Now Streaming: Everything You Missed On 'She's Gotta Have It' Season 2

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With movies like Do the Right Thing, School Daze, and Crooklyn, Spike Lee boldly told the stories of people of color in a way that no one had before. The widely acclaimed director brought his talents to Netflix in 2017, and now, after an 18-month hiatus, the series adaption of his 1986 film She's Gotta Have It has returned to the streaming platform for a second season that did not disappoint.

The first season ended with the polyamorous, afrocentric, Brooklyn-born shero Nola Darling making peace with her chaotic romantic life and taking a step forward in her creative career. Season 2 picks up two years later, with Nola trying to find her balance in her newfound stardom while giving monogamy a shot with her former lover Opal.

Just like the first season, the latest installment of She's Gotta Have It is jam-packed with steamy sex scenes, and a whole troth of hot tea. If you haven't had time to binge the new season just yet, here's a no-spoiler roundup of everything you have to look forward to:

Season 2 Is An Ode To Spike Lee


Along with a cameo from Rosie Perez (Do The Right Thing), there are a number of scenes that pay homage to the original king of Black filmmaking. In the first episode, you'll see Nola and Opal's daughter, Skylar, recreate a nostalgic scene from Crooklyn that will take you all the way back to 1994.

Nola Gives Monogomy A Try


At the end of Season One, Nola is awakened from her sleep by a knock on the door. To her surprise, she's met by an old flame who will inspire her to give up her life of polyamory to be a one-woman woman. In the second season, we see Nola give both monogamy and parenting a try when she settles down with single mom Opal. But is Nola ready to give up her multi-lover lifestyle to be a kept woman?

The World Of Mars


Mars is Nola's funny, free-spirited, Jordan-rocking lover who never seems to have a bad day. In season two, we learn that Mars is a more complicated being than we previously assumed. Faced with issues like homelessness, unemployment, and fatherhood, we see Mars in a new, more serious light that proves that he's more than just a funny bike mechanic with a fetish for Jordans.

Shamekka's Got A New Man…. And A New Hustle


After Shamekka had a horrifying experience with her botched butt injections at the Hot-N-Trot last season, we get to see Nola's bestie heal both internally and externally. After giving up her dreams of being a big booty burlesque dancer, Shemekka has a new career and a new relationship, both of which take form in the second season.

Best friends Forever Or Nah?


In 2017, we got a glimpse into some of Nola's loving yet dysfunctional relationships with her female friends, Shamekka and Clorinda. While Shamekka is healing from her unfortunate plastic surgery accident, Clorinda and Nola work to mend their fractured relationship. Season one revealed that Nola broke the number one rule of the Girl Code when she slept with Clorinda's boyfriend, Mars, and Season two reveals that there's a lot more to the story.

This season, we not only get to dive deeper into Nola's romantic relationships, but we get an in-depth look at how our female friendships can be the most heartbreaking relationships in our lives.

Nola Abroad


Nola makes a historic escape from Brooklyn in Season 2, where she will travel to Martha's Vineyard for a black artist retreat as well as to the hometown of her homie Mars in Puerto Rico to help with relief after Hurricane Maria. Most of She's Gotta Have It is set in Brooklyn, but will Nola be able to rediscover her inspiration to create during her time away from Fort Greene?

Consequences & Repercussions


Sleeping with and accepting money from a married man isn't an ideal situation to be in, but Nola ain't perfect, and she never claims to be. In the most recent episodes, Nola takes an introspective look at her choices and is finally forced to face the consequences.

It took me all of two days to watch the entire season, so what are you waiting for, sis?! Get to binging so we can discuss all the tea over a freshly rolled doobie and a cup of wine, Nola Darling-style. You can watch Nola and her castmates conquer the perils of adulthood and success in the second season of She's Gotta Have It, streaming now on Netflix.

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When I was ten, my Sunday school teacher put on a brief performance in class that included some of the boys standing in front of the classroom while she stood in front of them holding a heart shaped box of chocolate. One by one, she tells each boy to come and bite a piece of candy and then place the remainder back into the box. After the last boy, she gave the box of now mangled chocolate over to the other Sunday school teacher — who happened to be her real husband — who made a comically puzzled face. She told us that the lesson to be gleaned from this was that if you give your heart away to too many people, once you find “the one,” that your heart would be too damaged. The lesson wasn’t explicitly about sex but the implication was clearly present.

That memory came back to me after a flier went viral last week, advertising an abstinence event titled The Close Your Legs Tour with the specific target demo of teen girls came across my Twitter timeline. The event was met with derision online. Writer, artist, and professor Ashon Crawley said: “We have to refuse shame. it is not yours to hold. legs open or not.” Writer and theologian Candice Marie Benbow said on her Twitter: “Any event where 12-17-year-old girls are being told to ‘keep their legs closed’ is a space where purity culture is being reinforced.”

“Purity culture,” as Benbow referenced, is a culture that teaches primarily girls and women that their value is to be found in their ability to stay chaste and “pure”–as in, non-sexual–for both God and their future husbands.

I grew up in an explicitly evangelical house and church, where I was taught virginity was the best gift a girl can hold on to until she got married. I fortunately never wore a purity ring or had a ceremony where I promised my father I wouldn’t have pre-marital sex. I certainly never even thought of having my hymen examined and the certificate handed over to my father on my wedding day as “proof” that I kept my promise. But the culture was always present. A few years after that chocolate-flavored indoctrination, I was introduced to the fabled car anecdote. “Boys don’t like girls who have been test-driven,” as it goes.

And I believed it for a long time. That to be loved and to be desired by men, it was only right for me to deny myself my own basic human desires, in the hopes of one day meeting a man that would fill all of my fantasies — romantically and sexually. Even if it meant denying my queerness, or even if it meant ignoring how being the only Black and fat girl in a predominantly white Christian space often had me watch all the white girls have their first boyfriends while I didn’t. Something they don’t tell you about purity culture – and that it took me years to learn and unlearn myself – is that there are bodies that are deemed inherently sinful and vulgar. That purity is about the desire to see girls and women shrink themselves, make themselves meek for men.

Purity culture isn’t unlike rape culture which tells young girls in so many ways that their worth can only be found through their bodies. Whether it be through promiscuity or chastity, young girls are instructed on what to do with their bodies before they’ve had time to figure themselves out, separate from a patriarchal lens. That their needs are secondary to that of the men and boys in their lives.

It took me a while —after leaving the church and unlearning the toxic ideals around purity culture rooted in anti-Blackness, fatphobia, heteropatriarchy, and queerphobia — to embrace my body, my sexuality, and my queerness as something that was not only not sinful or dirty, but actually in line with the vision God has over my life. Our bodies don't stop being our temples depending on who we do or who we don’t let in, and our worth isn’t dependent on the width of our legs at any given point.

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