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Ava DuVernay Assembles All-Female Director Team For Third Time Straight for ‘Queen Sugar’

Ava DuVernay continues to prove that she practices what she preaches as she prepares for the return of the hit show Queen Sugar. Based on a book of the same name, Queen Sugar follows the lives of three siblings and their recently inherited 800-acre sugarcane farm in Louisana. DuVernay has been vocal about the need for women creators behind the scenes and as the hit series prepares for its third season, she is continuing to ensure that there are women behind the camera. Literally.

In an interview with The Root, the director talked about the fact that every episode will be directed by a woman, just as with the first two seasons and she had a very easy response as to why:

“If Game of Thrones can have three seasons of all male directors, why can’t we have three seasons of all women directors? If they can do it, why can’t we do it? We only do it because we can, and we want to. You only say, ‘We will not have women’s voice here, we will only center the man’s perspective,’ in terms of the creators of the show because we can and we want to. So, on the other side of things, we’re going to center women because we can and we want to.”

One of the show’s actors Omar J. Dorsey said, “I’ve done TV for 20 years, and I can probably count on my one hand how many women directors I’ve been directed by. It’s an amazing experience.”

Confirmed directors for the season include Real Women Have Curves’ Patricia Cardoso, DeMane Davis who directed a few episodes in season two, and making their tv directorial debuts include Shaz Bennett, Maria Govan, and Lauren Wolkstein.

Have you binged Queen Sugar yet? Are you hype for season three? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Queen Sugar will have a two-night season premiere on Tuesday, May 29, and Wednesday, May 30, at 10 p.m. before resuming its regular slot at 10 p.m. on Wednesdays.


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