Friday, August 29, 2014

Vine Of Teenage Girls Stepping & Chanting "Justice For Mike Brown"

Edited by Azizi Powell

As I've been documenting the performance art of steppin' and foot stomping cheers and chanting for some time, I was interested to come across a vine of teenage girls performing that kind of movement arts during as a form of protest of Michael Brown shooting death in Ferguson, Missouri.

That vine is included in this article By Tasneem Raja, Aug. 15, 2014

That article focuses on St. Louis Alderman Antonio French's coverage of the protests in nearby Ferguson, Missouri. (An Alderman is an elected member of city council.)

According to ://, "Vine is a video-sharing app. But it’s not just any video-sharing app. It’s designed in a way for you to film short, separate instances so they can be linked together for a total of six seconds. Each short video plays in a continuous loop, and are viewable directly in Twitter’s timeline or embedded into a web page."
I don't know how to embed seperate vine videos, but the vine of the girls steppin (doing foot stomps?) and chanting is found mid way through that article and has the caption "Children chat: "Justice for Mike Brown!".

Here's my transcription of that chant:
Soloist- [in a higher pitched voice] - Justice
Others in the Group - for Mike Brown
The soloist chants in a higher pitched voice then the other girls. That chant may have begun with her or the group saying "What do we want?" I think I heard that but if so it was said rather rapidly and therefore wasn't that clear. However, the words that are transcribed above were quite clar.

I'm not good at describing stepping movements, But it appears to me that the girls do a coordinated forward step with their left foot and then they do a rocking step back with their right foot and these movements are done to the beat of the chant that they repeat.

Click for additional vines of Ferguson, Missouri protests that were filmed by Antonio French. Unlike the vine of the girls chanting, these vines are all silent. Most of them show protestors marching. One of the vines shows a woman singing, although you can't hear which song she sings. I wonder if she sung a freedom song that was used in the civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s. Unfortunately, some conditions for Black people seem to have gotten worse since then. Or maybe certain actions like police profiling and police use of excessive forcee have gotten moree publicity thanks to cell phones, the internet, and apps such as Vine.

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Thanks to Antonio French and others for participating in and documenting the non-violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

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