EXCLUSIVE: Angie Stone & Sunshine Anderson Added To Cast Of R&B Divas, Faith & Nikki GONE

Posted on Nov 27 2012 - 2:23am by Funky Dineva

“Remember where you got this Tea from FIRST” ~ Funky Dineva

Nessa Girl!! Ive been holding on to this tea for a little minute and I finally have mustered up the energy to spill it. You may not believe it, but stating facts while throwing shade is an art that can drain the life out of of you. OK. Here we go. So it is no secret that Nikki Gilbert got axed from R&B Divas. I told you about that some time ago. [Its OFFICIAL, Nicci Gilbert FIRED From R&B DivasLong story short, the folks over at TvOne  conducted some marketing surveys and 95% of respondents stated that they did not like Nicci Gilbert. I think the general consensus is that people really didn’t care for Nicci’s attitude on the show.

Now many of you are asking, “didn’t Nicci come up with the show, how did she get fired and it is her show?”Let me help you out here. The “Executive Producer” title that Nicci Gilbert, Shaunie O’neal and countless others hold is not worth its weight in rice. All that title means is you are the person who is credited for the concept. Sure, there may have been some sort of commission paid out for it, but thats about it. R&B Divas is TvOne’s show NOT Nicci’s, hence why they were able to fire her.

The Doll learned along with with Nicci, Faith Evans will not be returning either. Quiet as its kept, I don’t think anyone really cares that Faith isn’t returning. In my opinion, Faith added absolutely nothing to the show and the energy that she exuded on the few scenes she was in read like she really didn’t want to be there. I think Faith’s whole agenda was to drum up a buzz , and to use the show as a platform to push her “Faith Evens, R&B Divas” cd which was a flop. God don’t like ugly and he ain’t to crazy bout pretty either. Faith gooped all the R&B Divas. Only her face appeared on the album cover and Faith was billed separately the whole way through.

[Faith Evans the ONLY face on R&B Divas CD, WTF??? Here’s why…]

Faith was on some, The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isely type B.S. “Wait a minute, aren’t we all the Isley Brothers?”  Weren’t you all R&B Divas Dianna Ross Faith? Faith really was on some ole Beyonce & Destiny’s Children type mess. The universe gut punched that a** and got her right together though. Honestly, I don’t think this show was a good look for Faith. It made her look hasbeenish. In the long run, being that Faith has a larger brand, it probably was in her best interest to walk away.



In sum, I guess its safe to say that we are glad Nicci isn’t returning and could care less that Faith isn’t. Hell, now that I think about it, Nicci proclaimed time and time again that she really didn’t want to sing. So i guess its only right that she NOT be on a singing show.

So enough, with the backstory. Out with the old and in with the new. Welcome Angie Stone and Sunshine Anderson to the fold.  Hmm this should be interesting. Let’s not act like Angie Stone does not have a reputation for having a bad attitude. So we swap one bad attitude for another TvOne? Ok if you say so. I’ll try it out. I can’t speak to much on Sunshine Anderson. I know she’s heard it all before, but when it comes to her, I haven’t heard much of anything. Unsung or Life After may have been a tad bit more fitting for Sunshine Anderson, but again, I’ll try it out.

Something tells me that Syleena Johnson and Angie Stone are not going to get along. They both have very strong personalities. My gut is also telling me that Keke Wyatt and Sunshine Anderson are going to hit it off well. Partially because they are closest in age to one another. Sunshine may be the answer to Keke Wyatt not feeling like an outsider all the time.

All and all I can say that I am glad that R&B Divas is returning for another season. I would be lying if i said i followed it with the same passion that I have for shows like Love & HipHop, RHOA, Scandal, etc., but it is a good show. I definitely found it entertaining majority of the time.

One final thought about the latest additions to the cast. Now that I think about it, of all the old singers that are floating around here in Atlanta, I guess these two were the best choice for a show like R&b Divas. Off the top of my head, there are only a few other ladies here. Latocha Scott (Xscape), Regina Bell, uhmmm Meela Johnson (702/Musiq Soul Childs baby Mamma), uhmmm yeah I can’t think of anyone else. Any who, I’ll definitely be watching.

Answer These Questions:

1. Will you miss Nicci or Faith?

2. What are your thoughts on Angie Stone and Sunshine Anderson joining the cast?

3. Who else could TvOne have gotten to join the cast?

4. Will you be watching season 2 of R&B Divas?

5. Who is your favorite R&B Diva?

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  4. deniseblack April 11, 2013 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    well I will be watching this season I did not see last season I hope it is good. one show I like thats new is medecine wives or dr wives out of atlanta which ever yes indeed!!!! the blows are about to begain!!! its on!!! got to see next weeks fight!!!!lol

  5. Foxyy55 March 29, 2013 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Answers to the Five:

    1.)Will I miss them? At first…yeah. ‘Cause they were the starters. They’ve both earned their R & B Diva rights to be on such a show. N.G.’s role in Brownstone, and that “5 Miles to Empty” cut–STELLAR!!! That alone–she tenders mad applause. By the way, one of those Brownstone brown beauties went to junior high wit’ me. I know, who cares, moving on…lol. Anyhoo, for her to get fired… for what? Exhibiting what 99% of what most of the OTHER so-called ‘reality show’ cast members exude, “Attitude.” Stop it. Gotstobe more to the story.
    Some icky politics are at play here. Did she request more $$? That’ll get the brass to bash ya real quick, especially in the public eye. Versus just saying what it REALLY is–“we didn’t wanna pay her more.” Hell, “reality show Gold” is possessing and GIVING MUCH SALTY ATTITUDE! As Biz rapped, “…you pay for the performance YOU WANT IT YOU WANT IT.”

    They polled a census to see ‘what the public thought of her before making that decision,’ PU’LEAZE. Sigh…

    1a.) Now, with Faith, same deal. Her absence will be APPARENT and “the visual void” will be felt at first. I’m not of the mind set that one has to act a plumb fool, throwing mindless shade, to be entertaining.
    Class is so rare, that when you spot it, it’s so cool, you’re enthralled, you WILL entertain it…if only just to stare at it.

    I met her once at her book signing in Harlem. I even made her laugh. Now, after reading the memoir, I was horrified at her admission of fighting over BIG…like, if you’re MAD by his cheating, why not fight him? Not the other chick. The husband is the only truly ‘responsible party’ in such ‘sticky matters.’

    ‘Was never really harden fan of her tunes (‘cept for “Used to Love Me”), but she herself, always struck me as having class. …till, well, till I read “those passages” in said book. But on the show, she revealed how a bouncer had HANDLED her–then it occurred to us that she paid her Karmic debt [via that incident wit’ the brolic bouncer] already for going to that poor chile’s house in Parkchester and DOIN’ THAT; and that one in the hotel room, and Lil’ Kim… Oh, y’all already must know ‘that’ saga.

    I know there’s a man shortage, still, I just can’t see fighting over one; especially one that’s a known playboy. Sigh…

    But I digress.

    The way they have us programmed: Out of Sight Out of Mind, after about two episodes, we’ll no longer miss Faith & Nicci. All the best, tho.

    2.) Q: Thoughts on A.S. & S.A.?

    Ans: Well, for starters, THEY CAN SANG!!! Angie, that “Baby” cut wit’ you and the legendary Betty Wright? STELLAR!!! And Angie, you had a duet with …I wanna say Musiq SoulChild, but not certain…it was ALL OF THAT!!! Track#4, I think. Anyhoo, thanks. I don’t like the way Issac spoke of you on Celebrity Fit Club, and I think this show can pose as a Great Look for you–Shine Bright, ma. I’ll be watching. I’d love to read Your memoir. A Sag won’t hold back on “the love affair” you had with that hunky Aquarian. 😉

    Sushine Anderson’s “Heard it all Before,” HOT!! But FD, her “Force of Nature” track was hot too. I like that which had been hidden, under the radar, coming up and ouT. It’s likely to be interesting to meet the lady behind the melodic voice. Are you and Macy still cool? Virgo females (most of them) are not easy to get along with. Sure, we love Macy’s talent and I especially love that unique voice of her’s. But you know the her, the public doesn’t. Hope your share some insight there on the show.

    Also, S.A., Venus rules spaces between the teeth–hence the wonderful vocal power. #justasweetshare It also governs…no, let me not share that here.


    Q: Who else could join the cast?

    Ans: Leela James, Miss Jones, Adina Howard, Oh gosh, what’s Rass Kass’ baby momma’s name again? Hold tight, let me check youttube… “Teedra Moses”, her “Be Your Girl,” they SLEPT on that HOT CUT.

    Let me see, who else…

    Gosh, what’s her name again? She’s an Aquarius… pretty face…”AnnMarie?” Soon as I think of one of her song titles, I’ll look it up, and get back to confirm if that’s actually her name. She too exudes class. It’s “Amerie.”

    Stephanie Mills, Keisha [from Total], Kelly Price, TVOne, EnVogue should have their own R & B Funky Divas show–can been shown all together, or individually; would love to see how they’re doing today. 🙂

    4.) Yes. Will be watching. Guilty Pleasure: so-called reality TV. Once I embrace spirituality full time, I’ll have to fully detox from all of them. Sigh…

    5.) My favorite [per 1st Season]:

    Monifah! She’s an Aquarius–the high end kind. And her cousin Kim P. & me…good peeps. She must hail from good stock. <3

    Selah, would be a second. Solely for that "Slowly" track. STELLAR!!! You should have BLOWN up from that one, ma. Proof that all Prof. Griff has said has to be truth! Hey Selena, being a Virgo, my brakes should have been oN! But like with Terri from EnVogue, Holly Robinson Pete, we just don't get that usual "Virgo" female vibe. You are a 9 of Diamonds in the deck, please look this up…if you already know, then good. 🙂

  6. I LUV M3 February 16, 2013 at 1:46 am - Reply

    yes im watching

  7. Jessie January 2, 2013 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Nikki added NO value and just had a disgusting attitude. It’s so sad because I had an appreciation for her based on growing up listening to Brownstone. But now, I won’t even listen to the group because I just feel like she is so ungrateful and doesn’t even deserve the 1-cent that my radio airplay of Brownstone will give her.

  8. HelyaofKY December 23, 2012 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    No I will not miss Nicci & it was not like Faith was in every episode so she won’t be missed either. As far as Angie & Sunshine coming aboard, thats good. Changes should be made so the same ppl are not on the show every season. I think Tweet, Lil Mo, & Ashanti would make good cast mates and yes I will watch season 2.

  9. NegRican24 December 16, 2012 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    I like the three remaining ESPECIALLY KeKe and her crazy faces and voice, but i think two other choices would have been better than Angie and Sunshine- Ijs. This is my first time saying this, what’s wrong with this site.

  10. NegRican24 December 16, 2012 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    I like the three remaining ESPECIALLY KeKe and her crazy faces and voice, but i think two other choices would have been better than Angie and Sunshine- Ijs.

  11. Wes December 8, 2012 at 3:43 am - Reply

    I won’t miss Nicci. I understand why Faith is gone. I would like to see their daughters do something in the vain of Julissa & Adrienne. I see Sunshine more than Angie. Jacci McGhee could be an interesting addition. I will be watching Season 2.

  12. nicky November 28, 2012 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    i will not miss nicole or faith. SE YA! Angle stone should be interesting judging from some things in the papers. I never hear or read any thing about sunshine so we will see. They need some one ratchet, so the show will be interesting. I will tune in to see what the next season brings. KeKe Wyatt is my fav diva and Monifa!

  13. MyClutchedPearl November 28, 2012 at 1:46 am - Reply

    This is not entirely true. Nicci Gilbert was fired BUT Faith Evans was not nor has she walked away.

    • MyClutchedPearl November 28, 2012 at 1:47 am - Reply

      And the R&B divas cd is actually very good.

  14. POW November 27, 2012 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    110% false! Let’s try reporting “tea” that has some validation behind it, not he said, she said. And please use spell check.

  15. tee November 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Lil mo

  16. Miss Kitty November 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    They couldn’t get Kelly Price instead of Sunshine Anderson. Shit I’d take Prince instead of Heard it all Before Anderson. Dineva that Destiny Child gif is giving me life. I love how Michele clumsy ass fall and King Bey keeps it going like bitch what.

  17. Julien November 27, 2012 at 7:19 am - Reply

    I’m glad someone called out Faith. Blu Cantrell and Tweet would’ve bee n better additions to the show.

  18. Lena November 27, 2012 at 6:42 am - Reply

    Sunshine Anderson?!?!?!?!? All of these ladies will sing her ass back into hiding. I’m not feeling the Sunshine Anderson addition at all. I agree with Cory, Tweet would have been an amazing addition to this cast. I thought this show was focusing on amazing vocalist that the R&B world have been missing, Sunshine Anderson def doesn’t fit that description. I love Angle Stone and her personality. I think she will bring the attitude and drama but ppl will still enjoy her.

  19. Optimistic November 27, 2012 at 2:53 am - Reply

    I’m an excited about Angie stone being on the show. She is very talented and highly underated I believe.
    I actually enjoyed nicci Gilbert on the show, and will miss her now that she is gone. I am also pretty excited about season 2!

  20. Cory November 27, 2012 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Chile why didn’t they reach out and touch (Diana Ross shade) the girl they wanted in the 1st place Tweet? I would’ve gotten crazy ass Blu Cantrell quiet as its kept. I can see Blu & KeKe goin at it and Syleena too. Now that my dear would be entertaining.

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