Ok I really had to debate if I was going to write this post. I don’t like to start no mess where there isn’t any, but I am honestly feeling some kind of way about Faith Evans being the ONLY face pictured on the R&B Divas Album Cover. While I on it, I might as well go a step further and let it be known that I have major issues with the ENTIRE set up of the R&B Divas plot. I am so not feeling this fabricated ass story line of Faith corralling all these women together to put together a tribute album in Whitney Houston’s honor. This is some major BS. Here is the real scoop. Catch these T’s.
I had already made it known that there was a bit of shade going on in a previous post where I featured the title track from the show R&B Divas, ‘Lovin Me’. Ok well in that post I called attention to the fact that the song was being billed as “R&B Divas ft. Faith Evans”.( [LISTEN] New Music ~ R&B Divas, “LOVIN ME”, Faith Evans Wants Separate Recognition From Group) I downloaded the album on Tuesday and figured I’d listen to it while blogging and review it later. It was my attempt to kill two birds with one stone. IMMEDIATELY, I noticed that Faith‘s pretty face is the ONLY one on the album cover. WTF!! What are the other women, chop suey?? I am seriously feeling some kind of way and I know that deep down inside the other women are too.
Since I am feeling some kind of way, I might was well go ahead and spill the T. This storyline that R&B Divas has going on with Faith looking like the Queen Ruler, orchestrating this EPIC compilation with all these powerhouse singers is a bunch of BS. It is NO SECRET that Faith was already in the makings of HER OWN reality tv show. Some how or another, Faith was also approached with talks of an R&B Divas reality show. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION, HERE IS WHERE THINGS GET CONVOLUTED. Faith and her team knew damn well nobody wanted to watch a show soley about Faith! She’s boring. With each anniversary of Biggie’s death, and as the Golden days of Bad Boy entertainment fade further and further into obscurity, Faith‘s star dims. Faith and her team, knew it would be in the best interest of her brand if she was involved with a show that included a few other women, a show with more star power overall. Faith and her team opted to scrap her solo realty tv effort and jump on board the R&B Diva’s train.
Here is where I really get mad, the other women in such a desperate need for a check and a platform to drum up some interest in their brands and relaunch their careers allowed Faith and her team to structure the deal were Faith gets top billing in every aspect of the project. I don’t think I would mind so much if Faith was makign a worth wild contribution to the show. Faith Evan’s being on R&B Divas the reality show adds ABSOLUTELY ZERO VALUE. She’s like Shaunie being on Basketball wives. She pops in here and there, tells non of her business, and pops out just as things heat up. Faith is doing 1% of the filming but gaining 99% of the recognition.
I know sometimes when you are a lesser name or a smaller brand that you have to give a little in order to gain a lot. In this case, I think the other women on the show have given way too much for what they are receiving in return. The beautiful thing about it is that the universe will reward the other women accordingly. Still, it does not negate the fact that the overall structure of the whole deal is some bull s***. I mean, at least Diana Ross let Florence Ballard & Mary Wells stand in the back on pictures. Got Dayum Faith! Then to top it off, the CD ain’t all that dayum good no way. Don’t get me wrong, all of the women are singing their asses off, but I was expecting SO MUCH MORE.
Y’all wonder why Nikki Gilbert has been cutting up and acting all divafied. It’s because all of this is a complete blow to her ego. Nikki Gilbert was the ORIGINATOR of the concept. However, because from a business perspective Faith‘s Brand was larger, Nikki had to take the back seat and go along with this manufactured story line. I honestly hope that this platform created enough interests in all of these women as individuals that they are able to go on and have successful relaunched solo careers. That is the only way that being played to the left like this is becomes worth it!
All frustrations aside. I guess I really can’t be mad with Faith and her people. She leveraged what she has earned in this industry to structure a deal that benefited her interest. I guess at the end of the day, that is business at its FINEST. I wish all the ladies continued success.