I almost cried two times during the first thirty minutes of the Queen Sugar premiere, and then I actually did cry two times during the last thirty minutes. There's so much that I want to say about this show. Although it's just three weeks into its run, it's the show I anticipate the most each and every week. What's so sweet about this Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey produced show? So much, but here are my top seven:
- The show showcases The Things We Say, The Way We Say Them. Unlike most TV shows, this one actually feels like it is written by Black people. Maybe that's because it is. Its diverse writers' room is described here. To hear your voice: your words, your thoughts, your inflections, your perspective, it's such a beautiful thing. I realized neither how much I needed it, nor how much I missed it until Queen Sugar premiered.
- The show highlights the diversity of the Black experience in America: one sibling is I-have-my-own-driver rich, with a high profile husband and a son who has known only private schools (with a white girlfriend as proof). Another sibling is an Afrocentric investigative reporter who never takes "no" for an answer, while the sole brother struggles to take care of his son after a stint in prison. Although different, their desire to maintain the legacy of their deceased father, a legacy represented in an 800-acre sugar cane farm in Louisiana, unites them.
- The show features the beauty of the Black female body. If you aren't familiar with actress Rutina Wesley, formerly on True Blood, you's is the one missin' out. Her beauty, her cheekbones, those sister locks, that dark brown skin. I think she's one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen on TV. I stare at her. Every week.
- Queen Sugar gives me all the feels. All of them. The series nourishes every part of me, and as corny as it may sound, it's like the farm of my soul has been in drought and that the rain has finally come.
- "Robert" from the Cosby Show, who's just as fine now as he was when he donned that mask at Vanessa's Halloween party more than two decades ago. I'm pretty sure that if I ran into him while carrying a glass of drinks, that I'd drop them too.
- The show is directed solely by female directors. I do believe that this is a first in the history of television. So, please and thank you Ava!
- It's good, character-driven TV. Don't believe me? Peep the trailer.
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