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Title:
Dear white people
Author:
Simien, Justin, film director, screenwriter.
Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2015]

Santa Monica, CA : Lionsgate
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 109 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
A sharp and funny comedy about a group of African-American students as they navigate campus life and racial boundaries at a predominately white college. A sly, provocative satire about being a black face in a white place.
General Note:
Title from container.

Originally released as a motion picture in 2014.

Special features: deleted scenes; outtakes; the making of Dear white people; audio commentaries; music video; PSA series: the more you know about black people; racism insurance; DVRSE app; LEAKED: banned Winchester U diversity video.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: R; for language, sexual content and drug use.
UPC:
031398209546
Format :
DVD

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Summary

Summary

A satirical portrait of race relations in early 21st-century America, writer/director Justin Simien's playfully perceptive feature debut tells the story of a biracial Winchester University student whose controversial radio show sparks a media frenzy of epic proportions. When Samantha White (Tessa Thompson) begins her radio program by declaring that white people will now be required to have two black friends in order to avoid appearing racist (and that drug dealers don't count), she immediately catches the attention of the all-black residential hall that is being forced out of existence due to diversification. Subsequently elected president of the hall, Samantha becomes the subject of a reality show that deals with racial issues. Meanwhile, the Winchester University's all-white student newspaper staff mistakenly assumes that young black outcast Lionel Higgins (Tyler James Williams) is an expert on black culture, and recruits him to report on the brewing controversy. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Simien, writer/director of the film of the same name as this seriously funny book at times cuts close to the bone for readers of any skin tone. Simien's declared purpose is to present something "primarily meant for entertainment purposes, so as to covertly lull you into thinking critically." Brief chapters offer advice and clarification ranging from "Please Stop Touching My Hair" to "We Don't Know Why Kanye West Did That." Interspersed within the chapters are "Black Myth Busters," quizzes, flowcharts, and charts to help readers decipher micro-aggressions or decide whether they may use the N-word. Simien asserts repeatedly that, despite wishes to the contrary, racism is still embedded in assumptions and institutions throughout the culture. His humor primarily rests on the absurdity of racial stereotypes and racist behaviors, introducing the difficult, even painful, truth that lies at the heart of all great comedy. Agent: Jay Mandel, William Morris Endeavor. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Dear White People Excerpted from Dear White People by Justin Simien All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.