The thing about teasers is that they are supposed to lead to something more, something even better. The brilliant folks over at Dear White People headquarters get that. Shortly after the announcement of the film’s nationwide premiere date they released a teaser trailer to whet our appetites. Monday afternoon fans were told, with 100 retweets and 1000 shares on Facebook, we could see the full trailer before it hits theaters this weekend. In less than 24 hours (almost instantly on Twitter) – mission accomplished.
The full trailer for the highly anticipated indie darling turned Lionsgate production, Dear White People, has been released. Starring Tessa Thompson (For Colored Girls), Dennis Haysbert (24), Teyonah Parris (Mad Men) and Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris), with a crop of brilliant fresh faces of color (Ashley Blaine Featherson, Courtney Sauls, Nia Jervier, Marque Richardson, Naomi Ko) rounding out a remarkable ensemble cast, Dear White People is the film that so many have been waiting for.
The full trailer is two minutes and 37 seconds of poignant comedy and thought-provoking sound-bites – a pretty apt summary of the film that writer, director, Justin Simien says is one about identity not race. Dear White People is a smart, hilarious and ever-relevant look into the lives of four Black students – Lionel, Sam, Coco and Troy – at the fictional Winchester University, where the population of Blacks is a mere 2%.
We’ve already seen the film and we’re still anticipating the October 17th release as much as the next person. We say with immense certainty that the Lena Waithe-produced Dear White People is the first and best deliberately conscious, non-struggle Black film we’ve seen on the big screen in easily the last five years.
I. CAN’T. WAIT!!!!!
It’s gon be so good.
The Dandridge Sisters: Etta Jones, Dorothy Dandridge, and Vivian Dandridge on stage with soul singer Jimmy Lunceford (circa 1940).“On stage, the Dandridge Sisters represented one glamorous girl in three. Etta was the lively one with the highest voice, who seemed as if she were ready in a split second to out dance and outmaneuver the others. Vivian was the dishy one with the lowest voice; the most aggressively sexy of the three and also the funniest, with a cute naughty girl twinkle in her eye and her smile. Dorothy, singing lead, was the soft, young one, warm, sensitive, sincere, not as knowing as the others. For women watching them, they were fetching symbols of progressive young Black womanhood.”
Polish doctor that refused to perform abortion named a “hero”
Dr Bogdan Chazan was visited by an expecting mother (32 weeks into pregnancy), who already had 5 miscarriages before and was worried about her health. It turned out that the fetus had hydrocephalus, undeveloped brain and was missing many bones from its skull. The Doctor refused to perform an abortion and didn’t send the woman to another hospital which could do so (according to polish law, if a doctor doesn’t want to perform an abortion, he has to choose another hospital which will agree to do so). Chazan was named a “local hero” and “true warrior of Jesus in the name of life of the unborn” by many polish politicians and catholic activists. He used conscience clause as an excuse for his actions.
The woman gave birth to the child through a C-section. She and her husband spent 10 painful days watching their deformed child die a horrible death. When she finally decided to speak out, she said:
“During these 10 days, no priest, no pro life activist or even dr Chazan came to see the child, to ask if they can help. It was really hard to look at our child. We knew what was coming, but it was still very hard to cope with”
Congratulations, pro-lifers - another “life” saved, another “happy” child and “happy” family.
HE IS A DAMMMNNN HERRROOO.
BUT ain’t no one checking on the baby when it was born or raising money trying to help it.
Static Shock. This show was like everything to me as a kid. Not only did it have a black protagonist.
but an awesome gay superhero
a BAMF lady hero
and a superhero with dyslexia
It dealt with important issues like peer pressure
bullying and gun safety
and I think that is worth talking about