NEW ORLEANS - MAY 01: Teena Marie performs at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented By Shell at the Fair Grounds Race Course on May 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Teena Marie wasn’t called the Ivory Queen of Soul for nothing. However, many people just found out that the R&B singer was white, and now she’s currently trending on Twitter.

Known for her hits like “Square Biz”, “Fire & Desire” (with Rick James), “Lovergirl,” and “Ooo La La La,” Marie lent her soulful voice, songwriting, and production to many songs that make cookout and Saturday afternoon cleaning playlists.

Lady Tee was also a frequent collaborator with her friend Rick James, and Marie’s distinctive soprano vocals are what caused many fans of the “Still In Love” singer to believe that she was black.

Marie passed in December of 2010 from natural causes at the age of 54. A month prior, Marie suffered a seizure. Stevie Wonder, Deniece Williams, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, LisaRaye, Sinbad, Tichina Arnold, Shanice Wilson, and Berry Gordy, Jr. attended Marie’s memorial service among others.

Below check out some of the tweets regarding Teena Marie.



The Ivory Queen of Soul

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.