Nova Bordelon, the writer, activist and herbalist. Nova is
the outspoken and unconventional Bordelon sibling, and eldest of Charley and
Ralph Angel. Nova is an interesting character for two reasons. First, for those
who read the book, Nova does not exist. Her character was created specifically
for the television series. Second, for all the work Nova does in her everyday
life, she is trying to figure out how to be a revolutionary and in love. As per
usual, there are spoilers ahead.
During the day, Nova works as a reporter for the Daily News discussing
racial inequality in New Orleans and Louisiana at large. She is an activist, a
writer and an herbalist. For those who are wondering what an herbalist is, she sells
marijuana. She uses her dealing as way to keep an ear to the streets. Nova is
also carrying on an affair with a married law enforcement officer who is white.
In a time where black lives matter is being yelled from the rafters, she finds
herself at odds with her beliefs. We’ll get there, though. Nova’s activism goes
above and beyond writing about the black lives and inequality of black people
in New Orleans. Nova develops a relationship with a young man who goes by the
name of Too Sweet. He is being wrongfully prosecuted and Nova is working
towards making sure he is not only freed, but that people understand what is
really happening within the criminal justice system. Nova even goes so far as
to use money meant to be used on the farm to save Too Sweet. This causes even
more of a strain between her and her siblings, especially her sister Charley.
Along with attempting to repair a strained relationship with
her sister, that she exacerbates by discussing her sister’s crumbling marriage,
she is also struggling to figure out her own love life. Nova is bi-sexual and
in the first season has two love interests; Calvin and Chantal. One of the
first scenes we see of Nova is an intimate scene between her and Calvin. The
shot of Calvin and Nova is one of most beautiful scenes in the show. This is
one of the first times, and probably one of the few times, we see Nova
completely…free. Nova’s character is presented as tough and constantly running
to take care of her family, to take care of her community and to show her boss
that there are more important things than the scandal surrounding her sister’s
marriage. Nova, like many eldest siblings, carries all the worries with her.
Add to that her being a black woman, and she’s carrying the world. When she’s
with Calvin there is no denying their connection. Then we learn that Calvin is
married and a police officer. She seemingly ends her affair with Calvin and
meets Chantal during a radio interview.
Nova cannot seem to give herself fully to Chantal. In large
part because she still cares for Calvin and she is focused on Too Sweet and her
investigation into issues of inequality. Chantal and Nova eventually part ways
and Calvin enters Nova’s life again. He left his wife and is fully committed to
Nova now. He even called in a favor to get Too Sweet’s charges completely
dropped. Nova is ready to fall directly into Calvin. The most powerful scene
for Nova, in my opinion, is when Nova and Calvin are out on a date at a local
bar. A fellow officer and friend of Calvin comes up and speaks with Calvin and
Nova. That is until Nova introduces herself and he realizes she’s the writer of
the article implicating the police department for racial inequality and
injustice. The man calls Nova out of her name and grabs her ass. Calvin then
proceeds to beat his ass. Before the man is pulled out of the bar he does the
unimaginable. He spits in Nova’s face. There are few things more disrespectful
than spitting on someone. The implication of spitting on a black woman makes it
even more offensive and heartbreaking. You can watch the scene below:
Above all else, Nova is an activist. Her form of protest is
the written word. The significance of the man she loves being a white cop doesn’t
go unnoticed and is tremendously important. How does she help spark a revolution
and love a man who, solely on a superficial basis, is part of the system she is
fighting against? How does Nova combat this? Black women dating outside of
their race is not uncommon; especially this day and age. Yet, aside from the
racial comments or stares people may have given them, there is an extra caveat
with Nova and Calvin’s relationship. When the other cop begins to berate her
and then spits on her the shot of her wiping her face is so powerful. She may
have expected stares or whispers. Yet, being spit on was never in her thoughts.
Hell, I don’t think it was even in the mind of the viewers. I audibly gasped in
my living room when it happened. Initially, Nova was embarrassed and ashamed
that she was sleeping with a married man who wore a badge. That never stopped
Calvin from loving and supporting her. When Nova needed him most he was always
there. Even if it wasn’t in the traditional sense. Nova fought against her love
for Calvin constantly. Their relationship is not an all-consuming love. Rather,
it is hard and frustrating. On one end, Calvin is attempting to get Nova to
understand his side regarding the issues she is fighting. On the other hand,
Nova realizes he is trying to understand and eventually gets it. For Nova to be
spit on, and Calvin being powerless to stop it, we see something happen to Nova
that we have never seen; vulnerability. The one emotion she has seemingly
worked so hard to escape is on full display.
Nova can control her writing and the narrative it creates.
She can control her activism and how she fights for equality. What she can’t
control is love. Queen Sugar’s Nova
Bordelon is vibrant. She is an herbalist, an activist, a writer and a lover.
She is fire and ice. Nova knows Calvin is a good man and it is amazing to watch
them fall in love. Their story is not the traditional love we constantly see on
television. It’s also not the traditional type of love that we see for black
women on television. For Nova, it is the one thing that she fights for that
gives her pause. She can’t just dive into it the way she does her writing and
her activism. The love is bigger than her. No matter what is in store for Nova in
the second season of Queen Sugar, it’s
safe to say it will be exceptional.
The Strange Case of Darren Wilson’s Mysterious Disappearing Duty Belt
On August 9, after he shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson called his superiors to the scene.
Wilson then drove himself to the Ferguson Police Department where he washed his hands and inspected his gun. He sealed it, still bloodied, in a yellow envelope he handed over as evidence.
After he took off his uniform shirt, Wilson was brought to a local ER to treat his injuries; he left the shirt and duty belt at the police station. According to both a 200-page police report on the investigation and testimony given to the grand jury tasked with deciding whether or not to indict Wilson, an unnamed St. Louis County Police officer then took the belt into custody.
But for some reason, that belt did not remain in police custody. According to testimony, the belt somehow ended up in the trunk of Wilson’s personal car — the grand jury was never told how or why the belt was returned to Wilson — where it remained for more than a month until his lawyer submitted it to authorities as evidence in the ongoing investigation into Brown’s death.
I don’t understand how this organization can exist if their history points to them being a bonified hate group ? according to all their history that’s what they stand for - Hate and Nothing Else.
so why does the FBI and the US Attorney General’s Civil Rights Division allow them to continue organizing and planning expansions like this ? quite the question and I think someone should ask Loretta Lynch about it the very next chance she is in front of a microphone in light of the present political climate in the USA.
The KKK is a part of the Injustice Depart of the US Clearly because they always carry their flag -