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Winston's Foxy Woman

Before the 1970s, opportunities for Black women in film were limited. African-American actresses were often relegated to roles as “mammies” or “tragic mulattos.” With films like “Coffy” and “Foxy Brown,” actress Pamela Suzette Grier introduced a new character, the black heroine, to mainstream movie audiences. Born in Winston-Salem, NC, Grier became the first leading actress in an action flick, which noted a dramatic shift for black women in film. Dale Pollock, a film producer and professor of cinema studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, joins host Frank Stasio to talk about Pam Grier and her mark on women in film.

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.