She’s Gotta Have It (2017) is the perfect example of renewing a classic tale and bringing it into this decade as new. Spike Lee and Netflix have captured cinema and television gold from the characters’ portrayals to the musical stylings selected to move the storyline of each show.
In the original location set in the 1986 film of Brooklyn, New York, Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) and her friends and associates find themselves trying to figure out this thing called life in a host of relatable, traumatizing, and triumphant experiences. The show still reflects the original film’s intentions of showcasing a young woman who has genuine openness on sexuality and art. But it has been rejuvenated with the current issues of art, a broken economy, millennial generation issues and pressures, and the battle of having self-esteem in a room and world of models and full-figured beauties.
I recently binge-watched the entire first season in all its ten-episode glory. I must say that I was presently surprised by the modern-day spin and attention given to current political issues that affect the world. With gentrification cases taking away the culture of historically black and brown neighborhoods, the present shift in politics in America, and the Black community’s problems, She’s Gotta Have It encompasses all of the possible emotions of a young minority in America in 2017/2018.
I recommend checking out the series if you haven’t. It’s currently showing on Netflix, and it was recently announced at the top of the year that She’s Gotta Have It has been renewed for a second season. I won’t spoil any of the episodes for you, but I recommend catching up very soon because one thing for sure, this show series is an experience to watch. It will be interesting to see new challenges and self-growth in the upcoming season as we watch Nola Darling and her friends explore the world of She’s Gotta Have It while trying to capture all the world offers.