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As the saying goes, not all that glitters is gold – especially when it comes to contracts in the entertainment industry. Though many celebrities have inked deals that are making them millions, plenty have gotten the short end of the stick by signing what’s often referred to as “slave contracts.” Here are 15 stars who’ve signed bad record deals.
This is how a group can sell 10 million records and be broke: They sign a slave contract that not only pays their management too large a cut of their money, but also requires that they foot the bill for every one of their expenses and retain little ownership of what they produce. Pebbles may be alleging that the women of TLC were heavy spenders, but she can’t seem to explain away the fact that each member only took home about $35,000 a year – at the height of their careers.
Earlier this week we found out TV One renewed “R&B Divas Atlanta” and we also found out Latocha Scott and Nicci Gilbert won’t be returning for the third season. Nicci told us in an interview that she left the show because “it wasn’t a good look” for her anymore, so we’ve come up with our own list of divas who we think are a perfect look for “R&B Divas ATL.” And yes, we know there are reports that their spots have already been filled, but nothing’s been confirmed yet so here’s to wishful thinking. We’re still holding out on an “R&B Divos” spinoff too. In case you missed our suggestions for that one, check out the list here.
We told you yesterday that the casts were announced for season two of R&B Divas LA, and season three of R&B Divas in Atlanta. While the gang is all back for Los Angeles, the big news was that for Atlanta, both Faith Evans and Nicci Gilbert were leaving the show, and LaTocha Scott of Xscape fame also wouldn’t be returning. But before you jump to conclusions about why certain ladies are hitting the road, we spoke to Nicci Gilbert today and she explained why she wouldn’t be making an appearance the third time around, and whether or not we’ll ever see that R&B Divas tour.
The former Brownstone singer, in her upbeat and straightforward way of saying things, explained that she realized the show was not a good look for her brand, and that her businesses even started to take a hit from the bad reputation she was getting on the show. “I just realized that it really wasn’t a good look for me as a 43-year-old woman with a daughter that I’m trying to raise.” Gilbert said she wanted to set a good example and felt that bickering back and forth with the women she started the whole series as friends with was just not for her. She even spilled that she originally wanted to leave the show after season one, but had a change of heart.
“I actually wasn’t going to come back for season two because there were things that occurred that I wasn’t happy about.” That includes the one-dimensional way she says that she was portrayed on the show. Though she had a lot of creative say during season one when the series was just getting off the ground, things changed to the point that the show she helped put together as a producer was more damaging than anything.
But Gilbert says, “I’m still getting a check as a producer, so please, tune into R&B Divas!” However, she will get to give people a better look at her life, as she’s working on her own reality show, coming out in 2014. Gilbert says it will paint her in more than just the one-dimensional way folks saw her on R&B Divas. She also says that people can expect to see that R&B Divas tour after all, just not on Thanksgiving as the ladies initially planned.
“It’s not because, oh, ‘nobody wanted to see it.’ There was just a really busy touring schedule in Atlanta. We do have a market, so the tour will happen, it will just be happening in March.” Who will take part in the “Diary of a Diva” tour? Gilbert says she’ll have more of a hosting responsibility, but Faith Evans will be there, Keke Wyatt will take part, as will Kelly Price–but the other ladies aren’t on board. Of course, that includes Syleena Johnson, who tried to coordinate a totally different tour that couldn’t come together during season two.
“We already had promoters and a tour on the table. So when I went to Syleena’s house in season two and she started talking about a tour, I was like, ‘Wait, what!?’ This is real life?”
But despite that confusion and the falling out Gilbert has had with most of her cast members (and says everything she said on the show she meant–except for some mean words to Angie Stone), she would love if they could be cordial enough to work together come March. “I hope that before then we can come together and do what the show was originally intended to be about.”
Now that she’s leaving the reality show behind, Gilbert was open about the effects the negativity of everything, including haters online, had on her at one time. “There were times where I would wake up so stressed, I thought I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown.” And she does want to share a message with her detractors, for herself and women like Kelly Price and Dawn Robinson, who have become something of the “bad girls” of the franchise. She says that people need to understand that there’s more to “the truth” and their stories than people get to see. “Try to have an open mind…at the end of the day, reality stars are just doing what they can to feed their families.”
So there you have it. After talking to the producer, singer, designer and all-around businesswoman, I can attest to the fact that she actually comes off like a very sweet person, but you know, reality TV is about showing people in a certain light so that a show can get the ratings it’s looking for. R&B Divas did just that, but it will have to continue to do so without Gilbert.
Remember Her? Nicole Wray Talks Possibly Doing Love And Hip Hop, And Why She Can’t Mess With The R&B Divas
I haven’t seen Nicole Wray since she was “makin’ everybody wanna bob their heads” (as Missy used to say) with her popular song, “Make It Hot.” The singer, now 32, is still out here making great music under the radar, but that might not be the case for too much longer. While chatting with Malcolm of MalcomMusic, the singer, now rocking bright red hair, talked about joining reality TV soon, and why some shows are just too ratchet for her. Ironically, she said the show that she could be joining next season is Love and Hip Hop, which some would say is the most ratchet of all, but Wray says another popular show with a few divas takes the cake:
On Possibly Doing Love And Hip Hop Next Season:
Wray: “Well someone approached me about it, Love and Hip Hop. I’m thinking about it. I don’t know, I just don’t have time for the drama. If I do it I would have so many freakin’ characters around me they can do all the drama all they want. I’m here to show people that I’m here and I’m still standing. That would be my story. You see I’m here, the cameras will be here. I’m touring. I’m doing soul music. I have big freakin’ read hair, you know what I mean? I have my family that’s supporting me. It’s a possibility.”
Why She Would Do LHH And Not R&B Divas:
Wray: “That’s not me. I don’t want to do R&B Divas. First of all, I’m not a diva. I know that’s what they want to call it but I’m not a diva and I’ve seen some of those shows and I just don’t–
Malcolm: “I would have thought you are, like, not in a bad way. You’ve got the talent and the voice.”
Wray: “I just never wanted to be categorized as a diva. It’s just me. And Love and Hip Hop would be able to show me being me and not this diva because it seems Love and Hip Hop, yeah it’s drama, but you’ve seen people’s personal lives. And LA Divas, or not LA Divas, but R&B Divas, is really about them being divas and just about that music in that pot. I’ve got so many other things going on outside music that I don’t want to just get categorized for just that.
Malcolm: “So we will never see Nicole Wray on R&B Divas, but maybe Love and Hip Hop?”
Wray: “I won’t say never…if the check is right.”
Why R&B Divas Is NOT Her Cup Of Tea:
Wray: “I love them, but I don’t like how they’re getting along. I don’t want the world to see that…I listen to a lot of Kelly Price. Lil Mo wrote the majority of my first album, and I don’t like to see them being like fussing each other out and hurting each other’s feelings because we are what the average girl is listening to. I don’t want people to see me in that light, or cursing Lil Mo out, or letting someone slap me or throw a drink on me because I’m supposed to be who I am and I want to be respected.”
I used to be a big fan of this woman and I’m glad to hear she’s still out here trying to do her thing musically. But should she mess with Mona Scott-Young and Love and Hip Hop? Sound off about it below, and watch her interview with Malcolm Music on the next page.
Just when you thought all of the mess surrounding the R&B Divas: LA cast had begun to die down, more drama erupts. This time however, it appears to be some tension building between the franchise’s executive producer and star, Nicci Gilbert and Lil’ Mo. It looks like the drama began when Nicci mentioned Mo in a semi-negative way during a recent interview with Sister 2 Sister.
“I explained everything to [media coach Dyana Williams] because originally she thought I’m like Lil Mo or Syleena [Johnson] and just flips out and says whatever the hell I wanna say,” Nicci said before claiming that cast members like Lil’ Mo and Chanté Moore had a tendency to run “with drama.”
As to be expected, once Mo caught wind of Nicci’s statement, she wasn’t too pleased. In a response interview, the 34-year-old songbird told Sister 2 Sister that she’s not even sure why Nicci mentioned her. Especially since the two only crossed paths about two times in their lives.
“I’ve seen Nicci Gilbert twice in my life…I don’t know her.”
The outspoken reality star went on to defend herself against Nicci’s statements.
“I just don’t do and say whatever. Chances are if I’mma say something it’s because I was asked or provoked.”
She added that she’d like to have a discussion with Nicci regarding her comments.
“When she tried to put my integrity in question, that’s a discussion. We gonna have to sit down and talk about it. Don’t mention my name.”
Our guess is that if the sit-down ever does happen, it won’t be too pleasant, as Mo then proceeded to criticize Nicci’s professionalism.
“What kind of executive does that? All the years that I’ve been in this industry, I’ve never seen no executive talk about any of their staff in an interview…Unacceptable,” said the “I’m A Diva” singer.
In closing, she also addressed not being invited to perform on the R&B Divas Tour.
“I didn’t care. I was just like ‘good luck.’ Trust me, my show is freaking crazy. My live show with my live band is intimidating, and that’s not even being conceited or arrogant or boastful. I like KeKe [Wyatt]; I know she’s gonna kill it. I would hope that maybe she’s the co-headliner because between her and Faith [Evans], I think that was a real good call. I don’t know what anybody else is going to sing, and I really don’t care.”
What do you think of Mo’s response to Nicci’s comments? Did she overreact or was Nicci out of line?
Jazmine Denise is a celebrity news and entertainment blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
You may not know her by name, but you’ve definitely seen or heard of her work. D’Angela Proctor, an executive producer for reality series Sunday Best and The Family Crews, has been named senior vice president of programming and production at TV One, according to a press release, just as the network reaches some high points in viewership.
“D’Angela is a stellar choice to help us build on the programming success we’ve achieved at TV One,” said Alfred Liggins, president and CEO of TV One. “Her strong relationships throughout the creative and production community have already proven beneficial as we continue to develop our slate.”
TV One will rely on Proctor to make the best strategic moves in terms of original programming and the development of productions for the network. With “R&B Divas” giving TV One its highest ratings in July, the new SVP is expected to continue the network’s trajectory to success.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of the evolution of TV One,” remarked Proctor in a press statement. “It’s an honor to be a part of the team behind signature series like Unsung and R&B Divas.”
Proctor, who has also executive produced Daddy’s Girl, a documentary about Laila Ali, and Family Reunion on TV One, also created a new docu-series on OWN titled “Crazy. S*xy. Life” which will feature celebrity hair stylist Kiyah Wright with her three friends who all who are nearing 40.
This past week, fans of TV One’s hit show “R&B Divas” found out members from the ATL and LA franchises will be going on tour together. On the reunion show for “R&B Divas LA,” Kelly Price announced her excitement regarding members from their show joining the tour. But while social media outlets have been buzzing at the news of hearing these classic voices again, singer Chante Moore tells us another side to the pending tour. In an interview with the Jasmine Brand, Moore states she will not be on the R&B Divas tour and tells us what she really thinks about Dawn Robinson and Kelly Price’s camaraderie.
On reports that she’s touring with Kelly Price and other members of the R&B Divas franchise:
Well it was a premature announcement that was made by Kelly. I didn’t know that she’s going to make that announcement on the show but I thought that I should let it go at that time because the reunion was taped a couple of weeks ago; because I thought by now, it would be cleared up or settled – that it would happen or would be for sure, or either way I thought something would be settled and at this moment, nothing is happening. They postponed or cancelled – definitely postponed – I don’t know if it’s ever going to get picked up. Period. But she made an announcement that we’re going and I was like “Okay…?” because there weren’t conversations so I thought “Well, maybe she has a scoop on something that I’m unaware of or maybe just trying to surprise us and I thought that it was just something that really positive which was going to happen but again, it seems like she’s talking prematurely and it actually isn’t happening. That tour was cancelled so I was a little uneasy by that.
If the tour is actually cancelled:
Yes, at this moment. I mean it’s a possibility I guess, at some point, that they could say, “Okay, let’s figure out how to make this happen.” I did get the list of people and I was ready to do it, absolutely ready to do it, and I still would do it. What I didn’t like is that it was made before paperwork was done because sometimes if you announce that you’re going to do something – and this has happened before in my career, there’s time where someone has said, “Oh, we’re going to do this!” and they block out a certain amount of time and then you say “No” to the other offers because you don’t want to double book your word and commitment to what you’re going to do is your reputation and put it online. So I’m a little worried because I don’t want someone to think I’m going to be on tour with them and I’m not going to be – that means that’s going to go out of my pocket – I have to take care of my children and my life and my reputation is at the utmost importance, it’s all I have – this is my career.
On how the other divas were selected for the tour:
I don’t know. It isn’t my tour specifically, you know, I’m not the head of “R&B Divas LA” or Atlanta. Faith Evans is one of the creators and she would be the one that would have put us together – she and whoever the promoter will be. So when they asked, I thought, “Wow, this would be a really fun tour!” regardless whether or not Kelly or I are friends have nothing to do with that; it really is about a body of work and going out there and performing for the audience. That’s really what it’s about and so when they asked about it – they asked me and I was like, “Oh! Yeah! I would love to!”. I’m a fan of all of these ladies so I said Yes when they offered it. And the details have to be worked out, you can’t just say, “Uh, I think I’m going to go on tour.” And then, you have to have money figured out, you got to have the routing – and that was what my manager Cheryl asked them – “Well, if this is the plan, can you tell me what’s your routing?” and they said they didn’t want to tell her what the routing was. And she was like, “Well this is touring 101. You have to know where you’re going, you have to have the venues held and you have to know where you’re going because from one city to the next, either you’re flying or driving on a tour bus. And if you’re flying, that’s really expensive but if it’s on a tour bus, you do have to get it routed from the one place to the next. You know you do all the Carolinas, and you go up this way or Mississippi that way that rules down to Florida – you route it!” And they would not and could not give us a routing so she’s like, “This is looking a little suspect.”
On what her relationship was like with Kelly before the show:
We’re more social. We did a couple of shows together. When Kenny and I were on the road, we opened up for her a couple of times. I’ve seen her at a couple of venues where – we did one show together, it was her – gosh, who was it, that were the 4 women – like ‘Sisters In Love’ or something like that. It was Tamia and a couple of other women, we were all solo artistes and we did a show together and it was fine – One night and dealing with people, you know you don’t usually have too many issues and problems with having a couple of shows. I didn’t know her-know her personally, we never were like call-you-on-the-phone kind of people, and that was fine! And I don’t have to be your friend, friend. You know what I mean? It really is about business, it’s about respect, it’s about honor, it’s about really being a woman of integrity – that’s what I expected, and what I haven’t liked is the scapegoat of editing that has been put up, and I’ve really been quiet up until now about it because I’m like – Well, whatever you say is okay because the show is the show, is the show, whatever. But I’m getting a little tired, I’m getting a little tired of it all being thrown at – Oh, those dog-on producers, they edit it and edit it – nobody can edit the words and put the words in your mouth if it’s coming out of your mouth on the screen. It really did come out of her mouth, and she was mean on screen, and off-screen; and I didn’t care for that – that wasn’t an act. She wasn’t acting, if she was acting I think that was a really big risk to come off mean as she did – I would never do that because people take it as reality even if it’s fake. You have the, what like – I used to watch ‘The Color Purple” and watching Danny Glover be Mister, you know? And he was like, “God, if I get another hate-mail from being Mister, I’m not Mister – I’m Danny Glover!” So it took a while for him to even get rid of a character that was in a movie, so much less from reality show. I know people connect with that. So it’s really important to make sure that you represent yourself to be who you are and the producers did not tell us to be something different than who we were. They did not.
Click the next page to find out what happened between Chante and Kelly behind the scenes of “R&B Divas”.
‘We Have A Lot Of Notable Songs And We’re Cuter:’ The R&B Divas of L.A. On How They’re Different From Atlanta
During a recent interview with Kontrol Magazine, Lil’ Mo, Chante Moore and Claudette Ortiz of R&B Divas: LA shared why they signed up to appear on the TV One reality show after having passed up several other opportunities to appear on unscripted television programs and what makes their cast so different from the cast of R&B Divas: Atlanta. Check out some highlights from their interview below.
On why they decided to to R&B Divas: LA over other reality shows:
Lil’ Mo: “I never thought in a million years I’d do reality TV but I’m glad that I did because it’s given me an opportunity to get back out there and really promote what I love to do which is music.”
“I was asked about the Atlanta cast but when I found out about LA, I knew I was a better fit.”
Claudette: “I’ve been approached to do reality TV but I wanted to make sure this was something worth pursuing seeing as I have three children. I didn’t want it to be exploitive and negative.”
Chante: “I was asked to share my life and the focus was going to be on my music, that’s what I liked about it.”
On how the L.A. cast is different from Atlanta:
Claudette: “The location makes a difference.”
Lil’ Mo: “We have more notable songs and we’re cuter, young hip hop and r&b. We act younger and more fun.”
Dang Mo, tell us how you really feel.
Perhaps Nicci Gilbert will find friends amongst naturalists with her new hairdo since she’s been making so many enemies elsewhere.
The “R&B Divas Atlanta” reality star who’s arguable the most talked about — and possibly the most hated — woman on the show just made a somewhat major hair transformation and lived to tell about it on Instagram. Posting the picture above, the former Brownstone group member wrote:
Phase 1 of my big chop short hair don’t care…all natural feels GREAT
While most of her IG followers’ comments are positive and supportive, some are giving the singer a big whoopty doo because A) she used to have short — assumingly natural — hair when she was in Brownstone and B) a lot of people just don’t like her. We also had no clue what Nicci’s real hair looked like since she stepped back into the spotlight since all the ladies on “R&B Divas” regularly rock the long silky weave. From what I see so far, this ‘do looks far more attractive on the 43-year-old and even makes her look a bit younger. I wonder what’s to come in Phase 2.
What do you think about Nicci’s big chop? Do you like?
While most of the ladies who appeared on R&B Divas: LA this season did so in an attempt to reignite their music careers, it appears that the plan may have backfired for famed soul songstress Kelly Price. In no time, the 40-year-old New York native became the show’s number one villain and the least favorite among many fans. As Charing Ball stated earlier this week, it seems that Kelly may actually walk away from the show with less fans than she started with. Why Kelly has been demonized in the court of public opinion is debatable. While some argue that it’s because of the show’s shifty editing, others, like her co-star Lil’ Mo, claim that what you see is exactly what you get and that in real life, Kelly is exactly how she appears on the show. Nicci Gilbert, who has also claimed to be a victim of the show’s crafty editing in the past, recently took to Instagram to defend Kelly and scold “Internet bullies” for slamming Kelly through social media.
“If you are building a brand off of other people’s pain… you’re building a PAINFUL brand and at some point you will FEEL ALL OF IT #thatisall,” Nicci wrote.
“It’s hard to watch people say such horrible things about such a talented woman and friend…BUT TIME HEALS & TELLS ALL @KellyPRice4Real…”
“I see CLEARLY how based on what you see ‘CLEARLY’ you think you KNOW so based on that I understand the REACTIONS AND I TRUST GOD’s PLAN… KEEP WATCHING…”
She went on to say that the negative backlash is impacting Kelly tremendously.
“Instead of people all this energy into destroying someone pray for them you have no idea how this is affecting this woman. It’s not good.”
“The sad thing is how quickly ‘we as a people’ allow them to use ‘we the people’ as tools to destroy our ‘own people’ #IAintIntoThat”
Nicci finished up by adding that she will probably be slammed for speaking out, but she’s not concerned about it.
“I suspect that as a result of me speaking the truth you will see a few more fraudulent blogs, articles, etc., about me soon LOL…#touche.”
“#TheButler made me realize the fight is not over, this time instead of billy clubs and hoses its social media and online bullies #FB #Stick2Gether”
“I woukd rather be broke and jobless than sit back like these women & pretend I dont see this happening. Ive been there so I KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE”
What do you think of Nicci’s claims? Would you say fans have been too harsh in their criticism of Kelly?
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