Monica has spoken out against fellow hip hop stars who have embraced being a “pimp”. She tells the Associated Press, “It’s just like gang-banging and doing drugs. I think it’s one of those things that people have started to glorify, and really don’t give the real situation of what really happens, the real outcomes. People still go to jail for that for long periods of time. People get killed behind that. So the unfair part is our audiences don’t get to see the real side of it. They hear it on records and see it on TV and they glorify, and it’s totally backwards.”
While it’s been rumored that Brandy and Monica have fueded, Monica tells Us Weekly that the two have gotten closer. “Brandy called me the third day after Jarvis’ death,” Monica said, referring to the suicide death of her boyfriend Jarvis Weems in July of 2000. “I ran into her again about a month ago at the Los Angeles airport and we flew back to Atlanta together. The industry made us believe we were in this big competition. You live and learn. Now the connection between us is a hundred times better.”
R&B acts on television this week include Destiny’s Child star Beyonce Knowles, who appears on BET’s 106 and Park on Monday; ‘American Idol’ stars Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken, who appear on The View on Wednesday and MTV’s Total Request Live on Thursday; and Monica, who appears on the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn on Wednesday.
A diary featuring Monica is in the new issue of Teen People magazine. The singer said, “I’ve come a long way since Jarvis took his life. I was so scared to fall in love again, and I’ve found a special person who’s made me trust again. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t afraid of losing someone again, though. Death is always in the back of my mind. It’s not easy to talk about what happened, but my job isn’t just to make good music. I have a responsibility to share my story, because even though it’s hard for me, it’s worth it if it helps just one person.”
Finally opening up about her heartache is what brought Monica back into the studio to record her new album ‘After the Storm.’ She tells Extra, “As I started listening to tracks for the album, I found one I felt like really reflected it and it definitely was the first song that I ever wrote and probably the hardest. But it opened me up to a whole new world and not afraid of what I felt.”
R&B acts on television this week include Monica, who appears sometime this week on the Tom Green Show on MTV; Destiny’s Child star Beyonce Knowles, who appears on MTV’s Total Request Live on Wednesday and the Late Show with David Letterman on Friday; and Macy Gray, who performs on the Wayne Brady Show and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Friday.
R&B acts on television this week include Monica, who appears on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday; Kenny Lattimore and Chante Moore, who appear on the Wayne Brady Show on Tuesday; and Mary J. Blige, who appears on 106 and Park on Friday.
R&B star Monica, best known for her duet with megastar Brandy on the #1 hit ‘The Boy is Mine,’ struck fire last week with her J records debut ‘After the Storm.’ The album was #1 on the billboard top 200 last week, but according to Nielson Soundcan the album had a terrible second week in sales, being superset by Luther Vandross, Michelle Branch and the new #1 album in the country, Beyonce Knowles’ ‘Dangerously In Love’, which sold twice the numbers Monica done, and sold more units in one week than Monica has thus far. Can the Destiny’s Child star hold her spark when Ashanti comes around?
Monica tells Nekesa Mumbi Moody of the Associated Press that she doubts that she’ll ever recover from her first love Jarvis Weems commiting suicide. “Afterward, I felt, ‘What else could I have done?’ You replay that situation over and over and you switch it around: ‘Maybe if I had said this, or if I would have done that,’ ” she said. “It’s just something that it’s never possible for me to go back and change.” As for her dating choices, which included not only drug dealing Weems but another boyfriend incarcerated on a murder charge, many are surprised by her hook-ups being a wealthy singing diva. The singer responded, “They wouldn’t if they knew me. I’m not one of those spoon-fed artists who grew up getting everything she wanted.” Read more.