Queen Sugar

 Photo Courtesy of Ebony Magazine’s July/August Edition

Photo Courtesy of Ebony Magazine’s July/August Edition

I am a Queen Sugar fan!! 🙌🏾🙌🏾 And if you’re under the sound of THIS post you are too. In watching its season two finale the absolute genius of Creator, Ava Duvernay was front and center. For 90 minutes I-WAS-GLUED! Before I could even capture the words to write I first had to catch my breath. Laying in bed speechless and crying I immediately felt impelled to disperse my thoughts. I was left with pages of verbs and adjectives trying to depict and digest what I had just witnessed. Each and every character was so exposed, yet so dedicated to continue on in some form of love.

 Dawn-Lyen Gardner: Photo Courtesy of Ebony Magazine’s July/August Edition 

Dawn-Lyen Gardner: Photo Courtesy of Ebony Magazine’s July/August Edition 

I watched Ralph Angel (sweet Lawd 😍) cancel his romantic love in Darla and rediscover his unconditional for Blue. I watched Charley release her love for Remy and cling to her love of herself. And the absolute bravery found in mature love between Violet and Hollywood was shown as they decided to embraced committment... that forever kind of love. I’ve been getting to know these characters for two seasons now and so far I LOVE the vulnerability and humanity in their stories.

 Kofie Siriboe: Photo Courtesy of Ebony Magazine’s July/August Edition

Kofie Siriboe: Photo Courtesy of Ebony Magazine’s July/August Edition

So what now? I feel that it’s an important conversation to have when we really try to explore how we love. Love is a concept uneasy to define. We know we want it, but how does one love even in the midst of hurt, deceit, betrayal or even anger. Forgiveness is hard enough, but loving someone in spite of it is a tougher sale. How do you challenge yourself to continue to share love for a child you’ve learned was born of a lie? How do you love a community that turns its back on you? How do you love when you can’t trust? How do you forgive yourself after countless bad decisions that have caused so much suffering in the people you love? How do you truly love someone until death do us part? The honest answer is to those questions is to just continue loving.

 Rutina Wesley: Photo Courtesy of Ebony Magazine’s July/August Edition

Rutina Wesley: Photo Courtesy of Ebony Magazine’s July/August Edition

Despite the range of emotions I felt watching [Dream Variations] I was so full yet so hungry. Tina Lifford (Violet) explained it best. Queen Sugar IS  “a bigger more expansive idea of ourselves.” It is a true representation of the way love constantly shows up in our lives.

These re-enacted realities made me feel a sense of immense depth in love. Despite the individual devastations there was so much transparency and furthermore hope. I now ask you to inspect your own demons.

Thank you Ms. Ava Duvernay 👏🏽👏🏽 for being such a trendsetter and a medium to challenge your viewers to see the humanity in our mistakes. Thank you for encouraging us to start a conversation to be better. And Mother Oprah thank you 👏🏽👏🏽 for entrusting Ava with this intoxicating “visual palette” that is absolutely great for TV. Season 3.... we’re waiting! #OWNit

If you’re a true Queen Sugar fan, let’s share some dialogue about your experience?