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Looks like Netflix and Spike Lee are picking up with “She’s Gotta Have It” where Gabrielle Union with “Being Mary Jane” is leaving off. Boy, the only way you were going to see the original movie was if you were able to sneak and watch this before your parents either came home or fell asleep or you went to someone elses house to see the original movie. Considering whats allowed on television now a days the original film hardly seems so bad after all.

It’s appropriate: Right when high-profile white Hollywood actresses and feminists are calling out predatory white men in the industry, igniting a major conversation about sexual harassment and male accountability, an empowered black woman character is speaking out against the street harassment and patriarchy she experiences each day — and she seems to speak for real-life black women everywhere. This character is the iconic Nola Darling from Spike Lee’s progressive new Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It.


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Spike Lee’s first television series She’s Gotta Have It based on the 1986 film of the same name is going to Netflix. The official trailer kicks off with archival footage of Spike in the original as Mars Blackmon before he met DeWanda Wise, who is the new Nola Darling. The series fits perfectly fine in the rotation of new Black series like Insecure and Queen Sugar.

For those of you unfamiliar with the storyline, Nola is juggling three different relationships with three completely different men who all have something to offer. I know what you’re thinking: “She’s loose”, but she’s just out here living her best life and doing what makes her happy. She’s Gotta Have It premieres on Thanksgiving Day, and is directed entirely by Spike Lee.

About ‘She’s Gotta Have It’

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Like in the film, Nola is a smart, 20-something artist and sexually liberated New Yorker who refuses to abide by or be defined by societal norms. She’s a good daughter and a good friend, the type of woman you want in your circle. She balks at commitment, but not because she’s particularly jaded or afraid of it. She just doesn’t find it necessary, especially not when so many men around her are happily and unapologetically engaging in multiple relationships with no strings attached. The playing field isn’t level, but she can still attract and entertain as many men as she pleases.

The difference, of course, lies in the way she is perceived — versus how men are perceived. To men, even the ones she’s bedded, Nola is a “freak,” greedy, and open to any and everyone who wants her, regardless of whether she’s interested. Nola is self-possessed, and she wears club clothes during the day, which is enough to threaten even the most confident man. “What kind of lady acts like a man?” one male character asks. But still, as the saying goes, she persists. Midway through the 10-episode season, Nola experiences a powerful turning point. This isn’t a moment that makes her adjust her identity — Nola’s purpose is actually clarified.