I have to apologize for being late to the Queen Sugar party, especially after having watched and loved Greenleaf on OWN. I knew when Queen Sugar was premiering, and I had every intention of watching it because Oprah and Ava DuVernay had something to do with it. Still, I slept on it. And between my month in Nigeria and Ada Verastic’s party, I only just got to binge-watching it.
The more I know about how Black people were and continue to be mistreated, the angrier I become. Queen Sugar is not about slavery or the mistreatment of Black people, but the struggles of the average Black person – regardless of his/her socio-economic status is a recurring theme.
But most of all, it’s about family and life and values and affirmations and what is wrong or right. Right or wrong is not always black and white. Sometimes, or maybe most times, life is gray. What is right or wrong depends on who is looking at the picture.
Three siblings – Nova, Charley, and Ralph-Angel, along with their aunt, Violet are in mourning, and nothing brings a family together more than tragedy – unfortunately. What we witness is what we see in our everyday lives: individuals struggling with their morals and convictions. Love. Marriage. Racism. Sexism. Sex. Infidelity. Lies. Betrayal. Loyalty. Money. Incarceration.
Season 1 just concluded two weeks ago, but all the episodes are available OnDemand on OWN. And at the end of each episode, you get a bonus. Well, it’s a bonus for me. You get to see Ava DuVernay at the end of each episode telling you about the episode and the director. Ava DuVernay is the creator and executive producer of Queen Sugar.
Read about it. Watch it. You’re gonna love it.