Recently, I had the chance to attend a screening of the new Netflix series “Dear White People” presented by REVOLT. While the series debuts this Friday 4/28 getting the 2-episode sneak peak to decide whether it was worth adding to my already long list of shows that I need to binge watch on Netflix was a cool way to wind down on a weekday.
In case you’ve been living under a rock or you’re not plugged into the “Twitter-verse” when Netflix originally announced they would be making this into a series people were mad but when the Trailer for the series was released people were outraged and threatening to cancel their subscriptions with Netflix. Which I’m sure really phased the BILLION dollar company. Click through some of my favorite angry tweets below:
In episode one, Sam ( Logan Browning) takes us on her journey as the outspoken host of “Dear White People” a college radio show at Ivy League Winchester University like most universities, especially those privately owned, with a student body lacking diversity. While I won’t give too much away the layer of truth and under the surface prejudice behavior that Sam exposes through the series is the that which was uncovered with the release of the series on Netflix.
During episode one Sam struggles with her identity, like most of us 20-somethings, trying to balance who she really is with her public personality.
Episode 2, switches perspectives and we are now placed in the shoes of Lionel, the quiet amateur school newspaper journalist struggling to accept his sexual identity and figure out his place in life as well as among the black student body. I’ll definitely be watching as the creator Justin Simien takes us along for the ride at Winchester University.