Chrissette Michelle & Leelah James Join Cast Of R&B Divas LA. Dawn’s Car Is Still Running Hot, Kelly Booked

Posted on Dec 16 2013 - 7:05pm by Funky Dineva


Yes Gawd hunty. I had already shared with Y’all that Leelah James was joining the cast of R&B Divas LA, but production for season two started today ans so is Chrissette Michelle. Say what say huh? This should be good. The LA cast is coming with it. No tea no shade, in my mind i kind of feel like Chrissette Michelle is above R&B Divas. We all know that R&B Divas is the hasbeen express. Non the less, perhaps the addition of the relevant Chrissette Michelle is an attempt to re-brand the show and give it some spunk after Kelly Price gave the viewers such a negative experience. I’m so glad that Kelly is booked. As a matter of fact, i hope she stays booked from now until the saints come marching in so we never have to see her bad attitude having a$$ again. Dawn isn’t returning either. No one could find her. She was last seen on the side of Santa Monica Boulevard pouring water in her car.

Don’t know much about Chrisette or Leelah? Catch these T’s


Chrisette Michele is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter with four solo albums and a series of featured credits under her belt. She gained initial industry traction in 2006 for her contributions to a series of hip hop singles, including “Lost One” on  Jay-Z’s album Kingdom Come,  and “Can’t Forget About You,” “Still Dreaming,” and “Hope” on Nas’ album Hip Hop is Dead. In 2007, she released her debut album I Am and was featured on Ghostface Killah’s album The Big Doe Rehab on the bonus track “Slow Down.” In 2008, Michele was featured on the single “Let Us Live” on The Game’s album LAX, and “Rising Up” on The Roots’ album Rising Down.

Chrisette released her second album Epiphany in 2009, and won a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for her single “Be OK.”  In 2010, she released her third album, Let Freedom Reign, and additionally was featured on rapper Rick Ross’ album Teflon Don on the track “Aston Martin Music” (along with Ross and Drake). Her fourth album, Better, was released in June and has received a 56th Annual Grammy Awards nomination for  Best R&B Album. She is currently on tour performing in select U.S. cities.


Leela James burst onto the scene with her 2006 debut album A Change is Gonna Come, introducing audiences to her considerable vocal chops and garnering nominations for Outstanding New Artist at the NAACP Image Awards and Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist of 2008 at the Soul Train Music Awards. She has gone on to record three subsequent albums including My Soul, which reached #7 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart and #37 on the Billboard 200 chart, and earned acclaim from critics for her songwriting skills.

Nicknamed Baby Etta as a little girl, James paid homage to her idol in 2012 by recording her album Loving You More…In the Spirit of Etta James.  The acclaimed recording artist appreciates the eternal qualities of an undeniable star — raw talent, musical substance and an authentic voice that’s timeless — all of which are embodied on Leela James’ upcoming fourth studio album, to be released in 2014, and new single “Say That,” a sultry duet with Anthony Hamilton.


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  1. Mercedes Starr December 21, 2013 at 11:14 am - Reply

    i´m Mercedes starr

  2. Gene December 20, 2013 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Record labels is not shelling out money for promo like they use to and Chrisette and Leelah is thinking, being on tv and getting exposure for their work can get them more in sales, touring, etc. I can’t blame them one bit for doing it and hope that TVOne gets it right this time, because last seasons of LA and ATL was terrible, two people made it terrible for the show and BEy even drop an album without promo, so they are doing what they can to stay in the game and we can’t blame them one bit.

  3. Loving This Site December 20, 2013 at 11:44 am - Reply

    I don’t watch the show but I like both of these ladies music.

  4. Cynt Robbins December 19, 2013 at 5:38 am - Reply

    So Kelly and Dawn are being replaced.

  5. Charlie Yagher December 18, 2013 at 4:12 am - Reply

    I thought you needed to have had at least one hit song. To get on the show. I know one of them. They both have amazing voices. But neither have ever had any real buzz that reached the radios or music tv stations. So blah

  6. Rebecca McDaniel December 18, 2013 at 2:52 am - Reply


  7. Alexandra Howard December 18, 2013 at 12:49 am - Reply

    Dineva wrong for this. Dawn 92 corolla need a tune up Corey Pope

  8. Red December 17, 2013 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Everyone is commenting that Chrisette is “above” this show….. well, in reality, no she’s not. In the end, it all comes down to sales and while Chrisette may be “critically acclaimed” and have Grammy’s to her name, and as much as she’s “touring”, her tour isn’t a huge draw…..she’s not playing sold out shows.. she still has to actually sell albums to remain “commercially” relevant, especially to her record label. That said, Tamar, K Michelle, and just about everyone else out there sells more than her so she needs this to expose her to a new audience and hopefully generate new interest in her current project.

    • JRoc85 December 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm - Reply

      I don’t agree with these 2 additions! Chrisette Michelle is a star on the rise, why is she doing R&B Divas LA! I don’t really know much about Leela James. What about Blu Cantrell, Sparkle Williams (R. Kelly’s protege), Nicole Wray, Tweet, or Sunshine Anderson??? These additions would have been great!

      • ME December 17, 2013 at 3:09 pm - Reply

        I agree – to a point. I think that those ladies would be absolutely BANGIN’!!!!!!!!! They can all blow, and please let’s not forget about Ms. Deborah Cox, too. But I think that having these ladies on the show will give it a new spin so that it’s not seen as the “HAS BEENs” show, but hopefully positive black beautiful women who can all SANG.

        I’m excited. All exposure, is just that – Exposure. So, I think that Chrisette’s team did well in advising her to take this opportunity, and she’ll reach people that she hasn’t already made fall in love with her. Same with Leelah.

        I’d really like to see a concert with Chante, Lil Mo, Michel’le, Chrisette, Claudette, and Leelah. Especially that band Leelah totes… Live music, live musicians, just jammin. I hope they can get some good writers and come out with some new pieces. THAT’S THE CONCERT I’D PAY TO SEE. All ‘T’ ALL SHADE!!!!

  9. Roger Smith December 17, 2013 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Chrisette Michele and Leelah James should bring new breath to this show.

  10. Felicia Marie December 17, 2013 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Chrisette Michele does not need to be on there. That show is for has beens.

  11. msthang December 17, 2013 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Leelah, is under rated so if she play her cards right she may have gain a new fan base

    Chrisette, I dont know what the hell she is thinking
    Also, if you get on TV and show your ass you lose fans. Ask Kelly FisherPrice Toy Truck

  12. Camille Blackwood December 17, 2013 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Chrisette why!?

  13. Kay Ti December 17, 2013 at 1:41 pm - Reply


  14. Shamika Eggleston December 17, 2013 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Lelah to! Nooooooooo

  15. Shamika Eggleston December 17, 2013 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Nooooo Michelle!

  16. Joan Denise December 17, 2013 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    I´m a huge fan of Chrisstte Michelle I don´t think it a good idea. Chrisstte career is still thriving! She on tour has a current CD & has been nominated for a Grammy. I don´t want this to hurt. her career

  17. April Lane December 17, 2013 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    I feel like chrisette Michele is too relevant to be on their with them throwbacks…ijs

  18. Eleeshabah B. Yahudah December 17, 2013 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    I surely hope this doesn´t make me change the way I feel about Chrisette Michele ! I just want her on the show talking about peace and blessings with a little herbs and spices to better your life. &, I need her to only get ratchet when necessary, like if a broad tries to test her.

  19. Ke´Ante Hill December 17, 2013 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Stop it Dineva lmao. #Shade

  20. Gregory Mcclendon December 17, 2013 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Dawn´s car is running hot!! I´m not finna play with you this morning! Lolol

  21. Nia Imani December 17, 2013 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    The caption is Shaady boots hunny…lmaoo

  22. Lawanda MsSarcasm Dumas December 17, 2013 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    she needs the $$$ na´nita, ppl always express their h8 for beyonce but, they still buy her music & not chrisette´s! which is why shes on the show & not bey!! **shrugs** :/

  23. Dana ItGirl Jeanmarie December 17, 2013 at 5:16 am - Reply

    La Shawn Jeanmarie-Davis

  24. N´a Nita-Gayle December 17, 2013 at 4:34 am - Reply

    This isn´t a good move for Chrisette…why in in the hell would she do this?

  25. Timiya OneofaKind McCormick December 17, 2013 at 4:23 am - Reply

    This will be good. My girl Leelah!!!!!

  26. Paula Lily Keesher December 17, 2013 at 4:18 am - Reply

    Leelah James is hot-blooded and nobody can make her do what she don´t want to.. Should be interesting.

  27. Blessed Love Faithfullisha December 17, 2013 at 3:07 am - Reply

    What song do leelah sing?

  28. KaTrina Harrison December 17, 2013 at 2:57 am - Reply

    funny cuz chrisette lives in ny most of the time but umm ok

  29. Marvisha Elaina December 17, 2013 at 2:52 am - Reply

    Why? Chrisette is still pretty relevant

  30. Tiffany Patrese Brisco December 17, 2013 at 2:23 am - Reply

    Lol Funky Dineva u is not right LOL

  31. Marvia Jenkins December 17, 2013 at 2:17 am - Reply

    Yes some women that can sing!!!!

  32. Unbalanced Libra Scales December 17, 2013 at 2:14 am - Reply

    Leelah james YASSSSSSSSSSSS

  33. Michelle N. Johnson December 17, 2013 at 2:06 am - Reply

    Awwww suki suki nah! LOVE me some Leelah!!!

  34. Tamisha Cox December 17, 2013 at 2:04 am - Reply

    They are both a good pick up

  35. Brashaa Hoy December 17, 2013 at 1:55 am - Reply

    Love Chrisette…

  36. Deanna Davis Shoyoye December 17, 2013 at 1:49 am - Reply

    Hope they don´t get sucked into the drama and dysfunction. I respect them too much as artists

  37. Dione Lomax Brooks December 17, 2013 at 1:44 am - Reply

    LaTrice Thomas they better not come for her!! I don´t see her as having that “diva” over the top personality but we will see!! LOL

  38. Jolina Griffin December 17, 2013 at 1:43 am - Reply

    Chile no! She don´t need that! I´mma have 2 watch now LaTrice Thomas!! Smh

  39. RaShanda Jackson-Posey December 17, 2013 at 1:41 am - Reply

    No Chrissette Michelle !

  40. LaTrice Thomas December 17, 2013 at 1:41 am - Reply

    Jolina Griffin Dione Lomax Brooks I pray they don´t come for chrisette

  41. Joanne D McKay December 17, 2013 at 1:32 am - Reply


  42. Tashauna Williams December 17, 2013 at 1:27 am - Reply

    Dead @dawns car still running hot and kelly is booked lmao…

  43. Ralette Xand´Oh December 17, 2013 at 1:25 am - Reply

    Ladies, please just bring the music. We want real RnB back. Leave that drama somewhere else.

  44. Erica Harrelson December 17, 2013 at 1:23 am - Reply

    Have I been living under a rock, but who´s Leelah James and what did she sing 10+ yrs ago?? BTW Chrissette isn´t a hasbeen why is she on the show??

  45. Covey Paige December 17, 2013 at 1:16 am - Reply

    I don´t favor the idea of Chrisette Michelle on this show. Don´t do it!!!!

  46. Whitney Gaspard December 17, 2013 at 1:10 am - Reply

    I´m glad Kelly and dawn not coming back especially dawn her storyline was boring anyways.

  47. Anetra DeCosey-Dixon December 17, 2013 at 1:01 am - Reply

    Okay and why is Chrisette Michelle doing this show????

  48. Neka James December 17, 2013 at 12:58 am - Reply

    Lol let me find out Kelly is still booked

  49. Saccario Marcus Corinthos December 17, 2013 at 12:55 am - Reply

    Dawn got dem milk juggs n da trunk

  50. Roger Smith December 17, 2013 at 12:55 am - Reply

    Both of these ladies can sing. Hope this show doesn´t ruin there brand.

  51. KING December 16, 2013 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    YAAAASSSSSS!!!!! Chrisette Michele is my EVERYTHING! I’ve loved her since I Am, and her latest CD Better IS STILL in heavy rotation!! I hope they don’t bring her out of character though, she’s such a sweet girl! Looks like season 2 will be even better than season 1!

  52. QueenEyeCee December 16, 2013 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, Chrissette & Leelah are y’all getting down in the muck & mire with these has-been bitches (not you Lil Mo & Chante Moore, y’all still have comeback appeal), you both are renown & relevant, as well as have potential staying power if y’all play, y’all cards right!!!

  53. Scorp Sweets December 17, 2013 at 12:42 am - Reply

    Wow! This should be good!

  54. Sonja Kennedy December 17, 2013 at 12:33 am - Reply

    Thank goodness! Talented people.

  55. Jamel Thomas December 17, 2013 at 12:29 am - Reply

    Lmbo @ Dawn´s!

  56. Meech Michael Morrison December 17, 2013 at 12:23 am - Reply

    Why is Chrisette Michelle joining this show? She nominated for a Grammy this year…

  57. Cathy Moss December 17, 2013 at 12:13 am - Reply picking people from the bottom

  58. Jai Banks December 17, 2013 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Noooo chrisette!!!

  59. ThatChick IsBad December 17, 2013 at 12:04 am - Reply

    I love Chrisette!!!

  60. Fifi Whitman December 17, 2013 at 12:04 am - Reply

    Leelah James can sang! Why she is not a bigger star is beyond me!

  61. Londa Black December 17, 2013 at 12:02 am - Reply
  62. Camisha Vaden December 16, 2013 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    Leelah is dope!

  63. Laurica Thibodeaux December 16, 2013 at 11:52 pm - Reply


  64. Natalie M. Sanders December 16, 2013 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    I don´t know how I feel about this yet, can´t see Chrisette Michelle doing this. No shade to the other women tho.

  65. Janeen M. Broome-Epstein December 16, 2013 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    STFU Gregg, your last achievement was picking your belly button clean of lint, so…..

  66. Deidra Jacobs December 16, 2013 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Not Crisette Michelle! Say it ain´t so 🙁

  67. Kim Jackson December 16, 2013 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    Chrisette Michele for real?? she is still relevant no need to be on here she signs for real I don´t want her in any foolishness….awwww man

  68. Tasha Tillery December 16, 2013 at 11:47 pm - Reply


  69. Dominique Reid December 16, 2013 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    Love chrisette michelle

  70. Serita TheEclecticbeauti December 16, 2013 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    whoa, I know Chrissette have an edged to her. She will cuss a bitch out if need be. Chris

  71. Courtney Simons December 16, 2013 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    I cant wait this season gone be super good

  72. Mélisse Reine d´Abeille December 16, 2013 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    Chrissette is not a has been just yet.

  73. Jonathan Carthell December 16, 2013 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    well at least these two are RELEVANT!

  74. Cobie Blackcarriebradshaw Hood December 16, 2013 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    I´m super weak @Dawns car being hot lawd Dineva stop…

  75. Nicole Jordan December 16, 2013 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    LOL Dawn about to switch channels & be on MTV…pimp my ride! She gon f*ck around & find a voice in the trunk! UPGRADES BISH!

    • jilly bean December 18, 2013 at 3:05 am - Reply

      LO-fuckin-L. I am dead to da laptop. Even Dawn is laughing at this one

  76. Shawn Green-Castro December 16, 2013 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    I love them both and really hate that their going to be on this lame ass irrelevant ass show!!

  77. Kykirsu Love December 16, 2013 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    Yaaasss!! I love this. Chrissette and Leela have beautiful voices and so does the rest of the cast. They will fit right in imo.

  78. Melanie Aurora Golden December 16, 2013 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    YES! Now this, I´ll watch! lol

  79. Je´Diva Fyne-Libz Forbicci December 16, 2013 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    I think Leelah is underrated

  80. Shauncea Starr December 16, 2013 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    I LOVE Leelah James.

  81. Chun J. Morris December 16, 2013 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Nooooo Chrisette….you´re not irrelevant.

  82. Krizia Castille December 16, 2013 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    No chrissette smh

  83. Gregg La December 16, 2013 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    Wow, more D list ´singers.´

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