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Lifetime and VH1 aren’t the only networks getting in on music biopics. TV One is currently in production on “The Miki Howard Story” (working title) starring Teyonah Parris (Chi-raq, Survivor’s Remorse).

According to Shadow & Act, the film will span over 30 years of Miki Howard‘s personal and professional life. The R&B and Jazz singer was also an actress who appeared in films such as Malcolm X and Poetic Justice.

Howard’s hits throughout the 1980s and early 1990s included: “Come Share My Love,” “Baby, Be Mine,” “Love Under New Management,” “Ain’t Nobody Like You” and others.

The film will also focus on Howard’s relationship with the late Gerald Levert, played by Darius McCrary (Family Matters) who was instrumental in her career success. The pair wrote and sang several songs together including their 1988 duet “That’s What Love Is”, which was one of Howard’s highest charting singles.

On Howard’s episode of Unsung, she credits Levert for helping her to overcome her drug addiction. She says they were in a relationship until his untimely death in 2006.

Also starring in the film is Gary Dourdan as singer Augie Johnson, LisaRaye as music executive Sylvia Rhone and Vanessa Bell Calloway as Miki’s mother, Josephine Howard.

The untitled project, directed by Christine Swanson is filming in Atlanta and is scheduled to premiere in June 2016.

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