Most of my thoughts in the order that I thought them while watching the second season of She’s Gotta Have It S2 E8 #Onthecomeupthecomedown&thecomearound on a sunny Tuesday morning in Southern California while sitting —again-- on my pink, velvet couch. (I’m procrastinating on going to the gym.)
For the slow folk: SPOILER ALERT!!!!!
These episode titles are killing me. LOL.
Now Nola’s paying homage to Hurston, Elizabeth Catlett, Ralph Ellison. You know what? I want to do this. I need to make a list of the people I would pay my respects to.
I’m confused. Divine hasn’t seen his daughter in years because the mother won’t let him see her. I felt really bad for him when he was telling Nola about how the mother was pushing him away.
Pause. I’m gonna have to acknowledge something I don’t want to acknowledge, and I’ve been avoiding saying because I want to support the black show and the working black talent in front of and behind the camera. I like seeing young black folks who look like me, who remind me of me when I was that age, who are living and thriving in places that I learned and loved in. It makes me happy. As a visual representation, this is epic. As a showcase of black talent and culture and creativity and history, this is dope. But as a story, there’s a lot to be desired here. It gives enough good so I can’t rightfully trash it. I see Nola’s growth, and the struggle to define the kind of artist she is. And I see the conflict with Clorinda, and I appreciate her friendship with Mecca and even with her exes. I appreciate that Olu is a love interest but not her only interest. Looking at the forest, I like it. Looking at the trees, this story isn’t cohesive. It’s a one strong gust of wind from tumbling over. And maybe it’s demanding to ask for talent and culture and creativity and history and story, but I’m demanding it anyway. There was a time when Spike Lee was the only person regularly offering content about young black and brown folks living and being in an urban center, but the landscape has changed. And the newbies step up. This isn’t Spike stepping up to play ball with the competition.
Mars and his sister are back in their apartment. Sister is lecturing him on getting it together just like his mother did. I hope he hears them. Mars with focus would be a dope dude.
Shemecca looks like Nicki Minaj. Why am I just now seeing this? When did Shemecca get a hair/skin care line? Huh?
Nola is mad about her EarWave art campaign. It actually looks better than her version, but I get it. She wanted to show the melanin of the black folk. But visually, the corporate version looks better. Also, once folks cut you a check to buy your work, you lose control of it. I’ve learned that the hard way too. *sigh*
Corporate chick giving the corporate blink and acting like she doesn’t know why Nola is mad is hilarious. And so corporate.
Nola and Clorinda soooo need to have a real conversation about, like, everything.
The white lady with the dog (Bianca) confused about no one likes her is baffling. (Clorinda is the black version of the white lady on the stoop.) Divine is a better human than me. He should have cursed ol’ chick out to the high heavens on GP. She’s like “I haven’t seen you in awhile”… um, he was locked up!
Clorinda also needs to be cursed out. That “come up” comment. Sis. Don’t be mad you ain’t got no job.
Did we know that Divine grew up in Bianca’s brownstone? That was sad AF. The idea that you can’t even afford to live where you grew up. Damn.
I love that Miss Ella is smoking the reefer! LOL.
Shemecca’s ass is HUGE! Ha sit always been this big? I mean, post injections?
I would so not do a show with Clorinda. She’s a frenemy. And I don’t even know what the exact beef is between them. Nola doesn’t even know how shady Clorinda is behind her back. Oh, Nola just said it: “you’re a hater.” Are they gonna discuss how she reported her page? Or that she slept with Mars? Why are all these storylines dropped?
Is Clorinda’s heartbroken? I mean, she was cheating on ol’ White dude with Mars. And whatever happened with that whole gentrification storyline of his? Like he was introduced as a full character and then he has no story once he breaks up with Clorinda? Did the gentrification and him buying up all the properties go away with the break up?
Oh, Sis. This “I made you” and “you need me” is horrendous. I don’t even know how Clorinda fixed her face to say that to Nola. This right here is how people get plucked in the forehead.
I don’t understand how making a joke about someone growing up in a group home is ok. Is there an inside joke I’m missing? I keep seeing people talk about all the Crooklyn references in this season. I saw Crooklyn when it came out and haven’t since. Is this a Crooklyn reference that I’m missing?
Divine’s legal age, 21-year-old woman- adult daughter just showed up and found him in the park. “Huh?” How as her mother keeping you from seeing your whole grown ass daughter?
I’m so not mad at this storyline of a father and child re-uniting. But I am confused as to why this has to be brought up and resolved in one episode. Like it’s a series. Why isn’t the story being built over episodes? It would have way more emotional weight if Divine’s desire to see his kid extended over episodes instead of being all wrapped up in one.
Sometimes I wonder if these scenes are scripted or if a lot of this is ad lib.
Ok! Get it Miss Ella!!!!!!
Aww. The white girl tried it with the dancing. Her heart was in the right place.
Why wasn’t Nola’s Mama invited to the soiree? She wasn’t even told about it. But she came by to help her clean up? Mum would never. If she ain’t get invited, she is certainly not coming over to clean.
Ok. They’re bringing up the play again. I thought that was another storyline that was dropped. I mean. I would have liked to see the scene that was upsetting to Stokes, but I’ll take this. I so wish their relationship got more depth. And scenes.
Nola is taking her bed down? Why? Again, not mad that she’s doing it. I don’t understand the motivation for her doing it. Is this because she isn’t doing anyone regularly right now? She’s doing herself? I am so confused. I’m not mad at what the characters do. I just don’t understand why they are doing it.
NEW EPISODE: Season 2, Episode 9