If you’ve followed the second season of R&B Divas you know that it has had its awesome moments of support, love, growth, hilarity, and friendship. You also know that it has had its fair share of drama, tears, cusswords, fly makeup/outfits and conspiracy theories. The bad outshines the good – sadly enough.
So, as I watched the reunion show last night I was not surprised that I found myself shaking my head at so many things: Some of the horrible outfits (Nicci Gilbert looked one shade of UniverSoul Circus ringmaster crazy), Joe Clare, the random host who could NOT adequately host a reunion of six Black women with tons of passion and differences alike, and the total disproportion of listening to speaking skills of a few of the women on stage (Nicci and Syleena).
It was what I expected. I expected Nicci (formerly of the group, Brownstone) to be ultra defensive and play the victim as she masterfully has throughout the season. I expected soul singer Syleena Johnson to throw her stinging one-liners out at Nicci (“You foul! But you casket sharp!” to Nicci Gilbert).
I expected neosoul legend Angie Stone to keep her cool no matter how many curse words or accusations were hurled. I expected 90s R&B vixen Monifah to remain true to form in minding her own business and staying out of the drama.
So I suppose TV One delivered the right amount of drama we were all looking forward to during this first part of the “R&B Divas” Reunion show. And even though drama is what we crave to see, we’re still hoping for there to be some sort of resolve between the women before the season comes to a full close.
What was supremely telling, and I applaud Faith Evans for this, was the fact that she did not appear with the other ladies. While it has been reported that she had a previous commitment which did not allow her to be present for the reunion taping, I am almost certain she was protecting her reputation and her business brand by not mingling in all the tom foolery that has taken place on the show. Recording her part of the reunion show separately was extremely smart on her part. While these ladies were fighting over workout DVD releases and tour dates, Faith was performing, taking care of her family and building her own brand. That’s wise, Faith and we ain’t mad at you.
July 10th will give us the second part to the R&B Divas Reunion Show and I was elated to see that production will be swapping out host Joe Clare with actress, philanthropist, and motivational speaker Sheryl Lee Ralph to mediate between the ladies of the show. From the preview clips, it seems like it will make for great television as she raises her voice a time or two and pretty much all the ladies on stage are dabbing at their eyes by the end.
Will you be watching the second half of the reunion or have you had enough of The Divas? Who is your favorite R&B Diva?