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In an election season where get out the vote messaging is seemingly ceaseless, a second video featuring more than a half dozen dancers testifying to the importance of down ballot races may be the most provocative.
In the video, a woman in knee high, lace up boots walks away from the camera, toward a stage decorated with patriotic bunting. She wraps one of her hands around a silver pole. The video, directed by Angela Barnes, has gone viral online, despite being intended for an Atlanta-based audience, with a limited promotional strategy so far.
Barnes said that she and producer Paul Fox wanted to make this video to fill a gap in traditional get out the vote messaging that she feels largely fails to reach Black men. You go there for the vibe. Some of the dancers featured in the video have worked in Atlanta area clubs, Barnes said, while others are competitive dancers.
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As they perform a series of pole tricks, the dancers articulate why it is so important to engage in local elections and vote for down-ballot candidates. Do you know who elects the DA? But when it comes to who turns out to vote, there is a gap between Black men and Black women.
And that represents a much larger gender gap than for white or Hispanic voters. While this ad is focused on candidates and issues down the ballot, the candidates at the top of the ballot — President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden — have each seen their campaigns make explicit appeals to Black men.
The video has not been without its critics, some louder than others. These types of critiques are precisely the kind that Barnes said she wanted to avoid and are one of the reasons that she and her team chose to make this ad nonpartisan.
Others have criticized the ad for being too explicit and playing into stereotypes about Black men. Mondale Robinson of the Black Male Voter Project, who consulted on the ad, pushed back on that criticism.
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Robinson, who just wrapped up a multi-state tour aimed at engaging Black men this election season, said that the ad is effective because it speaks to issues that Black men in the state care about, and does so in a culturally relevant way.
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