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| ..Inspired by the Life of Madam C J Walker
The inspiring story of trailblazing African American entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker who built a haircare empire that made her America's first female self-made millionaire.
A’Lelia Walker was the daughter of Madam C. J. Walker, the first woman to become a self-made millionaire in America. She was also queer. During the Harlem Renaissance, A’Lelia threw lavish parties attended by princesses and dykes from Europe and Russia.
When I started to watch Self Made, I thought I was getting myself into just a story about Madam C.J. Walker and how she overcame racism, sexism, and betrayals to become the first self-made female millionaire in U.S. I didn’t expect to get a queer storyline about her daughter A'Lelia. I’m glad the film didn’t make Madam C.J. Walker straight up disgusted by her daughter’s actions. Yes, she did disapprove and tried to make her daughter settle down with a man because she wanted a heir. However, she never say her daughter’s queer relationships are wrong, sinful, or disgusting. She didn’t mind about queer relationships because she only worried about her business. Throughout the film, she had proven many times that she needed no man to help build her empire. She didn’t need a man to take care of her daughter, because A'Lelia had already proven to be a capable woman herself in Harlem. She just wanted her daughter to have a child so her legacy can continue.
Bonus: In the end of film, she told her daughter to do whatever she wants because she saw how unhappy A'Lelia was with a man. She accepted A'Lelia’s queer nature because she wanted her daughter to be happy. Plus she believed people, especially women have the right to choose to do what they want.
Second Bonus: To fulfill her mother’s wish, A'Lelia adopted Fairy and made her the heir. '