Seen On The #EssenceFest Scene: Janelle Monae, Common & Omari Hardwick Attend Ava Duvernay’s ‘Queen Sugar’ Screening



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Ava Duvernay Hosts Queen Sugar Screening At The 2016 Essence Festival

During this year’s 2016 Essence Music Festival, film impresario Ava Duvernay held a private screening for her forthcoming OWN series.

Titled “Queen Sugar” the drama tells the story of a New Orleans based family facing harsh realities, scandals and day to day effects of the prison industrial complex.


BOSSIP was in attendance for the screening and watched as Duverany excitedly introduced her cast consisting of mainly newcomers Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Omar Dorsey, Tina Lifford, Dondre Whitfield and Nicholas Ashe.


Attendees included Common..

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 01: Recording Artist Common attends a screening of

Janelle Monae

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 01: Recording Artist Janelle Monae attends a screening of

Omari Hardwick

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 01: Actor Omari Hardwick attends a screening of

and Michelle Williams.


“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, which also hails an all-female directing squad, will regularly air Wednesday nights at 10PM ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season. We’ll be watching, will YOU???

More photos on the flip.

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network / Photographer: Mariana Sheppard/Getty: Photographer, Josh Brasted


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