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East Harlem True Story

A girl from Wilson Houses in East Harlem who has been blessed to have 35 plus years and counting in the music industry; all while battling things with her personal life. The musical journey of Toni Menage since she was 14 years old. This doc focuses on an inside look to what it's like being in the business while working with the greats and legends we still hear and love today, by maintaining her true identity and lifestyle. She created her own legend status in the underground music world and continues to groom many that came after her.

  • Toni Menage
  • Toni Menage
  • Toni Menage
  • Kenell Turner
  • Jamila Holman
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    1080p HD
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Director Biography - Toni Menage

Toni Menage had her first hit at age 14 under the name “Little Toni Marsh” on Prism Records. The song ”Video Burnout” is now recognized as an international dance classic. She was nominated for an R&B Music Association Award with her MCA records hit “I Want Your Guy”. She performed her hit on the rhythm & blues awards as the finale of that awards show backed by a choir of stars including Bobby Brown, Cameo, Dionne Warwick, and Jocelyn Brown just to name a few.

Toni has the distinction of being one of a handful artists, like Syreeta Wright and India Arie, to peek the interest of Stevie Wonder. With the greatest songwriter of the 20th century as her mentor, she recorded on Tamla Records and performed as an artist on Stevie’s elite roster of talent. Toni is an original member of the multi-platinum band Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam (Columbia Records). The band’s smash hits include “I Wonder if I Take You Home” and “All Cried Out”. She recently stepped up as the musical director for Lisa Lisa on the Free style explosion tour.

Toni has toured the world as a recording artist and has appeared and performed on just about every national television show including The American Music Awards, The Joan Rivers Show, The Rhythm and Blues Awards, The World Music Awards, Club MTV, The Arsenio Hall Show, and Soul Train. She can be seen in the Unsung documentary for Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam on TVone as an original member of the legendary group.

Besides creating her touring band SoDisrespectful!, Ms. Menage is also the visionary and owner of an event band company, Project Orange Music.
Toni has created a template for freshness in the live music industry in general.

In 2017 expanded Menage Works Inc into an all out full service entertainment company. She now manages a small camp of amazing artist specializing in everything from dance & fitness to actors and vocalist. In Toni’s vision there are no limits to where Menage Works Inc can take the world of entertainment! Stay tuned..

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