CEO & media proprietor Oprah Winfery, director Ava Duvernay, and the cast of Queen Sugar met for a private reception of OWN’s new television show Queen Sugar. Winfery invited her close friends and colleagues to The Legacy Kitchen in New Orleans.
The series follows the life of two sisters, Nova Bordelon (playing by Rutina Wesley), the formidable journalist and activist from New Orleans, and Charley Bordelon (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), a modern woman, who, with her teenage son Micah (Nicholas Ashe), leaves her upscale apartment in Los Angeles and moves to the heart of Louisiana to claim an inheritance from her recently departed father – an 800-acre sugarcane farm.
Media mogul Oprah made her very first appearance at the Essence Festival. Lady O made her Essence debut at the Empowerment Experience stage before the reception.
DuVernay was the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award. With Selma, she was also the first black female director to have her film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Tall Boy spoke exclusively with actors Kofi Siriboe, Dawn-Leyn Gardner, Tina Lippford, & Dondre Whitfield about the phone call they received from Duvernay about being casted for Queen Sugar. Tall Boy also spoke with Omari Hardwick about the role Duvernay has played with his career. The series will debut at 10 PM Tuesday and Wednesday, September 6-7 on OWN. It then will air regularly at 10 PM Wednesdays for the remainder of its 13-episode first season. To learn more on Queen Sugar follow the show on Twitter @QUEENSUGAROWN