Netflix users were more interested in American Vandal’s dicks than The Confession Tapes

Even though Netflix is loath to tell us exactly how many of its subscribers are watching what, the streaming platform does release its own year-end list of superlatives like any good media company. And the original series that users couldn’t get enough of, that they binged at a rate of 2+ hours of viewing per day,…

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Dear White People’s Justin Simien is making a horror satire about an evil hair weave

Dear White People director Justin Simien is getting back into making films, with Entertainment Weekly reporting that he’s currently developing a new horror satire about a woman whose hair weave turns out to be evil. Bad Hair will be Simien’s first film since his 2014 debut; in the meantime, he’s been working on the Dear…

The best TV of 2017 so far

From a business prospective, the forecast for TV in 2017 isn’t the brightest: While ratings continue to erode for the broadcast networks, several cable outlets that joined the original-programming gold rush are now backing out, with cash-flush digital competitors like Facebook and Snap poised to stake those abandoned…

In the aftermath of the police incident, Dear White People’s love triangle takes shape

The image above is technically from the fifth episode of Dear White People, but the armed confrontation between Reggie and an overzealous campus cop looms large over “Chapter VI,” which shows the characters trying to cope after the harrowing ordeal. The cold open doesn’t provide backstory for one of the characters or…

Dear White People’s best-yet police brutality episode devastates without a drop of blood

Winchester University needed a palate cleanser after the Pastiche party, and so did Dear White People, which has been frozen in that moment since the pilot. Instead, in “Chapter V,” the campus gets a mouthful of poison in the form of a harrowing confrontation between an armed officer and a black student. It’s a tragic…

Dear White People welcomes viewers back to its world of Ivy League microaggressions

Even if Dear White People didn’t work in practice, it would be exciting in principle. The concept for Justin Simien’s 2014 film is one that was always better suited to a long format because it’s more about a community at a certain point in history than it is about the individual characters and their storylines. Simien…

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“Alt-Right” trolls boycott Netflix because they’re scared of Dear White People

Yesterday, Netflix premiered the trailer for Dear White People, a series based on a film that was released in 2014 and doesn’t seem to have made much of an impact on the world’s supply of white people. But since the online communities who like to call people “sensitive snowflakes” are also big into projection,…

Dear White People is the show America needs, according to its first trailer

The first trailer for Dear White People—Netflix’s adaptation of Justin Simien’s 2014 Sundance hit—poses that this series has the ”voice of reason” America needs right now thanks to its heroine Samantha White (Logan Browning). Samantha, a student at the fictional Winchester University, calls out campus racism like a…

What’s your favorite movie of 2014 that didn’t make our “best of” list?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…