Why Spike Lee's Reboot 'She's Gotta Have It' is Confusing but Necessary

Updated: Mar 13, 2020

As Congresswoman Maxine Waters would say "I am reclaiming my time!". Well in Nola Darling case, she's reclaiming black sexuality and all the struggles that come with it. Another Spike Lee Joint has made it's way to Netflix, and we are thrilled. 'She's Gotta Have It' reboot takes us back to the original 1987 film with eight episodes of ever-so-gorgeous Nola Darling, a Brooklyn-based artist struggling to define herself and divide her time amongst her friends, job, and her three lovers. Like the film, the series starts with Nola laying down, what she calls her philosophy on sex and freedom of having three lovers. Each lover represents all attributes women would want in one man. Jamie Overstreet, the thoughtful gentleman who isn't afraid of commitment (cough cough he's married). Mars the playful youngster who always makes you laugh. Then there's Greer, the cocky guy you probably wanted in high school.

You would think juggling three guys is a bit much, but Ms. Darling shows us that you can have everything you want in a man, it just might not be one man. We're giving this series a firm, piercing BATA-Bing. 'She's Gotta Have It' not only sparks conversation about black sexuality but also the pressures that women feel to keep up in this digital era. It was extremely refreshing to see Nola's friends suffering from the exact opposite of her. Her friends' plight with dating shows the duality and intersectionality in sexuality. Which is a sigh of relief because Nola's boldness can be intimidating, but her friends will let you know you're not alone on the standard dating train. While you could get lost in the plot, Spike Lee's series carries a very important message. Black Sexuality is a healthy, non-taboo topic. Having many lovers on the journey to self-discovery is perfectly ok. Reclaiming your time, accessing your needs, and expressing sexual energy is all a part of self-discovery. We hope Ms. Nola Darling inspires you to have safe and healthy relationships with peers. For all the "starving artist" shit gets tough but that breakthrough is around the corner. Check out the series on Netflix now. While you're at it check out the original film, also streaming on Netflix.

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