‘Queen Sugar’ Tackles Pandemic, BLM, Racial Injustice in Season 5 Trailer


Season 5 of OWN’s Queen Sugar continues the stories of the Bordelon siblings in rural Louisiana as they deal with the realities of the coronavirus pandemic, job losses, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

The new trailer, which dropped Monday, opens with Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) walking through his family farm as he vows to keep the land his father gave him.

Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) aims to protect Black farmers as a newly-elected councilwoman, and has to balance being a mother to her son Micah (Nicholas Ashe).

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“The virus is here—I’m going to need you to come home,” Charley tells a disappointed Micah on the phone while he walks around the college campus at Xavier University.

The trailer next shows Nova (Rutina Wesley) receiving an icy welcome from some members of her romantic partner Calvin’s (Greg Vaughn) family.

The rest of Queen Sugar’s cast this season includes Ethan Hutchison, Bianca Lawson, Tina Lifford, Omar J. Dorsey, Henry G. Sanders, and recurring guest star Timon Kyle Durrett.

The series, which is created and executive produced by Ava DuVernay, had its season 5 production halted due to the pandemic, and DuVernay used the time to revamp the storyline to reflect was happening around the country.

“When Ava came to us with the idea to revamp the storyline for the new season after production was halted due to the pandemic, we knew it was the right decision to give our viewers her unique perspective on the very real issues impacting their daily lives and the affect the demand for racial equality has had on the Black community and our society as a whole,” Tina Perry, president of OWN, said in a statement.

Queen Sugar is produced for OWN by Array Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. Season five’s executive producers are Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, Paul Garnes and Anthony Sparks. The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.

The new season will premiere on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m./7c.

Watch the trailer below: