7. Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker
Created and Written By: Nicole Jefferson Asher
Starring: Octavia Spencer, Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo, Blair Underwoods, Garrett Morris, Kevin Carroll, Bill Bellamy, Zahra Bentham, Mouna Traoré
Release Date: Friday, March 20
You know how sometimes you read a headline announcing the next big limited series, but all you can really see is an Emmy nomination and/or win waiting to happen? That’s exactly the case with Netflix’s Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer. An Oscar winner headlining an autobiographical limited series on a streaming service? There’s no way we won’t be watching Spencer at the Emmys this summer. But first, we’ll have to watch her in Self Made when it premieres on Netflix this month.
Based on the biography On Her Own Ground written by A’Lelia Bundles (Walker’s great-great-granddaughter), Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker stars Octavia Spencer as Madam C. J. Walker, the groundbreaking African-American haircare entrepreneur, whose successful business earned her the position of being the first female self-made millionaire in America. Self Made brings the viewer along on the ride as Walker dealt with racial and gender biases as well as personal and business betrayals to defy the odds and create a game-changing brand for black haircare.
Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker comes from creator Nicole Jefferson Asher, co-showrunners Elle Johnson and Janine Sherman Barrois, and directors Kasi Lemmons and DeMane Davis. The four-part limited series counts Maverick Carter, Jamal Henderson, Eric Oberland, Christine Holder, Mark Holder, LeBron James and Octavia Spencer as additional producers. Without a doubt, Self Made will be one of the year’s most inspiring and uplifting limited series and a serious Emmys contender. Check out the four-parter when it drops on March 20.