She is considered the greatest American action female star of all time. Tough as nails, she punched and kicked our way to fame in the early 1970s and she hasn't looked back since. Who are we talking about? Well, there's only one, Pam Grier. Pam Grier did more to even the playing field in Hollywood and the world than almost anyone. Watch our mini doc on the first black woman action-film star in history.


Celebrating Science Fiction Queen, Octavia Butler born on June 22, 1947. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, she became in 1995 the first science-fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship.

Butler was born in Pasadena, California and after her father died, she was raised by her mother. Extremely shy as a child, Octavia found an outlet at the library reading and writing fantasies. She began writing science fiction as a teenager. She attended community college during the Black Power movement, and while participating in a local writer's workshop was encouraged to attend the Clarion Workshop, which focused on science fiction.

She sold her first stories by the late 1970s and had become relatively successful as an author that she was able to pursue writing full-time. Her books and short stories drew cult like attention from her fans. She also taught writer's workshops, and eventually relocated to Washington state. Butler died at the age of 58 on February 24, 2006. 


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