Great Moments in Casting – Dear White People

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Kim Coleman, CSA has been nominated for a 2018 Artios award for her outstanding work on the Netflix Original series, Dear White People (Television Pilot and First Season – Comedy).

Based on the award-winning 2014 film of the same name by Justin Simien (also cast by Kim Coleman using Breakdown Services), Dear White People sparked plenty of heated discussion for its racially-charged themes following the release of the first teaser trailer, but was met with critical acclaim when the first season dropped on Netflix in late April. Critics praised the series for its smart writing, sharp humour and insightful take on many issues that face today’s youth and society as a whole — racial identity, gender inequality, institutional elitism and the importance of critical thinking and self-reflection at a time when clickbait culture and political divisiveness are at an all-time high.

The show’s young stars also received praise for their portrayal of characters that become more complex as the plot moves forward, thanks to unexpected and nuanced perspectives offered up by Simien’s writing. Series leads Logan Browning and Brandon P. Bell were both nominated for Black Reel awards for Outstanding Actress and Actor in a Comedy Series, respectively. DeRon Horton, Antoinette Robertson, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson and Marque Richardson round out the rest of the series’ regular cast.

Season 2 of Dear White People is scheduled for release on Netflix in 2018.

 

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