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25 Years Later and Spike Lee’s ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Is Still A Film Classic

It was 1986 and I was sitting in the movies waiting on this film everyone was talking about, it was from this young Black film-maker Spike Lee. Spike was a recent grad of Atlanta’s Morehouse College. This film “She’s Gotta Have It” was Spike Lee’s first of many sucessful films. 

 Spike Lee single-handedly changed the way African-Americans were perceived in Hollywood films. Starting with “She’s Gotta Have It” (1986), a stylish, ultra-low budget comedy that became an unexpected commercial success and planted him firmly on the map.

After raising $175,000, Spike directed “She’s Gotta Have It,” was described as an edgy comedy about an independent woman (Tracy Camila Johns) juggling three boyfriends (Tommy Redmond Hicks, Canada Terrell and Lee) who all want her for themselves, despite her unflinching desire to cherish her freedom. The film ” She’s Gotta Have It,”made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, where it helped open doors for many African-American film makers in the 1980s.  What was your reviews of “She’s Gotta Have It”  when you first saw the movie ???
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