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Watch the first trailer for Netflix’s Dear White People

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‘These characters belonged on TV’

The first trailer for Netflix’s Dear White People, an expanded retelling of the celebrated 2014 film of the same name, has arrived. The trailer shows a diverse group of students at the fictional, largely white Winchester University fill and often rail against the roles they’re put in, paving the way to both comedy and conflict in their “post-racial” world.

During a panel held in New York City, series creator Justin Simien explained that, while making the original film was important to him, each of the characters he introduced needed more space and time to tell their stories. “These characters belonged on TV,” he said. That said, it was an arduous yet worthwhile process. “It almost killed me, in the best way.”

Dear White People stars a mix of new faces and actors reprising their roles from the original film. It premieres on April 28th, 2017.