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EXCLUSIVE: Enitan Bereola, The Extraordinary Gentleman

The discussion that circles topics of Women Who “Submit” To Their Husbands, Love and Independence.

Enitan Bereola. Get to know the name, if you haven’t already.

The award winning/best selling Author, speaker and columnist has released two game changing books that has revolutionized the dating world as we know it. “Bereolaesque” and “Gentlewoman” are the titles of both, which surrounds the concepts of re-implicating simple chivalry and mild-mannerisms within our modern day affairs, to ultimately help improve relationships between man and woman, as well as becoming better renditions of people through proper etiquette.

Creating such a huge buzz around himself as the “Ultimate Gentleman” has lead HYPEFRESH®’s very own Clark Kennedy to follow the trail of bread crumbs to the source. The conversation went extremely well, flowing like water in an ocean.

In this exclusive, Clark Kennedy goes beyond the face and reputation of Bereola and into the depths of what lies under the hood – his untapped mind. Ladies and gentlemen, HYPEFRESH® proudly presents his formal introduction.

Enjoy.

It’s a pleasure to finally meet you personally. How are you today?

I’m doing well sir! It’s a pleasure being here for this discussion. I’m excited to chat.

Awesome! Well, let’s get right into it. I’m very intrigued by your backstory.. Please, elaborate.

Man… It’s an interesting story. I cant say that there’s consistency straight across the board though.

Because of my family upbringing, I became who many people know me as today – a gentleman. Being mild-mannered in my household was instilled, and ultimately expected, to say the most. Proper etiquette wasn’t something my parents applauded me for, nor did they pat me on the back for it. It was either behave this way, or get this whoopin’ (jokingly)These principles were taught to me from a very young age in my life, and remain embedded in me as I grew into an adult.

Wow. So basically – you’ve been a gentleman since you were a kid?

Pretty much! (Laughing) My former class mates, who I attended Elementary/middle/high school with, found me on social media years later. Honestly, to my astonishment, most of them were saying things like: “we definitely didn’t expect anything less from you..” or “you’re the same person you’ve been since way back then!” The fact that they seen that in me YEARS ago, and remembered who I was early in life – is amazing.

I’m jealous man… (Laughing) Wish I had your upbringing. I want to be an ultimate gentleman too. (Jokingly)

(Chuckling) It’s never too late.

As you progressed through life, how were you perceived by your peers, being properly formal at such a young age?

I was looked at as being the “go-to-guy”. (Chuckles) Mainly in terms of being the example. And for me, that was just being myself – honestly. I didn’t have to try to do that. (lol)

In what ways?

To name a few? Through appearance and image, mannerisms, counsel…. You name it – I was that dude. (Laughs) My friends would pull me to the side and ask me all types of questions, because they seen me as being the resourceful and knowledgeable one in how I carried myself. I got used to it eventually.

How did that make you feel?

It made me feel purposeful, you know. Every time I looked around, people were looking at me for advice for what to do next. As a kid, I didn’t know what to do with this gift (laughs). I learned how to use my gift to help others to understand etiquette better, especially other guys who are interested in that gentleman lifestyle. The simple things they should have been taught – like how to treat a lady, or proper mannerisms. I’ve truly been a blessing to many who wanted a better understanding into this lifestyle. Even throughout my earlier years.

Now lets talk about the present… You’re a best selling author via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes. Was it the backstory of your youthful days that influenced your approach to become the self-help author for black men today?

Oh, most definitely.

Internally, I had a charge and desire to help black men be better representations of themselves. I grew up in San Jose, California, where the black community was pretty successful and prominent. Being around this early, and seeing how members of this environment helped one another through wisdom and influence, In my mind, I said to myself ” I want to help those who may not have had that same opportunity that I did growing up.”

Interesting. Pray, proceed.

Honestly, some people are born in certain situations that don’t offer the alternative option when it comes down to etiquette. It really bothers me to know that some black men did have the opportunity to become better, but chose to follow an alternative lifestyle that contrasted the more optimum route. Whether from being influenced from peers, or certain types of music – maybe even from a personal choice, it really upset me. To this day, I still wonder why they chose that path in life.

Was this the core motivation for the book “Bereolaesque”?

Yes indeed.

I remember my mentor at the time telling me that he had a business idea to present, that would really open some doors in my life. He explained that he would tell me at the right time, when I could really appreciate his angle. When he did present the idea later on, I had no intention of becoming an author, to tell the truth. He kept telling me that through writing a book, I could become influential in the lives of those who needed and desired my perspective on becoming better individuals. I thought he was crazy at first (chuckles), but after some thought – I gave it a shot.

Wow. Amazing. Big kudos to your mentor.

My mentor was a blessing to my life in that aspect, because without that guidance, I wouldn’t be on the path that I’m on today. We wouldn’t even be talking his afternoon if it wasn’t for that advice.

How was the transition into becoming an author, knowing writing really wasn’t one of your passions?

It was an effortless attempt, really. Almost like Physical Education in High School. I just aced the class of writing, because I was speaking from my heart through the pen. It was almost like second nature to tell the truth.

Easy. Just like that huh?

Yup (laughs), just like that.

What’s your take on modern day chivalry in the American youth? Do you believe it’s still present?

Honestly, chivalry is dead in that area.

Dead? As in, gone? Poof, vamoose?

Yeah, it’s gone. Especially in the modern day American youth.

Pray, elaborate further.

I go to high schools on occasion to conduct seminars and lectures on the subject, and man… These kids out here today don’t even know what etiquette is. “Etiquette?” They don’t even know how to say it, or even can identify with it. Very few of them have mild-mannerisms instilled, and it’s unfortunate – to say the least. Mainly because it’s not being taught in the modern day American household, you know?

Oh yeah – I get it. Is there any steps that can be taken to gain a sense of attraction to etiquette and proper mannerisms?

With the widespread mentality of ‘YOLO” and “Live fast and die young”, it’s kinda hard for them to accept that paradigm. When I try to come down to their level to share the wisdom that was taught to me, it doesn’t connect. I look at what works though, unfortunately.

What works?

When their in their neighborhoods and communities at home, they look up to the wrong examples of men. The guys who live a certain lifestyle where the money comes quick, the cars, jewelry, women… They’re aspiring to become like these individuals, which is not good. Knowing how that lifestyle can make one end up (either dead or imprisoned) they choose to look past that, because most people die young.. Or get locked up early in life.

I try my best to show them that there is other alternatives in life which would allow them to live out a more fruitful and peaceful existence until their time is up. How about education? How about starting a family? How about saving (the manual way – and not the quick route) towards a great retirement? All while being the best versions of themselves so they can see those days come into reality.

Do you predict a shift anytime within the near future for the younger circle? Hopefully?

One can only hope for that. They’re our future. But they have to know that within themselves first, and believe it. The willingness to except the whole concept becoming better – personally, starts within.

Here’s a question many women would like for you answer – from your perspective. What’s your take on the concept of the “independent woman” movement in modern day society?

I spoke on this a few days back, actually.

It’s something that women celebrate. I mean, you hear songs about it… You read about it… You see it on television and in person…

Oh, for sure.

However, my opinion… Independence isn’t a badge of honor, or an ideal lifestyle choice. I believe some women adapt that mindset from past experiences. In all actuality, men and women need each other to survive.

Interesting.

For most (not all) women in today’s times, they unfortunately had to wear the “King’s” crown throughout life, maybe due to life circumstances they had no control over. Maybe the father/mother wasn’t home while they were growing up young. Maybe they’ve been hurt/abandoned in relationships that has caused some form of hurt, deep within. Maybe life has dealt them a bad hand professionally, or interpersonally. I mean, the list goes on and on.

So you’re pointing at past experiences for women as the main cause of this “independent” mindset?

Exactly. Independent means “alone”. We as human beings, weren’t made to be on this planet by ourselves. There’s a level of inter-dependence that has to be recognized and accepted, especially when in relationships. Just picture this: Two independent people in a relationship? That can’t work at all! What can you learn from the other person? What’s the point in that? Two people committed together, yet, sticking to their guns, not helping nor teaching one another – anything, neither accepting each others ideas… A recipe for disaster.

True. I agree with that completely.

Now let me relate this to a marriage. A marriage is the most compromising, sacrificial, relationship of them all. My job, as a husband, is to ensure that my wife is always good – regardless. I don’t matter. I’m her personal servant, selflessly… Tending to her entire being to make sure that all her needs are met, and that she’s complete.

And it’s vice versa on my Wife’s end. She’s taking complete care of me, and putting her husband first – before anything. She no longer matters to herself, because she’s submitting herself to me. So in essence, were both ensuring that we’re both good. If that element is off, and one of us decides to become independent while in this bond, it will surely show. The scale will be lop-sided, one person will be giving more than the other, causing imbalance.

Wow.

Independence is beautiful… But It’s important to be honest about it. Women put themselves in dangerous positions when they walk down that path. They’re carrying a big burden on their shoulders, holding back tears, masking pain, and acting like everything is together – when in actuality, it’s really not.

And let’s not forget, their children are watching too, if they have them. Daughters – especially. I feel that it’s important that mothers cry in front of their daughters, to show that pain exists. And not to always carry the “strong” face and independent stripes. Because then, the daughters grow up carrying the same behaviors, which is rooted to what they were taught. It’s more of a survival mechanism than anything else.

Ultimately, little girls then grow up and become the “Men” in their lives that they never had around, or in their corner. That in itself, can throw off the dynamics of how they view/commit in relationships down the line. This leads to the future emasculation or the downgrading of men, because they typically do everything a man would do. So there’s no need for one. And in this case, that’s not ideal.

Any thoughts on how this can be resolved?

I think the solution to this issue is putting everything back in it’s proper place, the way it was designed to be. Men blame women, women blame men.. The whole blame game thing is in full effect. I say lets put that to the side, and get back to the root of it all.

Trust me, I completely understand that it may be a scary process for a woman to let go of her independence. But what’s the point of a potential relationship If you choose not to rely on your significant other? Independence means doing it all alone, or “by yourself”. How does that equation fit in a relationship?

It simply doesn’t.

Exactly.

Now lets shift in topic. My final question for the day, which may be the most significant in this discussion.

Okay, im ready. Shoot.

What will it take for the black man in today’s society, granted the derogatory stereotypes, to rebuild his reputation? Integrity? Social acceptance? Mindset? Especially in the modern day world?

Great question.

If I had the whole answer, id be a billion – trillionaire by now (Laughs) However I do have a few comments to add to it.

I think more black men need to be in tune with themselves, our African history and where our true beginnings came from. African American men come from Kings! If most of them knew this, it would ultimately play a huge role in their confidence and how they’d carry themselves in society today.

Using myself as an example, my father is Nigerian, who’s grandfather was a KING of Lagos, Nigeria. On his paternal side, his father was a King as well.

So you come from ROYALTY?

Yes, indeed. There’s literally – ROYAL blood that runs through my veins. Our last name means “a person who bears honor” – which is why I play off the name “Berolaesque” for my books.

Even though my parents divorced when I was young, they always instilled in me my history, who I truly am and constantly reminded me that I come from excellence. From spending lots of time with my father, I had the privilege of having such a positive upbringing and teaching from a strong, African male figure. He made sure I was deeply rooted in confidence, and being aware of the greatness that lied inside.

Also, I know that God played the biggest role in this as well. Without his strength, I wouldn’t have been as confident throughout life.

So in closing on this topic, my answer really lies in how much research black men perform to truly understand themselves, inside and out. As well as from a historical standpoint, within their history, as well as African/African-American facts from previous generations. If black men don’t identify themselves with something great, all that’s left is the negative stereotypes their forced to believe they fall in. Not a good thing to be proud of at all.

Honestly, that my two cents on it.

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Hanifah Samad Brings Her Free Spirit To Design & Lifestyle With Fason De Viv

 The fashion industry of Philadelphia has some of the most creative minds in the country. Hypefresh Magazine recently got to meet one of them. Hanifah Samad, CEO and founder of Fason De Viv, recently graced us with her presence as she visited our office to have a sit down with us. Fason De Viv, which means lifestyle in Haitian creole, is a fashion brand based in Philadelphia which curates and produces women’s clothing as well as sells home, beauty, and wellness products.

Hanifah was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. At age four, she immigrated to America and settled in Philadelphia. Hanifah was first exposed to the fashion industry through her own curiosity. She often wondered how retail worked and imagined herself as a retailer. This eventually led her to study retail and how to be a good buyer. As she started learning more about retail and merchandising, she started to gain an appreciation for the industry.

“As a buyer, I started to fall in love, not just with fashion, but just with clothes in general, like fabrics, and style, and cuts and things like that.”

 Hanifah has been buying clothes for six years and designing her own for three years. When she makes a purchase a buyer, she thinks about the brands that she carries. She looks at her own brand’s message and asks herself why she is buying this product. As a designer, she just has fun. She loves using prints and colors in her designs. If she cannot find a certain style of clothing that she wants to buy, then she will just craft it herself.

   

Hanifah’s culture has greatly impacted Fason De Viv. When Hanifah first started, her brand name was the A-list look. The concept behind it was to give shoppers a celebrity look without spending celebrity money. In 2016, Hanifah took her first trip back to Haiti. She went to a market place on her visit. She observed how the market had many different businesses which all operated in one large curated marketplace. Reconnecting with her culture inspired her to  re-imagined her business as a brand which curated other black own brands. She re-branded A-list as Fason De Viv and has been using the business model of the Haitian marketplace since her visit. The concept of Haiti being an independent black country has also deeply affected Hanifah.  

 

   “I’m apart of this independent country. You know what I’m saying, it fits with the brand. Because, as an independent brand, and carrying independent brands, and buying from independent brands, and I want to support independent brands. It goes back to my home where, I was born. Even the history of my parents too and how they met. The Haitian culture, and the Haitian history of independence is black country. It’s something that just deep core. It just fits who I am.”

 

Hanifah is also inspired by black women in general. “As black women, we have some much vibrate energy behind us when it comes to our style.” She cites Kelis as a major influence on her. Hanifah is galvanized by how Kelis’s style is always different. “She’s really like a unicorn, you never know with Kelis.”

 According to Hanifah, a Fason De Viv item is a “piece that’s in your closet that when you feel like making a statement, you can just grab.” She sees her clothes as pieces that will last longer in a person wardrobe. She compared her clothing to vintage clothes, in terms of how long her clothes last. Hanifah thinks outside the box when she is designing and buying clothes. She does not want to simply follow any sort of trend. She wants to create something new and fresh constantly.

‘“The woman that has that piece that would just be like, oh let me add this funky blazer to this basic piece.”

 

Hanifah says that Fason De Viv is a brand which teaches women that if you feel good, you look good.  “The woman who wears Fason De Viv, she knows who she is, she knows her history.” Her brand is for women who are comfortable with expressing themselves, especially with fashion. Fason De Viv is for women who are know what they want and are educated about themselves and the world.

“The woman who shops Fason De Viv, is supporting other entrepreneurs. She is conscious, educated, strong, beautiful, and powerful.”

For Hanifah, fashion is her form of expression and art-form. Every woman that she dresses is her canvas. She enjoys empowering women through her styles. “When I dress someone, for whatever she needs to be dressed for whatever it is, even if it’s taking the kids to the park, or yoga, that is her happy space,  because of what she’s wearing.” She takes pride in putting people together. “Layers is art because it’s like color. You’re layering art. Like paint on a canvas.”

Fason De Viv has had a retail space for six years and an online presence for two years. While Hanifah is enjoy having her company online, she still appreciates having a physical space for it. Currently she is looking for a new retail space for Fason De Viv. Though, she’s fought a lot of good space, she has not found one that she can say “this is the space.” She is also looking to expand the brands which she curates from and her staff.

Hanifah is most proud of how her buyer skills have developed. She has learned a lot as a buyer. When Hanifah got in the fashion and wellness scene, she hardly saw any black owned brands. She went out of her way to find black owned products which she could sell through Fason De Viv. Hanifah created a network of black owned brands in an industry where they are scarce. “My buying skills got better, and my partnerships and collaborations got better. And I think that’s important when it comes to my brand.”

Fason De Viv has taught Hanifah how to live an authentic lifestyle. It is who she is. Through her brand, she has learned patience, and how powerful that she is. “My brand taught me how to be a better woman.” It has taught her various things, ranging from how to manage money to how she wants to carry herself. Fason De Viv taught her who she is.

For advice to other brands, Hanifah would to say to take it one day at a time. It is okay if you want to change your brand name. It is okay if you are stuck. Just take it one day at a time, and be patient.

 If you are interested in Hanifah’s brand, you feel free to shop Fason De Viv. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Kev Rodgers: South Jersey’s Next Major Music Marvel

Kev Rodgers: an emerging music producer/rapper hailing out of Collingswood, South Jersey.

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Kev Rodgers is quickly making a name for himself, having produced for many emerging South Jersey and Philly artists. A few being Mir Fontaine, Shawn Smith, and Ish Williams. As of recent, he’s co-produced one of the biggest Rap records in 2018 for Jaden Smith, titled “ICON” which amassed over 100 million streams on music streaming platforms. Alongside accomplishing a whopping 85 Million views via YouTube, achieving a certified RIAA certified gold award.

This time around, Kev Rodgers is ready to make his mark on the rap game with his latest personal release of The Rare One Story LP; his third entry into his portfolio.

Hypefresh staff traveled over to South Jersey for the day of his album release party (via Taste Creators in Philadelphia, PA) to ask questions about the project, diving deeper into Kev’s mind about the process and inspiration dedicated to making the LP.

In a day that went down in history for the young music marvel, The Rare One Story LP serves as a major milestone marker in his career to accommodate all his other achievements. Check out this full-length feature above and enjoy the vibes.

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Meet LUKA: The Refreshingly Cold Artist the Music Industry Needed

Of all the tons of artists that fill the music industry, it’s like hitting the “refresh” button when you find one that’s, in their own way, unique. LUKA, a 23-year-old singer/songwriter/producer, is just the type of artist that refreshes your playlist. He recently just released his first debut single called “I Have Something.” Growing up, he moved from place to place, sampling the sounds of his environment, thus, enabling him to blend those sounds into a style of his own. Today, he stands as a signed artist to Heard Well, and ceaselessly fuses rap, hip-hop and R&B together.

Check out the exclusive interview we got from LUKA, below.

HYPEFRESH: Inquiring minds would like to know. Who is LUKA?

LUKA: Luka is a bold and sexy muthalova, that speaks the truth, makes HITS and an inspiration for others 👍🏻🔥😎

HYPEFRESH: Can you describe what it was like growing up?

LUKA: My upbringing was wild to say the least haha. I grew up with 2 brothers. Our parents emigrated from Georgia (Not ATL but all the way in Europe, Tbilisi, Georgia). We had a lot of hard times..being my parents came to America with nothing and started from scratch there were a lot of trails and tribulations and a lot of moving that took place. Over all, I gotta say I enjoyed my childhood. I was always doing things that made me happy. Energetic, always doing the most & expressing myself.

HYPEFRESH: When did you first get involved in music?

LUKA: I started writing and recording real early like 8th grade. I used a microphone off a computer headset for the first couple months wanting to record so bad and get something done with music. As time went by I got better equipment and I started making beats and developed my skills. I stayed up til 3-4am everyday and would sleep on my desks in school, now we’re here baby

HYPEFRESH: The music industry is competitive. Where do you think you fit in at? Why?

LUKA: I don’t care to “fit in” if you like LUKA you like him, if you don’t relate that’s okay too. Music is fun and that’s all it ever has to be for me.

HYPEFRESH: Do you ever get “Tired” of switching between singing and rapping? How do you balance the two flows when making a song?

LUKA: I love the fusion of both. I’ll make a track rapping the whole time and in the same session i’ll create another record singing the whole time..it’s all what God wants to bless me with that day 🌟.

HYPEFRESH: The “Timex” on your wrist is nice, but we know you want a Rollie one day. Can you talk in detail about some of the new songs/albums you’re working on to bring you closer to that goal?

LUKA: Y’all put questions together very creatively I fuck with it haha. I’m working on music everyday and I have hits waiting to be released. Definitely got a project coming, no release date/title or anything right now but it’s coming and it’s hot. Timex is a dope one 😉

HYPEFRESH: Can you describe your music, and what it means to you?

LUKA: I love music. I love being able to create a vision and see it so clear using sound. I love the fact that this shit helps kids (EVERYONE) feel less alone. I love being inspired and inspiring. I love bringing people together and make it okay to be ourselves for 2 hours at a show or every time they listen to their favorite songs.

HYPEFRESH: Out of all the songs you’ve released, which one best describes your life at the moment?

LUKA: “Papi Chulo.”

HYPEFRESH: What are some challenges you’ve faced as an emerging artist? What’s been the most gratifying moment so far?

LUKA: Pretty much everything you can think of, finances, ppl not realizing you’re dope, having to move around and balancing “real life” (lol) and music but all that shit is just a result of taking it and yourself way too serious. This music shit is silly, it’s a fun hobby that we’re incredibly fortunate and lucky to be paid for. No matter the problems that come with music, it’s fucking music & it’s all love and fun. When it’s not that it’s pointless. The most gratifying thing is seeing a fan and getting aware with them and reminding them that they have the power to do absolutely anything they yearn to do.

HYPEFRESH: Can you describe the feeling of growing a fan base? How are you evolving as an artist, so that you don’t “Cheat” your fans out of good music?

LUKA: It’s gotta be natural. Always. With everything in life but growing a fan base is literally you being yourself and exposing that. When you try to do this or that or be like someone or do some weird ass marketing tactics it never works. I’m evolving delightfully and man oh man this new shit is bonkers! They know when I say it’s coming (“it” being something legendary) that I will deliver.

HYPEFRESH: How would you describe your fans?

LUKA: Iconic, energetic, full of love.

HYPEFRESH: In three ways, can you describe what makes you a “Papi Chulo” or “Daddy AF”?

LUKA: We all got it in us. Allowance to be myself, be true to myself & let the rest fall into place as it will. Plus you can’t pay to look this good man! C’mon baby! 😎

HYPEFRESH: If you had “10000 hours” in a day, how would you spend it?

LUKA: lol that’s a long ass day. I would do the same thing man! Who says time was real and that we aren’t living a 10,000 day already…???

HYPEFRESH: If it weren’t for music, what would you be doing?

LUKA: I’d be a pornstar.

HYPEFRESH: Besides “Shia Lebouef”, is there an idol that inspires your artistry? Who is it, and why?

LUKA: Timbo, Pharrell, Scott Storch, Eminem, Will Smith, Missy Elliot, MJ, Daft Punk. Just a feweth

HYPEFRESH: We all want to see you “Make It Bruh”. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?

LUKA: At the peak of peace within myself, family with a bunch a chunky babies, Forbes, owning my own charting record label along with owning a plethora of other big businesses and continue constantly investing all of myself in helping people.

HYPEFRESH: People love getting advice from others who have been “There Before”, can you share any good tips that you’ve learned along the way?

LUKA: Always help others and do things for your and their hearts fulfillment. If it ain’t that it ain’t shit! Love + peace is truly living! & always refer to HYPEFRESH for all your daily insights on all things poppin!

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