The critically acclaimed drama from Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey, Queen Sugar, returns to OWN in May, and once again, DuVernay has assembled an all-female directing team to tell the story of the Bordelon family.
In the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans, across the tracks from where Homer A. Plessy was removed from a train, sparking the infamous Supreme Court decision “separate but equal,” is visual artist Brandan “Bmike” Odums’ Studio Be.
2017 was a great year for black movies and TV shows, but one would not know it if one looked only at most critics’ year-end top 10 lists.
Discovery Communications parted with a cool $70 million to buy a majority interest in the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Warning: There will be spoilers. You have been warned. If you haven’t seen it yet, get your life.
A little backstory on how we got to the point where this is even a thing: On Nov. 17, 2016, I wrote a piece called “Queen Sugar Hits This Dad Right in the Feels.” By the end of that day, life was different; anything was possible. The piece published first thing in the morning that day. By 2 p.m., I received a call…
There are spoilers in this piece. Consider yourself warned.
Black and Proud is a video series on The Root that focuses on the pride that our favorite black celebrities, tastemakers and thought leaders feel about being black. Many of them talk about our resilience and strength throughout history, while some talk about our undeniable talents, and…
Queen Sugar, the Ava DuVernay-helmed television show on Auntie O’s OWN and based on the book by Natalie Baszile, is kicking ass and taking names right now. It’s easily one of the most compelling shows on television, and probably the only justification for why I see Farmers Only commercials on black television…
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Last month, Oprah Winfrey told a small group of women attending a Queen Sugar event in Los Angeles that the show isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. And of course, Winfrey kept her word: OWN has renewed the spectacular series for a third season.
The character of Toine Wilkins, a transgender police officer on OWN’s critically acclaimed series Queen Sugar, is the first trans person Brian Michael Smith has ever portrayed, and is perhaps the first portrayal of an African-American trans man on a major television show.
We have a new video series here at The Root that we want to share with you all, and it’s called Black and Proud. We get the chance to chat with a lot of our favorite black celebrities, tastemakers and thought leaders, so we decided to ask them about their pride in being black.
Kofi Siriboe is easily the bae of anyone who is attracted to the male species. Kofi knows he’s bae. Kofi also loves black women, fully, unapologetically and relentlessly.
About eight women gathered in a circle and waited patiently for Oprah Winfrey and the stars of Queen Sugar to walk into a hotel room at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills in Los Angeles during a press junket sponsored by OWN. As we all sat there, trying to prep ourselves, there was a buzz of excitement in the air. Here we…
I’m not one to brag, but in my heyday, I was the Michael Jordan of charm. As I’ve gotten older, I’m not as sharp, and in truth, I’ve lost a step. My charm has never worked on my co-host, Danielle Young, aka Ms. Patti Patti LaDanielle, and as such, we hate each other.
It looks as though the three Bordelon children in OWN’s Queen Sugar have some major drama brewing in season 2.
Editor’s note: In Focus is a The Root TV series showcasing the new wave of black filmmakers.
You can’t call it a comeback because we’ve never been here before. To paraphrase actor Omar Dorsey, aka “Hollywood” from the TV show Queen Sugar, at Wednesday night’s African American Film Critics Association Awards, you can’t call it a rebirth because this is something in its infancy.
How (sur) real is…this?