”I’m an American, and my family is an American family. Like all American families, we want the dream — land, space, love ... But we have a secret. Ugliness is also within us.” — Nova Bordelon
In her well-documented commitment to diversity, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay has enlisted the talents of five female directors for the fourth season of the popular OWN drama, “Queen Sugar,” premiering Wednesday, June 12 at 9 p.m.
Taking the helm this season will be Lacey Duke, C. Fitz, Pratibha Parmar, Deborah Kampmeier and Stacy Muhammad, bringing the total of female filmmakers the series has hired to make their U.S. scripted television directing debut to 32.
In addition, Cree Summer, best known for her role as the free-spirited Winifred “Freddie” Brooks in the beloved sitcom “A Different World,” joins “Queen Sugar” as Octavia Laurent, a professor and “fiery past love” of Nova Bordelon (Rutina Wesley), who surprises Nova while in Atlanta during her cross-country book tour.
Bryan Terrell Clark will star as Darla’s (Bianca Lawson) new love interest. Terrell is a Broadway veteran, most recently appearing as George Washington in the record-breaking box office phenomenon, “Hamilton.”
Summer and Clark join the guest cast lineup, which also includes David Alan Grier, R&B singer Tevin Campbell, Erica Tazel and Kendall Clark. Walter Perez has also joined the cast as a series regular.
The network states that in the fourth season, the Bordelons find themselves continuing their fight to save their family farm and preserve their father’s legacy as they navigate their own personal journeys. Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) remains in the thick of the trials and tribulations in both her personal and professional life as she continues to battle the Landry family while also trying to ensure Michah’s (Nicholas Ashe) safety and future. Nova publishes her memoir and while she goes on a book tour around the country sharing her family secrets and shaking things up at home, she unexpectedly encounters significant relationships from her past along the way. Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) is managing fatherhood and his complicated relationship with ex-girlfriend Darla after learning he is not the biological father of his son, Blue (Ethan Hutchison), and is encouraged by an old friend to create opportunities for formerly incarcerated men.