2018. Dear White People season 2. Don’t @ me. pic.twitter.com/bAkUxWUQE3
— Dear White People (@DearWhitePeople) June 30, 2017
With all the Netflix cancelations recently, it’s very comforting to know that the streaming service isn’t axing everything we love. Justin Simien and the cast announced at the Essence Festival that the acclaimed Netflix show Dear White People has been renewed for a second season for another 10 episodes, with production set to start later this year.
As a follow-up to the 2014 film, the show has gotten more praise than its feature counterpart, likely because it gives more time to different character and their specific experiences. From Samantha White’s (Logan Browning) radio show and dating story, to Lionel Higgins (DeRon Horton) exploring his sexuality, to Coco Conners’ (Antoinette Robertson) occasionally polarizing ambition, Dear White People is a clever, candid, and unapologetic look at the black college experience. With each episode focusing on a specific perspective, we get different looks at the same event that rarely feel redundant, instead offering all kinds of interesting twists and turns.
The show pushes against the myth of a post-racial America, solidifying it as one of the most relevant and important shows of this year. Episode 5, which was directed by Moonlight‘s Barry Jenkins, included an especially harrowing look at the violence that surrounds everyday life for black people living in America.
The last episode of season 1 included a similarly dark moment, when son of the dean Troy Fairbanks (Brandon P. Bell) gets arrested and almost has a gun pulled on him. As anyone who’s been to college will recognize, there’s still a lot of development for these characters’ journeys. I’m especially eager to see Coco’s storyline now that she’s let go of Troy. And if anyone’s been following the news, there’s no shortage of topics for Dear White People to talk about. If anything, it will only become more resonant as time goes on.
The new season will likely air around 2018. Are you excited for a new season of Dear White People?
(via Indiewire, image: Netflix)
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