Second Season Underway: Who Is Returning To “R&B Divas?”

Amid rumors online of a cast shakeup for TV One’s breakout hit reality series, “R&B Divas,” all five original cast members Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert-Daniels, Monifah Carter, Syleena Johnson and Keke Wyatt are currently in Los Angeles filming scenes for season two.

The ladies of “R&B Divas” will collectively appear at actress Sheryl Lee Ralph’s World AIDS Day benefit, the 22nd Annual Divas Simply Singing.

At the musical extravaganza that will take place at L.A. Live’s Club Nokia, “R&B Divas” cast members Evans and Johnson as are slated to perform their respective singles, with the remaining women singing cover songs.

Sources close to the event reveal that the scenes being shot during Ralph’s event are likely going to be in the first episode of “R&B Divas” second season, which is projected to premiere in early 2013.

Sunshine Anderson & Angie Stone

The internet was abuzz earlier in the week that Evans and Gilbert—who are also credited as co-executive producers on the series—were being replaced on the show by R&B singers Angie Stone and Sunshine Anderson.  Neither Stone nor Anderson are in Los Angeles for the “Divas” benefit.

Gilbert, formerly of Michael Jackson’s the R&B trio Brownstone, in particular has faced tremendous scrutiny since appearing on the show and rumors of her termination have followed her since a story in August described her as a “terror to work with on the show” after the third episode aired.  Gilbert denied that there was any merit to the gossip story.

No one has commented on any of the rumors—TV One, both production companies Think Factory and Ten 2 One Entertainment, the original cast members and the rumored replacements have all been mum on the speculation.

The success of “R&B Divas” first season had TV One quickly option a second season of the show. Producers of the series are also gearing up for a second installment of the franchise based in Los Angeles and casting is currently underway for that spin-off.

Nicci Gilbert-Daniels, Faith Evans, Monifah Carter, Syleena Johnson & Keke Wyatt


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  1. lilkunta 30 November, 2012 at 07:23 Reply

    wait, so the cast in in Cali filming for RBDivas or they are filming RBDivas: Los Angeles? I like the show but honestly what is the qualifications to be on this show? I know of the careers of Nicci Gilbert, Faith Evans, Syleena Johnson. I know KeKe can sing. I dont know of Monifah at all. Is the criteria that you must be able to sing? That you had to have released a certain # of albums?

    • Marcel in Brooklyn, NY 3 December, 2012 at 14:20 Reply

      I think you should Google “Monifah” because she’s entered the industry around the same time Faith Evans did which was the early to mid 90’s. She recorded three albums. She was not as popular as Faith grew to be, but she had her hits. She is deserving to be there and she can definitely sing.

      • Jen 6 December, 2012 at 14:52 Reply

        Ir’s just good to know they are returning. I don’t care too much for Nicci’s attitude but for the most part, these are talented ladies. My favorites are Syleena and Monifah. But overall, the show was enjoyable and I personally dislike Reality anything. 🙂

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