The fact is that Ava DuVernay is coming for your wigs. I believe Ava intends to snatch every wig from every head she comes into cerebral contact with because that is what happened when I watched her latest co-creation, ‘Queen Sugar.’
‘Queen Sugar’ is a brand new series, based on Natalie Baszile’s book and executively produced by Oprah Winfrey, that recently premiered on the OWN network. This show, that boasts an incredibly talented cast of familiar faces and newcomers, managed to catch me right in the heart. It is a story of two sisters and one brother who are brought home to Louisiana by the tragedy of their father’s sudden passing. Together they must figure out a way to navigate running their father’s sugarcane farm. There is much more to the story of course but that is for you to discover alongside Ava and her amazing creative squad.
Ava who only makes boss moves and uplifts those around her made it a point to have all 13 episodes directed by women. Book author Natalie Baszile said of Ava in an interview with Vanity Fair, “For her to be able to not just advocate for women in film, and people of color in film, but to really [do it] just in a way that is matter of fact and unapologetic, I think, is fabulous.”
If you can’t tell, I adore Ava DuVernay, who in my mind belongs to an elite group of melanated women that work tirelessly while also running, crashing and cracking the societal glass-ceiling in an effort to normalize and celebrate all of the magic black people possess.