Season One details a story of sexual abuse, hip-hop and homelessness as experienced by musician and film-maker Terrance Holloway
Los Angeles, 28th June 2023: New podcast strand, Soulbare Sessions – Where Momma At? takes a deep dive into one person’s extraordinary life story, offering a platform for them to talk freely and without judgement about their unique experiences of overcoming challenging starts in life, including addiction, sexual abuse and being on the wrong side of the law. The person in each series will be speaking out and baring their soul, often for the very first time, to offer hope to others who are going through difficult situations themselves.
In Season One – Where Momma At? – we meet Terrance Holloway, originally from the South-Central Los Angeles district of Crenshaw, who survived a childhood dominated by drugs, sexual abuse, homelessness and deprivation, before thriving in the emerging world of West Coast rap under the stage name of Romeo Holloway, running his own barbershop and making underground films.
Terrance spent his childhood on the run from after his mother reported the drug dealing activities of his father’s crew to the police. After moving from city to city as a child and suffering multiple episodes of sexual abuse by women, he was thrown out of home at the age of 13 and left to fend for himself. He worked his way back to Los Angeles and reconnected with his father – who had recently been released from prison and was determined to show his son the ways of the street.
At the age of 16, Terrance immersed himself in hip hop culture. He carved out a career in a barber shop, cutting hair for some of LA’s top rappers in the front while running a party room, complete with stripper pole, at the back. As his clients grew into some of the biggest artists of the decade, he grabbed the chance to get involved and ended up working with the likes of Tupac, Xzibit and Ice Cube and having a musical career of his own.
Several years later, and now in his thirties, Terrance reconnected with his estranged mother and discovered she’d been made homeless after Hurricane Katrina and had developed mental health and alcohol issues. After a brief reconciliation when she came to stay with him in Los Angeles, she disappeared and began living on the streets of Los Angeles. Terrance made himself homeless in order to find her and, in the process, got to know a community of people who taught him more than he’d ever been searching for.
Ahead of the movie being made about his life, this eight-episode series features an exclusive, in-depth conversation with Terrance as he candidly tells his story – one which serves as a moving reminder of the strength of the human spirit.
Speaking about why he hasn’t shared his story before, Terrance says: “I didn’t want the bad times to define who I was.”
Terrance is interviewed for the series by journalist and producer, Angela Smith, of Glistening Productions, who added: “The twists and turns of Terrance’s life are beyond any Hollywood writer’s imagination and throughout the series we explore some dark subjects – mental illness, sexual abuse, alcoholism, homelessness and kidnapping – but Terrance has a great sense of humour so the series also has some fun and really light moments in it too. Fundamentally this is a story of triumph over adversity and serves as an inspiration for anyone who listens.”
Where Momma At? is released on June 26th and will be available on all the usual podcast platforms.
You can listen (and watch) a preview of the first episode here (password: glistening):
Episode One Synopsis
Meet Terrance Holloway: a survivor of homelessness, sexual abuse, addiction and crime, now thriving in the worlds of music and production. In Episode 1, we learn about his origins in the tough Crenshaw district of Los Angeles and discover that his problems started on the day he was born when his father didn’t turn up at the hospital, so his mom decided to teach her man a lesson.
About Glistening Productions
Glistening Productions is an award-winning international content creation company with offices in Los Angeles and the UK. It was established in 1999 as Turn On Television and has produced hundreds of hours of film and television programming for the international broadcast and streaming marketplace. Its content has been transmitted in more than 35 countries across four continents on television broadcast networks, cable networks and streaming platforms and it has been nominated for five Royal Television Society Awards. Glistening Productions recently won a Davey Award, a W3 Award and seven Communicator Awards.
In 2020, it attracted venture capital funding and relaunched and rebranded as Glistening Productions, adding a scripted division to the company which now has a slate of feature films and scripted episodics in development, as well as a large slate of unscripted projects. It recently launched a podcast division which is in production with four podcast titles, as well as a literary arm which has several publications in the works.
It has produced programming for a wide range of networks and streaming platforms including Netflix, Discovery, Discovery Health, Animal Planet, Nick Jr, Crime and Investigation Network, Tubi, ITV1, ITV2, Channel 4, Channel 5, Living TV, Granada TV and Sky Travel. Its content has sold extensively internationally to networks such as Foxtel, Viasat, Ananey, TVN, GBC and True Visions.