Despite Netflix recent habit of canceling good and diverse shows (The Get Down, Sense 8, etc.), they actually did something productive and renewed Dear White People for a second season. The announcement was originally made today by creator Justin Simien at the Essence Festival.
Like the film the show is based on, the show follows a group of students of color at predominantly white Ivy League dealing with social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness, and activism in this day in age. Despite the original backlash, the season was critically praised and received a Certifed Fresh rating (100% to be exact) on Rotten Tomatoes.
Though there is much on what is going to be happening in season 2. Justin told Entertainment Weekly that the current “Trump Era” and the spread of misinformation is definitely going to be some of the main sources of inspiration.
How do you keep on going after you’ve gone to the Women’s March and this dude is still in office? That pervasive feeling of, what is it all for, is certainly one that I think the characters are going to be dealing with in season 2 – Justin Simien talking to EW
He also says that they will dive deeper into the inner lives of other characters including fan favorite, Joelle (Ashley Blaine Featherson). All main cast members are expected to return as well as showrunner, Yvette Lee Bowser and executive producers, Stephanie Allain and Julia Lebedev.
The 10 episode season two is scheduled to begin production later this year and debut in 2018.
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