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Dear White People - Netflix Announces Cast as Production Begins

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Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori and Ashley Blaine Featherson are set as regulars in Netflix’s Dear White People half-hour comedy series based on Justin Simien’s acclaimed debut indie feature. Marque Richardson also joins as recurring, reprising his role from the 2014 pic.

Set among a diverse group of students of color as they navigate a predominantly white Ivy League college where racial tensions are often swept under the rug, Dear White People is a send up of “post-racial” America that also weaves a universal story about forging one’s own unique path.

Robertson will play Coco Conners, an economics major and bombshell who is baffled by Winchester’s hierarchy of blackness that favors natural hair over the “good hair” she bought. Unfazed by the blackface party, Coco deplores Samantha White’s “entry level black rage” and her “self-serving” Dear White People radio show.

Horton is Lionel Higgins, a self-proclaimed nerd, who becomes an unlikely hero for being the only student journalist to write a firsthand report on the blackface party that rocks Winchester. Despite this early victory, Lionel — who is still coming to terms with his sexuality — discovers that navigating between the disparate black and gay cultures on campus is his most arduous challenge yet.

Amedori will portray Gabe, Sam’s intellectual equal and their debates are passionate and as heated as their secret (for now) affair. Gabe genuinely loves Sam and wants their relationship to go to the next level, but feels pushed aside in the groundswell of Sam’s racially political movement.

Featherson is Joelle Brooks, a girl who can code switch at lightning speed and is Sam White’s best friend. While smart, funny and charming, Joelle prefers to orbit Sam’s bright star instead of shining on her own, but soon starts to covet Sam’s life.

Richardson will reprise the role of Reggie, the character he portrayed in the 2014 feature. Reggie Green is a computer science major and Sam’s right hand man. He’s one of the more radical voices at Winchester thanks in no small part to his having been raised by a Black Panther. Often underestimated by the campus at large, Reggie uses his hyper intellect and tech smarts to make a real difference on campus as he strives to live up to the expectations of his parents.

The series, which will begin filming this month for a 2017 debut, will be produced by Lionsgate, whose sister company Roadside Attractions released the original film in 2014. Simien will write for the series and direct several episodes. Executive producers are Yvette Lee Bowser (Black-ish, Living Single, Different World), Stephanie Allain (Hustle & Flow, Dear White People), and Julia Lebedev (The Dinner, Dear White People).

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