Of course following the success of seasons 1 and 2 of R&B Divas ATL they had to have a spinoff in another city. In comes R&B Divas LA, featuring Kelly Price, Chante Moore, Michel’le, Lil Mo, Dawn Robinson, and Claudette Ortiz. Let me refresh your memory on who these ladies are.
Kelly Price worked with Bad Boy and then released her debut album called Soul of A Woman. She is known for hits such as Friend of Mine, Secret Love, He Proposed and her remake of As We Lay.
Chante Moore had many hits in the 90s from Love’s Taken Over, Candlelight and You, to Chante’s Got A Man. She was featured on Contagious with Ron Isley and R. Kelly.
Michel’le was with Easy E’s Ruthless Records and had the hits Nicety and Something In My Heart in the early 90s.
Lil Mo worked with Fabolous, Missy Elliot, and Ja Rule in the early 90s and had the hits Superwoman and 4ever.
Dawn Robinson was with the groups En Vogue and Lucy Pearl.
Claudette Ortiz was a member of the group City High, who had hits with What Would You Do and Caramel.
Last night was part 1 of the reunion. The season was very interesting. There was a lot of drama, though there was no physical fighting. Most of the drama involved the theatre show they were trying to put together called the Diva Monologues.
The reunion was cool, but I didn’t care for Wendy Williams as a host. She was far too messy for my taste. Some of the questions she asked bordered on disrespectful. It was just a bunch of gossip. Like asking Chante if her ex-husband is gay and chiding Claudette about her financial struggles. She was just doing too much.
The reunion, like the season had just enough drama without going too far. Dawn Robinson didn’t show up for reasons unknown, which left Lil Mo to express repeatedly that she was a coward. She mostly seemed like Kelly’s flunky. Her storyline about trying to get pregnant in her late 40s was not interesting to me.
Lil Mo was her usual funny, theatrical self. She is definitely a personality. She mostly expressed how hurt she was that over the course of filming she and Kelly fell out, even though they had been close friends before. Kelly suddenly stopped talking to her and they haven’t been friends since.
Claudette was at laid back as she was during the whole season. She mostly talked about her 3 kids, her ex-husband, Ryan Toby, another member of City High and relocating to LA.
Michel’le, besides having an extremely high pitched voice, is extremely funny. She spoke in detail about her relationship with Dr. Dre, who she had a baby with and then her relationship with Shug Knight, who she found out from the IRS that she was never officially married to. Why she thought she could get married over the phone is a mystery to me. Of course Wendy had to call her and her story a ghetto mess.
Chante is also a big personality. She’s really silly even though she dealt with some serious issues on the show. Her recent ex-husband, singer Kenny Lattimore, filed for sole custody of their son. However, she spent most of the season working hard on the show and battling Kelly.
Now Kelly, she was just acting crazy. At first she seemed cool, she was kinda the one to bring all the girls together, but eventually she made a complete 180. She kept saying she was booked, so the girls started working on the show without her. She got pissed when they brought in their own director and started acting rude and aggressive.
Chante was the only one to really standup to Kelly, who responded by coming to rehearsal with some Timbaland boots, vaseline and a razor. She promises she wasn’t directing it at Chante. She loved to throw the rock and her hands. She started spazzing and eventually quit the monologues.
Dawn quit too and she and Kelly formed their own monologues. The other 4 carried on and put on a good show.
All in all it was interesting. I’ll be tuning in. Part 2 will be airing Wednesday at 10/9c on TV One.