The newest additions to the hit reality show stood united in confirming that they will not be the source of any craziness when they talked to Roland Martin on “NewsOneNow.”
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EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing. – Theodore Roosevelt
Nov. 19: Sportscaster Ahmad Rashad is 64. Dancer-choreographer Savion Glover is 40. Singer Tamika Scott of Xscape is 38. Rapper Lil’ Mo is 36.
Nov. 19, 1953: Roy Campanella was named most valuable player of the National Baseball League for the second time.
In an interview with Sister2Sister magazine, the R&B Diva did not hold back. She tells how she prepared before going on the reality show; how she trusted the process, because, as she says, she was not in it for the trick of “the wizard.”
She also speaks about her relationship with the women – Kelly Price in particular; relating her to that “one auntie who just curse everybody out and when you go to their funeral, they’re just like, ‘That’s just how she is. That’s just how she is.’ Nobody ever saw that side because we’re so used to the singing. That’s why when you show your personal life…that all comes from the people around you.”
Mo also says she’d love to do a reality spin-off, and let’s us in on who, from the cast, she is still speaking to.
Tracy: How is life after “R&B Divas: LA” season 1?
Lil Mo: Great. Everything is going great. This is what I needed to put me back where I want to be and where I intend to go as far as my career.
Tracy: Are you working on new music?
Lil Mo: Yes. In addition to my two singles that I put out in conjunction with the show—the theme song “I’m a Diva” that I wrote; I made it a whole song and “Ls Up” which I performed during the Divalogues; I made that whole song available on iTunes and online everywhere.
Tracy: A lot of reality stars say they learn about themselves after watching their lives on TV. Is that true for you and if so, what did you learn about Lil Mo?
Lil Mo: I know myself. I’ve done radio and I knew, matter of fact I studied, before I even stepped into that arena. You can’t just pop up on TV and think the real you is not going to come out at some point, but because I’ve been pretty candid and transparent my whole career, pretty much I think a lot of people got to see the personality—they got to see the visual side of my personality. People read my tweets. They’ve heard me on radio; they’ve heard interviews. They’ve read my story. They pretty much have been attracted to me by that. They actually got to see eight weeks of it, plus two weeks of the reunion and then the whole Divalogues. When I did the whole Cynthia vs. Lil Mo segment, people were like, ‘Yo, that’s some real stuff.’ I think it actually captivated people to see just how real I kept it. None of the things I did were real, fake, coerced or the trick of “the wizard.” I didn’t go on reality TV to be tricked. I trusted the process and I made it work in my favor. That’s what bosses do.
Tracy: Speaking of “the wizard,” do you think the producers, TV execs, editors or whoever gave Kelly Price a bad deal?
Lil Mo: I don’t know what she got. All I can is what she gave is what she got back, and that’s real. I can assure you; I told her numerous times. I’ve taken up for her even on set. I gave up. There are people who are set in their ways. You know how you have that one auntie who just curse everybody out and when you go to their funeral, they’re just like, “That’s just how she is.” That’s just how she is. Nobody ever saw that side because we’re so used to the singing. That’s why when you show your personal life…that all comes from the people around you. If you just have one person around you and they allow you to be, basically, you and they don’t ever pull you to the side and say, “You can’t do that, shorty.”
Tracy: How are things with the ladies now?
Lil Mo: The one who I keep in touch with the most is Michel’le. Once you’re around people so long, you just miss them. I haven’t spoken to Chante [Moore] in a while. I know she’s on the road. I haven’t seen Claudette [Ortiz] since we shot the behind-the-scenes stuff for the “Divalogues” that had aired. For the most part, I’m working. We shouldn’t have that much conversation; we all should be working and just wishing each other well. As far as the other two, I don’t even follow them on Twitter: Kelly and Dawn [Robinson].
Tracy: Is there going to be a season 2?
Lil Mo: Our ratings were so high. They would be foolish not to, but that’s not up to me.
Are the women of R&B Diva‘s still talking about crap like, “You’d better keep my name out cho’ mouth?”
But yes they are. Lil Mo, who wants folks to know that she’s not the mean girl who just pops off at the mouth on the L.A. series, recently clarified something with Sister2Sister about her relationship–or lack thereof– with diva Nicci Gilbert.
“I’ve seen Nicci Gilbert twice in my life…I don’t know her…I just don’t do and say whatever. Chances are if I’mma say something it’s because I was asked or provoked,” she explains; claiming she will never bring up the names of any of the other divas. But don’t get it twisted, girlfriend will defend herself when necessary.
“When she tried to put my integrity in question, that’s a discussion. We gonna have to sit down and talk about it. Don’t mention my name,” said Mo who questioned how professional it is for a TV exec to talk about a show’s stars.
“What kind of executive does that?” she said. “All the years that I’ve been in this industry, I’ve never seen no executive talk about any of their staff in an interview…Unacceptable.”
The reality show, which has now turned into a successful franchise, boasts segments in Altanta (where Nicci Gilbert is a cast member) as well as L.A., where Lil Mo does her thang.
And the franchise intermingling has resulted in an “R&B Divas” tour that includes Kelly Price, Nicci Gilbert, Dawn Robinson, KeKe Wyatt and other “Divas.”
Lil Mo doesn’t appear to care that she wasn’t invited to the party.
“I didn’t care. I was just like ‘good luck.’ Trust me, my show is freaking crazy. My live show with my live band is intimidating, and that’s not even being conceited or arrogant or boastful,” she said. “I like KeKe [Wyatt]; I know she’s gonna kill it. I would hope that maybe she’s the co-headliner because between her and Faith [Evans], I think that was a real good call. I don’t know what anybody else is going to sing, and I really don’t care.”
Listen to Lil Mo below.
“He needs his mama back around him. You need the people that really love and care for you,” she insisted.
Mo continued, “I consider other artists my co-workers. I really want Chris Brown to be delivered. I think he can bounce back.”
The “Superwoman” singer, as well as the rest of the music world, has witnessed countless reports of Brown’s wrongdoing, including a handful of violent altercations this year, a hit-and-run charge, several arrests, and we all remember what happened a few years ago in his car on Grammy’s night (how’s your face, Rihanna?)
If Chris had the right people around him, he wouldn’t be getting himself into these situations, Lil Mo reasoned. He’s reportedly had run-ins with Drake and Frank Ocean this year.
“It’s always something,” she griped. “Why are people able to cross that line with him? I’m really praying for that situation,”
Get Mo’ at Sister 2 Sister.
Argued as one of the break-out stars of the TV One show, Lil Mo speaks candidly about what her relationship is like with Kelly Price (post production), addresses speculation about singer Kenny Lattimore’s sexuality, spin-off rumors and her two cents on Keyshia Cole apologizing to Michelle Williams.
Check out a few excerpts below:
“Well that’s crazy. I didn’t even know there were reports … and I’ve never heard anything about his sexuality. Truth be told, people say Usher’s gay, people say Justin Bieber’s gay, people try to say ; they say everybody’s gay. So I don’t know. I’ve never seen him with a man, I’ve never seen him- like I’ve never seen that.”
“So we’ll see, but I do want a spin-off, I got to just see if I’m contractually allowed to do that but you know that’s something that my lawyer and ThinkFactory Media should discuss. It can be fun, like a talk show or something like that, I like all these shows that are coming out like having entertainers on it, co-hosting stuff. I would love to have a Wendy’s show because I love her energy.”
”That’s a great stride. I don’t know if there was a management or personal decision but that’s how you keep it moving.”
To find out why Lil Mo thinks Kelly Price’s reunion hug was staged, what she thought of Michele’s confession about being abused by Dr. Dre and more, visit theJasmineBRAND.com.