'R&B Divas L.A.' Episode 5 Recap: We Finally Have A Villain
August 8, 2013 - 4:52 pm
On this week’s edition of R&B Divas: L.A., Kelly Price officially became the villain of the reality series. As much as she’d like to tweet her complaints about producers employing trickery to make her look bad, if you have at least three of your senses working, you can tell that no one forced Kelly to behave the way she did last night. It remains to be seen whether Not Your Mama’s Monologue will ever happen, but if it doesn’t, it’s pretty obvious whose mostly at fault. Here, we break down the 5 biggest talking points from last night's episode. –Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick)
1. Lil’ Mo: The Resurrection
I sometimes wonder if Lil’ Mo had it written into her R&B Divas: L.A. contract that she be allowed to remind viewers that when it comes to past successes in the music industry, she’d like that old thing back. I’d be more bothered by this constant declaration if it weren’t for the fact that Lil’ Mo is correct that she has more vocal talent and personality than most singers in the business – especially when comparing her to her co-stars.
Whatever the case, Lil’ Mo kicked off the show sharing that fun fact for the millionth time, though in this instance it was in relation to the theme of her monologue. Mo’s intent for the monologue to show audiences that she has been born again. She explained, “I’m a new woman. I’ve come a long way. I used to curse you out, now I just curse you out a lil’ bit. We got a birth, y’all.” And naturally, she added baby noises for effect. How long before she’s the first “Diva” to get a spinoff?
2. Dawn Robinson Would Rather You Spread Hope, Not Spit Facts
I try with Dawn Robinson, I really do. However, I can’t help but wonder if Terry and Cindy from En Vogue don’t love the hell out of R&B Divas: L.A. for validation purposes. Dawn always looks like she’s afraid of the dark and speaks like her personal remote is set to the lowest volume setting. But make no mistake, she will get with you if you tell her something she doesn’t want to hear.
Dawn went to see a fertility specialist because in her mind “47 is not too old to have babies.” The doctor explained to her otherwise and she looked at him as if he declared the sky was purple and 2Pac is President Obama in disguise. She added that, “God doesn’t make mistakes.” Uh, okay, but the reality is pregnancy doesn’t happen for everyone. Say, women pushing 50.
So with all due respect to Dawn, watching a 47-year-old woman acting like it's the doctor's fault for saying their biological clock might be working with dead batteries is bazaar. Good luck, though.
3. Kelly Price Needs Therapy, Not A New Director
When I first heard rumors that Kelly Price was a problem behind the scenes, I immediately dismissed them. You know, that’s Kelly Price! She’s so sweet and soulful, so she can’t possibly give teases of a fire-breathing dragon, right? To quote my beloved, Whitney Houston and my mama, “Hell to the nah.” Seriously, Kelly Price makes Nicci Gilbert look like Jesus’ mama.
It’s fine if she feels as though she was pushed aside about her own idea, but at the same time, if you’re such the busy bee and you’re not holding up your weight, who should you really be upset with? In Kelly’s mind, the answer is everyone else. Say, Fred the Director, Chanté Moore, and at the rate she’s going, probably Lil’ Mo next week. Chanté Moore surmised Kelly’s issue with the direction of the monologue well, explaining, “Kelly doesn’t trust Fred, [but] she doesn’t have to trust Fred. Honestly, you have to trust yourself in the moment. That’s who you trust.”
That would be too much like right, so Kelly instead decided to get in Fred’s face and yell and scream like a psychotic banshee. This show is doing Kelly Price no favors. I can’t even listen to “Secret Love” with a clear conscience anymore. In fact, “Friend Of Mine” has taken on a whole new meaning. Like, Kelly the girl who stole your man was probably just retaliating against something you did to her first.
4. Chanté Moore Is Not Afraid of Kelly Price
When Kelly Price appeared with her preferred director, she also brought out some Timberlands and Vaseline. Clearly, she was trying to let Chanté know that she’s felt froggy and is waiting for the chance to jump. How a creative decision warrants a brawl is beyond me, but Chanté didn’t flinch a second. For the record, Kelly Price is supposedly somebody’s grandma acting like this.
5. Two Directors Equal Twice The Burden
Lil’ Mo is used to rehearsal time actually being spent rehearsing something. So she turned to her husband/manager and reached out to Fred with the idea of bringing him on as a music director to help smooth things out and save the production. That and she didn’t understand why Fred left when Kelly Price asked him to. Unfortunately, that plan went awry quickly.
Since Kelly Price is evidently used to only doing things that Kelly Price approves of, Kelly Price brought in Torrey – the dude who did that high school production of Dreamgirls that Kelly Price couldn’t even be bothered to attend herself – to produce-direct the play with Fred, but not really. Torrey’s ideas were a Tyler Perry, chitlin circuit cliché-riddled mess, and at this point, I’d invite both Kelly and Torrey to follow the yellow brick road to oblivion so Chanté and Lil’ Mo can get this show going already.