I thought I told OWN last week to put a damn warning label on these episodes! Chile, my eyes were leaking from Ralph Angel's abrupt "what home" to Hollywood's froggy throated "there's no cure for that." What I will say though, is that Bianca Lawson, you did that shit sis! Her performance on episode 14, "On These I Stand" was incredible.
Each week I profess my love for Queen Sugar in some way, but I am always just taken aback by their ability to create meaningful dialogue, even if only internal. It has a way of showing both/multiple perspectives to the same concept, as a way of teaching the viewer.
From tonight's episode, I want to dig into why you need a Black woman in your life featuring Keke the teacher, and Micah's journey to "wokeness"
You Need a Black Woman + Keke
It's no shade at all, but in season one when I saw Micah with that white girl, I rolled my eyes. I looked at him in his private school uniform, house on the hill, ball star father, white girlfriend, and thought he must not know he's Black *Cues The Story of O.J.*. Of course, it wasn't until they moved to New Orleans, when I realized the journey they were taking with Micah's character.
Since day one though, Keke has served as a teacher to Micah. Someone who saw his innocence coupled with ignorance, and decided to enlighten him the way Black women do. Given that most Black women are wise well beyond their years, and not by luck or chance, but because we are usually forced to be.
In episode 12 when talking to Charlie, Micah told her how amazing Keke is, and how much he's learned from her. In episode 11, we learned of her resistance by continuing to apply to be their Queen knowing she'd never be chosen. In tonight's episode, when he mentioned the confederate display, she guided him to take action. To fight fearlessly for what we believe in.
Keke isn't just teaching Micah about a world that he's never seen before. She's teaching him in a manor that has forced him to become introspective, and to learn about hisself. Making Keke the major key in his journey towards "wokeness."
The Journey to "Wokeness" + Micah
I am absolutely in love with the way they have developed Micah's character throughout this short series thus far. Micah's story is one that I'm sure a many of us can relate to. Or I'll keep it singular and trill and say that I can relate to this journey so much.
I didn't grow up listening to the words of Malcolm, or eating breakfast courtesy of the Black Panther Party. I grew up under the haze and guidance of white supremacy. I grew up with oppressed and suppressed thinking. To be honest, I didn't even truly start loving or fully understanding my Blackness until college. So my journey too, is still fresh.
Queen Sugar places us as the viewer into the storyline with the characters, and teaches us perspectives we may not have otherwise considered. In this episode, we find Micah conflicted as he stood in Black skin before a confederate display.
He then asks his "woke" white friend what he thought about the display, to which he responds "it's a way of reminding us how far we've come." To which I would've responded "which is where?" Where have we come to, and its hilarious how they think that years and distance share the same size spectrum. It's also hilarious to see wypipo claiming they woke until being woke starts to feel uncomfortable. This was Micah's actualization that white people ain't shit, which is necessary to the process.
Towards the end of the episode, during a conversation with Charlie, a frustrated Micah said "it feels like when you're Black, it's just good common sense to live in fear." Which is an understandable feeling when all of it is new.
However, our strength is in our ability to live without fear.