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'Queen Sugar' Renewed for Season 6!

Queen Sugar is coming back for more.

The series has been renewed for Season 6 at OWN, creator Ava DuVernay confirmed on Thursday (January 14).

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The news comes just ahead of the Season 5 premiere, which will debut on February 16 at 8 p.m. ET. Season 4 started airing last summer.

“What a joy and an honor to continue the stories of Queen Sugar with our partners at OWN and Warner Bros. On behalf of every producer, editor, costumer, grip, writer, cast member and all departments involved in making this series, we’re delighted to delve into a sixth season and to bring our beautiful audience more of the Bordelon family,” Ava said in a statement.

The next season’s storyline was adjusted to reflect the times amid the pandemic shutdown.

“When Ava came to us with the idea to revamp the storyline for the new season after production was halted due to the pandemic, we knew it was the right decision to give our viewers Ava’s unique perspective on the very real issues impacting their daily lives and the affect the demand for racial equality has had on the Black community and our society as a whole,” said Tina Perry, president of OWN.

“We are proud to announce today the pickup of the show’s sixth season which will air later this year enabling us to further explore the compelling story of the Bordelon family. We are grateful to Ava, her creative team, the incredible cast and tireless crew for all the hard work they have put into the show.”

The cast includes Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, and Kofi Siriboe, as well as Nicholas Ashe, Greg Vaughn, Bianca Lawson, Tina Lifford, Omar J. Dorsey, Henry G. Sanders and Timon Kyle Durrett.

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'True Blood' Reboot in the Works at HBO!

True Blood is being rebooted at HBO!

Sources are telling Variety that Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Jami O’Brien will write the script and executive produce and the original show’s creator Alan Ball will executive produce.

The show debuted on HBO in 2008 and starred Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgard, Joe Manganiello, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, and Rutina Wesley. Unfortunately, at this time, none of the original cast is set to return at this time. We hope that changes!

The show ran for seven seasons on HBO. So far, there has been no official word from HBO about this news, but stay tuned as we find out more.

This news has unfortunately reminded us of the tragic death of one of the stars of True Blood, Nelsan Ellis. RIP.

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Tiffany Haddish, Cynthia Erivo, & Angela Bassett Look Radiant at NAACP Image Awards 2020

Tiffany Haddish is all smiles on the red carpet as she arrives at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards on Saturday (February 22) at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif.

The 40-year-old actress dazzled in a metallic silver outfit as she stepped out for the awards show.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Tiffany Haddish

Other stars at the awards show included Oscar-nominated actress Cynthia Erivo and her Harriet co-star Leslie Odom Jr, 9-1-1 star Angela Bassett, True Blood actress Rutina Wesley, writer/actress Lena Waithe, and Community actress Yvette Nicole Brown.

FYI: Tiffany is wearing an Aliette dress with Yvan Tufenkjian jewelry and Rene Caovilla heels. Cynthia is wearing a Prabal Gurung dress. Angela is wearing an Azzi & Osta dress, Loriblu shoes, an Heliopolis clutch and Wendy Yue jewelry.

15+ pictures inside of the stars at the awards show…More Here! »

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Sterling K. Brown & Chrissy Metz Step Out for NAACP Image Awards 2019

Sterling K. Brown and wife Ryan Michelle Bathe hit the red carpet at the 2019 NAACP Image Awards on Saturday (March 30) at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The 42-year-old actor was also joined at the event by his This Is Us co-stars Chrissy Metz and Jon Huertas.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Sterling K Brown

Other stars at the awards show included Vin Diesel, Regina Hall, Issa Rae and her Insecure co-star Jay Ellis, True Blood‘s Rutina Wesley, Luke Cage‘s Mike Colter, Grey’s Anatomy‘s Loretta Devine, and screenwriter Lena Waithe.

FYI: Sterling is wearing a Brunello Cucinelli suit, Angela Mitchell shoes, Mont Blanc watch, and Miranda Konstantinidou cuff links. Ryan is wearing a Kutula dress and Martin Katz jewelry. Rutina is wearing a Mario Dice jumpsuit, Jessica Bedard shoes, and Beladora Jewelry. Regina is wearing a Ramy Brook gown.

20+ pictures inside of the stars at the event…More Here! »

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Ava DuVernay Discusses Inclusion Riders at 'Queen Sugar' Panel at PaleyFest 2018

Ava DuVernay spoke about inclusiveness and inclusion riders during a Queen Sugar panel discussion at 2018 Paleyfest on Saturday afternoon (March 24) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The executive producer opened up about Frances McDormand referencing inclusion riders during her Oscars acceptance speech.

“I was overjoyed to hear Frances say that. She didn’t have to, and to utter those words on an international stage and to dig into those things that many of us have been working on for a while,” she said.

“Luckily we’re on OWN, and everything that we do, from the offices to our sets really reflects different kinds of cultures,” she said of Queen Sugar.

Pictured below: Dondre Whitfield, Rutina Wesley, Kofi Siriboe, Ava DuVernay, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Bianca Lawson and Kat Candler attend the Queen Sugar panel discussion at the Dolby Theatre on Saturday (March 24) in Hollywood.

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OITNB's Laverne Cox, Danielle Brooks, & Samira Wiley Glam Up for NAACP Image Awards 2018

Laverne Cox, Danielle Brooks, and Samira Wiley are all glammed up for the red carpet at the 2018 NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Monday (January 15) in Pasadena, Calif.

Danielle was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Orange Is the New Black while Samira, who used to star on the Netflix series, was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for The Handmaid’s Tale.

Also in attendance were Samira‘s wife Lauren Morelli, a writer on Orange.

Brother and sister Jussie Smollett and Jurnee Smollett-Bell walked the carpet together and other stars at the show included Sonequa Martin-Green, Rutina Wesley, and Bianca Lawson.

FYI: Laverne is wearing an Abyss by Abby dress, Stuart Weitzman shoes, a Lilian Afshar clutch, and jewelry by BaubleBar and H. Stern. Danielle is wearing a Michael Costello dress, Shoes of Prey shoes, Lane Bryant underpinnings, an Amanda Pearl clutch and jewelry, and Samira 13 jewelry. Samira is wearing a Romona Keveza dress, Marli New York diamond earrings and ring, and a Dvani black diamond bracelet. Sonequa is wearing a Dior dress. Bianca is wearing a Needle & Thread dress. Jurnee is wearing a Costarellos gown with Sophia Webster heels.

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True Blood's Rutina Wesley Engaged to Girlfriend Chef Shonda!

True Blood actress Rutina Wesley has announced her engagement to her girlfriend Chef Shonda, a New Orleans-based culinary expert, in a series of Instagram photos!

The 38-year-old Queen Sugar star posted a photo that read, “Overthinking is the biggest cause of our unhappiness. Keep yourself occupied. Keep your mind off things that don’t help you.” Scrolling through the post, you’ll see pics of the couple together. The final photo lands on an image of an engagement ring. Congratulations to the couple!

Rutina was previously married to Jacob Fishel, but they split up back in 2013.