BOSTON (WHDH) - Members of the 80s boy band New Edition, who grew up in Roxbury, are now telling their story in a new miniseries for BET.
Original members Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell and Michael Bivins, who now perform as Bell Biv DeVoe, are all co-producers of “The New Edition Story.” The three-part series traces their journey from children growing up in Roxbury’s Orchard Park housing projects to superstardom.
“We come from such humble beginnings here in Boston, Massachusetts, from Orchard Park, from Cathedral Projects,” said Ronnie DeVoe. “These are places that you’re not supposed to be able to make it out of. The deck is kind of stacked against you.”
One of the most emotional moments of the series comes when the band decides to kick out original member Bobby Brown.
“It was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make in my life,” said Ricky Bell.
Michael Bivins called the scene “heartwrenching” and said the series will show the backstory from different perspectives.
The group still performs and will debut a new album on the last night of the series. A watch party will take place in Boston when the series premieres in January.
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