Hulu and Hang: Queen Sugar

written by C. Diva

Over the summer, a friend of mine was generous enough to share her Hulu account with me, and a new plethora of television opened up to me. This series, much like “Netflix and Chill”, will be spoiler free and review the TV shows available on Hulu that we think everyone should binge watch, including but not limited to original Hulu television. Welcome to “Hulu and Hang”.

***A spoiler free review***

Queen Sugar: The Nuances of the Black Community Revealed 

Season 1 of Queen Sugar, an Oprah Winfrey Network television show, is available on Hulu now, while the second season is currently being aired on OWN. The holy union of Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay has created some really special black television, and this show is no exception to that rule. There is drama, sex, family and humor as well as more somber themes.

With a strong cast of black actors, including Rutina Wesley (“Trueblood”),  and Bianca Lawson (“Pretty Little Liars”), Queen Sugar touches on some pretty important topics such as rape, police violence, LGBT issues, Black Lives Matter and the New Orleans flooding, while the writers do not shy away from depicting the intricate and volatile existence of Black folks in America.

A good fictional narrative reveals societal truths, and Queen Sugar is a timely, valuable story that may help audiences understand our current political and social climate that much better.

What I love about the show is the strong family vibes that weave through the plot, and the firm stance it takes on political issues that are so important in the black community, America and the world. Each major character is attempting to be a better person, parent, sibling, significant other, activist, student or child and the show reveals the struggles in trying to do right by yourself and those you love. A good fictional narrative reveals societal truths, and Queen Sugar is a timely, valuable story that may help audiences understand our current political and social climate that much better.

Should I binge it? 

You could watch season 1 on Hulu, then find season 2 on-demand and catch up before the mid-season starts back up again sometime in the Fall (I’ve looked for a date everywhere, but there isn’t one). DO IIIITTTT.

Is this show super political?

Yeah, it’s pretty political, but it’s not about politics, it’s about the black community in America. It ‘s definitely worth a watch, especially if you’re into Ava’s other stuff, like 13th and Selma.

Can I watch this with my kids?

There’s some sex and implied violence, but I actually would let my 15yo watch this with me, if she was interested. The message and knowledge audiences potentially receive from the show overshadow my prudish nature.

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