Does season 2 of “She’s Gotta Have It” really have it?

I recently finished watching season 2 of Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It”. I am a fan! Just as the first season, it was VERY Black and tackled very relevant storylines. I love the use of music and how it showcased the musicians. I especially enjoyed how painters and artists were highlighted and shown as necessary in the world’s discussion of issues concerning Black life and the Black struggle. 

Season 2 begins with us exploring the seemingly happy relationship between Nola and Opal. Needless to say that goes awry (and I was a little relieved). I didn’t enjoy the ups and downs in season 1 and didn’t care to see them in this season. The dynamic Nola and Opal shared was very reminiscent of a soap opera drama and not at all enjoyable. 

During episode 4, Nola is invited to an artist event in Martha’s Vineyard and the season begins to show promise. Those who know me can attest to the fact that I’m pro-Black and her monologue to Dean Hagen (who defaced her “My Name Isn’t… art in season 1) about appropriating Black culture was very much necessary and appropriate. First of all, his damn teeth and smile annoy me to no end. Secondly, though it was great for the storyline, I despise any person appropriating the culture of another, and it is apparent that this is the primary and only reason for his presence on the show. Episodes 5 and 6 were good but held nothing major for me to discuss. 

Episode 7 was filmed in Puerto Rico and gave a glimpse into not only the devastation of Hurricane Maria but, a view into the rich history and culture of the people and land of Puerto Rico. It began with Mars giving a cute middle finger to Christopher Columbus. It was complete perfection, might I add. Nola also explores and finds more of herself and clear direction for her work. This episode also found Mars being pushed into real adulthood by the words of his mother. During episode 8, we begin to see the real growth and depth of Nola. 

The season ends with the perfect finale, Nola’s solo art show. This was the ultimate picture of her maturity as a person and an artist. The art displayed the layers and textures of her as a person as well as encompassing the stories and lives of so many people of color. Her closing art piece was a photograph of her self with her hair as a noose around her neck and an American flag over her naked body. It was hyped to be very controversial, but I saw it as the opposite; I saw it as truth. I saw it as a truth that many refuse to see because they are afraid of the re-traumatizing effects of seeing Black suffering. Whether we want to see it or not physically, we feel the sting every day. Many of her friends were not fans of the piece and were very vocal about it. While I understand their apprehension, I do not agree. Furthermore, who are we to tell an artist that their perspective is wrong when they are creating from their own space and experience?

To say season 2 topped the first season is hard. Season 2 was much more educational and showed the growth and maturity of the main character, Nola Darling but season 1 gave us an exceptional look into her thought process and world views. What did you think of season 2? Let’s have a conversation…

2 thoughts on “Does season 2 of “She’s Gotta Have It” really have it?

  1. I have watched the series and probably won’t. I didn’t watch the original film either back in the day either. While I understand what Spike was trying to say in the film, it started wrong for me and I never went back to try and view it again. That also ruled out watching the series based on the film and, after seeing the trailer for Season 2, I had other objections that continued to rule out my viewership. Glad you enjoy it however 😁

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    1. I totally understand your view point. I didn’t watch the original and honestly, when I started season 1, I didn’t like it. I enjoyed the Black music, arts and culture aspect but I was so turned off by Nola Darling, the lead character, being sexually involved with so many people. I didn’t like the promiscuity factor or message it sent to younger girls and even women in her age group. I stuck it out and enjoyed as the show went a little deeper than sex.

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