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New Ringo Starr Album ‘Ringo 2012′

February 3, 2012
New Ringo Starr Album ‘Ringo 2012′

The new Ringo Starr album, Ringo 2012 , is the ex-Beatle’s 17th studio album, recorded at his home in Los Angeles, California. Singer, songwriter and drummer Ringo Starr , 71, is still recording great pop/rock music and the new Ringo 2012 album is so cool it even features Edgar Winter . Ringo is as hip as ever and his latest album allows the legendary megastar to have some fun on his own terms, in his own way and in his own time. The album was produced by Starr with famous pals Joe Walsh , Dave Stewart , Benmont Tench , Kenny Wayne Shepherd , Van Dyke Parks , Charlie Haden and Don Was . The lead single from Ringo 2012 is “Wings,” a cool reggae rock song written by Ringo Starr and Vini Poncia . Watch the LIVE performance video below of “Wings” and see Ringo looking 20 years younger than his age.

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Listage : World Nutella Day; Chips For The Game

February 3, 2012

Kobawoo House, Koreatown. [Photo: cathydanh / Eater LA Flickr Pool ]

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Contests! : Win 24 Free Dinners from DineLA!

February 2, 2012
Contests! : Win 24 Free Dinners from DineLA!

Here at Eater, whenever possible, we like to give away free shit. Because, hey, why not? Starting right this very second we have a pretty epic dinner series to give away in conjunction with dineLA which is going on right now! Up for grabs is one grand prize of 24 $50 gift cards valid at participating dineLA restaurants. So, the winner will receive $50 gift cards to each of the following restaurants: Xiomara on Melrose, The Strand House, The Roof on Wilshire, Short Order, Rivera, Nick and Stef’s Steakhouse, The Lobster, Michael’s on Naples, Hal’s Bar and Grill, LA Prime, Marrakesh, Morels, Much Ultima Mexicana, Noe Restaurant, Ports O’ Call, The Penthouse at the Huntley, Rosa Mexicano at Sunset Blvd, Rosa Mexicano at LA LIVE, Rush Street, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Beverly Hills, Sake House by Hikari, The Backyard at W Los Angeles – Westwood, The Tam O’ Shanter , and Zengo . All sorts of awesomeness. Want to win? Write to la@eater.com by 5 PM this Friday when dineLA wraps, and prove to us that you are the biggest foodie in the city . Be it in writing, photos, a PowerPoint presy, whatever. Anything goes. See original here: Contests! : Win 24 Free Dinners from DineLA!

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Mr. Big Shot Leads Clippers Past Nuggets In Homecoming Game

January 30, 2012

DENVER — Chauncey Billups’ homecoming couldn’t have gone better. He scored a season-high 32 points and drew a crucial foul in the waning seconds to help seal the Los Angeles Clippers’ 109-105 victory that snapped the Denver Nuggets’ six-game winning streak Sunday night. It was Billups’ first game at the Pepsi Center since the Nuggets included him in the Carmelo Anthony blockbuster trade nearly a year ago. Billups received a rousing ovation during introductions, and some highlights of his days with the Nuggets were shown on the overhead scoreboards. The Denver native was enthusiastically introduced as “still the King of Park Hill.” Those cheers turned to groans when Billups scored a dozen points in the first quarter and swished a trio of 3-pointers in the third quarter, reminding the Nuggets and their fans of what they’d lost. He saved his best play for the fourth quarter. The only visitor who got a louder ovation was Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, sitting courtside. The Nuggets opened a 10-point lead early in the fourth but the Clippers used a 10-0 run to tie it at 87 with 8 1/2 minutes to go and it was close the rest of the way. Just when the Nuggets started to pull away, going up five, Billups took over as he had so many times in this building. His sixth 3-pointer tied it at 99, and his three-point play finished off an 8-0 spurt gave the Clippers a 102-99 lead with 2:37 left. The Nuggets regained the lead 105-104 on Nene’s dunk with 47 seconds remaining after Andre Miller’s steal of Chris Paul’s poor pass. But Paul’s two free throws gave Los Angeles the lead for good with 36 seconds left. DeAndre Jordan hit one of two free throws with 23 seconds left to give the Clippers a 107-105 lead, and after a timeout, Nene, who led the Nuggets with 18 points, pushed off against Billups, drawing the offensive foul with 18 seconds remaining. Paul sank two free throws to push the Clippers’ cushion to 109-105 with 17 seconds left, and the Nuggets weren’t able to recover. Paul finished with 25 points, and Blake Griffin added 17. Billups had 15 points at the half and really got hot in the third quarter, sinking three straight 3-pointers, including one with Rudy Fernandez all over him that capped a stretch of five straight 3s for the Clippers, the other two coming from Paul. The Nuggets took an 83-77 lead into the fourth quarter after Fernandez’s astonishing tip-in at the third-quarter buzzer. Corey Brewer’s desperation heave was off-target and Fernandez cut through the lane and with his left hand tipped the ball off the glass and through the hoop as the buzzer sounded and the backboard lit up. Billups spent 2 1/2 years in his second stint with the Nuggets, instantly turned a middling Denver team into a contender when he came over from Detroit for Allen Iverson in 2008. He guided the Nuggets to a franchise-best 54 wins and the Western Conference finals that year. “I’ve told the story that if we don’t make the Chauncey trade, I don’t think I’m here right now,” Nuggets coach George Karl said. “We were playing very ordinary basketball. Then we made the trade and we went from ordinary to good pretty quick. I remember when (former Nuggets general manager Mark Warkentien) called and said the trade was done, I was downstairs in my house and I actually think I got down on my knees and thanked God.” Conversely, Karl nearly cried 11 months ago when Billups, who starred at the University of Colorado, got caught up in Anthony’s trade demand and was included in the 13-player, three-way deal on Feb. 22, 2011, that sent him to New York. “I think Chauncey’s a winner and he’s one of the best winners of all-time,” Karl said. “He has great skills but he also has a great head. … I think everybody knows it was a sad day when we had to part with him. I mean, it was hard on everybody.” Billups included. He landed in Los Angeles this season when the Knicks invoked the amnesty clause that’s part of the new collective bargaining agreement and cut him without having to count his $14.5 million salary against their cap. Claimed by the Clippers, Billups briefly contemplated retirement but then decided to play a 15th NBA season, and as he showed Sunday night, he’s still at the top of his game. He’s a big part of Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro’s star-studded veteran cast that includes Griffin, Paul, Mo Williams and Caron Butler that’s speeding the learning curve for younger teammates while also stealing the buzz from Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in Los Angeles. Billups’ departure led to more playing time for Ty Lawson in Denver, and he was slated to start Sunday night after missing time with a sprained left ankle, but he was a late scratch. That scuttled some of Karl’s plans to play fast against the Clippers, getting the Nuggets into the open court more. Notes: Karl said he reminded his team that of its six previous wins, only one came against a winning team, “and 16 of our next 18 are against winning teams, so we will know a lot more come March 1 than we know right now.” … Billups said he’s trying to get former Denver teammate Kenyon Martin to join the Clippers after his Chinese team ends its season. Follow this link: Mr. Big Shot Leads Clippers Past Nuggets In Homecoming Game

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PHOTO: Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson Catch A Lakers Game

January 14, 2012
PHOTO: Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson Catch A Lakers Game

It was a boys’ night out Friday for Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson. The pals has some of the best seats in the house at last night’s Lakers game at the Staples Center in L.A. Nicholson and Sandler were all smiles at the game, and the “Jack and Jill” star certainly has a lot to celebrate this week. Sandler recently won a People’s Choice Award for best comedic movie actor. The friends and “Anger Management” co-stars joined other notable guests including Tobey Maguire, Penny Marshall, Dyan Cannon, Joel Silver and Lisa Ling at the basketball game, where the L.A. Lakers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 97-92. Check out a photo of Sandler and Nicholson at the Lakers game below! PHOTO: More here: PHOTO: Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson Catch A Lakers Game

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Elderly Woman With House Full of Clutter Seriously Injured in Fire

January 12, 2012
Elderly Woman With House Full of Clutter Seriously Injured in Fire

A woman was found with serious burns in North Hollywood after her house, which firefighters found to be stuffed with old newspapers and magazines, caught fire. KTLA reports that by the time rescue workers arrived at the scene at about 7:45 this morning, the woman was standing outside her house on the 12400 block of Burton Street., having been badly injured by the blaze. more › View post: Elderly Woman With House Full of Clutter Seriously Injured in Fire

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A Reminder to Be Cautious When Posting Comments Online

January 10, 2012

Real Simple  magazine has dubbed this week  Be Nice on the Internet Week . I like it. I’m in. Not that I’m not nice on the Internet. I am. I’m very nice. In fact, I am way nicer on the Internet than I am in real life. Seriously. Ask my kids. Perhaps it is because I have worked in a Web world for the last four years that I am so cognizant of the importance of proper comportment online.  Since I spend a great deal of my time watching what others are saying on the Web, I am hyper-aware of my own behavior. At least I hope I am. Real Simple  decided to go this route after doing a survey about social media behavior for its annual January “be a better person” issue. The results of the survey are fascinating and the editors wrote that “we’ll explore the psychological impact of Net negativity … Visit realsimple.com/beniceweek for full details and pledge with us to think before you post.” Now,  Real Simple  is focused on social media, like Facebook, where there is certainly well-documented cases of cyber-bullying that have gone so far as to end in suicide. To me, this idea of “think before you post” needs to be extended to everyone online, as even news sites have morphed into the area of social media with their comment platforms. And sometimes, it can get ugly. When I worked at theday.com as breaking news editor, a large part of my job was moderating comments. And because I had full view of the back of the house, I knew who many of the anonymous commenters really were. And I was occasionally shocked to find that the worst offenders in the comments—those who posted insults, attacks, made fun of others and were generally big jerks—were in their offline life leaders in the community. Anonymity gives many people courage—it’s like having one-too-many drinks at the bar and suddenly thinking you can take on the world. But even some of those who use their real names online go past the line of good manners and good debate. I wonder if it is because they are sitting in front of their computers, which also gives one the feeling that you are not really “talking” to others, you are simply typing. Patch is a news provider, but a major part of its mission and philosophy is to be a community platform—a gathering place where the free exchange of ideas and issues can help people figure out solutions and make changes for the better. A major component of Patch is the community’s ability to contribute through comments, adding photos or videos, posting announcements and events, and writing letters to the editor. I love Patch’s  terms of use , which every reader agrees to when registering: Communities thrive when people care about each other, and as such, Patch expects all of its users to be respectful of others. … While we encourage people to be honest and post what’s on their mind, there are some types of Content that we simply can’t allow on Patch. … You might boil it down to three main policies: “Keep it clean,” “Don’t try to trick people,” and “Treat others as you’d like to be treated.” Easy, right? Not as easy as it sounds, based on some of the experiences we’ve had. But the in-the-now aspect of news coverage on Patch, and online in general, is what draws me to this latest incarnation of journalism—the fact that we are no longer all sitting alone in our kitchens, reading the news and talking to our pets about how we feel about what’s happening. Instead, we are reading the news and are able to state our opinions and add our two cents immediately—and share it with the world. And the world can answer back. Fabulous. I always think about posting online this way: Would I say it in front of my mother? Would I say it in front of my kids? Would I want someone to say it to my face exactly like this? Will I be sorry later? Be nice on the Internet—be nice in life. Words to live by. Elissa Bass is a regional editor for Patch.com in Connecticut. Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . See the article here: A Reminder to Be Cautious When Posting Comments Online

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Year in Eater : Friends of Eater Recall Their Single Best Meals of 2011

December 29, 2011
Year in Eater : Friends of Eater Recall Their Single Best Meals of 2011

As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers. We’ve already covered Top Newcomers , Top Standbys , Best Dining Neighborhood , 2011 described in one word , and Biggest Dining Surprises . Now, Best Meals. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments. [Scarpetta, Beverly Hills. Elizabeth Daniels ] Q: What was your single best meal of 2011? Lonny Pugh, LA editor, Urban Daddy : Scarpetta . It involved the spaghetti—one of those simple dishes that can’t possibly be as good as everybody says it is. But then it is. And then later you think it can’t possibly be as good as you remember. So you go back and have it again. And it still is. Stephane Bombet, owner, Picca: Gary Menes pop up dinner at Le Comptoir at Tiara Cafe. My favorite dish was his home made foie gras au torchon with balsamic vinegar and callery pears. Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly : A lovely three-hour lunch at Providence – Michael Cimarusti has quietly become the best chef in Los Angeles. Hadley Tomicki, LA editor, Grub Street : I’m still surprised I didn’t wake up at some point when Cimarusti, Ludo, Urasawa, and Zarate came together at Providence, but I’d have to say the kaiseki dinner I had at N/Naka , as I’ve rarely had such an emotional reaction to food. One side of the table was laughing in wonder, the other crying in joy. Lesley Barger Suter , dine editor, LAmag : I keep giving it love, but I’m going to have to say my first meal at Sotto : Bread with lardo, perfect pork meatballs, and that pizza, plus cannolis…all washed down with some amaro. Wolfgang Puck: I would say that my single best meal was at the Fat Duck outside of London if I exclude the meal that Tetsu made for me at Spago. Zach Brooks, Midtown Lunch : Do I have to choose between ink. and Son of a Gun … because I really don’t want to. Jeff Miller, LA editor, Thrillist : I was lucky enough to spend some major time in Las Vegas and got to eat at Bartolotta . Not only was it the best meal I ate all year, but that’s one of my favorite meals I’ve ever had. Every single bite was perfect. Yassmin Sarmadi, restaurant owner, Church & State: Chef’s Tasting Menu at Patina – I have always enjoyed Patina, but had not been for some time. Hands down this was one of my best dining experiences in 2011! George Abou-Daoud, restaurateur, Bowery Street Enterprises : Chicharron en Verde followed by Espinoza de Cerdo en Guajillo in Mexico City—-amazing. Lindsay William-Ross, LAist : This is probably the hardest for me to answer, because I can’t just say one thing! I did get to sit down to an amazing meal in the private dining room of Osteria Mozza for a dinner honoring Ruth Reichl where the guests were some amazing local chefs and food writers, which was made only more surreal by the fact that I was high on cold medicine. But a lot of my greatest dining pleasures came while traveling, like the half-dozen fresh oysters I had at Seattle’s Pike Place Market, or the epic meals at Julian Serrano and Sage at the Aria in Vegas with some of my food writing girlfriends. The donuts from The Doughnut Plant in NYC my boyfriend and I ate while walking around the Lower East Side one very cold Sunday morning in March after we flew in on a red eye. A White Spot burger in Vancouver. Anytime I got to share a table with a loved one, or experience something while I traveled, well, that’s my best meal! Daniela Galarza, associate editor, Eater LA: In LA – Picca . Outside of LA – Pok Pok. Maggie Nemser, founder, Blackboard Eats : At Joe’s in Venice with Walter Manzke as the guest chef serving an unforgettable Millbrook Venison with Sauce Poivrade. Josh Lurie, Food GPS : That’s a tough call. My meaty meal at Snow’s BBQ, about an hour outside of Austin, was pretty spectacular. Sooke Harbour House, situated right on the water in a spectacular Vancouver Island setting, was stunning for multiple reasons, including the hyper-local food. Still, since this is Eater LA, let’s go with something that’s actually in Los Angeles. One of my most recent blowout meals in L.A. was at Sushi Gen , where we let a friend take the lead, and he proceeded to order an onslaught of pristine seafood, including toro, uni, mirugai (giant clam) and amaebi (sweet shrimp). Seriously, how could that not taste good? And of course the people were fun, so that always helps. Kat Odell, editor, Eater LA: I would probably have to go with the epic Krug dinner I had earlier this year at Urasawa . Can’t compete with Hiro’s sushi and 15 bottles of vintage Krug divided between 10 diners… also had a surprisingly fun/flavorful dinner at Miss Lily’s recently in NYC. · Year in Eater 2011 [~ELA~] Go here to read the rest: Year in Eater : Friends of Eater Recall Their Single Best Meals of 2011

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Vitaliy Krasnoperov Convicted, Bodhi Tree Closing and ‘NOH8 Day’

December 19, 2011

The Westside Cities Council of Government met Monday to discuss ways to support bicycling in the area; the House of Blues became a ” No Hate Zone ” Tuesday night, with more than 500 people celebrating the NOH8 silent protest photo campaign’s third anniversary; and a jury convicted 26-year-old Vitaliy Krasnoperovi»¿ in the 2007 revenge-beating and … (more) Read the original: Vitaliy Krasnoperov Convicted, Bodhi Tree Closing and ‘NOH8 Day’

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Vincent Herbert and Tamar Braxton Buy and List

December 9, 2011
Vincent Herbert and Tamar Braxton Buy and List

SELLERS: Vincent Herbert and Tamar Braxton LOCATION: Encino, CA PRICE: $3,000,000 SIZE: 7,817 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms YOUR MAMAS NOTES: It seems we’ve been stuck out in sub- and exurban Los Angeles, CA most of the week yimmer-yammering about celebrity real estate blah blah blah. Although we’re certain some of the children wish we would, rather than shift the geographic gears we’re going to stay put instead with a discussion on the Encino, CA mansion recently put on the market for $3,000,000 and owned, as per property records, by Vincent Herbert and Tamar Braxton. That’s pronounced Tay-mar, okay? She’s a sassy, smart-allecky and sometimes antagonizing R&B singer probably best known as the youngest sister of Grammy-winning songstress Toni Braxton. Missus Braxton-Herbert is, howevuh, does not live entirely in the shadow of her older sister, she’s a woman on her own showbiz trajectory who has made a record or two, sang some badass back up on Lady Gaga’s anthemic single Born This Way and currently stars–if that’s what one does–on the cacophonous Braxton Family Values reality program that was recently picked up for a 13-episode second season. He’s a rather rotund but baby-faced, award-winning music industry executive and producer whose worked over songs for chanteuses such as Toni Braxton, Destiny’s Child, Whitney Houston and JoJo. He currently presides over Streamline Records, a division of Interscope Records and the home label for the new Madonna Lady Gaga. A pulmonary embolism–the fancy name for a blood clot in the lung–recently landed Mister Herbert in a New York City hospital after he collapsed in mid-October. He has since returned to Los Angeles, l’chaim. Property records show Mister Herbert and Missus Braxton-Herbert only purchased their Encino mansion just over two years ago in September 2009 for $2,600,000. The pancake-flat .42-acre parcel, tucked into a leafy, not-glitzy neighborhood directly behind the Encino Commons business and entertainment district, hosts a gated mansion built in 2007 and described in current listing materials as an “Elegant & Sexy Spanish Hacienda meets Tuscan Villa.” The pastiche-y two-story pad measures in at a beefy 7,817 square feet and contains a total of 6 bedrooms and–depending on where in the listing one looks–either 5.75 or 6.5 bathrooms. A deep, paver-stone tile driveway stretches back from the street to a three-car attached garage with contemporary frosted glass and aluminum doors. The arched front door, set into an arched doorway set into a shallow courtyard, opens into an airy, double height entrance hall finished with a poo-poo platter of not entirely harmonious materials: mottled caramel-colored (and oddly shaped) Spanish tiles on the floor; buttery yellow stucco walls in the dining room; a long arched colonnade fashioned from used bricks; a swooping curved staircase with wrought iron banisters and vibrant orange tile accents on the risers. Formal living and dining rooms are available for guests, holidays and other moments when a person might want them but far more interior space was devoted to less formal family quarters that include a state-of-the-art 12-seat home theater/media room plus a family room with full-size wet bar that will make hooch hounds gasp with anticipation, French doors that connect to the outdoor entertainment areas, and a fireplace (unfortunately) flanked by arched and mirrored niches outfitted with matching library tables topped with sprays of white orchids. As if the all-too-ubiquitous orchids where not decoratively cliché enough, the person responsible for decorating this room visually multiplied the orchids with the massive mirrors placed where there more better be bookshelves filled with actual books and cherished mementos of the homeowner(s). Anyhoo, we digress. Archways join the family room to the eat-in kitchen with its semi-circular breakfast nook. We’re going to ignore the white orchids in the window behind the delicious copper farmhouse sink on the far wall and instead focus on the massive, multi-purpose center island with two-stool snack counter, vegetable sink, second dishwasher and coppery granite counter top that plays off the green granite counter top that extends out for some distance on either side of the delicious copper farmhouse sink. There’s also a walk-in pantry and temperature-controlled walk-in wine cellar. Listing information explains the “master retreat” includes two over-sized walk-in closets and a “Glamorous,” mostly brown and beige en suite complete with custom tile work, glass-lined steam shower that juts our like a peninsula into the the bathroom, and a separate sunken jetted soaking tub set into a window-lined semi-circular niche. The fully landscaped, wall/fenced, and secured grounds encompass meandering paver stone patios and walkways, a semi-permanent cabana that promotes outdoor living, a built-in barbecue center, a few free-form patches of grass, a built-in fire pit, and two waterfalls that tumble into an amoebic swimming pool with elevated circular spa. The children will note that with the touch of a remote control button a God damn rotating television pops up from a fake boulder at the water’s edge. It’s not much of a surprise really that Mister Herbert and Missus Braxton-Herbert have hoisted their Encino mansion on the market given that they’ve already purchased their next, much larger and far more expensive home (shown below). Property records reveal in early September (2011) Mister Herbert and Missus Braxton-Herbert coughed up a considerable $6,900,000 to obtain an 11,747 square foot French Country-style faux-chateau perched on a low rise in the guard-gated and star-studded equestrian community of Hidden Hills, CA. Listing information for the Herbert’s new home in Hidden Hills shows there are a total of 5 bedrooms and 6 full and 2 half bathrooms, a grand(iose) double-height entry with twin curved staircases and inlaid marble floor, formal living and dining rooms, a paneled library, colossal center island kitchen with a disturbing cornucopia of elaborately carved corbels, a wood-paneled home theater with 125-inch screen, pub/game room with hand-carved wet bar. The titanic second floor master suite encompasses a vast bedroom/sitting room with vaulted and wood-beamed ceiling, wood floors, fireplace and a wide bank of wood-framed glass doors that slide open to a private balcony. There’s als a custom-fitted walk-in closets/dressing room and a cavernous crapper with twin sinks, a plunge pool-sized jetted tub with fireplace, and a silly (and tacky), over-sized circular glass shower enclosure. Other amenities include an elevator, safe room, a total of at least 5 fireplaces (many with elaborate carved stone mantelpieces), direct-entry garage space for four luxury cars, a large fountain in the front yard and a somewhat slim but mostly flat back yard with a petite swimming pool with raised spa surrounded by an expanse of lush green lawn, various shaded porches and patios for escaping the scorching southern California summertime sunshine, and long views over the tree tops to the rugged mountains that encircle the San Fernando Valley. Some of Mister Herbert and Missus Braxton-Herberts’ new neighbors include Jennifer Lopez, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne who have their estate listed at $12,999,000, Melissa Etheridge, Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife and baby momma Denise Richards, former desperate housewife Nicolette Sheridan (who bought her house from Melissa Etheridge), Bruce Jenner and Kris Kardashian, and–for a few more days or weeks anyway–pop superstar Britney Spears who will soon move house from a elephantine leased mansion in Hidden Hills to a significantly smaller but still massive mansion in a guard-gated golf community in Thousand Oaks. listing photos (Encino): Re/Max Olson & Associates listing photos (Hidden Hills): Re/Max Olson & Associates Continue reading here: Vincent Herbert and Tamar Braxton Buy and List

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