Dear white people, you might want to grab a middle-row seat when this flick hits theaters on October 17. Newcomer Justin Simien’s directorial breakout, Dear White People, revolves around a campus shit-starter/rebel, Samantha White, who’s “like Spike Lee and Oprah had some sort of pissed off baby,” as one student puts it. She’s determined to get to the root of racial tensions at Winchester University.
We’ll leave the Tyler Perry critiques at the theater door and just say, at the least, we’re happy to see fresh faces in Hollywood telling stories that matter about people of color. Here’s why the Dear White People trailer has us excited for this Sundance Festival winner, which stars Tessa Thompson (as Sam White), Teyonnah Parris (Mad Men), Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris) and Dennis Haysbert (24).