Charley: There aren’t enough doctors and beds. There are people who are worse than me.
Davis: Like I said, we can keep monitoring you from here for now. I got three doctors on standby walking me through everything, remote monitoring as much as we can. You’re stable right now, Charley, but if anything slips, I will not hesitate to get you what you need if I have to build a damn bed myself.

Do you want to be like Oprah and Stedman? I mean, I’m good with that.


Darlene: So basically, he’s gifted, he’s black, and they need that.
Darla: I don’t want that life for him.
Darlene: Darla, don’t be dramatic. What are you even talking about?
Darla: That pressure, the tokenism, the lack of true connection. I know that life. I remember it.

Blue is not going to D.C. Not while I’m living and maybe not even while I’m dead. Don’t try me on this.


Darlene: Who are you to say this?
Violet: Who am I? I’m the woman who practically raised him when you didn’t or couldn’t or wouldn’t. You pick.
Darlene: I sent money.
Violet: Yes, and thank you for that. And I gave time. You can make more money, you can’t make more time.

Baby, you out here fighting battles that ain’t even yours. What’s really going on?


Don’t run. Don’t ever run.

Ralph Angel

If he had a choice, he’d be here with you. When you love someone, you show up. And he should have that choice, Charley. You wouldn’t want something like this kept from you if the shoe was on the other foot.


Violet: This whole damn year feels like somebody’s bad dream.
Hollywood: Yes, it does.
Violet: We can wake up, though. Open our eyes to our blessings. Try to get right with our hearts, our spirits. We can work on stuff that matters.

I’ve been a little tough on her and Calvin. I mean, time’s up for polite conversations to soothe white folks fantasies of the world the rest of us have to live in, but you’ve got to give them a chance to grow.


The youth get wisdom by engaging with things that matter. At least that’s what Micah said before he left.


Darla: We do what we can to bring some beauty into this ugly world.
Ralph Angel: Ugly? Ain’t nothing ugly over here. I mean, we look good. We beautiful, all of us.
Darla: Amen.

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.