Monday, December 27, 2010

Teena Marie, R. I. P.

My Way News - Teena Marie, known as 'Ivory Queen of Soul,' dies: "Teena Marie's last album, 'Congo Square,' was titled after a historical meeting place for slaves in New Orleans, featured a tribute to Martin Luther King's widow and also song 'Black Cool,' written for President Barack Obama.

No matter that Marie, 54, was white. The R&B legend revered and fully immersed herself in black culture - and in turn was respected and adored by black audiences, not only for her immense soulful talents, but for her inner soul as well.

'Overall my race hasn't been a problem. I'm a Black artist with White skin. At the end of the day you have to sing what's in your own soul,' she told in an interview last year while promoting 'Congo Square.' That album would turn out to be her last."

1 comment:

Deb said...

I liked "Lover Girl" and her work with Rick James. Sorry to hear she died at such a young age.