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She’s Gotta Have It (Review)

I recently binged watched She’s Gotta Have It, and I must say I was throughly impressed! Having seen the original movie years ago, I knew the premise of the show, but what I didn’t expect was the implementation of so many other social issues like gentrification, back alley butt injections, millennial poverty, anti-catcalling and more. The show was beautifully directed and in true Spike Lee fashion there were random monologues by characters, music perfectly fit with almost every scene, and interesting camera angles.

Spike Lee took his classic film, and updated it making it relatable for millennials everywhere. I think the series can be enjoyable for women and men alike. In all honesty the series was not just about a girl who had three men companions, but much more. While that was a factor, thats was not the sole storyline. Nola Darling, considering herself a  “sex positive, polyamorous, pansexual” leads a life of struggle. She struggles with her relationships with her men, and one woman, she struggles with her art career, she struggles to maintain her teaching job, and she struggles to pay her rent. But, through her struggle, she creates beautiful art, giving great meaning to the term “starving artist.” There is no question of her talent, and thats what stood out to me the most.

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As I watched Nola Darling find her way through the first season of the show, I found myself thinking of another show.  I couldn’t help drawing comparisons between Nola Darling and  Issa from the hit show, Insecure. This past season of Insecure we also watched as Issa struggled with her new life without Lawrence and as she tried to find her way through her self-proclaimed “hoe phase”.  In the case of both women, I have seen so many tweets, memes, and even heard several radio station DJ’s condemning both Issa and Nola Darling for the lives they choose to lead sexually.  While I personally don’t consider either woman a “freak” or any other degrading term I have heard them called, it made me even more aware of the double-standard that is in place when it comes to men and women’s sexual lives.

Both series are well worth the watch. They are relatable and humorous, and will have you questioning society and the world around you! Happy watching! 

What did you think about either of these series? Let me know in the comments! 

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August Writing Challenge

Q:Who is someone who inspires you? 

Recently, I have been really inspired by two women. The first, Issa Rae. For those of you who may not know, she is the creator of the hit show Insecure and the author of the book, The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl. I read her book about a year ago. Not only was the book hilarious, it was filled with so much truth and authenticity. She shared her personal story that so many can relate to of what it’s like to not always fit the mold. Then, shortly after I began to see commercials for her upcoming HBO show Insecure. From the commercials I was sold. She was working with kids, and did not have her life fully together, my life in a nutshell. Now the show is in its second season and I absolutely love it! It is so relatable. She has become an inspiration to me because she is a vibrant young African-American writer and creator who is giving us quality content. For that, she has become a great inspiration to me. She is showing me that everything I am currently striving for can absolutely be obtained, with persistency and consistency.

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The second woman, is none other than Maxine Waters, affectionately known as Aunttie Maxine. Although Mrs. Waters is not new to politics or speaking her mind, she is gaining a new following of millennials, thanks to social media. She is #Reclaiminghertime and fighting for just treatment for Americans throughout the county. She has become a great inspiration to me because she is unapologetic. She speaks the truth and has no fear in doing so.


Who are your biggest inspirations? Let me know in the comments!