If you look up “woke” in the dictionary, I’m pretty sure there’s a picture of Justin Simien sitting there. In 2014, Justin gave us Dear White Peoplethe movie, a refreshingly honest social satire that explored racial identity on a fictional campus in a very real depiction of an America that’s not as post-racial as it likes to think. Now, Simien has given us Dear White Peoplethe series on Netflix. Where the movie made the (probably time-based) decision to mainly follow four specific students on campus, the series widens its scope to include more of the supporting characters -- a move that is, in itself, as woke as it gets.
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