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Queen Sugar 

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Follows the life of three siblings, who move to Louisiana to claim an inheritance from their recently departed father - an 800-acre sugarcane farm.


Ava DuVernay
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Ralph Angel gets unexpected news. The fate of the prison is finally decided. Charley continues to advocate for the farmers. Violet and Hollywood celebrate their love.

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Series cast summary:
Rutina Wesley ...  Nova Bordelon 42 episodes, 2016-2018
Dawn-Lyen Gardner ...  Charley Bordelon West 42 episodes, 2016-2018
Kofi Siriboe ...  Ralph Angel Bordelon 42 episodes, 2016-2018
Omar J. Dorsey ...  Hollywood Desonier 42 episodes, 2016-2018
Nicholas L. Ashe ...  Micah West 42 episodes, 2016-2018
Dondre Whitfield ...  Remy Newell 42 episodes, 2016-2018
Ethan Hutchison ...  Blue Bordelon 42 episodes, 2016-2018
Tina Lifford ...  Violet Bordelon 42 episodes, 2016-2018
Bianca Lawson ...  Darla 38 episodes, 2016-2018
Timon Kyle Durrett ...  Davis West 33 episodes, 2016-2018
Henry G. Sanders ...  Prosper Denton 25 episodes, 2016-2018


Follows the life of three siblings, who move to Louisiana to claim an inheritance from their recently departed father - an 800-acre sugarcane farm.

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Release Date:

6 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Королева сахара See more »

Filming Locations:

Edgard, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Actresses Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner trained together as actors at Juilliard School. See more »


Referenced in The 39th Annual Young Artist Awards (2018) See more »

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Infuriating and Righteous
7 September 2016 | by jenniferscott-madisonSee all my reviews

"Queen Sugar" examines the intricate dynamic of familial relationships, race, culture and heritage. If you're interested in another predictable array of characters and plot twists, then you will likely be disappointed. Should your soul require retouching, or should the transcendence of blackness be something you dare allow handle you, then Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey's collaboration is well worth your attention.

The highly praised director of 2014's "Selma" is yet breaking ground as one of the elite visionaries of our time. Equipped with a diverse crew under all-women directors, "Queen Sugar" takes you to the mountaintop with intimate aesthetics and actors whose commitments will leave you at the edge of your seat. You will also journey through the valley as siblings Nova, a natural healer, journalist and activist, sister Charley, a scholar, business manager and NBA wife, and their brother, the previously incarcerated single-father, Ralph Angel, are further bound in the wake of their father's failing health. This may sound a little like George Tillman Jr.'s 1997 film "Soul Food," and while the resemblance is uncanny, the setup is real. Unfortunate as it is, life tends to bring families together on few occasions—mainly weddings and funerals. It's painful, and beautiful. It's infuriating, and righteous. It's a feeling of undisputed connectedness that empties your belly and puts weight in your toes. And in the midst of America's current socio climate pervaded by the Black Lives Matter movement, rest assured that "Queen Sugar" is both aware and intentional. You will be moved and forced to confront some difficult scenarios should you choose to tune in. "Queen Sugar" is certainly more than entertainment, but make no mistake, it's still damn good TV. If that doesn't convince you, the opening scene of episode one featuring Nova played by Rutine Wesley ("True Blood") in little more than sweat and shadows to accompany her luscious locs and exquisitely defined sable physique should provide more motivation, if not #workoutgoals. And get ready to upgrade your playlist as neo-soul artist Meshell Ndegeocello's musical direction offers the perfect underlay to what already promises to be a phenomenal project.

The contemporary drama is adapted from a novel of the same name written by Natalie Baszile. Leading roles are portrayed by: Rutine Wesley (Nova), Dawn-Lyen Garner (Charley), and Kofi Siriboe (Ralph Angel).

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