Here’s a comic riff on race relations in the Obama era that hits its targets far more than it misses. Set on the fictional Ivy League campus of Winchester U., Dear White People marks an auspicious debut for writer-director Justin Simien, an African-American who laces his satire with delicious mirth and malice.
The plot centers around four students coping with being a black face in a white place. Even mellow Lionel (the excellent Tyler James Williams), a gay student with an Afro, steps up to protest when a frat house throws a party in which whites are urged to attend in blackface (hey, it happened). The fun is nonstop, the cast is top-tier, and Simien is a talent to watch. What are you waiting for?