Rutina Wesley has landed a role in the upcoming OWN drama Queen Sugar. The series is based off of the Natalie Baszile novel of the same name, and will be helmed by Selma director Ava DuVernay.
Wesley will play Nora Bordleon, a New Orleans-based activist and journalist, whose life is turned upside down when her estranged sister returns from Los Angeles to help the family tend to their sugarcane farm.
Rutina Wesley Joins Arrow in Recurring Role
Rutina Wesley joins Arrow for their upcoming fourth season playing the role of Lady Cop. According to EW, the show plans to put a spin on the DC Comics character, which will be recurring throughout the season.
Rutina was most recently seen on this season of Hannibal, playing Reba McClane, a blind woman who catches the eye of serial killer the Tooth Fairy.
Actress Bianca Lawson has been added to the cast of the OWN original series Queen Sugar. The show is based on the book of the same name and centers on the lives of three sisters tasked with running the family sugarcane business after the family matriarch passes way.
As previously reported, Rutina Wesley has already been cast to play the role of one of the sisters; Nora, a New Orleans based activist and photo-journalist.
The 2009 Golden Globe Awards were held earlier this evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Not many Brown Sistas were spotted on the red carpet this year- mostly because few were nominated or tapped to present an award. The lone African American female nominee, singer Beyonce, lost the award she was up for to music veteran Bruce Springsteen. Still, the singer can take solace in the fact that she is already topping many lists as the evening’s best dressed female. Other Brown Sista’s to grace the red carpet with their loveliness included actress Taraji P. Henson and television personality Shaun Robinson.
What’s the best way to solve life’s problems? Have a dance off of course- and that is exactly what happens in the new film “How She Move”. After her sister’s fatal drug addiction sucks up the family’s private school funds, Raya (Rutina Wesley) is back at public school and needs cash to get out of her dangerous neighborhood. Luckily she’s a master step dancer, and, conveniently, the high-paying Stepmonster team tournament is coming up soon. While Raya trains, her mom (Melanie Nicholls-King) disapproves; estranged friend Michelle (Tre Armstrong) resents her–until she needs Raya to tutor her, of course–and fellow step expert Bishop (Dwain Murphy) tries to show Raya his moves in more ways than one. How She Move opens in theaters nationwide today and is an MTV Production that also features a cameo by singer Keyshia Cole.