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So You Think You Can Dance? Or Vote?

DC Vote, the advocacy group that pushes for Congressional voting rights for the District, is looking for residents to appear in a music video "that sheds some light on DC's denial of democracy," according to a call for extras.

Shooting will take place Saturday at School Without Walls, the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building and on Pennsylvania Avenue between 1st and 3rd streets NW.

Joe L. Da Vessel, a Stellar Awards nominee known for his go-go/gospel tinged songs, penned the tune for DC Vote.

DC Vote and D.A.A.S. Wuz Up Entertainment are looking for 25 to 50 people for the various shoot locations.

The extras call is asking for an RSVP to Eugene D. Kinlow at ekinlow@dcvote.org or 202.462.6000 x13.

Here's information straight from the extras call: "Please be sure to leave your contact information, including a cell phone number. It promises to be a great event - we'll provide beverages and snacks, some DC Vote t-shirts and swag, and you'll have the chance to be an important part of DC Vote's message!"

Da Vessel said he met Kinlow a few months ago at a press conference. "He approached me and asked me what I thought about doing a them song. I jumped at the chance. I love D.C.," Da Vessel said.

Da Vessel lives in Hyattsville, but he's a native Washingtonian and most of his family still resides in the District. Growing up, "I always wondered what that shadow senator, shadow delegate thing was about because I never knew," he said. "I knew D.C. wasn't a state."

The rapper manages to rhyme "progress" and "Congress" in the chorus of the song, slips in "taxation without representation" and makes voting rights danceable.

"Me and my band Melodic recorded this song and presented it to them (DC Vote)," he said.

Now, there will be a video.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  July 31, 2008; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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what i figer that twich should to petend he should sing more.

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