Video Review: Anita Baker “Sweet Love”

Lit in Prussian blue, Anita Baker dances in an enclosure decorated with candles. She walks by the first row of candles outside of it. A young man plays the piano inside the enclosure. She continues to dance between the bars of the enclosure.

Rating: 2/5

Anita Baker picks up the keys and tells her boyfriend not to forget them. Her boyfriend usually forgot stuff as they talked. During one of their early dates, he left the tickets for the concert at home. He had apologized. She told him they could figure something out. They returned to his house and had made love.

She wanted to be with him. After going through a divorce in her mid-20s, she had sworn off long-term relationships. She went out on casual dates but didn’t allow it go further. Her boyfriend had been determined for her to fall in love with him. She told him it wasn’t going to happen. He said he was was going to stick around, anyhow. She fought her feelings with everything she had. She had gone out someone else to prove herself she could. But she couldn’t ignore the guilt she felt for being with another guy. She pulled her arm whenever her date tried to hold her hand.

He forgave her for her discretion. She promised him she wouldn’t cheat on him again. He responded that they hadn’t discussed being exclusive and technically, she didn’t do anything wrong. However, he added, he would like a serious relationship with her. She said it’s what she wants. He puts his hands on her arms, looks her in the eyes and assures her he isn’t going anywhere. She rests her head on his chest.

Director: N/A Year: 1986

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine . Fevers of the Mind, and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology.

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