MADE Magazine Global Impact Issue - Page 31

MADEFEATURE MADEXXXX We’ve made great strides in the diversity of roles played by women over the years on the big screen, yet the few roles for Black women continue to come few and far between. Although the freedom of expression is a constitutional right that everyone is supposed to receive, behavioral restrictions transposed on women remain prevalent. The necessity for multilayered depictions of Black women that are not confined to societal norms exists now more than ever before. All Photos Courtesy of Netflix. B reakout star, DeWanda Wise as Nola Darling in the 2017 series adaptation of Spike Lee Joint, She’s Gotta Have It shows us there is nothing wrong with knowing what she wants and going after it in every way possible. From her creative pursuits to her sexual preferences, one thing the new series makes absolutely clear is the need for Nola Darling in 2017. She’s Gotta Have It: DeWanda W I S E MADE BY KRIS CHRISTIAN DeWanda gives a fresh performance as a daring, witty, passionate and ambitious Black millennial woman. A Brooklyn-based artist in her late 20s, Nola struggles to define herself and divide her time among her friends, her job and her three lovers: the cultured model, Greer Childs; the protective investment banker, Jamie Overstreet; and the original b-boy sneakerhead, Mars Blackmon. While Nola figures out her life on her own terms, she combats societal labels as a “freak,” “sex addict” and of course a stereotypical favorite for Black women, a “bitch.” Truthful and transparent, the one thing Nola’s gotta have is some respect. In an exclusive interview with MADE, when asked if DeWanda could relate to Nola’s role as a married woman, she shared, “There’s still a tremendous amount to say through the words and experiences of a Nola Darling. Luckily, I found some- one who could give me everything I was looking for. But, I think one thing we can take away from Nola’s life is to trust your instinct.” Nola is guided by her intuition and refuses to be tamed or put in someone else’s box. We all can be inspired to unapologetically pursue our wildest dreams. As high as Nola gets (figuratively and literally) in her artistry, her vulnerability in personal comprising experiences reveal | 31