Seen On The #EssenceFest Scene: Oprah Attends Ava Duvernay’s ‘Queen Sugar’ Cocktail Reception

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 02: (L-R) Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay attend a cocktail reception for "Queen Sugar" at Liberty Kitchen on July 2, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network) *** Local Caption *** Oprah Winfrey; Ava DuVernay; Rutina Wesley

Will you be watching “Queen Sugar”???

Oprah Winfrey Attends OWN’s “Queen Sugar” Cocktail Reception

New Orleans was on fire this weekend with a special appearance from a media maven/mega star.

On Saturday OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network continued its “Queen Sugar” Essence Festival takeover with a cocktail reception at Legacy Kitchen New Orleans where over 200 industry insiders and tv personalities supported Ava Duvernay’s series.

“Queen Sugar” cast members Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Omar Dorsey, Tina Lifford, Dondre Whitfield, Nicholas Ashe and Bianca Lawson graced the red carpet at the reception…

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 02: (L-R) Omar Dorsey, Tina Lifford, Nicholas Ashe, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, Rutina Wesley, Kofi Siriboe, Bianca Lawson and Dondre Whitfield attend a cocktail reception for "Queen Sugar" at Liberty Kitchen on July 2, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network) *** Local Caption *** Omar Dorsey; Tina Lifford; Nicholas Ashe; Dawn-Lyen Gardner; Oprah Winfrey; Ava DuVernay; Rutina Wesley; Kofi Siriboe; Bianca Lawson; Dondre Whitfield

 

followed by Ava Duvernay and Ms. Winfrey herself.

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Additional attendees included: Lynn Whitfield…

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Tina Knowles Lawson…

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 02: Richard Lawson (L) and Tina Knowles Lawson attend a cocktail reception for "Queen Sugar" at Liberty Kitchen on July 2, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network) *** Local Caption *** Richard Lawson; Tina Knowles Lawson

 

Tichina Arnold…

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 02: Tichina Arnold attends a cocktail reception for "Queen Sugar" at Liberty Kitchen on July 2, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network) *** Local Caption *** Tichina Arnold

Bianca Lawson…

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and Stevie J.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 02: Stevie J attends a cocktail reception for "Queen Sugar" at Liberty Kitchen on July 2, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network) *** Local Caption *** Stevie J

“Queen Sugar” will debut as a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10PM ET/PT on OWN. The series will regularly air Wednesday nights at 10PM ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.

More photos on the flip.

Josh Brasted, Freddy-O

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 02: Lela Loren attends a cocktail reception for "Queen Sugar" at Liberty Kitchen on July 2, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network) *** Local Caption *** Lela Loren

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 02: Joseph Sikora attends a cocktail reception for "Queen Sugar" at Liberty Kitchen on July 2, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network) *** Local Caption *** Joseph Sikora

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 02: La Porsha Renee attends a cocktail reception for "Queen Sugar" at Liberty Kitchen on July 2, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network) *** Local Caption *** La Porsha Renee

    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 02: Oprah Winfrey (C) speaks at a cocktail reception for "Queen Sugar" at Liberty Kitchen on July 2, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network) *** Local Caption *** Oprah Winfrey

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