James was Spencer's sponsor, ensuring she would receive pay equal to her male counterparts for a biopic about Madam C.J. Walker.
In business settings, a sponsor will actively advocate for you by using their influence and networks to help you earn raises and promotions and garner success. According to Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was her sponsor in pay negotiations with Netflix.
Academy Award winners Octavia Spencer and Common are among mentors to rising talent.
Much like a lesson of the film, never underestimate the value of African American talent.
"Hidden Figures" came in almost $2 million above expectations for its wide-release debut. The film has taken the top spot at the box office, slightly edging out "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story."