Even in 2019, it’s not often we see Afro-Latinxs highlighted in film, TV, or mainstream media. What’s even rarer is to see a film or series set in a part of Latin America that consists of predominately Afro-Latinxs, despite the fact that there’s a large percentage of Afro-Latinxs throughout Latin America. But Spike Lee is about to change that in season two of his Netflix series, She’s Gotta Have It, inspired by the 1986 comedy-drama.
The lead character Nola Darling, played by DeWanda Wise, goes through a period where she has to decide if she’s going to “remain true to her creative ideals or give in to the corporate world.” Through that journey, she finds herself in Loiza, Puerto Rico, the heart of Puerto Rico’s Black culture. It remains to be one of the largest Black populations on the island and Spike wanted to showcase that. He also made a point to include Afro-Latinxs actors in the series including, Afro-Puerto Rican actress Laneya Wiles.