Black History Beauty: Vonette McGee

We made it to Friday, Love Bunnies!!!

We are going to wind down our Black History Salute to Blaxploitation Sirens today honoring Vonette McGee.   Did you know there were quite a few tremendously gorgeous black actresses gracing the silver screen back in the seventies?  The overwhelming beautiful Miss McGee was able to break-out of the blaxploitation mold of Blacula, Hammer with Fred Williamson and Shaft in Africa with Richard Roundtree to more ‘mainstream’ hollywood starring with Clint Eastwood as a double agent in The Eiger Sanction.  This was a huge step.  With respect to the Passions including the topic of Blaxploitation icons during Black History – I took a quote from Fred Williamson that basically summed up my feelings on it.  Fred Williamson, who knew Vonetta before they costarred, recalled, “Vonetta McGee was like a lot of actors and actresses at that time, like myself, Jim Brown, Richard Roundtree, Billy Dee Williams and Pam Grier, in that we had more talent than we were allowed to show because everything was perceived as a black project. Once they categorize you, your marketability becomes limited.”  So respectfully, we honor this courageous, remarkable and incredibly sexy black actresses who embraced her blackness while parlaying an immense talent, however controversial, and gave us something to look back on and to hold on to – to reflect the complexities of those times.  We’ll never, ever forget.  

The incredibly talented and beautiful Vonette McGee passed on just last year.  RIP.


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