'Queen Sugar' Season 5 Trailer Tackles COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and More
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'Queen Sugar' Season 5 Trailer Tackles COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and More

Queen Sugar‘s season 5 trailer has dropped!

The show was initially in production on season 5 when it had to pause due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. After this, DuVernay decided to “completely revamp the season five storyline to address the very real issues our country was facing through the lens of the beloved Bordelon family and the fictional community of St. Josephine,” reconceiving the “character arcs and storylines, writing alongside returning showrunner Anthony Sparks and supervising producer Norman Vance to tackle head-on the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter protest movement that swept the country, and corruption in politics to showcase the specific impact and ramifications these issues have on communities and people of color.” It will also delve into “important topics such as police brutality, addiction and recovery, and systemic racism, among many others.”

Here’s the official description for the season: In season five, Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) remains thick in the battle with the Landry family as she uses the system of local government to protect the community and the farmers who own land, while coming to terms with her son Micah (Nicholas Ashe) as he navigates his freshman year at Xavier University, an HBCU. Nova (Rutina Wesley) launches her new website to support the community while moving out of the Ninth Ward and settles into her romantic relationship with Calvin (Greg Vaughn). Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) works to manage fatherhood with son Blue (Ethan Hutchison) and a healthy path forward with girlfriend Darla (Bianca Lawson) despite constant threats to his land and home.

Tina Lifford, Omar J. Dorsey and Henry G. Sanders also star.

Season 5 premieres on Feb. 16 at 8 pm ET/PT on OWN.