It has been thirteen years since we have gotten an album from recording artist Monifah. She lights up our television screens every week on 'R&B Divas: Atlanta' but, now all Monifah fans can rejoice because the lead single from her upcoming album will be released THIS MONTH. Yes, that's right, THIS MONTH!
Re-emerging after thirteen years away with a single entitled 'Invincible,' surely shows the strength and resilience of Monifah. Armed with the love of her fiancee' Terez, positivity from her fans and supporters, and joy she experiences making and singing music, she glides through her life embodying all of these qualities with poise and humor.
Recently, I had the honor of speaking with Monifah about her experience on 'R&B Divas: Atlanta,' her journey to live her life honestly in the spotlight, and what's coming in the near future. We had such a good time during this conversation. No topic was off limits and every part of Monifah was there. From her spiritual self to her silly self to her focused self. If you love Monifah, you will love this interview.
Monifah on the drama on 'R&B Divas: Atlanta'- "...I've said what I've had to say, privately, and everyone knows how I feel. So there's no reason [to get into the middle of the drama]. I don't take that stuff personally. I can't internalize that stuff, it's not mine. I pray for the restoration of whatever is going on because at this point, I'm not even clear. I just pray for the restoration of it. It's just disappointing and sad. I know God got this and everything is revealed and things happen for a reason. It's for me to pay attention, that's how I feel. Pay attention to what's going on around me and who's around me. That's it. Take it all in stride." She goes on to say, "...I don't have time to be bothered. That's not my stuff first of all, so it's none of my business. Secondly, I say what I need to say to whomever I need to say it to privately. If I have an opinion or whatever, I share, these women are people I care about. Of course, I'm not just standing by and not saying anything but, I do that privately. I don't think the forum in front of the camera, especially with this sensitive type of issue, is the right one."
Monifah on living her life openly as a lesbian - "I have to give all the glory and all the praise to the Most High God and my Father that has been there for me consistently. He is the reason I am. I'm glad that I had the will to be obedient and be fearless in this world...it was for me to share my story. People need to know that they are not alone."
Monifah on her daughter Akemi - "Let me just say this real quick, I just want to it clear up, because I see in comments and stuff. I just want to say that I did raise my child. When I said I wasn't there I [meant] I wasn't there emotionally. We were around each other. I was on the road a lot, so she was with my mother a lot but, I was in her life. It was the emotional vacancy, that's where I fell short. And I shared that because, I felt that was important again, for people to know that they are not alone."
Monifah on Akemi's personal views about her sexuality - "How could you force your will? I don't see myself forcing my will. I have faith that he [God] doesn't want to see our family broken. This is how she feels and I respect that. She understands that I'm going to continue to live my life the way I see fit and she's going to have to do the same."
Monifah on the state of R&B and why only in R&B music are artists labelled as 'has-beens': "I honestly think it has a lot to do with our culture, as black folk. I'm Sorry. Over here on this side our attention spans are very short. We don't revere our artists like we should. We throw them away. In the United States period. Let me not just say 'black folk.'" She goes on to say, "...In Europe their artists can perform for years and they respect them for what they bring to the craft. We just dash it away, like you said has-beens, and that's so crazy because we have artists that we still lookin' at now that, first of all, looking fabulous, still sound great and are still working."
In addition to our amazingly fun interview, Monifah answered some pretty great questions from twitter fans @gknee333, @dh_dahitwryter, and @branakablessinz. For those questions you will have to listen to the interview ;-)