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BUILD Series Presents Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe Discussing Their New OWN Series 'Queen Sugar'

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Ava DuVernay’s stunning OWN series Queen Sugar is enthralling for many reasons, but a major reason why we tune in is for Kofi Siriboe. The 23-year old breakout star commands the screen every week as Ralph Angel, a young father who is trying to put his life back together after being released from prison. And yet, Siriboe isn’t just shining onscreen; he’s also garnering our attention off screen for his upliftment and reverence of Black women.

A few months ago, Siriboe praised Black mothers on Twitter, and when a fan tried to stand in his way, he politely checked her. Recently the Los Angeles native chatted with about his love for his sistas. He said, “I love Black women, and I shouldn’t have to tiptoe around that fact, That’s not to exclude anybody—I’m all about inclusion—but there is a lot of exclusion that happens naturally, systematically, and institutionally, to black women.”

Siriboe is surrounded by Black women on a regular basis. From Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey to his on-screen sisters Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Rutina Wesley and the entire cast of his upcoming romantic comedy, Girls Trip. Read more.

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