Justin Simien’s “Dear White People” series, based on his own film of the same name, will premiere on Netflix on Friday, April 28, the streaming platform announced Wednesday.
Logan Browning takes over the lead role of Samantha White from Tessa Thompson, who starred in Simien’s 2014 film.
Set amidst a diverse group of students of color as they navigate a predominantly white Ivy League college where racial tensions are often swept under the rug, the 10-episode, half-hour series is described as a send-up of “post-racial” America.
In the first teaser trailer (above), Sam lists off a list of acceptable and unacceptable Halloween costumes for her white classmates. At the top of the unacceptable Halloween costumes list? Blackface, naturally.
Simien wrote the 10-episode series produced by Lionsgate TV, and directed the first episode.
Devon Shepard executive produces with Stephanie Allain Bray and Julia Lebedev, who also produced the film.