Hey Prisms! So, in case any of you have been under a ROCK for the past month, I'm here to tell you about the amazing new show on OWN called Queen Sugar. It is remarkable and it's been on everyone's lips! Directed and executive produced by Ava DuVernay, the show (which is based on a book that I will get around to reading) depicts the separate but connected lives of three siblings (Nova, Charley, and Ralph Angel) after the sudden death of their father. They've got to now figure out how to run his 800-acre farm in Louisiana. Episode 5 is premiering on Wednesday so this post is a sum of the past four episodes. Not gunna lie, this one reminds me A LOT of Soul Food (I might be showing my age here...).
Nova is played by Rutina Wesley (ya might recognize her from True Blood) and she is an activist for young Black men getting locked up unlawfully and/or dealing with police brutality. Obviously, her character resonates so much with what is going on these days so it's cool to see art imitating real life in this way. It would actually be better if this wasn't the case here but, I digress. I love the fact that she's very eccentric and practices herbal medicine. She also made a statement in episode 2 that her mother was a Voodoo priestess, which was pretty riveting in its own. As you may know, Voodoo has been taboo in our culture although the origins of Voodoo was the religion Africans were brought here with (before being forced to "forget" and adopt Christianity instead). So I thought that introducing a character who is very in touch with her spiritual roots OUTSIDE of Christianity was really refreshing and dope.
Charley is Nova's sister, played by Dawn-Lyen Gardner, and she is the daughter who couldn't WAIT to shed her country girl persona and adapt to a new life in busy LA. We all have that one family member that went and got "brand new" on everyone as soon as they came up and won't come back home unless it's an absolute emergency, if that. She has her star athlete husband and is living quite nicely until her father (who had been asking her to come visit him numerous times) passes away and her husband is involved in a rape allegation from a groupie. She is the definition of "life comes at you fast". Oh and Nova read her for absolute FILTH in episode 2. You'll want to watch that part. But I am interested in seeing how her character develops from all she has lost already.
Last but not least...little brother Ralph Angel, played by Kofi Siriboe, has been the apple of a lot of lady viewers' eyes (including me!). Chocolate, bearded, and fine, Ralph Angel's character is actually pretty interesting. He is unemployed and has been struggling to raise his son Blue alone due to his baby mama being a former drug addict. His character portrays all the telltale signs of that prized baby boy of the family who has been spoiled all his life. Because of this, he has been crippled in a lot of ways, including financially and emotionally. He's very sensitive and temperamental and it shows often. His aunt said it best when referring to how he turned out, "Wrestling with the world - a world that ain't got no pedestal for you". Chills. I know a few young men just like him so he'll be interesting to watch.
So have you tuned into Queen Sugar yet? If so, what are your thoughts on the show? And if not, will you?