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Queen Sugar Season 4 Episode 9 Review: Stare at the Same Fires

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Everyone gets knocked down eventually and it was Charley's turn on Queen Sugar Season 4 Episode 9.

It was difficult to blame Charley for going on a bender; her sister wrote a best-selling tell-all novel that trashed her. Her enemies set the mill she's worked so hard to make a success, on fire.

And in the middle of it all, the guy she was really starting to fall for broke up with her.

Would Charley have found her way back to her feet again on her own? Yes, because the woman has an inner strength that doesn't understand how to quit, but that doesn't mean the hand up wasn't appreciated.

Queen Sugar Season 4 Episode 8 Review: All The Borders

As Violet told Prosper in this Queen Sugar quote, the Bordelon family has been through a rough spell:

Prosper: You get knocked down, you get back up.

Violet: Yeah, well, this was one hell
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‘Moonlight’ Oscar Winner Says ‘David Makes Man’ Is a John Hughes Movie For People Like Him

‘Moonlight’ Oscar Winner Says ‘David Makes Man’ Is a John Hughes Movie For People Like Him
“It’s rare that the interiority of black men is depicted on screen,” said Academy Award-winner Tarell Alvin McCraney. That theme permeated the Oscar-winning “Moonlight” and it’s at the center of McCraney’s new Own series, “David Makes Man.” The hour-long drama centers on a 14-year-old prodigy (Akili McDowell) from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend as his hard-working mother looks to him to find a way out of poverty. In choosing between the streets that raised him, or the higher education that may offer a way out, the interior struggle gives the series its soul.

It’s a series in which David’s interior life is generously examined, and sumptuously illustrated, bringing to life the dreams and disappointments of young black men from poor and working-class backgrounds who live in a constant state of uncertainty and anxiety. “A black man enters any
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Queen Sugar Season 4 Episode 8 Review: All The Borders

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Keep your enemies close may be good strategy but it can be difficult to pull off when they burn down your house, or in the case of Queen Sugar Season 4 Episode 8, your mill.

Charley Bordelon has gotten knocked down more times than I can recall, but to her credit, she never fails to get back up.

This time, someone set the Queen Sugar mill on fire, putting it out of business for the foreseeable future.

Although no one was willing to take direct credit for the arson, there was no shortage of possible suspects, with Francis Boudreaux at the top of that list.

Queen Sugar Season 4 Episode 7 Review: Of Several Centuries

The old woman's perfect makeup and polite but phony smile have always barely hidden her disdain for Charley, but this time, the truth came spewing forward.

Francis: I don’t know who burned your mill because I did not
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‘The New Gods’: Everything You Need to Know About Ava DuVernay’s DC Superhero Epic

After making the jump to blockbuster studio filmmaking with her 2018 Disney adaptation “A Wrinkle in Time,” Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay is preparing for the next stop on her ascent up the Hollywood ladder: a DC superhero comic book adaptation with some serious cosmic energy. The “Selma” and “Middle of Nowhere” director was hired into the DC Extended Universe fold in March of 2018, where she will take on a long-hinted at side of the DC world.

The New Gods” is based on the comic book series of the same name, the brainchild of creator/designer Jack Kirby. It first appeared in 1971 and focuses on the warring inhabitants of two planets: New Genesis and Apokolips. Highfather rules the former in relative harmony, whereas Darkseid lords over its dystopian neighbor.

While news about the project has been relatively slim since DuVernay came on board last year, the social media-savvy creator has recently started
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Listen: Tarell Alvin McCraney on the Importance of ‘David Makes Man’ Narrative

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Listen: Tarell Alvin McCraney on the Importance of ‘David Makes Man’ Narrative
When Tarell Alvin McCraney first brought the idea of “David Makes Man” to the Oprah Winfrey Network, Own wasn’t looking for stories with the narrative of a 14-year-old genius, shaken by the death of his friend, and must decide to either pursue higher education or the streets to bring his family out of poverty. Though, with the addition of other dramas like “Queen Sugar” and “GreenLeaf” to the network’s slate, “David Makes Man” fits in perfectly with its Wednesday night lineup while maintaining a story that sets it apart from the rest.

“With the opening up of narrative and fiction, and drama on the network, we get a chance to be apart of a deeper conversation about community, about healing, about issues that are very specific to community and it doesn’t stop anyone else from watching it but it does allow us to be next to. We
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Lilly Wachowski Makes Rare Public Appearance at Panel About Trans Visibility in Hollywood

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“In my mind, media representation for transgender people is a life or death issue,” said GLAAD’s Director of Transgender Representation Nick Adams at ‘The Power of TV: Trans Visibility in Storytelling’ panel on Thursday night. “Humans are creatures who want to see themselves reflected back from the screen. When you look to the media and see nothing, it really makes you feel like there is no future for you, no place for you in the culture.”

Hosted by The Television Academy Foundation and moderated by Adams, the panel delved into the experiences and challenges facing the transgender community in the fight for visibility and representation on screen. Panelists included director Lilly Wachowski, “Pose” executive producer Steven Canals, “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Alex Blue Davis, “Transparent” actress Alexandra Billings and “Queen Sugar” actor Brian Michael Smith.

Billings revealed that she had been on the verge of suicide before seeing herself
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Queen Sugar Season 4 Episode 7 Review: Of Several Centuries

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Nova was having one the best days she’s had in months on Queen Sugar Season 4 Episode 7.

Many fans had been hoping for Calvin’s return. He was one of Nova’s most intense love interests, and one of the most complicated.

His reemergence certainly put a smile on Nova’s face and a hopeful spark in her eyes that hasn’t been there in a long time.

Nova didn't look like that with Octavia, nor with Chantal, not with Remy, or even Robert.

It’s not every day the love of a man’s life writes a book and then tells the world he’s the love of hers.

Calvin Permalink: It’s not every day the love of a man’s life writes a book and then tells the world he’s the... Added: July 30, 2019

One of Calvin and Nova’s biggest stumbling points wasn’t necessarily the difference in skin color,
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Warner Horizon Scripted TV Fortifies Exec Team, Names Leigh London Redman Exec VP of Scripted

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Warner Horizon Scripted Television is fortifying its executive team, upping Leigh London Redman to the newly created position of executive vice president of scripted programming and promoting Kevin Fortson and Matt Matzkin to newly formed executive VP positions in production and business affairs for both scripted and unscripted TV, respectively.

London Redman, in her new role, will spearhead day-to-day creative affairs activities in Whstv-produced original scripted programming, including dramas, comedies, event series and more. She will also oversee development of new TV shows and supervise current programming for existing series. Prior to her promotion, she had been senior VP of scripted programming since 2015, first joining the company five years before that as VP of scripted programming.

Thirteen series are currently under her purview, including TNT’s “Animal Kingdom” and “Claws,” Own’s “Cherish the Day,” “David Makes Man” and “Queen Sugar,” HBO Max’s upcoming “The Flight Attendant,” Netflix’s “Fuller House,
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Ava DuVernay’s Own Drama ‘Cherish the Day’ Casts Xosha Roquemore, Alano Miller

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Ava DuVernay’s Own Drama ‘Cherish the Day’ Casts Xosha Roquemore, Alano Miller
Ava DuVernay’s second Own series, “Cherish the Day,” has cast “The Mindy Project” alum Xosha Roquemore and Alano Miller from “Underground” as its leads.

Each season of the drama will chronicle the stirring romance of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. “The season-long narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel us to hold true to the ones we love, from the extraordinary to the ever,” Own said of the season.

Roquemore plays Gently James and Miller plays Evan Fisher. The couple meets and falls in love in Los Angeles, with the full season spanning five years in eight episodes.

Also Read: 'Batman' Writer Tom King Will Start Work on Script for 'New Gods' the Day After Comic-Con Ends

DuVernay created and is executive producing the anthology, which received a straight-to-series order, from Warner Horizon Scripted Television as part of
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Jett Slade on The Young & The Restless — Everything You Need to Know

The character of Jett Slade on The Young & The Restless was a mystery when he first appeared in March of 2019, but his portrayer, Gilbert Glenn Brown, may be familiar to some viewers. While this role marks his daytime debut, the actor has made numerous appearances in film and television. Devon Hamilton wanted to know what his sister, Ana Hamilton, was doing with all her money and suspected she was in serious debt. But after following her to a motel, he discovered that she was actually funding medical treatments for her father. And much to Devon’s surprise, her father turned out to be former R&b star Jett Slade! However, he is in poor health and needs constant care from his nurse, Elena Dawson. Devon invited them both to move into the penthouse with him and Ana, and Jett accepted. He was reluctant to agree to Devon's suggestion that he
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Queen Sugar Season 4 Episode 6 Review: By the Spit

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Charley Bordelon began her campaign for a seat on the city council with her family beside her and a brick thrown at her on Queen Sugar Season 4 Episode 6.

Something tells me that the brick will be the least of the challenges she'll face during fight.

As Romero pointed out in this Queen Sugar quote, there's no doubt that this campaign will be a battle.

Romero: Are you sure you want to do this? I know you’ve thought this through but the Landry-Boudreaux family, I mean, they’re a lot.

Charley: I’m a lot. Whatever I have to do, whoever I need to talk to, I’ll do for St. Jo and for my Daddy. I can’t lose his land.

Permalink: I’m a lot. Whatever I have to do, whoever I need to talk to, I’ll do for St. Jo and for my... Added: July 23, 2019

Charley Bordelon is fierce,
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Queen Sugar Season 4 Episode 4 Review: Skin Transparent

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Nova continued to dive into dark corners and share them with the world on Queen Sugar Season 4 Episode 4 all while expecting her family would magically come to terms with it and forgive her.

Nova doesn't seem to understand the damage she's done and what the continued consequences of her book might be in the future.

But it might be starting to sink in that her family isn't just going to wake up one morning and tell her everything is all right, at least not any time soon.

And this new story about Ernest isn't going to help.

Admittedly, at least this one is sort of Nova's story. It's about what she witnessed as a child.

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As much as I applaud her for calling out the evil she witnessed in those racist men who threatened to sexually assault a 10-year-old girl,
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Queen Sugar Season 4 Episode 3 Review: Where My Body Stops or Begins

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Violet Bordelon's day went from bad to worse to downright frightening on Queen Sugar Season 4 Episode 3.

Nova claimed Aunt Vi was one of the strongest women she's ever known, but it looked like she was actively trying to test Vi's limits with this novel.

Nova: I never meant for things to come to this.

Hollywood: Yeah, you never do.

Permalink: Yeah, you never do. Added: June 25, 2019

Thank goodness Vi has Hollywood there to stand by her through this.

Because it's clear that Jimmy Dale didn't drive all the way to St. Josephine to check out Violet's new diner, say hello, and make amends.

When Nova tracked down Jimmy Dale to get his side of the story, she poked the hornet's nest and unfortunately, it's Violet who is the one getting stung.

Jimmy was all smiles and charm until he realized he wasn't going to get his way, then, like the flip of a switch,
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‘Lovecraft Country’: Jamie Neumann, Erica Tazel & Mac Brandt To Recur On HBO Series

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‘Lovecraft Country’: Jamie Neumann, Erica Tazel & Mac Brandt To Recur On HBO Series
Exclusive: Former The Deuce star Jamie Neumann, Erica Tazel (The Good Fight) and Kingdom alum Mac Brandt are set for recurring roles opposite Jonathan Majors, Courtney B. Vance and Jurnee Smollett-Bell on HBO’s upcoming straight-to-series drama Lovecraft Country, from Misha Green, Oscar winner Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, and Warner Bros Television.

Penned by Green based on the 2016 novel from Matt Ruff, Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Freeman (Majors) as he joins up with his friend Letitia (Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George (Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.

Neumann will play Hillary, an outdoorsy woman who migrates to the big city – where her dreams turn into nightmares.
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Queen Sugar Season 4 Episode 2 Review: I No Longer Imagine

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As Queen Sugar Season 4 Episode 2 dove into the difficult subjects of racism and rape culture, it did so with such compelling family drama that we couldn't look away even if we wanted to.

Because this is about how the Bordelon family relates to one another and the world around them, and it's frequently messy and uncomfortable.

Especially with Nova putting every personal, painful detail out there for perfect strangers to read and judge through their own lens.

What was most shocking was that Nova was so naive, or willfully blind, to what she's about to put her family through.

Nova: This story is going to help so many people.

Ralph Angel: I don’t give a damn about so many people, Nova! And my life ain’t no story. I care about my son.

Permalink: I don’t give a damn about so many people, Nova! And my life ain’t no story.
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'David Makes Man' to Premiere August 14 on Own

Own: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that its anticipated new drama series David Makes Man from Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight) and Warner Horizon Scripted Television will premiere on Wednesday, August 14 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt following the network's critically acclaimed drama Queen Sugar (Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Et/Pt). The series premiere will be presented by Lexus with limited commercial interruption.

David Makes Man centers on a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty. He must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out. Set in South Florida, the series is inspired by events in McCraney's own life and explores childhood trauma and the power of imagination to survive. The drama stars Akili McDowell (The Astronaut Wives Club) as David,
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TV Trailer Watch: 'Queen Sugar' Season 4 Sets Stage for Fiery Family Drama

TV Trailer Watch: 'Queen Sugar' Season 4 Sets Stage for Fiery Family Drama
Welcome to Trailer Watch, a regular feature that helps put the spotlight on series that may fly under the radar in the crowded Peak TV landscape. Each installment will explain what the show is and why it looks interesting. This week it's Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay's searing Southern-set family drama, Queen Sugar.

Based on Natalie Baszile's book of the same name, Queen Sugar has been breaking ground since it debuted on Own in 2016. Created by DuVernay, the series has over its three seasons showcased a slate of all-female directors, a feat that has rarely (if ever) been ...
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Queen Sugar: Season Four Ratings

Last year, the Queen Sugar TV show on Own saw a huge drop in the ratings. Still, it's back for a fourth season, but is the Oprah Winfrey Network still sweet on it? Will Queen Sugar be cancelled or renewed for season five? Stay tuned.

An Own original drama from Ava DuVernay, Queen Sugar stars Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Bianca Lawson, Tina Lifford, Ethan Hutchison, Omar J. Dorsey, Dondré Whitfield, Timon Kyle Durrett, Henry G. Sanders, Erica Tazel, Kendall Clark, and Walter Pere. Based on the Natalie Baszile novel, the story unfolds in the fictional Louisiana town of Saint Josephine. It chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings who try to save the family sugarcane farm, after a family tragedy.

Below are the show’s TV ratings, typically the best way to tell if the
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Queen Sugar: Season Four Viewer Votes

Does the fourth season of the Queen Sugar TV show on Own leave you craving more? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether a TV show like Queen Sugar is cancelled or renewed for season five. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all of the Queen Sugar season four episodes here.

An Own drama from Ava DuVernay, Queen Sugar stars Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Bianca Lawson, Tina Lifford, Ethan Hutchison, Omar J. Dorsey, Dondré Whitfield, Timon Kyle Durrett, Henry G. Sanders, Erica Tazel, Kendall Clark, and Walter Pere. Based on the Natalie Baszile novel, the story unfolds in the fictional Louisiana town of Saint Josephine. It chronicles
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Queen Sugar Season 4 Episode 1 Review: Pleasure is Black

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Is offering the truth a real sacrifice when it isn't your truth to tell?

On Queen Sugar Season 4 Episode 1 we got the gut wrenching reveal of what's really in Nova's memoir, and what's both scary and intriguing is that we may have only seen the tip of the iceburg.

The anticipation of discovering what was in Nova's book lent an edge of foreboding to all of those smiling faces at the grand opening of Vi's Prized Pies and Diner.

Speaking of which, having an actual parade for Vi was magnificent.

Just a few short years ago, Violet was a waitress at the Hi Yellow, and now she's a business owner and entrepreneur.

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If anyone deserves those accolades, it's Vi. She's worked hard taking care of others and now she's happily married, traveling the world, and running her own restaurant.

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