When Grier began her journey to become one of the most well known African American actresses in the world, seeing brown faces on the small and big screens, truly meant you had to be a distinguished talent; integrating color in entertainment was still a slow moving bullet.
Toughening up against an adverse industry, and proving that her talent grazed the rainbow a lot further than her undeniable beauty, Grier managed to shine like no other and found herself cruising on the side of success that many other African American actresses could only dream of accomplishing.
Grier is best known for roles that called for a tough, no-nonsense Black female, who even through a sleek bravado could still exude eloquence and project the idea of what it means to be a lady.
Sticking to this structure, which never let her down in her character climbing, is how she made famous the character Foxy Brown, a sexy action hero who carried as much lethal sass as she did seductive beauty. Foxy Brown is the title character of a blaxploitation film, of the same name, made in 1974 that was written and directed by Jack Hill. Not only was that one of the pinnacle roles that helped establish Grier’s early success, but it is also was one of the most pivotal films in African American cinematic history.
Grier can also be seen as the female face inside such films as Coffy (1973), Friday Foster and Sheba, Baby (1975), along with many other features that helped establish a Black presence in the early media industry. She later went on to star in films such as Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown (1997), last year’s hit film Just Wright (2010) alongside Queen Latifah, and the film Larry Crowne, written, directed and starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.
Grier’s, accomplishments and history in film and entertainment not only make her a legend, but also exhibit an understanding as to why this African American cinematic queen has had a successful career that has spanned over four decades. Aside from making her stamp inside of a moving picture, she is also the heart inside the pen of her memoir (a New York Times bestseller)"Foxy: My Life in Three Acts" which won best memoir from The African American Literary Award.
Grier has teamed up with Natalie Morrow of the Twin Cities Black Film Festival, to bring some of that dazzle and intrigue to Minneapolis next month. The legendary actress will be in town on Saturday May 14th, 2011, 7 pm-1 am, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel 35 South 7th Street in Minneapolis for the event “The Twin Cities Black Film Festival Presents: An Evening with Foxy Brown: Actress Pam Grier.”
The evening will consist of a screening of Foxy Brown along with a Groovy 70s party and contest. VIP tickets include a gift bag, meet and greet, and much more. Ticket Prices: $25 for General Admission, $65 for VIP.
The 9th Annual Twin Cities Black Film Festival (September 15-17, 2011) exists to provide an opportunity for independent filmmakers of color in which to have their works showcased before the community. It also serves as an avenue of discovery for industry professionals seeking new talent worldwide.
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