It’s senior year for Justien Simien’s Dear White People series and the Black students fighting the embedded institutional racism at the mostly white Winchester University. Before graduation day (er, the finale), radio host Sam White (Logan Browning), Troy Fairbanks (Brandon P. Bell), investigative journalist Lionel Higgins (DeRon Horton), and co. clash with the mysterious secret order that maintains the university’s prestige at all costs.
Since the release of Dear White People in 2017, there has been a new season every year. Unlike some Netflix Originals, Dear White People has been very relaxed with release dates with each subsequent season releasing later on in the year.
Originally, we had predicted and it was confirmed that season 4 would debut on Netflix at some point in 2020 but of course, that was thrown out of the window after the delay in production.
2021 is now the confirmed release date but we’re not expecting it to hit until at least summer 2021 if not later.
When announcing the Season 4 renewal, Netflix also said that all of the main characters would be back. That means you can expect to see more adventures of Sam (Logan Browning), Troy (Brandon P. Bell), Reggie (Marque Richardson), Coco (Antoinette Robertson), Lionel (DeRon Horton), Gabe (John Patrick Amedori), and Joelle (Ashley Blaine Featherson). To tide yourself over as you wait for new episodes, you can check out a very wholesome video of the cast’s reaction to the renewal news here. One character that won’t be returning is Jeremy Tardy’s Rashid Bakr. According to Variety, the actor, who appeared in 11 episodes, was asked by Lionsgate (who produces the show) to return for several more, but he decided to exit the series, alleging the studio exhibited discrimination in pay negotiations. He shared more about that on Twitter—which Lionsgate cites as “purely a monetary matter”—and his decision to leave the show.
About Dear White People Season 4
Floating through the historical past of Season 3 was the mystery of the secret society Order of X—even though it turned into difficult for even the boldest Winchester students like Sam, Troy, and Lionel to figure out the reality at the back of it. By the season finale, though, now no longer best was it proven to exist, however Dr. Edward Ruskin (Giancarlo Esposito) informed them that its in truth very effective and has controlled to cowl up scandals so its contributors can maintain onto their wealth and status—even supposing it approach silencing allegations of sexual assault, just like the ones towards Professor Moses Brown (Blair Underwood). With Troy showing Sam and Lionel the societys cuff links and declaring, “We want to talk,” simply earlier than Season three was through, it certainly looks as if had been best simply starting to find out about Order of X. Seemingly the appropriate concern for an investigative documentary thesis from Sam, its viable she and her friends will look into it in addition in the coming episodes, and both try to plot its death or revive its legacy.
Conceptually, though, the series is likely to preserve to explore contemporary issues love it has completed all along. Simien spoke widely about what to expect from the very last season to Deadline, saying “virtue signaling” and “meritocracy” are massive themes—like how worrying about an trouble for a second or supplying opportunities to Black people may look like enough, however are only a temporary change that does little to have an effect on a extra complex system. With that, he defined that writers were thinking about the query of “What occurs to a Black lifestyles after it’s been declared that it mattered?” as they moved into the season.