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Octavia Spencer: What She Learned From Playing Madam CJ Walker

Octavia Spencer played the mess out of Madam CJ Walker in the Netflix drama series Self Made, so much so that she’s been nominated for an Emmy.

She recently talked with The Hollywood Reporter about playing the role and what she learned from the first female self-made millionaire.

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“The idea that we can do so much as a community — helping each other, aiding each other, advocating for each other, the actress shared. That’s what she did for Black women; she [worked] for Black women to have agency in their own lives and to help provide for their families. It made me recommit to continuing to be a force in the community, whether it’s my female community, Black community, actor community — just try to be the most contributing person that I can to society.”

You can check out her full interview in the publications Emmy Issue out now.

Octavia Spencer Donates Respiratory Monitors To Alabama & NYC Hospitals

Octavia Spencer is doing her part to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The actress shared on Instagram that she’s partnered with Mike Care to donate respiratory monitors to both Baptist Health and the Montefiore Health System locations in Alabama and New York.

The monitors are contactless, and offers medical personnel a method to communicate safely with those who have contracted the virus.

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First Look: Octavia Spencer As Madame CJ Walker

Netflix has unveiled the first look at Self Made: Inspired By The Life Of Madame C.J. Walker. In it, Octavia Spencer stars as the trailblazing African American haircare entrepreneur who was America’s first female self-made millionaire.

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Walker, the daughter of slaves, amassed a fortune at the turn of the 20th century selling a revolutionary hair care formula for black women. At the time of her death, she was eulogized as the first female self-made millionaire.

The four part limited series is based on the book, On Her Own Ground, written by Walker’s great-great granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles, who also serve as a consultant on the series.

The series also stars Blair Underwood as her husband C.J. Walker, Tiffany Haddish as her daughter Lelia, Carmen Ejogo as Walker’s business rival Addie Munroe, Garrett Morris as Walker’s father-in-law, Kevin Carroll as her longtime lawyer Freeman Ransom and Bill Bellamy as Ransom’s cousin Sweetness.

Self Made is being produced by SpringHill Entertainment and Wonder Street in association with Warner Bros.

It starts streaming on Netflix March 20th.

Octavia Spencer “Truth Be Told” Trailer For Apple TV+

Octavia Spencer leads the cast in the first look trailer for “Truth Be Told” the upcoming crime drama series on Apple TV+.

The series is being executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Octavia Spencer.

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Octavia’s character is a famous podcaster named Poppy Parnell. She is called to investigate the case of convicted serial killer Warren Cave (played by Aaron Paul). The twist is, he’s a man she may have mistakenly helped put in jail- for a crime he may or may not have committed.

Truth Be Told premieres Friday, Dec. 6th on Apple TV+

Watch the trailer: