Category : Films

How Men Become DOGS: DECODED | Ep. 1 Response

Last week I posted the first episode of How Men Become Dogs. I talked about how the episode would stir u heated debates on black relationships. So here are the show’s creators Marc Cunningham and Yvette Foy, to talk about how they came up with the original concept. If you had any questions about the show, they should be answered in this video.

Naya Tabia- Mahogany Daydreams

Filmed and Edited by Akil Bakari
Muse aka Mahogany Naya Tabia
Music by John Cameron- Half Forgotten Daydreams (1973)

This was shot on a beautiful day in late summer… just run and gun style goodness. This was an attempt to get back to basics… just me.. my camera.. and my muse. As a creative person or anyone that wants to master their craft it’s important to keep trying new things… experimenting with different looks, settings, colors etc. In my personal experience the “creative experiments” are the most fun, and offer the best opportunities to grow as an artist. It’s like basketball players going to the gym and working on their game… you wasn’t with me in the gym lol. This experience is like my gym time. Thank you in advance for sharing in this process.


Akil “AK-47″ Bakari

Production notes:

The music used in the video is a song by John Cameron “Half Forgotten Daydreams” (1973). I wanted to shoot something to this song for a long time… I remembered it from my record collection years ago diggin for breaks… and the song was in my head when I was about to shoot this video. But I couldn’t find the record and I didn’t remember the song or the artist. It wasn’t until I was on a video shoot for Mela Machinko talking with my man Probe… they had Nacho Libre playing on the television during the shoot and I forgot they used the song in that movie. I stopped talking mid sentence when I heard the song… like I had been looking for this record for weeks. AH-HA moment!!! It’s strange how things turn out lol

Mr. & Ms. Lonely Directed by Aneisha Malcolm

We here at LUV4ART are dedicated to supporting our fellow artists, musicians and filmmakers… to showcase great works of art! So it is my pleasure to present Mr. & Ms. Lonely by Aneishia Malcolm.

Aneisha Malcolm is a young Film Directer from Boston, MA. Ms. Malclom wrote, shot and directed this film… which in itself is an accomplishment.

I don’t write movie reviews.. I post just what I love… And I love the style and direction of this film. The cinematography is well executed, and the sound design is on point. So check out this film, give your feedback and spread the word.

Great Work Aneisha Malcom… Salute!!!

Mr. & Ms. Lonely
A young man reflects on his promiscuous ways after a break up with his girlfriend while his mistress ponders the thought of being the object of his affection.


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Red Hook Summer (Trailer)

Red Hook Summer is the latest in Spike Lee’s Chronicles of Brooklyn (which also include SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT, DO THE RIGHT THING, CROOKLYN, CLOCKERS, and HE GOT GAME), RED HOOK SUMMER tells the story of Flik Royale, a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse, in the housing projects of Red Hook. Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot as Bishop Enoch relentlessly attempts to convert Flik into a follower of Jesus Christ. Between his grandfather’s constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, Flik’s summer appears to be a total disaster–until he meets Chazz Morningstar, a pretty girl his age, who shows Flik the brighter side of Brooklyn. Through her love and the love of his grandfather, Flik begins to realize that the world is a lot bigger, and perhaps a lot better, than he’d ever imagined.

“Starla” Feature Film (Directed By Rik Cordero)

Fredric Joseph “Rik” Cordero.. one to watch as a feature film Director. Coming out of the music video world, I have been watching him move thought out the music industry doing videos for Wale to Nas. Rik Crodero carefully and slowly is making his mark in the the big screen. “Starla” which his latest work of art, he gave his fans some love by posting the whole film on youtube. It is good to see young filmmakers making move to the big screen. The film starts out really slow but at the end, it gives you the reason why he was the leading music video guy. Please watch and let me know how you feel about the piece.

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Restless City | AFFRM Theatrical Trailer

We have watched this trailer probably 100 times at LUV HQ. Trust me Mr. Jean (Bushman) has played it for us 99 times. This is simply a beautiful work of art… in the highest form. I can’t wait to see the film in it’s entirety. Directed by Andrew Dosunmu, and amazing lens work by Bradford Young. We must go out and support this film with our patronage.

And when you get a chance, check out the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement for more information about this film, and past works like Pariah.

Showtimes and tix at Directed by Andrew Dosunmu, RESTLESS CITY tells the story of a young man surviving on the fringes of New York City, where music is his passion, life is a hustle, and falling in love is his greatest risk. African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement will release the 2011 Official Sundance Selection in theaters, beginning April 27, 2012.


AS a serious basketball junkie and a fan of Bobbito’s classic radio shows…. you can say that I’m kinda hyped to see this film. From this trailer (beautifully shot I might add), they captured the essence of the NYC street ball game. With appearances by Pee Wee, Dr. J, Kenny Anderson, Kenny Smith and countless other legends, you get the story direct from the source. Cucumber Slice… Culture Champ wins again!!!!! (spotted at

DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC explores the definition, history, culture and social impact of New York’s summer b-ball scene, widely recognized as the worldwide “Mecca” of the sport.

In New York City, pick-up basketball is not just a sport. It is a way of life. There are 700+ outdoor courts, and an estimated 500,000 players, the most loyal of which approach the game as a religion, and the playground as their church.

“You can play high school or college for four years. You can play Pro for a decade. You can play pick-up … for life.”

DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC lovingly uncovers this movement through the voices of playground legends, NBA athletes, and most importantly the common ballplayer who all day looks forward to calling “next” game at their local schoolyard.

Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap Official Trailer

This looks really good a documentary on true school hip hop by the legendary Ice-T. You know before he played a police officer on Law and Order… Ice-T was a prominent voice in the Hip Hop community. On a side not the cinematography in the trailer is what really got my attention… can’t wait to check it out.

SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP is a feature length performance documentary film about the runaway juggernaut that is Rap music. At the wheel of this unstoppable beast is the film’s director and interviewer Ice-T. Ice-T takes us on a deeply personal journey to uncover how this music of the street has grown to dominate the world. Along the way Ice-T meets some of the remarkable superstars of Rap, from Eminem to Dr Dre, to Snoop Dogg and Kanye West. He exposes the roots and history of Rap and then, through meeting most of it’s most famous protagonists studies the living mechanism of the music to reveal The Art Of Rap. This film features unique performances from it’s entire cast and does not use any archive material.

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I am John Wayne (Trailer)

Spotted this on Vimeo… looks like a film that Cliff (aka Bushman) might make.

A young black cowboy struggles with the death of his best friend.
Written & Directed by Christina Choe

*World Premiere at Slamdance Film Festival 2012 (Grand jury prize for best short)*

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“You Are Not Alone”

First thing .. I am in support of recondiction the black community. There is a group of black man fall in the lines of depression in a high rate, that group is the gay man. I had the pleasure to talk with Antoine B. Craigwell who is leading in this movement. Please check this film out and support the movement…