R&B singer Teena Marie, best known for her 1980s hits “Lovergirl,” “Ooo La La La” and “Square Biz” left an everlasting-footprint on the music industry. And on Saturday, March 3 at 10:00 p.m.* (encore presentation on Sunday, March 4 at Midnight*), 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. BEING TEENA MARIE 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. Peep a teaser of the documentary: