DeMane Davis hasn’t cried over ‘Queen Sugar’ ending yet


Manager DeMane Davis has been so busy that some things have yet to fully sink in.

Including the fact that the hit OWN show she worked on, “Queen Sugar,” is ending its seventh season.

“I’ve gotten so into it that I haven’t cried yet because it’s over,” Davis, who directed the final two episodes leading up to the series finale, told CNN in a recent interview. “I haven’t thought about what it means to not have ‘Queen Sugar’ every week as part of our culture, as a touchstone.”

The series, which revolves around the fictional Bordelon family in Louisiana, has been groundbreaking in many ways.

Not least because creator and executive producer Ava DuVernay has hired all female directors to work on the show.

Davis directed two episodes during the second season and was executive producer for the third season.

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“What Ava did, no one had ever done before,” Davis said. “It’s funny because when he talks about it now, he says, ‘It’s a simple thing to make a decision, just decide.’ And it tells you that you have the power, that your choices are everything. And it can change not only your world, but the world of each individual you include and the world of everyone who watches them.”

It’s certainly been life-changing for Davis, who has also directed episodes for other shows, including ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” and Netflix’s “You.”

But, he said, “there’s nothing else like ‘Queen Sugar’ on TV.”

“It’s hard to believe that it’s the longest-running drama centered around a black family on television,” Davis said. “And I just feel like we didn’t get that chance to see each other in that light, literally and figuratively, I’ve never seen Black-skin filmed the way it was filmed, the different nuances.”

Davis is staying busy, though, having just finished directing an episode of the upcoming NBC drama “Found” (she also directed the pilot).

According to Davis, the series is “about a group of people who find the people that no one else wants to find” and was created by Nkechi Carroll, a showrunner/creator of [CW’s] “All American Homecoming.”

“[‘Found’] stars Shanola Hampton from ‘Shameless’ and I can’t wait for you to see this woman running around in heels,” said Davis. “We’re on Sundays at 10. I can’t believe it, I’m over the moon.”

The penultimate episode of “Queen Sugar,” directed by Davis, airs Tuesday. The series finale, directed by DuVernay, airs next Tuesday.

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