And gives us more thought-provoking moments with empowered black artist, Nola Darling.
Sometimes, memorable characters get a second chance at life by going beyond their intended space for a bigger reach, Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It is doing just that.
Thirty-one years after the movie made headlines with its empowered protagonist, artist Nola Darling, she’ s back and ever more empowered, played by DeWanda Wise.
So what was it about Darling that struck a chord with many then, and is set to do that same now? Her outlook on life, and what it means to be a (sexually liberated) woman… some of the issues women still grapple with today.
Darling circa 1986 was a young Brooklyn native trying to live her best life, juggling multiple lovers, unwilling to commit to one, and not allowing that free-thinking attitude to box her in, because she didn’t believe in labels. Fast-forward to 2017, Brooklyn is an important partner still, alongside the issues that Darling and women across the world are exploring still: female empowerment in a patriarchal society and the freedom to be who we choose to be, and always knowing that life is very much a work in progress.
The made-for-television series, directed by Lee, with his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, as co-executive producer, releases on Netflix on 23 November.