I still feel some type way that err’body but me has had the opportunity to see an advanced screening of Dear White People. But I will definitely be in someone’s theatre come October 17th for the official nationwide premiere of Dear White People! Why you say? Because at the very least it’s not a two dimensional portrayal of a sorry, miserable Black woman who can only be saved by turning her life to baby Jesus and crying into the arms of some old and grayed matriarchal character in drag. With the damage Lifetime TV is trying to hurl onto the college educated realm of Black folk with #BAPs, Dear White People is sure to be a reprieve that we’ve all been waiting for. Humor my bourgie Black instincts. Allow me to have a moment to reminisce about my years at a PWI with snarky reflections that have since been dismantled by the ringing of Sallie Mae. I’m just excited to have this moment, especially in supporting young Black talent in Hollywood. I might even actually pay for the movie theater popcorn instead of sneaking in my own snacks…well…actually, that’s a lie cause I will keep a carafe of wine in my purse. But the point is I’m just happy that Dear White People is not a water downed chitlin circuit affair. I enjoy those too on the occasion but showing the breadth of diversity amongst my folk excites me as well.
Now let’s get into the official poster for Dear White People, which lends itself to the subtle snark & wit I am expecting to see in the movie. Clever, indeed. The official press release from distributor Roadside Attractions breaksdown the plot of the film:
The unexpected election of activist Samantha White (Tessa Thompson) as head of a traditionally black residence hall sets up a college campus culture war that challenges conventional notions of what it means to be black. While Sam leverages her notoriety as host of the provocative and polarizing radio show “Dear White People” to try to prevent the college from diversifying Armstrong Parker House, outgoing head-of-house Troy Fairbanks (Brandon P. Bell), son of the university’s dean (Dennis Haysbert), defies his father’s lofty expectations by applying to join the staff of Pastiche, the college’s influential humor magazine. Lionel Higgins (Tyler James Williams), an Afro-sporting sci-fi geek, is recruited by the otherwise all-white student newspaper to go undercover and write about black culture—a subject he knows little about—while the aggressively assimilated Coco Conners (Teyonah Parris) tries to use the controversy on campus to carve out a career in reality TV.
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Also to add to the excitement of the pending premiere of the film – congratulations to the Writer/Director of DWP Justin Simien and Producer + #SmartBrownGirl Lena Waithe for making TheRoot 100 2014 list. It’s great to sees stars rise and ascend on their journey of success in their own right. I look forward to supporting! What about you?