*Late R&B singer Teena Marie, best known for her 1980s hits “Lovergirl,” “Ooo La La La” and “Square Biz” among others, left an everlasting-footprint on the music industry.
On Saturday, March 3 at 10pm E/P (encore presentation on Sunday, March 4 at Midnight E/P), Centric premieres the documentary special “Being Teena Marie.” The special will examine the R & B artist’s triumphs and tribulations over her multi- decade-long music career as well as her rise to stardom from humble beginnings.
The hour-long special consists of never-before seen clips from “The Hippest Trip in America, The Soul Train Story” documentary that never made it to broadcast. Director J. Kevin Swain sat down with Teena as she waxes poetic about growing up (and loving it) in Venice, CA, performing on Soul Train, being a local and national star, her friendship with Rick James and the beauty of life.
“Being Teena Marie” showcases archival footage of Teena Marie on Soul Train performing some of her greatest hits including duets with her mentor Rick James. Through first-hand accounts viewers will hear stories about the late songstress from her family and other artists who witness Teena Marie’s rise to stardom including her daughter Alia Rose, celebrity friends and music industry colleagues including Lalah Hathaway, Faith Evans, Shanice Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Nelson George and more.
The documentary is a 60-minute docu-series that chronicles the lifetime and career of artists who have made significant contributions to the music and entertainment industry. BEING takes viewer on an intimate journey through the ups, downs, inspirations, and epiphanies of these artists and how each step of the way impacted not only their career, but the world. Previous episodes BEING featured celebrated artist Mary J Blige, R Kelly and El DeBarge.
Paxton Baker, CENTRIC Executive Vice President and General Manager is the Executive Producer of BEING TEENA MARIE. Tami Willis-Arasli, CENTRIC Vice President of Special and Music Programming; Soul Train Holdings’ Kenard Gibbs and Brad Abramson, and Meko Moore and Alia Rose are also the executive producers of the network telecast. The special is produced and directed by J Kevin Swain.
For more information, visit http://www.centrictv.com/.
Check out the clip below with Teena talking about experiencing Al Green wearing hot pants on Soul Train (then watch as Green performs in said hot pants. Definitely a water cooler moment):