Madam C.J. Walker

Octavia Spencer One Step Closer to Bringing Madam C.J. Walkers’ Story to TV

  Netflix announced over the weekend the new limited series about the life and legacy of  Madam C.J. Walker. The 8 episode series will tell the untold and highly irreverent story of black hair care pioneer and mogul Madam C.J. Walker and how she overcame hostile turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, tumultuous marriages and some trifling family to become America’s first black, self-made female millionaire. Based on the book On Her Own Ground, by A’Lelia Bundles. The series executive producers include Octavia Spencer and LeBron James and will feature Octavia Spencer, who will star as Sarah Breedlove, famously known as Madam CJ Walker.

Where is Today’s Madam C.J. Walker?

Women entrepreneurs have a powerful role model when they consider Madam C.J. Walker. One of our nation’s first female self-made millionaires, her story of combining herbs to develop and manufacture a hair pomade, of empowering tens of thousands of women as sales agents for her products, and of establishing a beauty school to teach beauty techniques (and provide economic empowerment for even more women) are the stuff of legend. She was not only an entrepreneur, but also a philanthropist. She “lived large,”  owning two cars and a sprawling estate, Villa Lewaro in Irvington, New York, but she shared her wealth