Monday, March 3, 2014

Pam Grier Is Dining Out For Life To Fight HIV/AIDS

Produced by Charlotte Robinson



In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Pam Grier legendary actor for her roles as “Foxy Brown”, “Jackie Brown” and Kit Porter in “The L Word” about Dining Out For Life, the HIV/AIDS fundraiser. Dining Out For Life hosted by Subaru® takes place in 60 cities across North America on Thursday, April 24th. The idea for this simple concept was conceived 23 years ago in Philadelphia. More than 3,000 participating restaurants donate a generous percentage of that day’s proceeds to support service providers in their region to fund care, prevention, education, testing, counseling and other essential HIV/AIDS services. An estimated $4 million will be raised in just one day of dining. We talked to Pam about being a spokesperson for this fabulous event and her spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Grier stated, “As much as I can be a part to establish the fact that everyone has a right as a human being to live like one. I made such great friends for life whom I met during “The L Word” and doing “The L Word” for six seasons, it’s in 23 countries, and to have people from all over the world come over and embrace me and say ‘thank you’, and you can never do enough. I can’t beat down people’s doors; I can’t take their religious dogmas and make them listen to me; I would not be presumptuous to say I can change people’s minds about community and life but you know I’m out there and I’m working for it. I’m fighting for it.”

When asked about a possible L Word reunion Pam added, “I don’t really know but you know what’s timely right now is not a reunion but to re-air all six seasons of “The L Word” because we covered so many broad social and political areas that’s it’s timely now. We finished our last show in 2008, the sixth season and I’m sure we’re part of the conscious and subconscious of viewership and made a difference in the political arenas. It would be great to see it air again now and cast that wide net of comprehension to a lot of people who didn’t watch it because it started in 2002 and here we’re talking eleven years later, that’s over a decade of serious battlement, comprehension, people making a difference in the equality of the LGBT community. I think it would just be so appropriate now so as far as a reunion, don’t know, as far as a movie, don’t know but here again I would love to see it re-aired.”

Pam Grier’s memoir, “Foxy: My Life in Three Acts” became a New York Times Bestseller, won “Best Memoir of 2010” Award from the African American Literary organization and received the Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership Award. In 2012 Pam received the Legend Award at the Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards. 2014 marks her fourth year serving as a spokesperson for Dining Out for Life International hosted by Subaru® and is joined by three other celebrity spokespeople for this fabulous fundraiser including Ted Allen, host of Food Network’s “Chopped”, designer Mondo Guerra, winner of “Project Runway All-Stars” and chef Daisy Martinez from Food Network’s “¡Viva Daisy!”.
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