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Rap music, disco, race, gangs, young love, and really short shorts are all featured in Netflix’s new series The Get Down. The show tells the eccentric tale of the birth of hip-hop in the South Bronx in the late ‘70s. The concept was created by Baz Luhrmann, who has won multiple awards for his work on Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby.
Presenting these models with dreadlocks takes a marginalized group’s culture and turns it into a fad without knowing, understanding, or having lived the group’s history.