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Meet the Makers: Stanley Nelson and A'Lelia Bundles
Join WORLD Channel and Firelight Media for a screening of TWO DOLLARS AND A DREAM, and a thoughtful discussion with director Stanley Nelson and author A'Lelia Bundles about the real story and legacy of Madam C.J. Walker, the first female self-made millionaire in America. Followed by a live Q&A.

Bundles, Walker's great-great-granddaughter, is the author of the New York Times Notable Book, “On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker” and the non-fiction source for SELF MADE, the ‘inspired by’ limited Netflix series starring Emmy-nominated Octavia Spencer.

As the grandson of Freeman B. Ransom, Madam C.J. Walker's attorney and Walker company general manager, Nelson had access to original business records and former employees he interviewed during the 1980s. His 1987 documentary, TWO DOLLARS AND A DREAM, was the first film about Walker's life.

Award-winning journalist Tina Martin will host the virtual discussion.

Aug 10, 2020 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Stanley Nelson
Director - Two Dollars and a Dream @Firelight Media
Stanley Nelson is today’s leading documentarian of the African-American experience. His films combine compelling narratives with rich historical detail to illuminate the under-explored American past. A MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Nelson has received numerous honors over the course of his career, including five Primetime Emmy Awards for his films, as well as lifetime achievement awards from the Emmys, the Peabodys, and IDA. In 2013, Nelson received the National Medal in the Humanities from President Barack Obama. His latest film, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, premiered at Sundance in January 2019. In 2000, Mr. Nelson, along with his wife, Marcia A. Smith, founded Firelight Media, a non-profit production company dedicated to using historical film to advance contemporary social justice causes, and to mentoring, inspiring and training a new generation of diverse young filmmakers committed to telling underrepresented stories.
A'Leila Bundles
A’Lelia Bundles is the author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker, the 2001 New York Times Notable Book about her entrepreneurial great-great-grandmother and the inspiration for the fictional four-part Netflix series starring Octavia Spencer that premiered in 2020. Ms. Bundles is at work on her fifth book, The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, about her great-grandmother whose parties, arts patronage and international travels helped define the era. A former network television news executive and producer at ABC News and NBC News, Ms. Bundles is a vice chairman of Columbia University’s Board of Trustees and chair emerita of the board of the National Archives Foundation. She is on the advisory boards of the March on Washington Film Festival, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute and the Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Initiative.
Tina Martin
Tina Martin is an Emmy-Award nominated and Edward R. Murrow award winning television, host and reporter for WORLD’s original series Local, USA. Tina also serves Associate Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Boston University.