‘Dear White People’ is an American comedy and drama series that airs on Netflix. This satire first premiered on April 28, 2017. The show is based on the film of the same name, and the director and writer of the film, Justin Simien returns here to write and direct the episodes of this show.
The plot follows several college students who are part of an Ivy League Institution, and the themes are aimed at the social injustice and discrimination based on skin color, which is a modern-day racial problem that exists within American society. The show is structured in a manner so that each episode except for the finale is focused on a single character, so as to allow the audience to know them and their problems better, which increases empathy and sympathy for the people that we see on the screen.
The series has some fan following, considering the movie was well received, but the most important aspect is the critical reception that it received. Critics raved about the series, saying, “Timely, provocative, and sharply written, ‘Dear White People’ is an entertaining blend of social commentary and incisive humor”. The series kept on impressing them as they also said that the show brought “endearing excellence… with an added layer of emotional maturity that enhances the show’s powerful, relevant meditations on race relations in America”. However, when it came to fan following, the series did manage to polarize opinions. Some white people complained that the show was hurtful to them, but the show maker stuck by his guns, saying that the negative criticism made the show more popular and highlighted the main problem that white people seem to have with people of color anyway. Moreover, the lead actress also chipped in saying that several rave reviews were from white authors, rendering the entire internet outrage moot.
Dear White People Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘Dear White People’ includes Logan Browning, in the role of Samantha White, the female lead in the series. Brandon P. Bell reprises his role from the movie as Troy Fairbanks. DeRon Horton appears as Lionel Higgins while Antoinette Robertson plays the role of Colandrea “Coco” Conners. John Patrick Amedori of ‘The Butterfly Effect‘ fame plays the role of Gabe Mitchell. Marque Richardson also reprises his movie role as Reggie Green, as does Ashley Blaine Featherson as Joelle Brooks. However, in the film, Featherson’s character is called ‘Curls’. Giancarlo Esposito who delivered a chilling performance as Gus Fring on ‘Breaking Bad‘ plays the role of the narrator on the show. There are several guest and recurring cast members apart from the main cast. These include some notable names like Lena Waithe of ‘Master of None‘ fame appearing as P. Ninny. Tessa Thompson, best known for playing Valkyrie in ‘Thor: Ragnarok‘ and ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ appears in a couple of episodes as Rikki Carter. Notably, Tessa played the role of Samantha White in the movie.
In the upcoming season, all the main characters are expected to return, and we might even see some new faces being thrown into the mix and they will be sure to make the series all the more exciting.
Dear White People Plot: What is it about?
The main plot of ‘Dear White People’ is set in a predominantly white Ivy League college and we see a group of black students attempting to navigate the different types of discrimination be it racial or otherwise. The show brings a lot of satire and edgy comedy into the mix. The incidents take place at Winchester University. Sam is the host of the university radio station that is on campus and taking full advantage of this opportunity, she turns this into her platform and uses it to fight against the social standing in the predominantly white campus space. The show has been rightly surmised, saying, ” It creates a self-contained, detailed, faintly dreamlike world that partly mirrors our own, then lets us wander around in it. It doesn’t just have a setting and a story, it has a philosophy and a vision of life.”