Directing Queen Sugar Episode 310

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My directorial debut for episodic television is for the show Queen Sugar. Titled Here Beside the River, the episode will air today, Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 10:o00 p.m. EST.   I’m excited. Very excited — and not just for personal reasons.

Queen Sugar Ep 310 — Photo Credit: Skip Bolen / @2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved

Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar is historic. Ava not only brought the novel of the same name to life on television, but  created a platform for women directors. So now, executives can’t say that there aren’t any women directors or women directors of color or Black women directors, which is what they have been saying for a very too long . Sometimes they throw in the word “qualified” to help make their case.  Busted!  It’s not the case and it never has been.

The Queen Sugar sisterhood is an amazing group of talented women including long time friends Julie Dash and Neema Barnette and now new friends.

But Ava didn’t just bring women filmmakers together. She changed the game at the union level.  More about this at another time.  For now.  I’m celebrating and thanking everyone who has made Queen Sugar possible — with a very special toast to Ava.

with DP Antonio Calvache, Dawn -Lyen Gardner (Charley Bordelon), and writer Chloé Hung

with Queen Sugar directors Nijla Mu’min and Rachel Raimist

with Tina Lifford (Aunt Vi)

with Nana-Kofi Siriboe (Ralph Angel)

with DeMane Davis (Producer/Director)

with Nicholas Ashe (Micah), Nikko Austen Smith (Asha), Myles Truit (Ant), Stevonte Hart (KJ) and Myron Parker Wright (Malik)

2 Comments on “Directing Queen Sugar Episode 310”

  1. Ms. Ayo, I watched this episode with my husband as I do all of the episodes but was especially happy he was a part of this. Each and every black male character had a vulnerability addressed in such an amazing yet understated way; however not too understated to understand if you’re a black man or havebeen in a relator is relatedto a black man….my words cannot express the thoughts and feelings involved but this episode speaks to me in sucha way that I’m just hereto say how grateful I am for you. Love that you did this. Thank you so much

    1. Thank you Sandra for taking the time to write and share your thoughts. I’m glad to hear that the episode spoke to you.

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