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TV One introducing Atlanta’s latest lady friends: ‘R&B Divas’

TV One is introducing "R&B Divas" Monifah Carter, Nicci Gilbert, Faith Evans, Syleena Johnson & Keke Wyatt. CREDIT: TV One

TV One is introducing "R&B Divas" Monifah Carter, Nicci Gilbert, Faith Evans, Syleena Johnson & Keke Wyatt. CREDIT: TV One

Atlanta has its “real” housewives” over on Bravo and hip-hop crew over on VH1 while TLC is praying with an upcoming group of local preacher wives.

Now TV One wants to get in on the action with a quintet of female R&B singers on its new reality show “R&B Divas,” which debuts on August 20.

Much of the show is shot in Atlanta, though not all the cast members live here. The biggest name on the cast is Faith Evans, who spends most of her time in Los Angeles but did live in Atlanta for five years in the past. The other four are Monifah Carter, Nicci Gilbert, Syleena Johnson and Keke Wyatt.

There will be eight one-hour episodes.

Here’s the quick and dirty summary of what the show is like from TV One:

They are all juggling myriad personal challenges and responsibilities in addition to making music – including raising families. Faith prepares for a major move as she maintains her businesses and helps manage the estate of a music icon. She also launches a new hair care product line, Glass Hair Products. Monifah reveals a bombshell that could drive a wedge between them. Keke is pregnant and the women are convinced that she can’t go anywhere without her husband/manager. Nicci is launching a new plus-sized clothing line called Curvato, while Syleena makes a career decision that will affect her entire family and put additional strain on her financially. Also captured is their most recent powerhouse tribute performances during the 2012 Essence Music Festival, where the ladies honored Donna Summer, Vesta Williams, Nick Ashford, Etta James, and Whitney Houston.

TV One is also trying to differentiate this from some other reality shows by noting that all the women know each other. Since the word “reality” has taken a beating, the executive below uses the word “authentic” twice in this quote:

“TV One looks to bring viewers great storytelling that portrays authentic black life in America today,” said TV One Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Production Toni Judkins. “The ladies of R&B Divas are truly talented and amazing women individually and when you bring them together into one TV show, you have an incredibly compelling story. And, these ladies have known each other in the industry for quite a while. We aren’t creating relationships for the sake of a television show, so their actions, relationships and emotions are authentic and true to life – and it makes for a powerful narrative.”

Here are quick bios of each woman:

- Faith Evans. She won a Grammy for “I’ll Be Missing You,” her tribute to her late husband Notorious B.I.G. She has three platinum albums under her belt, too. The 39-year-old singer has six total Grammy nominations.

- Nicci Gilbert. She’s the lead singer/songwriter with Brownstone and was nominated for a Grammy for their biggest hit in 1995, “If You Love Me.’ While starring in Tyler Perry’s hit play “Meet the Browns,” Nicci decided to pursue a career as a playwright and producer.

- Monifah. She has a Wikipedia page and a few minor R&B hits under her belt but has never broken it big. She has worked with the likes of Heavy D and Teddy Riley.

- Syleena Johnson, a soul singer, has released several albums. She too has never had any major hits but has built a following. (Her Facebook page has 12,000 followers.)

- Keke Wyatt had a platinum-selling solo debut album “Soul Sista” but her career suffered after she was arrested for stabbing her husband. (Charges were later dropped. She herself later said she was a victim of domestic violence and merely defending herself.)

TV One is entering a crowded field packed with women engaged in reality-injected drama. VH1 is the king with “Basketball Wives,” “Mob Wives,” “Mob Wives Chicago,” “Love & Hip Hop,” “Love & Hip: Atlanta” and “T.I. & Tiny.” BET is coming back with “Keyshia Cole: Family First.” WE-TV has a hit with “The Braxtons.” Oxygen tortures us all with “The Bad Girls Club.” And Bravo, of course, owns its “Real Housewives” franchise.

I’ll post more when I get the trailer. There is also a media screening day with the cast on August 9.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

48 comments Add your comment

Kevin

August 3rd, 2012
12:06 am

Yes, I think this sounds completely like authentic black life in America today.

Icky Giovanni

August 3rd, 2012
12:34 am

i luv it and THEM

White Flight

August 3rd, 2012
1:53 am

Oh good, another one of “those” shows. The media just loves to display Atlanta as thug central. Will we need an ebonics dictionary to translate this show?

rnew

August 3rd, 2012
3:03 am

This just in: More proof that reality shows are anything but. Yet another show that starts the lies with the title itself. Divas?! Ha! None of these “singers” are relevant. Faith being the only one who actually was at a point in time. The others, not so much. Yet more scripted reality. Eat up simpletons!

jordan

August 3rd, 2012
4:15 am

Just another show to portray black women as ignorant and manipulative…..No thanks, I’ll pass on this one.

Zkem

August 3rd, 2012
5:19 am

“Real” Black life is about handling your business without the ol in tow. Could someone please bing life back to television, thus making for worth-while viewing?

Mr. Ed

August 3rd, 2012
6:42 am

I thought it was the Falcons defensive line in drag from the photo.

RK

August 3rd, 2012
7:17 am

Is that picture from the 80s?

Here we go....

August 3rd, 2012
7:37 am

RHOA pushed me to the edge, now I officially and moving away from this hell hole

Sherry

August 3rd, 2012
7:59 am

Selena Johnson did have a hit with “Played the Fool Before”.

SWAT Native

August 3rd, 2012
8:10 am

Syleena Johnson actually had a couple of good albums.

Tito

August 3rd, 2012
8:26 am

I thought Sunshine Anderson had that song????

Jay

August 3rd, 2012
8:27 am

This doesn’t sound like a “typical” day in my black America!!

Remember the days when we could all sit and watch something positive like the Cosby Show!!!!!!!!

Big Boom NY

August 3rd, 2012
8:38 am

Faith is a new yorker, and the only real name here… The rest a K-list…

Kris Jones

August 3rd, 2012
9:35 am

I won’t be watching this nonsense!!! Housewives has enough noncultured gangsta uneducated ghetto black biatches in it, and not watching another show with the same.

ForgotOne

August 3rd, 2012
9:47 am

And don’t forget Big Rich Buckhead will be joining the ranks as well. you just talked about it around a week ago. Seems ATLis becoming a reality hotspot!

Dan

August 3rd, 2012
9:49 am

Typical Atlanta. When there is no talent, make a reality show and hope its a train wreck. Meanwhile, other cities will put out good music and shy away from the spotlight. This town is so sad.

jason

August 3rd, 2012
10:24 am

BETTYE HARLOW PAM HUFFMAN CAMILLE LOVE VALARIE JACKSON BUNNY SKINNER ARE THE REAL DIVAS. PLEASE STOP THIS MADNESS TV PRODUCERS!

PM Yawn

August 3rd, 2012
10:35 am

Way to go Falcons! Michael Turner could rush for 2,000 yards behind this very hefty offensive line.

Carlos

August 3rd, 2012
11:49 am

The end times is near. Watching these shows is a fate worse than famine, war, and death.

notaracist

August 3rd, 2012
11:57 am

Although I will not be watching, I wish much success to all. On a side note. I guess black shows don’t do well unless there is drama.

zoe

August 3rd, 2012
12:04 pm

Superb! Another show that portays women devoid of class and decency.

Big C

August 3rd, 2012
12:29 pm

You know, my Mother taught me when I was growing up, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!”. I guess not too many others were taught or don’t live by that mantra. How are you going to judge these young ladies when you don’t know them or haven’t even seen the show? Wow! Lineman? I guess if a woman isn’t a size 6 or smaller, she’s too big. If you’re not interested in watching the show, don’t watch it. Better yet, why did you even click on the article? I guess miserable people need to have someone to point the finger at, or belittle to make themselves feel better…

Really?!

August 3rd, 2012
1:32 pm

Monifah. She has a Wikipedia page – She done hit the big-time now “Wikipedia?!”

Ronald Ethridge

August 3rd, 2012
1:34 pm

I agree with Big C and thanks for writing the above. I’d like to add that this article is slanted to begin with. the stats alone are hyjacked ( but we arent really expecting journalists are we). Faith, Monifah, Keke all have platinum hits. And, if you dont know who Nicci gilbert and syleena Johnson are your really in bad shape. thats the problem with todays “folks” they have no respect and dont know their history of anything much less music. the stats are NOT had to find either and YES your lazy for reporting this garbage. our beautiful women are the sexiest on the planet earth and come in ALL shapes and sizes so how dare you EVER insult black curvy women. Im not going to even speak on the judgement BEFORE it actually even airs FEMALES mostly are already hating it ! another reason why “some men” find women of color hard to date/marry. IM NOT ONE but the esteem and the support of each other has always been absent. WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR QUEENS ?

Ronald Ethridge

August 3rd, 2012
1:35 pm

oh and by the way….faith is from BrickCity ( Newark, NJ) for you dummies !

Big C

August 3rd, 2012
1:49 pm

Ronnie 62

August 3rd, 2012
1:54 pm

Please give me a show on the bio of GABBY…!A Gold medal winner with class.. Go Gabby!

Ken Dollar

August 3rd, 2012
2:14 pm

These women are bad to the bone!! Holla at a me!!!

Future

August 3rd, 2012
2:35 pm

I think “authentic” is an appropriate word. Networks like Vh1, BRAVO, and Oxygen create reality shows with its main characters knowing little to nothing abouty each other. In turn are conflicts with characters. I am happy TV One is showcasing R&B Divas. These women are Divas in their own right.

People scream they want to see positive black life on TV but dont watch it. You can request something you dont support. The same people screaming for new television programming are the same people who are avid viewers of these shows.

Donna

August 3rd, 2012
2:40 pm

Oh no, not another one :( . I’m so tired of reality TV & even more tired of bickering black women, making us look like we’re all angry & combative. These shows (RHOA, Basketball Wives, Love & Hip/Hop) make sistas look bad.

Future

August 3rd, 2012
2:44 pm

Furthermore….how do you know this show isn’t positive? Just because you see an all black cast does not mean raunchy. Give the show a shot. TV One is better than that.

Atl_Finest

August 3rd, 2012
2:56 pm

As long as ignorant people are watching they will continue to produce these low budget Z-list stars that are 2 days out of rehab (FAITH, MONIFAH, KEKE).

BRENDA PATTON

August 3rd, 2012
3:26 pm

I agree with FUTURE, KEN DOLLAR, RONALD E. These ladies arent strangers and they all look great. Z- listers ?? ( boo you need therapy) the fact that you spend your time doing that VERY CHEAP comment says alot about your Character. I LOVE them all and the music is still in my rotation. it reminds me of happy periods in the 90’s and to date. If they are OUT of rehab THATS GREAT ( key word OUT as in COMPLETED as in WENT TO GET HELP as in WORKING ON HUMAN ISSUES as in LIVING LARGE AND IN CHARGE as in HUMAN.

The REAL problem is that WE forget they are HUMAN ! In that industry Im sure they ALL were challenged by many things. the show is about how they MADE IT THRU.

**R&B DIVA’S IF ANY OF YOU ACTUALLY READ THIS TRASHY STUFF AND IGNORANT COMMENTS PLEASE KNOW THAT AS ONE SISTA TO ANOTHER I SUPPORT THE SUCCESS AND WILL BE WATCHING.

Virginia Highlands Boy

August 3rd, 2012
3:28 pm

I’m pretty sure I’ve seen most of those heifers working the corner at Ponce and N. Highland.

Future

August 3rd, 2012
3:29 pm

If you have a better idea of what should be placed on television, pitch it. Dont fault what you dont try and fix. TV One is fixing the black mad reality chick stigma other white networks have created. Support or dont watch!

Quagmire

August 3rd, 2012
3:29 pm

Put Eddie Long’s wife on there, I might watch it then……………she can show all of his little boy T-Shirts and boyscouts magazines…………….lol

BRANDON J

August 3rd, 2012
3:31 pm

RODNEY HO WTF DID YOU DELIBERATELY TRY TO SLANDER OUR SISTAH’S OR IS YOUR WRITING JUST THAT WACK ! YOU OBVIOUSLY HATE WOMEN.

LOVE ALL THESE WOMEN AND WILL BE WATCHING

4xtra

August 3rd, 2012
3:57 pm

Syleena had a hit with Kanye
All fall down…it was a good song and she is a very good singer.
But
ARENT u guyz getting tired of these “reality” shows?
I have plenty to do than watch these showz.

Quagmire

August 3rd, 2012
4:34 pm

It will be funny watching women say AMEN before they start fighting

Hate Never Takes A Day Off

August 3rd, 2012
8:14 pm

@White Flight

August 3rd, 2012
1:53 am
Oh good, another one of “those” shows. The media just loves to display Atlanta as thug central. Will we need an ebonics dictionary to translate this show?

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Can you spell………….E-N-T-E-R-T-A-I-N-M-E-N-T?

Can you spell…………T-H-E-Y A-R-E G-E-T-T-I-N-G P-A-I-D and you ARE NOT?

Take your hate and put it back in the trunk of your car along with your white robe

AND FLY AWAY WHITE FLIGHT..

Hate Never Takes A Day Off

August 3rd, 2012
8:18 pm

@White Flight

August 3rd, 2012
1:53 am
Oh good, another one of “those” shows. The media just loves to display Atlanta as thug central. Will we need an ebonics dictionary to translate this show?

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I bet you get off on watching no class SNOOKIE, AND THE WANNA BE Black KIM Kardashian.

Neither one of these women would give you the time of day.

TAKE A FLIGHT WHITE FLIGHT.

Vote For Obama Because He's Black

August 3rd, 2012
8:35 pm

Another stain on the Atl.
Weaves,gheeto booties,fake nails,loud,foul mouthed sistahs.
If you want to put sistahs on TV,please cast Halle Berry or Jada Pinkett.
How about Gabby Douglas or Destinee Hooker ?

Carole Smith

August 3rd, 2012
8:49 pm

PUHLEEEEEEEEEEZE! These women are NOT representative of Atlanta women! My friends across the country make fun of ME and Atlanta for having these women on TV depicting what we’re all about. WHERE are the West Paces Ferry/Tuxedo Dr. women? Oh, I forgot……..they wouldn’t be caught dead on a ‘reality’ TV show about Atlanta. They have too much class.

Atlanta Who?

August 3rd, 2012
9:54 pm

I love AJC. The only reason you all have a comment section is so the racists can come out and play. I hear they are coming out with Buckhead Beauties, Belles. or something like that. A few rich white cougars in the most expensive part of town, hanging out at 103 West snacking on quick bread. Hilarious. This city is amazing. Segregated, separated and stuck in the 60s. No rail in Gwinnett or Cobb….Thanks Tsplost for not passing. Otherwise “they” would have to flee into the GA Mountains. If the darkies make it up to the GA Mountains, they would have to reside in NC or TN. Flee…Please Flee you Flea!! Now that would be a commute. They should do a real reality show about Atlanta. A black mayor who gives perks to his friends to win lucrative contracts at the airport, no free parking anywhere in the city limits, A white governor who does not have a clue. He still looks like he is amazed that he won the election from Roy Barnes. Kinda reminds me of George Dubya!! The Tea Party joining forces with the NAACP to beat the Tsplost. College kids getting robbed at Tech. Before the Olympics, it was Techwood…let’s not forget. Then you have Cobb County….A reality show in itself. They should have a camera man riding with the Cobb County Police, like COPS and watch as they catch a few illegals that E-Verify missed. Let’s not forget the soap opera called Andrea Sneiderman. The Housewife of Dumbwoody. We could have filmed her spending her 2 million. They got their own town and one of the worst crimes of the century. Look out Brookhaven!! Neighbor against neighbor because your sprinkler system got my driveway wet. Good ole Sandy Springs, John’s Creek and Milton. I haven’t forgot about you guys!! Why don’t we change North Fulton County (as if it’s a separate county from South Fulton) to Flight County. But there has to be a stipulation…You have to have as many Cracker Barrels as Gwinnett has Walmarts. Well all you need is the Barrels because you already have the Cr…….. Oops I almost let out my racism.

Atlanta Who?

August 3rd, 2012
10:07 pm

Oh and I left out…ATL megachurches….Creflow (cashflow) Dollar and Eddie Longstroke. He single handedly made the Catholic Church look like a group of monks.

Zot

August 6th, 2012
4:44 pm

Monifah, I remember from back in the club days in the Village, (NYC)..Faith is my girl and I absolutely love Syleena Johnson and Keke Wyatt..Should be interesting…

LOL

August 7th, 2012
4:03 pm

@Atlanta Who?

You just truly made my day!!!!
Loved you entire synopsis!!!