PHOTOS: Janelle Monae, Common, Omari Hardwick + More Attend “Queen Sugar” #EssenceFest VIP Screening, Hosted by Ava DuVernay

"Queen Sugar" Essence Festival VIP Screening
Courtesy of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network / Photographer: Mariana Sheppard

Last night, the highly anticipated original drama series “Queen Sugar” was screened during an intimate gathering hosted by Ava DuVernay, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network and Warner Horizon TV. 

“Queen Sugar” chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Saint Josephine, Louisiana: Charley, the savvy wife and manager of an NBA star; Nova, a world-wise journalist and activist; and Ralph Angel, a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption. After a family tragedy, the Bordelons must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives in order to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South.

Queen Sugar Essence Festival Screening

Cast members Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Omar Dorsey, Tina Lifford, Dondre Whitfield and Nicholas Ashe were on hand to greet friends and family and participate in post-screening Q&A.

Attendees included Common (recording artist), Janelle Monae (actress, recording artist), Omari Hardwick (“Power”), Lynn Whitfield (“Greenleaf”), Michelle Williams (recording artist), Lisa Price (founder, Carol’s Daughter), Ariel Foxman (editor-in-chief, In Style), Linda Spradley Dunn (Odyssey Media), Michaela Angela Davis(BET), Tai Beauchamp (style expert, tv personality), Demetria Lucas (author/editor), Amber Payne (NBC BLK) and more.

Photos Courtesy of Getty: Photographer, Josh Brasted

Queen Sugar” will debut as a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10PM ET/PT on OWN. The series will regularly air Wednesday nights at 10PM ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.

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