Check out the trailer that’s dropped for Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, an upcoming Netflix limited series that tells the true story of the barrier-breaking, first self made U.S. female millionaire.
Oscar winner Octavia Spencer plays Sarah Breedlove, who was also known as Madam C.J. Walker, an American entrepreneur and philanthropist that overcame racial and gender biases, as well as business and personal set backs, to make a fortune by revolutionising black haircare.
It’s an inspirational true story that should make for a nice 4-episode watch. Spencer is great, and there’s a good amount of Black American talent on both sides of the camera, including direction from Harriet helmer Kassie Lemons and DeMane Davis (How to Get Away with Murder), and a cast that includes Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo, Blair Underwood and Garrett Morris, among others.
Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker hits Netflix on March 20.
Official synopsis for Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker:
Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer stars as Madam C.J. Walker, the trailblazing African American haircare entrepreneur who was America’s first female self-made millionaire. Inspired by the book, On Her Own Ground written by Walker’s great-great-granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles, the Netflix original series, SELF MADE: INSPIRED BY THE LIFE OF MADAM C.J. WALKER brings the uplifting story of this cultural icon to the screen for the first time. Against all odds, Walker overcame post-slavery racial and gender biases, personal betrayals, and business rivalries to build a ground-breaking brand that revolutionized black haircare, as she simultaneously fought for social change.
The four-part limited series also stars Blair Underwood as her husband C.J. Walker, Tiffany Haddish as her daughter Leila, Carmen Ejogo as Walker’s business rival Addie Monroe, Garrett Morris as Walker’s father-in-law, Kevin Carroll as her longtime lawyer Ransom and Bill Bellamy as Ransom’s cousin Sweetness. SELF MADE: INSPIRED BY THE LIFE OF MADAM C.J. WALKER was created by Nicole Jefferson Asher with co-showrunners Elle Johnson & Janine Sherman Barrois, directed by Kasi Lemmons and DeMane Davis, and executive produced by Barrois, Johnson, Maverick Carter, Jamal Henderson, Eric Oberland, Christine Holder, Mark Holder, Kasi Lemmons, LeBron James and Octavia Spencer.