Freda Payne: Sophisticated Lady Pt. 1

Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images It’s the early 1970’s, the era where Black Power was still at its high, Afros were the norm, Blaxploitation films were the top movies to see and Black actresses like Pam Grier, Tamara Dobson, Lonette McKee, Denise Nicholas, Vonetta McGee and Freda Payne were …

Dwan Smith, Lonette McKee and Irene Cara in the original movie 'Sparkle'

Lonette McKee: Taking Control of Her Destiny

SPARKLE, Dwan Smith, Lonette McKee, Irene Cara, 1976 When we hear the name Lonette McKee, many think of first; her beauty and second; the strong characters she has portrayed such as Malcolm X’s mother in Spike Lee’s movie Malcolm X or as Wesley Snipes’ wife in another Spike Lee Joint, …