Nia Long Joins Netflix’s ‘Dear White People’ Series

Nia Long Joins Netflix's 'Dear White People'Nia Long has joined the cast of Netflix’s ‘Dear White People,’ a comedy series based on filmmaker Justin Simien’s critically-acclaimed, Sundance award-winning satirical indie film of the same name.

Set among a diverse group of students of color as they navigate a predominantly white Ivy League college where racial tensions are often swept under the rug, ‘Dear White People’ is a send up of “post-racial” America that also weaves a universal story about forging one’s own unique path.

Long will recur as Neika Hobbs, a Winchester University African-American studies professor whose professional life contrasts with a more complicated personal one.

The series will be produced by Lionsgate, whose sister company Roadside Attractions released the original film in 2014. The 10-episode, 30-minute series will go into production later this year and will premiere on Netflix around the world in 2017.