Season 3, episode 13 of “Queen Sugar” is really some kind of the wonderful—the lines, the Love, and the storytelling. You cannot make up the power that pushes out of this episode, as we view the triumphs (through so many trials) of an extended family—filled with Black lives that Love and matter—in their capacity of being both a cohesive and communal collective, as well as a group within which individuals are challenged by existence and a familial tough-love, which also nurtures their growth into self-determination and resounding autonomy. I just love me this show. It gives so much hope and reminds us all of our individual purpose and collective strength.
Below is a bit of the dialogue, much of which is well worth recording. I wonder where I can get my hands on the script, because it’s a keeper.
“I have been a black woman for a hell of a long time. So, the devil I know, the devil I don’t know. It doesn’t matter. I’ll conquer them all!”
--Charley Bordelon (Dawn-Lyen Gardner)
“My mother would always say love grows from humble hearts.”
--Dr. Romero (Walter Perez)
Aunt Vye (Tina Lifford): “Oh, Hollywood, this is a lot to give somebody.”
Hollywood (Omar Dorsey): “Oh, first off my love, you ain’t some body, not today, not in every day of the world. I deserve to give you whatever I want.”
Aunt Vye: Hollingsworth Desonier, I love you, from a well so deep that I can dig a dozen years and not get to the mystery of you. Our love just feels good. But it’s also a love that defies every bit of common sense that I have spent a lifetime learning. But here is where I want to be. You are good, kind, safe and so perfectly flawed that even your jagged parts fit mine just right. On your worst day, your spirit flies so high that it makes everything around you better. So I commit to you, to us. And I have learnt the difference between a love that liberates and a love that feels like its always been free. I choose freedom. I choose love. I choose you.
Hollywood: Violet Bordelon. You know I never tell you this, but the day I met you, I was feeling real low. So I went fishing. When I was going back to my truck. I tripped and fell into some bushes. But it wasn’t no bushes. Nah, it was a bunch of pretty flowers, pretty purple African violets. And they made me smile. Later that day, I met you. You remember that day at the High Yellow. You said “Hi, my name is Violet. And how can I make you happy today?” Just like that, my whole life changed. Because I found what I had been looking for, since the day that I was born. I found the woman my soul was meant to love. Vye I want to be your soft place in this here hard world. I want to cheer you on every day, and I want to let you know how beautiful you are, every night. And I love you.