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Interview: Justin Simien Discusses Season 3 of Netflix Series ‘Dear White People’

The showrunner talks about shifting tone and focus in his show’s third season.

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Ashley Blaine Featherson, Justin Simien, "Dear White People"

When Justin Simien‘s debut feature, “Dear White People,” became the talk of Sundance in 2014, it really was just the beginning. The film starred Tessa Thompson and Teyonah Parris as two of a small number of Black students attending an Ivy League university. The film won awards at festivals throughout that year, and Simien would go on to win Best First Screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards.

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“Dear White People” — Courtesy of Netflix

In 2017, the film because a series for Netflix. It continued the story with the same characters, some of which were recast with new actors. Now in its third season, “Dear White People” continues to offer bold conversations about race, LGBTQ+ identity, and gender. Introducing guest stars like Yvette Nicole Brown, Blaire Underwood, and Laverne Cox, Season 3 gives its characters the chance to interrogate their own thoughts and feelings and to take new opportunities to stretch and grow. Season 3 looks at hero worship, the Me Too Movement, uniting to achieve common goals.

This week, we spoke with Justin Simien about the third season and why the team chose to take the show in a new and different direction. We also talked about his inspiration behind certain character moments and guests, and he shares what made him the most proud of  Season 3.

We hope you’ll enjoy this interview.

For more information about the series, you can visit the official website here.

All three seasons of “Dear White People” are available on Netflix. Season 4 has been delayed and is now expected some time in 2021.

Are you a fan of “Dear White People?” What were some of your favorite moments from Season 3? Comment below and share!

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Written by Karen M. Peterson

Karen Peterson is a writer from Southern California. When she is not at the ballpark cheering on her LA Angels, she can usually be found in a movie theater or in front of the television. Karen is obsessed with awards shows, and loves everything from the smallest indie film to the biggest of big budget spectacles. She is also unapologetically in love with Tom Cruise.

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