“R&B Divas”-Like Reality Show For Female Rappers In The Works, Starring Da Brat

July 24, 2013  |  

We might as well accept it, the reality TV wave is far from over, which depending on who you ask is either a good or a bad thing. One potentially good thing that’s currently happening is there seems to be more shows like “The Braxtons,” and “Mary Mary,” and “R&B Divas” in the works than series like “Basketball Wives” and “Love & Hip-Hop,” and word is rapper Da Brat is about to get in on some of that action.

The Jasmine Brand recently interviewed Phil Thornton, the executive producer of TV One’s “R&B Divas” and “R&B Divas LA,” and he shared a little tea about what projects he has in the works, like the aforementioned reality show with Da Brat and the Michelle Williams project we told you all about earlier this year. He also addressed talk that he and Atlanta R&B Diva Nicci Gilbert just cant’t get along because of drama over the TV One reality series. Check out what he said.

On projects with Da Brat and Michelle Williams

I am developing a show with Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child  also I am developing a family docu-series with Tamala Mann and her family. We will see Michelle and her journey and her career recording this wonderful record that is coming out in February and her family dynamic, she has two sisters that are very close to her and are personalities in their own right. I always told Michelle ‘People need to see who you really are.’ She is really a sweetheart, she is hilarious. If you get her and Lil Mo in a room you will be in stitches, in tears. They are two of the funniest people, I know. I just want to show that side of Michelle because I feel people don’t get to know that.
Me and Da Brat are developing a hip project with all hip hop ladies, its slightly different from ‘Diva’s’ in some ways, but I’m excited about it.
On the issue between him and Nicci Gilbert

I don’t have an issue. I really don’t. At the end of the day, I’m grateful for her and Faith basically developing this idea and bringing it to me. So I don’t have an issue. I can’t speak for Nicci. I can only speak for my contribution to the project and I know that I’ve done right and above board business by all 13 ladies in the cast. Take a survey. But I can’t speak for her issue. I really don’t know. I had nothing to do with the petition. I don’t have enough time. I have several shows, I manage artists, I have an executive position and to do a petition…no. I would rather have a sit down one on one with the respected party and say ‘You know what, maybe we should explore a different direction.’ But I wouldn’t dare do a petition. And anybody who knows me will tell you I’m very ‘What you see is what you get.’

Whether he and Nicci have talked

I don’t know what the issue is. My number has always been the same. My email has been the same. So I haven’t received a call or had any meeting. I’m open to it because I personally don’t have an issue with any of the ladies. Any of them.

Check out the rest of Phil’s interview on The Jasmine Brand. What do you think about his upcoming reality projects and his pseudo drama with Nicci Gilbert?

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