Oprah Winfrey and Me (I was chosen as one of her Supersoul 100!!)

Oprah Winfrey and Me (I was chosen as one of her Supersoul 100!!)






Maya Penn is a 17 year old award-winning eco-designer, artist, philanthropist, activist, entrepreneur, animated filmmaker, coder, illustrator, writer and author of You Got This! She has been featured in countless publications such as Forbes, Huffington Post, Seventeen Magazine, Cosmopolitan, The View, NPR,CNN, TIME, Essence Magazine, CBS This Morning with Gayle King, O Magazine, The Steve Harvey Show, Entrepreneur Magazine, Ebony, Black Enterprise, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and many, many more. Maya has given three TEDTalks and her latest TEDWomen Talk has gone viral worldwide and with almost 2 million views and growing. She is known as the youngest female to do two back-to-back official TEDTalks. Maya has been chosen by Oprah Winfrey as one of her Supersoul 100 influencers. Google has partnered with Maya to speak to girls about coding and computer science at their Made With Code events. Magic Johnson chose Maya to be featured in his 32 Under 32 article series.


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Maya's Reviews: Queen Sugar

Tuesday, earlier this week "Queen Sugar" premiered on OWN. An adaption of the original novel by Natalie Baszile. Directed by Ava DuVernay and executively produced by Oprah Winfrey.

The Story

 "Queen Sugar" follows the lives of three siblings from Louisiana. Nova, Charley, and Ralph Angel, who each live separately, tangled in their own worlds are brought together to join forces to take over their families beleaguered sugar cane farm after their father's tragic passing.

The characters are beautifully developed and real, perfect for a television adaption. I think what got me really invested in the show and the characters is just how relatable and familiar the Bordelon family is. Watching it you almost feel like a part of the family and naturally gravitate to inserting yourself or members of your own family into the roles of these characters which makes every calamitous, heart-wrenching moment have an even stronger impact on the viewer. I dare you not to be a blubbering mess by the end of episode one.

The Visuals

The visual aesthetic of Queen Sugar is gorgeous and immersive. Being a filmmaker myself I have such an admiration of the use of the angles and palettes used to set the tone of each scene and almost paint the story. Even if you erase the plot you still feel the vibe of each scene with how it is visually presented to the viewer. 

Last night the second episode aired. It has been a smash hit so far. 


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