revised from 2/22/16
When the Beyhive stings, it is in part because they are tired of losing talented Black women to racism.
Women like, Dorothy Dandridge. But for racism, she would have had a career on par with Ava Gardner and Marilyn Monroe.
I first discovered this beautiful woman in middle school.
Unfortunately, during her childhood, Dorothy also suffered through sexual abuse at the hands of her mother’s live-in lesbian partner. Like many Survivors, her adult partnerships had elements of power and control.
Want to know more?
✭Introducing Dorothy Dandridge film featuring Oscar-winning Halle Berry. Berry has also won praise for her work with domestic violence victims.
Salt N Pepa is the pioneering 3 member, Grammy-winning group comprised of
Cheryl “Salt” James,
Deidra “DJ Spinderella” James, and
Sandy “Pepa” Denton.
“You know those men know the type of women to mess with”.
They aren’t 100% inaccurate.
There are risk factors and vulnerabilities. Nevertheless, domestic violence can happen to anyone who dares to fall in love.
I always had a high level of respect for Pep. After, what she dared to reveal and the story she told, my level of respect for her just escalated.
She is; Black, Cheyenne Indian, Hispanic, Chinese, and Filipino.
She is the reason that I announce my name the way that I do.
In her films, she would announce her name as if it was a statement. An unquestionable fact.
He mocked my name.
He challenged the spelling.
Was it “correct”?
The classroom of predominately white students laughed and enjoyed his “teasing”. I will never forget it.
Started saying it like Pam Grier did in all of her movies.
Like she was saying it and putting an exclamation point at the end. My name is an announcement.
But not like Pam Grier.
No one does anything like Pam Grier.
Lights, Camera, Action!
But he and I share a similar sentiment.
Pam Grier could easily just be an attractive actress.
Just go on and be gorgeous on film.
Yet, she puts so much physicality, emotion, and work into her characters.
In, Foxy: My Life in Three Acts, I learned that she was raped by two boys when she was a child. She also writes about another experience with rape years later, while on a date.
“It took so long to deal with the pain of that,” she says, “You try to deal with it, but you never really get over it,” she adds. “And not just me; my family endured so much guilt and anger that something like that happened to me.”