Award-Winning Writer, Director & Producer of Netflix's Dear White People
Justin Simien is the creator, writer, director and producer of the critically acclaimed feature, Dear White People, which debuted at Sundance where it won the Breakthrough Talent Award, then was nominated for Independent Spirit and Gotham awards.
Justin Simien is the creator, writer, director and producer of the critically acclaimed feature, Dear White People, which debuted at Sundance where it won the Breakthrough Talent Award, then was nominated for Independent Spirit and Gotham awards. Justin subsequently adapted the feature into a critically acclaimed series for Netflix which is now entering its fourth season. Both the film and series tackle issues of racial tensions, identity, gender, sexuality and class in the modern era. Justin leaned heavily on his own experiences attending Chapman University to help shape his story.
He is the writer, director and producer of the feature film, Bad Hair, starring Elle Lorraine, Vanessa Williams, Jay Pharoah, Lena Waithe, Blair Underwood, Laverne Cox and James Van Der Beek. Paralleling the rise of New Jack Swing in 1989, Bad Hair is a psychological thriller that follows an ambitious young woman who gets a weave in order to survive the image obsessed world of music television.
Justin also hosts the popular podcast Don’t @ Me where he interviews his peers across the entertainment industry from Barry Jenkins to Ava Duvernay. He also co-wrote the original songs in Bad Hair and authored a companion book to Dear White People. In June of 2020, he was featured as one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 50 Most Powerful LGBTQ Players in Hollywood.
Justin is committed to producing film, television, digital content and print media that is inclusive, daring, subversive and truthful, and supporting others who do the same.
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LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
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DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
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