Pam Grier

*Pam Grier is a tough and beautiful actress who for nearly 40 years has successfully managed the turbulent thrill ride of maintaining a career in Hollywood.

Beginning with her fierce portrayals of determined women fighting to bring change to their communities in 1970’s action films like “Coffey,” “Foxy Brown,” and “Get Sheba Baby,” to her recent roles on groundbreaking shows like the Showtime series, “The L World” and “Smallville” (on the CW), Grier has played a range of roles that embody the various personalities of modern women.

Currently on tour promoting her new memoir, “Foxy Lady: My Life in 3 Stages” (Hachette Books), the iconic diva recently spoke with The Robertson Treatment about her amazing career and how she became a soul survivor.

Robertson Treatment: What was your motivation for writing your autobiography?

Pam Grier: I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to tell my story and reveal who I am to my fans. I also wanted to set the record straight regarding the triumphs and hard aches of my life and career. It took me over a year to complete because I wanted to get everything out, but with much encouragement, I finally did.

RT:  How did you deal with becoming a sex symbol and cultural icon after “Foxy Brown”?

PG: My work as an actress has represented the next stage in a continuum that began with other women like Josephine Baker, Lena Being, Dorothy Dandridge, Ruby Dee and Diahann Carroll.  Being a sex symbol is a perception – a label that other people have assigned to who I am. For me it’s just a hat that I use for work, but [that image] was never the perception that I had of my work. My image has had a different meaning to different people and would in fact be considered almost conservative today.

RT: Which incarnation of “Pam Grier” have you liked the most?

PG: All of them. I am a character actor and as such I do not wish to be the same in every film. I invested a lot in all of my parts, but I am attracted to work that pushes me further. I feel like my career is still evolving. .

RT: Does it surprise you that your popularity has sustained all of these years?

PG: I find it funny that some of my fans expect me to look like I did when I was 21, but other than that I feel proud with the quality of work that I have been able to produce as an artist. I spent many long hours working on my craft to create a body of work that is memorable, so it’s great to be recognized. I also feel blessed that opportunities where offered to me that presented the right platform for my talents. My personality over the years have shifted and adapted to various environments, but I feel confident that my work as an actress will stand the test of time.

RT: In terms of your career, what’s been your most prized asset?

PG: That I have a great sense of humor. I love comedy – the timing and measured drama of it all. I absolutely love it whenever I get the chance to exercise my comedic side. Personally, my confidence and resilient nature has also served me well throughout my life, particularly when I was battling cancer, so I would have to say they are my greatest asset.

RT: How do you want to be remembered?

PG: I have no idea… People will have different perceptions of my history, but I hope that everyone will recognize the humanity that I worked hard to bring to all of the types of women that I’ve portrayed. I hope that my body of work provides a great example for others to follow.

Gil L. Robertson IV

BEST BETS – SUMMER MUSIC FESTS

2010 Uptown Charlotte Jazz Festival

Lovers of great jazz music need to look no further than the fine hamlet of Charlotte, N.C. for music experience that rivals the best festivals, anyplace, anywhere. Held over the last complete weekend in June (this year, Saturday, June 25th), the festival included concert performances from a mix of solid newcomers, alongside veteran acts like The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, Norman Brown, Mike Philips featuring Maysa, Kevin Navarro and Alex Bugnon. Presented at the Uptown Amphitheatre, located at the Music Factory in downtown Charlotte, the sold-out, first year event left very good vibes of what fans can expect from this festival. Make sure to market it on your calendar next year.

Grade: A

AUTOMOTIVE SPIN

2010 Acadia

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Wow Factor: The 2010 Acadia’s upscale exterior features are well-complimented by a handsome inside cabin. Not a lot of flash here; just loads of “quite wow” features that make it well-equipped to handle nearly every driving need.

Ride: Built with a single power train that supports a V-6 engine, the Acadia is a powerful ride that handles great on a variety of road environments. Its responsiveness and agility is an added bonus for ride this size and the Acadia braking system were also smooth and solid on multiple surfaces.

Comfort:  The Acadia is a good looking ride, both inside and out. Great consideration was given to Acadia’s interior space, which will comfortably seat an average size family (bags included). The accessible and easy to read controls and gauges will bring extra value for drivers like myself who tend to multi-task when they’re on the road.

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Grade: B

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