Saturday, November 27, 2021

Spike Lee’s ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Highlights Challenges for Black Artists

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*The second season of Spike Lee’sShe’s Gotta Have It” is currently streaming on Netflix and as Vice reports, this time around, “Lee dives deep” into the “personal journey” of his protagonist Nola Darling, “who refuses to compromise her art for money, while being confronted by the uncertainty of not knowing when her work will pay off in a world that pressures Black artists to play nice in white-dominated establishments,” the outlet writes.

Nola’s story this season is also used to teach “aspiring artists how to build a viable lifestyle for themselves.” As such, the series is currently calling on artists who have “some dope fanart” to share their She’s Gotta Have It-inspired artwork to Instagram with the hashtags #WhoIsShe and #DrawThisInYourStyle.

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Series star DeWanda Wise previously spoke about working with artists “who are highly collaborative,” on the series, and she described Spike Lee as “super tactile, he’s very hands on.”

“Lee showcases actual successful Black artists in a montage where they introduce one of their pieces, allowing their dignified yet down-to-earth appearances to speak for themselves,” Vice notes of the Lee’s style for season two.

During a recent interview with Global News, Wise was asked if she feels like she has “made the character your own but still with some touches from the Nola Darling from Spike Lee’s original film?”

“Oh yes. I feel a lot of ownership. I remember thinking I’m never going to be that actor that’s like ‘my character will never…’ And then I got to Season 2 and there were things for sure that I was like, ‘This doesn’t make sense’ (laughing). I was automatically the worst,” she explained. “There’s for sure a tremendous amount of ownership over that character and I feel like we have that beautiful moment from Season 1 that was kind of passing the torch in a way between Tracy Camila Johns and me,” Wise added.

“I can’t tell you what that moment was like but just having her on set was spiritual. I think between all of us — but definitely between me and Spike — kind of drawing the bridge and taking aspects of her characterization, leaving others to update her and dramatize her. I think Tracy Camilla’s performance felt far more like she had her sh*t together, far more than our Nola does.”

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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