If these characters all were a part of Black Twitter, Joelle would have the most followers. Whether she's spitting truths about Bill Cosby, Drake, Game of Thrones ("that shit with dragons set in the world where no one's black except the slaves?"), or the difficulty of trying to keep your figure during these trying times, Joelle is the voice of the people.
"I think there’s something that’s really relatable about Joelle," said Featherson. "I like that she’s settled into who she is. There’s a confidence that Joelle naturally has that I find to be very attractive and really cool to play."
Joelle shines in Season 1 as a friend. She's there for everyone whether she's trying to get Reggie to relax, Sam to cheer up, or even Gabe to have confidence in his and Sam's relationship. "Joelle’s the friend that everyone wants or needs in their life," said Featherson. "She’s practical, she’s funny, she’s loyal, and she’s empathetic."
Her friendship with Sam is especially fun to watch: "Sam and Joelle’s friendship is aspirational," said Featherson. "Even when they have a moment, like when she found out about Gabe, I love how they resolve it. That could’ve gone on for episodes. Joelle could’ve walked around ignoring Sam, and Sam begging her to talk to her. But we get over it in a scene because that’s what real friendships are. We can be different and we can handle life differently and still love each other and help each other get through life. That’s what friendship is. I’m happy to portray two beautiful black girls who are dedicated to the sisterhood of their relationship."
Please feel free to start the petition to get Joelle her own episode in *fingers crossed* Season 2 of Dear White People in the comments.