Tonight, Season 2 of Queen Sugar will air on OWN. The season will be 16 episodes long, and will premiere with a two-episode special on two consecutive nights, beginning June 20th at 10pm ET/PT.
In the season 1 finale, Ralph Angel found a locked box that contained a will from his father, telling him the entire Bordelon farm was his. Tonight, we’ll find out what he intends to do with that information. In a recent interview with Deadline, Dawn-Len Gardner, who plays Charley Bordelon West, said, “The biggest theme really across the season is about legacy… We’re talking about how all these characters are moving forward after [their father’s] death. They are choosing to honor his death in their lives, with their own choices. They are looking towards the future now… you see also themes of identity, recreation, and self definition.”
Read on to meet the season 2 cast of the show.
Rutina Wesley as Nova Bordelon
Rutina Wesley, 38, is known for her role as Tara Thornton on HBO’s True Blood as well as Nova Bordelon on Queen Sugar. The actress was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Performance from the University of Evansville in Indiana. She subsequently was accepted to Juilliard, where she graduated from in May 2005. In December 2006, Wesley acted in David Hare’s Broadway play, The Vertical Hour. She went on to appear in The Public Theater’s production of Darfur. In 2007, she made her screen debut in a leading role in the film How She Move. That same year, she booked the role of Tara Thornton in True Blood.
In the series, Nova Bordelon is a journalist, activist and herbal healer. She and her two estranged siblings have inherited their father’s sugarcane farm.
Dawn-Lyen Gardner as Charley Bordelon West
Actress Dawn-Lyen Gardner attended Julliard School, where she trained alongside co-star Rustina Wesley. Gardner was born in Los Angeles, and started acting as a young girl in a recurring role on Viper. She has acted in shows like Viper, and ER. On stage, she has appeared in shows like For Colored Girls, The School of Night, and The Seagull.
After her father’s death, Charley moves to Louisiana to help run her father’s failing sugarcane farm.
Kofi Siriboe as Ralph Angel Bordelon
Kofi Siriboe was born in LA, and signed with Wilhelmina Models before booking a supporting role in the 2008 comedy-drama, The Longshots. He has appeared in a number of notable films like Whiplash, Straight Outta Compton, and has guest-starred on Lincoln Heights and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Siriboe plays Angel Bordelon, a man who was not only recently released from prison, but is raising a 6-year-old son and struggling to get to know his two estranged siblings once again. Actor Kofi Siriboe’s great-grandfather was a highly respected Ghanaian king of a tribe in Juaben.
Tina Lifford as Violet Bordelon
Tina Lifford is an actress and playwright, and is best known for playing Joan Mosley in the comedy-drama series South Central. She also held a recurring role as Renee Trussell in NBC’s Parenthood. She has starred in Grand Canyon, Blood Work, and Hostage.
Lifford plays Volet Bordelon, the aunt of the three Bordelon siblings.
Ethan Hutchinson as Blue Bordelon
Ethan Hutchinson plays Blue, Ralph Angel’s son. Hutchinson, 6, played the role of Jack Gaines on the Hulu series, The Path.
Nicholas L. Ashe as Micah West
Ashe, 22, is a stage and screen actor who began his professional career in 2012 after earning a guest-starring role in the film Are We There Yet?. He has starred in several NYC plays, including The Lion King. He also co-starred with Viola Davis in the film, Custody.
Mica is Charley and Davis West’s teenage son.
Omar J. Dorsey as Hollywood Desonier
Omar J. Dorsey has acted in films like The Blind Side, Django Unchained, and Selma.
Desonier is Violet Bordelon’s younger lover, and a “strong supporter” of the Bordelon family.
Dondre Whitfield as Remy Newell
Dondre Whitfield held his first big recurring role on the sitcom The Cosby Show, followed by the role of Terrence Frye in All My Children. He received three Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Younger Actor for his work in the latter.
His other notable credits include The Crew, Between Brothers, Hidden Hills, Two Can Play That Game, The Salon, Pastor and Middle of Nowhere.