All Tammi Terrell wanted to do was sing beautiful, positive music that showed the love, romance, joy, and reality of Black life. But she’d had enough of her singing group’s bickering and her violent relationship with James Brown.
She decided to step away from music and start a pre-med program – but was unaware of the silent threat that was stalking her.
White people could never understand her drive to sing for her people. Racists believed we had no culture – her work was a counter-narrative that promoted the beauty of Black life and love. But how could she do this without selling her soul? She had to take a break.
She was begged to return to the spotlight, and soon signed with Motown Records – on her 20th birthday. As she continued her popular duets with Marvin Gaye, her star continued to rise. Then tragedy struck.
We all have something to contribute to the enrichment of our community. Presenting a positive self-image and celebrating Black love and joy enriches and empowers all Black people!