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R & B Divas "Turn Up" in NYC & ATL for the Premiere of their 3rd Season
I was blessed to interview R & B Diva Monifah and just from the few minutes we were able to speak, I truly understand why her music, her brand, and TV One has named her “Diva”. For those of you who may not know, Monifah rose to prominence in the 1990s working with Heavy D. With hits such as; “I Miss You”, “Touch It”, “You Don’t Have to Love Me” and “I Can tell”, Monifah’s sound is very soulful, genuine, unique and the definition of R & B.
During her conversation with me, she shared that her daughter Akemi will not be in this season, “Akemi is busy with school and life, so she decided not to do any scenes,” she said. This season, you will see Monifah planning her wedding to fiancé Terez and working hard in the studio as she prepares to release her upcoming CD, with little stuff in between. She indicated that the CD is slated to be released this summer, and she currently has 3 singles that are finished and ready to drop now. I asked Monifah, if this CD will be the new Monifah or the Monifah we all grew to love back in the 90’s. She stated that, “This CD will showcase the “Grown up” Monifah!!! She has gone through some things and she has more stuff to say nowadays. “I have always been ahead of myself a little bit, musically, so I am not afraid to do stuff differently,” she said. In addition to R & B Divas, and releasing her CD, Monifah is preparing to be in a musical, worked on by her manager John Kilgore, based on the amazing artist and writer Gerald and she is joining the entrepreneur family as a proud business owner of a natural nail salon that is coming to Jersey City.
Along with talking to Monifah, I had the opportunity to meet Ann Nesby (Actress, Songwriter, and Former lead singer of the group “Sounds of Blackness”), Sidra Smith (NAACP Image Award for Best Documentary, Film & Producer), Brittany (Past contestant of America’s Next Top Model), Mica Hughes (Actress from the reality show “Blood Sweat and Heels), and Fellow Visionaries Maurice Graves Sr., Fatima Scipio, James Fisher, and the Sister/Manager of Syleena Johnson, Dr. Syleecia Thompson, just to name a few. I asked some attendees about their thoughts of the evening and they responded, “I had a great time networking with Brittany of America’s Next Top Model about her luxury candle business and the possibility of her presenting a workshop at the “Young Enterprising Sisters” conference. I enjoyed watching the show and being introduced to the new members LaTavia and Keelah. I am looking forward to the coming episodes.” Another attendee told me that, “The event was okay, the DIVAS were approachable and accommodating, but he has to watch the first episode again because it was too much noise to truly understand the storyline.” So, as you can see, the stars were out, the place was truly crowded, there were plenty of networking and interviewing opportunities, on top of great food and drinks.
Episode 1 Engagement to Enragement: A diva celebration turns into a disaster! Is on TV One right now and you can catch the DIVA’s every Wednesday at 10pm.
Watch Episode 1 here ~ http://tvone.tv/shows/randb-divas/video/r-b-divas-full-episode-1-season-3.html
Contact Monifah on Twitter, Facebook ~ @TheMonifah