Destination Sundance 2019: Inside the Empowering ‘2 Dope Queens’ Brunch

As guests Sundanced around Park City last weekend, a select group of media, industry peeps, and Sundance attendees popped into Tupelo restaurant on Main Street to kick off their Sunday with an empowering brunch –  Dope Queens: Reclaiming Your Crown.

The intimate event, moderated by Angela Rye, celebrated the upcoming premiere of the second season of HBO’s 2 Dope Queens, and the show’s stars, Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, were front and center to discuss being a dope queen in a male dominated industry.


(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO)

Before the convo began, we mixed, mingled, and networked upstairs, munching on croissants and pastries, and clinking mimosas and morning cocktails from an open bar (there also a coffee and tea bar on hand for anyone who needed a pick me up). Post mingling, we headed down to the brunch and sat at long wooden, white flower-topped tables in the cozy restaurant, which gave us dreamy winter cabin vibes.


(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO)

As we and other guests feasted on buttered maine crab toast, three egg omelettes, crispy sourdough french toast, and cast iron skillets filled with apple crumble and season sorbet for dessert, DJ Jasmine Solano pumped out some music, and the convo commenced.

“One thing I like to do is make a playlist,” Phoebe Robinson began, as she talked about her writing process. “When I was trying to finish Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay, I listened to a lot of Sade, Diana Ross, and Chaka Khan…empowering women. For me, I know there’s a lot of procrastination. It’s a huge thing in writing. It’s like ‘oh I’m stuck on this sentence. I don’t want to write this. I’ll just go organize my shoe closet.’ I don’t have a shoe closet, but the shoes in my closet,” she said with a laugh, adding that procrastination has actually been in an asset for her.


(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO)

“It’s a lot of you taking your mind off of it and doing something else, so that when you come back to it, you’re refreshed,” she continued. “You can get inspired by distracting yourself.”

As brunch went on, there was even some beatboxing, with Williams and Robinson taking a quick moment to freestyle about HBO, 2 Dope Queens, and even throwing in a couple of jokes about Rye. After lots of laughs, the convo went on, with the trio talking politics, the power of the people to change things, and more.

“We are in a position to take things back,” Robinson, whose brother recently ran for public office in Cleveland and won. “Sometimes we forget that we have the power. I think everyone is like no we can change things if we really want to. I’m going to try to do my part, but I’m really inspired by what everyone is doing.”

Williams echoed those sentiments saying, “I think a lot of it is realigning with our personal values, and figuring out where we want it to go. I believe that good trumps over evil.”

Post chat, guests left with a bag full of goodies including Bose noise-reducing earbuds, an eye mask, and a cocktail travel kit.

The second season of 2 Dope Queens premieres Friday on HBO at 11 p.m.

– Additional reporting by Destination Fab correspondent D’Jaris Yates

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