Netflix TV series Dear White People scores 100% of Rotten Tomatoes which is a rare feat for any TV series. One word…Success!
Born in Houston Texas, Justin Simien wrote & executive produced this 10 part series about the role race plays in a fictional IVY league school Winchester University based in America. IVY league schools are the most desired and highest achieving in the country, you can count Harvard and Stanford amongst that group.
The series provides a plethora of characters for the audience relate to in an entertaining manner. Viewers go on a ride of joy and fear which pertains to incredible writing and storytelling from the creators of the show. If you enjoyed Donald Glover award-winning TV show Atlanta, we are 99% sure you will enjoy this well executed Netflix series. The cinematography, colours and art direction give us a similar feel, while not exactly the same, provides each episode with a sense of modern-day realism and an accurate representation of modern day society from a African American’s world.
After the critical backlash of the feature film Dear White People….mainly from White critics…the success of this series has cemented the provocative, relevant and well thought Netflix show to another level. The one negative was the twitter backlash from white people about Dear White People apparently depicting white’s in a negative light which started the hashtag #BoycottNetflix. Justin Simien was quoted saying “Equality feels like oppression to the privileged and thus three benign words send them into a fight for their very existence, which happens to it actually not [being] in any real danger,”.
In season 1 episode 5 Barry Jenkins directs one of the best episodes of the series. Reggie (Marque Richardson) gets in a debate about his white friend about the use of the word Nigga in song. The situation quickly escalates and reflects issues that have become very apparent involving black males and the law enforcement.
The success of ‘Get Out’ (directed by Jordan Peele and starring Daniel Kayuula) which also focuses on race relations, shows that when black people create content, it is not only produced, directed and acted well…but is intelligent and thought provoking…and at the end of the day..the audience does not lie when supporting amazing content. We encourage our readers to watch this show!
Created by: Justin Simien
Starring: Brandon P. Bell, Logan Browning, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson