There are not many things you can praise BET for. I mean they are the network that is responsible for putting the likes of Frankie & Neffe and that other showcase of talent Tiny & Toya on the air. I do highly recommend one program they air called Lens On Talent. This show gives up and coming filmmakers a chance to show the public what they can do within the context of a short film.
Joe Doughrity is one such filmmaker. He is no novice mind you, having worked with John Singleton in the past, but he has branched out on his own and created a beautiful love story entitled Akira’s Hip Hop Shop.
The film focuses on the relationship between Akira who is a Japanese record store owner in love with hip hop who falls for Daphne, a beautiful culinary student who happens to be Black and in need of a job. He hires her and a romance develops between the two.
Now the version I saw on BET was about 22 minutes long, but there is a director’s cut version available via the film’s website: www.akirashiphopshop.com and you can download it on amazon.com as well for $1.99. Hopefully Joe will get the distribution needed to get the film released theatrically because this story is one deserving of more time.
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