Posted by | Ray Cornelius
Legendary actress Pam Grier is teaming up with Bounce TV to host an evening of action-oriented, women-kicking-butt movies beginning Saturday, January 6. This is all in anticipation of the new motion picture Proud Mary, starring Taraji P. Henson.
Bounce’s Leading Ladies Takeover kicks off at 9:00 p.m. with Baby Boy, starring Henson in her big screen debut. Jennifer Lopez as a U.S. Marshall in Out of Sight follows at 11:30 p.m. and the trilogy concludes with Grier’s classic starring turn as Sheba, Baby (2:00 a.m.) All times Eastern.
In addition to the lineup on Bounce, Grier can be seen in new and exclusive pieces on Brown Sugar, the popular subscription-video-on-demand streaming service featuring the biggest collection of the baddest African-American movies of all-time. Grier discusses her pioneering career, compares her iconic characters Foxy Brown, Coffy and Sheba, Baby with Proud Mary and more in the segments.
Grier blazed a trail for actresses, showing Hollywood that women could open and carry movies as the lead characters. Many of her films seen on Brown Sugar – Foxy Brown, Coffy, Sheba, Baby, and Friday Foster to name a few – are excellent representations of that. She also starred in Jackie Brown written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and co-starring Samuel L. Jackson, Robert DeNiro and Michael Keaton. Grier received rave reviews and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her performance. She later starred in the TV series The L Word and Smallville with guest appearances on numerous other hit shows.
I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Grier back in 2013 when she was honored during the National Black Arts Festival’s 25th Anniversary Gala. Click here to see the full story.
Proud Mary stars Henson in the title role and opens in theaters Jan. 12.