No one has ever rivaled Pam Grier’s fierce but feminist-empowered femme mixed with her unique allure of raw sensuality. Whole entire cultural movements have embraced Grier’s most influential character, Foxy Brown, as their icon of what makes a real woman. But Pam Grier is not Foxy Brown and she tells her own personal story in her book, Foxy: My Life in Three Acts.
CNN interviewed her about the book which includes intense topics like her suffering with molestation, cervical cancer, and how Grier is a lot more sensitive than her on-screen persona lets on. Watch the interview after the break!
On being in Blaxploitation films:
“They weren’t called Blaxploitation until a woman comes into the men’s shoes…It didn’t feel good. But it made people feel uncomfortable. If you show the problem, as opposed to ignore it and keep it under the rug, then you can heal. It’s time to stop! Look what we are doing! We are in the land of abundance, the civil rights movement. We should be celebrating all of the rights won. And we are still going through that. The hypocrisy. I’ve seen in my kitchen.”
Pam Grier, the “first female action hero” dishes in Part 1:
About staying clean:
“I have allergies to everything. Are you kidding me? There’s chlorophyll in that green stuff they smoke. And you can try to be cool but let me tell you, I have so many allergies…I have an epi pen for everything, but I just felt also that if I was drunk or high that someone would take advantage of me.”
On Cervical Cancer:
“I have been in remission of 22 years. Tomorrow is not a given. I constantly seek the balance of my pH. I practice yoga and pilates. And herbs and teas…I am very healthy. I love being around my animals in Colorado.”
Pam Grier says that she won’t write any more books because for the next one she’ll have to “be under the witness protection program.” You’ll have to find a way to protect yourself from her Foxy Brown hotness, definitely.
“When Foxy Brown comes to town, all the brothers gather round, ‘cuz she can really shake ‘em down”