A’Lelia Bundles is an African-American newswoman, news producer, and biographer. She is popular for writing the biography of her non-biological great great grandmother Madam C. J. Walker. The Netflix series, Self Made is based on her biography.
As of 2023, A’Lelia Bundles' net worth is estimated to be $18 million.
|A’Lelia Perry Bundles
|Source(s) of Fame
|Journalist, Producer, Author
|Date of Birth
|June 7, 1952
|Place of Birth
|Chicago, Illinois, USA
A’Lelia Bundles was born as A’Lelia Perry Bundles on the 7th of June, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She was born to, A’Lelia Mae Perry Bundles and S. Henry Bundles Jr. She went to North Central High School for her early education. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and graduated with an MS in Journalism from the Colombia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1976.
A’Lelia was brought up in Indianapolis. She belongs to a family of business executives. Her grandmother, Madam C. J. Walker adopted her mother A’Lelia Mae Perry Bundles. Madam Walker was the owner of a self-made hair care products manufacturing company. Madam Walker, born Sarah Breedlove was the daughter of farm laborers who had been enslaved when the American Civil War ended. She rose herself from the farms and became a successful businesswoman in the 20th century. The story of her great-great grandmother inspired A’Lelia to write her biography.
After completing her education in Journalism, A’Lelia joined NBC News Network as a producer. She also served ABC News as a producer and the Deputy Bureau Chief in Washington, DC.
As a journalist, she has worked with several news channels including, BBC, CBS, NPR, and C-Span.
She was inspired by the hard work and the life story of Madam C. J. Walker. Her inspiration lead her to write her award-winning biography titled On Her Own Grounds: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker.
For her book, On Her Own Grounds, A’Lelia Bundles was awarded the American Book Award in 1992, the New York Times Notable Book Award in 2001, and the Letitia Woods Brown Book Prize from the Association of Black Women Historians in 2001. The popularity of her biographical book became the basis of the Netflix series, Self Made. The series is concluded in four parts. The role of Madam Walker is played by Octavia Spencer.
As a news producer, A’Lelia has won the Emmy Award for NBC News and the DuPont Gold Baton for ABC News.
A’Lelia founded the Madam Walker Family Archives. Currently, she is the Chairman of the National Archives Foundation. She also serves as the trustee of Colombia University. She is the brand ambassador for MADAM by Madam C. J. Walker, a haircare brand based on the research and work of Madam Walker.
A’Lelia has two websites. One website is by the name of Madam C. J. Walker, where she updates about her upcoming projects and books about the women in her family. The other website is by her own name, here she presents herself and her achievements.
A’Lelia Bundles is reported to be single. She believes that a woman doesn’t have to be dependent on men in any way. She is neither a lesbian nor homosexual. She is a feminist and enjoys empowering women.
A’Lelia Bundles is not active on social media platforms. She doesn’t have any official Instagram or Twitter account. She communicates with her fans through her websites.
A’Lelia Bundles is the descendant of a family of black woman entrepreneurs in America. She herself is a successful newswoman and author. She writes and speaks for women’s empowerment in America specifically, for black women. She has garnered a fortune of $18 million.
A’Lelia Bundles has sometimes been associated with other Authors such as Francesca James, Park Ji Hoo, Doris Younane, Bailey Patrick, Kirsty Lee Allan, Choi Sung Jae, Shaira Diaz , Joanna Phillips Lane, and Mick Tongraya.