"Perseverance Overcomes Prejudice"
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“Bootstraps” is an entertaining, inspiring episode of SELF MADE. It shows new entrepreneurs they should continue to fight for their businesses no matter what obstacles get in their way. Also, Sarah says she’s doing the Lord’s work and claims, “Dreams are God’s way of showing us His plans.” “Bootstraps” has a light moral, strong pro-capitalist worldview, but it also contains brief foul language, marital conflicts and a homosexual situation where a young woman is attracted to Sarah’s adult daughter. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.
SELF MADE is a TV series on Netflix about African American entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker, the first woman to become a self-made millionaire in the early 1900s.
In the second episode, “Bootstraps,” Mrs. Sarah Walker is growing her haircare company and wants national black spokesman Booker T. Washington to endorse her product so she can convince people to invest in a new factory. This episode is entertaining as well as inspiring. It shows that people should continue to fight for their dreams no matter what obstacles get in their way, but there is also some foul language, marital problems and a budding lesbian situation.
As the episode opens, the Walker family has moved to Indianapolis, and Sarah’s hair growth product is becoming popular. Therefore, Sarah’s new goal is to find investors for her company so she can open a factory and make more product. A group of investors meet her at a factory on which she has put a down payment, but they decide not to invest because she’s a woman.
Sarah realizes her business aspirations may become difficult to achieve because all the investors and businessowners are men. She comes up with a plan to try to impress Booker T. Washington so that he will give her an endorsement and investors will be interested. However, Sarah’s business rival, Addie, hears this information from Sarah’s son-in-law and beats Sarah to the punch.
At the convention where Booker T. Washington is speaking, there are only men in the auditorium. Sarah tries to convince Washington’s wife to put in a good word for her, but his wife refuses to meddle in his business. Washington’s wife is unmoved, even after Sarah presents a passionate argument to her and her friends. She still believes women should stay in the background.
Of course, that’s not really Sarah’s way. So, on the last day of the convention, after Sarah’s husband fails to convince Washington to come to dinner, Sarah decides she will go talk to Booker T. Washington herself. She marches on stage and gives a speech about her business and aspirations to lift up the black community by also lifting up black women. Sadly, Washington isn’t impressed. He believes haircare products are “frivolous” and thinks it’s better to lift up the black man first. So, he tells Sarah he won’t give her an endorsement.
Sarah and her husband are on the verge of losing their down payment on the factory building when help comes from an unlikely source.
“Bootstraps” is an entertaining, inspiring episode of SELF MADE. It shows new entrepreneurs they should continue to fight for their businesses no matter what obstacles get in their way. Also, Sarah tells people she’s doing the Lord’s work and says, “Dreams are God’s way of showing us His plans.” “Bootstraps” has a light moral, strong pro-capitalist worldview, but it also contains brief foul language, some marital conflicts and a homosexual situation where a young woman is attracted to Sarah’s adult daughter. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.
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