“Queen Sugar” fans only have to wait two more months to find out what’s happening with the Bordelon siblings.
The Ava DuVernay-helmed, Oprah Winfrey-produced hit returns for its second season with a two-night event June 20 and June 21 on OWN. This news is pretty awesome considering the series debuted last September. The show also has been on my mind because I was in New Orleans and ran into Kofi Siriboe a week ago.
Siriboe, who stars as Ralph Angel Bordelon, was in town shooting the second season and told me that they had just wrapped taping the fourth episode. As much as I wanted to pry, I refrained from pressing him about season two spoilers since this wasn’t an official interview. We just chatted briefly about life, Hollywood and my sister’s career (she works in higher education, and he expressed interested in her work). He was very cool, down-to-earth and, yes, ladies, just as handsome in person as he is onscreen.
Siriboe isn’t the only reason why we’re awaiting “Queen Sugar’s” return. The series, which also stars Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner, is quite good with strong story lines, great cinematography and diverse characters who are very complicated. All of this contributed to the series winning an NAACP Image Award for Best Drama Series, Television Show of the Year from both the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), and was a People’s Choice Awards nominee for Favorite Cable Drama.
Regarding the upcoming season, an OWN press release offers this refresher:
"In the series' second season, the contemporary drama returns as the Bordelon siblings struggle to move forward with their lives as they strive to honor the legacy of their father following his unexpected passing. Charley (Gardner, "Unforgettable") relocates to Saint Josephine, Louisiana, 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 (Siriboe, "Girls Trip") struggles to transform from a formerly incarcerated single father to a land owner in the eyes of his family as he works to restore his relationship with his son's mother. Nova (Wesley, "True Blood") finds herself torn between her activism and her desire to be loved. Together, they must learn to rely on one another as they navigate their tenuous bonds as family."
OK, so that was more of a refresher than a cup full of Lipton. But, I’m still looking forward to seeing how Charley will do running the mill and whether she’ll take her philandering hubby back or stick with Remy. Also, I want to know what’s up with my favorite TV couple, Aunt Violet and Hollywood. I hope they quit playing, speak their hearts and realize they belong together.
“Queen Sugar,” based on Natalie Baszile’s 2014 novel of the same name, also garnered praise when DuVernay made the conscious decision to hire an all-female directorial team for the first season. That tradition will continue with Cheryl Dunye, DeMane Davis, Kat Candler, Aurora Guerrero and Amanda Marsalis, set to direct season two episodes, according to an OWN press release. Additional names will be announced at a later date.
"Queen Sugar" season two premieres June 20 and June 21 at 10 p.m. ET on OWN. Check out my sit-down with DuVernay about this series below.