‘Dear White People' tackles racial issues though a musical on its fourth and final season.
The gates of Winchester University opens for the last time as ‘Dear White People' returns for the fourth and final season.
‘Dear White People' is a comedy-drama series that follows black college students at a fictional Ivy League institution of Winchester University.
The series is based on the 2014 film of the same name. It tackles intricate social issues with comedic grace.
The fourth season will bring more vital conversations to the table and wrap the show's plot with a bang!
Here is everything we know about ‘Dear White People' season 4, including release date, plot, cast, trailer, and more.
'Dear White People' Season 4 will arrive on Netflix on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.
Season 3 premiered on the streaming giant in August 2019. Due to pandemic-related delays in the show's production, fans had to wait for a long time for the new season.
The fourth season of 'Dear White People' will consist of 10 episodes.
As seen in the trailer, the new season will be so much different from the previous installments since it will be the first-ever musical season of the show.
Season 4 takes place during the Winchester crew’s senior year. The students will have to produce a Varsity Show, which is a part of the real-life tradition at Columbia University.
The show will be a satirical musical about the school. Black students of Armstrong-Parker House will be in charge of writing the musical.
It is the first time in Winchester history that Black students are given such an opportunity. Troy (Bell) will lead the musical, which will feature ’90s-themed with performances of En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind,” Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It,” and Johnny Gill’s “Run You the Right Way,” among others.
Back in January 2020, Justin Simien told Entertainment Weekly that he was looking forward to doing "something ambitious and special and sort of unexpected" for the final season to go "out with a bang."
Indeed, that is what is happening.
Simien also spoke broadly to Deadline about what to expect from the fourth season.
He said that "virtue signaling" and "meritocracy" are going to play a huge part in the season.
"The myth of meritocracy, which sounds so highfalutin, but this idea that we can sort of put up an Instagram post, to support black lives and then sort of like wipe our hands and we’re done. Or the sort of false equivalent of a black person getting an opportunity because suddenly the world is invested in black lives and they think that they’ve done enough. You know what happens next? You know capitalism is still here and alive and well. Racism and the patriarchy and all kinds of horrible things live on in every institution," Simien said.
Simien added that as they moved into the season, the writers were considering the question, "What happens to a Black life after it’s been declared that it mattered?"
The main cast of the third season is confirmed to return in the fourth season of 'Dear White People.'
Logan Browning as Samantha White
Brandon P. Bell as Troy Fairbanks
DeRon Horton as Lionel Higgins
Antoinette Robertson as Colandrea "Coco" Conners
John Patrick Amedori as Gabe Mitchell,
Ashley Blaine Featherson as Joelle Brooks
Marque Richardson as Reggie Green
Jeremy Tardy will no longer return as Rashid Mburu after accusing production company Lionsgate of racial discrimination.
Back in September last year, the actor claimed that he was unable to negotiate a higher rate despite his credits and experience while white actors managed to seal bigger offers.
“After being offered to return for several episodes my team was notified that our counter offer would not be considered and that the initial offer was the ‘best and final’,” Tardy Tweeted, adding:
“My team expressed this issue to Lionsgate and the producers maintained their position that the white actor was able to negotiate while I was not, regardless of my credits and experience.”
Yes, there is! Netflix officially dropped the trailer for 'Dear White People' Season 4 on August 17. Check it out below!