Dear White People Trailer
I’m super excited, mainly because today marks the premiere of Season 2 of the popular and award winning web series Awkward Black Girl. Spearheaded by Stanford grad Issa Rae, the show follows the chronicles of Jay, and her comedic clashes with everything from her job to her love interest. Interestingly enough, I also stumbled upon a trailer for a film called Dear White People, a satire featuring Black students at an Ivy League university, and their plight to demythologize the stereotypes around Black people, while also sending the message of their own identities as individuals.
The efforts of shows like Awkward Black Girl and Dear White People excite me for two reasons. One, they underscore the power of new media to circumvent the debilitating powers of the mainstream film industry. But secondly, they also reveal the extent to which new generations of Black youth are paving the way to deconstruct even what Blackness means in the 21st century.