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

To be self made is mark of honor. But to be a self made woman, especially in a time in which women are second class, is to make history.

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker premiered earlier this year on Netflix.

Madam C.J. Walker (Octavia Spencer), was given the name of Sarah Breedlove at birth. Born just two years after the end of the Civil War, her early life was difficult. Working as a laundress to take care of herself and her daughter, Lelia (Tiffany Haddish), her fate changes when she meets Addie (Carmen Ejojo). Addie is a successful hairstylist who offers to help Sarah with her hair in return for free laundry.

When Sarah shows that she has a skill for sales, Addie turns her down. This leads Sarah, who will soon be known as Madam C.J. Walker down the path of starting her own business. But, like any new business, there are pitfalls. Sarah’s 3rd husband, Charles James Walker (Blair Underwood) appears to be accepting of his wife’s non-traditional choices. There are also betrayals and Addie’s constant attempts to bring Sarah down once and for all.

I enjoyed this miniseries. It was a history lesson without feeling like a history lesson. As we look to the past and voices who previously have been silenced or minimized, this series highlights the accomplishments of those who rightly deserve the limelight.

I recommend it.

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker is available for streaming on Netflix.

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Filed under Feminism, History, Netflix, Television

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