So, I recently finished binge-watching Spike Lee's "She's Gotta Have It" on Netflix and, honestly, I have mixed feelings about it. At one point, I took a break from the show (albeit brief) because I didn't really like the direction it was travelling. Yet, something pulled me back and inspired me to finish watching it. Was it Lee's creative genius? Was it DeWanda Wise’s powerful acting? Was it the theme? I'm not sure. In general, I'm undecided about how to feel.
I'll start off with the pros, though. First and foremost, I enjoyed that Lee foregrounded an artistic Black woman. I feel like throughout the season, viewers were able to see Nola essentially categorize her body as a work of art. As an artist myself, this was something I really delighted in seeing. Then, Lee set it in Manhattan, which is no surprise since that borough encompasses Harlem - the mecca for Black art. This ties into the second thing that I enjoyed about the series.
Lee payed homage to a slew of talented artists. From the continual recesses to showcase Black musicians to dedicating an opening segment where Nola went down a long list of Harlem's artistic forefathers (and mothers), the director did not shy away from acknowledging the role art has played in the Black community.
Author’s Note: “Mo’s Mix” opens in the year 2022, so “Millennial Diaries,” the prequel, will cover all time before that. The first entry was set in the present-day (2017), but this entry steps back in time.
Introduction: So, I've been sitting on this idea for a minute. The entry you're about to read, "Broke and Bougie," was started in May of this year and finished today (December 13th). Millen(nia)l Diaries is a way to peer at the lives of the characters inside "Mo's Mix" before readers meet them in the first book. The short story series “Millen(nia)l Diaries” will run concurrently with this blog, but I have not decided when I will premiere the series yet. In the meantime, here is a brief glimpse on what I plan to do with Millen(nia)l Diaires (this segment may be extended in the future). Enjoy!
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