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The episode was titled without subtlety: “#Change Gon Come (GENTRIFICATION).” For Lee, this is the logical climb of gentrification—first it’s just a mere slight of black folks in the neighborhood; eventually it’s the removal of black folks from the neighborhood.
and he still has black characters operating on black terms, but whiteness has become part of the stew.
Spike Lee’s new Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It” is an update of his eponymous 1986 movie, a portrayal of a black “sex-positive, polyamorous pansexual” woman named Nola Darling who’s trying to find a safe space for her sexual and artistic freedoms in Brooklyn.
In the movie original, her efforts are hampered by the three men she’s dating, and a woman she’s curious about dating.
The key largely resides in the strength of the casting, which includes Lyriq Bent as the buttoned-down Jamie, Cleo Anthony as the preening Greer and Anthony Ramos as Mars Blackmon, the character Lee played and popularized ("Please baby") in, among other things, Nike commercials.It’s a tad complicated, however, indulging Lee’s case against gentrification.He has been publicly challenged on the fact that his own living and business arrangements in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, have drawn upscale developers, renters, and homeowners to the neighborhood, helping make it unaffordable.Furthermore, he is a person of great wealth whose residential decisions serve to displace people—just as the residential decisions of gentrifiers with much less income than Lee also serve to displace people. Lee’s contradictions are not the result of a personal hypocrisy—and if they are, they are no worse than our own.We highlight such fragile contradictions to question our current understanding. g and his 40 Acres and a Mule company made Fort Greene a popular destination for wealthier residents may have inadvertently made that a self-fulfilling prophecy.