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Showtime Will Reportedly Air Teddy Pendergrass Documentary

‘If You Don’t Know Me’ will debut at the Philadelphia Film Festival on Oct. 26.

R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass is the focus of a new documentary chronicling his rise to stardom, and the car accident that temporarily halted his career. Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me, is scheduled to debut at the Philadelphia Film Festival on Friday (Oct. 26).

The film will also air on Showtime, in addition to the U.K.'s Sky Arts channel and the BBC, Variety reports. A premiere date has yet to be announced.

Award-winning filmmaker Olivia Lichtenstein directed and co-executive produced If You Don’t Know Me, along with Pendergrass’ former managers, Shep Gordon, Daniel Markus and Allan Strahl. The film dissects the various "levels" of Pendergrass' story, from his days as a member of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (best known for the 1968 single “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”) to his solo stardom, and burning desire to crossover from the R&B world.

In 1982, Pendergrass got into a car accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down and subsequently stopped him from becoming more famous, Lichtenstein told Variety. “I think that’s why people don’t know him in the same way as a Marvin Gaye or a Luther Vandross,” she said. “What I hope is he’ll get to crossover now, with the film.”

The Philly native was an architect of the early R&B era. His first five solo albums went platinum, and spawned timeless hits that include “Close the Door,” “Turn Off the Lights” and “Love T.K.O.”

“Teddy P” was on a winning streak that undoubtedly stalled after the car collision. Despite his courageous return to the stage following the accident, he struggled to recapture the commercial success of his heyday. Pendergrass announced his retirement in 2007, after 40 years in the music industry. He died from colon cancer in 2010.

Watch the documentary trailer below.

READ MORE: Philly Producer Remembers Teddy Pendergrass As ‘Uncle Teddy’

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Davidson who was on the show to promote his new memoir, Living in Color: What’s Funny About Me, spoke on a bunch of topics in the book, including being adopted by a white family and not knowing that he was Black until he was 5 years old, nearly coming to blows with Will Smith, hiring Diddy as his assistant, and working with Jamie Foxx.

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A Dru Hill Biopic Is Reportedly In The Works

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Working with BET on biopic as we speak. https://t.co/5zKC7QFygs

— Dru Hill (@DruHill4Real) February 25, 2020

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Netflix Releases Trailer For 'Self Made: Inspired By The Life Of Madam C.J. Walker'

The story of Madam C.J. Walker's rise to self-made status will premiere on March 20 on Netflix. Starring Octavia Spencer as the titular character, the four-part limited series will depict the entrepreneur's rise in the hair care industry and the obstacles she faced from those within and outside of her community to become the nation's first black woman self-made millionaire.

According to Deadline, the show takes its cues from A'Lelia Bundles' book, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker. Bundles is the great-great-grandaughter of Walker, born Sarah Breedlove. The show is directed by DeMane Davis and Kasi Lemmons, touting production by SpringHill Entertainment, Warner Bros., and Wonder Street.

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Meet America’s first empire-building, barrier-breaking, self-made female millionaire

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— Netflix US (@netflix) February 25, 2020

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