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Meet The "R&B Divas": Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert, Monifah Carter, Syleena Johnson & Keke Wyatt

Ever wondered what ever happened to your fave R&B chicks of the 90's and the millennium?  Well they're back and putting their lives on a reality tv platter.  Meet the ladies of TV One's upcoming "R&B Divas" show, (l-r) Monifah Carter, Nicci Gilbert, Faith Evans, Syleena Johnson & Keke Wyatt, inside....

 

The R&B gals from the (semi) past are letting us in on what's been happening since they've been in the limelight.

The new reality series tells the current, real-life story of five multi-talented R&B stars (remember back when you needed actually talent in order to be a star?) who hit the spotlight, and then saw it dim.

According to the press release, this is what's going down:

The series offers a personal glimpse into their private worlds as they lean on each other and offer candid revelations about their efforts to deal with major life transitions and challenges such as divorce, parenting issues, drugs, alcohol, physical abuse and more.

These friends come together, at the instigation of Faith Evans, to produce a charity album inspired by her friend, Whitney Houston. In honor of the late singer, proceeds from the album will benefit the Whitney E. Houston Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, an institution that Houston attended, located in her hometown of East Orange, NJ. At the same time, 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. 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.

Faith Evans: Faith has been in the industry for over 10 years and was previously married to the Notorius B.I.G.  And after winning a Grammy, dropping three platinum albums and becoming a NYT Best Selling author, she's the center of this friendship circle of ladies.

Nicci Gilbert: She's the lead singer/songwriter from the R&B group Brownstone.  She's now spun her 15-year-career into the acting and fashion worlds.

Monifah: After getting her start singing background for reggae artist Maxi Priest, she worked with Heavy D to get her career and first album Moods...Moments off the ground in the late 90's.  Fifteen years and 1 Gold certified album later, the "I Miss You" singer is currently writing, producing and recording her fourth CD as she continues performing live with her band "Soulution."

Syleena Johnson:  The singer says she lost her love for music "for a minute because it broke my heart at one point...but I am glad to say that we are back together and learning to love each other again." The daughter of the nation's first black female police commissioner and legendary soul and blues singer Syl Johnson, she was initially discouraged from getting into the music business by her father, who had many disappointing experiences in the industry.But after training and a breakup with an abusive boyfriend, she embarked on a career 10 years ago.  She's well known for handling the vocals on Kanye West's "All Falls Down" track.

Ketara Shavon Wyatt, b.k.a. Keke Wyatt:  She's the daughter of a Caucasian vocalist mother and an African American organist/vocalist father and started singing at two. KeKe grew up in the church, where the family had the image of a happy Christian family; but behind closed doors there were problems stemming from abuse and also adversity experienced by the family's multi-racial background.  At the height of her career breakthrough, the "Nothing In This World" singer's private struggle with domestic violence became the main focus in the media. In 2001, Wyatt was arrested for stabbing her husband; the charges were later dropped, but her career suffered from the negative attention. In 2004, the songstress signed to New Orleans based Cash Money Records.  Thanks to Hurricane Katrina, her album promo and sales suffered.  She now serves as a spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
 

The show premieres on Monday, August 20 at 10 PM ET on TV One.  Will you be watching?

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Divas? Are you serious? The

Divas? Are you serious? The only one who might be, could be Faith Evans but even that is pushing it. Just because you can sing does not make you a Diva. This is an insult to the real Divas of R&B
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The camera adds 10 pounds

The camera adds 10 pounds
Anonymous's picture

Where is Kelly Price? She

Where is Kelly Price? She should be on the show.
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Faith is the best fuck the

Faith is the best fuck the rest! Where is Blu?
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Why is Monifah dressed like

Why is Monifah dressed like that....
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i meant emulate!

i meant emulate!
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for those of you who are so

for those of you who are so petty as to address my typo i know how emulate is spelled.
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mmmm....little speechless

mmmm....little speechless feel like they could have represented their age group a lil better! women this age should show the younger generation how it's done not immulate them epic fail...faith is pretty though....glad to see she's still standing
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I will definitely be

I will definitely be watching, it will be good to see what some of my favorite singers are up. I still listen to their music and KeKey Wyatt is beast in the vocals, her last 2 CD were extremely nice, but she is definitely underrated along with Syleena.
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i'll be watchin!!!!

i'll be watchin!!!!
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I love the soul sistahs of

I love the soul sistahs of the 90's - I'll be watching.
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I like that Syleena Johnson

I like that Syleena Johnson looks younger then she did than in the 90's. In the 90's we wasn't trying to listen to her sing shit cause we thought she was an old ass trick trying to get some shine. I'm confused now. Black women need to exercise. But good luck to dem bitches.
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I don't know the reality

I don't know the reality shows are a dime a dozen now.....2 many....2 many opportunities for foolery......I do still listen to their music.....Do I want to see them fake acting like reality..hmm NO
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I love Faith - one of my Fav

I love Faith - one of my Fav singers. I will be watching. The rest are also cool.
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Yeah. I like the vibe form

Yeah. I like the vibe form all these bitches. How the fuck a thick chic like Monifah look so damn cute in hot pants? Wish them all well & shit.
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I LOVE Faith Evans, I have

I LOVE Faith Evans, I have everyone of her CD's downloaded on my Ipad.
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who cares really nobody buys

who cares really nobody buys there CD'S who's really going to take the time out to watch this shit
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So people you won't give a

So people you won't give a grown woman positive shoe a chance but have no problem with trannies parading around in poom poom shorts and breaking up families.
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I MIGHT WATCH IT

I MIGHT WATCH IT
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I'm still in love with

I'm still in love with Monifah's last album Home! Peachs and Cream was my ish!!
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There are too many reality

There are too many reality shows. This I might watch because these seem like grown woman trying to better themselves.
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the only question i had when

the only question i had when i saw the pic was: how many pairs of spanx were murdered for this photo shoot? that is all..
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well hey thank God for them

well hey thank God for them coz they all look good
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Ugh Were is Blu Cantrell (how

Ugh Were is Blu Cantrell (how ever yu spell her name) lol
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Ugh Were is Blu Cantrell (how

Ugh Were is Blu Cantrell (how ever yu spell her name) lol
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Ugh Were is Blu Cantrell (how

Ugh Were is Blu Cantrell (how ever yu spell her name) lol
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Blu Cantrell is a bird and

Blu Cantrell is a bird and unworthy of being in these women's company. The show sounds interesting and should be quality. I'll be watching too!
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I'll be watching!

I'll be watching!
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Wow u can't be serious. They

Wow u can't be serious. They coming up with too many shows
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That's the first thing I

That's the first thing I thought. It seems like every other day there is a new "reality" show. I'm tired of this "reality". BOO!
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Just reading some of the VERY

Just reading some of the VERY ignorant comments you can absolutely tell who the young posters are; SMDH!!! I dare some of you ignorant dummies to listen to some of these ladies old music. They can blow ANY of the current female non-singing heffas out of the world. None of the current popular female singers can hold a candle to these ladies. SOME of you young turds are so use to all this garbage r&b, hip hop, and rap music you don't know what REAL music sounds like. Ole school songs use to truly tell a story about love, joy and the pains of a relationship. Now all these trashy artist talk about is sex, money, and more sex.
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I see some people are some

I see some people are some hating ass haters...all of these ladies can SANG better than all of the R&B artists that are current. They sell music not a$$. They are veterans and legends to say the least. They aren't line backers and they don't need weight watchers. They are all beautiful. Not to mention that they are all averaged sized women who will sing Rihanna and Beyonce under the bus.
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@Dee, Hahahahahaha ,the problem here is not them selling music its that no body aint buying their shit. You people kill with their are real talent/singers ish, its like saying I was the prettiest girl in the beauty contest but I came in last, no one cares and no one remembers who was even second. And for the record they sure can sing Rhi and Bey under the bus considering all of then look like buses. GTFOH.
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I was Jus thinkin the same

I was Jus thinkin the same thing these ladies are the some of the true heart of R&B. Some of these non singing azz females today wish they sounded as good as them. Preach!!!
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gotta check this one out

gotta check this one out these ladies used to go ham on the mic back then
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Watch the promo here:

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