After a long wait, Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar will make its return for its fourth season on OWN Wednesday, June 12. Filling out the cast are new additions Erica Tazel and Kendall Clark who will be joining as recurring guest stars. Walter Perez will now be a series regular.

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Deadline reports that the new season will continue the use of an all-female directing team, a “creative initiative” established in the show’s first season by creator/exec producer DuVernay. Season 4 directors will include Cheryl Dunye, who will also serve as producing director, Carmen Marrón, Numa Perrier, Heidi Saman, Bola Ogun, and Tchaiko Omawale.

According to OWN’s descriptions: Tazel (Roots) will play Deesha Brown-Sonnier, an attorney and socially conscious neighbor and mother of Joie. Clark, in her TV debut, portrays Joie, a bright and self-confident tomboy, daughter of a single mother who becomes friends with Blue. Perez (The Avengers) plays Romero Rodriguez, a rugged, naturally sexy man with gentle manners who begins dating Charley Bordelon after helping her start a dead battery and then runs into her in the hospital where he works as a physician assistant.


A critical and commercial success, “Queen Sugar” was recently named Television Show of the Year from the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) for the third consecutive year and was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Best Drama Series. During its most recent season, Queen Sugar was the #5 original scripted series on ad-supported cable among W25-54, ranked #1 across all cable on Wednesday nights in the time slot with W25-54 and ranked among the top five scripted series on all ad-supported cable with African-American W18-34.

Queen Sugar is produced for OWN by Forward Movement and Harpo Films in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television executive producers are Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, Paul Garnes, and Anthony Sparks. The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.