Tuesday, 28 December 2010
Teena Marie is an eternal superstar within the soundtrack of my life. Teena has exited our stage but her music will shine forever. Soul trumps race. Teena Marie was a white Queen of Soul because she penned and performed classic and authentic soul music!
Teena Marie always was and always will be an honorary black sista! She was nothing like the slutty and phony Kim Kardashian, who exclusively chases black men for sex while evading all black females. Teena loved all black people and we all loved her back!
Teena is an eternally adored and gifted soul music legend. Sage Alice Walker once stated that rock icon Janis Joplin was special because she knew that Bessie Smith, The Queen of the Blues, was her mother. Teena Marie was special because she shared that same kindred sista wisdom.
Teena was a true sista in spirit and song. She shared a magical, musical, and intimate connection with her real life lover Rick James. Yet, like a true sista, she refused to endure the madness of his serial infidelities and fatal drug addictions. She created a healing tribute to his betrayals and her broken heart entitled “Casanova Brown”. It is timeless musical medicine for others wounded by cheating lovers.
From 1979 until 1984, Teena sang me through all of my glory days at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a 16 year old undergraduate healing my first broken heart, as an 18 year old general manager and founder of WBML planning my first playlists, and as a 20 year old alumna getting behind the groove of my new life in corporate America, Teena was always there crooning and cooling me out. Teena sang me through five of the very best years of my emotional, academic, and political life.
I was obsessed with the band “Klymaxx”. I wanted to drop out of college to become Kymaxx’s roadie. Teena and Bernadette Cooper are close friends. I will always adore the whole regal cool diva posse!...
Dear Teena Marie:
We will always jam “Behind The Groove” of your magical soul music. We will always miss you. Thank you my sista for the silky sexy soulful sounds…Eternal love and respect!!!