Tensions were running high in the season two premiere of Queen Sugar, as the Bordelons adjust to a new family dynamic following the unexpected passing of their father.
The critically acclaimed series, led by director Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey, follows the Bordelon siblings, Charley West (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) and Nova (Rutina Wesley), as they come together to run the family business.
As Charley continues to juggle her high-profile split from Davis (Timon Kyle Durrett) and the sugar cane farm with Ralph Angel, Micah (Nicholas L. Ashe) finds himself being profiled by a police officer. Following a heartbreaking split in season one, Violet (Tina Lifford) addresses her true feelings for Hollywood (Omar J. Dorsey)…but is she too late? And will Ralph Angel pursue his right to the property after discovering his late father’s will?
“Usually you know sometimes a series in their second season slump a little. We don't slump we rise,” Winfrey boasted when ET chatted with her and director Ava DuVernay at the Queen Sugar junket earlier this month.
“It's so relatable. I think particularly when you are born of the African American culture,” Winfrey added. “One of the things that Ava has said so eloquently that I now act like it's my own, is that true humanity is born at the kitchen table because that's where everybody is equal.”
DuVernay is a trailblazer in an industry that often lacks diversity. She made it a priority to only hire women as directors this season. Queen Sugar returns with a two-night special premiere airing June 20 and 21 at 10pm ET on OWN.
Hear DuVernay praise fellow female director Patty Jenkins with Winfrey in the video below!