Before Dark

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Before Dark
Two girls are sitting down while a third girl to the left is leaning towards the girl in the middle.
Arike, Jeni G. and Mia
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, USA
Years active1998–2001
MembersArike Rice
Mia Wright
Jeni G.

Before Dark was an American R&B girl group that originated in the late 1990s. The group consisted of sisters Arike Rice and Jeni Rice Genzuk (AKA Jeni G.), and their friend Mia Wright (née Lee), all from South Central Los Angeles.[1][2][3] The group released the album Daydreamin' on July 11, 2000 on the RCA Records label with a single called "Baby" featuring rapper Solé. They also made a guest appearance on Tyrese's self-titled debut album. Later in 2000, the single "Monica" hit #77 on the Billboard Top 100 chart and #7 on the Billboard R&B sales chart. The group disbanded in 2001.

Arike Rice was formerly a member of the 90's group The Voices when she was nine.[2] She also appeared on the movie, Dreamgirls, as a member of 'The Stepp Sisters' and in the 2007 film, Hairspray, as a member of "The Dynamites". Mia Lee married basketball player Dorrell Wright in 2014.[4] Lastly, Jeni G. became a writer and supervising producer for The CW/Black Entertainment Television series The Game, which starred her former Voices singing member Tia Mowry. She is currently a writer and a supervising producer of the American Broadcasting Company series Black-ish,[5] for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2016.[6]




Year Song Chart positions
US Hot 100[7] US R&B[7] US Rhythmic[7]
1999 "Baby" 48
"Come Correct" 93
2000 "Monica" 77 41 22


  1. ^ Huey, Steve "Before Dark Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved January 7, 2014
  2. ^ a b Bessman, Jim (2000) "Before Dark Goes 'Daydreamin on RCA", Billboard, April 22, 2000, p. 31. Retrieved January 7, 2014
  3. ^ "Destiny's Child Among Hottest New Female Groups", Jet, August 2, 1999, p. 60
  4. ^ Dawson, MJ. "DORELL WRIGHT TIES THE KNOT WITH LONGTIME GIRLFRIEND MIA LEE". Jockington. Retrieved 2016-12-02. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Jenifer Rice-Genzuk credits at Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences
  7. ^ a b c "Charts", Allmusic. Retrieved January 7, 2014