Most of my thoughts in the order that I thought them while watching the second season of She’s Gotta Have It S2 E9 #IAmYourMirror 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!!!!!
Ok. So Nola’s art show came to fruition. Look. You never know with this series. Just because something is being built up to happen, does not mean it will happen.
My God. DeWanda’s skin look amazing. Shout out to her Mama and whoever is on lighting.
“Yennifer Clemente” looks like Beyonce circa Austin Powers.
What is the significance of the face mask?. A guy was wearing one at the Prince Party – was that Spike?—and then someone else, the fisherman, had one on in Puerto Rico. And then now Nola has re-painted Opal’s portrait with a goddess wearing one.
Miss Ella talking about “don’t worry about the rent” is the most illogical sh— ever. No one who is a landlord says that.
Awesome that Rockeletta Moss has a nice looking man. But is he really “elusive”? We’ve heard no mention if her love life thus far. This isn’t a reveal to the audience, but it seems to be to Nola. I’m happy she got love in her life, but where did this come from? I get the feeling that a lot of story was written, shot and cut this season. Time? Episodes? Slow? Something that was supposed to happen didn’t happen.
The reactions to the art behind the curtain are so varied. I guessed that it involved a lynching just because the therapist mentioned “strange fruit”. And I guessed it was a woman because most of the men—not all—were smiling when they came out the room.
Mars clowning Greer about how his lady doesn’t post him on her IG is hilarious.
Whatever happened with Jamie and his wife? Did they work that out? I’mma guess no since he’s still sniffing around Nola at this art opening.
I’m unclear how White Girl Rachel feels entitled to have an opinion here. Or why she was given a platform for an opinion. She’s been in like three scenes the whole show as the token white girl.
I would have straight fought ol’ boy from trying to block the line from seeing my work. Like, the balls on you, Sir. What gives you the right? The audacity!
So wait. Is Clorinda recording a podcast on her phone as they walk through the park? You know that audio is trash. And does Clorinda like anything ever? Someone make me a list of three things Clorinda likes.
In fairness, Re.Mark.Able’s outrage did help Nola’s career.
Nola’s artistic friend, the brown thick friend. We need more of her and less Clorinda.
African Bae is back!!!! Look, I would gladly be his trophy for the weekend. If he wants to put me on the mantle like he did Nola on the headboard, I am down.
Awwww. The curator likes Nola and she sold a piece to a “major musician”. That’s awesome.
Shemecca is really upset about Nola’s art and wants her to take it down? Really?
I’m sorry. Because I know what the work looks like because I’ve watched the series a couple times already. It’s not that inflammatory. And why wouldn’t Nola take this away from her time in Puerto Rico? Is there a certain takeaway that she was suppose to have? Were there limits on what she was allowed to perceive?. Women were lynched. Women are sexualized. Making an artistic expression of said lynchings and said sexualization is a problem? Meh. I mean, Shemecca is entitled not to like the painting. To tell Nola’s she’s wrong? Ehhh…
It’s kinda weird how they threw the therapist up in here even when Nola isn’t visiting her. I mean, I appreciate the breakdown of where Nola is in here journey. Just wish these insights were more consistent. Like have her weigh in every episode about what Nola is going thru. This feels like a way to give exposition without actually doing, you know the real work, or showing what is going on.
Ok, back to the finally revealed painting. I see it as a statement on what is left out of the story about black pain. Like, men are often centered. Lynching, police brutality, racism… the experiences and injustices of black men tend to be the focus. It’s like they have it worse than black women, which isn’t true. Black women face racism from everyone and sexism from everyone, including black men. And I’m not trying to have an Oppression Olympics about who has it worse, but to mariginalize Black women’s stories as mattering less or not being “ as bad” has always been problematic. I see Nola centering herself – as a black woman—in a lynching is a way of including black women in the narrative of black folk’s suffering.
Interesting that her hair is her noose. Or maybe not so interesting. Black hair being political isn’t a new concept.
Somebody got a new headboard! That’s a king-sized bed.
This is the end of the series, and thusly, the end of my recaps. I feel like I should be saying something deep in summary here, but I have nothing deep to say. I think I’ve properly expressed my issues with the story.
I will say this tho, I think this season is much better than the first season. It seems that folks saw the critiques of that one and improved upon them in the second. Here’s to a third season with more improvement. There good stuff here. I just want to see the story as well structured and developed as the extras like the cinematography, or music or even wardrobe. She’s Gotta Have It S2 hits many of the right notes. It just needs to hit them more frequently.