Powerful take on Mannequin Challenge portrays Black Lives Matter movement

A powerful new ‘Mannequin Challenge’ video highlights the Black Lives Matter cause.
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The latest installment in the Mannequin Challenge social media trend is a powerful freeze frame look at police brutality, civil rights and the Black Lives Matter movement.

In the short video directed by online actor and producer Simone Shepherd, the camera pans across several frozen scenes as a heartbeat pulses in the background.

The vignettes depict key moments from the past months and years: shootings and fatalities, including those of Philando Castile, Sandra Bland and Alton Sterling; Trayvon Martin with his Skittles and hoodie up; San Francisco 49ers football player Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem; and Black Lives Matter protesters with their fists raised.

Throughout the video, police tape recordings are played along with Malcolm X’s 1964 speech that included the words, “We want justice by any means necessary.”

Many online applauded the use of a social media trend to send a real and powerful message.

At the end of the video, a heartbeat heard pulsing in the background flatlines.

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