Saturday, August 13, 2022

‘Queen Sugar’ Cocktail Reception @ Essence Fest [Photos]

Queen Sugar, Essence Fest
‘Queen Sugar’ Cocktail Reception at Essence Fest [Photos]
*New Orleans ~  OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network continued its “Queen Sugar Essence Festival takeover with a Q&A on the festival mainstage.

The event was moderated by Essence entertainment director Cori Murray — featuring the cast and show creator Ava DuVernay; an inspiring keynote speech by “Queen Sugar” executive producer Oprah Winfrey; and a culminating cocktail reception at Legacy Kitchen, where over 200 industry insiders and tv personalities celebrated the new series.

“Queen Sugar” cast members Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Omar Dorsey, Tina Lifford, Dondre Whitfield, Nicholas Ashe andBianca Lawson graced the red carpet at the reception, followed by DuVernay, Gayle King and Ms. Winfrey herself.

Queen Sugar, Kirby Bumpus and Gayle King
Kirby Bumpus and Gayle King

Additional attendees included:Lynn Whitfield (“Greenleaf”), Tina Knowles Lawson, Richard Lawson, “The Real” hosts Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai; singer Lalah Hathaway; “Love Thy Neighbor” cast Patrice Lovely and Darmirra Brunson; “Survivor’s Remorse” cast Tichina Arnold, Jessie T. Usher,  Erica Ashand Allen Maldonado;

Queen Sugar, Jessie T. Usher - Kofi Siriboe
Jessie T. Usher & Kofi Siriboe

“POWER” cast Lela Loren and Joseph Sikora; “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker; broadcast journalist/producer Soledad O’Brien, Bozoma Saint John (Head of Global Consumer Marketing, Apple Music & iTunes); Mona Scott-Young(Monami Entertainment); Stevie J (“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”); “Married to Medicine” cast Dr. Heavenly, Mariah Huq and Lisa Nicole Cloud;Gocha Hawkins (“LA Hair”), Tameka Foster, American Idol’s La’Porsha Renae and so many more.

Queen Sugar, Jesse T. Usher
Jesse T. Usher

“Queen Sugar” will debut as a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10PM ET/PT on OWN. The series will regularly air Wednesday nights at 10PM ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.





Saptosa Foster





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