THE SCOOP WITH THE HIP-HOP SOCIALITE (Video)
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Chrisette Michele On Why She Almost Quit R&B Divas: LA, Walking Off The Show, Her New Music, And “Rich Hipster” Label
During my recent trip to Atlanta, I got the chance to chat with Chrisette Michele for the first video edition of “The SCOOP” of 2015!! The 32-year-old “Epiphany” singer and I sat down in the lobby of the W Hotel Midtown for a conversation that touched on why she almost quit R&B Divas: LA and why she decided to return for the current season of the show, her new music and “Rich Hipster” label, her upcoming “Pose ‘n Post Symposium” tour, and if she’s ever felt pressure to play up her sexuality like some of her contemporaries for the sake of increased exposure and mainstream success.
Check out highlights from our chat (she also reveals that she walked off R&B Divas because she felt “the TV show might be about to make the show become negative”, and she “didn’t want to be a part of it” beginning at the 3:20 mark), and then watch the interview in its entirety in the video below.
“The last season of filming was so much fun; we had a wonderful time. We got to go to Puerto Rico and play. And so I think we, or most of us, felt like we were playing throughout the season, and there were ups and downs. But it wasn’t until aired, and there was a social media repercussion. I’m a positive person – I like to be optimistic and I like to spread love – so the amount of negativity that surrounds reality television in general was new for me, and that made me really uncomfortable.”
“I really wasn’t worried too much about the portrayal because I know who I am, and I think my fans know who I am. And I think that anything that went on between the girls and I, we cleared up on our own, so we still to this day get to go out for coffee and drinks if we want to. But it was more so the spirit of reality television, and the type of people that feel that they can comment about reality television. You take the time to put your life out there, and I think people should have a little more respect.”
ON WHY SHE DECIDED TO RETURN FOR SEASON 3:
“It was so fun the first time. I was sitting with Wendy Williams, Chante [Moore] and I actually, we were sitting with Wendy Williams in between our shooting, and she was like, ‘You know what? Let’s be honest. You girls have some kind of chemistry that people want to see.’ And when you’re talking to a mini-mogul like Wendy Williams, you kind of listen, and I think she’s kind of the catalyst for Chante and I both back on to the show because neither of us were coming back.”
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