Queen Sugar is the new drama on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN directed by Selma filmmaker Ava DuVernay. The story starts with the death of patriarch Ernest Bordelon who owns an 800-acre sugarcane farm in Louisiana. When he dies, he leaves the farm to his three adult children: journalist Nova (Rutina Wesley), pro basketball player wife Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), and ex-con, single father Ralph (Kofi Siriboe). Together they struggle to fulfill their father’s dying wish.
Ernest Bordelon is portrayed by veteran actor Glynn Turman. He’s recognized for his roles on House of Lies (Jeremiah Kaan), In Treatment (Alex Prince, Sr.), The Wire (Mayor Clarence Royce), A Different World (Col. Brad Taylor), and Peyton Place (Lew Miles), among many others. Fun fact: Turman got his big break at the age of 13 when he starred on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun as Travis Younger opposite Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee. Queen Sugar airs Wednesdays at 10pm on OWN.
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