Shavonne Marshall-Wells

Melanin Monday: The Sage Love Story

Shavonne Marshall-Wells
Melanin Monday: The Sage Love Story

Donaiko A. Joseph most commonly known as "Sage Love" is a Portau Prince born Haitian native. Born on July 15th, 1994, the twenty-two year old filmmaker has been an inspiration to me since the first day we met. His charming character and undeniable work ethic is one for the books. This Haitian native, Brooklyn resident reflects the Haitian-American narrative in much of his work. In a time where there is a rise in Black Power, it is safe to say that Sage Love is consistently blessing his viewership with content that is relevant and "deep."

Love's fourth film "HOODY: The Trayvon Martin Experience" was reflective of the 2013  Trayvon Martin case verdict. Today makes a year since the viewing at Sehiii Gallery. His commitment to the art of story telling has won him both people and audience choice awards.  In 2014, Love launched his film company A Nicco Production. His films provide his audience with an emotional and spiritual connection. 

Love has won many awards and has been screened at multiple film festivals. His most connected film , "The Picture" is a true narratvie based on conversations with his Grandfather. His love story "Enganjyani" featuring actress Cherie Danielle, struck emotional cords for me as a melinated woman  on the quest for love.

My first encounter with Sage Love occured through an instant message on Facebook. Our conersations led me to the set of his documentary "Am I Next?" Melanin women from all over New York joined foreces to express their concerns for there family in police state. "Am I Next" was recently picked up and funded by the Garvey Studios. The documentary received over eleven million views during a screening on the National Action Network. Love's love for black women is showcased in upcoming documentary and work with ending rape culture.