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Queen Sugar

Airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT

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The contemporary drama Queen Sugar, set in Louisiana, chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings: Nova (Rutina Wesley, True Blood),
a worldly-wise journalist and activist; Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Unforgettable), the savvy wife and manager of a professional basketball star; and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe, Awkward), a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption.

In the second season, Nova, Charley and Ralph Angel struggle to move forward with their lives as they strive to honor the legacy of their father after his unexpected passing. Charley relocates to Saint Josephine Parish to help run the family business. As the only black female sugarcane mill owner, she must fight to regain her independence while rebuilding her relationships with her estranged siblings. Ralph Angel struggles to transform from a formerly incarcerated single father to a landowner in the eyes of his family as he tries to re-establish a relationship with his son’s mother. Nova finds herself torn between her activism and her desire to be loved. As the season unfolds, the Bordelons must learn to rely on one another as they navigate the new reality into which they’ve been thrust.

The show is produced for OWN by Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The executive producers are award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and Monica Macer. The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.

Official Trailer: Queen Sugar Season 2:  http://www.oprah.com/own-queensugar/Official-Trailer-Queen-Sugar-Season-2-Video

The debut season won an NAACP Image Award for Best Drama Series, Television Show of the Year from both ABFF and AAFCA, and was a People’s Choice Awards nominee for Favorite Cable Drama. The award-winning first season was the #1 new ad-supported cable series for W25-54 and the #1 new cable series for African-American women and total viewers during the run. Additionally, season one averaged over 2.7 million total viewers in Live+3. 

About “Queen Sugar” Season Two Directors:

  • Kat Candler: Kat Candler returns to season two of “Queen Sugar” as a producing director. Her award-winning film “Hellion” played in competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and she was a participant at the Sundance Creative Producing Lab. She is also a grant recipient of the San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Her television work includes “Being Mary Jane” and an upcoming episode of “12 Monkeys.”
  • DeMane Davis: DeMane Davis has written and directed commercials and independent films. Her two feature films premiered In Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, including “Lift,” starring Kerry Washington, which was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. Davis currently directs commercials for Sweet Rickey, a female-helmed production company.
  • Cheryl Dunye: Cheryl Dunye has made more than 15 films, including HBO’s “Stranger Inside.” Her debut film, “The Watermelon Woman,” was recently restored by Outfest’s UCLA Legacy Project for the film’s 20th anniversary. Dunye has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and she is currently at work on her next feature film, “Black Is Blue.”
  • Aurora Guerrero: Aurora Guerrero has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and director. Her first fiction feature film, “Mosquita y Mari,” received multiple awards, including Best First Narrative Feature and Best Leading Actress at Outfest, and a 2013 John Cassavetes Spirit Award nomination. She began her career as an assistant to directors on films such as “Real Women Have Curves” and “La Mission.”
  • Amanda Marsalis: In the past decade, Amanda Marsalis has built a career as an acclaimed photographer, shooting advertising campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands as well as editorial images and portraiture of some of entertainment’s most notable stars. She made her directorial debut in 2013 with the independent feature film “Echo Park,” which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and she makes her episodic television debut with “Queen Sugar.”