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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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Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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