For those who aren’t familiar, the Ava DuVernay-helmed show is the story of a Louisiana agricultural family—the Bordelons—dealing with the fallout after the death of the family patriarch, and is one we haven’t seen on television yet. At all. But Nova, Charley and Ralph Angel are all family to me.
The writing is good. The acting is good. The directing is awesome sauce. And on occasion, the show hits you right in the feels.
For instance? For instance.
(Editor’s note: Spoiler alert if you haven’t seen the Nov. 9 episode.)
Full disclosure, since I became a father in 2009, nearly all depictions that are father-related—especially those where you see a dad trying his best—get me. I’m talking my whole atmosphere is an allergen at times. I watch movies differently since I’ve become a dad. I see commercials differently. When I’m out and I see a little girl holding her dad’s hand, I unintentionally smile as she looks at him like a hero. She has no idea what struggles he’s facing, she just knows that dad is a hero.
Stuff like that gets me. All. The. Time. My thug has been disposed of and replaced with a heart. I think kids do expose you to a different side of who you are—the better side. Even the roughest dude usually has a very, very soft spot for his children. I’m no different…
Read more at: Queen Sugar and the Struggles of Fatherhood