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Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker 

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (2020)
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The inspiring story of trailblazing African American entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker who built a haircare empire that made her America's first female self-made millionaire.
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Series cast summary:
Octavia Spencer ...  Madam C.J. Walker / ... 4 episodes, 2020
Tiffany Haddish ...  Lelia 4 episodes, 2020
Carmen Ejogo ...  Addie 4 episodes, 2020
Kevin Carroll ...  Ransom 4 episodes, 2020
Blair Underwood ...  Charles James Walker 4 episodes, 2020
Garrett Morris ...  Cleophus 3 episodes, 2020
J. Alphonse Nicholson ...  John Robinson 3 episodes, 2020
Sydney Morton ...  Dora Larrie 3 episodes, 2020
Karen Glave ...  Peggie Prosser 3 episodes, 2020
Mouna Traoré ...  Esther 3 episodes, 2020
Cornelius Smith Jr. ...  W.E.B. DuBois 2 episodes, 2020
Bill Bellamy ...  Sweetness 2 episodes, 2020
Rothaford Gray ...  Reverend Smith 2 episodes, 2020
Sophia Deerr Sophia Deerr ...  Hairstylist at Sarah's Salon 2 episodes, 2020
Zahra Bentham ...  Nettie Ransom 2 episodes, 2020
Sheila Isaro ...  Farm Girl 2 episodes, 2020
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The inspiring story of trailblazing African American entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker who built a haircare empire that made her America's first female self-made millionaire.

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Despite playing mother and daughter, Octavia Spencer and Tiffany Haddish are only 7 years apart. See more »


Addie is loosely based on Annie Malone, herself a self-made black female millionaire, despite the show representing her as reluctant to mass sell her product, Annie had a storefront in Saint Louis and several employees long before she employed Madame CJ Walker. See more »


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31 March 2020 | by drchithraparunimaSee all my reviews

Language : English Genre : Inspired biopic drama miniseries Where to watch : Netflix Rating : 8/10

In the early twentieth century America, a black woman fights against racism, male dominance and turbulent marriages to build a business empire. Fictional portrayal of the life of Madam C J Walker, hair care pioneer and first woman millionaire of America. Why should you watch? Highly inspiring feel good series - Octavia Spencer as Madam Walker /Sarah is a spectacle to watch - a strong willed, stubborn, brave woman who dares to reach the sky. The film underlines the fact that you are as big as your dream - Life throws so many obstacles at Sarah; the society mocks her - a black woman wandering into a man's territory that too at a time when even black men where shunned. I don't know whether it happened for real, but there is a scene where Booker T Washington says to Sarah that women should be taught their places. Well scripted, crisply edited and well shot. The concept of beauty as envisioned by Sarah is beautiful - At an era when dark women craved lighter skin, Madam Walker asks everyone to be comfortable in their own skin colour. She advises to take care of one's hair because self care is a matter of confidence. She strongly rejects using white skinned models for endorsement and constantly works for the upliftment of the black community through empowerment of women. The costume and hairdos are aesthetically perfect and pleasing. I liked the way the internal thoughts of Sarah is narrated - her battles fought in a boxing ring and her visions as a musical filled with colours. Why shouldn't you watch? Several people have complained about the series being factually inaccurate. Final takeaway - Must Watch for biopic and history enthusiasts. Watchable for others By @moviestowatch_in

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Release Date:

20 March 2020 (USA) See more »

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St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada See more »

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