FILM: Written and directed by Sheldon Candis, Luv stars Common as a sharply dressed, fresh-outta-jail uncle who spends the course of a day giving his precocious, slick-talking young nephew (Michael Rainey Jr.) a crash course in thug life (guns, gangsters, greed) while determined to raise the sizeable capital required to get his first restaurant up and running. Dennis Haysbert, Charles S. Dutton and Danny Glover co-star. It's a hopeful, well-acted film about family and finding courage in the face of insurmountable odds, but it sends mixed messages with its central storyline. Still, the Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee packs an emotional power punch and earns points for its visceral and straight-shooting take on urban realities.
MUSIC: With megahits like the Specialist duet "Do For Love," Ishawna has demonstrated that she's possessed of a gorgeous singing voice and the requisite sugar and spice to match. Now, the talented songbird continues her exploration of love and relationships with the melodious and emotionally charged reggae-soul number "Murderer," featuring a sample of Buju Banton's classic tune. The beautifully filmed video does a fine job of capturing a couple caught in a violent relationship, while echoing the song's timely message of rising above domestic violence and finding the strength to finally break free. Take a look at the clip HERE.