Ode to Jacqueline: To Be The Object Of Ridicule

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At some point in life, everyone is the object of form of ridicule. We are human, and as such, are mere copies of the original perfect being.

Aside from the frequent foibles and foul ups that befall us all, there are those of us designated to the “most hated” category of human existence; the dreaded outcast signaled out for abuse. Even worse is when the problem of bullying begins in childhood, when emotions are so raw and fresh, the sting of the taunts hurt much more than they should.

As human beings we pick up on social cues from any interaction with others, the youth today learn through school as well as the endless modes of media they are subjected to. 

Those born with obvious physical differences, who perhaps sound different or “funny” because of an impairment or a suffer from a health condition, become the constant “inept” character that becomes the constant object of ridicule among varying social circles. 

Those among us that “normal” people cannot relate to and their mere inclusion to their peers met with fierce objections. The unfortunate souls that encourage hateful rancor upon sight, that the very sound of their voice is a catalyst for lingering disgust for the equally unfortunate hearer. The social leper, the weakling, weak willed, weakest link that encourages abuse from the most random of entities.

They are often guilty of no crime but the implied life lesson being, those who follow the rules of the superficial world, who are able to be what others want them to be in the moment, are protected from such abuse. 

Yet, if you have some physical handicap, you have far more limitations than the ones you were born with. However burdened, cruelly, others will be sure to point out your flaws and carry on about them for the sake of comedy, in some cases. It is a bad business, being sick and different then rejected by polite society. 

Personally, I have felt the burn and sting of both sides of that symbiotic relationship, between the offensive and the offending, the difference between us is in how we fare in our travels.

Admittedly, I have slung thousands upon thousands of insults, curses and variable plagues out among the wide open acres of the cyber world.

Some negative generalities left liken to papercuts in their superficiality for those my words apply to and, to be sure, my written arrows of malice have deeper intended targets, should I feel slighted or betrayed in some way.

In my word slinging attempts, not so much to soothe the sting of an insult, no, but moreover to shed light into the speaker of such filth to one as me, to illuminate within them their own precious bit of humanity, their very winking soul, and show them they are not immune nor beyond feeling.

Ah, to feel these things, to weld these invisible tools to cut with them and to feel their cuts, is indescribable, really.

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This stems from years, endless afternoons, bus rides, and walks home of childhood bullying that I survived. 

Bullies are all the same really,  young or old. Though done in the name of comedy it really stems from an attempt at control of the situation and a sense of power over the target. 

What ever drivel falls out of their disdained, pudgy yet socially acceptable faces is deemed high comedy, their insults admired like renowned art and (the ultimate fallacy) truth to the crowd.

After all, as their simplistic reasoning and the saying goes, “truth hurts.”

Me and Jacqueline know, there are other things, aside from truth, that hurt. Being the object of ridicule to so many because of weight, myself, I can assure, their “truth” is not the only thing that “hurts”. 

Some people want to tell jokes, others want to attack you physically for no reason. Want you to cry for them, to feel pain and lingering hurt because they decided you should.

What hurts beyond the physical, (can only speak for myself here), is the constant defense needed to survive the follies of youth into adulthood. The baggage of being unable to stand a kind word or compliment, without becoming instantly suspicious of the person’s motivation/intentions follows me, even now, decades later. 

Cringing internally away from the same stupid build up, obvious delivery and flat punchline coming from the social inept and scholastically challenged they. Even if that old set up never plays out and the person is just going about their business, and being “nice”.

What hurts is being unable to reach the old ghost of the person who intended to hurt me, even out of empathy now, because they are lost to the shadows of the time that has passed since then. 

The rudeness replaced, (those old caustic voices and uncomfortable social interactions), with artificial interactions carefully peppered with subliminal programing and meticulously designed mental prodding for product placement and pushing.

What hurts is that ever elusive human construct of “love”, that chemical reaction within the brain between synapses, being beyond my reach because I cannot believe in it. The words hold no meaning to me. Yet, I am programmed to seek it out, always within a partner, to wonder why I am alone and without my soul’s half.

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If you are in your youth, and fall victim to the worst of what society offers us, might I offer you words of encouragement, in the still watches of the night, when the mind turns and shadows creep forward in the hallows of your mind?

Only this; you are human, dear heart. Forgive yourself the need for external validation through dubious sources. Let those words designed to hurt you, for whatever reason, flow over you, (in the immortal words of drag princess, Miss Jinx Monsoon) “like water off a duck’s back” for you are a peculiar treasure much loved by the creator of the infinite.

You are unique in your majesty and foothold in the stars, your enemies mere grains of sands that cling to the soles of your feet on your journey through time. Don’t let a few grains in the sands of time sully the bliss in the hourglass. In short, buck up cuz life gets harder and better than this.

For more on the affects of emotional abuse on mental health click here

For more on bullying check out StopBullying.gov here.

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Reliving the Classics: Witness for the Prosecution

Shot in 1957, Witness for the Prosecution, is actor Tyrone Powers last completed film. He plays the lady killer defendant, Leonard Vole, with German bombshell, Marlene Dietrich, acting as his sultry actress/singer wife, Christine Vole, who goes on to testify against him, at his highly sensationalized British murder trial.

The Return of Marlene Dietrich

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Marlene Dietrich rose to fame during silent pictures, then went on to become one of the highest paid actresses of the day.

She was one of the illustrious performers who boosted the morale of American soldiers during the WWII by performing for troops, like many of the notable characters she played, including Christine Vole.

The similarities don’t end there between her life and character, because of ageism, she was the target of the fickle entertainment industry’s ridicule despite her success on stage and screen.

After years of box office success, the public would lose interest in their movies as these great stars aged, and their ticket sale numbers would sharply decline.

Witness to the Prosecution was Marlene Dietrich’s grand return to the big screen after being labeled “Box Office poison” by columnists and critics of the day.

The film received multiple accolades including multiple category nominations and wins at the Academy Awards.

She forever remains known as a great humanitarian, outstanding actress, and morale performer made famous by her dry line delivery, exotic characters, longlasting presence and glamorous iconic style.


Sir Wilfred’s Lament and Sour Disposition Accompany His Convalescence 

Elsa Lanchester, Laughton’s real wife, as his nurse Miss Plimsol. Taken Google Images.

The film begins with the introduction of the famed British barrister, Sir Wilfred, “The Fox”, (played by Charles Laughton), who has just been expelled from his hospital for “conduct unbecoming a cardiac patient”.

He is on his way to return to his office for some light mental stimulation after his long recovery following a heart attack. Returning to the scene of the crime as it were, his office staff has not seen the great man since he was wheeled off.

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To be sure he will not over tire himself, a lift has been installed for his convenience. Sir Wilfred is miserable, cantankerous, and grumpy throughout it all.

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He has had it with the insufferable fussing, the weeping, the napping when really all he wanted was a sniffer of brandy and a good cigar.

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Before he can get a full grasp of the lift controls, in walks Leonard Vole, who is accompanied by a cigar carrying solicitor. They provide two vices Sir Wilfred cannot do without, a cigar and real criminal case.

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After he outwits his sturdy, long suffering nurse Miss Plimsol, (played by his actual wife, Elsa Lanchester), to be alone in his old office with the two, he listens to their rather preposterous tale of woe, over a contraband cigar.

Shaky alibi, healthy inheritance from the wealthy older woman, played by Norma Varden, he had been wooing and charming for weeks, Leonard is the prime suspect in her sudden murder.

Real chemistry from acting duo, husband and wife, Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester. Taken from Google Images.

The ultimate courtroom drama that ventures outside the courthouse, unfolds in true English Detective fashion, complete with flashbacks, witty dialogue and unforgettable performances from Hollywood legends.

Enter the German Wife: What is She Up To?

Charles Laughton’s, Sir Wilfred, is hesitant to commit to this new client, he’s in poor health, recovering from a coma and this case seemed somewhat beneath his talents for the demands.

He tries to palm Leonard and his troubled case off on the associate and ponders simply consulting on his case perhaps. Seemed open and shut considering he was the last person with the widow before she was found dead.

There was so much to do, on his first day already, and he was over due for his nap. Leonard’s wife would soon come calling liable to hysterics in his opinion because of her German blood.

He will soon learn Christine Helm Vole is made from sterner stuff than that.

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Enter Christine Vole, as Sir Wilfred prepares for her arrival with some disdain, and she is all together not what one expects.

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The news of Leonard’s arrest will not break her, she informs them cooly, she has come to expect it. Besides all that, Sir Wilfred is known for working with hopeless causes and surely her Leonard falls within those specifications?

He informs her, in no uncertain terms, her alibi for her husband is of little value to the courts. A loving wife is not permitted to give harmful evidence against her husband, and a good wife would say anything to protect him, one assumes, naturally. Why bother with calling her under so much speculation?

She insists on testifying on his behalf.

Sir Wilfred is curious as to what motivates her to go against his better judgment, and force her way onto the witness stand despite her lack of believability and the mountain of circumstantial evidence. He subjects her to the same pupil-light test her husband passed.

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Christine manages to outwit Sir Wilfred’s ocular stress test he employed to determine her credibility by drawing the shade.

She is suspicious her credibility is being questioned because of her German accent rather than her relationship with Leonard. Christine is evasive when asked about their marriage, then bluntly asks for Sir Wilfred’s help in defending Leonard, not a legal crony.

She informs them, rather indirectly when asked, that she will say what Leonard has asked her to say out of gratitude. Which does grow tiresome.

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What on earth did that mean? Would she be able to tell the truth? Did she truly know when her husband came home? The barristers wonder, will she be able to tell what happened? What was this woman about?

“It will be as he said.” Is the closest answer they can get to an affirmative. And with that, she is moved completely off of the defense witness list.

The Star Witness For the Prosecution

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Loving Leonard was a hard won business for Christine. Though he’s a working man of humble means, he’s an inventor with lots of ambition, charming from being a saleman, and just swell with women.

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Doesn’t hurt he’s good with his hands from his work in military service.

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Which is how he met the little German flower that time forgot, Christine Helm, the singer, one night while he was off base on leave.

He’s somewhat distracted by the surroundings and the events of the evening, nearly lit her nose on fire when she chose the gum instead of the cigarette he offered.

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This was after Leonard found her performing with her accordion in her nightclub act for crowds of drunken soldiers who paw at her each night.

The rowdy soldiers practically tear down the place because she wasn’t showing enough leg to suit them, ripping open her pant leg and causing a huge mess.

Leonard sticks around to see if he can be of help getting the place right again. The promise of instant coffee gets him an invite to the back.

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He gives her his army food rations for her kisses, listens to her sad story and brings down the house with his amorous intentions.

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Their romance begins.

Saved from these desperate circumstances, Christine is in no doubt grateful for his proposal, finally she has a home of her own, a life away from the lusty crowds and dear Leonard to worship her, that is until the lonely widow was found dead.

The Lady in the Hat Shop

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Passing through town, Leonard sees the merry widow in a hat shop. Their eyes meet in the glass and they have a happy moment together. He gives her some compliments and helps her choose a fancy new hat.

They part ways on a good note until a few days later, when he sees the same hat blocking his view at the movies. It’s the merry widow once again.

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He shows her his egg beater invention after she invites him home and there her maid Janet dislikes him from the start. She didn’t like his invention, didn’t like him in her kitchen and really didn’t like him with her mistress.

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Janet also knew Leonard was the only one alone with her mistress, around the time she died, before she had come home that night to find her.

Another Witness for the Prosecution who has it out for him before the trial has a chance to start.

The Sensational Trial and Defense

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Leonard is held for trial before the English courts, the prosecution will spare no expense when seeking justice for the murdered widow, Mrs. French.

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Leonard is prone to sudden, exaggerated outbursts of his innocence throughout the heart stopping trial. Sir Wilfred is prone to sneaking sips of smuggled brandy to settle his nerves between popping his heart medicine.

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The testimony is lively, heartfelt and damning, surely it’s all too much for Sir Wilfred to provide a proper defense?

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And the prosecution’s star witness, his wife, what did she have to say now that his life was on the line??

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What caused her to lose faith in him?

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How will her testimony work against his increasingly shaky defense?

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Written in a time when the film makers would ask its audience to “keep the secret” and not give away the ending of the film. How quaint the 50s were.

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Today, people would probably snap chat selfies in the theater, while live Tweeting the plot with their phones, if they were so inclined. Their’s was just a different time and a different generation.

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So, I will honor their wishes and not give away their ending, and instead promise that a rental or purchase of Witness for the Prosecution, is a promise of music, suspense, shock and well, you’ll just have to see it for yourself!

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Worth a Second Look: The Hudsucker Proxy

 

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The Hudsucker Proxy is the sweeping 1950s industrial drama from the Cohen brothers’ 1994 now a classic piece of movie magic known for its neo-noir cinematography style.

Starring Tim Robbins as the titular proxy Norville Barnes, this fish out of water story comes complete with an impossible ending that makes the audience stretch their imaginations and want to believe.

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As the movie opens, the big clock on Hudsucker Industries is just about to strike midnight.

New Year’s Eve on a Ledge

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We find our young hero, Norville Barns, the president of Hudsucker Industries, out on the ledge of his office, about to jump. The circumstances take a sudden, dire turn, rather quickly.

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What brought young Norville, an enterprising young man with such promise and potential, to this low end in a high place and on New Year’s Eve?

Warring Hudsucker Merges With the Infinite

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To understand what looks like his last day as president, we must look back at his first day on the job.

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Which also happens to be the same day, Warring Hudsucker, the former president of the company, himself, came flying out of the boardroom window.

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A selfish move on his part, the greedy board is left holding onto the lush stocks of a helmless portfolio. 

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Soon the controlling interest in the company will go public, and they will lose any advantages they incurred at the top.

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Sidney Mussburger, the balls to the wall businessman, played by Paul Newman, devises a plan to drive down the value of the stock so the board can snatch up the controlling interest and continue to rule Hudsucker Industries at the top.

In order to buy more, they needed a chump, a dope, a real sucker to head the company and send their shareholders in a panic of mass depreciation.

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Enter one Norville Barnes with his almighty blue letter, ready with his greatest idea and wits to pitch Mussburger the next big thing for kids. He manages to save the day through hilarious hijinks that must be seen to be believed!

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And so begins the start of Norville Barnes tenure as president of Hudsucker Industries.

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The Hudsucker Proxy is an industrial age romantic fantasy about the wonders and woes of the influence makers at the top. Even a wide eyed idealist, fresh out of Muncie Indiana Business School, can rise to the top and manage to lose it all, then find himself at the end of his wits.

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A Muncie Girl

Amy Archer, the fast talking career gal at the news desk, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, is the first one to question the appointment of Norville as the head of Hudsucker Industries. 

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What made Barnes such an “idea man”, why was he promoted his first day in the mailroom, and what was the hubris board and the increasingly sinister Mussburger up to?

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For an exclusive piece for her newspaper, Amy decides to go undercover at the Hud itself. To get to the bottom of the story, she cons Norville out of a free lunch and a job by pretending to be a desperate, fresh out of Muncie Polytechnic Secretarial College with a mother suffering from lumbaygo. Norville hires her as his personal secretary and tells her about his brain child, “for kids”, a thingum.

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Unimpressed by his vision, Amy prints up an unflattering story about Norville being an incompetent moron which in turn brings out a defensive side of Norville, Amy instantly respects. 

She’s realizing she misjudged Norville too late to spare him the backlash from shareholders. He’s pitiful, but still she owed him so much.

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This is the beginning of the budding love story of Norville and Amy.

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The thing was, although her story did cause the stock depreciation Mussburger (along with the geriatric board) dreamed and schemed about, they all underestimated Norville’s quirky invention.

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(The longsuffering creative process that inspired the name “Hula Hoop”.)

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This invention is an instant hit among the kids, connects with everyone in the world and became the biggest fad of the time.

Young Norville has become a household name, the Hudsucker stock is at an all time high, but the trouble has just begun for the board and old Mussburger.

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They sold their stock before catching Norville’s wave of success and now need to be able to gain control of his stock to have any interest in their company.

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It’s enough tension they have to send a guy in for a massage inside the boardroom.

Mussburger himself is so tense about Hudsucker futures, its enough for him to send his proxy out on a limb (and a ledge) for his untimely success.

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Norville manages to lose his wits and his nerves after Mussburger confronts him with the truth about the young Miss Archer, putting the company in a dangerous position and Norville, out on a ledge.

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How does Norville survive his fall from the top?

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How does Hudsucker Industries fare now that the newest chief executive officer is preparing to make a splash on Fifth Avenue, literally??

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The hilarity ensues through double crosses, betrayals, dumb luck and all as we try to figure out what becomes of The Hudsucker Proxy!!

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Reliving the Classics: Gilda

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Released in 1946, Gilda is the often imitated, never duplicated, dramatic film about a raging romance set in gambling halls and seedy nightclubs in a hot little village in Argentina.

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The lead actress, Rita Hayworth has inspired countless other characters with her slinky iconic look, including Jessica Rabbit. Another notable film credit is being the actress on the poster used on the wall in The Shawshank Redemption. Similar events take place in both films which suggests the poster inspired more than the infamous escape.

Rita Hayworth, the First Bombshell Beauty, Literally

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According to legend, the term “bombshell beauty” originates first with the one and only, Rita Hayworth.

Rita’s image was placed on an atom bomb after the release of her iconic movie Gilda. 

She was never consulted before this, the ultimate decision to use her image was made as a tribute to her beauty from the fly boy crew in charge of its deployment.

Privately, Rita vehemently objected to being used on a tool of war and destruction, but she was censored from speaking out against the war by higher forces.

Friends Who Like To Make Their Own Luck

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The story begins with Johnny (played by Glenn Ford), fresh off the boat and into the seedy streets off the coast of Argentina.

After gambling the night away with American sailors and a pair of loaded dice, Johnny’s takes his winnings out to the alley to count them.

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Up comes a mugger, with a gun in his back before he can even get through half the stack, a stranger with a cane comes up out of the darkness to swat the gun away!

Thanks to the hideaway sword in his cane, Johnny narrowly escapes with his wad of cash. The cane belongs to a smart dressed man with an accent, who was just happening along. With a little chit chat, it turns out he’s Johnny’s gambling peer on the pier.

The stranger saves his fortune (and his life), even ventures to give him some sage advice, “don’t bring your own dice”, when he tries his luck at these games.

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After sharing a cigarette with a plucky Johnny, he directs him to the action at a little place he knows. Illegal gambling, Johnny’s trade but he’d better leave his loaded dice at home?

It’s an offer to make his own luck that Johnny can’t refuse.

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Once at the gambling hall, he gets up to his old tricks, cutting cards to win at blackjack (technically not dice).

His repeat winnings draw the attention of the house Detective and gets him hauled upstairs to the boss for cheating.

After taking a few lumps from security, (then returning a few punches to the ones responsible, and gaining the upper hand), Johnny manages to weasel himself a job from the man he just cheated, (and the man who saved his life) the gambling hall owner, Ballin Mundson, played by George Macgready.

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With a promise not to cheat, and to be as obedient as his trusty hide-away sword cane, Ballin lets down his guard and promotes him within the gambling hall.

Things are running smoothly as Johnny handles the security for the casino, he is moving up in the world.

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He’s Ballin’s righthand man, his job is keeping an eye on Ballin’s affairs/interests. While Ballin is a generous benefactor and has his hands in a little bit of everything surrounding his club, there are things Johnny just doesn’t know about him.

It’s all the same to Johnny, who lives by the same philosophy as Ballin: Women and gambling don’t mix. So, with that understanding they toast to just the 3 of them. What could go wrong?

Enter the Dame: What Happened to Just the 3 of Us?

The war with Germany ends, spirits are high across the world and Ballin, (who has a German accent) needs to travel suddenly to settle some sort of business.

Johnny’s such a loyal and obedient worker, Ballin takes the time off and leaves Johnny in charge of his gambling hall as he heads out of town. He learns the ins and outs, which buttons push what for what, and before long the generous but unsettling Ballin is off..

While his boss is gone, Johnny keeps things running smoothly. The gamblers stay happy and the liquor flowing, so naturally, he is excited when his boss blows back into town. With an unexpected 3rd wheel to their understanding.

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His new wife, Gilda played by Rita Hayworth. As soon as they meet the chemistry is palpable but it’s unclear as to what sparks the reaction between them.

Johnny is noticeably taken aback, even smirks when Ballin asks his new wife if she’s decent.

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For an informal introduction, it’s clear, the two have already made their minds up about each other.

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Gilda refuses to play nice, for even a few minutes, which leads Ballin to several conclusions: they were trying to hide their previous connection. He helps Gilda get dressed and makes it known, Johnny is a friend and she needed to get along with him.

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And though she never makes their previous relationship clear, Ballin knows whatever happened between them, is not entirely over.

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Ballin needed to get to the bottom of this feeling.

Gilda can hardly contain her emotions or hold back her contempt for the news that her old Johnny is such good friends with her new husband. She would do what she was told but warned Ballin he would have to teach her manners.

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Gilda also cannot contain her desire for former flame, Johnny, despite her hasty rebound marriage to his boss. What was a girl to do with all that rage?

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It amuses Ballin to watch their awkward tension play out across drinks where he inquires into Johnny’s past, his love life and what gave him such a cold understanding towards women.

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After all, Gilda and Johnny share the exact same story: born the night they met Ballin, no past. So much evasion when just the sight of one another sends off heat in the atmosphere.

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Gilda plays along with Ballin’s game and suggests they should all “hate her”, whoever broke Johnny’s heart. They toast, Johnny cheerfully willing at her suggestions, but for Gilda, the bubbles seem to get caught in her throat. Ballin sees it all.

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Once alone, the moment Ballin is called away from the table, Johnny and Gilda have it out. He’s disgusted by her choice of occupation, being married to his generous friend.

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Gilda points out their circumstances were remarkably similar, considering Johnny was the one responsible for her hasty marriage, after he ditched her to make it as a high stakes gambler.

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A stranger comes up to ask Johnny’s permission to dance with Gilda, he says no. Gilda sees this as her first opportunity to disobey him, to show him things were different and see how he likes that.

She happily leaves the table, after all, Johnny can’t afford her, and slow dances with the stranger, while all he can do is watch.

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Finally, Gilda figured out what it took to get Johnny’s attention.

When Ballin returns to find Gilda gone, he tells a reluctant Johnny to go and fetch her for him. After all, a man looked ridiculous taking his wife back from another man.

The night ends with poor Gilda, laying across her bed in her ballgown, she simply can’t work a zipper properly to take it off. Ballin helps, but really wants to discuss the introduction and meeting with his right hand man, Johnny.

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Gilda admits they were together before but she never really knew him. Ballin shares his secret with his new bride, after some reflection on the hate he felt between them. Hate, is the only thing that warms him.

Yet Another Part of the Job

After successfully keeping her away from any new suitors on the dancefloor, and bring her back to Ballin unharmed, the boss decides to make guarding Gilda another part of Johnny’s job.

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Things are always bubbling around the enigmatic Ballin. Shady characters, back alley deals, bribes and corruption were always happening all around. While the boss keeps his eye on business, it’s up to Johnny to keep Gilda in line.

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Gilda tries her luck at the gambling tables and does just fine. A man comes up and warns her of a superstition attached to her good fortune: lucky in cards, unlucky in love.

Spooked, she decides to have a smoke which leads her to another stranger, maybe this one could get Johnny’s attention?

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Married after the day they met, Ballin is completely smitten with his beautiful new wife, despite her wandering ways and Johnny’s attempts to warn him.

Gilda knows her husband is a dangerous man, but she hardly gives him a second thought whenever Johnny is around.

She just couldn’t help herself, she still held feelings for him, and Johnny just hated her all the more for it.

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And whenever Johnny was around, it was all she could do to keep his attention, any kind of attention.

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He has his hands full beating up and scaring off her conquest for the night, instead of helping Ballin with increasingly sordid and underhanded business.

Gilda doesn’t appreciate his macho act, and solely on behalf of her new controlling husband, not because of his feelings for her.

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Things between them would only keep heating up, making their entanglements even stickier from there.

The Carnival: All She Really Wanted

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The tension builds between them, Ballin orders Johnny to accompany Gilda to the ball. He’s been covering for her lies all this time, but now, the dance just intensifies his displeasure.

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Johnny is ice cold to Gilda’s previous attempts at making him jealous, all she really wants is to be closer to him, so she tries even harder to tease him more. Dancing closer, holding tighter, she just can’t help herself!

Out of disgust he shoves her away from him, right in the middle of the dance floor! This is Gilda’s cue to run off since she is left alone by Johnny again.

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Hot tempered Johnny leaves her right there in the middle of the dance floor. He’s had enough of her foolishness, so he heads back to check on security. Last thing he wants to hear from his guys, something was gonna go down and he needed to take Gilda home.

Ballin’s troubled business connections spill out into the gambling hall, there’s gunfire and Johnny has to protect his boss. It’s the writing on the wall for Ballin, if anything should happen to him, he needed Johnny to take over for him. Keep the club running strong.

Gilda’s gone but she’s left a note, come and get her from a hotel at about 2 in the morning.

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It’s a love/hate connection between them. She tries to explain herself but Johnny isn’t interested in talking. Not a first.

She was so selfish, so foolhardy caring only for herself. He tried to run her off on his own, and failed miserably.

They end up kissing passionately before too long.

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It’s clear that Ballin has seen their betrayal and with his own eyes. Johnny runs after his employer to explain himself.

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Moments later, after giving chase in a car and driving all over, Ballin escapes to a waiting plane in a field, and before Johnny’s eyes, crashes engulfed in flames in the ocean.

Before he “dies”,  Ballin gives Johnny executorship over his estate and business, Gilda gets his fortune.

The Tables Have Turned: Decent?

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Johnny quickly woos the unsuspecting Gilda, who opens her heart back up to trusting the man who nearly broke her free spirit and set her on this path of self destruction.

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Inside, Johnny’s beside himself with guilt. It didn’t help that, the last thing his generous employer sees before death, was the man he trusted, saved and gave a new life to, kissing his new wife. After all he had done for them, it was too much for him to bear.

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Johnny devises a plan to get his revenge on Gilda for the part she played in Ballin’s suicide. When she arrives at her new home, all her things are there, including Ballin’s potrait. It wasn’t decent that it should be there, Gilda exclaims! Johnny sneers, after all, what did she know about decency?

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The tides and tables have suddenly turned, Johnny marries her, but only to keep her in a cage. He never consummates the marriage, it’s all been a farce to pay her back for the death of his employer.

Gilda is clueless to his motives, each night waiting patiently for her new husband, each morning she wakes alone.

Unlucky in love again, it’s another risk to chance but superstitious Gilda must be free of his hold. She runs away as Johnny shows his true colors, starts her legendary nightclub act in another city.

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Johnny goes to great, cruel and heartbreaking lengths to trick her back to the Hotel Centario and into his control once again.

Gilda is trapped, livid, and almost completely broken after his latest elaborate deception. Almost.

Why Not Give Him A Reason?: The Legendary Impromptu Strip Tease  

Gilda’s revenge for Johnny’s trick is bittersweet and for all to see.

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She never ran out on Ballin or Johnny, not really, just went through the motions to get a reaction from Johnny.

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But now they had both taken things too far. Johnny wouldn’t listen to reason and since she was going to keep being punished for what she hadn’t done and accused, so…well?

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Gilda won’t stand being played for a fool, so she decides to do her little nightclub act.

She shakes it!

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Bends it!

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Throws it in a circle!

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This time at Johnny’s bar.

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Gilda’s does an impromptu strip tease for the crowd while she sings! The crowd is so raucous they scream for her to take off more!

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And more! Until there’s nothing left to take off except…

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She can’t mean…

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Tf?

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Before she can get assistance slipping off her dress for the cheering crowd, it all ends with yet another bodyguard dragging her off stage. (Catch the full show here.)

She finds Johnny waiting for her, she starts to scream at him and furious Johnny interrupts her tantrum by slapping Gilda’s face!

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Can they go on, will he ever forgive her, will she get an annulment?

What else can go wrong between the two lovers?

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Will Johhny ever listen to reason, ever get over the past, ever realize it was all just a dangerous game?

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This visually luxe thriller gives it’s audience a steady cast of nefarious characters with questionable morals, motives and decency.

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Plot twist and red herrings abound, but in the end, Gilda gets her man Johnny and runs off into the hot Argentinean night.

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A crazy tale of young love that blazes through rejection, betrayal and contempt then nearly reduces everything around them to ashes it burns so hot!

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Top Ten Tips to Becoming Au Naturale Et Le Français (French infusion)

Salut! Comment ca va? Parle vous Français? Je m’appelle Ally, beinvenue le Randomly Genial! Allons-y!

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Me with my first Flexi-rod set! Ooh La La! Check out my YouTube channel for a video on how I achieved this look!

Cannot recommend enough, at least stopping by the Google Play Store, and checking out the language learning app, Memrise. It is so cool!

Includes; interactive videos with Native Speakers (so you can hear the words you learn in current situations), Classic Reviews (you go over the words you just learned in several matrix’s where memory and listening skills are required), Leaderboards, (as a Memrise space cadet, you compete with other learners under the trophy icon, and you see just where you fall for the week) and Speed Review, (recall memories fast in this heart losing final round of 50 to 85 to 100 of the words just learned in the speed round before the red lava hits the top of the screen!) this app truly offers the same limited access to the subscription service because the makers want you to learn. Keep playing and they offer you a 20% discount making the price $49.99 a year!! Making this a French infusion lesson in appreciation for my time spent with Memrise!

I choose Le Français (the French language) because many naturals in my Natural Hair Group, speak different languages like Patois, French, German, and African or Jamaican dialects. Hair routines and hair care upkeep transcends the language barrier once you learn the basics.

Supply and demand is universal, so say you develop a blend of twisting creme for naturals. You’ll want to be able to reach as many customers as possible who can use your new product. Learning another language can help you on your journey to successful, international Entrepreneurship!

Aside from la nourritture (the food) you eat, knowing the vitamins that promote hair growth and drinking lots of l’eau (the water) is the underlying key to hair growth.

Hair is made of protein, biotin promotes growth, collagen promotes elasticity and Omega 3 fatty acids promote healthy blood circulation for the scalp. Incorporate foods and supplements that contain these properties (under medical advisement) as your hair growth starts with your health.

Many methods and systems are floating around in the natural community, each with its own set of rules and principles to follow (all natural ingredients, no parabens, no petroleum, etc.).

Through my hair journey, (based on research on natural hair sites, YouTube, and free cosmotology courses), as well as advice from other naturals in my natural hair group, I have learned what works and doesn’t work for my hair. Maybe these suggestions can help you or other new naturals?

These are the Top Dix (10) Things I have learned and been asked as a natural, Year 2 and a half:

Un (1). What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you when becoming natural?

Your results may differ!!

When I started out, I figured that the products one YouTuber or blogger used in their tutorial, if I did the same process, I would get similar results on my hair. Ne…pas (Not)! Avoir toir (to be Wrong)!

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My hair, 80% dry with just JBCO after the greenhouse method. Very low maintenance for hair growth and recovery! (Most popular IG look)

Learn this now, because heartbreak is not anticipating the time it takes to fix a failure in a rush. Particularly, when you have to be presentable for school or work. In desperate times; gel, scrunchees, bobby pins and decorative hair clips are your friends.

Deux (Two). A black satin extra jumbo cap is life once you outgrow the jumbo drawstring bonnet!

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My pineapples safely tucked away under my “extra jumbo” satin cap!

Once you start to incorporate length retention and daily hydration into your routine, the hair grows faster or appears to, simply because there’s more of it. Once you find a routine your hair loves, and the cycle of damage is broken, your healthy hair will thrive under the protection of nonslip, smooth fabric.

From your edges to the nap of your neck protection, and with enough room to sleep in curl formers or flexi-rods, bigger is better when it comes to black sonnet caps.

Trois (3). Low manipulation, low heat styles are the best for growing long healthy locks!

Terms like “heat damage” and “changed my curl pattern” don’t belong in the same sentence without direct heat styles (flat ironing, blow drying, curl wands, etc) being the number one suspect.

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Me under my hooded dryer.

 

Using indirect heat styles (the hooded or bonnet home dryer) alters the curl pattern depending upon the stretching method used (flexi-rods, perm rods, foam rollers or plastc) to achieve smooth glossy looks with wrap foam or setting lotion without the same risk of heat damage.

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Foam wrap spray, perfect for flexi-rod sets and perm rods or curlers!

Quatre (4) The best method for altering your curl pattern with no risk of heat damage is setting your curls overnight! Whether you’re using rods or not, the thickness of your hair and the length, all factor in when trying to determine how long it will take your hair to dry. So, if you’re 4c, that tutorial you followed from the 3a YouTuber will give you different results because your hair holds onto more water, longer. May take 2 or 3 days to dry, not overnight!

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Flexi-rods set with Lotta Body foam wrap setting lotion.

Cinq (5). I ain’t got no type is a real level on the Hair typing charts, regardless of the method used to obtain results. Medium porosity hair, (hair that holds onto a lot of water but absorbs it slowly giving the appearance of waves), as it coils, is what I have. Products intended for low porosity 4c naturals may leave my hair oily while products for high porosity 2a to 3c naturals, make my hair fuzzy and sticky. I try to add an extra layer of moisture and an extra sealant to combat this problem. But coming to this conclusion took time, so be patient!

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Length check! My hair before applying the L.C.O. method. It’s medium porosity and I have a lot of shrinkage! Hair is 90% dry. No dye. All natural.

Six (6). Time is on your side! Remember, it takes time to return to being natural. Whatever damage you have done to your hair, in order to bring you to this point, will take months or years (in the cases of big chops or growing out layers, etc.) to recover from.

The urge to dye, flat iron for length, and side buzz or get an under cut for dates styles means longer awkward transitioning phases when the fad passes.

So, if your dream or #hairgoals is waist length, keeping your eye on the prize is important when the latest trending natural cut pops up in your timeline.

If you’re in an experimental stage go for it, but don’t let a dramatic cut be your first response to dissatisfaction with your hair! You may regret it later!!

Sept (7). Natural doesn’t always start with a BC (Big Chop).

Transitioning is the less traumatic of all options when first returning to natural. Natural hair styles like, flat twists, braids, protective styles are your best options while you’re trying to figure out which hair type you are and which products your hair needs. And all this before you can even begin to understand the curl pattern you actually have!

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Flat twist takedown! Works for transitioning hair, too, to blend different textures!

Huit (8). Don’t fall for the “Dye Lie”.

Any type of dye can alter the curl pattern, texture and porosity of your hair. Dyes bind the color to your hair cuticle, often making the cuticle smoother which may loosen your natural elasticity and then, change your natural curl pattern.

Yes, you no longer apply chemical straightening agents but if you bleach you are straightening your hair cuticles and making them rougher through stripping. Not exactly natural anymore once you enter the chemical process territory, and once the porosity changes, your permanently processed hair will react differently and sadly, break more, regardless of hydration method. Triste (Sad).

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Neuf (9). The hydration method prepares your hair cuticles for the products you intend to style with.

If you don’t rinse with cold water to close the hair cuticles, you will experience more frizz when it dries. (Facts.) Don’t blame your stylers and brand hop immediately if you end up with a bundle of tumbleweeds, instead of smooth, silky coils if you skip this important step!!

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Fresh from the shower, just wet hair! Mad shrinkage!

Dix (10). Don’t Let Your Wash Day Punk You.

Attitude is everything on #teamnaturalhairslay. You have to grow to love and appreciate your curls, coils, kinks and edges. You don’t have to be a professional to rock a natural look, you created yourself, with confidence!

 

Here’s a few things I learned to make me love my hair again;

Moisture is not oil. In order to have moisture, you have to add moisture, (a water based nutrient for the hair to retain) before you add oil. Since oil and water don’t mix, that oil is the barrier for the aloe vera water (for smoothness, facts!) Or just plain water in your spray bottle that locks it into your cuticle.

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Wish I had started using this from day one! Makes the hair cuticles smoother and balances the ph level of the scalp. Highly recommended for your spray bottle liquid!

 

Wondering why? Damp hair is easier to manipulate. Don’t start combing dry, brittle hair immediately! This will encourage breakage! Spray your hair down, even before you section and begin to comb. Be sure to massage the moisture into your hair cuticle, as well. Curly hair, with product, can sometimes make the moisture slide right down, or it can get sucked into a particularly dry section of hair. Massaging the moisture into your cuticles helps an even distribution of products which may improve your style results!

When detangling, comb up from the bottom, where the tangles start, in short strokes working your way up to the root.

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Lighter sealing oils, also used for dry skin; carrot oil, sweet almond oil, baobab oil, and JBCO with AMLA.

Pay attention to the creams and oils used to seal your style. Is your skin sensitive and prone to break outs? Then see if lighter natural oils like sweet almond, baobab or carrot, also made for dry skin, will give you shine and seal without the weight of heavier oils like olive, shea or coconut.

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Thicker sealing oils JBCO, Olive and Coconut oil

Do what works for you! For some people coconut oil does wonders for their natural mane. At first.

Then as those natural sugars in the coconut oil continue to build up on the scalp, some experience a change in hair porosity, texture, or experience itchy, flaky scalp.

Personally, my locks hate coconut oil. I have come to accept this.

So, those are some of the basics I have learned along the way of my continuing naural hair journey. Above are pics of my favorite looks (I feel) that compliment my length plus my natural curl pattern: flat twists and perm rods. Love it!

I hope this information helps on your natural hair journey and you try some of these techniques and hydration methods for rejuvenating your natural hair!

Want more tips? Head to http://www.naturallycurly.com for all things natural!

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