Why I have opened the window!

Amerykah has turned a corner and we should all turn with it. I have thoughts ideas and suggestions but I also have patience and desire for us to be whole and one. I have been speaking a lot lately of the human condition and the generations of Black Americans. i will entertain any and all conversation as long as we can be respectful and grown up. Let the healing begin......

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tuesdays Invitation!

Pam Grier was born(May 26, 1949) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to African-American parents Clarence Ransom Grier, who served in the United States Air Force, and Gwendolyn Samuels, a homemaker; she has two sisters and one brother. Because of her father's military career, Pam's family moved frequently during her childhood, such as living in England, and eventually settling in Denver, Colorado, where Pam attended East High School. While there she appeared in stage productions. Pam participated in beauty contests in order to make money for college tuition.

She was discovered by director Roger Corman, who cast her in his women in prison films The Big Doll House (1971) and The Big Bird Cage (1972). Pam became the embodiment of the strong female in the blaxploitation movies of the early 1970s, beginning with 1973's Coffy, in which Pam plays a nurse who seeks revenge on drug dealers; her film character was advertised in the trailer as the "baddest one-chick hit-squad that ever hit town!". the film was runaway success at the box office, and Grier was noted as the first African American female to headline a film, as previously the protagonists of blaxploitation films had exclusively been male. Grier subsequently played similar characters in the films Foxy Brown (1974), Friday Foster, and Sheba, Baby (both 1975). The end of the blaxploitation area brought a slow down to Pam's career for a time until Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown in 1997. She currently plays Kit Porter in the L Word and lends herself to guest starring roles her and there.

So Pam Grier, please accept this invitation to the Dinner party of the year. Your stature, your iconic standing, and your sexiness (yes I know but I still recognize sexy in a woman) are more than welcome!


Jack said...

Just to correct the record: Pam Grier was not "discovered" by Roger Corman and he did not cast her in The Big Doll House. I cast her in that film when Corman didn't even know who she was. I also cast her in Coffy and Foxy Brown, which made her an established star.
==Jack Hill

uglyblackjohn said...

Pam? Damn!
Dianne Carrol may have been my first crush but I had many stiff moments loking at Pam.
And she's still sexy.