Oakland memorializes Oscar Grant with 'turf dancing' video

On the two anniversary of the murder of Oscar Grant, the Turf Feinz and Yak Films released a memorial dance video, "RIP Oscar Grant."

"The multimedia production company Yak Films and the Oakland dance crew Turf Feinz released a dance video commemorating the death of Oscar Grant, a young father who was fatally shot by a transit police officer in Oakland, Calif., on New Year’s Day 2009," reads a press release sent out New Year's Eve.

“Oscar Grant’s death was a tragedy that affected a lot of people in Oakland, especially youth,” said Kash Gaines, the co-founder of Yak Films who filmed the video. “The video is meant to be a message to everyone in Oakland about the injustices here and how we use artistic expression to deal with it."

In 2010, Yak Films and Turf Feinz reached international prominence with the viral popularity of another memorial video for a young man who was killed in a car accident on an East Oakland corner. The video "Dancing in the Rain"" has received more than 2 million You Tube views.

Learn more about the Bay Area legacy of Hip Hop dance by visiting. Check out Yak Films' website.

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