What to Watch

What to Watch With Dear White People Star Logan Browning

Find out what the Dear White People star is currently watching and what she really thinks about the "Tyler Perry effect."

by | September 19, 2019 | Comments

When Dear White People season 3 hit Netflix this summer, the comedy continued its streak as one of the best-reviewed shows on television. Season 3 – for which creator Justin Simien brought his dynamic cast of students back to Winchester University for junior year – is currently rated Fresh at 89% on the Tomatometer.  Still packed with biting social commentary, the storylines this year broke new ground for the characters and the narrative format.

Rotten Tomatoes spoke with star Logan Browning, who plays the bombastic and outspoken Samantha, who after two seasons hosting her campus radio show “Dear White People,” leaves her beloved show and host identity behind in the latest season. Below, the actress discusses what she’s watching on TV right now, what she and Issa Rae get up to during their epic yacht parties, and season 3 of Dear White People.


WHAT IS APPOINTMENT TV FOR YOU?

Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern (Credit: Jennifer Clasen/HBO).
(Photo by Jennifer Clasen/HBO)

The most recent thing that I got to appointment watch was Big Little Lies, and I did that with my friend Camille because it came on every Sunday and I have HBO NOW. That’s the most recent thing I was able to watch every time it came on.

Rotten Tomatoes: How do you make time to watch it together?

We are very considerate of each other’s time. We would check in on every Saturday and be like, “Hey are you busy on Sunday? Do you want to wait to watch it on Monday?” And then we’d always alternate whose house we’re going to so no one’s having to constantly host and no one’s having to constantly make the trek to the other person’s place. And then, of course, we’d order food and we don’t start it until we have our food, which gets to be a problem sometimes because it just gets later and later when you’re waiting for your Postmates or Uber Eats delivery. And then, we try really, really hard not to pause it. We’ll look at each other at certain moments throughout the whole thing like, “Are we on the same page here?” I’ve tried multiple times to pause it and talk to Camille about it and she’s like, “No, we have to just keep going.” Yes, we have to power through and we will discuss it after just like a movie. That’s what it requires.


WHAT’S ON YOUR DVR?

Well, I’m one of those people who does not have cable. I only have streaming. I have Hulu Live, but the way my life works, I never get to use it. I wouldn’t know what to DVR if I had one.


WHAT’S IN YOUR STREAMING QUEUE?

Queer Eye season 1 keyart (Netflix)
(Photo by Netflix)

I’m in the middle of bingeing Queer Eye. I like to mix my fiction and my feel-good reality shows. I’m also in the middle of Stranger Things. I will start Fleabag soon, though, because I have heard so many great things about it.


WHAT’S COMING SOON THAT YOU CAN’T WAIT FOR?

Insecure: Issa Rae (HBO)
(Photo by HBO)

Oh, that’s easy. Insecure season 3. That is whenever they release it — in like 2040! [laughs] I feel it’s never going to be here, but I can’t wait.

RT: Didn’t you and Issa Rae just throw a yacht party together? Did you ask her about it? 

I didn’t. But I should have brought that up. Where’s my season three, sis? We mad, Issa. We mad! [laughs] No, I know, she’s busy making movies. She can live.


DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
(Photo by Netflix)

Jacqueline Coley for Rotten Tomatoes: Coming into season 3, it’s the students’ junior year and they’re more mature than last season. Everybody’s growing up and “growing out” in different ways. Talk about the maturity of this season.

I think that the characters have to grow. That’s a lot of what college is about: finding yourself, your voice, and just figuring out how the world wants you to behave, versus how you react to the world, versus how you want to create your own narrative for the rest of your next couple of years. All of the characters have core issues that they’ll always probably deal with. I know Justin has said this before, “As a writer, you want to create problems for your characters and then never solve them,” and I find that fascinating because in every season we just get closer to solving these problems. But ultimately, the things in our lives that we feel are our problems are really a part of something. That’s our shadow self, right? It’s a part of you that will always be with you. You just learn how to work around it, with it, and through it. That’s kind of what all these characters are doing. They have things in their lives that they come up against and they’ve just got to figure out how to work through it. The tagline of the season is: Grow by any means necessary.

RT: Samantha’s in a different place this time.  Talk to me about coming back to Sam without “Dear White People” as her thing.

It’s funny. Sam was always experiencing the retaliation of the radio show at her mic. That’s gone this year and it’s difficult for Sam. Because in the long run she hopes this will be a vacation, and that whenever she’s got her life together she can come back to it. But in the end, she’s like, “I don’t know if I’m ready to really jump back into this.” And when you get to that moment, you have to decide, is this thing that I’ve created staying the same or is it going to change? That also happened with the show Dear White People too. Justin, Yvette [Lee Bowser, showrunner], all of the cast and crew have together created this series and now this season has been all about change. So now it’s like, “Well, what happens next?” Do you just keep running with that? Do you create something new? In a lot of ways Sam’s exploration this season parallels the show’s.

RT: Justin tackled two big issues within the black community this year: The “Tyler Perry effect,” in which a person may be thought to perpetuate stereotypes in the eyes of some, but in others’ estimation is an icon who fights for representation. The other issue being #MeToo through the eyes of black women. What was it like exploring those two storylines?

I very much appreciated both of the storylines. I mean, with the Tyler Perry reference, as someone who worked for the man himself and grew up in Atlanta going to Tyler Perry plays and films, I’m honestly grateful that Justin got to this point in his life where he can realize that there’s room for all of us. I appreciate it because as a Black person in America, we are all so different and we all get to consume whatever content we want. A lot of the reason I was able to be in L.A. during the writers’ strike or when I wasn’t working was because of the work I did with Tyler. And with the #MeToo storyline from every angle, everyone was super supportive. There are a lot of instances in and women’s lives — and in men’s lives — that they don’t talk about because they’re not sure if it was taboo or if they just unknowingly put themselves in an improper situation. What [Dear White People] shows is that opening up to people and having people not judge you when you are sharing those kinds of things with them allows for support, or it should. I feel that on so many levels.

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
(Photo by Netflix)

RT: Dear White People has been consistently rated Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes but some still take issue with the title. What would you say to those that still cannot seem to get past the name? 

Ultimately, what makes this show so great is that it exists. It’s art that dares to exist. This kind of art couldn’t and didn’t always exist on any platform. To the people who can’t get past something like the title? They truly don’t bother me. Because if you can’t get past it, then you’re not ready for it. And that’s OK because the show isn’t about that. The show’s not trying to force anyone to do anything. The show will always exist. Maybe in 30 years it won’t exist on Netflix, but it will be in the canon of television and maybe one day people will be ready for it — even if they aren’t now. But for the people who are ready for it and who’ve been craving it, they deserve to have it. They also deserve to have it in peace, but you know America.


Dear White People seasons 1-3 are now streaming on Netflix.

Tag Cloud

Countdown GIFs Emmys Country Shudder zombie Trivia Turner Classic Movies Pop crime thriller Holiday Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Tumblr quibi Nickelodeon GoT festivals adaptation Hallmark Christmas movies aliens Pirates CMT zombies award winner Summer Podcast independent USA cats Comics on TV theme song based on movie animated The Purge Heroines harry potter Drama canceled TV shows TruTV See It Skip It Fantasy Elton John Academy Awards Disney Spectrum Originals dragons Captain marvel The Witch Pride Month DirecTV thriller cars Winter TV PaleyFest Turner hispanic dramedy The Arrangement anime Reality video revenge psycho cancelled TV series TV Awards Star Trek Teen TCM Cosplay Shondaland natural history unscripted Marathons robots TV renewals breaking bad Western Spike Grammys Rom-Com versus Chernobyl Certified Fresh rotten movies we love Rocky CW Seed Family Binge Guide mockumentary IFC streaming E3 Premiere Dates canceled finale serial killer dceu technology WarnerMedia crossover children's TV SDCC Film green book Sony Pictures Calendar ESPN Lucasfilm blaxploitation medical drama television Comedy MCU Year in Review Syfy 2016 Mudbound police drama APB war science fiction docudrama spider-man spain Classic Film true crime 71st Emmy Awards El Rey justice league Interview toy story Warner Bros. The Walking Dead Hallmark FOX 007 historical drama Columbia Pictures Ellie Kemper directors Opinion Sneak Peek jamie lee curtis OWN comiccon Dark Horse Comics Amazon Prime Video Infographic cops boxoffice Logo HBO Max Comic Book tv talk Women's History Month Biopics 24 frames DC Comics Television Academy Endgame Marvel romantic comedy latino Disney Channel Lionsgate Britbox Comedy Central YouTube Premium PBS Spring TV 2019 witnail Paramount stand-up comedy Ghostbusters sitcom nature hist Rocketman RT21 IFC Films movies Character Guide Election political drama joker 2018 vampires AMC Lifetime dc cults discovery Creative Arts Emmys President Ovation Amazon Prime halloween Musical The CW Best and Worst Song of Ice and Fire romance sports Fall TV Masterpiece First Reviews BBC America Trophy Talk First Look Crackle adventure cartoon TBS game show GLAAD Superheroes HBO X-Men Netflix LGBTQ Netflix Christmas movies Disney streaming service ghosts 2020 Mystery politics Awards Tour Film Festival Discovery Channel Trailer supernatural DC streaming service DC Universe reboot Baby Yoda comics richard e. Grant screenings Sundance Now zero dark thirty ABC Mindy Kaling Freeform E! Mary poppins Sci-Fi anthology crime drama social media Disney+ Disney Plus TIFF strong female leads RT History Mary Tyler Moore Rock Nominations Adult Swim Oscars Brie Larson renewed TV shows indie batman book CNN TLC documentary Tarantino comic ITV what to watch TCA 2017 transformers Starz CBS All Access cancelled Vudu Food Network sequel blockbuster TCA Winter 2020 spy thriller CBS Star Wars 20th Century Fox Red Carpet Arrowverse Writers Guild of America crime TCA FXX biography Lifetime Christmas movies Toys ABC Family Pet Sematary WGN Martial Arts Box Office golden globes disaster VH1 facebook casting History Epix space 2017 cinemax DGA talk show Valentine's Day foreign Photos Marvel Television MSNBC Nat Geo Christmas series screen actors guild Winners A24 Animation kids Cartoon Network Polls and Games Disney Plus werewolf binge Acorn TV NYCC cancelled TV shows Walt Disney Pictures Set visit game of thrones psychological thriller Video Games free movies Thanksgiving Mary Poppins Returns christmas movies doctor who American Society of Cinematographers Watching Series Pixar spinoff Black Mirror miniseries spanish language Amazon Marvel Studios Musicals cooking Esquire San Diego Comic-Con Reality Competition Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 21st Century Fox USA Network slashers Bravo singing competition Schedule Holidays diversity Peacock TV Land Apple TV Plus VICE YA Tubi ratings Paramount Network cancelled television Music travel Apple Sundance TV Showtime Action BET Crunchyroll Tomatazos A&E Hulu NBC Horror TNT FX Emmy Nominations BBC SundanceTV Cannes Fox News Super Bowl Universal Avengers 45 YouTube Red teaser Apple TV+ LGBT sag awards Quiz YouTube 2015 New York Comic Con National Geographic Sundance elevated horror Kids & Family Stephen King SXSW OneApp period drama Superheroe south america MTV composers Anna Paquin Extras mutant name the review