a powerful ally in MONICA GARNES, who is in charge of produce for Kroger, overseeing more than 2,700 outlets in 35 states that sell over 2 billion pounds of fruits and vegetables each year. By focusing on building relationships all over the country, she has increased the number of local farmers Kroger buys from by 27 percent over the past five years. 
MONICA GARNES says;
"Now we can tell our customers exactly who raises their vegetables, which is pretty darn exciting," she says. She's paying special attention to organics, one of the fastest-growing parts of her business. "It's amazing to find new farmers who thought they'd never be able to do business with Kroger," she says. "The partnership can be life-changing for them."
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NEW YORK DEFEATS SOUTH KOREA To WIN 2016 LLWS CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

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CRAZY COOL GROOVY CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Head Coach SCOTT RUSH and MAINE-INDWELL NEW YORK LITTLE LEAGUE for on Saturday, August 27, defeating SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, by a score of 2 - 1 to win the 2016 LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBBALL WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

2016 marks the first time that NEW YORK has won a LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES TITLE since 1954.
CBS SPORTS reports Pitching dominated Sunday's championship game. Starters Ryan Harlost and Jonho Jeong traded zeroes until the fourth inning, when third baseman Conner Rush blooped a run-scoring single into shallow left field. A passed ball by catcher Wontae Cho brought home another run to give New York a 2-0 lead.
The New York club did not have a runner reach base until the fourth inning, when infielder Jude Abbadessa laced a one-out single to center field. Abbadessa later scored the game's first run on Rush's single. Yoomin Lee swatted a solo home run in the top of the fifth to cut New York's lead to 2-1.
Jeong struck out nine in his five innings of work. Harlost fanned eight in his six innings for the complete game win. The game featured only eight hits total, and no player had more than one. New York recorded all three of their hits in that decisive two-run fourth inning.

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LATE NIGHT TV TACKLES DONALD TRUMP On TIME MAG!!!



After 12 years of being a correspondent on COMEDY CENTRAL late night show, The DAILY SHOW With JON STEWART, in February 2016; SAMANTHA BEE launched her own late night show, FULL FRONTAL With SAMANTHA BEE on TBS!!!

SAMANTHA BEE has a flair for the baroque insult. She has at time said about DONALD TRUMP:
 “tangerine-tinted trash-can fire,” “sociopathic 70-year-old toddler,” “screaming carrot demon” and “America’s burst appendix.” The Republican National Convention, for Bee, was “a poorly attended rage-athon featuring a parade of hemorrhoidal has-beens.” Sometimes the fury leaves her nearly speechless. After playing a clip of Trump’s debate-night boast about the size of his private parts, Bee is shown wielding a squeegee on a blurry camera lens: “Sorry, let me just wipe the vomit off …”
 “It was funnier when they were all on that stage. Now that we’ve come down to Trump, it’s less funny with every passing moment. In fact, I’ve lost all sense of what’s funny about Donald Trump. Now I feel that it’s a pressing concern.” 
SOUTH AFRICAN-born Comedian/Actor TREVOR NOAH is now host of The DAILY SHOW With TREVOR NOAH.

TREVOR NOAH said;
“Trump is presidential. He just happens to be running on the wrong continent. 
“Coming from the outside, I’m not imbued with the eternal optimism and confidence that Americans have, you know? A lot of people go, ‘Well, that can never happen in America.’ I go, ‘It can happen here. There’s a certain level of naiveté when you say Hillary Clinton is worse than Donald Trump. I think that’s a very dangerous position to be in. And I think the press has gotten to a place where they are realizing that it’s about truth and not neutrality.”
SETH MEYERS is host of NBC late night's LATE NIGHT With SETH MEYERS.

SETH MEYERS said;
“I do think we are in an era where people come to expect, or become comfortable with, hosts of late-night shows having a strong point of view. It probably took me a year or a year and a half of doing this show before I felt comfortable sharing that point of view. And I think this election served as the catalyst.” 
“Donald Trump has been saying that he will run for President as a Republican. Which is surprising, since I just assumed he was running as a joke.
"...Trump is a Magic 8 Ball. Shake it up and you get one answer. Shake it again and you get something completely different”
SETH MEYERS once urged DONALD TRUMP to drop out of the 2016 PRESIDENTIAL RACE;
“You would be able to be the President you want to be, but without the bothersome irritations of the press, voters or the pesky Constitution”
MEYERS says NBC is completely on board with his commentary;
“Not only have they gotten out of the way, but they’ve pushed the show to be what it is now.”
TIME Correspondent tackles The NEW POLITICS Of LATE NIGHT as  WE JOKE. YOU DECIDE. LATE NIGHT TV Takes On DONALD TRUMP.

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2016 BEAUTY Of A BRAND BRUNCH & AWARDS: HONORING WOMEN In MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT!!!


The BEAUTY Of A BRAND BRUNCH & AWARDS in conjunction with the ARTISTS Of COLOR In ENTERTAINMENT (ACE) CHAT SERIES – has become the industry's newest voice curating conversations and commanding narratives, and; they are recognizing the best and most inspiring work of women working in television media and entertainment!!!
CELEBRATING:
CYNNE SIMPSON, FOX 5 anchor
WENDY CORONA, WSBTV anchor
LaCHINA ROBINSON, ESPN analyst
SHARON REED, CBS46 anchor
YVETTE NOEL-SCHURE, SVP of Publicity, Schure Media Group
Purpose:
  • Showcasing these powerful women who have made outstanding contributions to advancing women’s and girls’ visibility and power in media and entertainment.C
  • Connecting women and girls so they are media-savvy.
  • Creating innovative and original content.
Attire: Business Chic
Space is limited. No refunds unless the event is cancelled. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

SEAN DIDDY COMBS On AL SHARPTON!!!


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Last week on NYC, HIP HOP Mogul SEAN DIDDY COMBS was at the MSNBC studios for an interview with Rev. AL SHARPTON on POLITICS NATION With AL SHARPTON!!!

During their session, Rev. SHARPTON and DIDDY discussed the recent opening of his new school CAPITAL PREPATORY HARLEM CHARTER SCHOOL, his thoughts on the 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, and so much more.

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KEITH OLBERMANN Has 176 REASONS Why DONALD TRUMP SHOULD NOT Be PRESIDENT For GQ MAG!!!


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Political Analyst/Commentator KEITH OBERMANN is BACK, and he has a new series for GQ Magazine entitled, The CLOSER!!!

This is the debut episode in which he details 176 REASONS Why DONALD JOHN TRUMP SHOULD NOT Be PRESIDENT Of The UNITED STATES Of AMERICA.

KEITH OLBERMANN says;

"Every few generations, we Americans are called upon to defend our country. To defend it not so much from foreign dictators or war or terrorism, but from those here who have no commitment to progress or democracy or representative government—no commitment to anything except their own out-of-control minds and the bottomless pits of their egos.
Our society has thrown up these people before: Joseph McCarthy. George Wallace. Father Coughlin. Jefferson Davis. Aaron Burr. The Know-Nothings. The Blacklisters. The America-Firsters. And we have always thrown them out.
And now our generation has its own: the most dangerous individual ever nominated by a major party for the highest office in this country.
His base wants few details and fewer facts; they just want to burn it down and blame their failures on the collective other. And Donald John Trump is their demonic messiah in Oompa Loompa's clothing.
We must stop him.
It is not pleasant.
It is not fair that we have to do this.
But it is our turn.

The Emperor's New Clothes quality to the Trump campaign has survived these 15 months because, as we react to each outrage, our shock and revulsion have been refracted like light through a prism.
But these outrages are not separate events, not even a pattern.
They are, simply, Donald Trump.
Seen all at once, they—and he—are horrifying.
You must see them "all at once."
Thus—in brief—the story so far:
The Republican party has actually nominated for president a man who attacked the Pope.
Who attacked John McCain for being captured by the North Vietnamese.
Who attacked Gold Star parents Khizr and Ghazala Khan and then juxtaposed their names with the phrase "Radical Islamic Terrorism."
Who attacked Hillary Clinton as a "bigot." Who attacked her as "brainwashed." As "unhinged." As "a monster." As "the devil." As "the most corrupt candidate ever"—showing her face on piles of hundred-dollar bills and the Star of David.
Who attacked her as someone whom "Second Amendment people" should do something about. As someone whose religion "we don't know anything about"—after he explained he had never asked God for forgiveness.

Who attacked President Obama and implied he was a traitor. Who attacked him as having been complicit in the Orlando terrorist attack. Who attacked him for having lower approval ratings than Vladimir Putin, as if Putin's could be trusted. Who attacked him as being born in another country. Who attacked him as the founder of ISIS, then said it was sarcasm, then said it wasn't sarcasm, then attacked him again as the founder of ISIS.... "

Get the FULL 4-1-1 from KEITH OLBERMANN at GQ Magazine
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