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A Look Back at the Very ’90s “Rock the Vote” Campaign

The series, where Madonna controversially wrapped herself in an American flag, still reverberates today….

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Today we have celebrities on social media imploring their followers to go vote, but in 1990, there was “Rock the Vote,” which featured the music industry’s range of pop stars and celebrities to speak about the importance of voting. The initiative was created 30 years ago by Virgin Records music executive Jeff Ayeroff in a response to censorship of rock and rap lyrics, and who had seen it as suppression to freedom of speech. The initiative’s purpose was to share information and encourage voter participation among the youth. While the campaign kicked off in 1990, the organization still exists today. But the ’90s videos are particularly special, in all of their grainy and experimental glory, featuring the likes of Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, and Iggy Pop. And while each message was tailored to the participants personality, the message was the same: Get out and vote. 

The videos are still available on YouTube, some of which are compiled by fans, and others by Rock the Vote itself. In one clip, we see Iggy Pop wearing his most signature look, which is him shirtless and a low-slung pair of jeans, rotating on a disc while simultaneously being mummified in tape. (It looks painful!) Another standout video features Lenny Kravitz with a patchwork jacket, his go-to look during the era. “Tell them what’s on your mind,” he says in the video. Sarah Jessica Parker fans will be overjoyed to see her with then-boyfriend Robert Downey Jr. in an ad by director Lawrence Bridges. The baby-faced duo wears all black and performs together in an art house style film that taps into the concept of “Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil.” SJP leaves us with the words: “It is your turn to speak. Your vote, is your voice.” 

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The most jaw-dropping outfit was Madonna’s. At the time, the Queen of Pop boasted a Marilyn Monroe-style coif, and was snapping and singing with her backup dancers, all while wrapped in the American flag. (Underneath it, she wears red lingerie.) She sang the song “Vogue” but replaced the word with “Vote.” The off-the-cuff tune had the following lyrics: “Abe Lincoln, Jefferson Tom/They didn’t need the atomic bomb/We need beauty, we need art/We need government with a heart/Don’t give up your freedom of speech/Power to the people is in our reach.” (She also rapped: “If you don’t vote, you’re gonna get a spanking.”) The look was controversial and it drew criticism from Veterans of Foreign Wars for how Madonna draped herself in the flag. In response, her publicist noted: “It is essential that people should vote. She’s trying to get that message across in a humorous, dramatic way. But she’s very serious about the issue.”

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As much controversy as the campaign may have caused, it was successful in getting young people to vote. At the time, according to a New York Times article from October 20, 1990, 10,000 college students from five California campuses registered to vote in the wake of the campaign. Since then, other campaigns have followed suit, like MTV’s “Choose or Lose”, which aired a clip of Madonna and Iggy Pop in 1996. The duo wore red and blue eyeshadow, and had “Choose or Lose” animated into their eyes. (Moss wore a dress dotted with “Choose or Lose” pins, including on cups that acted like pasties. Iggy Pop went shirtless with pin-dotted pants, and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers made a cameo at the end in a pin-covered floppy hat.) Back in 2004, P. Diddy launched the “Citizen Change,” and released those iconic “Vote or Die” T-shirts, which were recently revamped by Pyer Moss

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The “Rock the Vote” visuals were groundbreaking and had that stellar free-for-all flair seen in other MTV-backed productions, like Sofia Coppola and Zoe Cassavetes’s Hi Octane.The aesthetic of the ’90s “Rock the Vote” campaigns are still making an artistic impact, too. Most recently, New York-based downtown director Dani Aphrodite, along with the organization Soft Power Vote, released the “Level Up” series, a nostalgic collection of videos that feature downtown New York’s favorite faces with messages to vote, all of which were heavily influenced by “Rock the Vote.” Turns out that while times have changed, the message and influence of “Rock the Vote” still stands and feels just as strong as it did since its inception 30 years ago. 

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4 Great Tips On Putting Together Outfits From Your Closet

Outfits From Your Closet

The colorful world of clothing gives us certain confidence. Maybe it is not eye-catching enough to wear, but it is not difficult to wear clean and natural clothes. For example, pick a jumpsuit that works for you. This simple combination is the most versatile Wholesale baby Clothes you can wear. But instead of dressing like this, how else can you put together your clothes?

• Tip 1- Color Matching: Light And Dark
Bright and dark are two colors in general, and bright refers to bright colors such as white, bright red, and this year’s yellow and camel colors. Dark is the color that points to sedate a bit deeper, for instance, navy blue, blackish green still has of course invincible and all-match black. Look at those good-looking street photos, without exception, the color is coordinated, and the overall light and shade are appropriate, that is, a little bright, a little dark. So your suit collocation can pay attention to the shade of color collocation. For example, you can wear a white dress with black wholesale leggings for more visual harmony.

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• Tip 2- Material: Hard And Soft
The so-called hard does not mean the material is hard to the touch (hard is armor), but the visual look of crisp, solid, such as leather, jeans, suit fabrics, and so on. Soft, really soft, soft down, soft waxy wool, soft chiffon, cotton T-shirt these are soft materials.

• Tip 3- Style: Cool And Sweet
Wearing nice clothes is only a combination of low order, and further, wear your own style, that is the high fashion of high order. For example, the unisex pilot embroidered jacket has been a hit in the last two years, so it’s fair to say everyone has one. It’s supposed to be a pantsuit, so cool that you don’t have a boyfriend, but have you ever worn a chiffon dress? Wearing high heels is also very harmonious, gentle and beautiful chiffon long dress has become handsome.

• Tip 4- Habit: A Little New, a Little Old
It’s human nature to love the new, but the “old” clothes in your closet have so much personal baggage that they can be more comfortable to wear. Old clothes do not directly mean that they have been worn many times, but more importantly, basic items with a high frequency of use. Therefore, I will pay more attention to quality in the selection of basic protective items. With the “old” basic style plus the latest fashionable clothes, the whole body is not too hard, of course, this will be more comfortable, but also more suitable for their own.

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Conclusion:
We all need to dress appropriately because people judge us by what we wear. They don’t judge us by what we say or what we think. That’s why fashion is so important. Today, society places a lot of pressure on concepts that seem irrelevant. In certain cases, this may be true. For example, in terms of our values, how we look doesn’t matter. But it’s important in other areas of our lives. So it is very important to master the right style to wear.

 

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Exclusive Style: 2022 Streetwear Brand You Need To Know-Til The End Clothing

With the New Year here, streetwear  junkies are on the lookout for emerging talented brands. While the street industry is competitive ranging from new generation trends to avant-garde corporate designers, Til The End goes above placing self expression and community building at the forefront of their company.

This New York standout brand came out of the pandemic and has been dropping non stop heat in the street wear industry.

“Til The End” went global during the 2020 year catching the attention of those  worldwide. The meaning “to the ones we lost” is the movement the company is based on, remembering those we lost and representing for them “til the end” sparked community interest in support of the brand. Aside from the average start up brands these days with the same watered down hustle inspiration.

TTE stands out from the rest with their top quality pieces featuring new drops almost every month most recently tracksuits to custom windbreakers and everything in between. They have a wide selection of unisex garments and even a kids line supposedly dropping this month.

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Similar to the legendary FUBU start up, TTE targeted the hip hop industry which got them a shout out from New York’s own “Jadakiss” and have been doing collaborations with rap artists such as the successful rap veteran “TOP NINJA” who is also a New York original. Currently, Til The End will be sponsoring in support of upcoming artist “Hudson Redwater” with music by DJ Drewski at S.O.B address 204 Varick Street this Wednesday 2/16 in New York City.

Doors open @7:30 p.m.

Below are the contact details and social media pages from where you can connect to this New York based brand.

Official website: https://tiltheendclothing.com/

Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/tiltheendclothing/

 

 

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