I’m not gonna lie it took me a couple days to get through Ava Duvernay’s Netflix miniseries “When They See Us”. I was a baby when the case of the Central Park Five rose to popularity. And even still I was just 12 years old at the time of their exoneration in 2002. Being a reader (and somewhat just nosy) I became familiar with their case pretty young but I never took the time to fully understand everything that happened. Couple that with being a sheltered child and I pretty much didn’t get a FULL grasp on the seriousness of this case. And then I watched this miniseries a couple days ago. And my heart was broken. Multiple times and in multiple ways. Over a course of 3 days I got a glimpse into what it was like to be the Central Park Five.
We waited a whole long year and a half for season 2 of She’s Gotta Have it to come to Netflix. So when it was announced that Nola Darling was returning, I was nothing short of HYPE. I binged season 1 of She’s Gotta Have It while I was stuck on the couch, breastfeeding a 5 month old. It helped pass time, it entertained, and I (like everyone else) was enchanted by Nola Darling. I admired her free spirit, I craved her creativity and I loved her love for her friends. While it was obvious in season 1 that Nola did NOT have it all together, I still respected the women she portrayed.
So when the trailer was released for season 2, I knew I was going to spend the day binging. I had to see what had become of Nola Darling. Was she really going to have a successful relationship with Opal? Were her other lovers really out of the picture? Would Mars actually take off his Jordans? LOL. All of these things combined with the amazing creativity that I knew would come from Spike Lee found me on my couch, on release day, right in Fort Greene Brooklyn.
So does Nola Darling finally have it all together?
Not by a long shot. While I will admit she has things a little more figured out than in season 1, Nola is still Nola. Mess still seems to follow her no matter where she goes be it Skyler’s school, or Martha’s Vineyard. I found myself rooting for her way more this season, because I can’t lie I wasn’t team Nola in season 1 (I love you Mars). All throughout the season I do get the sense that Nola is just trying to live her normal. She is on a major glow up mission and the universe just won’t let her be great. She is the millennial woman personified. I see a little bit of myself and all of my friends in Nola. And she HAS somehow managed to develop healthy platonic relationships with 2 of her 4 past lovers, which deserves some credit. I admire how her relationship with Mars has grown. Though you can clearly see he is still in love with her all… season… long.
And season 2 of She’s Gotta Have It shows not only how Nola has grown, but her friends as well. Meka, Clorinda, Winnie and even Mars have all changed since the first season. We definitely got a lot more character development and less sex this season, which I didn’t find to be a bad thing. I know the whole essence of the show was based around Nola and her love life, but it was nice to take a break from her lovin’ bed and see how she was developing as a person and an artist. Fort Greene has switched it up and I loved all 9 episodes. Fingers crossed season 3 comes soon!
Did you binge She’s Gotta Have It yet? What’s next on your watch list?
When the trailer for season 2 of She’s Gotta Have It dropped earlier this month I was SO excited. I’ll admit my focus pretty much all of the month of May has been consumed by Disney and Aladdin so I should’ve shared this sooner but, better late than never! I first learned about She’s Gotta Have it when I attended Curlfest in 2017. AND I got to meet Spike Lee in person! It was amazing to even be in the presence of that kind of creative energy.
All up and down my timeline people are talking about Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and how they feel about Netflix’s latest trend. I honestly haven’t watched the show because my house is a mess and I don’t need someone to remind me that it is. But I do feel like I’ve learned the basics of the #KonMari method and decluttering to bring you joy. I mean in reality if we’re talking about getting rid of things that are excess and don’t bring you any joy then I have a few things in my life that I’m ready to KonMari.
2018 is coming to a close (can you believe that?) and Netflix is making sure that even our smallest littles are included in on the New Years Eve celebration! Apparently this is an annual thing, and I’m just now getting on it because my boys spend 95% of their tv time on Netflix now.
Netflix has released a series of short videos featuring characters from some of our favorite shows celebrating the beginning of a new year. If your kids are like mine, they’re always looking for a good reason to turn up, even if they don’t understand the holiday. The great thing about the countdown videos is, you don’t have to wait until midnight (or even close to) to watch them. The New Years Eve countdown is available to stream now and can be found simply by typing “countdown” in on your Netflix search.