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Tiffany Haddish and Carmen Ejogo Have Joined the Cast of Netflix's 'Madam C.J. Walker' Limited Series

The series is set to premiere on the streaming platform in 2020.

A limited series following the story of black haircare maven Madam C.J. Walker from Netfilx is in the works, Deadline reports.

The show will portray, Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C.J. Walker as the mogul who "overcame hostile turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, tumultuous marriages and family challenges to become America's first black, self-made female millionaire." Octavia Spencer will be taking on the lead role along with being one of the executive producers of the series.


The streaming service also announced who will be joining Spencer in this historic depiction.

Tiffany Haddish and Nigerian-British actor Carmen Ejogo (known for her role in Ava DuVernay's Selma) are set to join fellow cast members Blair Underwood, Garrett Morris and Kevin Carroll.

Haddish has been casted to play Leila, Breedlove's sharp and fiery daughter who is eager to be independent. "After falling in love and marrying the feckless John Robinson, she frequently finds herself coming to her husband's defenses," Deadline explains.

Ejogo is set to play Addie, hairdresser and former friend of Breedlove. A keen businesswoman, she turns her good looks and and social status into a successful black haircare business. "Fiercely competitive," Deadline adds, "...she quickly dismisses Sarah's ambitions to be on of her sales women, charting a course to become Sarah's nemesis and rival."

Madam C.J. Walker was inspired by a book written by Walker's great-great-grandaughter, ABC News executive A'Leila Bundles, with the script written by Nicole Asher. The series is produced by SpringHill Entertainment and Zero Gravity with Warner Bros. Television. Janine Sherman Barrois and Elle Johnson will be the showrunners of the show, with Kasi Lemmons set to direct the first episode.

Look out for the limited series, which is set to premiere in 2020, on Netflix.

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Wekafore Releases Fela Kuti Inspired Collab With Daily Paper

The one-of-a-kind 'The Spirit Don't Die' capsule collection celebrates African heritage and a hope for a brighter future.

Amsterdam-based African streetwear brand Daily Paper has joined Nigerian fashion brand Wekafore in creating a unique capsule collection of note. The 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection is inspired by fashion and Nigerian activism icon Fela Kuti, but celebrates the bountiful beauty, potential, and heritage of Africans.

Nigerian designer Wekaforé Maniu Jibril, owner, and designer of the Wekafore brand has been hot since his 2013 debut. The brand has gone on to become a great success within the realm of West African fashion. Wekaforé represents a newer, more fearless generation of African designers and their latest collaborative collection tells the tale.

Daily Paper x Wekaforé 'The Spirit Don't Die' collectionImage courtesy of Daily Paper


The two popular brands share a rich history and intention to further African fashion's reputation in the world, as well as as a shared desire for raw necessity, organic growth, and authentic community engagement, development and, support. The fashion brands are making it known that street and casual wear are more than we once thought - fashion can be inclusive and fun. The stars truly aligned to bring us this partnership guided by similar core values and the hunger to celebrate Africa and her diasporas through fashion.

The Fela Kuti-inspired collection is filled with distinctive and bold pieces, honoring Africa's past while paving the way towards the future. Wekafore is known for their clear integration of West Africa's 1970's cultural golden age, and this limited collection speaks to those themes, making it a no-brainer to dedicate the line to the legendary King of Afrobeat, whose style never disappointed. It's clear to see how Kuti's influence inspired the exciting and vibrant creative renaissance seen in the collection. On using Kuti as his muse, Wekaforé says, "Like Fela, the pieces are very punk, very psychedelic, and very African at the same time. And that represents me 100%. And I think being able to speak that way through a platform like Daily Paper is a testament to contemporary African consciousness."


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Daily Paper x Wekafore 'The Spirit Don't Die' Collection

Check out more of Daily Paper x Wekafore's collection 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection here.

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