Twenty-five years ago today, Spike Lee made his film debut with “She’s Gotta Have It”…and we’ve been debating about it ever since. Some call Nola Darling a sexually liberated Black shero, while others use the film to illustrate their gripes with Lee’s depictions of women characters.
While I do feel that the legendary director has leaned on some stereotypes when developing the sisters who have been featured in his films, I loved me some Nola. She was fly, she had this dope crib in Brooklyn (this flick planted one of the first seeds that eventually saw me moving here) and she had a confidence that I hadn’t seen in many other Black women on the screen before. Nola’s experiences also provided my first glimpse at the length that certain men will go to clip the wings of a woman who order her own steps.
If you haven’t seen the movie, you need to catch up on this significant moment in Black girl movie history ASAPtually! Rent it this week with a few girlfriends and compare notes. If you have seen it, let us know how you enjoyed it! Was Nola like the girls in your crew? Or did you find her to be a little bit too out there for your tastes?
Check out one of the original promos for “She’s Gotta Have It”: