Thursday, September 8, 2016



(New Orleans, LA.)--It's this week's VISION/VOICE/VARION EXCLUSIVE!  Ahead of this week's big premiere on The Own Network, Varion Walton has the scoop on the brand new drama series that is intelligent, rare and intriguing. 

"Queen Sugar," the new drama series inspired by a novel by Natalie Baszile.  Created by famed writer/director Ava DuVernay, Queen Sugar is a warm,  beautifully written family drama about The Louisiana Bordelon family.  DeVernay and media mogul Oprah Winfrey are teaming up again following their success with the movie Selma, hoping to get viewers to "reimagine" television when it comes to a scripted drama series.

Queen Sugar on OWN TV  

Queen Sugar on OWN TV 

The 2-day premiere is leaving audiences on the edge of their seats as the Bordelon siblings, Nova (True Blood's Rutina Wesley), Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe), and Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner),  all children of Ernest (Veteran Actor Glynn Turman) - a sugar cane farmer and black landowner in St. Josephine Parish falls on hard times and failing health.  

The new television drama series slowly, methodically takes the viewer through three generations of Bordelons,  their plight, their fury and weaknesses when it comes to being a dysfunctional family.

In the novel written by Natalie Baszile, the character "Micah" is female. In The OWN NETWORK drama series, Micha is male and played by newcomer Nick Ashe. Varion Walton got an opportunity to talk with Ashe and  other cast members this summer during her coverage of The Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

Ashe, who is more of theater major talks exclusively with VARION WALTON about being given a shot to cut his acting chops on the small screen, all with two powerhouse females like Winfrey and DuVernay at the helm.

PRESS PLAY and check out what Nick had to say when asked about his schoolboy looks and being part of something he clearly defines as "something revolutionary" when it comes to seeing stories about black love and black families on the small screen.

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