May 6, 2010

Category: books, The Goods, Videos

Pam Grier – Funny, Fly & Foxy

Yesterday, for the second time in my life, I had the wonderful privilege of seeing and speaking to actress, icon and Black super heroine– Pam Grier, who was in Harlem promoting her new book: Foxy: My Life in Three Acts. I first met Ms. Grier two years ago at the Black Girls Rock Awards gala at Lincoln Center. She was humble, outgoing, gracious and bad to the bone. Our chat was brief, but her words of encouragement lifted me sky high.

This past Tuesday I caught the woman who starred in Coffy, Foxy Brown and Sheba Baby chopping it up with Whoopi on The View. Whoopi asked, ‘How did you go from being a farm girl to the baddest chick on the planet?’ Pam without pause replied, ‘Well that’s what farm girls do. We hunt, we fish, we know how to use a gun. Farm girls are bad.’ Right then I know I had to see her again and buy her memoir.

Yesterday at Gospel Uptown she was vibrant, humorous and honest. With ease and warmth she recounted painful experiences of her life as a gun-toting Black female super star in Hollywood, her complicated relationships with Richard Pryor and Freddie Prinze Sr., her bout with cancer and how she’s made sense of it all. She says this about Freddie in Foxy:

One night, when we had finished off a bottle of champagne, I asked him if he had brought a condom. It seemed like the champagne was acting as some sort of truth serum when he admitted, ‘I am trying to get you pregnant. I love you, and I’m afraid you may not marry me. You may want out because I’m not cool enough. But if you have my baby, I’ll have a connection to you that will never go away.

I had a chance to ask Pam, who has never married, about her thoughts regarding the recent media hype about Black successful single women being so unsuccessful in love and marriage. The video is a little rough as I was the only one allowed to interview her and mad folk bumrushed and bogarted my session. It was also my first attempt at editing video and I made some mistakes, but her response, for the most part is still intact. Check it:

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11 Responses to “Pam Grier – Funny, Fly & FoxyComment RSS feed

  • Anita Bryant
    May 7th, 2010 12:51 pm

    Love it!
    she is truly amazing!

  • Fanon Che Wilkins
    May 7th, 2010 1:16 pm

    Wow–so so so dope. The Hotness Gurl is on the move. I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that Pam Grier is from Denver. Every time I am out there I think about her:)

  • Tahana
    May 7th, 2010 1:53 pm

    She is DEAD ON! A lot of people like to say they love themselves and know what love is but really they wouldn’t know love if it slapped them upside their head with a brick! When you exude love it comes back to you, when you don’t care about anyone but yourself and all you care about is what someone can do for you then that comes back and slaps you upside the head too! Go Head Pam!

  • Tracii
    May 7th, 2010 5:47 pm

    Real talk from a real woman. Respect!

  • Daree Allen
    May 7th, 2010 7:12 pm

    I love Pam, too. Now I don’t agree with her comments about marriage being archaic, etc. If in saying that men don’t want to take care of a woman, she means, full financial support, I get it. But even as an equal partner there are some ways in which I would want a husband to take care of me, and I say this as a divorced (and therefore single) mother.

    All in all, I know you must have been thrilled to get talk to her again. I know she has overcome a lot and I cannot wait to get my hands on her book.

  • LJP
    May 8th, 2010 12:42 pm

    Love It! PAM GRIER ROCKS what an amazing woman to interview! I salute you gurl…great question too.

  • florence tate
    May 8th, 2010 7:07 pm

    this is what i’ve always admired about pam grier- beautiful, bold, baaaad. in fact , hers and most of the other blaxploitation movies of the 70’s showed black people as proud, strong, righteous. these characters portrayed the strength of black people and our ability to be independent and take care of business-WITHOUT the intrusions of others. and to WIN.

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  • Ngoz
    May 12th, 2010 9:32 am

    Nice to see Ms. Grier is still doing her thing.
    And… for a first attempt at editing you did a great job!
    Raw footage is much more authentic and works well is the viral world we live in.

  • theHotness
    May 15th, 2010 11:51 am
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    Thanks people! I really wish I could just spend a day with this woman and soak up all her fly, fierce hotness. The stories in her book are so revealing and intimate so I guess it will have to do for now. Good, easy read! And thanks for the props on the video. More to come. Bigger and better.

  • Tiffany
    May 17th, 2010 9:37 am

    I love Pan Grier, this is on my list as a summer read.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate