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10 Hip Hop Songs that Uplift Black Woman


From Essence.com with editional commentary by your truly
Snoop Dogg recently announced that he owes it to his women fans to move forward producing more “female-friendly” records. Over his illustrious 18 years as a gangsta rapper, Snoop has agreed that making songs that objectify and exploit women are just not that cool anymore. I guess he finally realized that he was talking about his wife and daughter.
Emcees releasing female-friendly rap songs are few and far between, and it’s still the status quo in rap to hear the words, “b-tch” and “ho.” However, instead of beating a dead horse and focusing on the negative, we decided to give shout outs to the 10 rappers over the years that have glorified and shown appreciation and respect to Black women. It is sad that Hip Hop is over 30 years old Essence.com could only find 10 songs and most of them are old school or alternative rappers. What does that say about the current rap game?

Dear Mama – Tupac
Tupac reminded us all of the struggles of single Black mothers, and how much of a responsibility it is to be a mother, period. That no matter how great or terrible we may have thought our moms to be, there’s no one who deserves our appreciation and respect more than a strong Black mother.

“I’ll Be There for You,” Method Man ft. Mary J. Blige
Still living the fast life, the gritty Method Man recognizes on this track he has a woman that will ride or die for her man. And, instead of taking her long lasting love for granted or manipulating her loyalty, he knows she has become all he needs to get by.

“Black Girl Pain,” Talib Kweli
As a father, conscious rapper Talib Kweli offers Black little girls everywhere a daddy’s love on this track. He uses the song to help others realize the importance of watching over our young Black women, and treating them like princesses so they grow one day to be queens.

Womanology,” KRS One
In this song, the old school rapper preaches on the way women and men act toward each other. If men want a women that treats them right, it begins with the man taking responsibility and treating the women like the Queen she was intended to be.

Independent,” Webbie
This Southern rapper created a catchy hook, spelling out the word independent to show his appreciation for the females who have their own thing going on. Women who work hard to take care of themselves, stay fly, and are able to earn their own money, urging the ladies who lack ambition and drive to “sit down.”

U Make Me Wanna,” Jadakiss ft. Mariah Carey
Jadakiss respects the woman who respects the hustle. In a relationship that had a rocky start, he sings praises to the woman who endured it all and stuck with him, appreciating a love that has also become a deep rooted friendship.

Beautiful,” Snoop
Like he mentioned, Snoop has released a few “bits and pieces” of songs that show he isn’t a total sexist. On this track Snoop reminisces over the feeling of first meeting his “favorite girl,” and revels in her beauty both on the inside and outside.

The Light,” Common
Framed as a love letter, Common confesses his love for a woman in the most tender way. He affectionately explained why if you are a real man the word bitch is no name for a woman, and the how the reflection of light in woman is warmth for a man.

“Keep Ya Head Up,” Tupac
And since we all came from a woman, got our name from a woman, and our game from a woman, I wonder why we take from our women? Why we rape our women? Do we hate our women? I think it’s time to kill for our women. Time to heal our women, be real to our women.” The lyrics say it all.

Can you add to the list?
I will add Round the Way Girl by L.L. Cool J. and Brooklyn Queens by Third Bass

ABWW Hater of the Day: Jimi Izrael Part II

Mr. Izrael has the honor of being the first person to be Hater of the Day twice!
I have to give Mr. Izreal props he did answer my e-mail, but as I predicted the man doesn’t know squat about black women and is basically bashing his own ex-wives. He is stated he was a professor at Case Western University, but he really just taught one seminar on hip hop a year ago. I still approached him as an academic (since I am one in real life) This is a copy of our conversation.
July 8, 2010 at 9:22 am | #1
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Hater: Hi all. My name is jimi izrael, the dolt in question.

I’m grateful and humbled to have my book be the topic of discussion, even if I am saddened by the tenor of the conversation. I’m sorry you felt the need to insult me personally, when you don’t, in fact, know me personally. I’m not going to enter in any great debate about my expertise, the typos in the book or the like. I wrote an unconventional memoir absent of advice but full of explicit and not-so explicit lessons for thoughtful readers willing to read it from cover to cover. Not everyone has that time, or is willing to be particularly thoughtful. The book is not for everyone.

> I did edit out the word connubial, apparently he could not even keep a white woman happy, once again suggesting that they should not be on the pedestal that so many put them on. They are they have the same foibles that we do.

If your presumptions about who I have found “conubial bliss” with are any indication, clearly, you did not read the book.

Or at least, you did not read it well. I don’t purport to have any expertise that you don’t, and I say that. I just told part of my story. My book flouts the statistics, which don’t really tell us alot. People aren’t numbers — I just suggest that happiness is where you find it.

Thanks again for thinking of me. As best as I am able, I will answer any questions you may have.
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Eshowoman: You are absolutely right, I didn’t read the book from cover to cover. I saw the Nightline piece and I took the Amazon reviews to the book store and read portions in the store. I am not going to pay for a book that puts black women down on a wholesale basis. I live in rural college town and the public library does not stock books that cover issues around black folks. So I could not borrow it.

If you have read any other entries of this blog you will notice a pattern. There seems to be a growing trend of black men who out-marry and blame black women for their choices. You are in the company of Slim Thug, Tim Alexander, Toure and Taye Diggs. Why are men who have chosen their non-black partners for life act out on this compulsion? I feel that black women have a right to be angry about this trend. Of course, some women are just plain angry, obnoxious, aggressive, materialistic and fat, but these are not identifying traits of black women. I continue to find examples of women of all races and ethnic groups who are exemplars of these traits. So if you are down I would love to have a conversation.

I am an academic like you and I have spent a great deal of time researching this phenomenon. I contend that this issue has historical, psychosocial and economic roots that go back to when the first Africans were placed on the auction block and to make assumptions about black women without taking these things into consideration is just an exercise in malice.

Here are some questions I would like you to address:

Black women are raising children alone and a significant portion of black men are choosing criminality over their partners and children. Why do you think that is the case?

How to you think centuries of propaganda around ideal white womanhood has effected marital choice for black men?

How do you think the fact that black families have never been able to model themselves after pre-feminist middle class due to economic racism and paramour rights?

Why should a sister who has completed her education, financially stable with no children, in other words completed the requirements of black middle class respectability, lower their standards? Shouldn’t brothers step their game up?

Black women give black me life,we parent you, we teach you so how can we ALL be the antithesis of what a man of any race wants for a partner?

Your last blog discussed misogyny, but did not address the how hip hop has been corrupted from the music I loved as a child (I grew up two subway stops from 1520 Sedgwick Avenue) into the black-woman-hating-light-skin-fetishistic clap trap of commercial rap?

Why do black comedic actors dress up as black women and act out the worst stereotypes about black women?

I look forward to your answers.

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Hater: How can you, with any intellectual integrity, talk down a book you haven’t read? And here’s a hint? The “I don’t have to taste shit to know it’s not pancakes” defense doesn’t hold. Black people read books and weigh them on their merits. Telling other black people to run from a book you haven’t read is, in the words of noted social commentator Charlie Murphy
— madd niggerish. Sad. Really.

> I should have known anyone who refers to Eddie Murphy’s untalented brother as a “social commentator” really doesn’t have a third leg to stand on!

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July 9, 2010 at 1:15 am | #4
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Eshowoman: Send me a copy and I will be happy to read it. As I said I don’t spend my hard earned money on these “beat a black woman down” books, movies or music.

Look forward to your answers with bated breath.
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Esho:If you have read any other entries of this blog you will notice a pattern. There seems to be a growing trend of black men who out-marry and blame black women for their choices. You are in the company of Slim Thug, Tim Alexander, Toure and Taye Diggs. Why are men who have chosen their non-black partners for life act out on this compulsion?

Hater: Who is this non-black partner of mine? Can you introduce me?
> I have wonderful, beautiful, vivacious white girlfriends. Why would I introduce any of them to a many who can only see them in stereotypes? Find you own Suzy Chapstick, dude.

Eshowoman: I feel that black women have a right to be angry about this trend. Of course, some women are just plain angry, obnoxious, aggressive, materialistic and fat, but these are not identifying traits of black women.

Hater: Do Tell

Eshowoman: I continue to find examples of women of all races and ethnic groups who are exemplars of these traits. So if you are down I would love to have a conversation.

Hater: We’ll see

Eshowoman: I am an academic like you
I left out the word “ideology” accidentally. But his response makes me realize that this dude is clearly inflating his credentials.
Hater: What is the question here?

Eshowoman: Why should a sister who has completed her education, financially stable with no children, in other words completed the requirements of black middle class respectability, lower their standards?

Hater: Standards are important. Be the person you are looking for. Be picky. But be reasonable

Eshowoman: Shouldn’t brothers step their game up?

Hater: There are more black men in college now than there has ever been in American history. So I’d say that they are.

Eshowoman: Black women give black you life, we parent you, we teach you so how can we ALL be the antithesis of what a man of any race wants for a partner?

Hater: Who said that?
> Is this guy debating the basic facts of biology and African American life? WTF???

Eshowoman: Your last blog discussed misogyny, but did not address the how hip hop has been corrupted from the music I loved as a child (I grew up two subway stops from 1520 Sedgwick Avenue) into the black-woman-hating-light-skin-fetishistic clap trap of commercial rap?

Hater: Since “Rapper’s Delight,” popular rap has been sexist and sexual. Not a lot has changed.
> This is hater who claims he is an “expert” on hip hop, yet claims the beginning of the movement began with “Rappers Delight”. That is incredible! I feel sorry for the students who took his seminar.

Eshowoman: Why do black comedic actors dress up as black women and act out the worst stereotypes about black women?

Hater: For the same reason ancient Grecian actors and Shakespearean plays included men dressed as women. It’s farcical. And it’s funny.
I look forward to your answers.
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July 9, 2010 at 1:59 am | #6
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Hater: Black women are being incarcerated at 7 times the rate of black men.” Reference URL Please?
> WWWWWTF???

Esho: Changes in the incarceration rates for women were more distinct. At midyear 2000, black women were incarcerated at a rate 6 times that of white women (or 380 per 100,000 U.S. residents versus 63 per 100,000 U.S. residents). By June 30, 2007, the incarceration rate for black women declined to 3.7 times that of white women (or 348 versus 95). An 8.4% decline in the incarceration rate for black women and a 51% increase in the rate for white women accounted for the overall decrease in the incarceration rate of black women relative to white women at midyear 2007.”
Source:
Sabol, William J., PhD, and Couture, Heather, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Prison Inmates at Midyear 2007 (Washington, DC: US Department of Justice, June 2008), NCJ221944, p. 8.
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/pim07.pdf-t1/tab01.txt

If black women are not raising these children who is?

Esho: I continue to find examples of women of all races and ethnic groups who are exemplars of these traits. So if you are down I would love to have a conversation.

Hater : We’ll see
Esho: Busted! You are guilty too, obviously you only read the blog entry that pertains to you.

Esho: How to you think centuries of propaganda around ideal white womanhood has effected marital choice for black men?
Hater: I can’t speak for a race of men. No one can”
Esho: Yet you presume to talk to a race of black women?

Esho: How do you think the fact that black families have never been able to model themselves after pre-feminist middle class ideology due to economic racism and paramour rights?

Hater: What is the question here?

Esho:”I left out the word “ideology” but I made an assumption that a man who chooses to lecture black women would know something about black middle class respectability. My bad!

Esho: Black women give black you life ,we parent you, we teach you so how can we ALL be the antithesis of what a man of any race wants for a partner?
Hater: Who said that?
> I guess ole Jimi was raised by wolves……

Esho: Do you know anything about black woman’s clubs, sororities, black female labor activity,anti-lynching politics, paramour rights, the history of denial of legal protections around rape, the Venus Hottentot? I could go on and on and on…
If you are not versed in any of this history how can you with any good conscience write amount black women. Your bio said you were in Mass Comm (like me) haven’t you heard of Ida B. Wells and her suit against the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Company?

> Note he has NO ANSWER this.

Esho: Shouldn’t brothers step their game up?

Hater: “There are more black men in college now than there has ever been in American history. So I’d say that they are.” Reference URL?
Eshowoman: That is wonderful but they are also out marrying at an alarming rate:
A new study shows that more and more black men are marrying women of other races. In fact, more than 1 in 5 black men who wed (22 percent) married a nonblack woman in 2008. This compares with about 9 percent of black women, and represents a significant increase for black men — from 15.7 percent in 2000 and 7.9 percent in 1980.
http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1616/american-marriage-interracial-interethnic

Eshowoman: Your last blog discussed misogyny, but did not address the how hip hop has been corrupted from the music I loved as a child (I grew up two subway stops from 1520 Sedgwick Avenue) into the black-woman-hating-light-skin-fetishistic clap trap of commercial rap?

Hater: Since “Rapper’s Delight,” popular rap has been sexist and sexual. Not a lot has changed.
Esho: Please! You know as well as I do when hip hop left the east coast, the words B*tch and Ho became de riguer. You are not seriously trying to say that LL’s “I’m the Type of Guy” is the same as Tupac’s “Same Ho”or NWA’s “A B*tch Iz A B*tch? Sexual and sexist is not the same thing.

Are you telling me the Flip Wilson consulted the Lysistrata or Martin Lawrence the Twelfth Night before they put on a wig?
These stereotype of a shrewish, emasculating black woman who was unfit for matrimony was introduced into early cinema by white men with titles like The Wooing and Wedding of a Coon (1905) Wooing of Aunt Jemima (1916) and Coontown Suffragettes (1914) a “darky” version of the Lysistrata. Back then black newspapers mounted campaigns to censor those films, today most say that is exactly how black women act. How did we get from there to here?
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Hater: Good counterpoints, all.
Thanks for the compliment, it has become obvious that as far as sister go you know nothing beyond your own failed relationships and some he-man-woman-haters-barbershop-trash-talk.

Sometimes people engage the opposite sex in pointless bickering because this is the only kind of attention they can get from them. Some people really want to build bridges. I wrote a book that some people enjoy. People who bring their blind anger in search of easy answers?

Yeah, they skip around the chapters, see themselves in the book — or don’t– and don’t enjoy the book so much. I felt the same way about “Sense and Sensibilities.”

> The title of the book is “Sense and Sensibility.” I am not suprised you read it all the way through
Jane Austin’s books are all about ideal white femininity. You should read “Mansfield Park” where the gentle lady gets slightly distress when she finds out how the rape and torture of black women funds her life of leisure in England.

But I read it all the way through anyways, just so i could discuss it intelligently.
I don’t have the time for protracted arguing with people hiding behind clever screen-names about the thesis of a book you haven’t read and admonish others not to read, which is, I repeat, Madd Niggerish. Any black person –academic!?– telling you to run from a book they haven’t read, no matter what’s in the book they haven’t read, is an idiot.

Eshowoman: have also read some of your homophobic hogwash, that stuff makes me madder than any well worn hateration in your book.

Since you are not an academic, I doubt we will ever run into each other. It is clear since you cannot engage in any thoughtful conversation on this topic, the question of who the idiot is up for grabs.

I’m happy that you are trying to be a part of the solution here on Angry Black Woman Watch
> Thanks for the complement???

Hater: But this conversation will have to continue… without me.
>Now why am I not surprised?
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July 9, 2010 at 1:50 pm | #8
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>Send me a copy and I will be happy to read it. As I said I don’t spend my hard earned money on these “beat a black woman down” books, movies or music.

Stay Classy, Baby.
All my best,
j—
> Most published authors have copies up the ying yang to send out for free to reviewers. If you can’t stand the heat, you really should stay out of the kitchen.
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July 9, 2010 at 11:32 pm | #9
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Eshowoman: It is very hard to build bridges when some ‘don’t even have the tools. I’d rather spend my money on material that poses real solutions. A half an hour in a book store and your inability to answer any of my questions is enough proof for me that you are using your own failed marriages to smear black women. I will continue to follow your blog at the The Root since the several of the other links you have poster are dead. Confabulate much?
Stay pitiful, baby.
~E
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ABWW Hater of the Day: Jimi Izrael and The Denzel Principle: Why Black Women Can’t Find Good Black Men

I really don’t understand why black males who finally find bliss in the arms of a non-black women are obsessed with putting down black women. Here is another fool to add to this growing rouges gallery. Jimi Izreal
is twice-divorced black male, who fails to accept accountability for his own failings with respect to past romantic involvements. He further absolves his gender of any responsibility of the dearth of strong, healthy, stable marriages in the black community.

This book suffers from an embarrassing number of typos yet this dolt was booked at an expert on a Nightline special on black women. He has also appeared on the Fox News Network’s “Hannity & Colmes” and “The O’Reilly Factor” if those are not credentials to make shudder I don’t know what will. Like Steve Harvey he didn’t note anything profound or insightful, his book is basically a diary of all the misfortune he has experienced dating sisters. In one portion of the book he chastises black women for having high standards and he then in another berates us for having low standards, WTF??? Anyone who uses Too Short as an example what as defense against dating black women is truly a sad case. Black men are choosing jail over relationships and out-marrying at an alarming rate, yet according to Israel it is all our fault. He wraps the book up with news of his joyous union with a white woman, but of course you knew that was coming. I am really amazed how many brothers are making money off a plight that they have a great deal of responsibility for creating. Why do they have such a need to attack is when they are supposedly happy? Were they raised by wolves or what it black women who raised them, taught and supported until they were ready to hate on their own? Is this book catches you eye run in the other direction! If you want to read how far this man’s delusions go here is an excerpt. I sent an e-mail to the dude to see what he thinks of day’s honor let’s see if he responds. Judging from the size of this guys ego, you might think he would , but I am betting he won’t, since there is there is no filthy lucre involved.

ABWW Stereotype Buster of the Day: The Myth of a White Woman’s Purity is Over!

Many black women haters point to black female hyper-sexuality as a reason that we are at the bottom of the dating barrel. If this is the case why are so many black men marrying whores? Since the development of the pill and the sexual revolution, the women who were once seen as pure have leaped off that pedestal and so why are we seen as hussies no matter how we live our lives? The idea of white female purity is as dead as a doornail, yet black women are still judged by these standards.
Montel Williams has married a succession of white women including an ex-stripper and now his children are calling him a deadbeat dad who rarely sees them. I guess the years that he set himself up as a moral arbiter of American behavior was a case of do as I say not as I do. Black men run after Kim Kardashian whose sex tape with Ray J launched her career as a woman who is famous for nothing. IceT upgraded his first wife a Filipino stripper for a blonde bimbo who chest looks she has to inflate it with a bicycle pump every morning.
Ex-football player Hank Basket married Kendra Wilkinson, a women who shared their bed with two other women and Hugh Hefner and makes pornography. If you have ever tried to watch her show Kendra you will see that she is rather dull, stupid and boring. There is only reason men would watch this show. So if white women are no longer held up to the standard of purity, why are black women still seen as immoral and hypersexual?

ABWW Hater of the Day: Luther “Luke” Campbell

Luke may have struck a blow for freedom of speech back in the day but her really should keep his mouth shut. In a radio interview last week, the washed up rapper and low rent porn king who have father has had 4 kids out of wedlock discussed “disowning his kids” caused a stir on the internet. In the interview, Luke encourages men to practice safe sex so that they don’t end up “donating sperm to angry mothers” and have “sperm donation kids”. He also only claims 1 out of his 5 kids in the interview.

This interview was a response to his daughter calling him a dead beat dad in a video that circulated the web a few months ago. Uncle Luke has released a statement claiming his comments were edited to stir up controversy involving his family issues. He has been forced to support his children to the tune of a couple million and his anger is obviously about the loss of income he collected from sisters who had nowhere else to turn but to sell their bodies. I am pretty progressive about prostitution. I think the woman who does the work should keep the money. It shouldn’t enrich fools like this who do not want to support their children.

Of course he tried to backtrack and say that the interview was edited to make him seem negative. Oh please, like many other black women haters he blames black women with for his deadbeat ways. If you don’t want to have children get a vasectomy.

ABWW Hater of the Day: Alphonso Ribereo

You may remember Alphonso Ribereo as the less talented second banana on the Fresh Prince of Bell Air or Silver Spoons. Like many black men who are pathologically obsessed with white women he cannot keep his big fat black-woman hating mouth about it. Here is his extremely untalented rap about how white women can’t keep the off his jock.

ABWW Action Alert: Get Tested!!!!

Sunday, June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, and state health officials are taking the opportunity to remind black women of the importance of getting tested for HIV, especially for pregnant women.

In patients younger than 13 years of age, nearly all cases of HIV transmission occur from mother to baby during pregnancy and delivery. Very frequently, women are unaware of their status and their risk. With intervention during pregnancy, labor, and delivery, transmission from mother to baby can be decreased from 25 to 30 percent down to 1 to 2 percent.

Once a woman’s HIV status is documented, oral medication can be started during pregnancy, continued through labor, and then given to the baby for 6 weeks. This will decrease the chances of passing HIV onto the baby—less than 2 percent chance of becoming infected. This approach has been verified in medical studies and has proven effective. Long term side effects on the fetus and children exposed to the medications have not been seen.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends all individuals ages 13 to 64 receive voluntary routine HIV counseling and testing. HIV counseling and testing allows people with HIV to take steps to protect their own health and well-being, as well as that of their partners and families, and helps people who test negative get the information they need to stay uninfected.

African-American women are the fastest growing population of new HIV cases. “They account for nearly half the reported cases among women in Indiana. It’s important that all people, but especially women, understand the risks for becoming infected with HIV, and how to prevent it. As much as brothers on the downlow has publicized heterosexual men and those who have been in prison are also responsible for the skyrocketing rate of infection in black women.

Tests take just a few minutes and results are typically available in two weeks, although most sites have Rapid HIV Antibody testing available. Both confidential and anonymous tests are available. National HIV Testing Day is an annual campaign coordinated by the National Association of People with AIDS. It was launched more than a decade ago to promote early detection. Its purpose is to encourage people of all ages to “Take the Test, Take Control.” Early HIV diagnosis is important, so people who are infected can benefit from available life-saving treatments.

ABWW Action Alert: P. Diddy at Ciroc.com

Sean Puffy Combs is not a rapper that regularly demeans black women. He had a succession of beautiful intelligent baby mamas and as far as I know the Jenifer Lopez is the only ex-girlfriend where media outlets and gossip mongers pressed him about his intentions in regards to the chick from around the block. His new campaign for his vodka entails a “smooth off” a demonstration of skills and bravado in which the winner will get the perfect accessory for the man who has everything, a white woman, of course. Maybe black and Asian sisters should give Absolut their hard earned money instead. What is your take?
One might say it is just a commercial why get into a tissy about anything Sean “dancing fool” Combs does? The commercial is another example of the gendered sexism that sisters have had to put with for centuries. Everyone can agree that one of the psychological tools that reinforced slavery and racism was the dehumanization of black people. This went double for black women who were constructed as opposite to white women. White women were delicate but black women were strong enough to labor in the field. Women were pure, but black women were sexually voracious, perfect for rape and forced breeding. White woman’s were perfect wives and mothers where black women possessed none of these womanly traits. White woman were so precious that thousands of black men, women and children were tortured and executed at the mere suspicion of besmirching their purity. White women were submissive and created a home that a hard working white man could come home to and relax, but black women could only aggressively harangue and harass her man to the point that he was lazy, shuffling layabout. Despite the predominantly woman’s movement, white women are largely still on the “ideal woman” pedestal. Check out the commercial on youtube.

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Naso magister erat.

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