OWN’s critically acclaimed series Queen Sugar has officially been renewed for a third season!

Queen Sugar tells the story of three siblings (played by Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, and Kofi Siriboe) who inherit their father’s 800-acre sugar cane farm in Louisiana after his death. What makes this show special, aside from the top notch storytelling and performances, are the efforts toward inclusion both on-screen and behind the camera. For the past two seasons, DuVernay has hired exclusively female directors, which is her way of making a dent in the huge gender gap among Hollywood directors. And on-screen, while we get a deep glimpse into the heart of a black family, that glimpse also challenges gender roles and assumptions in a way that many stories about black families don’t.

In addition to the Queen Sugar renewal, Ava DuVernay has also expanded her relationship with Oprah Winfrey with a new, first-look deal with Winfrey’s Harpo Films. Harpo already co-produces Queen Sugar, but now DuVernay will have a permanent place to unleash all of her creative projects and we couldn’t be more excited for all of the amazing content that will be coming down the pipeline.

DuVernay shared, “There is fresh air and room to roam. There is an artist-driven atmosphere and an intention to share stories that nourish. There is a spirit of inclusivity and imagination moving at all times. This is the new era of OWN. I’m thrilled to continue to collaborate with Ms. Winfrey as we expand the scope of our storytelling. And I feel fortunate to be a small part of this network at such a wonderful time in its evolution.”

Winfrey is equally as excited about this new partnership and stated, “I’m so proud of Ava and her ability as a filmmaker to challenge the status quo and push for inclusiveness onscreen and behind the camera. I love, love, love the work we have been able to create so far. I am looking forward to developing many more meaningful projects together.”

Already, DuVernay has directed Winfrey in A Wrinkle in Time for Disney and has started work on Central Park Five for Netflix, a 5-part series that tells the story of the five young black men wrongly convicted of murder in 1990.

We are excited about this extraordinary partnership, and can’t wait to see how everything unfolds!  Be sure to tune into Queen Sugar on Wednesdays in its regular slot of 10 PM ET/7 PM PT on OWN.

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