As the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the United States, women of color entrepreneurs are constantly looking for the resources and tools to help inspire and support them towards reaching their goals for their small businesses. With approximately 1.9 million Black women-owned firms and 1.9 Latinx women-owned businesses, there are plenty of entrepreneurial stories to be told around the challenges overcome and the success that women of color small business owners have attained. For this week’s Freedom Friday, Walker’s Legacy cultivated a list of films for women of color entrepreneurs to watch and be inspired by.
She Did That
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Released in 2020, Filmmaker Renae Bluitt showcases women of color entrepreneurs who are raising the glass ceiling to share stories that matter through her documentary, She Did That. Spotlighting women of color industry leaders, this documentary features vulnerable conversations with four female entrepreneurs – Luvvie Ajayi (New York Times best-selling author, speaker and digital strategist), Lisa Price (Founder, Carol’s Daughter), Melissa Butler (founder, The Lip Bar) and Tonya Rapley (founder, My Fab Finance.) She Did That explores the passionate pursuits of Black women and their entrepreneurship journeys.
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Self Made is a Netflix series about the incredible story of Madam C.J. Walker, the first African American self-made millionaire. Based off of the biography On Her Own Ground by A’Lelia Bundles, this series tells the untold story of the black hair care pioneer, Madam C.J. Walker, and how she overcame the social injustices of that time period to become America’s first Black, self-made millionaire. Madam C.J. Walker invented a hair comb that allowed Black women to suppress their natural and voluminous curls, making their hair more appropriate in the eyes of their white counterparts. The film stars Octavia Spencer who received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.
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The Banker is a film set in the 1960s featuring entrepreneurs and businessmen, Joe Morris (Jackson) and Bernard S. Garrett Sr. (Mackie), two of the first African-American bankers in the United States. Based on a true story, the film tells the story of Garrett and Morris endeavor to become bank and landowners, fighting for housing integration and equal access to the American Dream, during a time period when racism made that nearly impossible. The film was released in select theaters in 2020 and is now available to stream on Apple TV+.
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