Foxy: Female film phenom


Posted Sun, Mar 20, 2011

FOXY LADY: Pam Greer meets and greats representatives from MSCD's Institute of Women’s Studies. Photo by Heather M. Smith

Pam Grier, 61, former Metropolitan State College of Denver student, was the guest speaker during the 20th Annual Bridge Speaker as part of Women’s History Month. The bridge speaker is symbolic to bridging Black History Month with Women’s History Month.

Being the bridge speaker means a lot to Grier.
“Today, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. I’m back where I started and I crossed many bridges to get back here today,” she says referring to the time she spent studying at MSCD, originally, to become a doctor.

At the onset of her presentation, representatives from the Institute of Women’s Studies inducted Grier as a member of the MSCD Women’s Studies Academic Honor Society and awarder her a plaque.

“I was waitin’ for ya’all to hurry up with this,” Grier says.

Grier transcends the cliché of her iconic character Foxy Brown, notorious for her sexuality and power on the silver screen.

BEST SELLER: Greer's book is on the New York Times best seller list. Photo by Heather M. Smith

In her New York Times bestseller and African-American Literary award winner for best memoir, “Foxy Brown: My Life in Three Acts,” Greer fully discloses the trauma she experienced in her youth and the prejudice she experienced as a black woman seeking a college degree and acting and then, finally, her experiences being an actress of “maturity.”

She was a “Negro,” a “colored girl” a black woman…today, she refuses to be hyphenated.

“I was determined to do my best and let the ‘powers that be do the rest,” says Grier as she worked very hard to educate herself in every facet of filmmaking and the movie industry. She was determined to write her own destiny.

Greerembodies many of the same qualities as your silver screen persona, such as choosing to remain a single woman until finding the right partner. She is moved by the misrepresentation of women in the media and the impact on women and their body image issues.

“As an actress and author, I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly,” Grier says.

“You ever wonder why democracy rhymes with hypocrisy?” says Grier as she discusses how Hilary Clinton is more regarded for her wardrobe choices than her politics.

Photo by Heather M. Smith

“Can I get an AMEN?” says Grier as members in the audience respond back with snaps of their fingers and audible “amen” and “hallelujah.”

Grier moves the audience like a preacher at a pulpit as she tells her stories reminiscent of a Sunday sermon. Audience members relate to her experiences and perspective.

Joanna Snawder, associate director for The Institute For Women’s Studies and Services of MSCD and one of the sponsors and coordinators of the Annual Bridge Speaker, says Grier’s message to women is that we are our own best allies and that we are capable of striving for and reaching our goals even when naysayers show up.

“In the end, it was my brain and not my bra size that kept me relevant,” Grier says.

Arriving at the Institute of Women’s Studies at MSCD, the room is elbow-to-elbow and you wonder if Grier is able to breath. Yet, she answers questions gracefully and with humor and greets students and fans with no sense of discomfort.

It appears Grier is as popular as ever, largely thanks to Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 homage to Blaxploitation films in “Jackie Brown.”

“I owe him a child for writing this movie,” said Grier in an interview with Earlene McMichael of the Kalamazoo Gazette.

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3 Responses to “Foxy: Female film phenom”

  1. Kevin Larson Says:

    I really like the Democracy-Hypocrisy quote. Good article


  2. Monica Says:

    i have never heard of Pam Grier before this, but she appears to be a very interesting person. i would like to read her book from your story. the quotes you used fit in perfectly. i especially like the quote that it was her brain not her bra size that keeps her relevent. great story!


  3. Leah Says:

    Way to go!


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