In our first talk-back of 2021 we had the pleasure of kicking it with legendary comedian, actor, producer and director Brian Hooks!
Well known for leading a successful and independent multi-decade career, Hooks is now exploring and creating new opportunities.
In a one on one conversation with our founder Tamara’Shanay, Hooks speaks on adjusting to the new norm of society, the importance of connecting with inner city youth, ownership and Black culture.
We can all agree that 2020 was a year of unfamiliar territory and unforeseen occurrences. However within a time of such chaos and uncertainty Hooks took the initiative to create and construct something beneficial to assist those in need.
“I was thinking about suicide rates going up and I said ‘I’ve got to figure out a way to push forward, because these kids don’t really have the liberty to wait until COVID is over,” Hooks stated.
”If these kids had to choose between shooting a gun or shooting a movie, they would choose the latter every time.
Alongside his production company Left of Bang Entertainment Hooks is working hands on with at-risk youth to provide them the opportunity to take part in real filmmaking and production.
The Bakersfield, California native speaks on how difficult it is for inner-city youth to be afforded opportunities while trying to escape the realism of their at-risk community.
Left of Bang is helping to provide life altering experiences while introducing inner city youth to in-depth film operations and the ability to participate in on set filming.
Hooks is also in the works of completing a new film titled “Adam and Eve”, in which he shifts gears from the comedy scene to develop a drama based love story.
The film depicts the lives of two people who genuinely fall in love with one another deeply, only to discover the ever present skeletons that live in both of their closets.
Cousins, be on the look out for “Adam and Eve” set to debut Summer 2021.