Didn't get enough of Sam and her edge-snatching social commentary? Need more info on who exactly was in that mysterious underground cave on the campus of predominantly white Winchester University? Or just want to see just a little more of Troy Fairbanks? Fear not! Netflix has confirmed that Dear White People has been renewed for its third season!
Based on the 2014 film of the same name, Dear White People is beyond binge-worthy. The complexity of the characters and the dynamics of the setting surrounding them are on, one hand hard to believe and, on the other, exactly relatable. With "post racial" tensions at an all-time high, watching Sam, Troy, Lionel, Joelle, Coco and the lot navigate their on-campus experience had me reevaluating my own experience at a PWI.
The second volume was released this past May, and many of us quickly binge-watched the entire thing, myself included. And they've received a lot of Emmy buzz, too. Despite the initial backlash for its title alone, Dear White People has forged ahead to become one of the most talked about series for Netflix. Per Broadway World, the groundbreaking first two seasons "utilizes biting irony, self-deprecation and sometimes brutal honesty to hold up a mirror to the issues plaguing society today, all the while leading with laughter."
Much like her outspoken and unapologetic character, Logan Browning isn't afraid to share her truth. Recently, she shared with the San Diego Entertainer her approach to playing Sam in the series, activism, and the reality of light-skinned privilege.
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While she's played other roles before, like Sasha in the film Bratz: The Movie and Brianna Ortiz in Meet the Browns, Browning, 29, is able to find a balance between playing such an in-your-face character like Samantha White while remaining true to herself. She says:
"With most characters I've played, I find myself pushing back on any similarities because I don't want people to think I'm not playing a character. I find joy in bringing someone to life who's very different from me. But part of why I ended up getting the role of Sam is because I do fall into who she is very easily. Though her perspective on life is different from mine."
If you've ever wondered whether or not Browning herself gets political, one look at her Twitter feed will prove that she is not against being a true activist herself. She credits the character in allowing her to become more outspoken on social issues of the day. She believes that anyone with such an enormous platform like hers should be more vocal in their opinions because it's simply par for the course.
"It's made me more comfortable in being an activist. I've always been drawn to giving a voice and a face to people who aren't seen or heard. I feel like that's a part of what comes with being an entertainer and being in the public eye. When people say that actors and musicians shouldn't be policy adjacent, I think that perspective is ridiculous. They're put in this position where they are in the public eye and people listen, so it makes sense that these two things go hand in hand. Because people are looking to my character, Sam, for that, they naturally look to me. It would be a huge disappointment to people if they saw that I was not speaking out on certain issues."
One thing that the series does so well is highlight the experiences that Black people of all tones experience. Oftentimes with Hollywood, we are relegated to only seeing the perspective of the fairer-skinned kind, and Browning not only recognizes her own light-skinned privilege, she also wants to give a voice to the experiences of those that do not benefit from the same privilege.
"I've always felt I understood and was aware of my privilege as a light-skinned person in this world, and in my industry. I was always aware of it, but I've realized that I was still missing the mark until I started to see some of what my fellow actors have said in interviews. I've realized that there's a larger part of their experience than I was understanding. I want to make sure I'm not just being an ally to the black community, but also addressing these more specific issues that are even more nuanced than I've personally experienced."
I personally can't wait to see what creator, executive producer, director, writer and co-showrunner Justin Simien has in store for us in Vol. 3 in 2019. So, if you haven't already, head to Netflix and watch the first two volumes of Dear White People. Just keep an eye out for the Order of the X!
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