In addition, there was an inspiring keynote speech by “Queen Sugar” executive producer Oprah Winfrey; and a culminating cocktail reception at Legacy Kitchen, where over 200 industry insiders and tv personalities celebrated the new series.“Queen Sugar” cast members Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Omar Dorsey, Tina Lifford, Dondre Whitfield, Nicholas Ashe and Bianca Lawson graced the red carpet at the reception, followed by DuVernay, Gayle King and Ms. Winfrey herself. Additional attendees included: Lynn Whitfield (“Greenleaf”), Tina Knowles Lawson, Richard Lawson, “The Real” hosts Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai; singerLalah Hathaway; “Love Thy Neighbor” cast Patrice Lovely and Darmirra Brunson; “Survivor’s Remorse” cast Tichina Arnold, Jessie T. Usher, Erica Ash and Allen Maldonado; “POWER” cast Lela Loren and Joseph Sikora; “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker; broadcast journalist/producer Soledad O’Brien, Bozoma Saint John (Head of Global Consumer Marketing, Apple Music & iTunes); Mona Scott-Young (Monami Entertainment); Stevie J (“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”); “Married to Medicine” cast Dr. Heavenly, Mariah Huq and Lisa Nicole Cloud; Gocha Hawkins (“LA Hair”), Tameka Foster, American Idol’s La’Porsha Renae and so many 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.
Photo credit: 1) (l-r): Omar Dorsey, Tina Lifford, Nicholas Ashe, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, Rutina Wesley, Kofi Siriboe, Bianca Lawson and Dondre Whitfield. 2) Ava Duvernay. 3) Richard Lawson and Tina Knowles Lawson. 4) Rutina Wesley. 5) Dawn-Lyen Gardner. 6) Dondre Whitfield.7) Kofi Siriboe. 8) Omar Dorsey. 9) Tina Lifford. 10) Bianca Lawson. 11) Nicholas Ashe. 12) Lynn Whitfield. 13) Darmirra Brunson. 14) Jeannie Mai, Adrienne Bailon and Loni Love. 15) Jeannie Mai, Adrienne Bailon and Loni Love. 16) Soledad O’Brien. 17) Bozoma Saint John. 18) Tichina Arnold and Erica Ash. 19) Lela Loren 20) Joseph Sikora 21) Todd Tucker and Kandi Burruss 22) Lalah Hathaway. Photos by Mariana Sheppard, Josh Brasted and Freddy-O