Ava DuVernay & Janelle Monae strike a pose during a special VIP screening of “Queen Sugar” during the 2016 Essence Festival (July 1, 2016).
OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network along with Warner Horizon TV and award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay hosted an intimate screening for the much-anticipated original drama series and cast members Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Omar Dorsey, Tina Lifford, Dondre Whitfield and Nicholas Ashe were on hand to greet friends and family and participate in post-screening Q&A.
Ava DuVernay and “Queen Sugar” cast
Attendees included Common, Janelle Monae, Omari Hardwick (“Power”), Lynn Whitfield (“Greenleaf”), Michelle Williams, Lisa Price (founder, Carol’s Daughter), Ariel Foxman (editor-in-chief, In Style), Linda Spradley Dunn (Odyssey Media), Michaela Angela Davis (BET), Tai Beauchamp (style expert, tv personality), Demetria Lucas (author/editor), Amber Payne (NBC BLK) and more.
“Queen Sugar” will debut as a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10PM ET/PT on OWN.
The series will regularly air Wednesday nights at 10PM ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.
Photos Courtesy of Getty: Photographer, Josh Brasted