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.

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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.

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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.

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“Queen Sugar” will debut as a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10PM ET/PT on OWN.

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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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