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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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#BuyBlack: The 8 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday

It's that time of year again, here is OkayAfrica's 2019 gift guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

You know we're near the end of 2019 once the holiday season comes back around. Thanksgiving is upon us and the bargain shopping and gift-giving is set to commence thereafter. While this American "holiday" being questionable in of itself, Black Friday is a prime occasion to highlight, support and spend exclusively with black-owned businesses.

Just like we mentioned last year, let's keep the 'for us, by us' energy going. Even beyond the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, tap into the businesses that continue to contribute to wealth-building, development and employment in Black communities around the world.

Here is OkayAfrica's curated shortlist of black-owned brands to take note of this Black Friday, including some standout home decor, fashion, skincare and beauty brands you should know.

Take a look below.

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Burna Boy Samples Fela's 'Shakara' on New Track, 'My Money, My Baby' From 'Queen & Slim' Soundtrack

The film's official soundtrack also features tracks from Lauryn Hill, Blood Orange, Megan Thee Stallion and more.

The official soundtrack for Queen & Slim has arrived, and it features a standout solo track from none other than Burna Boy.

"My Money, My Baby" is a heavily Afrobeat-tinged track that features a prominent sample of Fela Kuti's 1972 song "Shakara." The pulsating track also sees the singer, channeling Fela's signature talk-style of singing and repetition. Check it out below.

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France Returns a 19th Century Sword Back to Senegal

The sword belonged to a Senegalese anti-colonial struggle fighter Omar Saidou Tall.

France has returned a 19th century sword back to Senegal. The sword belonged to Senegalese Islamic scholar and anti-colonial struggle fighter Omar Saidou Tall. The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe recently handed over the sword to Senegal's President Macky Sall in a ceremony held in Dakar this past Sunday. The sword is now in the Museum of Black Civilizations of Dakar. The move comes after the Senegalese government's request for France to return more than 100 artifacts housed in French museums and France's President Emmanuel Macron subsequently commissioned a report entitled "The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage: Toward a New Relational Ethics".

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South Africa's Iconic Group Bongo Maffin is Set to Release a New Album

It will be the group's first album in well over a decade.

Last year, the iconic South African kwaito group Bongo Maffin, reunited after several years. They then went on to release the single "Harare" much to the delight of their numerous fans. Of course, the single was just an appetizer for everything else still to come. Thandiswa "King Tha" Mazwai, one of the members of the diverse quartet, recently confirmed that Bongo Maffin will be releasing an album on November 29th—the group's first album in well over a decade.

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