Vixen Chat: Faith Evans Talks New Reality Show and R&B Music
VIBE VIXEN: What do you think has been the key to the success of R&B Divas?
FAITH EVANS: Number one, you’re seeing the resolve, the resolution. Nicci and I were adamant that we weren’t trying to make that kind of show where it’s about beating each other down because that’s not what we do. I think the positive things about it are what people are embracing. It hasn’t been officially announced to us, but I’m really hopeful that there will be a second season.
Did the idea for an R&B Divas album grow out of the show or was it planned beforehand?
Initially we didn’t know what we wanted the premise of the show to be. When Nicci came to me with the idea for the show and the ladies she had assembled, she was saying, ‘It would be dope if we could do it about us being on tour,’ and I’m like, ‘But, we’re not on tour’ [Laughs]. When I decided to come on board as a co-executive producer and help her pitch the show, we were trying to figure out what would be a really good hook to make the premise of the first season. After losing Whitney [Houston], I sort of had a revelation. Divine intervention certainly played a big part.
Were you a fan of reality television before having your own show?
Oh yeah. I definitely watch all the shows you love to hate [Laughs].
What are your thoughts on the portrayal of Black women on reality television?
Firstly, everyone on those shows aren’t doing them for the same reasons. Everyone isn’t exposing the same things as the next, so I think it’s a personal decision of how you choose to portray yourself on camera or off camera. Everything ain’t for everybody, but that’s a personal decision if you choose to portray yourself in a certain light be it for money, for fame or whatever. That’s something that you’re eventually going to have to deal with the repercussions of.