‘Queen Sugar’ is unique with respect to how it handles the African-American culture. It focuses a lot on the characters and how the viewers should view them. Ava DuVernay’s talent with the camera heightens the viewer’s experience. Over the course of its seasons, it has tried to and somewhat achieved to establish itself as a series which portrays the African-American culture in a different way than most series. It also touches on the struggles relationships and how hard it is to maintain them. Basically, it deals with as DuVernay says ‘A Black Family’.
The show is produced by Ava DuVernay and has Oprah Winfrey as its executive producer. DuVernay has also directed some episodes. The series is based on the novel ‘Queen Sugar’ written by Natalie Baszile. The drama series airs on Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and first premiered on September 6, 2016.
The series has garnered a rating of 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes receiving praise from critics: “With the authenticity of culture and place and strong performances throughout, Queen Sugar rises above melodrama in this alluring, unhurried and powerful portrait of a fractious black American family.” The series has also been praised for having almost entirely female directors at the helm. Moreover, it has been pointed out that despite having a black family at the center of the show, it deals with a lot of universal issues like class, culture, and gender. These themes go hand in hand with various issues pertinent to African Americans like racial profiling and the inheritance of chattel slavery.
Queen Sugar Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘Queen Sugar’ includes Rutina Wesley as Nova Bordelon, the eldest of all the Bordelon children. She is a journalist, activist, and herbal healer; Dawn-Lyen Gardner as Charlotte “Charley” Bordelon West, the second of the Bordelon children. She is a half sibling to Nova and Ralph Angel. She is also a sports manager.
Other cast members include Kofi Siriboe as Ralph Angel Bordelon, the youngest of all the Bordelon children. Tina Lifford as Violet Bordelon; she is Ernest’s younger sister. Omar Dorsey as Hollingsworth “Hollywood” Desonier; he’s a supporter of the Bordelon family. Dondre Whitfield as Remy Newell, who was a pal and confidante to Ernest who soon becomes of great help to Ernest’s children. Bianca Lawson as Darla who plays the role of a recuperating drug addict; she is Ralph Angel’s ex-girlfriend and Blue’s mum. Nicholas L. Ashe comes in as Micah West. Ethan Hutchison as Blue Bordelon. Henry G. Sanders as Prosper Denton, a lifetime companion to Ernest and fellow farmer. Timon Kyle Durrett as Davis West, Charley’s attractive-husband and a celebrity basketball player. Greg Vaughan as Calvin, a wedded police officer and Nova’s longtime clandestine lover and Marycarmen Lopez as Reyna Velez, Blue’s primary school teacher.
Queen Sugar Plot: What is it about?
The show depicts and showcases the strict and complicated lives of three siblings: two sisters, Nova Bordelon, an excellent journalist and activist from New Orleans, and Charley Bordelon, a contemporary lady, who, with her teen son Micah, leaves her posh residence in Los Angeles and shifts to a place situated in the heart of Louisiana to claim the legacy that her recently deceased father has left behind in the form of an 800-acre sugarcane farm. Their brother Ralph Angel is a single father struggling with joblessness and a recuperating drug-addict mother of his child.