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DeWanda Wise Says You Can Thank Tonya Lewis Lee For 'Black Booties' In 'She's Gotta Have It'


It’s been a big year for DeWanda Wise, who is set to star in the series adaptation of Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It after popping up in projects like Underground and Shots Fired

Wise stopped by ESSENCE to chat with Yes, Girl! about how the series has changed and been adapted for a new audience. 

The actress touched on how Nola Darling, the show’s protagonist, is still important today because of her sex positive views and the way she recognizes microaggressions and micro-trauma and puts a stop to them. 

Wise also talked about the male nudity and Black booties in the series, which fans can thank Tonya Lewis Lee for. Lewis Lee produces the series alongside her husband, Spike. 

“We re-shot those sex scenes in the first episode,” Wise told ESSENCE. “She said, ‘Ladies, where these male bodies at?’ You know who’s watching the show. We watching the show! And I was like, ‘Thank you.’ She was watching those daily’s, she was making sure that show came from the female gaze.”

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