Whitney Houston

by ethnic on May 19, 2008

Birth Name: Whitney Elizabeth Houston

Date of Birth: August 9, 1963

Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Death: February 11, 2012

Place of Death: Beverly Hills, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: African-American, with distant English, Irish, and Scottish

Whitney Houston was an American singer, actress, model, and producer. Known for her incomparable voice, she gave the world numerous classic tracks and was also a talented actress.

Whitney was the daughter of singer Cissy Houston (born Emily Drunkard) and John Russell Houston, Jr. Whitney was a first cousin of singer Dionne Warwick. She was previously married to singer Bobby Brown. The couple had a daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, who was born in 1993 and died in 2015.

Whitney’s parents were/are both black. She also had distant English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.

Whitney’s mother, Cissy, stated in an interview that she has Dutch and Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.

Whitney’s paternal grandfather was John Russell Houston (the son of John Emmanuel Houston and Hannah M. Davis). Whitney’s grandfather John was born in New Jersey. Whitney’s great-grandfather John was the son of Nathaniel Houston and Sarah Ann. Hannah was the daughter of James Davis and Eleanor.

Whitney’s paternal grandmother was Sarah Elizabeth Collins (the daughter of The Rev. Abraham Augustus Collins and Sarah Elizabeth Sanderson). Whitney’s grandmother Sarah was born in California. Augustus was the son of Henry M. Collins and Elizabeth Spears. Whitney’s great-grandmother Sarah was the daughter of Jeremiah Burke Sanderson and Catherine Elizabeth Gibson Molyneaux.

Whitney’s maternal grandfather was Nitcholas Auther Drinkard (the son of John T. Drinkard and Susie/Susan Belle/Bell Fuller). Nitcholas was born in Georgia. John was the son of John Drinkard and Victoria Hansom. Susie was the daughter of Moses Knox Fuller and Elizabeth Brown.

Whitney’s maternal grandmother was Adelia/Delia/Dealyer Mae McCaskill (the daughter of Stephen McCaskill and Emma Houston). Adelia was born in Florida. Stephen was the son of John Jett McCaskill and Annie. Emma was the daughter of Oliver Houston and Rachel Hill.

Sources: Genealogies of Whitney Houston – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Whitney Houston (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.findagrave.com

Whitney’s mother speaks of their ancestors – http://www.youtube.com

Whitney’s maternal grandmother, Adelia/Delia/Dealyer Mae McCaskill, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Whitney’s maternal great-grandparents, Stephen McCaskill and Emma Houston, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Whitney’s maternal great-grandfather, Stephen McCaskill, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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andrew November 9, 2016 at 5:58 am

here is a picture of her paternal grandmother Sarah Elizabeth Collins:

andrew November 9, 2016 at 5:55 am

the “Collins” line traces back to Henry M. Collins’s great-grandfather, John Collins, born c. 1715, in Ireland, and to his wife, Jane Major, born in Lancashire, England.

SB.K September 13, 2015 at 5:39 am

beautiful women

neiltennant July 28, 2015 at 1:31 pm

not all black women and men who had *** with whites were results of rape

there are a lot of secret dating couples

neiltennant July 28, 2015 at 1:32 pm

there were a lot of couples

neiltennant July 28, 2015 at 7:07 am

please look at her mother

more lighter skin than her daughter and wonderful blue eyes

and be sure that she is definitely mixed and not only african american

angrygirl19 September 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm

those blue eyes could have easily come from old age. my grandparents have grey and blue eyes too, but that’s because theyre old.

neiltennant January 1, 2016 at 5:44 am

no i talk about her mother when she was in her 40s when she was shown drilling WHITNEY to pegaent events

Manila July 27, 2015 at 11:07 pm

Nitcholas’ middle name is Auther.

neiltennant July 9, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Im very thankful for my mother

my mother let me watching mtv when i was a small kid and that was 1991 when i first saw her. i was 5 and saw I’m your baby tonight

that was the first time in my life i had seen a black person.
and my mother who was in love with that song and video said me, that there are regions in which some people are darker than others

neiltennant July 9, 2015 at 12:48 pm

not to forget that i admired her and her looks.

bearboy January 2, 2016 at 3:15 pm

@neiltennant please look at this picture of a puppet joke and try not to laugh! It’s too funny http://shop.yo-sox.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2014/07/sock_puppet_joke_by_ricken4003-d5dwlhc.jpg

White18 September 25, 2014 at 1:52 am

Seba you sound like an immature fool. A lot of African Americans are mixed raced because many were raped back in the day. The blacks seem to almost boast how, ” Great grandpa Willy was English”, when there’s a high chance it was due to rape. So many seem to talk about how generations ago they had a white grandparent, when they look black. Nobody cares, you look black.

neiltennant July 28, 2015 at 1:31 pm

not only raped but also secret love and relationship

arjanguelsk August 11, 2014 at 10:35 am

Many African Americans have white and native ancestors. i see this information in IMDB too and its sound logic to me.

Uniscorn August 9, 2014 at 3:45 am

She has Dutch ancestry.

follers August 9, 2014 at 9:47 am

That’s never been verified.

amckenzie July 16, 2014 at 12:19 am

Sorry if I’m misunderstanding this, but why is Whitney Houston’s ethnicity listed as “African-American, with distant English, Irish, Scottish?” Where is her “English, Irish, and Scottish” ancestry documented/verified? I believe that there is more verification in her Dutch and Native American ancestry just due to the fact that that information is coming directly from her mother… :)

follers July 16, 2014 at 9:02 am

Her maternal great-great-grandfather John Jett McCaskill had Scottish and English ancestry, and she had Irish-born ancestors through her father’s “Collins” line.

I don’t think any Dutch or Native American ancestry has ever been documented for Whitney Houston.

amckenzie July 17, 2014 at 3:29 am

Okay, thank you so much for the clarification! :)

Taylor December 1, 2013 at 10:26 am

Most if not all, African Americans have white and native ancestors unless they’re of recent immigration. Very few don’t have that blood

neiltennant May 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm

wherever i look i see that the ”pure” and only black people who claim to be blacks + proud have also european ancestors

that is a good feeling and shows me that racism is stupidity

neiltennant May 11, 2013 at 2:02 pm

really ?

that did not make sense

african americans came as slaves to america

nnnnn May 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm

How “they are mixed with their slave-owners”????

neiltennant May 11, 2013 at 2:11 pm

awesome informations

at school in germany and even in the us children are learning that Blacks and Whites were separated
but that cannot be

nnnnn May 11, 2013 at 2:17 pm

I thought, white people were racistic and considered
blacks slaves as “not clean”. Maybe, victorian ladies
had “migraine” 360 days in year, so men must to
have sex with black women

fuzzybear44 May 12, 2013 at 3:14 am


Yes most of the original stock were enslaved,However there were also thousands of free ones(free born and freed indentured servants)

fuzzybear44 May 12, 2013 at 3:49 am

@ neiltennant

( in the us children are learning that Blacks and Whites were separated
but that cannot be)

Yes separated,but that only apply to black people,whites went where they wanted.All you ever heard are stories of the black girls having to carry small knives with them,because of the white men

fuzzybear44 May 12, 2013 at 4:00 am

@Follers and NNNN

(blacks slaves as “not clean”.”)

Savage ,inferior,and over sex.However I’ve never seen the words (not clean) used.This could have been said,I’ve just never seen it.They said the same thing about Indians, Irish women and Asians women,but it never stop them either.

nnnnn May 12, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Likewise children in USA schools learn, that Hitler
was found of blond russians, anglos and dutches,
and killed only “dark” ones

APS October 7, 2012 at 2:14 am
Amastara July 25, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Are you guys fn retarded?! it says they are her ancestors from the 1700s! All african americans have at least 1 white ancestor! Espially from that era. She was beautiful, but she wasn’t mixed! Im tired of people promoting the idea hat the only way A BLACK WOMAN can can be beauiftul is if shes mixed!

illwill September 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

African American itself is mixed, She is biracial. Really I would rather be called what I actually am rather than what im not.I really dont listen 2 a one drop rule that was made by a white man in slave days, And white/black really arent even race, Most people are mixed somewhere along the line, and the 1700’s would mean 2 generations ago for whitney houston, so that’s not ancestry. “Your trppin”

illwill September 9, 2012 at 11:22 am

Look at her parents.

sashafierce564 July 13, 2012 at 11:08 pm

What a beautiful Talented singer I looooove her R.i.p Whitney a beautiful African American Singer a legend.

total23 April 2, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I Love Her New Movie!!! R.I.P. WHITNEY HOUSTON!!!!


christian March 22, 2012 at 2:43 pm

there are dozens of types of africans who live in germany

many of them are totally brown/black

but there are also eritrearins or people from ethopia, who are not so black like those

whitney houston might be one of those

BUT !!

as she was an american, one can say 100 percent that most of the us blacks descended from countries, in which black slaves were very black

those who look more white or mixed are partly white

sadie March 22, 2012 at 2:58 am

She was a beautiful singer what a waste on drugs and alcohol. You know her daughter has her dads looks sooooo UGLY! She only has boyfriends because of family money! You all know this is the truth admit it!!

Coleen March 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Whitney’s father looked very mixed. In fact his features and skin color looked more caucasian or american indian. I see that she is mixed.

Dropit! March 18, 2012 at 3:10 am

To me she’s just black. If u see her early years pic you’ll notice she just a regular black person. She might have blood from whatever race but she’s BLACK!

Auntie March 15, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Another beautiful mixed baby like my niece and nephew. RIP Whitney.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 16, 2012 at 12:38 am
Kerrywhite September 22, 2014 at 6:28 pm

She’s black not mixed. She didn’t come from white and black parents.

Jz March 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Another talented singer that could not control herself. It was a matter of time. What a waste of talent!!!

Lace March 15, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Watch wat u say i bet she did a lot more then u will ever do

I love you, Roger Scientist March 16, 2012 at 12:38 am
L March 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I never knew she was Mulatto or mixed-race. She didn’t look it.

Chief_Native_Mulatto March 11, 2012 at 7:03 pm

She did looked mixed because she had caramel skin. If she look like Alek Wek or the same complexion as Wesley Snipes, then I could understand why you would say that she doesn’t look mixed.

Seba March 21, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Chief Nato Mulatto! U stand to be corrected because u can’t always tell by complexion!!!! I am fair skin and my siblings are considered dark skin and we have the same parents!!! Damit people!!!! IM GONNA SAY IT AGAAAAIN!!! SO LONG AS U R PEOPLE OF COLOR LIVING IN AMERICA U ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS STAND A GREATER CHANCE OF HAVING MIXED ANCESTRY!!!! GET THIS THRU UR THICK SCULLS!!! GENETICS MAY BE DIFFICULT BUT ITS NOT THAT DAMN DIFFICULT NOR IS IT AS IGNORANT AS SOME OF U SOUND!!!! WHEW HOW HEAVILY ROOTED IS RACISM IN AMERICA DAMN IT??? DUMB CLUTTS!!!!

Kerrywhite September 22, 2014 at 6:29 pm

She’s not mulatto. Mulatto is a term for someone who comes from a white parent and a black parent(50%BLack/50%White)

angrygirl19 September 24, 2014 at 11:10 am

She’s wasn’t a mulatto

Tony March 10, 2012 at 6:58 pm

I can see all that in her. Makes sense.


Ms. Brooklyn March 7, 2012 at 10:47 am

RIP Whitney Houston. Your legacy will live on forever. No other singer will ever compare 2 you.

total23 March 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm


0! March 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm

well im here to say that i dont care about whitney’s ethnicity b/c no matter what ethnicity she was
she will always be beautiful ,talented , well loved , funny , an angel sent from heaven thats what will define her not her ethnicity her acomplishments and she has so many of them


MOreKnowledge March 3, 2012 at 9:12 am

Whitney was of mixed descent her father was biracial but Whitney Houston was definitely a beautiful BLACK women and she was proud to be one.

yes March 1, 2012 at 10:40 am




kai March 13, 2012 at 10:32 pm

whitney was black and michael was black lol

Nathalie March 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm

A person can certainly be genetically mixed, but genetics and the person’s self identification of ethnicity is a tricky topic. They do not go hand in hand all the time. Often what genetics and far 3, 4 generation charted family trees say about the person’s lineage and blood line is a fact, but how can anyone expect a person to just suddenly accept him/herself as mixed when they self identity more as the ethnicity he/she felt a strong connection and part of in the cultural and familial aspects?
We’re just the people on the outside looking into a person’s genetic history and ancestors, and certainty it’s easy to dub that person with the title “mixed” based on ancestry or the possible ambiguity of the person’s looks that may make us think they are mixed, but ultimately, it’s the choice of the person in question to self identity as whatever ethnicity he/she feels most comfortable with.

total23 March 1, 2012 at 9:52 am

R.I.P. Whitney! The Lord Has You Now! It’s A Shame, She Was Turning Her Life Around, But The Damn Media Kept On Spreading Lies!


Li Li February 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm

RIP Whitney. Thank you for blessing us with your beautiful voice over the years. I just wished that you had made that comeback that everyone was awaiting. I guess now your voice will now truly be heard among the angels.

aps February 22, 2012 at 5:10 am
sdf February 20, 2012 at 12:38 am

Whitney’s father is half Italian and half black and her mother has dutch ancestry.

Anthony A. Vento February 29, 2012 at 4:30 am

I’ve searched the internet and other than saying Whitney Houston’s father was half black and half italian..it doesn’t mention any further info on the “italian half”. Do you have any info on her paternal grandparents or great-grandparents who were italian… their italian last name?…where that person(s) came from in town/area of italy to prove this.

Thank you, Anthony A. Vento – [email protected]

Zendaya J. February 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm

R.I.P. we will miss her, no need to find her ethinicity, because it disappeared when she slept(died). Your best wishes andd love-from the girl who heard you cry, zendaya J.

What? February 17, 2012 at 8:24 pm

RIP 2 a beautiful and talented sister!

rocky February 16, 2012 at 5:56 pm


Scoprpio February 16, 2012 at 3:19 am

Whitney Houston’s father was also part italian. He looked almost full Italian. Im not sure if he was half, but he is cleary half european.

RIP Whitney Houston February 14, 2012 at 8:03 pm

RIP Whitney Houston <3

Dont judge on Flaws but judge on their accomplishes and how many lives she inspired. Much LOVE

person February 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm

I hope you R.I.P, you were a beautiful singer.

bre February 13, 2012 at 6:32 pm

r.i.p angel thank you for your gift

Lady Avarice February 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm

RIP Whitney you were a very beautiful talented singer.

sammie February 13, 2012 at 9:30 am

RIP Whitney!!another true legend gne!!

ipop February 13, 2012 at 12:14 am

RIP Whitney.

That Black Guy February 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm

She was taken too soon. Rest in peace, Whitney.

Kaela February 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm

She also has Italian! RIP

LiteSkin February 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm

My next Black History Report will definitly be on her. RIP Whitney.

gurl February 12, 2012 at 10:38 am

Rip she was a gifted and talented singer

Maxwell February 12, 2012 at 5:49 am

Whether caucasoid, mongoloid or negroid, we’re all one(according to Bob Marley, the late Jamaican reggae musician).R.I.P Whitney Houston

me February 11, 2012 at 10:22 pm
Tribe February 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Rest In Peace Songbird forever from London x

Angel Syrene January 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm

She is beautiful mix I love Whitney she’s the best singer with mariah carey

Steph January 20, 2012 at 6:07 pm

liyah, lol I said the same thing! Not saying that all of them are fibbing, but it goes back to a time when everybody claimed they had a “Cherokee” grandma! LMBO hilarious

Commonsense1980 November 22, 2011 at 9:04 pm


Its because of common struggles. Native Americans and African Americas got the short end of the stick and found themselves in similar areas. The were in the same social/economic status.
If you go to Detroit of Baltimore you see “”Ghetto Blacks” and “Traitor park trash” (not my words) living in the same areas, and often intermingling (going to the same places, and making babies with each other) that’s the nature of things.

LamarteStaton October 25, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I don’t like when someone is something and people are still Ohh she black,no she’s a black Indian that’s some ones of African,and Native American anscerty. So u mean to tell me since im mixed with African-American,Caucasin,And three diffrent types of Native American that im black. No idenfy as Mullato which is a person having a black,and one white parent or more broadly a person of black and white,or native anscerty.

Jasmine June 2, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Wow I’m shocked African American? Get out of here. lol *says with sarcasm* I would’ve been shocked if something else would’ve came up.

Jasmine June 2, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Ok wait stop right there before you go BUT look it says “Whitney’s mother Cissy stated in an interview that she has Dutch and Native American ancestors.” Okay yeah shes still considered African American I am African American and have white blood in me as well BIG WHOOP most of us are mixed with something. What I meant by that previous statement is that I knew before coming here that she was a black woman,and in the end having distant relatives that were one race or another isn’t the same as being a biracial person that has 1 mother and 1 father that are 2 completely different races.

Seba December 15, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Get it together hon, your explaining to us that you yourself have caucasian roots! So your right when you say BIG WHOOP! Tell the truth honey and EXCEPT THE FACT THAT YOU ARE MULTI-RACIAL AND KEEP IT MOVING ! CASE CLOSED!!!!!lmao! You sound like an old slave that was beaten to say what your saying! This is the year 2011 and guess what hon? The truth has been let out! YOU ARE EMANCIPATED!!!!!! LMAO!!!!!!! Whew! This answer is so on point I can’t stop laughing!!!!LOL!LOL!LOL!LOL!LOL!

MR March 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Dont worry Jasmine I understand exactly where you are coming from having mixed ancestry and being directly biracial are two totally different things i dont dip in dab in what race i am descended from on this side or that but I do know that im proud to be African American..mixed race mixed ancestry or not lol

WTF June 3, 2011 at 3:08 am

@ Jas

Why would you be shocked?You do know AA doesn’t mean your just black right?(btw I’m not trying to be funny,alot of people don’t know that)

total23 June 3, 2011 at 5:42 am

She Was Being Sarcastic! Whitney Is Dying! Whitney Does Not Have That Lung Cancer Thing….I Love Whitney!

American87 October 28, 2011 at 11:38 am

If most African Americans are more than just black, then ¨African American¨is a misnomer and this ethnic group needs to find another name to call themselves– American?

Jimmyboy November 22, 2011 at 8:58 pm


If that the case everyone should change their name!! 33% of “White Americans” have African ancestry, acquired over the last 400 years.

People dont have DNA glasses, so… if you look black people call you black, if you look white people call you white.
Hell both my parents are blond and I have brown hair, nobody’s going to call me Blondie because of my heritage……

liyah May 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm

is it just me or does every black celeb on this site has native in them

total23 June 3, 2011 at 5:45 am

Its Not You….But The Thing Is, Her Native American Ancestry Is Visible In Her Fathers Phenotype, And I Can Also See It In Her Mothers Face A Little….But Whitney Is One Of The Few People Who Know And Have Proof That They Have Native Blood And She Know Who Was Her Native Ancestor Which Was Whitney’s Great Grandfather.

dog grooming December 20, 2010 at 1:37 am

Hello. I just wanted to pop in and comment on the design of your blog. Don’t take this the wrong way, but it’s too loud. It’s doing way too much and it takes away from what youve got to say – which I think is really important.

total23 February 14, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Thank You!

I Wish Some People Can Write Too People In A Respectful Way Like You!

Thanks Again!

total23 June 25, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Ethnic, Can You Put This As A Brief Summary Of Whitney Please:

is an American R&B/pop singer, actress, and former fashion model. A relative of several prominent soul singers, including her mother Cissy Houston, cousins Dee Dee and Dionne Warwick and godmother Aretha Franklin, Houston began singing at her New Jersey church as a member of a junior gospel choir at age eleven. After she began performing alongside her mother at night clubs in the New York City area, she was discovered by Arista Records label head Clive Davis.

Houston is one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums and singles worldwide. She is ranked as the fourth best-selling female artist in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, with 55 million certified albums. She has been listed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

ethnic June 26, 2010 at 9:09 am

if you could put your own spin on it then it would be more interesting.

Tess June 7, 2010 at 5:48 am

Hmm, for all intents and purposes, Whitney Black. lol. Sorry I had to say that!

total23 June 12, 2010 at 8:09 am

Yea We Know! Regardless If She Is A Dutch And Native American Descent She’s Black, Because She Has More Black Ancestors. And Plus She Usually Say “My People” Which She Is Obviously Referring To Black People!

So She Is A Black Woman Because She Self-Identify Herself As Black!

Love You Whitney Houston!

Nathalie February 19, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Well, yes, I have to agree with that. A person can have distant ancestors of another ethnicity, but overall a person can choose to identity with who they know him/herself as, and I believe Whitney knew herself as a black american woman. Yes, she has dutch and native american ancestors, but that’s only in the blood. I’m not dismissing what’s in the blood, but her self identification was as a black woman, not a mixed black woman. I think it’d be very hard for a person to identity as dutch and native american if he/she does not really have a real solid cultural connection to those roots, especially if it’s several generations far back. That’s all I’m saying.

total23 May 20, 2010 at 2:37 pm


Since You Have Put Whitney On Your Site, I Just Joined Your Site…Lol!

Thank You So Much!

total23 May 20, 2010 at 1:39 pm
total23 May 20, 2010 at 1:58 pm
total23 May 20, 2010 at 1:34 pm
total23 May 20, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Whitney Houston Is Also Of Native American And Dutch Descent. Here Is A Video Where Here Mother States Her Ethnicity:

total23 May 20, 2010 at 1:05 pm

She Actually Is Also Native American to, Because Her Great Grandfather Was A Black Foot Indian Or Something. And She Is Also A Dutch Descent (3.125%)

Here Is Her Mother, Cissy Houston. And her First Cousin Is Dionne Warwick. Also May You Add That Her Godmother Is Aretha Franklin.

Here Is Her Mother And Cousin, The Woman Wearing A Green, Yellow, Peach Blue Shirt Is Her Mother And The Other One Wearing Black, Kinda Dark Red, And Gold Shirt Is Her First Cousin Dionne Warwick. Cissy Houston Is Dionne Warwick’s Aunt:

Whitney’s Mother (Again):http://www.soulwalking.co.uk/%A5Artist%20GIF%20Images/Cissy-Houston-4.jpg




Whitney’s Cousin Dionne Warwick:

Whitney’s Father John Houston:


Both Of Whitney Parents:

Some Sources Say That Whitney’s Father John Houston Was Part Italian And Part Native American But That Has Not Been Verified!

Here Is A Video Of Whitney’s Mother Stating Part Of Her Ethnicity:

total23 May 20, 2010 at 12:49 pm

I Love You Ethnic! (Lol, Im Not Gay Though) Thank You So Much!


DonDon May 19, 2010 at 7:21 pm

sorry you made a mistake she is African American , Apache ,and Mohawk Indian she is a distant relative of mine on my fathers mother side of the family (my black and indian side)

ethnic May 19, 2010 at 8:11 pm

DonDon, Id like to a direct quote or something solid that supports that.

total23 May 20, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Is She Is Your Second Cousin Then She Is Not Distant…Lol

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