Showing posts with label OWN. Show all posts
Showing posts with label OWN. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 06, 2016


Oprah On Queen Sugar

If you're not planning on tuning in to Queen Sugar when it premieres on OWN, you're making a big mistake. But don't take our word for it. Allow the Queen of All Media, Oprah Winfrey herself, to explain why the gorgeous drama debuting on her network and which she co-created alongside Ava DuVernay is a must-see.

"[A] really deep connected feeling about the values that we all share as human beings, no matter what race or what background we come from," Winfrey told E! News' Zuri Hall at series' big premiere when asked what she hoped viewers took away from the show. "That you can be Southern, you can be L.A. chic, you can be rich, you can be poor, but the feeling and heart that you feel in this series is about connection. And it's about values that everybody watching also shares or has shared at some point in their families."

Queen Sugar, adapted from the book of the same name by Natalie Baszile, tells the story of the Bordelon siblings of Saint Josephine, LA as they struggle to adapt to life's new circumstances following the death of their beloved patriarch. True Blood's Rutina Wesleystars as Nova Bordelon, an investigative journalist and activist living in New Orleans, not far from her brother Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe), an ex-con making strides to rebuild his life with his young son. Their estranged sister Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), the wife of a professional basketball player, returns home after their father's passing (and a scandal involving her husband makes living in Los Angeles untenable), forcing all three to work together to deal with their father's legacy: An 800-acre sugar cane farm.

"See, it's a very character-driven series. So much so that what happens isn't as important as who it's happening to," Winfrey told us. "What I love, too, about them is that they're just real people. They're just regular, real people that represent the people who are watching...They're just regular people trying to make their way through life, getting by, doing the best they can every day with the best choices and decisions."

And who can't relate to that?

For more from Winfrey, as well as to hear from DuVernay, Wesley and Siriboe, be sure to press play on the video above.

Queen Sugar's two-part premiere airs Tuesday, Sept. 6 and Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 10 p.m. on OWN.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


With all the drama surrounding the Lance Armstrong interview,expected to run in two parts this week on OWN Network, Olympic Champion Greg Louganis went to his Facebook account to give us some insight and his view on the drug scandal. I must say, Greg opened our eyes on a few things. The real champ here is Greg Louganis!

Lance Armstrong

From Gregory Louganis Facebook Page.

I don’t usually chime in with a lot of “gossip” or “public opinion” of celebrities, but I myself was challenged to figure out how I felt about the whole Lance Armstrong situation.

Am I disappointed he cheated? Yes, I “feel” for those competitors who were “clean” and competing. I am also not so naive to think Lance was the only one. I do have to say, all of the interviews and what I saw and the public saw, was a humble and gracious winner in Lance. He became a spokesperson of hope for Cancer, the “Live Strong” campaign; he gave hope to many when some may have felt hopeless. He didn’t shy away from the fame that was thrust onto him by media, advertising agencies, and the public. Living life under a microscope is no easy task.

I also might have a unique perspective, being diagnosed HIV positive 6 months prior to the Olympics in ’88. I was put on AZT, when I told my co-author Eric Marcus, he sobbed! He exclaimed, I will never know what an accomplishment that was, to win two Olympic Gold medals on AZT. Many of the HIV meds came from the research of Cancer. I think now I have a better idea what an accomplishment that achievement was as I, had to over time, needed to go onto growth hormone and hormone replacement to fend off wasting, and support my vitality. I doubt I could have passed doping test years after when in ’93 I had a terrible fungal infection in my colon. It was a challenge to get back to myself, energy level as well as a healthy body weight, it became a balance, but I remain on rather toxic drugs to keep a virus at bay.

I don’t know, and it is none of my business to know, what Lances treatments have been. But if even for a period of time those drugs were as toxic as I suspect they were, who is to say other medications were not necessary to balance a healthy and vital life. I am talking about “quality of life”!

I was asked what I believe Lances’ legacy will be, I have no idea, nor does anyone, but I know I will remember Lance as the man behind the “Live Strong” movement, with those yellow wrist bands, and a humble, gracious athlete who was seemingly kind. I like to focus on the positive and see the good in people, and Lance I feel has done a lot of good even if his name is removed from the record books of many Tour Records. I appreciate and respect what he accomplished to be voice of encouragement and hope. Thank you Lance!

Namaste, Greg