Black Lives Matter
Brittney Chantele highlights Antwon Rose II protest in premier of Black Lives Matter video
Hip-hop and visual artist Brittney Chantele releases Black Lives Matter this August. Produced by Remy Vega and featuring videographer Mike Spinos, Black Lives Matter addresses the state of Pittsburgh in the wake of local police violence.
The shooting death of 17-year old Antwon Rose II at the hands of an East Pittsburgh police officer on July, set into motion a series of citywide protests. The video captures the raw footage and emotions of members of the Pittsburgh community who stood in solidarity against such brutality. As the lyrics reveal, the artist and activist had once dreamed of being a police officers herself until she realized the importance of her voice.
“There is obvious present threats and violence presented to the lives and well-being of Black people – when we are silent – we are absolutely complicit in those threats and violence. Every time I see the next Black body brutality attacked and abused, I think of my father, my brother, my aunts, my uncles, and my cousins. Black Lives Matter – that is why I didn’t become a police officer,” say Chantele.