<em>Queen Sugar</em> in NOLA
Aug 21 2017

Queen Sugar in NOLA

By: Alisa Lindsey

One of the hottest television shows on the Oprah Winfrey Network has become the image of Louisiana. Directed by both Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay, Queen Sugar is currently on its second season and just announced that it will be coming back for a third season. The show has received an image award from the NAACP for its amazing first season.

Some may ask, what is Queen Sugar? It’s a television show shot in New Orleans and set in Louisiana, and the story line is centered around the journey of the Bordelon children. Estranged siblings Nova, a journalist; Charley, a Los Angeles-based sports manager; and Ralph Angel, ex-con and single father, uproot their individual lives to save the family’s sugarcane farm in rural Louisiana. Together they must navigate relationships in business and family following their father’s unexpected death.

The show has highlighted current as well as past issues. Though Queen Sugar focuses on certain modern issues that you hear about in the media, it also brings those issues into the family’s lives. Therefore, you begin to see two sides to these stories—including a more personal perspective—versus only what’s shown in the media.

In season two, the director has decided to include commentary from actors and viewers at the end of the shows. The cast includes Rutina Wesley, who was also a leading actress in the television show True Blood; Dawn-Lyen Gardner; Kofi Siriboe, who is featured in the movie Girl’s Trip; Nicholas L. Ashe; Dondre T. Whitfield; Omar J. Dorsey; Timon Kyle Durrett; Tina Lifford; Ethan Hutchinson; Henry G. Sanders; and Bianca Lawson. The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.

The first half of the season has just finished with its mid-season finale, and has highlighted themes including issues between siblings, marriage, parenting, relationships, and business concerns. The television show has placed viewers on several emotional rollercoasters. During the commentaries, you find several viewers crying as they relate different scenes to their own life stories.

If you are interested in tuning in, you have time to catch up. The second half of season two is scheduled to return in the fall.

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