Monday, September 12, 2016

Blue's Doll on Queen Sugar

The main sibling characters of Queen Sugar are Ralph Angel, Nova, and Charley.

Last week I enjoyed watching the two-night, commercial-free airing of the first two episodes of "Queen Sugar," a new series which airs on OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network), created and produced by Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey.  The series is based on the book of the same name by Natalie Baszile.  After reading the first chapter of the book prior to watching the DVR'd first episode, "First Things First," it became apparent that the first episode loosely follows chapter 1.

An online synopsis of the TV series reads:
"Queen Sugar" tells the story of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Louisiana. At the center of the family are Nova, a journalist and activist; Charley, the wife and manager of an NBA player; and formerly incarcerated father Ralph Angel, who is searching for redemption. Following a tragedy in the family, the siblings must put their complicated lives aside so that they can come together to run the clan's struggling sugar cane farm. Also involved in the farm are Aunt Violet and family friend Remy Newell.
In the first episode, "First Things First," viewers were introduced to the members of the Bordelon family (mentioned above in the synopsis).  Ralph Angel's young son, Blue, has a doll he calls Kenya. Blue is seen playing with Kenya in several scenes of the first episode.  I immediately recognized his doll as a Barbie, but it took a few pauses of my DVR recording to fully identify her.   The following photos helped with the identification:

Adhering to his father's instructions, Blue sits on a park bench holding his doll, Kenya, awaiting his father's return.
Following his father's return and during their brief conversation prior to leaving the park, Blue plays with Kenya.  Do you know the doll's true ID, yet?
Lying on the park bench, engaged in conversation with his father, Blue clutches his beloved doll.  Based on her clothing, do you recognize her?
Ralph Angel holds Blue, who holds his doll, as they leave the park.

Later that evening after a sad occurrence, Ralph Angel gets in bed with Blue to comfort him.  Blue's toy vehicles and his doll are on the nightstand to the right.
Here is another shot of the doll seated on the night stand.

Based on the doll's clothes, I was able to identify her as Barbie Style Grace, shown in the next image.

Blue's doll, that he calls Kenya, is Barbie Style Grace.

Mystery solved.

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The first and second episodes of Queen Sugar will reair on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, on OWN beginning at 7 p.m. CST.  The first airing of the third episode will begin at 9 p.m. CST.  Check your local listings.


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17 comments:

  1. Congrats to Barbie Style Grace for her role in this new series! I did recognize her by her outfit in the second photo. I will have to watch the re-airing of the 1st 2 episodes. So I won't forget, I will set up my DVR to record!

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    1. I was surprised to see Grace on the show, Phyllis. Using a generic doll is used. They tried to disguise her by giving her the name, Kenya, but I knew she was a Barbie.

      Queen Sugar is a good show with a good storyline and not too fast paced. I have my DVR set to record all first airings so I won't miss any shows as I am usually in asleep by 9 p.m. CST and have to play catch up on my recordings either the next day or on the weekend.

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  2. Awesome. Dolls always get such a bad rap in movies and programs.

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    1. Yes, they do, Sew!jc. This time is different (or should be).

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  3. You have an excellent eye for detail. I would have guessed she was a Barbie because she's articulated ( so is Liv but she has that big head) but as to which specific Barbie? No clue whatsoever.
    Thanks for telling us about this show. I'd vaguely heard of it but had no idea it was airing soon ( or already).

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    1. If they had changed Grace's clothes, I probably wouldn't have known, which doll it was. The clothing was the biggest clue.

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  4. Great detective work Deb! I knew it was a Barbie, but not which one! Loving this show! Great Post!

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    1. Thanks, Lee! Hope you and the family are well!

      It is a great show!

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  5. Ooh, thanks Debbie. I remember seeing the previews and had planned to watch. I am setting my DVR tonight! I recognized the outfit, but did not remember that it was Grace.

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  6. I watched this show. I like it. I recognized Grace while he was playing with her in the park. I bought several of her for the body, so the clothes were a dead giveaway.

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    1. Yes, Janainah, the outfit, once I could get a good look at it, was a dead giveaway.

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    1. Hi Chante,

      Maybe she is a substitute for his mother or maybe he just likes her.

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  8. I keep forgetting to watch this show. I saw the previews and meant to watch. That reminds me, I need to see if I missed any episodes of Greenleaf. I love that show. I don't have that Grace, so I couldn't tell from her clothes. I love when there are dolls in tv shows. As long as they aren't killing anyone.

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    1. You should enjoy Queen Sugar, Vanessa. I hope you get an opportunity to watch the previous episodes and future ones. Green Leaf was good. I think I might enjoy Queen Sugar more, but they are both good on different levels.

      I always enjoy seeing dolls used for positive purposes in the media.

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