Death of Teena Marie

March 5, 1956 - December 26, 2010
Los Angeles, California | Age 54

Motown's 'Ivory Queen of Soul' dies at 54
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NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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...

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