The Adventures of a PR Neophyte

Friday, October 20, 2006

About a month or so ago, I was at CNN, and a security guard approached me and said “You look just like Judy Pace”, he then proceeded to ask a couple of guys around us and they all enthusiastically agreed. As I looked around at these dudes nodding in agreement, I thought who the hell is Judy Pace???? I then called to ask my mother, and before I could even get it out, she was like you kind of look like her!! So you know I had to google her! Here’s what I found out…Judy Pace is a beautiful ebony-skinned actress from the late sixties, early seventies. Judy was once an Ebony Fashion Fair model, and for all you old heads, she was in the movie Cotton Comes to Harlem, and a slew of other films and short-lived television series. Pace never really catapulted like she should have, because realistically there isn’t a huge dark-skin actress presence in Hollywood, well black presence period for that matter. When I saw her I instantly became intrigued by her, because of her tenacity and defiance of stereotypes. I oftentimes get complimented for being a pretty dark-skinned girl, in fact I can’t really think of instance where I was just called pretty. When I was in college, I remember a member of the basketball team said to me…”You’re pretty to be dark-skinned, and that’s rare”….WTF. To each his own. I admire Judy Pace because she pushed the envelope of Hollywood’s ideation of beauty.


At 10:17 PM, Blogger isis said...

Now thats real talk right there. And you are right there is so much of a emphasis on what defines out beauty or what is classified as beauty. We were taught if you don't have lighter tones you were considered unattractive and that still carries on till this day. Ignorance is a sickness not a excuse.

At 11:11 AM, Blogger allheavens said...

I loved Judy Pace growing up in the 60s and 70s, seeing a beautiful, ebony-skinned women on the big and small screen was a rarity. But Judy brought dignity and grace to both.

Along with others like the incomparable Diana Sands, Cicely Tyson, Gloria Foster, Diahann Carroll, and many more brought joy, inspiration and awe to a little Black girl sitting at home dreaming very big dreams.

At 3:11 PM, Blogger B a L L a C h i x said...

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At 3:12 PM, Blogger B a L L a C h i x said...

Girl I get that all the time I tell people that's racist and they get mad but when I get deep with then they undertsand and apolgize!!!

At 9:18 AM, Blogger aballard331 said...

Judy Pace's daughter is also an actress. Julia Pace Mitchell was in the movie "Notorious" as Biggie's 1st BM. Jan.

Check her out.


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