We need to talk about Nola? She’s Gotta Have It and the Single Black Female in Film.

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In both versions of She’s Gotta Have it, Nola Darling is presented as a sexually liberated, progressive and free-spirited single black women navigating her life in Brooklyn. In theory, she is the anti – stereotype of a black female lead. She’s not a baby mamma, a mammy, sapphire or an overt jezebel. So, what’s the problem? Many have written about Nola, what is your take?

After watching both the original film produced in 1986 and episode one of the new Netflix series that premiered in the Fall of 2017, some 30 years apart. Has Nola changed, stayed the same or gotten worse? And how does she compare to the current images of black women in film and television? Lastly, in the era of reboots, was it necessary for the reincarnation of SGHI and how should a show successful recreate a reboot?

In writing your response, please incorporate the questions in bold, as well as the readings and any articles that help build your argument. Use quotes from the readings and articles and note the source of the quote. Hint – write in a word document and review before posting.

Here are two articles on the new Netflix series;

Does She’s Gotta Have It Live Up to Its Promise?

Was the She’s Gotta Have It Remake Actually Good?

And one on the original film:

She’s Gotta Have It: how Spike Lee’s film revolutionised black sexuality onscreen

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Claudine – Can the Welfare Queen be a Love Subject?

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Consider the conversations we’ve had about romantic heroines and love objects vs sex objects and write about how it relates to Claudine. Which one is she more, or is she both? Claudine was portrayed as a Welfare Queen and a Jezebel throughout the film, in your response to this post talk about how this stereotyped framed her as well. I would like you to read this article, “Six Annoying Women Character Tropes in Black Romantic Comedies,” there is a section that relates to Claudine. I also added an article about The Moynihan Report that created the concept of the Welfare Quees. As always, incorporate the readings assigned, plus our discussions about the above topic with the two articles into your post. Below is a link to the film for those of you who missed the first or second half.

Warning: Before posting, write your thoughts in a word document. Please check for spelling and grammar and read it out loud to make sure your points make sense. If possible have someone read them as well, to make sure your argument/thoughts are clear. Make sure you are presenting your ideas to the best of your ability.

She’s Gotta Have It – NOLA AND THE SOCIAL DEVIANT

Welcome to our 2nd class blog. After every film screening and/or with certain topics, you will be asked to comment on the blog. Please incorporate the readings and refer to scenes from the class screening. Feel free to add articles, quotes from other books or blogs (please credit your source) as well as film clips that relate to the topic.

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Please connect the assigned reading on Black women as the “Other” and the “Social Deviant” to She’s Got To Have It. We talked briefly about the concept of the “symbolic whore” and the “good girl vs the bad girl”. How does that relate to his female protagonist, Nola Darling? Please review the article below on She’s Got To Have It and incorporate scenes from the film in your comments/arguments.

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Please finish watching Coffy and post your thoughts about what black female stereotype you believe the main character represents and why. Is Coffy more than one sterotype? Also, give examples of where this stereotype exist in current films/tv shows. In preparing your comments, think about some of the things we talked about in class as well the non-verbal sexual behaviors overview I sent you. Start the discussion here and we will continue it in class next Tuesday. Please also read pp. 87-107 (chap 4).  Again, I’m looking for everyone to post comments here by Saturday (10/4) and feel free to comment on each other’s post. Enjoy!

Here is a link to Coffy (start somewhere around 37:53)

She’s Got to Have It

She's_Gotta_Have_It_film_poster Hoping to continue to the discussion on She’s Got to Have It. Feel free to add comments from our conversation in class about Nola Darling as a symbolic whore.  How does Spike Lee frame her as a sexual deviant? What does it mean to be a good girl in Spike Lee’s world? And would Nola Darling ever fit in? With talk of making She’s Got to Have it into a cable show, along the lines of Girls, could Spike Lee make Nola Darling into the sexually liberated and self affirmed woman he thinks he portrayed her to be? Please review these articles and comment Why we should worry about a resurrected ‘She’s Gotta Have It’