Teyonah Parris Shines in Love Under New Management – The Miki Howard Story

Teyonah Parris shines as Miki Howard in TV One’s Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story. An encore presentation airs at 9 and 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 15. Directed by Christine Swanson, the Swirl Films production is TV One’s first original full length feature-biopic inspired by the network’s hit series Unsung.

Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story is the brain child and  labor of love for TV One Senior Vice President of Original Programming,D’Angela Proctor. “Miki’s (Unsung) story was one of the strongest…it had redemptioTV One Love Under New Management - The Miki Howard Story postern, it had drama…it undoubtedly had laughter…it had all the makings of a great movie so that’s why we did it…Miki went from being a homeless teenager to true R&B royalty,” said Proctor.

Teyonah Parris (Chi-RaqSurvivor’s RemorseMad Men)  said on playing Miki, Howard, “It’s such an inspiration, and I hope that’s what people get from this film…If you can go through hell and back and then back to hell again…you watch her overcome it and work through it…and for me even playing that role, it has been life changing.”

Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story reveals how you can succeed if you have a strong faith and determination, despite what obstacles life has placed in  your path. Miki said, “It’s about God’s message…I just feel like God has a message…I know he has a message because this is not me…this is all God.”

The movie’s cast also includes Darius McCrary (The LeftoversFamily Matters) as Gerald Levert – the love of Miki’s life; Vanessa Bell Calloway (ShamelessTo Hell and Back) as Miki’s mother Josephine Howard (The Caravans – gospel pioneer group); Gary Dourdan (CSIBeing Mary Jane) as Augie Johnson; LisaRaye McCoy (Single LadiesAll of Us) as Sylvia Rhone; and Amari Cheatom (Django UnchainedNight Catches Us) as Miki’s ex-husband, Eddie Phelps.

Love Under New Management - The Miki Howard Story promo picture.

Teyonah Parris and Darius McCrary star as Miki Howard and Gerald LeVert in TV One movie, Love Under New Management-The Miki Howard Story. Photo courtesy of The FrontPage Firm and TV One.

Filmed in Savannah, GA, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story follows Miki’s life from her days as a girl being raised in a dysfunctional, turbulent home by a bi-polar mother in Los Angeles to a young woman on her own in the streets, to being a young single mother, to finding success in the music business, her decline and back again. Being presented during June, Black Music Month, the movie features Miki’s R&B hits, including “Ain’t Nobody Like You,” “That’s What Love Is,”a duet with Gerald Levert, “Georgy Porgy,” “Come Share My Love” and her Top 10 hit single and title of the movie, “Love Under New Management.”

For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, including its Black Music Month line-up, visit www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hashtag #RepresentBlackMusic, and also catch clips and promos on TV One’s YouTube Channel.


Lin. Woods

Lin. Woods is a veteran faith based entertainment writer, editor, voice over talent and children's book author. As a writer and editor, she's written for Urban Network, urbannetwork.com, ABC Radio Networks, and DMI. Her work history includes positions at Warner Bros. Records, Ice Capades and Lorimar Telepictures. Woods is also a radio personality and voice over talent who has worked at Clear Channel Radio St. Louis and as a syndicated radio host and producer for Lee Bailey Communications' international syndicated Inside Gospel Entertainment News radio show. Woods is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Fisk University-Nashville, TN and spends her time between St. Louis, MO and Atlanta, GA.