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LA Times Today: ‘The Equalizer’ Queen Latifah revives the Black action heroine
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LA Times Today: ‘The Equalizer’ Queen Latifah revives the Black action heroine

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Black actresses have been missing in action—the genre —since 1974, when Pam Grier powerfully solved all the world’s woes in several low budget action movies during the so-called Blaxploitation era.

L.A. Times staff writer Greg Braxton set out to find out why, and found a modern day Black action hero in Queen Latifah.