This one has been long over-due… Justin Simien, friends! The sensible mind behind Dear White People talks about his high school days, pointing out how this chapter in his life formed a deep love for the arts (07:13), then delves into theater as an entryway into the realm of storytelling (11:32), the past and putting things in perspective (14:37), an introduction to Fosse, Kubrick, and other cinematic influences (17:38), in some cases… separating the art from the artist (22:05), the evolution of who we are vs. who we present ourselves to be (28:18), working in publicity but wanting to make movies (31:44), juggling life and career in his 20’s (35:02), who’s who in the gay community (36:37), HBO and self-discovery (41:14), being “shady” (44:19), people’s approval and the birth of Dear White People (46:26), his father’s passing (53:30), refrences, statements and getting a call from Spike Lee (57:33), the democracy that is storytelling (1:03:12), and where he finds his peace (1:06:18).
- The new season of Dear White People is streaming on Netflix now.
- Check out Justin’s podcast, Don’t @ Me, available on iTunes, Google Play, and KCRW.
- Justin’s Book, also titled Dear White People, was originally published in 2014 and is available online.
- For more, visit Justin’s website.