Q: A positive thing coming this Gemini Season?
A: Queen Sugar season 4.
The date for the OWN hit show created by Ava Duvernay has been set for June 12th. Queen Sugar follows 3 siblings in New Orleans, Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), Nova (Rutina Wesley) and Ralph Angel Bordelon (Kofi Siriboe) as they struggle to further their late father’s legacy by maintaining acres of farmland left to Ralph Angel.
No surprise that the inclusivity warrior Ava Duvernay has drafted 4 new women to direct episodes for the anticipated season. According to Shadowandact.com Duvernay’s latest all female directing team consists of “Cheryl Dunye (who will also be producing director) along with Carmen Marrón, Numa Perrier, Heidi Saman, Bola Ogun and Tchaiko Omawale. They will be making their television directorial debut.”
The directors have impressive credentials and films that affirm their spot on set. Duvernay has a talent for picking her female teams. Shadowandact describes the team’s background in film as the following:
“Dunye, the groundbreaking auteur most known for her film The Watermelon Woman, made her television directing debut on Queen Sugar a nd has gone on to helm episodes of Claws, The Chi, The Fosters, Star a nd the upcoming David Makes Man. Perrier, the creator of Black & Sexy TV is getting rave reviews for her feature directorial debut, Jezebel, which recently premiered at SXSW. Nigerian-American filmmaker Ogun's short film, Are We Good Parents was an SXSW Film Festival official selection in 2018. Omawale's feature film, Solace, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2018.”
Season 3 left off exploring familial ties, elevated expression of love, betrayal, leadership, criminal justice system, independence and freedom. Queen Sugar pulled its audience deep in the murky waters of Charley’s fight for the Black farmers. There should be a very emotional season coming this summer.
Article by Tenia Hardy