Curb your microaggressions! Netflix announced that it has renewed the politically charged comedy series “Dear White People” for a second season. It premiered its acclaimed first season on April 28, consisting of 10 half-hour episodes. Season two will also consist of 10 episodes, and it goes back into production later this year.
“Dear White People” was created by Justin Simien as a continuation of his 2014 film of the same name. It takes place at Winchester University, a fictional ivy-league college with a predominantly white student body where a group of black students navigate the thorny racial politics at the wealthy institution, including a near-fatal run-in with campus police.
The series was controversial even before its premiere, with some online commenters accusing the show of promoting reverse racism or white genocide. “I think we’re in an age where particularly people on the right who maybe don’t have the strongest of arguments or the soundest of ideologies need things to build outrage around,” Simien told us when we chatted with the writer-director earlier this month. “It was an honor” to offend “the David Dukes of the world.”
Logan Browning stars in the series as Sam White, an activist who hosts the title radio show in which she schools her peers on persistent issues of racism. She’s also dealing with her mixed-race identity and how she is perceived when her friends discover she’s dating a white man (John Patrick Amedori). “I do love that I get to be a voice of the young activist generation,” Browning told us recently about her role.
Watch our interviews with Simien, Browning, and composer Kris Bowers below. Let us know what you think about the show’s renewal in the comments below and by joining the discussion on this and more in our forums.
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