If you haven’t seen DEAR WHITE PEOPLE on Netflix, let me start off by saying; “Dear White People, the show is not about you!”
On Tuesday, June 5, The Paley Center for Media hosted a special panel discussion with the cast and creator of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, Netflix’s adaptation of Justin Simien’s 2014 film of the same name. Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college chosen as the backdrop for the series which follows a group of African American students who are faced with functioning in an environment plagued with cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics. The Screening was followed by a Panel and Q&A session where panelists engaged in a discussion about ethnicity, inclusion and the politics of higher education.
The event was well attended by creator, Justin Simien, DEAR WHITE PEOPLE cast members, Logan Browning (Samantha White), Antoinette Robertson (Coco Conners), Ashley Blaine Featherson (Joelle Brooks), Marque Richardson (Reggie Green), DeRon Horton (Lionel Higgins) and John Patrick Amedori (Gabe Mitchell) who did a magnificent job at expressing their thoughts about how fiction mirrors real life situations played out in the series.
Get ready, because we’re hoping season 3 cuts no corners, hides no weapons, pulls out every intellectual tool and has no shortage of ideas presented in creative writing. Oh, wait a minute…. there is not season three, yet. Hey, it did sound good!