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"Queen Sugar" review by Suzanne 9/10/16
Airs Wednesdays 10/9c on OWN

This is a very good drama in many ways. The people and situations are very realistic. Ava DuVernay created the show and wrote some of it. She did the movie "Selma."  Oprah Winfrey fell in love with DuVerynay's writing, so that's why the show is on her network.  I'm not black, but from what I've read and seen, the show is a rarity in that it shows real black people of all different types, from all different walks of life, in a very real way.

The story focuses on the Bordelon, whose siblings return home when their father dies.  They're all very different people.  We learn about all of them right away.  I only really have two complaints about the show. First of all, it's kind of slow. I'm sure some people will like the pacing because it adds flavor to the show (it's set in Louisiana, where things do most pretty slowly).

I had a little problem figuring out what was going on and who's who because some of the actors mumble, and the show has terrible closed-captioning. Not only is it way behind, it leaves out a lot. I watch all shows with the closed-captioning, and the quality varies, but I really need it with this show. Also, when you're learning who the characters are in a new show, it's important that they all look very different. You need to have people with very different hair or other features. I didn't think this was adequate on this show.  Because of this, I had some trouble with learning who some of the characters are. I'm sure it would have been much easier, though, if I could understand all of the dialogue.

I would say, though, that it's a very good show, so it's worth watching it until you do figure out who's who and what's going on.  Maybe you have better hearing than I do, so you'll get into it even quicker.

Greg Vaughan, whom you may know from "Charmed" or one of his many soap opera roles (most recently as Eric on "Days of Our Lives"), plays a small part here as lover to one of the sisters, Nova. Nova is played by Rutina Wesley, who played Tara on "True Blood." Those are the only two actors I recognize, but they are all fine actors.


Queen Sugar

Premieres September 6 & 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

“Queen Sugar” chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Saint Josephine, Louisiana: Charley, the savvy wife and manager of a professional basketball star; Nova, a world-wise journalist and activist; and Ralph Angel, a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption. After a family tragedy, the Bordelons must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives in order to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South. “Queen Sugar” is produced for OWN by Warner Horizon Television. The executive producers are Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay. The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.

Rutina Wesley stars as Nova Bordelon, a formidable journalist and activist based in New Orleans. Her life, and that of her brother and their extended family, undergoes significant change when her sister, Charley, returns to Louisiana from Los Angeles to help run the family sugarcane farm.

Dawn-Lyen Gardner stars as Charley Bordelon West, the charismatic and savvy manager and wife of professional basketball superstar Davis West, with whom she has a challenging, conflicted relationship. The proud mother of Micah, Charley is originally from New Orleans, but never seems to get the time to go back home in the midst of her busy, exciting and public life in Los Angeles.

Kofi Siriboe stars as Ralph Angel Bordelon, the youngest Bordelon sibling. Formerly incarcerated and somewhat worn out by life, Ralph Angel is trying to make a new start — and find a job — while raising his beloved 6-year-old son Blue with the help of family members, notably his aunt Violet.

Omar J. Dorsey stars as Hollywood Desonier, a rugged, resourceful man and staunch supporter of the Bordelon family. The longtime boyfriend of Violet Bordelon (aunt to Charley, Nova and  Ralph Angel), Hollywood clearly loves her — and doesn’t think anything of their 20-year age difference. 

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