Must Watch: She's Gotta Have It
Thirty-one years later Spike Lee revamps and redesigns his 80’s film, She’s Gotta Have It. The movie, much like the new Netflix series, re-imagines the Black woman, her sexuality and who she is as a sexual being.
In the series, Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) is re-imagined as a 2016 artist living in the gentrified Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Keeping true to form, Nola has three very different lovers. There’s Jamie Overstreet (Lyriq Bent), the one who wines and dines her, but is just too married for her liking; Greer Childs (Cleo Anthony), the photographer who touches her artistic side, but may just be a bit too feminine; and Mars Blackmon (Anthony Ramos) who makes her laugh and brings out her childish side, but may just be a bit too childish for her at this stage in life.
Nola constantly repeats the narrative throughout the series that she is more than the slice of her personality that each lover brings out of her. In fact, the conflicts throughout the series have almost nothing to do with them. She’s a struggling artist, who spends almost every episode trying to find a way to pay the rent. She is physically assaulted walking home one night; placing a spotlight on rape culture in our society. Then there’s her constant struggle to solidify herself as an artist; from her portraits to her street campaign that resulted from her assault.
Definitely add She’s Gotta Have it to your must watch on Netflix and see Ms. Nola Darling in action.