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Join a group to discuss the new Netflix series is called “Self Made” The story was inspired by the life of Madam C.J. Walker the first American Woman Millionaire. An African American washerwoman rises from poverty to build a beauty empire. Sandra Thompson has offered to lead the discussion. We will be using Zoom and email the registrants the invitation in the morning before the group. Please register before 9 pm the night before. If you haven’t used this great technology, download instructions: Preparing for Your Zoom Meeting o and practice with your friends.

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"Self Made" Discussion


I just received the following note from the author of the book which inspired this series. A’Lelia may join the conversation. Please read below:

Dear Lena,

Thanks for your note. I’m glad that so many people have been entertained and inspired by the series. Octavia Spencer really conveys my great-great-grandmother’s courage and tenacity and gives a sense of what it’s like to build a business. But since the series is very much a “Hollywood” version of history, I’m hoping you might encourage the participants to read the book that “inspired” the series.

Originally titled On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker, it has been temporarily renamed Self Made to tie in with the series. It’s available in paperback, audiobook and Kindle.

There is more information on my websites (www.aleliabundles.com and www.madamcjwalker.com) about Madam Walker and about the series.

I’ve also posted several links that explain what is fact and what is fiction in the series on my Twitter and Instagram pages (@aleliabundles) and on my public Facebook page (A’Lelia Bundles/author)

Here are a few fact vs fiction articles

National Trust for Historic Preservation http://bit.ly/2Wu7lwG
Indianapolis Monthly https://bit.ly/2QGbj1A
Bustle https://bit.ly/2J82UQm
O Mag https://bit.ly/3br2bFQ
Elle: https://bit.ly/3aiB6on


Because so many people have asked how accurate the series is in its portrayal of Madam Walker, I hope you’ll be able to share the information about the book with your participants.

Best wishes,



A’Lelia Bundles



Author of Self Made (the inspiration for the Netflix series starring Octavia Spencer)

Originally published as On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker

Self Made in paperback

Self Made in audiobook



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