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‘Queen Sugar’ Trailer: A Funeral Brings Family Home in Ava DuVernay’s Oprah Winfrey Network Series

The "Selma" director's new drama premieres this fall.

“Queen Sugar”

We’re still a ways away from Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time,” but the “Selma” director’s next project will be gracing the small screen later this year. “Queen Sugar,” a new series based on Natalie Baszile’s novel and set to air on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), has just released its first teaser.

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The new footage is as all such videos should be: nonexistent in terms of plot but rich in detail and visually arresting. “It’s time to focus on family,” a woman says in voice-over at the beginning; from there it’s a barrage of imagery divorced from narrative: a basketball court, a backyard party, a dilapidated house and several unhappy people. “Queen Sugar” stars Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner as two sisters: Wesley plays a journalist and activist in New Orleans, Gardner a mother from Los Angeles who moves to Louisiana to move into the 800-acre sugarcane farm she inherited from her father.

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Oprah co-created the series, continuing the collaboration she and DuVernay began on “Selma”; she’ll also have a recurring role. “Queen Sugar” premieres this fall, though OWN has yet to set a date.


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