Nola Darling is the sassy, creative creature that everyone just can’t get enough of. Cultured, educated, independent and a thrillist, she’s determined to explore her philosophy on sex and freedom on her terms. Brought to life in the heart of BK, Brooklyn, NY that is, this show is so intricately woven, it oozes with artistic passion, defeat and triumph. An adaptation from the original Spike Lee joint, She’s Gotta Have It (1986) film, it’s breaking down emotional walls you never thought you had. Here’s 7 defining moments in the new Netflix Original Series hit:
1. The Lovin’ Bed
This bed. Let’s talk about it. It’s symbolic to a revived 21st-century gothic piece of art. Wooded with flourished pointed arches and detailed with placed candles throughout, this bed was made for passion. Without giving it away, the bed is the focal point of Nola’s 3 different lovers throughout series.
2. New York City Catcalling
As an everyday battle, regardless of what you wear, catcalling is at an all-time high in New York City. Heck, it even happened to me! Spike Lee highlights how often it happens, how it plays out, and the outcome. It’s the underlining of the series and Lee tells it in a very entertaining yet prolific way.
3. The Music Drops
The great thing about this show, you’ll never have to guess what song you’re jammin out to! At every pivotal moment, the scene transitions with an ode to that music artist crooning in the background who’s giving you all the feels… Prince, we miss you.
4. The Name Game
How many names can you remember being called besides your own? Nola takes it there and rebels against the ridiculous references men have put upon herself and other women through making the neighborhood her canvas.
5. Shemekka 2.0
Pressured to succumb to the industry norm, bestie Shemekka opts to reinvent herself through plastic surgery. A very real decision that some women are paying their lives for.
6. Gentrification Is Real
Stuck in-between privilege and homelessness, Nola stands up for what is right in a self-defining moment that brings courage into the forefront.
7. A Nola Thanksgiving
As an attempt to piece things back together in her life, Nola gives thanks during the holiday by deciding to bring her lovers together. Yes, all 3 under one roof. You do the math.
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