Oprah’s OWN cable network is releasing a new series with “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and the talent-packed drama just got a trailer. “Queen Sugar” is the story of sisters Charley Bordelon (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and Nova Bordelon (Rutina Wesley), who head to Louisiana to claim an 800-acre sugarcane farm left for them by their recently deceased father.
“Queen Sugar” is based on a novel by Natalie Baszile of the same name.
As one of the loudest critics of #OscarsSoWhite, it was important to DuVernay to make the creation of the story an inclusive process.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, DuVernay said, “That woman’s voice and that point of view is something that I had to have. We opened it up and hand-picked some brilliant directors to collaborate and the results are stunning.”
The show brags an inclusive and all female directorial crew, including DuVernay, the first African-American female sit-com director Neema Barnette, and Independent Spirit Award nominees, Tanya Hamilton and So Yong Kim.
“Queen Sugar” will have a two-night premiere on Sept. 6 and 7 at 10pm ET/PT on OWN.