I’m not gonna lie it took me a couple days to get through Ava Duvernay’s Netflix miniseries “When They See Us”. I was a baby when the case of the Central Park Five rose to popularity. And even still I was just 12 years old at the time of their exoneration in 2002. Being a reader (and somewhat just nosy) I became familiar with their case pretty young but I never took the time to fully understand everything that happened. Couple that with being a sheltered child and I pretty much didn’t get a FULL grasp on the seriousness of this case. And then I watched this miniseries a couple days ago. And my heart was broken. Multiple times and in multiple ways. Over a course of 3 days I got a glimpse into what it was like to be the Central Park Five.
We waited a whole long year and a half for season 2 of She’s Gotta Have it to come to Netflix. So when it was announced that Nola Darling was returning, I was nothing short of HYPE. I binged season 1 of She’s Gotta Have It while I was stuck on the couch, breastfeeding a 5 month old. It helped pass time, it entertained, and I (like everyone else) was enchanted by Nola Darling. I admired her free spirit, I craved her creativity and I loved her love for her friends. While it was obvious in season 1 that Nola did NOT have it all together, I still respected the women she portrayed.
So when the trailer was released for season 2, I knew I was going to spend the day binging. I had to see what had become of Nola Darling. Was she really going to have a successful relationship with Opal? Were her other lovers really out of the picture? Would Mars actually take off his Jordans? LOL. All of these things combined with the amazing creativity that I knew would come from Spike Lee found me on my couch, on release day, right in Fort Greene Brooklyn.
So does Nola Darling finally have it all together?
Not by a long shot. While I will admit she has things a little more figured out than in season 1, Nola is still Nola. Mess still seems to follow her no matter where she goes be it Skyler’s school, or Martha’s Vineyard. I found myself rooting for her way more this season, because I can’t lie I wasn’t team Nola in season 1 (I love you Mars). All throughout the season I do get the sense that Nola is just trying to live her normal. She is on a major glow up mission and the universe just won’t let her be great. She is the millennial woman personified. I see a little bit of myself and all of my friends in Nola. And she HAS somehow managed to develop healthy platonic relationships with 2 of her 4 past lovers, which deserves some credit. I admire how her relationship with Mars has grown. Though you can clearly see he is still in love with her all… season… long.
And season 2 of She’s Gotta Have It shows not only how Nola has grown, but her friends as well. Meka, Clorinda, Winnie and even Mars have all changed since the first season. We definitely got a lot more character development and less sex this season, which I didn’t find to be a bad thing. I know the whole essence of the show was based around Nola and her love life, but it was nice to take a break from her lovin’ bed and see how she was developing as a person and an artist. Fort Greene has switched it up and I loved all 9 episodes. Fingers crossed season 3 comes soon!
Did you binge She’s Gotta Have It yet? What’s next on your watch list?
When the trailer for season 2 of She’s Gotta Have It dropped earlier this month I was SO excited. I’ll admit my focus pretty much all of the month of May has been consumed by Disney and Aladdin so I should’ve shared this sooner but, better late than never! I first learned about She’s Gotta Have it when I attended Curlfest in 2017. AND I got to meet Spike Lee in person! It was amazing to even be in the presence of that kind of creative energy.
All up and down my timeline people are talking about Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and how they feel about Netflix’s latest trend. I honestly haven’t watched the show because my house is a mess and I don’t need someone to remind me that it is. But I do feel like I’ve learned the basics of the #KonMari method and decluttering to bring you joy. I mean in reality if we’re talking about getting rid of things that are excess and don’t bring you any joy then I have a few things in my life that I’m ready to KonMari.
2018 is coming to a close (can you believe that?) and Netflix is making sure that even our smallest littles are included in on the New Years Eve celebration! Apparently this is an annual thing, and I’m just now getting on it because my boys spend 95% of their tv time on Netflix now.
Netflix has released a series of short videos featuring characters from some of our favorite shows celebrating the beginning of a new year. If your kids are like mine, they’re always looking for a good reason to turn up, even if they don’t understand the holiday. The great thing about the countdown videos is, you don’t have to wait until midnight (or even close to) to watch them. The New Years Eve countdown is available to stream now and can be found simply by typing “countdown” in on your Netflix search.
I’m probably late to the game, but I just found out about Netflix original series Motown Magic. We were actually scrolling Netflix on Saturday night looking for something to watch to avoid watching Bo on the Go and Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas for the 808080th time that day. When James showed me Motown Magic I was immediately skeptical. I’m going to admit I never heard of Beat Bugs or Josh Wakely prior to this show, so I had no background to go off of. We showed RJ and his immediate response was “no I don’t wanna watch that.” LOL. We didn’t give him a choice, and within the first episode I was SO GLAD I didn’t.
** Mild episode one spoilers ahead**
Motown Magic follows the story of Ben, an 8 year old who lives in the city of “Motown”, who uses a paintbrush to make the street art in his neighborhood come to life. When the theme song started during episode one, we immediately got excited, The Jackson 5’s ABC is the theme song sung by 11 year old Zacary James. Episode one introduces us to Ben and his extremely talented family living in the city of Motown. Everyone in his family seems to know what their “thing” is but Ben doesn’t believe he has talent.
Episode one is pretty much when you realize the show is LIT. Each episode is inspired by a classic Motown song with a contemporary take. The song fits in with the theme of the episode and there is a lesson learned in every one. Even better for little preschool attention spans, each episode is only between 12 and 15 minutes long with the exception of episode one. By the second episode RJ and Zayn were dancing and singing (along with me and their dad) and all signs of “I don’t want to watch that” had left the building. A few more episodes in and my 4 year old started seeing himself in Motown. There was “Mommy! Ben looks like me!” and “Mommy, Ella has hair just like you!”. You cannot convince me that representation doesn’t matter to kids.
It’s Tuesday morning now and we’ve watched every episode of Motown Magic AT least once already and we’re on round 2. I’m pretty sure we’re going to check out Beat Bugs next since we’re late to that party as well, but I’m thankful Josh Wakely created a show where my baby can see himself, and we can all sing and dance to songs even my parents and grandparents love. It’s an amazing break from Baby Shark!
Have you watched Motown Magic yet with your little ones? Check out the trailer below, it’s easy as 123!