July 6, 2021
Naja chats with her internet Bestie, Beth about queerness, stepmotherhood, and her journey of self-rediscovery.
Beth McDonough is a Certified Stepfamily Coach and one of three moms raising one feisty redheaded stepdaughter. She specializes in LGBTQ+ issues, being a childless stepmom, infertility, and strengthening stepfamilies through focusing on your relationship with your partner. She is also growing and learning about the process, pain, and healing of parental alienation. Beth has been featured in Stepmom Magazine, Stepparent Magazine, SheKnows Parenting, Bustle, TravelZoo, BabyCenter, and ParentMap.
Visit Beth online:
June 29, 2021
Naja Hall chats with a high school classmate, Kim Gaither about how breast cancer made her grateful. Kim was diagnosed in her 30s and her life immediately took a pivot. With a great job, a loving husband, and a dedicated family, her circle has come together as she conquers cancer. Still in the midst of her treatment, Kim has vowed not only to live, but she is inspiring others to kick cancer's booty. Follow Kim on Instagram at www.instagram.com/knicolebrandinc
June 1, 2021
Love and money can make people act funny ESPECIALLY in blended families. Today Naja chats with Family Law Attorney, Natalie K. Howard about ALL things assets! How does one protect their coin from a rabid ex? Should you have a will or a trust? Should you do a postnup after marital infidelity? (hint: hell yes!)
Attorney Natalie K. Howard specializes in all areas of family law, including divorce, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, custody, child support, legitimation, contempt actions, wills, and trusts. She understands that sometimes family and relationship problems can be emotionally draining, so she aims to lift a great deal of the burden from your shoulders by finding the best possible solution to your legal issue.
Follow Natalie everywhere and if you're in Georgia, look her up!
May 18, 2021
Would you invite your stepchild's mom to your wedding? Stepmom Kisha Batsuli did! In this episode, Naja chats with Kisha Batsuli, creator of BlendedonTheRock.com, a community that bridges the gap between moms and stepmoms.
About Kisha: Kisha is dedicated to bring unity in blended families and provide a community for bio and bonus moms to flourish. She is the facilitator of the Blended Mom Meetup which is a free virtual monthly meetup that gives bio and bonus moms a place to communicate, share their feelings, and connect with other moms.
May 4, 2021
This week's guest Richard Capriola spent 11 years working as an addictions counselor for Menninger Clinic in Houston Texas before retiring in 2019. Menninger Clinic is one of the top ten psychiatric hospitals in the United States and specializes in the assessment, stabilization and treatment of adults and adolescents with substance abuse and psychiatric disorders. During his tenure there he worked in the Adolescent Treatment program and the adult Comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment and Stabilization program. Working closely with psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and nurses he was responsible for comprehensive assessments and individual and group counseling with patients diagnosed with substance use disorders. Visit Richard online at https://helptheaddictedchild.com/
April 20, 2021
Author Lorraine Rogers has a wonderfully large blended family of 14 children! During this chat, she shares her story of love, loves lost, and starting again. Follow her online at:
Twitter: L.C. Rogers
April 6, 2021
In the final installment of our pseudo case study on the members of the Husband In Law podcast, we are talking to Jessica's ex-husband Steve. He shares his entire transition from a married dad to living his truth. To check out their podcast Husband In Law on iTunes click here. Also, follow them on IG @husband_in_law.
March 30, 2021
Last week we heard from Jessica about her unorthodox coparenting relationship. This week, we are meeting her husband, Matt. Matt came with two kids of his own. Jessica's family is blended on both sides and Matt is sharing what it's like to be a friend's with Jessica's gay ex and how he handles a less-than-ideal coparenting situation.
March 23, 2021
Jessica discovered her ex-husband was gay BUT they've since become great friends! Naja chats with Jessica about the breakdown of her marriage, the Morman Church, and finding love again. Jessica Frew is a mom, wife, ex-wife, step-mom, lover of all things active, and an entrepreneur.
Jessica's Bio My first husband (Steve) and I were active members of the LDS/Mormon and just a few months into our marriage when my husband came to terms with the fact he is gay. We stayed married for another 6 years while he worked through understanding and accepting this part of himself. We had an amazing marriage at that time. It was hard but we loved and supported each other and at the same time, we came to love ourselves in a whole new way. We also brought an amazing little girl into our lives. We did eventually divorce but we have stayed best of friends through it all.
Today I am remarried to another amazing man (Matt), I have 2 step kids, still active in my church, and my ex and I are still best of friends. Not only that, my husband and ex-husband are now great friends as well. We understand and relate to all things co-parenting because while we have an exceptional relationship with Steve, Matt's ex is very high conflict.
My ex-husband, my husband, and myself host a podcast together called Husband in Law. We are sharing our stories of love, marriage, coming out, infidelity, divorce, and co-parenting. We are doing this to help individuals view themselves and others in a new light so that they can see not only their own self-worth but also the worth of others. We are changing how people view themselves and others to create stronger relationships. You can find our podcast, social media, accounts, Jessica’s Book, BOLDology Journal, and everything else we have to offer by following this link. https://linktr.ee/theboldlogic
March 9, 2021
Coach Naja chats with New York-based comedian and host of Hulu's, Up Early Tonight, Aminah Imani. Once a member of the HCBM (high conflict biomom), through self-awareness, therapy, and the strong desire to protect her son, Aminah has transformed her coparenting relationship into a space of boundaries and mutual respect. Aside from cracking us up, Aminah is schooling us on her healing journey and encouraging all "angry baby mamas" to focus on what's most important.
Visit Aminah Imani online at www.aminahimani.com and follow her on social media @aminahimani.
February 23, 2021
Coach Naja and Christina Nelson, host of The Radical Stepmoms Podcast chat about stepparenting before an ours baby, handling a HCBM with finesse, and how to quickly get your relationship back on track post drama.
If you enjoyed this podcast, visit https://vipstepmom.com to listen as we continue the conversation and go WAY deeper! The MEMBERS-ONLY version is exclusively available at https://vipstepmom.com.
CHRISTINA NELSON, is a clinical social worker serving specialized populations in Seattle. This stepmom, mom and wife co-created the “Radical Stepmoms” podcast and says she’s committed to sharing her raw experience, letting others know they aren’t alone. Christina also provides support for stepmoms and their partners, helping them get unstuck so they can build on their love and live more happily.
February 9, 2021
We know you're not used to Kid-Friendly content at IKIC but this week I'm talking to Avery, a 17- year old who lives with her dad and stepmom. Avery gives a VERY honest interview about her true thoughts about her blended family and what she wishes could be different.
January 26, 2021
In this episode, Naja chats with Deborah Pino about her CRAZY experiences as a Family Court Attorney. The two ladies managed to turn a very serious topic into a hilariously, REAL converstaion. Grab your notepad and your tea!
Deborah is an attorney and Guardian Ad Litem in the State of Florida. She has conducted thousands of child support establishment and child support and alimony enforcement bench trials during her time with this office. After promotion to a Senior Attorney position and serving as acting Managing Attorney in that division, Deborah was offered a position as Senior Attorney enforcing support for all of Broward County, Florida. It was during her time with Broward County, that Deborah decided to open her own firm. The Law Offices of Deborah Pino, P.A. was founded in February 2005 where Attorney Pino currently practices family law, which includes paternity, divorce, adoption, child support enforcement and modification. The firm also handles personal injury matters and simple probate. The passion Deborah has for children has steered her in the direction of providing a voice for our youth and she has been trained to serve as a Guardia Ad Litem in all Florida Courts. Recognizing the importance of competent representation in non-traditional venues, Ms. Pino become a member of the Seminole Tribal Court.
Visit Deborah online at https://dpinolaw.com/
January 12, 2021
Everyone, including Naja is finding love online. Naja chats with a few popular singles about the new trends in dating apps. Riot DaGod is the #1 Influencer on Plenty Of Fish, Natoya Matthews is a Pageant Queen, and Rox Amir has been a lucky lady in love— ALL from dating apps! This hilarious episode will thoroughly entertain you, even if you have a boo!
Natoya Matthews is a native of Memphis, TN and the reigning 2021 Ms. Black Tennessee International Ambassador. With an esteemed career in finance of over 8 years, she currently serves as a Senior Financial Analyst. Her passion is her business- Miss Tennessee Beauty Pageant. A pageant that is geared toward youth, confidence, and scholarship.
Riot DaGod, Sanford Florida native and Social Media Influencer, Model,Actor and Live-streamer on POF. You can find me or POF: Riot Da Ruler
Or Instagram @Riot_dagod
Rox Amir, Memphis native and IT professional who advocates for online dating as the new norm. You can find her on IG @roxthewise
December 29, 2020
This week's guest, Dr. Toyin was born in Ithaca, New York, grew up in Ibadan, Nigeria and she currently resides in Chicago.
According to her personal bio: "As a clinician-researcher in Infectious diseases, I have published in the medical literature but always dreamt of writing at least one book.
For the last 12 years, I have been a divorced mom of 2 amazing daughters who inspire and challenge me daily to be the best me. Our journey together inspired this book, my first. The decade after; thriving after divorce, is a labor of love and I am delighted to have you read it!
While initially conceived as a model for "sharing tips" with divorced moms, this book emphasizes personal growth and empowers women of all ages, irrespective of marital status to celebrate their awesomeness."
Visit Dr. Toy online at https://www.thedecadeafter.com/ and follow her on social media @drtfal
December 15, 2020
Belinda Munro stopped by IKIC to catch up with Naja and reminisce on their days as single Harlem girls. She talks glow up, marriage, stepparenting, fertility, and much much more!
Belinda is a multi-talented Vocalist, Songwriter, Performance Coach, and Mentor who ignites the unspoken with her Powerful vocals, grace, poise, and dynamic stage presence. She transcends musical borders as she brings her Soulful styling, infused with Gospel, Jazz, and Blues flavoring, to the stage.
Visit Belinda online at https://www.belindamunro.com/ and follow her on Instagram at @iambelindamunro
December 1, 2020
We chat a lot about coparenting drama BUT what about toxic siblings?! Jummy joins IKIC to help us redefine how we see familial trauma and cutting ties with problematic relatives.
Jummy is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Life Coach, Speaker and Podcaster. She is also the owner of Focus Counseling, a counseling group practice in Grandview Heights, Ohio where she provides individual and couples therapy.
She earned her Bachelor's in Psychology and Natural Science from Canterbury Christ Church University College, England. She also has a Master's of Arts (MA.) degree in Counseling Ministries from Methodist Theological School in Ohio.
You can find Jummy online at
I am a married mother of 2 lovely children, I love coffee, cooking and listening to audiobooks and podcasts in my spare time.
November 24, 2020
In Part 2 or 2, Dr. Torri shares how her relationship with her stepdaughter and her mother almost caused her to lose her marriage. After meeting her father at age 31, only to have him pass away just 2 years later, Dr. Torri was forced to redefine her identity and her life in an instant. She shared some vulnerable moments and got really REAL. Grab a pen and pad because she's dropping jewels!
November 17, 2020
Naja has a high energy girlfriend chat with Dr. Torri. The conversation took a turn and ended up becoming a healing moment. This is a 2 part conversation fyi!
Dr. Torri J. is the passionate CEO of The Fatherless Generation Foundation. She is a national speaker on the positive influence reunification of fatherless children with their biological fathers has on all parties involved and how reunification ignites the healing necessary to reduce the impact negative stigmas associated with growing up fatherless are having on our society. She is the proud recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award from the 44th President of The United States Barack Obama. Dr. Torri J. is a regular on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show with her segment “Father’s Day.” She is also an author, speaker, wife and bonus mom.
Her personal journey of growing up in a single-parent household and then reuniting with her biological father has fueled her mission to reunite fatherless children worldwide with their fathers.
Dr. Torri J. launched The Fatherless Generation Foundation (TFGF) in 2009. TFGF is a non-profit organization headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia providing services to 98 cities within 33 states where we are reuniting fathers and their children all while providing the resources and services that strengthen, support, and elevate a commitment to fatherhood and family values. Our services include Husband & Wife Team Mentor Teams, Peer Groups hosted in The Boys & Girls Clubs across America, Tutoring through Kumon, and at the helm of the organization is the Commitment to Fatherhood Program.
Since the launch, TFGF has hosted 52,000 fatherless children through their Peer Groups, mentored 216 fatherless children through our Husband & Wife Mentor Teams, Tutored 34, and reunited 3302 fatherless children with their biological fathers!
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November 3, 2020
Naja chats with IKIC friend, Tim Watson of the Blendcredible podcast about getting caught in the middle of a stepmom/biomom battle. Naja and Tim's brands, integrity both came under siege and almost became casualties of the never-ending war between skirts. Check out this salacious, hilarious, and unbelievable episode while you're having your tea because this one is piping hot!
October 20, 2020
We buried my maternal Grandma Lillie on October 7th. My paternal Grandma passed away on July 30th. My Husband's maternal Grandpa passed July 17th. This season has taken the last of my family's elders and we all sat down for a coffee table chat over loss, love, and navigating grief. As my parents remember their mothers' and Tony and I embrace our Grandparents' deaths, we know we have a long road of healing ahead of us, but it sure felt good to talk about it. Life is but a dream.
October 6, 2020
Naja chats with Amelia Lane on convert parental alienation. Amelia Lane is a wife, mother of two and stepmom to one. She and her husband each brought a daughter into their relationship almost 10 years ago and added our “ours baby” 6 years ago. She's always had a passion for helping; previous to her current work as a certified stepfamily coach, she worked as a Personal Support Worker for 10 years in long term care as well as provided care in a variety outpatient psychiatric group homes.
FB & IG: lane.stepfamily.coaching
September 22, 2020
Naja chats with Belle, a Wife, Mom, Stepmom and the daughter of an alienated father about unraveling the murky waters of her parents' divorce and the years of estrangement from her father. In a turn of events, she reconnected with her father..but at a cost.
September 1, 2020
Knowing yourself, accepting your role and showing compassion in a blended family with Naja Hall
Host Bree Gordon talks with Master Stepfamily and Family Life Coach, Naja Hall. Naja hosts the popular podcast, "I Know I'm Crazy", and is the Founder of VIP Stepmom and Blended and Black. In this episode, Naja talks about the value of self-awareness when entering in a blended family, particularly as it relates to generational and childhood trauma.
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August 18, 2020
The storm has cleared and Naja is ready to strike back at the Toxic Tammy's in our lives. She chats with Dr. Glenna Anderson about WHY we need to get back at toxic people and why we're afraid to set boundaries against them.
Visit Dr. Glenna online at https://www.drglenna.com/
August 4, 2020
Naja explores the lessons in the recent back-to-back deaths of her grandparents....who were in blended families!
July 21, 2020
Naja delves into her duality as a Coach and a woman. Recently triggered by a toxic interaction with a dumdum, she gives her tried and tested tools to rid herself of an energy vampire's stench. This is a must-listen for anyone that has the misfortune of learning to silence a constant negative force or a high conflict person.
July 7, 2020
During a candid and TOTALLY impromptu chat with her Husband, Tony, Naja is challenged on her popular method of helping people align their expectations with their reality in order to kill anxiety. Tony believes that our expectations can control our reality. In the most peaceful married quarrel ever, Tony and Naja come to a happy medium that works for everyone.
June 23, 2020
Back on Episode 26, April easily became a stepmom fan favorite and she's back to give IKIC listeners some advice as only she can! This time April is dishing on her relationship with someone's baby daddy and she gives other stepmoms keen advice on how to make their lives that much more peaceful!
Be sure to listen to Episode 26 before you enjoy this one. Thank me later!
June 16, 2020
Naja chats with Priscilla Appeaning, founder of The Stepmums Club of London. Cilla is responsible for the viral video produced by BBC that forged a tense conversation between biomums and stepmums. In a spirited conversation, Cilla and Naja dug deep into high-conflict coparents, getting ignored by baby mamas, and the cycle of trauma.
ABOUT CILLA: At age 27, I married a man who had two children from two different women- both whom disliked me in very unique ways. I went from all hands on deck to depressed and angry with my husband, the Birth mothers, and my husband's family. Through it all, I developed a platform called The Stepmums Club to help me work out how to navigate the poo of blended families and then ended up helping other Birthmums and Stepmums become just as unapologetic as I am. I am now 32 happily married with 3 birth children and 2 stepkids.
Connect with Cilla www.instagram.com/thestepmumsclub
June 9, 2020
Naja chats about the race revolution that's happening as we speak! George Floyd's murder seems to have sparked another round of enraged citizens as the United States protests police brutality and the obvious disparity between black lives mattering and deep-seeded racism. The popular podcast host also talks about the foundations of White Supremacy and the reason its' being dismantled before our very eyes. To check out Naja's recent blog on the topic, visit https://wp.me/p7c3xR-2qL. To watch this episode on youtube visit, https://youtu.be/hWEFxxlvp64
June 2, 2020
In this solo episode, Naja discusses child support quarantine drama, her theory on the hardships of marriage, and she helps a torn Dad on Reddit to determine if he's the as$hole of his blended family. To check out more about Naja and her podcast, visit www.NajaHall.com
May 26, 2020
Naja chats with astrologist, Christoper M. Adams on how to deal with conflict with the different zodiac signs in your life. They dissect each zodiac sign and go into great detail on how to handle them. This is an extra long episode, so hunker down and get cozy.
Christopher M. Adams
The Zodiac Preacher
May 11, 2020
Addressing the slaughter of #AhmaudArbery, Naja accepts an interesting challenge from her White friends. When implored to offer tips on how to be more sensitive, Naja tapped an outspoken friend, Eddie Eads to encourage his fellow White Americans to adopt a different perspective. HERE are the reading materials mentioned during the show.
May 5, 2020
Naja decides to braid her hair and Tony helps her. Men get surveyed on why they didn't commit to certain women. This episode is funny, genuine, and honest. Watch it on youtube for quirky visuals.
April 28, 2020
Naja chats about the girlfriend snafus of this year's NFL draft picks as she explores online dating during times of pandemic, social distancing, and isolation. Hint: This is the BEST time to find iLove! If you want to watch this episode and all the cool visuals on youtube visit, https://youtu.be/WbCGAPFA-F8
April 16, 2020
Naja Hall, host of I Know I'm Crazy podcast hosts a special edition episode. If you want to WATCH this episode, visit https://youtu.be/c41KI2PWZJ8. Naja chats with family law attorney Alison Macdonald about what to do if your coparent is not social distancing. She also shares some advice with a worried mom on the #AskNaja segment. To subscribe to the podcast and check ALL of the episodes, visit https://najahall.com/podcast.
April 14, 2020
In the wake of #coronavirus, we will be posting new episodes each Tuesday. We will keep this schedule until the world opens back up. Against the grain, Naja shares some new hilarious segment ideas. She also introduces 2 of her stepkids in a fun snippet. To join in a segment of #AskNaja, email firstname.lastname@example.org! Let's conquer corona together!
March 20, 2020
Typically, Naja releases a podcast episode every other Tuesday, but these are not typical times. Today's date is March 19, 2020 and the world is in the middle of a deadly pandemic. COVID-19, or the coronavirus, as it is commonly called, has caused mass hysteria around the globe. This flu-like illness causes damage to the upper respiratory tract and has taken thousands of people under. Because there is no treatment, cure, and it is highly contagious, society has been instructed to practice social distancing and we are under strict orders to quarantine ourselves.
As a blended family coach, Naja held an Emergency Town Hall to answer community questions regarding coparenting, shared custody during these extenuating circumstances. This interactive episode includes an open Q&A from people from all over the world in many unique situations.
March 17, 2020
I had an awesome chat with Jaynay C. Johnson, MFT. She is an award-winning teen therapist, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. She owns Teen Talk, premier therapy practice and educational company as well as the co-founder of The Black Brain Campaign. She was named in Huffington Post as one of the 10 black female therapists to know. She is a sought after speaker on teen emotional issues. Featured as a media personality that has written or been featured by Thriveworks, Essence, Philadelphia Tribune, and more. She holds a BS degree from Delaware State University and an MA degree from La Salle University. To learn more about her visit www.teentherapytalk.com
March 3, 2020
Naja chatted with Family Law attorneys Kristen and Sam about everything custody related! The Custody Queens are such a down-to-earth dynamic duo. They were so sweet on the show but they're sharks in the courtroom. They spilled some invaluable tea about how to WIN your case, how to make sure your lawyer fires you and the science behind picking the right attorney.
Kristen and Sam envisioned a team that offers sophisticated legal analysis, combined with a unique, individual and personal approach based on the belief that everyone involved in a divorce or custody case should be treated with respect and compassion.
Each case, each party, each child, and each opposing party is unique and requires its own individual approach, strategy and action plan. Attorneys, nor cases, are “one size fits all”, and that is important to remember when making decisions that affect your future, your children, and your livelihood. Additionally, an attorney should always tell you what you need to hear rather than what you want to hear. That is what separates the Custody Queens from other attorneys.
At the end of the day, this is your case and your life. The attorney you choose should provide you with the tools, education, and representation necessary to achieve your goals. Our clients learn how to achieve the most beneficial outcomes for their children, and set themselves up for success as parents for years to come.
Visit the Custody Queens online
February 18, 2020
Naja chats with money expert Larvizo about the older generation and how our aging parents' lack of planning will affect our households.
Larvizo Wright currently lives in Chattanooga, TN with his wife, Brinkley, and two children, Layla and Logan. Larvizo has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, an MBA from Capella University, and is a licensed CPA Larvizo currently serves as Director of Corporate Audit at Unum which is a publicly-traded, Fortune 500 company. Larvizo also serves as President of Urban League - Young Professionals of Chattanooga, Vice State Director of East TN for Phi Beta Sigma, Fraternity, Inc., and as Minister of Music at his church. In Larvizo’s free time he loves to spend time with his family and dog, Wrigley (a Golden Doodle), reading, exercising, and helping other become more comfortable with financial literacy and discipline. Last but not least Larvizo enjoys writing blogs through on his website, https://beupwright.com/. “In all that you do seek to Be Upwright!”
February 4, 2020
Does it seem like your stepchild is afraid to like you? This All-Star cast episode covers Loyalty Binds in a unique way because we get to hear from notable industry experts. Also, download the loyalty binds FREE eBook> https://www.vipstepmom.com/loyalty-binds-ebook/
January 21, 2020
In the premiere episode of Season TWO of IKIC, Stepfamily Coach Naja Hall decides to go on a journey of self-discovery. While on holiday vacation in her hometown Memphis, TN she sat down with her Mom, Dad and twin sisters to chat about her upbringing and the things that shaped her into the woman that leads a burgeoning media empire. After 42 years of marital bliss, Naja's parents Nate and Nancy also give their off-the-cuff advice on how to make it last. Her sister Nadia, a successful playwright shares insight on entrepreneurship and helping our kids start a business. Season TWO of I Know I'm CRAZY with Naja Hall is going to be bold, soft, fun and electric!
Visit www.NajaHall.com for more info and to connect with Naja's work.
December 10, 2019
Naja and actor Tomike Ogugua talk about his role on Power, being a dad, finding love and so much more! This was a very high energy, fun interview!
Tomike Ogugua is a Nigerian American Actor based in NYC. He is a father to a young daughter that balances his career with the demands of fatherhood. Look for Tomike in Season 6 “Power” in his recurring role as Marshal Macedon.
@tomikeog IG @TomikeLee Twitter @Tomike Ogugua FB
November 26, 2019
I had a chance to chat with a real-life girlfriend April. In this comfy episode we have a BM/SM role-play exercise and ultimately decide if April should quit while she's ahead or give love a chance.
November 12, 2019
Naja chats with fellow Southern Belle and badass, Ashley Nicole Russell. The sad fact is that many of our marriages end and have devastating effects. Ashley-Nicole Russell, is a lawyer advocating for a more collaborative approach to work through this grief-filled process. She exposes divorce for what it is: A broken system that is breaking children, families, and employees. Her book, The Cure for Divorce Culture, contains the recipe for a healthy life through divorce. Her innovative approach is changing the divorce culture for generations to come!
Visit Ashley online at Www.anrlaw.com
October 29, 2019
This is the very 1st I Know I'm CRAZY takeover. My friend's Chelsi and Genesis hosted this episode and they chatted on some quite unexpected single and coparenting mother truths. These two ladies are proof that healing, redemption and real life coparenting can happen post-breakup.
Chelsi Majette and Genesis Adams
Co-authors or Flourish: Growing and Glowing in Co-parenting
“Changing the narrative of single co-parenting mom.”