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Unveiling Tactical Clothing’s Modern Makeover:

Tactical clothing has undergone a remarkable evolution in the 21st century, transforming from mere functional gear to a stylish statement. As we navigate this era of innovation and versatility, let’s explore the dynamic changes that have shaped and defined the tactical clothing landscape.

Breaking Ground with Cutting-Edge Fabrics:

In the quest for both durability and comfort, modern tactical clothing pioneers have turned to cutting-edge fabrics. The integration of advanced materials such as moisture-wicking blends and abrasion-resistant synthetics has elevated the functionality of tactical wear. These innovations not only withstand the rigors of challenging environments but also ensure wearers stay comfortable in any situation.

Smart Design: Merging Form and Function:

The days of sacrificing style for utility are long gone. Contemporary tactical clothing seamlessly blends form and function. Designers are now incorporating sleek lines and modern aesthetics without compromising the practical aspects crucial for tactical operations. This shift has given rise to a new breed of clothing that effortlessly transitions from the field to everyday urban life.

Versatility Redefined: From Mission to Main Street:

“Versatility is the cornerstone of 21st-century tactical clothing. The evolution has seen a departure from specialized, mission-specific gear to adaptable attire suitable for various occasions. Whether it’s concealed carry options, modular systems, or convertible features, tactical clothing has become a wardrobe staple for those valuing both preparedness and style.” Says Sean Frank, CEO of LA Police Gear

Rise of Eco-Friendly Tactical Apparel:

In tune with the global push towards sustainability, tactical clothing has embraced eco-friendly practices. Manufacturers are increasingly utilizing recycled materials and environmentally conscious production processes. This not only aligns with the growing demand for sustainable fashion but also reflects an industry-wide commitment to minimizing

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By Aria Brent,
AFRO Staff Writer

This year marks the 50th anniversary of hip-hop and celebrations have been happening all across the nation. Whether it be live performances, exhibits or parties, hip-hop is getting its rightful due in 2023. 

More than just a genre of music, hip hop has thoroughly blended into the daily happenings of American life and cultures around the world.

Hip-hop legend Jay-Z is depicted by artist Derrick Adams in this 2021 piece, titled “ Heir to the Throne.” (Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Museum of Art)

Started in the Bronx, N.Y. in 1973, hip-hop has become an international phenomenon, influencing everything from fashion and food to college course offerings and legal arguments. Hip-hop is not only heard, but felt. 

“It’s life. It’s a way of thought. It’s the way we communicate–it’s the way we dress,” said Kariz Marcel, an internationally-recognized, Baltimore-based music producer.

“To me, hip-hop is an ongoing lifestyle. Hip-hop is the root of a lot of my creative choices,” said Marcel, the certified “hip-hop head” who recently held a workshop at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Megan Lewis’ piece, “Fresh Squeezed Lemonade” is currently turning heads inside of the Baltimore Museum of Art’s exhibit on hip- hop culture. (Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Museum of Art)

The event was part of the museum’s celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, and showed people how beats were made using turntables, cassette tapes and vinyl records when hip-hop was first getting started. 

The style of beat making he displayed was first created by DJ Kool Herc, born Clive Campbell, who is considered the “Father of Hip-Hop.”

Herc was the first person to use turntables with two vinyl records to focus on the “breakdown” part of a crowd’s favorite songs– the part where people could really dance. He debuted

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