A'Lelia Bundles
A'Lelia Bundles

There was a period of 10 years where the conventional wisdom was Black shows don't sell overseas, therefore nobody is interested.

A'Lelia Bundles
A'Lelia Bundles

You know the AME Church has a history of empowering black people and having an international outlook. So it was the women of the church who began to give Sarah Breedlove an image of herself as something other than an illiterate washerwoman, and she wanted to make her life better, and her daughter's life better.

A'Lelia Bundles
A'Lelia Bundles

I began to discover that, in addition to her stunning achievements, there were flaws as there would be in any person's life. I wanted to tell Madam's story in an honest, frank way.

A'Lelia Bundles
A'Lelia Bundles

Madame Walker was one of the four iconic women who really created what's now the modern hair-care and cosmetics industry, and we know about her in the black community because everybody gets their hair done.

A'Lelia Bundles
A'Lelia Bundles

Madam Walker, as part of the first generation out of slavery, really was inventing the way that she operated in the world.

A'Lelia Bundles
A'Lelia Bundles

To her credit, Madam Walker discerned that black women wanted to conform to white Victorian models of beauty. She was aware of the double- sidedness of her products - helping black women appear more European in look, with straight hair - but she always maintained that she was simply selling products that promoted hair growth.

A'Lelia Bundles
A'Lelia Bundles

I've always been fascinated by Madam Walker's ability to use her money for political causes. I find her story so inspires people that it gives me great joy to share the story.

A'Lelia Bundles
A'Lelia Bundles

I was like other teenagers in the late 1960s; I too was very interested in having an Afro and getting rid of the perm that was in my hair.

A'Lelia Bundles
A'Lelia Bundles

Madame Walker selected Indianapolis as the headquarters for her growing business more than a century ago in 1910 because of its central location and thriving black business community.

A'Lelia Bundles
A'Lelia Bundles

For more than three years, I'd been part of a complex and frustrating dance as my nonfiction, fact-based material was translated from book to movie by scriptwriters whose visions, goals and sensibilities often were quite different from mine.