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Pam Grier: Black America’s First S*x Symbol to be Honored In NY

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In honor of the beautiful Pam Grier, the Lincoln Center of New York will host a screening of all of her films on March 5-7.

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Pam Grier is one of the most prolific black actresses to ever grace the silver screen. She reached stardom after playing lead roles in numerous Blaxploitation films of the 1970’s. She was also one of the first black sεx symbols as well as an early example of a strong woman holding a prominent role in films right at the peak of the women’s rights movement.

Her illustrious career is filled with many achievements and accomplishments, she deserves all of recognition and acclaim she receives and more. The Film Society of Lincoln Center is hosting an event entitled Foxy: The Complete Pam Grier. The event will be held from March 15-17 at the Lincoln Center of New York, where all of Grier’s films will be screened. Grier will also be there in person at the screenings for some of her most popular films. This is an excellent way to celebrate Grier and her talents, as well as a great way to introduce a new audience to her films and give those that are already fans a chance to enjoy the films in a theater setting.

Although the 63-year-old’s beauty and audacious personality makes her one of the most beautiful and strong women in black entertainment, her childhood was far from pretty. At age 6, Grier was raped by two boys when she was left unattended at her aunt’s house. “It took so long to deal with the pain of that,” she says, “You try to deal with it, but you never really get over it,” she adds. “And not just me; my family endured so much guilt and anger that something like that happened to me.” Grier has never married and never had children, but she has been romantically linked to some of the most respected entertainers, including Richard Pryor.

Will you attend the event in support of Grier?

Malcolm Morrow, a Your Black World Network contributor, is a senior, criminal justice major at The University of Southern Miss.