Spike Lee's 'She's Gotta Have It' Is The Show Every New Yorker Should Watch

Spike Lee's 'She's Gotta Have It' Is The Show Every New Yorker Should Watch

For the natives and the newcomers, this one is for you.

Choosing a show on Netflix can be pretty tricky. You want something that's going to keep your attention and leave you craving more when you've finished binge-watching for hours straight and Netflix has already asked you four times if you're still watching. It's no secret that Netflix has some good hidden shows that are really, really, good. If you're getting tired of the always reliable "Orange is the New Black" or "Black Mirror," I strongly suggest trying out "She's Gotta Have It" and attempting to understand all the feels this show made me feel.

If the name rings a bell, it's because Brooklyn's own Spike Lee released "She's Gotta Have It" originally as a film back in 1986. Revamped in a more modern scene over in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, the show tackles problems that almost all millennials deal with seemingly on a daily basis. Many of those problems include dating, finding a job, dealing with children, and my personal favorite, gentrification. Not only does Spike Lee know how to relate everyone to his Brooklyn roots, but the scenery in this show is absolutely amazing.

From the opening sequence that appears every episode, I knew already that I found a show I would like. Spike Lee's ability to direct is amazing; that combined with his love and desire to show off the Fort Greene, Brooklyn area, is amazing. As a Brooklyn native born and raised, I have nothing but appreciation for what Spike does in this series for the community and the message we send out. The most important message in my opinion? That of gentrification.

As it's a whole different topic in and of itself, I'll only dabble on it a bit. Gentrification can be defined as "the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents." In Brooklyn, we are way too familiar with this act. If you would like to get a clue of what my neighborhood seems like, or what Brooklyn REALLY is, I suggest watching this show. Spike Lee captures the neighborhood that raised me in all of its beauty. From Brownstones to projects, fancy restaurants to the always reliable bodega, and everything in between.

"She's Gotta Have It" instills a new sense of pride in those looking to add another thing to their long list of why Brooklyn is so memorable. For all the natives who are looking to be acknowledged, this one is for you. For all the newcomers looking to learn about the borough you've come to, this one is especially for you.

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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