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R&B Divas ATL Season 3 is just about underway and we have the promo video to prove it. TV One just dropped a 30-second sneak peek previewing what we can expect this next go ’round, and one thing that’s abundantly clear is Keke Wyatt hasn’t changed a bit — and we’re not sure that’s a good thing.
From questioning whether the series really needs new divas (shade or no shade to the new cast members?) to invading every ounce of Monifah’s personal space in a heated argument between the two, it seems safe to say this particular diva hasn’t grown up at all. Two women who have, though, are the newest additions to the show, Latavia Robertson and Kameelah Williams, who we haven’t seen much of since their Destiny’s Child and 702 days. And, aside from beef with Keke, Monifah is moving on toward great things, like walking down the aisle with her girlfriend Terez.
So far all we know is R&B Divas ATL Season 3 will return in April so we’re anxiously awaiting the release date. Check out the promo video below and tell us what you think. Will you be watching?
Last week we told you that former “R&B Divas: Atlanta” cast member and executive producer Nicci Gilbert expressed huge regrets about appearing on the show. It appears that her good friend and fellow executive producer, Faith Evans, was also reluctnant about appearing in front of the camera.
“I never wanted to be a cast member so much. My friend Nicci Gilbert, who was the real, original creator of ‘R&B Divas,’ came to me with this idea when I was actually in the process of doing another reality-type show,” Faith shared during an interview with wise&foolishTV.
The mother of four adds that while she was relunctant about doing the show, TV One executives eventually sold her on the idea when they told her that she needed to appear in the series for it to be successful.
“You gotta be in it ‘cause we got to sell the show,” she recalls being told.
Though it didn’t turn out that way, Faith says the original goals of the show were positivity and upliftment.
“The original goal of us being positive and showing that we can come together, which the first season very much reflected.”
As most viewers witnessed, it didn’t turn out that way—something she partially blames the production team for stirring up.
“The person we went into business with on the production side kinda started to feel like it was their thing… I just felt like this isn’t what I signed up for. Once our creative input wasn’t being acknowledged or respected, I knew it was time to go.”
While she has opted not to appear on anymore seasons of the series, she will continue to receive exeuctive producer credits. She will not, however, being contributing creatively to the show anymore.
“I wish them many more successful seasons, spin-offs and all that,” she added.
Will you miss seeing Faith on “R&B Divas: Atlanta?” Watch her interview on the next page.
With her “R&B Divas” days behind her, Nicci Gilbert admits that while she is thankful for the opportunity to star in a television show, she’s still feeling the aftermath of that decision and has major regrets.
“Do I wish that I had never done the show? Absolutely,” the former Brownstone singer confessed to CocoaFab.
Though she didn’t go into too much detail about exactly how her decision to do the show has managed to directly affect her personal and work life, she did say that the results were devastating.
“Let me clarify that. I’m very thankful for the opportunity but it’s affected my mother. It’s affected my marriage. It’s affected my business. The clothing line that I launched we shut down servers in season one. In season two, I literally lost my entire investment.”
“I was at the table having a conversation with I’ll never forget Lane Bryant about my clothing line and it was literally the day after one of the huge fights on the show, I was asked about that in the meeting,” Nicci reflected. “I’ve lost deals and probably the most sorrowful experiences is the Michigan Chronicle which is the Black go to newspaper from my hometown. One of my bookers asked them to have me come in to meet with the paper. They said, ‘We don’t have any interest in her at all.’”
In addition to watching her business tank, Nicci says some fans took things so far that she had to seek help from the police.
“I’ve had to file reports in the police department about people who said, ‘I see you, I’m going to crush your face.’ The reason it hurt me so much is that is not who I am,” Nicci continued. “I have a big mouth. My heart is as big as my mouth is, but you don’t get the big heart on the show. You just get this is the ‘queen b**ch’ label.”
Though she blames the show for the misfortune that she is experiencing in her life, Nicci admits that “R&B Divas” wasn’t all bad. While she vows to never return to the show as a cast member, she will continue to receive credit as an executive producer for the series.
“As a producer when I am finalizing a deal with an agency, I know that I could never go into that agency and have a real conversation with those people if I didn’t have the hit show that is ‘R&B Divas’ or the hit franchise. I know that I couldn’t go in and talk to really amazing, powerful women who are show runners had it not been for that show. I’m very grateful that they see my contribution as an executive producer,” she continued. “As a producer when I am finalizing a deal with an agency, I know that I could never go into that agency and have a real conversation with those people if I didn’t have the hit show that is ‘R&B Divas’ or the hit franchise,” she said. “I know that I couldn’t go in and talk to really amazing, powerful women who are show runners had it not been for that show. I’m very grateful that they see my contribution as an executive producer.”
Will you miss seeing Nicci on “R&B Divas?”
Despite it’s name, we all know Love & Hip-Hop has about as much to do with Hip-Hop as the Country Music Awards. And just because you throw a bunch of women who can sang on one reality TV show together doesn’t mean the show is actually going to be about their musical talent as much as it is their ability to throw shade.
Thanks to these sad realities of (faux) reality TV, the general consensus is that the medium tends to do more harm than good and there’s little doubt Nicci Gilbert and Kelly Price wouldn’t co-sign that sentiment after their stints on R&B Divas. But then you have women like K. Michelle and Tamar Braxton whose antics on VH1 and WE tv have catapulted them to major success as singers (y’all can debate that later), which begs the question of whether the problem isn’t really reality TV, but how you use it — or let it use you.
That’s a question that was mulled over, among many others, as part of Music Choice’s Black History Month program entitled “The Diva Debate,” featuring MN’s Deputy Editor, Brande Victorian, alongside actor/singer Mack Wilds, Roc Nation singers Bridget Kelly and Melanie Fiona, Music Choice’s VP of Programming Damon Williams, Moguldum Media Group Managing Editor Anslem Samuel Rocque, and Essence.com Entertainment Editor Yolanda Sangweni, and hosted by Amanda Seales. While Bridget and Melanie vowed to never do reality TV, some entertainment writers noted that there are a few ladies who are doing it right.
Check out a clip of the debate in the video below and tell us what you think about the discussion. Are their any women singers winning in the reality TV game right now in your opinion?
‘We Have Our Moments:’ KeKe Wyatt Talks Angie Stone Rift And New Co-Stars LaTavia Roberson & Meelah Williams
The “R&B Divas” franchise is synonymous with drama—both off-screen and on. But for the most part, KeKe Wyatt has managed to avoid getting entangled in huge blowouts with her co-stars. Well, it was that little thing she had with Angie Stone, but according to KeKe, they’ve made amends.
“Me and Angie, we’re cool. We have our moments,” she told Rickey Smiley, “but we’re cool.”
As for hew new co-stars Meelah Williams and Latavia Roberson, KeKe says things are going well.
“Well, we got some new girls—Latavia from Destiny’s Child and Meelah from 702. They are really cool. They’re really sweet.”
She also opened up about people only knowing her for working with Avant and the widespread belief that she’s crazy. We’re definitely looking forward to see how she interacts with the new girls this season.
Turn the page to watch KeKe’s interview. Are you ready for the new season?
So we already know that Leela James is on the comeback trail as a cast member on R&B Divas and she recently dropped her new single with soul crooner Anthony Hamilton.
Well, now the video for “Say That” is here and we’ve got the opportunity to see these two in action. While they’re acting like a couple in the video, it’s actually a little more clear to see that they’re no more than good friends. They obviously have great chemistry though and the video matches up with the song’s soul party vibe.
Also, I have to admit that Anthony Hamilton sounds really good here. Now, I’m a huge fan of Anthony but wasn’t totally pleased with him last album so it’s good to be able to say “That’s the Anthony I know” on this track. You may not agree with me but I think I’m going to attribute to his look. You see, the more polished Anthony looks in his videos, the less likely I’ll be to like what he’s offering. When he has a slightly “scruffy” look, I know that he’s about to give me what I need. Musically, that is.
Anyway, check out the video and let us know what you think: Pass or Play?
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.