You Have Marilyn Monroe and I Have Pam Grier
My dad said, "Man you really love Pam Grier!" when I gave him a Jackie Brown DVD for Father's Day. I discovered it later in life but became obsessed with it, especially since a lot of it was filmed in my hometown of Carson. For me the movie was life changing because I saw areas where I grew up on the screen not just the usual suspects 20 minutes (without traffic) away from me.
Quentin Tarantino reminded me of the awesomeness that IS Pam Grier. I've seen her movies from the 70s but I didn't appreciate them until I got older. I mean, Blaxploitation, is extremely complicated given the racial stereotypes displayed but there are also important images of strong sexy black women portrayed by Tamara Dobson and Pam Grier and the message of empowerment that stuck with me.
Someone asked me a few weeks ago, "Why do you love Pam Grier? What's the fascination?" I responded, "What's the fascination with Marilyn Monroe? When people say they love her beauty, movies, curves, I love the same thing about Pam Grier. When people say they admire Hilary Clinton or Madonna, I admire Oprah and Beyonce. I am drawn to public figures who look like me so that's why it's so important all cultures are represented as they can inspire people like me.
I read Meagan Good is taking the role of a Foxy Brown reboot. I had mixed emotions about it. Glad to see more of our stories are being picked up by major outlets but wouldn't it be great if we could just see Pam Grier on the screen again?