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Executive Producers Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey Honor Diversity in New TV Series

Over the course of their careers, Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey have proven themselves as talented and powerful women in the entertainment industry. But, put them together as co-executive producers of a project and you have one highly anticipated project.

Their newest series titled "Queen Sugar," premiering next Tuesday and Wednesday in a two-night special on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), "follows the life of two sisters, Nova Bordelon and Charley Bordelon, who, with her teenage son Micah moves to the heart of Louisiana to claim an inheritance from her recently departed father — an 800-acre sugarcane farm."

The cast includes Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Tina Lifford, and Marycarmen Lopez, among others. This soon-to-be hit television show has as much diversity behind the camera as it does in front of it — something DuVernay told her audience was with a conscious effort.

"We had a majority women and people of color writer’s room," she told the crowd at the show's network premiere celebration. A this diversity is not only reflected in race, but in gender.

"I think everyone has a different view in telling stories," Oprah said. "But you will see a connected lyricism and sensuality to this series that I think happened because all of the women involved."

Watch a sneak peek of the show by watching the trailer below.

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