Pam Grier ICON - The greatest female heroine in film history, in my humble opinion. During the blaxpoitation era in cinema, Pam was a one woman "terminator". I recall a role she played in Coffy, where as a sexy nurse she would meet and great you, hit you with her unique style of swag, and just as your libido reached a climatic apex, she would merc you. Picture that. She would further her cinematic career in the 70's for her role as Foxy Brown. She left an indelible impression in film and also in hip hop.
Question: Can somebody make a Foxy Brown action figure?
Vivian S. Amundsen
Bernadette Stanis and Esther Rolle - The television program "Good Times" actually introduced me to the diva afro, so I think that special recognition must be given. Bernadette, aka "Thelma" was my first love, and whether she donned the afro or (later on) the perm do, she stayed fierce. I always thought that Thelma was this reality Black Barbie Doll, and to this day she is living proof that black don't crack. She is still very beautiful at the tender age of 54. Check her out here.
Esther Rolle (RIP), as the matriarch of the original first family, was a great actress and she was also the voice of reason and the rock of her tv family. She was also a prime reason why "Good Times" became a show in the first place. Florida Evans originally starred as a maid on "Maude", also starring Bea Arther. The executives decided to create a spinoff of "Maude" and 133 episodes later, "Good Times" remains a classic television series. The Spelman College graduate also won an Emmy Award.
Angela Davis - ICON
I have a special affection for nubian activists.
Davis burst on the scene in 1970 when she was the subject of a nationwide dragnet for her alleged role in a shootout at the Marin County Hall of Justice near San Francisco.
A Black Panther Party supporter and Communist Party USA member, Davis was arrested, tried and acquitted in 1972.
Diana Ross ICON -
My uncle Terrance was a former dancer for Diana Ross. He had this huge poster of Diana Ross on the wall in his bedroom in the Bronx. The poster was hot. He would occasionally share how Dianas penchant for perfection led to hours and hours of rehearsals. Diana truly personifies artistic perfection and sophistication in a way that made her translucent. Did you know that Billboard magazine named her "The Female Entertainer of the Century" and she is considered the most successful female music artist in history with a total of eighteen American number-one singles? She has also recorded 61 albums... yes 61.
I believed that my uncle also lived with grandma for about 61 years.
These are just a few of my favorites. Did I miss anyone??
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