Great news for Queen Sugar and Ava DuVernay fans (read: black entertainment in general)!

Queen Sugar has been renewed for a third season at the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) — and that’s not it. Its showrunner, Ava DuVernay has also signed a first-look television and digital media deal with Harpo Films.

“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,” said Oprah.

The first project under DuVernay’s deal will be her Netflix miniseries on the Central Park Five.

“There is fresh air and room to roam. There is an artist-driven atmosphere and an intention to share stories that nourish. There is a spirit of inclusivity and imagination moving at all times. This is the new era of OWN. I’m thrilled to continue to collaborate with Ms. Winfrey as we expand the scope of our storytelling. And I feel fortunate to be a small part of this network at such a wonderful time in its evolution,” said DuVernay.

Queen Sugar, created by Ava DuVernay who also executive produces with Oprah Winfrey, chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Saint Josephine, Louisiana. Based on the book by Natalie Baszile, Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe star as the siblings.


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