So I’ve just got through watching episode 6 of R&B Divas LA, and I am really feeling some kind of way about Dawn Robinson. I can’t really pinpoint what I’m feeling right now. Up until episode 6, I was really rocking with Dawn, but after watching how she abruptly quit the monologue show following behind Kelly, my feelings have changed. For those who may be in the dark, during episode 6, Kelly Price meets with Chante Moore and Lil Mo and announces that she is quitting the monologue show. She cites that she is extremely busy, booked, and spread too thin (pun intended).
Personally, I think it was an arrogant power play on Kelly’s behalf because she could not get her way and her ego was bruised. I feel Kelly’s quitting the monologue show was a spiteful effort to sabotage the overall project. I really think that In Kelly’s mind she thought she was the main attraction and that if she were not apart of the show, no one would really buy tickets. It’s unfortunate that In Kelly’s bag of props alongside her timberlands, Vaseline, and straight edge that she didn’t have a crystal ball to see that once R&B Divas LA aired, she would lose droves of fans and moreover the respect of the masses. All in all, right, wrong, or indifferent I can understand why Kelly quit. I may not agree, but can certainly understand. That leaves the question why did Dawn Robinson quit?
In the scene after Kelly announces she is quitting, Lil Mo is seen sharing with Dawn and Michelle’ the news of Kelly’s departure. We go to commercial break, return, the women are at rehearsal, and Dawn Robinson walks in, haves a seat, and announce that she is quitting the show as well. At this point Michelle’ and Lil Mo are confused as hell and so are the viewers. Dawn what is the problem? You’ve expressed no major issues up until this point, why are you quitting? Dawn tries to meander her way out of intense questioning by saying she is quitting because the girls have had 4 rehearsals already and that she is so far behind. All along, Dawn is fully aware the group is really no further along than she is. After further scrutiny, Dawn lets it be known through some tired a$$ filibustering she is quitting because this was not Kelly’s original vision and she feels some kind of way. The whole time, Lil Mo nor the viewer at home believes anything she has to say. It is evident that the playground politics mandated that Dawn could not be the other ladies friend and Kelly’s friend too. When being blindly loyal goes wrong…
It is evident that Dawn and Kelly had some conversations that we were not privy to where Kelly was able to sway Dawn or where Dawn from a place of weakness, insecurity, and feeble mindedness felt the need to follow behind Kelly. Is it me, or does Dawn Robinson have a self sabotaging habit of ruing group relationships that ultimately benefit her? I’m just saying, En Vogue, Lucy Pearl… It surprises me that Dawn would walk away from the one reason they were all brought there in the first place.
Let me take a moment to explain how television shows like this are made. You’ve got five women who under normal circumstances have no ties to one another and most likely would not come in contact with one another on a daily basis. To get all five women together consistently enough to gather enough footage to make a show, there needs to be a nucleus. The nucleus is this case is the monologue show. However, in the grand scheme of the things, the nucleus could be any project. That being said, before the first camera ever rolled, way back during contract negotiations, Dawn new that she would be expected to be part of a collaborative “project” that would propel all the women to higher heights and re-launch a few of their careers. Knowing this, and being the main person who needs assistance, (seeing that non of her solo efforts have ever amounted to much of anything) it baffles me how she would walk away from “the project”. I feel like Dawn has allowed her loyalty and her emotions to get in the way of her business. I hope Kelly Price is going to help Dawn pay her bills, or hire her to be a background singer seeing that she is so booked.
Now let me hip you to the T. Lil Mo didn’t come out to LA because she liked sunny weather, she came out to LA specifically for this project. She saw and opportunity with R&B Divas and she seized the moment. That being said, that is why Mo is so passionate about seeing this through to the end. Unlike some of the other ladies who actually live in LA who can quit the project without much loss, Mo’s sole purpose in being there is the project. This is why I feel Mo really felt some kind of way when Dawn quit. When Kelly Quit is was sort of a good thing because it meant the ladies could move forward as one cohesive unit. When Dawn quit, Sh!t got real because it began to look like things were falling apart.
What’s unfortunate is that in Dawn’s heart she really feels like she is being a good friend to Kelly. What’s sad is Kelly is not returning the favor. True in deed, at the present there is probably more demand for Kelly Price than some of the other ladies. In Kelly’s defense, she does not have to be apart of the project and she will be alright. The same does not hold true for Dawn Robinson. With zero solo success and no real reputation as a solo artist, of all the ladies, Dawn and Claudette Ortiz would probably rank lowest on the list for demand and ability to sell tickets. Knowing this, I can’t respect Kelly for not all but urging Dawn to continue on with the ladies because this could be a great opportunity for her, despite how Kelly may feel about the whole thing personally. And I definitely can’t respect Dawn who is too stupid to see that Kelly’s issues have nothing to do with the business of it all and the BIGGER picture. But hey, these are just my two cents… What do I know…