Queen Sugar Continues Its Matriarchy, Adds 4 New Directors. Cree Summer and Bryan Terrell Clark to Guest Star

(L-R): Cree Summer  on May 10, 2019 in North Hollywood, Ca.; Bryan Terrell Clark on April 30, 2018 in New York City.
(L-R): Cree Summer on May 10, 2019 in North Hollywood, Ca.; Bryan Terrell Clark on April 30, 2018 in New York City.
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Less than a week ‘til we’re back with the Bordelons!

Queen Sugar has been living up to its titular name, having been helmed exclusively by queens—all female directors handpicked by creator and executive producer Ava DuVernay. The fourth season is adding more directors: award-winning music video director Lacey Duke, C. Fitz, Pratibha Parmar, Deborah Kampmeier and Stacey Muhammad. With these additions, that means Queen Sugar boasts 32 female filmmakers who have made their U.S. scripted television directing debuts.


On Tuesday, Kofi Siriboe (who portrays Ralph Angel) posted a fun behind-the-scenes pic with the caption, “First male director of Queen Sugar.”

Ha! Too cute.

As for what to expect with the fourth season ... whew. Mess will be had.

Per the official press release:

In the series’ fourth season, the contemporary drama returns as the Bordelons find themselves continuing their fight to save their family farm and preserve their father’s legacy as they navigate their own personal journeys. Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) remains in the thick of the trials and tribulations in both her personal and professional life as she continues to battle the Landry family while also trying to ensure Micah’s (Nicholas Ashe) safety and future. Nova (Rutina Wesley) publishes her memoir and while she goes on a book tour around the country sharing her family secrets and shaking things up at home, she unexpectedly encounters significant relationships from her past along the way. Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) is managing fatherhood and his complicated relationship with ex-girlfriend Darla (Bianca Lawson) after learning he is not the biological father of his son, Blue (Ethan Hutchison), and is encouraged by an old friend to create opportunities for formerly incarcerated men.

Listen. This show is set on a gorgeous sugar farm and Season 4 is about to deliver some sweet tea.

Also, Cree Summer (A Different World) and Bryan Terrell Clark (Hamilton) will be making guest appearances this season. Summer will portray professor Octavia Laurent, a past love of Nova Bordelon (Rutina Wesley) who will be poppin’ up on Nova during her book tour stop in Atlanta. Oops, pow, surprise! Clark will heat things up as Darla’s (Bianca Lawson) new love interest. Summer and Clark will be joining an exciting guest star list including David Alan Grier, Tevin Campbell, Erica Tazel, and Kendall Clark.


Season 4 of Queen Sugar returns Wednesday, June 12 at 9 p.m. ET / PT on OWN.


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Hey, very cool.  Cree is the queen of voiceovers, but it’s nice to see her back on the screen. (I may have missed out on some things since “A Different World”...?) and her album produced by Lenny Kravitz years ago was awesome.  (Another, please?)