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‘R&B Divas: Atlanta’ stars KeKe Wyatt and Syleena Johnson preview new season

Meelah Williams, Syleena Johnson, Monifah, LaTavia Roberson, KeKe Wyatt and Angie Stone (left to right)/Credit: Alex Martinez
Meelah Williams, Syleena Johnson, Monifah, LaTavia Roberson, KeKe Wyatt and Angie Stone (left to right)/Credit: Alex Martinez

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She’s the self-proclaimed “drama queen” with sass and vocal power to boot. But KeKe Wyatt, star of TV One’s hit reality series, “R&B Divas: Atlanta” sounds as if she is ready to tone down the drama, if only a tad bit. On previous seasons, Wyatt’s emotional outbursts have served as both dramatic high points and an area of concern. At one point, some of her fellow cast members urging her to seek therapy. Today the songbird is finding an emotional equilibrium by limiting her wine consumption.


“I am a lot better. I’ve learned to trust God more. And it doesn’t help when you have wine or liquor in your system,” she said. “It’s been four weeks since I had wine. I noticed I am not so emotional or as emotional as when I’ve had some wine. Sometimes we need to do things for ourselves to be able to know ourselves.”

Since Wyatt’s lifestyle change is fairly recent viewers will still get plenty of drama from her as she balances her professional life (working on an EP titled KeKe) with her demanding roles as mom, wife and daughter. On the new season, Wyatt’s mother appears on the show and it has her worried about the harsh public criticism that may follow.


KeKe Wyatt/Credit: Alex Martinez
KeKe Wyatt/Credit: Alex Martinez

“That’s a part of my life I didn’t want everybody to see because people can be judgmental and that’s my mama. My mom is very bullheaded, strong and opinionated and can be real negative with everything. A lot of people don’t like people like that. But she is still a beautiful person.”

Syleena Johnson/Credit: Alex Martinez
Syleena Johnson/Credit: Alex Martinez

Opening up about marital challenges is a major part of Syleena Johnson’s story line this season as she and her husband, Kiwane Garris enter couples therapy. The experience is also serving as inspiration for Johnson’s forthcoming album, Chapter 6: Couples Therapy.

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