Leela James is one of the latest soul singers to join the “R&B Divas LA” franchise, which automatically makes the 30-year-old LA native a diva, and she’s fine with that. When we asked Miss James how she feels about joining the TV One reality show and how she fits into the cast exactly, she said:

“I’m born and raised in LA so it makes sense for me to be apart of it. I sing R&B. I sing real rhythm and blues. I represent what a real ‘r&b diva’ is, and not in a negative way because I don’t think you have to be mean to people and disrespectful to be a diva.”

Although Leela doesn’t mind taking on the title of diva herself, she’s not too fond of some of the other female singers who’ve latched onto the title. When we asked her how she feels about Patti Labelle’s remarks about how “all the little heiffers who can’t sing” shouldn’t call themselves divas Leela said this:

“I would tend to agree to a certain extent because you do have a lot of people walking around using the term and it seems to have a negative connotation behind it…and it’s just too much and some people don’t need to refer to themselves as a diva — especially when you can’t hold one note, let alone sing it.

“The term is definitely overused and misplaced. To me, a diva is definitely not some of the folks who are calling themselves divas.”

And there you have it. Check out what else Leela had to say about “R&B Divas,” why there’s too much sex in music these days, and her own new music in the video up top. Do you agree with her and Patti?

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