Dawn Robinson Talks R&B Divas Drama; Defends Kelly Price
Like most reality shows, TV One’s R&B Divas: LA has more than its share of drama. A lot of the tension on the show appears to stem from Kelly Price, but her Divas cast mate, Dawn Robinson, says all is not what it seems.
I recently caught up with the former En Vogue singer to get to the bottom of all the drama on the show for my weekly column. During our talk, Dawn revealed how she was told by Divas‘ producers that it wouldn’t be a drama-filled show, defended Kelly, and revealed whether or not she would do another season. Check out highlights from the interview below.
ON HOW KELLY PRICE IS PORTRAYED ON THE SHOW:
“See, this is the thing; this is what’s hard. When you show a bunch a stuff, and you have all this footage, and then they just break it down to certain parts of it, and then they omit certain things that you did say, but they don’t put that part in there because they want you to look a certain way. So this is why I was telling her, ‘Kelly, whatever we do, don’t react to people in an angry way, because they’re going to film that, and that’s what they’re gong to show. They want to show us fighting against each other, they want to show anger, the angry Black woman, and you’re so much better than that. Please hold your peace as much as you can, and don’t let these people take you off your greatness. You are a queen – we don’t go there, don’t do it.’”
ON BEING TOLD BY THE PRODUCERS OF R&B DIVAS THAT THE SHOW WOULDN’T BE ABOUT DRAMA:
“They said they wanted a different type of show. They did not want drama – they pretty much guaranteed that it wasn’t going to be drama. That it was going to be a positive show. What the guy Phil [Thornton] told me – Phil is one of the producers – he said, ‘We want this to be like a ‘Waiting to Exhale’ type show.’ ‘Cause I told them, ‘As long as it’s classy. I come from a classy group, and plus I was raised by my parents to be a good person. I don’t go for that drama and fighting and all that stuff.’ So when they offered me Atlanta ‘R&B Divas’, I said no, because I don’t live in Atlanta.’ I was working on a project with Maxine [En Vogue group mate] at the time, and I was just afraid like a lot of artists who are afraid to do a reality show because of what they see happen to other artists on reality shows. So I turned it down because I was afraid, not because I was being difficult. I was just afraid, and I didn’t want to relocate too. I live in LA, I didn’t want to relocate to Atlanta. But of course they’re going to tell you only half of the story, and again, I don’t care to…I’m a grown woman, I’m 47-years-old. I don’t care what people think about me, I stand for myself, I stand for truth, and that’s always going to be who I am.”
ON HOW KELLY PRICE FEELS ABOUT HOW SHE IS PORTRAYED ON THE SHOW:
“I’ve just been praying with Kelly because her heart is broken over what she’s sees of herself [on the show]. You build up a career to a certain point, you fought and battled through that career to be heard and seen. People talked about her weight and all the different things, and now to have a reality show tear you down? Uh uh, no, uh uh, no way! I’ll be damned. Because these people go on to get different jobs, when we have only one career. I always tell people that all the time. You guys can get six other women in our place; each season, a new group of six women. We only have one career. I only have one Dawn Robinson, and I’ll be damned if somebody’s going to come in and take it all because of some reality show. That is not what I signed up for! I signed up for positivity.”
To find out how things unfold for the ladies, tune into R&B Divas: LA every Wednesday night at 10 pm. In the meantime, visit Fuzion Magazine‘s website to read my interview with Dawn in its entirety.