You may expect Marque Richardson to be a very serious guy given his passion for community activism and role as “Reggie” in the Netflix movie and show Dear White People. However, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Instead, the first thing you’ll notice is his infectious smile, followed by his fun-loving attitude. Amidst all of his positivity, Richardson is clearly not afraid to be vulnerable or to tackle meaty, unpleasant issues like the lasting impressions of racism on modern day life for millions of African Americans. My interview with him is a perfect example. It organically meandered between topics such as gentrification, community police relations, the experience of young black men, moving to a new apartment and illegal cabs in LA’s Koreatown (if you have the right connection you may be riding home in a Bentley for the same price as an Uber…or less). Regardless of the topic, somehow Marque managed to insert levity and optimism.  I honestly don’t think I have ever laughed so much during an interview while simultaneously feeling like I was working through major social issues.

We as an audience are just now getting to know Marque Richardson, but personally I can’t wait to see what he has for us next. In the meantime, you can watch him on Netflix in Dear White People or Step Sisters.


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