Last week, Netflix launched She’s Gotta Have It, an adaptation of the 1986 eponymous movie by Spike Lee. The heroine of the series, Nola Darling, is an independent woman, showing her lovers in no uncertain terms that she won't be anyone's property.
At the start of the season, she takes a political stance against street harassment after scarcely escaping such an assault herself.
On edge, furious at these men and their total lack of respect for women, she starts the #MyNameIsn't campaign: don't give me names, just treat me like a real human being.
Netflix has just dropped a short video in which the problem of street harassment is no longer just the theme of a series' episode, but an IRL issue. Of course, this video stars Nola Darling and her no-nonsense feminism.
Alongside the familiar face of DeWanda Wise (who plays Nola), a multitude of black women appear on screen one after the other, all enumerating the unflattering, borderline injurious names men have been calling them. It's a powerful, matter-of-fact, yet low-key video, full of wisdom.
The first season of She’s Gotta Have It is available in full on Netflix right now.