A Brooklyn-based artist in her late twenties finds it difficult to define what she wants from her personal and professional life.
Friends, former lovers and fellow artists turn out for Nola's first solo show, where a provocative new piece stirs up strong emotions.
Nola faces challenges at her new teaching job, Jamie learns his son has made a startling viral video, and Shemekka takes a decisive step.
Awkward surprises, a bold new work of art and the sweet sounds of Prince turn a holiday feast into an unforgettable night.
Fed up with the toxic energy in her life, Nola embarks on a man cleanse. That doesn't mean her lovin' bed is empty, though.
Eighteen months later, as Nola navigates a committed relationship with Opal, Mars finds himself out of work and in need of a place to crash.
As Brooklyn celebrates Prince at the Purple People Party, Nola snaps portraits for earWave. Septima rehearses a play with George C. Wolfe.
While Nola works through the aftermath of a disturbing encounter, her friend Shemekka considers changing her body to boost her earning potential.
After a setback, Nola tries to regain her power and confidence with help from a little black dress. But the effect isn't what she hoped.
In Martha's Vineyard, Nola gets a chance to learn from artists like Carrie Mae Weems and Amy Sherald. But an unwelcome surprise throws her off her game.
Emotions run high as Nola prepares for her art opening -- and her men realize they aren't invited to the big night. Shemekka makes her dancing debut.
Amid rising tensions in the neighborhood, Nola tries to channel all her energy into her art. But she soon finds herself thrust into the spotlight.
Amid rising tensions with Opal, Nola weighs an offer to use her street art in an ad campaign and has an unsettling run-in at Skylar's school.
Brooklyn artist Nola lays down her philosophy on sex and freedom between visits from her three lovers: thoughtful Jamie, playful Mars and cocky Greer.
Feeling raw, Nola cleans house and goes back to therapy. Meanwhile, Shemekka returns to the motel where she got her injections.
Nola, Mars, Shemekka and Winny take an eye-opening trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to deliver money for hurricane relief efforts.
Greer decides it's time to break the rules. Meanwhile, Nola stews over a review from a critic, and Jamie slips into a confusing spiral.
Clorinda contends with mounting pressure from Danton and romantic tensions with Mars. Skylar confronts Nola about her relationship with Jamie.
Nola veers between joy and panic when two sudden changes of fortune leave her scrambling to cover her bills. Jamie turns to an old friend for help.
During a launch party for her hair care line, Shemekka forces Nola and Clo to hash out their problems. The earWave campaign takes a maddening turn.