It’s 2018 and we’re in the golden age of television. Top quality acting and engaging, multi-layered storylines aside, minorities are better represented and light is shed on pressing issues that wouldn’t have seen the light of day some years ago. Television has made a huge step towards a more progressive direction, though still to a certain extent, far from perfect. Netflix original series, Dear White People, is one of the shows on the forefront of this golden age, and as anticipation for the latest season is high, its release date has just been announced. Netflix released a teaser trailer with a May 4 release date set in stone.
Dear White People began its run in 2014 as a critically-acclaimed indie film that launched the career of writer/director Justin Simien, who thereafter decided that he wasn’t done telling stories within the Dear White People universe that he created. Simien and Netflix subsequently joined forces for Dear White People season 1, which both re-imagined the original film as a TV series and served as a quasi-sequel to the movie. The show, like the film, revolves around a group of black students at predominantly white Ivy League college Winchester University, as they deal with the realities of racial inequality and social injustices in the world today.
Season 1 ended with a failed protest on the Winchester campus and Troy being arrested and nearly shot by the campus guards. Sam and Coco were beginning to repair their friendship and Reggie had finally let go of his romantic interest in Sam. Season 2 will look to pick up on this, and based on the trailer, it seems like every issue under the sun is going to be addressed, even the more obscure ones. And considering the goings on in recent times, Simien is certainly not short on content.
Season 2 is eagerly anticipated and if it’s anywhere as good as the first season was, we’re in for a treat.
Dear White People Season 2 streams on Netflix on May 4.