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Self Made: First look at Netflix’s CJ Walker series

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Netflix’s new series inspired by the life of Madam CJ Walker will premiere this March, and we’ve got our first look at its impressive cast.

The untold and highly irreverent tale of Sarah Breedlove will be charted over four episodes, exploring how the black hair care pioneer and mogul overcame hostile turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, tumultuous marriages and some trifling family to become the USA’s first black, self-made female millionaire.

Based on the book On Her Own Ground, by A’Lelia Bundles, Self Made: Inspired by The Life of Madam C.J. Walker is written by Nicole Asher, with Janine Sherman Barrois and Elle Johnson serving as showrunners.

Octavia Spencer stars in the lead role, heading up a star-studded ensemble that included includes Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo, Blair Underwood and Garrett Morris. You can see them all together on 20th March, when Self Made premieres on Netflix. Until then, here’s your look at the cast in action:

Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo lead new additions to Netflix’s Madam CJ Walker

7th August 2019

Tiffany Haddish and Carmen Ejogo are among the impressive names joining Netflix’s new series Madam CJ Walker.

The untold and highly irreverent tale of Sarah Breedlove will be charted over eight episodes, exploring how the black hair care pioneer and mogul overcame hostile turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, tumultuous marriages and some trifling family to become the USA’s first black, self-made female millionaire.

Based on the book On Her Own Ground, by A’Lelia Bundles, the series is written by Nicole Asher, with Janine Sherman Barrois and Elle Johnson serving as showrunners.

Octavia Spencer has already been cast in the lead role, but in case that wasn’t exciting enough, Netflix has now confirmed the rest of the cast list, which includes Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo, Blair Underwood and Garrett Morris.

Octavia Spencer to play Madam C.J. Walker in Netflix bio series

30th July 2018

Octavia Spencer will play Madam C.J. Walker in a new Netflix series telling her life story.

The untold and highly irreverent tale of Sarah Breedlove will be charted over eight episodes, exploring how the black hair care pioneer and mogul overcame hostile turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, tumultuous marriages and some trifling family to become the USA’s first black, self-made female millionaire.

Based on the book On Her Own Ground, by A’Lelia Bundles, the series is written by Nicole Asher, with Janine Sherman Barrois and Elle Johnson serving as showrunners.

The project is produced for Netflix by SpringHill Entertainment and Zero Gravity in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Octavia will also exec produce the series, alongside Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou, Talk to Me), who is also directing the first episode, LeBron James, Maverick Carter (SpringHill), Mark Holder, Christine Holder (Zero Gravity), and Barrois and Johnson.

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