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Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay are bringing the heat this fall with their new drama Queen Sugar on OWN. The series marks the second collaboration for the dynamic duo and follows the lives of three siblings in the aftermath of their father’s death. All of the episodes are directed by women, but all of the men in the cast make for some pretty good eye candy.

We caught up with the cast at the show’s Hollywood premiere, and did a little research on this delectable casting.

Kofi Siriboe stars as Ralph Angel Bordelon, the youngest sibling who is trying to get his life back on track. If this 22-year-old model/actor looks familiar, you may have caught a glimpse of him in the blockbuster hit Straight Outta Compton last year.

Instagram/Kofi Siriboe

Instagram/Kofi Siriboe

Timon Durrett plays Davis West, the captain of a professional basketball team who is facing harsh allegations. Durrett is a gym enthusiast and he recently played an officer in Barbershop: The Next Cut.

Instagram/Timon Durrett

Instagram/Timon Durrett

Deric Augustine plays a basketball player who is the best friend of Durrett’s character. Augustine told HipHollywood his character is going to bring some trouble.

“I play Felix… and he’s not a good guy. That adds flavor to the show, right? Add a little flavor, a little spice,” Augustine suggested.

The Louisiana native won’t make his debut until the finale, but we’re hoping we’ll see him a lot more in Season 2 (the show was already renewed weeks ahead of its premiere).

Instagram/Deric Augustine

Instagram/Deric Augustine

Greg Vaughan gets the series off to a steamy start with his tastefully crafted love scene with co-star Rutina Wesley.

“It wasn’t originally scripted as like…with nothing to bare,” Vaughan told us. “I think it was very important for our characters to have that type of intimacy level as adults,” he continued.

Vaughan plays an officer who is having an affair with Wesley’s character, and he definitely has the credentials to turn up the heat. He was once credited as “Sexy Man” on the CBS show Extant. Vaughan is also a soap opera star and the proud father of three adorable boys.

Instagram/Greg Vaughan

Instagram/Greg Vaughan

Queen Sugar also features industry vets Glynn Turman, Dondre Whitfield, Omar J. Dorsey, and newcomer Nicholas L. Ashe. Tune in for the two-hour premiere September 6 and 7 on OWN.

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Mo’Nique Calls For Netflix Boycott After Being Offered Less Than Dave Chappelle & Amy Schumer



Mo’Nique is the latest female celebrity filing a grievance about Hollywood’s wage disparity … but this time her grievance is with Netflix.

The comedienne took to her Instagram account Friday, to blast the major streaming network (and call for a boycott) about the unfair offer they approached her with for a comedy special.

Mo’Nique says Netflix approached her about filming a new special for $500,000.  She was taken aback because Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock copped $20 million each for their specials and Amy Schumer banked $11M out the gate for hers.  Amy ended up getting a couple million more after re-negotiating based on what her male counterparts were getting.

Mo says she raised the disparity issue just as Amy had, reminding Netflix of her Oscar win and long resume of stand up comedy.  She was told that her resumé doesn’t matter.  The company remarked that Amy had just sold out Madison Square Garden and had a hit movie.  Which Mo’ responded, isn’t that her resumé?


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She ultimately told her fans to boycott Netflix for color bias and gender bias. Do you agree?


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