R&B veteran Miki Howard will have her story depicted in a made-for-TV movie set to air on TV One for Black Music Month.
According to ABC News Radio correspondent Karu F. Daniels, the film with the working title “Unsung: The Miki Howard Story” will premiere on the network in June and star actress Teyonah Parrish (“Survivor’s Remorse”/”Chi-Raq”) as Miki.
Shot last fall in Savannah, Georgia, the movie covers almost 30 years of Miki’s life, including her success as an R&B singer, some ill-fated romantic encounters and drug use.
LisaRaye McCoy will play the role of Sylvia Rhone, the singer’s former music executive at Atlantic Records.
And one of Miki’s former lovers, actor Darius McCrary (“Family Matters”) portrays another one the singer’s longtime love interests, the late Gerald Levert.
Singer Indira Millini Khan will portray her own mother, Miki’s close friend Chaka Khan, in the film.
The daughter of pioneering gospel singers and an associate of Rev. James Cleveland, the Chicago-bred Howard gained notoriety as a vocal powerhouse during the mid-1980s with a string of hits including “Love Under New Management,” “Baby Be Mine,” “Come Share My Love,” “Ain’t Nothing in the World” and “Ain’t Nobody Like You.” She also hit with a cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Until You Come Back to Me.”
Miki appeared in the Spike Lee movie, “Malcolm X,” portraying jazz legend Billie Holiday and in 1993 recorded an album called “Miki Sings Billie.”
The 55-year-old released her second live release, “Miki Howard: Live in Concert,” in 2015.
“Unsung: The Miki Howard Story” is directed by Christine Swanson, who worked closely with Atlanta-based writer/producer Rhonda Baraka, who penned the screenplay.