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‘Dear White People’: Creator Justin Simien on Season 2’s Surprising Cameos and Making that Most Meta Scene Happen

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‘Dear White People’: Creator Justin Simien on Season 2’s Surprising Cameos and Making that Most Meta Scene Happen
[Editor’s note: The following article contains spoilers for “Dear White People” Season 2.]

In a season full of emotional highs and lows, perhaps the absolute peak of “Dear White People” Season 2 came in Episode 10, when Samantha White met… Samantha White.

Well, only on a meta level, but it was still surreal in the best way to see Sam (Logan Browning) confront right-wing talk show pundit Rikki Carter (Tessa Thompson) just before Rikki’s big speech at Winchester University. This is because Thompson had originated the role of Sam White in the film version of “Dear White People,” adding an extra layer of context that, creator Justin Simien told IndieWire, was quite deliberate.

“I always loved the idea of acknowledging that the cast changed in some way,” he said. “I like to tie up all my loose ends and so I wanted to do something meta.”

According to Simien, the idea for the character came before the idea to have Thompson play her.
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‘Dear White People’ Review: Season 2 Is a Burning Cultural Statement Wrapped in Beguiling Secrets

Early in Justin Simien’s laser-focused and enriching second season of “Dear White People,” Samantha White (Logan Browning) explains to her friend Joelle (Ashley Blaine Featherson) why she’s been struggling to speak out as she has in the past.

“Something’s changed,” Sam says. “Logic, reason, discourse — it’s out the window now. […] This isn’t a conversation. I’ve got a wall of vitriol at my back, and in front of me, I’ve got a fucking boy who makes me feel so many things at once I can’t make sense of anything.”

In a simple statement, reiterated by more characters in different sentiments throughout the season, Sam has summed up her own personal struggles as well as the challenge facing the show itself: use truth to eradicate misunderstanding without skipping life’s simple pleasures along the way. It’s about balance — there’s a cause to be defended,
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TV News Roundup: Netflix Releases ‘Dear White People’ Season 2 Trailer (Watch)

In today’s roundup, YouTube Red ordered a pilot for a comedy series starring Danny Pudi, and Netflix released the trailer for the second season of “Dear White People.”

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Netflix will launch a new documentary series in partnership with BuzzFeed titled “Follow This,” to premiere on July 9. In each 15-minute episode, BuzzFeed reporters invite viewers into their working lives as they explore stories on a variety of global and domestic topics. Participating BuzzFeed staffers include reporter Scaachi Koul, senior culture writer Bim Adewunmi, senior national correspondent John Stanton, reporter and podcast host Ahmed Ali Akbar, science reporter Azeen Ghorayshi,
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The Best Movies Without Academy Award Nominations of the 21st Century, From ‘Wonder Woman’ to ‘Zodiac’

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The Best Movies Without Academy Award Nominations of the 21st Century, From ‘Wonder Woman’ to ‘Zodiac’
You know what’s even more satisfying than your favorite movie cleaning up on Oscar night? The righteous indignation that comes from knowing that Academy members were too busy nominating Meryl Streep again to throw a bone to works of high art like “Under the Skin” or “In the Mood for Love.” One of the most important traditions during awards season is getting angry and/or surprised by which movies were snubbed, of which there are more than a few — for every “Shape of Water” with 13 nominations, there’s a “Zodiac” with zero.

And so it is that we’ve assembled this look at 25 great movies that went entirely unrecognized by AMPAS, some of which are unsurprising (they don’t often give much love to wrenching Korean dramas, after all) but unjust all the same. Have a look, and try to quell your outrage as you’re reminded that, seriously,
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'Dear White People': The Story Behind Netflix's Controversial, Must-See Comedy

'Dear White People': The Story Behind Netflix's Controversial, Must-See Comedy
"Man, look at it out there,"Justin Simien says, gesturing to the window of the hotel suite he's currently holding court in. It's early February, and the city has just been hit by a blizzard that feels damn near Biblical; the streets below us, as well as the whole of Madison Square Park, are covered by an endless blanket of eye-blinding white. "It's like New York has been covered in Trump voters!"

The two stars of Simien's Netflix show Dear White People who are sitting to his left, Logan Browning and Brandon P. Bell,
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Netflix’s ‘Dear White People’ Creator Talks Picking Up Where the Film Left Off

Netflix’s ‘Dear White People’ Creator Talks Picking Up Where the Film Left Off
The cast and creative team of Netflix’s “Dear White People” turned out Thursday evening for the series’ premiere at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles. Creator/executive producer Justin Simien, director Barry Jenkins, and star Logan Browning were just a fraction of the stars who graced the red carpet.

Set within the posh, white-washed Winchester University, “Dear White People” explores racism — both systemic and overt — that takes place at the fictional Ivy League college, while also discussing identity politics and intersectionality. Based on the 2014 film of the same name, the show picks up right where the movie left off. According to Simien, there was “so much more to say and write” for the beloved characters.

“There was a lot of ‘Oh, I wish I had touched upon that!’ or wishing gone deeper into some plot lines after the movie wrapped,” Simien stated. “The series speaks to this time in a unique way. We
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Exclusive: Justin Simien Builds on the Momentum of ‘Dear White People’ With Netflix Series

Exclusive: Justin Simien Builds on the Momentum of ‘Dear White People’ With Netflix Series
Dear White People, Justin Simien’s hit Sundance film about race relations on a predominantly white Ivy League-type campus, gets expanded into a 10-episode series for Netflix.

Making its debut on Friday, April 28, the TV adaptation tells the story of racial tension largely through the perspectives of Samantha White (Logan Browning), a biracial student who uses her radio show to dress down white students who appropriate black culture; Troy Fairbanks (Brandon P. Bell), the dean’s son who is held up to a higher standard; Lionel Higgins (DeRon Horton), a freshman reporter coming to terms with his sexuality; and Coco Conners (Antoinette Robertson), a scholarship student who seeks a higher status quo.

The film, which first debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, was a sharp-tongued take on what many thought of as a post-racial America following the election of President Barack Obama. Picking up where the events -- culminating with a blackface Halloween party -- of the
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Dear White People's Creator Explains What Netflix's Racially-Charged Satire Is Really All About

Dear White People's Creator Explains What Netflix's Racially-Charged Satire Is Really All About
Get ready to get woke. Dear White People has arrived on Netflix, and creator Justin Simien's 10-episode adaptation of his critically-acclaimed 2014 film of the same name has a mission: To spotlight through satire what it's really like to be the "other" in a particular environment. "The show is about a group of black kids at a mostly white college navigating identity and who they really are in this environment where they're not necessarily seen," he explained to E! News. "It really centers around this character Samantha White, who is kind of a shock jock and has this radio show called Dear White People. And all the main characters are divided about whether it's racist or whether...
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Dear White People Season 1 Review

Dear White People never had a chance. When virtually every TV show and film these days is mired in some controversy or another, one has to expect it from a project as fuelled by provocation as a series adaptation of Justin Simien’s critically acclaimed 2014 film. The recent uproar over the announcement teaser for the new Netflix show certainly helped set the stage for a divisive series to come, even if those who found that footage offensive likely didn’t understand the context. Using the prestigious (and fictional) Winchester University to provide a microcosmic view of large-scale racial tension, Dear White People is a satire at heart, and its social commentary – far more balanced than the mere 30-second teaser indicates – works best when it stirs up a reaction. By that metric, the show may already be a success.

Created by Simien, Dear White People picks up almost immediately where the film ended,
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‘Dear White People’ Trailer: Netflix Taps A Comedic Powder Keg of Racial Unrest in Justin Simien’s Excellent Adaptation

‘Dear White People’ Trailer: Netflix Taps A Comedic Powder Keg of Racial Unrest in Justin Simien’s Excellent Adaptation
Dear White People” is an equal opportunity informer. The provocative title makes it clear that Justin Simien’s new Netflix series — adapted from his 2014 Sundance film of the same name — has a distinct black perspective, but the first trailer for the 10-episode first season makes it clear that no one person, class, or ethnicity will be able to ignore the cultural turmoil at Winchester University.

This voice will be heard, and what a voice it is.

Starring Logan Browning as talk radio host Samantha White, “Dear White People” chronicles racial unrest at a (fictional) Ivy League university. Dealing with social issues big and small, Simien’s series could have easily been (yet another) hour-long drama meant to educate via harsh truths. But the original series followed in the footsteps of the film that inspired it by utilizing a strong satiric voice, and the trailer below showcases just how sharply funny “Dear White People” can be.
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Dear White People Trailer Tackles Controversy Head On

Dear White People Trailer Tackles Controversy Head On
Dear White People, the series, has a new trailer that wants you to know: it's not just for black people. The Netflix series picks up where the movie left off with Logan Browning taking over the role of Samantha White from Tessa Thompson for the 10-episode first season debuting Friday, April 28. "When you ask somebody who looks ethnically different, 'What are you,' the answer is usually, 'A person about to slap the s—t out of you," she says in the trailer below. Racial tensions between student groups are running high at the fiction Winchester University. Can everybody just get along? Justin Simien, the writer and director of the movie, created the comedy and writes the...
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Dear White People Review: Netflix's College Comedy Earns Mixed Marks

Dear White People Review: Netflix's College Comedy Earns Mixed Marks
Netflix’s new comedy Dear White People (arriving Friday, April 28) is like a promising college student who tails off midway through the semester: lots of potential at the beginning, followed by a disappointing lack of focus.

Like Justin Simien’s 2014 movie of the same name, the pilot (also written and directed by Simien) takes us to the fictional campus of Winchester University, a mostly white Ivy League school where students of different races only mingle in brochure photos. Media student Samantha White (Hit the Floor‘s Logan Browning) points out the casual racism she experiences every day on campus in
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‘Dear White People’ Review: Justin Simien’s Netflix Series Sets the Standard for Movie-to-tv Adaptations

‘Dear White People’ Review: Justin Simien’s Netflix Series Sets the Standard for Movie-to-tv Adaptations
In a day when so many movies transition to TV and lose their identity in the process, it’s refreshing to see “Dear White People” hew closely to the film that inspired it. The story has been carefully altered and expanded to allow for fresh developments, but rather than list all the ways Justin Simien’s new Netflix series differs from his award-winning indie film, let’s focus on their shared identity.

Identity is a prominent theme in the story of college kids struggling to discover who they are and what they stand for, and the series’ first two episodes feel deeply unifying. The premiere episode is a streamlined effort with an impressively strong voice; the next half-hour is equally affecting and vocal, an ideal split between entertaining and illuminating.

Given it’s written and directed by the same man who led the film from IndieWire Project of the Year to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival,
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‘Dear White People’ Filmmaker Justin Simien Pens Heartfelt Essay Addressing Racist Backlash

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‘Dear White People’ Filmmaker Justin Simien Pens Heartfelt Essay Addressing Racist Backlash
Three years after making his auspicious debut with “Dear White People” — and ahead of the upcoming TV adaptation coming to Netflix — writer/director Justin Simien has answered the question he’s been getting asked since before his film even hit theaters: Why did he name it that? “Had I made a terrible mis-calculation?” he recalls wondering after receiving harsh questions at early screenings of his film and being subjected to overt racism online. “Had I doomed my film and career to obscurity because I dared to put the words ‘white’ and ‘people’ next to one another in my title?”

Read More: ‘Dear White People’ Director on Alt-Right Backlash to Netflix Show: ‘I Reject Any Notion of ‘Causing a Divide’’

Thankfully not — after winning a Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance, Simien went on to receive strong reviews for “Dear White People,” and is writing the first 10 episodes of the Netflix version.
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Watch Controversial Trailer for Netflix's 'Dear White People' Series

Watch Controversial Trailer for Netflix's 'Dear White People' Series
Netflix unveiled the biting and already controversial first trailer for its series adaptation of Dear White People, which arrives April 28th.

The show expands on Justin Simien's 2014 movie of the same name, which chronicled the lives of several black students at a predominately white, Ivy-like university as racial tensions spike. In the new 30-second spot, protagonist Samantha White bluntly ticks off a list of acceptable Halloween costumes on her radio show: "Pirate, slutty nurse, any of our first 43 presidents. Top of the list of unacceptable costumes: Me," she says
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Netflix series Dear White People gets a teaser and premiere date

In addition to a slew of recent announcements/trailer reveals for shows on their upcoming slate, ranging from Orange is the New Black to The Oa, Netflix has unveiled the first teaser and premiere date for Dear White People. The series is based on the critically acclaimed 2014 Justin Simien-directed film of the same name, which tackled racial tensions at a fictional Ivy League school. Hear the return of Samantha White’s radio show below…

The show will premiere on the streaming service with a 10-episode first season on April 28th, a week after the Britt Robertson-led Girlboss hits the platform.

While a few cast members from the 2014 film are in fact reprising their roles, a new batch of actors will play the characters of those who aren’t returning; Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams, Teyonah Parris and more will all be sitting the series out.

Not unlike the
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Dear White People, Please Take Notes on This Poignant, Timely New Netflix Show

Of all the new Netflix shows coming this year, Netflix's adaptation of Dear White People might be the most savage. This is to be expected, of course. Considering the new series is based on an already-existing movie of the same name, there's no mystery pertaining to what we're getting. Even so, the heat of the title itself suggests we're in for quite a ride when the latest iteration drops. Wondering what you're getting yourself into with this new original? We've pulled some of the most crucial details just for you. 1. The Premise Dear White People began its journey as a comedic film in 2014. The story follows the lives of four black students at a predominantly white Ivy League university. The narrative examines different kinds of cultural unrest and racial discrimination. 2. The Cast The main stars of the show are more up-and-coming than anything, but it seems like that might have been the showrunners' intention.
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Dear White People: Netflix Sets Premiere Date; Releases Teaser for Comedy Series

Netflix has announced its new Dear White People TV show will premiere on Friday, April 28th. Watch a new teaser, after the jump. The half-hour comedy series is inspired by Justin Simien’s indie feature film. The 2014 movie centered on the racial tensions at a mostly white Ivy League college and starred Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams, Kyle Gallner, Teyonah Parris, and Brandon P. Bell.Bell will reprise his role in the film as Troy Fairbanks, the ambitious son of the dean of students. Logan Browning is Samantha White, a bi-racial film major, who hosts the Dear White People radio show. Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, and Ashley Blaine Featherson also star in the Netflix series. Recurring are Brant Daugherty, Nia Jervier, Wyatt Nash, Jemar Michael, and Nia Long.Read More…
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Netflix Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Dear White People,’ ‘Girlboss,’ Others

Netflix Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Dear White People,’ ‘Girlboss,’ Others
Netflix’s TV adaptation of the “Dear White People” film will premiere on April 28, Variety has learned. Netflix has also released a teaser, which you can watch above or on YouTube.

Based on Justin Simien’s 2014 film, the series will star Logan Browning as Samantha White, the biracial student at Winchester whose “Dear White People” radio show and “Ebony and Ivy” book put her in high demand for a spokesperson position at a number of black student groups. The trouble is, Sam is still figuring out how to speak for herself. Brandon P. Bell will reprise his role as Troy Fairbanks, a political science student campaigning to become the first black student president of his mostly white school, Winchester University.

Lionsgate, the studio behind Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” is producing the series, which will debut on Netflix in 2017 with 10 half-hour episodes. Simien will write all 10 and direct the first episode (he also directed the
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‘Dear White People’ Netflix Series Gets Premiere Date, First Teaser (Video)

‘Dear White People’ Netflix Series Gets Premiere Date, First Teaser (Video)
Justin Simien’s “Dear White People” series, based on his own film of the same name, will premiere on Netflix on Friday, April 28, the streaming platform announced Wednesday. Logan Browning takes over the lead role of Samantha White from Tessa Thompson, who starred in Simien’s 2014 film. Set amidst a diverse group of students of color as they navigate a predominantly white Ivy League college where racial tensions are often swept under the rug, the 10-episode, half-hour series is described as a send-up of “post-racial” America. Also Read: 'Dear White People' Adaptation Gets Series Order at Netflix In
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