The riveting Miss Nola Darling once again graces our screens in this remake of the original Spike Lee Joint She’s Gotta Have It. From the second I saw the trailer I knew I had to watch this show. Like another show with a black female lead, I'm all the way here for it. And like many other Netflix watchers, I didn't just watch one episode a day, but I binge-watched the entire series. I absolutely loved every minute of it. She’s Gotta Have It is trending everywhere and its leading lady Nola Darling is taking viewers by storm.
About the ShowAdapted from the original film written and directed by Spike Lee, the new Netflix series is nothing short of amazing. It pretty much stays true to the original with a few differences here and there. It captures more of Nola’s life and also has some modern relevance by incorporating the story of gentrification. At the time the film was released Nola (played by actress Tracy Camilla Johns) was seen as a woman ahead of her time. As a “sex-positive, polyamorous, pansexual” in 2017 Nola fits right in. In this new remake we get to see more into the life of Nola Darling and her three suitors. Much like in the original movie Nola is juggling three very different men that when put together would create one perfect man. These men include Mars Blackmon played by Anthony Ramos, Greer Childs played by Cleo Anthony and Jamie Overstreet played by Lyriq Bent. In the new series she also develops a romantic relationship with Opal Gilstrap who in the original film was just Nola’s friend, who tried to get with her but that was shut down pretty quickly. With that being said each man brought something to the table for Nola and 31 years later they are still the same men. Mars is seen as the funny guy who audiences instantly fall in love with because he is that one sneaker-head that everybody seems to know. Spike Lee played this character in the original film. Greer is a is extremely self-absorbed and cocky, but Nola describes him as fun and spontaneous. Then there is Jamie who is the only relationship minded one out of the bunch. Jamie is an older guy who knows what he wants but often seems to get left in the dust.
New vs. OldThough much of the storyline is the same, we are introduced to a renewed Nola in the Netflix series. One of the most significant differences is the fact that Nola has friends now. Spike Lee also incorporates modern issues such as gentrification, paying bills, and the Black Lives Matter movement. The new Nola is also much more involved in the art scene. In the original Nola talks about art but we never see her creating. Spike Lee brings to light different Black artists and how the Black experience is portrayed through art.
Nola DarlingNola the naturalista... Now let’s talk about Nola’s hair. One thing that cannot be ignored is Nola’s kinky coils. In the original film Nola rocks a classic 80s look. For most of the film she wears her hair as a tapered cut. She switches up her hair once by sporting a slick back look but other than that her hair remains unchanged. Now when we look at the remake we can’t ignore that Nola is again a naturalista and her hair is always on point! Her hair is one way the series stays true to the original Nola. She gives us total Issa Rae in Insecure vibes with the cute hairstyles and the light brown coils. Her ever-changing hair portrays the free female form in which she was trying to capture through her art.
Recreating Nola’s HairstylesThough her hairstyles aren’t as detailed as Issa’s in insecure, Nola rocks looks that every naturalista at any skill level can easily achieve. For these styles all you'll need is:
- A comb
- A brush
- Your favorite styling lotion or leave in conditioner
- Bobby pins
- Elastic rubber bands
- Edge control
- Hair gel