Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The Oprah Winfrey Network’s critically acclaimed drama, “Queen Sugar,” returns this summer for a two-night event beginning in June.  According to a press release, the one-hour season two premieres on Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21. The series creator, Oscar nominated-filmmaker, Ava DuVernay has once again assembled an all-female directing team for this new season that includes Kat Candler, DeMane Davis, Cheryl Dunye, Aurora Guerrero and Amanda Marsalis. Additional names will be announced at a later date.

In the series’ second season, the contemporary drama returns as the Bordelon siblings struggle to move forward with their lives as they strive to honor the legacy of their father following his unexpected passing. Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) relocates to Saint Josephine, Louisiana to help run the family business. As the only black female sugarcane mill owner, she must fight to regain her independence while rebuilding her relationships with her estranged siblings. Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) struggles to transform from a formerly incarcerated single father to a land owner in the eyes of his family as he works to restore his relationship with his son’s mother. Nova (Rutina Wesley) finds herself torn between her activism and her desire to be loved. Together, they must learn to rely on one another as they navigate their tenuous bonds as family.

The expansive cast also includes Tina Lifford as the siblings’ free-spirited Aunt Violet; Omar J. Dorsey as Violet’s much younger boyfriend Hollywood Desonier; Dondré T. Whitfield as trusted Bordelon family friend Remy Newell; Timon Kyle Durrett as Charley’s estranged husband and pro basketball player Davis West; Nicholas L. Ashe as Charley and Davis’ teenage son, Micah; Ethan Hutchison as Ralph Angel’s son, Blue; and Bianca Lawson (“Rogue”) as Darla, Blue’s mother who battles drug addiction. Additionally, guest star Henry G. Sanders (“Rocky Balboa”) recurs as Prosper Denton, a farmer and longtime friend of the late Bordelon family patriarch, Ernest.

For those of you who didn’t get to see the first full season of “Queen Sugar,” you’re in luck. Hulu and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution are teaming up for a new deal that grants exclusive subscription streaming rights to all past episodes of the show.  The complete first season of the popular series will become available for your viewing pleasure on April 21.

“Queen Sugar” is produced for OWN by Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The executive producers are Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and Monica Macer. The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.

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