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Birth name Monifa Carter
Born (1971-01-28) January 28, 1971 (age 43)
Genres R&B
Years active 1995–present
Associated acts Heavy D, R&B Divas

Monifah (born Monifa Carter, January 28, 1971) is an American R&B singer-songwriter.[1] She was raised in the Spanish Harlem section of New York City.


In 1996, her debut album, Moods...Moments was released. In 1997, she contributed the Heavy D. produced "I Still Love You" to the soundtrack of the film, Sprung. Monifah's second album was Mo'hogany. Released in the last quarter of 1998, it featured "Touch It". The track peaked at #29 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1999.[2] Monifah's third album Home, released in 2000 contained "I Can Tell", "Brown Eyes" and "Fairytales." In 2003, she played a supporting role in Michael Baisden's Men Cry In the Dark stage play.

In August 2012, Monifah and R&B singers Syleena Johnson, Faith Evans, KeKe Wyatt, LaTocha Scott, Angie Stone, and Nicci Gilbert appeared in a reality show for TV One called R&B Divas. On the show, Monifah publicly revealed she is lesbian.[3][4][5]



Title Album Details Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
U.S. U.S. R&B
Moods...Moments 42 6
Mo'hogany 96 42
  • US: Gold
Home 151 39


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"I Miss You (Come Back Home)" 1996 56 19 Moods...Moments
"You" 32 16
"You Don't Have to Love Me" 82 40
"I Still Love You" 55 Sprung
"Touch It" 1998 9 12 29 27 Mo'Hogany
"Bad Girl"
"Suga Suga" 71
"I Can Tell" 2000 94 Home
"Brown Eyes"


  1. ^ Bush, John. "Biography: Monifah". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 374. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Monifah on being black, gay and an R&B Diva | Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  4. ^ Monifah on being black, gay and an R&B Diva | Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  5. ^ R&B Divas: Reality Show Star Monifah Talks Same-Sex Love History, Drug Past. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  6. ^ "Dutch Top 40 > Monifah" (in Dutch). Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved 2013-03-09.