Ava DuVernay’s latest project Queen Sugar premiered on OWN last week and received rave reviews.
Roland Martin spoke with DuVernay after screening the critically acclaimed series at the National Association of Black Journalists’ Annual Convention. The director revealed that before the show even aired, it was picked up for a second season by the OWN Network.
Going against the grain, DuVernay announced that the series would feature all women directors, something that is completely unheard of in film or television. She told Martin, host of NewsOne Now, “These women came out and smashed these episodes.”
DuVernay explained that OWN and Warner Bros. gave her free rein to create the show and she wanted it to be in her likeness as a female director.
“It’s about changing the perception, not accepting what they say has to be. We can break the mold, we can be our own captain of our own destiny,” she said.
Watch Roland Martin and Ava DuVernay discuss the premiere of Queen Sugar and why she decided to bring this project to the OWN Network in the video clip above.
Be sure to watch Queen Sugar Wednesday nights at 10/9c on OWN.
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1. In 2015, Miley Cyrus revealed that she identifies as sexually fluid, telling Paper magazine, “I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age.”
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2. Ricky Martin shocked the world when he came out as gay in 2010. The father of two once revealed, “I know that I like both men and women, I’m against sexual labels.”
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3. After photos surfaced of her making out with Michelle Rodriguez, Cara Delevingne came clean about her bisexuality, saying, “It took me a long time to accept the idea, until I first fell in love with a girl at 20 and recognized that I had to accept it.”
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4. Frank Ocean captivated the world with his songs about love and women. When he opened up about his experience falling in love with a guy, he garnered the attention of many more.
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5. Lady Gaga has been open about her sexuality since the beginning of her career. After naysayers claimed it was all for marketing, she said, “This is who I am and who I have always been.”
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6. After coming under fire for using the F bomb multiple times on social media, Azealia Banks defended herself, saying “I can’t be homophobic. I’m bisexual.”
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7. Amber Rose has never been shy about her sexuality. She even openly admitted to being in a relationship with a girl, way before her Kanye days.
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8. David Bowie was one of the most notable artists of all time, whose sexuality and gender bent all of the traditional rules.
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9. Mel B once revealed that she was in a four-year relationship with a woman before.
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10. In 2013, Zoe Saldana said that she “might end up with a woman raising my children. I’ve been attracted to the male species, but if one day I wake up and want to be with a woman, I will do that because it is my life, therefore it is my decision.”
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11. Megan Fox told Esquire Magazine once, “I have no question in my mind about being bisexual.”
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12. Angelina Jolie has always been open about her bisexuality. She once told OK Magazine, “I have loved women in the past and slept with them.”
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