Paul Mooney On Teena Marie: “She Was Badder Than All Of Them…”

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Vibe / December 29, 2010

Teena Marie, award-winning singer-songwriter, died in her sleep on December 26th apparently due to a seizure. The performer leaves behind a musical legend, memories, family and friends.

Long time friend of the star and comedian, Paul Mooney, reflects on Marie’s Motown days with Hard Knock Radio: “I used to open for her in Beverly Hills and other places when she was with Rick James. When Motown signed her and released her album they didn’t put a picture on it and when they did put her picture on it black people went into shock. We couldn’t believe it,” says Mooney.

“She was tough. I love me some Teena Marie—she was bad. She was badder than all of them,” says Mooney.

Teena Marie passed at the age of 54.—Nyvia Weathersby