Ms. Thompson, my father’s Ernest Bordelon. He was a farmer. He also pushed a broom for a living, waxed floors, scrubbed toilets. Did what he had to do for his family, but he did it with his head up. You know, growing up, he taught me to do the same. Checked his ego at the door. So I take pride in making sure folk live in dignity. I admit, my money is kind of funny; in fact, it’s hilarious, but being here is a choice, and I know what it takes, and I understand what this is. As you also said, I am a boss, so I know what a good employee looks like. I’m here to solve your problems, Ms. Thompson.

Ralph Angel

How long is this going to go on? I mean, people are not going to stay at home forever. People need people, you know, to touch and feel each other. It’s supposed to be two weeks. It’s been a lot longer than that.


Violet: All this feels like some kind of test.
Hollywood: What you mean?
Violet: Maybe this is how we find out what we’re made of, you know, as a people, as a community. Do we or do we not have each other’s back?

I barely got out of that store alive. The shelves were totally empty, completely wiped out. It’s like we’re living the apocalypse.


Ralph Angel: I guess it comes with the territory. My daddy struggled, and I ain’t no different. Shit, the last thing I’m going to do is let my pride get in the way of me supporting my family.
Darla: I don’t feel good about you selling off pieces of yourself just to support us. I don’t feel good about that. I’m going to get another job.
Ralph Angel: Well, I am too.

Just breathe, stay calm, be the queen that you are no matter what they try to throw at you.

Charley [to Nova]

An interview is about the future, theirs and yours. You want to tell them that their future will be better if they choose you. It’s all subtext, of course, but sometimes you have to be fierce out loud.


The NBA is canceling their whole season. That can’t be nothing. Follow the money. That’s a billion-dollar industry. Something’s going on.


Hailey: Oh, Nova, you didn’t know that Calvin has a very specific type. He’s always had a thing for the exotic: the blacker, the better, and all that. Really likes the dark-skinned girls, and actually, you’re skinnier than most. He likes them thick. You know, the girls with the big butts that jut out like so.
Nova: Watch yourself, Hailey.
Hailey: Oh, I’m sorry, Sugar. Did you think you were the only one?
Calvin: Yes, she is the only one. The only one I ever loved. Everybody else, and I do mean everybody else, to me was just passing time until she would have me.

Ralph Angel: We get to choose how we deal with things. You hear me?
Darla: They can’t steal our joy unless we let them.

I’m almost 20 years old. I don’t need to consult you every time I want to make a decision like some little boy.


Every day’s a big day now that mom lives here.


Queen Sugar Quotes

The players who got caught with the girl are just kids, coming straight out of high school. No home training, no life skills. We hand them millions of dollars and then say good luck. They marry riffraff. They live wild, now they're messing up our livelihood.


Nova: Be good.
Calvin: I won't tell you the same.
Nova: You know better.