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ICYMI: Octavia Spencer Will Star & Produce Netflix's Madam C. J. Walker Limited Series, LeBron James To Produce

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Octavia Spencer and LeBron James are teaming up for a limited series about black hair care mogul Madam C.J. Walker set to stream on Netflix. Deets inside...

We're praising the TV gods for Netflix!

The streaming giant just copped a new limited series that will share the story about how Madam C.J. Walker built her black hair care empire. She's the FIRST (real) self-made female millionaire in America and one of the most successful African-American female business owners of all time. So yes, this story NEEDS to be told.

Oscar winning actress Octavia Spencer will star and executive produce the eight-episode series, which is based on the book, "On Our Own Ground" written by Walker's great-great granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles. She will also serve as a consultant for the show.

Variety reports:

The series will recount the untold story of how Walker, a black hair care pioneer and mogul, 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.

Walker, the daughter of slaves, was orphaned at age seven, married at 14, and widowed at 20. She spent two decades laboring as a washerwoman, earning $1.50 a week. Everything changed, though, following Walker’s discovery of a revolutionary hair care formula for black women. By the time she died in 1919, she had built a beauty empire from the ground up, amassing wealth unprecedented among black women.

“Black Nativity” helmer Kasi Lemmons will direct the pilot and also exec produce, and Nicole Asher will write. Janine Sherman Barrois and Elle Johnson will also serve as executive producers, along with SpringHill’s Maverick Carter, and Zero Gravity’s Mark Holder and Christine Holder. The project hails from Warner Bros. Television.

LeBron's production company SpringHill Entertainment is excited about teaming up with Octavia for the project as they delve into television and expanding the Lakers' player production portofolio.

“It’s so exciting for all of us to keep building SpringHill, see it mature, and continue to find its voice. We are really focused on growing with authenticity and substance,” SpringHill rep (and LeBron's close friend) Maverick Carter said. “For us, this is totally about great stories and great partners. Partnering with Octavia to tell the story of Madam C.J. Walker is the ideal first project for SpringHill to take an important step into scripted drama.”

 

 

We're SO here for it! King James keeps continuing to do BIG THINGS! 

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