Queen sugar is a show that addresses many topics that affect African Americans like the Black Family structure, Black Women and their struggles (both romantic and career), the mess that happens within the justice system, and to top it all off, it’s based in Louisiana. This is important because it represents yet another distress experienced by African Americans in this country, that was so easily forgotten by those who didn’t feel affected by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Although there isn’t a full conversation on this matter during the first season, there are mentions of the 9th Ward during and after that storm, however, that’s all we needed to get the reference and partial importance of the show’s setting. Thank you OWN! Honestly there are so many great things in this show but, in my opinion this show’s purpose is to show that Black Women are worthy…worthy of love, worthy of respect, and worth the struggle.
First, this show is constantly showing us how Black Women deserve a love that is pure and irrevocable. Starting with Charley, her husband- Davis, did cheat on her, but quickly after this happens she meets a mature man, Remy, who appreciates all that she brings to the table. To me, Davis acted like a child and not someone who was the head of his family… He did mess up and after that point, Charley lost all respect for him. But if I can constantly put a man in his place every, I don’t want him. Everything Charley said, Davis went along with like a sad little puppy, which in turn made her lose even more respect for him. Remy, on the other hand, was not overly impressed by Charley’s looks or smarts and had to teach her quite a few things, but still remained supportive through her mistakes, new ideas, and life transitions. Remy is an ideal man, because he was able to teach Charley, while also allowing her to do her own thing. Charley didn’t need a boss and she definitely didn’t need another child, she needed a partner. This show also gives us all sorts of southern dating hospitality, Remy is such a gentleman! He doesn’t rush Charley and shows interest in more than just her body. We also see this same hospitality with Charley’s son, Micah and his new girlfriend, KeKe. She does not play when it comes to the traditions of dating in southern black families. From opening doors to dinners with dad, they had it all. I appreciated that aspect of the show because it is needed! We live in a society that is slowly making so many things acceptable. Yes, a woman is more than capable of opening her own doors and paying for her meal, but if we’re dating…I bet you I won’t( lol) …but that’s me. I mean, what happened to the traditional dates like the ones in this show, Remy bought Charley flowers! Come on OWN! Remind us. Teach us.
Next Nova, whom yes in the beginning of the show was the side chick and seemed to have been one for some time, but after a series of unfortunate love entanglements is also portrayed as being worth real love. It’s not often that a man will actually go through the process to divorce his wife for the side chick ….and a white man at that??? I do not condone affairs, but in the end of Queen Sugar Season 1, Officer Bae proved how much he loves Nova, by pulling strings and standing up for a cause she believes in, divorcing his white wife (Hello!), and taking her out to prove he wasn’t ashamed of their love. Although the night did not end well due to his ignorant coworker, he stood up for her and didn’t stand aside and let her be mistreated. Officer Bae is alright in my book. (At least for now) Back to Nova, she can do it all! Community activist, writer, mentor, herbalist, and so much more. She shows the strength of a Black Woman. What I loved about her character was that she hurts when anyone else hurts, she’s caring and motherly. She is in tune and intentional about everything she does in life. Furthermore, she doesn’t just talk about the cause but lives a life dedicated to it…goals!
Darla, Ralph Angle’s baby’s momma, as a character (to me) represents how Black Women mess up too and when they do, they need support. Black Women are seen as this superhuman who can take so much without breaking, and we can. However, Black Women need people to be concerned about them as well. Everyone needs some type of help. How many women support men who have had addictions, stuck through an abusive relationship, stood by a cheater or a man who was unemployed? Too many to count. Why don’t Black Women get this same exception?! Don’t sleep on Darla’s drug addiction and everyone’s reaction to it. This is a huge problem in our community, and no we don’t want to enable a man or a woman, but instead of throwing these women away and giving up, SUPPORT them. I know it’s easier said than done but there is a double standard that allows men to mess up more than women. An addiction is a serious issue and Ralph Angel eventually accepting Darla back into his and Blue’s life was monumental. Even when Black Women mess up, they are still worthy of being loved, it’s clear that Ralph Angel’s love for Darla is irrevocable and I hope it continues in the second season.
My thoughts on Ralph Angel…we see him maturing rather quickly. Ralph Angel is a fighter literally and figuratively and I could see why his father would want to leave him the farm. As the show progresses we see him growing to be a thinker, a good father, and someone who is taking charge of his reposibilities. It’ll be interesting to see what his character’s next moves are after learning that he could now own the farm solely.
Lastly, this show in a way represents the restoration of the Black Family. Here we have the Bordelon’s patriarch who dies, and his children come together to get his business affairs in order, only to find out how out of sorts they were left. What’s worse, to know that their father died trying to make things right the best way he could. Thankfully, they decided against selling their land and kept the sugar cane farm left to them and planted a crop in an effort to prove it’s worth to sell. Now, I think it’s bad enough that many African Americans can trace their lineage back to slavery, but to know the actual family , The Landrys, that owned your ancestors and to know that they are at your back door, trying to swindle you out of your land… is a lot to handle. Luckily, the business beast in Charley has no problem beating them at their own game, giving birth to Queen Sugar Mill. Talk about Black Girl Magic! Charley played everyone in that season finale and didn’t spend a dime of her own money to do it. Yes! This Mill represents more than just a way to get rich or mill their cane without having to crawl back to the Landrys, who have been bulliying their family for decades. This is about paying homage to their father and all he fought for while also getting justice for other black farmers too. They set out to prove the worth of their farm and are now proving the worth of their family name and other African American farmers in that town. This new mill shows that Black People and Black Women are just as capable of running large corporations and can do it fairly.
Overall this show is AMAZING and I’m excited for the new season, if you haven’t watched it yet, what are you waiting for?