What do you do when you're a platinum selling R&B group not getting the shine you once had? Make a reality TV show, of course. As one of the most successful female groups of the '90s with a debut album hitting three times platinum, SWV broke our hearts when they disbanded in 1998. I doubt that there is one person reading this right now who doesn't know the lyrics to "Weak" or the hook for "I'm So Into You." Well, SWV have not only confirmed that they are back together and recording a new album, they are actually chronicling their rise to fame and subsequent breakup in a documentary series.
In February, I had the opportunity to attend a Black Female Success event at which Tamara "Taj" Johnson-George was a featured panelist and Cheryl "Coko" Clemons and Leanne "Lelee" Lyons were surprise attendees. They joined George in discussing the challenges black women face supporting one another and working together. Through this reality show they want to inspire other "sisters with voices" to follow their dreams.
Is it futile to hope that this reality show will be classy and inspiring instead of full of the cattiness and drama that is typical of these kind of shows? Only time will tell, I suppose. The success of their next album is probably a safer bet.