Have you heard the news? At a recent Television Critics Association press conference, Netflix announced plans to produce an 8-episode miniseries about the life of Madame C.J. Walker.
The series will star Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, and will be executive produced by LeBron James through his production company, SpringHill Entertainment and Zero Gravity.
The series will be co-showrun by Janine Sherman Barrois (who is currently executive producing and showrunning TNT series Claws), and Elle Johnson; and will be based on the book On Her Own Ground by A’Leia Bundles, Walker’s great-great-granddaughter.
In addition, the first episode is set to be directed by Kasi Lemmons, who directed Eve’s Bayou (1997), and most recently Black Nativity (2013), based on the musical by Langston Hughes.
For those of you who live under a rock and don’t know who Madame C.J. Walker is, a short history lesson is in order:
Madame C.J. Walker was the first African American woman who became a self-made millionaire. The source of her fortune was from her line of hare care products that she developed herself.
Walker became one of the wealthiest self-made women in America, the wealthiest African-American woman in America, and one of the wealthiest African-American business owners to ever live.
We’re incredibly excited for this project not only because of the talent involved, but also because the story of Madame C.J. Walker is long overdue.
Keep your eyes open for this one.
Black Chick Media