Octavia Spencer, Oscar-winning actress herself, plays the told of Madam C.J. Walker, the innovative African -American hair care entrepreneur, who actually became America’s first female sled-made millionaire, in the Netflix original four-part series Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, which will premiere on March 20.
This original Netflix series is based on the book On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker, written by Walker’s great-great-granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles, which marks the first time the extraordinary and motivating story of this cultural icon has been brought to the screen.
Walker overcame gender biases, personal betrayals, jim crow, and rivalries from other businesses that built this revolutionized Black hair business. The series also stars Blair Underwood as the businesswoman’s husband, C.J. Walker; Tiffany Haddish as her daughter Lelia; Carmen Ejogo as Walker’s business rival Addie Munroe; Garrett Morris as Walker’s father-in-law; Kevin Carroll as her longtime lawyer, Freeman Ransom; and Bill Bellamy as Ransom’s cousin Sweetness.
Take a look at newly released photo from the series below: