Netflix Orders 8-Episode Madam C.J. Walker Miniseries Starring Octavia Spencer

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We stan a real self-made queen!

After the internet’s collective meltdown over one millionaire businesswoman who had a whole lot of help, Netflix swooped right in with a project about the great Madam C.J. Walker.

Octavia Spencer has signed on for an 8-episode limited series about the haircare entrepreneur’s life, according to Deadline.

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Based on the book, On Her Own Ground by A’Leila Bundles, and produced by LeBron James, Spencer will portray the rags to riches story of Sarah Breedlove.


Before she made history as America’s first black woman millionaire, Walker, the daughter of slaves, worked as a laundress earning $1.50 a week. Suffering from a scalp ailment that caused hair loss, she developed a line of homemade hair products to treat her condition.

The DIY queen sold her products to other black women, hand-to-hand, and developed a loyal following through word of mouth.

The streaming company has yet to announce the air date, but we’ll keep you posted when more details become available.

Image of Octavia Spencer via AARP

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