In an age where we’re being told to stop talking about race and racism, director Justin Simien and his Netflix original series, Dear White People is ready to push race to the forefront of popular culture.
Based on the critically acclaimed 2014 film of the same name, Dear White People the series is already touching some nerves, (and it hasn’t even premiered yet). Taking on the role that was played by Tessa Thompson in the film, rising star Logan Browning is ready to use her voice to make Sam White her own!
If you’ve seen the film, you’ll remember Sam as a rebel. A biracial girl struggling with her identity on the campus of the Ivy League Winchester University, Sam uses her radio show to call out white students for their racist treatment towards students of color. She ruffles a ton of feathers especially when people find out that she’s been having an affair with her white TA. The series picks up right where the film left off, and despite her personal business being in the streets, Sam has no plans on keeping silent about racism and oppression.
While Tessa Thompson had her own take on the character, Browning, who first came onto the scene a decade ago in the Bratz film, is making sure the compassionate side of Sam is highlighted in the series. Earlier this year, Browning chatted with ESPN about the forthcoming series and said, “One of the best things I did to prepare for this role was reading! I read a lot of materials my character would have read, and in doing so, I also became more knowledgeable, which aided me in my social responsibilities.”
Sam White is a very different role for the 27-year old Atlanta native who was the last seen slaying the dance floor as Jelena Howard in the VH1 series, Hit the Floor. Though some white people have claimed that they will be canceling their Netflix subscriptions because of the series, Browning hopes that for those who do watch, it will spark some much-needed conversations. She says, “It’s obviously the most appropriate time for a show with a rhetoric like this one. I believe the show will encourage people to be free thinkers and to take charge of growing into their chosen role in society.”
All 10-episodes of the first season of Dear White People hit Netflix on April 28, 2017. Will you be tuning in?