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'R&B Divas' Gives Personal Glimpse into Music World



Premiering Monday, August 2, the new reality series follows the lives of friends and R&B stars Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert, Monifah Carter, Syleena Johnson and KeKe Wyatt.



"R&B Divas" (TV show) cast
R&B Divas (TV show) castAugust 1, 2012

Syleena Johnson
Syleena Johnson
Syleena Johnson - © TV One
Faith Evans
Faith Evans
Faith Evans - © TV One
SILVER SPRING, MD — Beginning Monday, August 20 at 10 PM ET, TV One introduces "R&B Divas" (formerly known as "Ladies of R&B"), a reality series that tells the current, real-life story of five multi-talented, beautiful R&B stars — Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert, Monifah Carter, Syleena Johnson and KeKe Wyatt. Having all seen the highs and lows of the music business, these ladies know what it's like to command the spotlight ... then see it dim. Now, armed with important life lessons, they're stronger and wiser. However, this time, they're coming together to make a difference.

Resilient and dynamic, these "R&B Divas" not only continue to build their own lives and careers, but also pay their good fortune forward, helping others along the way. The series offers a personal glimpse into their private worlds as they lean on each other and offer candid revelations about their efforts to deal with major life transitions and challenges such as divorce, parenting issues, drugs, alcohol, physical abuse and more.



These friends come together, at the instigation of Faith Evans, to produce a charity album inspired by her friend, Whitney Houston. In honor of the late singer, proceeds from the album will benefit the Whitney E. Houston Academy of Creative and Performing Arts located in Houston's hometown of East Orange, NJ. At the same time, they are all juggling myriad personal challenges and responsibilities in addition to making music — including raising families. Faith prepares for a major move as she maintains her businesses and helps manage the estate of a music icon. Monifah reveals a bombshell that could drive a wedge between them. Keke is pregnant and the women are convinced that she can't go anywhere without her husband/manager. Nicci is launching a new plus-sized clothing line called Curvato, while Syleena makes a career decision that will affect her entire family and put additional strain on her financially.

Through it all, these women have a genuine sisterhood. They love each other, argue with each other, and celebrate each other. One of the few constants in their lives is the strength of their friendship.

"TV One looks to bring viewers great storytelling that portrays authentic black life in America today," said TV One Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Production Toni Judkins. "The ladies of R&B Divas are truly talented and amazing women individually and when you bring them together into one TV show, you have an incredibly compelling story. And, these ladies have known each other in the industry for quite a while. We aren't creating relationships for the sake of a television show, so their actions, relationships and emotions are authentic and true to life — and it makes for a powerful narrative."

The eight-episode, one-hour series is filmed primarily in Atlanta, with additional shooting in Washington, DC, New York and New Orleans. The series is produced for TV One by Thinkfactory Media, Executive Producers are Adam Reed, Adam Freeman, and Leslie Greif. Co-Executive Producers are Phil Thornton, Paul Coy Allen, Faith Evans and Nicci Gilbert. Executive In Charge of production for TV One is Jubba Seyyid.
 
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