Cast, Creators Talk Race, Gender, Politics in ‘Dear White People’ Featurette

by Cate Lecuyer Marian  |  04.26.2017

“Dear White People: You can laugh at the black jokes.”

“Dear White People: Thank you for Meryl Streep.”

“Dear White People: I know you like fried chicken too.”

That pretty much sets the tone for Netflix’s new series, Dear White People, that tackles race, identity, politics, gender roles, sexuality, feminism and more.

The series is not, as writer, director and creator Justin Simien explains, “about the sins of white people.”

“This show is about people of color dealing and trying to communicate with a society that doesn’t really always make a space for them,” Simien says.

Set against the backdrop of a predominantly white Ivy League university where racial tensions bubble just below the surface, the satirical series -- which picks up where the 2014 film by the same name left off – follows a group of Winchester University’s students of color as they navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness (or lack thereof) and activism in the millennial age.

Dear White People stars Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson and Marque Richardson.

“There are scenes that, you know, all your different friends and different ethnicities are going to be talking about it,” Browning says in the featurette.

“I hope the audience will be entertained,” Showrunner and Executive Producer Yvette Lee Bowser says. “I hope that perhaps they’ll be a little awakened, I hope they’ll laugh a lot.”

Dear White People premieres April 28 on Netflix.

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