“Dear White People” premiered its first season in April 2017, and a year later Netflix has finally announced the premiere date for its second season. It returns to the streaming service on Friday, May 4. Watch the teaser trailer date announcement above, and scroll down to check out the new key art and first look photos below.
The series is based on Justin Simien‘s independent film of the same name about students at the fictional Winchester University, an Ivy League college where racial tensions are on the rise. And as you can see from the trailer, season two isn’t shying away from hot-button topics like “cultural appropriation,” “sex and gender norms,” “nepotism,” “racist bots,” “fake news,” “The Sunken Place” and much more.
The first season of the progressive comedy was overlooked by the Emmys, but it did pick up a Gotham Award nomination for Breakthrough Series (Longform), and it also contended for two Black Reel Awards and three Image Awards (including one for Oscar winner Barry Jenkins‘s direction). And it ranked seventh on the African-American Film Critics Association’s list of the top 10 TV shows of the year.
So how will the show change after a year of Donald Trump‘s presidency and in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements? It’s been quite a busy year for activism, so Simien and company will have no shortage of material to mine for comedy and satire. Will you be tuning back into “Dear White People” when the series returns on May 4?
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