Back in 2016, a trailer for a new show called “Queen Sugar” was released. I was immediately in love. Just the preview alone was enough to suck me in. Of course I immediately ordered the book (because that’s what I do…see the “It’s Lit” section of this blog). I knew that I would love this new show on OWN, but I could not have imagined just how much it would impact my life and give me a new appreciation for TV.
As a sidenote, I stan hard for Ava DuVernay…just going to put that here now, because it is what it is. Ava once said, “As a Black woman filmmaker I feel that’s my job: visibility. And my preference within that job is Black subjectivity. Meaning I’m interested in the lives of Black folks as the subject. Not the predicate, not the tangent. These stories deserve to be told, not as sociology, not as spectacle, not as a singular event that happens every so often, but regularly and purposefully as truth and as art on an ongoing basis, as do the stories of all the women you love.” And, maybe that sums up my love for Queen Sugar and any other show that authentically tells our stories and sees us in all of our complicatedness and beauty.
I love Queen Sugar so much, that I started posting recaps of the show on my Facebook page. I would wake up the next day and have so many thoughts swirling around in my head that I just had to get them out and start a conversation about it. It became a thing. I started posting recaps for Love Is (it was cancelled and my heart is still broken about that one) and Greenleaf, too. I enjoyed hearing the different perspectives and theories from my friends. And, folks started asking about/suggesting that maybe…just maybe…I should start a blog. So…here we are.
Welcome to the Recap Renegade. My recaps are…different. They aren’t the neat, perfectly summarized recaps you’re used to reading. Nope. This is going to be quite different.