Black America Web celebrates Black Music Month by saluting influential icons in the music industry

Following the sold-out success of Mattel's new Madam C.J. Walker Barbie doll, we suggest 7 other Black history icons who deserve one as well.

To close out Black Business Month, we look back on 7 pioneers who helped shape Black entrepreneurship into the juggernaut it's become today.

You can’t deny the influence that black and brown people and black culture have had on the beauty and fashion industry over the years. 

The evolution of Black beauty products from Annie Turnbo Malone to Mielle Organics founder Michelle Rodriguez.


(Via press release)  Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer stars as Madam C.J. Walker, the trailblazing African-American haircare entrepreneur who was America’s first female self-made millionaire. Sign Up For Our Newsletter! Inspired by the book, “On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker” written by Walker’s great-great-granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles, the Netflix four-part limited […]


Octavia Spencer has opened up about how NBA star LeBron James helped her secure equal pay on the Netflix series “Madam C.J. Walker.” Spencer stars in the hotly anticipated project about America’s first Black self-made millionaire, which is set to premiere on the streaming service with eight episodes. “I have to say, when I was negotiating my deal […]

Just in time for the estate’s 100th anniversary, The New Voices Foundation, which was founded by Richelieu Dennis, has acquired the one-time home of Madam C.J. Walker, known as the first Black woman to become a self-made millionaire in the U.S. The Villa Lewaro estate will be used as a “learning institute, or think tank, […]


Octavia Spencer and LeBron James are coming for those edges as executive producers of Madam C.J. Walker, a limited series about America’s first black, female billionaire for Netflix. Spencer will star in the eight-episode series, which is based on the book On Our Own Ground by A’Lelia Bundles, Walker’s great-great-granddaughter, who will also serve as a consultant. The show will recount the […]