Most of my thoughts in the order that I thought them while watching the second season of She’s Gotta Have It for a third time on a cloudy, rainy Sunday afternoon in Southern California during Memorial Day Weekend while sitting on my pink, velvet couch.
For the slow folk: SPOILER ALERT!!!!
S2 E1 #Imfeelingmyfeelings.
18 months later. Really? Nola lasted this long with Opal? Did Opal change or did Nola?
It’s the beginning of summer. Gah! This makes me miss Brooklyn. I know where all the characters are in almost every shot.
Opal’s kid, Skylar, looks like real-life Jasmine from the Boondocks. That is a lovely head of hair on that child. Whew!
I love Zora Neale Hurston. I have a deeper appreciation for Their Eyes Are Watching God every time I read it. Random: Halle Berry and Michael Ealy as Tea Cake in the TV film version had one of the hottest sex scenes of all time.
DeWanda Wise is sooooooo beautiful. And from MD. I like looking at her. She’s magic on screen.
Oh. We’re five minutes in and we’re doing full blown sex? Lesbian sex! This is intense! I’m not turned on, but I appreciate the intimacy. And the orgasms.
Random: lesbians have a much smaller orgasm gap than hetero women. They orgasm 86% of the time. Hetero men orgasm in 96% of sexual encounters. Straight women reach orgasm a measly 39% of the time. I guess if you have a clitoris, you better know how to engage with one?
Also, random: I’ve wanted a nipple ring for years. I heard the healing process is a bih.
If Nola and Skylar are like sisters, wouldn’t that make Opal “Mommy” to do them both? I’ve played “Mommy”, by default. A lot of women do. That ish gets old quick.
Are we still supposed to believed Greer is straight? I don’t mind if he’s gay. I just don’t understand whey we’re supposed to believe he is into Nola or any other woman.
Dammit, Nola. I get the artist prioritizing art thing, but spending your rent on a camera? Ma’am if you don’t take your ass to ebay.
Seriously? Three credit cards? If you got to spread the cost of anything over three cards, you cannot afford it. Unless it’s an emergency, this is just bad sense. Mars would do this too. I’ve always thought out of all the guys, he was probably best suited. I mean, that’s also because I think he’s straight, unlike Greer, and he is single, unlike Jamie. Opal’s obviously not a man, but I don’t think she likes Nola either. She likes sex with her. Not the same thing.
I love that the salesman recognizes her. That popular enough to be recognized but still very much broke thing is so real.
Gentrification is a bitch. Every single major city with a black population is under attack. Coincidence?
What is the significance of the double hugs? Almost every hug in the series is shown twice.
Mars is so cute to me. I mean, he’s immature. But there’s something good there. If he grows up. I could be friends with him.
Wait. He just got unemployed this AM, his sister is already expecting him to have a plan and a new job? I’m unclear how kicking him out is supposed to help. I get the sense that Sis is resentful for other reasons , because Mars is way immature, but a line or two here listing all his other recent screw ups and how this is the final straw would be nice. Cause kicking someone out because they lost their job—not got fired for dumb ish—seems unreasonable.
Who is the chick in the hallway all in their business?
Wait. The only place Mars has to go is to Nola’s? Like, this is your only friend with their own place?
Mars stay trying to give someone $50. I mean, it’s a decent gesture. Like a man gotta offer something, but offering a grown ass woman with real ass bills $50 ain’t doing much.
Why are Jamie and Nola meeting up? What is there to discuss?
Cheryl and Jamie are getting a divorce. Yeah, I saw that coming.
Amicable divorce? I keep hearing that people do this. I don’t know anyone who has done this.
How could Jamie possibly blame Cheryl? I mean, you dipped out on your family on Thanksgiving to go be with Nola and her other two boyfriends. Like, Bruh! If the marriage was trash, you have a justification to leave. Not to cheat. This is on you.
Jamie is more attractive to me this season. I thought he was handsome last season too. But this season there’s something different.
Clorinda is horrible to everyone. I guess that Mars deserved it. I mean, he dated her, them moved on to Nola. But she stays cool with Nola. Might as well move on with Mars too.
Mars wants to do music. Sing? I read once that he was original cast member of Hamilton. Theoretically, he should be able to hit a note.
Mars is so cute.
Me’shell N’degeocello. I need more of her in my life. I don’t listen enough.
In what world is it acceptable to move your ex into your house and expecting your current to be okay with that? I mean, maybe if y’all share a child or something. But nah, B. Nola is wilding. I’m surprised Opal didn’t flip.
Also, Opal is really pretty.
Ahh. The steps in Fort Greene Park. I miss Brooklyn. I’m not moving back. But I still have much love for my home.
Opal is being an ass. Control issues on OD. She didn’t flip out about Mars moving in with Nola, but she’s flipping out about Nola and Skylar goofing off at breakfast? Is it that serious, Sis?
Ooh, Chile. Sis is either gonna have to learn to speak to Nola like a partner or Sis is going to have to stop speaking to Nola. That “do you?” checking Nola like she is also a child? Nah, B. Let’s discuss the real issues. Cause it ain’t breakfast. You mad about Mars. Say that!
Mars leaving all his ish lying about woulda been kicked out my house that day. How dare you!! HOW DARE YOU!!!
Does Nola ever make the connection that the same thing that annoys her about Mars is the same ish that annoys Opal about her? She talks to Mars slightly better than Opal speaks to her.
This is sexist. I acknowledge this in advance. DeWanda Wise is so cute when she’s mad.
Mars and this poem. Did he think of that on the spot? Or are those the words to the actual saying that get cut off? My heart smiled. I loved a diverse man. I swear, if Mars could pull his finances and responsibility level together, he would be so dope. But doesn’t that apply to nearly every one broke and irresponsible?
I love the details of the Clorinda’s apartment. Her writing desk. Her Daily News cover—framed—of Amadou Diallo’s murder. The Carol’s Daughter bottle on the bathroom counter.
Mars is like an annoying little brother. He can carry a note tho. Bathrooms do have good acoustics. Pause. You know who Mars reminds me of here? There’s this hairdresser on Instagram, he does these amazing lace fronts. He also does car selfies singing and making faces. I follow him equally to marvel at the hair as to laugh at his antics.
Opal doesn’t like Clorinda either.
I love Fat Joseph Cartenga. He amuses me to no end in this series.
Spike Lee loves a musical. Loves it. Only because I’ve watched three times has this song started to grow on me. The first time I was like, “WTF?”
I love how much Spike Lee loves Brooklyn. I get it. Spike. I get it.
No, no. I still don’t like it. It’s Clorinda. I like the message tho. And the energy. It’s crazy to me that Black people in Brooklyn have to assert their presence and right to be there now. Man, gentrification is a bitch. And it happened soooooo quick.
Random: this party? I didn’t properly appreciate events like this until I moved to LA. I went to my first crowded black event on Friday. I didn’t realize how much I missed masses of black people. I’ll be on the East Coast for most of June. I cannot wait to be home.
NEXT REVIEW: She’s Gotta Have It, Season 2, Episode 2