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Rolling out spoke exclusively to actress Chyna Layne, who plays Shemekka Epps in Spike Lee’s Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It.” Live and direct from Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn in Brooklyn, New York, Layne discussed her character, the choices she makes and what people can learn from them. Season two is now available on Netflix.

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Blavity is taking female empowerment to a whole new level. 21Ninety, a sub-brand of the Blavity conglomerate, is a lifestyle brand focused on the empowerment of women of color, specifically millennial women, through learning, growing, discovering, and connecting as a community. This year, the media company will present the Summit21 conference, formerly EmpowerHer, June 8-9 in…

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Spike Lee provided my 2017 Thanksgiving “binge situation” when I learned he’d partnered with Netflix to release a new adaptation of his 1986 flick She’s Gotta Have It. I remember watching the movie in awe of Tracy Camille John’s character Nola Darling, who unapologetically flaunted her sexuality, dealing with three male lovers without shame. Back in 1986,…

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Spike Lee’s upcoming revival of “She’s Gotta Have It,” has delivered its first look. Based on the classic, contemporary 1986 debut film of the same title, the 10-episode series follows Nola Darling (played by DeWanda Wise of “Shots Fired”), an outspoken, uncompromising 20-something Brooklyn-based artist, as she struggles to define herself amid juggling career, friends,…

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From his earliest incarnations, Spike Lee has been a singular force as a cinematic defender and upholder of black culture, pride and self-respect. This controversial Morehouse man and Brooklyn, N.Y.- bred filmmaker first came to the national consciousness as the creator of the über-popular Nike commercials featuring the legendary Michael Jordan, playing the role of…

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