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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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Eve Responds To Nicki Minaj’s Paper Magazine Cover: “I Just Don’t Think It’s Right.” 



Looks like Eve isn’t holding back her opinions as the newest co-host of ‘The Talk’. On Wednesday’s show the ladies discussed Nicki Minaj’s racy Paper magazine cover, and Eve wasted no time giving her two cents.

“I worked with Nicki, I got to know her on ‘Barbershop’… she’s a nice person, she’s an amazing rapper, and as a lyricist I respect her… but as a woman, from my point of view, personally, I would not be able to do that. I think in this climate, it’s not good.

“I think every artist has a right to express themselves however they want to express themselves and I respect that as well,” she continued. “For me personally, as I started coming up in the business, I started realizing that young girls were looking up to me and younger people were looking up to me, and that, not that you want to be a role model, but it becomes what you become, it is what you are.”

She adds, “As I’ve gotten older… I’d just rather be a voice that’s uplifting… I can be a voice for those girls that might not have a voice, in a different way without showing myself off… For the Nicki fans, I love her, respect her. Go women in hip hop. It’s not my thing. I just don’t think it’s right.” 

But Eve isn’t just giving her opinion. She’s talking from experience. The “pitbull in a skirt” was also on the cover of Paper magazine back in 2001 ( yes it’s been around that long) and opted to keep her cookies and cakes covered.


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