Self-made is a Netflix miniseries inspired by the life of Madame C.J. Walker. The series follows Madame C.J. Walker’s journey from being a washerwoman to becoming America’s first self-made millionaire. The series perfectly displayed the history of hair care for African American women, racism, colorism, sexism, jealousy, as well as the need for women in entrepreneurship.
First and foremost, what I liked most about Self made is that it educated me. Yes, I did know who Madame C.J. Walker was before the series, but I did not realize how important hair played a role in how African American women were regarded. I was aware of skin tone, but not hair. I’m happy the series showcased how dark skin women are naturally perceived as less attractive than light skin women. I was also satisfied with how the series displayed the result of colorism and how it can lead to deep-rooted insecurities and pain.
Per usual Octavia Spencer’s acting is superb as well as Blair Underwood (C.J.), Kevin Carrol (Ransom), and Carmen Ojogo (Addie). The costumes were brilliant, and the hair was styled appropriately. The one issue I did have with this film was Tiffany Haddish. Her acting was unbearable. It was so excruciating to watch her in some scenes. It's like she didn’t even try to act. She just showed up to play her part and that was it.
No doubt Self Made is inspirational. If this series does not make you want to get up and be an entrepreneur, I don’t know what will. To see a woman, post-emancipation(slavery) muster up the courage to start her own hair care line from zero is nothing short of amazing. The tenacity and willingness this woman had as a sales and businesswoman is unmatched. Walker’s story is a great life lesson to all. Never give up and never let anyone detour you from your dreams. Madame C.J. Walker's legacy was underappreciated. Self Made was an extraordinary miniseries that needed to be made. I strongly encourage everyone to watch this series.