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Queen Sugar Premiere: Kofi Siriboe on Ralph Angel and Darla's Big Moment


Tuesday’s Season 5 premiere of Queen Sugar perfectly captured that “calm before the storm” vibe in the early months of 2020 before the COVID pandemic turned the world as we knew it upside down.


As the OWN drama’s creator and EP, Ava DuVernay, recently revealed to TVLine , the first batch of Season 5 episodes were shot before the pandemic shuttered production and the industry as a whole in late March.


But take away the calendar and the aesthetics and few things capture the undaunted hope that many people felt while making plans for 2020 than the sweet and understated way Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) asked Darla (Bianca Lawson) to marry him during the premiere.


As Queen Sugar fans know, that “so much” includes the couple getting engaged and planning a wedding in Season 2 only to break up because of Darla’s dishonesty over Blue’s (Ethan Hutchison) paternity.


It’s a journey that will also have Ralph Angel, Darla and Blue quarantining in their house away from everyone in upcoming episodes because of COVID — something the actors had to do while filming in real life — and the parents talking to their son about George Floyd’s murder at the hands of the police.


“As an actor, it was a blessing to transmute the pain I was feeling during that pandemic, during all of this craziness happening out here, it felt like, ‘Thank God I have somewhere to put this.’ And to watch Ethan receive it and also tap into this because he’s still a kid.






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