ABFF 2017: Exec Producer Tonya Lewis Lee and DeWanda Wise Talk Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It

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ABFF 2017: Exec Producer Tonya Lewis Lee and DeWanda Wise Talk Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It
Posted by Wilson Morales

June 22, 2017

During the 2017 American Black Film Festival (ABFF), one of the highlights included the Cadillac Power Lounge conversion with executive producer Tonya Lewis Lee and actress DeWanda Wise (“Shots Fired,” “Underground”) on their upcoming series “She’s Gotta Have It,” which is based on Spike Lee’s acclaimed 1986 film of the same name.

Set to air on Netflix, the 10-episode series is a contemporary update of Spike Lee’s revolutionary debut independent film. She’s Gotta Have It centers on Nola Darling, a Brooklyn-based artist in her late twenties struggling to define herself and divide her time amongst her Friends, her Job and her Three Lovers: The Cultured Model, Greer Childs, The Protective Investment Banker, Jamie Overstreet and Da Original B-Boy Sneakerhead, Mars Blackmon.

Lee is directing the entire series and serves as creator and executive producer along with his producer wife Tonya Lewis Lee, who will also executive produce. The series is expected to air this fall with no specific date set as of yet.

In the upcoming series DeWanda Wise is starring as Nola Darling; Cleo Anthony is Greer Childs; Anthony Ramos is Mars Blackmon; Lyriq Bent is Jamie Overstreet; Margot Bingham is Clorinda Bradford; Chyna Layne is Shemekka Epps; Sydney Morton is Sheryl Overstreet and Ilfenesh Hadera as Opal Gilstrap.

Below is a portion of the panel discussion that was taped at ABFF that was moderated by Black Enterprise’s SVP/Executive Editor-at-Large Alfred Edmond Jr. 


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