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Ava DuVernay Secures First-Look Deal With Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films Queen Sugar Renewed For Third Season

Ava DuVernay has secured a first look deal with Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films and renewed Queen Sugar for a third season. DuVernay’s Central Park Five is the first collaboration for Netflix from Participant Media, Tribeca Productions and Harpo Films. Winfrey released a statement on their new partnership:

“I’m so proud of Ava and her ability as a filmmaker to challenge the status quo and push for inclusiveness on screen and behind the camera. I love, love, love the work we have been able to create so far. I am looking forward to developing many more meaningful projects together.”

 

Queen Sugar airs on Wednesday nights at 10 PM ET and it chronicles the lives of the Bordelon family and their newly acquired farm and sugar mill. OWN has announced that Roger Guenveur Smith, Beverly Todd and Michael Michele will have recurring roles in season two. Michele and Smith will play the estranged parents of Bianca Lawson’s character Darla. Todd plays Mother Olivia Brown, a beloved and respected matriarchal activist living in the 9th Ward.

DuVernay’s all-female directing team includes Julie Dash, Sundance Award-winning director Garrett Bradley and Christina Voros who is the acclaimed cinematographer of Child Of God and directed The Ladies.

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Ava DuVernay To Create Series About The Central Park Five For Netflix

Ava DuVernay is creating a miniseries about The Central Park Five for Netflix. Five men were falsely convicted of raping Central Park jogger Trisha Meili in 1989. At the time of the incident, Donald Trump took out several newspapers ads for the reinstatement of the death penalty. Matias Reyes confessed to the crime in 2002 and DNA evidence confirmed his involvement. The men who were convicted sued New York City in 2003 but did not receive a settlement until 2014 under Mayor De Blasio because Michael Bloomberg’s previous administration believed the city could win the case. DuVernay released a statement about the miniseries:

 “The story of the men known as the Central Park Five has riveted me for more than two decades. In their journey, we witness five innocent young men of color who were met with injustice at every turn — from coerced confessions to unjust incarceration to public calls for their execution by the man who would go on to be the president of the United States.”

DuVernay previously worked with Netflix on her Oscar-nominated documentary 13th. Her Disney film, A Wrinkle In Time will be released later this year.

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OWN Announces Season 2 Of Queen Sugar

OWN announced the June 20th and 21st season two return of Queen Sugar today. The show about the Bordelon clan and their Louisiana farm will have a two-night premiere and an all-woman group of directors. Cheryl Dunye, Kat Candler, Aurora Guerrero, DeMane Davis and Amanda Marsalis will direct season two. The first half of season two will air in the summer and the remaining season episodes will broadcast in the fall.

Queen Sugar has made a deal to become available on Hulu. The streaming service has exclusive online rights to air season one and all future episodes after they debut on OWN.

 

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Meshell Ndegeocello Is Scoring Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar

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Ava DuVernay revealed on Twitter today that Meshell Ndegecello is scoring her Queen Sugar television drama. The series is based on the novel by Natalie Baszile and the story of two sisters and their life on a sugarcane farm inherited from their father. Queen Sugar will air on Oprah’s OWN Network on September 6th. Ndegeocello’s most recent release is 2014’s Comet, Come To Me where she covered Whodini’s “Friends.”

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Ava Duvernay Barbie Doll Sells Out

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Mattel released the Ava DuVernay Barbie doll today as part of their six-member Sheroes collection and it has already sold out everywhere. DuVernay promised her Twitter followers a prompt update on the future availability of the doll and to let them know that all profits will be given to the Color of Change and Witness organizations. Both of the nonprofit groups teach their members to use media to make their voices heard and cause change. Mattel had originally planned for each Sheroe to auction off the doll until fans went on the internet and expressed the desire to buy their own Barbie. DuVernay is one of six Sheroes introduced by Mattel in April and honored at Variety’s Power Of Women Luncheon. Amazon does not have an exact date for the doll’s availability but, it will be in stock for the holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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