Showing posts with label QUEEN SUGAR. Show all posts
Showing posts with label QUEEN SUGAR. Show all posts

Monday, October 10, 2016

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN IN CINEMA AWARDS

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NEEMA BARNETTE, DIRECTOR OF "QUEEN SUGAR," EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY OPRAH WINFREY & AVA DU VERNAY, AMONG HONOREES OF AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN IN CINEMA (AAWIC) 2ND ANNUAL WES (WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS) OCTOBER 13, 2016
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Neema Barnette




Founded by world renowned filmmaker Terra Renee, African American Women In Cinema (AAWIC) is the premier international organization designed for women of color to showcase their talents in all aspects of film making, which include producing, writing, directing and acting, as well as behind-the-scenes work. The innovative programs of African American Women in Cinema (AAWIC) include an annual film festival, workshops throughout the year, networking events, along with panels and social activities.


On October 13, 2016, for the second year in a row, African American Women In Cinema (AAWIC) will present the WES (Women of Excellence Awards) at Morgan Stanley, 1585 Broadway, New York City. This esteemed VIP awards ceremony has been designed to honor leading women who have paved the way for those who are following in their footsteps in various industries.


The 2016 class of honorees includes Neema Barnette, Producer & Director, Queen Sugar, Executive Produced by Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay; Connie DeLaigle, Affirmative Action Coordinator for Minority Women Business Owners for Port Authority NY/NJ; Moikgantsi Kgoma, Founder of Image Nation; Carol Ann Shine, Co-founder of Blackhouse Foundation;Josie Thomas, CBS Executive EVP Chief Diversity, Inclusion Office and Nneka Onuorah, Producer, Black Girl Rocks. Sponsors include C2G Group at Morgan Stanley, CBS, Fineline Creative. Media Sponsors are Diversity Women Magazine & Blacknoir.nyc.


The evening will be hosted by Television Host Yonathan Elias.



WHAT: WES (Women of Excellence) Awards

WHEN: October 13, 2016

WHERE: Morgan Stanley, 1585 Broadway, New York City

TIME: 7:00 PM

TICKETS: $100 available on-line at aawic.org


 Photo Courtesy Of: Flo Anthony

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

OPRAH WINFREY EXPLAINS OWN'S "QUEEN SUGAR"


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.