The moment I heard Ava DuVernay was teaming up with Oprah Winfrey on a new show, I knew that things were about to change.
Oprah makes things happen, and as an aspiring filmmaker, Ava DuVernay is the mecca for me. It comes as no surprise that her show would be another reason (of the many) that I love her work.
It starts out slow, like boiling water. You're introduced to the Bordelon kids Nova, Charley and Ralph Angel who are living very separate lives until an unfortunate incident forces them all together to become a family unit again.
They come to find they need each other more than they first realized.
Ava does an amazing job of putting together a cast and crew who are amazingly sensitive to the intricacies of this Louisiana born family.
Rutina Westley as Nova showcases her full range of talent as her character fights for the injustices of black men while fighting some internal urges of her own.
Dawn-Lyen Gardner as Charley is part of an epic dynasty with her husband Davis West played by Timon Kyle Durrett and their son Micah played by Nicholas L. Ashe until it all comes crashing down on a national stage. Dawn is fierce as the seemingly privileged one who got out. You quickly see that the facade of having it all together is simply that.
Kofi Siriboe is the youngest sibling and also one of the most troubled as he fights with the demons of having just gotten out of jail and doing his best to take care of his adorably characteristic son Blue played by Ethan Hutchison who he had with Darla played by the forever young Bianca Lawson.
The cast is rounded out by Violet Bordelon (Tina Lifford) who is the aunt with the glue, Ernest Bordelon (Glynn Turman) who wants all his children to be together and many other amazing actors, most all of them of color.
Queen Sugar is based off of a book by the same title written by Natalie Baszile. If anyone has read the book, you're going to realize very quickly that though the DuVernay version is very different right off the back. Even so, the story's essence is still there, and the Bordelon family is going to have to weave through this messy, dilapidated farmland to come together and make things happen for all of them.
All of these characters a fully fleshed out and amazing. When they say there are no small characters, just small actors. This show has no small characters and no small actors. I don't know what's in store for them as they grow individually and collectively, but this family has got some demons that need exorcising. I'm excited to watch it happen!
For more episodes, tune in to the OWN network on your local cable provider Wednesdays 10/9c or watch on the OWN App.
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