R&B Divas: Atlanta

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R&B Divas: Atlanta
R&B Divas (TV series) logo.jpg
Genre Reality
Starring
Current
Former
  • Faith Evans
    Seasons 1-2
  • Nicci Gilbert
    Seasons 1-2
  • LaTocha Scott
    Seasons 2
Theme music composer R&B Divas cast
Opening theme "Lovin' Me"
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 18
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Leslie Greif
  • Adam Reed
  • Adam Freeman
  • Phil Thornton
  • Paul Coy Allen
  • Aaron Fishman
  • David St. John
  • Faith Evans
  • Nicci Gilbert
Producer(s) Lamar Chase
Running time 41 to 43 minutes
Production company(s) Thinkfactory Media
Broadcast
Original channel TV One
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run August 20, 2012 (2012-08-20) – present
Chronology
Followed by R&B Divas: Los Angeles
External links
Website

R&B Divas: Atlanta (originally titled R&B Divas) is an American reality television series on TV One starring several R&B singers. The show offers an inside look at how the award-winning singers balance their music careers and personal lives as they work towards producing an album in memory of Whitney Houston. The series premiered on August 20, 2012, with the premiere delivering a ratings record for TV One, with almost 900,000 viewers tuning in for the show's first episode.[1]

In February 2013, a spin-off titled R&B Divas: Los Angeles was announced. The cast includes Lil Mo, Chante Moore, Kelly Price, Claudette Ortiz, Michel'le and Dawn Robinson.[2] The eight-episode first season premiered on July 10, 2013.[3]

R&B and soul singer Angie Stone and LaTocha Scott, formerly of the R&B group Xscape, joined the cast for season 2. On November 18, 2013, the series was renewed for a third season.[4] Season 3 will premiere on April 23, 2014, with LaTavia Roberson and Kameelah Williams joining the cast.[5] Syleena Johnson, Angie Stone, Monifah Carter and Keke Wyatt are returning.[4]

Synopsis[edit]

R&B Divas: Atlanta stars singers Monifah Carter, Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert, Syleena Johnson and KeKe Wyatt. The first season chronicles their friendships, professional endeavors and personal lives as they work, play and struggle to get their lives and careers back on track. Spurred by Evans, the quintet comes together to produce a charity album inspired by Whitney Houston. Proceeds from the album will benefit the Whitney E. Houston Academy of Creative and Performing Arts in East Orange, New Jersey. The show deals with a candid look at other career and personal issues affecting the singers, including motherhood, divorce, alcohol, physical abuse and sexuality.[6] Originally titled Ladies of R&B, R&B Divas: Atlanta is filmed primarily in Atlanta, with additional shooting in Washington, D.C., New York and New Orleans. [7]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Monifah Carter[edit]

New York City New York January 28

(Season 1 - present)

Monifah Carter, known mononymously as Monifah, worked with the late Heavy D to get her career and first album Moods...Moments off the ground in the late 90s.

Syleena Johnson[edit]

Harvey Illinois September 2

(Season 1 - present)

Syleena Johnson is a Grammy-nominated singer. She is also the CEO of Aneelys Entertainment and Founder of the Mommy's Got Soul Fitness DVD. A former full-figured Wilhemina Model, Syleena is a fitness advocate who writes her own songs and has found success with singles such as "Guess What", "I Am Your Woman", "Tonight I'm Gonna Let Go", "Hypnotic" and her collaboration with Kanye West, "All Falls Down". Johnson's most recent studio album, Chapter 5: Underrated was released in 2011 and produced the singles "A Boss" and "Angry Girl" featuring Tweet.[6][8]

Keke Wyatt[edit]

Indianapolis Indiana March 10

(Season 1 - present)

KeKe Wyatt is an acclaimed singer and songwriter. At the height of her career, Wyatt's private struggle with domestic violence became the main focus in the media, rather than her newly released album. Wyatt has released three studio albums, the most recent of which, Unbelievable! was released in 2011. Wyatt's hit singles include "Used to Love" and her collaborations with Avant, "My First Love" and "Nothing In This World". In 2012, she reunited with Avant for the song "You & I".[6][9]

Angie Stone[edit]

Columbia South Carolina December 19

(Season 2 - present)

Angie Stone is a Grammy Award-nominated R&B and soul singer-songwriter, producer and occasional actress. Angie has 4 Top-10 albums and have produced singles such as "No More Rain (In This Cloud)", "Brotha" and "Wish I Didn't Miss You". Stone's most recent album, Rich Girl was released in September 2012 and spawned the single "Do What You Gotta Do". In addition to music, Stone has appeared in films and TV shows such as Moesha and Girlfriends. She also played the role of Big Mama Morton in the broadway musical Chicago in 2003.

LaTavia Roberson[edit]

Houston Texas November 1

(Season 3 - present)[5]

LaTavia Roberson is Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and actress. Roberson rose to fame in the late 1990s as an original member of the R&B group Destiny's Child, one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. While Roberson was a member, the group managed to sell 25 million copies. In January 2000, Roberson along with fellow Destiny's Child member LeToya Luckett attempted to bring in a 3rd party mediator to work alongside their manager Matthew Knowles however the pair, soon found themselves removed from the group and replaced. Roberson's post-Destiny's Child life consisted of failed girl groups, battles with alcoholism and stage play work.

Kameelah Williams[edit]

(Season 3 - present)[5]

Kameelah Williams, aka Meelah, is an American recording artist best known for being the lead singer of the famous Motown 1990s trio “702". Williams is currently pursuing a solo career.

Former[edit]

Faith Evans[edit]

Lakeland Florida June 10

(Seasons 1 - 2)

Faith Evans is an artist, author, television producer, mother of four and entrepreneur. Evans has released five top 30 studio albums, which have produced hit singles such as "You Used to Love Me", "Soon As I Get Home", "Love Like This", "All Night Long", "I Love You" and "Again". Evans' most recent studio album, Something About Faith was released in 2010. Evans is the former first lady of Bad Boy Records. She has also acted in two films, including the 2003 MTV-produced musical The Fighting Temptations alongside Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Beyonce.[6][10]

Nicci Gilbert[edit]

Detroit Michigan June 8

(Seasons 1 - 2)

Nicci Gilbert is the former lead singer of R&B group Brownstone, best known for their singles "If You Love Me", "Grapevyne" and "5 Miles to Empty". Gilbert starred in Tyler Perry's play Meet the Browns, and guest starred in an episode of Martin. In 2011, she wrote, directed and starred in a play called Soul Kittens Cabarets with R&B Divas co-stars Faith Evans, and Monifah. She owns a artist development entertainment company No-Ego Entertainment where she produces stage, film and television projects..[6][11]

LaTocha Scott[edit]

Atlanta Georgia October 2

(Season 2)

LaTocha Scott was a member of R&B group Xscape who rose to fame in the 1990s. The group had several hit singles such as "Just Kickin' It", "Understanding", "Who Can I Run To" and "My Little Secret", and released three successful albums. Scott began an solo career in 1998 and had songs on NFL Jamz and The Best Man soundtrack in 1999. In 2005, she appeared in the film Fair Game opposite Gina Torres. In 2012, Scott has released a new single called "Bad Timing" from her upcoming solo album.

Recurring[edit]

  • Michael Ford — Husband and manager of Keke Wyatt
  • Daniel Moore — Producer, vocal coach and writer
  • Terez — Girlfriend of Monifah Carter
  • Syleecia Thompson — Sister and manager of Syleena Johnson
  • James "Big Jim" Wright — Record producer and writer

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
1 8 August 20, 2012 (2012-08-20) October 8, 2012 (2012-10-08)
2 10 May 1, 2013 (2013-05-01) July 10, 2013 (2013-07-10)
3 10[5] April 23, 2014 (2014-04-23)[5] TBA

Season 1 (2012)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
1 1 "Sisters in Song" August 20, 2012 (2012-08-20)
2 2 "Mothers, Models, and Divas" August 27, 2012 (2012-08-27)
3 3 "Labor Pains" September 3, 2012 (2012-09-03)
4 4 "DC Or Bust" September 10, 2012 (2012-09-10)
5 5 "You Can't Hold a Diva Down" September 17, 2012 (2012-09-17)
6 6 "A Time to Heal" September 24, 2012 (2012-09-24)
7 7 "Empire State of Mind" October 1, 2012 (2012-10-01)
8 8 "Essence of a Diva" October 8, 2012 (2012-10-08)

Season 2 (2013)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
- - "R&B Divas Pre-Party" April 13, 2013 (2013-04-13)
The special, hosted by Joe Claire, updates viewers about what the cast of R&B Divas has been up to since the finale of season one. It will also feature a preview of the upcoming season along with a collection of the most popular music videos from the cast. 
9 1 "Get to Stepp'n" May 1, 2013 (2013-05-01)
10 2 "Oil and Water" May 8, 2013 (2013-05-08)
11 3 "Work It Diva" May 15, 2013 (2013-05-15)
12 4 "So So Diva" May 22, 2013 (2013-05-22)
13 5 "A Good Day To Cry Hard" May 29, 2013 (2013-05-29)
14 6 "Faith No More" June 5, 2013 (2013-06-05)
15 7 "Divas Last Stand" June 12, 2013 (2013-06-12)
16 8 "Till Divas Do Us Part" June 19, 2013 (2013-06-19)
17 9 "The Reunion Part One" June 26, 2013 (2013-06-26)
18 10 "The Reunion Part Two" July 10, 2013 (2013-07-10)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TV One's "R&B Divas" Propels Network to New Ratings Record". TheFutonCritic.com. August 21, 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ "TV One's Newest Reality Series "R&B Divas: LA" Announces Cast". The Futon Critic. February 12, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ "TV One Announces Network's First-Ever VOD Premiere - "R&B Divas LA" World Premiere Set for Sunday, July 7 on VOD". The Futon Critic. June 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "TV One Renews Hit Reality Series "R&B Divas Atlanta" and "R&B Divas LA"". The Futon Critic (Press release). November 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "TV One Announces Third Season Premiere of "R&B Divas Atlanta" on Wednesday, April 23 at 10 PM/ET". The Futon Critic (Press release). TV One. March 18, 2014. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Inside R&B Divas". TVone.tv. August 18, 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Exclusive: 'R&B' Divas' With Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert, Syleena Johnson To Premiere on TV One". Billboard.biz. June 25, 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Syleena Johnson Album & Song Chart History". Billboard.com. September 19, 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Keke Wyatt Album & Song Chart History". Billboard.com. September 19, 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Faith Evans Album & Song Chart History". Billboard.com. September 19, 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Brownstone Album & Song Chart History". Billboard.com. September 19, 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 

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