If you know one thing, you know we rock for Black women in front of AND behind the camera. That’s why we love Ava DuVernay, and we’re so happy she, and Oprah Winfrey, developed a television series that allows for women of diverse backgrounds to create work. We need Queen Sugar; and we have needed it for a long time.
Some of the most prominent (and our favorite!), African American women directors have worked on this show. From Julie Dash and Neema Barnette to Cheryl Dunye and DeMane Davis. This show would not be what it is without the creative visions of these talented women. For this reason (and many more), we are so excited to announce that we’re currently working with the shows most recent director, Ayoka Chenzira, to promote Episode 310, which she directed. It airs tomorrow, Wednesday August 1st at 10pm EST on OWN.
If you’re not hip to the Queen Sugar craze (honestly how are you living your best life?), the show, based on the book of the same name by Natalie Baszile, is set in Louisiana, and chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings: Nova (Rutina Wesley, True Blood), a worldly-wise journalist and activist; Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Unforgettable), the savvy wife and manager of a professional basketball star; and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe, Awkward), a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption.
In the series’ third season, the Bordelons find themselves continuing their fight to save their family farm and father’s legacy as they navigate their own personal journeys. They soon find that their fight extends beyond their close-knit family, but also to the community. Charley remains in the thick of the trials and tribulations in both her personal and
professional life as she continues to battle the Landry family while also trying to ensure Micah’s safety and future. Ralph Angel is still reeling from learning from Darla that he might not be the biological father of his son, Blue, and attempts to push forward as the new cane season begins. A new and unexpected love in the form of an old friend comes into Nova’s life and challenges her long-held notions of relationships while also offering her something she didn’t think she could ever have.
The show is produced for OWN by Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The executive producers are award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and Monica Macer. (via OWNtv)