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Flashback: 31 Things That Defined the Summer of 1989

UpdatePosted 07/13/2014 04:00PM

31 Things That Defined the Summer of 1989

Originally posted 07/11/2014 04:55PM

Despite what Public Enemy may have said, 1989 wasn't just "another summer". Though history is rarely that neat, the final summer of the '80s saw the slow fade of many of the decade's icons, as well as the launch of some of the '90s' most enduring pop-culture institutions.

In terms of cultural legacy, the summer of '89 might not be able to compete with its predecessor of two decades prior – Woodstock and Bryan Adams will do that – but 25 years later, we're still feeling its impact.

Whether you remember it or not, relive the summer of acid wash, hair metal and Do the Right Thing below.

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Do the Right Thing Turns 25: Photos from Brooklyn's Celebratory Block Party

Do the Right Thing Turns 25: Photos from Brooklyn's Celebratory Block Party

Originally posted 06/30/2014 01:00PM

As noted on Sunday, Do the Right Thing turns 25 on June 30. And while the film is very much of a specific time and place, it has certainly moved into the "timeless" category, which is why it (and its director, Spike Lee) are being honored by Brooklyn.

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The Obamas Reminisce About Seeing Do the Right Thing on Their First Date 25 Years Ago (VIDEO)

The Obamas Reminisce About Seeing Do the Right Thing on Their First Date 25 Years Ago (VIDEO)

Originally posted 06/29/2014 03:55PM

Spike Lee's groundbreaking and iconic film Do the Right Thing came out 25 years ago June 30. On Friday night, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosted a screening and Q&A with Lee, Public Enemy rapper Chuck D (who wrote the film's theme, "Fight the Power") and actors from the film.

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