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Octavia Spencer's hat game is on point in our first look at Netflix's Self Made

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Although she’s worked extensively in television across the course of her career—both pre- and post-Oscar, albeit with a lot fewer roles with names like “Flight Attendant” attached to them in the aftermath of her 2012 win for The Help—Octavia Spencer has rarely taken a starring role on the smaller screen. That changed last month with the debut of her new Apple TV+ show, Truth Be Told—a.k.a. Podcasters Fightin’ Crime—and now Netflix has released its first look at Spencer’s next television project: Self Made, based on the life of pioneering hair care magnate Madam C.J. Walker.

Walker’s is a landmark story of American entrepreneurial success; by the time she died in 1919, she was considered the most successful Black businesswoman in the country’s history, having made nearly a million dollars with her self-built empire of cosmetic and hair care products. She was also a noted philanthropist and political activist, immersing herself in New York’s social and political scene, and advocating tirelessly against racism and hate.

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Photo: Netflix
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Spencer originally signed on for the role back in 2017, attached to a project based on a biography of Walker written by her great-great-granddaughter, A’Lelia Bundles. That show landed at Netflix back in 2018, with the service releasing the first images today of Spencer-as-Walker, standing at the center of what looks to be a big musical number, sharing a look with husband Blair Underwood, and keeping her hat game distinctly on point.

Self-Made also stars Tiffany Hadish, Carmen Ejogo, Garrett Morris, Kevin Carroll, and Bill Bellamy. The four-part series debuts on March 20.

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