Faith Evans isn’t against love, but she isn’t worried about it either.
The “Love Like This” singer isn’t loving anyone, but she once welcome love more easily.
And while the cast of “L.A.” will all be back together again (as far as we know), we couldn’t help but notice that Nicci Gilbert will be MIA from the Atlanta cast, and wait, Faith Evans too! Hmmm …what gives?
Of course we don’t want to jump to any conclusions so let’s hear what Ms. Gilbert has to say about her great escape.
“I just realized that it really wasn’t a good look for me as a 43-year-old woman with a daughter that I’m trying to raise,” Gilbert told MadameNoire, adding that she wanted to set a good example and felt that bickering back and forth with the women she started the whole series as friends with was just not for her. She even spilled that she originally wanted to leave the show after season one, but had a change of heart.
“I actually wasn’t going to come back for season two because there were things that occurred that I wasn’t happy about.” These “things” include the way she says she was portrayed on the show – as one-dimensional. She had quite a bit of creative input during season one when the series was just getting off the ground, but things changed to the point that the show she helped put together as a producer was more damaging than anything.
But Gilbert fans (we assume she has some!) will be happy to know that yo’ girl won’t be totally gone; she’ll keep her producer hat on and be pulling strings behind the scenes.
“I’m still getting a check as a producer, so please, tune into R&B Divas!”
Nicci plans to give people a different view of her life on her own reality show, coming out in 2014. She says it will paint her in more than just the one-dimensional way folks saw her on R&B Divas. She also says that people can expect to see that R&B Divas tour after all, just not on Thanksgiving as the ladies initially planned.
Who else is gettin’ gone?
Though there is very little information,in addition to Nicci and Faith Evans, LaTocha Scott has also bid the show farewell. BTW, a “little birdie” from TV One informed us that Faith, not unlike Gilbert, prefers to continue on the show in the role of executive producer.
Read more of the Nicci Gilbert interview at MadameNoire.
First of all, Toni Braxton graced the red carpet looking absolutely stunning in her nude chiffon gown. The singer showed off her hourglass figure and dazzled us with her classically simple look. Not to mention Baby Face was her adornment for the evening.
Jennifer Hudson came out again with a short dress, showing off those legs. The bold prints are in! And J-Hud is switching things up lately. She was spotted on the red carpet at Black Girls Rock, again, showing some skin in a cute black mini. K. Michelle classed herself up a bit with an elegant two-toned gown with a black lace skirt. It’s nice to see her dressed up.
Imagining pharaoh (or Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time” video), Faith Evans’s dress reminded us of Egyptian art with stricking lines, gold and black patterns. Crisette Michele took the baby-doll dress and made it all grown up with a leather bodice. She was killing it with her red platform heels. Have you noticed her looking a bit trimmer? You go girl!
Vivica A. Fox does it every time. That woman knows how to look sexy, elegant and classy all at the same time. Her to the floor gown was beyond beautiful. Cleverly quiet, the patterns and little peeks of skin brought a little flavor to the classic black dress. She rocked an up-do and made sure to compliment her dress with diamonds and natural stones.
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Both murders shook up the community for different reasons and both left behind family members who were still hoping for justice. But the difference is the Martin family is still struggling with the “not guilty” verdict that set free the man who killed their unarmed son. Faith is still wondering who shot Biggie.
“Unlike my situation—with us still trying to find the person that killed our loved one—they know who did it and even though he’s not brought to justice, I’m sure that’s a different feeling than not really knowing or not having that person right there on the stand,” she told HipHollywood.com.
The Notorious B.I.G. death in 1997 was said to have been a tragic result of the infamous East Coast vs. West Coast beef. No arrest was ever made in the case although fingers were pointed towards the members of Death Row.
Though she’s not found justice, Faith hopes the Martin family will find theirs.
“I do still continually pray for his family. It’s a tragic situation,” she said. “I hope that they do find the justice that they’re looking for.”
Watch Faith below:
*Rarely do we get a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes in reality TV. Most of us (*raises hand*) are more consumed what goes on in front of the camera, but as of late, some have been intrigued by the folk behind the lens. Recently, our media partner Jasmine BRAND sat down with Phil Thornton, the executive producer of TV One’s “R & B Divas” and “R&B Divas LA“. In an exclusive interview, we chatted with the Virginia native about the R&B Divas franchise, what appears to be conflict between he and one of the show’s creators (Nicci Gilbert) and what other hush-hush shows have reality TV shows in the mix (one show centers around a Destiny’s Child member, while another focuses on a female rapper). Peep a few excerpts below:
Phil Thornton is a Norfolk, Virginia native, I graduated from Norfolk State University, I interned at a local radio station and I did my second internship at Arista Records in ’95, and I went on to do artist management for a variety of artists which later segwayed into my foray into television. My first TV show was ‘I Married A Baller’ with Taj and Eddie George. I used to manage SWV when they reunited, thats how I started.
I got a phone call from a good friend, who I used to manage, Faith Evans. And she called me about this concept that her, and one of her friends, Nicci Gilbert, had developed. Another production partner who they were pitching the show to, things didn’t work out. So they called me like ‘Hey man, I got this new idea, I know you do TV. Could you maybe help me? I think it’s a good idea, but this is more of your world. You know this space.’ So from that point I called my partner, Corey Allen, who is also the executive producer for the series, and I told him about it. We went through the creative with Faith and Nicci, and we thought that we should partner with them. So we did that, pitched the show, and I thought it would be great to take to TV One.
You know what? I was proud. I was proud of season 1. It was great because I was on the ground. I was there every single day. It was fun. It was just good to see what was just an idea become a reality, and then see people really, really receive it. And I just thought it was really refreshing to see R&B music have such a cool platform, so for me it was a blessing. I was excited.
Faith had a lot of personal and professional commitments that didn’t align with our production schedule but she made herself available when she could and we are grateful.
Now, there seems to be this underlying or actually blatant conflict between you and Nicci Gilbert, who is the show’s creator. How did that start?
I don’t have an issue. I really don’t. At the end of the day, I’m grateful for her and Faith basically developing this idea and bringing it to me. So I don’t have an issue. I can’t speak for Nicci. I can only speak for my contribution to the project and I know that I’ve done right and above board business by all 13 ladies in the cast. Take a survey. But I can’t speak for her issue. I really don’t know. I had nothing to do with the petition. I don’t have enough time. I have several shows, I manage artists, I have an executive position and to do a petition…no. I would rather have a sit down one on one with the respected party and say ‘You know what, maybe we should explore a different direction.’ But I wouldn’t dare do a petition. And anybody who knows me will tell you I’m very ‘What you see is what you get.’
I don’t know what the issue is. My number has always been the same. My email has been the same. So I haven’t received a call or had any meeting. I’m open to it because I personally don’t have an issue with any of the ladies. Any of them.
Their level of honesty and transparency is always the first thing I look at. How open, honest and real they are. People, when they are on TV if they are guarded and they don’t want to share something it’s going to come across. I always look for people who are open and honest and this is who I am, take it or leave it and generally that does well for television.
No. This is interesting right here. Not for me. Different strokes for different folks.
*Faith Evans decided to skip the reunion of TV One’s R&B divas, sources say.
The cast also includes Syleena Johnson, LaTocha Scott, Angie Stone, Monifah, KeKe Wyatt and Nicci Gilbert.
TheJasminedBrand.com reports that Faith, who is a co-exectuvie producer for “R&B Divas,” opted not to show up for the reunion shoot.
Evan’s absence may not be a coincidence. Last season, she took a much lesser role compared to the other girls, which may be a sign of things to come.
Although Faith has not offered an explanation about ditching the reunion, she did hit the big 4-0 this week.
She recently tweeted, “Thanking God for 40 amazing years! Thanks everyone for all the birthday love!”
Minus Evans, watch the season 2 reunion of “R&B Divas” airing June 26 at 10 p.m. on TV One.