Queen Sugar (2016-)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I love this series. It’s equal parts joy, outrage, familial love, familial disappointment, community, and tension. Based on the debut novel of the the same name by Natalie Baszile, the story unfolds after the death of Charley Bordelon’s father, a sugar cane farmer.

Louisiana has been fertile ground for both film and television in recent years and this series does a wonderful job of highlighting the sense of place that you cannot get elsewhere.

The talent involved in this series is mind-blowingly good. Every single performer is wonderfully cast and used to great effect. Creator Ava DuVernay might be who brings in lots of others, but I must confess it’s my appreciation of Rutina Wesley that drew me. I’ve been a fan of Wesley since her work as Tara on True Blood. She is joined by Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe as siblings, and Tina Lifford as their aunt.

Published by Kellie

Engaged citizen, polymath, avid collector, web nerd, sommelier, Chicago native, architecture buff and lifelong Cubs fan.

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