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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


(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.


(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

NBA halloween miniseries Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 99% adventure Comic-Con@Home 2021 police drama Tokyo Olympics revenge Pacific Islander LGBT rt labs diversity Nominations President book rt labs critics edition Sundance Now Arrowverse slasher all-time CMT Disney universal monsters Rock finale comic books travel 93rd Oscars strong female leads USA Network scary movies 90s justice league Binge Guide legend Emmy Nominations know your critic comic book movie Grammys stop motion Comics on TV MTV Reality Competition aliens Image Comics Mary poppins Amazon rotten Lifetime Christmas movies New York Comic Con YouTube Red deadpool dogs reboot Cartoon Network Rom-Com indie Captain marvel cults Photos indiana jones blockbuster vampires VICE GoT LGBTQ Trivia Pop Certified Fresh Teen Turner Classic Movies toronto james bond japanese DC Universe Legendary binge Travel Channel superhero FX on Hulu 2017 Superheroes Discovery Channel TIFF reviews 2016 batman SXSW jurassic park 1990s Columbia Pictures Baby Yoda worst Cosplay Spectrum Originals VOD directors Women's History Month obituary venice sequel Chernobyl Christmas quibi hidden camera Pop TV sitcom screen actors guild Rocky pirates of the caribbean TruTV Alien TCA Winter 2020 twilight NBC Broadway technology adenture Lifetime Thanksgiving Emmys Countdown thriller MSNBC Stephen King The Walking Dead latino Martial Arts A&E Vudu concert CBS All Access Pride Month Animation Avengers Red Carpet popular asian-american Valentine's Day mcc superman Summer OneApp Music documentary cancelled television women Horror blaxploitation ABC Family 2021 rt archives slashers movie theme song doctor who nbcuniversal FXX space unscripted spanish parents romance best based on movie video on demand a nightmare on elm street USA Schedule Video Games comic VH1 series DGA Disney Channel Esquire TV renewals hispanic Superheroe ghosts MCU dceu Acorn TV stand-up comedy Calendar kids crime thriller historical drama TV First Reviews SundanceTV Oscars golden globe awards chucky Syfy zombies Nickelodeon WGN APB independent suspense cartoon emmy awards Box Office Awards Tour See It Skip It french die hard high school composers Ellie Kemper Winners psychological thriller aapi science fiction Amazon Prime free movies south america remakes Extras prank facebook target television Disney+ Disney Plus ID sequels royal family Set visit critics hollywood satire The Purge comic book movies CW Seed Western canceled TV shows foreign Netflix Christmas movies criterion E! DirecTV Paramount Amazon Prime Video adaptation golden globes Musicals 20th Century Fox Sci-Fi zombie Shondaland Ghostbusters Hallmark football festival 45 Best and Worst romantic comedy Quiz Crackle cancelled TV series movies Election GIFs Podcast crossover period drama 71st Emmy Awards basketball Country Marathons OWN scene in color Hallmark Christmas movies razzies mission: impossible Winter TV video tv talk young adult international Star Trek CBS Netflix American Society of Cinematographers classics ViacomCBS spy thriller Amazon Studios 24 frames ESPN king arthur franchise El Rey National Geographic Mary Tyler Moore king kong Universal A24 cooking renewed TV shows Tomatazos Pet Sematary olympics Holidays Black Mirror kaiju political drama 2018 The Walt Disney Company Disney streaming service The CW Peacock green book ratings YouTube Premium Watching Series anime game of thrones true crime what to watch Turner italian SDCC Song of Ice and Fire Lucasfilm TCA transformers Opinion halloween tv BBC The Arrangement discovery TLC japan blockbusters WarnerMedia rom-coms heist movie werewolf Reality Apple TV+ Drama australia canceled marvel cinematic universe gangster war witnail Mary Poppins Returns Apple TV Plus medical drama Toys San Diego Comic-Con Warner Bros. Fox News Funimation Starz cats TCA Awards Bravo wonder woman screenings saw Lionsgate Marvel Studios lord of the rings fresh Kids & Family Family Holiday politics YouTube E3 dexter Polls and Games Disney Plus DC Comics Rocketman biopic Fox Searchlight nature live action 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Sundance disaster Super Bowl Masterpiece Premiere Dates Epix cars Writers Guild of America Comedy Central Exclusive Video Television Critics Association Paramount Plus singing competition BET TNT Awards films HBO Max crime streaming movies archives ABC Food Network boxoffice GLAAD Marvel Television Creative Arts Emmys Mystery new york child's play cancelled talk show game show sag awards richard e. Grant RT History The Witch Brie Larson BET Awards comedies Interview robots Cannes Wes Anderson DC streaming service FX Pirates Fall TV Hear Us Out 2015 book adaptation action-comedy Showtime fast and furious breaking bad kong TV One children's TV Anna Paquin serial killer dc versus Logo social media documentaries BBC One Star Wars spider-man Tarantino Academy Awards Marvel 21st Century Fox 2019 Nat Geo Hulu christmas movies black HBO BBC America godzilla Tumblr award winner PBS Mudbound HBO Go boxing streaming TBS 4/20 Freeform mockumentary hist rotten movies we love Trailer History Walt Disney Pictures Comic Book posters Paramount Network cinemax comiccon biography TV Land First Look PlayStation Comedy Spring TV Elton John NYCC docuseries dragons telelvision new zealand Ovation 73rd Emmy Awards sports Pixar Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt critic resources Sneak Peek Classic Film hispanic heritage month Television Academy Sony Pictures Action teaser ITV feel good dramedy jamie lee curtis TCM IFC Films zero dark thirty Character Guide 007 2020 Heroines Spike Britbox scorecard Crunchyroll Film Festival casting Dark Horse Comics Endgame Sundance TV natural history spanish language joker stoner spain anthology cops spinoff toy story nfl trailers dark supernatural new star wars movies X-Men Film marvel comics ABC Signature IFC Shudder festivals TCA 2017 Fantasy harry potter Apple mutant Biopics PaleyFest Mindy Kaling psycho crime drama elevated horror CNN docudrama Trophy Talk Black History Month RT21 The Academy debate FOX Year in Review worst movies cancelled TV shows comics Musical 72 Emmy Awards BAFTA animated Infographic name the review monster movies Tubi AMC news laika YA Adult Swim TV movies