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Octavia Spencer Says LeBron James Helped Her Get Equal Pay for Netflix Project

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.

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AT&T Hello Lab Introduces Diversity-Focused Mentorship Program

Academy Award winners Octavia Spencer and Common are among mentors to rising talent.

Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer has been named an AT&T Hello Lab mentor. / REUTERS
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'Hidden Figures' No. 1 at Box Office, Surpasses Expectations

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."

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