LaTavia Roberson dishes on “R&B Divas”
Tonight marks the premiere of “R&B Divas Atlanta” and the resurgence of singer LaTavia Roberson.
Much more tame than another reality show that recently profiled a knock-down between cast mates in ball gowns, “R&B Divas Atlanta” premieres at 10 p.m. and will highlight the lives of vocalists inside and outside of the studio.
All the while, two of the ladies try to work through their differences this season, LaTavia Roberson will be introduced alongside Meelah Williams as the classy chanteuse old school Destiny’s Child fans have come to love. The other songstresses profiled this season will be Angie Stone, Syleena Johnson, Keke Wyatt and Monifah Carter.
Below this TV One diva dishes on her debut and her sisterhood with cast mate Meelah Williams. -danielle canada
What have you been doing since your Destiny’s Child days?
The one thing I’ve been doing the most and that I’m most excited about is being a new mother. I’m watching my daughter grow everyday. It’s impressive and amazing and I’m like, ‘girl ,go sit down somewhere!’ My daughter is over everything. I’ve [also] been working on “R&B Divas Atlanta” and it’s definitely been a wonderful experience for me. I’m a little diva, I got a bunch of sweat though and a hint of rebellion. There’s a lot of sisterhood and it’s a pretty raw, organic look at my journey. I’m the diva that’s trying to figure out if I wanna get back into this industry.
What made you decide to do “R&B Divas Atlanta?”
It was a very brave, new experience for me. Filming reality TV was a very wild ride, I didn’t know what to expect. I haven’t been in front of a camera in a very long time but I’ve learned so much from all of these women. I will say that being around six women that have six successful careers, brands and opinions … baby, it’s definitely gonna make for some good TV!
At a tea that you have with the ladies in the premiere episode, you share that you had a substance abuse problem. What made you decide to reveal that to world?
At the end of the day I have nothing to hide. I’ve said it prior on another reality show and I was at a place in my life where I was trying to self-soothe as far as a lot of things going on with my life. I got down to the root of it and I dealt with it. I was 19-years-old and I’ll be 33 this year. I don’t mind talking about things like that because all the things we go through make us stronger. I can go and have a glass of wine and now it’s not because I’m trying to numb some pain. I’ve become someone else.
Are we going to see your daughter on the show or are you keeping her off camera?
She’ll be on there a little bit. I’m not trying to keep her away or anything. Motherhood is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I would do anything for her and I would never do anything to jeopardize her. You’ll get to see her on the show.
Who do you bond with the most on “R&B Divas”?
Definitely Meelah [Williams]. A lot of people don’t know that when I was 19-years-old we ran back into each other and it was right after things happened with her with 702 and things happened with me with Destiny’s Child and I saw her at the altar at church. I went up to her and I hugged her and we started praying together. Even though we lost contact a little bit we always find each other. Since I was 19, we’ve been great friends and I think that really shows a true sisterhood that nobody can take away from us.