She was the brilliant nanny in The Help. The nanny who soothingly reassured Hilly, “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” She is also the the amazingly talented and generous Octavia Spencer who is giving back to underserved communities by buying out a theater to allow families to see Black Panther. Octavia Spencer exudes nothing but warmth, but along with this warmth comes a matchless talent and rise to fame story that needs retelling.
Octavia was raised in Montgomery, Alabama by her mother who was a maid, with six siblings. At nineteen, Spencer worked as an intern on the set of The Long Walk Home, a film starring Whoopi Goldberg. Today she is not only a multi award winning actress but she is an author of several children’s books. It has been estimated by sources that the overall size of her wealth is as much as $12 million.
Octavia’s acquired wealth and fame are impressive but its her generosity that stands out more than anything. It isn’t the first time she has bought out a theatre for underprivileged kids. In 2017 when she bought out a theater to screen Hidden Figures in Baldwin Hills in Los Angeles her reason was, “My mom would not have been able to afford to take me and my siblings, so, I’m honoring her and all single parents this MLKWeekend.”
An amazing role model worth celebrating.
MOCCA Mums what do we find ourselves doing as a way of “making up” for our childhood?
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